Date Can be started anytime. Student will need to start by attending morning classes and demonstrate consistency of practice. Will require Gowrisha’s clearance before payment of fee and starting work related to the certification.
Name 200 hour yoga teacher training course (200 hour YTT)
Venue Samyama Academy Of Yoga, Bangalore


  • Note that several topics below are subjective and the teacher’s evaluation of the student is final and non-negotiable.
  • Students are expected to attend at least 3 months of regular morning classes to qualify for certification. Teacher will provide clear feedback to student on whether student is on track for certification or not every month.
  • Students who
    • do not attend regularly
    • lack willingness to learn and apply themselves to the study
    • lack willingness to make behavior / sequence adjustments on teacher’s recommendation

will be automatically disqualified from certification. The basic criteria for the certification will be satisfactory                completion of the KPJAYI Primary Series. Attending 3 months of classes does not guarantee qualification for                certification. However, satisfactory completion of the Primary Series qualifies a student towards certification.              Students who can complete the primary series and all paper submissions and other demonstrations outlined in            the syllabus can potentially obtain 200Hour YTT certification in less than 3 months.

  • The fee for attending classes is the same for all students, whether students are wanting to become teachers or not. The practice itself does not differentiate.
  • The fee for certification is a one-time fee of Rs. 20,000 (Twenty Thousand)
    • If a student wishes to be certified, then the following syllabus will be applicable. There will be NO special classes for any of the topics. The student must work with the teacher in the morning session to make sure they understand the topics below and can demonstrate the same understanding. The teacher will be available in class on all class days (except holidays or when the teacher is on leave) and will respond over email to any questions students might have. Once the teacher acknowledges that the students’ practice is ready and that the student can become a teacher (latest by the end of the second month of practice), the student can complete all course material below during their final month of practice and submit relevant papers as defined in the syllabus. The fee for certification will be Rs. 20,000 and will be payable by the student when the teacher determines and communicates to the student that he/she can pay the fee towards the teacher training certificate.
  • The syllabus
Topic Sub-topic Description / Evaluation Criteria  Represented through
Asana Ashtanga Vinyasa Primary Primary Series Demo
Asana Sequencing and Anatomy Importance of counter asanas and where and when to use. List 10 asanas and their counter asanas and write how the counter asanas work in each example from anatomical standpoint Paper
Asana Alignment and Anatomy Understand asana alignment in depth – 20 asanas of choice (4 from Standing/Sitting/Lying supine/Lying prone/Inversion). Explain alignment. Paper and Demo
Asana Benefits List benefits of all the asanas listed above. List contra-indications. Paper and Demo
Asana Teaching Assist 2 weeks – Mysore style. Lead 2 Monday classes. Student feedback
Pranayama Ujjayi 10 cycles of deep inhalation and exhalation in Ujjayi Demo
Pranayama Nadi Shodhana Inhale and exhale for 10 seconds minimum Demo
Pratyahara fasting – one full day (water allowed; lime water allowed) Pick a day to fast. Ensure fasting is complete. Present paper on experience of fasting. Paper
Dharana Kaya sthairya 20 min meditation without moving body Demo
Dhyana Vipassana – Aana Paana 30 mins withoout moving body. Focus on in-breath and out-breath. Slow down thoought process. Observe thoughts. Retain mind with breath Demo
Kriya Kapalabhathi 180 seconds kapabhathi non-stop Demo
Kriya Nethi Jala nethi. Demo. Demo
Kriya Trataka Tears in eyes on concentration Demo
Kriya Dhauti Drink 2 litres of warm salt water and vomit Demo
Bandha Jalandhara Bandha Demonstrate Jalandhara Bandha Demo
Bandha Uddiyana Bandha Demonstrate Uddiyana Bandha Demo
Bandha Moola Bandha Demonstrate Moola Bandha Understanding
Paper submissions Pratyahara Effect of pratyahara; concept of pratyahara; how can one use these techniques. Create one own pratyahara technique. Paper
Paper submissions Patanjali Yoga Sutras A. Patanjali’s system of Ashtanga Yoga – the eight limbs and brief description of each limb. Paper
Paper submissions Patanjali Yoga Sutras B. Patanjali Yoga Sutra summarized in less than 1000 words. Paper
Social Media 3 short videos teaching 3 asanas Create 3 short videos teaching any 3 asanas of choice. Upload to yutube.

Youtube links

NOTE: Process of student evaluation. At Samyama, certification is based on traditional methods used by teachers. Teachers assess students in their ability to learn, understand, apply themselves to the practice and other criteria while deciding whether to confer a certificate to a student. Students who express interest to be certified need to be prepared to work sincerely and tirelessly towards their certification. To be certified as a ‘Associate Teacher’ or at Samyama, find below the general guidelines and considerations.

  • Regular attendance to classes (90% plus attendance)
  • Regular and on-time submission of assignments at high quality (90% on-time)
  • Attitude of humility, questioning established norms, introspection apart from common qualities for becoming a teacher
  • Keenness on sustaining the practice in the longer term.
  • Keenness to share knowledge.
FAQ for YTT Programs

There are several RYS – Registered Yoga School (credentialing required with Yoga Alliance) – in India and they offer general Yoga Teacher Training Programs such as 100 hour, 200 hour, 300 hour and 500 hour levels. The syllabus is fairly similar in most of these schools as a basic setup is mandated to maintain RYS credentialing.
However, Samyama certification is slightly different at this point. Samyama is not a RYS at this time and will be qualified for RYS only by Nov 2015, due to RYS requirements that RYTs need to have a teaching experience of at least 2 years before a school can be recognized as RYS. At this time, Samyama offers its own certificate in line with any standard RYS certificate. The course content offered by Samyama is also generally in line with Yoga Alliance certification requirements.
The other major difference is that Samyama offers 100 hour training in 4 weeks and a 200 hour training in 8 weeks (as against the standard 100 hour 2 week training and 200 hour 4 week training). This is because Gowrisha believes that a minimum of 4 weeks of daily rigorous yoga practice is required to even appreciate the difference that yoga can make in a student’s body-mind system. We encourage students to stay and learn for longer periods of time, generally recommending a 3 month tenure as it allows a firmness of quest and knowledge to set in to the student and a strong understanding of the student’s requirement to set in to the teacher. Yoga, like any subtle and highly developed science, requires dedicated practice, commitment and its understanding ripens in the practitioner with every
additional hour or practice.
In general, Samyama courses are more practice-heavy than most of its counterparts. You might notice that a 100 hour course has more than 90 hours of practice and only a few hours of theory. Even those hours of theory will focus on what can be practiced. Samyama believes in imparting wisdom, knowledge and philosophy that can be directly used by students in their lives and actively stays away from discussing philosophy that cannot be put into practice.

Here is a table of what you will learn in a typical RYS YTT, what our program at Samyama Academy of Yoga offers, some key highlights and a comparison of them.

100 hour Typical YTT* 100 hour Samyama YTT 200 hour Typical YTT* 200 hour Samyama YTT
Duration 2 weeks 4 weeks 4 weeks 8 weeks
Price USD 800+ USD 300 USD 1400-3000 USD 500
Accommodation Y N (USD 300 per month) Y N (USD 300 per month)
Course Content
Asana, Pranayama 50-60 hours 80 hours 100 hours 160 hours
Meditation 10-15 hours 20 hours 20-30 hours 40 hours
Yoga Theory, Anatomy 10-20 hours 5 hours 20 hours 10 hours
Bandhas (Locks) N N Y Y
Kriyas (Cleansing) Y Y Y Y
Chanting N N Y N**
Course Instructor
Many Gowrisha Many Gowrisha

*Note that this is from my own experience of attending a 200 hour YTT plus having talked to several friends who have experienced such programs.

**Gowrisha has learnt and is experienced in authentic chanting styles. In case a student is particularly interested, instruction can be imparted with authority.

You might have noticed that there are several yoga teacher training courses on offer and wondered whether attending such a course is really sufficient to becoming a yoga teacher. The straight answer to your question is a ‘No’. Unfortunately, it is not an unqualified No. There are great benefits to doing a 200 hour YTT (unfortunately, I follow the popular name YTT though it might have been better to call it something else – maybe a ‘200 hour Yoga Immersion Course’ or something like that)

    • A standard 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training Course (YTT) with the right Guru or Master can definitely help deepen your practice of yoga and let you connect with yourself more intensely.
    • A focused 3-4 hours of practice every day can allow you to experience moments of awareness with your body that enable your path to understanding your body and mind.
    • A dedicated month of practice, away from your regular life and routines, can create the right environment to look at yourself with a new inner lens and allow enlightening discoveries. To me, being away from regular life and routines is a key to this course. We tend to associate our regular life with ‘likes’, ‘dislikes’ and ‘don’t cares’ and it is crucial to be outside this mind zone to experience yourself in a deeper way.
    • Interacting with a Guru or Master over an extended period in an intense environment can open you to knowledge, experiences and perspectives that have been hitherto unknown to your mind-body system


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