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Teacher Training Policies & Need to Knows


Unlimited yoga membership is included in the total cost of the training.  It will be valid two weeks prior to our first weekend of study and will end one week after our last weekend of study.

Books and study materials are not included in the registration fees.  Trainees can borrow books from the library or friends or buy new copies to keep in their personal yoga library.  We will offer at cost pricing for materials a few weeks before we begin.

If you are participating in this training as an Advanced Studies participant and are not interested in becoming a certified yoga teacher, you will pay the same rates and you can either skip practice teaching exercises or use that opportunity for self study.  We will have a detailed schedule each weekend and you can pick and choose which sessions to attend or not. 

No sharing or exchanging
 of teacher training unlimited yoga memberships.  Per our typical membership offering, you will get 3 guest passes to share with friends during the training for classes + 10% off purchases at the studio. 

Our teacher training manual will be online and shared using google docs and will not be printed.  Participants are welcome to print sections as they see fit.  We will share materials one week prior to each study weekend.  We will print and share some worksheets to help you integrate our teachings, but are trying to use technology to save trees and headaches!

Cancellation & Refund Policies

To request refunds and/or prevent future charges please submit written notice of cancellation to info@smilingdogyoga.com or leave handwritten notice at the front desk of the studio.  The notice is to indicate the expected last date of attendance and be signed and dated by the student.  We will confirm any refunds / final charges within 7 days via email.  Cancellation requests must be received at least 14 days prior to weekend meetings and automatic payment dates to prevent future payments.  If you pay for teacher training sessions and you will not attend, we will offer studio credit minus $100 admin fee for you to use at the studio in another way.

Cancellation Prior to First Weekend Session:
 Any student who submits written cancellation request within seven (7) days of paying the initial deposit or full tuition will receive a refund of all monies paid.  After 7 days refunds will be minus $100 administrative fee.

Denial of Enrollment: If an applicant is denied enrollment, 100% of all student fees and tuition paid will be returned upon denial confirmation.

For those who pay in full for the training up front, refunds will be calculated based on the weekends lapsed.  You will receive a refund of your total tuition paid minus $100 administration fee and minus $350 (if paid early bird pricing) or $415 (if paid regular price) for each weekend lapsed.  For example, after attending 2 weekends and you paid early bird pricing you would get $2400 - $100 admin fee - $700 for two weekends attended = $1600 refund. 

For students who cancel who are on the monthly payment plan, remaining payments will be cancelled and deposit / initial payment forfeited.  


Missed Sessions

If you are enrolled in the teacher certification program and miss any sessions of the training, you have the following options to make up your hours towards certification, if so desired.  We do not offer refunds for missed sessions after the fact nor do we cancel monthly payments in the case of missed sessions for those who have committed to the entire course / all weekends.
  1. Pay for an additional private session with the teacher training leaders for an extra fee of $150 for a 120 min session to get a summary of what you missed in the case you do not want to wait to take the weekend again in the following year.  In this case you must make up the difference of missed hours by taking classes at the studio.  You can schedule a private yoga > teacher training makeup session through our MB system here or email your instructors to find a time that works.
  2. Make up any missed hours less than an entire weekend (16 hours) by taking classes at the studio totaling your missed hours.
  3. For those on the payment plan who wish to pause/cancel payment for a missed weekend, please contact us with at least 14 days notice before your scheduled payment.  We will cancel payments for a $50 cancellation fee.  You will be required to pay the weekend drop-in price if you wish to retake the weekend down the road and can make up hours as detailed above with private yoga and/or attending classes within 1 years of being accepted into our program.
  4. Those who wish to become certified must attend most of the sessions and cannot use the make up hours for more than two missed weekends.  If you miss more than 2 weekends, you may not be eligible to be hired at Smiling Dog.
A student will be automatically withdrawn if s/he has not attended any of the regularly scheduled teacher training classes for two (2) consecutive scheduled weekend sessions. In this case, the withdrawal date will be the date of the consecutive missed class and we will cancel payments accordingly.


We look forward to deepening our practice together.  Questions/concerns, email: val@valentinapetrovaconsulting.com