Learn to Teach, Teach to Learn

Become a Yoga Alliance Register Instructor while learning valuable life skills!

Shanti offers both 200 & 300 Yoga Alliance Registered Tracks in two convenient platforms: online only or a hybrid of both online and in person.

Our NEW ONLINE YOGA TEACHER TRAINING COURSES serves as the framework for both in person and online. The curriculum is the same, you choose how you want to move through it. We have many students who only do online although most do a hybrid. Either way, you will feel a strong connection with the others in the program via our twice weekly live stream discussion groups, student practice sessions (both live stream and in person) and our mentorship program. We also hold monthly intensive meet-ups (both live stream & in person). Once you sign up, you also have immediate access to all of our pre-recorded content as well as archived videos of every in person and live stream sessions (which include master classes and discussions). Students find these invaluable for watching again and again, especially topics such as anatomy, sequencing & student responses in master classes, philosophy discussions, etc.

How does it work?
Although the full platform of online and archived material is available as soon as you enroll, each month we focus on one of our six Courses: January & July “Yoga Humanities”, February & August “Yoga Anatomy, Physiology & Biomechanics”, March & Sept “Asana”, April & October “Pranayama”, May & November “Meditation” and June & December “Teaching Yoga”. Since we allow ongoing registration and three different time frames in which to complete the program (3 month, six month and one year), students will begin with the Course that’s being offered that month and progress through the other Courses until their time frame is complete. Students can also add extensions.

 How do we complete all six Courses if we are choosing the three month option?
Students who have chosen the three month option will accrue the training hours from the online platform and archived materials. Keep in mind that Yoga Alliance requires 200 hours to achieve the 200 YRT designation and 300 hours above that to achieve the 500RYT designation. So if you are choosing to do the program in three months, you will need to spend more training time each month to accrue those hours.

What is the difference between the 200 and 300? Do they have the same platform?
No. While the 300 hour students have the option to access any of the 200 hour material, they have their own Course (Advanced Studies) as well as a project requirement and mentoring. More on that here. We do advise 300 hr students coming from other programs to move through the Shanti 200 hour information so they are in sync with our philosophy.

What does an average schedule look like?
Weekly sessions and monthly weekend intensives are held both in person and online. Most in person are held in Boise studios (owned by Shanti grads) or retreats. If you have chosen the year long program, you can estimate that you will need to accrue around 15 hours a month for the 200 and 25 a month for the 300. Those choosing the six month would need to accrue around twice that each month and those on the three month would need to accrue over 60 each month. We have seen success at each of these levels. It’s just whether you want or need a more accelerated/intense schedule or one that allows you more time to soak it up. Those on the full year program have the wonderful opportunity to do each Course twice. It’s amazing how much you gain from that opportunity!

Retreats – Learn about the world while you learn about yourself & yoga!
One of our favorite ways to offer training is through Retreats. Each offers a very personalized experience with our teachers and yoga…and 75 training hours! See our retreats page for a list of our international learning opportunities. To learn more about each of our learning tracks, go here.

Read what our grads have to say!
Visit yogaalliance.com to read reviews of our program or learn more about the advantages of a Yoga Alliance registered school.

I’m IN!!! What’s my next step?
First, if you’re ready to go, email deb@shantiyogastudio.org for an application or for more information. If you’d like to read more, you can scroll to the bottom of the page for answers to commonly asked questions.

Learn to teach, Teach to Learn

Our Teacher Training & Yoga Intensive Program blends contemporary science with classic yoga philosophy, ethics & history.

Learn the fascinating story behind the 6,000-year-old discipline of yoga and discover how to incorporate this powerful knowledge into every aspect of your life. Join in a group experience with aspiring teachers and dedicated students to cultivate, learn and grow. Whether you are interested in deepening your own practice or you feel the call to teach, the Shanti Yoga Teacher Training program is committed to the personal success of each participant. Students are encouraged to engage in ‘svadhyaya’ the Sanskrit term for self-inquiry and use the program as a significant part of their continuing journey on the road to self- knowledge. Students will acquire the confidence to communicate the practice of yoga to others with the highest level of skill while honoring their own unique voice and style. This program will broaden your perspective of yoga – culminating in an experience that is transformational on every level: physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual.

Shanti Yoga Teacher Training Advantages

Flexibility, Convenience, Community, and Excellence. Our outstanding Teacher Training Programs began in 2008, and evolved out of hundreds of hours of research, practical experience and development, and we are dedicated to providing the best education, in the most convenient & personalized manner. We train teachers at the highest level of Yoga Alliance Certification, 500 hours, and also offer 300 & 200 hour certifications, various Specializations and Advanced Training for CEU’s (Continuing Education Units required by Yoga Alliance). You will be mentored by our staff not only through the ongoing workshops & classes, but also through your video-taped community class project and practicum training (observing/assisting at Shanti Yoga School.) Most of our graduates are currently working as yoga teachers in a variety of scenarios, while some choose to use the program to enhance their personal life. If you hope to own your own yoga studio later, you’ll have the expertise to run your business, and a large pool of equally well trained teachers to assist. Our relationship doesn’t stop after you graduate as we encourage you to continue participating in classes, workshops and other events as well as through our online community. So though we may be scattered across the country, we always remain linked.

Topics covered in the 200 & 300 Hour program meet or exceed all the required standards set forth by Yoga Alliance in the areas of:

  • Techniques: the guided practice of, and analytical training in, traditional yoga techniques including yoga asana, pranayama, mantra, and meditation
  • Teaching Methodology: principles of demonstration, observation, assisting/correcting, instruction, teaching styles, qualities of a teacher, and business aspects of teaching yoga
  • Anatomy and Physiology: both human physical anatomy and physiology (bodily systems, bones, muscles, organs, etc.) as well as energy anatomy and physiology (chakras, nadis, etc.)
  • Yoga Philosophy, Lifestyle and Ethics for Yoga Teachers: Yoga’s roots and historical developments, compare/contrast Eastern and Western Practices, ethical considerations for yoga teachers.
  • Practicum: actual practice teaching, giving and receiving feedback and observing others teaching.

Fee Structure

Tuition for both the 200 & 300 hour program currently ranges from $800-$2400 depending on the length of the program you choose to pursue. Contact us for the price of the 300 hour program. A $200 deposit is required to hold your space. Tuition not paid in full requires a monthly auto-payment deducted from a credit or debit card.  You can choose the monthly payment amount and payment date that works best for you, so long as the payments will be completed by the end of your chosen program. The balance can be paid off at any time. Tuition includes unlimited access to Shanti Yoga classes, workshops taught by Shanti Yoga School instructors, access to the Shanti Online Learning platform and other online resources, mentoring and other benefits. We expect 200 or 300 hour coursework to be completed within three to twelve months. A one year extension can be added for $800. Re-initiation fee for sabbaticals is $100. Graduates in good standing continue to enjoy other benefits including discounts on workshops, classes, and access to the online platform. School Refund policy: all payments are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Commonly Asked Questions

1. When can I begin? We have no set start dates, rather we have chosen to make our program as flexible and convenient as possible. Each month we focus on one of our 6 Yoga Alliance-approved Courses, so over the course of a year we cover each Course twice during our live sessions. For example, you might begin with the Meditation Course because that’s a convenient time for you to begin, and catch the Asana section afterwards. Some students choose to complete the program in three months, in which case their studies are largely independent from the Courses we’re focusing on during our live sessions as they work through the online learning platform and archived video material. In addition to our live weekly and monthly sessions on these subjects, the 6 Courses are covered in material presented in our online learning platform with lessons consisting of pdfs readings, videos, and quizzes. These Courses are: Yoga Humanities, Yoga Anatomy, Asana, Pranayama, Meditation, and Teaching Yoga.

2. How proficient in yoga do you have to be to do the program? We are looking for students who want to learn more about yoga or who have a desire to teach. While it will be to your benefit to have a background in yoga, we acknowledge the most important attribute is this desire to learn. We look for practitioners who come to the mat with a level of maturity, a willingness to learn and an understanding of the limits of their own body. Keep in mind this program is not only for aspiring teachers, but people who want to deepen their practice.

3. Do I need to have any other qualifications to be accepted into the program? To qualify for our Teacher Training Program, you must complete an application and pay the deposit.

4. How much time should I expect to spend on homework? This depends upon how long you choose to spend in the program. Those wishing to complete it in the shortest time frame of 3 months might need to spend up to 20 hours per week on the online learning platform and discussion groups and classes. Those who want to stretch the program out over the full year, might not need to do this. The homework is designed to support the material covered in class and help you integrate what is presented into your own practice and teaching. If you are not planning on teaching after this course, you may choose not to complete all of the homework assignments and take the course for non-credit. However, if you wish to receive your Certificate of
Completion, you must accrue the necessary hours and complete all the homework assignments.

5. What is the Yoga Alliance? Yoga Alliance is an organization that was started in 1999 as a way to create nationally recognized standards for yoga teachers and yoga teacher trainings. More and more yoga studios across the country are requiring their teachers to register with the Yoga Alliance, either at the 200 or 500 hour level. Yoga Alliance registration, however, is not a legal requirement for teaching yoga. Currently there are no legal certification requirements to be a yoga teacher. Students that complete both 200 & 300 programs are eligible to register through the Yoga Alliance as a 500 hour registered yoga teacher.

6. Will I be qualified to teach yoga once I complete the 200 Hour Teacher Training Program? Yes! With the successful completion of all the requirements of the program, including contact hours, homework, portfolio, videotaped community class and final exam, you will receive your Certificate of Completion evidencing your training. You may also register with the Yoga Alliance (http://www.yogaalliance.org).

7. What is the yoga style of the school? Our school touts an “interdisciplinary” philosophy believing that yoga is an art, as well as a science….and that it stands upon the shoulders of it’s early sages, but allows for individual evolving innovations. That being said, our school definitely orients towards a breath-aware, biomechanically-conscious vinyasa. My particular style is an evolution of what I learned from my teachers, Erich Schiffmann, Shiva Rea, Seane Corn & many others who I’ve studied with at Exhale & YogaWorks in Los Angeles. I have also chosen to study with alignment-oriented teachers such as John Friend (Anusara) and Rodney Yee & Judith Lasater (Iyengar) because I believe sound biomechanics is essential (my background is in Exercise Science). Many call this style “Slow Flow”…a breath-oriented vinyasa with very conscious awareness of alignment, especially in the transitions. Recently, I was able to study with the wonderful Annie Carpenter who calls this form “Smart Flow.” All of the teachers at Shanti have been certified by Yoga Alliance and follow this balance of breath-inspired, flow-inducing, krama-specific vinyasa that is primary to the Shanti School program. We all believe that yoga is a tool that allows us to learn more about ourself and come closer to finding peace within. For more information on our Shanti Teachers credentials and achievements click here.