200 Hour Teacher Training Program


Vital Glow Yoga’s 200 Hour Teacher Training will prepare you to teach through practice, immersion, self-study, and expert guided discussions, lectures, and hands-on teaching over the course of ten months. We will meet for ten modular weekends, once per month. Participation in all ten modules is required for certification, although certain allowances can be made in the case of emergency or absolute personal necessity. If certification is not your goal, you are still eligible for the program, either as a whole, or through selected module attendance. Participants will receive complimentary classes during Teacher Training weekends, as well as for all Sunday community classes. Additionally, teacher trainees may add unlimited practice for $30 per month, or purchase individual drop-in classes for the $8 community price. The cost of the program in its entirety is $2500. A non-refundable deposit of $200 is due by August 31st to reserve a place. Early bird pricing of $2300 is available until July 30th, 2016, requiring a non-refundable $300 deposit. Monthly payment plans are available, requiring a non-refundable $500 deposit and contract. Individual weekend modules may be attended for $300 each.

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Each module weekend will run 7 am to 5 pm Saturday and Sunday, including reading discussions, meditation and asana practice, and teaching opportunities. Additionally, each module will have a specific theme or focus, outlined below.

Module 1 - 9/9/17-9/10/17 Building: Breath, Speech, and Asana Foundations

  • Qualities of a yoga teacher
  • Communication and language
  • Verbal teaching foundations
  • Pranayama basics
  • Safe practice and teaching of seated and postures

HOMEWORK DUE 9/9/17: The Four Agreements, Don Miguel Ruiz with 2-5 page written response

Module 2 - 10/7/17-10/8/17 Mapping: Ethics and Structure of a Yoga Class

  • Breaking down Surya Namaskar
  • Cuing and demoing
  • Safe practice and teaching of standing postures
  • Yoga teacher ethics

HOMEWORK DUE 10/7/17: The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali with 2-5 page written response

Module 3 - 11/4/17-11/5/17 Design and Flow: Intelligent Sequencing and Prop Use

  • Physical props
  • Essential oils, incense, candles
  • Safe practice and teaching of twists
  • Intro to Ashtanga

HOMEWORK DUE: 11/4/17: Yoga Sequencing: Designing Transformative Yoga Classes, Mark Stephens with 1 hour written sequence

Module 4 - 12/2/17-12/3/17 The Physical Body: What We’re Made Of

  • Anatomy 1
  • Intro to Yin
  • Safe practice and teaching of supine postures

HOMEWORK DUE 12/2/17: Yoga Anatomy, Leslie Kaminoff with completed anatomy work sheet

Module 5 - 1/6/18-1/7/18 Stories, Songs, Touch: Moving Beyond Asana

  • Narrative: Yoga history and philosophy 
  • Music: making playlists, Kirtan
  • Hands-on assists and adjustments

HOMEWORK DUE 1/6/18: The Bhagavad Gita (Penguin Classics addition) with 2-5 page response

Module 6 - 2/3/18-2/4/18 The Subtle Body: How We Use It

  • Anatomy 2
  • Chakras
  • Yoga for specific needs and populations

HOMEWORK DUE 2/3/18: Wheels of Life: A User’s Guide to the Chakra System, Anodea Judith Ph.D with 2-5 page response including short chakra based sequence

Module 7 - 3/3/18-3/4/18 Balance and Community: Living Our Yoga

  • Community, boundaries, and group dynamics
  • Ayurveda 
  • Safe practice and teaching of standing balances

HOMEWORK DUE 3/3/18: Ayurveda: The Science of Self-Healing, Dr. Vincent Lad with dosha self-diagnosis and one week Ayurvedic plan

Module 8 - 4/7/18-4/8/18 Upside Down and Inside Out: Inversions and Introspection

  • Intro to Iyangar
  • Safe practice and teaching of inversions and arm-balances

HOMEWORK DUE 4/7/18: Light on Yoga, B.K.S. Iyangar with 2-5 page written response

Module 9 - 5/5/18-5/6/18 Expressing: Our Yoga in the World

  • Safe practice and teaching of back and forward bends
  • Seva, the business of yoga, and reconciling the two

HOMEWORK DUE 5/5/18: The Art and Business of Teaching Yoga, Amy Ippoliti with personal business plan

Module 10 - 6/2/18-6/3/18 Becoming: Our Yoga, Ourselves

  • Final Exam 

HOMEWORK DUE 6/2/18: The Mirror of Yoga, Richard Freeman with 5-7 page self-reflection and final capstone sequence

Required Reading:

  • Light on Yoga, B.K.S. Iyangar
  • The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
  • Yoga Anatomy, Leslie Kaminoff
  • Yoga Sequencing: Designing Transformative Yoga Classes, Mark Stephens
  • The Bhagavad Gita (Penguin Classics addition)
  • Wheels of Life: A User’s Guide to the Chakra System, Anodea Judith Ph.D
  • Ayurveda: The Science of Self-Healing, Dr. Vincent Lad
  • The Mirror of Yoga, Richard Freeman
  • The Four Agreements, Don Miguel Ruiz
  • The Art and Business of Teaching Yoga, Amy Ippoliti

Additional Requirements:

  • Home Study: Each month you will read the required text prior to the teacher training weekend and provide a 2-5 page response. For certain texts, a specific assignment will be required. Assignments are due Saturday morning when you arrive for training. 
  • Practice: A minimum of five practices per week, at least three of which must be in a studio with a seasoned teacher, and at least one of which must be self-directed with your sequence recorded and turned in.
  • Observe: Reflect and take notes on one class per week with a seasoned teacher. You must observe at least ten different teachers over the course of your training. You may chose whether to practice along as you observe or to sit on your mat at observe. If you practice, this class can count for your weekly total, if not, you must attend another class. Teacher signature sheets and observation notes will be checked monthly.
  • Assist: You will be required to assist/adjust in at least ten classes with seasoned teachers at Vital Glow Yoga. You must work with at least five different teachers.
  • Teach: Starting in January, you will teach the Community Class at Vital Glow Yoga Sundays at noon. You must teach at least once during a teacher training weekend to receive feedback from your teachers and fellow teacher trainees. Schedule will be determined by the end of November. 
  • Journal: This is a record for yourself of your home and studio practices, thoughts on readings, notes on lectures and discussions, as well as your personal journey through your yoga teacher training.