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200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training

“Paul’s coaching was what gave me the confidence to teach.”

200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training

Dear Students,

We are delighted to welcome you to Karuna's 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training Program. It promises to be a thorough and transformational experience. This program is in compliance with the standards of the nationally recognized Yoga Alliance.

We welcome students who wish to deepen their practice and understanding of the art and science of yoga, integrate the philosophy into their daily life, and gain self-understanding.

Established in 1997, this program is rigorous and designed to meet the needs of students who envision teaching and those who already teach yoga. Dedicated students and teachers work together—creating an inspired and inclusive learning community. The program offers studies with highly qualified, passionate teachers, as well as a complete curriculum encompassing over 200 hours of training.

Throughout the year, we will cover the basic, progressive, and integrated study of asana, pranayama, anatomy, yoga philosophy, and teaching for different ages and different needs.  This program may qualify for course credit as a practicum or independent study at your college or university; please consult your academic advisor for details.

Work trade opportunities in exchange for classes and training costs are available for students who are interested in participating in Karuna’s teacher training programs. For more information, contact

Use the Links Below to View Details for our Upcoming 200-Hour Programs:


  • Asana, Sequencing, and Linking

  • Experiential Anatomy

  • Yoga Philosophy, History, and Ethics

  • Restorative Yoga

  • Pranayama

  • Assisting and Adjusting Verbally and Physically

  • Development of Personal Practice

  • Development of Teaching Outside of the Studio

  • Use of Props

  • Opportunities to Practice Teaching in Real-class Situations

You will Learn to:

  • Communicate your knowledge effectively

  • Give clear instructions

  • Give directions in correct order

  • Increase your awareness through observation

  • Assess yourself as a teacher

  • Examine teaching ethics and the business of yoga

  • Teach yoga for pregnancy, menstruation, and for people of different ages and different needs

  • Integrate yoga philosophy into your daily life

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2020 Training Dates and Details

The 200-hour course meets one weekend every month: 10 am – 6 pm on Saturdays and 9 am – 5 pm on Sundays.

  • January 25-26, 2020

  • February 22-23

  • March 28-29

  • April 25-26

  • May 30-31

  • June 27-28

  • July 25-26

  • August 29-30

  • September 12-13

  • October 24-25

  • November 21-22*new dates

Additional Mandatory Certification Requirements:

  • Students are required to take 50 of Paul Menard’s classes at Karuna (outside of training weekends and week-long intensives) by the end of training. The cost of classes is not included in the tuition price, but an $880 discounted unlimited card is available for the duration of the training (11 months).

  • Students are required to assist 18 hours of class time total. Assisting in classes counts towards the 50-class requirement.

Tuition and Payment

Application Fee: $300 (non-refundable – due January 1st; if registering after January 1st, deposit is due immediately upon registration)

Tuition: $2,600*

Total: $2,900*

Payment-in-full Early-bird Price:  $2,600* (payment in full due by December 1, 2019)

Textbooks / Props are also required. All the texts in total can generally be acquired for under $100 if you purchase the non-newest edition (newest editions are not required). Prop costs vary depending on the quality you desire.

*new prices; please note a student discount (with valid current school ID) will be available

The cost of the 200-hour course is $2,600 plus an application fee of $300 (non-refundable). Students may pay in full or in four installments. There is a $300 reduction in tuition for those who pay the full tuition by December 1, 2019. THERE WILL BE NO REFUNDS IF YOU DROP OUT OF THE TRAINING.



How to Pay

  1. Payments can be made by cash/check/credit/debit.

  2. Make your $300 application fee to join the training.

  3. Remaining payment can be made in full or made in four installments.

  4. Price Reduction / Early-bird: There is a $300 reduction in tuition for those who pay the full tuition by December 1st, 2019 (totaling $2,600).

Installment Plan

You may choose to pay for the program with four installments of $650 and a $300 deposit due upon registration.

1st Installment Due: 01/07/20 or upon registration after that date

2nd Installment Due: 03/01/20

3rd Installment Due: 05/01/20

4th Installment Due: 07/01/20

Reduced Price Class Card

Cost: $880*

Duration: 11 months of unlimited classes

*new price; please note a student discount (with valid current school ID) will be available

Students in the 200-hour yoga teacher training are eligible to receive an 11-month unlimited yoga class card at this reduced price.  Please contact the studio at or 413-584-5054 to purchase.