1. Soma Yoga Institute ONLINE


Based on 372 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

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.

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

Next 300 HOUR ONLINE Dates
October 16, 2021 - June 19, 2022
February 1-November 26, 2022

Next 300 HOUR Immersion Dates
May 23-June 18, 2022 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 


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 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 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

Feb 1, 2022—Oct 30, 2022
Advanced Yoga Teacher Training
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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. · Full Support Scholarship. 100% Tuition and Fees. ($2497 tuition scholarship. Students are responsible for purchasing their own books/supplies.) · Substantial Support Scholarship. 90% of tuition costs covered. ($2248 tuition scholarship provided. Participant responsible for $249 of tuition fees and purchasing their own books/supplies.) 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 50% of tuition costs for all of our online programs inlcuding our continuing education programs and 200 Hour Online Yoga Teacher Training.

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A Lesson on the Fifth Chakra

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First Registered May 2014

School Reviews

Total Reviews: 372

By Sandra Reid E-RYT® 200, RYT® 500, YACEP®

Jun 23, 2022

I loved the variety of teachers and styles and the topics taught: yoga philosophy, chakras, Metta & Yin and anatomy, sequencing, trauma informed component, & more. All teachers showed expert knowledge, ability and compassion. Teaching this powerfully requires energy and commitment and I recognized and appreciated it! I will learn from them forever with a the videos library of all classes: they will continue to teach me. forever. Also, I loved the deep dive into philosophy, and the rich mystical layers of Kashmir Shavinism. I appreciated the encouragement to LEARN, finally more about subtle body energy. The course was fulfilling, enlightening, empowering, and inspiring. I liked that the course was spread out over 8-9 months. Full Review

By Simone Glinberg RYT® 200

Jun 20, 2022

Excellent detailed content. I learned a lot and am very happy with the course. Wonderful thoughtful teachers. 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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