In-Depth Studies Program

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.

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.

September 2019 through April 2020:

Weekend program: Saturdays & Sundays 9-6pm  at Heartspace Albany 2019: Sept 28-29, Oct 19-20, Nov 16-17, Dec 14-15, 2020: Jan 11-12, Feb 8-9, Feb 29- Mar 1, March 28-29, April 25-26

Wednesday Program: 9-3:30pm at Heartspace Troy. Most Wednesdays,. Oct 30, 2019-April 22, 2020 (graduation date is April 26th) and a few weekend days, tbd.

Thursday Program: Lead by Yoga Vidya faculty, Meghan Hogan, at Lilananda Yoga. Most Thursdays. Oct 3, 2019-April 9, 2020 from 9am-3:30pm. No class 11/28, 12/26, 1/2, 2/20.

Scholarships Available

We at the Yoga Vidya School are humbled, grateful, and excited to announce that we have received a substantial scholarship fund from a generous and passionate anonymous donor. This scholarship has been founded to celebrate, honor and acknowledge the established quality of the Yoga Vidya school, Lauren’s dedicated expertise and leadership in her field, and to increase access to these transformative programs of study.

For those who face a financial barrier to pursuing their dream of diving deeper into their journey with yoga- now is your chance. Act fast and submit an application including a letter of intent and explanation of your circumstances along with a personal reference.

We are able to provide a sliding scale of scholarships, covering at least 50% of the cost of the program.


More than a workout… A foundational aspect of Yoga Vidya’s 200 hour teacher training is the understanding that Yoga is more than just a fitness program.

This program is for you if you have a passion for Yoga and a strong desire to enhance your knowledge and practice. Use this training as an opportunity to build new friendships and advance your capacity as a serious teacher! Share your Yoga knowledge with the world while developing the tools for a balanced, happy and healthy life.

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)

What is expected of you?

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.

  • Attendance in at least 15 classes with Approved Teachers 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.

  • Willingness to be guided in your growth and wellness.

  • Show improvement in your personal asana practice and demonstrate an ability to understand asana dynamics.

  • Be able to lead a basic yoga class.


Program Tuition:

Excludes cost of books and required weekly classes.


Explore and come away with:

  • An understanding of the brilliance of Yogic lifestyle and how to live it through study of the seminal philosophical texts of Yoga: The Bhagavad Gita and The Yoga Sutra

  • 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