Yoga Teacher Trainings are widely popular in Asian destinations, but you’d be remiss to count out San Francisco on your list. The diverse culture that has settled in the city offers yogis a breadth of knowledge to be learned. People travel here to spread their roots and yoga studios have become home to a mix of instructors with vast experiences and stories to be told. Consider this your sign to take your yoga teacher training in San Francisco.
Here are the 8 best yoga teacher trainings in San Francisco in 2024:
|February 2 – April 28
|Karma Yoga SF
|January 24, 27, 28, 31
|Left Coast Power Yoga
|January 13 – May 5
|February 13 – March 10
|Lotusland Yoga SF
|February 2 – May 5
|Yoga Flow SF
|February 22 – May 12
|January 16 – March 30
|The Pad Studios
Haum is an LGBTQ+ owned and operated yoga studio that opened in 2021. With two studios located in Mission and Haight-Ashbury, Haum is nestled in neighborhoods that celebrate individuality and self-expression. They offer 200-hr and 500-hr teacher trainings every year, which start in February and June, respectively.
Their 200-hr YTT has four modules that cover foundation, alchemy, expression, and integration. Foundation typically covers anatomy and history of yoga, as well as the basics of standing postures and sun salutations. Their alchemy module teaches students how to apply principles and techniques to sequencing before diving into more complex skills in theming classes and verbal cues in their expression module. Their YTT ends in lessons that help students learn more specialized techniques in pregnancy yoga, restorative yoga, as well as the business of yoga.
Every module requires an intensive 3-day weekend that can only be done in-studio. For the rest of the training, Thursday and Friday classes are done online, with Saturdays and Sundays in-studio. If you’re looking to continue working while finishing your YTT, this schedule gives students the flexibility to attend weekday classes online while getting the benefits of in-person training over the weekend.
The Karma Yoga studio is situated along Union Street, nestled in a quaint neighborhood with historic architecture and popular eating spots. Known for their high intensity classes in their heated room, this studio offers more than your regular yoga for practitioners that love to sweat and get their blood pumping.
Their Hot HIIT Flow Training program integrates Pilates, yoga principles and high intensity interval training to give students a full body workout that is low impact. Students will learn the fundamentals of building an effective sequence, as well as applicable anatomy lessons and techniques that will elevate one’s teaching prowess.
The training is done over four days and includes the opportunity to teach at the Karma Yoga studio. Once accepted, you will embark upon a 3-month mentorship program that will further equip you to teach Hot HIIT Flow classes.
Left Coast Power Yoga is a community of dedicated yogis who love their heated yoga classes. You can find their two yoga studios across the Bay Bridge in nearby Oakland. Away from the daily hustle and bustle of the San Francisco city life, they serve as a home to those who prefer two-way roads. Their Grand Ave location offers a 200-hour YTT that is perfect if you’re looking to get out of the city for your training.
Their YTT curriculum covers alignment and anatomy, sequencing and teaching methods, Sanskrit and partner yoga, and yoga principles. With their holistic program, you’ll get all the fundamentals you need to start building a deeper practice and teaching portfolio.
Their 9-week program is held every other weekend, with a required hour session every Thursday. They require students to complete a 2-hour weekly Karma Yogi shift, that can include assisting with classes or around the studio. This is the perfect option for yogis who want to feel connected and integrated in the yoga community, while earning your certification in YTT.
Formerly Yoga Garden, Folk SF is a collection of community yoga and fitness centres in San Francisco. Folk SF leads 7 200-hr YTTs across their 7 locations throughout the year, making it easy for students to find options that fit their schedules. They also offer part-time programs that can be completed in 3 months, as well as one-month intensives for those with the flexibility to train full-time.
Their curriculum covers all the bases that you will need to become a vinyasa yoga teacher. Aside from lessons on pranayama, history, philosophy, alignment and sequencing, the Folk SF YTT includes lessons on the cultural context of yoga as well. This inclusive approach to teaching prepares trainees to lead a broad spectrum of individuals in the communities they find themselves in. Transform the way you think and understand yoga with this YTT at Folk SF.
Their full-time programs are typically held from Tuesday to Sunday, while the 12-week extended format meets four times a week with more flexible hours for those working during the day. Further dedicated to inclusivity, each of their YTTs offer scholarships to BIPOC (black, indigenous, people of color) students.
Located in between Mission and Noe Valley, Lotusland Yoga SF’s intimate studio is perfect for yogis looking for connection and community. Their founders intentionally foster a space for personal attention during each class.
Lotusland’s YTT is led by Jasmine Tarkeshi, founder of the studio who has more than 20 years of experience in heading trainings, workshops, and intensives. Along with the basics of every YTT, their program also includes trauma informed yoga, pre-natal and kids yoga, as well as lessons on yin and restorative yoga. They limit their programs to 12 students to ensure that hands-on coaching and personal support are available to each who shows up.
The 13-weekend YTT can be done virtually, but there is a requirement to attend two weekly yoga classes at their studio and a weekly practice teaching meeting with a mentor group or study buddy.
Yoga Flow SF was founded by yogi couple Steven and Kathleen Holm. With 4 locations in San Francisco and Walnut Creek, their studios mainly offer heated vinyasa classes along with kids yoga. Their 200-hour YTT is held in their Ocean Avenue location, which is a beautiful, spacious studio that is perfect for hosting bigger classes and trainings.
The goal of their YTT is to enable students to lead a well-rounded, dynamic, 60-minute Vinyasa class. Their curriculum includes yoga texts and philosophy, anatomy, sequencing, cues and effective language, adjustments, modifications, and techniques to keep classes both challenging yet fun.
Their 2024 program will be held for ten weekends, meeting from Thursday to Saturday, and some Sundays.
Located in San Francisco’s Outer Richmond area, Purusha Yoga School & Studio finds itself in one of Time Out’s 40 coolest neighborhoods in the world in 2023. The district has been recognized for its booming food scene and proximity to popular SF attractions such as the Golden Gate Bridge and Presidio. Known more to locals as being a “sleepy” coastal neighborhood, Richmond is great for yogis looking for serenity with close access to outdoor adventures during their down time.
Purusha’s 200-hour YTT is offered three times a year, with the option to take the program in-person or virtually. Their comprehensive curriculum emphasizes ancient yoga philosophy, the five elements from Ayurveda, Tibetan Mysticism, and the Tantric Chakra system. Aside from teaching the foundations of becoming a yoga teacher, they highly encourage students in finding their own voice, power, and style of leading others.
Their programs typically require a full 6 Saturdays and 2 hours for 12 Tuesdays. You can check their website for more updates on schedules for 2024, but they have slated YTT programs for Winter, Spring, and Fall this year.
The Pad Studios is located along Union Street in San Francisco, which boasts an array of boutique stores within walking distance. In itself a boutique yoga studio, The Pad Studios has been offering yoga classes in the neighborhood since 2009. Their 200-hr YTT is led primarily by Rosemary Garrison, who has over 20 years of experience in Ashtanga as well as extensive training in meditation.
Set over six weekends, The YTT program at The Pad Studios offers students lessons that every yogi needs to become an instructor or even just to deepen one’s practice. This includes alignment and adjusting, fundamentals in anatomy and sequencing, as well as lessons in finding one’s own voice when teaching yoga.
The program kicks off with an all-inclusive weekend at The Farm, Grand Island. The beautiful estate offers farm to table meals and an expansive scenery of the countryside that will give students the chance to connect with themselves and fellow practitioners about to embark on their intensive journeys.
Stay updated with their 2024 schedule by following their Instagram account or checking their website. In the previous years, they typically hold their YTTs in the fall, with in-person lessons held from Thursday to Sunday.
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