A progressive 200 Hour, 6 month exploration for anyone at any level that wants to learn to use Transformative Yoga for Mind/Body/Life wellness, regardless of whether or not you have any aspiration of teaching.

The RYT 200 works primarily on Self development in terms of the fundamentals of being a Yogi, or if desired a Yoga Instructor. In this program, the orientation is working with ourselves as our first student (and undoubtedly the hardest student you will ever have). This represents the old and authentic way Yogis of the past applied the tools of yoga as inward explorers both gaining new self perspective and then self guiding the expansive changes and awakening.

Our program is a unique, satisfying, and life-affirming journey for anyone who is interested in learning how to use Yoga to learn, grow, and transform. Many students who come into the program do so in a transition period in their lives where they are ready and wanting to do some serious self-reflection. Some students who come into the program have previous Yoga experience and are taking the course in part to be able to teach, but many students take it without any intention to teach outwardly, but rather use the program as a tool for Self-Growth. You don’t need any previous Yoga experience to feel comfortable in this program.

Aware of individual needs in this transformational process, our experienced teachers offer students a wide variety of options to explore, learn and apply traditional and contemporary Yoga methods to awaken the Self. Moreover, all of the teachers in the program, live, teach and apply their yoga in our community. As a result, students benefit from numerous opportunities to interact with their teachers in meaningful and lasting ways that are relevant to their own learning process.

We support an environment of thinking and continuing study; reflection on the subject matter, self reflection, and practice. Our Yogi Teacher Training program creates a strong foundation to transform your practice and more importantly transform your life. If you feel the time is right for you to embark on this inward journey, please let us know in person or by filling out our online application.

Program Details

Program Structure

The 200 hour course runs 6 months, though you can take as long as you need to finish your hours. It’s important to us that students take this course at their own pace, in a way that fits with their schedules, in order to get the most out of it. The 200 program hours consist of:

Weekend Intensives
The heart of the course revolves around “weekend intensives” which meet approximately every third weekend on Saturday and Sunday from 12:45pm to 5:15pm. These courses are only open to students enrolled in the program.

Self-Chosen Workshops
In addition to the required weekend intensives, students earn hours towards the program by choosing from a wide range of workshop topics that they find interesting. Those workshops are held on Saturdays and Sundays from 1-4pm.

Studio Classes
Yoga & Meditation classes (from our regular schedule) that the student attends at St. Petersburg Yoga Students will count towards their 200-hour certification as well.

Non-Studio Hours
These are hours that the student spends on their Yoga practice outside of the studio. It includes things like self-study, journaling, home practices, and classes at other studios.

2019/2020 Schedule

January 2020 session dates

Weekend intensives are scheduled for the following Saturdays and Sundays from 1pm – 5pm:

  • 1/11/2020
  • 1/12/2020
  • 2/1/2020
  • 2/2/2020
  • 2/22/2020
  • 2/23/2020
  • 3/14/2020
  • 3/15/2020
  • 4/4/2020
  • 4/5/2020
  • 4/25/2020
  • 4/26/2020
  • 5/16/2020
  • 5/17/2020
  • 6/6/2020
  • 6/7/2020


July 2019 session dates

Weekend intensives are scheduled for the following Saturdays and Sundays from 1pm – 5pm:

  • 7/13/19
  • 7/14/19
  • 8/3/19
  • 8/4/19
  • 8/24/19
  • 8/25/19
  • 9/14/19
  • 9/15/19
  • 9/28/19
  • 9/29/19
  • 10/26/19
  • 10/27/19
  • 11/16/19
  • 11/17/19
  • 12/7/19
  • 12/8/19


The RYT 200 works primarily on Self development in terms of the fundamentals of being a Yogi/Yoga Instructor. In this program, the orientation is working with ourselves (and different aspects thereof) as the first student (and undoubtedly the hardest student you will ever have to teach). This represents the old and authentic way Yogis of the past applied the tools of yoga as inward explorers both gaining new self perspective and then self guiding the expansive changes and awakening. Program topics include:

Ideas of Yoga

  • What it has been classically
  • How it can be personally and fully applied
  • What it means to be a Yogi

Use of Yoga’s Ancient Techniques

  • Asanas: Explore Techniques & Methodology
  • Styles: Hatha, Transformative Restorative, Power, Ashtanga, Classic Yoga, Dharma, Meditation, Yogi Life Coaching, Yoga for Mind Dispositions, Yoga for Body Dispositions, One-on-One Teaching, and more…
  • Pranayama/Breath: Techniques & Applications
  • Mantra/Chant: Techniques & Applications
  • Ayurveda

Anatomy & Physiology

  • Physical Body
  • Subtle Body
  • Sheaths of Self

Applied Scriptures & Philosophy

  • The Lost Fundamentals / Body of Yoga
  • Yoga Sutras / Limbs of Yoga
  • Bhagavad Gita
  • Upanishads/Vedas


  • Being Your Own 1st Student
  • Transformative Applications
  • Safety
  • Sequencing of Asanas
  • Practicum

Cost / Tuition

Tuition can be either paid in full upfront, or spread into payments over the course of the program:

$1849 — Early Bird Tuition
Save $150 when you put your $500 deposit down early!

$1999 — Regular Cost
$500 deposit required for enrollment.

Payment plans available.


The faculty of the St. Petersburg Yoga 200 hour training program is taught by a group of dedicated 500 RYT Yogi’s who have all graduated through this program, and who continue to be ongoing students of the study of transformational Yoga. Each came into Yoga for different reasons, but share in common that they have used their own unique mind/body/life challenges as paths towards Awakening. You can learn more about each of them on our instructors page.


Will I have unlimited classes at your studio during the training?
Yes, up to 200 hours. This includes intensives, workshops and general classes. After you complete the first 200 hours, you receive a discount on workshops and classes!

Do you need yoga experience to join the program?
No experience is needed for the 200HR program, just a desire to learn! In fact that beginner’s mind can be an advantage for coming into the program. But for the 500HR Program, a 200HR certification is a requisite.

Is the program appropriate if I have no intention of teaching?
Yes! Many of our students come into the program with no desire to teach, but rather to learn more about how Yoga can help them with their mind/body/life challenges. This is actually a great way to come into the program, and often these students get the most out of it. (they also often end up wanting to teach after falling in love with the practice!)

Can I spread my training over multiple sessions?
Yes. We have students who start one session and finish in the next, if it works better for their schedule. In general we try to be as flexible as we can in working with students unique schedules.

Do I need to finish my hours within the 6-month time frame?
No. Many students take their time to finish their hours if they aren’t in a hurry. There is no need to rush at our Studio as we’ll give you as much time as needed to complete your hours.

Does completing the course give me the certification I need to teach?
Yes! With the successful completion of all the requirements of the program, you will receive your Letter of Certification evidencing your training at the 200-Hour Level. For those who wish to teach, you may then register with the Yoga Alliance at the RYT-200 level (Registered Yoga Teacher 200). This is the standard certificate most studios and gyms require to teach.


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— No Experience Needed
— Open to Anyone (not just teachers)
— Yoga Alliance Certification
— Flexible Schedule
— Payment Plans Available
— Taught by All 500 Level Instructors
— 25 Years of Experience
— Florida’s Largest Yoga School

Gain mastery in:

— Transformative Restorative
— Power / Ashtanga
— Classic Yoga
— Meditation
— Yogi Life Coaching
— Yoga for Mind Dispositions
— Yoga for Body Dispositions
— One-on-One Teaching

Chris Acosta and the rest of the team at St. Petersburg Yoga have developed a training program that is both strategic in introducing the many practices of authentic yoga and fluid enough to allow each student to develop at their own pace. The studio and its instructors are warm, inviting and judgement free. This combination allows each student to not only learn of the many tools of yoga, but also to apply those tools in meaningful ways to help bring balance to their own lives and the lives of those they encounter. The entire team is dedicated to authentic yoga, practiced safely, with their mantra of "low risk, high reward" practiced in every posture from meditation to downward dog. I would recommend this program to anyone. Whether you are looking to gain insight and balance in each area of your own life or wanting to move on to teach the mindful practices of yoga, St. Petersburg Yoga is the place to gain insight into your "first student", you, and this is where all change must begin.

Heather Close

I joined the teacher/training program at St. Petersburg Yoga motivated by my fitness goals and a desire to expand my repertoire of fitness expertise. What I have gained in return has, literally, stunned me. The training has been so much more than I could ever have imagined. It has taught me to be kind and gentle to myself, physically, emotionally and spiritually. Being a mother of five children, St. Petersburg Yoga has been the most relaxing, life-giving, safe place for me to grow and become more balanced in my daily life.

Dawn Wilder

Before coming into this program, I had been a yoga student at several other studios in many cities over the 40 years of my personal practice. I thought I already knew yoga and could not have been more misguided. I only knew the surface of yoga before my training at St. Petersburg Yoga. The comprehensive experience has changed me in ways beyond my imagination and I am grateful to their entire staff of dedicated and professional yoga instructors.

Kate Wendt

I'd like to take this opportunity to say how much I have thoroughly enjoyed being a part of the St. Petersburg Yoga community and especially a part of the Yogi Training groups. It's been so rewarding and enlightening to be with others from 'my tribe'. The last 18 months has been huge for me - humbling, education, inspirational, and transformational. Although I still have a long way still to go I know I'm moving in the right direction. So enormous, colossal, infinite thanks to everyone who has been a part of my journey so far. I look forward to many more classes and conversations with you all.


All of the teachers embody what they are teaching. I didn’t “just learn yoga”. I was given the support and direction to experience what the union of my body and spirit truly is. In addition to transforming my body from pain to ease, this training has given me practical tools for my personal and professional life. I am deeply grateful the staff at St. Petersburg Yoga – thank you!

Cindy Black

St Pete Yoga is by far the best studio I’ve learned in. I have practiced yoga in Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio, Tennessee, Iowa, Illinois, The Netherlands (for 2 years) and Mexico. I’ve learned from many teachers…and found Chris Acosta and his teaching team to be the most grounded in true Yoga – mind, body, spirit -and willing to help in my own discovery and journey. I will enroll in the St Pete 500 Hour program in January after teaching this summer, and look forward to continuing the journey of awakening and finding balance.

Lois Lukens

I wanted to let you know how important the work you do at the studio is. This program and your staff has changed me forever. I have had a rough couple of years and little did I know how timely it was that I signed up for this program when I did! This program saved me, it gave me the tools I have been searching for and didnt even know i already had them! Thank you again for everything you do, not just for me , but our community, I see it everyday when I am there!

Kristine D.

Intense, Educational, Very Positive. Worth the travel and every dime. What an honor to learn from a variety of instructors!

Connie Schaus

I have taken Yoga classes, off and on, for over forty years, and never have I heard words like, "beginners mind," "breath," or "edge." I never looked mindfully at balancing brain, life and body. There was always competition, not balance, between mind, time and fitness. St. Pete Yoga and its instructors have opened new and exciting possibilities.

Cheryl Richards

St. Petersburg Yoga focuses on the highest benefit / lowest risk practices. I couldn't have asked for a better studio to learn and become immersed in the principles of balance, beginners mind, edge, stillness, and breath. I would recommend the studio for anyone looking to better themselves physically, mentally, or spiritually. They are very open and professional. All around a great place with great instructors and principles.

Kellye Rainwater

St Petersburg Yoga provided me with a comprehensive education taught by a variety of instructors to start my journey as a yoga instructor confidently. Unlike many other teacher trainings, their program structure gives students the choice to finish at whatever pace fits in with life/work/family schedules and, therefore, encourages a more diverse group of students to come together and learn together. Thank you!

Sue H.

I found my 200TT experience to be very thorough. It was a great opportunity to experience and explore my yoga awareness and to begin to learn how to pass that on to others through teaching. The school allowed for me to learn at my own pace which I really appreciated. I would recommend to anyone interested in further their yoga journey.

Caroline M.