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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 one of only a few nationally-accredited schools that offer independent diploma programs as well as exclusive yoga teacher training integrated with other healing arts programs. Focus solely on Yoga Teacher Training or combine your training with another career expanding area of healing arts. Options include: Massage Therapy, Hypnotherapy, Polarity, Cranial Unwinding, Yoga Nidra, Yoga Body Psychology, 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 and master the principles and practice of Yoga, as well as learn to be a Yoga Teacher.

Learn yoga postures, and study philosophy, styles and teaching techniques to gain a comprehensive understanding of this mind-body-spirit modality. In the final weeks of training, you’ll design, teach and receive coaching through 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, the 600-Hour Yoga Teacher Training Diploma series incorporates more than 400 hours of transformational yoga training. This includes 200 hours of a yoga-centered primary specialty, and 200 hours of advanced yoga training. You will also be able to choose 100 hours of any combinations of electives, and entrepreneurial training and specialty courses.

The Advanced Yoga Teacher & Healing Arts Practitioner includes an in-depth yoga education designed to grow your expertise and prepare you to expertly teach groups. The program has complete six yoga-specific advanced courses included, a 100 hour therapeutic yoga specialty that allows for one-on-one work with clients, and 100 additional hours of specialty. The specialty folds in layers of powerful holistic modalities such as Polarity, Reiki, Life Coaching with Nutrition, Yoga Nidra, Reflexology or Aromatherapy to enhance the yoga teacher’s tool kit.


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

This advanced series is designed to further enhance your expertise and skills in studio teaching. Expand your knowledge and deepen the quality of your work through a combination of 300 hours of electives that embody your distinct individual interest. Some options: Aromatherapy: learn about essential oils and how to infuse their powerful healing into yoga work; Restorative Yoga—learn how to teach your students to relax and restore the vital energy essential for living a whole and balanced life; and Yoga for PTSD—learn to understand and recognize behavioral patterns manifested by people experiencing post-traumatic event stress.

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

Yoga Studio Track

Yoga Studio courses are designed to enhance your skills and teaching expertise in studio settings. Expand your knowledge and deepen your work by selecting a combination of 100 hours of electives that embody your distinct individual interest. Some options: Aromatherapy: Intro for Yoga Teachers—learn about essential oils and how to infuse their powerful healing into yoga work; Restorative Yoga—learn how to teach your students to relax and restore the vital energy essential for living a whole and balanced life; and Yoga for PTSD—learn to understand and recognize behavioral patterns manifested by people experiencing post-traumatic event stress.


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

Learn an ancient yoga practice that has become immensely popular in the West. SWIHA’s Yoga Nidra program teaches you how to bring body and mind into a deeply relaxed state to access and enhance healing, stress-release, and well-being. This powerful holistic practice helps your clients with physical, neurological, and subliminal needs. World-renowned instructor Kamini Desai is your guide, incorporating Western psychology with Eastern Philosophy perspectives into this much 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 with more than 25 years of experience combining the ancient wisdom of yoga with modern psychology principles in her unique approach to Yoga Nidra teachings. In addition to training at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, she holds degrees in Anthropology and Psychology from Smith College and La Salle University. Kamini’s 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 at Southwest Institute of Healing Arts.


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, learn how to surface and release blockages held in the body. Deepen your experience and understanding of the energetic aspects of yoga, and learn how to integrate one of the most profound healing modalities you will ever encounter in your own practice and share it with others.

Dr Marie Bailey

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

Dr. Marie Bailey (Psy. D., ERYT-500, C-IAYT), a Senior Faculty member at the Amrit Yoga Institute in Salt Springs, Florida, is a trainer in the Amrit Method of Yoga Therapy and Amrit Method Yoga Nidra Professional Trainings. She teaches the Yoga Body Psychology track at SWIHA. She began her career with a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and spent many years 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 design and are coached through teaching actual studio classes, giving them as a group the unique opportunity for hands-on yoga teacher training.

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) 999-9803


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