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Hatha Yoga Teacher Training


"What I learned at the Temple is that the entirety of yoga is far greater than what is learned in an everyday yoga class. The Temple’s teacher training program teaches all 8 limbs of yoga - a series of techniques to help bring peace to one’s life. This is a program that teaches not only the poses (limb 3), but also breathing techniques, meditation and sense-withdrawal. This is a program that offers its students a lifetime’s worth of tools to find contentment and serenity in the ever-changing and sometimes confusing world in which we live."

Ellen Chambers, recent graduate


Immerse Yourself in Yoga Practice

Will you feel energized? Happier in the moment? Aligned with your natural rhythms?

Yoga is a practice to ignite inner and outer transformation. Yoga practice increases strength, flexibility, and balance, as you rediscover yourself and your ability to create lasting joy and fulfillment. It builds body awareness and confidence. It calms the mind and frees the spirit. In essence, it has the power to heal and make one whole.

You can journey from student to the rewarding world of yoga teaching through our Hatha Yoga Teacher Training. Our program offers superior comprehensive quality at an affordable rate. Whether you are looking to deepen your personal practice or teach professionally, we equip you with the essential knowledge, skills, and certification required to successfully reach your goals.


Embody Your Inner Teacher

Transport yourself from fast-paced stressors to a calming, supportive, learning environment. Our course combines in-depth asana instruction with discussions covering anatomy, philosophy, teaching skills, meditation, pranayama, mantra and more. It is the longest-running and most comprehensive yoga teacher training course in the midwest, covering all 8 limbs of yoga. Our highly qualified instructors offer the vital guidance needed to help you discover and cultivate your unique teaching style, while our curriculum empowers you to fully integrate the many aspects of yoga.

We do more than prepare you to pursue a rewarding yoga profession – we inspire you to create greater meaning and impact in your daily life.

The Temple of Kriya Yoga is a registered school with Yoga Alliance (YA), the national registry for yoga teachers. Upon Certification from the Temple, teachers are eligible to register with YA at the 200-hour RYT level.



Advantages of the Temple of Kriya Hatha Yoga Certification

  • Superior, comprehensive quality at an affordable price
  • Over 30 years of experience serving as a leader in highly effective training
  • Program is flexible and adapts to students special needs
  • Deepen and expand one's own practice in a supportive learning environment
  • Easily accessible by public transportation
  • Highly qualified teachers who embody the principles they teach
  • Teachers offer additional time and support at no additional cost
  • Begin or deepen spiritual pursuits
  • Tuition includes free attendance to all hatha yoga classes offered at the Temple for the duration of the program
  • Increase awareness, confidence, and communication skills
  • Begin a new career path in a rapidly growing field
  • Build lifelong friendships
  • Support of the Temple community

Course Curriculum

  • An overview of the Classical Yoga System
  • Underlying principles of alignment in asana practice
  • Related anatomy and kinesiology
  • Developing a personal practice
  • Pranayama and breathing practices
  • Subtle anatomy: Nadis and Chakras
  • Teaching Methodology
  • Structuring classes
  • Sequencing asanas
  • Communication skills
  • Observation skills
  • Student teaching
  • How to establish yourself as a yoga teacher
  • Ethics for yoga teachers
  • Yama and Niyama: The Yogic Lifestyle
  • Kriya Yoga Philosophy and meditation methods
  • Introduction to the Bhagavad Gita
  • Introduction to Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras
  • Mantra and chanting

Our Certified Instructors

Agnieszka Miskiewicz graduated as a 500-hr E-RYT with the 2003 In-House Level II Program. Bonnie McNulty graduated as a 200-hr RYT with the 2008 Home-Study Program.


Program Structure

Phase I: Weekly Saturday classes from 8:30 a.m to 2:00 p.m. beginning Saturday, September 20, 2014 through December 20, 2014.

Phase II: Bi-weekly Saturday classes from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. January to June in 2015. Teaching demonstrations begin in May and graduation occurs in June.


Requirements for Certification

A Teacher's Certificate will be awarded to students who have met the following requirements:

  • Demonstrated their proficiency in the practice of asana
  • Demonstrated an understanding of the underlying principles and practices of yoga
  • Demonstrated their ability to structure a yoga class, sequence asanas and apply the communication skills needed to teach
  • Successfully completed the assignments
  • Attended class regularly and in a timely manner
  • Attended one Temple of Kriya Yoga retreat
  • Fulfilled all tuition commitments

Kriya Yoga Seminary


Weekend Retreat

A four day yogic retreat at Loretto Center in Wheaton, Illinois will take place from Thursday, February 20 to Sunday, February 23.

Loretto Center
1600 Somerset Lane
Wheaton, IL 60189
(630) 653-7918

Begins: February 20, 7:00 PM
Ends: February 23, 12:00 PM with lunch at 12:30 PM


Retreat fees:

  • $425 for a single room
  • $395 for double occupancy
  • $175 for commuters who would like to take meals with the group
  • $95 for commuters not taking meals with the group
    All meals are vegetarian

Materials

Tuition includes text, books, CDs/mp3s and printed assignments.



Schedule and syllabus

CLICK HERE to view 2014-15 full schedule and syllabus.


CLICK HERE to download course information, syllabus and sample printed lessons in PDF format.




Info session!

August 17, 11:00-12:00 PM at the Temple

Join us for an opportunity to ask questions and learn about the class schedule, requirements and curriculum - and to meet the teacher, Agnieszka Miskiewicz (500-hr E-RYT).

A free class will be offered afterwards from 12:00-1:00pm.



Early Registration Tuition: $2,670 if paid in full


Tuition options:

Option 1: Deposit $895 upon enrollment with three quarterly installments of $682.

Option 2: Pay in full at time of early registration. Your tuition will be discounted to $2,670.


To Enroll: submit a completed application, along with your tuition payment, to the Temple (attention: HYTT In-House). CLICK HERE for the application. You can make your tuition payment via our secure server.

Use the "add to cart" button below to check out through our secure server.


Register for course,


Have Questions?

Information Sessions are held in June and August where you can meet the teachers and fellow students. Call the Temple at (773) 342-4600 or email kriya@yogakriya.org with any questions. Temple business hours are Monday through Friday 9:00am to 5:00pm and Sunday 10:00am to 3:00pm.

Please note: No previous yoga experience is required. However, it is important to maintain a personal practice as you progress through the program.

General Information

Program Structure
Course Curriculum

Students are saying …


"During my teacher training at the Temple of Kriya, people often asked me what kind of yoga I was being trained to teach. To be honest, I would have had an easier time answering this question before I started my training. My answer would have been “vinyasa” or “Bikram” or “flow” - the answers that those people would have expected me to say.

Now that I have completed the training, what I have realized is that this question in and of itself is somewhat confusing. What I learned at the Temple was not necessarily a “kind of yoga”. What I learned at the Temple is that the entirety of yoga is far greater than what is learned in an everyday yoga class. What I learned at the Temple was far more incredible than Downward Facing Dog.

The Temple’s teacher training program teaches all 8 limbs of yoga - a series of techniques to help bring peace to one’s life. This is a program that teaches not only the poses (limb 3), but also breathing techniques, meditation and sense-withdrawal. This is a program that offers its students a lifetime’s worth of tools to find contentment and serenity in the ever-changing and sometimes confusing world in which we live.

If what you’re looking for in a yoga teacher training program is a quick fix, the Temple might not be the place for you. If what you’re looking for instead is a life-changing journey that will open you to a new way of perceiving the world, look no farther than the Temple of Kriya."

Ellen Chambers
Chicago, Illinois


"For many years, I dreamed of becoming a yoga teacher. I wasn’t sure what getting the certification would entail but finally took the steps. I signed up for the Hatha Yoga Teacher Training Program offered at the Temple of Kriya Yoga.

It was one of the most amazing experiences I have ever had. The teachings, the instructors, the organization and surroundings exceeded all my expectations.

We, the students, were taught, nurtured, offered help and challenged. The program changed my life without a question. Not only did I learn how to become a yoga teacher, but my personal practice became regular, deeper and is now continuously evolving.

Thank you to all the wonderful teachers, apprentices and staff. You make a big difference in this world."

Brigitte B.
Interlaken, Switzerland


"I found the Hatha Yoga Teacher’s Training program at the Temple of Kriya Yoga to be an excellent introduction not only to Hatha Yoga, but to the broader philosophy and practice of Yoga. The instructors were knowledgeable, helpful, and encouraging. The course is well designed, and interactive. You are given the opportunity not only to develop your yoga practice, but to teach it effectively to others. The facility is spacious, comfortable, and relaxing.

I highly recommend this program to anyone who is interested in becoming a yoga instructor, as well as to current yoga instructors who want to deepen their practice and improve their teaching methods."

Jeff T.
Portage, Indiana


"As a recent graduate of the in-house 200-hour Teacher Training at the Temple of Kriya Yoga, I look back on my experience as a very meaningful time in my life. I have always felt warmly welcomed at the Temple and joining this class deepened that connection to members of the Temple, people who are genuinely caring and compassionate.

Certainly the training is a significant commitment of time and focus and the expectations are high. At the same time, I've never felt pressured to participate in any of the additional esoteric or spiritual celebrations; I've felt welcome, but not obligated. The physical training was excellent: careful and serious, not easy but rigorous. As the oldest member of the class I felt challenged, but never beyond my physical capacity. My classmates and I all really enjoyed each other's company, especially on the weekend retreat, which for me was the highlight of the experience.

I'd like to go through the training a second time! It is not a slight commitment and its benefits -- physical, psychological, spiritual -- remain with me."

Sheila B.
Grand Rapids, Michigan