200 Hour Certification

Our next 200-hour program begins September 20, 2024

Dedicated to a tradition of excellence in teaching for more than 40 years, the Himalayan Institute offers yoga teachers comprehensive and systematic training in classical yoga.


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When you enroll in the Himalayan Institute’s 200-hour teacher training program, you don’t just train to become a teacher—you get the opportunity to participate in one of the most respected and comprehensive teacher training programs available. Our teachers have a wealth of experience – both in teaching hours and years of personal practice. Through their guidance, you will acquire the wisdom and knowledge to confidently interpret and convey the deeper meaning of yoga. Meet the faculty here.

Our 200-hour program includes instruction in asana (yoga postures), meditation, pranayama, relaxation techniques, therapeutic yoga, and yoga philosophy and psychology. Our teachings are passed down from the Living Tradition of the Himalayan Masters, and are rooted in the ancient yogic scriptures.

Our Approach to Yoga

The Himalayan Institute teaches classical hatha yoga blended with a modern understanding of anatomy, physiology and therapeutics. Our instructors are trained in the physical aspects of yoga practice which emphasize flexibility, strength and alignment while always bearing in mind that the true goal of yoga is something much more profound. Following our time tested method (we have been doing this for over forty years!), we lead our students deeper into working with the energy body (prana, chakras) and the mind. Our style is unique as asana (postures) is only a piece of what we practice and teach. A strong focus is also placed on learning to breathe, to relax, to focus the mind and to meditate. The Himalayan Institute’s approach to yoga and our teacher training program is a thoroughly holistic – body, mind, spirit practice.

What to Expect

As a Himalayan Institute graduate, you will gain the skills to teach multi-level asana classes and be well versed in stress management, relaxation techniques, ayurvedic lifestyle basics, and meditation for personal change. To be a powerful teacher, you need to have an experiential understanding of what you are teaching. Our dedicated faculty will create a space for your personal practice of yoga to deepen and expand throughout the training, having a solid practice is essential for teaching authentically and with integrity. You will be guided through the experimental aspects of teaching methodology and practice these skills in the classroom to ensure the greatest of efficacy with your verbal skills and physical presentation. The direct experience of yoga’s transformative effects will provide you with the knowledge and inspiration to guide and teach others for years to come.


200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training Course Content

I. Refine Your Practice and Learning to Teach Asana
Principles of energetic and structural alignment
Anatomy and physiology for yoga teachers
Yoga models of the subtle body (chakras, koshas, nadis)
Structuring and sequencing classes
Practice teaching in small and large groups

II. Refine Your Practice and Teach Pranayama, Pratyahara, and Meditation
Systematic breath training
Pranayama practice and teaching
Relaxation techniques and teaching
Theory and practice of meditation

III. Understanding and Applying Yoga Psychology and Philosophy
Study of the Yoga Sutra
Study of the Bhagavad Gita
The yogic model and functions of the mind
Introduction to Sanskrit, chants, and mantras
Overview of the history of the yoga tradition

Tuition: $2999

Payment Plan option:
Initial Deposit: $803
Initial deposit reserves your seat and covers the tuition for Weekend 1
6 monthly payments of $366 due at the beginning of Weekends 2-7
Final payment is due by March 14, 2025

Reserve your spot today! All trainees will receive the following bonuses, a $1250 value:

  • Online Asana Pass* to HIB’s virtual yoga class offerings (for the duration of training)
  • 1 on 1 and group mentorship with your training facilitators
  • Monthly study and personal practice challenges to integrate course material
  • 10% off at the Himalayan Institute of Buffalo bookstore
  • Discounts on select workshops

* The Online Asana Pass includes all virtual asana classes. It excludes workshops, seminars, and continuing education events.

The class will meet Tuesday evenings from 7-9pm (via Zoom) and one weekend per month IN PERSON at H.I. Buffalo (Fridays 5:30pm-8:30pm, Saturdays 9am-5pm, and Sundays 9am-5pm).

September 20-22
October 18-20
November 15-17
December 13-15

January 10-12
February 14-16
March 14-16
April 11-13
May 16-18

September 24 – December 10
January 14 – May 13

If safety precautions require, we have the capacity to run this training as a HYBRID MODEL or fully on ZOOM, according to the current NYS and Yoga Alliance guidelines. We will continue to monitor the situation and will keep applicants updated of any changes.

Certification to Teach Yoga

Participants who complete the program receive Yoga Teacher Certification from the Himalayan Institute and are also eligible to apply for the 200-hour level of registration (RYT) with the Yoga Alliance organization. Certification requirements include: full attendance in the training intensive, required reading, knowledge assessment, and two written assignments to be completed after the training intensive. The written requirements are a 30-day meditation journal and a self-evaluation of your teaching experience of 12 hours taught. Most participants complete their certification requirements in six months to one year. All participants must complete certification requirements within two years after end date of training in order to receive certification.