200 Hour Birmingham

200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Birmingham Certification

Registration is now open for 2019-2020. To register click below to fill out application and pay your deposit.

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Teacher Training Application

Whether you are interested in deepening your own practice or you feel the call to teach, the Birmingham Yoga Teacher Training program is committed to the personal success of each individual.

Birmingham Yoga Teacher Training is a 200 hour yoga teacher training certification program specifically designed to provide a rich environment for learning. Within this training you will discover a strong foundation of acquiring knowledge, utilizing teaching methods, experiencing asana, and consistently applying the principles of the eight-limb path.

You will have the opportunity to deepen both your asana and meditation practice and the practice of yoga in your daily life. This program prepares you to instruct Beginner Level 1 and Level 2 classes.

Birmingham Yoga Teacher Training program is a Registered School with Yoga Alliance.

Cost and Payment Options:

  • Pay in Full: Payment in full prior to Aug 1 – $2,750  (receive a $200 early registration discount)
  • Installment Plan: Tuition paid in 3 installments - $2,950

Installment Payment:

Deposit                 $250   Will reserve your space
Installment 1     $1100  Due Aug 30
Installment 2     $1050 Due Oct 26
Installment 3     $550    Due Jan 4

There will be no refunds given after the start of the program. Tuition does not include required reading material.

It is recommended you bring your yoga mat and manual to each training session.

Tuition includes 180 classroom hours. Students must cultivate a daily practice, attend weekly public class, observe and assist classes twice a month with Akasha or Teachers approved by Birmingham yoga teacher training program totaling 360 hours.

2019-2020 Tentative Schedule:

10 Day Immersion  Aug 30 – Sept 8 (Akasha and Bham Faculty)
Sept 14 – 15  (Akasha)                       Dec 7 – 8  (Akasha)
Oct 5 – 6  (Akasha)                             Jan 4 -5  (Heather)
Nov 2 – 3 (Bham Yoga Faculty)   Jan 11 – Review Day (Akasha)
Nov 16 – 17 (Bham Yoga Faculty)   Jan 18 – Final

Each trainee is required to attend the week long immersion and all of the weekends to receive a certification. If you are unable to attend some of the training hours,  you may be able to schedule a private session at an additional charge.

10 Day Immersion

Friday  6:15 pm – 8:15 pm Orientation ~ Saturday  5 am – 4:30 pm ~ Sunday 5 am – 3:30 pm
Monday – Friday  5 am – 10:00 am and 12 pm – 4 pm

Weekend Training Sessions

Saturday 5 am – 4 pm ~ Sunday 5 am – 3:30 pm

Training weekends are held at Birmingham Yoga Studio at 605 37th Street South, Birmingham, AL 35222

Sample Day during 10 day Immersion:

5:00 – 6:30 am Kundalini Yoga
6:30 – 7:30 am Pranayama and Chanting
7:45 – 10:00 am Ashtanga Led or Mysore (Self Guided Practice)
10:00 – 12:00 pm Break
12:00 – 4:00 pm Class and Discussion

In addition to Scheduled Sessions

Students must complete an additional 10 workshop hours, cultivate a daily practice, attend weekly public class, observe and assist a class twice a month with Akasha or Teachers approved by Birmingham Yoga Teacher Training totaling 370 hours.


It is important that you are sincere in your commitment and that you are healthy physically, mentally and emotionally.

Yoga can be practiced by all and we do not want to discourage anyone who has the right intention however the training will be challenging physically and mentally and it is important that you are able to allow these changes to unfold.

During this exploration one may experience feelings of comfort, discomfort, happiness, sadness, joy and fear all of which are equally important in our growth.

We do recommend a minimum of 1 year of  Yoga Practice before attending our Yoga Teacher Training Program.

Course Description:

  • Learn a personal asana, pranayama and meditation practice
  • Yoga history, styles, & evolution
  • Yoga Sutra’s and philosphy
  • Learn Sanskrit names of asana
  • Pranayama & the use of breath
  • Yogic Diet/Ayurveda
  • Chakras and bandhas
  • Meditation – developing deeper levels of awareness
  • Kundalin yoga Kriyas and chants in the tradition of Kundalini yoga
  • Numerology
  • Asana Emphasis will be given to the Asthanga Primary Series as taught by Sri Pattabhi Jois both Led and Mysore-style
  • Restorative and Gentle Somatic Yoga (in the tradition of Thomas Hanna)
  • Basic yogic anatomy & physiology
  • Learning Alignment & how to avoid injuries for your body
  • Verbal & physical adjustments
  • How to safely correct others performing asana
  • Ethics and the business of yoga

Required Books for Yoga Teacher Program:

The Heart of Yoga by Desikachar
Ashtanga Yoga: The Practice Manual by David Swenson
Kundalini Yoga Sadhana Guidelines 2nd edition–by Gurucharan Singh
Bhagavad Gita by Stephen Mitchell
When Things Fall Apart by Pema Chodron
Ayurveda the Science of Self-Healing by Vasant Lad

Recommended books:

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali by Sri Swami Satchidananda
The Yoga Mala by Sri Pattbhi Jois
Tree of Yoga by BKS Iyengar
Yoga Anatomy by Leslie Karninoff
Light on Yoga BKS Iyengar
Moving into Stillness by Eric Schiffman
How to Know God by Swami Prabhavananda


Akasha Ellis (500 e-RYT) – Director
Heather Sullivan (200 e-RYT) – Teacher and Administrator
Becca Impello (200 RYT) – Anatomy
Kewal Nam Wingo (200 RYT) –  Kundalini yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan
Annie Damsky (200 RYT) – Prenatal
Bliss Wood (200 e-RYT) – Restorative yoga
Atma Dharam (200 RYT) – Kundalini yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan 

A Yoga Studio offering Yoga Classes & Teacher Training • 605 37th St South Birmingham, AL 35222