200-Hour Program

200-Hour Program

Teacher Training

Immerse yourself…
OWY's  yoga immersion and teacher training is unique because it gives each student an opportunity to dive into the yoga experience on many levels.  Deepen your relationship with yoga.  Transform your life.  

Personal:  Create a unique individual immersion experience... 
Our group training sessions are paired with individual mentoring to inspire deep exploration of self and practice.  Flexibility in the program allows individuals to focus on the styles, traditions and concepts that are of personal interest, while also focusing on creating a lifestyle that supports overall health and vitality.

Professional:  Teach from experience...  
We certify instructors who teach from the depth of their own practices and experiences.  Not only is our program an immersion in the practice and philosophy of yoga (both traditional and modern), but it also offers intensive training and practical experience in the art of teaching yoga.  Every participant leaves the program with solid peer and instructor reviewed teaching experiences.    

The 200 hour program leads to Yoga Alliance RYT-200 certification.  

Program Requirements (200 hours total)

Group Training Hours (100 hours)
Teaching Practicum Training Hours  (10+ hours)
Individual Training Hours  (90 hours)

Group Training Hours

Maha (Big) Weekends
Saturdays: 8 to 4 and Sundays: 8 to 12

  • September 21 & 22
  • December 7 & 8
  • January 11 & 12
  • April 4 & 5

Ardha (Half) Weekends
Saturdays: 8 to 4

  • October 5
  • October 19
  • November 2
  • November 16
  • February 1
  • February 22
  • March 14
  • April 18

Missing weekends is discouraged because various topics and guest presenters will only be offered at those times.  However, we do understand that things come up, so if you need to miss a weekend we will assign additional assignment, projects, or hour requirements to ensure your completion of the program. 

Teaching Practicum Training Hours  (10 hours)

  • Teaching a minimum of 1 Community Class at OWY
  • Evaluting other teacher trainers Community Classes
     Community Class meets:  Wednesdays 7:00 - 8:30 PM starting Jan. 8th. 2019
  • Optional evaluated yoga classes at other locations

Individual Training Hours  (80 hours)

An additional 80 hours are accumulated in a variety of ways, primarily:

  • Yoga classes at OWY.  Students receive an unlimited pass to attend all regularly scheduled yoga classes at the studio for the duration of the program.  We encourage and most students do accumulate more than 80 hours in this category.  

Additional hours come from:

  • Homework assignments 
  • One-on-one mentoring
  • Outside of sutdio classes (max 10 hours)

We understand illnesses and life situations happen, so if you are unable to complete the program by the final weekend, you wil have thorugh December 31, 2021 to complete all requirements.  

Program Fee:   $2500.

  • $300 non-refundable deposit is due at the time of registration.   
  • Early-early bird registration discount of $400 if registered by June 1st.  ($2100 program total)
  • Early registration discount of $200 if registered by September 1 ($2300 program total). 
  • Balance of Program Fee is Due-in-Full 5 days prior to first Group Training Session.
  • Starting June 1, 2019 All regularly scheduled classes and select workshops are free from the date the program is paid-in-full through the end of the Group Training Sessions.  
    Pay in full now and start coming to classes for free June 1!

Special Guest Instructor:

Sandy Gross of Move Well Cleveland

Sandy will be teaching the majority of the anatomy hours, prioritizing biomechanics and functional movement.  Sandy is a consultant to yoga studios, corporations, sports teams, coaches and athletes (Cavs & Browns) with a focus on how "moving well, before moving often" can lead to improvements in performance, pain management and aging well. 

Sandy Gross, Yoga & Movement Educator
E-RYT 500, YACEP, FMS Level 2
Integrated Yoga Tune Up Teacher

Founder/Director, Move Well Cleveland

If you are interested in more information about our program speak to Brian or Shannon or e-mail us!  

200 hour teacher-training intensives are available upon request.

Brian and Shannon (Thanks to Andy Oriel and The Sandusky Register for the pic!)


Here's what previous graduates have to say:

"OWY's Teacher Training Prgram changed my life!"

"I entered Open Way Yoga teacher training primarily to deepen my own practice. I sincerely appreciated the philosophic and practice depth of this program." 

"Open Way Yoga provided quality instruction, guidance and the opportunity to explore personal yogic interests and ideas. The class curriculum was well rounded and, in fact, exceeded the 200 RYT requirements. I would recommend this teacher training program to anyone interested in gaining a greater understanding of yoga and the ability to confidently teach in a classroom setting."

"Brian Henderson (our lead trainer) has years of yoga experience and that really shows in his teaching. He was a math professor before he became a yogi and he is as skilled at the art of teaching as he is at yoga. It was an excellent experience that deepened my already deep connection to yoga."

Cover image by Jon Roan Photography, Last 2 Images by Joe Ritorto