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about teacher training


At the cornerstone of  YogaWorks teaching philosophy is the idea that the concepts of Yoga must be first understood through the body and the dynamic, conscious practice of asana.


The YogaWorks method takes some inspiration from Ashtanga yoga and some from Iyengar yoga, integrating both into our own paradigm – a balance of precision and flow. Their programs emphasize a student’s personal practice as the source for their creative teaching. To deepen their education, trainees in the YogaWorks Teacher Training will study anatomy and physiology, explore yoga’s philosophical underpinnings, practice meditation and pranayama, and investigate the subtle body and the science of Ayurveda.


the art of teaching

The art of teaching is a form of yoga in itself requiring sensitivity, compassion and practice. A teacher must encourage and inspire, and be sensitive to both the needs of individuals and those of the group. The practical and subtle aspects involved in teaching addressed in this course include:

  • How to be an effective teacher
  • Use of voice, body language, touch
  • The art and science of sequencing
  • Learning how to see and understand bodies
  • The purpose and use of props: in personal practice and class setting
  • Hands on adjustments
  • Practice Teaching


students who complete the 200-hour teacher training program will:

  • Deepen their practice and understanding of yoga
  • Know how to structure and create a cohesive, well-rounded class
  • Acquire an understanding of yoga philosophy
  • Learning how to see and understand bodies
  • Become a member of the YogaWorks alumni association
  • Have the confidence and tools to begin teaching yoga

Students will also receive a diploma and Letter of Completion which they can use to register with Yoga Alliance at the RYT-200 level and share with prospective employers. Completion of this program will also qualify students for admission into YogaWorks’ 300-Hour Professional Program.

teacher training book list: required reading

  • Heart of Yoga by Desikachar
  • Yoga, Mind, Body & Spirit by Donna Farhi
  • Light On Yoga by B.K.S Iyengar
  • The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali by Sri Swami Satchidananda
  • The Concise Book of Muscles, by Chris Jarmey


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