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1. Soma Yoga Institute ONLINE

4.88

Based on 369 reviews

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NPS Score 9.5/10


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101 H Street

Arcata, CA, USA

Types of Yoga Taught

Flow Yoga

Alignment-Oriented Yoga

Spiritually-Oriented Yoga

Gentle Yoga

Specialty Yoga

Trainings Formats

Full-time
usually intensive/immersion

Part-time
spread out over time

Weekends only

Modules
several, shorter immersions

Residential
trainees stay on-site

Non-residential
trainees commute to the program

Destination / retreat

Languages

English

Other Locations

Soma Yoga Institute - Costa Rica
Playa Coyote, Provincia de Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Soma Yoga Institute Greece
Okreblue Yoga Center
Naousa Paros, Greece

Soma Yoga Institute Hawaii
58-996 Kohala Mountain Rd
Waimea, HI, USA

About Soma Yoga Institute

We are now enrolling for both  ONLINE 200 Hour  and ONLINE  300 Hour Y oga Teacher Trainings and  LIVE IN-PERSON IMMERSION Yoga Teacher Trainings . Next ONLINE 200 Hour Program Start Dates: September 1, 2021 October 1, 2021 October 15, 2021 January...

We are now enrolling for both ONLINE 200 Hour and ONLINE 300 Hour Yoga Teacher Trainings and LIVE IN-PERSON IMMERSION Yoga Teacher Trainings.

Next ONLINE 200 Hour Program Start Dates:
September 1, 2021
October 1, 2021
October 15, 2021
January 15, 2022
**Complete in 8 weeks, 12 weeks, 16 weeks or up to 8 months. TO BE ELIGIBLE TO REGISTER AS AN RYT-200 WITH YOGA ALLIANCE YOU MUST REGISTER IN 2021 AND COMPLETE NO LATER THAN DEC 31, 2022.
https://www.somayogainstitute.online/200-hr-Online-YTT


Next 200 HOUR Immersion Dates
December 1-18, 2021 Costa Rica
January 5-22, 2022 Costa Rica
March 31-April 20, 2022 Peru
June 1-18, 2022 Greece
July 20 - August 6, 2022 Hawaii
https://somayogainstitute.com/

Next 300 HOUR ONLINE Dates
October 16, 2021 - June 19, 2022
February 1-November 26, 2022
https://www.somayogainstitute.online/300hrOnlineYTT

Next 300 HOUR Immersion Dates
May 23-June 18, 2022 Greece
https://somayogainstitute.com/300-greece

ONLINE INFORMATION

Offering the 200 Hour ONLINE Yoga Teacher Training under the new COVID-19 provision. 

Online Live Zoom Group Calls + One to One Faculty Mentoring + Pre-recorded Content + Lifetime Access 

NEXT COHORT START DATES FOR THE 200 HOUR ONLINE YOGA TEACHER TRAINING

September 1, 2021
October 1, 2021
October 15, 2021

Join us for our NEXT FREE Q & A ZOOM Webinar to learn more about our 200 Hour Online YTT program and meet the teachers.  Sign Up For the Free Webinar Here

You may also get in touch with us by visiting our website here, calling us at 808-333-9591, emailing us at somayogainstitute@gmail.com or setting up a meeting via phone, zoom or facetime here.

Upon successful completion you will be eligible to register with Yoga Alliance as a RYT-200 (Please note you must register in 2021 AND complete by the deadline set by Yoga Alliance through their online COVID provision. This deadline is currently set for December 31, 2022. Please email us at somayogainstitute@gmail.com for more information). Our program has personalized one-to-one teacher mentoring and live zoom calls as well as prerecorded content.  

Please visit our website: https://somayogainstitute.com/course-200

Soma Yoga Institute offers 200 hour and 300 hour Yoga Teacher Training Programs. 

The 200 Hour Therapeutic Elements Yoga Teacher Training includes vinyasa flow, bio-mechanically sound alignment principles and the path of Yoga as a framework for Holistic Health. This program offers students in-depth skills to explore Yoga as a vehicle for vibrant health, self-transformation, and personal empowerment. Our curriculum includes a unique blend of alignment based vinyasa flow, a solid foundation in Hatha Yoga and 200 hours of instruction offered within a holistic wellness framework. The instruction will cover a wide range of yoga techniques including yoga postures, anatomy, relaxation, breath awareness, pranayama, meditations to calm the mind, contemplations to transform limiting tendencies into life affirming thought patterns, and the application of clear principles of alignment to create safety, balance and freedom in yoga poses. Students explore concepts from Ayurveda, the Upanishads, Patanjali and the Chakra System as frameworks for the application of yoga as a journey towards radiant health and wellbeing. The asana emphasis includes both level one/two alignment based vinyasa flow sequencing as well as gentler and restorative variations. Rather than offer standard sequencing or rigid methodologies, students are exposed to frameworks that inspire each trainee to adapt the practices, awaken their creativity and find their own authentic voice as a teacher. Graduates of this program feel empowered to teach a variety of yoga class types, including: all levels vinyasa yoga, alignment-based classes, yoga foundations, senior, gentle, and restorative.

The 300 hour Advanced Yoga Teacher Training course is designed specifically for those who are ready to deepen their knowledge base, teach with more authenticity, expand their repertoire and increase their efficacy in offering yoga as a vehicle for positive personal and planetary transformation and change. The program is open to yoga teachers from all disciplines with six months or more teaching experience (or by permission).

First Registered May 2014

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  • 5 out of 5
    By: Allison O'Callaghan May 27, 2022
    Training Program held on Jan 05, 2022—Jan 22, 2022

    JUST WOW! My understanding of yoga has changed from a more dominant physical practice to a more balanced mind-body spirituality. I loved the alignment study.This was a true learning experience and Peggy, our instructor, is a star, focusing on the placements and foundations from the ground up and the bones out was truly eye opening. I also felt especially very connected to everything I learnt with Alison, especially her teachings on trauma. I would really like to one day help someone like Alison helped me BEGIN my journey of healing inside and out. So much material was covered in these 17 days I'm truly impressed. I never felt it was overwhelming but the content and how it was delivered was truly professional and enjoyable. Our instructors Alison and Peggy immediately made us feel at home, with their warm nature and compassion. Yes, I would absolutely do another training with soma and highly recommend this yoga teacher training to others.

    • General Comments

      JUST WOW! My understanding of yoga has changed from a more dominant physical practice to a more balanced mind-body spirituality. I loved the alignment study.This was a true learning experience and Peggy, our instructor, is a star, focusing on the placements and foundations from the ground up and the bones out was truly eye opening. I also felt especially very connected to everything I learnt with Alison, especially her teachings on trauma. I would really like to one day help someone like Alison helped me BEGIN my journey of healing inside and out. So much material was covered in these 17 days I'm truly impressed. I never felt it was overwhelming but the content and how it was delivered was truly professional and enjoyable. Our instructors Alison and Peggy immediately made us feel at home, with their warm nature and compassion. Yes, I would absolutely do another training with soma and highly recommend this yoga teacher training to others.
  • 5 out of 5
    By: Jon Sirney May 24, 2022
    Training Program held on Jan 05, 2022—Jan 22, 2022

    I really enjoyed everything about this yoga teacher training program – the asana practice, history, Ayurveda, chakras, Yoga sutras, chanting, and especially the instructors. Peggy and Alison are amazing!! The administration arm of the school was helpful, communicative and professional. I have only good things to say about Soma Yoga Institute.

    • General Comments

      I really enjoyed everything about this yoga teacher training program – the asana practice, history, Ayurveda, chakras, Yoga sutras, chanting, and especially the instructors. Peggy and Alison are amazing!! The administration arm of the school was helpful, communicative and professional. I have only good things to say about Soma Yoga Institute.
  • 5 out of 5
    By: Amy Mundy May 23, 2022
    Training Program held on Jun 01, 2021—Aug 31, 2021

    This school really helped me to not only achieve my goals, but helped me to connect with myself on a deeper level. I understand so much more about Yoga now and feel motivated to continue learning more. Thank you to all the incredible teachers/mentors/guides at Soma Yoga Institute. I'm so grateful to have taken your training program.

    • General Comments

      This school really helped me to not only achieve my goals, but helped me to connect with myself on a deeper level. I understand so much more about Yoga now and feel motivated to continue learning more. Thank you to all the incredible teachers/mentors/guides at Soma Yoga Institute. I'm so grateful to have taken your training program.
  • 5 out of 5
    By: Megan Leigh Bahmad May 22, 2022

  • 5 out of 5
    By: Anne Hennessy Apr 24, 2022
    Training Program held on Jan 05, 2019—Jan 22, 2019

    Soma Yoga Studio is a welcoming, affirming respectful place to learn the true meaning of yoga! Liz Heffernan and her fellow teachers bring great wisdom and experience to their teaching. She embodies Atman, and a nondual awareness of the universe coupled with perceptiveness and flexibility. I gained so much from the program with its particular emphasis on anatomy and alignment. My ongoing yoga practice has helped me deal with the challenges of aging, in my own life and that of my students.

    • General Comments

      Soma Yoga Studio is a welcoming, affirming respectful place to learn the true meaning of yoga! Liz Heffernan and her fellow teachers bring great wisdom and experience to their teaching. She embodies Atman, and a nondual awareness of the universe coupled with perceptiveness and flexibility. I gained so much from the program with its particular emphasis on anatomy and alignment. My ongoing yoga practice has helped me deal with the challenges of aging, in my own life and that of my students.
  • 5 out of 5
    By: Annette Früh Apr 18, 2022
    Training Program held on Jan 05, 2022—Jan 22, 2022

    Thank you from the bottom of my heart for this great and unforgettable experience. This yoga teacher training deepened my ability to be more mindful to myself, others and everything. It opened up a dimension of spirituality and inspiration to take care of myself more, to honor myself more. Alison’s yoga classes gave me a deep understanding of self-love, appreciation and love for this planet and they were also very calming and grounding. I truly valued Peggy’s huge knowledge of alignment and assists in asana. My body feels so much better now compared to when I arrived. I've also learned so much and I'm surprised that I can already sequence a yoga lesson! I enjoyed absolutely everything about this yoga teacher training program, especially the perfect mix of our instructors Peggy and Allison! - Annette

    • General Comments

      Thank you from the bottom of my heart for this great and unforgettable experience. This yoga teacher training deepened my ability to be more mindful to myself, others and everything. It opened up a dimension of spirituality and inspiration to take care of myself more, to honor myself more. Alison’s yoga classes gave me a deep understanding of self-love, appreciation and love for this planet and they were also very calming and grounding. I truly valued Peggy’s huge knowledge of alignment and assists in asana. My body feels so much better now compared to when I arrived. I've also learned so much and I'm surprised that I can already sequence a yoga lesson! I enjoyed absolutely everything about this yoga teacher training program, especially the perfect mix of our instructors Peggy and Allison! - Annette
  • 5 out of 5
    By: Nicole Constantine Mar 22, 2022
    Training Program held on Dec 01, 2021—Dec 18, 2021

    This YTT was exactly what I was looking for when I entered my search for my first YTT. Soma Yoga Institute gave me a solid foundation of knowledge and awakened my drive to grow even greater. Thank you Soma <3333

    • General Comments

      This YTT was exactly what I was looking for when I entered my search for my first YTT. Soma Yoga Institute gave me a solid foundation of knowledge and awakened my drive to grow even greater. Thank you Soma <3333
  • 5 out of 5
    By: Logan Flott Mar 14, 2022
    Training Program held on Dec 01, 2021—Dec 18, 2021

    Soma Yoga Institute's program was incredible and went much further in-depth than I thought it ever would. The teachers are extremely knowledgeable and experienced, and encouraged students to take their learning into their own hands as well as participate in the group. Students were really challenged to understand not only anatomy, but develop sequencing skills and learn the rich history of yoga practice. The course is incredibly well-rounded and informative-- I would recommend to anyone wanting to have a flexible YTT experience.

    • General Comments

      Soma Yoga Institute's program was incredible and went much further in-depth than I thought it ever would. The teachers are extremely knowledgeable and experienced, and encouraged students to take their learning into their own hands as well as participate in the group. Students were really challenged to understand not only anatomy, but develop sequencing skills and learn the rich history of yoga practice. The course is incredibly well-rounded and informative-- I would recommend to anyone wanting to have a flexible YTT experience.
  • 5 out of 5
    By: Elle Gordon Mar 14, 2022

    Excellent training and program. So grateful!

    • General Comments

      Excellent training and program. So grateful!
  • 5 out of 5
    By: Laura Pitt Mar 12, 2022
    Training Program held on Jan 15, 2021—Mar 31, 2021

    This course exceeded expectations! It was the best money I’ve ever spent and has improved my quality of life and given me the opportunity to help others! The instructors are a wealth of knowledge and investment in their students success. They deliver their course content clearly with purpose and loving intent to make yoga accessible to all bodies. The lifetime online access is extremely valuable. I can’t say enough great things about Soma Yoga Institute and will continue to take courses from them in the future.

    • General Comments

      This course exceeded expectations! It was the best money I’ve ever spent and has improved my quality of life and given me the opportunity to help others! The instructors are a wealth of knowledge and investment in their students success. They deliver their course content clearly with purpose and loving intent to make yoga accessible to all bodies. The lifetime online access is extremely valuable. I can’t say enough great things about Soma Yoga Institute and will continue to take courses from them in the future.
First Registered May 2014

School Reviews

Total Reviews: 369

By Allison O'Callaghan RYT® 200

May 27, 2022

JUST WOW! My understanding of yoga has changed from a more dominant physical practice to a more balanced mind-body spirituality. I loved the alignment study.This was a true learning experience and Peggy, our instructor, is a star, focusing on the placements and foundations from the ground up and the bones out was truly eye opening. I also felt especially very connected to everything I learnt with Alison, especially her teachings on trauma. I would really like to one day help someone like Alison helped me BEGIN my journey of healing inside and out. So much material was covered in these 17 days I'm truly impressed. I never felt it was overwhelming but the content and how it was delivered was truly professional and enjoyable. Our instructors Alison and Peggy immediately made us feel at home, with their warm nature and compassion. Yes, I would absolutely do another training with soma and highly recommend this yoga teacher training to others. Full Review

By Jon Sirney RYT® 200

May 24, 2022

I really enjoyed everything about this yoga teacher training program – the asana practice, history, Ayurveda, chakras, Yoga sutras, chanting, and especially the instructors. Peggy and Alison are amazing!! The administration arm of the school was helpful, communicative and professional. I have only good things to say about Soma Yoga Institute. Full Review

All Reviews (369)

Teaching Staff

Samantha Akers

E-RYT® 500, YACEP®

Liz Heffernan

E-RYT® 500, YACEP®

Molly Masaoka

E-RYT® 500, YACEP®

Peggy Profant

E-RYT® 500, YACEP®

Alison Scola C-IAYT

E-RYT® 500, YACEP®

All Teaching Staff (5)

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