Teacher Training Curriculum

The curriculum is designed to provide the tools necessary for teaching yoga and guiding others on the path of yoga – creating and leading classes, and most importantly, igniting the light of the tradition within you, so you may carry the tradition forward.

The program adopts a mentor/mentee model. Having Fannie as a mentor will be an empowering and supportive method for learning the tools of the tradition.

This is a true journey into the heart of Yoga – a foundational program that goes beyond the basics of vinyasa and poses – and calls all serious students of yoga who are ready for radical transformation.

There is a strong emphasis on personal practice, as it is the golden key for living the life you want and leading others to do the same. In the training, you will learn how to build your own practice (asana and meditation) and be expected to keep a practice log and journal about your daily practice.

Study and Practical Application of Topics:

  • Vinyasa Krama (intelligent sequencing), Cueing Language, and Structuring a class
  • Strong foundational understanding of the execution and energetic effects of Asana, Pranayama, and Meditation
  • Ayurveda
  • Chanting, Mantra, Japa
  • The Energetic Body – Koshas, Chakras, and more
  • Alignment, Adjustments, and Anatomy
  • Varying Styles: ParaYoga, Restorative, Beginner, Prenatal, etc.
  • Yoga Nidra
  • The Yoga Sutras
  • Yogic and Tantric wisdom and Philosophy
  • Business and Ethics of Yoga Profession
  • Self-care and Lifestyle for yogis and yoginis, seasonal cleansing
  • Personal Practice
  • Self-transformation

Modules 1, 2, & 3: Embodiment

  1. The Abode of the Soul – 6 categories of asana, biomechanics of asana, prana/chitta
  2. Ayurveda – doshas, self-care, lifestyle
  3. The Life Force – the pranic body: energetic systems and breathing

Modules 4, 5, & 6: Sharing and Delivering

4. The Mind  – the gunas, practices for getting still, cueing language, self-inquiry

5. Guiding Grace – teaching skills, anatomy and physiology (Wednesday evenings)

6. Wisdom and Love – Sutras study, the inner teacher, practice teaching

Modules 7 and 8: Integration and Progression

7. Progression: Your teaching voice, ethics, teaching for real!

8. Beauty and Bliss: Meditation, the role of the teacher, and the secret of success

Other Requirements for Trainees:

  • personal practice commitment and journal:
    • meditation: 6 days/week for 15 minutes/day
    • asana: 3 days/week for 30-45 minutes
    • attend at least one group class per week


  • required reading and reference books:
    • The Heart of Yoga by TKV Desikachar
    • Yoga for Wellness by Gary Kraftsow
    • Happy Healthy Sexy: Ayurveda Wisdom for Modern Women by Katie Silcox
    • The Complete Book of Ayurvedic Home Remedies by Vasant Lad
    • MetaAnatomy: Anatomy of a Yogi by Kristin Leal
    • The Art of Joyful Living by Swami Rama
    • Living Your Yoga by Judith Lasater
    • Secret of the Yoga Sutra: Samadhi Pada by Pandit Rajmani Tigunait
    • Book reports will be required on two of the above books
  • suggested texts and supplemental reading:
    • The Bhagavad Gita trans. Eknath Easwaran
    • Hatha Yoga Pradipika Bihar publication/commentary Swami Muktibodhananda
    • Touched by Fire by Pandit Rajmani Tigunait
    • The Four Desires by Rod Stryker
    • Relax and Renew by Judith Lasater
    • Yoga Anatomy by Leslie Kaminoff
    • The Anatomy Coloring Book by Kapit and Elson
    • Another Yoga Sutra text in full and/or Practice of the Yoga Sutra: Sadhana Pada by Pandit Rajmani Tigunait
  • homework, quizzes and exams
  • practice teaching and observation
    • all trainees will be required to teach 3 public classes (one will be organized through the program and co-taught with another trainee, a second organized on your own and taught solo, and a third private yoga session arranged on your own)
    • all trainees must observe 3 consecutive yoga classes with one teacher of your choice
  • special Project/thesis: all trainees will complete a final project (leading a workshop, writing a paper, doing a study, the possibilities are open!) in any area of special interest to them.