Rev. Lílā Lucy NelsonMS, E-RYT 500, YACEP
Rev. Lílā Lucy Nelson, MS, E-RYT 500, YACEP, (she/her), is an ordained Interfaith Minister, Interspiritual Counselor and a teacher trainer at Integral Yoga Institute. She is a certified teacher in Hatha Level I & II, Meditation, Stress Management, Raja Yoga, Gentle & Chair Yoga, Yin Yoga, Restorative Yoga, and Trauma-Informed Yoga. She believes everyone’s authentic nature is to feel a sense of freedom in their bodies and minds. She is deeply committed to co-creating on this path of liberation. Yoga and meditation have profoundly influenced her work with organizational psychology and in Human and Community Services. Her calling towards social justice has led her to contribute as an Anti-Racism consultant. She is also a certified Positive Psychology-based Coach, and EFT practitioner.
Swarupa Sky Oak SpeakerC-IAYT, E-RYT 500, YACEP
Swarupa Sky Oak Speaker, C-IAYT, E-RYT 500, YACEP has the honor of being a second generation initiate of Sri Swami Satchidananda; having been exposed to the Yoga practices and teachings from birth and throughout this life. He has been actively studying and teaching eastern and western methods of philosophy, health, wellness, and complementary care since 1991. In classes, private sessions, workshops, clinics, and teacher trainings Swarupa’s heartfelt guidance of the Yoga journey is sure to be practical, transformational, and filled with appreciation for the beauty and diversity of the human experience. His certifications include all levels of Hatha Yoga, Yoga Therapy, Yoga for Stress Management, Meditation, Yoga for Cancer, Gentle/Chair Yoga, Reiki MT, Yoga for Bone Health, Raja Yoga, and Teen Yoga. Swarupa is overjoyed to connect with and serve individuals, and communities of all sizes. You can learn more about Swarupa on his website: https://www.sattviclife.com
For over 40 years, this internationally respected program has been continually developed and refined to meet the personal and professional Yogic needs of our participants. Its purpose goes beyond training a person to be a Yoga teacher; it provides a wide reaching foundation preparing trainees to develop their knowledge of Yoga. Complete instruction on how to teach an Integral Yoga® Level I class is the vehicle.
Considerable attention is given to the many aspects of Yoga so that all graduates have both a practical and a philosophical understanding of the full scope of Yoga teachings and practices.
“Yoga” means “union” in the ancient Sanskrit language. It is a perfect description of the Integral Yoga® system which synthesizes the various branches of Yoga into a comprehensive lifestyle system. The aim is to promote the harmonious development of every aspect of the individual. The results are subtle, profound, and measurable.
The six branches of Integral Yoga are powerful tools to encourage wellness and self-mastery. Teacher trainees will refine and deepen their personal practices based on an exploration of:
- Hatha Yoga (physical postures)
- Raja Yoga (psychology of mind)
- Karma Yoga (selfless service)
- Bhakti Yoga (devotion)
- Jñana Yoga (self-analysis)
- Japa Yoga (mantra repetition)
We believe in fostering an equitable environment and creating a collective community care experience. Along with the Integral Yoga® system of Hatha Yoga, this program utilizes life changing systems from various contemporary teachings like those communicated by Michelle Cassandra Johnson’s Skill in Action “Radicalizing Your Yoga Practice to Create a Just World.”
Why choose IYINY for this life-changing experience?
The teachings of IYI set high standards, believing that the birthright of every individual is to realize our true self, recognize the unity within all diversity, and contribute positively to a peaceful world. The teacher training community and program provide:
- All participants with the opportunity to expand their personal practice, no matter what their experience level.
- The skills and knowledge to teach Hatha Yoga in multiple settings, leading to an easeful body, a peaceful mind, and a useful life.
- The modern hybrid learning model allows participants to enjoy the ability to easily work around their schedules, and successfully complete the training.
- The possibility for graduates who excel during the program to be invited to teach at IYI, following a mentoring process.
- As a result of all of the above, you will experience a deep sense of involvement, fulfillment, and belonging in the IYI community.
Also see the Basic Teacher Training FAQ page.
Prerequisites for Admission
Applicants must have an established personal Yoga practice or be committed to further developing their practice. Applicants are required:
- To have a consistent Yoga practice with at least 6 months of previous experience
- To attend at least 3 Level I Classes with Integral Yoga (Our current online classes may count toward fulfilling these prerequisites.)
The course is demanding. Much material is covered, requiring a serious application, home study, and, most important, regular attendance.
Certification and Yoga Alliance Affiliation
Graduates receive a diploma certifying them to teach Integral Yoga Level I or a basic Hatha class. Certification requires all trainees to qualify by passing a series of thorough tests. Graduates receive well beyond the basic 200 hours needed for becoming a registered Yoga teacher with the Yoga Alliance.
The Curriculum Includes…
- Hatha Yoga Asana (physical postures)
- Pranayama (breathing practices)
- Meditation and Deep Relaxation
- Anatomy and Physiology
- Sanskrit Language
- Raja Yoga and the Yoga Sutras of Patañjali
- Introduction to Ayurveda and Yogic Diet Philosophy
- Tenets of Social Justice and Ethics in Yoga
- Professional Development
- How to organize and initiate classes for different groups of students
- How to teach in person and online
September 7 – December 17, 2022
Mondays, Wednesdays & Thursdays 6:30 pm–9:00 pm E.T
Saturdays 9:30 am–5:30 pm E.T.
Graduation: Saturday, December 17
No Classes on November 22-26 for Thanksgiving Break
$2,975 Full Tuition
$2,750 with Early Bird Discount when you register before August 8, 2022
A payment plan option is available with a $100 administrative fee. With the payment plan, your tuition will be divided into 4 equal installments. The first installment is due at time of enrollment, and the second installment will follow 30 days from that date. Payment plans are eligible for the early bird discount as long as the first installment is made by August 8, 2022.
Integral Yoga Institute offers a comprehensive Yoga Alliance-registered Teacher Training program consisting of more than 200 class hours. Upon successful completion of the program, you will receive a 200-hour teaching certificate recognized by Yoga Alliance.
Integral 300-Hour Advanced Teaching Certification
After completing this course, you will be eligible to continue your studies with a 300-hour Advanced Teaching Certification. Combine 200-hour + 300-hour certifications to become eligible for the Yoga Alliance RYT 500.
Integral Yoga Therapy 800-Hour Certification
Recognized by the International Association of Yoga Therapists for the Certified Yoga Therapist C-IAYT designation.
Please contact Jayadevi, Teacher Training Coordinator at
Phone: 212-929-0585 ext.1116