YogaWorks 200-hour Founder's Training

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I sign up for the program?

You can now sign up online! Check out the schedule of our 200-Hour Trainings, 300-Hour Trainings, and Destination Trainings.

We will follow up within 72 hours of receiving your payment with your training welcome materials. A $500 deposit is due upon enrollment to hold your spot. Your payment is due in full by the early registration date in order to receive the discounted rate. Full payment is required by Monday, August 14 unless a payment plan has been previously arranged.

What style of yoga is the YogaWorks teacher training?

YogaWorks is a Vinyasa-based school that teaches a method that balances precise instruction, detailed alignment, breath and fluid movement. Classes are carefully themed to deepen the students’ experience of Yoga. A flow of Sun Salutations and postures are skillfully sequenced, and modifications and props are used to individualize the practice for each student. The YogaWorks Teacher Training Program is based on this clear and effective style of practice. YogaWorks style classes can be paced moderately to vigorously depending on the level of the class..

YogaWorks co-founder Maty Ezraty created the YogaWorks Teacher Training and has been been leading teacher trainings for over 25 years. She has trained some of the world’s most celebrated Yogis. The YogaWorks program is considered the most respected program in Teacher Training with over 10,000 graduates in over 20 countries.

How proficient in Yoga do I have to be to do the 200-Hour Program?

Minimum of 5 years of consistent yoga practice. This training will be rigorous and detailed, and will not be appropriate for the newer student. Your registration signifies you have read this requirement and are in compliance. If you have any questions, please email

What will I learn in the 200-hour YogaWorks Teacher Training?

In addition to making lifelong friends and deepening your experience of yoga, you will study the following topics in depth:

  •  Asana: Learn the safe and intelligent way to perform poses
  •  Alignment: With modifications, variations and the proper use of props
  •  Sequencing: How to design dynamic, effective and intelligent sequences for all levels
  •  Working with different kinds of bodies/students
  •  How to observe bodies in practice
  •  Working with injuries and limitations
  •  Hands on adjustments
  •  Practice teaching
  •  Anatomy
  •  Meditation & mindfulness
  •  Pranayama: Breathing techniques
  •  Sanskrit translations
  •  The history and philosophy of yoga (Yoga Sutras of Patanjali)
  •  Prenatal yoga
  •  The business of yoga and how to be successful as a teacher

What If I don't want to be a teacher?

No problem! Our 200-hour training is ideal for those who want to delve deeper into the study of yoga, and to improve their own practice. It's also great for students who simply want to have a transformational experience and to be a part of our thriving yoga community.

I have an injury/special condition – can I take this course?

We recommend that you check with your physician first and must sign a waiver stating that you are able to take the class. With your doctor’s permission and release, minor physical limitations can also serve as helpful demonstrations to learn to work with students with similar limitations.

Can I take this training if I’m pregnant?

We have had many pregnant students in our programs. It all depends on how you are feeling. All students should first check with their doctor to make sure they are clear to take this training.

What is YogaWorks Teacher Training Cancellation and Refund Policy?

If you cancel 30 days or more before the start of the program you will forfeit 25% of your payment, and the remaining balance will be refunded. If you cancel 14–30 days before of the start of the program, you will forfeit your 50% of your payment and the remaining balance will be refunded.

Payments are non-refundable and non-transferable. If you cancel within 14 days before the start of the program or do not attend the program, the entire program tuition is non-refundable and non-transferable. Once the program begins the program tuition is non-refundable and non-transferable. Your registration signifies that you understand and agree to this policy.

What are the 200-Hour graduation requirements?

In order to graduate the program you must be paid in full and fulfill the following requirements:

  •  Attendance of in-class teacher training sessions
  •  Successful completion of homework, quizzes, in-class and take-home final exams (don’t worry, you will be will prepared!)
  •  Participation in a final in-class practice teaching practicum
  •  Completion of class taking requirement (select weekend formats only)

Can I practice at your studios during training?

When you enroll for a 200-Hour program at a YogaWorks studio, you will have access to all regularly scheduled classes at one of our YogaWorks-branded studios for 3 months, starting on the first day of your training (certain limits may apply). This benefit does not include workshops, other training programs and does not apply at partner studios. This benefit does not apply to trainings hosted at our Baltimore studios.

Do I get access to MyYogaWorks Online classes during my Training?

Yes! You will have free access to for the duration of your originally scheduled training. You will be sent an email during the first week of your training with instructions on how to activate your free account. Special alumni rates are available if you would like to continue your membership after training ends.

Is there a minimum age requirement to take the training?

You must be at least 16 years old to take the teacher training. If you are between 16 and 18 years old it is required that we receive approval from the trainer and written consent from your legal guardian 30 days before the start of the training. Please be advised that there is a requirement of 5 years of regular practice for this training.

Do you help organize accommodations for travelling students?

We do not organize accommodations for our Studio Teacher Trainings, but Craigslist and Air BnB are great sources for finding short-term housing. Accommodations are only included in our Destination Teacher Trainings. Once registered, you are eligible to be added the Facebook group we have created for Maty’s students. There you can connect with other students regarding lodging and transportation.

Are any books and materials included in the price of the trainings?

All YogaWorks Teacher Training manuals are included, but you will need to purchase additional required books. As a trainee, you will receive a 15% discount off your required reading list at YogaWorks studios.

200-Hour Required Reading
(Please note: These texts will not be available at YogaWorks Larkspur. Please purchase texts from your preferred bookseller at your earliest convenience):

  •  Heart of Yoga by Desikachar
Yoga Mind, Body & Spirit by Donna Farhi
  •  Light On Yoga by B.K.S Iyengar
  •  Yoga Sutras of Patanjali by Swami Satchidananda
  •  Seeking the Heart of Wisdom: The Path of Insight Meditation by Jack Kornfield and Joseph Goldstein
  •  The Yoga of Breath by Richard Rosen

How many students are enrolled in each Teacher Training at one time?

We typically have 15-25 individuals in our trainings but some classes can be even larger. Maty’s training will have a maximum capacity of 40 students. We expect it to sell out.

What is the Attendance and Class Make-up policy for Maty’s 200-hour?

Yoga Alliance requires that you complete all 200 hours of the teacher training. However, we understand that sometimes conflicts come up, and we have developed the make-up policy listed below.

If you are taking the program for credit, you will be required to schedule a private with one of the training assistants to cover any time you miss. Based on the material that you have missed, Maty will work with the assistant to determine the length and content of your private. You will pay directly the assistant at their hourly rate for your make-up privates, and the fee is separate from your training tuition. Please note that you can miss and make up a maximum of 18 training hours. You must complete your make up time before the end of the training. If you miss more than 18 hours you will have the option to continue the training for NO credit. To receive full credit for the program, please be sure to sign in on the attendance sheets each day.

What are the differences between the 200-hour program formats (i.e. Intensive vs. Extended etc.)?

The same “core” content is covered in all of our 200-Hour Programs regardless of scheduled format. The different formats were created to meet the variety of scheduling needs of our students.

  •  The Intensive Format 8 hours a day, over the span of 4 weeks (e.g. Monday-Friday 9:00-5:00pm). Maty’s training is Sunday-Friday, with Saturdays off.
  •  The Weekend Format spans over 12 consecutive weekends, 13 hours a weekend, for 3 months (e.g. Saturday & Sunday 12:00-6:30pm).
  •  The Extended Weekend Format is the same as the Weekend format above, except instead of consecutive weekends it is extended over the course of 5-6 months.
  •  The Extended Partner Trainings meet for seven weekends, 22 hours a weekend, over the course of 5-6 months (e.g. Friday 5:00-9:00pm, Saturday & Sunday 8:00-5:00pm).

It is important to note that all of our 200-Hour formats meet the required Yoga Alliance standards as specified on their website,

How much time should I expect to spend on 200-hour homework?

Expect to spend between 3-4 hours a week on homework. The homework is designed to support the material covered in class and help you integrate what is presented into your own practice and teaching. If you are not planning on teaching after this course, you may choose not to complete all of the homework assignments and take the course for non-credit. However, if you wish to receive your diploma and Letter of Completion for the course, you must attend all the sessions and complete all the homework assignments.

What is the Yoga Alliance?

Yoga Alliance is an organization that was started in 1999 as a way to create nationally recognized standards for yoga teachers and yoga teacher trainings in the US. More and more yoga studios across the country are requiring their teachers to register with the Yoga Alliance, either at the 200-Hour or 500-Hour level. Yoga Alliance registration, however, is not a legal requirement for teaching yoga. Currently, there are no legal certification requirements to be a yoga teacher. The YogaWorks Trainings are approved at the Yoga Alliance 200-Hour and 500-Hour level in the United States. YogaWorks trainings have a 5 Star Yoga Alliance rating based on past training participants.

Is the YogaWorks Teacher Training qualification recognized around the world?

Yes! The YogaWorks Teacher Training is globally recognized and respected which is why we have over 10,000 graduates. Our students come from all over the U.S. and all over the world to take our training and to bring the knowledge back home to their own communities. However, it is always prudent to check in your country if there are any specific requirements.

Will I be qualified to teach yoga once I complete the 200-Hour Teacher Training Program?

Yes! With the successful completion of all the requirements of the program, including contact hours, homework, and exam, you will receive your Letter of Completion and diploma evidencing your training at the 200-Hour Level. You may also register with the Yoga Alliance ( at the RYT-200 level (Registered Yoga Teacher 200). Graduates of the 200-Hour program usually begin teaching in small studios, gyms, with private clientele (friends and family), etc. Many new teachers decide to continue their Teacher Training education and participate in our 300-Hour Professional Program as a way to further solidify their skills, knowledge, and style as a yoga instructor. The YogaWorks Professional Program offers a curriculum that builds on the material presented in YogaWorks initial 200-Hour training as well as a six-month apprenticeship with a senior teacher whom trainees assist weekly, and meet with monthly to gain valuable in-class experience and one-on-one attention. This training is a thorough, professional training for becoming a highly skilled yoga teacher. It rounds out and solidifies a teacher’s complete education.

What is the process for getting hired to teach at a YogaWorks studio?

YogaWorks seeks a diverse, committed, and well-trained faculty who uphold our high standard of quality for safe, effective and accessible teaching in the field of yoga. The process to teach at YogaWorks starts with an audition held by the YogaWorks teacher managers and at least one senior teacher. YogaWorks required that its teachers have 500-hours of yoga teaching education. Special consideration is given to graduates of the YogaWorks 300-hour Professional program.

Please note that being hired at YogaWorks, or at any institution, is not only a matter of completing a training, but of the right teaching fit for that studio as well as the availability of openings on the schedule. It is never guaranteed.

What is the YogaWorks Certification Assessment?

We encourage YogaWorks 500-Hour Graduates to make a professional statement by becoming certified in the YogaWorks Method. This assessment includes both a written and practical exam which will be evaluated by a panel of senior teachers. This achievement will indicate that you understand and represent the standards for which YogaWorks is renowned. Teachers who are YogaWorks Certified can title their class style as YogaWorks on studio schedules. 200-hour Training Lead Assistants and Teacher Trainers are also required to be YogaWorks Certified.

Certain exceptions apply. Please contact us for additional details.


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