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200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training

Now accepting applications for September 2015!


Our extensive Teacher Training Program includes YOGA ALLIANCE certified foundational 200-hour, advanced 300-hour training for the 500hr RYT Certification, and specialty certifications taught by leading senior instructors from San Diego and L.A.

Foundational 200-Hour Trainings are offered as 3-Months Immersions (weekends) and Summer Intensive (17 consecutive days).  

  • Yoga Alliance certified program
  • Comprehensive curriculum presented by leading specialists in their field
  • Visiting master guest teachers
  • Limited class size
  • Renowned program with over 150 Prana Yoga TT alumni teaching in reputable studios throughout San Diego, Southern California and abroad
  • Opportunity to teach donation-based classes at Prana after training


Continuing Education Courses:

  • Restorative & Yin Yoga with Debora Wayne, E-RYT
  • Happy Back Yoga Certifcation with Rachel Krentzman, PT, E-RYT
  • Pre- & Postnatal Yoga with Vicki Abrams & Hari Das Kaur
  • Cancer Yoga Therapy with Ingrid Yang, E-RYT

Prana Yoga Center is proud to be a member of the YogaWorks Affiliate Network offering their world-class teacher training for the 500-hour certifcation in La Jolla/San Diego. 





The foundational 200 Hr Teacher Training is one of San Diego's longest standing teacher training programs known for its excellence and ideal for aspiring teachers and serious students wishing to deepen their practice. Students will gain an in-depth understanding of the life-changing benefits of Yoga - it's elements of physical practice skillfully woven together with meditation, breath work, and self exploration. Youl'll learn how the ancient practice has evolved over the years while discovering its everyday wisdom and guidelies for conscious, empowered living. You will emerge with the confidence and tools to begin to teach what you love!

Led by Gerhard Gessner, E-RYT 500, and highly trained guest teachers including Robert Birnberg, Manoj Chalam, Lori Stewart, Debora Wayne, Sara Deakin, Vicki Abrams, and Hari Das Kaur, areas of study include:

  • intensive, alignment-based Yoga asana study
  • Yoga specific anatomy and physiology
  • principles of Hatha Yoga, Vinyasa Flow & intelligent sequencing
  • principles of pranayama
  • the Yoga Sutras and Yoga philosophy
  • introduction to meditation
  • the art of teaching Yoga, hands-on adjustments
  • the business of Yoga 
  • teaching private Yoga sessions  
  • introduction to speciality Yoga (Yoga Wall, Prenatal, Restorative/Yin Yoga, Yoga Therapy)


Students will receive a diploma which they can use to register with Yoga Alliance at the RYT-200 level and share with prospective employers. Completion of this program will also qualify students for admission into our YogaWorks' 500-Hour Professional Program and other continuing education intensives.


"The 200 Hour Teacher Training at Prana Yoga was well worth every minute of my time. Gerhard is an extremely knowledgeable and gifted teacher, and the trainers he brought in during the training are all experts at what they do. I feel as though the Prana teacher training strives to make yoga accessible to everyone - it is not exclusive to elite practitioners. Gerhard is clearly passionate and well versed in what he does, and he knows how to translate that passion into concise, relevant and inclusive instruction to equip others in spreading the good works of yoga." Kimberly Blough, PYTT graduate November 2014





January 30 - May 3, 2015

8 weekends (every other weekend):

  • Fridays 7pm-10pm
  • Saturdays & Sundays: 11:45am-4:45pm 


Jan. 30 - Feb. 1, Feb. 13-15, Feb. 27-March 1, March 6-8, March 20-22, March 27-29, April 17-19, May 1-3.




June 12 - 28, 2015   


  • 9am-4pm
  • Saturday & Sunday: 10am-4pm
  • Wednesday & Friday: 7pm-10pm


FALL 2015*

September 18 - November 15, 2015

8  consecutive weekends (no session Oct. 16-18)

* note location: Chula Vista Yoga Center

  • Friday, 7pm-10pm
  • Saturday & Sunday, 1pm-6pm



Free Info Session:  June 2, 6pm

Join us for a free class followed by the info session, meet teachers, graduates & have all your questions answered.   RSVP & receive a guest pass to the 10am class!




$2300   early registration discount by July 31, 2015

$2500   early registration discount by August 31, 2015

$2700   full tuition

$2280  discount for full-time students, seniors, military & school teachers

Yoga membership, manual & certificate of completion included

Non-refundable deposit of $500 is due with application. Early discount rate must be paid in full by discount deadline.  Payment plans are available upon request.



View or download an Application Form  

Submit your application

  • via email to alex@prana-yoga.com
  • mail to Prana Yoga Center, Attn: Teacher Training 2012, 1041 Silverado Street, La Jolla, CA 92037, or
  • drop off in person at Prana.

You will be notified within 10 days regarding your acceptance in the training. We look forward to welcoming you in our new group and join us in this life-changing journey!


If you have any questions or concerns, contact a program advisor or call us at 858.456.2806.




Restorative Healing Yoga Teacher Training Intensive with Debora Wayne, E-RYT

June 5-8, 2014

click here to learn more






Photo by Steve Clarke


Cancer Yoga Therapy Training with Ingrid Yang, E-RYT 500

Fall 2015 - date tba

We invite certified Yoga teachers to join us in learning how to design and teach a Yoga Therapy class to cancer patients and survivors in a safe and therapeutic environment. 

In this training you will learn:

  • Yoga postures appropriate for survivors of all types of cancer and their therapeutic advantages, contraindications, and modifications;
  • The science and physiology of cancer, its treatments and side effects, and how yoga can help to reduce pain, build muscle mass and bone, and foster a healthy lifestyle while undergoing chemotherapy, surgeries and/or radiation;
  • Develop and lead classes compassionately and competently to improve balance, flexibility, and strength and to relieve stress, anxiety and pain that is often associated with cancer.

Hours: Friday 11am-7pm; Saturday 9am-5pm; Sunday 9am-1pm


Upon completion, participants will receive a certificate of completion that may be applied toward Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Units (CEUs): 20 total CEUs, including 15-contact CEUs.
Pre-requisite: 200-hour Teacher Training


Fee: $425 early bird if paid in full tba $495 thereafter

Questions? Contact a teacher training advisor

Applicants must complete an applicationL

Click here to sign up online: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/H9G3CKG, and submit along with a non-refundable deposit of $150  via our website.

Accepted applications will be notified via email.

Ingrid Yang, JD, E-RYT, co-author of Hatha Yoga Asanas, has been teaching yoga for the over 15 years and cancer therapy yoga for over 10 years.  She is currently in the last year of her M.D. degree at Rush University Medical College in Chicago, IL, and will be offering this special training weekend to impart her unique combination of clinical knowledge and yoga expertise.  Ingrid's experience also includes owning and directing a yoga center in Durham, NC, where she also worked as a clinical oncology researcher for Dr. Kimberly Blackwell at Duke University Medical Center.  At Duke, she focused her research on breast cancer and genetic and protein signatures demonstrated in chemotherapy treatment.  She has specifically designed this training for yoga teachers to learn how to teach cancer yoga therapy with skill and confidence.  Having worked closely with cancer patients in both clinical and yoga settings, Ingrid is uniquely qualified to inform and inspire teachers to lead cancer patients though the healing process of Yoga. 






Happy Back Yoga Certification with Rachel Krentzman, RPT, E-RYT 500

August 13-22, 2015



This unique program, Yoga for Safe Spinal Health, is designed for certified Yoga instructors and will be offered in an intensive format, covering two sections:

  • Lower Back, Pelvis and Hips
  • Upper Back, Neck and Shoulders

Students receive a certificate of completion after each section. The full "Yoga for a Happy Back" Certification will be awarded when students complete both sections and a case study project, a total of 100 hours of training for 70 contact hours of credit.

Prerequisite: 200-hour Yoga teacher training




About Rachel Krentzman, PT, E-RYT

Rachel is a skilled physical therapist who combines 16 years of PT experience with more than 10 years of Yoga studies. Her treatment methods involve a unique and highly effective approach to healing the whole person. She uses Yoga postures and sequences, breath, and meditation to cultivate awareness and promote healing. Rachel trained with Master teacher Aadil Palkivala, and received his 2000-hour certification as a Purna Yoga instructor as well as continuing education credits in Yoga therapeutics.


During her ten years as a Yoga instructor, Rachel has also assisted Aadil at Yoga Journal conferences and at workshops in the U.S. and abroad. She continues her training with him in Yoga therapeutics and with master teacher Judith Hansen Lasater. 

Rachel is the founder and director of Embody Physical Therapy and Yoga. You can learn more about her and her work at www.embodyphysicaltherapy.com

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  • 10-Day Immersion:  August 13-22, 2015



  • 10am - 5pm daily.  


What it's all about:

This is a special certification program designed for Yoga teachers who wish to continue their education in anatomy, therapeutics and Yoga for spinal health.  The training includes therapeutic use of the Great Yoga Wall TM system.

The Upper Back Workshop covers functional anatomy and biomechanics of the thoracic and cervical spine and shoulders and how it relates to posture and movement.  Through Yoga practice and hands-on lab time, participants will develop a deeper understanding of the biomechanics associated with Yoga postures and how injuries can develop as a result of incorrect alignment. Experientials will also cover therapeutic sequences for upper back, neck and shoulder pain including degenerative disc disease, nerve root impingement, reversed cervical curve, rotator cuff tear/tendonitis, bursitis, thoracic outlet syndrome, tennis elbow and carpal tunnel syndrome.

The Lower Back, Pelvis and Hips Section will cover the functional anatomy and biomechanics of the lumbar spine, sacrum, pelvis and hips and how it relates to posture and movement. Participants will learn specific therapeutic sequences for conditions including sciatica, disc herniations, spinal stenosis, scoliosis, spondylolisthesis, degenerative disc disease and sacroiliac joint dysfunction as well as be able to identify improper movement and alignment and how those relate to pain and injury. 

The training will offer experience building Yoga programs tailored to the needs of individuals with specific conditions. Participants will emerge with skills to prevent and heal injuries by creating safe Yoga programs that include modifications, adjustments, use of props and the Yoga Wall.


Why a "Happy Back" Certification?


Work confidently with students who have special needs

Today, more people seek Yoga as a way to rid the body of pain and injury.  The "Yoga for a Happy Back" Certification Program is designed to help Yoga teachers have a clear understanding of the functional anatomy and biomechanics of the spine and surrounding areas and how those relate to both posture and movement.  By including varied learning modalities-such as Yoga practice, lecture, hands-on lab, practice teaching and adjustments-this certification gives Yoga teachers what they need to work comfortably and correctly with people experiencing specific conditions, injury or pain.


Attract a larger student base to your classes

This knowledge will help attract more students to group classes and private sessions. Yoga teachers with a broad understanding of anatomy, injury assessment and management skills are an asset to any Yoga studio or sports facility and are sought after by students seeking private Yoga classes for healing.  The "Yoga for Happy Back" Certification offers instructors advanced knowledge and specialized skills equipping them to teach a wider range of students.


Prevent and heal injuries

Often Yoga instructors feel unprepared to properly address student injury and pain in group classes or private lessons. Many begin teaching soon after completing a 200-hour yoga teacher certification, which often lacks the anatomy training needed to prevent and heal injury.  The "Yoga for a Happy Back" Certification Program is a perfect addition to basic or advanced yoga teacher training and provides the tools to work with individuals with injuries and limitations. 


Keep yourself and others safe while enjoying Yoga practice!

Yoga is meant to be a sustainable, life-long and enjoyable practice that ultimately unites the mind, body and soul and allows people to connect more deeply with others.  In that process, a Yoga practice can help us stretch what is tight, strengthen what is weak, and allow our bodies to perform everyday activities with more ease and joy.  In order to make a yoga posture practice sustainable, we must learn how to create safe practices built on a solid understanding of anatomy and biomechanics and how they relate to movement and posture.  The Yoga for a Happy Back Certification Program provides the skills necessary to adapt any practice to enhance life and avoid injury.


Gain continuing education credit through the Yoga Alliance.

All hours count toward Yoga Alliance continuing education for Yoga teachers (100 hours for the full course).



$1,375 by May 1, 2015 - must be paid in full to receive discount


$1,525 - early bird by July 1, 2015

PYTT Alumni discount: $1,375

$1,675 thereafter

*Monthly Payment Plans are available by request

$150 non-refundable deposit required to reserve a space

Space is limited.

Contact a program advisor


Cancellations/Refund Policy:

Refunds available less $100 non-refundable deposit 2 weeks before the course. After that, credit can be applied towards any future course.







Level 1: 200-Hour Prana Yoga Teacher Training

  • Spring: January 30 -May 3, 2015
  • Summer Intensive: June 12 - 28, 2015
  • Fall: Sept. 18  - Nov. 15, 2015 - Chula Vista