If you've been practicing with us for at least three months and have an interest in yoga teacher training, either to teach or just to deepen your own personal practice, our 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training (YTT200) could be for you. As a Yoga Alliance-registered yoga school (RYS200), our YTT200 program provides the training required for you to register as an RYT200 (registered yoga teacher with 200+ hours of training), and to become a skilled, effective yoga teacher.
The YTT200 program at Sarva Yoga of Media is eight months long. In addition to home reading, written, and study assignments, two 4-hour classes are held each month, on Saturdays from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM, for the duration of the program.
YTT200 Teacher Trainees must attend at least two regular yoga classes at Sarva per week in addition to their own personal practice. Tuition includes an unlimited class pass that covers all yoga classes for the duration of the program
Tuition also includes attendance in the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program at Sarva Yoga of Media. We believe that mindfulness is an integral part of an effective yoga practice, and we encourage teachers to incorporate mindfulness into their teaching style. The MBSR program is scheduled throughout the year, and is listed on the Workshops page when scheduled.
Contact us for an application and information on tuition and payment plans. Application fee ($150, refundable) is included in tuition. We will consider applicants who have practiced with us regularly for at least three months.
The 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training program at Sarva Yoga of Media is approved by the Yoga Alliance. It's structured to meet all Yoga Alliance requirements and qualifies graduates for registration as a yoga teacher with the Yoga Alliance.
Through discussion, active demonstration, and use of the trainee asana handbooks (Power Yoga, by Beryl Bender Birch; Yoga Sequencing, by Mark Stephens; and Teaching Yoga: Essential Foundations and Techniques, by Mark Stephens), we will identify alignment and sequencing for stable, safe movement through Sun Salutations A & B, Warrior series, hip opener sequences, balances, and Moon Salutation, and the importance of inversions and Savasana. We will identify how effective breathing and coordination of key muscle groups affect flexibility and strength in poses.
Conversation will focus on understanding of the energetic effects of key postures in all sequences, and the various risks in performing the sequences incorrectly.
Non-contact hours include reading assignments from the texts and written summaries to demonstrate grasp of the material.
Proficiency in teaching a basic vinyasa flow yoga class with pose and sequence modifications and variations.
Learning to guide students through proper teaching, cuing techniques, effective demonstration, assists, and proper class etiquette. Understanding modifications for limitations, and developing sensitivity to practitioners of various levels, from beginner to advanced. Four contact hours will cover the business aspects of teaching yoga, including studio management, scheduling, marketing, compensation, and other business management topics.
Non-contact hours, reading: Teaching Yoga, by Mark Stephens (Chapters six, seven, eight, and ten).
Non-contact hours, assignment: sequence a yoga class.
To become an effective yoga teacher.
Learning physical anatomy: muscle, tendon, and ligament functioning; skeletal structure; breathing process; the nadis and chakras; and energy flow. Contact hours include classes and seminars on anatomy as it applies to yoga. Non-contact hours include reading assignments from Yoga Anatomy, by Leslie Kaminoff and Amy Matthews, and written summaries of assignments.
The body system and its relationship with yoga practice, and awareness of body sensations and functions.
Reading and discussion of ancient texts and discussion of philosophies and the eight limbs of yoga how they apply to everyday life. Non-contact hours include reading assignments from The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, trans. by Alistair Shearer and The Yamas and Niyamas, by Deborah Adele. Non-contact hours include reading assignments from The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, trans. by Alistair Shearer and The Yamas and Niyamas, by Deborah Adele.
Understanding of the ethical aspects of the yoga practice and lifestyle, and its importance in an effective practice.
Teaching fellow students, assisting in studio classes, giving and receiving feedback on teaching. Each student will teach five 75-minute yoga classes in the studio setting. Non-contact hours include sequencing beginners, intermediate, and all-level classes, and sequencing modified classes for older practitioners.
Experiencing the teaching process with fellow students.
Components of the Practice
Techniques, Training and Practice (TTP)
The Principles of Teaching
Teaching Methodology (TM)
The Systems of the Body
Anatomy & Physiology (AP)
Yoga Teacher Ethics
Yoga Philosophy/LifeStyle Ethics (YPLE)
Total Training Hours