200 Hour Teacher Training Course Syllabus


Upon completion of this yoga teacher training you will have achieved the necessary requirements for 200 hour yoga certification through Yoga Alliance.

  1. Techniques, Training and Practice: 100 hours

We will practice yoga in all its forms.

  • asana (many styles and formats)
  • pranayama
  • chanting and mantra
  • meditation
  • writing, listening, and connection
  1. Teaching Methodology: 25 hours
  • Communication skills such as group dynamics, time management, and the establishment of priorities and boundaries
  • How to address the specific needs of individuals and special populations, to the degree possible in a group setting
  • Principles of demonstration, observation, assisting and correcting
  • Qualities of a teacher
  • Business aspects of teaching yoga
  1. The Anatomy of Yoga: 20 hours
  • The River Alignment
  • Human physical anatomy and physiology (bodily systems, organs, etc.)
  • Benefits, contraindications, and healthy movement patterns for yogis
  • Body reading from the ground up to increase safety and effective cueing
  1. Yoga Philosophy, Lifestyle and Ethics for Yoga Teachers: 30 hours
  • The study of yoga philosophies and traditional texts, such as The Bhagavad Gita
  • The study of contemporary texts that apply to yoga, such as The Alchemist and Siddhartha
  • Study of the 8 limbs of yoga
  • Ethics for yoga teachers, such as those involving teacher – student relationships and community
  • Understanding of Ayurveda, Chakras, and Subtle Body Energy as it relates to power vinyasa yoga
  1. Practicum: 10 hours
  • Each Wednesday evening we will spend one hour practice teaching with our peers, receiving feedback, and adding to our teaching skills.
  1. Elective Hours- Personal Development and Service Work: 15 hours
  • As a group we will take a good look at ourselves, as humans, yogis, and leaders. This work will require deep introspection and will provide growth and healing for all. Together we will let go of old stories and take on new ways of being.
  • Service work is a large part of what make a “River Yoga Teacher.” We do this work not for ourselves, but for others. During the training, we will work to create positive change in small and large ways through community outreach.