200 Hour & 500 Hour Certification Programs

Featuring Beryl Bender Birch

We are proud to be an affiliate school of The Hard & The Soft Yoga Institute and to host teacher trainings directed by Beryl Bender Birch.

The Hard & The Soft Yoga Institute is a Registered Yoga School with Yoga Alliance and offers training for both 200 and 500 Hour Certification programs. Our curriculum is one of the most comprehensive and highly respected programs in the country, and makes it an excellent choice for those just starting out, as well as for established teachers working toward a 500 hour certification.

Our Teacher Training programs are approximately year long courses. The 200 Hour Certification course consists of 8 weekends, held monthly. The 300 hour is 12 weekends stretched out over 14 months (no classes in December or August) and is for those students and teachers who have already received a 200 Hour Certification from any Registered Yoga School, including ours, and are working toward registration with Yoga Alliance at the 500 hour level. After graduation from our 300 hour program, teachers are certified at the 500 hour level through The Hard & The Soft Yoga Institute and eligible for registry with Yoga Alliance. This is an opportunity to take your own teaching and practice to the next level.

Yoga Teachers are increasingly being called upon by students for help in exploring the more subtle aspects of the yoga practices, like pranayama and meditation. Many teachers are teaching asana, but very few are teaching an integral vision of the complete 8-limbed path of classical (raja) yoga, the “royal” path. This training offers you not only a comprehensive study of several different modalities of asana including assists, adjustments, modifications, and alignment, plus the more subtle and refined practices of pranayama and pratyahara, but an in depth exploration of the inner limbs of the 8 limbed path – dharana, dhyana, and samadhi.

Our director, Beryl, is the author of four books on yoga, including the best selling, Power Yoga, and her most recent book Yoga for Warriors. She has been teaching yoga and meditation for 40 years. She is also the Director/Founder of the Give Back Yoga Foundation, which supports yoga teachers in developing service projects in under-served areas of their communities. For the past two years she has focused on developing resources for veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.

Additionally, this program also incorporates the first hand experiences of The Hard & The Soft faculty – all of whom are 500 or 1000 hour graduates of our program – working in the huge and growing field of yoga therapy, and provides training in working with various special populations. As approaches to health care continue to focus on wellness and preventative care, yoga therapeutics has become and will continue to be a primary vehicle for integrative wellness programs of the future.

The program offers an extraordinary opportunity for complete immersion into yoga and all it’s dimensions, as well as the yoga lifestyle. Surround yourself with like-minded individuals and follow your dream to become an accomplished yoga practitioner and teacher. This program will provide you with the skill, knowledge and confidence to begin teaching yoga, and the weekend format makes it easy to participate. The course is also appropriate for those who may not be interested in teaching but simply wish to advance their training in the study of yoga.

200 Hour Teacher Training

Starting January 5th, 2018

200 Hour Weekend Dates for 2017:
  • April 7th – 9th
  • May 5th – 7th
  • June 2nd – 4th
  • July 7th – 9th
  • August 4th – 6th
  • September 15th – 17th
  • October 13th – 15th
  • November 10th – 12th
200 Hour Schedule:
  • Fridays 6pm – 9pm
  • Saturdays 9am – 6pm
  • Sundays 9am – 5pm
200 Hour Tuition:

Pay in full at a discounted rate, or make monthly payments while you study. All tuition plans include a $500 deposit.

Early Bird Pricing ………………… $3,000
• $500 application fee due at registration
• Pay in full four weeks before the program starts, and save $500

Prepaid Tuition ……………………… $3,250
• $500 application fee due at registration
• Pay in full after the early bird period, and save $250

Payment Plan ………………………… $3,500
• $500 application fee due at registration
• 8 payments of $375 charged monthly to your credit card

300 Hour Advanced Teacher Training

Next training dates to be announced

Additional expenses for 200 hour and 300 hour programs include weekly yoga classes and books for required reading. Application fee is non-refundable and non-transferable if accepted into the program. Lodging recommendations available upon request.

Topics Include

200 Hour & 300 Hour:

  • Leadership Development
  • Practice and observation of yoga techniques and methodology
  • Training in a variety of rajasic (active) asana styles such as Vinyasa flow, Power, Astanga, and more
  • Safe, experienced, and appropriate hands on assistance and adjustments
  • Posture modifications and variations
  • Pranayama and meditation– daily practices and benefits
  • General Philosophy and lifestyle
  • Study of the 8 limbs and the Yoga Sutras
  • Anatomy, physiology, and correct posture alignment
  • Yoga Therapy & Energy Medicine
  • Shamanic Ritual and Ceremony

Advanced 300 Hour Additional Topics:

  • The art of sequencing asana, pranayama, and meditation for all levels
  • Increased emphasis on application of yoga practices for special conditions
  • Study of research based application of yoga
  • Anatomy & Physiology II (Brain & Neural Network)
  • Nutrition, Ayurveda, and Wellness

Some of Our Teacher Training Staff

Beryl Bender Birch

Beryl Bender Birch, eRYT is the Director/Founder of The Hard & The Soft Yoga Institute and The Give Back Yoga Foundation and began the practice of yoga in 1971. She has been a dedicated practitioner of astanga yoga since 1980 (when she learned the practice from her teacher, Norman Allen) and spent many years in the mid to late 80’s as a student of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois.

Danielle Goldstein

Danielle Goldstein, eRYT is the Director/Owner of Mindful Turtle Yoga & Wellness. She has had a dedicated yoga practice for over 15 years and has studied many traditions of classical yoga, particularly the Astanga Yoga Method. She is a 500 hour graduate of both Yoga Teachers Training Institute and The Hard & The Soft Yoga Institute.

Lori Klein

Lori Klein, eRYT, Executive Assistant to Beryl Bender Birch and Director, Teacher Training for The Hard & The Soft Yoga Institute. Lori travels with Beryl Bender Birch assisting at workshops and retreats internationally and is a 1000 hour graduate of The Hard & The Soft Yoga Institute.

Sheila Magalhaes

Sheila Magalhaes, eRYT, is the Co-Director/Owner of Heartsong Yoga Studio in East Long Meadow, Massachusetts and began her yoga studies in 1990. She has a 500 hour Advanced Kripalu Teacher Certification and is a 500 hour graduate of The Hard & The Soft Yoga Institute.