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200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training

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Our 200 hour yoga teacher training program helps students to understand the roots of yogic wisdom while developing teaching skills and class designs.  It is life changing and a beautiful foundation for an amazing journey ahead as a yoga teacher.

We offer 2 ways to complete the 200 hour yoga teacher training program: The 16 day Immersion or the Extended format with bi-monthly meetings over 4 months.

Both SOYA Yoga Teacher Training Programs begin at home where students  complete anatomy, a number of written philosophy assignments and a focused personal practice during the months leading up to program start. Ongoing support is offered during home study through a facebook group, email and phone calls.

Letters from the MastersLearn teachings from the Yoga Masters of the past. Daily sessions include detailed instruction and practice in various styles of Hatha Yoga such as Ashtanga, Sivananda, Flow and Yin. The SOYA training is known for its in-depth study of philosophy, meditation, mantra, pranayama, anatomy, asana and teaching skills as part of the comprehensive curriculum.  Lessons completed at home are reviewed, discussed and put into practice. Students design a series of  Class Lesson Plans. Students practice teaching throughout the entire program, developing confidence and expertise in their teaching skills and the ability to modify asanas for most people’s needs.

Students will receive a 200 hour certificate and be eligible for registration with Yoga Alliance as RYT200 (Registered Yoga Teacher – 200 Hr) upon completion. Registration is recommended two months prior to the training to allow time for the written assignments to be completed.

200 Hour Course Curriculum

  • Studies in the Bhagavad Gita
  • Studies in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
  • Understanding Chakras
  • Meditation
  • Kriyas and their practice
  • Basic Pranayama
  • Asanas with Benefits, Cautions & Modifications
  • Anatomy of Movement
  • Professionalism
  • Sanskrit Pronunciation
  • Creating Six Lesson Plans with Sequencing
  • Teaching Practicum – daily practice in developing teaching skills culminating in teaching a personally designed one-hour class
  • Ongoing support after graduation as you advance your skills as a teacher

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200 Hour Homework

(To be completed at home prior to the start of the program) 

1) 15 written assignments in philosophy, including the Yoga Sutras, Bhagavad Gita, Chakras, Meditation, Pranayama and more. These need to be completed prior to arriving at the Immersion portion of the Program so register as early as possible prior to the Immersion to give yourself time to complete these.  Most locations send the textbooks and manual to you upon registration – some wait until they have the minimum number of students to run the training. Please check this with your training location.

2) Online Anatomy with Martin Kirk. This course is perfect for understanding Anatomy in relationship to Yoga and asana.  This is an online pre-recorded 15 hour webinar.  Work at your own pace and refer back to the program as often as you like! SOYA students have access to all of Martin’s webinars (spine, shoulder, pelvis, leg/knee/ankle/foot, arm/elbow/wrist/hand) and Martin’s anatomy slides.  The recordings are always available to you, even after completion.  SOYA will register you for this training when you pay your deposit. Please complete the course before arriving at the immersion retreat:

3) Keep practicing regularly in your local yoga classes or workshops!

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A sample day during the immersion:

  • 7am morning kriyas, meditation, pranayama.
  • 8:30am asana class
  • 10am philosophy session
  • 12:00pm  lunch and questions and answers
  • 12:45pm Teaching Asanas Lab and working on lesson planning
  • 5pm Asana class
  • 6:30pm meditation and pranayama
  • 7:30pm close for dinner

Day 4 and day 9 will end at 1pm with the afternoons off.

A sample Saturday and Sunday daily schedule:

  • 7:30am morning kriyas, meditation, pranayama.
  • 8:30am asana class
  • 10am philosophy session
  • 12:00pm  lunch and questions and answers
  • 12:30pm Teaching Asanas Lab and working on lesson planning
  • 4:30pm Asana class
  • 6:00pm meditation and pranayama
  • 6:30pm close for the day