200 hr Teacher Training Curriculum

Bloom's 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training Program follows the Yoga Alliance guidelines for Registered Yoga Schools. Below is an overview of the program curriculum.

"Bloom's teacher training is incredibly thorough, well-balanced, and enjoyable. Spreading out the 200 hours over ten months really allowed me to absorb what we were learning and see the benefits emerge organically in my own practice- and to form a wonderful connection with the other trainees. I especially loved the many opportunities to teach and the diverse perspectives of faculty from throughout the Chicago yoga community. I am grateful for Kerry and Sharon's kind, caring instruction and would encourage anyone who wants to go deeper into their practice and explore beyond asana to take this course."

– Kate Maley
Teacher Training Class of 2017

Techniques, Training & Practice

110 hours

  • Asana Exploration: in-depth look at basic poses
  • Beyond Asana: pranayama, meditation, etc
  • Introduction to Gentle & Restorative Yoga
  • Therapeutics: promoting general well-being
  • Expectant Yoginis: modifications for pregnancy
  • Intro to Teaching Yoga to Children
  • Level 2 Exploration: safe exploration of intermediate poses

Teaching Methodology

28.5 hours

  • Teaching 101: demonstration & verbal cues
  • Alignment & Adjustments: keeping students safe
  • Finding your style and voice as teacher
  • Trauma Sensitivity for Yoga Instructors
  • How to teach private sessions
  • Bringing Yoga outside the studio: Chair, Workplace & Event Yoga
  • Evaluation of classes from trainee's perspective

Anatomy & Physiology

20 hours

  • Anatomy & Physiology as applied to yoga practice
  • Energetic Anatomy: theory of nadis, chakras, etc

Yoga Philosophy, Lifestyle, and Ethics

31 hours

  • Yamas & Niyamas: clearly introducing philosophy
  • Basics of Sanskrit: know what you're saying
  • 21st Century Yoga: Challenges, Opportunities, and Commitments
  • Ethics of Teaching: professionalism and respect
  • After Graduation: tips for new yoga teachers


10.5 hours

  • Practice of Teaching: building skills to share yoga
  • Community Classes: practice & get feedback


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