Program Requirements

Program Requirements

The required coursework for IYI Certification is as follows:Buddha Statue, France

  • Level I Insight Yoga Teacher Training Intensive: Yin/Yang Yoga and Mindfulness Meditation with Sarah Powers or an IYI Endorsed Teacher — 8 or 10-day (60-100 hours)
  • 5-16 day Yin Yoga/Anatomy Teacher Training with Paul Grilley (25-100 hours)
    If unable to study with Paul, then completion of 25-50 hours with the following teachers will also be accepted:

  • Psycho-Spiritual Inquiry Retreat (50 hours)
    Hours accepted from the following:

  • 5-day Silent Vipassana Retreat (50 hours)
    Hours accepted from the following:

  • Yoga Asana Intensives that emphasize architectural details of poses (50 hours)
    Hours accepted from the following:

  • Four 5-day Yin/Insight Yoga and Inquiry Silent Retreats with Sarah and Ty Powers (50 hours each / 200 hours total)
    Please note: In 2017, there will no longer be a requirement to attend each themed silent retreat from the list below. Sarah and Ty will still, at times, focus on each of these four subjects on different retreats, however, they will also simply include aspects of them all in each retreat. As an alternative to the silent retreat theme – A Closer Look at the Four Foundations of Mindfulness – we invite you to take the new Level II Insight Yoga Teacher Training Intensive with Sarah called Mindfulness and Inner Practices in Yin Yoga (see details below and on schedule).

    • The Nature of Happiness and How to Cultivate its Causes (the Four Mind Changings and the Four Noble Truths)
    • A Closer Look at the Four Foundations of Mindfulness
    • The Hindrances: Working with Obstacles while Playing with Possibilities (taking emotional afflictions as the path: turning poison into medicine)
    • Expanding the Heart: living with love, compassion, joy and equanimity: Buddha activity in our everyday lives

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Sarah and Ty have added some optional coursework that can be counted towards IYI Certification Hours with permission:

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  • Level II Insight Yoga Teacher Training Intensive: Mindfulness and Inner Practices in Yin Yoga (5-day/30 hours)
  • Level III Insight Yoga Teacher Training Intensive: Warm Hearted Awareness in Yin Yoga (100 hours)
    • Prerequisites:
      • Level I Insight Yoga Teacher Training Intensive: Yin/Yang Yoga Mindfulness Meditation Training with Sarah or an IYI endorsed teacher — (60-100 hours/8 or 10-day)
      • Level II Insight Yoga Teacher Training Intensive: Mindfulness and Inner Practices in Yin Yoga (5-day)
      • Yin Yoga/Anatomy Teacher Training with Paul Grilley — 25 hours
        • If unable to study with Paul, then completion of 25 hours with one of the approved teachers listed on the IYI Program Requirements page will also be accepted.
      • At least one 5-day or more silent retreat (preferably with Sarah and Ty Powers)
      • A 200-hour Yoga Training
      • Some psychological work: either in therapy or in one of the retreats listed under the Psycho-Spiritual Inquiry section on the IYI Program Requirements page.

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sculptureIn addition to the course curriculum, to graduate from IYI, each participant will often have suggested readings, writings and be assigned a mentor that they will be in contact with to track their development. Throughout the years, participants will be responsible for staying in contact with their mentors through email and phone sessions. While there is no time limit that the coursework needs to be completed, we require that participants on the certification path commit to a minimum two year relationship with their mentor. The mentorship program is a vital and dynamic element of the Insight Yoga Institute; allowing participants to continue to stay connected between the times of formal coursework. Each of the mentors have all been certified and endorsed by Sarah and Ty Powers to teach Insight Yoga.

Some graduates of the full program may be invited to become mentors to incoming students. In order to be endorsed to teach Insight Yoga, upon completion of all requirements listed above, we will ask that you send an hour-long video of one of your classes including very specific Insight Yoga elements for review.

This program offers 500 hours of Yoga Alliance certification only. We do recommend that yoga teachers complete a 200-hour program before attending ours, as this program is advanced studies for yoga teachers. There are a number of good programs available. We recommend the Yogaworks and endorsed IYI teacher Theresa Murphy 200-hour programs.

You can begin the program at any time, with any of our courses. You can join the Institute by completing an application. We will contact you regarding acceptance.