Training Programs

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

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. Upon completion of our teacher training, students will be eligible to register with Yoga Alliance as RYT 200.

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.

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 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 a practical qualifying class (students teach a complete 90-minute basic class).

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

How many absences are allowed? We allow no more than three absences for the Spring and Fall Sessions. One absence is allowed for the Summer Intensive.

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

What is included with tuition? Tuition includes the training manual, books for required and recommended reading, the weekend retreat, as well as free Hatha classes at IYI for the duration of the program.

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

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 two-installment plan for Summer Intensive session and a four-installment plan for Spring and Fall sessions is available.

Once someone certifies, is he or she automatically invited to teach at IYI? Invitation to teach comes as a result of a student’s overall level of participation in the course and demonstration of competency in teaching a basic Level I class.

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

YALogo200 Integral Yoga Institute offers a comprehensive Yoga Alliance–registered Teacher Training program consisting of more than 200 class hours.

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 outlined in yoga philosophy texts?
  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?