Assisting for Yoga Trainees
After the TTC, you may be invited to assist at our Centre in Dharamkot and then Goa.
As an assistant you must be flexible, fast, intuitive and supportive to the needs of the teacher and the students. An assistant is very important in the class for both the teacher and to the experience of the students. To maintain our high standards, we have a thorough assisting program, which you must undergo before any teaching in the Centre is possible. Before you apply for an internship with us please read the following guidelines:
- As an intern you will first watch the introductory course for a minimum of 2 weeks, or more if needed
- Then you will begin assisting in 4 consecutive weeks of 5-Day Courses. During this time your skills will be assessed as well as your dedication, mental flexibility, truthfulness, non-violence and commitment.
- After this period, you will be informally assessed on your knowledge of the sequencing, postures, self-practice etc. If you prove successful we will give you the opportunity to continue with our centre for at least a further 6 weeks
- We will provide space for learning and mentoring during that time. In this period, if the canteen is running, lunch/dinner can be served for a nominal weekly fee. If a trainee skips a meal, there’s no refund and the kitchen staff has to be informed the day before. Accommodation may also be available at a discounted rate
- If there are any food requirements, the person can purchase the special ingredients by him/herself & give to the kitchen staff. This however should be communicated beforehand with the Yoga Centre manager & approval will be dependent on the kitchen staff availability
- Accommodation may be available for free for long-term teacher trainees after the initial 3 month (minimum) period. This can be discussed with the Centre on an individual basis
- Long-term trainees will be placed according to their skills and our needs in different projects and retreats so that they can assist/teach and grow in confidence before teaching independently
- The first three months of assisting is charged at ₹15,000 per month. Karma Yoga exchanges will be considered on an individual basis for longer term trainees and those for whom funding is a problem
- Assistants who are NOT coming directly after TTC and who did NOT gain any experience after completing the SAYM TTC, upon arrival, before assisting, should firstly practice in 2 weeks of Continuing Students 5-Day Courses, as well as observe 2 weeks of Intro 5-Day Courses. This time can be extended if needed
When you are in training you will:
- Regularly practise corrections on each other from what you observe in the class.
- Weekly attend group Corrections class + Q&A with a senior teacher. You may be asked to demonstrate poses in these sessions.
- Give self-evaluation of your learning process and your capabilities as an assistant.
- We accept only serious practitioners who wish to work on themselves & develop their teaching skills. The minimum time period for assisting, unless you come directly from TTC, is 3 months. Shorter applications will be considered for returning teachers.
- We will select those students who are interested and who prove efficient during TTC, at our discretion.
- We have a limited number of assisting positions available. If we are full to capacity you may be added to a waiting list and we will notify you if and when it becomes possible for you to come.
To maintain the quality of our teachings:
- We consider a certified TTC with minimum 3 months of internship to be the full teachers training program. It will help to give you the edge in a competitive yoga market. After minimum of 6 months you will be promoted as an AFFILIATED TEACHER of the Sharat Arora Yoga Method* on our website to our students around the world if you decide to teach purely the SAYM. At this point you are eligible to attend our Second Level Teachers Training Course (TTC2). The TTC2 is scheduled exclusively every 2-3 years or when we have enough experienced and Affiliated Teachers who are ready for this progression. Only teachers at this level may attend and afterwards will be a certified LEVEL 2 Teacher.
- *Certification and affiliation remain at Sharat Arora’s discretion and length of time may vary on an individual basis and will be based on your performance in class and the monthly assessments.