Yoga Teacher Training

Yoga Teacher Training 200 HRS
(Hatha Yoga with an Ayurvedic and Spiritual Focus )

October 2019 - June 2020
One to One training with one or two students.
Held on alternative weekends in Austin, Texas.

Cost for students of Ayurveda or Narayana:
Paid in advance: $50 application fees + $1500 +books (sold on amazon)*
Paid Flexible in four installments: $50 application fees+ $1890 + books(sold on amazon)

Note: NON Refundable after 2 months.

Cost for outsiders:

Paid in advance: $50 application fees + $1800 +books (sold on amazon)*
Paid Flexible in four installments: $50 application fees+ $2200 + books(sold on amazon)

Classes in Austin, TEXAS. This program requires attending classes every two weeks in person plus intensive weekend workshop(s) in person, as well as online live classes.

Narayana Ayurveda & Yoga Academy offers Yoga Teacher Training with focus on Ayurvedic Practices, Classical hatha yoga asanas, Spiritual Yoga Practices, Mudras, Chanting and Pranayama.


Important: "The yoga therapy components of our other course(s) are based on Ayurveda Yoga therapy principles, and are, not derived from our status as an RYS® with Yoga Alliance Registry."

Our story: We had been offering Ayurveda, Sanskrit, Meditation, Ayurvedic Anatomy as well as Ayurveda and Yoga Integrated workshops and classes for many years. We started yoga teacher training due to many requests from our current students. The course is based on the premise of deeper immersion into traditional Hatha Yoga practices from Hatha Yoga Pradipika, Spiritual Practices from Srimad Bhagavad Gita, and, Ayurvedic Health Practices from Charaka Samhita.

If you are looking for a quick certificate to put on your wall-- this is not us. We are aiming to invite yogis who want to deepen their understanding of yoga philosophy, Pranayama, Mudras, Mantras, Ayurveda, as well as basic Sanskrit terminology. This yoga program is delivered both online, as well as onsite workshops. The program is spiritual, and, has a strong Ayurvedic basis.

Objective: At the end of the course, student will be able to teach at least a basic 60 Min Hatha foundation, beginner, or, gentle Hatha Yoga class with a gentle warm up with all basic spinal positions, classical surya namaskara, regular and/or modified with props, and, seated, prone and supine asanas for beginners followed by one or two Pranayama and meditation followed by shavasana.

Classes take place online, every other saturday, and, weekend workshops in Austin, Texas.

Course lasts apx. 6-8 months.

Testimonials:"The Yoga Teacher Training program at San Diego College of Ayurveda was a truly transformational experience, for which, I will be forever grateful! The instructors are heart-centered, life-long practitioners who are highly knowledgeable in every aspect of Yoga. From them, I received a solid foundation and the training necessary to begin teaching others with confidence, grace, and humility." Sandra B, Ayurveda Counselor, RYT

COST: $1890* (If paid in 6 installments)
$1500 (If paid in advance)

*Does not include Textbooks

Please note that the tuition does not include any books, or, free yoga classes.

Teachers: Monica B Groover Ph.D, AWP, E-RYT 200, RPYT
Rose Bryant, ND,AWC, E-RYT500
Aparna Dandekar D.O, AWP (Anatomy)

Why choose us?

*Affordable Fees.
*If you have already done Block 1 with us, then you only need 150 more hours to finish your yoga teacher training.
*World class master faculty. (We have Western Physician as well as Ayurvedic Doctors, and master yoga teachers available as faculty)
*Flexible learning with online classes as well as intensives.
*Deeper immersion into Ayurvedic Anatomy
*Deeper immersion into classical Yoga texts, and, classical asanas
*Small class numbers
*Focus on experiential case based and client based
* Focus on Sanskrit
*Focus on meditation
*Focus on chanting and mantras
*Focus on pranayama

What we dont offer?

Our course is already deeply discounted, so we are unable to offer free Yoga classes. We expect the students to do yoga classes elsewhere locally.

We dont offer all classes onsite. The course is HYBRID. Anatomy, Physiology, History of Ayurveda etc related classes are offered online via a virtual classroom, online presence, via ZOOM APP

We dont maintain a campus, and, pass the cost benefits to students. All classes onsite will be held at SOMA VIDA AUSTIN TEXAS, or, at other south Austin yoga studios, during intensives.

If you are looking for a yoga community - we can only offer that online, or, when we have a workshop at our location.

Pre Requisites

The course would suit any one of the following:

*A practicing Yoga enthusiast for 2 years
*Someone interested in deep immersion into eastern philosophies and Sanskrit
*Someone who prefers gentle, restorative practice with a focus on spirituality, and Ayurveda
*Someone looking to deepen their own yoga practice
*Someone looking to teach beginning level Hatha yoga with gentle practice and focus on modifications

Course Format - Blended. Online and Onsite Classes

How does this work?

1. Student signs up, and, if accepted into the program, pays the installment, or, full fees.
2. We send you the home study material and workbooks via email or online along with schedule for onsite and online classes.
3. Online class - Student attends online LIVE classes and watches the pre recorded classes and study material. Recordings of live classes available.
4. Student also attends the onsite classes, or, onsite workshop or immersions.
5. Interactive Forums- Students can ask questions on Interactive forums. Student submit their assignments and assessments to the teacher via forums or email, Or, complete them online.

Students who have paid the full amount can get a refund minus processing fees within 5 business days. No refunds after 5 business days.

* Student must complete some quizzes and assignments at the end of each module.

**PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE ARE PRE RECORDED CLASSES PROVIDED FOR SANSKRIT. Live Classes are available for the rest of the modules. Access to virtual 'campus' is given.

Suggested Textbooks

*SDCOA YTT Manuals
*Yoga Anatomy 2nd Edition- Leslie Kaminoff
*Yoga Adjustments by Mark stephens
*Yoga Sequencing by Mark Stephens
*Sri Patanjali Sutras
*Modules and PDF LECTURES (Provided for download- not in a printed form)

Optional Reading
Krishnamacharya: His life and Teachings
*Teaching YOGA
*Yoga Sequencing


Curriculum -Yoga Teacher Training

Yoga Teacher Training 200 Hrs- SDCOA is a Yoga alliance certified school.

Here is our Yoga Alliance Profile Page


1. Yoga Philosophy and Ethical Guidelines for teachers
Objective: Yoga Philosophy will prepare the student to
1) Describe the history and mythogloical descent of Yoga and Ayurveda
2) List the main texts of Yoga, Ayurveda
3) List and describe the philosophies of the Yoga and Samkhya 4) Describe Samkhya and Yoga Philosophy in a chronological order
5) List Asthanga Ayurveda and Ashtanga Yoga (See below)

Eight Limbs of Hatha Yoga

An in debth look at the 8 limbs of Ashtanga Yoga, We will examine and define the Yamas and Niyama, Asana, Pranayama, Dhyana, Dharana, Samadhi Concept of Health according to Ayurveda
Ayurveda Lifestyle- Four types of Ayus, Lifestyle of yogi, Vata, Pitt a and Kapha body types
Bhakti Yoga, Dhyana Yoga, Hatha Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga-
Introduction to Patanjali Sutras, Hatha Yoga Pradipika and Bhagavad Gita
Introduction to forward bends and spiritual significance

Techniques Training and Practice

Introduction to Kinesiology for Yoga
Introduction to Sun Salutations, Indications and Contraindications, breath awareness, surya namaskar mantras, application of sun salutations
An in debth look at the Surya Namaskar Sequence, Alignment, Indications and Contraindications, Dosha Balancing effects and Teaching Surya Namaskar
Forward bends in detail
Introduction to Standing poses, variations and props
Yoga for Vata, Pitta and Kapha
Introduction to concept of Savasana / Relaxation,
Importance of the practice of Savasana
variations of savasana, methods of practice
Review of Savasana benefits, contraindications, methods of practice, Introduction to Yoga Nidra
meditation practices, yoga nidra
Introduction to Srotas and Nadis, their definations, functions and locations - (Eg. Channels of MInd, Lactation, Menstrual, Energetic, Chinese Meridians)
Cleansing Yogic Kriyas - Neti, Nasya, basti, Ayurvedic Panchakarma, Nadi Shodhana
Balancing the Five vatas through Breath, Diet as well as asanas and mantras. Disorders of Vayu in joints, and agni, menstrual cycle, women imbalances, Asanas for post partum, pre natal and menopausal women
Balancing Digestive Fire, women imbalances and, agni through Pranayama, Yin poses, mantras, Purnima fast, shitali breath and moon salutations
An indepth look at Kapha Dosha. Monthly Cycles in Kapha Woman, Breath, Vinayasa, Color , Mantras for Balancing Kapha Dosha.

Teaching Methodology and Asana Practice

Principles of Demonstrating Asana techniques and yogic breath during warm up and sequencing
Identification of the dominant style, and, learning how to teach based on others learning styles of Visual learning, Hands on Learning and Auditory learning.
Using Androgogy (Adult Educational Psychology)--to determine kineseological learning style and customizing a class based on the students learning style.
A guided practice with an in debth focus on following series to Improve general health/wellbeing
Forward bends
Spinal Twist Variations and use of props
Spinal Alignment for specific ailments
Introduction to backbends. Variations and modifications using props.
Indications, Contraindications and modifications for Scoliosis, rotator cuff injuries, and frozen shoulder
Sanskrit sutras, sanskrit asana names, hatha yoga pradipika and patanjali Sutras
Using a basic intake form
The three bandhas. (Locks).
How to incorporate the bandhas into our practice.
Use of appropriate language and voice in a yoga class

Anatomy and Physiology for Yoga

Introduction to Anatomy and Bodily Tissues and Systems. Musculoskeletal system for Yoga
Description and Function of Dhatus in Ayurveda. (Ayurvedic bodily systems, srotas and tissues (dhatus), locations and descriptions.)
Anatomy of Spinal Twists, Indications and Contraindications of Spinal Twists, Proper execution of Spinal Twists


Final Exam-Written
Final Practicum- private
Final Practicum-with a group

1) Demonstration of a 30 min Yoga Sequencing for conclusion of the class, verbalization and story boarding the asana sequence and teaching a sample class
2) Assessment of Students Ability to wind down the class with cool down, mindful meditation and use appropriate pranayama, breathing, verbalization and shavasana techniques
3)Body Type assessment and alignment for Vata, Pitta and Kapha