200 Hour Certification

Dedicated to a tradition of excellence in teaching for more than 40 years, the Himalayan Institute offers yoga teachers comprehensive and systematic training in classical yoga.

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When you enroll in the Himalayan Institute’s 200-hour teacher training program, you don’t just train to become a teacher—you get the opportunity to participate in one of the most respected and comprehensive teacher training programs available. Our teachers have a wealth of experience – both in teaching hours and years of personal practice. Through their guidance, you will acquire the wisdom and knowledge to confidently interpret and convey the deeper meaning of yoga. Meet the faculty here.

Our 200 hour program includes instruction in asana (yoga postures), meditation, pranayama, relaxation techniques, therapeutic yoga, and yoga philosophy and psychology. Our teachings are passed down from the Living Tradition of the Himalayan Masters, and are rooted in the ancient yogic scriptures.

Our Approach to Yoga

The Himalayan Institute teaches classical hatha yoga blended with a modern understanding of anatomy, physiology and therapeutics. Our instructors are trained in the physical aspects of yoga practice which emphasize flexibility, strength and alignment while always bearing in mind that the true goal of yoga is something much more profound. Following our time tested method (we have been doing this for over forty years!), we lead our students deeper into working with the energy body (prana, chakras) and the mind. Our style is unique as asana (postures) is only a piece of what we practice and teach. A strong focus is also placed on learning to breathe, to relax, to focus the mind and to meditate. The Himalayan Institute’s approach to yoga and our teacher training program is a thoroughly holistic – body, mind, spirit practice.

What to Expect

As a Himalayan Institute graduate, you will gain the skills to teach multi-level asana classes and be well versed in stress management, relaxation techniques, ayurvedic lifestyle basics, and meditation for personal change. To be a powerful teacher, you need to have an experiential understanding of what you are teaching. Our dedicated faculty will create a space for your personal practice of yoga to deepen and expand throughout the training, having a solid practice is essential for teaching authentically and with integrity. You will be guided through the experimental aspects of teaching methodology and practice these skills in the classroom to ensure the greatest of efficacy with your verbal skills and physical presentation. The direct experience of yoga’s transformative effects will provide you with the knowledge and inspiration to guide and teach others for years to come.


200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training Course Content

I. Refine Your Practice and Learning to Teach Asana
Principles of energetic and structural alignment
Anatomy and physiology for yoga teachers
Yoga models of the subtle body (chakras, koshas, nadis)
Structuring and sequencing classes
Practice teaching in small and large groups

II. Refine Your Practice and Teach Pranayama, Pratyahara, and Meditation
Systematic breath training
Pranayama practice and teaching
Relaxation techniques and teaching
Theory and practice of meditation

III. Understanding and Applying Yoga Psychology and Philosophy
Study of the Yoga Sutra
Study of the Bhagavad Gita
The yogic model and functions of the mind
Introduction to Sanskrit, chants, and mantras
Overview of the history of the yoga tradition

The next 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training will be offered at HI Buffalo beginning October 2020.
Cost: $2999, includes the Himalayan Institute teacher training manual and membership to the Himalayan Institute of Buffalo from the time of application acceptance and deposit received through graduation (20% off general asana classes* & 10% in the bookstore). *some restrictions apply.
Apply now and receive membership benefits and educational support while you prepare and train.

The class will meet one weekend per month (Friday 6:30-8:30pm, Saturday 9am-5pm, Sunday 9am-5pm) for 9 months — and Tuesday evenings 7-9 p.m.

Weekends for 2020-2021:
Oct. 2-4, 2020
Oct. 30-Nov. 1, 2020
Nov. 20-22, 2020
Dec. 11-13, 2020
Jan. 15-17, 2021
Feb. 19-21, 2021
Mar. 19-21, 2021
April 23-25, 2021
May 8-9, 2021

Tuesday dates start on October 6th, 2020 and end April 20th, 2021.

Certification to Teach Yoga

Participants who complete the program receive Yoga Teacher Certification from the Himalayan Institute and are also eligible to apply for the 200-hour level of registration (RYT) with the Yoga Alliance organization. Certification requirements include: full attendance in the training intensive, required reading, knowledge assessment, and two written assignments to be completed after the training intensive. The written requirements are a 30-day meditation journal and a self-evaluation of your teaching experience of 12 hours taught. Most participants complete their certification requirements in six months to one year. All participants must complete certification requirements within two years after end date of training in order to receive certification.