Personal instruction for learning how to “personalize” yoga for each individual.

NSY courses emphasize function over form, and the use of all the tools of yoga, not just asana, but also pranayama, visualization, meditation and the use of sound. The school approach includes a solid understanding in the history and background of yoga as well as the philosophy behind the yoga practices. Students in NSY programs will also have the personal attention of a mentor who will help them with their own personal practices. They will analyze yoga practices, and finally learn to teach on their own through demonstration and discussion. Days in courses include both yoga practice, study, and discussion; portions of the course will involve yoga practice analysis, listening skills practice for yoga counseling, and other modalities.

Mentor / Student Relation

The relationship between student and mentor is central to yoga. Regular meetings, the development of a personal practice and its evolution over time form an important part of the training process. The NSY Teacher Trainings include hours of personal mentoring that are to be scheduled individually. These hours will be used to support the trainees in the personal practice and growth as an individual and as a yoga teacher.

Location and Venue

The New School of Yoga 200-hour and 300-hour yoga teacher certification programs take place in beautiful Ojai, California. Home to luminaries such as J. Krishnamurti and Annie Besant among others, Ojai is an East-West oriented valley in Southern California, about 90 miles North of Los Angeles. The closest airports are in Los Angeles (LAX) and Santa Barbara (SBA).

Accommodation and meals

Accommodations are not included in tuition. Breakfast is included. We can help individual participants with accommodation and other meal arrangements. For the widest range of choices, we recommend registering for the course as early as possible.

Scholarships & Donations

Our focus is on creating a new spring of yoga teachers who have the knowledge and sensitivity to adapt yoga to each individual. So, we are striving to make scholarships available for those for whom money is the only reason they would not be able to attend. If you are very serious about the course, and you would like to learn about possible scholarships, please contact Alternatively, if you would like to help others to study in the program, please consider donating to our scholarship fund.