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An Education in Yoga:

Yoga Teacher Training

200-hour Certification Level

Centered Yoga’s well-established Education in Yoga 200-hour program has been offered every year since 1999 with graduates worldwide. It is where the depth of practice and tradition meets modern understanding and scientific knowledge, plus a good dose of fun, music, chanting, caring & sharing, saving the planet, looking within, and how to enjoy a life while thinking of others, open the heart, sharpen the mind, and free the spirit.

All 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training courses are fully inclusive of the training program, both practical sessions and lectures, and includes the full facilities of Samahita Retreat, guest rooms of your choice, and all buffet meals and drinks. Additionally we offer fully filtered water stations for you to fill up and stay hydrated along with electrolyte drink on the buffet. We provide a setting to support your body and mind at the optimal level so the time invested in your training is most beneficial.

So Samahita has widened its scope to add spin classes and core classes. This can be added to the already established yoga choices of Mysore and Led classes or for those who aren’t yoga inclined, can just add a bit of fitness to your holiday.

So Samahita has widened its scope to add spin classes and core classes. This can be added to the already established yoga choices of Mysore and Led classes or for those who aren’t yoga inclined, can just add a bit of fitness to your holiday.

So Samahita has widened its scope to add spin classes and core classes. This can be added to the already established yoga choices of Mysore and Led classes or for those who aren’t yoga inclined, can just add a bit of fitness to your holiday.

Upcoming 200-Hours Yoga Teacher Training Courses


Upon successful completion of this training course you will be equipped with:

  • The ability to teach a dynamic, vinyasa style asana class
  • The ability to teach a gentle, restorative style asana class
  • Basic understanding and direction to sequence your own classes
  • Your own personalized asana practice
  • Your own personalized seated practice (based in breathing awareness, classical pranayama, and mantra meditation techniques)
  • A greater context for, and understanding of, Yoga in its entirety, beyond the physical approach to asana, so caring & sharing and love of this planet can be interpreted to others.


Centered Yoga’s Education in Yoga Foundation Level 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training Course delivers almost 300 hours of training that encompasses methods and teaching from classical Raja and Hatha Yoga, across modern vinyasa and asana, to traditional pranayama and meditation, with modern science and research to guide the way forward:

  • Dynamic Core Vinyasa Asana practice and teaching – various vinyasa class sequences that include the regular linear ashtanga sequence and more creative expressive vinyasa forms.
  • Restorative Asana practice and teaching – various forms of gentle, yin, flow and restorative classes from both classical old style hatha yoga as well as modern restorative forms.
  • How to Breathe and Breath Regulation – clear techniques and practices in regulating and training the breath, to be used in all practices as well as benefit daily life. Know and understand it well so it can be shared and taught to others.
  • Cleansing Kriyas – traditional hatha yoga methods to take care of and rejuvenate internal organs, open the body, and improve the breath.
  • Classical Pranayama practice – being one of the world’s leading authorities and knowledge bases in pranayama you will be taught in detail and, most importantly, correctly, in pranayama methods to further engage you in practice and the world of yoga and meditation.
  • Meditation Practice and Techniques – daily practice and growth internally incorporating a few approaches across yogic and Buddhist traditions.
  • Yoga Philosophy and Psychology – the classic texts and teachings on yoga presented in terms of our lives today, with most attention on Patanjali Yoga Sutra, and reference to the Gita, Sankhya Karika, and Hatha Pradipika
  • Anatomy and Physiology – up to date science and research on the body and its systems and movement forms within the yoga practice.
  • Chanting and Mantra – be introduced to this ancient practice of mantra and Pranava (Om) recitation along with the enhanced learning of key Sanskrit terms and names through chanting.
  • How to Teach – clear guidelines and instructions on how to teach to different levels of students a few different approaches to asana class as well as breathwork.
  • Yoga in Daily Life – Instruction for the practical application of these tools in going about teaching in the modern world and keeping it in life.
  • Full Residential Experience – eat, live and breathe in one of the world’s most dedicated yoga practice settings, designed for the yoga approach and to aid your own practice and growth.
  • Strength and Fitness – functional fitness core strength work coupled with indoor cycling cardio workouts on the world’s best Schwinn bikes serve to complement and augment your training as part of our YogaCoreCycle programming.

Teacher Training Curriculum

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Asana is a typical starting point in yoga, and what you will primarily teach. As your awareness and understanding deepen in other areas, your asana and how you teach it will develop. The poses have the capacity to open up energy channels, build strength and flexibility, rearrange the nervous system, and detoxify the body’s inner organs.

The course covers traditional Hatha yoga asanas found in classical texts and expanded upon in modern times. Alignment, breath, inner focus, benefits, common mistakes, and variations are covered for each pose. You will learn from doing the pose and adjusting students in it, both in group and in private instruction.

The course will alternate between exploring detailed alignment, dynamic vinyasa and gentle restorative approaches. The asana teaching will also emphasize and encourage the exploration and growth of your individual practice, as we often will break into guided small groups and offer support for you to work into your edges and your own sticking points.

All types of asana are covered: standing, balancing, forward bends, backward bends, twists, and inversions. Sun salutations are a major component of the practice, and both the vinyasa (jump back) and twelve-point approaches will be studied.

Breath & Pranayama

In Patanjali’s eight-limb life-system (Ashtanga), Pranayama is the fourth limb, after asana. Its importance is acknowledged in many classical texts, though today it is typically misunderstood and taught badly. It is a subtle practice that has tremendous effects on the nervous system and the mind. First though it is important to regulate the breath, train it through various techniques that help you use the different parts of the respiratory system for inhale and exhale so it becomes smooth yet powerful.

The training in this course is grounded in the classical teaching of Sw. Kuvalayananda and his primary student, Sri O.P. Tiwari (Kaivalyadhama, India), one of the few authorities on Pranayama. You will learn and practice the preparations for Pranayama together with six of the classical techniques. You will be guided daily and observed carefully as you build a personal practice. Upon completion, you will understand the nature of the inhale, exhale, and retention; the correct performance of each Pranayama; and how to guide someone in basic breathing. You will also study the breath and its mechanisms.

Physical Anatomy

We take a detailed, thorough approach to anatomy and physiology. During the course you will methodically go through the anatomy of the human body as it relates to asanas, vinyasas, and pranayamas. In addition, we will explore at length the nervous system, the musculo-skeletal system, knee and hip joints, the pelvis, the spine, the circulatory system, and other topics.


Yoga is summed up in the Bhagavad Gita and laid down in the sutras of Patanjali. Understanding these texts will open your practice and give you the basis to teach. Other classical texts, such as the Hatha Pradipika, from which Hatha yoga has grown, the Gheranda Samhita, and the Upanishads will be referred to as well. To elucidate the material further, we will also refer to other philosophies, in particular the teachings of Buddha.


This is a practical course, in which you will learn chiefly by doing. The first two weeks you will work with your fellow trainees on teaching assignments. The effort of explaining and showing something to someone else serves to embed it into your consciousness. From the third week onward, there will be other (non-trainee) students in the morning asana class. You will progress from observation to assisting to adjusting to private instruction to group instruction.

Your Practice

As your practice is your foundation, you will practice daily Asana, Pranayama, and Meditation. The other elements of the course will gradually be added to your practice. What you build as your practice you will understand and then be able to teach. Your practice will be deepened, cleaned up, and encouraged. What you ultimately practice integrates your personality, develops your mind, and eventually leads to higher states of awareness.

Yogic Anatomy

Awareness and understanding of the vital layer of the body can greatly advance your practice. You will study it and then integrate it in to your practice. The identification of energy lines in practice receives a lot of attention, along with chakras, nadis, vayus, koshas, to be learnt and understood in the light of the process of yoga.


In the Vedic system virtually all activities commence and conclude with a chant. In addition, one can increase the feeling of devotion (bhakti) through chanting sessions known as kirtans. Beginning with the simple but powerful Om, chants permeate the practice. Usually a yoga class begins with a chant. There are some classic chants you will learn, some standard slokas you will become familiar with, and also a few bhajans you could enjoy during any lively kirtans. The differences between all these will be explained.

Diet, Food and Yoga

When it comes to food, much confusion surrounds what, when, and how much. We will focus on this controversial topic from the vantage point of its effect on the body and mind, both in the gross and the subtle.

Food is one of the biggest influences on our practice. Eating well is not just a matter of good health; it affects and nurtures the nervous system and mind.

With a new understanding of food and its effects, you may be inspired to make positive changes in the way you eat. The food at Samahita Retreat is healthy, nutritious, and tasty. All meals are vegetarian, but fish and eggs will also be served from time to time.

Shatkarma Kriyas

Shatkarma Kriyas are cleansing and purification practices that prepare you for deeper practice. All six kriyas will be presented; five will be practiced and learned.

Concentration and Meditation

These are the sixth and seventh limbs of Ashtanga. Building concentration of mind should be developed in all practices. You will learn how to harness the mind while practicing asana and pranayama. It then will become a direct practice when you sit for meditation.

Meditation cannot be “done”; it just happens. But when is that? You will have your own experience.

To help the process along, you will learn meditation techniques, external to internal, which will engage the mind through concentration. Your growth in this area will reveal itself in your practice of the other seven limbs. Progress in Asana and Pranayama is essential, and directly affects concentration. Observing Yama and Niyama (i.e., living yoga) aligns our being, which can then bring about meditation.

Going on to Teach

How to put together a class, what classes to teach, how students will find you, where to teach, and the difference between privates and group classes.

Teaching Special Cases

Not everyone falls under the category of average health. Different approaches, as well as compassion and patience, are needed for children, people with disabilities and overweight cases. Simple approaches will be taught and where possible even practiced. Some cases will also be simulated.


The language of yoga is Sanskrit. It is the oldest language still in use today, and it is the basis of many other languages. All language is simply vibration, and Sanskrit possesses the highest vibration and the best organized. Hearing and chanting Sanskrit has an extremely positive effect on the state of your mind. You will learn the alphabet, numbers, pronunciation, and the chanting of all pose names, kriyas and pranayamas, slokas, and sutras-all taught in a light and enjoyable way.

Karma Yoga

Translates as the yoga of action but typically taken to mean selfless service. We typically have a program to work on for each course under the work of Centered Foundation. In the past we have worked as a group on some of the local schools for young children here that do not receive enough care or financial support. It is a great task for the group and causes a lot of positive change in these young kids lives. It’s amazing to see the school change as we go to paint it, add new grass, clear up their play frames and more. On occasion we also get out and help Mother Nature by cleaning the beach.

So Samahita has widened its scope to add spin classes and core classes. This can be added to the already established yoga choices of Mysore and Led classes or for those who aren’t yoga inclined, can just add a bit of fitness to your holiday.

Frequently Asked Questions

Think clearly and carefully before committing such time and money to any course. Ask all the questions and do your research. This whole site is for that. Read specific questions and answers here relating to yoga teacher training.

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As part of your thinking process and research, you can complete the application form. Its questions are designed to help you think more about doing a training and studying here. We review them within 48 hours and inform you of a space or not.

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