200-Hour Foundational Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training

Directed by Patrick Harrington, RYT 200 and Lindsay Gonzalez, RYT-500 of Kindness Yoga

"If you can imagine it, you can achieve it. If you can dream it, you can become it."

William Arthur Ward

Are you a yoga student hoping to deepen your relationship to contemporary yoga practice? Do you want to lay a strong foundation for success as a yoga instructor? Are you inspired by both tradition and innovation?

You’re in the right place. Our 200-hour Foundational Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training is a powerful opportunity to delve deep into the art and science of yoga with our team of experienced teacher trainers. Taught in a non-authoritarian environment, this training guides you step-by-step through the process of discovering your own unique expression and style of instruction, supporting you as you come to know the teacher already within you. In this month-long yoga teacher training immersion, you will:

  • Deepen your yoga practice and discover how to continue developing your practice for lifelong learning;
  • Learn exceptional teaching skills and business practices that will support you as you begin a successful yoga teaching career and vocation;
  • Develop balanced and healthy lifestyle habits that you can continue upon returning home;
  • Learn community-building skills that will help you create a sangha (or sacred community) once at home, and establish lifelong friendships that will help you sustain your practice throughout a lifetime

In 200-hour Teacher Training we strive to help trainees express their individual gifts with grace and confidence. If you seek a training in which everything is boxed up and handed to you, this might not be the one you’re looking for. But if you want to learn fundamental skills that’ll help you delve into your own unique heart and then powerfully share what you discover, look no further.

You’ll practice and polish your poses, learn innovative and effective strategies for creating your own class themes and sequences, and become comfortable with demonstrations, hands-on assists, and the art of leadership. You’ll study alignment, anatomy, history, philosophy, breathwork and meditation. Our approach is more experiential than lecture-based, so you can expect plenty of discussion, peer feedback, and creative and fun drills that build confidence and the wisdom that only comes from direct experience.

A Diverse Vinyasa Foundation

During your 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training, you will practice - and learn to instruct - one of the most popular forms of yoga asana in the world: vinyasa (meaning “to place in a special way”). Vinyasa yoga features flowing movement, breath awareness, and deliberately sequencing poses in a way that is potent, intentional, and even transformational. Nosara Yoga Institute Director Patrick Harrington and his hand-picked faculty will guide you through the process of developing your own unique style, informed by broad studies with some of the world’s foremost teachers of vinyasa, alignment, and hot yoga traditions.

What Will I Experience During the 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training?

Asana Technique: At the heart of every yoga posture is the ability to stand on one’s own two feet. With this understanding, you'll study Mountain Pose (Tadasana) in-depth, covering both Eastern and Western alignment principles. Expanding upon this foundation, you'll explore a collection of the most important foundational postures that together comprise the full range of your body’s expression.

Teaching skills: From day one, you will directly experience the art and science of teaching yoga classes. You’ll develop clear and concise language skills, become an embodied performer, and learn to observe students and communicate what they need to hear in order to deepen their own experience.

Conscious communication: As a yoga educator and leader, you are modeling awareness in everything you say and do. By bringing consciousness into your self-expression and communication, you will gain the skillfulness required to partner with each of your students in their unique journey towards self-discovery.

Leadership: Your ability to affect change in the world depends upon your bravery, commitment, authenticity, and connection with something greater than yourself. You’ll learn to take the seat of the teacher in an inspired way that empowers others to do the same.

Meditation: NYI Director Patrick Harrington credits much of his focus and success - both worldly and in the spiritual realms - to the practices of meditation and visualization. You’ll dive into this magnificent practice with him and learn how to share it with others. As you develop through your personal meditation practice, you will be able to draw from your own inspiration to provide meditation experiences for your students.

Yoga philosophy: You will study the most important aspects of traditional yogic texts, particularly Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras and the Bhagavad Gita. Then you’ll dive into interpretations designed to create change and increase consciousness in our modern world, so that you become a light on what it means to be a yogi in the 21st century.

And much more! Our trainings provide space for the faculty to share the topics nearest and dearest to their hearts, making every training unique and special. Previous special topics and activities have included chanting, deep dives into breathwork and pranayama, the mythology of ancient India, and much more.