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Think Off The Mat 200 Hour Yin Yang Yoga Teacher Training

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This training is accredited with the Yoga Alliance ( and to adhere to the Yoga Alliance requirements, the training will consist of a minimum of 180 contact hours with me. 

The remaining 20 hours will be spent on home assignments and self practice.

Contact hours refer to the hours that will be spent with me in the following areas in a group class setting. 

Techniques, Training and Practice: 100 Hours

Topics in this category could include, but are not limited to: asanas, pranayama, kriya, chanting, mantra, meditation, Sanskrit and other traditional yoga techniques. These hours will be a mix between: 1) analytical training in how to teach and practice the techniques, and 2) guided practice of the techniques themselves. Both areas will receive substantial emphasis.

Teaching Methodology: 25 Hours

Topics in this category could include, but are not limited to:

Communication skills such as group dynamics, time management, and the establishment of priorities and boundaries.

How to address the specific needs of individuals and special populations, to the degree possible in a group setting.

Principles of demonstration, observation, assisting and correcting.

Teaching styles.

Qualities of a teacher.

The student learning process.

Business aspects of teaching yoga* (including marketing and legal).

*Special Requirement: A maximum of five hours related to the business aspects of teaching yoga may be counted towards the Yoga Alliance Contact Hours requirements for this category.

The Teaching Methodology category covers a broad overview and analysis of teaching methods, rather than how to practice or teach specific techniques. 

Example Teaching Methodology Topics

The Five Categories of Asana: The trainee will practice and learn the key poses in each category of asana (standing poses, forward bends, backbends, twists, and inversions) and will begin to develop a relationship to both the form and the function of these different categories.

Maps of Alignment: Trainees will achieve comprehension of the alignment maps for each of the five categories of asanas through observation and experience of how the poses in each category share a common foundation, and how to build upon this foundation.

Principles of Demonstrating Asanas: Discuss how effective demonstrations in class can help emphasize an alignment or other focus for the specific pose or sequence of poses.

Learning Modalities: identifying your dominant style, and learning how to teach based on others’ learning styles.

Use of Language and Voice: Lecture and discussion on active vs. passive language and the effective use of each; positive and conscious communication, and habitual speech and communication patterns.

Anatomy and Physiology: 20 Hours*

Topics in this category could include, but are not limited to: human physical anatomy and physiology (bodily systems, organs, etc.) and may also include energy anatomy and physiology (chakras, nadis, etc.). Includes both the study of anatomy and physiology along with its application to yoga practice (benefits, contraindications, healthy movement patterns, etc.).
*Special Requirements: A minimum of five of the above hours will be spent applying anatomy and physiology principles to yoga.

Yoga Philosophy, Lifestyle and Ethics for Yoga Teachers: 30 hours

Topics in this category could include, but are not limited to:

The study of yoga philosophies and traditional texts (such as the Yoga Sutras, Hatha Yoga Pradipika, Bhagavad Gita and Tantric Cosmology)

Yoga lifestyle, such as the precept of non-violence (ahimsa), and the concepts of dharma and karma

Ethics for yoga teachers, such as those involving teacher – student relationships and community

Understanding the value of teaching yoga as a service and being of service to others (seva)

*Special Requirements: A minimum of 2 of the above Contact Hours will be spent on ethics for yoga teachers.

Practicum: 10 Hours

Topics in this category include:
Practice teaching as the lead instructor (does not include assisting, observing or giving feedback).*

Receiving and giving feedback.

Observing others teaching.**

Assisting students while someone else is teaching.

*Each trainee will spend a minimum of 5 Contact Hours actively practice teaching as the lead instructor. Time spent assisting, observing others teaching, or giving feedback to others is excluded from these hours.

**Trainees will teach a full 90 minute Yogāsana class which will include breathwork and meditation as part of the final practicum.

This is a part-time non residential course with a full week residential (location TBC) for practicum week at the end of the training. Students are welcome to invite friends and family to the practicum week and attend the classes lead by all trainees.

Tuition Fee (*Please note that tuition fee does not include travel and accommodation for weeklong Residential week in Northern Goa)

Early bird registration (before December 1st) - USD 1500

After Dec 1st - USD1800

Weeklong residential retreat in Northern Goa - 6 days 5 nights - Est. USD400 (included - all meals and airport transfers / excluded - flights to and from Goa)

Please see tentative schedule below:


23, 25, 27, 30 (9.00am to 3.00pm)


1, 3, 6, 8, 10, 13, 15, 17, 20, 22, 24, 27, 29 (9.00am to 3.00pm)


1, 4, 6, 8, 11, 13, 15, 18, 20, 22 (9 to 3pm)

May 24 to 29 (Weeklong Residential Training in Northern Goa) (4 x 8 hours)

Contact hours - 180 hours

Non-contact hours - 20 hours

Please email for more information.

Thank you!