Yoga Teacher Training Certification Program


Next session begins on Feb. 24, 2024!

FREE info sessions will be held Dec. 11, 2023 and Feb. 5, 2024 at 7:30pm at the studio and on Zoom

If you are interested or have questions, please email We are now accepting applications!


200-hour Yoga Teacher Training/Yoga Immersion Program
February-November 2024

Yoga Illuminations is proud to offer a 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training and In-depth Yoga Studies Program at Mind Body Zone in Fremont, CA. Whether your intention is to deepen your personal practice or obtain the skills and knowledge to become an effective instructor, this teacher training program is diverse and non-denominational, covering all aspects of Hatha Yoga. After sucessfully completing this program, one is eligible to register with Yoga Alliance as a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200). The program includes:

Techniques-100+ hours

• In-depth study of over 90 asana 
• Styles of yoga
• Meditation
• Pranayama
• Chanting
• Prenatal Yoga

 Teaching Methods-35 hours

• Asana modification and use of props
• Demonstration and cueing principles
• Designing and sequencing a class
• Hands-on and verbal adjustments
• Business aspects of teaching yoga
• Students’ process of learning
• Yoga Therapy
• Public Speaking-communicating with your voice and body
• Teaching Beginners and Mixed level classes
• Partner Yoga

 Anatomy & Physiology- 20 hours

• Musculoskeletal
• Respiration and Breath
• Joint Mobility
• Preventing Yoga injuries
• Working with student injuries
• Chakras
• Chi and Meridians

 Philosophy, Lifestyle & Ethics-30 hours

• 8 Limbs of Yoga
• Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
• Yogic Lifestyle
• Sanskrit
• Ayurveda 
• Ethics

 Practicum-15 hours

• Practice Teaching
• Assist senior teachers in his/her class
• Receive feedback from senior teachers



One weekend a month 
Saturdays 11:00am-6:00pm
Sundays 10:30am-4:45pm

(*Dates/Times subject to change)

  • February 24-25, 2024
  • March 16-17, 2024
  • April 20-21, 2024
  • May 18-19, 2024
  • June 22-23, 2024
  • July 20-21, 2024
  • August 24-25, 2024
  • September 21-22, 2024
  • October 19-20, 2024
  • November 16-17, 2024

In addition, 48 hours of Hatha Yoga practice are required. These dates and times will be determined by the trainees.



• A non-refundable application fee of $200 is due upon acceptance to the program.
• Early Bird tuition: $2,100 paid in full by Dec. 24, 2023 (total $2,300)
• Regular tuition: $2,300 paid in full by Feb. 24, 2024 (total $2,500)
• Payment schedule: $2,500 (total $2,700). Three $833 payments are due on 2/24/24, 5/18/24 and 8/24/24
• Tuition Refunds-10% service charge, no refunds after Feb. 24, 2024

 Tuition does not cover the cost of a small number of books that are required reading or teaching practicum fees (if any), but does include all listed training sessions, hand outs and 48 free yoga classes at Mind Body Zone during teacher training. Subsequent classes can be taken at MBZ at a discounted rate.

Prerequisites for registration and certification:

  • Minimum of 2 years personal practice of Hatha Yoga or approval from Director of Teacher Training
  • Commitment to continuing practice and spiritual growth
  • Completed Teacher Training Application
  • On-time payment of tuition and application fee
  • Attendance on all Teacher Training Meetings
  • Successful and on-time completion of assignments, quizzes and exams


  • Lynn Cheng Kaylor - Techniques, Teaching Methodology, Practicum, Director of Teacher Training
  • Kavita Patel - Philosophy, Lifestyle, Ethics, Sanskrit
  • Setareh Moafi - Anatomy, Techniques
  • Linea McPherson-Techniques, Teaching methodology, Anatomy
  • Dr. Ram Rao- Ayurveda
  • and many more guest instructors



"I highly value the wide range of knowledge Lynn's teacher training has given me.  It has really helped me define my own style as a teacher and thereby feel confident facing classrooms full of students.  To anyone looking to prepare yourself to teach, or even just deepen your practice, this is a great program!"- Marci

"Learn from a myriad of master Yoga teachers who share their wealth of knowledge and experience not found in books or journals." - Shannon

"This training is beneficial to ANYONE who is practices yoga, at any level. Enroll in this course if simply want to know more about yoga, deepen your practice or if you want to teach. I received valuable knowledge, inspiration and an unforgettable experience!" - Su

"Meeting one weekend/month provided a perfectly balanced pace; we could absorb lots of information during class time, and then have time to reflect on it, incorporate it into our lives and our yoga practice, and then be excited again when the next weekend of training approached. Retention of the material was easier this way, and there was no feeling of burn-out or being rushed. A great program!" - Julie

"I have taught yoga for many years, and this program has broadened my teaching skills enormously and greatly enhanced my personal practice." - Julie

"An insightful 200 hour journey leading to positivity & light, an amazing life." - Denise

"Awesome teachers and insightful sessions! I am so glad I explored the many faces of yoga!" - Irma

"a highly recommended, well-rounded agenda providing coverage of all aspects of yoga and related teachings. An excellent opportunity for personal and spiritual growth as well as teaching potential" - Don

" learning experience by blending lecture, hands on, self-practice, instructor critiques, and lots of optional reading and practice opportunities." - Caron

"A wonderful experience. The training is professional and the teachers have developed a lovely sense of community in our class." - Kate

"Lynn is one of the most effective and down-to-earth teachers I have encountered. I am grateful to have her as my mentor" - Jill

FAQ's-Frequently Asked Questions:

Why it's important to choose the right training structure?
Yoga is learned by patient practice, dedication and experience. Knowledge is imparted directly from teacher to student. Large classes, high-profile seminars, yoga conferences, workshops with celebrity teachers, and distance learning are less than ideal formats for teacher training.

Beware of trainings that provide limited access to the trainers, those that condense many hours into a short time frame, ones that have heavy homework, online classes with less face-to-face instruction and those that offer less than 200 contact training hours.

What makes Mind Body Zone's training unique?
This program is very thorough, comprehensive and covers many different aspects and approaches to Hatha Yoga. It is a general yoga training program and we cover many different styles of yoga practiced today in the US (such as Iyengar, Ashtanga, Jivamukti, Yin, Restorative, Vinyasa, etc). Trainees will be exposed to these various styles and will come away with the program with a more diverse understanding of Hatha Yoga (rather than focus on one particular style and way of teaching). It is designed to help you become an effective and well balanced teacher and to deepen your personal practice.

 Our multiple sessions are spaced over 10 months; we offer a close teacher-student relationship with highly experienced teacher trainers, a supervised and ongoing study into all aspects of yoga including ethical, personal, physical, psychological and spiritual realms. This is one of the most affordable yoga teacher trainings in the Bay Area.

 Our program is designed for people with busy schedules; we meet once a month and you determine when and where you would like to fulfill the requirements for practice and practicum. There is no deadline when these requirements must be completed; we ask and hope, however, that it be completed within a year of graduation. We offer 48 free yoga classes during the training period and additional classes during this time will be offered at a 50% discount.

 Most of the material covered in any teacher training is new information-information not received in a typical yoga class or as in depth. Our pacing is set that there is enough time between each session in order for you to digest, process and incorporate the material into your practice before the next session. The training is also progressive, what you learn in the current month will be more relevant in the following month and onwards.

 Any Yoga Alliance approved program has the same requirements; 75 contact hours hours for Techniques, 15 contact hours for Teaching Methodology, 10 contact hours for Anatomy, 20 contact hours for Philosophy and 5 contact hours for Practicum. (Contact hours are training hours given by and in the presence of an experience yoga teacher). The remaining 55 contact hours are distributed among the educational categories according to the school’s emphasis. We have placed more emphasis on Techniques and Teaching Methodology and additional hours in Anatomy and Practicum in order to best prepare one to become a yoga teacher.

How do I know if I am ready?
If you have been studying yoga with a teacher for at least two years, we encourage you to apply. If you have less than 2 years experience, contact Lynn (Director of Teacher Training) to discuss your eligibility. Keep in mind that your sincere desire to learn and explore is the most important factor.

I'm not interested in being a teacher. I just want to learn more about yoga. Can I apply?
Absolutely! This training will give you a depth of skill and knowledge without parallel. Many of these topics are not addressed in a typical yoga class or with as much detail. The training will give you a much better understanding about Yoga as a complete practice and this information will help grow your personal practice. Though you will practice and learn some teaching techniques during the course, yoga teaching need not be your ultimate goal in order for you to take full advantage of the training.

What is the difference between taking this program for personal development versus getting a certificate to teach yoga?
If your objective is to obtain a certificate of completion, you must complete all the assignments, pass the written final, take 45 Hatha Yoga classes at any facility of your choice and spend at least 10 hours outside of the monthly training sessions to work on the practicum part of the program. This is where a trainee mentors with an experienced teacher and observes and assists in his/her classes. In addition, the trainee must teach 5 hours where the mentor will observe and provide feedback.

If you are taking this program for your personal practice, you do not have to complete the requirements listed above (although it is highly suggested that you complete the assignments as it deepens your understanding and experience of the teachings).

I can not do advanced yoga postures; can I still enroll in the Teacher Training Program?
Proficiency in these postures does not correlate to being an effective yoga instructor and is not important for teaching yoga.

I have a prior commitment and can not make a training session, can I make-up the class?
Unfortunately, if you are unable to attend a training session, we do not offer a make up class, but will work with you individually to find a suitable way to ensure you receive and understand the information that was covered. If possible, we can change the dates of training if all participants agree on the revised date.

I can not make the tuition payment in full; does MBZ offer any payment schedules?
While the amount seems large when you look at it as one payment, it actually is quite affordable. If it is broken down to an hourly rate, the teacher training program actually costs less per hour than a drop in class rate. As mentioned, teacher training program offers much more than you would receive in a typical yoga class.

We offer a discounted rate (early bird) for those who pay in full and register early. For those who can not pay the tuition rate up front, we offer a payment schedule of three $800 payments. If that payment schedule does not work for you, please contact us. We are happy to work out a payment schedule for you.

What qualities do you need to become a yoga teacher?
Being curious and enthusiastic about yoga is the first prerequisite. Qualities such as empathy, clarity, integrity, reliability, open minded, determination and playfulness are hallmarks of a great teacher.

How will I go from where I am now to being a confident yoga teacher?
Our program is paced so you learn gradually in order to integrate the various practices and information. During our training sessions, we will break down and practice the elements of effective yoga teaching. By the time you complete the training, you will have the skills to teach a basic level yoga class.

What is Yoga Alliance?
Yoga Alliance is the only nationally recognized organization that registers both individual yoga teachers and yoga teacher training programs who have complied with minimum educational standards established by the organization. Its mission is to lead the yoga community, set standards, foster integrity, provide resources, and uphold the teachings of yoga. By completing this teacher training, one is eligible to register with Yoga Alliance as a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT). An RYT designation enhances your credibility as a yoga professional. Yoga Alliance RYT designations are trusted symbols of knowledge, training and experience for employers and students.

What kind of work does a professional yoga teacher do?
Yoga teachers work in a wide variety of settings with a range of students. Most yoga teachers are self-employed, teaching either part-time or full-time at more than one location. Income is a reflection of an instructor's specialized knowledge and skills, so a yoga instructor works fewer hours and is paid more per hour than in most traditional jobs. Part-time yoga instructors can supplement their regular income by teaching as little or as much as they want. Venues can include yoga studios, health clubs/gyms, corporate businesses, community centers, schools, spas, resorts and doctors’ offices.