Diploma in Yoga (200 Hours)

Diploma in Yoga (200 Hours) is designed according to the standards set by our affiliated Universities and Yoga Alliance, USA.

200 hour Yoga Teacher Training Course is all about taking your practice to its next level, where you gain the ability to share and help others. Completion of 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training Course also gives you the eligibility to apply for the designation of RYT-200* and also the eligibility to enrol in 300 hour Yoga Teacher Training Course; the combination of these two courses are called 500 hour Yoga Teacher Training Course.

This Yoga Teacher Training program will be the foundational stone in your journey to advance your yoga practice and teaching, and to feel acquainted with different layers of Yogic Art & Science, and also to build Self-confidence in such a way, which will help you find your own unique expression.

If you are an aspirant towards the skill of teaching yoga, you’re in good hands: Since the beginning of our Yoga Teacher Training courses in 1998, we have trained over 2000 yoga teachers and helped them establish and run yoga schools all around the world successfully. By the completion of this course you will understand the fundamentals of the skills of teaching to embark the Journey of a successful yoga teaching career.


This comprehensive course will familiarize you with the tenets of yoga philosophy and history, help you master asanas in tandem with their effect on anatomy. You will observe daily pranayama and meditation along with chanting inorder to understand their strengthening and balancing properties. It will also give you an understanding of yogic discipline, diet and cleansing rituals and you will be taught how to go about becoming a good yoga teacher.

You will learn:

  • Asanas, Mudras, Bandhas, Pranayamas, Shatkriyas, Chanting, Mantras, relaxation techniques like yoga nidra, Meditation and other traditional yoga techniques.

  • Teaching Methodology: Asanas will be studied in terms of the basic steps of building up the asana, physical and energetic alignment, variation and modifications, the limitations and benefits of each asana on physical, mental and spiritual level, voice modulations and usage of props to help improve practice at its early stages.

  • Yoga Philosophy: Patanjali Yoga Sutras will be studied and discussed.

  • Principles of Anatomy & Physiology, Yogic Anatomy.

  • Yoga Philosophy, Lifestyle and Ethics for Yoga Teachers

  • Teaching practicum. Demonstrating asanas, designing class with feedback from the trainers and your peers, Communication techniques, time management, priorities and boundaries.

Daily Schedule:

In keeping with the requirements of Yoga Alliance – USA, 200-hour YTT program follows a tight schedule where almost each of the 7 to 8 training hours in the day are assigned to some aspect of yoga. You could find the training intensive but enlightening. The mornings usually begin as early as 5:30 a.m. with meditation followed by some yoga postures and maybe some classes or lectures in philosophy or anatomy. Chanting and pranayama are also part of the schedule. During training you are provided with two yoga meals, fruit refreshments and green tea. Daily written homework is also the norm as that is how you will gain in-depth knowledge of the subject. Sleeping early is encouraged as that is part of yogic practice.

05:30 am   – Wake Up
06:00 am   – Warm water
06:15 am   – Shatkarma/Yogic cleansing
06:30 am   – Pranayama and Chanting
07:30 am   – Yoga Asana
09:00 am   – Breakfast
10:30 am   – Yoga Anatomy
11:30 am    – Yoga Philosophy
12:30 pm   – Lunch
04:30 pm   – Kundalini | Yoga Nidra
05:00 pm   – Hatha/Ashtanga Yoga Asana
06:45 pm   – Meditation
07:15 pm   – Dinner
10:00 pm   – Lights Out

Note : Daily Schedule is subject to change – Arunayoga.

Techniques and practice make the bulk of the training as 100 hours is allotted to that. Methodology takes up 25 hours while 20 hours go to learning anatomy and physiology. You need to devote 30 hours to philosophy and ethical conduct. For electives there are 15 hours and 10 hours for practicum.

Introduction to the various asanas in all categories in a systematic manner with progressively increasing level of difficulty. Once the basics are mastered, alignment, common foundation, asana flows, adjustments and subtle aspects of breath & awareness will be brought into focus.

Philosophy, importance, different techniques and practice

Bandhas and Kriyas:
Introduction and importance of three main bandhas.
Importance and practice of shatkriyas for yogic cleansing.

Introduction, importance in therapeutic impact of yoga and practice of mudras.

Yoga Philosophy:
Introduction to Yoga, introduction to Vedas and Upanishads
– The 5 major philosophical systems of India
– The four paths of Yoga – Gnana, Raja, Bhakti and Karma.
– Sankhya Philosophy (Theory about the evolution of consciousness)
– The five elements: How the 5 elements work and how to understand them
– Tanmatras (attributes of the senses)
– Kundalini Science (Naadis & Chakras)
– Patanjali Yoga Sutras
 -Ashtanga, the 8 limbs of Yoga
 -Pancha Koshas – 5 sheaths of consciousness
 -Concepts of ego and intellect
– Lifestyle and ethics for yoga teachers

Anatomy & Physiology:
– 8 main body systems of the human body
– Correction of asanas to prevent injury
– Implications of disorders for yoga practice

Teaching methodology:
– Demonstration of the asanas step by step
– Class guidance on physical, mental and spiritual level
– Correction per asana
– Verbal, non-verbal communication, and listening skills
– Time management
– Structuring and planning the class
– Establishment of priorities and boundaries
– Group Dynamics, addressing the specific needs of individuals in a group setting
– Identifying a comfortable dominant style to teach according to the learning style of the students
– Qualities of a teacher
– Business aspects of teaching yoga

– Observe others teaching, assisting students while someone else is teaching,
Practice teaching as the lead instructor; receiving and giving feedback

Elective Topics:
Introduction to traditional yogic rituals:
– 15 minute fire ritual with burning medicinal herbs and chanting (Brahmayagnam)
– Full Moon Meditation

Introduction to Ayurveda:
– definition of Ayurveda, history and it’s origin from the Vedas
– Tridosha – The Human Constitution according to Ayurveda
– Explanation of Tridosha – Vaata, Pitta and Kapha
– Diet: food types according to the effect on doshas
– Healthy lifestyle and routine in general
– Identifying individual constitution to stay healthy by discerning suitable diet and lifestyle
– Important herbs for general health
– Yoga and Ayurveda work together for physical health and spiritual growth

Introduction to related disciplines of therapeutic yoga Reflexology, Aromatherapy and QRT(Quick Relaxation Techniques)

  • Assessments will be based on written as well as practical evaluation.

  • Student conduct will be a part of the assessment criterion.

  • Evaluation will be carried out only for those students who have a minimum of 90% attendance.

  • Arunayoga adopts the ancient approach to yoga to inculcate in each student the wisdom that yoga manifests. Teaching and learning is therefore designed in such a way that ethical practices are ingrained automatically in the students at Arunayoga. 

  • The day begins with the daily regimen (Dinacharya) and ancient code of conduct. Activities are planned according to seasonal code of conduct (Rutucharya). The concept of behavior chemistry(Aachar) is the concept that students are expected to imbibe.

  • Maharishi Patanjali prescribed certain rules of how a person is expected to act in society (Yama) and how personal code and conduct (Niyama) is the expected and essential behavior for individuals to follow. We at Arunayoga expect this behavioral terminology to be understood and practiced sincerely and honestly by all students to the best extent possible.

  • Before students register for the yoga teacher training they must be aware that this traditional teaching will differ from that of the West. There could even be a fundamental difference in the understanding of the yogic path as that which is taught in the yoga schools in the West.

  • Discipline is an integral part of the training program and so the course routine must be strictly observed.

  • Disrespect to rules and regulations could result in termination of studentship with no refund of fee.

  • Absenting oneself from the scheduled program without prior permission of the teacher or manager concerned would be construed as a gross breach of discipline.

  • A student must intimate in advance if they intend to forgo a meal so that there is no wastage of food.

  • Arunayoga does not make arrangements for guests of students. Any activity that is not related to the course is not permitted.

  • Ensure you are on time for class or you will not be permitted to enter any class once it has commenced.

  • Before departing the institute, students must pay all dues and return all borrowed books.

  • Smoking and alcohol are not permitted during the training.

All aspirants are advised to carefully consider the time and resources required for the course before forwarding the application for the teacher training course. The deposit submitted with the application is not refundable. However, in case of emergencies and other unavoidable exigencies the institute at its discretion permits students to go for any other scheduled course. We therefore recommend that all applicants carefully examine their upcoming obligations so that they may be able to devote their full attention to the teacher training program.


Location: Hyderabad, Telangana, India
Course Fees: USD 1800 for International students, INR 75,000 for Indian students
Batch size: 25
Duration: 4 weeks
Food & Accommodation: Included (shared accommodation) for international students, INR 25,000 for Indian students.
Certification: from Arunayoga, RYT200 from Yoga Alliance, USA and Annamalai University*
At the time of registration a non-refundable booking amount of INR 10,000 or USD 200 should be paid as advance towards the course fee.
You have the option to switch from one batch to another within 12 months.
Balance of fees must be paid on arrival at the course venue.
All fees are non-refundable and so please refrain from requests for refund as such requests will not be entertained

* University affiliation may change at any point of time. Certification from university will be based on their evaluation criteria.