200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Course

Himalaya Yoga Valley Centre's (RYS 200 YA US & RYS 500 YA UK) 200 Hour, One Month Intensive Teacher Training Course is an internationally accredited program with Yoga Alliance USA, Yoga Alliance UK, Yoga Alliance international and the International Yoga Federation. Graduates who successfully complete the program are eligible to become RYT’s ® (Registered Yoga Teachers). Our Teacher Training Course delivers a comprehensive, theoretical and practical hands on training program that includes Asanas, Pranayama, Kriyas, anatomy, Ayurveda, adjusting, sequencing, mantra chanting, meditation and other traditional and contemporary Yoga techniques.

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.

Our training stands alone by providing students with expert lecturers and teachers assigned to each subject who are experts in their fields. Our school recognises the value of having teachers specific to each subject rather than one or two teachers covering the entire syllabus. 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.

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Substantial emphasis is placed on analytic training on how to teach and practice these techniques as well as guided practice of the techniques. In conjunction, you will learn Patanjali’s Eight Limb yoga philosophy and 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.

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The 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 foremost outcome on a Teacher Training Course should be the ability to teach a professional class with excellent skills when you complete your training. We greatly value the emotional, spiritual, physical and mental investment students make to attend our trainings and this is why we place such strong emphasis on teaching time during our trainings.

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As director of Himalaya Yoga Valley and senior course instructor, Yogacharya Lalit is of the Himalayan Tradition of the Himalayan Institute of Yoga & Philosophy Sciences; headed by Swami Veda Bharthi, known as the great yogi. Lalit was initiated by Swami Veda Bharthi and is deeply devoted to his lineage. Lalit has an approachable and down to earth teaching style and is passionate about passing on his traditional knowledge to students from around the world. Lalit is a popular figure in the yoga community around the world. He teaches masterclasses, trainings and workshops at various schools and locations globally and also from his Ireland centre. (www.yogacorkireland.com)

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Himalaya Yoga Valley Teachers come from a rich variety of backgrounds and lineages ensuring our students learn from various disciplines and streams whilst developing as teachers themselves. Lalit utilizes the modified primary Ashtanga 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 a both a trainee and teacher. During the course you will have the opportunity to apply these alignment techniques to your own practice and as a teacher. One of the most rewarding and popular aspects of our trainings 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.

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The fundamental sequencing and mode of asana practice during the course is Ashtanga Flow. Students work from the Ashtanga Modified 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 training has a holistic emphasis on learning by also incorporating other traditions and styles of yoga such as Iyengar, Hatha, Raja and Vinyasa Flow. Trainees are encouraged to bring their individual styles to the primary series. A training manual will be provided to support your lectures, practice and personal yoga development.

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Our post course graduate teaching rate is extremely high due to our unique outcome based, progressive learning approach. Trainees start to teach under supervision from the start of week two. Trainees teach in a safe and supervised environment at this early stage so as to develop full confidence during the month and to find their teaching voice early on and to graduate at the highest standard possible having developed both their own practice and the in depth knowledge to teach at a professional level. To assist your yoga journey and emergence of your personal discoveries, students are encouraged to maintain a reflective journal for the duration of the Teacher Training. 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.

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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.

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Our Curriculum is developed from the Yoga Alliance 200 Hour Teacher Training Standards and includes the following subjects :

  • Asana Techniques 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
  • Teaching Methodology including sequencing, adjusting , teaching standards, and teacher and learner styles
  • Classroom Management
  • Yoga Lifestyle
  • Yoga Business management
  • Introduction to Ayurveda
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Typical Daily Schedule:

06:30 07:30 Morning Meditation, Chanting and Pranayama
07:30 08:00 Tea Break and reflective journal writing
08:00 10:00 Yoga Asana Practice
10:00 11:00 Breakfast (Provided onsite at our centre in Goa)
11:00 13:00 Lecture
13:00 15:00 Lunch Break/Free Time
15:00 16:30 Lecture
16:30 18:30 Yoga Asana practice including teaching practicums
18:30 - Finish

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Pre-requisites to enroll in the 200 Hour Teacher Training Course are; an open mind, commitment to learning, and motivation to become a worthy yoga teacher. A high level of self-discipline is required 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.

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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. Himalaya Yoga Valley has a wide range of support programs including art therapy in place for our students during the intensive period. 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.

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For those of you already teaching, about to embark on your teaching journey or for those of you who have just 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.

500 Hour Teacher Training Course

Our 500 Hour Trainings (YA UK) take place at our residential centre at Himalaya Yoga Valley in Goa.

The teaching and learning formats will be more collaborative and collective/ self directed learning but still with a schedule, a strong structure and everything adding value to you as teachers. We pack a lot into the 200 hour Training to ensure trainees leave us with a strong teaching foundation. Now that you have that strong foundation we are building on it in a more creative and less linear way. The 500 hour has been designed to ensure you are not rushed or time burdened yet still constantly stimulated by challenging, creative and relevant learning! A strong emphasis will be placed on deepening your personal practice during the training

The following is a brief outline of our 500 Hour Syllabus

Lalit will guide you in deepening your personal practice using the full Primary Series. Each morning you will practice the entire Mysore Primary Series and each evening class with Lalit will be dedicated to specific themes such as hip opening, back bending, arm balancing and inversion sequences . Deepening and developing your personal practice will be a priority on this training. This will be relative to your existing practice and will therefore be non competitive yet definitely challenging and rewarding in relation to where you are in your practice. For your teaching practicums an intermediate series building on your beginners series will be used as a platform for you to teach.

Teachers Workshops:
Emphasis will be placed on your needs as a working teacher with subjects localized to special interest areas such as yoga for Vata, Pitta and Kapha; Depression; arthritis; hormones (Menopause/Andropause)Athletes ( lots ); 1st beginners; smoking cessation; recovering substance abuse; Chronic Fatigue Syndrome; Irritable Bowel Syndrome….etc. You will sequence and develop your final assessment class based on your research project. Standard classes such as adjusting and alignment classes will also take place. 

Ayurveda and physiology:
Deeper level continuation of 200 hr topics with Dr Rohit which is set to be a huge favourite again! Additional to your Chakra knowledge we will further explore the Pranic Body, chakra balancing etc.

Adam will take you through some fascinating subjects specifically designed for yoga teachers such as body web; tensegrity; foundations; Knee mechanics ; Hips – the keystone of our architecture; Yoga and Spinal mechanics; the Ribcage and breathing and Emotional Anatomy just to name a few.

Yoga Business:
Hands on and practical classes based on the modern yogis business needs! This class is a step up from your previous learning covering areas such as Web Design ;Advertising- business cards flyers, SMM, mags, google etc; workshops- wo to go; business sustainability etc. 

Daily Meditation Chanting and Pranayama:
A firm and solid teacher lead daily morning practice as per the 200 Hour program to begin with (with a more advanced meditation and different chants) and student lead experiential/exploration meditation practices as the course progresses. Further studies of benefits of meditation e.g integrating meditation for the treatment of depression.

Pranayama and Kryias:
Advanced techniques taught theoretically with an ayurvedic perspective and a more regular practice of Jal and Sutra neti.

Classroom management/ teaching methods:
Communication skills and techniques including public speaking workshop; troubleshooting clinic based on your most frequent teaching issues. 

Strong focus on practical sequencing exercises designed to connect you to a myriad of students needs.

A continuation and deepening of the 200 hr subjects further exploring the sutras ans Swami Ramas teachings.  

Continuous Education and Refresher Courses for Teachers

Alongside our 200 & 500 Hour Teachers Trainings we hold 10 day courses dedicated entirely to meeting the needs of working teachers who wish to further develop their teaching skills under the guidance of our expert team. We also offer internships exclusively to our graduates in aid of their professional development and growth. Please see our Further Education page for more in depth details


Teacher Training Courses in Goa are held at our residential training and retreat centre.

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There are various accommodation options to choose from at our centre. Please note that all of your on-site accommodation preferences are allocated on a first come first serve basis. If all of your first preference rooms are fully booked we will then try our best to ensure that you can avail of your second preference.

Himalaya Yoga Valley Centre is located in a very peaceful area with great facilities, which include our yoga shala, a swimming pool and dining room. Our centre has 24 hour security and is a haven for yogis looking to immerse themselves in a yogic environment.

Himalaya Yoga Valley is a 10 minute walk to the beach and Mandrem Village – where you will find many restaurants, shops, massage clinics, doctors and an ATM.

Accomodation is also on site at our training location in Spain.

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Students will receive a detailed information pack including accommodation details and rates upon receipt of application for their chosen training location. Plenty of practical information including travel, visa, vaccination, weather and food information is provided to students approved for our training. Students should also read our Q & A section for more information on accommodation. Individual on-site accommodation at our centre is limited and trainees are advised to book early

2015 / 2016 PROGRAM DATES

To see all program dates for Teacher Training, Retreats and further education, go to our Dates and Fees page