Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training

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A Guide To Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training

Interested in taking a Vinyasa yoga teacher training? On this page you will find a list of the top schools offering Vinyasa yoga certification programs along with industry background information which can be found at the bottom:

Amazing Yoga

For the past eleven years, Amazing Yoga has been offering  their style of Yoga Alliance accredited Vinayasa yoga teacher training via their “Power Vinyasa.” Located in either Tulum Mexico or Costa Rica, their trainings focus on study of asana and alignment, intelligent sequencing, meditation and pranayama, how to assist students correctly, modification for different bodies and abilities, how to prepare your class curriculum, and how to become an inspired yoga teacher. The programs are lead by master teacher Sean and Karen Conley. To learn more visit Amazing Yoga.

It’s Yoga Thailand

Born out of the beautiful inspiration of Larry Schultz and his “It’s Yoga” school, It’s Yoga Thailand offers a Yoga Alliance accredited Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga teacher training that also takes place throughout the year in exotic Thailand. The trainings will cover everything including the history of yoga, pranayama and yogic breathing techniques, Sanskrit, asanas and sequencing, chakras and bandhas, principles of teaching, etiquette, how to find your voice, and much more. Their trainings are lead by master teachers Donovon Hicks, Kunkanit Phrombut, and Ricardo Martin.

To learn more visit It’s Yoga Thailand.

Sadhana Yoga Chi

Lead by world renowned teacher Doug Swenson, Sadhana Yogi Chi’s Yoga Alliance accredited Vinyasa yoga teacher training is a blend blend of Ashtanga, Yin, and Power yoga. When asked to describe his approach to teaching, Doug said “Our program embraces the concept in which we feel – a yoga teacher should be more than just an asana coach and spiritual teacher. We believe a yoga teacher, is a mirror to reflect the ultimate best potential of each individual student, as we all strive to grow, learn and expand the consciousness of Humans. This unique course offers full spectrum Yoga Training for all levels of practice.” The program covers everything from asana sequencing, adjustments, partner yoga, teaching workshops, Sanskrit, teaching yoga to people at different levels, yogic diet, anatomy, meditation, pranayama, cleansing, and much more.

To learn more visit Sadhana Yoga Chi.

Yoga Den

Lead by master teacher Liza Villagomez, Yoga Den offers their style of Yoga Alliance accredited Vinyasa yoga teacher training where their hands on curriculum encompasses a multitude of styles and disciplines such as, Vinyasa Flow, Free Movement, Power Yoga, Iyengar, Anusara, Ashtanga, pre/post natal, restorative, asana sequencing and adjustment. We also focus on life building practices such as Kriya-cleansing, Pranayama- breath work, Raw food preparation, Ayurvedic healing and diet. We incorporate healing modalities from Native American and South American Indians, Hindu, and Hawaiian.  In this training, you will experience Poi Spinning, Shamanic healing, Traditional Naturopathic wellness and Reiki as well as experience Kirtan (chanting), Puja (ceremony), Ecstatic Movement, and Lucid Dreaming.

To learn more visit Yoga Den.

North Shore Yoga

Lead by master teacher Sharyn Galindo, North Shore offers a 500-hour advanced Yoga Alliance accredited Vinyasa yoga teacher training. Their program covers everything from pranayama, developing a home practice, art of sequencing, how to observe and adjust effectively, anatomy, Ayurveda, chanting, yogic philosophyand much more. Their training also covers a  full course on Trancendental Meditation as well as learning Ashtanga yoga in the tradition of Sri. K. Pattabhi Jois.

To learn more, visit North Shore Yoga.

Yandara Yoga Institute

Lead by master teacher Craig Perkins, Yandara Yoga Institute offers 15 Yoga Alliance accredited Vinyasa yoga teacher trainings in Baja Mexico and Bali every year. Their programs cover everything from how to teach yoga to beginners, precise alignment, addressing individual differences, use of props, pranayama,  meditation techniques, yogic theory, anatomy, communication skills, and much more. At their trainings you will benefit immensely from the emphasis that is placed on practice teaching time, one to one mentoring, and small class sizes.

To learn more please visit Yandara Yoga Institute.

Asha Yoga

Lead by master teacher Cori Martinez, Asha Yoga offers their style of Yoga Alliance accredited Vinyasa yoga teacher training which is based in Sacramento, CA – USA. When asked about their training philosophy, their response was “Our teaching methods are based on the belief that true knowledge is acquired through direct experience. Therefore, The Path of Discovery is equally anadvanced studies & teacher training program.” The program will cover everything from a safe and mindful approach to dynamic asana, intelligent sequencing, thoughtful assisting and adjusting of students, pranayama, meditation, self-inquiry, chanting, leading classes, anatomy, and much more.

To learn more please visit Asha Yoga.

Shakti Spirit Yoga

Lead by master teacher Rachel Hull, Shakti Spirit’s Yoga Alliance accredited Vinyasa yoga teacher training is located in beautiful Bali. Shakti Spirit’s teacher trainings are known for their comprehensive approach to firmly grounding students in the principles of Hatha Yoga, Ayurveda, Anatomy and Yoga Therapy, Yogic Philosophy, and Teaching Skills. In this course you will receive instruction in movement related Anatomy and Physiology, Yoga Therapy, Yogic philosophy, Asana – including static postures where we focus on alignment, as well as Vinyasa Flow sequences, adjusting skills, the use of props, and teaching and sequencing skills.

To learn more please visit Shakti Spirit Yoga.

Rolf Gates

Lead by master teacher Rolf Gates, this Yoga Alliance accredited Vinyasa teacher training takes place all over the USA as well as online. Rolf partners with many schools where he offers his style of teacher training. When asked about their style to teacher training, their response was, “You will go through a mentally, physically and emotionally challenging process designed to enable serious students to become inspired teachers.” Their programs are rigorous and intense and you should expect to commit yourself to the training as you will come out a new person. Their program covers everything from meditation, pranayama, sequencing, nutrition, how to project your voice and lead a class, teaching modifications for all levels, and much more.

To learn more please visit Rolf Gates.


Lead by master teachers Sarah and Tomas Marsh, their Yoga Alliance accredited Vinyasa yoga teacher training is located in New Jersey, USA. Their program will cover such topics as meditation, pranayama, sequencing, A & P, Thai Yoga Therapy, Hot Yoga, Private versus group teaching, the business of yoga, and Pre/postnatal and working with clients with special needs or severe injury or disabilities.

To learn more please visit FlorYoga.

Frog Lotus Yoga International

Lead by master teacher Vidya Jacqueline Heisel, Frog Lotus Yoga offers their style of Vinyasa yoga teacher trainings that take place all over the world including Costa Rica, Bali, Spain, and much more. Their trainings cover everything from an in depth study of over 100 poses, different modifications for every level of students, applied anatomy, yogic philosophy, meditation, pranayama, Prenatal & Restorative yoga, chanting, the history of yoga, yogic diet and lifestyle, yoga business and marketing, and much more!

To learn more please visit Frog Lotus Yoga International.

Himalayan Yoga Institute

Led by world renowned yoga master Ganga Devi, this Vinyasa yoga teacher training program takes place in varied locations all over the world. As an international training program, Ganga has been teaching students for over 25 years and while the course is open to all students, their programs are definitely for those who are dedicated to the yogic lifestyle. In their program you will learn more then just the basics (such as asana practice, meditation, pranayama, etc…) but they also go much more in depth by teaching cleansing and detoxing techniques, esoteric tantra, Sanskrit, Kirtan, Bhakti yoga, how to teach yoga to people of all ages, mandala art, chanting and much more. This course is for those students who truly seek the Eastern spiritual path of Yoga.

To learn more visit Himalayan Yoga Institute

blue lotus yoga

Both the 200-hour and 500-hour trainings at blue lotus invite you to dive deep into Ha-Tha, Sun and Moon, Yin and Yang. Our approach to vinyasa is based on the Krishnamacharya lineage of alignment-based movement that is linked to the breath. Our 200-hour training also includes the complementary Yin practices, and our 500-hour training includes Restorative Yoga training. Both trainings incorporate study of alignment, effective sequencing (vinyasa karma), applied anatomy, pranayama, the subtle body and energetic anatomy, and teaching theory, to give you the tools to create effective, safe sequences for your students and your personal practice.

To learn more visit blue lotus yoga

What is the history of  Vinyasa yoga?

Vinyasa Yoga grew into its own unique style in the US out of the Ashtanga Vinyasa tradition as led by Pattabhi Jois. Unlike Ashtanga Yoga, which relies on the repetition of the exact same sequences in each class, Vinyasa Yoga allows each individual teacher to create their own original sequences, which include the traditional asanas. Vinyasa literally means “flow,” and the practice is based on moving effortlessly between asanas, linking movement and breath.

What separates Vinyasa from other styles of yoga?

Vinyasa’s encouragement of originality in sequencing is a fresh approach that has been eagerly embraced in the Yoga community. Vinyasa teachers are free to create their own type of class and draw from a wide variety of inspirations.

What percentage of Yoga schools teach this style?

Currently approximately 13% of Yoga Alliance’s registered US schools teach Vinyasa Yoga, making it the second most popular style behind Hatha Yoga.

How popular is this style in the Yoga community?

Vinyasa is probably the fastest growing Yoga style today, and although it is a newer form that originated in the US, it is widely practiced all over the world. Perhaps this appeal is because of its diversity; due to Vinyasa’s individualized sequencing, teachers can showcase their creativity and knowledge, and their students will never take the same Vinyasa class twice.

Who are the major teachers in this style?

Seane Corn, Shiva Rea (although Shiva now has her own style called Prana Flow), and Rodney Yee.

What are Vinyasa yoga instructor certifications like?

Vinyasa Yoga trainings are in-depth and well rounded, with an asana alignment focus not unlike Iyengar Yoga. Most Vinyasa trainings will include detailed pranayama, anatomy and Yoga philosophy components. A Vinyasa teacher must have an excellent knowledge base in order to build safe creative sequences and guide students through them, and while Vinyasa Yoga has a lot of interpretive freedom, classes generally should follow a basic structure that trainees must become well-versed in.

What can I expect if I take a teacher training in this style?

This will vary depending on the training selected. You can expect a rigorous training that will prepare you fully for the challenge of safe sequencing in a flow format. Expect to travel to a qualified Vinyasa yoga teacher training; because Vinyasa is so individualized, it is important a trainee truly enjoy his or her trainer’s style.

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