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Overview | Module 1 | Module 2 | Curriculum | FAQ | Application


FALL 2018



The Washington Yoga Center 200-hour Yoga Alliance® Registered teacher training certification provides a strong foundation specifically designed to cultivate and hone your ability to teach yoga. Our 200 hr. curriculum is ready and updated for 2018, and ahead of many.  It focuses on nurturing development towards proper teaching techniques, grounded in deeper aspects of yoga.  More than your average 200 hour course (view our curriculum), we strive to teach beyond the standards of practicing yoga by combining with learning how to teach yoga to diverse groups. This program will provide an opportunity to get you started on your journey to the next level of practice. Learn to educate, empower and transform your community. Our teachers come from a broad background of styles representing lineages derived from the father of modern yoga teachers, Krishnamacharya. Our focus is on a vinyasa (flow) style of practice. Our curriculum will offer a gateway to advance towards our 300-hour certification training in 2019.

Our YTT leaders have 5,000+ teaching hours of experience, and registered with

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The Module System

We have divided our certification into 4 Modules so that you will be able to work around your schedule. If you want to just go deeper in your practice you can drop into the Module that relates to what you want to learn. You can take all four or just a couple of them. If you do complete all 4 and the required assignments you will receive your 200-hr certification. Teachers you can also use the Modules to attain CEC's. The great thing about this system is that if you miss a module, you can always make it up the next time it comes around.


Module 1


Embrace the Foundations to Teach Yoga

50 cec contact hrs / 50 hours towards full 200 hr YTC


This 50 hour certification module is a starting point toward becoming a yoga teacher or simply deepening your practice. Module 1 provides the tools to create inspiring vinyasa yoga classes grounded in proper alignment, techniques and philosophies. Through the art of breath and sequencing, you will learn how to accomplish meaningful in-depth modifications and variations, that will bring confidence to your teaching practice. You will be required to teach 2 community classes seva (free of charge), that will elevate the understanding of sharing what you love. Learn to create a life-long connection to yourself, your life, and a supportive community.


What you will learn:

  • 30 fundamental poses needed to teach an inclusive, well rounded, and safe yoga class to students of all ages, levels and experience
  • Sequencing, Kriya, and modifications for each pose to create a vinyasa sequence and flow yoga class format
  • Learn educational standards of Breath, Teaching methodology, Physiology, and Teaching Techniques, that are in line Yoga Alliance standards.



Dates & Times:

Dec 7-9 | Jan 6 | Jan 18-20 | Feb 15-17

Fri: 6:00-9:00 PM | Sat: 2:00-8:00 PM | Sun: 12:00-6:00 PM





Module 2

Innovative Teaching Methodology

43 cec contact teacher hours/ 43 hours towards 200 hr YTC


This module is designed to provide a deeper understanding of Module 1 foundational asanas by exploring deeper through creative teaching techniques.. Students learn to teach who is in front of them, discovering a way of practice for individual bodies. Explore how community building in a class structure, allows for personal growth. Learn how the use of props can transform to deepen the understanding of poses, that bring yoga into the practice. This module shares ways to bring yoga to every student, regardless of ability or background, as well as how to integrate different levels of ability into yoga classes to serve the needs of all.


What you learn:

  • Mastering foundational Module 1 poses
  • Learn how to explore a way of practice for individual bodies
  • How props can empower results
  • Learn the difference between lengthening and stretching
  • Teach who is in front of you by learning to exploring your community
  • Help your students transform , through “Sanga”- a teachers journey
  • Focus on asana shapes that bring yoga into the practice
  • Includes WYC asana Teaching Manual

Books required: Light on Yoga-Iyengar



Dates & Times:

Nov 16-18 | Nov 30-Dec 2 | Dec 14-16

Fri: 6:00-9:00 PM | Sat: 2:00-8:00 PM | Sun: 12:00-6:00 PM





WYC Mala Flow Vinyasa Curriculum

Teach what you love! Our 200-hour training fully prepares you to teach yoga with confidence and inspiration rooted in competence and your own deepening practice. We help you find your voice. This training also prepares those wanting to use this training to find a deeper understanding of yoga. Our comprehensive curriculum fully covers the fundamentals of yoga philosophy, teaching methods, specific techniques for working with a diverse array of students in all aspects of posture (asanas), breathing, and meditation practices, and myriad small matters that come into play in the art and science of teaching and practicing yoga. We begin with the question.

“What is yoga?”  We then fully explore the interwoven threads of a holistic and integrated practice and how best to share it with others.

  • Asana Technique & Teaching Methods: Here you will learn in detail each of 75 basic yoga poses, including their functional anatomy, alignment principles, energetic actions, risks, benefits, preparatory asanas, counterposes, variations, modifications, hands-on adjustments, and use of props. This part of the course covers the major families of asanas: Sun Salutations, Standing Poses, Backbends, Forward Bends, Twists, Arm Balances, Inversions, Core Refinement, and Hip Openers.

  • Practical Yoga History & Philosophy: An overview of the Bhagavad Gita, Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, early Tantric texts that inform the earliest development of physical yoga (postural) practices, Hatha Yoga Pradipika (the earliest text on postural yoga), and contemporary yoga philosophy. 

  • Practical Yoga Anatomy: A hands-on introduction to functional anatomy, bio-mechanics, and the kinesiology of movement as applied to the practice and guiding them in a meaningful, safe, and effective way. 

  • Planning & Sequencing Classes: The art and science of sequencing families of asanas and crafting entire classes, including for different levels of students, different intentions, seasons, styles and other considerations. Here we also cover pacing, duration, tempo, and style for different levels and intentions of classes. 

  • Teaching Pranayama: Basic and intermediate pranayama techniques, including how, when, and whom to teach basic yoga breathing (Ujjayi pranayama) and more intermediate pranayama techniques (including kapalabhati, bastrika, sitali, viloma, kumbhaka, and nadi shodhana). 

  • Subtle Energy & Anatomy: Awareness and activation of subtle energy, including how to cultivate bandhas and the relationship between pranayama, bandhas, and the elements of yogic anatomy, including koshas, chakras, nadis, vayus, gunas, and doshas. 

  • Meditation Practices: In demystifying meditation, we explore how to make meditation is simple, accessible, and sustainable. We explore several meditation techniques.
 This will lead us to the Mala Flow vinyasa principles.
  • The Art of Seeing & Relating: Learn to systematically observe, appreciate, and understand what is happening with different students in each of the 75 asanas, thereby developing the necessary skills for working individually with your students and giving appropriate verbal cues, hands-on adjustments, and use of props. 

  • Demonstrating & Cuing: We focus on when, where, and how to most effectively demonstrate yoga poses while giving the clearest, verbal and hands-on guidance to students. Qualities of voice, including language, tone, and audibility, are given close attention. 

  • Hands-On Adjustments:  We go deeply into the full range of hands-on adjustments, an essential skill for all yoga teachers. It begins with an in-depth consideration of the principles of tactile cues, and then looks at specific techniques for guiding students in over 50 poses. Here you will work with one another to learn, practice, and refine your ability to guide students.

  • Teaching Pre/Post-Natal Yoga:  Every public yoga teacher is a pre-natal yoga teacher if only because you will definitely have pregnant students in your yoga classes. Here we look closely at maternal anatomy and physiology, adaptation of the practice for each trimester of pregnancy, indications and contra-indications for various conditions, effective use props, emotional and psychological aspects of pre-natal experience, preparation for delivery, delivery, and post-partum reintegration through yoga.

  • Working with Student Injuries & Special Conditions:  Students come to classes with a variety of conditions, including acute and chronic injuries, disease, and other conditions that need to be considered in guiding their practice. We will consider several of the most common conditions: joint issues (ankles, knees, hips, sacro-iliac, spinal, shoulders, elbows, wrists), scoliosis, osteoporosis and students undergoing chemotherapy.

  • Making Yoga Meaningful:  Why do you do yoga? What are the core values at the heart of your practice? How can you best be true to your values while holding space to understand value in your classes? How might you best create space in class and provide guidance to students in making their yoga experience more meaningful towards fullness of their lives?

  • Class Observation: By observing experienced teachers in the act of leading live classes, you will further refine your insights into what different students are experiencing in their yoga practices, thereby expanding your own skills in leading classes. 

  • Practice Teaching: From the very beginning of this course, you will work with other participants to teach classes, starting with working one-on-one and gradually developing the confidence and skill to lead larger and larger classes. Each practice teaching session includes extensive feedback and discussion of teaching techniques and methods. 

  • Lifestyle & Ethics: How we live our lives off the mat, including personal yoga practice, nutrition, sleep, relations with family and friends, and being in community – all these are essential aspects of deepening our yoga and sharing it with dignity and integrity.

  • The Profession & Business of Yoga: This covers the role of the teacher, getting yourself established as a professional yoga teacher, and being successful in teaching yoga as your source of livelihood.



Prerequisite for this course:

Teach what you love! The idea of learning to teach yoga is enough. Having

 an understanding of a basic yoga practice is encouraged.

Requisite tools for this course:

Washington Yoga Center 200 YTT (yoga teacher training manual) included in the course

Purchased books required:

The Light on Yoga by B.K.S. Iyengar

Yoga Anatomy by Kaminoff Matthews

In Search of the Highest Truth by Hari-kirtana das




What Makes the 200 hour YTT at WYC stand out?

  • Learn in an intimate, safe, community oriented environment where mistakes are considered a path to learning.
  • Demystifying techniques learned when training with a community of senior teachers, with a working knowledge of at least 5,000 teaching hours and years of teaching experience.
  • Learn the difference between practicing yoga and learning how to teach yoga
  • Instead of a practice immersion, our curriculum is specifically designed to cultivate and hone your ability to teach yoga all types of bodies, and demographics. We go beyond the standards.
  • Learn to be a voice, not an echo.
  • Learn to be forgiving with patience.
  • Learn what you didn’t even know you didn’t know -- An opportunity to specialized with WYC’s advance 300-hour teacher training program

The BEST part about our 200 Hour Teacher Training is that there is a heavy emphasis on trainees practice teaching within each course session from day one! In addition, this course will cover effective teaching methods for leading groups as well as one-on-one sessions. You will actually  “assist” teaching even before you graduate, making use of hands on adjustments learned in the program. After graduation, we will offer new graduates the experience of teaching real community classes at our studio! How, amazing to be able to put teaching on your resume right away!

I’m not sure I want to teach. Is this training appropriate for me to deepen my practice?

Yes. These 12 weeks are an intense experience to teach what your love and deepen your own relationship to this practice. Many students are unsure when they enter if teaching is in their future. While we do spend a great deal of time practicing to teach and assist our fellow students, the inner journey of self awareness that is the practice of yoga can be life changing. In the process of helping others learn how to practice more effectively, it is amazing how much we learn about deepening our own practice. After the first weekend, you will be amazed with all you learn.

Is attendance for all sessions mandatory? What happens if I have to miss a class?

Yes, attendance is mandatory for all sessions. If you know in advance that you will need to miss a class, make-up assignments may be given if appropriate. Because so much information is given and built upon each day, any absence becomes disruptive to the learning process and the group. 

What happens if I can’t do all the advanced poses?

Yoga is so much more than “advanced asanas”. While this program is not suitable for beginners, your sincere desire to study and learn is the only prerequisite.

How do I receive my certification? And do I have to register with YA?

After successfully completing all requirements (100% attendance or make-up work, homework, reports, testing, assisting, and group classes) you will receive a Washington Yoga Teacher certificate of vinyasa yoga completion and become a CYT-200 (certified yoga teacher at the 200-hour level) which will allow you auditions to teach at The Washington Yoga Center or anywhere else in the world. Registering with Yoga Alliance®, while not mandatory, offers ways to publicize your certification, and your skills  internationally.

How do I find work after graduation? 

The Washington Yoga Center offers an opportunity for recent graduates to sign up and teach community classes. This allows new teachers to become more comfortable leading group classes. When you feel ready, you may be placed on the WYC teacher sub list, enabling your career to grow.

Besides our weekend schedule are there any outside requirements?

Yes. There is required reading, and books you must purchase for the course.  You will be asked to observe 10 classes and also assist another teacher trainees (by giving hands on adjustments) in 5 additional classes. The observations and assists can be done in any regularly scheduled group class. Homework is  given each along with a midterm and final test. Successful completion of all outside requirements is necessary to receive your certification. There will be a graduation ceremony on the final day of the course.

Are there any discounts on classes/workshops or boutique items for trainees?

Yes! You will receive unlimited classes at Washington Yoga Center for the duration of the program, if you choose to pay for the program in full. You also will receive special discounts on classes/workshops and boutique items from the time your tuition is paid in full. Please ask the desk staff for further details.

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