Teacher Training Curriculum

Postures (Asana)

  • Learn to teach safely, effectively and with confidence. The asana portion of our 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training program includes:
  • Detailed study of key yoga postures including modifications of poses and appropriate use of props
  • Correct physical alignment
  • Physical and energetic benefits of postures
  • Techniques for hands on assists and enhancements
  • Learning to see and understand bodies in terms of proper alignment
  • Creating a class: learn the principles of sequencing and how to create a theme for your class
  • Verbalizing an asana: learn to give clear, simple instructions through choice of appropriate verbal cues and body language
  • Demonstrating asana
  • Key points for teaching beginners
  • Student teacher relationship
  • Ethics of a yoga teacher
  • Use of props and other modifications to support the postures
  • Multiple opportunities to practice teach will be given. At Tuladhara we create a supportive, nurturing community of teachers to help you apply what you have learned right away. You must be comfortable in a group setting. You will be asked to participate and speak up in small groups.
  • You should have familiarity with Hatha and Vinyasa practices and have been practicing yoga for at least 6 months. You will be asked to practice throughout training and group classes at the studio, and must be comfortable doing so.

MEDITATION and Breath Practices (dyana and pranayama)

  • Learn a variety of meditation techniques to focus and quiet the mind.
  • Daily meditation and journaling is a requirement of this 200 hour yoga course.
  • Learn to teach breath (pranayama) techniques

ANATOMY (Physical and energetic)

  • Anatomy and physiology will be studied.
  • Understand the physical effects of yoga on the body
  • Learn how to avoid injury in key areas, and how to work with basic injuries
  • Learn the energetic effects of yoga on the body
  • The Chakra system


  • Study Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras and how these teachings provide a very real model that can be applied to daily life
  • Yoga’s origins and journey to the West and the most influential yogis of our time
  • Introduction to yogic mantras and mythology
  • Introduction to Ayurveda, the sister science of Yoga


  • Yoga is an experiential practice; throughout training, you will be guided through classes with faculty, as well as attend public yoga classes each week to gain insight into classroom management techniques, interaction with students, sequencing, and refining your own physical practice. You should have a physical asana practice established for at least 6 months prior to this training