Vinyasa yoga is a form of Ashtanga yoga that uses several "connecting posture" techniques to perform a series of seamless movements. If you want to teach Vinyasa yoga at your yoga studio or fitness center, you will need to complete a formal Vinyasa yoga teacher training program that will help you develop some fundamental breathing and posture techniques, and also inspire others to learn and adapt to the yoga lifestyle.

Most Vinyasa yoga instructor training programs are approved by the Yoga Alliance. When you successfully complete this training program, you will receive a certificate that states you are qualified to teach Vinyasa Flow Yoga at a studio, fitness center or workshop venue of your choice.

About Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training Programs

Vinyasa yoga teacher training programs are typically 200 hours in length and incorporate several hours of intensives study and practice. In addition to adopting some of the basic yoga philosophies and integrating them into your curriculum, you will learn the basics of meditation, chanting, relaxation, class sequencing and planning. Some of the key courses and training requirements required for the Yoga Alliance Vinyasa Yoga Teacher training program include:

  • History and Philosophy of Yoga
  • Meditation
  • Sanskrit Names for Various Yoga Poses
  • Practice of Asanas (postures)
  • Anatomy
  • Yogic Diet Principles
  • Chanting Techniques
  • Pranayama
  • Teaching Yoga as a Business
  • Yoga Class Observation
  • Teaching Practicum
  • Class Sequencing and Planning

Students enrolled in a Vinyasa yoga teacher training program may also be required to purchase a set of books and journals to complement their training. Some training centers and studios include books and other materials in the tuition, others do not. Venues that offer tuition, board and lodging as a package may also offer unlimited yoga classes during the student's training period. This gives the student plenty of time to learn different poses, work with a variety of students and other teachers to practice their yoga technique, and learn from different instructors.

Perfecting alignment, learning some key techniques in the ancient art of breathing (pranayama), and understanding the different patterns and flow postures of Vinyasa yoga are essential for success as an instructor or teacher in this field.

Completing Vinyasa Yoga Instructor Training

One of the fundamental concepts of Vinyasa yoga is how to breathe through each movement. In this type of yoga, the practitioner must learn how to let different breathing patterns lead the way. The practitioner must learn how to be in harmony with their own breath and execute each movement and hold each posture for various sequences.

Vinyasa yoga instructor training programs help the teacher develop their own skills and further their own yoga practice, and also learn how to modify various poses used in other forms of yoga so that they are synchronized with the breath. The daily schedule for the 200 hour Vinyasa yoga instructor training program typically includes the following:

  • Sunrise meditation
  • Yoga practice before breakfast
  • Healthy breakfast
  • Training session before lunch
  • Lunch
  • Training session before break
  • Optional evening yoga classes
  • Healthy dinner
  • Free time

Trainees who are commuting to and from a yoga studio or training center may only be required to attend formal training sessions and will not need to pay for the cost of meals and other activities.