About this Course

For over 40 years, this internationally respected program has been continually developed and refined to meet the personal and professional Yogic needs of our participants. Its purpose goes beyond training a person to be a Yoga teacher; it provides a wide reaching foundation preparing trainees to develop their knowledge of Yoga. Complete instruction on how to teach an Integral Yoga® Level I class is the vehicle.

Considerable attention is given to the many aspects of Yoga so that all graduates have both a practical and a philosophical understanding of the full scope of Yoga teachings and practices. 

“Yoga” means “union” in the ancient Sanskrit language. It is a perfect description of the Integral Yoga® system which synthesizes the various branches of Yoga into a comprehensive lifestyle system. The aim is to promote the harmonious development of every aspect of the individual. The results are subtle, profound, and measurable.

The six branches of Integral Yoga are powerful tools to encourage wellness and self-mastery. Teacher trainees will refine and deepen their personal practices based on an exploration of: 

  • Hatha Yoga (physical postures)
  • Raja Yoga (psychology of mind)
  • Karma Yoga (selfless service)
  • Bhakti Yoga (devotion)
  • Jñana Yoga (self-analysis)
  • Japa Yoga (mantra repetition)

We believe in fostering an equitable environment and creating a collective community care experience. Along with the Integral Yoga® system of Hatha Yoga, this program utilizes life changing systems from various contemporary teachings like those communicated by Michelle Cassandra Johnson’s Skill in Action “Radicalizing Your Yoga Practice to Create a Just World.” 

Why choose IYINY for this life changing experience?

The teachings of IYI set high standards, believing that the birthright of every individual is to realize our true self, recognize the unity within all diversity, and contribute positively to a peaceful world. The teacher training community and program provide:

  • All Attendees with the opportunity to expand their personal practice, no matter what their experience level.
  • The skills and knowledge to teach Hatha Yoga in multiple settings, leading to an easeful body, a peaceful mind, and a useful life.
  • The modern online learning model allows participants to enjoy the ability to easily work around their schedules, and successfully complete the training. 
  • The possibility for graduates who excel during the program to be invited to teach at IYI, following a mentoring process. 
  • As a result of all of the above, you will experience a deep sense of involvement, fulfillment, and belonging in the IYI community.

Also see the Basic Teacher Training FAQ page.

Prerequisites for Admission

Applicants must have an established personal Yoga practice or be committed to further developing their practice. Applicants are required:

  • To have a consistent Yoga practice with at least 6 months of previous experience 
  • To attend at least 3 Level I Classes with Integral Yoga (Both online and in-person classes may count toward fulfilling these prerequisites.) 
  • To be familiar with Integral Yoga Deep Relaxation, Pranayama, and Meditation practices

The course is demanding. Much material is covered, requiring serious application, home study, and, most important, regular attendance.

Certification and Yoga Alliance Affiliation
Graduates receive a diploma certifying them to teach Integral Yoga Level I or a basic Hatha class. Certification requires all trainees to qualify by passing a series of thorough tests. Graduates receive well beyond the basic 200 hours needed for being a registered Yoga teacher with the Yoga Alliance.

The curriculum includes...

  • Hatha Yoga Asana (physical postures)

  • Pranayama (breathing practices)

  • Meditation and Deep Relaxation

  • Anatomy and Physiology

  • Raja Yoga and the Yoga Sutras of Patañjali

  • Sanskrit Language

  • Yogic Diet Philosophy

  • Tenets of Social Justice and Ethics in Yoga

  • Professional Development

  • How to teach in person and online, as well as organizing and initiating classes for different groups of students

  • Prerequisites

    To be considered for acceptance, students must have at least six months of Yoga practice, and have taken at least three Level I classes with Integral Yoga. Our current online classes may count toward fulfilling these prerequisites. An admission interview with the primary trainers is required for acceptance.

  • Attendance

    This live and interactive online training requires attendance and participation during the class hours as scheduled. 3 excused absences are allowed for the course.

  • Technical Requirements

    Regular access to the Internet is necessary to participate in this online training. You must be able to run Zoom on your computer or tablet, and have an active e-mail account for course communications.

  • Schedule

    September 7 - December 17, 2022

    Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays
    6:30pm–9:00pm EST

    9:30am–5:30pm EST

    No Classes November 22-26

    All Sessions Online via Zoom


$2750 before August 8, 2022

$2975 after August 8, 2022

Early Bird Discount: Enter coupon code EARLY225

Payment Plan Option

4 monthly installments of $768.75
(or $712.50 with early bird discount*)

The payment plan option is available with a $100 administrative fee to enroll.
On the payment plan, your tuition will be divided into 4 equal monthly installments. The first installment is due at time of enrollment, and subsequent installments will follow monthly from that date.

Early Bird Discount: Enter coupon code EBP225


Integral Yoga Institute offers a comprehensive Yoga Alliance-registered Teacher Training program consisting of more than 200 class hours. Upon successful completion of the program, you will receive a 200-hour teaching certificate recognized by Yoga Alliance.

After completing this course, you will be eligible to continue your studies with...

Integral 300-Hour Advanced Teaching Certification

Combine 200-hour + 300-hour certifications to become eligible for the Yoga Alliance RYT 500.

Integral Yoga Therapy 800-Hour Certification

Recognized by the International Association of Yoga Therapists for the Certified Yoga Therapist C-IAYT designation.

Meet the Trainers

Rev. Lílā Lucy Nelson


Rev. Lílā Lucy Nelson, MS, E-RYT 500, (she/her), is an ordained Interfaith Minister, Interspiritual Counselor and a teacher trainer at Integral Yoga Institute. She is a certified teacher in Hatha Level I & II, Meditation, Stress Management, Raja Yoga, Gentle & Chair Yoga, Yin Yoga, Restorative Yoga, and Trauma-Informed Yoga. She believes everyone’s authentic nature is to feel a sense of freedom in their bodies and minds. She is deeply committed to co-creating on this path of liberation. Yoga and meditation have profoundly influenced her work with organizational psychology and in Human and Community Services. Her calling towards social justice has led her to contribute as an Anti-Racism consultant. She is also a certified Positive Psychology-based Coach, and EFT practitioner. Lílā is a French woman living in NYC and is eager to meet you.

Swarupa Sky Oak Speaker


Swarupa Sky Oak Speaker, C-IAYT, has the honor of being a second generation initiate of Sri Swami Satchidananda; having been exposed to the Yoga practices and teachings from birth and throughout this life. He has been actively studying and teaching eastern and western methods of philosophy, health, wellness, and complementary care since 1991. In classes, private sessions, workshops, clinics, and teacher trainings Swarupa’s heartfelt guidance of the Yoga journey is sure to be practical, transformational, and filled with appreciation for the beauty and diversity of the human experience. His certifications include all levels of Hatha Yoga, Yoga Therapy, Yoga for Stress Management, Meditation, Yoga for Cancer, Gentle/Chair Yoga, Reiki MT, Yoga for Bone Health, Raja Yoga, and Teen Yoga. Swarupa is overjoyed to connect with and serve individuals, and communities of all sizes. You can learn more about Swarupa on his website: https://www.sattviclife.com

Rev. Sam Rudra Swartz


Rev. Sam Rudra Swartz was ordained an Interfaith Minister by Rabbi Joseph Gelberman after graduating from the All-Faiths Seminary in 2004. Additionally, he was ordained an Integral Yoga Minister in 2016 after completing the IY Seminary in 2016. He has led weddings and life cycle events all around the United States as well as Pujas, Spiritual Ceremonies of all Faiths and Synagogue Services in New York. He first taught The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali to an Integral Yoga Teacher Training in 2013 and has since followed his passion for the deep spiritual wisdom and practical application of Raja Yoga from this ancient scripture. He has been fortunate to travel Internationally sharing both the teachings of Hatha Yoga, making it accessible for all bodies, as well as sharing the teachings of Raja Yoga.

Swami Asokananda

Swami Asokananda, a monk since 1973, is one of Integral Yoga’s foremost teachers, known for his warmth, intelligence, and good humor. His teaching comes out of his own practice and experience, since he has absorbed the wisdom of his guru, Sri Swami Satchidananda, from the age of 19. While he enjoys sharing the practical wisdom of the Yogic philosophy (especially that of the great Indian scripture the Bhagavad Gita), he also loves his practice of Hatha Yoga and is one of our primary instructors for Intermediate and Advanced Hatha Yoga Teacher Training. In the past, he has served as the president of Satchidananda Ashram–Yogaville® and Integral Yoga® International; he is currently the spiritual director of the New York Integral Yoga Institute and serves on the board of directors for Yoga Allliance.

Swami Chidananda

Swami Chidananda is a monastic and a longtime disciple of Sri Swami Satchidananda. He has managed the finances for Integral Yoga’s ashrams, institutes, and teaching centers for decades. He teaches Hatha Yoga and leads study groups on Yoga and Buddhist teachings and philosophy. Swami Chidananda also conducts spiritual pilgrimages to India and Nepal.

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