200-Hour Yoga Teacher Certifications (RYT200)
We have three formats available: Weekend, Midweek and Summer Intensive (details on the bottom of this page).
The next 200-hour Weekend Training starts October 26th! The next Midweek Training starts in February 12, 2020 and the next Summer Intensive Training starts in June 2020.
The Yoga Synthesis Teacher Training gives a comprehensive view of the major yoga styles and methods. Particular focus is put on Classical Hatha, Krishnamacharya Yoga, Iyengar Yoga, and Ashtanga Vinyasa. Special presentations on Yin Yoga, Kundalini Yoga, Partner Yoga and Thai Yoga bodywork are given. Forms are compared and discussed to facilitate a broader understanding of the whole while continually emphasizing the core principles and commonalities. The practical aspects of teaching such as risk management, alignment and appropriate postural assists are combined with foundational theory in yoga philosophy and Ayurveda.
Participants are encouraged to dive wholeheartedly into their own practice, practice teaching and class observations in order to further their own development in yoga, and to gain practical insight into teaching technique, methodology and style. Each training session includes theory, postural practice, breathing practice, meditation, relaxation, discussion and teaching practicum. Main presentations and classes are taught by Raji Thron, with assistance from Yoga Synthesis Staff Teachers and graduates. Special presentations and programs are taught intermittently by our adjunct faculty to enhance and deepen the learning experience.
Yoga Alliance Registered
Yoga Alliance is the regulating organization for Yoga teachers and programs, which sets standards for teacher training programs worldwide. The Yoga Synthesis Teacher Training is approved and registered with Yoga Alliance and exceeds the minimum Yoga Alliance requirement of 200 hours. Upon completion of all requirements, trainees receive a Certificate which can be submitted to Yoga Alliance for registration.
What Participants Will Learn
Yoga practices of various traditions: postural, breathing, meditation and relaxation.
Yoga philosophy, psychology, Ayurveda and yogic health practices.
Teaching methodology, ethics, technique and style.
Anatomy and physiology related to yoga practices.
The practice and teaching of core curriculum of yoga postures, alignment, variations, modifications and sequencing.
The practice and teaching of core curriculum of breathing techniques, breath sequencing and meditation.
Essential Sanskrit terms and mantras commonly associated with yogic practices and yoga philosophy.
Candidates for admission into the Yoga Synthesis Teachers Training are required to have a minimum of 1 and a half years of current, consistent Yoga practice experience and a basic understanding of yogic principles. To insure the integrity of the learning experience, all candidates must receive prior approval of the instructor.
In order to receive a Certification, participants must complete the following requirements:
Attend each training session in its entirety (except in the event of illness or emergency situations).
Complete all required reading assignments.
Submit written homework.
Commit to a self-guided home practice (specifics described during training).
Organize and teach 2 classes each month to a small informal group of friends or family.
Attend 3 Yoga Synthesis public classes and 1 class in each yoga style being studied (specifics described during training)
Complete 4 class assists with Yoga Synthesis staff teachers or other qualified teachers.
Pass all written and practical tests.
The following yoga props should be obtained by each participant to ensure that propping techniques can be practiced at home. Yoga mat, 9-foot quick release Yoga strap, 2 - 4" Yoga blocks and 2 Mexican cotton blankets, 60”x 80”.
It is highly recommended that participants complete all pre-training reading requirements before the start of the program.
Yoga Sutras of Patanjali by Mukunda Stiles or other author (pre-training reading requirement)
Anusara Yoga by Doug Keller (pre-training reading requirement) (PDF available here)
The Shambhala Guide to Yoga by Georg Feuerstein (pre-training reading requirement)
Ayurveda: The Science of Self-Healing by Vasant Lad
Yoga: The Spirit and Practice of Moving Into Stillness by Erich Schiffmann
Ashtanga Yoga, “The Practice Manual” by David Swenson
Yoga, The Iyengar Way by Silva, Mira & Shyam Mehta
Yoga for Wellness by Gary Kraftsow
Anatomy and Asana by Susie Hately
The Yoga Anatomy Coloring Book by Kelly Solloway
Special Offers to Enrolled Trainees
Discounted class packages*
$9 drop-in class rate
$75 monthly unlimited class package
$500 for TT unlimited class package
20% off Yoga Synthesis workshops*
20% off retail products* (from the Yoga Synthesis shop)
*All discounts apply only to trainees and only for the duration of the training.
Tuition and Registration
Full tuition is $3,500. (Current preregistration discount offer: $3000 with a deposit by October 15th and paid in full before October 26th!) A $500 deposit is required to secure applicant’s place in the training. Payment in full prior to the beginning of the training is necessary to keep the early registration discount. Payment plans are available, based on the full price of the training with no more than 4 payments to be paid in full by the end of the training.
An application may be obtained at the Yoga Synthesis studio (201-818-9642) or click here for an online application. Completed applications can be sent to: Yoga Synthesis, 151 E Main St, Ramsey, NJ 07446. Once the application is received, the applicant will be contacted to schedule a personal interview with the instructor.
Withdrawal refund prior to start date, $400. Thereafter, refunds are determined on an individual basis, depending upon time spent in the training, cost of training materials, etc. The Yoga Synthesis Teachers’ Training Manual and Manual Supplement are the property of Yoga Synthesis, and must be returned to Yoga Synthesis upon withdrawal from the program
Formats for 200-Hour Teacher Training
(Choose the format that best suits your schedule)
2019 Weekend Course Time:
Saturdays and Sundays from 11:30 am to 7:00 pm
2019-2020 Training Dates:
Section 1: October 26, 27
Section 2: November 16, 17
Section 3: December 14, 15
Section 4: January 18, 19
Section 5: February 15, 16
Section 6: March 14, 15
Section 7: April 4, 5
Section 8: April 25, 26
2020 Training Dates:
Training begins February 12, 2020
Section 1: February 12 to June 10.
Section 2: September 9 to November 18.
2020 Midweek Course Time:
Wednesdays from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Yoga Synthesis, Chestnut Ridge, NY.
2019 Summer Course Time:
The summer teacher training is a set of four 5-day intensives with a weekend in September to conclude. Summer times are Monday through Friday, 11:15 am to 5:15 pm in Ramsey.
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For information on any of our Teacher Trainings please call 201-818-9642 or email email@example.com