Basic Yoga Teacher Training: 668 hours, RYT 200
ॐ indy, colorado, mexico, washington, online
Are you a serious student looking for a program with depth? Want on the job training? Great! Our unique, thorough training is based on repetitive learning over a long time span. Worldwide, most RYT 200 yoga teacher training programs are intensives of literally 200 hours, with 0-1 actual classes taught. Our training is over 650 hours with at least 40 classes taught, with supervision.
Just come by any Wednesday night (Indy, CO), take a $5 yoga class, and check it out!
Attend a Saturday weekly workshop and you are already getting credit while you decide.
(1) RYT 200 (basic) : ours is 668 hours ॐ
(2) RYT 500 (basic + advanced) : ours is 1200 hours
If you are new to teaching yoga, you will begin with what is called the RYT 200 program. Ours usually takes about a year for an adult with another job. If you know you are interested in a more thorough training, you can sign up for the RYT 500 hour program at the onset and receive a price discount on our basic (RYT 200) + advanced (RYT 300) trainings. Our RYT 500 program usually takes 2-3 years for adults with other jobs.
If you have previously completed another RYT 200 teacher training and wish to transfer into our RYT 300 / 500 program, please see the transfer student page
Our teacher training programs are thorough. You will graduate with confidence, and along the journey you will discover great personal healing and growth. Yoga education is still in an early developmental stage in the USA. Historically, yoga teachers trained for 7-10 years - not 7-10 weekends. The current yoga industry standard of 200 hours is insufficient for effectively learning how to teach, and in time the standards will change. Here at Santosha, you will receive double the hours required by our industry, apprentice teach at least 40 classes with feedback, and do so for the same price as other training programs. We are committed to the beautiful growth of Yoga, we salute your sincere efforts, and we will do our very best to support your journey.
- lead trainers Pierre Couvillion E-RYT500, Yoga Alliance #34289; and Shiela Dimof E-RYT200, YA #149775
3 CATEGORIES comprise our programs
Practice - love yoga
Tools Development - learn skills to share your love of Yoga
Teaching Practicum - practice sharing your love of Yoga, with on-the-job training
(1) Practice - love Yoga
Yoga is experiential learning. Having developed a personal practice is essential prior to teaching one. You will practice at least 125 hours at Santosha or similar. These hours are self-paced and separate from your tuition. Those with many years of experience will be given special consideration to test out of this requirement. Distance learners will have the option to use our videos for home practice.
(2) Tools Development - learn skills to share your love of Yoga
Teaching requires sharing information with others. Reaching students of different backgrounds requires different toolsets. These courses include:
bodywork, to work physically with others;
ayurveda (gardening health care), to learn "for whom and when" a practice of yoga is beneficial, and to learn how to adapt practices to different ages, body types, seasons, climates, and conditions
communication and conduct, to navigate teacher-student relationships;
anatomy, to understand body systems;
music, to lead meaningful group rituals;
yoga lab, to understand modifications, alignment principlies, and how to assist/adjust yoga postures;
sanskrit and philosophy, to establish the intellectual framework from which the teachings of yoga have grown and been preserved.
individual 1-on-1 assessment skills, to adapt the tools of yoga to individuals' needs
teaching lab, to practice teaching in small increments in a group format, to have weekly community with other trainees
(3) Teaching Practicum - practice sharing your love of Yoga, with on-the-job training
Having a personal yoga practice, and having developed some tools for teaching, you will then progress through several stages of teaching, and need to pass each stage. In all you will teach at minimum 40 classes and receive a lot of constructive feedback on your unique gifts and on how to improve. For the 500 hour teaching practicum, you will have the option to develop your own style with input from the trainers, or choose from 8 majors.
- on-site mentorship at 4 stages of teaching:
Silent class: learn to share your love of the practice with even timing + pacing, while holding space for others to practice
Talk teach: without demonstrating
See the room: learn to work with individuals in a group setting while keeping the above stages intact
Physical adjustments: learn safe, effective hands-on skills to align, modify, assist and enhance the practice while maintaining the above
In our teacher training, you receive the rare opportunity to actually practice these 4 stages, with mentorship, onsite at our studio in live classes. You will graduate with confidence, and after graduation be able to teach an incredible, foundation, all-levels yoga class to students anywhere in the world - even if the students don't speak your language.
RYT 200 (basic 668 hour program) a great value at $3195
RYT 300 (advanced, second level, 532 hour program, after graduating RYT 200) depth, specialization, thorough, a great value at $4495
RYT 500 (basic + advanced, 1200 hour program) - save $500 by doing both - $7190
What kind of payment options exist? You can pay in full upfront using a credit card or check., or by deposit and monthly installments
RYT 200 installment check pay = $3495, with $495 deposit and 10 monthly installments of $300 with pre-dated checks
RYT 200 installment credit pay = $3695, with $695 deposit and 10 monthly installments of $300 with credit card saved to our software
RYT 300 installment check pay = $4795, with $595 deposit and 14 monthly installments of $300 with pre-dated checks
RYT 300 installment credit pay = $4995, with $795 deposit and 14 monthly installments of $300 with credit card saved to our software
RYT 500 installment check pay = $7490, with $1190 deposit and 21 monthly installments of $300 with pre-dated checks
RYT 500 installment credit pay = $7690, with $1390 deposit and 21 monthly installments of $300 with credit card saved to our software
Refunds: deposits and installment payments are non-refundable, only payment upfront in full is refundable. See our refund policy for tuition paid upfront here.
(1) Indianapolis; (2) Littleton, CO; (3) San Miguel de Allende, MX; (4) Richland, WA; (5) Online
All students have access to training at all locations
Alternate location weekly classes are free
Alternate location intensives have limited spots available; they are an additional cost - but only 10% of the listed price for the intensive
We do our best to host visiting students free of charge or at a low cost
Online courses require in-person intensive study at some point, interactive video classes and testing
How do I start? We have open enrollment - you can start tomorrow! You can even come observe our training before you commit.
Orientation every Wednesday night at 6pm. Any sincere student curious about the teacher training can come any Wednesday night.
How long does it take? Most people finish within a year, though it could be finished in as little as 9 months, or take as long as 3 years if needed.
What are the dates? We have teacher training related coursework weekly, and in Indianapolis, daily. Our intensive dates are listed here. We believe in long term, repetitive, hands on study and learning. Your credit hours by subject are for you to do at your own pace. We are flexible with exact subject requirements while strict around total hours and Yoga Alliance standards.
Enrollment and questions: 317-405-8248, firstname.lastname@example.org, or use the form at the bottom of the page