200-hr Yoga Teacher Training


200 hour Yoga Teacher Training

Become a 200-hour Certified Yoga Teacher! Learn how to structure a safe and relaxing class, engage with your students and develop a business you can take with you anywhere!

We are thrilled to be able to offer our 200 hour RYT Yoga Teacher Training program through Pranakriya Yoga.  Pranakriya is one of the most highly respected Yoga Teacher Training schools in the country. It’s a deep program that is personally transformative as you experience this remarkable path of Tantric Hatha Yoga developed by Yoganand Michael Carroll.

Graduates of the 200 hour can go on to complete their 300 hour Yoga Teacher Training here at Main Street Yoga (formerly called ‘500 hour’). If you are local please come to the studio for some Pranakriya style classes and talk with our teachers about their experience.  If you are from out of town we would love to have you visit sometime.

Let me know and we can schedule a talk together. Review the application HERE.   Please know that our teacher must plan years in advance to offer these intensive programs.  If you are on the fence don’t hesitate to call with your questions and concerns.  Please read requirements and deadlines carefully. The Pranakriya Yoga 200 hr. Teacher Training program is for yoga practitioners who have a love for yoga born out of practice. We help these practitioners develop the skills needed to share yoga with students as professional teachers.

Pranakriya Yoga is an approach to Hatha Yoga based on the Tantric teachings of Swami Kripalu, an ascetic monk who practiced yoga ten hours each day for over 30 years. Through his practices he gained a thorough understanding of all aspects of yoga. His teachings have been adapted for western students as Kripalu Yoga, developed by Amrit Desai; and as Pranakriya Yoga, developed by Yoganand Michael Carroll. The training takes place one weekend per month for 9 months (subject to change depending on time of year). Pranakriya Yoga is founded on the principle that all yoga practices were originally meant to do the following:

  • Cultivate inner awareness and sensitivity
  • Raise energy
  • Strengthen the body/mind container
  • Dissolve the sense of self into universal consciousness

When asana and pranayama are practiced with these intentions they become powerful tools for self-transformation.

2022 200hour Program:

Thank you for your interest in the Pranakriya School of Yoga Healing Arts’ 200 hour yoga teacher training.  Our program is steeped in the Tantric Hatha Yoga Philosophy but is also created from adult learning models. We thread together asana, anatomy, pranayama, meditation, philosophy, relaxation, observation and hands-on assisting as well as reading and working with groups and individuals.

The training is taught over 9 intensive weekends and class size is limited to 24 students. This format supports students having time to integrate the material, complete homework and prepare for assigned practice-teach sessions. 

In the first half of the program, students will learn effective methodologies for teaching postures, pranayamas and centerings. Students will also learn about the history and philosophy of the Tantra Hatha Yoga tradition.

In the second half of the program, students will learn to design and lead three kinds of classes: a vinyasa workout class, a meditative posture class, and a gentle stretch class. Our graduates have a deep understanding of the teachings of yoga and will be prepared to teach in a variety of settings including yoga studios, gyms and on-line.


Who this program is for:

Our Yoga Teacher Training program is for yoga practitioners who have a love for yoga born out of practice who want to bring the practice to other people. We help our YTT students develop the skills needed as professional teachers to share yoga with students.

To enroll in our training, you must meet the following PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS:

  1. One-plus years of consistent, hatha yoga practice with at least six months of regular classes with a certified yoga instructor.
  2. The ability to demonstrate an experiential understanding of yoga practice and its benefits.

In addition to completing the application, you must also upload:
Two letters of reference – one from your current yoga teacher and another from a non-family member

Your spot in the program is confirmed AFTER your application has been approved AND payment-in-full or non-refundable deposit have been received and cleared. 

Application: https://pranakriya.com/register/200-hour-yoga-teacher-training-application/


Dates of training and participation requirements:


Program Dates:
Weekend 1: May 20 – 22, 2022
Weekend 2: June 10 – 12, 2022
Weekend 3: July 8 – 10, 2022
Weekend 4: August 5 – 7, 2022
Weekend 5: September 16 – 18, 2022
Weekend 6: October 14 – 16, 2022
Weekend 7: November 11 – 13, 2022
Weekend 8: January 13 – 15, 2023
Weekend 9: February 24 – 26, 2023
Hold in case of a need to make up a weekend: March 17 – 19, 2023

$3200*  Full Rate (register after April 15, 2022)
$2900*  Early Bird 1 (register by March 1, 2022; use discount code YTTEB1)
$3100*  Early Bird 2 (register by April 15, 2022; use discount code YTTEB2)
$2500*  Repeat pricing (contact info@pranakriya.com)
$50 non-refundable application fee

* +$150 materials fee

In the meantime, read below to learn how to keep your practice YTT ready!


What to do to get ready for teacher training?

If you are someone seriously looking to take our 200hour Yoga Teacher Training, this list is for you.

I get a lot of questions from potential 200hr students about how to best prepare themselves for the program. I decided to write up this article with suggestions so if you’re thinking about taking the program, you can start to ‘feel out’ if 200hour is right for you.

All potential 200hr students need to have 1 year of consistent practice. Why? Because you will be asked to maintain that during your 200hour and those who don’t have consistency in the practice, tend to have a harder time. You also need to be a student of a Pranakriya teacher for at least 6 months. This will get you into the culture of our lineage and also, help you decide if our program is right for you.

I recommend taking some of the following programs, you can check dates/times under the Events Tab:

Yoga 101: Foundations of Yoga (8 weeks)

Have you already taken this? That’s ok, retake it with a teacher’s mind. Listen to what students are asking, what physical considerations they’re working with. Also, reaffirm your own foundations and deepen your understanding. Going back to the basics is a wonderful way to create a deeper understanding of your practice!

Yoga 102: Applications of Yoga 101* (6 weeks)

Yoga 102 helps deepen the information from 101! Here we talk about assists, incorporating breath, theory and home practice. This class is a great precursor to 200hour because it will lay the foundation of some concepts 200hour will dig into more deeply!

*Completion of Yoga 101 REQUIRED regardless of experience

Yamas & Niyamas – Lecture Series* (10 weeks)

Join live or walk through it online at your own pace, we use Deborah Adele’s book as the foundation of this program. Each week for 10 weeks you can dig into different aspects of yoga theory and move through your week applying how they function in daily life. This is a great program for anyone looking at yoga as a lifestyle.

                *can be taken in conjunction with any program. No prerequisites required.

Posture Breakdown Class (ongoing class)

This weekly class highlights a specific posture to dissect and work on with the support of a teacher. Postures range in complexity and students are encouraged to work within their own capacity. Students are asked to self-guide warm-ups for 15mins. Not encouraged for beginners.

200hour Workshop (2 hours)

Occasionally we offer a 200hour workshop for those interested in 200hour Yoga Teacher Training. This is an opportunity to ask questions, review past materials and learn about the program. You will also be taken through the Posture Training Sequence which is our custom class utilizing all the postures taught in YTT.

Meditation 101 (6 weeks)

Meditation is a hot topic at the moment because of its natural ability to lower blood pressure, relieve stress & anxiety, develop mindfulness and aide in concentration. Meditation is also a very old form of prayer that has been practiced for thousands of years.

Join Carmen in this 6-week series as you learn yoga theory how it develops the mind into a regular meditation practice. Learn a variety of ways to meditate and create a practice that works for you.

This program will offer you opportunities to practice and find yourself within your practice.

Please bring a journal with you to class.

Deepen your Practice: 2 hour Meditative Yoga

Ever find yourself “wanting more” after shavasana? Curious about “diving deeper” into your practice? This class may be what you’re looking for!

Join us for two hours of dedicated practice where you will be guided and challenged through a series of pranayama techniques (breathing), asanas (postures), and meditation. This class is designed to introduce new concepts, and may bring the practitioner to a space otherwise not accessible with a shorter practice time.

This is only offered once a month and every class will vary slightly depending on who is teaching.

Prepare for a variety of pranayama techniques that can calm and also energize your body, a series of warm-ups to prepare your body for the main sequence of yoga postures, which may include standing, seated, kneeling, supine, and prone positions. Modifications and assists will be offered frequently throughout class in order to promote safety but also to provide challenge, create heat, and build body awareness.


Our workshops are an affordable opportunity to cover a variety of topics in greater detail. Balance, stress, meditation and theory are all great topics to dig deeper into. Workshops not only give you a deeper understanding of yourself, but the community created inside can also deepen your understanding of others. Pick any that you’re interested in!

You can always email: carmen@mainstreetyoga.com to arrange an informational meeting.


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