Create Therapeutic Transformation for Yourself and Others

200 Hour Online Yoga Teacher Training Certification Program

REGISTER with Yoga Alliance as an RYT-200

Upcoming Cohort Start Dates: September 1 | October 15, 2024 | February 1, 2025

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Gain indepth skills to explore Yoga as a vehicle for vibrant health, self transformation and personal empowerment.

Our curriculum includes a unique blend of alignment based vinyasa flow, a solid foundation in Hatha Yoga and 200 hours of instruction offered within a therapeutic framework.

Therapeutic Approach

Our Therapeutic perspective explores Yoga as a vehicle for vibrant health, personal empowerment and total well being. We combine modern day biomechanics and research driven science with ancient teachings. You will leave with an understanding of anatomy, alignment and modifications to keep your body safe for a lifetime of practice.

Personal Transformation

Our non-dogmatic approach explores Yoga philosophy as a practice of radical self-love uncovering perspectives that encourage body positivity, unconditional acceptance, personal empowerment and true mind-body-spirit health and wellness. Switch your view to see yourself and others from “eyes of love” and help the world heal one mindful breath at a time.

Learn to Teach with Safety, Skill and Confidence

Step confidently into the role of the teacher and share this powerful practice and help others. Not ready to teach? No problem. This course is a great immersion into yoga for those who wish to deepen their own practice. Already teaching?  This course will significantly build your repertoire and boost your confidence.

"I would like to start by just saying, ‚ÄúWOW!‚ÄĚ. There is so much content here that I look forward to going back again and again to learn and refresh. The teachers have such wisdom with yoga and anatomy. It was so great to have experienced and well-rounded instructors give instruction in a way that was not over my head nor was it too simple. In my personal practice, I was able to gain a deeper understanding of how certain things felt in my own body. The verbal and physical cues taught are clear and concise which helped me with my language while teaching and made the anatomy something much easier to comprehend. The live calls were great, and most of all I really enjoyed all the video content. Learning in person is incredible, but there is something so reassuring and worth while about being able to revisit the nuggets of knowledge over, and over again. I would recommend this program to others in a heartbeat. I have already told a bunch of people what I was doing and they were all really intrigued! Thank you again Soma Yoga Institute! This course has been 1000% worth the time and investment.""

Crystal Faron, 200 Hour YTT Graduate

Mind-Body Health & Healing

Soma Yoga Institute training is a comprehensive and holistic journey into yoga for mind-body health and healing. Our world-class faculty is comprised of master level Yoga teachers, Certified C-IAYT Yoga Therapists and those who have been teaching for over 20 years. We have trained thousands of people just like you to overcome their struggles with health, wellness, disconnection to themselves and others, and experience the transformation that therapeutic yoga offers. You will be transformed and ready to teach others on their Yoga journey. 

Interactive Online Learning & Lifetime Access

Join us for life-changing, exciting, and accessible content with affordable, flexible, and self-paced delivery.

The program is totally flexible and designed so you can work at your own pace in a way that is harmonious with a yogic lifestyle (rather than rushing to meet deadlines that are not meaningful to you).

Recommended completion guidelines are established so you may complete the program in 8 weeks, 12 weeks, 16 weeks, 6 months, or 8 months.  

No more flipping through old textbooks or rushing to take notes.  All of your content and your teachers are there for you - just a click away.


Personalized Teacher Contact & Uplifting Community

Yes, we meet the NEW Yoga Alliance requirements of 30 hour of Live Zoom Calls. Our weekly LIVE calls, interactive group platform, and as-needed one-to-one support via text, phone or zoom creates a personalized approach to on-line learning.

Joining a conscious loving community of support improves completion rates.  Getting to know like-minded yogis just like you keeps you motivated, engaged and connected.

Choose the call time that works in your schedule.  To meet the Yoga Alliance requirement 30 hours of live group calls are required, make-up hours are offered if needed. 

Calls are scheduled in 12-week sessions of 2.5 hours each call or 6- immersive days of 5 hours each every other weekend. Calls are dynamic and interactive. We have times for EVERY time zone. See Q & A below for specific date and time details.

"If you are looking for a high quality teacher training, this is the one!"

Scott Cohen, 200 Hour YTT Graduate


Are you wondering if this 200-hour YTT is the right course for you?

Join the Director of Soma Yoga Institute for a 15-minute information video to learn more about our therapeutic approach to yoga and take a tour inside the course.

We understand that choosing a yoga teacher training program is a challenging task.   This video will help you decide if this one is the right fit for you.

Please join us.

Get your 15 minute information video access here & receive 35% off the program tuition (Limited Time Only)

What You Will Learn

Asana Techniques

Pose Study with Adaptations for ALL BODIES (includes standing poses, hip openers, forward bends, twists, backbends, inversions, and supine)

Bio-mechanically Sound & Anatomy Informed Alignment

Art of Vinyasa & Flow Yoga

Adapting for Injuries and Common Conditions

Yin Yoga and the Biomechanics of Stretching

Art of Teaching

Intentional Sequencing

Adapting Classes for Special Populations

Finding your Unique Voice

Teaching Beginners, Seniors, Level ½ Flow, Restorative, and Focused Therapeutic Classes

Practice Teaching with Feedback from your Mentor

Yoga as a Path for Holistic Health & Radical Wellbeing

Therapeutic Frameworks

Energy Body Anatomy

Exploration of the Chakras

Pancha Maya Kosha Model for Holistic Wellbeing

Applied Ayurveda

Pranayama & Meditation

We will help you establish a consistent practice of meditation and teach you wonderful breath practices specifically crafted to increase vitality and wellbeing. We have helped 100s of students who say they “can’t meditate” as well as those who report feeling “short of breath” when instructed to breathe in certain ways. We will help you adapt your approach, learn a variety of techniques, transform your inner dialog and establish your commitment to these transformative practices with ease and success.  

Experiential Anatomy & Fascia Exploration

Explore anatomy and biomechanics specifically relevant to the yoga practitioner and teacher. We know that you would like to avoid injury in your classroom, provide effective modifications and address common musculoskeletal issues with confidence and tact.  The mindfullness we create in our practice is a perfect opportunity to build our understanding of the amazing human form and learn how to keep the joints safe, avoid repetitive strain injuries, and teach with informed perspective. Learn to help your students access poses with self-assurance and skill.

Yoga History, Philosophy & Mythology

Dive deep into the transformational and time tested philosophy of Yoga. The philosophy provides a road map that will help you build mindful awareness, elevate your perspectives, create radical shifts in your life, connect to the deeper aspect of yourself, and find more lived moments when you feel truly and wholly well. We will dive deep into Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, yoga history and explore Yoga Mythology through story as a way to gain insight into the human condition.

Restorative Yoga & Yoga Nidra

Increased levels of cortisol have been shown to be a leading cause of chronic conditions. Worry, fear, stress and anxiety are common challenges many of us face. Learn practices of Yoga that down-regulate your nervous system and restore your whole being into a state of wellbeing and homeostasis.

Current Research

We unite the findings from NEW evidence-based research with the ancient wisdom of yoga. Get educated on the true benefits of yoga. Make a real impact in your community and offer classes that help improve health for a lifetime of wellbeing.  Stand out as an informed instructor and help your clients motivate to improve their wellbeing.

Business of Yoga

From your big vision to the tiny details, we will impart the inspiration and essential skills to get you started making money as a yoga teacher.  In this course you will gain invaluable tools, insights, and strategies to launch your career, generate students, get you out there teaching yoga, creating online content, and following your dreams.

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Study with World's Leading C-IAYT Yoga Therapists and Senior Teachers

Soma Yoga Institute has a word class faculty team steeped in the traditions of Yoga.  Their excellence has been cultivated through decades of enduring dedication to their own practice and in-depth study, often in a variety of lineages.  Many of our faculty members are C-IAYT certified Yoga Therapists and recognized as “senior teachers”, having over twenty years of solid teaching experience combined with their long-term adhikara (studentship).  Each faculty holds a role in their home community as an innovator and influencer, inspiring radical change through Yoga and playing a profound role in the holistic wellness movement.  As a collective vision, we offer you an unparalleled opportunity to deepen your own practice, connect into your innermost divine nature, develop your professional credentials and teach from a place of authenticity.

Faculty Members for the 200 Hour YTT online include:

  • Liz Heffernan, C-IAYT, E-RYT 500
  • Peggy Profant, E-RYT 500
  • Samantha Akers, C-IAYT, E-RYT 500
  • Molly Masaoka, E-RYT 500
Learn More About Our Faculty

Frequently Asked Questions

Absolutely not.  We offer an adaptive approach that will empower you to listen to your body, explore the various pose options and make an informed choice about what is healthy for you.  There is absolutely no requirement for physical proficiency.

Absolutely yes!  The only requirement for enrollment is a deep love of yoga and a a desire to learn more.  Many students attend this program to deepen their own practice and access the profound benefits that yoga offers personally.  Others join because they know that they want to teach.  We also have yoga teachers join who have already completed a yoga teacher training program as they know they want more information and training to help their students in the best possible way.  

We have a new cohort of students beginning on:

September 1, October 15, February 1 March 15, and June 15 every year. Just let us know which date you would like to begin the program and we will get you started. Excited to begin?  You can always reach out to dive into the prerecorded content before your cohort start date.

Everyone has different needs,  We suggest following along with one of our established curriculum plans to keep you on track. These are:

8 weeks (Approximately 25 hours of study and practice per week)

12 weeks (Approximately 16 hours of study and practice per week)

16 weeks (Approximately 12.5 hours of study and practice per week)

6 months (Approximately 8.5 hours per week of study and practice)

8 months (Approximately 6.5 hours per week of study and practice).

Upon enrollment, we will help you determine the best study plan for you so that you keep pace with the group calls and motivate to the finish line. 

All students have 8 months from their cohort start date to complete the program for certification through Soma Yoga Institute. While there is lifetime access to the materials, the window for certification expires after 8 months.  Students may write in and request a 2-month extension free of charge. If a student needs to extend beyond this additional 2-month window, students may re-enroll in the 200-Hour Online YTT for an additional 6 months for a fee of $ 497 USD.

We are a top-rated Yoga Alliance school with authorization to teach online programs. We meet the new 2024 Yoga Alliance requirements.

30 hours of live calls are required for all yoga teacher training programs registered with Yoga Alliance. However, if you have to miss a few we do have a flexible makeup policy.

Choose the live call time that best meets your schedule. 

September Cohort Times and Dates

Tuesdays: September 3-November 19, 2024

12 sessions of 2.5 hours each = 30 hours

  • ¬†9:30am -12:00pm Pacific (UTC -7 California) | 5:30pm-8:00pm (London) | 6:30pm-9:00pm (Paris) | 12:30pm-3:00pm (New York)

Wednesdays: September 4-November 20, 2024

12 sessions of 2.5 hours each = 30 hours

  • ¬†3:30-6:00pm Pacific (UTC -7 California) | 1:30pm-4:00pm (Hawaii) | 12:30pm-3:00pm (Auckland) | 8:30am-11:00am (Tokyo) | 6:30pm-9:00pm (New York)

Saturdays: September 7, 21, October 5, 19, November 2, 16, 2024

6 sessions of 5 hours each = 30 hours

  • ¬†8:00am -1:00pm Pacific¬†(UTC -7 California) |¬†5:00pm-10:00pm (Paris)¬† | 4;00pm-9:00pm (London)¬†| 11:00am-4:00pm (New York)

Sundays: September 8, 22, October 6, 20, November 3, 17

6 sessions of 5 hours each = 30 hours

  • ¬†12:00 noon-5:00pm¬†Pacific¬†(UTC -7 California) |¬† 10:00am-3:00pm (Hawaii) | 3:00pm-8:00pm (New York) | 9:00am-2:00pm (Aukland+1)


To locate the time in your time zone, here is an easy-to-use tool:

Yes, definitely.  Skeptical?  We were too.  However, the Soma Yoga Institute teaching team has been leading teacher trainings for over a decade.  Our curriculum is well-developed, time tested, and established.  We have taken our live program online as the content is of incredible high value and will bring great benefit to those who wish to deepen their own practice, and/or teach others as well as those who already teach who wish to refine and enhance their offerings to better serve their students.  Our anatomy informed adaptive approach is not easily found in other programs. Our teaching skill section is designed that if you practice, and practice, and practice some more we are certain you will be ready, confident and equally skilled as a new teacher as those who take the in person trainings.

A recent graduate of the online course wrote to us and said:

My life is forever changed. Prior to this training, I believed I was disciplined and had my life on lock down. It took about 5 mins to realize I hadn’t come to this training to teach, I had come to learn how to stop hurting myself. I lived my entire life up until this training, bringing so much needless suffering to myself and others. I learned what sacred devotion to myself, my life and my growth actually looks like. I also learned what it really meant to keep my ball of awareness on my partner and my friends. I learned to slow down and get curious about EVERYTHING in my own personal practice. When I started this program, I was the 60 mins, sweaty vinyasa-kill yourself or you’re not accomplishing anything person. Now my practice is whatever my mind and body need that day. Just that is so powerful; to ask myself what I need right now, and have the tools and awareness to follow the answer.

As far as my confidence as a teacher; I feel 100% confident that I can keep students aligned, safe and breathing to the best of their ability.

The level of instruction and mentoring I received is unparalleled. I told the group today in the Tapas class, that if any of them had checked in with me mid-july after my meniscus tear (from a sports accident), they would’ve probably all bet on me not completing this training. It’s a testament to you as instructors and your curriculum, that I was able to utilize the information in the course to heal my body in an extremely short amount of time. No pills, no surgery. In addition to my own personal experience, I have spoken with so many yoga instructors who went through other certifications and came out on the other end feeling as if they had no foundation in anatomy or alignment, or various other pieces of knowledge. I feel walking away from this course that I have a solid foundation to keep people safe, help them feel successful and help them breathe. What more could I ask for? :)

 I would love to add that as a student, I was so moved with appreciation that all of the teachers were so actively "in it" with us. They came up with additional things to support us on the fly after receiving feedback. And those ideas obviously added hours on to their day as the facilitators. I never felt like I was on my own to figure it out, and I never felt like any teachers were put out by us needing additional help.

Thank you for supporting me throughout this journey. I am forever grateful to you and eternally changed by the past few months. I feel like I just woke up, or someone turned my switch on. It’s a whole new view, a completely new way of living and being. Thank you for the work you do. I can’t imagine my life without the knowledge and tools I am walking away from this experience with. 

-Rondi Spurling

We do have empowerment reviews (quizzes), written reflections, relevant assignments, and practice teach elements woven into the curriculum. These are established for you to process the information, gain practical skills, and for us to help clarify any material that seems confusing. We understand that everyone has a different learning style and our curriculum is offered in a compassionate way. 

To receive authorization with Yoga Alliance as RYT-200, quizzes and exams are a required part of your curriculum. You will find quizzes sprinkled throughout after the videos to empower your learning. Quiz retakes are allowed if the first time through you do not receive a passing grade. Also expect a ‚Äútake home-open book‚ÄĚ final exam as well as a final 30 minute teaching practicum via zoom. The written final exam is graded on a pass/re-do basis. There are short answers, an essay or a video substitution for the essay, and a pose study on the final.¬†

Out of the 200 hours of study required to graduate approximately 120 hours are video lessons which include lectures as well as yoga asana practices, meditations, and deep relaxations.  30 hours consists of required group calls. The remaining 50 hours is designated for required reading, practice teach exercises, quizzes, class assignments, practicum preparation and delivery, and the final exam. 

Please do not let the Yoga Alliance policy of "grading" stand in your way. We will prep you well (our promise to you), and you will all do just fine (trust in yourself).  We are here to support your success.

There are two primary organizations to become familiar with.  Yoga Alliance and the International Association of Yoga Therapists  

Yoga Alliance is a registry that registers Yoga Teachers with the following designations RYT 200, E-RYT 200, RYT 500 and E-RYT 500.  The RYT stands for Registered Yoga Teacher.  The 200 indicates that you have completed a 200 hour yoga training that meets their curriculum requirements.  The E indicates that at the 200 level the teacher has instructed over 1000 hours of classes.  The E-RYT 500 indicates that the yoga teacher has completed 200 + 300 hours of study in a program that meets their curriculum requirements and has instructed over 2000 hours.  This is the highest designation that Yoga Alliance recognizes.  Please note that Yoga Alliance is not a certifying body but just a registration. All of Soma Yoga Institute's teachers are E-RYT 500 registered.

C-IAYT is a designation authorized by the International Association of Yoga Therapists.  This organization is a certifying body.  The path to becoming a Yoga Therapist is much more in-depth and requires 1000 hours of study as well as a mentored practicum. This 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training will apply to the first 200 hours of your 1000-hour yoga therapy degree.  Many of the faculty at Soma Yoga Institute are C-IAYT certified. 


You will receive a 200 hour yoga teaching certificate through Soma Yoga Institute and be eligible to register with Yoga Alliance as an RYT-200 if the following time line is met: 1) All students have 8 months from their cohort start date to complete the program for certification through Soma Yoga Institute. While there is lifetime access to the materials, the window for certification expires after 8 months.  Students may apply for an additional 2 month extension if they were not able to meet the initial deadline. These are granted at no cost if there is evidence of extenuating circumstances. If a student needs to extend beyond this timeline (8 months+ 2 months) students may re-enroll in the 200 Hour Online YTT for an additional 6 months for a fee of $497USD. 


Please note: Soma Yoga Institute is registered with Yoga Alliance, ID #143150.  We have graduated over 500 students and we invite you to read their direct reviews on this site: . We are a top rated school with a 9.5/10 NPS score.  In addition, all of our faculty are registered with Yoga Alliance at their highest level, E-RYT 500. Many of our faculty are also C-IAYT Yoga Therapists recognized through the International Association of Yoga Therapists.
Our school has been authorized to offer 200 hour and 300 hour yoga teacher trainings online through Yoga Alliance and meet the new requirements.

Our business yoga teaching section will give you all the tools you need to get started and build a career as a yoga teacher.

Yes, definitely. Some studios may ask for the RYT 200 Yoga Alliance designation and others will not.  You will also be given a certificate that indicates you completed a 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training with Soma Yoga Institute and you will be eligible to register with Yoga Alliance as an RYT-200.  You are also able to rent space in your community centers and lead your own classes independent of another organization. In most locations worldwide and states in the USA there is no licensure program in place currently that requires you to get a certain certification.   Our business yoga teaching section will give you all the tools you need to get started and build a career as a yoga teacher.

Our 200 Hour Therapeutic Yoga Teacher Training tuition is $1497 USD.   We also have payment plans and a scholarship program.  To learn more about the different scholarship programs please visit: Please email yoga@somayogainstitute to inquire about payment plans.

We are so certain that you will love this training that we are offering you a two-week risk-free guarantee. If you are not satisfied with the material after the first two weeks of the course, we will refund 100% of your money - just email us by 14 days after the start of the program and complete an exit interview so we can learn how to improve our educational programs for the future. After this 14 day window no refunds are granted.

Spaces are limited. To reserve your place, please submit a $300 deposit HERE.

If you would like to take advantage of our limited time discount of $500 off your tuition please register HERE

Once we receive your registration, we will send you a welcome letter with everything you need to prepare. We can’t wait to meet you!

We¬†would love to connect to you.¬† Please feel free to email us at¬†[email protected],¬†text us at 808-333-9591 to set up a phone appointment, make an appointment by clicking here¬†¬†or join one of our live Q & A calls via zoom.¬† Just email us for the schedule of the next live zoom chats.

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To register please choose a payment plan below. Once your space is reserved, you will be sent all the information you need to prepare. You will also be able to choose your start date at that time.

Are you wondering if this 200-hour YTT is the right course for you?

Join the Director of Soma Yoga Institute for a 15 minute information video to learn more about our therapeutic approach to yoga and take a tour inside the course.

We understand that choosing a yoga teacher training program is a challenging task.   This video will help you decide if this one is the right fit for you.

Please join us.

Get your 15 minute information video access here & receive 35% off the program tuition (Limited Time Only)

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