200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training



If you’ve been wanting to enhance your knowledge of the physical postures of yoga, desiring greater insight into the underlying philosophy behind the poses, or becoming curious about how to translate what you feel during yoga to each moment in life, you’ll find answers in our 200 hour yoga teacher training.



Our yoga teacher training is designed for those who want to share yoga with others in a studio setting as well as those who personally desire a more comprehensive understanding of yoga. You’ll learn details of the physical postures as well as how to take your practice off your mat. Even if you don’t intend to ever teach a yoga class, you’ll expand your awareness of the many ways the principles of yoga apply to everyday life and help you be more the person you want to be. And if you think you’d like to share the experience of yoga with others, we provide you with the information and experience you’ll need to lead a class safely, creatively and authentically.



We offer one of the most innovative, diverse and practical 200-hour yoga teacher training programs in the study of yoga. Our extensive curriculum draws on both traditional Eastern philosophy and conventional Western science in a unique approach that offers answers for those who desire more meaning in their demanding and confusing lives. We offer an array of teaching perspectives from specialists in their fields. You’ll learn not just the names and anatomy of the poses but how the underlying philosophy can translate to everyday life and bring unprecedented calm and authenticity to your every moment and interaction.



Urban Yoga is proud to be an accredited school of yoga through Yoga Alliance.



If you’re ready to transform your life through yoga, enroll today!




• How to understand the fundamental elements of yoga poses with an emphasis on alignment and safety

• Yoga philosophy and how it translates to your life

• Anatomy as well as the subtler energetics of the body 

• Modifying classes for special needs, including prenatal 

• Ayurvedic science & practices

• Sanskrit, chanting & sound therapy

• Pranayama & meditation

• The art of sequencing a class, setting a theme & creating playlists

• Practice teaching, teaching methodology & effective manual adjustments

• Lifestyle, ethics, mindfulness and more




• Attend unlimited yoga classes at our studio for the duration of your training (a savings of $297!)

• Discounted YTT graduate unlimited membership for just $60 a month (a monthly savings of $39!) that includes free guest passes and discounts on workshops and boutique items

• Opportunity to teach at a weekly $5 karma class taught exclusively by Urban Yoga YTT graduates




Curious to learn more? Attend an upcoming free information session with lead trainer Becki Richards. Bring all your questions or simply come for the behind-the-scenes glimpse at what you’ll experience during yoga teacher training. Our next information session is Saturday, February 1st, at 2 pm. And you’ll find free parking in the covered garage just east of our studio on Lexington Avenue.




Our Winter 2020 Yoga Teacher Training runs February 15th through May 9th. To reserve your place in training, simply select a payment option for your tuition. (See “Tuition” below.) If you have any questions whatsoever, we’d be happy to answer them or simply share more with you about our training. Simply fill out the online questionnaire below and we’ll reach out to you.




Our schedule is designed to easily accommodate your already full life. The regular weekly training schedule is: 

Tuesdays & Thursdays   6 pm – 9 pm

Saturdays                        9:30 am – 5 pm


In addition to the above days and times, the first weekend of training also meets Sunday 11 am – 4 pm and the last weekend of training meets Friday 6 pm – 8 pm.


Can’t make a class? Not a problem. You can arrange with a fellow student to record the class and you can arrange to meet with the teacher in a private session to review the material. Or you can wait and take that same class during our following teacher training.




We’re honored and grateful that our 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training is led by Becki Richards and Tara Martell. Guest teachers include Cheryl Oliver, Shawn Bradford, Emily Blanche and Gila Shire.



Becki began teaching yoga in 2011 after obtaining her 200 hour training from Moksha Yoga Chicago. She taught yoga in the Chicago area for more than 3 years before she moved to Arizona. Becki finds passion in sharing yoga with everyone. She firmly believes the practice of yoga changed her life and seeks to give that back. She teaches to share inner and outer strength, confidence and humility, as well as connection to self and community. Becki leads her yoga classes with enthusiasm and passion. Her classes will challenge you mentally and physically and leave you feeling confident and refreshed.



Tara found brightness through yoga. Yoga transformed her body and mind, allowing for inner grace and spiritual growth. She wanted to share the gift of yoga and became a teacher at the 200-hour level through the Southwest Institute of the Healing Arts under the study of Anusara certified and Senior Para Yoga teacher Mary Bruce. Tara continued her education with Rod Stryker in the Para Yoga tradition. She is passionate about yoga and its deeper aspects and her classes are a celebration of the heart, focusing on alignment principles and linking breath to movement. Her class welcomes her students to flow from one pose to the next, losing themselves in the rhythm of yoga and finding the pulse within.




We offer a couple tuition payment options for you to choose from:


Pay in Full: Simply pay the full tuition of $3000 in full.


Payment Plan: Reserve you place in training by making a $500 deposit and and three monthly autopayments with our payment plan option. The full tuition of $3000 will be due in its entirety prior to your last day of training.




Our teacher training program is eligible for Veterans Affairs (VA) funding under the GI Bill. It’s our honor to assist those who’ve dedicated their lives to safeguarding others.


If you or a veteran you know are interested in applying your educational benefits toward yoga teacher training, before applying to our training, you’ll need to first apply with the VA at www.gibill.va.gov. Kindly note that it may take 10 to 12 weeks for your application to be processed. The VA will notify all qualified applicants of their benefits and will provide your Certificate of Eligibility (COE). Once you have your COE, you’re welcome to apply for our yoga teacher training.


For assistance with applying for benefits, kindly contact the Department of Veterans Affairs Regional Processing Office at 888-442-4551.




What if I need to miss a class?

We understand that life happens. You can arrange a make-up session to go over the information with the teacher for that class. You can also ask a fellow student to record the class fr you. Or you can wait and take that same class during our following teacher training. You will receive your training certificate after you’ve completed all required classes.


How do I know if I’m ready?

There is no certain  amount of time you need to have been practicing yoga before taking teacher training. If you’re curious about yoga and wish to take your practice deeper, you’re ready.


What do I need to do to prepare for training?

Simply continue with your regular yoga practice. There’s no required reading that needs to be completed prior to training. Your curiosity about yoga is your only prerequisite. Simply show up the first day of training with your mat.


When is the deadline to enroll?

We encourage you to sign up at the time you decide the training is right for you so we can reserve your space in the training. However, as long as there’s space in the training, you’re welcome to enroll, including as late as the day before the training begins.


Can I arrange for a payment plan?

Yes. We do offer a payment plan option. The full tuition is due prior to your last day of yoga teacher training. 




You can reserve your place in our training with either full payment or a $500 deposit. If you cancel your enrollment more than 14 days from the start of the training, you’ll be issued a full refund minus the deposit, which is nonrefundable and nontransferable. No refunds will be given within 14 days of the start of training.




“It’s difficult to put into words what completing my yoga teacher training at Urban Yoga has done for me. I can hardly believe how dramatically my life has changed in the past year since my training ended. It raised some gritty questions, and, in turn, revealed some interesting answers. It wasn’t always easy, but it was so worth it. One of the most rewarding things I’ve ever done for myself.” —Chelle



“I feel like it’s rest-of-my-life training…” —Tyler


“I had read that teacher training changes your life. But I had no idea what to expect. I entered the program with an open mind and graduated with a well-rounded understanding of yoga practice, a newfound confidence in myself and some lifelong friends. I started teaching shortly after graduation. All of the instructors that were a part of my training were extremely supportive as was the entire staff at Urban Yoga. My experience was amazing.” —Clair


“The Urban Yoga teacher training was one of the most memorable experiences in my life. Not only did I feel prepared to teach and was hired immediately, I felt prepared to handle any event with grace and courage. The trainers  also help you find your authentic voice and teach from the heart. A great balance between philosophy and physical practice. A life-changing training.” —Beau


“Prior to training, my yoga practice offered an escape from the pressures and pains of life. This training gave me a new perspective. Instead of escaping, I began living authentically. My practice became how I live my life every day. Truly life changing. With deepest gratitude.” —Asja

Urban Yoga teacher training grad Shawn Bradford, who teaches two classes a week at Urban Yoga, explains how her training experience prepared her to teach.



If you have specific questions about our yoga teacher training or you’d like to arrange a time to talk to our trainers and experience a more in-depth understanding of what you’ll be learning, let us know below. We’ll reach out to you so you can receive answers to all your questions.