230-HOUR YOGA TEACHER TRAINING
Learn to Teach Yoga
Our 230-hour yoga training program is the longest running yoga teacher training program in Minnesota. With 20 years of experience, we’ve trained thousands of yoga teacher graduates, encouraging each to explore their own yoga practice deeply, discover their passion and then go out to share it with the world.
Our graduates are sought after as teachers at local yoga studios–the community recognizes the quality and depth of training our 230-hour teachers receive. Many go on to create thriving yoga studios of their own—in Minneapolis and around the world.
Discover who you really are
Yoga teacher training starts as a way to learn to teach yoga to others and becomes a journey of self-discovery. As you explore the ancient philosophies and practices of yoga, get ready for a life-changing transformation.
A Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga School
The Yoga Center Retreat is proud to be a Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga School 200 (RYS 200). Our time-tested curriculum exceeds the Yoga Alliance minimum standards by 30 hours ensuring that you get the most in-depth understanding of the eight limbs of yoga from your 200-hour level training.
THE YOGA CENTER RETREAT IS A 200-HOUR YOGA ALLIANCE REGISTERED SCHOOL
What makes training at The Yoga Center Retreat different?
The intentionality and depth of the 230-hour training curriculum builds from experiential to practical. You’ll graduate with a strong foundation in yoga history and philosophy, anatomy, and how to teach asana, pranayama and meditation. You’ll get the opportunity to explore a wide variety of yoga styles and lineages, giving you the broadest understanding of yoga as a whole.
EXPERIENCED TEACHING FACULTY
Our knowledgeable teaching faculty are passionate about yoga and about supporting you through your yoga journey. With over 10,000 hours of combined teaching experience, you can be confident that you are learning from the most experienced teachers in Minnesota. Classes include experiential, hands-on, lecture and group learning opportunities, ensuring you get the information in the way you learn best.
A SUPPORTIVE YOGA COMMUNITY
When you become part of our yoga training program, you also become part of our vibrant yoga community. Our faculty and staff will take time to get to know you and support you in your yoga journey. You’ll make connections with other 230-hour students that will extend far past your training. And you’ll always have a community to return to for continued learning after graduation.
230-Hour Training Components
- Core sessions. Weekly or monthly experiential learning sessions with your yoga training cohort where you delve in to the yoga practices and principles that will become the foundation of your teaching.
- Technique sessions. Tech sessions provide 34 opportunities to explore key yoga topics that interest you and customize your training experience.
- Workshops. Five in-depth workshops where you can immerse yourself in a concept or topic for deeper learning.
- Mentorship and Practicum. Bring everything you’ve lead becomes the culmination of learnings that allow for peer feedback, faculty input and lots of practice in teaching and embodying key ideas of yoga.
- Karma Yoga Project. Bring yoga out into the world with your Karma Yoga Project. Focused on underserved populations, your yoga training cohort will choose a local community to partner with, bringing free yoga to its members as you take your teaching skills to students outside our learning community.
Yoga Training Components
- Training Core Sessions
- Asana Technique
- Yoga Anatomy
- Yamas and Niyamas
- Foundational Principles of Sequencing
- Yoga Sutras
- 34 Technique Sessions
- 5 Two-Hour Workshops
- 9 hours of Practicum
- Weekend Intensive Training
- Karma Yoga Project
- A special discounted rate on drop-in classes
Core Session Details
Weekly or monthly group sessions on a 9-14 month schedule, depending on the format of your program.
Tech Session Details
Tech sessions are offered multiple times each week on a wide variety of topics. Spread these elective-style classes out over the course of your training however works best for your schedule. It’s up to you!
- Tuesday Evenings: 6-7:30 PM
- Thursday Days: 11 AM-12:30 PM
- Saturday Days: 2:30-4 PM
- Sunday Evenings: 5:30-7 PM
View the 230-hr Tech Session Schedule here.
I love the wide variety of instructors, backgrounds, and perspectives. It is such a calm and inviting space. I leave every time with a bit more calm and a little more wisdom.
The Yoga Center Retreat feels like a second home to me. Jen Gray and the rest of the wonderful team have brought together a phenomenal yoga community. I am in the 230 hour yoga study program and am very pleased with my education and how it is enhancing my personal practice.
This isn’t just a yoga studio but an amazing community to be a part of. The teacher training program is also the best offered in the Twin Cities. You are introduced to all different branches and thoughts within yoga, while being encouraged to find your own path and what the best fit is for you. The program is flexible, in-depth and the instructors are incredibly trained and well-versed in their yoga studies.
I’m 3/4 of the way through the Yoga Teacher Training Program and it’s been stellar. When I talk to my friends who have gone through other YTT programs in the cities, I can tell that the breadth and depth of this course (in addition to the super knowledgable instructors) is setting me up much better for success in expanding my own personal practice and as I start to teach classes. The only thing I would have done differently is take the course sooner.
This program has provided in-depth knowledge of yoga and yogic practices from all different view points. I cannot find another program that provides this type of information. All the teachers are kind, and supportive, wonderful mentors for someone looking to become a yoga teacher or just expand their knowledge. I would and have recommended this training to everyone I know or have met who is interested in a deeper understanding of yoga.
I am getting amazing training with a great group of women and men and I am building more confidence as a teacher. The expectations of students is high, but so is the level of support.