"Life changing - these are the words that come to mind when people ask about my teacher training experience with Your Yoga. I figured I would come out of it knowing more asana names and being able to put together a well rounded class - and all of this was true - but I had no idea that this would be the place, the people, the moments that would change the trajectory of my life in such a powerful and positive way."
- Emily
"The genuine interest, care and instruction provided by Your Yoga staff members is phenomenal. I am very pleased with the experiences gained through the program. Thank you!"
- Guillermo

Advanced Studies & Teacher Training

A Yoga Teacher Training program is more than just a certification to teach. It is a journey of self-discovery that will connect you with your deepest values and liberate your authentic voice. The Your Yoga 230-Hour Advanced Studies and Teacher Training Program is widely acclaimed and well-respected throughout the yoga community. We are known for our commitment to excellence with regards to the technical skills necessary to teach yoga, and for our empowering personal approach.

For those who do wish to teach, the Your Yoga training is certified by Yoga Alliance at the 200-hour level, and approved by the Minnesota Office of Higher Education. Your Yoga graduates have an excellent track record in securing teaching jobs. Our alumni are also renowned for making a difference for their families, friends, colleagues and communities.

Application and Tuition

All applications are externally refereed. We look for applicants with a deep connection to the practice (which doesn't necessarily mean you've been practicing a long time), and an understanding and appreciation of the Your Yoga approach. We keep the training as affordable as possible given the significant resources required to offer such a comprehensive program. There are three ways to make your investment:
  • Pay 50% down early, and the remaining 50% before the training starts to receive the early bird rate of $2150
  • Pay in full by the start of the training to receive the basic rate of $2650
  • Pay at least $850 (including deposit) before the training starts, and then pay the rest over time with a payment plan.
A deposit of $250 is due with your initial application. If you are accepted onto the program, the deposit will be deducted from your total balance, and will become nonrefundable. The program takes place over ten consecutive weekends with one weekend off in the middle (Easter or 4th July), 7pm to 9:30pm on Friday, and 9:30am to 4:30pm on both Saturday and Sunday at our Uptown studio. There is approximately 4 hours per week of homework, plus four additional small-group midweek evening meetings over the course of the training. These midweek meetings will be scheduled at the start of the training based on your availability, and will last from 6:30pm to 9pm.

Essentially, the training constitutes a two month immersion in the practice, history, embodiment and communication of yoga. It is a whole-person experience that will leave you healed, opened, rejuvenated and inspired.

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Teacher Training Dates 2018

Fridays 7pm-9:30pm

Saturdays 9:30am - 4:30pm

Sundays 9:30am - 4:30pm

Spring 2018  Feb 16th - April 22nd show/hide details

Feb 16-18
Feb 23-26
March 2-4
March 9-11
March 16-18
March 23-25
No session March 30 - April 1 (Easter Weekend)
April 7-9
April 14-16
April 21-23

In addition to these times, you will have 4 midweek mentor group meetings over the course of the training (in small groups of 3-4 people). These meetings last from 6:30pm - 9pm and you can choose between Mon, Tue, Wed, or Thurs evening.
Early bird discount deadline: Dec 31st 2017

Summer 2018  June 1st - Aug 5th show/hide details

June 1-3
June 8-10
June 15-17
June 22-24
No session June 29-July 1 (4th July Holiday)
July 6-8
July 13-15
July 20-22
July 27-29
August 3-5

In addition to these times, you will have 4 midweek mentor group meetings over the course of the training (in small groups of 3-4 people). These meetings last from 6:30pm - 9pm and you can choose between Mon, Tue, Wed, or Thurs evening.
Early bird discount deadline: March 31st 2018

Fall 2018  Oct 5th - Dec 9th show/hide details

Oct 5-7
Oct 12-14
Oct 19-21
Oct 26-28
Nov 2-4
Nov 9-11
Nov 16-18
No session Nov 23-25 (Thanksgiving Holiday)
Nov 30-Dec 2
Dec 7-9

In addition to these times, you will have 4 midweek mentor group meetings over the course of the training (in small groups of 3-4 people). These meetings last from 6:30pm - 9pm and you will have a range of weeknight options from which to choose.
Early bird discount deadline: July 30th 2018

Deposit: $250

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About Our Training

Your Yoga's 230-Hour Advanced Studies & Teacher Training program attracts students from across the United States and even overseas. Participants are attracted by our rare blend of in-depth study and personal growth. Here are some of the benefits you can expect from the Your Yoga training experience.

Personal Attention

In keeping with our broader mission as a studio, the 230-Hour Teacher Training program is crafted to help people flourish both as individuals and within a community. Yoga teacher training is a deeply personal experience, yet many larger programs can feel quite anonymous. At Your Yoga, we limit each training group to a maximum of 12. This allows us to be highly selective, and give each participant personalized, in-depth attention and feedback.

We've found this is also the perfect size group to foster a sense of shared purpose and togetherness. The full-group sessions are large enough to have a diversity of viewpoints yet intimate enough for everyone to participate. The bi-weekly evening meetings provide an opportunity to bond in a smaller group of 3-4 people, and to work on crafting your own unique message and voice as a teacher.

Unique Understanding of the Physical Practice

Your Yoga's approach to the physical practice of yoga blends extensive knowledge of traditional asana forms, contemporary movement modalities, biomechanics and anatomy. As a graduate of the Your Yoga 230-Hour Teacher Training Program you can feel confident in the knowledge that you've received the best available education in the physical practice for a training of this level.

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Shooting stills for the TT manual at Your Yoga Dinkytown back in 2012


Tradition Meets Innovation

For many trainees, the history and philosophy sessions are among the highlights of the program. Many teacher training programs aim to synthesize the various diverse strands of traditional yoga into a single vision. In contrast, the Your Yoga program tries to unpack the different historical trends and explore each on its own terms rather than trying to shoehorn sometimes incompatible ideas together.

During the training, you will learn how the 8-Limbed Yoga system of Patanjali grew out of Buddhist, Jain and ascetic traditions in or around the second century B.C. You will contrast this vision of yoga, which aims at transcending mundane life, with systems that try to infuse daily living with mysticism and intention. This will include yoga literature that pre-dates Patanjali, as well as later systems that evolved both inside and outside of India.

You will study and discuss the many ways in which yoga adapted to British colonial rule and Indian independence. And finally, you will explore how yoga's migration to the West represents both a departure from the past and yet in many ways a return to some of yoga's roots that were lost in the colonial period.

Personal Growth

"Even as love is for your growth, so is he for your pruning."

- Kahlil Gibran "On Love" from The Prophet

A yoga teacher training is an investment in your knowledge and skill set. But even more than that, it is an investment in yourself. We hope you are considering the Your Yoga 230-Hour Teacher Training because yoga has had a deep and lasting impact in your own life. Whether or not you decide to teach after you graduate, the program is designed to take you on a profound healing journey of your own so that you can connect with your highest joy and touch the center of your sorrow. This may involve group activities as well as personal reflection exercises.

That means there will be parts of the training that may be uncomfortable. However, all such experiences will be set against a backdrop of empathy, support and understanding from the Your Yoga Teacher Training Team. In a world where people are generally encouraged to ignore their feelings or channel them in destructive ways, yoga teacher training should be a safe space to explore our inner world more deeply than the status quo permits, and to meet each other and ourselves with courage, kindness, and forgiveness.

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History and Philosophy of Yoga

  • Relatable study of ancient texts, including Vedas, Ramayana, Bhagavad Gita and more
  • Other classic texts, including Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, Hatha Yoga Pradipika
  • Deep discussion of yoga philosophy as it relates to the real issues in your life
  • Alignment and Sequencing of Postures

  • Study a range of popular and traditional systems of poses
  • In-depth study of the Your Yoga approach
  • Learn how modern posture practice evolved
  • Breathing Exercises and Meditation

  • Cover all the common practices, plus some very rare ones
  • Balance the subtler energies of the body and mind
  • Explore the relationship between breath and emotion
  • Teaching Methodology and Practice

  • A systematic set of teaching principles and methods
  • Develop your own personal message and learn to teach from the heart
  • Gain experience and confidene in small and large group settings
  • Anatomy and Physiology

  • Learn scientific models of the body used in medical science, and also esoteric models like chakras and nadis
  • Study innovative anatomical models highly suited to yoga, including myofascial meridians
  • Communication Skills

  • Learn how to express yourself clearly and effectively
  • Understand the key ways you need to relate to your students
  • Benefit from expert voice coaching
  • Self-Study

  • Self-study or “svadhyaya” is a core part of yoga.
  • Study with compassionate, experienced teachers who are committed to your personal growth
  • Explore your emotions, values and purpose in a safe and welcoming environment
  • Gain exposure to powerful techniques for personal transformation and healing
  • Customizing Classes for Special Situations

  • Special sections on yoga and therapy, yoga and injuries, and yoga for at-risk populationss
  • Learn how to modify any pose to suit a specific person’s needs
  • Understand how to bring yoga to the people you want to serve, no matter what obstacles they are facing
  • The Art of Healing Touch

  • Learn the art of yoga adjustments from some of the most respected practitioners around
  • Learn specific points and meridians on the body where healing touch can best be applied

  • Application

    Spring 2018

    Summer 2017

    I have read and accepted the Advanced Studies & Teacher Training terms & conditions
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