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This teacher training offers students in-depth skills to explore Yoga as a vehicle for vibrant health, self transformation, and personal empowerment. Our curriculum includes a unique blend of alignment-based vinyasa flow, a solid foundation in Hatha Yoga and 200 hours of instruction offered within a therapeutic framework.

The instruction will cover a wide range of Yoga techniques including Yoga postures, anatomy, relaxation, breath awareness, pranayama, meditations to calm the mind, contemplations to transform limiting tendencies into life affirming thought patterns, and the application of clear, anatomy-informed principles of alignment to create safety, balance, and freedom in Yoga poses. Students explore concepts from Ayurveda, the Upanishads, Patanjali and the Chakra System as frameworks for the application of Yoga as a journey towards radiant health and wellbeing.

The asana emphasis includes both level one/two alignment-based vinyasa flow sequencing as well as gentler and restorative variations. Expect to practice asana from all category of poses including standing poses, hip openers, forward bends, backward bends, twists, inversions, balancing, supine, seated and prone. Modifications for all levels of practitioners are provided and all levels of abilities are welcome to attend.

Rather than offer standard sequencing or rigid methodologies, students are exposed to frameworks that inspire each yoga teacher to adopt the practices, awaken their creativity and find their own authentic voice as a teacher.

Graduates of this program feel empowered to teach a variety of Yoga class types, including all levels vinyasa Yoga, alignment-based classes, Yoga foundations, senior, gentle, and restorative.

What You'll Learn In Your 200 Hour Teacher Training

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Yoga Style: Hatha/Vinyasa/Restorative with a Therapeutic View

Skill Level: All Levels

Class Demographics:  Ages 17 – 70, diversity welcome. Our class sizes are typically between 18 - 25 students.

Certification: 
Soma Yoga Institute 200 Certification, Yoga Alliance RYT-200 Upon Successful Completion

Instructors: Train with C-IAYT Certified Yoga Therapists & E-RYT 500 Master Teachers with 20 + years experience

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Hand Selected & Prestine ECo-Retreat Locations 

Nicoya Peninsula of Costa Rica has been identified as one of the five blue zones on the planet. Located are near Cabo Blanco National Park, Karen Mogensen Nature Reserve, and Caletas Ario wildlife refuge. Therefore, while visiting the tropical eco-resort you are likely to spot some of Costa Rica’s shyest and most endangered tropical dry forest inhabitants, for example, the black howler monkey, the white-headed capuchin, tropical deer, macaws, eagles as well as sea turtles.

hawaii

Hawaii Island Retreat Center (HIRC) offers luxury accommodations in elegant Hawaiian style in harmony with nature. Visualize a very special location of intentional peacefulness, set among towering evergreens and ocean breezes along Hawaii Island's North Kohala coast. When you visit you quickly realize the wonder of this sacred land. Here, you can relax and unwind in gardens, wild groves, and along ancient valley trails.

greece

A tranquil island atmosphere with clear azure waters, dazzling beaches, delicious food and breath taking landscapes, Okreblue Yoga Retreat offers the perfect space to immerse in reflective practices. Located on the magical Greek Island of Paros, this seaside eco-retreat center is in an area of exceptional natural beauty, overlooking the blue waters of the Aegean Sea with sand dunes, aged cedar forests, “secret” coves with sandy beaches and clear waters.

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peru

Visualize waking up every morning at the base of majestic mountains, in the valley of the Incas. You will venture into a land abundant with sacred places, mysticism, and shamans and have a chance to mingle with the lovely sweet people of Peru. The special Nidra Wasi Retreat Center is located at the feet of Apu Intihuatana, Pisac´s main archaeological site, in the Sacred Valley. Surrounded by beautiful mountains and within a holistic yoga and medicine community. 

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curriculum highlights

This teacher training program is approved with Yoga Alliance (Y.A.) and graduates are eligible to register with Y.A. as a Registered Yoga Teacher at the 200-hour level (RYT-200). The therapeutic perspective & curricular components of this program are based on Liz's registration as a Certified Yoga Therapist with the International Association of Yoga Therapists (C-IAYT) and not derived from her status as an E-RYT 500 with the Y.A. Registry as the Y.A. Registry does not certify therapists, solely yoga teachers.

Please note: A complete curriculum prospectus is available below:

Certification as a RYT-200 with Yoga Alliance

A solid foundation in classical Hatha Yoga – including alignment based vinyasa flow and restorative yoga within a therapeutic framework.

An anatomy and biomechanically informed alignment system that helps to address common misalignments and keeps your students safe

Modifications and adaptations for all bodies, including special populations such as seniors, pregnancy, and those with injuries

Gain insights into your (true) nature through the wisdom of Yoga and its philosophy


Explore breath work, mantra and meditation as tools to create vibrant health and wellbeing in your life

Learn the art of sequencing yoga classes that honors your authentic voice and meets the needs of your student population

Business of Yoga & How to Build Your Yoga Community

Learn to share the practices with others in a safe and powerful way

Build self-confidence and tap into your amazing potential in a supportive, nurturing environment

Train with highly experienced, knowledgeable and passionate teacher

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Do I have to be able to do a handstand (or any pose for that matter, just fill in the blank) to do a yoga teacher training?


I am not sure I want to teach yoga is it still ok for me to take this program?


When can I start the training?


How long will it take to complete the program?


FAQs

How are the live calls established, what if I cant make the call times?


How are the mentor meetings established?


What is your Happiness Guarantee?


Is it really possible to learn to teach yoga online?


Are there exams that I have to pass?


What do all these initials mean anyway? What is a RYT -200, E-RYT 500 and a C-IAYT Yoga Therapist?


What certification do I get at the end of the program?


Will I able to teach Yoga in my community with your certification?


I have more questions, how can I get in touch with you?


What experience do I need to be eligible to participate?

This is the first level of a yoga teacher training program known as a 200-hour level training program. The requirement for participation is a deep desire to learn more about yoga. Our groups are comprised of students who consider themselves beginners to yoga, those who have been practicing for a few to many years, and those who are already teaching yoga and want to dive more deeply into the therapeutic approach.  All of our students, from beginners to advanced, learn a tremendous amount. If you love yoga and want to learn more we welcome you to join us. 

Do I have to be able to do a handstand (or any pose for that matter, just fill in the blank) to do a yoga teacher training?


I am not sure I want to teach yoga is it still ok for me to take this program?


When can I start the training?


How long will it take to complete the program?


FAQs

How are the live calls established, what if I cant make the call times?


How are the mentor meetings established?


What is your Happiness Guarantee?


Is it really possible to learn to teach yoga online?


Are there exams that I have to pass?


What do all these initials mean anyway? What is a RYT -200, E-RYT 500 and a C-IAYT Yoga Therapist?


What certification do I get at the end of the program?


Will I able to teach Yoga in my community with your certification?


I have more questions, how can I get in touch with you?


I am not sure if I want to (or if I am ready to) teach yoga but I am very interested in deepening my own understanding of this amazing path, am I still allowed to take this training? 

Yes, absolutely! Many students immerse themselves in yoga teacher trainings to deepen their own knowledge and understanding. The experience brings great benefit to all levels of oneself - body, mind, heart and brain.

In the words of one of our graduates:  "This training allowed for such broad and deep learning that went way beyond how to teach yoga. It empowered me, and has provided me with foundational tools that I can use for the rest of my life—not only as a yogi, but also as a productive human on Earth. Perspective is everything and learning to first see myself with loving kindness has allowed me to develop a more balanced and peaceful inner world where I can listen to my deepest intuition and let it guide me. Whether or not you come here to teach yoga, you will find empowerment and the ability within yourself to do anything and everything you hope to do." —Sierra Martin

Do I have to be able to do a handstand (or any pose for that matter, just fill in the blank) to do a yoga teacher training?


I am not sure I want to teach yoga is it still ok for me to take this program?


When can I start the training?


How long will it take to complete the program?


FAQs

How are the live calls established, what if I cant make the call times?


How are the mentor meetings established?


What is your Happiness Guarantee?


Is it really possible to learn to teach yoga online?


Are there exams that I have to pass?


What do all these initials mean anyway? What is a RYT -200, E-RYT 500 and a C-IAYT Yoga Therapist?


What certification do I get at the end of the program?


Will I able to teach Yoga in my community with your certification?


I have more questions, how can I get in touch with you?


Do I have to be able to do a handstand to take this program?

Absolutely not. All students, regardless of their physical ability or proficiency in the poses are encouraged to attend. Yoga is a journey and not a destination. Therefore all students are encouraged to begin where they are and take the modifications that they need to create health and safety in their body and mind. In fact, a diversity of abilities and body types in the group provides a rich, fertile ground for the teaching-learning environment. Please note: if you have medical considerations please check with your health care professional about the practicality and safety of attending an active yoga intensive.

Do I have to be able to do a handstand (or any pose for that matter, just fill in the blank) to do a yoga teacher training?


I am not sure I want to teach yoga is it still ok for me to take this program?


When can I start the training?


How long will it take to complete the program?


FAQs

How are the live calls established, what if I cant make the call times?


How are the mentor meetings established?


What is your Happiness Guarantee?


Is it really possible to learn to teach yoga online?


Are there exams that I have to pass?


What do all these initials mean anyway? What is a RYT -200, E-RYT 500 and a C-IAYT Yoga Therapist?


What certification do I get at the end of the program?


Will I able to teach Yoga in my community with your certification?


I have more questions, how can I get in touch with you?


When this is complete are you considered a certified yoga teacher or does that require additional hours?  

Upon completion of the program, you will be a certified 200-hour level yoga instructor through Soma Yoga Institute. This teacher-training program is also a Registered Yoga School (RYS) with Yoga Alliance (YA) and our graduates are eligible to apply for Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) status. Registration with the Yoga Alliance is not mandatory although it is encouraged for those who wish to teach yoga. Once a student completes this training program they will be eligible to register with Yoga Alliance as a Registered Yoga Teacher at the 200-hour level (RYT-200). 

Do I have to be able to do a handstand (or any pose for that matter, just fill in the blank) to do a yoga teacher training?


I am not sure I want to teach yoga is it still ok for me to take this program?


When can I start the training?


How long will it take to complete the program?


FAQs

How are the live calls established, what if I cant make the call times?


How are the mentor meetings established?


What is your Happiness Guarantee?


Is it really possible to learn to teach yoga online?


Are there exams that I have to pass?


What do all these initials mean anyway? What is a RYT -200, E-RYT 500 and a C-IAYT Yoga Therapist?


What certification do I get at the end of the program?


Will I able to teach Yoga in my community with your certification?


I have more questions, how can I get in touch with you?


What is Yoga Alliance and the RYT 200 Credential?

Yoga Alliance is a national non-profit organization that “exists to confer credibility on qualified yoga teachers and schools so the public can have confidence in the quality of yoga instruction they receive”. Due to the popularity and growth of yoga in the United States, the need for competent teachers and safe classes is apparent. Yoga Alliance sets standards, maintains a registry of yoga teachers whose training and experience meet these minimum standards, along with a registry of yoga schools whose curriculum meet their minimum standards.

Soma Yoga Institute is a registered school with Yoga Alliance at the 200 and 300 level (RYS200 & RYS300). Upon graduation from our immersion programs, our students are eligible to register with Yoga Alliance as an RYT-200 and for those who complete the advanced training as an RYT-300.

The Yoga Alliance Registry does not certify yoga therapists, solely yoga teachers. For more information visit: http://yogaalliance.org/

Do I have to be able to do a handstand (or any pose for that matter, just fill in the blank) to do a yoga teacher training?


I am not sure I want to teach yoga is it still ok for me to take this program?


When can I start the training?


How long will it take to complete the program?


FAQs

How are the live calls established, what if I cant make the call times?


How are the mentor meetings established?


What is your Happiness Guarantee?


Is it really possible to learn to teach yoga online?


Are there exams that I have to pass?


What do all these initials mean anyway? What is a RYT -200, E-RYT 500 and a C-IAYT Yoga Therapist?


What certification do I get at the end of the program?


Will I able to teach Yoga in my community with your certification?


I have more questions, how can I get in touch with you?


I have already taken a 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training, is there benefit to take this program?

Yes, without a doubt. We do have yoga teachers and students of yoga attend this program who have already taken another 200-hour YTT. These students consistently report that they are able to absorb the material on a much deeper level then the first time through. In fact, our most recent graduate stated: "I thought this was the best YTT I had attended (and, I have done many). Students became confident teachers. After this training for only 200-hours many students taught classes that were professional, classes as good as many I have attended. The quality of the yoga instruction was outstanding; the alignment was beautifully taught. The instruction in meditation got me started to meditate successfully after years of trying. The kula (community) we created was stellar." - Sandy G., Pennsylvania

Do I have to be able to do a handstand (or any pose for that matter, just fill in the blank) to do a yoga teacher training?


I am not sure I want to teach yoga is it still ok for me to take this program?


When can I start the training?


How long will it take to complete the program?


FAQs

How are the live calls established, what if I cant make the call times?


How are the mentor meetings established?


What is your Happiness Guarantee?


Is it really possible to learn to teach yoga online?


Are there exams that I have to pass?


What do all these initials mean anyway? What is a RYT -200, E-RYT 500 and a C-IAYT Yoga Therapist?


What certification do I get at the end of the program?


Will I able to teach Yoga in my community with your certification?


I have more questions, how can I get in touch with you?


How intense is this training? Is it life changing? 

Speaking personally, yoga has changed my life in tremendous and wonderful ways. What I have found is the more we are able to open into the present moment, reflect with loving kindness on our challenges and shortcomings, and awaken to our innate and unique gifts, the more life-changing this experience becomes. I think that if you attend the program with the desire to learn with an open heart, the wisdom you will gain will stay with you for the rest of your life. We have many student testimonials posted on the website which answers this question from a students perspective. 

Do I have to be able to do a handstand (or any pose for that matter, just fill in the blank) to do a yoga teacher training?


I am not sure I want to teach yoga is it still ok for me to take this program?


When can I start the training?


How long will it take to complete the program?


FAQs

How are the live calls established, what if I cant make the call times?


How are the mentor meetings established?


What is your Happiness Guarantee?


Is it really possible to learn to teach yoga online?


Are there exams that I have to pass?


What do all these initials mean anyway? What is a RYT -200, E-RYT 500 and a C-IAYT Yoga Therapist?


What certification do I get at the end of the program?


Will I able to teach Yoga in my community with your certification?


I have more questions, how can I get in touch with you?


Is this yoga teacher training the right choice for me?

This program is an immersion into the practices and teachings of yoga. It will deepen your experience of yoga and life itself.  You will not only journey into the full experience of what yoga is, you will also transform your limiting beliefs, step into a fully empowered you, and learn to share the practices with others in a safe, effective, and powerful way.

This adventure is waiting for you on your path to a more fulfilled existence with a compassionate community of yogis and facilitated by a world class faculty team steeped in the traditions of Yoga.

Many of our faculty members are C-IAYT Certified Yoga Therapists and recognized as “senior teachers”, having over twenty years of solid teaching experience combined with their long-term adhikara (studentship).  Each faculty holds a role in their home community as an innovator and influencer, inspiring radical change through Yoga and playing a profound role in the holistic wellness movement. 

As a collective vision, we offer you an unparalleled opportunity to deepen your own practice, connect into your innermost divine nature, develop your professional credentials and teach from a place of authenticity.

Do I have to be able to do a handstand (or any pose for that matter, just fill in the blank) to do a yoga teacher training?


I am not sure I want to teach yoga is it still ok for me to take this program?


When can I start the training?


How long will it take to complete the program?


FAQs

How are the live calls established, what if I cant make the call times?


How are the mentor meetings established?


What is your Happiness Guarantee?


Is it really possible to learn to teach yoga online?


Are there exams that I have to pass?


What do all these initials mean anyway? What is a RYT -200, E-RYT 500 and a C-IAYT Yoga Therapist?


What certification do I get at the end of the program?


Will I able to teach Yoga in my community with your certification?


I have more questions, how can I get in touch with you?


What type of yoga am I qualified to teach when I graduate? 

Our program provides a strong foundation in yoga and teaches frameworks for sequencing and alignment that allow our students to modify their classes according to the populations they serve. Our graduates teach in yoga studios, community centers, universities, health care facilities and privately. These graduates teach a variety of classes including all level flow classes, yoga for beginners, alignment based level 1-2 classes, and gentle or restorative yoga. Some specialize according to their specific interests and offer classes for specific groups, examples of this may include: Yoga for Seniors, Yoga for Anxiety, etc.

You will receive a 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training certification through Soma Yoga Institute.  You will be eligible to register with Yoga Alliance as an RYT-200 upon successful completion.

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