Our Yoga Teacher Training program has been training teachers and changing lives since 1981. Integral Yoga uses an inward, spiritually-focused form of Hatha Yoga to lead practitioners to an experience of inner peace and greater awareness.
In this 2-Module format, you’ll have the option to take either one or both modules. Completing both within 2 years is required in order to receive 200-hour Integral Yoga teacher training certification and the ability to register with Yoga Alliance as a RYT-200.
Module 1, Yoga Immersion Program
April 18, 2023 - June 18, 2023
Tuesdays: 5:30–8:30 pm PT
Sundays: 8:30 am–12 pm & 1:30–4:30 pm PT
Yoga Immersion Program provides a strong foundation for personal and spiritual development. Whether you want to teach others or take your own practice to a deeper level, this module will offer an authentic experience of living Yoga as well as well-rounded, in-depth yoga studies.
Module 1 curriculum provides in-depth learning of a variety of classical aspects of yoga practice, including yoga asana, philosophy, pranayama and meditation and basic anatomy. You’ll also gain an understanding of other traditional yogic practices as well as guidance for establishing a personalized home practice.
You have the option to complete module 2 within the next 2 years to fulfill the 200-hour certification requirements.
For more information visit: Yoga Immersion Program
Module 2, Yoga Teaching Essentials
September 5, 2023 - November 21, 2023
Tuesdays: 5:30-8:30 pm PT
Sundays: 8:30 am–12:00 pm, 1:30–4:30 pm PT
Practice Immersion Weekend: Friday October 13, 5:30pm - Sunday October 15 12:00pm
Teaching Essentials Module provides further understanding of Hatha Yoga and a thorough training in developing the skills necessary to become a confident, knowledgeable Yoga instructor. RYT-200 certified teachers are also welcome to participate in order to refine their teaching skills. This module has a new expanded curriculum in teaching methodology, professional development, anatomy and biomechanics, which will be taught by Rashmi Dianne Galliano.
Module 2 curriculum includes a thorough training in asana, anatomy, teaching methodology, practicum and professional development, including how to make adjustments, teach yoga workshops, and much more. Our weekly teaching practice sessions are supported by experienced mentoring staff, and students are guided individually towards the goal of teaching a full class online and in-person.
Upon completion, this course certifies any participant who has previously completed a RYS 200-hour training with a different school of yoga to teach an Integral Yoga Level 1 - Beginners Hatha Yoga Class.
For more information visit: Yoga Teaching Essentials
Overview of 200-hour Basic Teacher Training, 2-part Program
Our Yoga Teacher Training program offers a balance of theory and practice on a broad range of topics. Graduates of both Module 1 & 2 are certified to teach Integral Yoga Level 1 - Beginners Hatha Yoga Class and are qualified to register with Yoga Alliance as a RYT-200.
This training program includes free access to all Yoga classes offered at Integral Yoga Institute San Francisco and free access to IYTV, a large and ever-expanding library of recorded Integral Yoga Teachings and classes, throughout the duration of this training!
All the materials shared online and the recordings of the lectures will be available throughout the training and for 3 months after the graduation.
Support and Community
Graduates of our 2-part program may apply to teach at the Integral Yoga Institute. If accepted, they receive additional free training with a mentor and ongoing continuing education. They can also apply for a variety of graduate level teacher trainings leading towards 500-hour certification.
The entire training can be completed online. If the current situation allows, we will add some non-mandatory in-person options. We are committed to providing a safe and high-quality program for all participants. Our graduates will develop the necessary skills to teach in-person or online. The Yoga Alliance criteria about teaching trainings online is adapting as we move forward. We have dedicated staff to oversee the online coaching to have personal connections throughout the training.
Please be aware that you must have regular access to the Internet to participate in this online training. You must be able to run Zoom on your computer or tablet, and have an active email account for delivery of course materials.
For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Payment Information and Refund Policy:
A $25 non-refundable application fee will be applied towards the tuition. After your application has been accepted you will be prompted to make a payment. If you apply before the early bird pricing expires, you will receive a Promo Code for the discounted early bird price. For RYT 200 teachers, please email us your diploma when you apply for the Module 2 at email@example.com and receive a Promo Code for a discounted price. Full payment is required one week before the start of the program, unless a prior payment plan has been arranged.
We provide partial scholarships for this training whenever possible. We accept applications up to one month prior to the start of the training. BIPOC are encouraged to apply. For information on financial aid and payment plans, please contact us firstname.lastname@example.org.
Important note: if you cancel before the start of the program, you forfeit $125 of your deposit and the remaining balance will be refunded. Once you begin the program, the deposit and program tuition are non-refundable and non-transferable.
Swami Ramananda, e-RYT 500, C-IAYT, is the Executive Director of the Integral Yoga Institute in San Francisco and a greatly respected senior teacher in the Integral Yoga tradition, who has been practicing Yoga for over 45 years. Ramananda offers practical methods of integrating the timeless teachings and practices of Yoga into daily life, and transforming the painful aspects of human experience into steps toward realizing one’s full potential. He leads beginner, intermediate and advanced Hatha Yoga teacher training programs in San Francisco as well as Meditation and Raja Yoga teacher trainings.
He offers a variety of programs in many locations in the U.S., Europe and South America. Ramananda co-developed the Stress Management Teacher Training program with Swami Vidyananda, has trained many teachers to bring Yoga into corporate, hospital and medical settings, and has taught mind/body wellness programs in many locations. He is a certified Yoga therapist and founding board member of the Yoga Alliance, a national registry that supports and promotes yoga teachers as professionals. He is a co-founder of The Spiritual Action Initiative (SAI) which brings together individuals committed to working for social justice for all beings and for the care and healing of our natural world. His warmth, wisdom and sense of humor have endeared him to many.
Diana Meltsner, C-IAYT, e-RYT 500, has been teaching yoga in the Bay Area since 2001. Diana has been a lead teacher trainer for 200-hour Integral Yoga Teacher Trainings since 2012. The classes she teaches include chair/gentle, various levels of Hatha yoga, prenatal, guided mindfulness meditations, and various yoga, pranayama and meditation workshops. She's been working as a health educator and yoga instructor for Kaiser Permanente since 2014.
She is C-IAYT certified yoga therapist and San Francisco center manager for the Integral Yoga Therapy 800-hour certification program. Diana offers individual therapeutic sessions with focus on physical and mental wellness. Her offerings help people to find a deeper sense of well-being and ability to move through life with increased ease, intuition, and stress resilience.
Mia Velez entered Integral Yoga Institute in 2016 through the kitchen as a volunteer cook at their silent retreats, teacher trainings, and the weekly community lunches. In 2018 she certified as an Integral Yoga teacher to learn more of the IYI approach and be part of the lineage. Mia is a disciple of the Moy Yat Ving Tsun Kung Fu lineage and is highly influenced by her martial arts training. After completing her first 200 hour teacher training in 2008, she began to see undeniable parallel in Yoga and Kung Fu. When she began teaching Kung Fu in 2014, she incorporated Yoga insight and principles in her classes. Her goal in teaching is to facilitate a safer space for self inquiry that hopefully leads to liberation.
She shares her joy and knowledge of yoga as a co-trainer for the Basic Teacher Trainings at IYI to include the BIPOC Yoga Teacher Training; teaches the healing properties of yoga to incarcerated men; and provides stress management techniques with new parents. Yoga and Kung Fu are integrated into her daily life as a mother, a preschool teacher, and an advocate for gender, race and class equality through multiple non-profits groups.
Rashmi Dianne Galliano-Grigsby, C-IAYT, e-RYT 500,is a lead Yoga teacher-trainer at Integral Yoga Institute in NY. Introduced to Yoga through a video tape by Raquel Welch (1985), and since has been steadfast in both her Yoga practice and Yoga career, dedicating herself to the art and science of Yoga.
Committed to her career, she devoted 2-years (2017- 2019) commuting from her NY Lower East Side home to Maryland University of Integrative Health in Laurel, Maryland to earn a Master of Science Degree in Yoga Therapy. She is now a Certified Yoga Therapist upping-the- anti to her already credentialed E-RYT 500. Formerly a co-owner of a nightclub, Luna Lounge in NYC, she received her 200-hour yoga certification (2005) the morning of her final day in business.
In 2015 Dianne was diagnosed with stage 1 breast cancer. That is where she gathered agency through her studies, her inspirations, and, of course, the teachings of Yoga that emboldened her to find and define the importance of Yoga and why Yoga supports resiliency. Cultivating values of adaptability, empathy, and a non-judgmental attitude towards herself has given her the skill in fostering health and wellness for individuals that guides them toward improved biopsychosocial wellbeing and eudaimonia.