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200 & 300-hour Teacher Training Certification Programs

Take a deep dive into the brilliant methodology of the 8-limbed path of classical yoga with The Hard & The Soft Yoga Institute. As a Yoga Alliance-registered school that has trained teachers since 1980, The Hard & The Soft Yoga Institute’s 200-hour and 300-hour Yoga Teacher Trainings rank among the most highly regarded and comprehensive programs in the country. Learn how to practice and share the powerful therapeutic tools of meditation, conscious breathing, mindfulness and the PresentPower asana system – a brilliant and balanced vinyasa sequence of postures that can be as challenging or accommodating as desired and adapted for all limitations and disabilities. You’ll also join a global community of yogis who serve.






Many yoga teacher training programs teach asana; few teach the full 8-limbed path of classical yoga. Join master teacher Beryl Bender Birch, founder of The Hard & The Soft Institute, to take a deep dive into the therapeutic aspects of yoga and get certified as a RYT 200 or RYT 500.


The Hard & The Soft’s 200 and 300-Hour Yoga Teacher Trainings are unique programs that prepare you to practice and share the powerful therapeutic tools of asana, meditation, conscious breathing and mindfulness – and pave the way for a career in yoga service, helping you participate in healing the world and our planet. Through these highly respected programs, you’ll study with some of the best and most experienced teachers and certified yoga therapists in the country; and develop an Individualized Yoga Plan (IYP) to take the next steps towards working with specialized populations.

Most importantly, you’ll explore the importance of taking your practice out into the world. And you’ll join a diverse, well-educated global community of graduates who are working to grow, evolve, strengthen their communities and spread this incredible practice called yoga.


The Hard & The Soft 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training:

Set yourself on the path of becoming a certified RYT 200, or explore the deeper dimensions of your practice. This eight-month course of study is a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the yoga lifestyle. Each month, you’ll explore one of the eight limbs of classical yoga, with a special focus on kriya yoga – the yoga of action. Show up, pay attention, and practice 24/7. Everything else follows from there. Learn more.


The Hard & The Soft 300-Hour Yoga Teacher Training:

Take your teaching to the next level with this 10-month course of study, taught by our renowned faculty and highly experienced Certified Yoga Therapists (IAYT). Learn how to guide students to a deeper discovery of yoga, and build a foundation for a career in yoga service and leadership role in your community. Experience the joy of personal evolution as you grow and expand your awareness out into the world. Learn more.