In-Depth Study/200-Hour Teacher Training

Take the Journey

Designed for aspiring yoga teachers and/or yogis who seek to deepen their practice and knowledge through a structured curriculum, this yoga teacher training will support you in awakening your heart and living a more meaningful and empowered life of freedom and joy. Through immersion in the life-affirming teachings of Ashaya Yoga®, you will transform your body, mind, and heart.

Why In-Depth Study

Todd Leading WorkshopThe curriculum of the Ashaya Yoga® In-Depth Study and Yoga Teacher Training Program is rooted in the fundamentals of the practices of asana, pranayama, meditation, philosophy, and anatomy. You will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the deeper studies of yoga and build a stronger, more flexible and balanced body, a focused, clear, and calm mind, and establish yourself in your connection to spirit.


Learning to Teach Yoga

Within the supportive community environment, you will be championed to discover your own unique gifts as a teacher and learn how to offer them with confidence and clarity. You will be encouraged and supported to step into your own power and discover your authentic voice as you share the essence of yoga, which is love.

The journey of becoming a Yoga teacher is one of profound transformation and radical self-discovery. It requires a dedicated practice, ongoing studentship, and a willingness to open to the creative impulse of life.

The DetailsYoga Teacher Training shoulder assist

2015-2016 Western Massachusetts Dates

All sessions below meet from Tuesday through Sunday at Shakespeare and Company in the Berkshire Mountains of Western MA.
Part 1: Sep 29-Oct 4, 2015
Part 2: Dec 1-6, 2015
Part 3: Mar 8-13, 2016
Part 4: May 10-15, 2016

For information on the San Antonio training, please click here.

2015 Portland Dates

All sessions below meet at Lila East Yoga in Portland, ME.
Part 1: Apr 22-26, 2015
Part 2: Jun 5-7, 2015
Part 3: Jul 17-19, 2015
Part 4: Aug 21-23, 2015
Part 5: Sep 9-13, 2015
Part 6: Oct 9-11, 2015
Part 7: Nov 6-8, 2015

Daily Schedule

Below is the general daily template. All sessions will begin on time, but may extend a few minutes over the scheduled ending time as needed. Please keep your schedule clear throughout the week in order to accommodate schedule changes.

Tuesday 6:30 p.m. – Registration

Tuesday 7:00-9:00 p.m. – Opening Night Session

6:45-7:45 a.m. – Early Morning Practices
9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. – Morning Session
2:30-6:30 p.m. – Afternoon Session

6:45-7:45 a.m. – Early Morning Practices
9:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m. – Morning Session.
Program ends at 1:30 p.m.

Evening Session 7:45-9:15 p.m. Friday only (tentative)


The course consists of four, 5.5-day intensives over an 8-month period with homework between segments. Each part provides in-depth training, experience, and inspiration for you to develop both your practice and knowledge of yoga and teaching skills. The pulsation of coming together in community and then returning home greatly enhances the learning process and integration of the material.

Yoga Alliance

Registered Yoga School 200 hour Yoga AllianceThis course is registered with Yoga Alliance at the 200-hour level. Once you become certified, you may register with Yoga Alliance as a 200-hour level RYT. For an application, visit the yoga alliance website.

At-Home Study

Assignments are given between segments to facilitate integration of the teachings. The homework constitutes an important aspect of the overall training and provides a structure of support for the learning process at home. The assignments include daily practice of asana, pranayama, and meditation, keeping a sadhana journal, weekly check-ins with study buddies, observation of other classes, practice teaching to friends, family, and/or students, required reading, written exercises, and take-home exams.


  • Minimum 1 year of yoga experience with regular practice for the past six months, or by teacher’s permission.
  • A sincere desire to learn, grow, open your heart, and be coached.
  • Acceptance into the program is based upon approval of your application.
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Course Content

Todd Norian Shoulder Stretch AssistYoga is a scientific art. Teaching is an endlessly creative journey. Our goal is to provide a structure that will serve as a springboard to your unique and creative expression as a teacher. During this course you will cultivate skills needed to teach a masterful and inspirational class, including:

  • Discover your authentic voice and unique gifts as a teacher.
  • Teach with confidence, clarity, and technical precision.
  • Learn elegant alignment techniques that create safety and healing in poses.
  • Study postures in extensive detail, including common misalignments and corrections, and use of props.
  • Teach with inspirational themes and heart-oriented language that speaks directly to the heart of the student.
  • Learn basic anatomy and kinesiology as related to specific yoga postures and key actions in the body.
  • Explore subtle energy anatomy including chakras, nadis, kundalini, and the five koshas.
  • Observation skills, demonstration, verbal and physical adjustments.
  • Learn effective and creative sequencing.
  • Guide powerful introductions, centerings, and Savasana
  • Study yogic philosophy, including Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, the Bhagavad Gita, and an introduction to Tantra. Learn practical ways to integrate these teachings into a yoga class.
  • Receive individual coaching and mentoring within small practice teaching groups.
  • Develop conscious communication skills.
  • Release blocks that hold you back and learn life-affirming skills in a safe and supportive environment.
  • Learn the business of yoga including professional practices and ethics.
  • Be an active member of a vibrant learning community that will support you in your endeavor towards full expression.

$3200. Early bird $2400 if paid in full by August 18th, 2015. $2800 if paid in full by September 8th, 2015. Payment plans available for an extra $200. Repeating students who have taken a 200-Hour YTT with Todd get an additional 50% off. For details, please see the application and payment form. Download a PDF or download a Word doc. Tuition for the Ashaya Yoga® 200-Hour YTT in Portland, Maine will be handled by Lila East End Yoga.

Additional Costs:
Accommodations, meals, travel, and required reading.

Deposit with Application:
For all tuitions, there’s a $500 deposit, which is non-refundable and non-transferable, except up to one year in an Ashaya Yoga® In-Depth Study/200-Hour Teacher Training with Todd or approved trainer. (Your deposit will be returned in full if you are not accepted into the course.)

Payment Plans

Payment Plans:
Payment plan for registering by Aug. 18th, 2015 is $2600. After the deposit, there will be 4 monthly payments of $525 each. First payment due 7 days before the first module.

Payment plan for registering by Sept. 8th, 2015 is $3000. After the deposit, there will be 4 monthly payments of $625 each. First payment due 7 days before the first module.

Payment plan for registering by first day of training, Sept. 29th, 2015 is $3400. After the deposit, there will be 4 monthly payments of $725 each. First payment due 7 days before the first module.

A late fee of $25 will be applied for each late payment. (Late payment is defined as payment paid one day or more after billing due date.)

Partial scholarships are available on a limited basis for those demonstrating financial need. Individual financing plans are available upon request.

Cancellation and Refund Policy

Cancellations Before the Training Begins:

  1. If you cancel between 7 and 13 days before Day 1 of the training, you will be refunded the full amount minus a $150 administrative fee and the non-refundable $500 deposit. (A total of $650 will be withheld.)
  2.  If you cancel within 6 days before Day 1 of the training, you will be refunded the full amount minus a $200 administrative fee and the non-refundable $500 deposit. (A total of $700 will be withheld.)

Full Refund Before the Training Begins:

In the event of a serious illness, a death in your immediate family, or inclement weather before the training begins, you will be refunded for the amount you paid including the $500 deposit. In the event of an unforeseen cancellation on our end, you will also be granted a full refund including the $500 deposit.

Cancellations After the Training Begins:

In the event of a serious illness, a death in your immediate family, or inclement weather after the training begins, and you need to completely drop out of the training, you will have the option to transfer your remaining balance to the next Ashaya Yoga® 200-Hour Teacher Training. If you are not able to attend the next training, or any future training, due to one of the 3 reasons above, you will be refunded a prorated amount based on the number of days you were in attendance, less the non-refundable $500 deposit.

No refunds will be given for any other reason, other than the 3 reasons above, once the course begins.


In the event that circumstances require you to drop out of the training, you may transfer your registration to the next Ashaya Yoga® 200-Hour Teacher Training. If you need to transfer due to a serious illness, a death in your immediate family, or inclement weather, we will transfer your registration free of charge. If you decide to transfer for any reason other than the three listed above, you will be charged a transfer fee of $150.

Cancellations to payment plan:

If you are on the payment plan, and you need to drop out of the program, your remaining balance will be pro-rated as outlined below. No refunds will be given for payments already received.

  • During or after the 1st module: 25% of balance due
  • During or after the 2nd module: 50% of balance due
  • During or after the 3rd module: 75% of balance due
  • During the 4th module: Full balance due

You may continue to pay in monthly installments, until the remaining balance due is reached.

You may also continue where you left off at the next Ashaya Yoga® 200-Hour Teacher Training. Your payments will be applied to the next training, with the addition of the $150 transfer fee.


To receive an application: Download a PDF or download a Word doc. or contact our office, email, or mail Ashaya Yoga®, P.O. Box 279, West Stockbridge, MA 01266, 413-232-7839. Additional information will be sent once your application is accepted. If you are having trouble opening the application, please call or email us.

Certification Requirements

Certification is based on the performance and demonstration of your teaching ability, attitude, and satisfactory completion of all assignments and exams. To become certified in this course, you must demonstrate a basic understanding and integration of the asanas, philosophy, heart language, and other teaching methodologies. When all of the above is achieved, you will be certified as an Ashaya Yoga® teacher.

Additional Certification Requirements

  • Must be able to perform basic asanas with integration, precision, and heart. You need to be able to demonstrate the basic benchmarks of biomechanical integration in your own body.
  • Pass the written tests with a score of 90% or higher.
  • Successfully complete all homework (TBA) and required reading.
  • Sign the code of ethics agreement.
  • Pay all fees and outstanding balances.
  • Must have full attendance, participation, and a yogic attitude.


Program Venue: Shakespeare and Company, 70 Kemble Street, Lenox, MA 01240. For information on the Ashaya Yoga® 200-Hour YTT in Portland, Maine, please visit Lila East End Yoga.

We recommend staying in Lenox since you will be 5-10 minutes from the studio. See our travel logistics page for more information. Dorms will also be available at Shakespeare and Company.

Great Barrington is also a possibility, but you will be 20-25 minutes from the studio. (There are early morning sessions.) Rates are per room. If you wish to have a roommate, email our office and we will try to find a roommate for you.

To get the discounted rates, call the motel and mention that you are with Todd Norian’s Yoga Training.

Lenox Accommodations:

Shakespeare & Company, 70 Kemble Street, Lenox, MA 01240, (413) 637-1199. Students will have the option to stay at one of the on-site dorms. Check in is at the Miller Administrative Building, the first building on the left upon entering the property. To inquire about staying, please e-mail the company manager. Your confirmation email will have the appropriate arrival time available and the three payment options.  Payments will be made on arrival and can be with cash, check payable to Shakespeare & Company, or credit card. Please bring your own towels and toiletries–bedding and pillows are provided.

Apple Tree Inn, 10 Richmond Mountain Road, Lenox, MA 01240, (413) 637-1477. This inn is .5 miles from Kripalu Center and 25 minutes from Great Barrington. Includes a continental breakfast (consisting of orange and cranberry juice, fresh fruit, breads and bagels for toasting, homemade granola, yogurt, cold cereals, instant oatmeal, milk, coffee, and tea). Also includes free Internet, cable TV, and use of a community fridge during office hours only. There are no microwaves or stoves available. The rooms are quiet and you are walking distance to Kripalu Center, which serves healthy food. For more information about purchasing meal passes at Kripalu, call 413-448-3400. Apple Tree Inn has a restaurant as well. Mention that you are with Todd Norian’s yoga teacher training to receive special discount below.

Mar 10-15, 2015 – $55.25-$59.50 for weeknights; $72.25-$76.50 for weekends (plus tax)
May 12-17, 2015 – $55.25-$59.50 for weeknights; $72.25-$76.50 for weekends (plus tax)
* – rates increase, if stay is less than 5 days

Days Inn, 194 Pittsfield Rd, Lenox, MA 01240, 413-637-3560 (25 minutes from Great Barrington). The group rate is $39-$79 plus tax depending on the date. Mention that you are with Todd Norian. Rooms have two double beds, hair dryer, microwave, refrigerator, iron and iron board, free wi-fi, all local calls are free, all channels and HBO. Continental breakfast is from 7-10 a.m. and consists of bagels, blueberry muffins, assorted oatmeal, waffle iron, cereal, tea, juice, and coffee. You may share a room to bring the cost down. Please request a roommate at Days Inn upon registering. Laura, the Days Inn manager, will do her best to find you a roommate, but there are no guarantees. We recommend reserving a room on the backside of the inn away from the road for more quiet. To reserve your room at the discounted price, you must call the hotel directly at least 7 days prior to the start date of the program. 48 hour cancellation policy.

Hampton Inn & Suites, 445 Pittsfield, Rd, Lenox, MA 01240, 413-499-1111. This Berkshires-area hotel is 6 miles from historic Hancock Shaker Village, 9.9 miles from the Norman Rockwell Museum and 14.2 miles from October Mountain State Forest. The traditional rooms have free WiFi, flat-screen TVs with HD channels, work desks (plus ergonomic laptop desks) and coffeemakers; some also have whirlpool tubs. Suites add living space with pull-out sofas, minifridges and microwaves. Amenities include a free hot breakfast (or breakfast bags to go) and an indoor pool, as well as fitness and business centers and free parking.

For additional accommodations and B&B’s visit: the Lenox Chamber of Commerce or See the Berkshires.

Schedule/Arrival and Departure Time

Each part begins with registration at 6:30 pm and the opening night session at 7:00 pm. Session times for the following days are: 7:00-8:00 am, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm and 2:30-6:30 pm with one evening session on Friday. The last day ends by 1:30 pm. Full attendance is necessary for certification. Please plan your arrival and departure times to allow enough time for transit to and from the airport without missing a session.

Meals: There are many restaurants, a health food store and a grocery store within a three-minute drive or 10-15 minute walk from Lifeworks Studio.

Things to Bring With You:

  • Yoga Props: (There are some props at the training site. But to be sure you have what you need, bring your own.)
  • Sticky mat (Manduka Mats, the thick black mats, are recommended. Available at Yoga Centre)
  • Yoga Belt
  • 2 Yoga Blocks (the thick purple blocks, not the thin ones)
  • 2-3 thick gray yoga blankets (utility blankets, not Mexican blankets)
  • Meditation Cushion (you may use your folded blankets instead)
  • Eye Pillow (optional)
  • Visit: Hugger Mugger for props or check Yoga Journal magazine for options.
  • A journal or notebook and pens
  • Selected required reading books (TBA)

Airports: Albany International Airport in Albany, NY, is about 1 hour from Lenox. Bradley International Airport in Hartford, CT, is about 1:10 away. Logan International in Boston is about 2:45 away. Contact the following limousine companies for transportation:

Albany International Airport:

  • Advantage Limousine: 518-433-0100, $130 to Great Barrington ($5 additional person).

Bradley International Airport (90 minutes from Great Barrington)

  • Tobi’s Limousine: 413-637-1224, $195 for 1-2 people (does not include gratuity or $5 parking).
  • Lindsey Limousine: 860-289-5466, $227 (includes all service fees, taxes, and gratuity).

If you’re interested in carpooling or splitting a limo, contact our office, 413-232-7839, after you’ve made your flight reservations (or before) and we’ll put you in touch with other participants seeking to share a ride.