A 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Designed By the Military Community, For the Military Community

Yoga is translated from the word yuj, which is loosely translated to the word union. We were once called to serve in uniform, so for many, being drawn to yoga is a natural transition. The brotherhood, sense of community, and sense of belonging is something we all seek after leaving our time in service.

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Train to be a Yoga Teacher With VYP

Yoga has touched your life in some way; maybe it was to ease the mental burden of serving, maybe you enjoyed the cadence of everyone moving in sync, maybe you just liked wearing comfy clothes all day. Whatever the reason, you sought out your mat, and are now looking to take a more leadership role by way of becoming a yoga teacher. Veterans Yoga Project offers you a unique yoga teacher training experience, designed by veterans and military community members.

Program Dates & Cost: See FAQ Below

Meet Our MRYTT Trainees

From all different branches and across the country, we are very excited to welcome each and every class of brand new MRYTT-trained VYP Yoga Teachers to our family. Our teams are founded on the belief that every single person has something to offer, and we are committed to the belief that life experiences are just as valuable as yoga training when spreading our mission of Mindful Resilience. When not training and teaching with VYP, these talented individuals can be found already serving their communities through working with the DoD, running healthcare clinics, and volunteering with other veterans service organizations.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Embody and teach all postures including modifications.(Blocks, straps, chairs, etc.)
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of movement, breathing, and meditation practices through practical applications and peer instruction.
  3. Passing the final exam with a score of 70% or higher.
  4. 100% attendance to all sessions. (Or in accordance with the make-up policy for sessions or assignments missed.)
  5. All homework, journaling, practice-teaching, and assignments submitted in a timely manner.
  6. Conduct yourself in a professional manner.
  7. Adhere to VYP Teacher’s Alliance Code of Ethics.
  8. Sign all required documentation.
  9. Complete payment of full tuition prior to receiving certificate of completion.
  10. Commit to offering yoga to veterans in your local area, upon completion of the program.

Our program is derived from many different lineages, schools, and ideals. Our focus on anatomy, physiology, philosophy, and psychology will allow each student to truly explore the concept of yoga as a more holistic practice.

Our training will also allow for time to integrate the learned material between sessions. Divided into online sessions and person sessions, students will have the space to practice weekly concepts on their own, allowing time for reflection and exploring questions or observations as they arise.

We also strongly believe in the guiding principle that support precedes action. Each student attending the training will be partnered with a local VYP representative. The idea behind this partnership is to remind each other that we are never alone in our journey towards growth and betterment. Students will be able to connect with their Yoga Teacher Training partner, observe and participate in local classes (where available), and learn more about what it means to teach yoga to veterans, in all settings.

CLASS OF 2024 DATES:

Download the June 2024 MRYTT Flyer

  • Round one applications: January 15th – 26th, 2024
  • Round two: January 28th – February 5th, 2024
  • Notification of acceptance: February 17th – 24th, 2024
  • Training Dates Online via Zoom:
    • The following dates:
      • March: 9, 10, 23, 24
      • April: 13, 14, 27, 28
      • May: 11, 12, 25, 26
      • June: 8, 9
  • Mentoring / Study groups offered weekly (optional)
  • Graduation at Himalayan Institute, Honesdale, PA
  • Graduation dates: Arrival June 22nd. Departure June 29th. 

COST:

Cost to participate in the MRYTT:

  • $4000.00

Payments can be made over time as long as the last payment is received before our time together at the Himalayan Institute. Partial scholarships are available upon request. Participant is responsible for making accommodations for travel and lodging at the Himalayan Institute.

Tuition includes:

  • Training materials (books, yoga gear, manuals)
  • 200 hours of yoga teacher training by highly trained yoga teachers and professionals
  • Mentoring and study groups

There is no cost to apply. If, at any time, you discontinue your training, VYP will collect payments to cover all incidentals to that date. 

LOCATION: 

All yoga teacher training weekends are held online via Zoom. 

Graduation week is located at the Himalayan Institute, Honesdale, PA

APPLICATION PROCESS:

Round One application includes: A completed 200-Hour MRYTT Application, submission of a letter of recommendation (email to MRYTT@veteransyogaproject.org). Letter must be in .pdf format, and must refer to your military background, yoga experience, and your future plans with VYP. It is your choice who this letter comes from. 

Round Two application includes: A video submission detailing your intent to move forward with VYP, and complete a more personal detailed questionnaire. Video must refer to your military background, yoga experience, and your future plans with VYP. Video must be 5 minutes or less or it will not be reviewed. Proof of military status (via Sheer ID) Type of military discharge does not affect the application. Background check.

Upon acceptance: Complete, with signature, all required documents, choose payment plan, and receive course materials prior to start date. 

UPON COMPLETION, STUDENTS WILL BE ABLE TO REGISTER WITH YOGA ALLIANCE AS A REGISTERED YOGA TEACHER AT THE 200-HOUR LEVEL, RYT–200.

While this training is billed as a “200” hour teacher training, that billing only includes contact hours with one of the lead instructors. Homework, journaling, self exploration, and check ins with regional team members are not included in that time. You should expect to cover the following topics:

  • Yoga history – Terms, dates, styles
  • Yoga philosophy – Historical texts, important dates, and key ideas
  • Yoga asana – Commonly practiced poses, their historical context, how to safely sequence, anatomy and alignment with contraindications
  • Pranayama – Commonly practiced pranayama, effects on the physical and subtle body, sequencing to include adaptations and alternatives
  • Meditation, mantras, mudras
  • Anatomy and Biomechanics- Major bones, muscles and their functions in asana, types of joints and their movements
  • Physiology – Nervous, cardiovascular, circulatory, endocrine, and digestive systems
  • Ethics – Teaching responsibilities, governing bodies, business management

Food, books for required reading, manuals and associated handouts are all included in the training.

You are welcome to apply however due to the large number of applicants, we will prioritize applicants who have not been through a Yoga Teacher Training.

Yes! We do ask for your DD-214 as part of the application process however it is simply to verify time in service. For active duty members, more recent orders can take the place of a DD-214.

If you have been practicing yoga for a while, you may know that there is a style of yoga out there for everyone. Our style of physical movement or asana, is derived from several styles of yoga: hatha yoga, power flow, gentle and adaptive yoga, and vinyasa and iyengar yoga. Despite our different backgrounds, you will be taught how to hold the space and share the practices of yoga, no matter the tradition or style you have practiced.

We understand that everyone approaches yoga with different intentions. Some choose to answer the call to teach while others are drawn to explore these practices on their own.

During the course of your program, you will be paired with a local VYP representative who will serve as your mentor. This mentor will provide support as you navigate teacher training as well as offer guidance to launch your own classes.

Upon graduation, you will be invited to join the VYP Teachers Alliance – a program wherein we provide lasting support to our teachers. As a participant in this program, you will be required to teach – and log – 108 hours of yoga to veterans, their families, and community members.

 This program is designed specifically to support you in your journey from student to teacher; if you would rather not be a teacher, we still encourage you to apply, however just know that teaching will be a requirement.

Of course! We welcome everyone, of all abilities, to apply.

Yes! Upon successful completion of this training, you will receive the basic qualifications to teach yoga in many settings as well as yoga studios, VA’s, vet centers, and gyms.

On staff, we have 3 lead trainers and multiple guest instructors. Marine Corps veteran and VYP CEO Brianna Renner, Army veteran and yoga teacher Jessica Bugbee, and Army veteran and yoga teacher Rebecca Smith are your lead instructors.

At least 6 months of yoga practice and 6 months of meditation are required,

Veterans Yoga Project is a 200hr Registered Yoga School with Yoga Alliance. Upon completion of this program you will be able to register as a RYT-200 yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance. 

This program does not qualify for NBCC CE hrs or IAYT CE hrs.