200 Hour Teacher Training

200+ Hour Teacher Training

Our next free class and information session is at 6 pm on August 4th at Heartspace Albany. Take a class and find out if this program is right for you!

What We Are…

The Yoga Vidya 200+ hour program is an eight month, Yoga Alliance registered teacher training and in depth studies course. It is one of the most highly regarded and longest running programs in the NYS Capitol Region. The program has run, and evolved, at Heartspace Albany since 2007. Many of the area’s best yoga teachers, including Heartspace owners Andrew and Elizabeth Kasius, are graduates of Lauren’s program.

How We Do It

Steeped in classical teachings and philosophy, yet entirely applicable to the modern day, this course is dedicated to creating extraordinary yoga instructors who are practitioners first. Yoga Vidya’s mission is to offer yoga as a method of self inquiry and wellness, building upon one’s personal practice and voice. Teaching skills and practicum are woven throughout the curriculum in an attainable, embraceable way. Each person is seen, heard valued and nurtured. This is not a cookie cutter program that teaches you only postures and scripts.  We teach people, not just postures.

Who We Are

Director Lauren Toolin and guest faculty represent decades of experience, practice and training. Lauren has spent thousands of hours with her teachers Rod Stryker, Rodney Yee and Barbara Benagh and has been teaching since the early nineties. She also helped develop and directs the worldwide ParaYoga Certification Program and has certified and mentored more than 200 yoga instructors since 2004. Faculty Meghan Hogan and Preeti Bavdekar are both program graduates and are stellar teachers in their own right. Loretta Tharp, guest instructor, is a veteran yogini and yoga therapist.

In this eight-month long lifechanger, you will explore and come away with:

Study of the seminal philosophical texts of Yoga: The Bhagavad Gita and The Yoga Sutra

• An understanding of the brilliance of Yogic lifestyle and how to live it
• Increased observation, listening and communication skills
• A working knowledge of the Yogic body, from both the Western (anatomical) and Eastern (energetic) perspectives
• Sanskrit for Yoga
• How to assess and communicate to a classroom

• How to develop an integrated, safe and uplifting class plan
• Sequencing for multiple experience levels
• Asana labs
• Apprentice teaching with primary instructors
• Pranayama: breath work and the subtle body
• Partner work, practice teaching and assisting in a public class setting
• An introduction to working therapeutically for different injuries and conditions (including pregnancy)
• Restorative Yoga and the Stress Cycle
• Principles and practices of meditation
• Special topics with outstanding guest teachers
• Ethics and business of teaching Yoga

This program is for you if you:

• Have a passion for Yoga and a strong desire to enhance your knowledge and practice
• Want more balance, happiness and health in your life
• Seek new friendships
• Have a desire to be a serious teacher and share your Yoga knowledge with others
• Understand that Yoga is more than just a fitness program

What is expected of me?

Practice! Your individual practice is key to the wellspring of health and wisdom that is Yoga. You will be expected to practice a minimum of five days per week, for at least 20 minutes, and you will also journal as a tool to gain additional insight.

• Attendance at all trainings and workshops is mandatory in order to receive a certificate of completion and to graduate.
• Completion of all reading and writing assignments in a timely manner. No exceptions.
• Attendance in at least 20 classes (once per week) with Approved Teachers (a select list at Heartspace, or as approved individually by the Director) during the term of the course.
• Active participation and attentiveness at all trainings will enhance your experience in the course and will also help you to find your voice.
• Take and graduate from a CPR course.
• Show improvement in your personal asana practice and demonstrate an ability to understand asana dynamics.
• Be able to lead a basic yoga class.

What is the time commitment involved?

This course is purposely designed to create a positive shift in your lifestyle and personal evolution. It will require a strong commitment to study and practice consistently and with determination. Making Yogic studies a priority will require planning and flexibility on your part. Expect to spend at least a few hours per week reading and writing, and several hours per week practicing. You will also need to commit to attending one yoga class per week and all weekend trainings.

How it Works

The Yoga Vidya 200 Hour Training is a multi-weekend or weekday format, with significant work done outside of classroom hours as well. (Reading, writing, home practice, studying, etc).

Program Tuition: Early Bird: $2,850 if paid in full 60 days prior to start date $3,000 thereafter. Payment plan is also available.  Excludes cost of books and required weekly classes. Register today!

Program Structure and Schedule

The Yoga Vidya Teacher Training and In-Depth Studies Program is a 200+ hour Yoga Alliance approved course.  Lauren has been training teachers since 2004.

Applications are now being accepted for the next program, to run on select full or partial weekends, September 2017 through March 2018, at HeartSpace Yoga.  The weekend program is held at the Albany location and the weekday program is held at the Troy location.

2017-2018 Dates:

Weekend program:  2017: Sept 16-17, Oct 7-8, Nov 4-5 Nov 18-19, Dec 9-10, 2018: Jan 6, Jan 27-28, Feb 17, March 3-4, March 17, April 14-15

Wednesday Program: 9-3:30 Most Wednesdays Oct 4, 2017-March 28, 2018 (graduation date is April 15th) and a few weekend days, tbd (no classes on 12/27 and 2/7)

Coming in 2018! Yoga Vidya 200+ hour training with lead teacher Meghan Hogan! 

The inaugural run of Yoga Vidya at Purebred Crossfit in Clifton Park commences on January 11th, 2018! Every Thursday immerse yourself in a yoga teacher training steeped in an ancient lineage and lead by a practiced, experienced, and accomplished graduate of Yoga Vidya Teacher Training. Each day runs 9am to 3:15pm.

Dates may be subject to change. Plenty of advanced notice will be given if so.