The RYT 200 works primarily on Self development in terms of the fundamentals of being a Yogi, or if desired a Yoga Instructor. In this program, the orientation is working with ourselves as our first student (and undoubtedly the hardest student you will ever have). This represents the old and authentic way Yogis of the past applied the tools of yoga as inward explorers both gaining new self perspective and then self guiding the expansive changes and awakening.
Our program is a unique, satisfying, and life-affirming journey for anyone who is interested in learning how to use Yoga to learn, grow, and transform. Many students who come into the program do so in a transition period in their lives where they are ready and wanting to do some serious self-reflection. Some students who come into the program have previous Yoga experience and are taking the course in part to be able to teach, but many students take it without any intention to teach outwardly, but rather use the program as a tool for Self-Growth. You don’t need any previous Yoga experience to feel comfortable in this program.
Aware of individual needs in this transformational process, our experienced teachers offer students a wide variety of options to explore, learn and apply traditional and contemporary Yoga methods to awaken the Self. Moreover, all of the teachers in the program, live, teach and apply their yoga in our community. As a result, students benefit from numerous opportunities to interact with their teachers in meaningful and lasting ways that are relevant to their own learning process.
We support an environment of thinking and continuing study; reflection on the subject matter, self reflection, and practice. Our Yogi Teacher Training program creates a strong foundation to transform your practice and more importantly transform your life. If you feel the time is right for you to embark on this inward journey, please let us know in person or by filling out our online application.
The 200 hour course runs 6 months, though you can take as long as you need to finish your hours. It’s important to us that students take this course at their own pace, in a way that fits with their schedules, in order to get the most out of it. The 200 program hours consist of:
The heart of the course revolves around “weekend intensives” which meet approximately every third weekend on Saturday and Sunday from 1pm to 5pm. These courses are only open to students enrolled in the program.
In addition to the required weekend intensives, students earn hours towards the program by choosing from a wide range of workshop topics that they find interesting. Those workshops are held on Saturdays and Sundays from 1-4pm.
Yoga & Meditation classes (from our regular schedule) that the student attends at St. Petersburg Yoga Students will count towards their 200-hour certification as well.
These are hours that the student spends on their Yoga practice outside of the studio. It includes things like self-study, journaling, home practices, and classes at other studios.
January 2016 session dates
Weekend intensives are scheduled for the following Saturdays and Sundays from 1pm – 5pm:
July 2016 session dates
Weekend intensives are scheduled for the following Saturdays and Sundays from 1pm – 5pm:
The RYT 200 works primarily on Self development in terms of the fundamentals of being a Yogi/Yoga Instructor. In this program, the orientation is working with ourselves (and different aspects thereof) as the first student (and undoubtedly the hardest student you will ever have to teach). This represents the old and authentic way Yogis of the past applied the tools of yoga as inward explorers both gaining new self perspective and then self guiding the expansive changes and awakening. Program topics include:
Ideas of Yoga
- What it has been classically
- How it can be personally and fully applied
- What it means to be a Yogi
Use of Yoga’s Ancient Techniques
- Asanas: Explore Techniques & Methodology
- Styles: Hatha, Therapeutic, Restorative, Power, Ashtanga, Classic Yoga, Dharma, Meditation, Yogi Life Coaching, Yoga Mind Therapy, Yoga Body Therapy, One-on-One Teaching, and more…
- Pranayama/Breath: Techniques & Applications
- Mantra/Chant: Techniques & Applications
Anatomy & Physiology
- Physical Body
- Subtle Body
- Sheaths of Self
Applied Scriptures & Philosophy
- The Lost Fundamentals / Body of Yoga
- Yoga Sutras / Limbs of Yoga
- Bhagavad Gita
- Being Your Own 1st Student
- Therapeutic Applications
- Sequencing of Asanas
Tuition can be either paid in full upfront, or spread into payments over the course of the program:
$1999 — Regular Cost
Amount must be paid in full by program start date. $500 deposit required for enrollment.
$1849 — Early Bird Tuition
Pay in full 2 months prior to course start date and save $150! Remainder must be paid in full by program start date.
$2150 — Flex Pay Tuition
Spread your tuition payments out over 5 months. $500 deposit due before program start date.
The faculty of the St. Petersburg Yoga 200 hour training program is taught by a group of dedicated 500 RYT Yogi’s who have all graduated through this program, and who continue to be ongoing students of the study of transformational Yoga. Each came into Yoga for different reasons, but share in common that they have used their own unique mind/body/life challenges as paths towards Awakening. You can learn more about each of them on our instructors page.
Will I have unlimited classes at your studio during the training?
Yes, up to 200 hours. This includes intensives, workshops and general classes. After you complete the first 200 hours, you receive a discount on workshops and classes!
Do you need yoga experience to join the program?
No experience is needed for the 200HR program, just a desire to learn! In fact that beginner’s mind can be an advantage for coming into the program. But for the 500HR Program, a 200HR certification is a requisite.
Is the program appropriate if I have no intention of teaching?
Yes! Many of our students come into the program with no desire to teach, but rather to learn more about how Yoga can help them with their mind/body/life challenges. This is actually a great way to come into the program, and often these students get the most out of it. (they also often end up wanting to teach after falling in love with the practice!)
Can I spread my training over multiple sessions?
Yes. We have students who start one session and finish in the next, if it works better for their schedule. In general we try to be as flexible as we can in working with students unique schedules.
Do I need to finish my hours within the 6-month time frame?
No. Many students take their time to finish their hours if they aren’t in a hurry. There is no need to rush at our Studio as we’ll give you as much time as needed to complete your hours.
Does completing the course give me the certification I need to teach?
Yes! With the successful completion of all the requirements of the program, you will receive your Letter of Certification evidencing your training at the 200-Hour Level. For those who wish to teach, you may then register with the Yoga Alliance at the RYT-200 level (Registered Yoga Teacher 200). This is the standard certificate most studios and gyms require to teach.
Currently Enrolling For:
— No Experience Needed
— Open to Anyone (not just teachers)
— Yoga Alliance Certification
— Flexible Schedule
— Payment Plans Available
— Taught by All 500 Level Instructors
— 25 Years of Experience
— Florida’s Largest Yoga School
Gain mastery in:
— Therapeutic / Restorative
— Power / Ashtanga
— Classic Yoga
— Yogi Life Coaching
— Yoga Mind Therapy
— Yoga Body Therapy
— One-on-One Teaching
"All of the teachers embody what they are teaching. I didn’t “just learn yoga”. I was given the support and direction to experience what the union of my body and spirit truly is. In addition to transforming my body from pain to ease, this training has given me practical tools for my personal and professional life. I am deeply grateful the staff at St. Petersburg Yoga – thank you!"− Cindy Black
"I joined the teacher/training program at St. Petersburg Yoga motivated by my fitness goals and a desire to expand my repertoire of fitness expertise. What I have gained in return has, literally, stunned me. The training has been so much more than I could ever have imagined. It has taught me to be kind and gentle to myself, physically, emotionally and spiritually. Being a mother of five children, St. Petersburg Yoga has been the most relaxing, life-giving, safe place for me to grow and become more balanced in my daily life."− Dawn Wilder
"I'd like to take this opportunity to say how much I have thoroughly enjoyed being a part of the St. Petersburg Yoga community and especially a part of the Yogi Training groups. It's been so rewarding and enlightening to be with others from 'my tribe'. The last 18 months has been huge for me - humbling, education, inspirational, and transformational. Although I still have a long way still to go I know I'm moving in the right direction. So enormous, colossal, infinite thanks to everyone who has been a part of my journey so far. I look forward to many more classes and conversations with you all. "− Kim
"St Pete Yoga is by far the best studio I’ve learned in. I have practiced yoga in Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio, Tennessee, Iowa, Illinois, The Netherlands (for 2 years) and Mexico. I’ve learned from many teachers…and found Chris Acosta and his teaching team to be the most grounded in true Yoga – mind, body, spirit -and willing to help in my own discovery and journey. I will enroll in the St Pete 500 Hour program in January after teaching this summer, and look forward to continuing the journey of awakening and finding balance."− Lois Lukens