Himalayan Institute 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Certification
Presented by Synergy Yoga Studio

Synergy is a Himalayan Institute Affiliate and National Yoga Alliance approved and registered school.

Click to download the HI program overview (PDF).

Program Description

Synergy Yoga Studio partners with The Himalayan Institute to offer this comprehensive and in-depth program. Join both local teachers and HI faculty to deepen your understanding of the yoga tradition, expand your personal yoga practice, and discover your full potential as a yoga teacher.

Drawing from ancient yoga theory and modern knowledge of the body and mind, we will cover the whole of yoga practice: yamas and niyamas (lifestyle guidelines), asana (postures), pranayama (breath training), pratyahara (sense withdrawal), dharana (concentration), dhyana (meditation), and samadhi (self-realization).

During your training, you will have the opportunity to further your yoga practice, teach and receive valuable feedback, which will put you on the track of a powerful and life-affirming direction, and have fun while doing it!

The program takes place in Synergy's warm, nurturing environment at Three Chopt Center near Innsbrook. The school meets the standards and guidelines of the National Yoga Alliance, allowing graduates to nationally register as 200-hour yoga teachers at the completion of the program (RYT 200).

Benefits of the HI Training Program

  • Acquire the knowledge and tools to bring yoga to your local community
  • Access the living yoga tradition and a vibrant worldwide community
  • One-Year Premium Membership to the Himalayan Institute
  • Online access to a growing library of eCourses on meditation and yoga
  • All required reading, 5 books, plus your Teacher Certification manual of more than 250 pages are included
  • 9 Month Unlimited Yoga class pass at Synergy for only $315! (over 65% off)
  • Eligibility to apply for the 200-hour level of registration (RYT) with Yoga Alliance, upon certification by the Himalayan Institute
  • Faculty

    Director of Teacher Training, Andrea Bleck-Smith, E-RYT
    Andrea's love of yoga has served as her motivation during her fourteen-year teaching career, which includes leading over 2,800 classes. Andrea began her journey as a certified yoga teacher in 2001 and was initiated into the Himalayan Tradition. She has experience helping students with chronic health conditions, including training in the "Arthritis-Friendly Yoga" program of the Arthritis Foundation. With the guidance of Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, Ph.D, and the Himalayan lineage, she continues her studies and will complete the Himalayan Institute's 500 hour teacher training in the fall of 2014. Working with body alignment, breath awareness, and self-acceptance, she encourages students to let go and enjoy life each day.

    Associate Director of Teacher Training, Mary Macaulay RYT
    Mary enjoys teaching and shares her joyful spirit and devotion of yoga with all students. Mary is also trained in the Himalayan Tradition and continues to enhance her practice by taking classes and workshops, including beginning the Himalayan Institute's 500 hour teacher training program. Her kind and loving manner is evident in her uplifting teaching style. Mary's passion for yoga is driven by her desire to enhance the lives of others through the many benefits of yoga.

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    Current Program
    This Teacher Certification Program is an annual event taking place at Synergy.

    Space is limited. Apply now to receive acceptance into the program, as well as books (included in tuition and valued at about $100).

    Classes take the form of weekend modules, and certified instructors can pay by class for CEUs or personal development. Contact us for class titles, descriptions, prices, and to register.

    2014-2015 Schedule

  • Friday, September 19, 2014 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm: Welcome - Orientation and Overview
  • All classes will be held one weekend each month on Saturdays from 10 am - 6 pm and on
    Sundays from 9:30 am - 6 pm on the dates below:

  • September 20 - 21, 2014
  • October 25 - 26
  • November 15 - 16
  • December 13 - 14
  • January 24 - 25, 2015
  • February 21 - 22
  • March 14 - 15
  • April 18 - 19
  • May 16 - 17

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    $2,999 full tuition
    This includes the application fee ($108) as well as the course books (valued about $100).
    For more information, including payment plans, contact us.


    You can apply online OR download application (PDF), print, and follow instructions.

    When filling out your application, please make sure "Training Location" says "Richmond, VA."

    Enrollment is limited and an applicant's selection is by permission only, so please contact us as soon as possible to hold your spot, for prices, or for more information.

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    Course Overview

    I. How to practice and teach all major classes of asanas

    • Principles of structural and energetic alignment
    • Anatomy and physiology for yoga teachers
    • Structuring and sequencing classes
    • Yoga model of the subtle (pranic) body
    • Practice teaching in small and large groups

    II. How to 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 philosophy and yoga psychology

    • Study of the Yoga Sutra
    • Study of the Bhagavad Gita
    • The yogic model and functions of the mind
    • Introduction to Sanskrit

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    Yoga Alliance Registered School (200)