Curriculum & Homework

  • Studies in the Bhagavad Gita
  • Studies in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
  • Understanding Chakras
  • Meditation
  • Kriyas and their practice
  • Basic Pranayama
  • Asanas with Benefits, Cautions & Modifications
  • Anatomy of Movement
  • Professionalism
  • Sanskrit Pronunciation
  • Creating Six Lesson Plans with Sequencing
  • Teaching Practicum – daily practice in developing teaching skills culminating in teaching a personally designed one-hour class
  • Ongoing support after graduation as you advance your skills as a teacher

SOYA 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training Programs begin at home where students complete assignments and maintain a focused personal practice during the months leading up to program start. Ongoing support is offered during home study through a Facebook group, email, and phone access. Lessons completed at home are reviewed, discussed, and put into practice.

1) 15 written assignments in philosophy, including the Yoga Sutras, Bhagavad Gita, Kriyas, Chakras, Meditation, Pranayama, Professionalism, and Anatomy of Movement. These studies will reveal many yogic truths that will enhance your understanding of yoga and give you depth as a teacher!

2) Online Anatomy with Martin Kirk. This course is perfect for understanding Anatomy in relationship to Yoga and asana.  This is an online pre-recorded 15 hour webinar.  Work at your own pace and refer back to the program as often as you like! SOYA students have access to all of Martin’s webinars (spine, shoulder, pelvis, leg/knee/ankle/foot, arm/elbow/wrist/hand) and Martin’s anatomy slides.  The recordings are always available to you, even after completion.  SOYA will register you for this training when you pay your deposit. Please complete the course before arriving at the immersion retreat:

3) Keep practicing regularly in your local yoga classes or workshops!

Sample YTT Daily Schedule

Take time to integrate the wisdom of yoga in our extended teacher training program. The program runs over a 4 month period with training meetings held two weekends each month. During the weekend trainings you will have daily practices in kriya, asana, pranayama, mantra and meditation.  You will experience multiple asana styles and daily practicums to develop confidence and expertise in teaching skills, lesson plan design, and the ability to modify asanas for most people’s needs. Assignments completed at home are reviewed, discussed and put into practice.

Here is a sample Saturday and Sunday daily schedule:

  • 7:30am morning kriyas, meditation, pranayama.
  • 8:30am asana class
  • 10am philosophy session
  • 12:00pm  lunch and questions and answers
  • 12:30pm Teaching Asanas Lab and working on lesson planning
  • 4:30pm Asana class
  • 6:00pm meditation and pranayama
  • 6:30pm close for the day