Ongoing Flexible Dates
Tantravaya Yoga

ONLINE 200 Hour Yoga Alliance Teacher Training

/ 100 Hour Art of Yoga Immersion

Immerse yourself in yoga and Ayurveda and become a RYT200 Yoga Alliance certified yoga teacher from the comfort of your own home!

Note on the new ONLINE VIRTUAL TRAINING: Yoga Alliance is now allowing us to register teachers who complete our training virtually – the most economic, convenient and COVID-proof way to get your yoga teacher certification this year. Online training equals the cost of tuition only – no travel, accommodation or food expenses, and additional financial aid will be considered on need-basis – submit your financial aid request with your application HERE



Do you want a high level education in yoga, but are not interested in teaching?

Join the first half of the program and learn every topic taught in our training that does not directly pertain to teaching!


What You’ll Learn

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Thai Massage & Individualized Bodywork
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Individualized Meditations & Mantras
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Digestion & Metabolism Treatments
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Technique, Adjustments, & Modifications
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Effective & Non-Violent Communication
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The Wisdom of Compassionate Ethics
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Non-Dual Yoga Philosophy
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The Tantravaya Yoga Teacher Training is a comprehensive, internationally-respected program designed to deepen your understanding of yoga and Ayurvedic principles.

The Tantravaya training method is unique in that it’s not limited to any “style” or blend of styles. Instead, it emphasizes universal principles of alignment within the context of Ayurvedic and yogic practices.

Tantravaya Yoga trains exceptional teachers by presenting everything you will ever need to know in order to practice and teach any kind of yoga to anyone – safely and effectively within a system of eight principle actions. These eight principles are necessary and sufficient in every active gesture for yoga and beyond. Furthermore, the eight principles are organized into four pairs of oppositional actions that allow for ultimate individualization – customizing each gesture to each practitioner by balancing the intensity of antagonistic engagements for the specific needs of the individual body in each pose. As a recent graduate has put it: “With the eight principles, I couldn’t help but teach excellently, right from the first class, even though I was nervous.”

​​With exceptional attention devoted to practical training and ample teaching experience time, Tantravaya Yoga Teacher Trainings have a proven track record of producing effective, confident yoga teachers who are ready to teach upon graduation and stand out in the world of yoga.

Our program is registered with Yoga Alliance and provides the most widely-recognized yoga teacher certification credentials in the world. Our primary goal is to cultivate a solid, safe, and effective practice as the foundation of skillful teaching.​

Course Content

principles, techniques & philosophy

The anatomy and physiology of yoga

Universal alignment technique and individual needs for different bodies

Pranayama, meditation and mantra

Introduction to yoga therapy and posture correction

Yogic philosophy, psychology and ethics

The Ayurvedic five-element system and its application to a balanced life, diet, and yoga practice​

Protocols for diagnosing an individual’s state of dosha (disease tendency)

Yogic techniques for balancing each dosha


all teachers will be able to:

Teach exceptional, inspired yoga classes

Offer high-quality, individually-customized private lessons

Know which yoga techniques are best suited for themselves and their students

Use asana and movement therapies to address muscular and skeletal imbalances

Use Ayurvedic principles to identify the strengths and weaknesses of different yoga forms

Diagnose individuals using Ayurvedic principles

Inspire spiritual fulfillment


Shy Sayar

Tantravaya Yoga director, Shy Sayar, is a yoga therapist and a registered yoga teacher and continuing education provider at the highest level offered by Yoga Alliance. Well into his third decade with yoga, Shy has tens of thousands of hours of experience bringing yoga to students of all levels, treating patients, and training yoga teachers and therapists around the globe. Shy has offered coursework on education and pedagogy, as well as yoga philosophy and classical Indian literature at the University of California, Berkeley. In his yoga teaching, Shy integrates his experience in higher education with skillful attention to different learning styles, making even the most complex teachings approachable to every student. His unique Tantravaya Yoga Therapy method has shown remarkable results in posture correction, pain relief and improved balance, as well as healing emotional trauma and addressing the roots of psychological symptoms, such as anxiety and depression.


Simona Balan

Dr Simona Balan is a yoga teacher & therapist with thousands of hours of yoga teaching experience. In her teaching, Simona weaves in various styles, including Power Vinyasa, Iyengar, Restorative, Therapeutic Yoga, and Kum Nye (Tibetan yoga). Her classes emphasize safe alignment, balance muscular strength and flexibility to prevent or heal from injuries, and offer unique mind-body insights from aikido, a Japanese martial art of conflict resolution. Simona inspires students through her contagious passion for yoga, for life-long learning, and for helping people live healthier, more harmonious lives.​​


Kimmana Nichols

Kimmana Nichols is the third generation from an entire family of holistic healers and educators; now holding qualifications in more than 20 healing modalities including Ayurveda and Naturopathy. Kimmana is a sought after Ayurvedic consultant and Vedic Astrologist, running retreats worldwide for his Ayurvedic expertise and traditional understanding and approach to Ayurveda.


Emily McMichael

Emily McMichael travels internationally to share her passion for the path, directing Yoga & Wellness Programs at various luxury resorts throughout the world, hosting retreats, co-leading Yoga Teacher Trainings and guest teaching at various yoga studios worldwide. Emily is passionate about remaining a dedicated student, because this is a journey with no destination; the learning and lessons and work are never done.  She has been practicing Traditional Thai Massage since 2015 and continue her studies every year under internationally recognized Master Pichest. Emily is also a certified Perinatal Yoga Teacher and Yoga for 12 Step Recovery Teacher, in order to further serve those in need.



We believe that the world’s highest-quality yoga teacher trainings should be as affordable as possible to every committed student who wants to skillfully share the teachings with the world. We offer unparalleled quality and financial aid to meet your need if we can.

200 Hour Yoga Alliance Teacher Training Certification: $1500 USD

100 Hour Art of Yoga Immersion: $900 USD

Payment plans & need-based financial aid available!

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Can I really become a yoga teacher online?

We actually believe that we will be training the best teachers ever in this course online. Past students have always said that attending teacher training is like drinking from the fire hose – you can never absorb all the knowledge… so now, with all sessions recorded and available for viewing and reviewing at your own pace – as well as the fact that the Tantravaya Yoga style focuses most on excellent verbal cueing of anatomy-based alignment technique, we are confident that we will train excellent teachers.

How can I apply for financial aid?

You can apply for financial aid with your application for admission: Just let us know what you can afford at this time and what over time with a payment plan, and we will do our very best to meet your need.

Is this a Yoga Alliance training? Will I become certified through Yoga Alliance? 

To correct a common misconception, Yoga Alliance does not and cannot certify teachers. It is a registry for teachers and schools. Schools, like Tantravaya Yoga, certify teachers, and our school is registered with Yoga Alliance. So the precise way to put it would be that upon completion of the training, you will be a certified yoga teacher through a Yoga Alliance school, which means you will be eligible to register with Yoga Alliance as an RYT200.

Will yoga studios be willing to hire teachers trained online?
[From Shy] As a past owner and director of multiple studios, I can tell you that it is very difficult to get hired at a studio right out of any training, online or otherwise. As I will explain in the Business of Yoga sessions in the training, the best ways to get to teach at a studio is not to try to get hired right off the bat, but rather to offer oneself as an emergency sub, to regularly attend one or more teachers’ classes that you love and let them know directly that you are happy to sub for them, and other such strategies; as an owner, I always greatly appreciated emergency subs, and if the students loved them, they would always end up on the schedule – I never cared about where or how they did their training. In my opinion and experience, the best studios care less about how a teacher was trained and more about how well they perform in an audition class, and how the students respond to them. Plus, your certificate will be the same Tantravaya Yoga certificate that we have always issued.
Is it possible to complete the course in a shorter or longer time frame? 
You can shorten or lengthen the course duration for yourself as you wish, and our team will be available to support your integration.
How do you balance practical training with theoretical teachings?

In our teaching style the two are closely integrated. We try to alternate as frequently as possible, within individual sessions, between all the learning styles: auditory, visual, kinesthetic, etc.; this means that we try to frequently offer practical, physical opportunities to experience the theoretical teachings.

Will students receive feedback and have interaction with the teachers? 

In addition to the recorded sessions, you will have regular meetings with our teaching staff and receive feedback on your teaching at the end of training

Are there required or recommended readings?
One nice thing about online training is that we will be able to share slides and documents with you each session, so no texts are required. However, we do find that students who prepare well before training, especially mentally and emotionally, do particularly well during training. For this reason, we recommend reading The Places that Scare You by Pema Chödrön, Non Violent Communication by Marshall Rosenberg, and Mastering Successful Work by Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche. We also encourage you to watch Shy’s classes on
Will I need any props for the course?
Yes, a strap and a block!
Can I get my advanced 500 hour training in Yoga Therapy with you?

Yes! The next 300 hour Tantravaya Yoga Therapist+RYT500 training with Shy Sayar, Kimmana Nichols & Maisa Thayer is scheduled for Apr 16-May 20, 2021 in Hawaii.

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