Approaches to yoga are as diverse as its practitioners, and so are the skills needed to master the art and science of teaching. Universal Yoga studies all systems of yoga, empowering teachers with the confidence and skills necessary to meet the needs and abilities of their students.
This programme is designed for all yoga practitioners who seek a deeper understanding of the ancient path of yoga, regardless of their background or practice style. Participants will come away with a profound understanding of their personal practice, as well as the skills required to effectively teach a wide array of students through Asanas, Vinyasa and Pranayama sequences.
The 200-RYT course is led by teacher Andrey Lappa delivering the full range of yoga traditions and the practical modern methods for sharing this ancient practice with others. This programme compresses a vast array of yoga subjects and styles into a comprehensive course, offering the most diverse training possible in the shortest amount of time. This in-depth study includes physical practice and complete yoga system theory and teaching methodology.
• Daily sessions begin with 45 minutes of ©Shiva Nata (Dance of Shiva) practice.
• Morning practices facilitate an experiential understanding of different sub-styles of yoga practice. For example: strengthening, stretching, static, dynamic, hatha, vinyasa, kundalini, pranayama, meditation and partner yoga, to name a few. These classes are mixed-level and accessible to all healthy yoga practitioners with a prior regular yoga practice, regardless of previous practice style background. Classes will offer a wide range of Asana Levels (three parallel levels of complexity at the same time), satisfying new practitioners while presenting challenges to even the most seasoned yogis.
• Afternoon sessions explore the science of yoga through lectures on yoga philosophy, 8 limbs of yoga studies, breakdown of sub-styles by intention, creative sequencing for various aspirations, as well as a practical understanding of asanas (poses), pranayama (breathing techniques), mudras (consciousness control), bandhas (energy control), kriyas (purification techniques), meditation techniques for mental focus and peace of mind, as well as teaching methods for sharing yoga with others.
This programme meets the Yoga Alliance 200-RYT requirements for professional yoga teaching hours, yet far exceeds the requirements in subject and course content. Ideal for yoga practitioners who wish to deepen their understanding or practice of yoga, serious students who are committed to the study of yoga and wish to become professional yoga teachers, and current teachers who seek to expand their teaching beyond their sub-style (ability to teach multiple sub-styles for deeper understanding and greater marketability, and accumulating additional hours for 500 E-RYT certification).
Founded by Andrey Lappa, Universal Yoga is a logical, multi-faceted system that can be used by anyone living in the modern world, regardless of their age, health condition and level of practice. This system provides all the techniques for excellent physical health and the attainment of high spiritual aspirations.
"Andrey Lappa's Universal Yoga is a complete integrative system that empowers people of all schools and styles of yoga. The principles and practices presented are ideal for developing ultimate creative potential and achieving self-realisation." — Shiva Rea
Exam and Certification
Universal Yoga 200-RYT certification will be given to those who successfully attend the full programme and pass the written exam. This is an internationally recognised certification, qualifying graduates for professional yoga teaching of Universal Yoga. Certification of participation will also be given upon 100% attendance for those who do not opt to take the exam, but this does not qualify for teaching and is not recognised by Yoga Alliance.
Yoga Alliance Accredited School
Universal Yoga is a registered school with Yoga Alliance. Our teacher training programmes and teachers are internationally accredited, and qualified for the 200-hour Yoga Alliance Certification.
Yoga Alliance is an international governing board for yoga teachers and training programmes. Graduates of our programmes are automatically eligible to register as a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) with Yoga Alliance. Becoming an RYT gives you international recognition as a yoga teacher, an attribute that many studios look for in hiring teachers.
To build our community of committed yoga practitioners, and to empower those who demonstrate their dedication to a personal practice, by sharing the knowledge, skills and tools we have learned so that they, too, can start teaching yoga.
We intend to guide trainees towards a healthy self-confidence, while at the same time instilling them with a sense of humility and excitement, knowing that they are at the beginning of a long journey.