In addition to bendy limbs and lots of patience, becoming a yogi also requires cash money. Because no one will accept inner peace as currency.
Lucky for wannabe yoga instructors with a cash flow problem, United Yoga University and Yogic Arts Teacher Training are gifting one lucky winner with a spot in a November dual certification class at Exhale Spa. The winner will come away with a dual cert as a yoga and martial arts instructor.
Teacher trainings aren't cheap. This one generally runs $3,450.
"I'm honored to offer this contest. When I started studying yoga I really wanted to attend a yoga teacher training, but I was young and saving that much money was outside of my reach. When I finally attended the training, it changed every aspect of my life," says instructor Rae Indigo, who's running the contest.
"We think that this contest is fun and easy way to share our training and bring yoga to someone who normally wouldn't be able to afford a teacher training."
Best of all, no previous yoga experience is necessary. Entrants must be in good health and able to pass a physical exam, but otherwise, it's essentially a free-for-all.
"Previous yoga experience is recommended, but not required. We know how transformational this program can be for the right individual and we're willing to train anyone with the right attitude looking to radically change their life," Indigo says.
According to Indigo, the benefits of teacher training are pretty extensive, including a stronger, more coordinated body, a calm mind, understanding of Yoga Asana, the ability to control breath and prana, understanding of how to use Martial Arts Stances in Yoga, the ability to alleviate stress -- even a renewed outlook on life (and who couldn't use THAT?).
The winner will get to study with three master yoga and martial arts instructors, including Master Duncan Wong, Ruslan Kleytman, and Indigo herself.
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There are also lots of ways to enter the contest, from signing up for their newsletter to liking United Yoga University on Facebook to taking a yoga selfie and tagging @unitedyogauniversity. The contest runs through 11:59 p.m. PST on September 30, and you can enter daily. Visit their contest website for all the details.
Oh and if you want to buy your way into the program, that's an option, too. They're offering a 50-hour yogic arts immersion program with Master Wong for $650 (November 15 through 19), a 250-hour dual certification yoga and martial arts teacher training for $3,450 (November 15 through December 5) and a 200-hour United yoga teacher training for $2,950 (November 20 through December 5). Lots of choices.
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