FAQ

WHICH CLASS?

We recommend trying out the Core Flow and Hot Fusion classes if you are new to yoga, which allow you to build a strong foundation for your practice. Our Equal Yin classes are suitable for all levels as well. 

WHAT TO WEAR

As you will be likely to sweat (a lot!), wear simple, breathable clothing that does not limit your range of motion. Think: T-shirts, singlets, shorts and yoga leggings, any outfit that you would wear going for a run on a hot day. 

WHAT TO BRING

The heat will make you dripping with sweat, we advise during COVID-19 to bring your own mat and towel or anti-slip yoga towel. You can also borrow a mat and rent a towel for €2. In our studios we detox from phones, so please keep yours in your locker during your class! 

ARRIVE EARLY

Please make sure you arrive at least 5-10 minutes before your class starts. It’s never a good idea to arrive feeling rushed or stressed before doing yoga. After the class has started we don't allow any late entries to ensure a calm and full practice for everyone. 

EAT BEFOREHAND

Make sure you’ve had a meal a few hours before class. If you’re hungry just before class, stick to a light snack like fruit or crackers. We have a small selection of energy bars at the front desk if you need some extra fuel. 

HYDRATE

Please remember to drink enough water before, during (small sips), and after class. Hydration is very important. You can bring your own bottle or purchase cold bottled water from the front desk. Glasses are not allowed in our studios. Coconut water is also a great post-workout option by the way.

What is the daily schedule like?

  • 8.00–8:30am Meditation
  • 8:30–10:30am Lecture
  • 1 10:30–12.30  Lecture 2 
  • 12.30 – 13.30 Lunchbreak
  • 13.30 – 15.00 Posture Lab
  • 15.00 – 16.30 Teaching Practice
  • 16.30 – 18.00 Yoga Practice

INJURIES & (POST) PREGNANCY

  1. Can you still practice yoga with an injury?Well, that depends.
  2. What did your doctor/physiotherapist say? Please consult with your specialist and when joining for a class please let your teacher know on arrival so that we can discuss any possible modifications for class. 
  3. Can you practice yoga while (post) pregnant? Well, that depends.
  4. What did your obstetrician say? While more obstetricians recommend yoga during pregnancy (which is great!) as a general rule of thumb it is not recommended to start anything brand new during pregnancy. If you already have a steady and strong practice you could likely enjoy your practice throughout your pregnancy, if you've never done yoga starting a hot power yoga practice might not be the best time. Please let your teacher know if you desire any possible modifications. After your pregnancy in general you can slowly start to build up, but listening to your body and consulting a specialist or a doctor if you have doubts are the best way to go. 

BOOK ONLINE

Before you can book a class, you must have a valid class card or unlimited membership. Not registered? Click here. Choose which membership or class card you want and follow the on-screen guidance. You can then log in and reserve classes via our website, the Equal Yoga app or at the studio. Classes can be reserved 14 days in advance.

WAITING LIST

Favourite class full? Join the waiting list – online. Up until 2 hours before class, when a space becomes available you'll automatically be added to the waitlist and recieve a booking confimation email. If you add yourself to the waitlist less than 2 hours before class, if a spot becomes available we’ll get in touch with you via email with a booking link to book your spot! First come first served!

CANCELLATION POLICY

  • Early Cancels – If you cancel more than 2 hours before the start of class no fee is applied. This allows waitlist students to be added to the class.
  • Late Cancels/No Show – If you cancel within 2 hours of the class start time or miss a reservation without cancelling, unlimited members will receive a 5 euro fee, and if you have a class pass, you will lose a class.
  • Please remember that you must go to our online booking system & remove yourself from the class list.

MEMBERSHIP EXPIRY

Please note that 1 Year Unlimited Membership starts on the day of your first class. Monthly Unlimited Yoga Memberships start on the day of purchase and are renewed automatically every month. Any purchased classes expire after 1 year.

CANCELLING YOUR MEMBERSHIP

Want to cancel your membership? We’ll be sorry to see you go – but no problem. You can cancel anytime but please do so at least 10 days before your membership is automatically renewed. You can end your contract yourself via the website or the app. 1. Log in to your account 2. Click menu, my series 3. Next to your contract name, you will see a button 'end contract'. Once you click this you, you'll see a prompt 'are you sure you want to end this contract?' Click OK and your contract will be cancelled. The end date of your contract will be the date of your usual monthly payment. You are able to use your membership until then. We care about our members, and would really love to hear the reason why you are canceling your membership. It's not a must, but you are welcome to send us your feedback to info@equalyoga.com

STUDIO POLICY

Once a class has started, you won’t be allowed to enter, out of respect for fellow students. Our teachers preserve the right to deny class entrance for any reason. Please note all our studios are a phone free environment. 

EQUAL YOGA APP

Download the app and log in with your email and password in order to: • View our schedule • Buy and book your classes • Add it to your calendar • Keep tabs of all your classes
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SETTING UP YOUR AT HOME PRACTICE

We received your feedback and noticed that a lot of you find it difficult to make your way on to your mat at home. Even though we agree that there's nothing like the warm, calming studio space at Equal, we do want to encourage you to practice! Here's our tips on how to make the most of it: 1. Get a mat and a block You don't need much for your at home practice. All you need is a good quality mat. We love the anti slip yoga mats by ecoyogi that are used in our studios because they have good grip. We also recommend buying a yoga block, not just for modifications but as a really useful tool to help move your body into a pose. 2. Create your space If possible try to find a space in your home dedicated to your movement practice. A space you have enough room to stretch without bumping into anything. Make it your own- warm and inviting plus feel free to add anything that might help you focus, inviting connect with your body and mind. Some people like to add candles, incense, warm lighting or even an inspiring quote. 3. Plan ahead Decide on what time works best for you and commit to it. Try to make a weekly plan and stick to it. Some days you'll feel more motivated than others. Try to prepare as much as you can in advance. From booking your classes, preparing your space the night before, even your workout clothes and post- workout snack. Once you get into the flow, you'll feel lost if you miss a practice. Remember that not every practice has to be 60 minutes. A short 10 or 20 minute practice can give you just as much energy to fuel your day. 4. Make it fun Step off your mat with a smile. Introduce playlists, try a new class or type of workout. Invite a friend for the extra motivation or try a practice outdoors. Keep challenging yourself to grow. Because good things come to those who sweat.

CHECK IN

  • Doors open 10 minutes before class
  • QR checking mandatory
  • Face-masks for all until you reach your mat
  • 1.5M distance everywhere in the studio.
  • We ask students to limit their time in the studios (dressing rooms)
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SANITIZE

Please disinfect your hands when entering the studio. If you do borrow a mat or use props, please clean them thoroughly.

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HEALTHCARE QUESTIONS

Teachers are obligated to remove any students showing symptoms during class- without any exceptions.
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PARK FLOW & BARRE

All the best of Equal in an energizing 45 min outdoor sequence! This is an all-weather all-movement class, combining elements of barre and yoga. With a fiery warm-up we will make sure you’ve got plenty of heat to move and flow. Play with your balance, get stronger, sweat and of course you can count on a burning core section.

WEATHER CANCELLATION POLICY

Our minimum requirements for running outdoor classes are 10 degrees. A tiny bit of soft rain is doable as the sequence is really dynamic.  If the weather is below our standard, students registered for a class will receive an email explaining that the class has been cancelled, at the latest by 20:00 the night before day of class. If the class is cancelled we suggest booking a zoom with us instead!  If you booked the class using a class card your credit will be returned to your account automatically.

WHAT TO BRING

This is an all terrain sequence, so you can keep your sports shoes on. A little rain won’t kill us, so bring a sweater or a jacket that you can move in freely and a towel and mat. Don't forget to bring water to stay hydrated!

LOCATIONS

All classes will be located in the park! Please make sure you meet at the meeting points 5 minutes before start of class. The teacher will leave the meeting point with the group at exactly time of class, to go to the location where the class will take place. AMSTERDAM EAST: Oosterpark. Meeting point is in front of park entrance opposite Sleutelkluis AMSTERDAM WEST: Westerpark. Meeting point is in front of Bar Kantoor  ROTTERDAM: Het Park. Meeting point is in front of The Harbour Club UTRECHT: Park Lepelenburg. Meeting point is at the Band Stand

HEALTH & SAFETY

Respect the social distance of 1.5 meters.  Students will be set up in two groups of 4 and teacher will be in the middle. There will be at least 3 meters distance between the two groups.

Is our program right for you?

Our 200-hour training does much more than deepen your yoga practice and help you develop as a teacher; it is a program intended to inspire transformation in your life. Through the study of asana, mindfulness, lifestyle philosophy, positive psychology, anatomy and beyond, watch the changes unfold on and off your mat! 

What we ask from you:

We require our students to have a consistent, dedicated yoga practice and a strong desire to learn and explore the modern teachings of yoga. We expect you can manage a 1.5-hour vigorous vinyasa yoga-based practice. We want to make sure that trainees have a basic foundation in the primary yoga postures before learning how to teach. You have a good understanding of the English language. 

The Equal Teacher Training is designed as an intensive course; it is a great way to immerse yourself within the span of a 5 months period. This helps to enrich a transformational experience for your body and mind. This also means that we ask you to work hard and be dedicated in these months to explore and create awareness of who you are. Committing yourself to this course is an intense experience with self-study, regular yoga practice, will help to get you out of your comfort zone and can be highly transformative. 

What if in-person training sessions are cancelled due to Covid-19 regulations?

Your health is always the most important to us, which is why we assess each situation separately. In the event of a lockdown or travel ban, due to the ever-changing situation and uncertainty caused COVID-19, the Equal Teacher Training will be moved to continue online for those parts of the training that we feel are suitable to be taught online. E.g. lectures on philosophy, history of yoga. Other topics that require in-person teachings like learning how to teach and asana exploration will be postponed till after the ban. 

By continuing (partly) online, we hope to serve you as a participant while allowing our community to continue to create and share beautiful teachings together.

Please bear with us as we take this one situation at a time so we can make the best, informed decisions and take care of everybody involved. We’ll continue to monitor and always provide a safe and healthy environment for our teachers and students.

Can you teach yoga without a Yoga Alliance certification?

Yes, absolutely! The benefits of joining a teacher training program (with or without a Yoga Alliance registration) are gaining proficiency and an awareness how to teach. Completing a yoga teacher program builds integrity and trust with those you are teaching and you increase your confidence in front of classes.

Being Yoga Alliance certified is not a legal requirement for teaching yoga. Currently, there are no legal certification requirements to be a yoga teacher. 

What if I miss a day?

We require that you complete all 200 hours of the teacher training. However, we understand that sometimes conflicts come up, and we have developed the make-up policy that is listed in the Study Guide.

Please note that you can miss a maximum of 24 training hours (3 days), and you will have one year from the last day of your program to complete your attendance requirements. The missed class protocol will be provided in the Study Guide. 

What is your Teacher Training cancellation and refund policy?

Cancelation agreement:

  • 31 days or more prior to the start of the training, 100% of the Training Tuition Fee minus EUR 150 Administration Fee
  • 21-31 days: 50% of the Training Tuition Fee.
  • 15-20 days: 25% of the Training Tuition Fee.
  • 1-14 days prior to the start of the Training, or after the course begins: no refund.

    What is the process for getting hired to teach at Equal Yoga after the training?

    Equal Yoga offers the graduates of the Teacher Training the opportunity to teach community classes. Teaching these classes is a great opportunity to explore your teaching skills.

    Please note that actually working at Equal Yoga, or at any studio, is not only a matter of completing a training, but of the right teaching fit for that studio as well as the availability of openings on the schedule. It is never guaranteed. Equal Yoga seeks a diverse, committed, and well-trained faculty who uphold our high standard of quality for safe, effective and accessible teaching in the field of yoga.

    What if I don't want to be a teacher?

    Our 200-hour training is ideal for those who want to delve deeper into the study of yoga, and to improve their own practice. It's also great for students who simply want to have a transformational experience and to be a part of our Equal Yoga Community. 

    Will I be qualified to teach yoga once I complete the 200-hour teacher training program?

    Yes! Successfully completing the 200-hour program gives you the opportunity to teach, adjust and practice vinyasa yoga in safe and inspiring way. From day 1 our faculty will guide you in deepening your practice and encourage your skills to become a confident and creative teacher.

    What are the 200-hour graduation requirements?

    In order to graduate our program, you must fulfil the following requirements:

    • Attendance of in-class teacher training sessions
    • Successful completion of all homework, assignments and final written exam
    • Participation in a final in-class practice teaching practicum
    • No more than 3 days (24 hours) of absence during the training. 

      How much time should I expect to spend on 200-hour homework?

      Homework activities will help you to digest and explore yoga from all sides. Expect between 5-8 hours a week (reading, writing, practice teaching). The homework is designed to support the material covered in class and help you integrate what is presented into your own practice and teaching.

      What style of Yoga?

      The Equal 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training is a vinyasa yoga-based program, however, the tools gained will be transferable to many styles of yoga, including Hot Power Yoga. 

      Vinyasa Flow is a style of yoga characterized by linking movement and breath to attain balance in the mind and body. A vinyasa yoga class is characterized by a continuous flow of poses and can be paced moderately to vigorously depending on the level of the class.

      Is this program 200 hours Yoga Alliance certified?

      We have made the decision to not extend our registration with Yoga Alliance. It is our belief that by creating our own training program we can better fuel future instructors with knowledge, critical thinking skills, and the kind of confidence that comes from joining a thorough education. The Yoga Alliance requirements limited us in having multiple excellent skilled teachers teaching their individual expertise and knowledge on several disciplines of yoga. 

      We will continue to train students in a manner that honours science, integrity, compassion and growth, without having to follow strict standard guidelines, but will still prepare and qualify you to teach all levels of practitioners after completion of our program. 

      What is the application process?

      1. Complete the online application form 
      2. After submitting it, we will inform you of your acceptance within 48 hours
      3. After acceptance notification, please follow the payment instructions of the Financial Agreement
      4. We will follow up within 48 hours of receiving your payment with your training welcome materials.

      Your tuition fee is due upon enrolment to reserve your spot. Your payment is due in full by the early registration date in order to receive the discounted rate. Full payment is required 2 weeks before the start of the program.

      What is the booklist?

      Our in depth and highly informative Teacher Training Manual will be handed to you on day 1 and is included in the price of the training. Other required reading: 

      1. The Perfect Chaturanga: A Comprehensive Guide to the Human Body Through the Practice of Vinyasa Yoga by Jennilee Toner
      2. Yoga and the Path of the Urban Mystic by Darren Main
      3. Yamas and Niyamas: Exploring Yoga’s Ethical Practice by Deborah Adele
      4. The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali by Swami Satchinanada 
      5. The Key Muscles of Yoga Volume One by Ray Long

      How much time should I expect to spend on homework?

      Homework activities will help you to digest and explore yoga from all sides. Expect between 4 hours a week (reading, writing, practice teaching). The homework is designed to support the material covered in class and help you integrate what is presented into your own practice and teaching.

      This training has been created in such a way that it gives you frequent training weekends, but also time to digest the things you learned. In between every training weekend you’ll have three or four weeks to practice what you’ve learned and study for the upcoming weekend.

      What are the 100-hour graduation requirements?

      In order to graduate our program, you must fulfil the following requirements:

      • Attendance of in-class teacher training sessions
      • Successful completion of all homework, assignments and final written exam
      • Participation in a final in-class practice teaching practicum
      • No more than 1.5 days (15 hours) of absence during the training. 

      Is our Yin program right for you?

      This Yin Yoga Teacher Training is based on the ‘Paul Grilley Method’ and is for anyone who is interested in becoming a yin yoga teacher or desires to enrich, enhance and deepen their knowledge and own personal yin practice. You will learn the ability to translate the anatomical ‘science’ into a personalized and safe practice for yourself and others. 

      - Learning to connect with your heart, your inner wisdom which tells you exactly how to use yoga to dissolve blockages and trigger transformations. –

      Because of the great understanding of the human body (anatomy and skeletal variations) that you gain, this training is also very relevant for people who want to exercise injury-free beyond the scope of yoga. Because you understand how to move your body in the best way, which is beneficial for you as a unique individual.

      We always advise to join one of the introduction sessions at Equal Yoga or participate in a yin class with one of the teachers. It is important that you feel a connection with the teacher(s) and the studio. 

      What can I expect from the program?

      • A wide variation of yin yoga classes deepening and inspiring your own practice
      • Learn to ‘see’ bodies, understand why some people need a different approach
      • Opportunities to teach, adjust and observe
      • Practical & down-to-earth information to apply as a teacher
      • Learn to sequence a safe and personalized class for all kinds of students
      • Explore your breath and learn how to teach pranayama, to deepen or enhance the yin practice
      • Learn how to adjust, work with props and assist students in any way that is necessary
      • Learn to observe without reacting and being nonjudgmental, using meditation practices.
      • Dive into an inner journey; spiritual and personal growth to be become a connected teacher and human being

      What we ask from you:

      We warmly welcome dedicated yoga practitioners with at least 1 year of yin yoga experience and/or equivalent knowledge and training. We require our students to have a strong desire to learn and explore the modern teachings of yin yoga. 

      Since all sessions and training materials are in English, we expect you to have good understanding of the English language. 

      The Equal yin teacher training is designed as an intensive course; it is a great way to immerse yourself within the span of a 4 months period. This helps to enrich a transformational experience for your body and mind. This also means that we ask you to work hard and be dedicated in these months to explore and create awareness of who you are. Committing yourself to this course is an intense experience with self-study, regular yin yoga practice, will help to get you out of your comfort zone and can be highly transformative. 

      Will I be qualified to teach yoga once I complete the 100-hour teacher training program?

      Yes! Successfully completing the 100-hour program gives you the opportunity to teach, adjust and practice yin yoga in safe and inspiring way. From day 1 our faculty will guide you in deepening your practice and encourage your skills to become a confident and creative teacher.

      However, if this is your first yoga training you will notice that there’s so much more to learn that does not fit into 100 hours of training. Therefore you can consider this training as a strong foundation to build further on and we highly recommend following part II.

      What if I don't want to be a teacher?

      The 100-hour program is suitable for anyone who wants to deepen their knowledge of the anatomical aspects of yoga, and improve their own practice. Because of the deep understanding of the human body (anatomy and skeletal variations) that you gain, this training is also very relevant for people who want to exercise injury-free beyond the scope of yoga. It's also great for students who simply want to have a transformational experience and to be a part of our Equal Yoga Community. 

      Why is this Yin Teacher Training only 100 hours and not 200 hours?

      This is part 1 of a 200-hour yin training program, that focuses more on the physical part of yin yoga (movements, skeleton and muscles). Part I steps up to part II, that will dive deep into the energetic body. The second part focuses on the energetic, emotional and healing aspects (meridians, chi, organs & emotions) of Yin yoga, and allows you to teach and adjust all 35 Yin asanas in a safe and profound way. In part II the focus is on spiritual development and personal growth. You will learn more about the chakras, meridians, and Traditional Chinese Medicine Philosophy and how this can benefit your practice and daily life.

      Part II starts in September 2022. 

      What if I miss a day?

      We require that you complete all 100 hours of the teacher training. However, we understand that sometimes conflicts come up, and we have developed the make-up policy that is listed in the Study Guide.

      Please note that you can miss a maximum of 15 training hours (1.5 days), and you will have one year from the last day of your program to complete your attendance requirements. The missed class protocol will be provided in the Study Guide. 

      What style of yoga is yin yoga?

      Yin Yoga is a slow-paced approach practice where poses are held for a longer period of time in a relaxed way, up to 5 minutes or more. The practice requires little muscle engagement, which helps develop physical relaxation and flexibility. The real challenge of Yin Yoga lies in the ability to remain still and stay mindful and present with what comes up during the poses.

      Yin Yoga is a method that teaches you to let go and surrender, to slow down and stop identifying with the streams of thoughts and emotions, cultivating a deeper state of relaxation.

      Is this program Yoga Alliance Certified?

      We have made the decision to not extend our registration with Yoga Alliance. It is our belief that by creating our own training program we can better fuel future instructors with knowledge, critical thinking skills, and the kind of confidence that comes from joining a thorough education. The Yoga Alliance requirements limited us in having multiple excellent skilled teachers teaching their individual expertise and knowledge on several disciplines of yoga. 

      We will continue to train students in a manner that honours science, integrity, compassion and growth, without having to follow strict standard guidelines, but will still prepare and qualify you to teach all levels of practitioners after completion of our program. 

      AS OF 28TH NOVEMBER 2021

      • No classes after 17h00

      What is the booklist?

      Our in depth and highly informative Teacher Training Manual will be handed to you on day 1 and is included in the price of the training. Other required reading: 

      • Yin Yoga: Principles and Practice – 10th Anniversary Edition | Paul Grilley
      • The Complete Guide to Yin Yoga: The Philosophy and Practice of Yin Yoga | Bernie Clark
      • The Key Muscles of Yoga | Ray Lang
      • The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali | Translation and commentary by Sri Swami Satchidananda

      Optional additions/recommendations

      • Your Body, Your Yoga |Bernie Clark

      HOW TO REFER A FRIEND

      For each friend that signs up through your referral link and they take 1 class at Equal, you will receive a free class as a thank you!

      step 1: log into your account and click 'my info'
      step 2: click 'invite a friend' and enter your friends email address & optional personal message
      step 3: when your friend takes 1 class at Equal, a free class will automatically added to your account

      Good things come to those who sweat!