fundamentals of ashtanga & vinyasa yoga

This program is ideal if you are looking to deepen your yoga practice or begin the first step to becoming a yoga teacher. Our teachings are designed to provide you with the fundamental skills to begin a career as a successful yoga teacher.

Please see the Program Objectives for an overview of the areas of study and what you can expect to learn.

The Downward Dog 200-hour Teacher Training program is a Certified Yoga Alliance Program.


To receive the Yoga Alliance RYS-200 certification, you must complete 120 hours of in-class instuction, 10 hours of observing classes, and 70 hours of personal practice (38 led classes & 10 Mysore). You will also receive a philosophy essay assignment to be completed before the end of the program.

The Downward Dog Teacher 200-Hour Teacher Training program is accredited by the federal government.
Official tuition income tax receipts will be issued in February for all payments made in the previous calendar year.

Submit an application for RYS-200



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Program Objectives

The main objective of the 200-hour program is to learn to know ourselves better through self-inquiry, practice, and community (sangha). Practice is meeting ourselves on the mat, without pretense, expectation, or judgment, and cultivating curiosity, commitment, and compassion.



schedule & tuition

The program is divided into 2 modules, each one taken over a series of weekends.

Module 1

  • In-class instruction: 75 hours
  • Personal Practice: 25 hours (20 classes)
  • In-class Presentation (assigned prior to weekend 1)

Module 2

  • In-class instruction: 75 hours
  • Observation: 5 hours (4 classes)
  • Personal Practice: 25 hours (20 classes, 10 of which must be Mysore classes)
  • Philosophy Essay (assigned during Module 2)


Personal Practice

Continued study and development of one's own personal practice is key to becoming a teacher. A minimum of 60 hours of led classes and 10 hours of Mysore practice is required to complete the program. See our Class Schedule for class times.