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 has partnered with the Himalayan Institute in Honesdale, PA to bring to you a unique yoga teacher training experience, designed by veterans and military community members.

Next Application Date TBD.

What will you learn?

As a Veterans Yoga Program graduate, you will head into the world confident and ready to begin your teaching journey. You leave our 200-hour training with all the skills you need to safely lead, empowering, and grounded Mindful Resilience Yoga classes. You also learn how to offer modifications, posture options, clarification of contraindications, and how to create a complete series of classes with progressive levels of difficulty.

Frequently Asked Questions

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.


  • Round one applications: February 21 – March 13, 2022
  • Round two: March 20 – March 27, 2022
  • Notification of acceptance: April 10 – April 16, 2022
  • Training Dates:
    • May: 7,8,21,22
    • June: 4,5,18,19, 25,26
    • July: 9,10,23,24
    • August: 6,7,20,21, 27, 28
    • September: 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25
    • October: 8, 9
      • Total ONLINE: 140 hours
    • In Person: October 13-19
      • Total IN PERSON: 60 hours
  • Graduation date: October 19, 2022


Cost to participate in the MRYTT is priced on a sliding scale. We ask that you pay at the highest level you can afford:

  • $108.00
  • $495.00
  • $990.00
  • $1,608.75
  • $2,722.50
  • $3,836.25
  • $4,950.00

Payments can be made over time as long as the last payment is received before our time together at the Himalayan Institute.
This includes:

  • Training materials (books, yoga gear, manuals)
  • 200 hours of yoga teacher training by highly trained yoga teachers and professionals
  • Lodging and meals at the beautiful Himalayan Institute
  • Airfare to and from HI

There is no cost to apply.


In-Person sessions are at the beautiful Himalayan Institute in Honesdale, PA.


A completed 200-Hour MRYTT Application must be submitted. Additionally, applicants must complete the Waiver of Liability and Code of Conduct Forms upon acceptance into the program.




Participants are required to be present to in person sessions; there will be no option to make up time missed and a certificate will not be awarded for students who are not present for each session in full. Participants may miss up to 2 hours of online sessions with the possibility to make up that time with a lead instructor.


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

Travel, accommodations, 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 2 lead instructor and 6 contributing instructors. Marine Corps veteran and VYP COO Brianna Renner and Army veteran and yoga teacher Rebecca Smith are your lead instructors. Psychologist and Navy veteran Timothy Avery, Psy.D., yoga teacher and VYP CCO Sam Miravalle, Army veterans Jessica Bugbee and Winston “Cortez” Ward, experienced yoga teacher trainer Monica Thorne, and clinical psychologist, VYP Founder and executive director Dan Libby, Ph.D.

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.