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.
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.
We're challenging the old way.
Many 200-HR programs ask you to read a text, apply that information on your own, and use static approaches. We provide an interactive learning environment so that you can discuss concepts, challenge binary thinking, and formulate your own opinions.
Our faculty members cover curriculum to meet teaching objectives while adapting to the student group and centering social awareness.
HYI prioritizes you gaining teaching experience so that you are confident to teach inclusive classes that create a sense of belonging for your students. Nearly a quarter of our classroom time is dedicated to you actually teaching.
Financial support options:
Our programs are GI Bill® eligible and MyCAA approved.
HYI is a VA-approved facility, meaning that our 200-HR teacher trainings are GI Bill® eligible and MyCAA approved.
As a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, we also provide scholarships and work-trade options when funding is available.
Payment plans are always available.
Faculty & Community:
Diversity is crucial.
We LOVE that our students and faculty don't fit the yoga stereotype. Our lead faculty are all BIPOC women from different cultural backgrounds. Our students come from incredibly different backgrounds, and you get to learn from and with them. You will learn just as much from your peers as you will from your faculty.
Nobody should have to change themselves to be "good" at yoga. Everyone should get to feel at home in their practice and their teaching, and our community and classroom supports this.
Have professional readiness at your fingertips.
We meet all requirements of Yoga Alliance, and we take it further. With all topics (alignment, anatomy, philosophy, etc.), you will understand the WHY behind the WHAT so that you can make informed decisions to best suit your students' needs.
We hold converstations around the intersection of yoga, accessibility, and social justice because these are the challenges that confront us daily. They can be hard to talk about, and we want the first time you encounter these things to be in the classroom—not when you're caught off guard and about to teach a class.
We meet every Saturday (1p-8:30p) and Sunday (11a-7:30p) and on Tuesdays and Thursdays (5p-6:30p). 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 on April 13 and 14.
The first and last weekends meet February 29, March 1, 2, 3 and May 25, 26, 27, 28
- Thursday (11a - 4:30p)
- Friday (11a - 4:30p)
- Saturday (11a - 8:30p)
- Sunday (11a - 7:30p)
All other weeks: March - May
- Saturdays (11a - 8:30p)
- Sundays (11a - 7:30p)
- Tuesdays (5p-6:30p)
- Thursdays (5-6:30p)
($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 ends roughly 6 weeks prior to the start of all trainings
As a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, we also provide scholarships and work-trade options. Click here to learn more. Payment plans are always available.
After you fill out an application (it's free), we'll schedule a phone call with you to answer any questions and make sure that we are good fit for each other. Then, pay your tuition, and get ready to dive in.
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 another training date.
We offer on-site accommodations for the 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.
Las Cruces, NM
Los Angeles, CA
San Diego, CA
See what our graduates say.
"Hawaii Yoga Institute completely exceeded all of my expectations from a yoga teacher training. Its teachers currate an incredibly holistic education of all aspects of yoga and honor its rich history and healing and connecting power. This training truly changed my life, and I cannot wait to take everything I have learned out into the world to share with others. I cannot recommend this program enough to anyone is interested in any aspect of yoga."
Arabel Meyer, 2023
"I had the fundamental tools, confidence, knowledge, and access to be a successful teacher the day I completed this program. As a veteran, this space was inclusive, and that was special. Also, the on-campus host and chef really set this training apart from others."
"Everything about this training exceeded expectations—the venue, meals, hosts, teachers, and course content. The training focused on allowing yoga to be accessible to all bodies. This is a powerful tool to take into the yoga teaching world. What sets this experience apart from other YTTs is the people, particularly our teachers Kilty and Stephanie, who have so much experience and knowledge to share. Their teaching styles complement each other. Coming here was one of the best decisions I've made. Thank you!"
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
• 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.
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.
Yes, 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.
Yes. 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.
Yes! If you have specific questions about payment or certification, please reach out.
For the extended weekends program, no, 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 immersion program, YES, we do offer housing. Space is limited.
We can't wait to learn with you.
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