200+ Hour Therapeutic Focus Yoga Teacher Training and Live Your Life Awake Yoga Study Program Details

Enroll to deepen your practice, deepen your learning, or become a skilled and nationally certified yoga instructor

At Yoga North International SomaYoga Institute we support a systematic approach to your yoga practice in body, mind and spirit. Our innovative curriculum and pairing of the neuromuscular re-education discipline of Somatics with the ancient wisdom of yoga is a unique blend that brings profound results with less effort in advancing even the seasoned yogi’s practice. Our goal as faculty is to provide:

  • thorough knowledge of postures and a comfort level in teaching and assisting postures in others
  • comprehensive knowledge of yogic philosophy and ability to relate this understanding to life
  • opportunities for each student to leave with a much deeper understanding of themselves

Type of Study

Our 200+ Hour Therapeutic Focus Program has a focus in Somatics, Therapeutic and Classic Hatha Yoga at the 200 hour level. Completion of this program results in 200 hours that can be submitted to Yoga Alliance for Yoga Alliance certification.

We also offer a Live Your Life Awake Path for those interested in a deeper study of yoga for personal development, not necessarily aiming for professional teacher training. This path is perfect for:

  • current 200+ hour certified teachers: earn 180 CEUs while learning SomaYoga and refreshing your certification
  • students of yoga who want a more focused study

Live Your Life Awake Path has all the coursework with homework being optional.

Learn more about our Yoga Teacher Training Student Benefits Package.

Training Begins Each Spring and Fall

Our location for training rotates between Duluth and St. Paul every other year to accommodate students interested in traveling from other locations. Both Minnesota locations are close to International airports and on direct travel routes. 

The Essential Program has a focus in Somatics, Therapeutic and Classic Hatha Yoga at the 200 hour level. Completion of this program results in 200 hours that can be submitted to Yoga Alliance for Yoga Alliance certification.

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  • Just announced, additional location for 200 and Level 1 trainings in Des Moines along with a live online option! We will accept late applicants up to second class meeting date.
  • Fall 2021 Held In-person in two locations: Duluth, Minnesota & Des Moines, Iowa | Online Live Streaming Option Available!

Our Philosophy

We share the ancient yogic science, which provides tools and guidance to adjust your life to the true essence and evolution of your soul, allowing you the opportunity to “find your true north”. Our philosophy and teacher training is in the Himalayan Tradition. The Himalayan Tradition is rich in the teachings of the 8-fold Ashtanga path, encouraging personal and social awakening and transformation. All classes at Yoga North are offered in support of the awakening and transformation of each student.

What is SomaYoga Therapy

SomaYoga is a unique blending of work that includes:

  • Traditional Yogic Philosophy from the Himalayan Tradition
  • Traditional Yogic Meditation and Training of the Mind
  • Modern Systems Theory Practice and Personal Development
  • Ayurveda—Yoga’s sister science
  • Traditional Pranayama—working with the breath
  • Classic Asana, Traditional Therapeutic Yoga and the Neuromuscular Re-Education of Somatics

200+ Hour Yoga Teacher Training Course Topics

Our 200+ Hour Therapeutic Focus Program curriculum includes:

SomaYoga • Therapeutic Yoga • SomaYoga approach to Hatha Postures • Hatha Leveling: Beginner, Level I and Level II • Sequencing of Postures • Props, Postures and Adjustments • Student Variance • Core Health • Introduction to Inversions • Restorative Yoga • Anatomy & Physiology • Exploring Edges • Teacher Resources • Structuring a Class • Supporting a Home Practice • The Teacher-Student Relationship • Breath & Bandhas • Prana-Vayus • Meditation • Yamas & Niyamas: Life’s Guidelines • Ashtanga: The 8-fold Path • Karma/Dharma • Chanting • The Chakra System & Nadis • Koshas: Veils of Illusion • Kleshas: Veils of Ignorance • Sadhana • The Himalayan Tradition • Foundations of Ayurveda and Samkhya • Dinacharya—Nourishing and Cleansing

Program Hours

200+ Hour Yoga Teacher Training Course Topics Essential Program Hours:

200+ Hour Therapeutic Focus Program Hours—Spring 2021 ONLINE ONLY Session:

  • 7  Weekend Online Live Classroom Sessions: 158 hours
  • 13 Monday Evening Live Classroom Sessions: 20 hours
  • 24 SomaYoga Live Online Classes: 30 hours
  • Asynchronous SomaYoga Methodology Courses: 12 hours
  • Student Practicum: 10 hours
  • Home Study: 48 hours
    • Total Hours: 278

200+ Hour Therapeutic Focus Program Hours

  • Classroom: 170
  • Tele-Conference12
  • Home Study48
  • Student Practicum: 10
    • Total Hours: 240

Home study includes daily practice, reading assignments, practicum work, listening to podcasts, communication and answering directed questions on e-campus, participation in conference calls, and journaling about personal experience. Students will be given focused homework on yoga topics as part of the program. Under the guidance of staff, students will participate in a 10 hour practicum.

Live Your Life Awake Path (180 CEUs)

Deepen Your Study for Personal Development

“Live Your Life Awake” is our affectionate phrase for those of you interested in this deeper study of yoga for personal development, not necessarily aiming for professional teacher training. A main goal of the Yoga North faculty is to share comprehensive knowledge of Ayurvedic and yogic philosophy and the ability to relate this understanding to life. Yoga North strongly believes that the basis of growth and freedom is to know oneself, therefore our intention is for all of our students to leave with a much deeper understanding of yourself. In the “Live Your Life Awake” experience, you’ll be a full participant in the coursework, but the homework is optional!

This path is perfect for:

  • current 200+ hour certified teachers: earn 180 CEUs while learning SomaYoga and refreshing your certification
  • students of yoga who want a more focused study

Many students join our Teacher Training in order to live their own lives more awake, and steeped in the yogic wisdom we will share. Some finish and do end up teaching SomaYoga after all, but the experience of personal enrichment in this close-knit collective with the support of mentors and experienced instructors is not wasted, no matter where your journey takes you.

Live Your Life Awake Path (180 CEUs) Investment:
Regular Enrollment: $2,450 plus $50 application fee

The yoga therapy components of our certification programs and courses are based on our accreditation through the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT), not derived from our status as an RYS® with Yoga Alliance Registry.
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Fall 2021—Summer 2022 | Online Option + In-Person Duluth, MN & Des Moines, IA

Fall 2021 HYBRID Online/Live Cohort
Held in-person at our Duluth, Minnesota Studio AND Des Moines, Iowa Studio PLUS: Online live streaming option. We will accept late applicants up to second class meeting date.

IN-PERSON LOCATION OPTIONS:
Duluth MN:
Yoga North International SomaYoga Institute | 4628 Pitt Street

Des Moines, Iowa:
Sacred Health | 4123 University Avenue

LIVE ONLINE STREAMING OPTION AVAILABLE

Program Dates:
2021: October 1–3,  November 5–7,  December 3–5 (December Sessions held ONLINE)
2022: January 7–9 (January Sessions held ONLINE), February 4–6, March 4–6, April 1–3

Throughout Program Training:
Weekly Online Live Class:
Mondays: 6:30–8:30 PM CT

Fall 2021 Program Brochure

200+ Hour Program Investment:
Regular Enrollment: $3200 plus $50 application fee

Live Your Life Awake Path (180 CEUs) Investment:
Regular Enrollment: $2,450 plus $50 application fee