Yoga Teaching Essentials – Online
September 5, 2023 - November 21, 2023
with Swami Ramananda, C-IAYT, E-RYT 500, Diana Meltsner, C-IAYT, E-RYT 500, Mia Velez and Rashmi Dianne Galliano, MS, I-IAYT, E-RYT500, RPYT

Tuition: $1550.00
Early Bird: $1300.00 (exp. August 5, 2023)
$900.00 for RYT-200
(includes $25.00 application fee)

Tuesdays: 5:30-8:30 pm PT
Sundays: 8:30 am–12:00 pm, 1:30–4:30 pm PT
Practice Immersion Weekend: Starts on Friday, October 13, 5:30pm – ends on Sunday, October 15, 12:00pm

The Yoga Teaching Essentials course provides a thorough training in developing the skills necessary to become a confident, knowledgeable Yoga instructor. This course is Module 2 of our 2-part format of the 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training, which includes a new expanded curriculum in anatomy, teaching methodology and professional development. It will provide an in-depth understanding of Hatha Yoga to help establish, expand and refine teaching skills.

The included Practice Immersion Weekend will allow participants to explore depths of the Yogic practices and lifestyle. This experience can then become a guide when sharing these profound teachings with others.

Teachers who have completed Yoga Alliance registered 200-hour teacher training in the past are welcome to participate. If you are looking to jumpstart your teaching career, or gain more confidence in the classroom, this is a great option for you. Any participant who has previously completed a RYS 200-hour training with a different school of Yoga, will be certified to teach an Integral Yoga Level 1 - Beginners Hatha Yoga Class upon completion of this module.


  • Hatha Yoga - thorough training in asanas and how to teach them with the ability to adapt to the needs of the students, training in the subtle practices and how to teach them to a variety of students, including deep relaxation, pranayama and meditation as presented in the Integral Yoga Hatha classes.

  • Anatomy - including physiology, anatomy and biomechanics of the body in asana, and an understanding of benefits and contraindications.

  • Teaching Methodology - how to make adjustments, adapt class sequencing and teach Yoga workshops, and much more.

  • Practicum - weekly practice teaching sessions with support of our experienced mentoring staff. In our practice sessions, students are guided individually towards the goal of teaching a full class.

  • Professional Development - ethical guidelines, scope of practice, practical tips about teaching as a career, tips on continuing learning and professional accreditation.

  • Learning online and in-person teaching skills.

Graduates of both Module 1 & Module 2 of our 200-hour Teacher Training are certified to teach Beginner Level Hatha Yoga and are qualified to register with Yoga Alliance as a RYT-200. There are 2 written reviews required for certification: quiz on names, benefits, sequence, and timing of the Integral Yoga Level 1 core poses, and review of the Yogic terminology, the sciences of Yoga and basic anatomy. To pass the course you will be required to complete these reviews, fulfill attendance requirements, and to teach a complete Integral Yoga Beginners class to your fellow trainees.

All the materials shared online and the recordings of the lectures will be available throughout the training and for 3 months after the graduation.

The Yoga Teaching Essentials course 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!

Support and Community

Graduates of our 200-hour teacher training program may apply to teach at the Integral Yoga Institute. If accepted, they’re eligible for additional free training with a mentor and ongoing continuing education. They can also apply for a variety of graduate-level teacher trainings leading towards RYT 500-hour certification.


The entire course 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.

Technological Requirements

Reliable Internet access is required 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

Payment information and Refund Policy:

A $25 non-refundable application fee is 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 discounted early-bird price. For RYT 200 teachers, please email us your diploma when you apply for the Module 2 at 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. Partial scholarships are available for this training when possible. We accept scholarship 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

Important note: if you cancel before the start of the program, you forfeit $125 of your deposit and the remaining balance will be refunded to you. Once you begin the program, the deposit and program tuition are non-refundable and non-transferable.

This training program includes free access to all Yoga classes offered at Integral Yoga San Francisco and free access to IYTV, a large and ever-expanding library of recorded Integral Yoga Teachings, throughout the duration of this training!

Yoga Alliance Hours: 200

When Taking Module 1 and Module 2 Together

Integral Yoga uses an inward, spiritually-focused form of Hatha Yoga to lead students to an experience of inner peace and greater awareness. To prepare teachers to lead students inward, our Yoga Teacher Training program offers a balance of theory and practice on a broad range of topics. Graduates are certified to teach Beginner Level Hatha Yoga and are qualified to register with Yoga Alliance as a RYT-200. Get started by filling up the application form below.
Yoga Alliance Hours: 200


Swami Ramananda

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

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

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

C-IAYT, e-RYT 500

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.

Training Yoga teachers for over 50 years

With over 200 class hours, the training provides a strong foundation for personal and spiritual development, as well as the skills necessary to become a confident, knowledgeable Yoga instructor. Distinguished by years of personal practice and teaching experience, your teachers will support you as you learn to safely teach each portion of an Integral Yoga Level I class, offer modifications, and hold a nurturing space for your students. Whether you want to teach others or take your own practice to a deeper level, the 200-hour teacher training program will provide you with an authentic experience of living Yoga.