Hatha Vinyasa Yoga Alliance 200 RYT Certificate
You've got a great passion for yoga and you're ready to take your practice to the next level. Maybe it's time to take the next step to becoming a certified yoga teacher so that you can fulfill your dream by doing what you love for a living.
Join Asia Pacific Yoga on our 6 - 25 April 2020 200 Hour Hatha Vinyasa New Zealand Yoga Teacher Training where you will be staying for 20 days in a luxury holiday home in the stunning lakeside town of Lake Taupo, New Zealand.
We create a very down to earth, neuro-physiological yoga teacher training with respect to the vast unknown that constantly draws us deeper and deeper into MAGIC.
Keeping it REAL but ready to FLY.
Date : 6 - 25 April 2020 (20 days)
Venue : Luxury Accommodation in Lake Taupo, New Zealand
Tuition, Manuals and 19 Nights Accommodation :
Shared Room : NZD3,300
Course Fees With No Accommodation : NZD2,500
Note : Due to the lockdown in New Zealand that began on 25 March 2020, the April training has been postponed. We will update everyone with new dates once the lockdown has been lifted. We are hoping that our 18 May - 6 Jun and 17 Aug - 4 Sep will run as schedule. Thank you for your support, patience and understanding during this uncertainties.
A Transformative Yoga Teacher Training Experience
This Yoga Alliance accredited and internationally recognised 200 Hour Hatha Vinyasa New Zealand Yoga Teacher Training is designed not only for aspiring teachers, but for those who are looking to immerse themselves in a physical, mental, emotional and spiritual transformation through yoga and meditation.
This training will include 20 days in a luxury Lake Taupo accommodation, course fees and manuals. Meals are not included as students will purchase their own vegetarian food and cook either separately or communally. We will cover all aspects required for Yoga Alliance Certification in a relaxed environment, a small group of no more than 12 people.
The first week will be an immersion into Hatha asanas, pranayama and kriyas. The second week is about experiencing Vinyasa Flows based around Surya Namaskar (Sun Salute) A and B. We will have restorative and yin classes in the afternoons during the training as well. All this will give you a broad base to teach from.
Our focus is on :
PRACTICING EMBODYING SHARING
Why Train With Asia Pacific Yoga
Here at Asia Pacific Yoga, we strive to create immersive, expansive and transformational experiences that you will not forget. We believe in keeping our groups small, a maximum of 12 students, so that each student gets the maximum benefit out of the training and the proper attention he or she deserves.
Yoga practises are about feeling better, no matter where that begins for you.It is not about what it looks like. It is about what it feels like. Our trainings are about exploration, not perfection. We are passionate about our yoga and love to share these simple but profound practices.
We go by the principles of every body is DIFFERENT, and individual attention is vital when you begin learning yoga postures and yoga sequences. We understand that there is no ‘One Size Fits All’ when it comes to yoga and that every student has different needs when learning how to teach yoga.
So join us for a few weeks of immersive yoga practice, pranayama, meditation and transformative self-development techniques to connect with your unique self. Release whatever is holding you back and empower yourself to go out and SHARE WHAT YOU LOVE, DO WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY and what HELP OTHERS LIVE a more fulfilled, happier and healthier life.
What Makes Us Special
- Every student gets lots of attention because we keep our groups small – no more than 12 people
- Our YTTs are held in amazing tranquil locations close to nature and with easy access to the lake
- An immersive, transformational experience in a safe, supportive environment with like-minded people
- Deepen your practice with daily yoga, meditation, pranayama and workshops
- Expand your knowledge with daily lectures on yoga philosophy, anatomy, chakras and much more
- Get comfortable with giving and receiving adjustments
- Learn to start teaching in the very first week
- Reasonable and affordable
What's Included in Your Taupo 200YTT
- 19 nights accommodation in a Luxury Holiday Home in Lake Taupo, the largest lake in Australasia
- Course and Asana manuals
- Deepen your yoga practice with daily asana, kriyas, meditation and pranayama
- Expand your knowledge with daily lectures on yoga philosophy, anatomy, chakras and much more
- Hands on workshops on arm balances, inversions, backbends, adjustments, partner yoga, restorative yoga and more
- Individual assessments during your one hour practicum
- Accredited RYT200 Hatha Vinyasa Yoga Alliance certification upon graduation
- Free unlimited wifi so you can still keep in touch with your loved ones
- Sunset view and hikes, time permitting
- A beautiful (and most often emotional!) graduation ceremony
- A fun and transformational experience that you won’t forget! ☺
This 200 Hour New Zealand Yoga Teacher Training is a comprehensive course that will cover a range of topics as required by Yoga Alliance certification which include yoga philosophy and history, asanas and different styles of yoga (Hatha, Vinyasa and Yin), sequencing, kriyas, kirtan, pranayama, meditation and incorporating yoga into your daily life.
- Applied yoga anatomy and physiology
- Asanas, yoga styles and sequencing
- Pranayama and kriyas
- Meditation, yoga nidra
- Mantra, kirtan and chanting
- Teaching styles and workshops
- The theory of chakras, nadis, bhandas and koshas
- Yoga history and philosophy from Patanjali Yoga Sutras
- Yoga business workshop
Typical Daily Schedule
The daily schedule is flexible as it will vary from day to day depending on the needs and focus of the students but this will be typically how your day will be. The course starts at 3pm on the first day and finishes midday on the last day.
- 06.30 Kriyas, meditation, pranayama
- 07:00 Asana
- 09:30 Breakfast and break
- 10:30 Group learning time, an alive, interactive look at yoga theory, methodology, philosophy or anatomy
- 13:00 Lunch break
- 15:00 Group work, asana methodology, teaching skills
- 16:30 Asana – Yin yoga and relaxation techniques
- 18:00 Sunset kirtan chanting, meditation, contemplation
(E-RYT500) (RYT200 Kundalini)
Steve has over 15 years of yoga experience and has been involved with yoga trainings for 6 years. He has taught over 11,000 hours of classes and has the highest Yoga Alliance E-RYT500 classification, as well as being a 200 hour Yoga Alliance trained Kundalini Yoga Teacher, and an Aerial Yoga Teacher.
Steve has studied and practiced many styles of Asana, mainly Ashtanga Vinyasa, Iyengar, Yin, Hatha, and Power Yoga. Steve teaches in New Zealand, Thailand, Bali, Spain, London and Pakistan. He has a relaxed but thorough style of teaching and a passion for Yoga Anatomy and Philosophy.
Joleen is a dedicated yoga teacher and practitioner passionate about encouraging and inspiring people to be the best they can be through movement, breath, wellness, diet and a holistic approach to life. She enjoys seeing her students progress physically, mentally and emotionally as they journey with her.
Joleen has been practicing yoga for around 10 years and currently has a very strong daily Ashtanga practice. She teachers Ashtanga (Mysore style and LED), Hatha Vinyasa, Yin and Restorative. She is also a certified Les Mills Body Balance instructor. Joleen’s strength would be her calmness and grace and that she brings to her classes.
This New Zealand Yoga Teacher Training in Lake Taupo is a vegetarian self-catering experience, so each student will buy and prepare their meals, this gives maximum dietary possibilities and is a fun way to see what other people eat. We provide accommodation and tuition and students buy and cook for themselves or collectively.
Meals are a fun and educational communal time together. Taupo town is only 10 minutes drive away with plenty of supermarkets and health stores to stock up from, and cafes and restaurants to explore. Typically students budget around NZ$150-$200 for the 3 weeks.
Luxury Taupo Accommodation
You will be staying in a beautiful luxury holiday home high above Lake Taupo in a private gated community at Acacia Bay, Taupo.
At over 600 metres (2,000 feet) above sea level, this luxurious spacious five bedroom residence offers spectacular views across Lake Taupo, the largest lake in Australasia, Taupo township, geothermal areas, rolling farmland and distant mountains.
This is truly a luxury yoga training and retreat experience with spacious living and dining areas, a full chef's kitchen and scullery, a marvellous outdoor entertaining area with open fire, and beautifully landscaped grounds. The home, at 420m2 / 4,200 sqft, offers plenty of space for our yogi family to practice and learn and grow in.
Glorious sunrises and the twinkling lights of Taupo are yours to enjoy. From this unique vantage point the night sky and Milky Way are a breathtaking experience.
Linen and towels are supplied with laundry facilities. Unlimited wifi included.
About Lake Taupo
At the heart of New Zealand’s central volcanic plateau sits the largest freshwater lake in Australasia, Lake Taupo, the great inland sea of New Zealand.
This huge, shining expanse of water, moving between aquamarine blue and jade green, is crystal-clear to a depth of 13 metres. It is home to one of the best wild trout fisheries in the world, more than 30 species of water bird, several types of native fish and native kōura (crayfish).
Taupo is a place of extraordinary natural beauty – a vast, sparkling lake, trout-filled rivers, ancient lush forests, steaming geothermal zones and towering snow-blanketed mountains.
The crystal-clear freshwater of Lake Taupo draws visitors to the town to swim and sunbathe, kayak, fish, enjoy family activities or soak up the atmosphere in the town’s many lakeside restaurants and bars. Further out, there are national and forest parks, natural hot springs, and adventure activity bases, including whitewater rafting, sky-diving and bungy-jumping.
For more information visit Taupo’s Visitor Information site.
Getting To Taupo
Taupo is centrally located in the middle of the North Island of New Zealand, about 3 ½ hours’ drive from Auckland and 4 ½ hours’ drive from Wellington. Daily buses are available from most towns in New Zealand or you could opt to fly to Taupo Airport from Auckland or Wellington. We can pick you up from the Taupo bus stop or Airport. See Getting to Taupo.
We know deciding to embark on a YTT is very exciting so we have compiled a list of FAQs for all your burning questions.
Book Your Spot
Book online to secure your spot with a NZD500 deposit.
Our system accepts Master Card, Visa and American Express (+1.1%).
Other Payment Options
Your NZD500 deposit can also be paid via Paypal or bank transfer to a New Zealand bank.
If you choose to pay via an international transfer, we like to use Transferwise as their rates are very low.
We understand that emergencies do happen. We are happy to fully refund you your deposit if you inform us 30 days before the training starts.
If the 30 days have passed, we are happy to transfer your deposit to secure your spot for a future YTT date.
Suggested Reading List
For Yoga Philosophy -“The Heart of Yoga” – Desikichar – Son of Krisnamacharya
For Meditation - “Buddhism Plain and Simple” – Steve Hagen
For Anatomy - “Key Muscles of Yoga” - Ray Long
For Asana - "Yoga Sequencing" – Mark Stevens
If you are very interested in anatomy, download this great app which is such a good learning tool.
“Steve and Joleen provide a safe space where they allow you to grow at your own pace. It was the most amazing experience I could have dreamed of. Walking away from the training made me a little sad because I didn’t want it to end. Steve is a truly awesome human, he introduced us to some amazing teachers on the training who shared with us their styles and forms of teaching, I walk away with a cup overflowing yet I know this is just the beginning.
Thank you to everyone who attended, teaches and students, I am forever grateful and looking forward to bumping into some of you in the future. I would highly recommend this program to everyone. With abundance of love and light Namaste 🙏”
“Steve and Joleen from the very start created this nourishing and safe learning environment one doesn't get to experience often as a student. There were no cheesy icebreakers as a way to get to know everyone- it all felt very organic which is just the way I like it with new people! No force.
Steve's extensive knowledge and passion for the human body paired with Joleen's playful teaching style were the perfect compliments to our jam-packed extensive days. One thing that really stood out was they had us teaching on the very first day, which I loved! There was no intimidating build-up towards the one thing we came here for- to teach. Watching everyone grow with this hands-on approach to learning was pretty magical- personalities came out and everyone quickly developed their own style.
I'm not usually one for schedules, so I must say the experience was the perfect balance of planned lecture/activities and spontaneously inspired tangents and workshops. They were extremely accommodating towards our needs, interests, and energy levels. Not to mention - the house is a ten minute walk from the beach and one of the most magical waterfall hikes.
The entire experience was mind and heart-opening.. the perfect combination of a well-rounded education, human connection, and re-connecting with nature. It was more than just a yoga teacher training- it was an experience that I'll never forget.”
“I had such a wonderful experience at this course. Steve and Joleen are super nurturing supportive instructors. They have put so much thought and care into the course. At the opening circle on the first night we were welcomed and introduced. We were presented with a beautiful greenstone necklace each which was so unexpected but really was a peek into the course to come.
All aspects of training was covered thoughtfully and throughly. We got the work covered but there was always time for laughter and personal stories relevant to the subject being covered. I think we would all agree we came away with a sense of personal growth. This course developed me as a yoga teacher and as a person.
Steve is super intelligent and you can see he just loves to help develop people and share his knowledge. Joleen is so sweet and calm such a beautiful instructor to watch and learn from.
The house is located in a great spot in Piha we could hear and see the sea during our yoga practise. At lunch time I always ran along the beach , or to the waterfall. To be in such a beautiful environment was so special! The local store is less than a 5 min walk and does a great coffee. Watching Sunsets on the beach as a group was a highlight for me. Thank you Steve and Joleen I feel incredibly blessed to have had this opportunity.”