200 Hour Teacher Training & Advanced Studies

Deepen Your Practice or Become a Certified, Nationally Registered Yoga Teacher and Transform Yourself and Others!

Why This Program?

Inner Vision Yoga offers the time, topics and experience necessary to embark on an incredible journey into the heart of learning and deepening your practice and experience of yoga for those who wish to prepare themselves for the opportunity to teach or share their practice with others.

Experience

Jeff Martens (Current Director of the 200 hour and Healing Emphasis Yoga Therapy Master programs) has been teaching yoga for over 20 years and training yoga teachers/designing curriculum since 1996.

Additional Core Faculty

Aaron Goldberg and Michele Dante bring years of studio ownership, curriculum development and therapeutic arts to the art of sharing your practice. They are long-time yoga practitioners with combined decades of experience teaching classes, leading workshops for teachers, directing studios and running national yoga conferences. Maredith Estrada-Schroeder, a Master Teacher, facilitates, administrators and assists in the Teacher Training program.

Guest Faculty

Regular Guest teachers offer unique opportunities to experience specialized topics including trauma recovery and prevention and Pre-natal yoga. Guest faculty include nationally known and respected leaders in their chosen field.

Topics

The class topics will provide a broad base of core experience to draw on in many different learning situations and may be integrated into your current job and personal life.

Time

The period of four months or our one month immersions will allow you to absorb your experience with the integration and insight necessary to become an accomplished and confident yoga practitioner in any situation or setting.

Yoga Alliance Registered.

Completion of the Inner Vision Yoga Teacher Training program makes you eligible to become a nationally Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) with the Yoga Alliance in addition to your certification.

State Licensed.

The Inner Vision Yoga Teacher Training Program is State Licensed and regulated by the Arizona State Board of Post-Secondary Education.

How Long Does it Take?

The coursework for your 200 hour program takes approximately 4-7 months to complete depending upon the particular training you choose and the days per week that are offered. Your ultimate use of this program can be for personal growth or the full-fledged teaching of yoga to make a living and as a way of life.

You will have up to two years to complete all requirements of your program to register with the Yoga Alliance.

Syllabus

Each 200 hour training has three modules incuded with your tuition.

Module I: Foundations of a Yoga Practice

Introduction to many aspects of Yoga, including asana, meditation, pranayama and mudra, philosophy and history. In this module you will also be introduced to the teaching path, including the art of adjustment and the practice teaching of sun salutations.

Module II: Deepening Your Practice

Emphasis on refining and broadening your own practice, so that you will be prepared to teach others. Includes in-depth asana work, more anatomy and physiology, therapeutic aspects of yoga, popular styles of yoga, and a deeper exploration of the literature of Yoga.

Module III: The Teaching Path

Revisits many of the subjects covered in Module II from the perspective of a teacher; the focus is on how to teach various types of asana, meditation, chanting, and pranayama. Includes many opportunities for practice teaching.

Techniques: Training and Practice

The basis of your teaching is your own practice! Students learn and practice specific asana and other techniques, deepening their own practice and learning how to teach them. Specific techniques and subjects covered in this component of the training include:

  • Asana, including sessions focusing on vinyasa and on various kinds of postures such as standing postures, twists and forward bends, back bends, and inversions
  • Popular styles of yoga, including Kundalini, Yin, Ashtanga, Anusara, Iyengar, and Restorative
  • Pranayama
  • Mudra
  • Chanting
  • Meditation

Teaching Methodology

Teaching is both an art and a science. Students learn specific methods of teaching Yoga, and have the opportunity to practice the teaching and obtain feedback from the master teachers as well as their fellow teacher trainers. In a Sequencing Project they use their skills to develop three full-length classes that can become the basis for their own teaching. Specific techniques covered in this component of the training include:

  • Adjusting and assisting students
  • Class sequencing
  • Utilizing class themes
  • Meeting the needs of special populations, including beginners, seniors, kids, and pre and post-natal
  • Developing confidence as a teacher
  • Projection of voice and use of sound in class
  • Business aspects of Yoga

Anatomy and Physiology

Students learn the fundamentals of both physical and energetic anatomy, and their application to Yoga. In a Yoga Anatomy Application Project you explore one of these topics, and its relation to a Yoga practice, in more depth. Specific subjects covered in this component of the training include:

  • The skeletal and muscular systems
  • The nervous, digestive, respiratory, and endocrine systems
  • The chakras, bandhas, and koshas
  • Stress, dis-ease and Yoga therapy

Philosophy, Ethics, Lifestyle

Students learn about the ancient and contemporary teachings of Yoga, including application to everyday life and teaching. Specific classes cover ethical philosophy (the Yamas and Niyamas) and the practical issues of ethics in teaching Yoga. Specific subjects covered in this component of the training include:

  • Yoga Sutras
  • Bhagavad Gita
  • Upanishads
  • Ethics of teaching Yoga
  • Yoga and everyday life

Practicum

Students learn about the practice of teaching first hand, in a three part process. They first observe master-level teachers in class (seven classes) and then assist master level teachers in class (seven classes). Finally, students have an opportunity to practice teaching (7 hours) at Inner Vision Yoga and other locations. Students provide a summary of each observing, assisting, and teaching experience to be reviewed by the master teachers.

Independent Project and Terms

It is sometimes said that the true practice of Yoga begins when you roll up your mat. The Independent Project gives students an opportunity to expand upon what they have learned in classes. In consultation with master-level teachers, they design and carry out a project to explore one of the topics listed above in more depth and as it relates to their life off the mat. Students present the results of their project to their peers and teachers at the conclusion of their training. Finally, to supplement and solidify training in all areas, students are given a list of terms related to various aspects of Yoga. During the course of the training, they work to define, explore, and discuss these terms, turning the completed list in as part of the final graduation packet.

Hours

Your 200 hour teacher training at Inner Vision Yoga will provide you with more than 200 hours (180+ direct contact) of training in Yoga Techniques; Teaching Methodology; Anatomy and Physiology; Yoga Philosophy, Lifestyle, and Ethics; all of which will be solidified by a Practicum. These categories, detailed below, are in accord with the newly revised standards set by the Yoga Alliance, and your training will qualify you to become a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) with the Yoga Alliance. View Yoga Alliance Standards

Texts

All required for the training unless otherwise indicated.

  • Heart of Yoga by TKV Desikachar
  • Light on Yoga by B.K.S. Iyengar
  • Yoga Anatomy by Leslie Kaminoff
  • The Bhagavad Gita, translated by Juan Mascaro
  • Ashtanga Yoga: The Practice Manual by David Swenson
  • The Dhammapada, translated by Juan Mascaro (optional but highly recommended)
  • The Upanishads, translated by Juan Mascaro (optional but highly recommended)
  • Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse (optional but highly recommended)
  • The Muscle Book by Paul Blakey (optional, but recommended for students who have little anatomy background and want clear simple descriptions of muscles)

IVYTT (200 hour) includes more than 180 contact hours spent working with master-level teachers, supplemented by 20 hours of independent work. This program meets Yoga Alliance standards and is registered with Arizona Department of Education.

Ready to Start?

Complete the Inner Vision Yoga Teacher Training/Advanced Studies application and follow the directions on our registration page. You may also call us at 480.632.7899 and we would be happy to send you more info. You may also email us about our Yoga Teacher Training or Advanced Studies Program.

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This training is fully licensed by the Arizona State Board for Private Post-Secondary Education and is registered with Yoga Alliance.