Worlds Yoga 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Program

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Program Overview

With evidence of yoga practices as far back as 5000 years, yoga history, evolution, science, and art are vast and expansive topics. The study of yoga is a complex undertaking consisting of many elements, such as the anatomy of yoga poses, understanding how yoga connects mind, breath and body, classification and analysis of thousands of yoga asanas. Yoga teachers are faced with interesting and important challenges that require experience and know-how as they strategize ways to choreograph yoga practices that both challenge and rejuvenate practitioners that may have diverse abilities and needs. Teaching those practices requires experience, communication skills, and talent.

The Worlds Yoga 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Program (WY 200 YTT) is a major step in your yoga journey, and a significant turning point in your quest for a new and better life. The program is designed to build a solid foundation that will support life-long development and enable our graduates to help others experience the physical and mental transformational benefits of yoga themselves.

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The 2019 Worlds Yoga 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Program begins Saturday, January 19th, and culminates with graduation on Sunday, September 8th. The program meetings are schedule for the following dates:

  • January 19 & 20, 2019
  • February 2 & 3, 2019
  • February 16 & 17, 2019
  • March 2 & 3, 2019
  • March 16 & 17, 2019
  • April 6 & 7, 2019
  • May 4 & 5, 2019
  • May 18 & 19, 2019
  • June 8 & 9, 2019
  • June 22 & 23, 2019
  • July 27 & 28, 2019
  • August 24 & 25, 2019
  • September 7 & 8, 2019

Class times are 12:00 noon to 6:30 pm, with a 30-minute break.

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A yoga teacher training graduate must be prepared to teach safe and effective yoga classes of various lengths and levels to groups of students with different abilities, needs, and expectations. The Worlds Yoga approach to achieving this objective is grounded in the idea of Mini Sequences that are building blocks of sequences of various lengths and levels. Mini Sequences are easy to master, expand or shorten, and intensify or simplify. It is easy to assemble Mini Sequences into full-length complete sequences.

A yoga teacher-training graduate must receive a broad based foundational education upon which s/he can progressively build. We achieve this objective by providing a comprehensive program that introduces our students to key concepts that lay a foundation upon which they can deepen and expand their understanding and knowledge over time.

During the program, our teacher trainees may attend classes in all Worlds Yoga studios at discounted rate. In addition, the program includes opportunities to observe teachers in Worlds Yoga class rooms to gain experience and confidence. See Worlds Yoga Commitment below for details.

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Course Topics

The WY 200 YTT program is comprehensive in its coverage of important yoga concepts, principles, and methods. The key objective of the program is to ensure that our graduates can respond knowledgeably and confidently to questions posed by their students. Toward that end, we introduce and explore the following topics in the program:

  • Fundamentals of yoga practice
  • Analyses and classification of yoga poses
  • Principles of sequencing
  • Principles of cueing
  • Principles of alignment
  • Principles of hands-on adjustments
  • Teaching a multi-level class
  • Themes and their role in sequencing
  • Transitions
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Learning styles
  • Pranayama
  • Bandhas and mudras
  • History of yoga
  • Philosophy of yoga & subtle body
  • Ayurveda
  • Yoga for seniors
  • Intro to prenatal yoga
  • Therapeutic yoga
  • Styles of yoga: Bikram, Gentle, Hatha, Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Power, Restorative, Yin, Fusions
  • Business of yoga
  • Dos and don’ts in teaching
  • Dos and don’ts as a yoga teacher
  • Mini Sequence building blocks

    1. Warm-up
    2. Sun Salutation A
    3. Sun Salutation B
    4. Warrior 2
    5. Warrior 1
    6. Shoulders and Neck
    7. Spine
    8. Hips
    9. Back Bend
    10. Balance and Inversion
    11. Cool-down

These topics map onto the Yoga Alliance requirements for 200-hour YTT shown below, but go beyond it.

  • Teaching Methodology: teaching effectively, communication, time management, prioritization, and managing a group setting
  • Techniques, Training, and Practice: asana, pranayama, kriya, meditation and other traditional yoga techniques
  • Anatomy and Physiology: The Physical and Energetic bodies
  • History, Philosophy, and Life Style: History, Philosophy, Ethics and Lifestyle practices of Yoga
  • Practicum: teaching, receiving and giving feedback, observing others teach and assisting
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The WY 200 YTT program faculty members have extensive educational experience and have been practicing and teaching yoga for many years. Our faculty members have been innovators in their areas of specialty and bring considerable insight to the program. Below is a brief introduction to the members of WY 200 YTT 2017 program faculty:

Dr. Ketabchi is the director of the program. He has more than 20 years of teaching experience as a university professor, has been practicing yoga for more than 10 years, and has taught more than 1000 yoga classes in Worlds Yoga Studios. Dr. Ketabchi will oversee the curriculum and will actively participate in meetings throughout the program.

Evelyn Villa is the operations director of the program. She has been practicing and teaching yoga for more than ten years. Evelyn has been managing the Worlds Yoga Union City Studio for more than five years and has managed WY 200 YTT program for the last four years.

Anjali Rao believes practicing yoga can be a powerful tool to live with joy in one’s body, mind and spirit and teaches Yoga for those going through health challenges such as cancer, and their caregivers. She is well on her way to completing her 300 hour certification. Anjali will lead the Yoga Philosophy and Subtle Body section of the WY 200 YTT program.

Barry Au-Yeung is a senior teacher with extensive teaching experience and has been teaching yoga classes in Worlds Yoga for over five years. He is an Ashtanga Yoga Mysore practitioner and has led many successful workshops in arm balances and inversion. Barry will lead Arm Balances and Inversion sections of WY 200 YTT program.

Carole Smith-Higgins has been practicing yoga since 2009. She is a 500 hour registered Yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance and an expert in anatomy in relation to yoga poses. She has also authored Guru Gotcha yoga flash cards. Carole will lead the anatomy sections of the WY 200 YTT program..

Carolyn Cohen has been teaching yoga for seven years. She is a certified Prenatal Yoga teacher and a personal trainer who specializes in working with expecting and new mothers. Carolyn will lead the Prenatal Yoga section of the WY 200 YTT program for the third year.

Chris Butler has been practicing many different types of yoga since 2001. In 2014, she decided to deepen her practice by completing yoga teacher training right here at Worlds Yoga! She completed 300 hours of Somatic Yoga Therapy teacher training in 2017 to become a 500 hour registered yoga teacher. Chris will lead the therapeutic, Yin and Restorative yoga section of the WY 200 YTT program.

Kristian Menoti has been practicing yoga for twelve years. She is an experienced yoga teacher and a 500 hour registered Yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance. She has been teaching at Worlds Yoga since 2014. Kristian will lead Teaching Multi-Level yoga sections of the WY 200 YTT program.

Manju Batra is an EYT (Experienced Yoga Teacher) and a 500 RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher) and has been teaching yoga classes in Worlds Yoga studios for over four years. She completed her training in Hot Yoga, Yin Yoga, Yoga for Cancer Survivors, Power Yoga, and Vinyasa Yoga. Manju will lead Yoga Philosophy and Pranayama, in addition to several of the Mini Sequence sections of the WY 200 YTT program.

Shannon Vale has been teaching yoga classes in Worlds Yoga for more than five years, and has a particular interest in nutritional complements to yoga practice. She has been researching holistic healing and nutrition for more than 20 years. Shannon will lead the Ayurveda section of the WY 200 YTT program.


WY 200 YTT program classes will be held in Worlds Yoga Fremont, Milpitas, and Union City studios. The use of these locations will be determined by the geographic make-up of program attendees. These studios are all along 880 just a few exits apart from each other.

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Worlds Yoga Commitment

While some yoga teacher training graduates want only to expand the depth and breadth of their personal practice, many others want to become yoga teachers. Worlds Yoga is committed to helping its graduates succeed in expanding their knowledge of yoga, deepening their practice, and becoming effective yoga teachers.

Immediately following the WY 200 YTT program we offer a mentorship program to help our graduates enhance their teaching skills. As a part of mentorship program, we offer community classes that are taught by our graduates, allowing them to build confidence and develop their teaching skills. These community classes are offered free of charge and are usually well attended.

Worlds Yoga Teacher trainees are entitled to attend Worlds Yoga classes in all Worlds Yoga studios at a 25% discounted rates throughout the program. WY 200 YTT students are encouraged to make use of this vital offering to the extent their schedules allow. Program attendees also receive 15% discount on all workshops and product purchases during the stated period.

One of the key challenges any new yoga teacher has is how to get opportunities to teach group classes. Worlds Yoga provides its graduates with such opportunities. Worlds Yoga offers more than 100 yoga classes of various styles and levels each week. We give our graduates priority in assisting, subbing, and eventually teaching classes in Worlds Yoga studios. Many of the graduates of previous WY 200 YTT programs teach classes in Worlds Yoga studios.

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Worlds Yoga standard and early bird tuitions are summarized in the table below:

Early Bird Standard
Tuition $2,250 $2,500
Deposit* $500 $500
Application Deadline Saturday, November 3rd Saturday, December 15th


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