Teacher Training

Integral Yoga Institute’s comprehensive certification programs provide a foundation for personal and spiritual development and for strengthening your own practice. Integral Yoga Teacher Training will prepare you to become a knowledgeable and professional Yoga teacher. IYI is a safe environment where students feel free to realize their own potential, gaining respect for themselves and a capacity to be of service to others.

Help/FAQs 200-Hour Level I Teacher Training

Once someone certifies, is he or she automatically invited to teach at IYI? No. Invitation comes as a result of a student’s overall level of participation in the course.

Are there exams? There are three written tests—a Hatha Yoga test (foundation postures in the IY system), a Raja Yoga test (on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali), and a comprehensive final—plus an oral qualifying class (students teach a complete 90-minute basic class).

How much time is spent in class practicing asana? Sixty-five percent of the time is spent studying and practicing asana. The remaining time is devoted to anatomy and Yoga philosophy.

Are there any requirements for admission? Yes, a minimum of six months of regular Yoga practice is required. Familiarity with the Integral Yoga system is strongly recommended.

How experienced are the instructors? All the instructors have an average of at least ten years’ experience in practicing and teaching Yoga.

Are you registered with Yoga Alliance? Integral Yoga Institute is one of the founding members of Yoga Alliance, and our program exceeds the minimum 200 hours required at the basic level.

What are the requirements for certification? Attending all classes; attendance at the weekend retreat; passing all tests/exams; attending and evaluating all designated Integral Yoga Institute (IYI) classes; mentoring with an active IYI teacher; tuition paid in full.

What is the average ratio of staff/instructors to students? Seven students to one instructor.

What is the application process? After submitting an application, a deposit, and a brief bio, an applicant is contacted for a personal interview.

Does the tuition include books? Yes.

How many absences are allowed? We allow no more than three absences for the fall, spring, and Sunday 200-hour trainings. One absence is allowed for the summer Intensive.

Are there guest presentations? Yes. IYI always invites instructors who are currently working and practicing in the field of Yoga.

How many students are accepted in the training? A maximum of 23.

Is there a payment plan? A monthly installment plan is available.

Is it difficult to find a job teaching Yoga? Although we do not guarantee employment, positions are available.

RYS_Yoga Alliance Integral Yoga Institute is a Yoga Alliance–registered Yoga school (RYS 200 and 500 and RPYS) for the 200- and 500-hour Teacher Training and the Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training levels. We offer 500 hours of training in two segments, 200 hours and 300 hours, permitting teachers who graduate to become either an RYT 200 or an RYT 500, depending on the level of training completed. Our 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training has been training Yoga teachers for over 40-plus years. Our 500-hour Yoga Teacher Training program can be customized to fit your individual interests. You may select from our many graduate-level Yoga Teacher Training programs.

Choosing Your TT

Ten Essential Questions to Ask
  1. How long has the school been training teachers?
  2. What are the credentials of the principal trainers?
  3. Is the training limited to Hatha Yoga, or does it comprise all the eight limbs of the science of Yoga (such as Ashtanga Yoga and Raja Yoga)?
  4. Does the training include a retreat so that the trainees may go deeper into the practice as a group?
  5. Are Yoga classes free of charge while you take the training?
  6. What expenses are included in the tuition?
  7. What is the ratio of students to trainers?
  8. Is the style of Yoga consistent with your personal practice?
  9. What are the requirements for certification?
  10. Does the school offer continuing education, and, if so, does that involve additional costs?