200-Hour Basic Yoga Certification
Pranakriya Yoga is one of the most solidly grounded, transformational and logically structured yoga teacher trainings in the country. Our program trains practitioners who have a love for yoga born out of practice and experience. Our goal is to skillfully encourage personal reflection regarding physical, mental and emotional aspects inherent in each pose, pranayama and meditation, helping students recognize that what is discovered on the mat can be used in everyday living.
Our Directors are compassionate and reassuring, asking teachers-in-training to play with the edges of their comfort zones so they can feel fully alive. Once they discover this aliveness, they in turn can share it with others.
Upcoming 200 Hour Teacher Trainings
Our program is steeped in the Tantric Hatha Yoga Philosophy but is also created from adult learning models. We thread together asana, anatomy, pranayama, meditation, philosophy, relaxation, observation and hands-on assisting as well as reading and working with groups and individuals.
The training is taught in nine, intensive weekends and class size is limited to 24 students. This format supports students having time to integrate the material, complete homework and prepare for assigned practice-teach sessions.
In the first half of the program, students will learn effective methodologies for teaching postures, pranayamas and centerings. Students will also learn about the history and philosophy of the Tantra Hatha Yoga tradition.
In the second half of the program, students will learn to design and lead three kinds of classes: a vinyasa workout class, a meditative posture class, and a gentle stretch class. Our graduates have a deep understanding of the teachings of yoga and will be prepared to teach in a variety of settings including yoga studios and gyms.
You must meet the following requirements to take our program:
- At least two years of yoga practice (at least six months of classes with a certified instructor).
- The ability to demonstrate an experiential understanding of yoga practice and its benefits.
The Pranakriya Basic 200-hour YTT is registered with the Yoga Alliance and meets or exceeds all its requirements for 200-hour teacher training programs.
The Pranakriya 200 hour yoga teacher training was incredibly professional, in-depth and life altering instruction that left me feeling incredibly prepared to begin teaching yoga long before the program was completed and began a monumental personal shift in perspective and awareness within me as an individual as well as a yoga teacher. I am so thrilled at the depth of transformation I personally experienced as well as that which I witnessed in my classmates.
“When I decided to commit to YTT, I didn’t see myself teaching. I just wanted a deeper practice: what I got in return was so much more. An awakening within, a renewed sense of belonging, a strong confidence to teach and a broad yet flexible training that I could apply anywhere and with various populations. What I know for sure is not all YTT’s are the same. I am glad that I studied with Pranakriya. As I’ve ventured out into the world to instruct those with sleep issues as well as military service members, veterans and their families, I know that I had one of the best yoga trainings around. It has definitely prepared me to work with specialized populations in a way that I didn’t see coming!”
Going through the Pranakriya School of Yoga teacher-training program was one of the best things I have ever done for myself. It was life changing. It got me out of a very stuck place and opened up my world. The teachers were incredibly wise and gracious and created a well organized and comprehensive program. I still marvel at their skillful leadership and generous hearts. How they managed to teach the postures, instill in us and develop our teaching abilities and keep it all so heart-centered is truly a gift.
“After completing the 200 hour teacher training program, I felt confident that I could walk into a class and lead students through a safe and supported practice. Being able to practice teaching during the training was a wonderful way to begin to feel comfortable in the teacher role and it gave me the opportunity to observe different people and body types move through the postures. We learned to teach three distinct types of classes, almost assuring that we would be prepared to lead several types of classes upon completion of the program. Because of the thorough training, I was able to secure teaching jobs at local studios and put my skills to use immediately following graduation. If I had to do it all over again, I would still choose this training.”
“During Pranakriya YTT I learned how to teach poses, not just perform them. The Pranakriya methodology instilled in me the confidence to lead classes that range from gentle to vigorous through the numerous practice teaching opportunities. Yet as much as I gained knowledge of the postures, I also discovered so much more about myself as a yoga practitioner on and off the mat. I changed both physically and spiritually, and will always be grateful for the connection to the Pranakriya lineage.” – Stacy
“I came to the Pranakriya 200 hour training with the intention of teaching yoga. Not only did I land my first teaching job within a month of graduation – but the most important gift from the training was what I gained on the inside. The Pranakriya teachers and community treated me with loving kindness and compassion. This community helped me to find parts of myself that I never knew existed – and an incredible light within myself that I had been unconsciously hiding for much of my life. The training was extremely organized, and extremely thorough for potential teachers. Not only did I leave feeling prepared to lead a class – but I left feeling lighter in my soul. I continue to be grateful on a daily basis for the life I have as a yoga teacher – and grateful for my Pranakriya roots.”
“I used to think of all the previous trainings I passed up as missed opportunities, but I am so grateful that I embarked on the training I did with Pranakriya – a school that holds the ancient practice of yoga with such dignity in a world full of commercialization and yoga trends, and trains its teachers so thoroughly and with such care.
I was expecting to learn asana and how to sequence. I was expecting to learn some things I didn’t know about philosophy and anatomy, but the parts of this training that touched me most deeply are the ones I never saw coming. I never expected 16 strangers with vastly different personalities to come together and create a space of such trust and safety that we could (in addition to our successes) be exquisitely vulnerable, fail brilliantly, and (literally) dance with complete inhibition.
While I expected to learn more about myself as a byproduct of “doing a lot of yoga,” I never expected that learning to be so actively cultivated by my teachers, and such an integral part of the process. I never expected to find such support and encouragement after I found out I was pregnant in the second month of training. I never expected to feel like I was succeeding the whole time.
Most importantly, I never expected to walk out of my graduation, with a tiny Ganesh, a very special chickpea, and a 200-hour certification in hand, feeling such deep gratitude, connection, and confidence – feeling both fully prepared and completely worthy to take my spot at the front of the room, ready to teach.”
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Alabama • California • Connecticut • Florida • Georgia • Illinois • Maryland • Massachusetts • New Mexico • Pennsylvania • South Carolina
The Pranakriya School of Yoga Healing Arts is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to teaching the ancient and contemporary practices of yoga to enhance the lives of individuals.