200 hour Yoga Teacher Training in Europe and India

Create breakthroughs in your yoga practice and become a confident yoga teacher. 

Join Ashtanga and Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training Courses in Europe-Greece and India-Goa.

200 hour Yoga Teacher Training in  Greece - Europe and India - Goa.

Vinyasa Flow and Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga

Yoga is just like holding a kitten. It feels so sweet that you want to take it home. And you want to show it to everyone.

Whether you choose to teach (or not) after the course is up to you. Either way, immersing yourself in an on-location 200 hour yoga teacher training, whether in Europe or in India, is the best way to take your knowledge to levels you didn’t know existed. To make gains in your yoga practice that you didn’t think were possible.

When and where...

Yoga Teacher Training dates and destinations

India, Goa

From 1st March 2024

Until 22nd March 2024

Greece, Lefkada Island

From 20th April 2024

Until 11th May 2024

Greece, Evia Island

From 17th July 2024

Until 7th August 2024

Greece, Evia Island

From 31st August 2024

Until 21st September 2024

Greece, Lefkada Island

From 13th October 2024

Until 3rd November 2024

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Program in detail

We split our asana classes between Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga and Vinyasa Flow Yoga. You will practice 3 Ashtanga and 3 Vinyasa classes per week.

Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga is a pre-set sequence of postures linked by the breath. Through the practice of breathing, postures, and gazing points, the practitioner slowly gains control of the senses and mind. Over time, with repeated practice, it unfolds into a moving meditation. The mind becomes calmer, and slowly we are able to clear away the clutter. That's when the light of yoga begins to shine. This is the transformational beauty of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga.

No two vinyasa classes are alike. The morning Vinyasa classes are designed to complement the theory covered in "Teaching skills".

In these classes, you will grow as a practitioner, deepen your practice and learn to work with your body in a more skillful and effective way.

Learn essential sequencing principles in order to create your own Vinyasa Flow classes. Look at the difference between sequencing for beginners versus intermediate students.

The different types of Vinyasa classes covered are:

  • peak pose class
  • well-rounded class
  • peak per-flow

In addition, teaching skills can include how to:

  • demonstrate asanas.
  • maintain group energy.
  • modify asanas.
  • work with a mixed level of practitioners class.
  • give verbal instructions.
  • use your voice as a yoga teacher.

There will be lots of practical teaching, planning, guidance, and feedback on how to improve all these teaching skills. You will observe, teach and receive constructive feedback from your fellow students and your teacher.

More than 51 yoga postures will be examined in terms of:

  • Correct and safe positioning of the body.
  • Common misalignments, misconceptions, and tendencies that you may not be aware of.
  • Modifications for even the most advanced poses, using props or not, set you on a safe path toward the goal of the pose. This means that wherever your body is now, you will know what is the correct road to take from now on.
  • What is the best option that you can offer to your students, based on their level?
  • Once you do the full expression, where do you take it from there? That's where we introduce the "Advanced variations".
  • The art of hands-on adjustments. You will get lots of opportunities to practice them with your fellow students. At the same time, you will receive constant feedback from them and your teacher.

Breaking down complex postures like lotus (Padmasana), headstand (Sirsasana), transitional push-ups (Chaturanga Dandasana), jump back & jump through, as they deserve more attention and time.

Learn how to recognize when your body is ready to attempt them, how to progress, and how to teach them to others.

We teach pre-requisite steps that include preparation exercises, appropriate warm-ups, and requirements for the full expression of these postures. These classes will bring safety, awareness, and mindfulness to your practice and teaching. They are a game-changer 🙂

You will explore functional yoga anatomy and how to safely deepen your practice through your body. You will learn about the skeletal, muscular, and nervous systems through a comprehensive breakdown of the regions of the body most applicable to yoga practice.

Through practical application, you will investigate the different types of connective tissues, experience the movements of the joints, and connect with your fascial body.

You will leave with a more profound yoga-related anatomical understanding of your own and your students' bodies.

Yoga philosophy is interwoven throughout the course.

You will explore what yoga really is; its meanings, significance, ethics, and practices in the past and present. We investigate the roots of the practice; the Vedic tradition and its culture, myths, mantra chanting, bandhas, kriyas, and their meaning.

We continue the evolutionary paths of both classical and modern yoga practices. You will be introduced to the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, the Hatha Yoga Pradipika, and the Bhagavad Gita, gaining insight into their commentaries.

We will discuss how to integrate yoga philosophy into our everyday life.

This course is conducted in English and it's open to all yoga practitioners. Students with injuries and health issues are encouraged to attend this training.

What's most important is that the applicant arrives with an open mind, an eagerness to learn, and is ready to be a student. If you have these values, we welcome you with open arms.

Upon successful completion of the practical and written assignments, you will receive a 200-hour certificate of completion.

Thus, you will be eligible to register with Yoga Alliance USA and Yoga Alliance UK as a 200-hr Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200). Yeah :-))

How is this all possible in just 3 weeks?

At Alpha Yoga School...

This is not multi-style yoga training.

You will not learn a myriad of styles, such as acro yoga, chair yoga, Hatha yoga, prenatal or postnatal yoga. You will maintain focus.

Therefore, you won't leave with scattered knowledge.

You won't learn how to perform anything.

We won't waste your time on how to do cacao or fire ceremonies, ecstatic dance ceremonies, love circles, etc. You can find that on shorter courses or yoga retreats. There's no time to waste in a 200-hr YTT.

You will focus on establishing a strong foundation first.

From solid practice and skills, your true passion and favorite niche can finally be discovered.

Prices and details for each location...

Choose location for your 200-hr YTT and uncover prices

200 hour Yoga Teacher Training in Europe-Greece

Join us on Lefkada Island

200 hour Yoga Teacher Training in Europe-Greece

Join us on Evia Island

200 hour Yoga Teacher Training in India-Goa

Join us on Ashwem Beach, India

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Yoga Alliance Certification and Educational Categories

This 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training, both in Europe and in India, is registered with Yoga Alliance U.S.A. and Yoga Professionals U.K. The course focuses on the following educational categories:

  • Asana practice: You will practice Ashtanga and Vinyasa Yoga in the mornings. This way, you will improve your practice in no time, even if you're a beginner.
  • Teaching Skills: If you want to become a yoga teacher, this course is for you. A lot of emphasis will be placed so you learn how to teach, stand, demonstrate postures, guide asanas, create safe classes, and much more. Not many schools have quite nailed this module yet:-)
  • Hands-on Adjustments: You will learn and practice hands-on adjustments with your fellow students from week 1. You will receive constant feedback from your teacher so that you can improve each time.
  • Yoga Philosophy: So you can become a better person off the mat,
  • Functional Anatomy: So that you can understand how your body moves in the postures, how to create sequences, and how to avoid injuries.
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When it comes to sequencing, Vinyasa is everything. 

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About the program

This 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training in Europe and India is not just designed to train you to become a yoga teacher. It’s a foundational course designed for all yogis.

It is ideal for serious yoga students who wish to deepen their existing practice, for those who want to learn about other aspects of yoga, and for those who want to teach yoga.

It's also suitable for yoga instructors who want to learn other styles of yoga.

You will obtain a solid self-practice based on the Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga method.

Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga works with a set of postures that open, strengthen, and purify the body. It’s a challenging and moving meditational practice.

This ability will allow you to take your practice away from the studio and to practice on your own anytime, anywhere correctly, and safely.

By the end of this 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training in Europe and India, you will obtain the skills and the confidence to teach Vinyasa Yoga classes. This is our promise.

By the way, did you know that we get students in our 300-hour courses who have taught ONLY one asana in their 200-hour YTT?

Practice teaching in a safe environment where it's totally OK to make mistakes.

Teach yoga to your fellow students. Give and receive constructive feedback from them and from your teacher. Have fun in these classes while growing as a teacher.

We encourage each student to discover and develop a unique style and voice as a teacher.

Listen to students' experiences on their 200-hr YTT with Alpha Yoga.

Your typical training day...

Daily schedule of your 200hour YTT

07:00 - 07:50
Meditation, Mantra Chanting, and Breathing Techniques
08:00 - 10:00
Vinyasa or Ashtanga Yoga (physical practice)
10:00 - 11:00
11:00 - 13:00
Anatomy / Philosophy on alternate days
13:00 - 15:00
Free time / Snacks
15:00 - 16:45
Alignment and hands-on adjustments
17:00 - 19:00
Teaching Skills / Sequencing / Workshops / Yin / Restorative / Free Time
19:00 - 20:00
Half day
Free day

Do you like bullets? The training at a glance...

200 hour Yoga Teacher Training in Europe and India Overview

Ashtanga Yoga 3 times /week - the only Yoga style which helps you deepen your practice and at the same time discover yourself beyond the physical body.

Vinyasa Yoga 3 times/week - the modern style of yoga which allows you to move freely, in a creative yet challenging way.

Teaching skills (confidence in verbal instructions, sequencing, and demonstration).

Hands-on adjustments (a module which you won't find in other 200-hour YTT).

Modifications, variations, and use of props. If you are new to yoga and want to learn how to practice safely, this is super helpful. If you want to deepen your practice, props can also do that.

Alignment breakdown for 51 yoga poses. Everyone's favorite subject, where you will not only learn how to place yourself correctly in poses but also have lots of fun.

Functional anatomy is where you learn about your body. This knowledge helps you create safe yoga classes so that your students will not get injured, but will also make progress.

Breathing and meditation techniques. This is the study of the breath so that you can learn how to control the breath and the mind in stressful situations off the mat.

Yoga philosophy is where you find answers to deeper questions. While the asana section of the program explains all about how to practice yoga, Yoga Philosophy finally dives into 'the WHY you practice yoga'.

The business of yoga and marketing yourself as a teacher so that you learn how to get your first clients, how to get paid, and how to work your way up the "yoga ladder". Or forget the ladder.

Workshops for challenging poses. No more forcing your body into a shape that it's not ready for. Getting the correct and safe direction, instead of getting lost, frustrated, or injured. Game changer!

Teaching short flows to your fellow students and receiving constructive feedback from them and your teacher. Do you play with your hair while teaching? Do you stand like a soldier? Do you have filler words, words that should not be there?

Real people, real experience...

Find our testimonials here:

Joanna and Martin are excellent teachers. Martin will definitely teach you how you should improve your alignment so you actually feel something and get the real benefits. I for instance have always thought that I will have to practice some more years to begin with arm balances but after a good preparatory Vinyasa class of Joanna I was in side crow and other crazy asanas which felt amazing! Thank you for those moments! And receiving adjustments from such talented and experienced teachers as Martin and Joanna is such a treat. To whom would I recommend this YTT? If you love doing yoga, you don’t fear sweating (Ashtanga!), are a curious person and would love to spend a good time in wonderful Greece – go for it!

Nora TabeaEngland, UK

I decided to do yoga teacher training, not with the intention to become a yoga trainer, but to improve my knowledge about yoga and especially alignment. I did a lot of research... In the end I chose Alpha because of the very personal contact with Joanna from the beginning. She was very open, helpful, friendly and gave me the support I needed. These attributes I felt during the whole training. Joanna and Martin are very open, lovely persons and funny (especially Martin). They always take the time for your questions and wishes. During the whole training Joanna and Martin were very close to the whole group. I improved my alignment and learned to feel my body with a lot more attention. Also mentally I developed new strength and find back some of my positivity, gratefulness and calmness that I lost a bit in the stressfully daily-life at home.

Gesine Matter

If you search for a high quality yoga teacher training, which challenges you, makes you laugh and opens new perspectives of living your life, you should choose this one! It was an incredible time, we learned so much about our own body, yoga philosophy and how to teach in a safe and good way. I came as a yoga loving girl and left as a yoga loving teacher with a bag full of new friends and unforgettable memories. It was on the one hand really challenging and exhausting and on the other hand such an intense, emotional, wonderful time with a wonderful group of people and wonderful teachers!! I highly recommend this yoga teacher training! Lots of Love Lea

Lea Hausner

Joanna, my mind is conscious, my heart is full and my body is stronger. I passed through very difficult years, very difficult. This experience brings life force to me. I can be whatever I want, no matter how ambitious is but with passion, dedication, self discipline and above all LOVE, life gives you back all the positivity we deserve.

If we can control our breath we can do whatever we want.
Our body is our temple and our mind is its key.

Please, please, please keep on going in what you do, you all guys speak to people’s heart and the world need it.

Grazie, per sempre grazie

Marta Iacopetti from ItalyGrazie

Hi Joanna and Martin, I have some news, I quit my job yesterday. This is quite a step for me, especially considering I do not have a “follow up” job yet. This is quite scary for me to be honest and I am 100% sure I would never have done this a few months ago, but I am so happy that I was now courageous enough for this step and I am excited to see what comes next.

The space you held at the YTT in Lefkada, meeting you two and all these other wonderful and inspiring people really gave me the courage and strength to listen to my inner self and take this step.
Let’s see what will happen! And my plan is actually to take off a couple of months before starting a new job and travel to Australia to visit the three lovely girls from our YTT who live there and whom I miss very much!

Julia Appel from SwitzerlandI quit my job

Hey Joanna, how are you? I wanted to reach out and give you an update. I’ve been practicing yoga so much, I feel myself not aligning with fitness the same anymore. I almost feel guilty for not wanting to do extreme fitness it’s the most bizarre experience. I never expected my life to change so much after making the decision to do the course. Looks like my life path is changing even more than I thought. I’m changing everyday and I can’t quite believe I’m shredding away old versions of me rapidly. It’s been very intense.
Honestly, that course changed my life! Thank you for everything that you Martin and Aris taught me.
Missing you! I hope you are all well ❤️
I’m coming back so I’ll see you next year 😂

Megan Murrie from the UKThank you

This teacher training was fantastic. One of the most valuable things was taking the asanas back to basics — understanding the foundations really enabled me to deepen my practice and correct the mistakes I had been making unknown for years. More than just the asanas, the course places physical practice in the broader philosophy and helped me understand that yoga is about so much more than what happens on the mat.

Jenni SmoutEngland, UK

You made everyone feel so welcome and supported throughout this challenging and intensive journey. I am definitely missing the group energy and the fun morning Ashtanga and Vinyasa flows! I just did my first Mysore style class and it was a unique and new experience for me. This YTTC will be an experience I will never forget and I'm so happy I went on this journey - thank you for it all!

Alex AitkenThank you

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Should I invest in 200hour Yoga Teacher Training if I don’t want to become a yoga teacher?

It is perfectly common that yoga students do not attend the course with the intention to teach right after the training. If you’re interested in deepening your yoga practice and learning more about yoga, we welcome you with open arms. We designed the training for 2 kinds of people. For those who know they want to become yoga teachers. And for those whose main aim is a strong and safe self-practice.
First, we need to practice yoga. As our practice deepens, teaching others may naturally blossom. Halfway through the training, many students realize that they enjoy teaching. Only after you teach the first class and it’s over, you will have a real idea whether you enjoy teaching. You will start the training and who knows...?
The most important element of the whole experience is immersion. Absorb the teachings and do it for yourself. You will learn so much about yourself, your mind, body, strengths, and fears. And you might even transcend those fears.
That is exactly how we started our yoga careers. We just wanted to know how to practice yoga on our own. And now we teach future teachers. (I, Joanna, had a hot-looking yoga teacher and that helped me to keep going 😀)

Is your 200 Hour YTTC suitable for beginners?

This 200-hour course is open to all levels of yoga practitioners.
The most important factor is not how long you have been doing yoga.
The most important is that the applicant comes with an open mind and eagerness to learn, progress and just learn more about yoga.
You will deepen your practice no matter where you are at the moment. And no, you don't need to be flexible.
Actually, the best time to move forward is now.

Can you tell me more about your 200-hr Yoga Teacher Training program?

On the 3-weeks yoga immersion with Alpha Yoga School, you will arrive at the roots of the yogic ancient tradition. Our established and knowledgeable instructors will guide you along as you will nourish yourself with the sun, sea, and a powerful plant-based diet. Either in Greece, or soon enough, in India.
Through establishing a solid foundation in Yoga Philosophy and Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, your creative potential will flourish. It is from here that true educated Vinyasa (Flow) Yoga arises. You will:
  • Practice Vinyasa Yoga and Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga.
  • Learn applied functional anatomy
  • Break down more than 50 important yoga poses. You will learn their correct alignment, recognize their misalignment tendencies, their safe modifications, and offer hands-on adjustments for different body types.
  • Learn short sequences for 15, 30, 60, and 90-minute self-practice.
  • Build a self-practice (home practice) without having to rely on a teacher
  • Learn how to create vinyasa sequences and teach your classes to your fellow students.
  • Workshops on complex postures. These workshops give a lot of attention to detail and will change your personal practice. The emphasis is on safety to your own body and the prevention of injuries for yourself and for your students.
  • Philosophy, meditation, chanting...

How can I prepare for my 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training Course?

Once you secure your deposit, you will have access to a Google Drie Folder with everything you need. We suggest that you get familiar with the names of the postures in Sanskrit and practice yoga classes that last 90 minutes or more. A few months before the course starts, we recommend you get into the habit of waking up at 7:00 am.  Also, we encourage students to practice yoga at least 4 times per week, preferably Vinyasa or Ashtanga Yoga. We will also send you links so that you can practice with us.
We recommend you practice meditation or awareness techniques. This can take the form of f.e. guided meditation, chanting, breathwork, seated silence, observation techniques, e.t.c.  If none of these float your boat, try getting outside and connecting with nature.
Maintain a healthy diet to prepare both your physical body and your mind. In addition, consult your doctor in case of any medical conditions or history of injury.

Is there a written and / or practical exam on the 200 hour YTTC?

You will take a multiple-choice exam in the anatomy, philosophy, and asana section. A practical assessment in the form of peer teaching will also take place towards the end of the course.
By the time assessments roll around, you will be more than prepared. We work with students to make sure they are thoroughly prepared and provide one-on-one mentoring if needed.
If for any reason you don't pass your assessments, you will have another opportunity to take them again.

I don’t practice Ashtanga Yoga. Can I join this yoga teacher training course?

Definitely yes!
We don't expect students to be masters of Ashtanga or inversions. We are here to teach you everything during the course.
The asana classes are split equally between Ashtanga yoga and Vinyasa yoga and the Ashtanga classes will progress slowly, class by class.
In our 200-hour training, we focus on the first sequence called the Primary series. During the yoga course, we break it down.
We explain in detail the correct and safe alignment for each asana.
We teach you modifications and preparations for even the most difficult poses. This is a course where you will immerse deeply into Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. Most students fall in love with Ashtanga after this course.
An equal amount of time will be dedicated to Vinyasa (Flow) yoga.
You will learn how to sequence classes and you will obtain the necessary skills to teach. 

How many students do you accept per YTTC?

We limit our groups to 25-26 students. This is a perfect number for both students and teachers.  Students can experience the benefits of group energy, practice real teaching scenarios. Yet, teachers can provide the personal attention students need and deserve.

What is the age profile of the students?

The course welcomes practitioners of all ages.  75% of the group is between 25 to 35 years old. The rest is either younger or more mature, between 50 and 60 years of age and older.

What specific subjects are taught in the theory classes?

  • Philosophy (Indian philosophy, yogic lifestyle, breathing techniques (theory and practice), moral and ethical codes of yoga (yamas and niyamas), classical texts, and more modern texts on yoga.
  • Yoga Anatomy with hands-on exercises wherever possible.
  • Teaching Skills will be also put into practice. Everything you will learn in theory, you also put into application.
  • Alignment and Adjustments could be considered either theory or practice. Firstly you will learn them theoretically. Secondly, you will practice on yourself and other students.

Will we learn how to find work after the yoga teacher training course?

Yes, you will cover this in a class called "Business of yoga".
We will show you how to get your first yoga jobs, how to set prices, and what to avoid doing.
How to use social media to attract new students to your classes and even yoga retreats.
How to write content in order to connect with your ideal student.

Can I teach Power Yoga after I finish this course?

Once you complete our yoga teacher training, you will be qualified and confident to teach Ashtanga Yoga and Vinyasa Yoga, often called Flow Yoga.
Power Yoga is another modern yoga style very similar to Vinyasa Yoga. You could say that Ashtanga Yoga is the mother of Vinyasa Yoga and Vinyasa Yoga is the mother of Power Yoga. This also means that Ashtanga is the most powerful style of all these styles. Power yoga focuses more on strength and sweating, less on flexibility, meditation, or chanting.
These are elements that can be brought, depending on the teacher, into a Vinyasa yoga class.
There are not many teacher training that will train you how to teach Power yoga only. If you can teach Vinyasa yoga, and then attend, say 10 power yoga classes, you will know how to teach Power yoga yourself…​​

Will we learn pregnancy/prenatal yoga?

We don't teach prenatal yoga. This is a niche and it's something that you will have to learn separately. Prenatal yoga courses are usually short, 50-hours maximum.

Upon completion of the course, will I qualify to teach both Ashtanga and Vinyasa?

Exactly. The main focus of the course, in terms of preparing you to teach, will be Vinyasa Yoga. You will learn how to sequence your own classes because let's face it - when you start teaching, you will teach beginners. And that's why Vinyasa Yoga is perfect.
We will also teach you how to teach Ashtanga Yoga, but, in order to teach Ashtanga, you need to practice Ashtanga and have a solid Ashtanga practice. If you fall in love with Ashtanga Yoga during the course (and many of our students do), then you can definitely teach Ashtanga Yoga.

Do you offer an internship yoga program?

We offer scholarships to our ex-students. We call it the "Karma Yogi program".
To be eligible, you must first complete either a 200-hour or 300-hour program with Alpha Yoga School. This way we know your yoga practice, personality, teaching skills. The rest goes from there.
As a Karma Yogi, you have the rare opportunity to do the whole yoga course again and allow all the teaching to sink in. The second time you follow the same course, you deepen your understanding of all the aspects of yoga. You re-learn, reinforce, and grow confidence in teaching skills. All that is a great learning environment, always supported by the lead teachers. That is what makes it a great opportunity.
The program also offers rare opportunities to teach yoga classes and workshops. It is up to each karma yogi how far he/she wants to take it. Karma yogi can always join the philosophy, anatomy lectures, or any other activities on schedule.
In exchange, we ask karma yogis to assist us in the morning asana classes, alignment, and adjustments classes, in making announcements, and in bridging the students' communication with us and the retreat center.
As we do not own the retreat centers, karma yogi will pay for her/his food and accommodation. Karma yogi does not pay anything to the teachers.

In which countries can I teach with the yoga certificate that I earn?

The certificate from our school is recognized worldwide.
Our yoga teacher training programs are registered with Yoga Alliance USA and Yoga Alliance Professionals UK. These are the two most worldwide recognized yoga organizations.

After you receive your diploma you can register as a Registered Yoga Teacher with either organization. It is a paid service. You can register with these organizations only if you want, but you don't have to. This registration is not a prerequisite for you to teach yoga.
Your diploma will be accepted anywhere in the world. You can start teaching by showing the certificate you received from us. Studios can ask for your diploma. Some studios prefer to see your practice and ask you to teach a demo class. It depends from studio to studio.

Can I join yoga teacher training after injury or with a physical limitation?

The answer here is yes!

Not only can an injury be a gift to your experience of Yoga Teacher Training, it can also offer so much to the other students, the teacher, and the lessons.

Of course, consult your doctor before committing to this intensive yoga training and receive informed guidance.

Will we learn how to integrate the use of props into our yoga practice?

At Alpha Yoga School, we understand the benefit of using props and encompass them in our teacher trainings.

We encourage students to experience them in their own practice, as well as in their teaching of yoga to others.

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