Frequently Asked Questions

What do I wear?

Wear clothing that you feel comfortable in and you can comfortably move in.

What if I've never done yoga before? 

What better time to try than now! Grab a book, head to a group class, start to practice!

However, it is highly suggested you have a minimum of six months experience with yoga before you apply for the training.  You will be learning how to teach people yoga, not how to practice yourself. Although, a natural consequence of the training will be a deeper understanding of your own practice.

What if I have a physical limitation? Can things be modified? 

Yes! Things can always be modified.

Do I need to provide my own mat?

There's nothing like having your own mat, but there are mats and props on site.

How do I know if I’m ready for this? 

If you have a regular yoga practice, have found meaning in it, and want to learn more.  You’re ready!

What are the graduation requirements?

As required by the yoga alliance, you must finish all 200 hours of the program, some of which are self-directed such as reading and writing assignments.  If you miss one weekend there will be opportunities to make up hours missed.  If more than one weekend is missed it is not likely that you will be eligible to graduate.  We can discuss specific circumstances as they arise.


What is the support system if I feel like I need help?

In relation to yoga-staff is available to answer questions related to the course material and will be available to support you in your studies. The yoga practice, and the community it creates, is supportive by nature.   The training should not replace outside support systems.  If you feel you need additional help related to addiction, mental health, or other concerns, we have a list of local resources available.

Will my confidentiality be protected? 

Yes.  We ask that everyone in the training respect the privacy of others.  Prior to starting the program, you will be asked to fill out a confidentiality agreement. This will include clauses regarding social media, classes, and final projects.

Wait…social media, classes, and final projects?

Part of the program is to help you develop a workshop or class to lead for the public at the end of the training.  We ask that the class or workshop be a fundraiser either for Story Yoga to help support our mission and continue to offer the training, or for another local non-profit that has your heart.  We would love to advertise to help your class be a success, but fully respect your confidentiality and understand if you do not want your name associated with the program.  You can be as involved or as discrete as you are comfortable regarding your association with the program. We will talk much more about this to ensure everyone’s confidentiality is respected.

Is this like AA/NA? 

No.  Nor is it meant to replace AA/NA meetings. This is a yoga teacher training, and while yoga is a powerful tool that can act as an adjunct to your recovery program, it is not a replacement.

Do I need to be sober for a certain period before I can start? 

No, anyone who has a minimum of six months yoga experience and is looking to add yoga to their recovery tool kit is welcome to start.  We ask that you only join if you are serious about your commitment to your yoga practice and to your recovery.

What is your definition of Sober?

We at Story Yoga support all paths to recovery.  This means we find value in harm reduction philosophies and drug replacement and maintenance therapies.  We ask that you do not come to class under the influence of alcohol or drugs not related to your health or recovery.  The yoga studio is a substance free environment.

Our priority is that everyone feels safe and supported.

What if I can't finish the program? 

If you do not finish 200 hours of the program, Story Yoga can not grant you a certificate of completion.  You are welcome to re-apply for the next training.

What is your role in relation to me? Are you my teacher, my mentor, my sponsor, etc.? 

The staff at Story Yoga are primarily students of yoga, just like yourself.  We are a learning community that will discover more about the practice together.  In a more formal sense, the staff are considered teachers.  Again, the training is not meant to replace current sponsors, mentors, or support systems.

Is there required reading? What if I can't afford the books? 

Yes, there is required reading.  If you feel you cannot afford the literature please reach out and we will try to work together to find a solution.

What if I relapse during the training? Do I get kicked out? 

No, you do not get kicked out.   We ask that if you relapse you do not come to the training under the influence of drugs or alcohol.  If you miss a weekend due to relapse, as with any missed weekend, there will be opportunities to make up the hours missed. Please be open with your communication.

How do we keep track of hours? Is that something I have to do on my own? 

This is a team effort! Staff will keep attendance records, but we ask you to be pro-active about your own training.  If you can come to class in the morning but, must leave in the afternoon, please be aware that you will have to make up those hours missed by attending a make-up weekend or with a written assignment.