200-Hour Sunday Session

Integral Yoga Sunday 200-Hour Teacher Training

October 8, 2017–May 20, 2018
Taught by Inga (Ishwari) Benson and Purusha John Donahoe with a special guest workshop taught by Swami Asokananda. Anatomy and physiology curriculum taught by Jason Ray Brown.

This respected program has been developed and refined over 40-plus years. Its purpose goes beyond making a person a Yoga teacher; it provides an excellent foundation for an extensive knowledge of Yoga. Complete instruction in how to teach Integral Yoga® Level I is its basis. This includes:

  • Hatha Yoga postures
  • Pranayama (breathing practices)
  • Meditation and deep relaxation

Considerable attention is given to many other aspects of Yoga so that all graduates have both a practical and a philosophical understanding of the full scope of its teachings and practices. Among the subjects are:

  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Yogic diet and nutrition
  • Raja Yoga (psychology of mind)
  • Karma Yoga (selfless service)
  • Bhakti Yoga (devotion)
  • Jnana Yoga (self-analysis)
  • Sanskrit language

Participants also learn how to organize and initiate classes for professional groups and organizations. Finally, teacher trainees will refine and deepen their personal practices of asanas, pranayama, and meditation.

The Integral Yoga® system of Hatha Yoga is utilized, along with other lifestyle changes, by Dr. Dean Ornish in his book Dr. Dean Ornish’s Program for Reversing Heart Disease.

Retreat
The training includes a beautiful weekend retreat, where you will be immersed in nature, yoga, meditation, and superb vegetarian meals and many amenities as you experience the traditions of ashram life that have been at the heart of Integral Yoga for many decades.

Certification and Yoga Alliance Affiliation
Graduates receive a diploma certifying them to teach Integral Yoga Level I classes either at the Institute or elsewhere. Certification is not automatic, however: all trainees must qualify through a series of thorough tests. Graduates receive well beyond the basic 200 hours needed for being a registered Yoga teacher of the Yoga Alliance.

Admissions
Applicants need not be adepts of Hatha Yoga. Applicants should, however, have at least six months’ experience with practicing Hatha Yoga and experience with the Integral Yoga Level I class. The course is demanding. Much material is covered, requiring serious application, home study, and, most important, regular attendance.

Tuition
Tuition is $3,750 and includes the Integral Yoga Basic Teacher’s Manual, all textbooks, and the weekend retreat including round trip transportation.  A deposit of $250 is required along with the application form; the balance is due on the first day of classes. A four-installment payment plan is available for a onetime fee of $100. After the training begins, there are no refunds.

  • Save $300 when you register by Monday, September 8, 2017.
  • Upon acceptance into the program, participants may take all yoga classes at Integral Yoga Institute free of charge for the duration of the training program and for 30 days before the program start date .
  • Teacher trainees will also receive a 10 percent discount on purchases at the Integral Yoga Shop, Integral Yoga Natural Foods and Integral Yoga Natural Apothecary, and for treatments at Integral Yoga Wellness Spa for the duration of the training program.

How to Apply
To apply for admission, please fill out the application form, include a brief personal essay, and send it along with a deposit of $250 payable to the Integral Yoga Institute. You will be contacted by phone for an acceptance interview with the primary trainer.

Schedule
October 8, 2017–May 20, 2017

  • Sundays: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Graduation: May 20, 12–7 p.m.
  • Retreat Weekend: TBD

Prerequisite
Six months’ Yoga practice and interview with primary trainer before acceptance

Yoga Alliance Hours
200


Teacher Bios

Headshot_Inga_Ishwari BensonInga (Ishwari) Benson, E-RYT 500, LCAT, BC-DMT, MS, SYT, is Integral Yoga certified in Levels I and II, Therapeutic Yoga, Prenatal/ Post-Partum Yoga and is certified as a Structural Yoga therapist from Mukunda Stiles. She has been a Yoga teacher for 16 years and is also a Licensed Creative Art Therapist and a Board-Certified Dance/Movement Therapist. She uses Yoga and Dance/Movement Therapy to help cultivate body awareness and breath support as a foundation for emotional regulation and self expression. She has been an Integral Yoga Teacher Trainer for Basic TT since 2008, has also led Children’s TT and Prenatal TT, and currently supervises Dance Therapy interns during the school year.


Purusha John Donahoe, E-RYT 500, came to Yoga in order to maintain fitness for his lifetime hobby of surfing after many years of being a personal trainer and water aerobics instructor. Upon recognizing the many other benefits of Yoga, John became a teacher in order to share his experience. He is certified to teach Level I, II, and III, and Cardiac Yoga. John teaches several classes each week at IYI and privately. www.yogaforone.com

Jason_BrownJason Ray Brown, E-RYT 500, LMT, is a certified Yoga teacher and licensed massage therapist with a private practice on the Upper West Side. He has taught Yoga at Integral Yoga Institute, OM Yoga, Yoga Works, Pure Yoga, and Zenyasa Yoga and has led Yoga teacher trainings at OM Yoga and Zenyasa Yoga. Jason enjoys teaching anatomy for Yoga teachers and regularly leads anatomy workshops and trainings in New York and internationally. www.jasonraybrown.com

SwamiAsokanandaSwami Asokananda, a monk since 1973, is one of Integral Yoga’s foremost teachers, known for his warmth, intelligence, and good humor. His teaching comes out of his own practice and experience, since he has absorbed the wisdom of his guru, Sri Swami Satchidananda, since the age of 19. While he enjoys sharing the practical wisdom of the Yogic philosophy (especially that of the great Indian scripture the Bhagavad Gita), he also loves his practice of Hatha Yoga and is one of our primary instructors for Intermediate and Advanced Hatha Yoga Teacher Training. In the past, he has served as the president of Satchidananda Ashram–Yogaville® and Integral Yoga® International; he is currently the president of the New York Integral Yoga Institute.
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Integral Yoga Institute offers a comprehensive Yoga Alliance–registered Teacher Training program consisting of more than 200 class hours.

Open House

Join us for an informal but informative discussion about IYI’s 200-Hour Level I Teacher Training program.

Level I:
Mon., Mar. 27, 6–7 p.m.
Mon., Apr. 24, 6:15–7:15 p.m.
Mon., May 22, 6–7 p.m.

Questions?

Call 212-929-0585, ext. 16, or e-mail TeacherTraining@iyiny.org

Application: Download Application

Introduction

Testimonials

“Participating in the TT program not only strengthen my own practice but deepened my understanding of yoga philosophy, taking my practice to a whole new level. Studying and applying Raja Yoga has helped me keep my perspective on what is truly important and has given me tools to let go of the things that really don’t matter. The support and knowledge shared both by the trainers and other participants has been invaluable as I apply them to the classes I teach. Whether you want to teach or not, the training will transform your personal practice. Yoga was once something I did and now it has reverberated into each of my cells, becoming a part of me. ”
—Kamalika

“Beautifully organized, wonderfully taught program. Truly, I am fortunate to have been a part of this TT! I appreciate deeply all that went into teaching us to become teachers. This has been a very special time for me, and I would strongly encourage anyone interested in teaching Yoga to find their way to Integral.”
—Sarah Citta

“I am so fortunate to have discovered Integral Yoga Institute, our oasis of peace and spiritual renewal in Greenwich Village. The program was so much more than learning yoga poses; it was a doorway into the fascinating world of yoga, integrating meditation, breathing practices and a philosophy for living a happy and healthy life. With so many yoga teacher training programs now in NYC and across the country, IYI gives students the foundation to pursue any of the branches of yoga for advanced study. Personally, I’ve made so many wonderful and positive changes in my life since joining IYI, and I continue to participate in the many offerings to deepen my personal practice and teaching. Nowhere will one find a more devoted faculty and staff than at IYI, where selfless service to yoga students and the community is paramount. My life will never be the same since I’ve discovered the teachings of our founder, Sri Swami Satchidananda.” —Bhudhara Hari Kerner, Psy.D., RYT