200 Hr. Classroom Skills Teacher Training & Practicum

Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher Certificate Program

Yoga has changed your life. Now, you want to share the transformational power you’ve experienced. You just need to know how.

Yoga is a grounding practice that, when taught well, impacts the body and soul of all who engage with it. Those of us who have been lucky enough to experience its depth then have the opportunity to enrich countless lives through sharing all of its benefits. However, like yoga, learning to share the practice must be both a mental and physical experience – we must become immaculate communicators through multiple modalities.

In this 200 Hour Classroom Skills Teacher Training and Practicum, we’ll not only be learning cerebrally, but through our bodies. The majority of the course is dedicated to ample hands-on time in which trainees will take turns teaching each other; you will have experienced teaching in a safe and constructive environment before your professional journey even begins.

The course is intended to integrate into your life. Taught over ten weekends between June and September 2020, from 8am-8pm on Saturdays and 9am-5pm on Sundays and with some digital learning, you can maintain your lifestyle while developing new skills.

This training is designed to get trainees into the yoga & wellness marketplace upon graduation. All trainees are encouraged to begin teaching private 1 on 1 sessions and group classes upon completion of the course.

Key Skills You Will Develop During the Duration of this Course

A thorough understanding of sequencing

Each trainee will learn the “Fibonachi Sequence,” a 75 minute vinyasa yoga practice. Preparation work includes learning the Sanskrit and English names of all of the asanas in the sequence before the start of the course. Click here for a video.

Proficiency with “hands on assists”

Trainees will practice assists with one another in a laboratory setting, then learn how to assist one another in a “flow setting” of an open level yoga class.

Yoga Philosophy & History

Each trainee will present a philosophical teaching on the Bhagavad Gita, The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, and Advaita Vedanta. These are the core philosophies of yoga and add depth to teaching. We will also study the philosophy of yoga in lectures and traditional Sanskrit chanting.

Vocal technique

Some teaching situations require projection of the voice while others require expression of the subtleties of the moment. The voice is our most powerful tool and it must be trained to match specific aspects of communication.

Three forms of meditation

Trainees will learn to teach Mindfulness, Mantra, and Trataka (candle gazing) meditations. By learning three forms, trainees can choose the one that best fits the individuality of their private clients.

Strength training in the form of calisthenics and core work

When we execute asanas, equal attention is paid to strength and flexibility. Strength, in this way, becomes the container in which a stretch occurs. Strength training is also an effective way to maintain good bone health, lean muscle mass, mitochondrial density, and healthy posture as we age. Through strength training, trainees will cultivate mental fortitude and grace in the face of challenges.

Cultivating community

Through discussion and examples of practical implementation, trainees will learn how – at a local level – to encourage the spirit of cooperation to triumph over the force of competition. As yogis we need a tribe of healthy people around us who are passionate about living well and helping others. Creating a stable group of positive relationships requires a commitment to personal excellence. This mindset will become second nature to all course graduates.

A personalized daily practice

Instructors must be more steeped in the practice of yoga than those they teach. As such, trainees will learn and commit to a daily practice suitable to their current stage of life, age, and individual constitution, all while respecting any acute injuries or limitations.

The history of shamanism and how to provide shamanic guidance in the context/setting of yoga nidra.

“Applied Shamanism” is an all-natural approach, without the use of plants, to access parts of the self which are ordinarily hidden. These areas within us are loaded with useful information that can open us to new possibilities. With the use of sound (nada yoga), voice, and a powerful connection to intuition, trainees will help their students recover and consolidate lost power within themselves, and achieve a sense of integration. Trainees must learn how to “hallow out,” and move away from the ordinary world of role, duty and obligation, in order to lead this technique. This allows one to move towards the deep concentration that is required for guide others, as they connect to the highest within themselves.

Info Session

Saturday, April 4th, 2020

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

New Vibe Yoga

9 Saint Marks Place

New York, NY

Come experience Jai’s signature class first hand. After leading practice, Jai will present a brief overview of the training and hold an in-depth Q&A about the process of becoming a yoga teacher through his combined training and practicum program.

Course Details

New Vibe Yoga

9 Saint Marks Place

New York, NY 10003

10 Weekends, 20 hours per weekend

Saturdays 8am- 8pm, Sundays 9am- 5pm

June 6 – 7

June 13 – 14

June 27 – 28

July 11 – 12

July 18 – 19

August 1 – 2

August 8 – 9

September 5 – 6

September 19 – 20

September 26 – 27

As the program will be limited to 30 participants, it is recommended to enroll as early as possible.


All 10 weekends included in the training are mandatory in order to receive a completion certificate. Any missed lectures can be made up in the next training (dates TBD). After completing any missed lectures or sections you can request a completion certificate.

Upon completion of the program and all program requirements, you will receive a certificate indicating your completion of a Yoga Alliance RYS 200 Hour Training, which can be used to register with Yoga Alliance as a Registered Yoga Teacher – RYT200.


Participants of the training are encouraged to incorporate strength work into their weekly regimen for the duration of the program.

Required Pre-Reading and Supportive Texts

Trainees are expected to become familiar with the following texts prior to the start of the course:

The Shamamic Journey by Paul Francis

Your Body Your Yoga by Bernie Clark

The Bhagavad Gita commentary by Swami Chinmayananda (or commentary of your choice)

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali by Edwin Bryant (or commentary of your choice)

The Heart of Awareness – A Translation of the Ashtavakra Gita by Thomas Byron

Light on Life:The Yoga Journey to Wholeness, Inner Peace, and Ultimate Freedom by B.K.S. Iyengar

Yoga Anatomy by Leslie Kaminoff & Amy Matthews

One Simple Thing by Eddie Stern

The Shamamic Journey by Paul Francis

Your Body Your Yoga by Bernie Clark

The Bhagavad Gita commentary by Swami Chinmayananda (or commentary of your choice)

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali by Edwin Bryant (or commentary of your choice)

The Heart of Awareness – A Translation of the Ashtavakra Gita by Thomas Byron

Yoga Anatomy by Leslie Kaminoff & Amy Matthews

Suggested Pre-Reading and Supportive Texts

Light on Life:The Yoga Journey to Wholeness, Inner Peace, and Ultimate Freedom by B.K.S. Iyengar

One Simple Thing by Eddie Stern

Your Body Your Yoga by Bernie Clark

Only $4,000 with $500 deposit

No refunds within 15 days of the start of the course. Students are responsible for required texts.

Payment plans available, to set one up or to inquire about wire transfer information please contact Nathalie Melikhan at theinnerlimbs@gmail.com.

Teacher and Lead Trainer

Jai Sugrim

Jai Sugrim has been a health and wellness educator for 25 years. He is steeped in the Jivamukti and Ashtanga yoga lineages, and has a 15 year history of studying shamanism with master curanderos of the Peruvian Amazon.

Jai has worked professionally with everyone from the New York Yankees, with whom he won a World Series Championship Ring in 2000, to Martin Scorsese and Naomi Campbell, to folks who run some of the world’s top hedge funds, such as Fortress and Highbridge. He has also been featured in the New York Times, The Huffington Post, and Psychology Today as well as on The Today Show.

Jai loves to share health & mindfulness practices that help his students create peace of mind. He lives on Manhattan’s Upper West Side with his lovely dog and co-teacher Foxy Sugrim.

Assistant Teachers

Peter Lyons

Peter Lyons has been studying movement for over 23 years through gymnastics, Irish dance, swimming, yoga and the martial art of Tang Soo Do. He is dedicated to sharing his multidisciplinary learnings in order to help students unlock the full potential of their minds, bodies, and souls. With classes designed to challenge students both mentally and physically, Peter strives to leave each student feeling inspired, empowered, and ready use what they’ve learned to enhance their lives.

Peter currently teaches at Y7 and Equinox in NYC.


Liana Herbrard

After suffering a deep loss, Liana Herbrard discovered firsthand the spiritually healing power of yoga on the mind and body. She has since devoted her life to the practice and the spiritual path that pulled her through, developing an interdisciplinary approach to yoga. Versed in several modalities – Yin, Hatha, Jivamukti, and the Ashtanga-based Vinyasa style of her mentor, Jai Sugrim – her classes focus on connecting breath, movement and intention to form a deeply concentrated energy in the practice room.

Liana is grateful for the opportunity to share the transformative power of mindfulness practices every day. She teaches her students to find their inner power and use that strength to build more human-to-human connection within their local communities.

Liana lives and teaches in Barcelona, Spain.