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200 HR  'Traditional Yoga Instructor' Certification Program

For New Teachers & anyone who desires to deepen personal practice

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200 HR  CYT/RYT 'Yoga Traditions' Enhancement Program

For Current Teachers (enhance knowledge - Applies to path to RYT500)

Next Session:

JUNE 5 - AUGUST 27,  2022   





Registration Deadline   May 25



Definition of Yoga by Sage Patañjali

योग: चित्त-वृत्ति निरोध:  (yogāḥ citta-vṛtti-nirodhāḥ) - Yoga Sutras 1.2

Yoga occurs when the movements of consciousness cease to fluctuate


The meaning of Yoga is understood as ‘Union’. Embracing this Union is accomplished by the practice of Nirodha (mental control).  Hence, the goal of Yoga is the perfection of that process. Yoga (union) implies ‘Duality’, as in the joining of 2 things or principles. The result of Yoga is the ’Non-Dual’ state - the union of the Lower Self and Higher Self. This non-dual state is characterized by "absence of individuality" promoting peace, pure love, Self-Realization, or Liberation.


As Yoga Teachers, or those who share Yoga knowledge, we must strive to protect and share the true and traditional practice, maintaining the integrity and sacredness gifted to humanity through the elevated consciousness of the great Sages & Seers of India.  We have a responsibility and duty of care when embracing this knowledge for ourselves and when sharing this gift with our community.


The Sattvic Sage Ayurveda & Yoga 200 Hour Program is for those whom wish to learn to teach, for those who are already registered Yoga Teachers who wish to deepen their understanding of traditional Yoga Principles and practical skills, or for those who wish to  personally explore their understanding and practice of Yoga for a healthy and balanced life.


This course allows each individual to experience the true essence and meaning of Yoga through a unique and holistic synthesis, harmonized amongst the teachings of ageless wisdom of ancient scriptures and philosophy applied in a contemporary context that students can grasp and thus begin to put into practice in their daily lives. Yoga is not something we ‘Do’, but something we ‘Realize’.

This is a path of Self-Discovery and Self-Realization.


Students will learn the integral foundations of Yoga ensure all participants can practice safely, teach safely, understand the breath and the mind and learn to connect to other human beings compassionately. This experience is a wonderful odyssey on your path to greater self-awareness and understanding. By incorporating Yoga in its totality, all will learn to teach and practice through their own experiences and deepened knowledge.


The course is designed to provide a comprehensive foundation for teaching yoga skillfully & intelligently, while realizing the connection of Āsana to Nirodha (mental Control) and Prāṇa.  This course intends to possess more depth and breadth of the true Yoga teachings, understanding the Śhiva / Śhakīi Principle, with a deep connection to heart.


Graduates of this program can become Registered Yoga Teachers (RYTs) with Yoga Alliance when they apply for registration with Yoga Alliance directly. An RYT designation is a symbol of a minimum level of knowledge, training, and experience - based on standards recognized by Yoga Alliance.  Possessing this designation enhances your credibility as a teacher - but many components of this course offer higher-than-required knowledge for Yoga Alliance registration. 


The Sattvic Sage Ayurveda & Yoga program also incorporates added ability to understand basic concepts in Ayurvedic Medicine and its critical relationship to Yoga. Yoga & Ayurveda are inseparable.  Ayurveda itself is a form of Yoga.


In addition, you will learn the benefits and teaching of various styles of Asana (Hatha, Vinyasa, Yin, Restorative, Chair),  Meditation (also Yoga Nidrā), Pranayama, Chanting of Mantras and the use of Mudras. No other special  certifications in each style will be necessary (nor the expense of such courses). You will be prepared to offer your light and energy in each of these spaces, with the goal of sharing your knowledge for health & healing of yourself and your community.

~ Program Overview~

Techniques, Training & Practice:  75 Hours

Yoga Śastrā / Ṣatdarśana


  • Historical Context, Kriṣnamaćarya Lineage

  • Complete Sequencing to Achieve Effects Safely

  • Sukhasana to Savasana

  • Anatomical & Alignment Principles & Contraindications


Pranayama & Subtle Body

  • Historical Context, Effects on Anatomy & Subtle Body

  • Safe Pranayama Sequencing with Precautions, Alternatives & Adaptations

  • Pūraka, Recaka, Kumbhakas

  • Ujjayi, Nadī Śodāna, Kapalbhatī, Bhāstrika, Śitkari, Śitkari, Suryabhedana & Chandrabhedana

  • Essential Oils, Mindfulness & Living a Holistic Life


Yoga Nidrā

  • Sankalpā, Jagrat, Swapna, Suśupti, Turīya


ŚuddiKriyas (Purification Practices)

  • Meditation & States of Consciousness

  • Knowledge of Pratyahara, Dharana, Dhyana, Samadhi



  • Introduction to Ayurvedic Medicine, Doṣa Concepts

  • History, Classical Samhitas, Sānkhya Philosophy, Shiva/Shakti & Aum Principle

  • Food & Plants as Medicine, Dravyagunakarma

  • Yoga & Ayurveda Relationship

  • Yoga for your Doṣa - Āsana, Pranayama, Dhyana for balancing Vata, Pitta & Kapha


These hours include (with substantial emphasis):

  • How to address the specific needs of individuals / special populations

  • Theoretical & Analytical Understanding with training in how to teach and practice techniques

  • Guided practice of the techniques themselves




Anatomy & Physiology:  30 Hours

Anatomy:  Structure

  • Skeletal System

       Major Bones, Types of Joints, Major Muscles involved in Āsana, Types of Muscle Contraction

Physiology:  Functional Systems

  • Nervous System

      ‘Fight/Flight’ & ‘Freeze’ Stress Response, Vagus Nerve, Overall Mind/Body Connection

  • Cardiovascular/Circulatory, Endocrine, Digestive Systems as they relate to Yoga Āsana

       Expulsion of Metabolic Wastes, Catalyzing Healing Processes

  • Respiratory System

       Muscles that control breathing, Voluntary/Involuntary breath, How Prana Enters & Exits the body


  • Types of Joint Movements, Joint Stabilization

  • Safe movement as it pertains to Balancing, Stretching, Awareness, Trauma/Injury

  • Contraindications, Misalignments, Adaptations

Yoga Anatomy & Physiology

  • Anatomy: 3 Bodie ~ Sthūla Śarira, Sūkṣma Śarira, Karaṇa Śarira

  • Anatomy: 5 Sheaths~ Panćakoṣa: Annamaya Koṣa, Prāṇamaya Koṣa, Manomaya Koṣa, Vijñānamaya Koṣa, Ānandamaya Koṣa  

  • Physiology: Ćakras, Nadīs & Marmāmi

  • Physiology: Paṅca Vayus~ 5 Subdoṣas of Vata and directional Pranic Flow

  • Āsana for Ćakra Balancing

Yoga Humanities:  30 Hours


  • Yoga Terminology

  • Kriṣnamaćarya Lineage, Style & Methodology


  • Definition, Dates, Etiology & Key Terms

  • Relationship between Āsana, Pranayama and Meditation

  • Key Ideas of Vedas, Vedanta, Hatha, Colonial, Modern

  • Yoga Darśanā Philosophies & Classical Texts

       Sānkhya Philosophy, Upanishads, Yoga Sutras, Gheranda Samhita, Hatha Yoga Pradpika, Bhagavad Gita

  • Beauty & Importance of Sanskrit


  • How Philosophies relate to private practice

Yoga Lifestyle With Deeper Understanding

  • Yamas & Niyamas

  • Understanding the value of teaching yoga as a service & being of service to others (Karma Yoga & Seva)

  • SHIVA / SHAKTI Principle – Types of Tantras

  • Sankalpā, Sadhana, Dharma, Karma & Seva

  • ŚuddiKriyas, Bandhas, Mantra, Mudra, Malas

  • Introduction to Sanskrit

  • Study of tendencies, behaviors, patterns and programming to better understand how to tap into innate power, passion & purpose


  • Awareness of Yoga Sutras and similar yogic ethical precepts

  • Scope of Practice & Code of Conduct

  • Comprehension & Responsibility

  • Accountability Measures

  • Self-reflection on how yoga ethics relate to practice and teaching



Teaching Methodology & Professional Development:  65 Hours

Teaching Methodology

  • Sequencing: Arc Structures (Hatha, Vinyasa, YIN, Restorative, Chair)

  • Important Factors/Changes during Menstruation, Pregnancy, Postpartum 

  • Āsana for Special Populations / Conditions (Pregnancy, Seniors, Emotional Health)

  • Pace, Environment, Music (or not) & Class Management & Atmosphere

  • Class & Workshop Structure for Beginners, Intermediate & Advanced Practitioners

  • Theme-Oriented Classes – What is the Message? (We offer Yoga, not solely physical fitness)

  • Cueing - Cueing - Cueing (Verbal, Visual, Physical)

  • Avoiding cues that may unintentionally create fear or exclusion

Professional Development

  • Personal Yoga Sadhna & Self-Ability to Practice Meditation

  • Communication skills, time management & establishment of priorities and boundaries

  • Yoga-Related Professional Organizations, including Yoga Alliance & IYAT

  • Credentialing Process

  • Lifetime Learning & Continuing Education

  • General Professionalism (timeliness, consistency, cleanliness)

  • Marketing & Promotion

  • Liability Insurance / Waivers / Disclaimers / Music Copyright


  • Knowledge, Skills, Experience (across 13 key Competencies)

  • Supervised Internship - Hosting free (Supervised) Community Yoga classes to gain experience

  • Mentorship / Apprenticeship

  • Practice teaching as the lead instructor*  (does not include observing or giving feedback)

  • Attendance of additional area yoga classes, with written observation (Teacher Signoff Required)

  • Observing Others Teaching, Receiving & Giving Feedback


*A minimum of 5 Hours actively practice teaching as the lead instructor in each style we have studied together


Breakdown of Hours

Choose the Class Model that is Right For You!  Classes are Available as Follows:

  1.   In-Person at Sattvic Sage Ayurveda in Buckeye, AZ (with Hybrid Online Option)

  2.   In-Person at Soderworld Wellness Center in in Willowbrook IL (with Hybrid Online Option)

  3.   FULLY ONLINE from anywhere in the Country

  4.   HYBRID of both In-Person & Online when needed


Requirements for Completion:

Completion & Attendance of All Session Hours & Any Needed Make Up Hours

All Assigned Homework / 20-Class Attendance Log / Meditation Journal Sharing / Mid-Program Student Survey

Practice Teach-Backs & Feedback / 20 Class Observations / 10 Class Designs / Complimentary Community Class Offering



It is suggested that each student has previous experience with the practice of Yoga by way of attending Āsana classes, lectures, inquiry or has engaged in any form of yoga / self-awareness practices for at least 6 months.


Upon Completion:

When course requirements are met, a “Certificate of Completion” is issued.

You are considered a Certified Yoga Instructor: CYT200

The program not offer Job Placement Opportunities


Registration with Yoga Alliance:

To become a Registered Yoga Instructor, the registration process is completed directly with Yoga Alliance.

This program exceeds minimum standard education requirements obtain RYT200.

This process is also explained in the Professional Development portion of the program.


Current CYT200 & RYT200:

The completion of hours and Certificate of Completion may be added to experiential hours on the path to CYT500 / RYT500.

If RYT500 is desired, Yoga Alliance will recognize your additional training hours through this program.


Academic Requirement:

  • Applicants must possess a high school diploma or GED and must attain 18 years of age prior to start of classes

  • Applicants should have English language fluency, as all classes will be taught in English


Recommended Reading / Books:

Detailed Book List Provided Upon Enrollment


Steps in the Application Process & Enrollment Registration:

  1. Emailed Request of Participation to sattvicsage@gmail.com

  2. Reply Email will contain Enrollment Form / Program Handbook

  3. Submission of Enrollment Form via email or Hardcopy (Your Preference)

  4. Phone Interview with Prospective Student by Lead Trainer / Confirmation of Acceptance

  5. Payment of $500.00 SEAT RESERVATION (Applied to Tuition) or Tuition Payment in Full (BELOW)


At anytime during the process above, a potential student signs and returns the 'Attestation & Acknowledgement' of Program Policies

All Policies, Attestation, Acknowledgement & Waiver HERE

Tuition Includes:

  • 200 Hours In Person & Online LIVE Sessions, Professional Presentations & Equipment

  • Full-Color Binder/Training Manual with Syllabus Overview, Class Schedule, Course Handbook, Class Notes / Handouts, Meditation Journal, Class Design Templates, Class Observation Templates and Personal Class Attendance Log

  • NOTE: PART 1 & 2 Handouts are printed and contained within binder

       - Subsequent Handouts are provided Electronically to print at student's discretion​

  • E-Books:

'Yoga Anatomy' by Leslie Kaminoff

'The Bhagavad Gita' 

‘The Gheranda Samhita’

‘The Hatha Yoga Pradpika’

‘Raja Yoga’ by Swami Vivekananda

'Yin Yoga: Essential Poses and Sequences for Balanced Energy' by Diane Taylor 

'Business Mastery' Workbook  (How to build your practice and share with the public)


Additional Required Books are not included and are at Student Expense.

Complete Book List Provided Upon Enrollment  ~ Does not exceed $100.






Classes include practice of Āsana, Pranayama,& Meditation, as well as coursework, practical experience / excursions to witness Yoga in its truest form - beyond the physical.

Many YTT Training programs offer just a scratch of the surface of the true Yoga practice by focusing only on physical postures, while missing any real focus on 7 other components of the 8-Fold Path – the most powerful pieces on the healing journey.  I wish to offer and share understanding of tradition, history, integrity and cultural (and yes, the PHYSICAL) pieces of this life-altering knowledge.



- History / Origins / Ṣatdarśana

- Immersion in the 8 Limbs of the Aṣtāṅga Path

- Contemplations of verses of Patanjali Yoga Sutras

- Sankya Philosophy

- Lineage of Krishnamacharya

- Hatha Pradpika / Bhagavad Gita

- Study of ŚuddiKriyas

- Introduction to the beauty of Sanskrit

- What is Tāntra, really?


Heavy in both Western & Yogic/Ayurvedic understandings of Anatomy, Physiology & Injury Prevention –

As well as the Subtle Energy body and healing modalities of Prana, Cakras, Nadīs and Marmas.



CHICAGO:  Visiting the Hindu Temple of Greater Chicago in Lemont, IL 

PHOENIX:   Visiting Divine Grace Yoga Ashram in Cottonwood, AZ 

*** Meeting organizers and Swamis, experiencing Yoga Practice in its truest form

*** Available in person when deemed healthy & safe :)


No other special weekend certification courses (or the added expense of those courses) in each style will be necessary.  Many YTT programs only certify with focus on Hatha & Vinyasa - then requiring special attendance of weekend workshops in all other styles that are typically $250-$350 each.   Here you will be prepared to offer each style - All included in Asana Study and Delivery – Including Prana Flow, Benefits, Sequencing and Teaching Skills. This is a huge cost savings.



Introduction to Ayurvedic Medicine & Understanding Doṣas / The 6 Tastes of Ayurveda & Food / Plants as Medicine

The Yoga & Ayurveda Relationship / Yoga Asana, Pranayama, Dhyana for balancing Vata, Pitta & Kapha

The movement of 5 Parana Vayus within Āsana.


I will guide you in understanding Code of Ethics, Scope of Practice, Legal Documents necessary for State or County, Waivers & Disclaimer Language, Music Suggestions as well as Copyright adherence, and much more!  Learn your practice options available as an employee or independent practitioner, tax rules, payment gateways and the best ways to share your offerings both in-person or online! This detailed information is not offered within any other 200HR program. 



The aim & goal is setting forth Yoga Instructors with sincere quality & depth of understanding in both personal and public practice, and who are empowered with tradition - as well as knowledge, on how to offer and share yoga as a lifestyle, not just a ‘class’.  Yoga is not something we ‘do’, but what we ‘realize’.


Offering Guidance & Instruction in this sacred practice goes beyond “HOW”….but also “WHY”.





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