200-Hour Yoga Teacher Certification 2024

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Deepen Your Practice and Become a Yoga Teacher!

Immerse yourself in a life-changing course of study during our completely online 200-hour yoga teacher certification program! This training program draws from traditional yoga theory and modern knowledge of the body and mind to cover the complete scope of yoga, providing a foundation for practice and teaching which is both broad and rich. Our exceptional, diverse, and dedicated teaching team share decades of experience to help you deepen your personal practice as well as develop your teaching skills. When you enroll in the Himalayan Institute’s 200-hour teacher training course, you don’t just train to become a yoga teacher—you get the opportunity to participate in one of the most excellent teacher training programs in the world, and learn from dedicated, experienced teachers who represent the unbroken lineage of the Himalayan Tradition. Through their guidance, you will acquire the wisdom and knowledge to confidently interpret and convey the deeper meaning of yoga.

Join us for this transformational experience, and become a capable, confident, and effective yoga teacher!

Program Structure

Our 2024 200-hour yoga teacher training program is offered fully online. This highly experiential online format gives you the opportunity to participate in an intensive course of study and practice from the comfort of your own home while maintaining the deeply transformative benefit of the program. You will join a community of teachers and practitioners from all over the world connected by the yoga tradition.

As we enter our third year of providing the 200-hour teacher training online, our faculty and support teams are invested in offering a world class learning experience to our students. We continue to be on the leading edge of implementing best practices for online teacher training including investments in high-quality audio and video equipment to support the group learning process.

During the training intensive, your study and practice will focus on the following areas:

Asana, Breathing, Relaxation, and Meditation Practice

A strong personal practice will inform and develop your teaching. You will participate in full practices consisting of yoga asana, yogic breathing, systematic relaxation, seated breath awareness and meditation to help you to further develop and deepen your own personal practice, and to directly experience and apply the concepts you are learning to yourself.

Anatomy and Physiology

Learn the basics of anatomy and physiology concepts in order to have an understanding of how the human body works in relation to the practice of yoga. These sessions will include engaging experiential work.

Teaching Methods

Using our time-tested systematic approach to teaching, you will learn how to teach safely, clearly, and effectively by working with practice teaching in small groups. This unique approach will provide a supportive blueprint for instructing and sequencing so that you can complete the training program with the tools and confidence you will need to begin teaching immediately.

Diaphragmatic Breath Training and Pranayama

Develop your own personal relationship with breathing using an understanding of respiratory anatomy and physiology as a foundation for experiencing the immense transformative power of the breath. You will discover how specific breath training practices help to strengthen the diaphragm, balance the nervous system, and serve as an important foundation for pranayama practice. Experience how optimal yogic breathing supports overall health, well-being, and spiritual unfoldment.

Systematic Relaxation Techniques

Relaxation exercises form the bridge between hatha yoga and meditation practices. Discover how these practices help the mind and body assimilate the benefits of yoga postures while relieving stress, balancing the nervous system, and increasing subtle awareness.

Meditation Techniques

Discover the essentials of yogic meditation, including how to establish a comfortable and stable sitting posture and the role of breathing in meditation practice. You will also experience a simple, practical process of specific techniques designed to help the mind focus and become more inward.

Subtle Body Anatomy

Experience the power of prana—your own vital life force—in practice, and how to deepen your own awareness and experience of this potent healing force. Learn about the importance of subtle body anatomy, including chakras, and how to apply this knowledge to your own practice and teaching in a practical and grounded way.

Yoga Philosophy

A solid understanding of yoga philosophy will expand and deepen the experience of asana and infuse inspiration and meaning into your practice and teaching. Familiarize yourself with the core concepts of key foundational yogic texts: Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra and The Bhagavad Gita. Learn how these ancient texts are now more relevant to modern life and teaching than ever.

Ayurveda: Diet and Lifestyle

A foundational understanding and practice of the science of ayurveda will compliment and empower your yoga practice and teaching. Discover the essential foundational concepts of ayurveda, including how to implement specific diet and lifestyle practices to support seasonal and life changes as well as to pacify imbalance.

Chat and Chai Sessions

In order to be able to connect with students informally, as well as to be available to answer questions our faculty will host several Chat and Chai sessions.

Small Group Assignments

Students will be divided into small groups to work together on practice teaching assignments. These groups will be scheduled independently by the group members according to their availability using the virtual meeting program of your choice. Students are expected to be flexible and participate in these small groups as an important part of the training program.

Program Schedule

The 2024 200-hour Program is organized into two 100-hour segments as follows:

SEGMENT 1: APRIL 16–MAY 18, 2024

SEGMENT 2: JULY 23–AUGUST 24, 2024

This unique format allows for space between segments for processing and integration of the program content into your yoga practice and daily life.

Please note that both segments are required in order to complete the certification program.

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Online Attendance and Participation Guidelines

  • Live participation in the majority of sessions is required with some flexibility offered for students in different time zones
  • All sessions will be recorded and available to watch four hours after they air live
  • Students must submit a brief summary of each session not attended live with 3-5 bullet points listing the main subject matter of the session
  • Students will need to coordinate with other students in order to participate in the independent group work assignments, therefore individual email addresses will be shared within the training group
  • Students are responsible for downloading Zoom to their personal computers and ensuring that they are comfortable with operating the program
  • Link and instructions for joining the program will be sent prior to the start date

Additional Requirements

  • Satisfactory participation in group teaching assignments
  • Satisfactory completion of a written knowledge assessment prior to graduation from the program
  • Completion of a 30-day meditation journal report
  • Completion of a self-evaluation summary report of 12 hours of teaching

Participants who complete all requirements and receive certification are then eligible to register with Yoga Alliance at the 200-hour level and become a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT).

Program Prerequisite

At least one year of regular yoga practice and a general understanding of your own body and breath is recommended.

Pricing:

The 2024 offering of the 200-Hour Teacher Training Program is offered at $2,599. This price reflects access to the entire segment on our online course platform, with lifetime access to all the recordings, handouts, and materials.

Applications required to attend, and includes an additional one-time $108 non-refundable application fee.

Complete the Application Process and Tuition payment by: April 12, 2024

Accreditation

The Himalayan Institute is fully accredited by Yoga Alliance as a Registered Yoga School.
Questions about the program? Please email us at [email protected] or call (570) 253–5551 ext 42

Scholarships Available

The Himalayan Institute is pleased to introduce its Mission Scholarship Fund, established for yoga students of all backgrounds and levels of proficiency (yes, beginners too!) to attend a Himalayan Institute Mission Program as well as yoga practitioners inspired to become a Himalayan Institute Yoga or Vishoka Meditation Teacher. For full details, visit our Scholarships Page.

The Himalayan Institute’s Organizational Policies

The Himalayan Institute’s Board of Directors has adopted these organizational policies in order to safeguard and positively support the experience of all the Institute’s students, employees, residents and community members. For full details, visit our Organizational Policies Page.

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About the Teachers

Himalayan Institute Core Faculty

Steeped in the wisdom of the sages, the Himalayan Institute Core Faculty brings you the authentic teachings of the lineage. Our faculty embodies decades of personal study and practice and draws on the philosophical and practical teachings of the scriptures as well as the oral tradition that has been passed down from teacher to student for over 5,00...

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Judy Moulton

Judy Moulton is a Himalayan Institute certified and Yoga Alliance recognized E-RYT 500, an Ayurvedic Health Counselor, and Ayurvedic Yoga Therapist registered with the National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA). Judy is also the director of the Himalayan Institute’s professional certification programs and an integral faculty member teaching with...

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Greg Capitolo

Greg Capitolo is a certified E-RYT 500 yoga teacher who has studied, practiced, and trained with the Himalayan Institute since 1995. Greg’s teaching combines precise alignment-based instruction with breath-centered movement, pranayama, systematic relaxation and meditation, leading students of all levels to experience the transformative power of yog...

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Carrie Demers, MD

Board-certified in both internal medicine and integrative medicine, Carrie Demers, MD, is a holistic physician who blends modern medicine with traditional approaches to health. After receiving her medical degree from the University of Cincinnati, Dr. Demers went on to study massage, homeopathy, nutrition, herbal medicine, yoga, and ayurveda. She ha...

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Shiva Tigunait, PhD

Shiva Tigunait earned a doctorate in classics from the University of Pennsylvania and has taught ancient languages, literature, and philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania and Smith College. After studying with Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, she was inspired to move to the Himalayan Institute full-time in 2015. She currently serves as the Institute’...

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Ransom Hare

Ransom, Director of Himalayan Institute Excursions, has over a decade of experience leading international trips and pilgrimages. He’s a dedicated yoga practitioner and faculty member for our 200 YTT and 500 YTT programs, specializing in breath training, relaxation, and meditation. Ransom’s spiritual journey was profoundly shaped by pilgrimage, begi...

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