Yoga Teacher Training

Yoga teacher training
Yoga teacher training

Some of our professional memberships and licensing agencies:

Yoga Alliance


  • 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.

Historically, our yoga program has followed SWIHA’s Unity model which has allowed many to explore different lineages of yoga in order to inform their personal yoga expression. Over the years, we have integrated teachings from the Amrit Yoga Institute through the Yoga Nidra programs and the Yoga Body Psychology, both Certificates of Excellence that can be earned within our yoga programs.

I AM Yoga® is a unique distillation of teachings founded in yoga, meditation and Self-realization. It is a natural evolution of ancient yogic practices passed down from teacher to disciple. Developed by Yogi Amrit Desai and based on teachings which he received from his guru, Swami Shri Kripalvanandji (Kripalu), these practices maintain their mystical eastern roots while being scientifically current, accessible and relevant to the western psyche. All of the Integrative Amrit Methods (I AM Methods) are designed to empower practitioners to experientially recognize their essential wholeness as a foundation to actualize their full potential.

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

From here, you can choose from two different paths in our Advanced Yoga Programs:

• Yoga Studio Teacher/Practitioner
• Yoga Therapy

Diploma – On-campus
Yoga Advanced Teacher Training – 600 Hours

The Advanced 600-hour Yoga Teacher Training program builds upon our Yoga Alliance approved 200-Hour YTT program. Whether students have completed our 200-hour YTT or completed a Yoga Alliance approved 200-hour program elsewhere, they are welcome to enroll in one of our advanced programs. In the 600-hour YTT program, students will complete six additional yoga-specific advanced courses, 100 hours of yoga-specific electives, and a 100-hour primary specialty of their choice. The goal of this diploma program is for aspiring yoga teachers to deepen and strengthen their yoga teaching ability, as well as chose a specialization that will widen employment options and expand the way in which they are prepared to serve in the world.

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

For those diving deep into an all-encompassing yoga career, it’s important to find the right expression of how you will serve in the world. For that reason, we offer three distinct paths: Yoga Therapy, Yoga Studio, and Healing Arts Practitioner. All students begin with the Amrit I AM Posture of Consciousness class and 90 hours of the Amrit I AM Mediation in Motion coursework. From there, students branch off and complete those courses designed for your chosen Yogic path. The 100-hour therapeutic specialty interweaves layers of powerful holistic modalities, such as Polarity, Reiki, Health and Wellness Coach, Yoga Nidra, Reflexology, or Aromatherapy, with ancient Yogic philosophy, all to enhance the yoga teacher’s tool kit. Those on the Yoga Therapy 800-Hour path must take only yoga courses.

Both the YO 600 and YO 800 Advanced Yoga programs include the following courses:

  • Therapeutic Postures 1 (YIN)
  • Therapeutic Postures 2 (Restorative)
  • Applied Yoga Anatomy
  • Business of Yoga
  • Postures of Consciousness
  • Intro to Meditation in Motion
  • Applied Meditation in Motion
  • Yogic Energy Anatomy and Chakras

From here, you can choose from two different paths in our Advanced Yoga Programs:

Yoga Studio Teacher/Practitioner – The Yoga Studio track is a great match for students who envision themselves as primarily teaching studio classes. Students can customize their area of focuses based on which electives and program they choose. Courses in this track include:

  • Advanced Sequencing
  • Advanced Practicum
  • 100/300 hour of Yoga Electives such as:
    • Intro to Sacred Sound & Meditation
    • Sound Healing for Practitioners
    • Power Yoga Sequencing
    • Modified Poses, Props, & Principles
    • Yoga Nidra
    • Meditation in Motion Certification
    • Meditation in Motion Practicum
    • Advanced Yoga Nidra
    • Yoga Body Psychology
    • Transformational Yoga Coaching
    • Integral Breath Therapy

Yoga Therapy – This program is a great match for those who are prepared to hold a deep and sacred therapeutic space for individuals and groups. Unlike the studio track, students on this path will take the full Meditation in Motion, Yoga Nidra, and Yoga Body Psychology as part of their program. If students choose to pursue certification with the International Association of Yoga Therapists, students will need to complete additional documented outside sessions. Courses in this track include:

  • Postures of Consciousness
  • Into to Meditation in Motion
  • Applied Meditation in Motion
  • Meditation in Motion Certification
  • Meditation in Motion Practicum
  • Yogic Energy Anatomy and Chakras
  • Yoga Nidra
  • Advanced Yoga Nidra Yoga Body Psychology Transformational Yoga Coaching Integral Breath Therapy Yogic Somatic Psychology and Assessment Foundations of Ayurveda Physiology and Health Conditions for Yoga Therapists Putting it All Together Yoga Therapy Final Practicum

You can take individual Yoga Electives if it’s your choice:

Yoga Studio courses are designed to enhance your skills and teaching expertise in studio settings.

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.

Meet the Instructor: Rhonda Vroman – I Am Yoga TherapyTM/ Yoga Body Psychology

After sampling different approaches, Rhonda Vroman knew she had found ‘home’ with the lineage of Swami Kripalu, under the teachings of Kamini Desai and her father Yogi Amrit Desai. She is passionate about introducing this practice to people, to help clients heal and students learn how to guide in this modality.

Certified in Body Psychology/Yoga Therapy and Integral Breath Therapy, her training also includes Engineering and MBA degrees, RYT 500+ and practices inviting body/mind/heart/soul connection. Guiding clients and students as they access a place of inner knowing where wisdom is received is profoundly rewarding for Rhonda, for it is in this place answers previously sought externally are internally sourced. She is honored to be guiding the I AM Yoga Therapy™/ Body Psychology course at SWIHA.

Yoga – Meditation in Motion Track
Certificate of Excellence -200 Hours | Yoga Meditation in Motion classes plus Practicum

Meditation in Motion transforms the practice of yoga into a yogic way of life and an energetic expression. This advanced training builds on Amrit Yoga’s I AM Yoga™ Teacher Training Posture of Consciousness format and focuses on moving from the willful practice of postures to a dynamic blend of intentional poses and intuitive movement. Structured as a personal spiritual practice that recognizes Patanjali’s description of yoga and its outcome as “Witnessing the mental modifications in the mind, this specialty option cultivates an inner attunement in order to move from physical yoga in to to energy yoga.

Meet the Instructor: Heather Indu Arena, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT, ALC, BS
Senior Yoga Trainer & Professional Yoga Therapist

Heather, also known as Indu in the Yoga world, has spent the last two decades in the study of and training others in the ancient science of yoga and meditation. Her desire to promote community prompted her to open and run her yoga studio for 8 years, which she sold to three of her students when moving to the larger community of the Amrit Yoga Institute to continue her training and work for them as Director of Programs and Senior Yoga Trainer. She views the world as a global community where she trains yoga teachers in the practice of Meditation in Motion and supports individuals and groups through Yoga Therapy and Ayurvedic based programs. It is her love and devotion to being a yoga practitioner first and her connection to the Amritji Lineage that enables her to reveal the wisdom of yoga in a joyful and powerful way.

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 email us at

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