ORGANIC YOGA COMPANY, RYS

About Organic Yoga Co. 

Organic Yoga Company continues to be a dynamic and growing yoga studio and school in Sioux Falls. In just the past few years, so many exciting events have happened.  The studio expanded into a Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga School for a 200-hour yoga teacher training; four of our students have become Registered Yoga Teachers; OYC's owner, Nancy Hong, was featured in Sioux Falls' "She" magazine; and OYC sports a new name and website. One aspect about OYC that has never changed is the dedication to natural and sustainable yoga. Read below to find out more about Organic Yoga Company's foundation in practice.

Foundations of Teaching at Organic Yoga Co. 

OYC uses two different lists of guidelines in our studio classes and in our TT 200 program.  These guideline are like a map that teachers use to guide students through a yoga practice  that is natural & sustainable, unique to each person and enables them to go as deeply into their yoga practice as they desire! Since all OYC teachers use these guidelines all classes are congruent in their foundations and have a harmonious feeling between them but then OYC teachers take these guiding principles add in their personality, teaching style, playlists, and teaching philosophy to make each class unique! 

The first guideline: The 8 Limbs of Yoga as outlined by the ancient sage, Patanjali:

Yamas: 5 ethical restraints
Niyamas: 5 ethical practices
Asana: physical poses/postures
Pranayama: breathing practices
Pratyahara: withdrawal of the senses
Dharana: concentration
Dhyana: meditation                                                                                                                                                                                              
Samadhi: union with the Divine. 

The second guideline: The Eight Principles of Movement as taught by Susi Hately: 

Nourish relaxation & breathe.
Initiate movement: Keep the spine in mind!
Connect spinal movement with the largest joints 1st.
Move joints in their optimum range of motion.
Develop core stability.
Be relaxed & resilient!
Be generous with yourself: move in your pain-free range of motion.
Less is more (really)!

Our Name 

Organic Yoga Co. (O.Y.C.), used to be Yoga-Dog Studio in honor of Nancy's dog, Socks. Why the change? The training Nancy Hong received at Yoga North, Duluth, MN changed the way she understands, practices & teaches yoga. Her goal is to pass on the teaching she receive so that others can learn a way of practicing yoga that is natural, sustainable, and, well, organic to their bodies, minds & spirits.

Certifications & Training 

All teachers at OYC have letters (RYT) and numbers (200 or 500) after their names.  What do those letters & #'s mean? In the yoga community the international governing body, Yoga Alliance, sets standards for yoga teachers & yoga teaching schools. So, if one takes teacher training (TT) at a school that meets those standards for their instructors and offers a program that fulfills the Yoga Alliance required curriculum, upon completion one can register with Yoga Alliance and receive the designation RYT, or Registered Yoga Teacher.  Further, there are two levels of teacher training, TT200 & TT500.  All of our teachers have been trained at either the TT200 level or TT500 and are certified & registered with Yoga Alliance, and are current with their continuing education requirements.

Also, if a teacher has an 'E' in front of their RYT that indicates that they completed over 1000 hours of teaching since becoming RYT 200. The E stands for “Experienced” Registered Yoga Teacher and is given after Yoga Alliance approves the documented 1000 hours.  An 'E' before a RYT-500 indicates that that teacher has completed over 2000 hours of teaching and has maintained their registered status with YA (that includes continuing education among other requirements).

But of course, in yoga the learning never ends!  All teachers at OYC are committed to learning more on our journeys as students & as teachers of yoga.


Organic Yoga Company - 2401 S. 2nd Avenue - Sioux Falls, SD 57105 - 605.366.9405 - OrganicYogaCo@yahoo.com