200 hour teacher training

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200 HOUR
YOGA TEACHER TRAINING

 

WHY YOGA GARDEN IS SAN FRANCISCO’S PREMIER YOGA SCHOOL

Yoga Garden empowers you to teach your style of yoga. Our  alignment-based hatha yoga teacher training originates from the teachings of Krishnamacharya, the teacher of B.K.S. Iyengar (Iyengar yoga), Pattabhi Jois (Ashtanga yoga) and T.V.K. Desikachar (viniyoga). This gives you a solid foundation of technical excellence combined with philosophical depth, enabling you to teach your practice.

Yoga Garden offers smaller, intimately-sized teacher training programs, which provide you with unparalleled access to lead teachers during the program and ongoing mentorship and career advice well beyond program completion. You will begin practice teaching your peers early in the training. Through real classroom experience, teaching groups, and hands-on adjustments, you will gain the confidence and ability to begin teaching yoga immediately upon graduation.

YOGA PRACTICE
  • Free access to all YGSF yoga classes during the duration of your program
  • Guided practice includes alignment-based vinyasa yoga classes, pranayama, and chanting.
  • Understand how yoga creates well-being, health and higher consciousness.
  • Experience how asana (poses), pranayama (breath control), and meditation deliver these benefits.
ANATOMY
  • Learn human anatomy, bio-mechanics, and optimal alignment for yoga asana.
PHILOSOPHY & HISTORY
  • Explore the historical context in which yoga has evolved from an ancient past through modern times.
  • As a carrier of the lineage, you are part of the evolution of yoga!
  • Explore yoga’s philosophical foundations to understand the reasons behind the actions.
  • Discuss the Yoga Sutras.
  • Experience and discuss basic chanting and meditation.
TEACHING SKILLS
  • Receive the technical acumen to lead successful, intelligent, all-levels yoga classes. Graduate with the ability to teach your style of yoga.
  • Learn teaching skills which include sequencing, creating relevant themes and intentions, hands-on and verbal adjustments, conscious use of language, voice projection, time management, prenatal modifications, and teaching beginners.
  • Gain confidence and effectiveness as a teacher and student of yoga.
  • Yoga teacher training graduates are qualified to register their yoga teacher certification with Yoga Alliance® at the RYT200 level. (Your certification is internationally recognized!)
BUSINESS OF YOGA
  • Learn how and why business and yoga are related, and how to cultivate a livelihood that is meaningful and ethical.
  • Gain insights on creating a successful yoga career and starting your own teaching practice from studio owners and established teachers.
THE YGSF DIFFERENCE / OUR COMMUNITY
  • Yoga Garden teachers bring decades of experience teaching, practicing, studying, living and breathing yoga to guide and mentor you.
  • Receive mentorship and individualized support that allows you to grow as a student and evolve as a teacher, including ongoing compassionate feedback.
  • Be part of a life-long community of yoga students and professionals who support your growth.  Stay in touch on our Alumni Facebook page after graduation. Alumni attend free Master Classes and get substantial discounts on yoga and future trainings.
  • Our Graduates Teach! We are so proud of our graduates and love to keep in touch. See what they are doing on our Graduates page.

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Basic 200 Yoga Teacher Training February Full Time

January 31 - February 26
$3150 - $3550

Our 200 hour yoga teacher training full time (immersion) program is designed for students to complete an in-depth program in the shortest period possible. If you wish to deepen their practice, the one month immersion provides an excellent "urban retreat" experience in the heart of San Francisco. TYPICAL SCHEDULE Tuesday-Friday: ... Read More

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March 12 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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March 25 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Basic 200 Yoga Teacher Training January Part Time

January 8 - April 1
$3150 - $3550

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Master Class

April 2 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
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Master Class

April 23 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Have a strong practice and looking for a deeper sense of learning? Join our next Master Class! Master Classes at Yoga Garden are a chance for you to experience the full spectrum of asana – from beginning to advanced postures. You’ll delve deeper into philosophy and anatomy, and try out ... Read More

Master Class

May 27 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Have a strong practice and looking for a deeper sense of learning? Join our next Master Class! Master Classes at Yoga Garden are a chance for you to experience the full spectrum of asana – from beginning to advanced postures. You’ll delve deeper into philosophy and anatomy, and try out ... Read More

Basic 200 Yoga Teacher Training May 2017 Full Time

May 2 - May 28
$3150 - $3550

Our 200 hour yoga teacher training full time (immersion) program is designed for students to complete an in-depth program in the shortest period possible. If you wish to deepen their practice, the one month immersion provides an excellent “urban retreat” experience in the heart of San Francisco. Typical Schedule Tuesdays-Fridays ... Read More

Master Class

June 18 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Free

Have a strong practice and looking for a deeper sense of learning? Join our next Master Class! Master Classes at Yoga Garden are a chance for you to experience the full spectrum of asana – from beginning to advanced postures. You’ll delve deeper into philosophy and anatomy, and try out ... Read More

Basic 200 Yoga Teacher Training April 2017 Part Time

April 9 - July 1
$3150 - $3550

Our 12-week part time (extended) yoga teacher training series is designed for those students who would like to complete ourin-depth program without disrupting their work, school or personal schedule. This extended format allows for a process of deep transformation in a supportive community over the course of 3 months. For ... Read More

Master Class

July 23 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Free

Have a strong practice and looking for a deeper sense of learning? Join our next Master Class! Master Classes at Yoga Garden are a chance for you to experience the full spectrum of asana – from beginning to advanced postures. You’ll delve deeper into philosophy and anatomy, and try out ... Read More

Basic 200 Yoga Teacher Training July 2017 Full Time

July 4 - July 30
$3150 - $3550

Our 200 hour yoga teacher training full time (immersion) program is designed for students to complete an in-depth program in the shortest period possible. If you wish to deepen their practice, the one month immersion provides an excellent "urban retreat" experience in the heart of San Francisco. This program is ... Read More

Master Class

August 6 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Free

Have a strong practice and looking for a deeper sense of learning? Join our next Master Class! Master Classes at Yoga Garden are a chance for you to experience the full spectrum of asana – from beginning to advanced postures. You’ll delve deeper into philosophy and anatomy, and try out ... Read More

Master Class

September 3 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
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Have a strong practice and looking for a deeper sense of learning? Join our next Master Class! Master Classes at Yoga Garden are a chance for you to experience the full spectrum of asana – from beginning to advanced postures. You’ll delve deeper into philosophy and anatomy, and try out ... Read More

Master Class

September 17 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Free

Have a strong practice and looking for a deeper sense of learning? Join our next Master Class! Master Classes at Yoga Garden are a chance for you to experience the full spectrum of asana – from beginning to advanced postures. You’ll delve deeper into philosophy and anatomy, and try out ... Read More

Master Class

October 15 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Free

Have a strong practice and looking for a deeper sense of learning? Join our next Master Class! Master Classes at Yoga Garden are a chance for you to experience the full spectrum of asana – from beginning to advanced postures. You’ll delve deeper into philosophy and anatomy, and try out ... Read More

Basic 200 Yoga Teacher Training October 2017 Full Time

October 3 @ 9:00 am - October 29 @ 5:30 pm
$3150 - $3550

Our 200 hour yoga teacher training full time (immersion) program is designed for students to complete an in-depth program in the shortest period possible. If you wish to deepen their practice, the one month immersion provides an excellent "urban retreat" experience in the heart of San Francisco. This program is ... Read More

Master Class

November 4 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Free

Have a strong practice and looking for a deeper sense of learning? Join our next Master Class! Master Classes at Yoga Garden are a chance for you to experience the full spectrum of asana – from beginning to advanced postures. You’ll delve deeper into philosophy and anatomy, and try out ... Read More

Master Class

November 12 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Free

Have a strong practice and looking for a deeper sense of learning? Join our next Master Class! Master Classes at Yoga Garden are a chance for you to experience the full spectrum of asana – from beginning to advanced postures. You’ll delve deeper into philosophy and anatomy, and try out ... Read More

Master Class

December 3 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Free

Have a strong practice and looking for a deeper sense of learning? Join our next Master Class! Master Classes at Yoga Garden are a chance for you to experience the full spectrum of asana – from beginning to advanced postures. You’ll delve deeper into philosophy and anatomy, and try out ... Read More

Basic 200 Yoga Teacher Training September 2017 Part Time

September 10 - December 9
$3150 - $3550

Our 12-week part time series is designed for those students who would like to complete our in-depth program without disrupting their work, school or personal schedule. The extended format allows for a process of deep transformation in a supportive community over the course of 3 months. For those students simply ... Read More

Mariah Frye

Owner of Stone Turtle Yoga


The more time that passes, and the more teacher trainings I see cropping up everywhere, the more grateful I feel for my experience at YGSF. It was a transformational time, and has directed my life time and again. So, thank you!

Sonya Genel

Yoga Teacher San Francisco


I have been teaching yoga for almost 10 years. I found the 300 Hour program with Jean was tremendously beneficial for review and refinement as well as introducing new tools for my teaching. It was an opportunity to deepen my own practice and I am really grateful for the wonderful community here.

Maren Zweifler

Yoga Teacher Austin, TX


The program felt both formative and co-creative, a unique and deeply reflective time when I learned about the subtler aspects of yoga, became more at ease with teaching and learned about the history and philosophy of yoga in an organic, naturally evolving way.


Cynthia Koch

Yoga Teacher San Francisco


This program taught me the science of this practice. This program offered me a formula to understand how to heal myself and bring this power, this gift of connection and awareness through my words, actions and teaching. I am forever grateful.

Paulina Julian

Yoga Teacher Mexico


The program allowed each of us to take our own personal routes of study, to be supported individually in honing our own talents and refining our particular skills as teachers. The studio and community environment make it easy to focus and create a retreat like atmosphere in the midst of our everyday lives.

Shannon Handa

Traveling Yoga Teacher


I can’t thank my teachers enough, for being so generous with their knowledge, and supporting me in becoming the teacher I am today. Yoga Garden will always be like a second home to me.


 

What are the prerequisites for participating in teacher training?

There are no educational requirements; however, prospective students should have a regular yoga practice (2-3 times per week) of at least six months. The 200-hour training will cover fundamental asana (poses), vinyasa (flowing sequence), pranayama (breathing), philosophy, meditation, and teaching techniques from the beginning.

What styles of yoga are taught in this training?

You will learn to teach your practice in Yoga Garden’s yoga teacher training. As a way of learning how yoga works and how to share your personal understanding of yoga with others, we teach the physical practice using vinyasa (flow) and breath-based movement from the Ashtanga method combined with an anatomical understanding from the Iyengar method to deliver a safe and strong yoga practice. This training is designed to give you the tools to understand how to teach the poses effectively and how to sequence the practice for a desired result. The style you adopt will naturally come from your own practice as an evolving form.

Will I be ready to teach after completing the Basic 200-hour yoga teacher training?

You will begin teaching early in the training, to give you the experience of growing your teaching from a place of practice, with curiosity and confidence. You will learn methods for teaching asana and pranayama. In practice teaching sessions will learn how to effectively communicate the information to others, find your voice, and develop language that is authentic and unscripted.

What if I don’t want to teach yoga? I just want to deepen my practice. Do I have to practice teach?

When you share what you know with others, you learn what you really know. We find that practicing teaching helps deepen your understanding and experience of yoga as a path of self-knowledge. We encourage a teaching environment that inspires and fosters curiosity in each of us as students through compassionate and constructive criticism and support.

Do I need to be certified to teach yoga?

Most yoga studios, health clubs, fitness centers and holistic centers require a minimum certification of RYT200. Yoga Garden’s 200-hour certification enables you to register through Yoga Alliance® as an RYT200.

Yoga Alliance® is the largest nationally-recognized professional association for yoga teachers and schools. Yoga Alliance® maintains standards for both 200-hour and 500-hour level certification programs. Once you have completed your 200-hour level training, you can apply for registration through Yoga Alliance®, upon which you can use the title RYT® (Registered Yoga Teacher).

I already know that I want more than 200 hours of teacher training. What is the next step?

Once you have completed Yoga Garden’s 200-hour Basic Yoga teacher training, you can further your education through continuing education programs in your chosen area of interest: Ashtanga Vinyasa, Therapeutic Yoga, Prenatal, Children and Teens, Ageless, and Restorative, for example. Yoga Garden offers a 300-hour Advanced Yoga teacher training, which qualifies you for Yoga Alliance® RYT500 certification. Our Pro-Elite membership enables you to take all 500 hours of training plus an annual membership and unlimited workshops for one low monthly payment.

How many students are enrolled in the training?

Our yoga teacher trainings typically have between 10-20 students. This capacity allows us to work closely with each student, insuring quality  interaction, individualized attention, and effective group dynamics.

How much time will I be expected to spend on homework?

Reading and writing assignments will be made in each class, which may take up to one hour per day to complete. Immersions are very intense work periods, and participants should not plan other significant activities for their duration. Lunch breaks are scheduled, but that schedule may change, based on the instructors’ discretion, and work may be assigned during that time, so do not schedule other activities during planned lunch breaks. Plan on spending 1-2 hours of homework for every 6 hours of scheduled class time.

Are books included in the tuition?

Most of your learning resources will be provided through an on-line lesson management system (LMS). Additional books required for the training are available at a discounted price of 10% when you purchase them from Yoga Garden’s bookstore or you may order these books from Amazon. Many students purchase digital versions of the texts. The book list appears in the accordion below.

What if I miss a class or a weekend?

To get the most out of your yoga teacher training, it is important that you attend the first week of the 28-day program or the first three weeks of the 12-week program. Introductory concepts and course pedagogy are established and are necessary for the remainder of the program.

If you miss class sessions (up to 20 hours) you may still complete the program with your class provided that you schedule a private session (or group session) with program faculty or their designated assistant within 2 weeks of the missed session. Private make-ups are charged at the private instruction rate.

You may make up missed sessions in another training, as space allows. These are  scheduled through your on-line training resources, subject to a $50 fee per instance, which must be completed within one year of your training.

Any minutes lost due to tardiness are recorded and must be made up. Classes start and end on time and you are responsible for the material and minutes missed at the beginning of class.

Certificates of Completion are not awarded until all attendance requirements are met.

Additional Fees

These additional fees may apply to this program:
  • One-hour private make-up session $125
  • Each substitution/make-up in another program $50
  • Copies of additional Certificates of Completion $35, (pdf downloads are free).

I am pregnant. Can I still participate in the training?

Each pregnancy is unique and affects the mother differently. Based on our experience, we do not recommend participating in YGSF200 during pregnancy.

YGSF200 emphasizes teaching and practice, making it a rigorous activity requiring your full capacities. We recommend that you wait until after your pregnancy to attend this program. If you are intent on attending the program while pregnant, you must participate in a telephone conference with our Admissions Manager or Advanced Studies Director, where you will review the risks and responsibilities of attending the program while pregnant. If you become pregnant while in the program or feel your participation is compromised by your pregnancy, you may continue the program at a discounted rate at a future date.

I have an injury. Can I still participate in the training?

Each student’s situation will be considered individually, and evaluated based on your yoga experience and your general health.

I am coming from out-of-town, or out-of the country. Can you suggest accommodations in the area?

San Francisco is a tourist destination that welcomes long and short-term visitors. Please visit the accommodations accordion for more information.

Do you offer scholarships or work-exchange programs?

Yoga Garden SF offers one 200-Hour Teacher Training Apprentice position per session. Apprentices receive $600 off tuition in exchange for supporting lead teachers and fulfilling various duties. Apply Here.

Can I attend classes for free at Yoga Garden during the training?

Yes! During the training, you can attend one class per day of regularly scheduled weekly classes at Yoga Garden.

Yoga Garden SF uses a state-of-the-art online lesson management system (LMS) to deliver our yoga teacher training. Students are required to have access to a computer, tablet or other mobile device so they can view online study materials. You can reserve and rent an iPad from Yoga Garden SF for $45/month. Contact us for more information

For your convenience, books can be purchased through the links provided. Many are available in Kindle editions through the same links. Students registered for a program receive a 10% discount from the retail price through the YGSF bookstore, in-store only.

Required Reading:

Recommended Reading:

  • BKS Iyengar

 

 

These accommodation resources are provided as a convenience to our students. We cannot guarantee availability nor satisfaction with your experience (though we believe every business listed here to be a reputable provider). The San Francisco hotel tax will be added to room rates, unless otherwise noted.

 

The Metro Hotel

Conveniently located across the street from Yoga Garden SF at 319 Divisadero Street, San Francisco, CA 94117

Phone: 415-861-5364 | Email: [email protected] or visit their website here.

All rooms feature a television, a full and recently renovated bathroom, free wi-fi, service and housekeeping.

Sample Rates:

  • One double bed: $76.00
  • Two twin beds: $87.00
  • Two queen beds and one double bed: $130.00 (we can help you find others to share with if you wish).

Day’s Inn Civic Center

465 Grove Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

(415) 864-4040 daysinn.com

This is an easy one-mile walk from the studio and is located in one of SF’s hippest neighborhoods, Hayes Valley, and adjacent to San Francisco’s civic center.

Casa Loma Hotel

610 Fillmore St San Francisco, CA 94117-2696| Telephone: (415) 552-7100

A budget hotel that allows stays of up to 28 days. Rooms range from budget single with a shared bathroom at $41.65 per night to superior single at $65 per night. For bookings and information please refer to their website.

 

Vacation Rentals by Owner (VRBO)

For a list of rental apartments and houses, you can refer to the vacation rental by owner website. There are a number of places listed in the “Haight-Ashbury” area, that will offer attractive monthly rates.

Airbnb

Airbnb connects travelers seeking authentic experiences with hosts offering unique, inspiring spaces around the world. Airbnb is a trusted online marketplace for people to list, discover, and book unique accommodations around the world. Unlock local experiences and travel through the eyes of a local. Visit Airbnb on their website.

Craigslist

Craigslist offers an extensive list of available accommodation in San Francisco for temporary housing or subletting. This list changes frequently, so refer to their website for an current list of availability, and contact information.

Youth Hostels

Although youth hostels can be a more affordable option, due to California law, there is a maximum stay of only 14 days per hostel. However, there are three different “Hostelling International” hostels located in San Francisco, so it could be possible to move between hostels during your stay. Refer to their website for availability:

Locations and contact details:

San Francisco City Center Hostel:
685 Ellis Street

San Francisco, CA 94109
Phone: (415) 474-5721

San Francisco Downtown Hostel
312 Mason Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone: (415) 788-5604

San Francisco Fisherman’s Wharf Hostel
Fort Mason, Building 240
San Francisco, CA 94123
Phone: (415) 771-7277

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