Courses are 2 weekends per month for 5 months.



Our teacher training program is the only program that allows you to complete your training within 2 years of enrolling.


If your plan is to complete your program within one trimester and life happens we will work with you.

Earning Your Yoga Teacher Certification


Based on the combined teachings of yoga philosophy this certified course is firstly a journey of reflection and self-awareness.

In addition, it offers the required tools to begin transmitting these teachings to others. The course offers an in-depth education in yoga for personal practice and general health, as well as an introduction to healing and spirituality.  

This program is appropriate for those wishing to teach group yoga classes, private classes or anyone interested in gaining knowledge and experience of the full spectrum of yoga's tools.


Why train at the Chicago School of Yoga?

  • Individualized attention: You will have a mentor whom you will meet with throughout the course. He/she will give you a personal practice for you to do daily according to your needs. He/she will also guide you and answer questions you may have along this beautiful journey.
  • Accessible format: You can become a certified yoga teacher in 5 months or several years, you create your own schedule depending on your life needs.
  • Highly experienced faculty who will guide and support you through the process.
  • The content is structured to give you a solid foundation of what yoga is, how to use the tools in your personal life, and how to teach according to the students' needs.
  • We will provide entry to many different studios in the Chicagoland area so you can experience many yoga types and styles.
  • A CSOY certification is recognized as a high and complete level of yoga studies. It is respected by studio's throughout the world as a certification of excellence qualifying you as a trained yoga teacher.
  • Our Teacher Training is Yoga Alliance Approved.

Training Modules

Yoga 101

This is the pre-requisite module to all other modules. Introduction to the Teacher Certification and what it means to be a teacher. What is Yoga? History of Yoga.  Samkhya philosophy, Basics of asana, Teacher student chant, Subtle anatomy, Yoga Sutras of Patanjali Intro.

Yoga 102

General anatomy & physiology, Five mayas model, Standing & Forward Bend poses, Backward bends & Twist poses, Ayurmantra, Bhagavad Gita Intro.  
Pre-requisite: 101

Yoga 103

Yoga as a holistic system, Chakras theory & practice, Prana Agni Mala Model, Side bends & Inversion poses, Course planning.  
Pre-requisite: 10

Yoga 104

Dynamics of breathing, Prana, Pranayama, Kriya Yoga theory & practice, Sun Salutation A, B & C Concept of vinyasa, Gayatri mantra.  
Pre-requisite: 101, 102, 103

Yoga 105

Sequencing, Yajna model explained, Chanting in meditation or in asana, Teaching a Gentle Class. (Beginner/Level 1) 
Pre-requisite: 101, 102, 103, 104

Yoga 106

Kriyas (neti pot & kapalabhati), Pranayama breakdown, Pranayama techniques, Creating a specific atmosphere in class, Teaching a dynamic class (Level 2), Bhavana- the art of visualization, Relationships.
Pre-requisite: 101, 102, 103, 104

Yoga 107

 Students teach class, The Business of Yoga, What makes a good teacher, Extra tools for teaching (essential oils, music, props...). Arm balances.
Pre-requisite: 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106

Yoga 108

Students teach class. Ayurveda- Yoga's sister science. Arm Balances, Standing Balances and Teaching a restorative/gentle class.

Yoga 109

Students teach class. How to lead a private class. Teaching different types of classes.

Yoga 110

Meditation, Psychology of Yoga- living an absolutely amazing life. 
Pre-requisite: 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107

Program Information & Requirements

What's included in the program?

    • Over 180 hours of classroom time: History of Yoga, Yoga Philosophy, Theory and Practice of: asana, pranayama, chanting, meditation, kriyas, lifestyle, relationships, visualization.
    • Daily practice: Start or end your day with an experience of what you have been learning.
    • Practicums: Observe, assist and teach several classes to acquire experience.
    • Mentor sessions: one-on-one sessions with a teacher who will create a personalized practice for you to do at home daily in your own time.
    • Plus, the mentor will offer guidance and support throughout the process.
    • Project: in order to graduate, the student will carry out a project in their specific area of interest and present to the faculty.
    • Community service: experience the beauty of teaching yoga to those who would otherwise not be exposed to it, and expect nothing in return.
    • Knowledge on two of yoga's most important texts: the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali and the Bhagavad Gita.
    • Learn various tools of yoga and how to place them together to create a great class.
    • Become a confident teacher through experience.

    What are the requirements to enroll?

    • An open mind.
    • Willingness to be a student.
    • Enthusiasm.
    • Commitment to learning and to a daily practice (given to you by your mentor).
    • We welcome all interested parties.
    • Yoga teaching experience is not required.
    • Having paid your tuition.

    How long will it take me to become a certified yoga instructor?

    • Since this program allows you to work at your own pace, you can complete the program in a minimum of 5 months or the length of time that is most comfortable for you, up to 24 months. 
    • You decide how fast you want to work to get your yoga certification since we function on the trimester system, offering all modules 3 times per year.

    What do I need to graduate?

    • Required modules: Yoga 101 - 110
      • Yoga 101: is the pre-requisite for all other modules.
      • Yoga 110: is the last module you take.
    • 2 Mentor Sessions
    • Observation Practicum: 10 hours
    • Supervised Student Teaching Practicum: 10 hours
    • Completion of All Assignments
    • Completion and presentation of your project

    Costs and Tuition

    What is the cost?

    You can pay as you go or all at once. (cash, credit card or check)

    1. 10 Modules: $395.00 per Module
    2. Pay In Full: before Module 101 begins $2,950 (Save $1000.00)
    3. Additional fees required: With registration and payment of tuition $450 (includes materials, text books and printouts & 2 private lessons.) Text books Include:

      Bhagavad Gita: A New Translation

      The Heart of Yoga: Developing a Personal Practice 

      Yoga Anatomy

      Teaching Yoga: Essential Foundations and Techniques

      Hatha Yoga Illustrated

      Happier: Learn the Secrets to Daily Joy and Lasting Fulfillment 

      (these may be subject to change and others may be included depending on our lead teachers ecisions as new material may be released appropriate to teach our students.)

    What CSOY classes do I get with tuition?

    CSOY does not offer individual classes so we provide you with passes to studios near your respective home so you can take yoga and see studios at work to supplement your yoga learning. Your first pass comes at the beginning of 103.

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