200-hour Integral Yoga Teacher TrainingA comprehensive 4-week residential teacher training at Satchidananda Ashram-Yogaville. With over 200 class hours, our training provides a strong foundation for personal and spiritual development as well as the skills necessary to become a confident, knowledgeable Yoga instructor. More InfoUpcoming Trainings
Training Yoga teachers
for over 50 years.
Transforming Yoga students into Yoga teachers for over 50 years, the Integral Yoga Academy offers a seasoned approach to teacher training. With over 200 class hours, the training provides a strong foundation for personal and spiritual development, as well as the skills necessary to become a confident, knowledgeable Yoga instructor.
Distinguished by years of personal practice and teaching experience, your teachers will support you as you learn to safely teach each portion of an Integral Yoga Level I class, offer modifications, and hold a nurturing space for your students. Whether you want to teach others or take your own practice to a deeper level, the 200-hour teacher training program will provide you with an authentic experience of living Yoga.
Split Teacher Training Option
We also offer the option of splitting the 200-hour Teacher Training into two 2-week segments if circumstances don’t allow you to take the entire 4-week training all at once.
Thorough and comprehensive, the curriculum includes:
⦿ Instruction in basic anatomy and physiology
⦿ Eye-opening lectures on yogic philosophy
⦿ Exploration of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
⦿ Study and practice of the branches of Yoga (Hatha,
Karma, Bhakti, Raja, Japa, and Jnana)
⦿ Information on mudras (energy seals), kriyas (cleansing purification techniques), and bandhas (energy locks), and opportunities to practice them
⦿ Classes in vegetarian diet
⦿ Health benefits of Yoga postures and yogic practices
⦿ Instruction in the practice of Hatha Yoga, pranayama (breathing practices), chanting, Yoga nidra (deep relaxation), and meditation
⦿ Effective methods for leading others in an Integral Yoga class
⦿ Modifications for postures and practices
⦿ Practice teaching sessions
⦿ Guidance in conducting and marketing classes
⦿ Outlines for teaching course classes
⦿ Introduction to Yoga for specific populations
Applicants should be regular practitioners of Hatha Yoga for six months, preferably one year, before applying to the program. Applicants should be familiar with the Integral Yoga style of Hatha practice. If not, you can click here purchase a DVD of our Level 1 class.
Graduates of the training receive a diploma certifying them to teach Integral Yoga Level I classes and are awarded 200 Yoga Alliance hours.
Textbooks and Materials
⦿ Integral Yoga Teacher’s Manual
⦿ Books by Sri Swami Satchidananda:
- The Yoga Sutras Of Patanjali, Translation and Commentary by Sri Swami Satchidananda
- Integral Yoga Hatha
- Integral Yoga Kirtan (booklet and CD)
- Breath of Life
- Healthy Vegetarian
- To Know Yourself
⦿ Science of Breath by Swami Rama
All textbooks are included in tuition price and will be provided at the start of the training. Anatomy and
physiology textbooks are dependent upon whomever teaches the anatomy curriculum.
Live the life of a yogi in an environment best suited for diving deeply into your own personal practice. Tucked in the quiet foothills of central Virginia, Satchidananda Ashram–Yogaville is a multi-faith spiritual haven devoted to practices of Yoga, meditation, and personal growth. A traditional Yoga ashram provides the perfect setting for uninterrupted study and practice during the month-long, residential teacher training program.
Fully immerse yourself in the yogic lifestyle as you participate in a structured daily schedule of classes and sadhana (Yoga practice). Enjoy delicious vegetarian meals, live amongst a monastic community, and experience the sanctity of the three on-site shrines. As you embark on your personal journey, you can rest assured that you will be enveloped in an atmosphere of harmony, inclusion, and safety.
As part of your Yoga practice, you will meditate daily in one of our three meditation halls, including the Light of Truth Universal Shrine (LOTUS). During free time, you can enjoy the tranquility of nature on our 700-acre wooded property, watch the sunset from the overlook, walk to LOTUS Lake, swim in the James River, study in our Yoga library, or relax and socialize at the local cafes and dining hall.
A system of classical Yoga as taught by Swami Satchidananda, Integral Yoga traces its roots to the rich tradition of India’s ancient teachings and practices. Integral Yoga is a unique style of Yoga in that it synthesizes the various branches of classical Yoga.
The branches of Yoga include:
- Raja Yoga- the science of the mind and yogic lifestyle
- Hatha Yoga- the physical practice of Yoga, including Yoga postures
- Jnana Yoga- the science of self-study
- Bhakti Yoga- the path of devotion, including chanting (kirtan), worship (puja), and self-surrender
- Karma Yoga- the practice of selfless service (seva)
Through the Integral Yoga teacher training program, you will have the opportunity to experience all aspects of the Yoga tradition.
Click the links above to learn more about driving directions, available cell service, suggested items to bring, rules and guidelines, dress code, meals, accommodations, and the daily schedule.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How long are typical days?
A: Typical days begin with meditation at 6:00 am and run until 9:00 or 9:15 pm. Wednesday and Friday evenings are free, as is all day Sunday. See the daily schedule for more information.
Q: Can I stay off-site?
A: We strongly encourage trainees to stay on-site, either in the dorms, guesthouses, or tent sites. The immersive nature of the training is unique and powerful. To leave the main grounds, even for a few hours a night, can take away from one of the central aspects of the training. Staying on-site can also create a cohesive feeling among the participants.
Q: Is coffee available?
A: Coffee is available for purchase at the Mandala Cafe, but it is not available in the main dining area in Sivananda Hall.
Q: Can I still contact my family and friends?
A: During your training, you will be spending most of your time and energy focusing within, but yes, you can contact family and friends via Wifi or Verizon cell service. We simply ask you to be mindful of others and refrain from talking on the phone in common public spaces.
Q: How much free time will I have?
A: Free time during training can be limited. Wednesday and Friday evenings are free, as is all day Sunday. There is also usually an hour of free time after lunch, though this varies. See the daily schedule for more information.
Q: What are my options if my schedule won’t allow for me to take four weeks off for the training?
A: There is an option to split the 200-hour training into two two-week segments if your circumstances don’t allow you to take the entire four-week training.