Vira Bhava Yoga Trainings are built on the foundation of Sri Vidya Tantric philosophy. We emphasize the power and capacity of each individual student to develop their own path and voice from which to share yoga, rather than the perfection of asana (postures). We provide each student with the tools and skills to explore the practice of Yoga, teach asana safely, and help them cultivate the wisdom of direct experience to allow them to apply these tools in Yoga and in life.
Whether you choose to do a training because you have discovered that there is more to Yoga than what you are getting in classes, or you want to share the depth of your practice with others, Vira Bhava Yoga Trainings will support you on your journey. What makes VBY unique is our commitment to exploration beyond the physical practice of yoga. Through our time tested methods and our exceptional faculty, we learn how to use asana as path to Self Discovery, and how to share and inspire others to broaden their scope of understanding about Yoga and its benefits.
An Explanation of Yoga Certification Levels
What is a 200 hour YTT program?
A 200 hour Yoga Teaching Training provides education in the following categories as determined by Yoga Alliance: Techniques, Training and Practice, Teaching Methodology, Anatomy & Physiology, Yoga Philosophy/Ethics/Lifestyle, and Practicum. These categories provide instruction in areas such as asana foundations, safety, assisting techniques, planning and sequencing a yoga class, and vocabulary and process of teaching. A basic 200 hour YTT gives a broad understanding of classical and modern yoga. At the completion of a 200 Hour program, you will have exposure to philosophy, moderate proficiency with teaching an asana class in the style of the training, and a strong foundation of personal practice. A 200 Hour YTT program is like a Bachelors degree in Yoga. This program culminates in a 200 Hour YTT Graduate Certificate that allows you to register with Yoga Alliance and teach yoga.
How is the VBY 230 Hour YTT different?
In addition to providing a full spectrum integrative Yoga experience that is Yoga Alliance (YA) Certified and based on the YA standards, we offer a program that is firmly rooted in Sri Vidya Tantric Philosophy. The intention is to teach and support empowered Yogis to find their voice and share it with the world. Our trainings provide tools and skills for developing teachers who are seeking to ask questions, deepen their practice, and share it with others. In this training, we experience the study of Yoga within a community of like-minded students seeking positive and lasting impact in ourselves and our world. This training is one weekend per month for 8 consecutive months.
What is a 300 Hour YTT Program?
A 300 hour Yoga Teacher Training Program is designed to strengthen and build upon the basic skills learned in a 200 YTT, and to enhance and deepen the understanding of Yoga asana and philosophy. The scope of a 300 hour YTT program can be broad or more specific to the style of Yoga being studied. Often the 300 hour programs are more focused on specific aspects of teaching and sharing yoga (i.e. therapeutics, trauma informed, etc.) but can also be a general studies program. A 300 Hour YTT is like a Master’s Degree in Yoga. You must complete a 200 hour YTT prior to enrolling in a 300 hour program. The addition of a 300 hour certification to your 200 hour credential equates to 500 hours of Certification.
How is the VBY 300 Program different?
In the Vira Bhava Yoga 300 Hour Yoga Training you will learn practices and gain tools that you can take with you for the rest of your life, implement in your day to day, and enhance your practice and purpose in the world. This training is firmly rooted in Sri Vidya Tantric Philosophy. The curriculum covers the Five Koshas and offers an in depth opportunity for students to deepen and mature their personal practice in areas of asana energetics, meditation, pranayama, and sadhana. The program is integrative, taking place over a long weekend every three months for either 13 or 16 months.
What is a 500 Hour YTT Program?
The 500 hour YTT program combines the 200 hour and 300 hour YTTs into one comprehensive and continuous program that culminates in your 500 hour Yoga Teaching certification. The training provides education in the following categories as determined by Yoga Alliance: Techniques, Training and Practice, Teaching Methodology, Anatomy & Physiology, Yoga Philosophy/Ethics/Lifestyle, and Practicum. These categories provide instruction in areas such as asana foundations, safety, assisting techniques, planning and sequencing a yoga class, and vocabulary and process of teaching. As well strengthening and building upon the basic skills, the 500 hour YTT program guides students directly into enhancing and deepening the understanding of Yoga asana and philosophy.
How is the VBY 500 Hour Program different?
Our 500 hour YTT combines the 200 and 300 hour programs in your area, and may consist of additional apprenticeship if the time between the beginning of the 300 hour section exceeds 3 months post 200 hour completion. The comprehensive program allows students to explore with dedication the full spectrum of the Integrative Yoga experience while aligning with Yoga Alliance standards. The program is firmly rooted in the philosophy of Sri Vidya Tantra, and ranges from 21 or 24 month in length.
Students within this training generally have a deep interest in understanding the Self, an orientation towards or curiousity in ritual, meditation (sadhana), and self introspection. This training creates the opportunity to experience and understand oneself as an individual and also within the larger context of humanity. For those seeking to take yoga off of a mat, out of the studio, and into their lives.
What can you expect from Vira Bhava Yoga Training?
A community of teachers, mentors, and fellow students to support your process
To find your own unique voice in teaching and life
To become a skillful practitioner of Yoga Asana
To gain the tools and knowledge needed to share Yoga with others
To embark upon a journey of Self Discovery
To explore the subtle aspects of Yoga that are often ignored in other YTT's (I.e. Energy, Philosophy, Tantra)
Move, Shape, and Empower your Life through your Practice
To be challenged to be your most authentic Self
To learn that Asana is only a fraction of what Yoga is
To explore a path of Yoga that empowers You to Live the Life You Want to Live
Initiation into a lifelong study of Yoga and Self
Tools and Practices to integrate Yoga into your life
What Vira Bhava Yoga Trainings are NOT.
Just Physical fitness.
A Way to Fix your Life (Your Life is NOT BROKEN)
An Escape from the Messiness of Life
A Quick Fix