Raja Yoga

Raja Yoga Teacher Training

February 21–March 3 and August 15–25, 2019
Taught by Swami Ramananada, Swami Divyananda, Kali Morse

Raja Yoga is the classical foundation of Yoga, the branch that addresses emotions, intellect, and interpersonal relations. It is the basis of Yoga therapy and a key to finding inner freedom.

This training will give you a deep and broad understanding of the entire science of Yoga. Studying Raja Yoga with senior monks and teachers who received these teachings directly from Sri Swami Satchidananda can be a life-changing experience.

Yoga teachers will learn how to better integrate the teachings of Yoga into their Yoga classes, and teach Yoga in the context of its ultimate goal — a heart at peace and a life full of joy.

Why become certified in Raja Yoga?
You will learn the science of self-mastery and discover the modern applications of classical Ashtanga Yoga, the eight-limbed path from the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. These practical tools for self-transformation lead you to higher consciousness.

The curriculum includes:

  • In-depth review of key Yoga Sutras
  • Instructions of how to incorporate those teachings into daily life
  • Coaching in public speaking; including preparation, structure, delivery, and adding color to your talks; also, using Yoga to lessen presentation anxiety
  • Training in answering questions, leading discussions, and developing group rapport
  • A syllabus for teaching a six-week Raja Yoga course

What can you do with it?
Yoga teachers will find your teaching and credentials strengthened and enhanced. You will:

  • Measure up to the current national and international standards for a fully trained Yoga teacher through the study and practice of Raja Yoga.
  • Have the qualifications to teach at regional and national conferences and in a wide range of spiritual and secular settings.
  • Have insights that can help in counseling your Hatha Yoga students, whose practice may open them to a deeper exploration of Yoga.
  • Understand the use of pranayama, meditation, and the mind‒body connection for therapeutic settings.

This training is open to:

  • Certified 200-hour Yoga teachers of all traditions with experience in meditation


  • Some general knowledge of the Yoga Sutras
  • Required advance reading and viewing of assigned videos

For Integral Yoga teachers, Raja Yoga is one of two options for required teacher trainings to take you to the Yoga Alliance 500-hour designation.

For all certified Yoga teachers, some hours of Yoga philosophy are required for all Yoga Alliance TTs. Because many schools are strong on Hatha and short on philosophy, Integral Yoga Raja Yoga instructors have been hired to teach philosophy in other schools’ 200- and 500-hour Teacher Trainings. Here is your chance to study with one of the most respected courses in yoga education.

$1275 ($1150 for IYINY Active Teachers)
$100 early bird discount if you register by February 1, 2019
$250 nonrefundable deposit required upon registration
A two-installment payment plan is available for a onetime $100 fee (installments due Feb. 21 & Aug. 15)



PART ONE: February 21–March 3, 2019

February 21
6:00 p.m.–8:30 p.m.

February 22–March 3, 2019
weekdays 9:15 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
weekends 9:45 a.m.–6:30 p.m.

*February 26 and March 3 will end early at 1:15 p.m.

PART TWO: August 15–25, 2019

August 15
6:00 p.m.–8:30 p.m.

August 16–25
weekdays 9:15 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
weekends 9:45 a.m.–6:30 p.m.

*August 20 and August 25 end early at 1:15 p.m.
Plus approximately three hours each week at home to view required videos online and to prepare qualifying presentations.

Yoga Alliance Hours

swami-ramananda_2Swami Ramananda served as the president of the Integral Yoga Institute in New York City for more than a decade and is a greatly respected senior teacher in the Integral Yoga tradition. He has been practicing Yoga for over 30 years. Through his affinity for and devoted study of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, Ramananda offers practical methods for integrating the teachings of Yoga into daily life and coping with stress, depression, and anger. He leads advanced-level Yoga teacher training programs in New York City and a variety of workshops in many locations around the country. He is a founding board member of the Yoga Alliance, a national registry that supports and promotes Yoga teachers as professionals, and he is currently the president of the San Francisco Integral Yoga Institute.

swami-divyananda_ogSwami Divyananda Ma took monastic vows in 1975 from our beloved Sri Swami Satchidananda.  Over the years she has served as the director of the Integral Yoga Institutes in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Coimbatore, India in addition to teaching internationally and leading the annual Sacred India Tours.  Now living as an itinerant monk, Swami Divyananda is constantly “on the road.”

kali-2018_og_white-borderKali Morse, a longtime practitioner of Yoga and meditation, is currently director of Teacher Training at the New York IYI. Kali is enjoying the innate wisdom and freedom of her elder years and finds great satisfaction interacting with all generations but especially her contemporaries, who have walked for some time on this planet and have wonderful stories to share.







Integral Yoga Institute offers 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 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.

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

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Deposit is nonrefundable. No refunds once the program begins.