Enrollment Support & Policies
Enroll early for your program, to help us confirm it for you. We publish a Confirmation Date for each of our programs (see the course description). Most of these are 4.5 weeks before the starting date. This protects you from making travel plans for a program that does not meet minimum enrollment.
- If minimum enrollment is reached before the Confirmation Date, we inform all enrolled students immediately. Plus we include the information in the course description; instead of a Confirmation Date, it says “CONFIRMED.”
- If minimum enrollment is not reached by 8 am (Eastern Time) on the Confirmation Date, the course will unfortunately be cancelled. People who are just thinking about that program are not counted (picture a smiley face here).
- On the Confirmation Date, all students enrolled in a course will be notified of the course status. When a course is confirmed, you then have time to purchase an affordable airline ticket, if needed.
You can count on a reply within 24 hours, whether you need information or advice to help you decide on a course, an explanation of payment plans or guidance on applying for a scholarship.
Datri (Nora) Beckjord, Enrollment Advisor
Helping you find your next yoga opportunity is Nora’s goal. As the Assistant Enrollment Advisor, Nora works closely with Kusuma to support you in enrolling in your next SVA program. Nora is a Certified Svaroopa® Yoga Teacher, Certified Embodyment® Yoga Therapist and has years of professional experience supporting clients. Nora says, “I am excited to help students to decide what courses are next for them as they continue on their yoga path.”
Kusuma (Karobi) Sachs, Assistant Enrollment Advisor
Always interested in helping you figure out what is best for you, Kusuma is both knowledgeable and supportive. Her many years as a Teacher Trainer makes her deeply knowledgeable about our programs, plus her ability to understand what you're looking for gives her the ability to support your choices.
We make payment plans available for our professional trainings so you can “earn while you learn.” Your growing skill as a Svaroopa® yoga teacher will provide you with the income to pay off your payments!
Your financial health is important to us, so we have set up the following policies to support you:
- Your payment plan begins with an initial payment, usually equal to two month’s payments. Your monthly payments will begin one month later.
- Payment plans total to a slightly higher figure than the standard enrollment, in order to cover our additional costs. Your scholarship awards and SATYA retake discount can apply with full prepayment at the time of enrollment, lowering your total payments.
- Your payments must be automated, which means they can be charged to your credit card or be an automatic debit to your bank account.
- Each payment plan has a preset number of months and monthly payment rate, which is calculated based on the length and total expense for the program.
- You can pay off your payment plan early, with no additional fees.
- The maximum you can owe on payment plans at any point in time is $5,000.00. If you want to enroll in a program that would take you to a higher level of indebtedness, we’ll work with you to help you find what you’re looking for in a different way.
- You will sign an agreement, documenting your monthly payment amount and dates as well as the total you will pay for each payment plan.
You receive the discounted member tuition on our programs if you have a membership in any of these membership types:
- SATYA membership — prerequisite: graduate of Foundations of Svaroopa® yoga
- Shishya membership — prerequisite: application and approval by Swami Nirmalananda
- Monthly Donor membership — prerequisite: automated monthly donation of $15.00 or more
Discount on Repeated Courses
SATYA members enjoy a 40% discount off the standard tuition when repeating a YTT, EYTS or ATT courses at our home facility in PA. The discount applies only to tuition, and does not apply to DTS, Housing & Meals or Material Fees
- Discounts apply only to tuition, not to DTS, material fees or housing & meals.
- Discounts are always taken off the standard (not early) rate.
- The membership which qualifies you for a discount is listed in the program's enrollment fee information. Your membership must be current for you to qualify for the discount and must continue until the program's completion.
Rising Star ★ Shining Star
Yogis who are age 45 or under are eligible for our Rising Star Scholarship when they are referred for Teacher Training by their Svaroopa® yoga teacher (who is a SATYA member).
Both the Rising Star and the Shining Star (the referring teacher) receive 50% Tuition Scholarships on programs in 2017 & 2018. Click here for more info and to apply.
Need-Based Scholarships: Professional Trainings
SATYA Expanded Scholarships: Professional Trainings
We support the Svaroopa® yoga teachers who share Svaroopa® yoga most widely through these scholarships. Teachers with 30 or more students per week are eligible for our Expanded Scholarship program, with no financial information required on the application. The more you teach, the more we want to help you study! You carry Svaroopa® yoga to the next generation, so we want to help you expand your skills and deepen your expertise. Click here to download the Expanded Scholarship application.
Mandali Travels Scholarships
Wherever one of our teachers is teaching outside of Downingtown PA, we offer need-based scholarships to support yogis who would not be able to attend without help. The amount of scholarship is a percentage of the course revenue, a tithe to the community whom we serve in offering the program. These programs are available for Weekend Workshops and on-the-road Foundations programs, and are awarded 2-3 weeks before the program begins.
Contact your Program Host, the local yogi sponsoring the program (listed in the program information). Click here for our calendar, to find your program and contact information.
All of these policies apply to your whole program as well as to any part of your program.
Switching Programs: At our main studio, you may switch your enrollment to another program. If your new program has lower tuition, you will be refunded the difference in tuition less the change fee. If you are making this switch more than 30 days prior to the start of the original course, a $25 change fee is assessed. If you are making this switch later than the 30 days prior to the start of your original course, the change fee is $50.
Early Cancellation: Up to 10 days after the date you enrolled in the course: you receive a full refund of all moneys paid if your refund is given by check, or full refund less 8% cancellation fee if refund is given by credit card (due to the credit card fees involved). Allow up to 2 weeks for processing.
Later Cancellation: Between 11 days after the date you enrolled in the course and 8 days before the course start date: you receive a refund of all moneys paid less a $250 cancellation fee. Allow up to 2 weeks for processing.
Late Cancellation: Within 7 days of your course start date and up until the course begins: you receive a refund of all tution moneys paid less a $250 cancellation fee will be issued, and a refund of 50% of your total housing and meals costs. Allow up to 2 weeks for processing. (If you register within 7 days prior to the course start date, the Late Cancellation policy supercedes the Early Cancellation policy.) For a Teaching Review, your enrollment is cancelled if we do not receive your video and audio (or your on-site reviewer's report) within one month of your enrollment date; there is a cancellation fee of $50.00.
After the Course Begins: Once the course has begun, there are no refunds, even if you are not in attendance.
Early Withdrawal: If you cancel out of a program with multiple parts, you will pay only for the program that you attended (without any discounts) and refunded the amount you have paid that covers subsequent trainings. The completed programs fees are based on the per-program pricing, plus any applicable change and cancellation fees.
- For withdrawing from YTT Component A, for example, after taking only part of it, the discount package pricing, the early payment discount and member discount are lost, and “per part pricing” applies.
Svaroopa® Vidya Ashram is dedicated to providing the finest professional training available for yoga and meditation teachers. We are more than a place to learn yoga poses. We guide you through deepening levels of knowledge and practice so that, when you are certified, you have obtained the deepest and most thorough yoga experience possible.
Naturally this entails a certain amount of rigor in your training as well as personalized assessment in each level of your training. Not everyone learns in the same way or at the same rate as someone else, so we team with you to maximize your proficiency. Yet we also need to make sure you are prepared to handle someone else's body and mind both yogically and effectively.
Following each professional training and again after each DTS course, you receive a formal grade letter. The grades are “Pass,” “No Pass,” “Pass with Conditions,” "Incomplete," "Completed" and "Invited to YTT."
Pass: You have demonstrated your mastery of the material presented in the training and are ready to teach others as well as to study at the next level of training.
No Pass: You have not demonstrated your mastery of the material and are not ready to teach others nor to study at the next level of training. You need to re-take the training in order to develop mastery and earn a grade of "Pass." As a SATYA member, you are eligilbe for a "Retake Discount" on your tuition.
Pass with Conditions: You have not demonstrated your mastery of the material and are not ready to teach others nor to study at the next level of training. You need additional support to fully master it, which we list for you as your "Conditions." When you successfully fulfill your conditions, your grade is changed to "Pass."
Incomplete: For some reason you were unable to attend all of the training sessions. You are not ready to teach others nor to study at the next level of training. You need to re-take the training in order to develop mastery and earn a grade of "Pass." As a SATYA member, you are eligilbe for a "Retake Discount" on your tuition.
Completed: You have completed the training and gained valuable skills to use in your own yoga practice, but are not prepared to teach others. This training will not make you eligible for certification nor serve as a prerequisite for later levels of professional training.
Invited to YTT: You have demonstrated your mastery of the material presented in the Foundations of Svaroopa Yoga training and are ready to serve as a substitute teacher and are invited to enroll in our Teacher Training.