Becoming Yoga! FAQ

  • What is Becoming Yoga!

    Becoming Yoga! is a 200 hour teacher training program that was specifically written and designed to educate and equip individuals with an in-depth study of yoga. Whether you want to become a Professional Yoga Instructor or desire to expand personal yoga practice you will gain a comprehensive course that meets 200 hour teacher training requirements.

  • Why is this a 200 hour course? and is a 200 hour training important?

    The art of teaching yoga requires knowledge, skill and responsibility. If you are interested in teaching yoga, you have probably experienced the powerful physical and emotional effects of a good (or not-so-good) yoga class. As yoga teachers, we need comprehensive training that ensures we lead our students through activities and exercises that are physically and emotionally safe for all participants. We want to offer inspiring classes grounded in both contemporary research and a deeper understanding of the long, sacred history of yoga philosophy. With an intention to serve our students and community, we conduct yoga classes designed to support the awakening of insight and potential in our students, our selves and our world.

    All of this takes preparation and practice. A 200-hr yoga teacher training provides a comprehensive, in-depth start to your journey while fostering a lifestyle of self-inquiry necessary to becoming a perceptive, compassionate class leader.

    Holding a certificate of 200-hour training strengthens your candidacy when applying to yoga teaching job opportunities. Many settings, including most yoga studios and gyms, require yoga teachers to have completed a 200-hour yoga teacher training program, even if applicants decide not to register with Yoga Alliance.

  • What is Yoga Alliance?

    Yoga Alliance is an internationally recognized organization that develops widely adopted and rigorous standards of yoga education and certification. While Yoga Alliance does not certify or license yoga teachers, it represents a registry of yoga schools, teachers and education providers who agree upon the necessity of thoughtful, comprehensive and in-depth yoga teacher training.

    Registering with Yoga Alliance demonstrates that you have met or exceeded yoga education training guidelines that have prepared you to teach safe, knowledgeable, inclusive and inspiring yoga classes to a wide range of clients. Affiliation with this organization has become an industry standard.  The credentialed affiliation is often sought after by those seeking to hire Professional Yoga Instructors.

    Yoga Alliance also offers member benefits and continuing education opportunities.

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  • What are the standards of 200 Hour Registered Yoga School teacher education and training set forth by Yoga Alliance?

    Yoga Alliance requires that Registered Yoga Schools provide a curriculum that consists of 180 contact hours with a trainer who has achieved the designation of E-RYT (Experienced-Registered Yoga Teacher) and 20 non-contact hours coursework outside of class time.

    The educational categories outlined in Yoga Alliance’s RYS 200 standards include:

    • Techniques, Training and Practice
    • Teaching Methodology
    • Anatomy and Physiology
    • Yoga Philosophy/Ethics/Lifestyle
    • Practicum
  • What are the dates/times of this course?

    We will begin the course with your heart immersed in a week long pre-semester yoga intensive.  This will kick start your yoga practice, studies and time requirements prior to academic demands beginning.

    I. Orientation

    • August 17; 12:00pm – 6:00pm (Early campus move-in may be required.)

    II. Intensive

    • August 18-24; 9:00am – 7:00pm

    III. Saturday/ Sunday (intermittent weekends will follow) from 9:00am – 7:00pm with lunch breaks daily:

    • September 8-9
    • September 22-23
    • October 6-7
    • October 20-21
  • What will I gain from participating from this program?

    I. Emerge prepared to teach yoga at a professional level to a variety of clients in a variety of settings

    II. The option of registering with Yoga Alliance with a designation of RYT-200 (Registered Yoga Teacher with 200 hours training)

    III. Belong to a group of passionate yogis who, like you are ready to deepen their practice, awaken insight and share discoveries!

    IV. Join the world-wide community of yogis who, like you, are ready to participate in discovering human potential and cultivating transformation

  • Do I need to prior experience or training before attending?

    Because it is an in-depth training, some familiarity with yogic concepts and practice is helpful. The most important element you can bring is your commitment as this course requires that from each participant. If you have questions or concerns regarding your placement in this course, we encourage you to reach out to the lead trainer, Ashlee Ramsey at


  • What if I need housing on campus during the immersive week?


    Campus housing deadline is July 16.  It’s critical you communicate directly with the trainer for assistance.  Contact Ashlee Ramsey at


  • What is the cost? When can I register? Is there a deadline?

    Yes! As spaces are limited. Participation will be limited to 4 minimum and 12 maximum registrants.

    I. Early Bird Registration (July 1 – 15, 2018)

    • Wake Forest students $1200.00
    • Wake Forest Faculty/ Staff $1400.00
    • General Public $1500.00

    Online Registration is officially open for both Students and Fac/Staff.  Click on the link below:


    II. Standard Registration (July 16 – August 3, 2018)

    • Wake Forest students $1500.00
    • Wake Forest Faculty/Staff $1700.00
    • General Public $1800.00

    Cancellation policy;  A fee of $50.00 will be charged through August 10th.  Beginning August 11, 2018, payment will be non-refundable.


  • Who is the lead trainer?

    Meet Ashlee Ramsey. Since receiving her MFA in Dance from Arizona State University, Ashlee attended the Yoga Teacher Training Certification course at Asheville Yoga Center in February 2013 and holds an E-RYT 200 certification with Yoga Alliance. Ashlee has taught yoga and dance courses at Salem College, Elon University, Winthrop University, Wake Forest University, Arizona State University, Warren-Wilson College, Village Yoga, Yoga Gallery of Healing Arts and the YMCA of Northwest North Carolina.

    Moving through life as both a dance artist and yogi, Ashlee loves to explore embodiment as a spiritual experience. Beginning from this premise, Ashlee seeks to use yoga as a method for cultivating a vivid kinesthetic perception that informs and enhances emotional and spiritual evolution. Although early dance training offered her bits and pieces of yoga, Ashlee has encountered a variety of styles that influence her personal practice and teaching philosophy including Flow, Power and Ashtanga Yoga; Sivananda Yoga Vedanta which she studied at Dhanvantari Ashram in Kerala, India; and Kundalini Yoga. At the same time, as a dancer with a strong background in somatic research, Ashlee’s classes weave somatic paradigms into the practice of yoga such as Body-Mind Centering and Bartenieff Fundamentals.