This respected program has been developed and refined over 40-plus years. Its purpose goes beyond making a person a Yoga teacher; it provides an excellent foundation for an extensive knowledge of Yoga. Whether you want to teach others or take your own practice to a deeper level, this training will provide you with an authentic experience of living Yoga. Complete instruction is given in the foundational practices of Integral Yoga® Level I. This includes:
- Hatha Yoga Asana (physical postures)
- Pranayama (breathing practices)
- Meditation and Yoga Nidra (deep relaxation)
Considerable attention is given to many other aspects of Yoga so that all graduates have both a practical and philosophical understanding of the full scope of Yogic teachings and practices.
Participants learn how to organize and initiate both online and in-person classes, covering skillful methods for teaching, adapting to specific settings, and offering adjustments. Finally, teacher trainees will refine and deepen their personal practices of asana, pranayama, and meditation.
The Integral Yoga® system of Hatha Yoga is utilized, along with other lifestyle changes, by Dr. Dean Ornish in his book Dr. Dean Ornish’s Program for Reversing Heart Disease.
Support and Community
Trainees receive individual attention and personalized guidance during the course of the training. Encouraging and constructive feedback offered by senior mentoring staff during practice sessions supports trainees in developing skills for teaching and personal practice.
Graduates may be invited to begin teaching with Integral Yoga Institute, and will receive free access to additional mentoring and opportunities for continuing education.
Certification and Yoga Alliance Affiliation
Graduates receive a diploma certifying them to teach Integral Yoga Level I classes either at the Institute or elsewhere. Certification is not automatic, however: all trainees must qualify through a series of thorough tests. Graduates receive well beyond the basic 200 hours needed for being a registered Yoga teacher of the Yoga Alliance.
Please become familiar with the Integral Yoga style by taking at least three of our online classes, or by practicing with these audio classes.
Applicants need not be adepts of Hatha Yoga. Applicants should, however, have at least six months’ experience with practicing Hatha Yoga and have taken at least three Integral Yoga Level I classes. The course is demanding. Much material is covered, requiring serious application, home study, and, most important, regular attendance. Please read our admission and continuation policies before submitting your application.