A. Soma Yoga Institute ONLINE & In Person


Based on 446 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

usually intensive/immersion

spread out over time

Weekends only

several, shorter immersions

trainees stay on-site

trainees commute to the program

Destination / retreat



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

FREE - JOIN US FOR 16 HOURS OF CE - ONLINE WORKSHOPS from 11 different Yoga Professionals - HOW YOGA HEALS - February 1-14, 2023.  Learn more here: We are now enrolling for both  LIVE IN-PERSON IMMERSION AND ...

FREE - JOIN US FOR 16 HOURS OF CE - ONLINE WORKSHOPS from 11 different Yoga Professionals - HOW YOGA HEALS - February 1-14, 2023.  Learn more here:

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

Next ONLINE 200 Hour Program Start Dates:
February 1, 2023
March 15, 2023
June 15, 2023
**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 COMPLETE NO LATER THAN DEC 31, 2023.

Next 200 HOUR Immersion Dates
January 5-22, 2023 Costa Rica
April 23-May 10, 2023 California
August 1-18, 2023 Costa Rica
December 1-18, 2023
January 5-22, 2024

Next 300 HOUR ONLINE Dates
February 9- December 31, 2023

Next 300 HOUR Immersion Dates
May 23-June 18, 2024 Greece


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 

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 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 complete by the deadline set by Yoga Alliance through their online COVID provision. This deadline is currently set for December 31, 2023). Please email us at for more information). Our program has personalized one-to-one teacher mentoring and live zoom calls as well as prerecorded content.  

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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

Online Trainings

Approved through 2021 RYS Online Teaching Exemption:
  • 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training
  • Advanced Yoga Teacher Training
Approved through 2022-2023 RYS Online Teaching Application:
  • 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training
  • Advanced Yoga Teacher Training

Upcoming Training Dates

RYS® 300

Oct 15, 2022—Jun 18, 2023
Advanced Yoga Teacher Training
All Training Dates (1)

Financial Assistance


Soma Yoga Institute is dedicated to celebrating diversity across cultures, race, ethnicities, belief systems, sexual orientations, ages, abilities, and body types. We acknowledge a lack of diverse representation in yoga classes in the West and commit to doing what we can to increase access to yoga’s healing potential in communities of need and throughout marginalized populations. As a training institution, the best way we can commit to increasing diversity in yoga spaces, is helping to grow a teaching community that is represented by people of diverse backgrounds and ethnicities. We aim to foster more diverse representation in our student body and ultimately, in our program staff. Additionally, we are dedicated to training teachers who promote inclusivity, accessibility, and value racial equity. · We have two programs available for our online Yoga Teacher Training Programs (Diversity Scholarship Program and the Partial Support Scholarship program). For our Diversity Scholarship Program we offer: · Full Support Scholarship. 100% Tuition and Fees for the online programs only. ($2497 tuition scholarship. Students are responsible for purchasing their own books/supplies.) · Substantial Support Scholarship at 90% of tuition costs covered for the online programs only. ($2248 tuition scholarship provided. Participant responsible for $249 of tuition fees and purchasing their own books/supplies. Payment plans available.) · Substantial Support Scholarship at 85% of tuition costs covered for the online programs only. ($2122 tuition scholarship provided. Participant responsible for $375 of tuition fees and purchasing their own books/supplies. Payment plans available.) · Substantial Support Scholarship at 80% of tuition costs covered for the online programs only. ($1997 tuition scholarship provided. Participant responsible for $500 of tuition fees and purchasing their own books/supplies. Payment plans available.) PARTIAL SUPORT SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM Soma Yoga Institute invites all those with financial need to request a partial support scholarship. Scholarships in varying amounts will be granted for up to 60% of tuition costs for all of our online programs in our continuing education programs and 200 Hour and 300 Hour Online Yoga Teacher Training.

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First Registered May 2014

School Reviews

Total Reviews: 446

By Hanna Kirchler RYT® 200

May 18, 2023

This was an amazing journey, not only because I was able to develop a deeper understanding of myself but also because of all the people I met and the whole team around the retreat center. The teachers were great, we learned so much about yoga. I loved the way the lessons were organized and structured from alignment-anatomy first then into the teaching and practice teach. It was also so great to have a small group we had the possibility to get into the theory and have all of our questions answered. - Hanna Full Review

By Chloe Harris RYT® 200

May 10, 2023

Really good & wide curriculum, ideal if need to study online, friendly teachers and high quality teaching content. Full Review

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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®

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