MBCY's Teacher Training FAQs
ACTUALLY, I HAVE A FEW QUESTIONS...
What are the dates/times for the next 200-hour YTT Program?
Most MBCY RYT-200/300/500 Certification programs run an average of 2-3 weeks apart, with weekend hours (Saturdays & Sundays from 7:30am-6:30pm). (RYT-300/500 programs run on Fridays from 6-9pm).
We recommend that you secure all dates on your calendar. Click here for upcoming dates.
Most trainings take place @ Global Breath Studio in vibrant downtown Durham.
What are the prerequisites/considerations for applying to the program?
Before applying for the training, all applicants:
Have attended at least 2 classes with Nina and/or Bart
If you are not from the Triangle area, please include in your application the names of the primary yoga studio where you practice, and/or your main teachers.
Have been practicing yoga regularly (2-4 times a week) for at least one year
All ryt-300/500 trainees must have obtained an ryt-200 in order to earn MBCY Advanced Professional Certification.
All applicants are asked to follow a vegetarian/vegan diet for the duration of the training, to the best of their ability.
How do I apply?
Please click here for step-by-step application instructions. In overview, the application will request:
Your personal information
A 500-word essay about your yoga experience and your intentions for the program
A $50 application fee (which is credited towards your program tuition upon acceptance)
After I submit the application, what can I expect?
You will hear back from an MBCY staff member within a few days to schedule a 1-hour phone and/or personal meeting. We can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions.
During your 1-hour private meeting, you will have the opportunity to talk about your application and the specifics of the training, ask questions, receive the book list, and make sure that the program is right for you.
For MBCY RYT-200 trainees:: After this conversation you will be able to pay your (non-refundable) $500 deposit to reserve your place. The $500 deposit goes toward your tuition, and serves to hold your space in the training. Because we accept so few trainees, it is recommended that you submit your registration fee as soon as you can. You may pay by cash, check or credit card (please note that there is a 3% surcharge for credit card transactions).
All MBCY trainees can purchase your books from Global Breath Studio at a discount. This also supports Letters (a local independent bookstore).
How much does it cost?
Check the application page for cost & discounts.
Included in the cost of tuition:
The MBCY Manual
MBCY Centering & MBCY Level l-lll Sequences
Private YT Supervision upon request
Unlimited free classes (at Global Breath Studio) during the time of the training
Not included in cost of tuition:
Course books & meditation CD. These can be purchased at a discount at Global Breath Studio.
Are there any discounts available? Do you offer any financial aid?
In some instances, there are various levels of early-bird discounts available. Please click here for more info.
In addition to our early-bird discounts, we offer:
Up to $600 in work-study credits for select students
0% interest personalized payment plans to accommodate your personal schedule & financial situation
MBCY graduates wishing to repeat their YTT experience may do so at a 30% reduction of tuition fee
All MBCY RYT-200 graduates who enter the MBCY RYT-300/500 Certification program receive their course study books free of charge.
What is the refund policy?
Cancellations made more than 30 days before the first day of training will be allowed a full refund of any payments made, minus the $50 application fee (and $500 MBCY RYT-200 deposit).
No refunds or credits are given for cancellations made less than 30 days before the first day of the training, or after the training starts.
Who are the teachers?
Yoga Therapist Nina Be (MEd, MA, NBCC, E-RYT-500)
Bart Westdorp (RYT500, Mindfulness Coach)
Rachel Niketopoulos (Alexander Technique)
Glenna Batson (Anatomy & Movement)
What if I have to miss any hours of a training weekend?
Up to 20 classroom hours can be made up, but only in case of medical emergency. Additional charges apply. As always, please feel free to discuss any questions or concerns you may have with an MBCY staff member or the program director.
What do I receive at the end?
Once you have completed the graduation requirements and they have been reviewed, you will receive a Certificate of Completion of the MBCY Yoga Training Program at the 200 hr OR 300/500 hour levels . If you wish, you may use this certificate to register with Yoga Alliance as an RYT-200 or 500.
I don’t want to teach yoga; is this the right program for me?
The MindBody Centering Yoga Teacher Training Immersions provide you with the tools to free your unlimited potential and to manifest the life you want to live. It can also prepare you to become a powerful yoga teacher. One can advance and practice their professional interests in:: Yoga & Mental Health, Yin Yoga, Restorative Yoga Nidra, Yoga For Trauma, The Power of the Chakras, Children's Yoga For Special Needs, Applied Mindfulness & Yoga for individuals and communities.
Even more, however, it allows you to build a meaningful relationship with your Self, empowering you to become a teacher in all fields of life. MBCY is one of the first professional yoga trainings teaching trauma-sensitive yoga techniques. Many people take part in a teacher training to deepen their practice and to arrive into a fuller understanding of yoga.Our professional experience in the transformative power of MBCY techniques has supported an approach that neither diagnoses nor prescribes for practitioners.
What will I learn during the MBCY RYT-200/300/500 trainings?
MBCY RYT-200: Certification in MBCY l & MBCY Centering Restorative Asana sequences
MBCY RYT-300/500: Certification in MBCY l-lll & MBCY Centering Restorative & Yoga Nidra Asana sequences along with specializations in Yoga for Trauma, Yoga for Mental Health, Yin Yoga, Restorative Yoga Nidra, Chakra Study for Empowerment, Applied Mindfulness, Children's Yoga for Special Needs.
Classical Hatha Raja Yoga & Buddhist Sutras
In-depth study of the ethics of yoga though the 8 limbs focusing on the yamas & niyamas
Mindfulness Meditation techniques and philosophy in Thich Nhat Hanh's Plum Village tradition
Dharma sharing for Yoga : for your Self, individuals, group classes and workshops
MBCY trauma-sensitive methodology as a foundation for injury-free sequencing for multi-level classes
Conscious Anatomy & Embodiment through the foundations of Alexander Technique, ideokinesis & neuro-physiology
Applied Mindfulness trainings for living
Mindful nutrition, sustainability, and community
MBCY ‘Reading the Body’: understanding & supporting with accurate hands-on facilitation of asana alignment
MBCY ‘Reading the state of Being’: assisting & supporting through Restorative Yoga and conscious anatomy practicum labs
MBCY Integrative Chakra creative study as a resource for presence & empowerment
Mindful ethics in building a thriving and sustainable business
Principles for designing multi-level yoga lesson plans for injury prevention
How demanding/time consuming is the training outside of training weekends?
The graduation requirements are:
Signed in and out attendance of all Teacher Training weekend hours: MBCY RYT-200 weekends are 22 hours, MBCY RYT-300/500 weekend trainings are 25 hours
Attendance of a minimum of 10 public classes at Global Breath Studio during the training. All regular yoga classes are free of charge during the Immersion.
Reading and completing all training module home work assignments.
Maintaining and tracking a daily practice of yoga and meditation throughout the Immersion
Observation of at least three public classes with Nina and/or Bart
MBCY RYT-200: Creating, teaching, analyzing & documenting at least (4) 1-hour community classes, using MBCY Centering & MBCY 1 sequences
MBCY RYT-200: Karma Yoga: offering 7 hours of Seva (selfless service) to support our global community through volunteer work
MBCY RYT-200: Teaching a 1-hour MBCY Asana class and ½-hour Yama/Niyama meditation (to your fellow Immersion participants) during the final weekend of the training
MBCY RYT-200: Successful completion of the MBCY final quiz
MBCY RYT-300/500: All criteria for MBCY RYT-300/500 Professional Certification is provided within each training module's homework and will be given by the lead teacher. These weekend module training hours accumulate to equal 300 hours of MBCY Advanced Professional Certification course study.
`Each weekend training module =30 hours of level l intensive study.
MBCY Advanced Professional Certification level ll courses = 20 hours of practicum in a specialized area of study focus:: Yoga for Trauma, Yoga for Mental Health, Yin Yoga, Restorative Yoga Nidra, Chakra Study, Applied Mindfulness, Children's Yoga for Special Needs.
Each MBCY RETREAT = 50 hours of intensive study. ( All Retreats must be registered for at least 30 days prior to the retreat)
Do I need to be in good health to participate in a teacher training?
Our MBCYTTI is open to all levels. As you will learn, when we meet people where they are, we attain understanding and compassion. Yoga is much more than a physical practice. That being said, please review the graduation requirements to understand what is expected of all students during the program. If you have concerns about your ability to complete any of the expected requirements, please feel free to confidentially speak with us at any time during your application process so that we can support you in making the best decision for your health and your journey.
How many students are typically in an MBCY 200-hour training?
Our training cohorts are deliberately small – usually between 6-12 people. A small group allows there to be room for everyone to receive individualized attention from Nina, Bart, Rachel, and the wonderful guest teachers who make this a once-in-a-lifetime experience. This MBCYTT provides a rare opportunity to study with experts in the fields of Hatha Raja Yoga (Classical, Vinyasa, Restorative), Mindfulness (in the lineage of Thich Nhat Hanh), Ayurveda and Anatomy (Alexander Technique & Somatics).
Is there anything else I need to provide?
Please note that all applicants are asked to follow a vegetarian diet for the duration of the training. All trainees are expected to bring a vegan dish to share for lunch during each day of training weekends.
Is this an inter-disciplinary approach to yoga training?
Yes. MBCY wants our teachers to be fully equipped to meet a person where they are.
The foundation of the MBCY lineage rests on the principals shared in the yoga sutras and practiced in the social activism of peace taught by Thich Nhat Hanh. We teach primary tenets of yoga technique from the Krishnamacharya lineage of Iyengar Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga, and the Hatha Raja Yoga of Dharma Mittra. Other layers of master teachings come from classical ballet, modern dance, theatre, Alexander technique, neurology, biology, ideo-kinesis, classical music, art history, meditation and BodyMind Centering.
What is a typical weekend schedule?
MBCY RYT-200: Weekends Sat & Sun 7:30am and close at 6:30pm.
MBCY RYT-300/500: Weekends Fridays 6-9 pm, Sat & Sun 7:30am and close at 6:30pm. A more detailed schedule can be discussed in your private meeting with the program director.
Can I attend if I am not from the Triangle area?
Yes. We can help you connect to people in the area for lodging. Durham is a fascinating place!
How do we track hours?
You sign in and out of all of your weekends and your MBCY manual is packed with helpful tools to support your practice. No worries!
Can I get credit for training I have done in the past or at another school?
Everything you do is evident in your Self and we acknowledge your integrity. Because the MBCY technique is unique, all hours for our programs need to be attended.
How long have MBCY trainings been offered?
Nina Be developed, practiced, and shared MindBody Centering in 1975 in New York City while she was working with professional performing artists and athletes. More than 25 MBCY RYT-200/300/500 teacher trainings have been offered over the past 10 years. We have graduated over 200 yogis, 90% of whom work as yoga professionals.
What are the deadlines?
The sooner you apply the better. This will help you prepare for your training, and save you money on tuition. We will accept applications until 7 days before a training starts, but keep in mind that the closer you get to the training, the more challenging it becomes to schedule your interview, and the more likely it will be that the training is full.
The deadline for completing all certification requirements is 90 days after the last day of the training.
How do I prepare for the program?
We suggest that everyone interested in this work come and take class at Global Breath Studio so as to become familiar with the language and effects of MBCY technique. Also, it will be of great support to clear one’s life of clutter, noisy media, aggression, junk food and cellular device attachment.
Can you offer any other information?
If you have any questions at all, someone from the MBCY program would be happy to speak with you in depth. Call 919-609-7967 or email email@example.com and someone will get back to you within 2 business days.
We wish you peace.