RYS 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training
200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Course
In the past decade Himalaya Yoga Valley Centre (RYS 200 & YA US & UK) has graduated over 1,000 successful yoga teacher trainees from all corners of the globe at our training in India, Spain, Ireland and Thailand.
Our world renowned 200 Hour, one month intensive Teacher Training Course (TTC) is internationally accredited with Yoga Alliance U.S, Yoga Alliance Professionals UK, Yoga Alliance International, The World Yoga Council and the International Yoga Federation. Graduates who successfully complete the program are eligible to become RYT’s ® (Registered Yoga Teachers) at a 200 hour level and qualify to teach internationally.
Our training school has met the stringent requirements set by Yoga Alliance Professionals, demonstrating that our courses are of the highest standard and that our graduates may register with Yoga Alliance Professionals to use their relevant membership level designation, as a sign of quality training.
About our 200 Hour Training
Our 200 Hour Teacher Training Course delivers a comprehensive, theoretical and practical hands-on training program. Trainees emerge from our TTC as confident teachers with a strong and solid teaching skill set ready to begin their career. Alongside developing the art of teaching, trainees also gain a comprehensive understanding of the practice of yoga asanas, philosophy, physiology, adjusting, mantra chanting, chakras, anatomy, ayurveda, mudras, pranayama and meditation and other traditional and contemporary Yoga techniques.
Our curriculum takes you through the essential elements required to deepen and enrich your own yoga practice and to teach students with confidence. Our expert team of teachers will guide you from the fundamental stages to teaching with ease.
At Himalaya Yoga Valley we believe that the priority outcome of a Teacher Training Course should be the ability to teach a professional class with excellent skills when you complete your training. Our training courses are intensive because the curriculum is outcomes focused and we encourage only those with the specific goal of becoming teachers and deepening their practice to attend our training. We have excellent yoga retreats and immersions available to those who do not wish to become teachers.
We greatly value the emotional, spiritual and physical investment students make to attend a Teacher Training course and this is why we place such a strong emphasis on substantial teaching time during our training courses.
“Thank you for all that Himalaya Yoga Valley did for me, and us all. It was truly a life changing experience, and I am so grateful. I have come back to Australia and have had lots of interest in classes – I’m teaching 3 classes on Monday! I am loving every second of it. Students are loving the traditional feel the classes have. You will see me again, I’m saving hard to come back for my 500 hour, and an internship one day! Just can’t get enough of Himalaya Yoga Valley!”
Mollie Cox – Jala Yoga (Australia)
Our training blends traditional Eastern teachings by Indian Masters of Yoga, Philosophy and Ayurveda combined with teachings from highly experienced and dynamic Western teachers. This marriage of backgrounds gives our students the opportunity to learn in an authentic Yoga setting whilst gaining the skills required to impart these teachings practically and relevantly in a global yoga environment. Please enjoy this video which gives insight into our Teacher Training Course from a students perspective
Becoming a Teacher
The main aim of our 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training is to provide trainees with the foundational building blocks to teach with confidence and ease as soon as they graduate. In the past ten years of program delivery, we have developed a tried and tested method of progressive learning practicums.
Our training stands alone by providing students with expert lecturers and teachers assigned to each subject who are experts in their fields. Our school recognizes the value of having multiple teachers specific to each subject rather than one or two teachers covering the entire syllabus.
Our post-course graduate teaching rate is extremely high due to our unique outcome based, progressive learning approach. Trainees teach in a safe and supervised environment from the first week of training so as to develop full confidence during the month and to find their teaching voice early on. Under close supervision, trainees begin to teach in pairs during their first week, move on to teaching small groups by week two, larger groups by week three and finally the entire class by week four. Alongside theoretical immersion and abundant feedback and coaching, this method has seen trainees with varied levels of confidence blossom into confident yoga teachers.
“I am writing to say a huge thank you. When I came back last year I put my head down and have been working really hard with the experience and traditional teachings you gave me. Without all of your hard work, support and encouragement, I wouldn’t have achieved this spot so soon.”
Natasha Pinter (Country) TTC, 2014
We are entirely dedicated as a team to providing each individual student with the care and attention required to attain a high level of knowledge and teaching competence.
“Thanks for all I have learned over the last month on the training course. It was a great experience and an honour to be one of your students. I am very happy that I made this journey with you to my inner self. Thanks for your open arms (and ears), you made me feel so welcome!”
Tobias Frondorf, Germany
Trainees receive consistent personal and group feedback and are given the opportunity to apply the feedback to each new teaching practicums.
One of the most rewarding and popular aspects of our training is the focus placed on learning adjustments under the guidance of senior teachers. These adjustments are practiced throughout the training and benefit our graduate teachers greatly when they begin to teach back home.
Style of Yoga
School Director and senior teacher Yogacharya Lalit uses the Modified Ashtanga Primary Series as a consistent and solid foundation from which students can develop their individual teaching style. With his background as an Iyengar student Lalit places strong emphasis on correcting alignment and maintaining integrity in asana as both a trainee and teacher. During the course, you will have opportunity to apply these alignment techniques to your own practice and as a teacher.
“Teacher Training with Himalaya Yoga Valley was a truly wonderful experience. Together with students from all four corners of the globe we bonded in our shared love and passion for the beautiful practice of yoga. Completing the curriculum took effort but the environment, staff and teachers provided me with the support and nurture I needed to see me through to the end. Not only did I graduate a competent yoga teacher but I also learnt so much about myself, and the type of yoga teacher I can be. Today, in each class I teach, I endeavor to pass a little piece of this wonderful experience on to my own students. I am so content with my direction in life as a yoga teacher. I have found my calling. Thank you Himalaya Yoga Valley.”
Claire McGrath, Shalini Yoga Ireland
Based on Lalits Mysore background the fundamental sequencing and mode of asana practice during the course is Ashtanga Flow. Students work from a series inspired by the Ashtanga Primary Series in order to develop confidence through an in depth knowledge of a specific set of postures. Trainees us this series as a solid platform to teach from and to develop their own unique styles utilizing the various traditions and techniques taught during the training.
After being immersed in this series with Lalit, students then go on to teach from the same series – graduate teachers leave with a wealth of knowledge being able to teach over 40 postures with confidence. Students also learn the ins and outs of correct alignment, adjustments and modifications for these postures to ensure they can teach with maximum emphasis on inclusiveness and safety.
Our curriculum is developed from the Yoga Alliance 200 Hour Teacher Training Standards and has developed and been shaped by our experience training teachers. Our curriculum includes the following:
- Asana techniques including identification of common misalignments, including training and practice in Bandhas, Pranayama, Kriyas, chanting and meditation
- Yoga philosophy of Eight Limbs of Ashtanga and Raja Yoga and Yoga Sutras
- Anatomy and Physiology including chakras, mudras, nadis and health benefits of yoga
- Ethics for Yoga Teachers
- Yoga Lifestyle
- Yoga Business Management
- Introduction to Ayurveda
- Teaching Methodology including sequencing, adjusting , teaching standards, and teacher and learner styles
- Classroom Management
In conjunction with taking the journey to becoming a teacher, trainees study Patanjali’s Eight Limbs of Yoga Philosophy with an emphasis on how you can incorporate this into your own practice and day-to-day life. Daily chanting, meditation and pranayama provide spiritual structure and compliment the more physical practices of the curriculum.
Developing a physical practice under the guidance of Yogacharya Lalit and his team is one of the highlights of our training. Trainees will experience a blend of led Ashtanga classes with Iyengar-inspired alignment techniques and also practice Mysore style with a strong focus on fine tuning alignment and deepening their practice through adjustments from our teachers.
As a team, we aspire to support trainees develop a holistic practice during their training that they can sustain when they return home. We aim for our trainees to see the value of the more subtle practices such as pranayama and meditation as well as their physical asana practice.
“I just want to say thank you! And after almost four years I want to give you a big compliment…taking part in a YTT in 2012 in Goa was not only easy…but it was the BEST I gained since then…I did not much appreciate it so far…and so I want to give you and the team my compliments for taking care of so many students, trying to see each as an individual person, being in contact and giving the most you can…I can honestly say I LOVED THE YTT!”
Hannah Dittrich Sweden
Our training courses are unique within our industry as we have specialist teachers for each subject ensuring that trainees receive a robust education from those who are experts in the subject being taught across all subjects. See Our Teachers to find out more about our team and please enjoy the video below to get to know our teaching team
Competency for graduation as a yoga teacher will be assessed on class participation, written assessments and on-going observations during classes by our senior teachers. Trainees will receive valuable feedback on their teaching practicums from senior teachers and assistant teachers and will be required to meet certain teaching standards regarding knowledge of anatomy, asana alignment, adjustments and communication.
Trainees are required to work in groups and with other individuals on teaching practicums and are expected to conduct themselves with a high level of maturity and respect for peers and teachers. Applicants should be prepared to receive constructive coaching and feedback on a regular basis throughout the training.
Trainees receive a Himalaya Yoga Valley manual and various study support materials and article throughout the training to assist them with assignments, study groups and homework. This robust manual also acts as an excellent reference for trainees in a post graduate setting.
Typical Daily Schedule:
|06:45||07:45||Morning Meditation, Chanting and Pranayama|
|07:45||08:10||Tea Break and reflective journal writing|
|08:10||10:10||Yoga Asana Practice|
|10:10||11:00||Breakfast (Provided onsite at our centre in Goa)|
|13:00||15:00||Lunch Break/Free Time|
|16:30||18:30||Yoga Asana practice including teaching practicums|
Requirements to apply for the 200 Hour Teacher Training Course are an existing yoga practice, an open mind, commitment to learning, and motivation to become a worthy yoga teacher. Applicants with a beginner practice are welcome to apply for our training provided they can display a high level of self-discipline during the course as it is physically, mentally and spiritually demanding and also highly rewarding. If you are only joining the course to obtain a Certificate or to interrupt the momentum of the group because you are not ready to step outside your comfort zone then we recommend further personal development before applying.
For both beginner and seasoned practitioners, this course will deepen and consolidate your practice and teaching style. We encourage aspiring teachers from all backgrounds, with all levels of experience to join the course. This fosters a dynamic environment reflective of that which will be in your future classroom setting. Trainees should have a consistent self practice to attend this course and should also have studied with yoga teachers in a classroom setting.
Although we expect a high level of self discipline and commitment to your physical practice before, during and after the training we do not expect trainees to be proficient in every posture of the Ashtanga Primary Series. Being an acrobat does not qualify you to be a yoga teacher. We believe that yoga students should work towards their best self through all aspects of their practice and this is relative to the individual not the person on the mat next to them.
Yogacharya Lalit is well known for his ability to take practitioners to the next level physically and this is something we hope you will be open to on our training. We look for progress not perfection and we hope our graduates will pass this very important element of compassion and honouring the individual onto their own students.
“The Teacher Training Course was truly an incredible month of light, love, laughter, and growth. The experience was simultaneously challenging(in many ways- physical, emotional, spiritual, mental, etc.) and nurturing. We were blessed to have teachers with a wealth and diversity of experience and study within the vast tradition of yoga, encouraging a full and dynamic practice.”
Jean – Jaques Gabriel, U.S.
We encourage students to apply for the course when they are fully ready on a holistic level and committed to meeting the challenges of the course and accepting the joys with an open heart. These are important attributes that will add to your learning experience during the course and also to the learning experience of your fellow students.The course is taught in English and we require that you are proficient in English to attend. We have guided hundreds of students with English as a second language through our training. Our team is always on hand to offer extra coaching as required.
We have a high volume of applicants and limited training spaces each season and approval for training courses is at the discretion of the school Directors. We do not practice or endorse any branded styles of yoga in India. Students of these disciplines are encouraged to train in other lineages.
For those of you already teaching, about to embark on your teaching journey or for those of you who have recently discovered your enthusiasm for yoga; we welcome you to take this opportunity to experience a new depth of understanding and confidence through this authentic, traditional and comprehensive foundation Yoga Teacher Training Course.
Post Graduate Success
Our school is a leader in the field of yoga education and our reputation is built on the success of our graduate teachers out in the world as seen here in our success stories.
Employer demand for graduates from our school is strong and Himalaya Yoga Valley teachers are internationally recognized as professional teachers with a strong lineage to support them in their careers. Post graduates of our programs stand out in a competitive industry and we certify trainees who have completed our programs as registered Himalaya Yoga Valley teachers (HYVT 200 & 500) as a further credential to support them in their yoga careers.
Alongside this well rounded education students are provided with a high level of administrative assistance prior to and after the training has been completed.
Our team acts as lifelong mentors to our graduates and our reputation as a school who stays connected to and invested in our students is one we are immensely proud of. Our graduate trainees benefit from our philosophy that the student teacher relationship is sacred and life long. We act as mentors and support our students long after our trainings have come to an end and we take great pride in the strong community of Himalaya Yoga Valley teachers we have built.
Alongside online postgraduate support and connection with teachers and other graduates, trainees are eligible to apply for internships exclusive to those who have completed 200 & 500 hour programs at our school.
Lalit holds regular graduate workshops and teacher refresher courses and trainees may also have the opportunity to assist in our classes at our Cork centre to gain experience.
Himalaya Yoga Valley also welcome graduates of 200 & 500 hour trainings to up skill through our Professional Development and Refresher Courses tailored specifically to the needs of teachers.
Please see our Success Stories Page where we are very proud to share the stories of our graduates who have flourished since attending our trainings in the profession and life path of teaching yoga!
Himalaya Yoga Valley centre has an established retreat and training centre in Goa where trainees attend residential 200 & 500 hour courses. In Ireland, Spain, Dharamshala and Thailand we source plenty of affordable accommodation options that students can choose from for the duration of their training. Please see our Goa page where you can find plenty of detailed information about our centre in Goa. You will also find plenty of detailed information on Visas and practical information related to travel to India on this page and our FAQ page.
The following video shows the grounds, accommodation, restaurant and pool at our Goa centre.
Traveling to India for Teacher Training
Many students relish the opportunity to learn yoga at the source and rightly so! India is a truly incredible country and being able to practice with indigenous gatekeepers of yoga in it’s birthplace is truly magical. Whilst many first time travelers to India and Asia can feel nervous at the thought of taking a trip alone to a foreign country it is important to remember that we are located in an extremely safe, small and local beach village with practically no petty crime and no serious crime. India on a whole is a very safe travel destination and Goa is particularly safe for tourists and solo female travelers. The local community have been hosting western tourists for many decades and they enjoy a respectful and peaceful relationship with their visitors. Solo female travelers to Goa enjoy relaxed and safe interactions in the state. The economy depends on return visitors and the local community safeguard this return custom through care and respect for people coming to visit.
At Himalaya Yoga Valley we pride ourselves on having a perfect student safety record and we maintain this with 24 hour on site security, guest pre-registration for anyone wishing to enter our resort who is not a staff member or student and providing safety lockers in our office for any valuables students may have. Our resort is peaceful, safe and a pleasure to relax fully in. We also facilitate safe and secure travel to our centre from the airport with taxi drivers who are personally known to us and only from our village. We appreciate that travel anywhere in the world with the current climate can make some people nervous and we are more than happy to work with you from the point of application approval until you reach home to make sure you feel safe and secure for your entire experience. Most travelers who come to India never want to leave. It is a beautiful country, rich with culture and friendly people and great experiences and we are happy to support students in making the once in a lifetime journey here.
Choosing the Right School
Our trainings are full to capacity many months prior to commencement and we limit trainee numbers and trainings held over the season for quality assurance. We appreciate that trainees who have been placed on our wait list may need to continue researching other programs should a space not become available on our course.
We often receive feedback from trainees that they are overwhelmed by the sea of schools to choose from. In the last few years Yoga Teacher Training has become big business in India and around the world. Unfortunately many schools have cropped up hoping to ride the wave of this booming industry for financial gain. Many students have invested significant time, money & energy to attend trainings that are substandard in quality and are left without the skills to teach yoga safely.
When we began delivering trainings in Goa nearly a decade ago we were one of three schools offering 200 & 500 hour programs. At present there are countless schools in Goa alone and many more opening each season. Whilst we cannot give advice on other schools here is a checklist that may assist trainees during their research period:
A genuine teacher training course will have:
- expert teachers for each subject not one or two teachers to teach an entire curriculum
- clearly stated certifications qualifications for each teacher- unfortunately anyone can teach any subject without proper credentials. Ensure teachers are educated and certified in their relevant fields.
- a strong, established reputation, not one that has just emerged
- a code of conduct that students and teachers adhere to
- professional administration practices
- 500 Hour teachers who are level 2 trained themselves (some training schools have recent graduates of their 200 hour program teach the 500 hour syllabus- obviously a danger to all involved)
- established teachers for each subject, with a background specific to the subject they are teaching and an accessible bio
- a clear and defined lineage of the lead teacher
- a curriculum that includes all standard subjects and coaching on professional development and business practices
- the opportunity to teach as much as possible during the training, not just focus on personal practice
- a registration with Yoga Alliance (preferable but it itself not a guarantee of quality)
- clear and demanding assessment procedures
- verifiable graduates who are currently teaching
- Reasonable pricing- if a school is charging very little it usually means they have very few, staff, academic expenses or resources. On the other hand a training should not be so expensive that it becomes a burden to you. Invest wisely in a training that will bring you future professional security.
- Safe, clean and non distracting accommodation that will support you in your yoga journey not distract you from it. If you are staying non residential it is a good idea to find accommodation that you can sustain living in for a month. A beach hut can be great for a few nights but wear thin after a week into an intensive training.
Importantly you should ensure that a school should not be running back to back trainings over a short period. Staff on these trainings will be burnt out and students will feel the effects- this is a major red flag for money making rather than ensuring quality. Finally, when looking for a school, trust your intuition- it is your most important guide!
Prospective trainees may enjoy this article written by one of the Himalaya Yoga Valley team for Yoga Magazine UK about the experience of Teacher Training in India.
If you have any questions or queries about our training feel free to contact us and to see our FAQs page.