The curriculum has been carefully selected to reflect yoga’s spiritual tradition. Prospective students are welcome to drop by to browse the current training manual, or call to speak with a member of our staff.


Yoga Philosophy

  • A history of yoga, and the eightfold path
  • Mental, physical, and spiritual preparations for the yoga practice
  • States of mind and the roots of ignorance, including obstacles and their remedies
  • Yogic diet, approaching the yoga practice as a way of life
  • The qualities of a teacher, and the ethics of teaching both in and out of a classroom setting
  • The Guru/disciple relationship
  • Insights from spiritual Masters such as Krishna, Christ, Yogananda, Vivekananda, Amma, and others, as well as sacred texts including: the Upanishads, the Bhagavad Gita, the Yoga Sutras, and the Essene Gospels.


Teaching Methods

  • Hundreds of modifications and variations for dozens of postures (asanas), including alignment, use of props, risks/benefits, preparatory and counterposes, and more.
  • How to demonstrate/mirror poses, give visual and verbal instruction, as well as both hands-on and hands-off assists and adjustments
  • The process of leading classes, teaching to special conditions, and business aspects of teaching


Yoga Techniques

  • Powerful physical cleansing practices, including conscious detoxification for longevity
  • All about fasting: dry, with water or juice, and/or herbs
  • Ayurvedic wisdom for building Ojas – vitality
  • Thai therapy and pranic healing techniques
  • Meditations with light, sound, visualization, prayers and mantras


Anatomy and Physiology

  • Applying Western principles of anatomy and physiology to enhance the yoga practice, and to safely guide students
  • Eastern views of the human energy body, learning how to access chakras and nadis


Practice Teaching

  • Teaching in small groups, learning the nuances of leading classes by gradually piecing poses together into a full class
  • Offering both hands-on and hands-off assists, adjustments, and other healing techniques



Non-contact requirements:

In accordance with YA standards, students will complete a total of 20 non-contact hours. This may include a combination of the following: apprenticing, outside reading, class observation, and outside teaching. Details will be discussed during the training. After all contact hours have been fulfilled, students will have one year to complete non-contact hours.