Teacher Training FAQ


The Modo Yoga Teacher Training is truly one of a kind. Whether you’re interested in walking the path to becoming a teacher, or you want to dive deeper into this incredible practice, it can be a life-changing experience to say the least.

All trainings are organized, managed, and guided entirely by Modo International, not by Modo Yoga Waterloo. To find out more about upcoming trainings and specific training details, visit the Modo International website and direct any questions to teachertraining@modoyoga.com.
Though we don’t run the trainings, here are some FAQs we regularly receive at MYW to help you out:


1. If I take the Modo Teacher Training, will I be guaranteed a teaching position at Modo Yoga Waterloo?
No, but you will get unlimited high fives. Modo Yoga Waterloo cannot guarantee that a teaching position will be available upon your completion of training. We encourage you to embrace the journey and explore your practice free of expectation and result of where it may take you.


2. It says on the application that I need a referral from my home studio in order to apply, what does this mean and how do I get that?
Being a student of Modo Yoga Waterloo and part of the Modo community, you have our support 100% to explore the teacher training program. Modo International will contact us to verify that you meet the number of years and classes practiced. Modo teacher trainings are sized appropriately so that you have the opportunity to connect to your experience and the experience has the opportunity to connect to you. For each training, Modo International typically determines regional need for teachers and may offer up to two spots to applicants from Waterloo based on their experience and other criteria for approving teacher training applications.


3. What happens after training is over and I return home to Modo Yoga Waterloo?
Congratulations! We encourage you to leverage your recent experience to pursue the Modo International distance learning program, which you are required to complete by the International team if you plan to explore a teaching position at any Modo studio.
If you decide to move forward with the distance learning, you are on your way to the full 500-hour certification and will be assigned a Peer Support Group Leader through Modo International to help and guide you along the way. All assignments can be completed outside any Modo studio from anywhere in the world. If you find yourself back in Waterloo, we would like to offer you access to a Modo Yoga Waterloo hot room based on availability and around our regularly scheduled classes to practice teach for a period of 10 months after your intensive program graduation date. Please note, we open 2 slots per week for practice teaching classes that are done on a by-donation basis (with money going to the karma charity of the month). All advertising for these classes is done by you. GOOOOO Reach Out pillar!


4. I applied for teacher training and have yet to be accepted and want to re-apply, what do I do?
No worries. Chances are, Modo International still has your application on file, send them an email at info@modoyoga.com and let them know you’d like to be considered again. Good luck!


5. But for real you guys, I completed my teacher training, am fully engaged with this process and REALLY want to teach at MYW. What do I need to do to get on the main schedule?


Step 1: Practice teach and hit the ground running. We have found that there is no substitute for growth as a new teacher than repetition and your ability to simply get the words out to find your voice as a yoga instructor. Schedule classes for your family and friends in parks, living rooms, rooftops, and beaches and of course take advantage of the hot rooms when they are available at the Waterloo studio. No matter where or what the class is, take it seriously and teach an inspired experience.


Step 2: You have 10 months from your intensive program graduation date to practice teach and get approved to teach on the Modo Yoga Waterloo Community Class schedule. When you have practiced your brains out and feel ready, send the studio an invite at info@modoyogawaterloo.com to come take your class. Based on availability, representatives of the MYW studios will attend and determine if you are ready — provided that there is space on the Community Class schedule — to move forward.
At MYW we honor you as a student and as a teacher and will require a certain caliber of teaching and practice in order to become one of our community class instructors. Practice Classes are not compensated financially, but provide an opportunity for the MYW students, staff and community to take your class and for you to develop your teaching.


Step 3: Continue to teach Community Classes for up to 10 months and keep your eyes open for teaching positions that may come available in Waterloo and reach our to other Modo studios. There are many ways to get involved and stay involved with the Waterloo studios. Dive in to all opportunities to connect to the students, fellow teachers, and community through things like community events, workshops etc.


6. Do I have to pay for class after I complete my Modo teacher training?
We get it, training isn’t cheap and chances are you had to quit your job or take a full month off, so to show our support we will give you 3 years free of unlimited yoga starting from the day you graduation from training. This is one of our ways of supporting you as you soak up as much sweaty yoga as possible.


7. I just started practicing hot yoga at Modo Yoga Waterloo, and its changed my life! I want to quit my job and become a teacher ASAP!
Many of the teachers here in Waterloo can say that we have had similar if not the same thoughts near the beginning of our yoga journey. The practice, community, teachers, and sweat is amazing and transformative and know that these feelings and thoughts are extremely natural. However, we strongly suggest that you develop a regular practice (4-6 times per week) for at least a year before applying for teacher training. It’s an intense process to open up to all that the practice has to offer and even in a year’s time we are just scratching the surface. The year is a great period of time to prepare your body and your mind first in order to get the most out of your training experience.


8. I have no interest in becoming a teacher, but I am curious and want to explore the month-long journey and study with Modo yoga. Can I still be accepted into the training?
Totally! The teacher training is awesome no matter what. It is an incredibly powerful experience to dedicate 30 straight days to yourself and move from habit to choice! Amazing teachers are amazing people that are willing to really look at where in their life there is room to grow. The training is a wonderful place for this. Also, there is a $500 discount on tuition if you are pursuing the month intensive as a way to deepen your practice and do not wish to teach. For more information email teachertraining@modoyoga.com.