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SCHYS 200-Hour Program Overview

You are about to embark on an exciting journey to learn deeper aspects and concepts of yoga. Whether you choose this journey for your own personal growth and knowledge or you have the desired goal to teach and help others on this path we call yoga, we believe this 200-Hour Program to be among the best in the country if not globally. We have seen that our graduates know much more about yoga and how to safely teach than those who have graduated from other programs. We love to share the gifts of yoga and we are only too happy to have others interested in this great journey as we are. Should you have any questions, please just ask. All SCHYS faculty are multi-tradition trained, this means our curriculum does not adhere to any particular lineage. We are heavily influenced by the therapeutic teachings that come from the Krishnamacharya to Desikachar lineage, and bring in teachings from other styles and teachings that our faculty have acquired in their years of study. We believe this makes our programs well-rounded and accessible to all as we take the best from every style, tradition, and lineage, especially where there is overlap among them. All programs are directed by JJ Gormley, one of the premier leaders in the field, beginning her journey in 1979. JJ ensures that she teaches at all locations more than half of the curriculum. SCHYS was among the first Schools to register with the Yoga Alliance (in 1999).

All SCHYS programs meet via a weekend module format.  Each program meets approximately one weekend per month for ten months.  We believe immersing oneself in the curriculum for little bits at a time (a weekend’s worth of new information), then taking time to assimilate and digest the information before bringing in another little bit is the best way to learn—bite off little bits at a time, and take the time to digest. In addition to the weekend program modules, there are online classes, practicum, quizzes, exams, and other outside study.  The online discussion posts (for the online classes, and reading assignments) keep the students and faculty engaged with each other during the time between modules.

SCHYS uses an online website,, to organize each program. All students will be required to have access to a computer with appropriate software and current operating system to utilize The ability to play audio and video media is required for the online classes.  Some online classes are audio recordings, most are video recordings, therefore students must have technological capabilities to take these classes--we can assist students who have less technological aptitude.  All course information, materials, online classes, quizzes and exams for each program are set up on  Quizzes and exams are all open-book.

"The success of Yoga does not lie in the ability to perform postures but in how it positively changes the way we live our life and our relationships.” 

-TKV Desikachar


Join JJ Gormley and SCHYS Faculty as they embark on a journey to explore the heart of yoga! SCHYS's 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training Program is designed for students who want to take their practice further, learn how to be safe on the mat, take a deeper dive into yogic philosophy, and find your Spirit through these ancient practices.

Under close guidance from your Faculty-Mentor, you will learn how to:

  • Engage proper pose alignment using western and subtle anatomy techniques;

  • Plan a class to keep yourself and others safe;

  • Make your yoga accessible;

  • Incorporate breathing techniques into your practice; and

  • Make small but powerful lifestyle changes to bring your yoga off the mat.

Become part of a community, cultivate new friendships, enjoy an enhanced learning experience, deepen your knowledge of yoga, and receive guidance for a sustainable and transformational personal practice.

Program Requirements

This 200-hr program is offered over 10 weekend program modules - generally meeting once per month on Saturday and Sunday. You will also be required to take online classes, complete assigned reading (.pdf), engage with your Faculty-Mentor, observe and/or assist Faculty in their classes, take part in practical application of acquired knowledge, and be involved in discussion of course material (both online and in class). Finally, students are required to take a final exam.

Yoga Alliance

SCHYS is a Yoga Alliance Registered School. Graduates of this program may apply to Yoga Alliance for a RYT-200.

International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT)

SCHYS is a member school of the IAYT, and SCHYS 900-Hour Program is an accredited program with the IAYT.

Steps for Enrollment

Pre-requisite: One year of yoga practice.

This 200-Hour Program has the following steps for enrollment:

  1. Download an applications (.docx) for this program. Your application must include a non-refundable $80 application fee. Once we are in receipt of both, please allow 2-4 weeks for processing.

  2. You will receive written notification informing you of your acceptance or declining your enrollment. If accepted, you will receive an Enrollment Agreement that you must submit with your initial payment or non-refundable deposit of $1,008.

  3. Click here to see tuition options.

  4. Once we receive your Enrollment Agreement with payment of non-refundable deposit, you will receive an official Welcome Letter with information about the program and how to access materials and the online classes. This will include the access code to the program on - you will need to register on Schoology as all program communications and materials are managed here.

topics in our 200-hour yoga teacher training curriculum

This 10-month program takes place with program modules (meets one weekend per month of face-to-face study with faculty), online classes, practicum (internship with faculty and externship or teaching on your own), private sessions with faculty for self-study and improvement, and administrative sessions with faculty for questions and answer sessions.

200-Hour Training - Topics Covered:

  • Yoga Foundations: Introduction to T. Krishnamachary tradition, Introduction to the Bhagavad Gita, Introduction to the Yoga Sutras, Introduction to kleshas and antarayas, States of mind (ahamkara-citta-buddhi-pratyaya-sattva), Introduction to the Upanishads, The pancha maya model, The pancha vayu model, Introduction to mudras, mantras, nadis, marmas, Introduction to ayurveda, The chakra model, and The guna model.

  • Teaching Methodology & Skills: The Ashramas (life cycles), Vinyasa krama for course planning, Upayam of yoga, Brahmana, langhana, & samana in Course Planning, Time management, Developing a pranayama practice, The role of pratyhara in our practice, Establishing boundaries and priorities, Characteristics of a yoga teacher, and Teaching pranayama to students.

  • Bio-Psycho-Social Foundations: General anatomy, Anatomy of the spinal column, Anatomy and alignment of the lower body, Anatomy and alignment of the upper body, Women’s issues, Anatomy of the diaphragms, Endocrine system, Contraindications for common issues, Anatomy of the energetic body.

  • Application of Skills: Applying assessment skills to group settings, Developing lesson plans, Demonstrations and verbal instruction, Communication and inclusive language in practice, Helping those with back pain in the classroom, Adjustments and modifications for asana, Integrating body, mind & spirit, Integrating the physical and the energetic bodies, and Practicing skills learned.

  • Professional Development: Svadhyaya for teachers, Ethical standards from the Bhagavad Gita, Issues for professional development, Establishing your business: insurance, taxes, and more.

  • In addition to the above curriculum in the Program Modules, students will also enjoy Practicum under faculty guidance (externship and internship), online classes to supplement the material learned in the program modules, and much more.

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