For Yoga Teacher Trainers: Free Samples & Templates – Customizable Training Syllabus, Curriculum, Training Manual, Presentation & Assessment Materials That Meet & Exceed Yoga Alliance Requirements

I was overwhelmed in producing my first teacher training manual and couldn’t believe the training information I found on Yoga Teacher Central.

It made my first 200Hr Teacher Training so much easier as I was looking to align with Yoga Alliance for a 200hr Registered Yoga School.

I have also used the Advanced 300hr material and just completed my first 300Hr Teacher Training.  All the teachers complimented me on the material for the manuals.

One of my teachers is from India and she can’t believe the advanced material Yoga Teacher Central provides.  She says it is excellent.

Thank you so much Shelly/Yoga Teacher Central for your excellent material for Teacher Trainings.  I couldn’t have done it without you!


Janice Mousseau, Yoga by Janice

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Customizable Training Curriculums

Since 2012, we’ve been delivering yoga teaching support of the highest quality. In 2017, we began offering teacher training curriculums and manual content. Sometime shortly after that, we began offering the training material in customizable formats that you can edit and brand as your own.

We offer you the highest quality content to work with, and save you valuable energy and time so that you can focus on:

  • Guiding trainees in exploratory and experiential work, emphasizing application of knowledge and the art and practice of teaching
  • Your areas of particular interest or specialty
  • Being present and a source of beingness, transmission and mentoring

Our training materials have been used by trainers across the globe. We have clients throughout the US from Alaska to Maine… across Canada from BC to Newfoundland… in Mexico, Costa Rica… South Africa, Australia and New Zealand… the United Arab Emirates, Greece, France, the UK and the Netherlands.

We offer trainers a precise guide to ensure delivery of core knowledge that trainees need, but the materials aren’t “cookie cutter” and no two manuals using our material are likely to look the same because every trainer can pick and choose content and customize it to make it their own.

The content is provided in written lessons that are perfect for manuals and for guiding lectures. Plus there are assessments and lecture support (Q&As, powerpoints).

Our library is always growing. At the time of this writing, there are 478 lessons to choose from, each with a succinct learning objective and description. You can copy-paste from the lesson summaries to create compelling content for  prospective students, and for submitting applications to obtain funding, registration or certification.

Every training subject has been placed within a precisely organized structure. This gives trainers:

  1. A bird’s eye view for more efficient, effective planning.
  2. A step-by-step process for guiding trainees in a progressive learning path, accounting for prerequisite vocabulary and knowledge.
  3. The ability to make mindful choices and trade-offs on what to cover and what to assign or recommend as independent study.
  4. The ability to combine lessons, which are discrete units of knowledge with a clear scope, for various applications. For example, if you combine spinal anatomy, core anatomy, posture and pain, you’ve got an in-depth knowledge guide for studying low back pain and yoga.

In summary, you get:

  • Meticulous research and sourcing for the highest quality content.
  • Flexible, structured curriculums for trainings of any length or level, from workshops and 200hr trainings, to specialized and advanced trainings.
  • Specializations and immersions include: breathing & pranayama, restorative yoga, various anatomy focuses, spinal health & spinal issues, hip health & hip issues, strengthening and so on.
  • The flexibility to build a manual and curriculum to meet your specific desires.
  • Training manual and workbook template: one foundations level and one for advanced or specialized trainings. Includes letter to trainees, mindmap for increasing knowledge retention, sample lessons and a structured workbook. (You choose from our library the rest of the lessons you want to use for your manual. You can follow our curriculum guides but are also free to make your own choices.)
  • All materials are customizable.
  • The rights to distribute the material to your trainees.

In 2020, we began offering content bundles to save significant admin time in downloading and managing content.

Occasionally we make significant content updates that we want to be sure our trainers have access to. In those cases, we send them the updated content free of charge, even after their membership has expired.

As you know, a good training is just the beginning. Continued study is a must. Our materials help trainees to be well-resourced. They can get up-to-speed efficiently and, just as importantly, as they are out in the world teaching and their interests and questions evolve, they’ll have excellent material to consult for years to come.

For Any Type of Training or Immersion

Trainer membership includes access to a library of detailed and flexible curriculums that you can use to build virtually any type of yoga teacher training or immersion. Choose from the following (customizable) curriculum templates:

Broad Scope Teacher Trainings

  1. Foundations Teacher Training — Includes 200RYT
  2. Advanced & Specialized Trainings — Includes 300RYT and 500RYT
  3. Preparation & Support for Yoga Therapy — The Advanced & Specialized Knowledgebase & Curriculum Guide can be especially helpful for trainings geared toward yoga therapy, and to support yoga therapists in research and teaching. There is extensive support for Anatomy & Physiology subjects such as pelvis and hip muscles, shoulder girdle, immune system, endocrine system and so on, plus Injury & Adaptation subjects such as back pain, spine and disc issues, hip issues, mental health, sleep issues and more.

Specialized Trainings & Immersions

Choose an emphasis:

  1. Breathing & Pranayama
  2. Yin Yoga
  3. Restorative Yoga and/or Yoga Nidra
  4. Strengthening, Bone Health and Promoting Balance in Strength & Mobility
  5. Spinal Health & Spinal Issues
  6. Hip Health & Hip Issues
  7. Mental & Emotional Health

More Detail about the Content

Powerful Learning Materials At Your Fingertips

You may choose any of the above training curriculums (that you can then edit if desired). A curriculum is a Word doc that provides a high-level look at the learning modules and then provides a step-by-step progression of learning objectives followed by a concise description of every lesson within each module.

The curriculums are just the beginning. You also have complete flexibility to choose lessons and other training materials from a vast library.

  • The library of downloadables include high quality lessons (that can serve as manual content and lecture guides), quizzes with answer keys (that also work very well as lecture support), and presentations.
  • You have a credit of 240 points for selecting any combination of materials, at any time during your year-long membership. If you were to use all 240 credits, you might have 1,000 pages or more of content — far more than you could use in one training.
  • The content is customizable.
  • Make as many copies of the materials as you need or send electronically to your students for offline access.
  • Take a full year to download your materials, plus enjoy access to the entire online member library.
  • The content is derived from expert sources and precisely organized. See more detail and sample materials below.
  • The material meets and exceeds the Yoga Alliance core curriculum requirements, plus you receive templates with detailed content that you can copy/paste for completing the 200-hour, 300-hour and 500-hour YA applications.

Complete Flexibility

The library is vast — more than any one school could ever use — and the content can be edited and custom branded.

You can choose components from a vast library that can be mixed and matched and integrated with other material as you wish. Everything may be edited and branded as desired and thus, no two training manuals using our materials will look the same.

You might use your credits to download lessons for a complete 200 hour manual. Or you can supplement or update what you already have (e.g. update an existing manual, download assessments, create an immersion, etc).

See more detail below. Write us if you need anything or wish to schedule a call.

Structure & Supplementary Support

The training content is comprehensive, and organized with meticulous care. It can lend structure to your thinking, or prompt you to include something that you overlooked.

However, your in-class training need not be dictated by our material. The content can be used in any number of ways: it may be a valuable supplement to what you teach, providing background, contextual support, details or inspiration.

Of the Highest Quality

We consult dozens of expert sources on every topic, and scrutinize every single teaching. You see only that which meets high quality standards.

  1. We curate content from hundreds of sources among all yoga lineages. By combing through reams of sources, we bring a vast selection of teachings and tools.
  2. You won’t come across any weak “tips,” random opinions or immature assumptions.
  3. We cite and link to sources for verification and further study.

You can see the approach for yourself with an online Teacher Membership and by perusing the free samples of training content below.

Learning Perspectives

With all topics, you’ll find that the content:

  1. Provides context. Introduces topics within a a bigger context.
  2. Begins at the beginning. Clarifies assumptions and lay the foundation.
  3. Gives an overview, a lay of the land. Provides a summary with highlights.
  4. Digs deep, and makes it practical. Gets specific. Prioritizes wise application of information into actual teaching.

This organizational structure is not only a powerful way to approach topics, it gives you the flexibility to select content that best suits your needs for various trainings. For instance, how you present chakras will depend on the training (200RYT, 300RYT 500RYT, specialization, or a workshop) and on how much you wish to focus on the topic overall. For example, when choosing content for chakras, you can choose exactly what you need from these content pieces:

  • Energy & Subtle Body Anatomy Intro — The greater philosophy of which chakras are a part
  • Chakras Intro — The big picture, the background and philosophy
  • Chakras Summary & Highlights — A look at all the chakras at once
  • Muladhara Chakra, Svadhisthana Chakra, etc. — Comprehensive coverage of each chakra, including associated themes and practices

Curriculum Samples

Our trainer members have access to a variety of flexible and customizable curriculums.

The Foundations Curriculum is an ultra-complete syllabus of knowledge standards that meets and exceeds the Yoga Alliance 200-hour core curriculum. It includes:

  1. A precisely organized syllabus which lays the foundations (begins at the beginning) and builds knowledge in a sequential way
  2. A summary of learning objectives
  3. Detailed curriculum with lesson titles and descriptions that you may copy/paste/edit for your applications, marketing and other uses
  4. Yoga Alliance assessment requirements for each part of the curriculum, plus our resources that meet each requirement
  5. More sample content including a template for the Letter of Intent that YA requires in their RYS application

Here are a few snapshots from the Foundations Curriculum.

Manual / Workbook Samples

Here are a few snapshots from the Foundations and RYT200 Training Manual & Workbook. It’s a fully customizable template and has been successfully used by many trainers in their Yoga Alliance registration application.

Also included in the manual template is a customizable letter with guidance to trainees for developing a learning system for maximum retention and application.

Free Downloadable Training Samples

Free Samples: Teaching Methodology

The samples below come from the Teaching Methodology Intro & Overview where we “begin at the beginning.” The next lessons in the series offer in-depth teachings related to each of the topics introduced here.

Free Samples: Forward Bending

The series of lessons on pose categories is vital for teachers to understand poses, and to sequence effectively. There is a lesson that provides an overview of all categories and families in general. And then each category is covered like these examples from Forward Bends:

Free Samples: Asana Teaching Guides

In the following snapshot from the curriculum, you’ll see that the Forward Bending category lesson (sample above) may be accompanied by up to 14 more lessons on specific forward bending poses. For additional free samples of pose lessons, please see Free Samples: Asana Teaching Guides.

Free Samples: How Yoga Supports Health & Physiology

This lesson is an introduction to anatomy and physiology lessons, providing a grounded overview of how yoga impacts health and the various perspectives from which this powerful subject can be examined.

Free Samples: Endocrine System Immersion

For advanced and specialized trainings, and for trainings geared toward yoga therapy, we have many “immersion bundles” like this one, which feature a series of related lessons on specialized subjects.

They Are All Customizable

The samples provided here are in PDF format, but as a trainer, you can choose the customizable version for editing and branding.


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