Hawaii Yoga Institute's 200-HR Yoga Teacher Training

Go beyond

learning postures.

This training takes you through a comprehensive curriculum beyond postures and classroom application. This is the kind of learning that you won't do on your own.

Get certified.

Learn with expert faculty.

You'll hear different perspectives from our lead faculty who have 30+ years of teaching experience and come from BIPOC backgrounds.

Choose your own learning format.

We provide weekends and immersion programs to accommodate your life schedule.

Have flexible payment options.

Our trainings are GI Bill® eligible and MyCAA approved. We offer scholarships and payment plans.

Have a genuine community.

You get access to a network of colleagues and community of teachers.

Upcoming Trainings

Spring 2024: March - May (In-Person Nights + Weekends, O'ahu)
  • In-Person: Meet on weekends at Breathe Yoga + Barre in Kāne'ohe, O'ahu

  • Benefits Accepted: GI Bill®, MyCAA

  • Dates: February 29 - May 26, 2024

We meet every Saturday (11a-7p) and Sunday (11a-5p) and on Mondays and Wednesdays (7:30p-9:00p). Note that the first and last weekends meet on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday. There is also a 1-week break in the middle of training from April 15 to 21.

The first and last weekends meet February 29, March 1, 2, 3 and May 23, 24, 25, 26

- Thursday (10:45a - 2:45p)

- Friday (9:30a - 4:30p)

- Saturday (11a - 7:00p)

- Sunday (11a - 5:30p)

All other weeks: March - May

- Mondays (7:30p-9:00p)

- Wednesdays (7:30p-9:00p)
- Saturdays (11a - 7:00p)

- Sundays (11a - 5:30p)

Summer 2024: June (In-Person Immersion, Big Island)

  • In-Person: 3-week immersion program (Note: We have limited on-site housing available. If you do NOT stay on-site with us, you are responsible for finding your own off-campus housing and transportation, which we can offer some recommendations.)

  • Dates: June 7-25, meet every day for 3 weeks, with a 1-day break per week

  • Hours: Meet daily at 6:30a - 9:00p

  • Benefits Accepted: GI Bill®, MyCAA
Fall 2024: November (In-Person Immersion, Big Island)
  • In-Person: 3-week immersion program (Note: We have limited on-site housing available. If you do NOT stay on-site with us, you are responsible for finding your own off-campus housing and transportation, which we can offer some recommendations.)

  • Dates: November 5-23, meet every day for 3 weeks, with a 1-day break per week

  • Hours: Meet daily at 6:30a - 9:00p

  • Benefits Accepted: GI Bill®, MyCAA




($100 added for any payment plan, including the deposit option)

$2,800 due after deposit for Full Tution, $2,200 due after deposit for Early Bird.

Early Bird Tuition


Early Bird tuition ends roughly 6 weeks prior to the start of all trainings

Full Tuition


As a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, we provide scholarships and work-trade options. Click here to learn more and apply.

If you're not quite ready to enroll, please fill out an application (it's free). We schedule a phone call with everyone who applies or enrolls to answer any questions. It's important to make sure that we are good fit for each other.

Payment plans are always available. Ask us to create a payment plan. All payment plans (including the deposit option) cost $100, and full payment is due before training starts. We also accept PayPal Pay Later, which offers 4 interest-free, bi-weekly payments OR 6, 12, or 24 monthly payments. Using PayPal Pay Later qualifies you as a pay-in-full student, meaning there's no $100 fee.

Tuition Refund Policy

Refund requests must be made in writing. Refunds are available only to students who pay in full. Refunds are not available to students who are using a payment plan (including the deposit option) because all payment plan payments are non-refundable. Please consider this information carefully when you are choosing and committing to the HYI yoga teacher training program.

If you cancel your enrollment 90 days or more before a program start date, you will receive a full 100% refund.

If you cancel your enrollment 89-60 days before a program start date, you will receive a 50% refund.

If you cancel your enrollment 59-30 days before a program start date, you will receive a 20% refund.

No refunds will be given less than 30 days before your program start date.

Tuition is non-transferable to another person or to a later training date.

We offer on-site accommodations for the Big Island immersion program.

Our training venue is set on 43 acres of forest land, meaning it is very spacious in case you need some privacy and time away from the group. It is situated along the Hamakua coast in Hakalau, which is roughly a 40-minute drive north of Hilo.

Limited space is available for on-site housing. If you stay off-campus, we have some recommendations.

Here's what to expect.

This is not a safe space.

This is a brave space.

This will not be a safe space. This is a brave space. Only you can determine what is safe for you. And you will be encouraged to hold space for yourself and for others.

This is not a transformative teacher training. You are already a whole person. This training is here to teach you skills and advance your knowledge.

This is not a pedagogical training. You will learn as much from your fellow trainees as you will from faculty. More over, our faculty are just as excited to learn from you!

This is not a vacation.

This is a place to learn.


Prior to YTT, practice with as many different teachers and styles as you can. Note down the things you like, don't like, and why. Observe what teachers do to create an inclusive learning environment, such as their language choices, sequencing, and class setup.


Required reading before YTT:

- Skill in Action by Michelle Cassandra Johnson

Required during YTT:

- Heart of Yoga by TVK Desikachar

- Yoga Sūtra of Patañjali, Chip Hartranft

Recommended texts during YTT:

- Yoga for Everyone by Dianne Bondy


- 2 yoga blocks

- 1 yoga strap

- 1 yoga bolster

Meet our lead educators and guest faculty.


Hale'iwa, HI


Las Cruces, NM


Honolulu, HI


Honolulu, HI


Honolulu, HI


Honolulu, HI


Los Angeles, CA


Waialua, HI


San Diego, CA


Charleston, SC

We thrive when you thrive.

Don't believe us. Ask our graduates.

See what our graduates say.


Do I need to have yoga experience in order to take the 200-HR YTT?

We encourage you to take at least 2 yoga classes a week for 2 months prior to the training (a total of 16 classes minimum). If this is not possible in your situation, please let us know during your enrollment process so that we can discuss your personal yoga history. We welcome beginner and seasoned students.

What is covered in the curriculum?



● Historical context

● Posture alignment

● Complete and safe sequencing

● Anatomical/alignment principles and contraindications

Pranayama & Subtle Body

● Historical context

● Effects of pranayama on body

● Sequencing with alternatives and adaptations

● Ujjayi, Nadi Shodhana, Kapalabhati, others

● Koshas, kleshas, chakras, nadis, prana vayus


● Key meditation terms

● Methods

● Ability to practice meditation

● Chanting, mantras, and mudras


Anatomy and Physiology

● Skeletal system, muscular system

● Nervous system (stress response, mind-body connection)

● Bodily systems as they relate to yoga practice

● Respiratory system involvement


● Types of joint movement

● Movement for balancing, stretching, awareness, and

physical limitations

● Contraindications, adaptations



● Definition of yoga

● Lineage, key ideas, and dates of Vedas, Vedanta, Hatha, Colonial, Modern


● Relationship of asana, pranayama, meditation

● Major yogic texts

● How philosophy relates to the practice


● Yoga Sutras ethical precepts

● Yoga Alliance ethical scope of practice

● Increasing equity in yoga

● Accountability measures

● How yoga ethics relate to practice and teaching


Teaching Methodology

● Sequencing, pace, cueing (verbal, visual, physical)

● Environment, class management

Professional Development

● YA credentialing process, continuing education

● Ethical commitment, liability, insurance, waivers

● Continuing education

● Professionalism, marketing, and promotion


● Practice teaching exercises in small groups

● Giving/receiving feedback, mentoring, self-evaluations

● Design & teach a full yoga class in personal style

● Yoga research or specialized applications

● Practicum is completed within the training with classmates and lead teacher


● Ayurveda

What style of yoga will I be certified in?

Your yoga certification will be in multi-style yoga. We feel it is valuable in modern times to have a well-rounded yoga education. We pride ourselves on giving you a unique educational experience with an introduction to many yoga styles and traditions so that you may develop your own individual teaching voice from what you've learned.

I can't do certain postures or have an injury/disability. Can I participate?

Absolutely! Yoga is for everyone and every body. There are lots of ways to practice, teach, and engage in the training without doing every single posture. Your experience will serve as a teacher to others. Plus, we spend lots, if not more, time on philosophy, ethics, and the non-physical parts of this discipline.

Can I teach yoga classes after the 200-HR YTT?

Yes! After you complete the full 200-HR yoga teacher training, you will have the tools to organize and teach classes. You will also be able to register as a nationally recognized yoga teacher through Yoga Alliance (YA). While many studios do not require you to be registered with YA, they may request to see a graduation certificate from the yoga school you studied with.

What are the requirements for enrollment?

We require all students to have English-language competency, go through a 15-minute phone interveiw, have experience practicing with a yoga teacher or therapist, and demonstrate physical/mental health and readiness to fully participate in the demands of this program. You can read through all of the pre-enrollment information HERE.

What are the requirements for graduation?

• 100% attendance

• Participation in daily classroom discussion and teaching-practicum

• Prepare and teach a 20-minute yoga class

• Prepare and teach two 60-minute yoga classes

• Complete and demonstrate comprehension of the final written exam

All of these items will explained in-depth at the beginning of training and completed throughout the duration of the training. You will be well prepared to accomplish these items.

I have a previous commitment and need to miss a day(s) of class. Can I still sign up and participate in the course?

We recognize that 200 hours is a big commitment, and that there are some unavoidable time conflicts. However, we do have an attendance policy that we ask ALL students to agree to before enrolling. Missed hours require private make-up sessions and a make-up fee. If you'd like more information on this, please reach out, and let's chat about your needs.

Do you offer scholarships?

Scholarships are given on an individual basis. Here is the application. We do offer an early-bird discount for the 200-HR and 300-HR programs. We also accept MyCAA and GI Bill payments.

Do you accept GI Bill® or MyCAA payments?

HYI's 200HR in-person program is approved for students with VA benefits. Please click here to check your eligibility for the GI Bill® or call the GI Bill® Student Help Line at (888) 442-4551. We look forward to helping you complete your 200-HR YTT with this special tuition assistance option.

If you are a spouse of someone who is active in the military, you may be eligible for the federal MyCAA tuition assistance program. Please click here to learn more about the MyCAA program. We look forward to helping you complete your 200-HR YTT with this special 100-percent tuition assistance option.

I'm an international student. Can I attend the 200-HR YTT?

Yes! If you have specific questions about payment or certification, please reach out.

Do you provide housing accommodations?

For the extended weekends program, we do NOT offer housing. However we are happy to make some recommendations and connect you with any other students who are also looking for housing.

For the 3-week immersion program, YES, we do offer housing. More information is here. Space is limited.

We can't wait to learn with you.

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