Azul Yoga Teacher Training

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Become a Yoga Instructor

Why, like many, your life has been changed by yoga.  Once you engage in the practice and experience the benefits, many are inspired to share this feeling of well-being with others.  Azul Yoga’s Teacher Training Program is the next step on your journey to sharing the practice while deepening your understanding.

Included In Your Training is a 6 day retreat to Beautiful Bimini Bahamas (not including airfare), and Studying With Experts In The Field.

For the anatomy component of your training, we’re partnering with world-renowned Yoga Educators & best-selling authors ofYogaAnatomyLeslie Kaminoff & Amy Matthews.

Using what they’ve learned in their combined 50-years of experience training yoga teachers, they’ve created a unique online + in-person course that’s exclusively available through Teacher Training programs: Fundamentals.

This is not your average anatomy training.

Don’t expect hours of “which bone is which” that make you feel like you’re back in high school science classes…

Leslie & Amy spend time on the things that matter most to ayoga teacher and skip the memorization.

They’ll help you establish a broad base of knowledge by sharing examples, analogies, stories, and guiding you through physical experiments that make the material helpful and applicable to teaching yoga to students.

Leslie & Amy will also share their own favorite teaching strategies like…

• How to make poses accessible for any student

• What to do when students have an injury and still want to practice

• Simple cues that help every student find success on the mat

Leslie and Amy’s unique blend of humor and expertise make them the absolute best team to guide you through this phase of your journey.

How does it work?

You’ll join Amy & Leslie at home via your computer for 20-hours of guided lesson content, reflection, personal exploration, and teaching preparation.

They’ll lead you through movement experiments that will help you apply anatomy ideas to your own practice, and give you tools you’ll be able to access as a teacher. You’ll have time to soak up the material and try it out it in your own asana practice.

This means that each time we come together as a group, you’ll already have a strong foundation in that unit’s content and we’ll be able to dive even deeper into the material, rather than spend valuable group time on basic concepts and memorization.

Our group time with Donna, will be spent in hands-on application. We’ll break into discussion groups, share movement exercises, and observe exactly how this information interweaves with our tradition.

By the time we’re finished, you’ll have a broad understanding of theanatomical concepts that are most important to a yoga teacher so you can begin teaching with confidence.

You’ll be able to take the concepts we explore here and apply them to any pose. 

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Invest in the life you want to live

Sign up for Azul Yoga Institute,  200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Program today! We make it quick and easy to apply, affordable, flexible and fun!  Apply now and relax with the knowledge that you’re investing in yourself and the life you want to live.


FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions

How much yoga experience do I need to apply to the program? You must have at least 1 year of yoga experience. Some students may only have 1 year experience when they start the program, and some students may have 20 plus years of experience under their belt. We’ll start with the basics so that all needs will be met, and all our students will walk out with the confidence to teach yoga.

How does the application process work? We try to make it as simple as possible. After reading this FAQ list, if you still have questions please contact our program director Donna Melanson In subject line please write Yoga Teacher Training, and she will answer any questions that you have.

How much does the 200HR Teacher Training Program cost?  The program is $3500. Housing and meals are only covered during our retreat week to Bimini June 26 – July 1, 2016. You’ll also be responsible for air fare to and from Bimini, and the purchase of your books, which are listed below. 

When is the $500 deposit due? The full deposit is due upon application and is required to reserve a spot on the roster.

Are there payment plans? Sorry because it’s an intensive program, and payments must be made on your behalf to the retreat center and online programs, we are unable to offer a payment plan for this session. $500 holds your spot, balance due by first day of class.

 What books are required? 

Yoga Anatomy by Lesie Kaminoff and Amy Matthews

Yoga Teachers Toolbox by Joesph Le Page and Lilian Le Page

The Bhagavad Gita by Eknath Easwaran

The Yoga Sutras of Pantanjali by Alistair Shearer

I’ve been transferred and need to cancel my training. Can I get my deposit back? Our Refund Policy is that all Cancellation Notices should be in writing via email to Fees are refundable before training starts minus $500, your deposit, which is nonrefundable and nontransferable. This is in part because upon receiving your deposit you will receive access to the online anatomy portion of the yoga teacher training program that will be available to you for one year, and a deposit will be sent on your behalf to hold your place at our retreat in Bimini. Any remaining balance paid however will be refunded.

I’ve been transferred and need to leave the program midstream? We understand that sometimes life happens. In the unfortunate event that you are forced to withdraw during an active training program, refunds will be prorated based on the length of time spent in the program. Transferring you to another program is also an option.

What is the average age of yoga teachers in training? The minimum age requirement is 18, and there is no maximum limit, as yoga is not influenced by age, gender, or religion. Regardless of your age and even past yoga experience, we start off covering the basics so that we can build a solid foundation.

Can I take this course if I’m not positive I want to become a yoga instructor? Yes, of course. That’s okay with us. Many are unsure of whether or not they will teach, but all know that they want to deepen their knowledge. Some will teach, some won’t. Some sign up saying they’ll never teach and then they do. It’s one step on your path. Enroll in Azul Yoga Institute’s 200 hr Yoga Teacher Training Program. Come Practice yoga. Come learn to teach. Come share experiences with a small group of compassionate peers of all ages and all walks of life, who more than likely will become some of your closest friends.

Can I take this course if I’m already a Yoga Alliance Certified Yoga Teacher? Yes, many teachers have had such tremendous experience and growth in their 200 HR Teacher Trainings that they want the experience again.

I am pregnant. Can I still apply? You are more than welcome to apply and enroll. If you do enroll, please consider the timing of your delivery, as you will be held to the same attendance standards as students who are not pregnant.

What if I have to miss part of a training? 100% attendance is required for Yoga Alliance certification, but we will be happy to work with you in the unfortunate event of an emergency. A few hours have been worked into the program to allow for “life” events.  If you do miss significant time, we’ll see what can be worked out on a case by case basis. If however you miss more than one weekend you will be encouraged to transfer to a future program. Yoga Alliance will not certify you until you have completed your certification through Azul Yoga Institute. You’re strongly urged to not register for a teacher training program if you know that you will need to miss any time. Missing class is costly and will not result in the same quality of learning experience as with your original group of peers.

What is the curriculum? Our curriculum not only meets, but exceeds Yoga Alliance standards,

Topics covered in our curriculum include but are not limited to:

  • Anatomy and Alignment Principles
  • Adjustments and Modifications
  • Asana Foundations
  • Sequencing
  • History of Yoga
  • Philosophy of Yoga
  • Business and Ethics
  • Pranayama
  • Meditation
  • Relaxation Techniques
  • Hatha Yoga
  • Vinyasa Yoga
  • Yin Yoga
  • Yoga Nidra

Is there any homework? Yes, in addition to the required reading there will be written assignments, evaluations, class observations and assists, a journal, a written test and a student practicum. All homework details will be clearly explained during the first day of training.

What is Yoga Alliance? Yoga Alliance is the largest nonprofit association representing the yoga community. Their mission is to promote and support the integrity and diversity of the teaching of yoga. Visit for more information.

Do I get a Yoga Alliance certificate when I graduate? Not yet, but you will be eligible to apply to be a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) with Yoga Alliance. Upon graduation you will receive a certificate of completion from Azul Yoga Institute provided all homework, hours, and finances are in order. You will then upload your certificate to Yoga Alliance’s website and pay a membership fee to obtain your Yoga Alliance certification. We will discuss Yoga Alliance during the program so that you will completely understand the process.

How do I apply?  Application to the program is an informal process, and an effort to just get to know you a little better. Please include the below Information in an email, subject Yoga Teacher Training Application to and pay the deposit.

By submitting your application, you affirm that committed to fulfilling the requirements necessary to graduate from the Azul Yoga Institute’s Teacher Training program.

We are truly interested in what you have to say! Please include your Full Name, Address including city, state and zip. Phone Number, email, and any websites and social media sites you’re affiliated with that you want to share. And, please answer the following questions.

-What is your Profession?

-Describe your yoga experience – How many years have you practiced, what styles you have practiced, and what type of practice resonates with you the most?

-List any auxiliary experiences that you may have i.e.. Reiki, Meditation, Ayurveda Training, Workshops Taken, Extensive Knowledge of Anatomy etc.

-Do you want to teach yoga after or are you taking for self-knowledge?

-Is there anything that would be helpful for us to know about your mental, emotional, or physical health?

-Anything additional that you would like to share?

-How did you hear about our Yoga Teacher Training Program?

Contact Donna at 828-215-1212 or email at  – for more information!

* Azul Yoga Institute reserve the right to cancel any program at any time. If this occurs, a full refund will be issued.