200 Hour Certification

Who Should Attend?

The Yoga Teacher Training and National Certification Course is for all levels of students and new or experienced teachers of all traditions. No teaching experience is required. Most students/teachers develop an interest in becoming certified for four reasons:

  • To deepen one's own practice

  • To shift paradigms and see the art of yoga from a teacher's perspective.

  • To teach full or part-time and offer classes in a variety of venues.

  • To own a yoga studio and teach classes full-time for right livelihood.

What style of Yoga will be taught?

The teaching style of hatha and raja yoga is eclectic and non-dogmatic and is compatible to all styles of yoga regardless of the lineage, i.e. Vinyasa, Iyengar, Sivananda, Kripalu, Bikram, Integral, Ashtanga, Power, Hot, Kundalini, or any of the 50 plus styles now being taught globally.

What are the course objectives?

A comfort level will be reached in every facet of teaching yoga. Students/teachers will learn step by step:

  • How to teach a complete yoga course (beginner to advanced) drawn from ancient yogic traditions.

  • How to develop the knowledge, skill and confidence one needs to become a yoga teacher.

  • How to identify and cultivate one's own teaching style.

  • The Business of Yoga.

  • How to find work in the yoga community.

National certification will be awarded upon successful completion of the course.

What will be taught in the course?

Part 1 - What to Teach

Breathing practices, core hatha yoga postures and meditation techniques that should be included in every beginner through advanced curriculum. A seven grade level/42 week course is offered as a 46 year time-tested model.

Pranayama - Traditional breathing practices that develop a full breath and a mind as cool as autumn and as mild as spring including the complete yogic breath, ujjayi (sound), sur puvak (healing), nadi sodhana (alternate nostril), kapalabhati (skull cleansing), bhastrika (bellows), and sitali (cooling).

Asana - A potpourri of fifty classic hatha yoga postures including stretching, twisting, bending, balancing and inversions that cultivate straight posture, suppleness of body, strength, muscle tone and body alignment. Also, myriad improvisational stretches to help the hundred joints, nine openings and six organs all function together.

Dhyana - Meditation and relaxation practices-ancient in origin and drawn richly and widely from many cultures and centuries-to cultivate a calm manner and an unfurrowed brow, including vipassana (insight), zen, mantra, zikr, comtemplative prayer, metta (loving kindness), shavasana (relaxation), and other guided visualization and concentration practices.

There will be two hatha yoga/breathing classes and two meditation sessions each day of the course.


  • The seven schools of classical Indian yoga: hatha, kundalini (chakra system), mantric (sound), bhakti (devotion), raja (Patanjali's sutras), jnana (knowledge), and karma (action and work).

  • Working with children and seniors

  • Food and diet

  • Working with injuries/limitations and students with special needs

  • Anatomy, physiology and kinesiology.

Part 2 - How to Teach

There is a difference between knowing and doing yoga - and teaching yoga. This course is for those who want to cultivate an individual teaching style with the skill of articulating the teachings with clarity, conviction, and passion.

There will be two practice teaching classes each day of the course.

Part 3 - The Business of Yoga

The majority of teachers are impeccably trained in yoga but not in the Business of Yoga. Teachers - full and part-time - spend the majority of time on business, not teaching. Teaching and the business of yoga go hand in hand; the business piece of the practice is no less a part of yoga than teaching.

Each of the following topics will be covered in separate sessions:

  • Transitioning to a full or part-time yoga teacher personally,professionally, and financially.

  • Writing a course syllabus.

  • Setting a class schedule and tuition - structured grade level (beginner through advanced) vs.open classes.

  • Designing and crafting a brochure and website.

  • All aspects of social media.

  • Planning a budget

  • Selecting and designing a venue/studio.

  • Studio proprietorship vs. freelance teaching

  • Advertising and the Magic of Ding-a-Ling: how to keep the phone ringing.

  • Building and maintaining a contact/email/mailing list - the lifeblood of the business.

  • Mastering the Free Class, Introductory Lecture - a student's first impression.

  • What to include in the most important class for a teacher.

  • Retaining current students - The Magic of Ding-a-Ling Part II.

  • Insurance - coverage that is necessary

  • Establishing a book and sideline inventory

  • Recognizing and honoring the differences among the myriad schools of yoga.

  • Sponsoring special events - planning and promoting special workshops and retreats, and master classes.



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These classes are LIVE, not virtual.

Limit of 10 per class.

Following Texas Medical Center Safety protocol.

These trainings will be taught in Houston, and instructed by Lex Gillan.

The Yogi, Lex Gillan, has studied with world-class teachers including Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Ram Dass, meditation masters Dhiravamsa and Stephen Levine, Father Thomas Keating, Andy Gold and James Ezelle, M.D. since the '60s and has been a full-time instructor since 1974 when he founded The Yoga Institute in Houston. He has taught more than 40,000 yoga classes, 200 Yoga Teacher Training and National Certification Courses and 300 meditation workshops to more than 100,000 students and has certified more than 3,000 teachers globally.

Mr. Gillan now teachers - full time - the Yoga Teacher Training and National Certification Course (YogaALLIANCE and National Association of Certified Yoga Teachers approved to the 500 hour level), one of the oldest Teacher Certification courses in the United States. He is a co-founder and trustee of Rose Mountain Retreat Center in New Mexico and is on the Faculty at the Institute for Spirituality and Health at the Texas Medical Center (Houston). Mr. Gillan serves on the board of Brazos Bookstore (Houston) and the Margaret Austin Retreat Center (Chappell Hill, TX), as well as serving as an Advisory Director of the Hope and Healing Institute (Houston). He has also served in an advisory role to the YogaALLIANCE board as well as serving on the YA Compliance Committe and Studio Committee. In 2013 he founded the National Association of Certified Yoga Teachers where he continues to serve as founding president.

Mr. Gillan is degreed from Stephen F. Austin University (Texas) and splits his time between Houston, Texas and Santa Fe, New Mexico.