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Yoga Teacher Training

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Meet Your Yoga Teachers:


Laura Mckinzie

Laura Mckinzie
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Tara Martell

Tara Martell
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Some of our professional memberships and licensing agencies:

Yoga Alliance
RYS-200

E-RYT-500

ACCET
  • Accredited by the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education & Training.
  • Accredited by ACCET – A Partnership for Quality®
  • ACCET is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency.

SWIHA is unique in being one of the very few nationally accredited schools offering the option to take a Yoga Teacher Training program independently or along with additional career-expanding holistic modalities such as Massage Therapy, Yoga Body Psychology, Hatha Gong, Yoga Nidra, Transformational Yoga Coaching and more.

We offer three levels of Yoga Teacher Training:

Certificate of Excellence – On-campus
Yoga Teacher Training – 200 Hours

Completed in just over 7 months with an AM or PM schedule, or just over 4 months with the Fast Track schedule, this program is designed to support all who wish to deepen their personal spiritual connection through learning to master the principles and practice of Yoga.

You will study yoga postures, philosophy, styles and teaching techniques to gain a comprehensive understanding of this mind-body-spirit modality. In the final weeks of training, you will design and be coached through teaching actual studio classes.

What is going to cover the Yoga Teacher Training 200 Hour Classes
Yoga Module I – Unity Yoga Foundations
Yoga Module II – Unity Yoga Teaching Foundations
Yoga Module III – Unity Yoga Deepening the Path
Yoga – YTT 200 Practicum


Diploma – On-campus
Yoga Teacher Training – 600 Hours

Completed in just over 16 months and includes over 400 hours of advanced and transformational yoga training, 200 hours of a yoga-centered primary specialty, 200 hours of any combinations of electives, safety and entrepreneurial training and specialty courses, the Advanced Yoga Teacher & Healing Arts Practitioner is an in-depth yoga education preparing you to expertly teach groups and includes a therapeutic specialty that allows for one-on-one work with clients.

You will complete six yoga-specific advanced courses, and are given the opportunity to take an additional 300 hours of electives plus a 100-hour therapeutic specialty. The therapeutic specialty brings in layers of powerful holistic modalities such as Polarity, Reiki, Life Coaching with Nutrition, Yoga Nidra, Reflexology or Aromatherapy enhancing the yoga teacher’s tool kit.


Diploma – On-campus
Advanced Yoga Teacher and Healing Arts Practitioner – 800 Hours

Develop the tools necessary to expand your skills to expertly teach in a studio setting. Choose a combination of 100 hours of electives to add a personal touch to your practice, based on your unique interests. Add a healing element to your art through such courses as Aromatherapy: Intro for Yoga Teachers, to enhance any style of yoga with essential oils. Restorative Yoga will teach you how to help students deeply relax and restore vital energy, necessary to living a whole and balanced life. And in Yoga for PTSD, you will learn to define and recognize the difference in the behavior presented by those experiencing post event stress.

Specialty tracks for 600-hour and 800-hour training:

Yoga Studio Track

Develop the tools necessary to expand your skills to expertly teach in a studio setting. Choose a combination of 100 hours of electives to add a personal touch to your practice, based on your unique interests. Add a healing element to your art through such courses as Aromatherapy: Intro for Yoga Teachers, to enhance any style of yoga with essential oils. Restorative Yoga will teach you how to help students deeply relax and restore vital energy, necessary to living a whole and balanced life. And in Yoga for PTSD, you will learn to define and recognize the difference in the behavior presented by those experiencing post event stress.


Yoga Nidra Track
Certificate of Excellence -100 Hours | Yoga – Nidra I – IV plus Practicum

SWIHA’s Yoga Nidra program will teach you an ancient yoga practice that is becoming immensely popular in the West. Yoga Nidra brings the body and mind to a deeply relaxed state in order to access healing, stress-release and well-being. This practice powerfully and holistically helps your clients with physical, neurological and subliminal needs. Learn from world-renowned instructor Kamini Desai, who incorporates Western psychology with Eastern Philosophy to bring you this sought-after therapy.

Kamini Desai

Meet the Instructor: Kamini Desai

Kamini Desai is a nationally renowned teacher and expert in the field of Yoga Nidra. She holds degrees in Anthropology and Psychology from Smith College and La Salle University and trained at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. Her focus on personal empowerment and fulfillment have led her to serve as the Education Director and Core Curriculum Developer for the Amrit Yoga Institute, to act as one of the three Founding Directors of the International University of Yoga and Ayurveda, and to teach Yoga Nidra courses here at Southwest Institute of Healing Arts. She has over 25 years of experience in combining the ancient wisdom of yoga with modern psychology principles in order to create the unique body of Yoga Nidra teachings.


Yoga Body Psychology Track
Certificate of Excellence -100 Hours | Yoga Body Psychology I-IV plus Practicum

The Amrit Method of Yoga Body Psychology is designed to treat visible physical symptoms and the invisible mental and emotional blocks that contribute to them. Using gravity supported, static poses held by the facilitator, or with the use of the wall or props, you will learn how to surface and release blockages held in the body. Enhance your understanding of the energetic aspects of yoga and how to use it for yourself and others as one of the most profound healing modalities you will ever encounter.

Dr Marie Bailey

Meet the Instructor: Dr. Marie Bailey
(Psy. D., ERYT-500, C-IAYT)

Dr. Marie Bailey (Psy. D., ERYT-500, C-IAYT) is a Senior Faculty member at the Amrit Yoga Institute in Salt Springs, Florida where she is a trainer in the Amrit Method of Yoga Therapy and Amrit Method Yoga Nidra Professional Trainings. She has a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and spent many years in her first career as a psychologist. She holds every Amrit Method certification. A Yogi through and through, Marie fell in love with the Amrit Yoga Methods in 2009 when she first met Kamini Desai, Ph.D. and her father Yogi Amrit Desai. Marie is a practicing Yoga Therapist, a teacher, and lecturer. She currently resides in Jacksonville, Florida. Marie is the owner of Emotive Yoga Therapy in Jacksonville, FL.


Spirit of Yoga, our training facility:

SWIHA’s Yoga Teacher Training program is presented at Spirit of Yoga, our premier yoga education facility and yoga studio. Located on beautiful, park-like grounds in Tempe, Arizona, Spirit of Yoga is a sanctuary for those practicing and learning the art and science of yoga. Yoga Teacher Training as well as regularly scheduled community yoga classes are held in its three spacious, beautifully appointed studio spaces. In the final weeks of training, yoga teachers-to-be are able to design and be coached through teaching actual studio classes, giving them the unique opportunity for hands-on yoga teacher training to groups.

Get a Guest Pass & Tour SWIHA:

• Be our guest in one of our Yoga Teacher Training classes! Guest passes are complimentary & commitment-free.
Call student services at 480-994-9244 for available opportunities and to request your pass.

• Visit our campus in Tempe on Southern and McClintock to experience our tranquil student massage clinic, state-of-the-art teaching kitchen, entrepreneurial business center, bookstore and more! You can also schedule a Q&A with one of our Admissions Coaches.
Text (480) 719-2682 or call (888) 504-9106.


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