RYT 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training Programs

Become a Yoga Instructor

Our Yoga Alliance certified 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training Program will give you the confidence and experience you need to start sharing your love of yoga with others. Our world-renowned instructors will help you find your voice as you deepen your practice and expand your knowledge of yoga.

You can accomplish anything you put your mind to, so what are you waiting for? Don’t let fear, stress or anxiety hold you back from becoming the yoga instructor you’re meant to be!

Benefits of 200-Hour Teacher Training

Grow Your Confidence

Our world-renowned instructors will give you the tools you need to find your unique voice, be present in the moment, and build your confidence as a yoga instructor.

Advance Your Career

Transform your passion into a lifelong career, or translate the skills you develop during yoga teacher training to enhance your current position.

Deepen Your Knowledge

Through the RYT200 programs, you’ll learn everything you need to know about being an instructor — from anatomy and alignment to the history and business of yoga.

Earn Your Certificate

All of our teacher-training programs are Yoga Alliance certified, giving you the confidence and the credentials to teach yoga virtually anywhere.

Expand Your Practice

Our 200-Hour Teacher Training curriculum will transform your mind, body, and spirit with a deeper understanding of yoga and how to enhance your own practice.

“Yoga was the medicine I didn’t know I needed… Now I can’t live without it.”

Jessamyn Stanley, 200-Hour AYC Graduate

Curriculum

200-Hour Courses

8 Weekend Classes

8-Weekend YTT Summer 2022

In-Person

AYC Teacher Training Staff

Begins August 26, 2022

Friday: 5:00pm-9:00pm

Saturday: 8:00am-12:00pm &  1:00pm-5:00pm

Sunday: 8:00am-12:00pm & 1:00pm-5:00pm

Approximately 24 hours total of recorded content will be mandatory outside of regular class times.

4 Week Immersion

4 Week Immersion October 2022​

In-Person

AYC Teacher Training Staff

October 10 – November 4, 2022

Monday-Friday

8:00am-12:00pm and 1:00pm-5:00pm

Approximately 24 hours total of recorded content will be mandatory outside of regular class times.

Resources

Have questions or concerns about what to expect from our 200-Hour yoga teacher training program? We’ve gathered different resources to help negate any fears you may be facing about registering.

Beginning Your 200-Hour Journey

Have you been thinking about yoga teacher training, but you’re not sure if you’re ready to take the next step? Don’t worry, you’re not alone! Yoga teacher training is a big time commitment, so you want to make sure you’re wholly prepared for it before you decide to dive into this intensive training.

Are You Ready to Start Your Journey?

So you’re considering enrolling in a yoga teacher training program. Congratulations, and welcome to the first step of what’s going to be an incredible journey!

We have developed a handy guide to help you answer the most frequently asked questions we hear related to teacher training. Our Guide to Teacher Training Programs will help answer your questions and concerns!

What Scares You About Enrolling?

Enrolling in a teacher training program is exciting but, it’s not uncommon to have fears about the experience. Most people who begin their journey towards their 200 RYT yoga certification have a list of fears and assumptions about what teacher training will be like.

AYC Instructor Rosie Mulford gives you a testimony of her experience tackling common fears of a 200TT program.

200-Hour Teacher Training FAQ

Overview

Both programs have the exact same curriculum and staffing. The main difference is the pace of study. Some people prefer to learn while fully immersed in yoga, and others prefer to digest the information a little at a time, over the course of nine weekends in six months.

Our 4-Week Immersion is an intense experience of living, breathing, sweating, and dreaming yoga! This dynamic program works well for those who like to focus on one thing at a time or whose schedule allows them to devote four full weeks to the study of yoga. There is time after the training is finished to complete homework assignments.

Our 8-Weekend Program moves at slower pace, with time to absorb, assimilate, and bring insights from the classroom into your daily life between sessions, which is then followed by regrouping together during training weekends for problem solving, Q&A, and continuing our journey of yoga. This program works well for those who need to keep regularity in their daily working and family lives while going through the training program. All homework is due by the end of this program.

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We offer our students a taste of many lineages in all of our programs. We consider them to be a non-biased, well-rounded, and eclectic yoga education. Our staff is certified in a variety of yoga schools including Vinyasa, Iyengar, Ashtanga, Anusara, Jivamukti, and Viniyoga, among others. By presenting different lineages of yoga, our hope is that students realize that many paths lead to the same goal, and can then decide what resonates most with them. Our educational goal is to help release the student of their conditioned educational expectations. We are not here to indoctrinate our students. This is a noncompetitive, open-hearted educational environment with an emphasis on personal growth, taught by exceptional leaders in the yoga field.

You must have at least six months of practice taking yoga classes from a live teacher in a classroom setting (no recorded or streamed classes). The experience in a live classroom setting is invaluable in preparing you to become a classroom teacher yourself. We don’t ask that you are super experienced, but just enough to understand how the classroom environment works. Some students have only six months of experience when they start the program, and some students have 20 years of teaching experience under their belt. We start with the basics and address so many layers of yoga that all needs are met, and our students will walk out with the confidence to teach yoga classes to the public.

  1. You have a desire to deepen your yoga practice and broaden your understanding of yoga philosophy.
  2. You’re ready to open your heart and learn all you need to know to become a yoga teacher.
  3. You’ve been practicing yoga consistently in a classroom for at least 6 months.
  4. You are 18 or older.
  5. Register and select the immersion or 8 weekend program you are interested in attending.

We try to make it as simple as possible. After reading this FAQ list, if you still have questions you can contact our program director. Then, when confident, fill out the registration online, pay the full tuition amount, and that’s it! You will receive an immediate email of payment confirmation. After we have received your registration and enrollment fee, then a welcome packet will be provided via email within 10 business days.

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Yes, many of us will experience a change of heart regarding why we came to yoga originally. Repeating a program and refreshing your knowledge with us can help support you to more deeply understand your full potential. You will receive a 40% discount off the currently advertised tuition if you repeat either training program, regardless of which program you attended the first time around. Signing up is super easy: register online, make a note on your application that you are eligible for the 40% refresher discount, reserve your space with a registration and enrollment fee, and you’re in! If you are already a Yoga Alliance certified teacher then you won’t have to do all the homework! Please email us with questions.

Financial Information

Partial scholarships may be available for each session depending upon enrollment. Please visit our Scholarships page for more information. 

Unfortunately, we do not offer work study for teacher trainings.

200-Hour TT Graduation, Homework & Yoga Alliance

Yoga Alliance is the largest nonprofit association representing the yoga community. Their mission is to promote and support the integrity and diversity of the teaching of yoga. Visit www.yogaalliance.org for more information. Upon completion of the program, which entails having 100% participation, completing all homework, and attending to all financial obligations, you will receive the appropriate paperwork to apply with Yoga Alliance after graduation.

Here are our hours as they are registered with Yoga Alliance:

  • Yoga techniques: 100 hours
  • Yoga teaching methodology: 20 hours
  • Anatomy/physiology: 20 hours
  • Yoga philosophy, ethics, and lifestyle: 20 hours
  • Yoga teaching practicum: 10 hours
  • Electives/homework/student teaching: 60 hours

Find more information on our Yoga Alliance page or on their website.

Yes! It will be helpful to have read, skimmed, or peruse several of the required readings. In addition, you will need to complete two different types of yoga classes and evaluate using the “Evaluation Form” which will be submitted through TalentLMS. You will also be asked to complete one additional assignment and details will be provided in your welcome email.

Yes, in addition to the required reading (see next question), there will be written assignments, evaluations, class observations, a daily practice journal, and student teaching assignments to be completed throughout the program. All homework details will be clearly explained during the first day of your training, but please understand that you will need to dedicate time outside of class hours to these assignments.

The following books will be actively referred to throughout the training, so it will be helpful to familiarize yourselves with them before the training starts. Please bring them with you every day of the training.

  • The Heart of Yoga by Desikichar
  • The Bhagavad Gita, Stephen Mitchell translation
  • The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali by Swami Satchitananda
  • The Yoga Handbook by Stephanie Keach
  • Light on Yoga by BKS Iyengar

The following texts are recommended. They will not be actively referred to, but they will be helpful as supplemental texts.

  • Yoga: The Spirit and Practice of Moving into Stillness by Erich Schiffman
  • Back Care Basics by Mary Pullig Schatz, M.D.
  • Yoga Anatomy by Leslie Kaminoff
  • The Breathing Book by Donna Farhi
  • The Miracle of Mindfulness by Thich Nhat Hanh

If your dream is to teach, we believe there are opportunities out there for you! Many students find teaching prospects even before they complete either of our teacher training programs. Others search awhile before finding a good fit. Our caring staff will help brainstorm creative ideas with you during the program itself, discussing resumes, auditions, and private sessions. Asheville Yoga Center graduates teach everywhere from yoga centers, hospitals, schools, and churches to private businesses and homes.

No, unfortunately it is a closed event.

Not yet. Upon graduation day, Asheville Yoga Center will provide you with an Asheville Yoga Center Teaching Certificate (provided all homework and finances are completed). Then you will upload your AYC certificate to Yoga Alliance’s website and pay a membership fee to obtain your YA certification. We discuss Yoga Alliance (business and teaching as well) in an in-depth manner during the program so that you will be completely prepared to understand the process.

200-Hour Demographics & General Information

We have graduated over three thousand 18–73 year olds! The minimum age requirement is 18, and there is no maximum limit, as yoga is not influenced by age, gender, or religion. Regardless of your age and even past yoga experience, we start off covering the basics of alignment and anatomy so we can build off a solid foundation with sequencing and adjustments.

Trainings will have anywhere from 10 to 40 students in them. Many of our programs fill up, so don’t wait too long to enroll! If you are wanting to be in a smaller group, let us know, we can direct you to the programs that we feel will best suit your needs.

Yes, of course! Many of our students enroll in Asheville Yoga Center’s 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training Programs unsure of whether or not they will teach. There are countless ways to “teach” yoga. Numerous graduates go on to teach yoga classes, and others go on to teach one-on-one yoga sessions with individual students. All of our graduates go on to transform the world by shining their bright yoga lights in new ways.

This is a program in which you are required to participate in every session. A 100% attendance policy is strictly enforced. You are strongly urged not to register for a teacher training program knowing that you will need to miss any time. We begin on time. If you have three tardy arrivals or leave class early you may be suspended from the program, so please plan to log in promptly and stay for the full session.

It is important that you attend all sessions, so let us know as soon as possible if you cannot attend every session. Please note that there are transfer and cancellation fees. You will be required to have a daily practice five days a week (journal guidelines will be provided). The daily practice cannot be recorded before the start date of the program, but feel free to start a daily practice now. This must be completed during your training.

During your program, you will have additional reading assignments, writing assignments (papers from one to five pages long), class evaluations, quizzes, and one written exam. If you are not able to or choose not to finish your homework assignments during the program, you have 90 days to complete them.

You are more than welcome to register and enroll, but we do not recommend it. Whether or not you are new to yoga, this may not be the best time to dive into something as momentous as motherhood and a yoga teacher training program all at once. Yoga training requires many demands of your body, and so does pregnancy. To do both can be very stressful, and optimally, the baby grows without mama’s stress. We recommend revisiting the possibility once your baby is born and you are feeling the support to be away from family. Remember, growing a life inside of you is such a miraculous and precious experience, and our yoga teacher training program does completely different miraculous and precious things to your body as well. If you do enroll, please consider the timing of your delivery, as you will be held to the same attendance standards as students who are not pregnant.

Please email our Program Advisor to discuss. Thanks!

We suggest that you let your instructor(s) know about your observances so that you will not be asked to do anything in direct conflict with your beliefs. Please email us with any questions.

During our winter Immersions, (December, January, February and March), the two days off listed in the training schedule details need to remain open and you need to remain available for make ups on those days, in case of inclement weather. This means sometimes our regular class session is cancelled due to snow or ice, and we need to make it up on our day(s) off.

During our nine weekend trainings, if there are weekends scheduled over December, January, February or March, there may be a chance of cancellation. For this training, we have a built in a backup weekend for such an event. Please keep it free.