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200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training


Applications accepted through February 20.

With our Independent Study program, you get to create your own schedule and tailor your course of study toward your areas of interest. Along with personalized training sessions with our experienced teacher-trainers on staff, you’ll also get to tap the wisdom and insight of our guest faculty, who bring specialized knowledge in a wide range of yoga methodologies and approaches.

E-mail us for details.

What makes our training special is our amazing faculty, who bring expertise from many different traditions and facets of yoga. Along with a foundational asana series, you’ll study how yoga affects mental health, the respiratory system, and more.

Guest lecturers for Winter YTT include Marlysa Sullivan, on Tantra Hatha Yoga for chronic pain, and Dr. Ozvaldo Perez, DPT, on anatomy and yoga for the feet and gait, lower back, and upper back.

Not only do you learn everything you need to confidently teach a powerful and transformative mixed-level yoga class, you also get training and practice in teaching yoga to diverse populations. Our graduates work in wellness centers, schools, universities, and hospitals, as well as studios and gyms.


Graduates are eligible for Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT®) designation with the Yoga Alliance.


Our comprehensive training covers:

  • Astanga Primary Series, Hatha, Kripalu-style
  • Personalized instruction and Mentoring
  • Yoga 4 Youth and/or Specific Populations
  • Pranayama (breathing) techniques
  • Teaching with simple, concise language
  • Safe, effective adjustments of asanas
  • Introduction to the Therapeutic Benefits of Yoga
  • “In the field” hands-on training opportunities
  • Complex sequences designed for moderate to vigorous physical activity (MVPA)
  • Business of Yoga unit
  • Textbooks, materials, and 500-page AUM hOMe Shala Teachers Manual
  • Continued support after you graduate: Mentoring and teaching opportunities at the Shala and in our outreach programs

Yoga teacher training March 17

Total hours: 200 (182 contact hours, 20 non-contact hours)

Tuition Information

Tuition for Independent Study: $3,725 through December 31 with our Holiday Discount. After December 31, tuition is $3,875.

Includes books, materials, and AUM hOMe Shala Teacher Manual. Coursework must be completed within one year.

Payment Plan for Independent Study

2-payment plan: 2 installments of $1987.50 (includes $100 service fee). Half due to start, second half due upon completion of first 70 contact hours.

Additional Costs Outside of Tuition

YTT students must purchase Shala yoga pants/shorts/shirt; cost is $25/shirt; $35/pants or shorts. These are to be worn in clinic or in the field.

Download a 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training Application.

Cancellation Policy: If you cancel 3 weeks prior to the program, you will receive a full refund minus a $100 nonrefundable processing fee. If you cancel between 3 weeks and 1 week prior to the program, you will receive a refund of half the tuition, minus the $100 non-refundable processing fee. Cancellations less than 1 week prior to the program are nonrefundable. Course requirements, schedules, and tuition are subject to change, and additional fees may be incurred for books and materials. In the event of under-enrollment, we reserve the right to cancel a program and refund student tuition.

Course requirements, schedules, and tuition are subject to change, and additional fees may be incurred for books and materials. In the event of under-enrollment, we reserve the right to cancel a program and refund student tuition.



Melinda Atkins, MEd, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT is the founding director of AUM hOMe Shala, where she trains yoga teachers and yoga therapists. She completed her 500-hour certification at Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, and received her Clinical Yoga Therapy certification at Loyola Marymount University. Melinda also develops and directs yoga programs for at-risk youth in inner-city Miami schools. She holds a master’s degree in education from the University of Florida.

  Tony Connell

Anthony Connell, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT, began his yoga journey at the age of 16, to help heal the effects of a genetic illness. He holds a 500-hour yoga teacher training certification and works with volunteers in AUM’s Community Clinic. Anthony teaches for AUM’s annual Chill Out program in inner-city schools, and also teaches yoga in after-school programs. He is a graduate of Florida International University with a B.A. in psychology.

Bea Maldonado with student

Bea Maldonado is a graduate of AUM’s Yoga Teacher Training and the Assistant Lead Teacher for the Shala’s Yoga Therapy classes at the Frost Museum of Science, where we offer free weekly classes for museum employees. A student in our Clinical Yoga Therapy program, Bea is also an engineer, a tutor and interpreter for AUM’s non-English speaking students, and a mother of two.

Nonrefundable application fee
$50.00 USD
YTT app fee
Price: 50.00 USD
Independent Study Tuition
$3,875 USD
Fall YTT Independent study
Price: 3875.00 USD
2-payment plan installment for Independent Study
$1,987.50 USD
2-payment YTT independent study
Price: 1987.50 USD
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