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Our Curriculum includes A unique blend of alignment based vinyasa flow, a solid foundation in Hatha Yoga and 200 hours of instruction offered in a therapeutic framework

Upon full completion of this program, you will receive a 200 hour yoga teacher training certification through Soma Yoga Institute and be eligible to register with Yoga Alliance as an RYT-200. Complete by December 31, 2021.

Our Therapeutic perspective explores Yoga as a vehicle for vibrant health, personal empowerment and total well being. We combine modern day biomechanics and research driven science with ancient teachings. You will gain an understanding of anatomy, alignment and modifications to keep your body safe for a lifetime of practice.

DESIGNED WITH YOUR BUSY SCHEDULE IN MIND

Therapeutic Approach

Our non-dogmatic approach explores Yoga philosophy as a practice of radical self-love uncovering perspectives that encourage body positivity, unconditional acceptance, personal empowerment and true mind-body-spirit health and wellness. Switch your view to see yourself and others from “eyes of love” and help the world heal one mindful breath at a time.


Personal Transformation

Step confidently into the role of the teacher and share this powerful practice and help others. Not ready to teach? No problem. This course is a great immersion into yoga for those who wish to deepen their own practice. Already teaching? This course will significantly build your repertoire and boost your confidence.

Learn to Teach with Safety, Skill and Confidence

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Fit In World-Class Education When It Works For You

Soma Yoga Institute training is a comprehensive and holistic journey into yoga for mind-body health and healing. Our world-class faculty is comprised of master level Yoga teachers, Certified C-IAYT Yoga Therapists and those who have been teaching for over 20 years. We have trained thousands of people just like you to overcome their struggles with health, wellness, disconnection to themselves and others, and experience the transformation that therapeutic yoga offers. You will be transformed and ready to teach others on their Yoga journey.

Mind body health and Healing

interactive online learning & lifetime Access

Join us for life-changing, exciting, and accessible content with affordable, flexible, and self-paced delivery.

The program is totally flexible and designed so you can work at your own pace in a way that is harmonious with a yogic lifestyle (rather than rushing to meet deadlines that are not meaningful to you).

Recommended completion guidelines are established so you may complete the program in 8 weeks, 12 weeks, 6 months, or 1 year.  

No more flipping through old textbooks or rushing to take notes. All of your content and your teachers are there for you - just a click away.

personalized teacher contact& uplifting community

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Our weekly LIVE calls, interactive group platform and individualized meetings with your mentor creates a personalized approach to on-line learning.

Joining a conscious loving community of support improves completion rates. Getting to know like minded yogis just like you keeps you motivated, engaged and connected.
No more flipping through old textbooks or rushing to take notes. All of your content and your teachers are there for you - just a click away.

Choose the call time that works in your schedule: 
- Tuesdays at 9:30-10:30am PDT (UTC -7 California) that's 5:30pm in London.
- Wednesdays at 3:00pm-5:00pm PDT (UTC -7 California) that's 6:00pm New York.
- Wednesdays at 5:30pm-7:30pm PDT (UTC -7 California) that's 8:30am Hong Kong.
- Saturdays at 9:00am-12:00pm PDT (UTC -7 California) that's 6:00pm Paris.

I would like to start by just saying, “WOW!”. There is so much content here that I look forward to going back again and again to learn and refresh. The teachers have such wisdom with yoga and anatomy. It was so great to have experienced and well-rounded instructors give instruction in a way that was not over my head nor was it too simple. In my personal practice, I was able to gain a deeper understanding of how certain things felt in my own body. The verbal and physical cues taught are clear and concise which helped me with my language while teaching and made the anatomy something much easier to comprehend. The live calls were great, and most of all I really enjoyed all the video content. Learning in person is incredible, but there is something so reassuring and worth while about being able to revisit the nuggets of knowledge over, and over again. I would recommend this program to others in a heartbeat. I have already told a bunch of people what I was doing and they were all really intrigued! Thank you again Soma Yoga Institute! This course has been 1000% worth the time and investment."

- Crystal

What you will learn

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Lifetime Access
Complete at Your Own Pace

Asana Techniques

•Pose Study with Adaptations for ALL BODIES (includes standing poses, hip openers, forward bends, twists, backbends, inversions, and supine)
•Bio-mechanically Sound & Anatomy Informed Alignment
•Art of Vinyasa & Flow Yoga
•Adapting for Injuries and Common Conditions
•Yin Yoga and the Biomechanics of Stretching
• Exploration and Asana practice for the Lines of Fascia 

Yoga as a Path for Holistic Health & Radical Wellbeing

• Therapeutic Frameworks
• Energy Body Anatomy
• Exploration of the Chakras
• Pancha Maya Kosha Model for Holistic Wellbeing
• Applied Ayurveda

Pranayama & Meditation

We will help you establish a consistent practice of meditation and teach you wonderful breath practices specifically crafted to increase vitality and wellbeing. We have helped 100s of students who say they “can’t meditate” as well as those who report feeling “short of breath” when instructed to breathe in certain ways. We will help you adapt your approach, learn a variety of techniques, transform your inner dialog and establish your commitment to these transformative practices with ease and success. 

Experiential Anatomy & Fascia Exploration

Explore anatomy and biomechanics specifically relevant to the yoga practitioner and teacher. We know that you would like to avoid injury in your classroom, provide effective modifications and address common musculoskeletal issues with confidence and tact. The mindfullness we create in our practice is a perfect opportunity to build our understanding of the amazing human form and learn how to keep the joints safe, avoid repetitive strain injuries, and teach with informed perspective. Learn to help your students access poses with self-assurance and skill.

Yoga History, Philosophy & Mythology

Dive deep into the transformational and time tested philosophy of Yoga. The philosophy provides a road map that will help you build mindful awareness, elevate your perspectives, create radical shifts in your life, connect to the deeper aspect of yourself, and find more lived moments when you feel truly and wholly well. We will dive deep into Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, yoga history and explore Yoga Mythology through story as a way to gain insight into the human condition.

Art of teaching

• Intentional Sequencing
• Adapting Classes for Special Populations
• Finding your Unique Voice
• Teaching Beginners, Seniors, Level ½ Flow, Restorative, and Focused Therapeutic Classes
• Practice Teaching with Feedback from your Mentor

Increased levels of cortisol have been shown to be a leading cause of chronic conditions. Worry, fear, stress and anxiety are common challenges many of us face. Learn practices of Yoga that down-regulate your nervous system and restore your whole being into a state of wellbeing and homeostasis.

We unite the findings from NEW evidence-based research with the ancient wisdom of yoga. Get educated on the true benefits of yoga. Make a real impact in your community and offer classes that help improve health for a lifetime of wellbeing. Stand out as an informed instructor and help your clients motivate to improve their wellbeing.

From your big vision to the tiny details, we will impart the inspiration and essential skills to get you started making money as a yoga teacher. In this course you will gain invaluable tools, insights, and strategies to launch your career, generate students, get you out there teaching yoga, creating online content, and following your dreams.

Restorative Yoga & Yoga Nidra

Current Research

Business of Yoga

Soma Yoga Institute has a word class faculty team steeped in the traditions of Yoga. Their excellence has been cultivated through decades of enduring dedication to their own practice and in-depth study, often in a variety of lineages. 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.

Faculty Members for the 200 Hour YTT online include:

Liz Heffernan, C-IAYT, E-RYT 500
Peggy Profant, E-RYT 500
Samantha Akers, C-IAYT, E-RYT 500
Molly Masaoka, E-RYT 500

Study with World's Leading C-IAYT Yoga Therapists and Senior Teachers

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Liz Heffernan, E-RYT 500, is a recognized international yoga teacher with over two decades of personal practice and 22 years of teaching. She trained extensively in the Hatha systems of Kripalu, Ashtanga and Anusara and works as an Integrative Yoga Therapist.

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Liz Heffernan

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Peggy Profant, E-RYT 500, and Certified Anusara Yoga Teacher, is a playful, passionate and adventurous spirit who is on a lifelong path of Yoga. She first discovered Kripalu yoga as a teenager and changed the course of her life in 1980. 

Peggy Profants

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MA, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT

E-RYT 500

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Samantha Akers began practicing yoga in 2000, after being diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia. She credits Restorative Yoga and meditation, to her healing.

Samantha Akers

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E-RYT 500, C-IAYT

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Innately perceptive and wildly passionate, Molly applies a level of determination and delight to her yoga instruction that’s truly one of a kind. Her approach is focused and intense; a union of effort and surrender that she believes is key to unlocking one’s deepest level of awareness and joy.

Molly Masaoka

E-RYT 500

Our live calls are a great way to meet your faculty, learn more about the program and ask your questions. All you need to join is an internet connection and a phone or computer. The calls are totally free and if you are new to Zoom you will see how simple and easy to use it truly is. You will love it, we do!

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Tuesday November 10 at 3:00pm PDT (UTC -7 California) / 6:00pm New York
Thursday November 19 at 9:30am PDT (UTC -7 California) / 5:30pm London
Monday December 7 at 5:00pm PDT (UTC -7 California) / 8:00pm Toronto

We would love to meet you on zoom for a live information session and Q&A

We are so certain that you will love this training that we are offering you a two-week risk-free guarantee. If you are not satisfied with the material after the first two weeks of the course, we will refund 100% of your money - just email us by 14 days after the start of the program and complete an exit interview so we can learn how to improve our educational programs for the future. After this 14 day from your official program start date window, there will be no refunds issued.

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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?


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

Absolutely yes! The only requirement for enrollment is a deep love of yoga and a a desire to learn more. Many students attend this program to deepen their own practice and access the profound benefits that yoga offers personally. Others join because they know that they want to teach. We also have yoga teachers join who have already completed a yoga teacher training program as they know they want more information and training to help their students in the best possible way.  

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 long will it take to complete the program?

Everyone has different needs, We suggest following along with one of our established curriculum plans to keep you on track. These are:

8 weeks (Approximately 25 hours per week of study and practice)

12 weeks (Approximately 16 hours of study and practice per week)

16 weeks (Approximately 12.5 hours of study and practice per week)

6 months (Approximately 8 hours per week of study and practice)

12 months (Approximately 4 hours per week of study and practice).

If flexibility is what you are looking for we will give you up to 12 months to complete your program. Upon enrollment with your mentor you will together determine the best study plan for you so that you keep pace and motivate to the finish line. 

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

We encourage attendance in 12 hours of live calls minimum, however you always have the option to access as many calls as you wish. Choose the live call time that best meets your schedule. All calls are recorded and if you cannot make the call time, the recording is available for you to watch in your own time.

Live Calls for both the October 15 Cohort

Tuesdays • 9:30am -11:30am PDT (UTC -7 California) | 5:30pm-7:30pm (London) | 6:30pm-8:30pm (Paris) | 12:30pm-2:30pm (New York) • (6 sessions/12 hours) from October 20 - December 1 (no class on November 24)

Wednesdays • 3:00 - 5:00pm PDT (UTC -7 California) | 12:00noon-2:00pm (Hawaii) | 11:00am-1:00pm (Auckland) | 7:00am-9:00am (Tokyo) | 6:00pm-8:00pm (New York) • (6 sessions/12 hours) from October 21 - December 2 (no class November 25)

Wednesdays • 5:30-7:30pm PDT (UTC -7 California) | 9:30am-11:30am (Tokyo) | 8:30am-10:30am (Hong Kong) | 8:30pm-10:30pm (Toronto) • (6 sessions/12 hours) from October 21 - December 2 (no class November 25)

Saturdays • 9:00am -12:00pm PDT (UTC -7 California) | 5:00pm-8:00pm (London) | 6:00 pm-9:00 pm (Paris) | 12:00pm-3:00 pm (New York) • (4 sessions/12 hours) on October 24, November 7, 14, and 21


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 it really possible to learn to teach yoga online?

Yes, definitely. Skeptical? We were too. However, the Soma Yoga Institute teaching team has been leading teacher trainings for over a decade. Our curriculum is well-developed, time tested, and established. We have taken our live program online as the content is of incredible high value and will bring great benefit to those who wish to deepen their own practice, and/or teach others as well as those who already teach who wish to refine and enhance their offerings to better serve their students. Our anatomy informed adaptive approach is not easily found in other programs. Our teaching skill section is designed that if you practice, and practice, and practice some more we are certain you will be ready, confident and equally skilled as a new teacher as those who take the in person trainings.

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

There are two primary organizations to become familiar with. Yoga Alliance https://www.yogaalliance.org/ and the International Association of Yoga Therapists https://www.iayt.org/.  

Yoga Alliance is a registry that registers Yoga Teachers with the following designations RYT 200, E-RYT 200, RYT 500 and E-RYT 500. The RYT stands for Registered Yoga Teacher. The 200 indicates that you have completed a 200 hour yoga training that meets their curriculum requirements. The E indicates that at the 200 level the teacher has instructed over 1000 hours of classes. The E-RYT 500 indicates that the yoga teacher has completed 200 + 300 hours of study in a program that meets their curriculum requirements and has instructed over 2000 hours. This is the highest designation that Yoga Alliance recognizes. Please note that Yoga Alliance is not a certifying body but just a registration. All of Soma Yoga Institute's teachers are E-RYT 500 registered.

C-IAYT is a designation authorized by the International Association of Yoga Therapists. This organization is a certifying body. The path to becoming a Yoga Therapist is much more in-depth and requires 1000 hours of study as well as a mentored practicum. Many of the faculty at Soma Yoga Institute are C-IAYT certified. 

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 certification do I get at the end of the program?

Upon successful completion of this program you will be certified to teach yoga through Soma Yoga Institute. If you complete the course by December 31, 2021 you will also be eligible to register with Yoga Alliance as an RYT 200 as Soma Yoga institute has been approved to deliver online YTT instruction under their COVID-19 provision. (Please note that Yoga Alliance may extend this deadline as well.) Soma Yoga Institute is registered with Yoga Alliance, ID #143150. We have graduated over 500 students and we invite you to read their direct reviews on this site: https://www.yogaalliance.org/SchoolProfileReviews?sid=3952. In addition, all of our faculty are registered with Yoga Alliance at their highest level, E-RYT 500. 

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?


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

In most states and countries, there is no licensure program in place currently that requires you to get a certain certification or license to teach yoga. Some studios may ask for the Yoga Alliance RYT 200 designation and others will not. You will be given a certificate that indicates you completed a 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training and if you complete this course by December 31, 2021 you will be eligible to register with Yoga Alliance as an RYT 200. You are also able to rent space in your community centers and lead your own classes independent of another organization. Our business yoga teaching section will give you all the tools you need to get started and build a career as a yoga teacher. Please check with your specific state about their regulations for Yoga Teachers as some may require a license.

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