An internationally recognized Yoga Alliance approved program now in its 10th year with close to 200 graduates teaching successfully world-wide.

Yama Yoga offers a teacher training program based on the traditions of Astanga, Vinyasa and Iyengar yoga to offer a well-rounded and in depth introduction to yoga as taught by the students and disciples of Sri T.Krishnamachariya, the grandfather of modern yoga. Teacher trainees will leave the Yama Yoga 200 hour program with the following skills and experiences:

 A well-rounded foundation in the principles of asana, pranayama, meditation, and yoga philosophy

 A basic understanding of anatomy

 Competency and understanding of the astanga and vinyasa methods and the skill to structure safe and enjoyable Astanga and/or vinyasa yoga class for a variety of levels.

 The ability to lead prenatal, yin and kids classes.

 The basis for a life-long study and practice of yoga

 A 200-hour Yoga Alliance certificate that is internationally recognized.


Course Details

Deciding to deepen your yoga practice and to train as a yoga teacher requires commitment and dedication.  Students should be prepared to make the practice and study of yoga a priority during the ten months of training. The program will provide 33 weeks of training.  The terms will be 13, 12, and 8 week terms with break that correspond to school breaks between each one. The program will start the week of Sept 16. More details to be announced.

“I think the Yama Yoga studio is a great yoga studio and I found my educational experience very thorough. You come out feeling completely confident. I had a fantastic experience.” 

“Valerie is an amazing teacher! Her passion and extensive knowledge was reflected in the confidence I felt at the end of my teacher training. It was an incredible journey of self learning, inspiration both on and off the mat, and ultimately a gift to pass on to others. I would definitely recommend her teacher training program to everyone who wishes to challenge themselves and deepen their practice.” 

“9 months of TT at Yama Yoga Doha was intensive but enjoyable from start to finish. I got more from the course than I ever expected- knowledge, an improvement in my practice, a deeper love for Yoga and friendship. I loved it!

The Yama Yoga Teacher Training Faculty

Valerie, PhD, MFA, RYTE500 since 2001. Director and senior teacher

Lesley, MA, RYT500: Anatomy and Yin

Specialist in Yin yoga and anatomy for yoga with a focus on integrating yoga and Taoist traditions.


Aime is an advanced Astanga practitioner and a 500 hour trained teacher.



Workshops with internationally renowned teachers in the various disciples of yoga are a vital part of the program.  They complement the curriculum and connect trainees to the international yoga community. Final dates TBA but on average there is a full weekend workshop every 4 -6 weeks.

Practice Requirements:

In the spring the teacher trainees will develop a personalized practice which will require participation at two additional classes per week plus the development of a home practice.


Admittance is by application only. Applications are available on the website. An in-person interview with the program director is required and should be scheduled as soon as possible.

This is a highly sought after program. Admittance is competitive and should not be assumed.


Yama Yoga is a community of dedicated yogis who support each other’s development. Trainees will be expected to practice at Yama Yoga under the mentorship of senior teachers until they have demonstrated competency.  Once graduated they will be mentored in their first year of teaching.

“Yama Yoga Studios provides a unique teacher training. It takes nine months of commitment and through this it integrates the practice, study and pedagogy of yoga into your daily routine. Valerie has a wealth of wisdom and can recognize and bring out the unique teaching talents of each course participant. The opportunity to study with a variety of international acclaimed teachers is an added bonus, providing even more variety in knowledge and yoga styles. Life changing!”

“I learned a tremendous amount during Yama Yoga’s teacher training. I learned how to manage an injury safely, become stronger and more flexible, have a dialogue with my body about health, and teach some of these skills to others. Thank you”

Monday Evening Classes at Asas Studio 6:30 – 7:45 pm Practical Class 8:00 – 9:30 pm Theory Class (3 ten-week units on Anatomy, Pedagogy and Philosophy.)
Friday Morning at Al Waab Studio 7:30 am – 9:30 am (The first semester focuses on developing your practice while the second semester is focused on the practical aspects of teaching.)
Saturday Morning at Al Waab Studios 7:30 am – 9:00 am – Astanga/Mysore based practice
Registration: QR 2000 (This fee is non-refundable and should be paid upon acceptance into the program.) Fall Semester – QR 3750 Spring Semester – QR 6250 Total for the year – QR 12000 7 required workshops which can be paid for separately or together for a full total of the program at QR 20,000 Fees include discounted classes for duration of program
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