American Yoga School 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training

Bikram Yoga Green Valley welcomes American Yoga School for our first yoga teacher training. This training prepares graduates to teach any stye of asana class in their own voice. This is not a Bikram teacher training.

James Brown Chair

Taught by James Brown

About the Training

Teaching asana as yoga practice to groups of people has some inherent challenges, which we specifically address in all areas of our program.

To teach asana well, you must clearly understand what yoga is and how the system of practice works within the context of a human mind. We teach that through study of yoga philosophy and, more importantly, by guiding you through your own personal practice. From there, developing familiarity of human anatomy and of the fundamentals of how people learn prepare you to start teaching, which is the final ingredient.

We believe our program includes more real-life practical experience than any other. And it shows.

 That’s because our graduates teach confidently and creatively in their own unique voice while staying true to the deep purpose of yoga practice. A very high proportion of our graduates go on to successful and gratifying careers as teachers, teacher trainers, and business owners.

This course, and the online companion course that comes with it, include all five individual modules required to earn your AYS Teaching Credential.

Taking this course requires application approval. Apply here.

Quick Facts

  • August 31 – September 26, 2015
  • Monday – Friday (except Monday, September 7 off for holiday and Saturday, September 26 on for graduation)
  • 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM
  • $2800 before June 1
  • $3300 after June 1
  • Yoga Alliance-Registered RYT200 Training



We present yoga philosophy as an immediately usable guidebook that helps you chart your course toward happiness on the mat and in life.

Our view on philosophy is that if you can’t use it, it’s probably a waste of time. The Sutras are highly usable! This workshop explores the usefulness of The Yoga Sutras in an asana practice.

This area of study, and its self-paced online companion course (included with tuition), include the following individual lessons:

  • PLE201: How We Got Here
  •  PLE201.1: Born in India
  • PLE201.2: The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
  • PLE201.3: Raised in California
  • PLE202: From Ignorance to Wisdom via Stillness
  • PLE202.1: Patanjali’s Problematic Ignorance
  • PLE202.2: The Wisdom of Stillness
  • PLE202.3: The House That Ignorance Built
  • PLE202.4: Karma is a What?
  • PLE203: About Asana
  • PLE203.1 How Asana Works
  • PLE203.2 Starting With Stability
  • PLE204: The Work of Yoga
  • PLE204.1: The God Thing
  • PLE204.2 Work and Study as Guides to True Self
  • PLE204.3: Restraining Mind Through Practice and Release
  • PLE204.4: Making U-Turns On and Off Your Mat
  • PLE205: Is Your Yoga Working?
  • PLE205.1: Polishing Your Crystal with Stillness
  • PLE205.2: Yama
  • PLE205.3: Niyama
  • PLE206: Options for Practice
  • PLE206.1: Om Alone: What’s That Sound?
  • PLE206.2: Finding a Favorable Focal Point
  • PLE207: Moving Past Obstacles
  • PLE207.1: Yoga Blocks to Avoid
  • PLE207.2: Got a Craving? Knock it off!
  • PLE207.3: How to Make a Yoga U-Turn
  • PLE208: Your Energy
  • PLE208.1: Focused Energy: Pranayama
  • PLE208.2: Brahmacharya
  • PLE208.3: Anatomy of the Subtle Body
  • PLE209: Exploring Inward
  • PLE209.1: Pratyahara
  • PLE209.2: It’s In Your Head: Samyama
  • PLE209.3: Types of Samadhi
  • PLE209.4: Seer and Seen
  • PLE210: Living Yoga
  • PLE210.1: Building Equity on the Mat
  • PLE210.2: Summing It Up


We name asanas according to their shapes. And we make those shapes by putting the skeleton’s many joints into varied combinations of positions.

Yoga teachers should give instructions about the body, or anything else, only when they know what they’re saying and why they’re saying it. In these workshops, learn how the body works and what it does in asana.

In these workshops, we start by learning about the components of joints and the forces that determine joint position.
Then, we’ll learn how to apply that information to a physical practice in a way that is effective, practical, authentically “yoga”, and much needed.

The arc of the anatomy curriculum starts by developing a fluency in anatomical terms, followed by a part-by-part look at the body, focused mostly on the musculoskeletal system, with overviews of other systems and information on common injuries and how to deal with them.

This area of study, and its self-paced online companion course (included with tuition), include the following individual lessons:

  • AP201: The Body of Yoga
  • AP201.1 Components of Joints
  • AP201.2 Introduction to Muscle Function
  • AP201.3 Muscle Roles and Types of Contraction
  • AP201.4 Transforming the Body with Asana
  • AP202: The Language of Anatomy
  • AP202.1 Terms That Describe Location
  • AP202.2 Terms of Movement and Position
  • AP203: The Torso
  • AP203.1 The Vertebral Column and Thorax
  • AP203.2 The Pelvis, Hips and Sacroiliac
  • AP203.3 Core Musculature and Function
  • AP203.4: The Hips / Spine Relationship in Asana
  • AP203.5: The Shoulder Joint
  • AP203.6: The Scapulae
  • AP203.7: Glenohumeral Rhythm
  • AP204: The Arms and Hands
  • AP204.1 The Elbow
  • AP204.2 The Wrist
  • AP205: The Legs and Feet
  • AP205.1: The Knees
  • AP205.2: The Feet and Ankles
  • AP206: Other Systems
  • AP206.1 The Nervous System and Yoga Asana’s Effect on It
  • AP206.2 The Cardiovascular System
  • AP206.3 The Respiratory System
  • AP206.4 The Lymphatic System
  • AP206.5 The Endocrine System
  • AP207: Dealing with Special Conditions
  • AP207.1: Common Injuries
  • AP207:2: Asana and Pregnancy


This is the heart of the training. Through personally experiencing the challenges, triumphs and plateaus of the process of deepening your own practice, you’ll learn better how to guide others through their own.

Through a highly technical experience of the fundamental asanas, these workshops will teach you what’s important and what isn’t, including how and when to modify for yourself and your students; and how to know how deeply to go and why.

Each day, we’ll do an extended workshop-style practice that will focus on a different type of asana, which will be followed by a short a Q+A about the particulars of the day’s focus poses.

This area of study, and its self-paced online companion course (included with tuition), include the following individual lessons:

  • Sun Salutes 1
  • Cobra Pose
  • Downward Facing Dog Pose
  • Downward Facing Thunderbolt Pose
  • Half Forward Bend
  • Hands Up in Mountain Pose
  • Mountain Pose
  • Plank Pose
  • Standing Forward Bend
  • Asymmetrical Without Lateral Hip Rotation
  • Intense Hand to Big Toe Pose 1
  • Reclined Big Toe Pose 1
  • Side Forward Bend
  • Warrior 1
  • Symmetrical with Hip Flexion
  • Chair Pose
  • Hero Pose
  • Wide-Leg Forward Bend A
  • Wide-Leg Forward Bend C
  • Wide-Leg Forward Bend D
  • Lateral Hip Rotation 1
  • Half Moon Pose
  • Intense Hand to Big Toe Pose 2
  • Reclined Big Toe Pose 2
  • Side Angle Pose
  • Tree Pose
  • Triangle Pose
  • Warrior 2
  • Restoratives 1,2
  • Legs Up the Wall Pose
  • Reclined Bound Angle Pose
  • Restorative Backbend with Lower Body Supported
  • Restorative Backbend with Upper Body Supported
  • Restorative Comfortable Pose
  • Restorative Prone Twist
  • Sun Salutes 2
  • Four-Limbed Staff Pose
  • Upward Facing Dog Pose
  • Vinyasa: Sun Salute A Sequence
  • Vinyasa: Sun Salute B Sequence
  • Spinal Rotation
  • Bharadvaja’s Pose
  • Sage Twist C
  • Stomach Twist (Bent legs version)
  • Stomach Twist (Straight legs version)
  • Twisted Half Moon Pose
  • Twisted Side Angle Pose
  • Twisted Triangle Pose
  • Introduction to Seated Hip Flexion
  • Boat Pose
  • Sage Forward Bend A
  • Seated Angle Pose
  • Staff Pose
  • Stretch of the Back of the Body
  • Shoulder Flexion Backbends / Inversions 1,2,3
  • Forearm Balance
  • Handstand
  • Headstand A
  • Headstand B
  • Upward Bow Pose
  • Shoulder Extension Backbends / Inversions 1,2,3
  • Bow Pose
  • Bridge on Shoulders
  • Camel Pose
  • Ear Squeeze Pose
  • Fish Pose
  • Locust Pose
  • Plow Pose
  • Shoulderstand
  • Stretch of the Front of the Body
  • Hip Flexion + Lateral Rotation w/ Knee Flexion
  • Bound Angle Pose
  • Comfortable Pose
  • Cow Face Pose
  • Downward Facing Pigeon Pose
  • Half Bound Lotus Stretch of the Back Body
  • Half-Lotus Pose
  • Knee Head Pose A
  • Lotus Pose
  • Thread the Needle Hip Opener
  • Arm Balances
  • Crow Pose
  • Shoulder Squeeze Pose
  • Side Arm Balance
  • Restoratives with Pranayama 1-4
  • Against the Grain 1
  • Against the Grain 2
  • Breath Awareness Meditation
  • Victorious Stretching of the Inner Breath
  • Wave Breath


Yoga practice is meant to be tailored to the individual, yet it tends to be taught in a one-size fits all approach to groups of people with different needs and abilities.

Our Pedagogy Curriculum teaches specific strategies that allow each of the students in your classes to make each practice their own, no matter the size of the group you’re teaching. Instead of memorizing what to say and when to say it, you’ll explore the theory and practice of pedagogy and andragogy: the art of teaching people. Then, you’ll apply that to the specific challenges that come with teaching this individual practice to groups of students … while maintaining integrity and authenticity, all in your own unique voice.

This area of study, and its self-paced online companion course (included with tuition), include the following individual lessons: 

Part 1: Teaching, Learning, and Yoga Asana Practice

TM201.1: What Makes a Great Teacher?

TM201.2: Teaching Theory and Learning Theory

TM202.1: Overview of Learning Styles: Visual, Auditory, Kinesthetic

TM202.2: Learning Styles: Visual

TM202.3: Learning Styles: Kinesthetic

TM202.4: Learning Styles: Auditory

TM203.1: Teaching Asana Practice

TM203.2: Understanding Vinyasa Krama: Putting Things in Order

Part 2: Teaching Individuals in a Group

TM204.1: Introduction to Teaching Individuals in a Group

TM204.2: Teaching Tools: Watching Your Students

TM205.1: Teaching Tools: Teaching How to Work with Efforts and Positions

TM205.2: Teaching Tools: Teaching How to Work with Anchor and Pull

TM205.3: Teaching Tools: Teaching How to Work with Counter Instructions

TM206.1: Introduction to Teaching Skillful Movement

TM206.2: Teaching Tools: Preparing for Skillful Movement with Pre-Alignment

TM206.3: Teaching Tools: Preparing for Skillful Movement by Prioritizing Stability Over Movement

TM206.4: Teaching Tools: Teaching Skillful Movement by Teaching the Movement Itself

TM206.5: Teaching Tools: Teaching to Move to and Stop at the Tapas Point

TM206.6: Teaching Tools: Choosing the Poses

TM207.1: Teaching Tools: How to Verbalize Options Skillfully

Part 3: Sequencing Asana Classes

TM208.1: Introduction to Sequencing

TM208.2: What “Well-Rounded” Means

TM208.3: Asana Roles in Context of Sequencing

TM208.4 Overview of the AYS 7-Step Class Sequencing Process

TM209.1: Sequencing Toward a Peak Asana

TM209.2: Component Parts: Increasing Range of Motion (ROM) and Cognitive Components

TM209.3: Choosing Preparatory Poses, Props and Variations for Each Component

TM209.4: Charting a Path to the Peak: Putting Preparatory Poses in Order

TM209.5: Counter Poses

TM209.6: Making a Class Well-Rounded

TM209.7: Changing Your Sequence As It Happens

TM210.1: Group Exercise: Creating a Class Sequence This module / activity can be repeated.

TM210.2: Small Groups Exercise: Creating a Class Sequence This module / activity can be repeated.

TM210.3: Individual In-Class Exercise: Creating a Class Sequence This module / activity can be repeated.

Part 4: Specialty Lessons

TM211.1: Modifying for Pregnant Students

TM211.2: How to Teach Restoratives

TM211.3: Using Music in Your Classes

TM211.4: Teaching Yoga Privately

Part 5: Your Career in Yoga

TM212.1: Overview of the Yoga Business 2014

TM212.2: Getting Hired, Staying Employed as a Yoga Teacher

TM212.3: Plan of Action Presentation

Part 6: Hands-On Adjustments

TM213.1: Intro to Teaching by Touching

TM213.2: Adjustments for Practicum Classes

TM213.3: Module: Hands-On Adjustments and Modifications for T201-T203 (Happens in the training after T203)

TM213.4: Module: Hands-On Adjustments and Modifications for T204-T207 (Happens in the training after T207)

TM213.5: Module: Hands-On Adjustments and Modifications for T208-T210 (Happens in the training after T210)

Teaching Practicum

This is where we’re most different from other trainings. Teach actual students- not other trainees. Instead of being ready to teach your first actual class when you graduate, you will have already taught several. Build actual teaching experience during the training by applying the knowledge and the teaching tools you’ve learned.

We believe our program includes more real-life practical experience than any other. And it shows … A very high proportion of our graduates go on to successful and gratifying careers as teachers, teacher trainers, and business owners.

Our experience has demonstrated that students learn significantly more in a real teaching environment and are able to gain more applicable teaching experience that better prepares them for job opportunities after graduation.

Beginning halfway through the training, you’ll start to tagteam-teach, with your classmates, to actual beginning students. This area of study, and its self-paced online companion course (included with tuition), include the following individual lessons:

Introduction to the Practicum Process

  • The requirements for sequence presentation
  • Class presentation and recording
  • Giving and getting feedback
  • Creating a plan of action before the next practicum.

Teaching Practicum and Practicum Peer Observation and Review Submission 1 – 4

  • Teach part of a beginners’ class, open to the public and videotaped
  • Compose and present rich, structured feedback in the form of an online survey tool. This feedback will be provided to faculty and to the teaching student. In the feedback, trainee will cite specific times on the video to which they are referring when responding to any one survey question, so that the teaching peer getting feedback knows exactly what is being commented upon.
  • Analyze the peer and faculty feedback you get, and prepare for the next practicum.


Is this training Yoga Alliance registered?

What if I have to miss part of the training?
If you miss 18 hours of less of training time, you can make it up through private lessons with the lead teacher or a designated assistant teacher. Rates vary from $100 – $200 per hour, in which time about 5 hours of missed content can be covered. Please book this time as soon as you can, because their time is limited. If you miss more than 18 hours of training, you must attend the days you missed in another AYS Teaching Credential Course. We are also offering the course in Stockholm in August 2015 and in Manila in January 2016.

How do I sign up?
The first step is to apply for admission.