200-Hour Yoga Teacher Certification (RYT200)
Yoga Alliance Registered
Yoga Alliance is the regulating organization for Yoga teachers and programs, which sets standards for teacher training programs worldwide. The Yoga Synthesis Teacher Training is approved and registered with Yoga Alliance and meets the minimum Yoga Alliance requirement of 200 hours. Upon completion of all requirements, trainees receive a Certificate which can be submitted to Yoga Alliance for registration.
The Yoga Synthesis Certification Teacher Training gives a comprehensive view of the major yoga styles and methods. Particular focus is put on Classical Hatha, Krishnamacharya Yoga, Iyengar Yoga, and Ashtanga Vinyasa. Special presentations on Yin Yoga, Kundalini Yoga, Partner Yoga and Thai Yoga bodywork are given. Forms are compared and discussed to facilitate a broader understanding of the whole while continually emphasizing the core principles and commonalities. The practical aspects of teaching such as risk management, alignment and appropriate postural adjustments are combined with foundational theory in yoga philosophy and Ayurveda.
Participants are encouraged to dive wholeheartedly into their own practice, practice teaching and class observations in order to further their own development in yoga, and to gain practical insight into teaching technique, methodology and style. Each training session includes theory, postural practice, breathing practice, meditation, relaxation, discussion and teaching practicum. Main presentations and classes are taught by Raji Thron, with assistance from Yoga Synthesis Staff Teachers and graduates. Special presentations and programs are taught intermittently by our adjunct faculty to enhance and deepen the learning experience.
What Participants Will Learn
Yoga practices of various traditions: postural, breathing, meditation and relaxation.
Basic yoga philosophy, psychology, Ayurveda and yogic health practices.
Teaching methodology, ethics, technique and style.
Anatomy and physiology related to yoga practices.
The practice and teaching of fundamental yoga postures, alignment, variations and modifications and sequencing.
The practice and teaching of fundamental breathing techniques, breath sequencing and meditation.
Essential Sanskrit terms and mantras commonly associated with yogic practices and yoga philosophy.
Candidates for admission into the Yoga Synthesis Teachers Training are required to have a minimum of 2 years of current, consistent Yoga practice, and a basic understanding of yogic principles. To insure the integrity of the learning experience, all candidates must receive prior approval of the instructor.
In order to receive a Certification, participants must complete the following requirements:
Attend each training session in its entirety (except in the event of illness or emergency situations).
Complete all required reading assignments.
Submit written homework (due on Friday night of each section).
Commit to a self-guided home practice a minimum of 2 times a month.
Organize and teach 2 classes each month to a small informal group of friends or family.
Attend 3 Yoga Synthesis public classes and 1 class in each yoga style being studied (9 classes).
Complete 4 class assists with Yoga Synthesis staff teachers or other qualified teachers.
Pass all written and practical tests.
Missed training presentations may be made up through private instruction arranged with the instructor, at a minimum fee of $150 for every 2 hours of private instruction.
The following yoga props should be obtained by each participant to ensure that propping techniques can be practiced at home. Yoga mat, 9-foot quick release Yoga strap, 2 - 4" Yoga blocks and 2 Mexican cotton blankets, 60”x 80”.
It is highly recommended that participants complete all pre-training reading requirements before the start of the program.
Yoga Sutras of Patanjali by Mukunda Stiles or other author (pre-training reading requirement)
Anusara Yoga by Doug Keller (pre-training reading requirement) (PDF available here)
The Shambhala Guide to Yoga by Georg Feuerstein (pre-training reading requirement)
Ayurveda: The Science of Self-Healing by Vasant Lad
Yoga: The Spirit and Practice of Moving Into Stillness by Erich Schiffmann
Ashtanga Yoga, “The Practice Manual” by David Swenson
Yoga, The Iyengar Way by Silva, Mira & Shyam Mehta
Yoga for Wellness by Gary Kraftsow
Anatomy and Asana
The Yoga Anatomy Coloring Book by Kelly Solloway
Full Tuition is $3,600. A completed application, along with a deposit check payable to Yoga Synthesis in the amount of $1,000 is required for registration in Yoga Synthesis Basic Teacher Training. Payment in full at the start of the training is preferred. Payment plans are available based on the full tuition of $3,600. Payment plans are arranged with no more than 4 payments. All payments are due no later than 1 month prior to the training’s graduation date. Cost of books and props is not included.
Special Offers to Enrolled Trainees
Discounted class packages*
$9 drop-in class rate
$75 monthly unlimited class package
$500 for TT unlimited class package
20% off Yoga Synthesis workshops*
20% off retail products* (from the Yoga Synthesis shop)
*All discounts apply only to trainees and only for the duration of the training.
Registration & Payment
A completed application must be accompanied by a deposit check payable to Raji Thron in the amount of $1,000, sent to Yoga Synthesis, 225 North Franklin Turnpike, Ramsey, NJ 07446. Please submit your application by mail to the above address. Payment plans are available, based on the full price of the training with no more than 4 payments to be paid in full by the end of the training.
Withdrawal refund prior to start date, $800. Thereafter, refunds are determined on an individual basis, depending upon time spent in the training, cost of training materials, etc. The Yoga Synthesis Teachers’ Training Manual and Manual Supplement are the property of Yoga Synthesis, and must be returned to Yoga Synthesis upon withdrawal from the program.
An application may be obtained in person or online. Click here for an application.
Weekend Course Time:
Friday nights from 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Saturdays from 11:30am to 7:00pm
Sundays from 11:30am to 7:00pm
2018-2019 Training Dates:
Section 1: Sep 28 to Sep 30
Section 2: Oct 19 to Oct 21
Section 3: Nov 16 to Nov 18
Section 4: Dec 14 to Dec 16
Section 5: Jan 18 to Jan 20
Section 6: Feb 8 to Feb 10
Section 7: Mar 8 to Mar 10
Section 8: Apr 5 to Apr 7
Section 9: May 3 to May 5
Midweek Course Time:
Wednesdays from 9:00am to 3:00pm
2019 Training Dates:
Training begins February 27, 2019
Section 1: Feb 27 to Jun 9
Section 2: Sep 4 to Nov 20
Yoga Synthesis, Chestnut Ridge, NY.
Summer Course Time:
The summer teacher training is a set of four 5-day intensives with a weekend in September to conclude. Summer times are Monday through Friday, 11:30am to 5:00pm.
Early Bird Discount: $400 off full tuition with $1000 deposit by April 30th
2019 Training Dates:
Training begins June 24, 2019
Section 1: Jun 24 to Jun 29
Section 2: Jul 8 to Jul 13
Section 3: Jul 15 to Jul 20
Section 4: Jul 29 to Aug 2
Section 5: Sep 7 to Sep 8
Unique Summer TT Requirements
Take 30 classes (observe/log). 6 Gentle Restorative Classes, 6 Level 1 Classes, 6 mixed Classes, 6 Vinyasa Classes, 6 Ashtanga classes.