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Niyama Yoga & Yama Therapeutics

Not all Yoga Teacher Trainings are created equal. In fact, there is a huge disparity between the curricula of teacher trainings. If you are looking for a top-notch, comprehensive yoga teacher training program, you have come to the right place. Niyama is an industry leader for proper education and training. 



What makes Niyama an industry leader in 300 hour yoga teacher training?


Niyama's RYT 300 hour yoga teacher training program is best in class due to the caliber of teachers who offer this training and the extensive content and application of tangible therapeutic yoga techniques.



Our programs were originally founded by Diane Finlayson and are now run by Nicole Zornitzer. Diane is the Department Chair of Yoga Therapy & Ayurveda at Maryland University of Integrative Health. Nicole is also a graduate of Maryland University of Integrative Health, from where she received her certification in Ayurvedic as a Certified Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant. 


The Yamas and the Niyamas, which are cornerstones of Ayurveda, anchor the teachings of Hatha yoga taught in our trainings. The Yamas are restraints, or social disciplines. For example, one of the Yamas is Ahimsa, or non-violence. Embracing the concept of Ahimsa means our teacher training programs encourage you to respect your body’s edges and not harm yourself while practicing, nor harm your students by pushing them too far in their practices. The Niymamas are observances, or ethical conducts. One of the Niyamas is Svadhyaya, or self-study. Our trainings incorporate this concept and help you to understand and accept yourself.

300 hour yoga teacher training

This is Sanskrit for Svadhyaya

This program is designed for those who have previously trained as RYT 200 yoga instructors who are interested in expanding their knowledge and application of therapeutic yoga practices.  Niyama Yoga Shala, in conjunction with Yama Therapeutics, offers a program that is rich in material, hands on practice, application and absorption of all information necessary to create a successful Therapeutic Yoga Private Practice or application in group class sessions.  Our training program enables the student to fully explore, research and apply therapeutic yoga practices within specialty populations of interest. Examples of some of the specialty populations that will be covered in this training are:

  • Anxiety & Stress

  • Heart Disease

  • Addiction

  • Cancer

  • Stroke

  • Scoliosis

  • Elder Care

  • Grief/Bereavement/Hospice Care

  • Couples

What you can expect during your nine months of RYT 300 training

*Review of key yogic philosophy & the applied 8 limbs of yoga

*Deep understanding and application of:

  • Yoga Therapy ABC’s

  • How to structure a yoga therapy session including intake forms, appreciative inquiry, co-listening skills and focusing techniques

  • Koshas

  • Kleshas

  • What is Ayurveda and Deep Understanding of Evaluating Clients including understanding the Doshas and how to work in a therapeutic manner with such

  • Pranayama

  • Mudra

  • Bandhas

  • Gunas

  • ChakrasStudy of the Upanishads & Vedas

  • Meditation

  • Prana Vidya

  • Somatics

  • Joint Freeing Series

  • Yin Yoga

  • Study of Buddhist Scripture

  • Kum Nye Introduction

  • Business & Marketing for a Private Practice

*Creation of a workshop and offering of such with the guidance and materials learned

*Creation of a 5 week private therapeutic yoga session with your chosen population

*Research paper

*A library of books that will enable you to grow & explore yoga therapy

*An on-line forum where all classwork will be stored and presented. The classroom is also where all homework will be housed and additionally this becomes our method of communication as a group in between our meeting dates. A deep sense of community and support is important to us.


Included in your tuition and training program is a 3 night 4-day retreat at a beautiful venue in a highly pranic environment. During this retreat you can expect to share quality time with your fellow trainees and mentor applying learned concepts and putting into action hands-on methods of therapeutic yoga. This more intense method of learning key yogic and ayurvedic concepts creates a forum of trust and community that is necessary when participating in a program of this nature. This retreat occurs in your 7th month of training, you can expect an experience that will elevate your understanding of therapeutic yoga as well as encourage an evolution of your mind/body/soul connection. Along with classroom experience, we will enjoy the resort we are traveling to and its highly pranic environment; becoming connected to nature and one another.  Often our team leaves this retreat functioning at a higher vibration and changed in a positive way, encouraging balance and awareness of how the tools we learn can positively mold our lives and enable us to be effective healers in the world of yoga therapy.


Guest Instructors

In addition to our Program Directors, we are very proud to have these additional, high caliber instructors for our RYT 300 program:

Durga Leela

C-IAYT, Yoga Therapist, Ayurvedic Practitioner, Author of "Yoga of Recovery." Director of Ayurveda at the Sivananda Ashram in CA.


Dr. Yana Kofman

PT YSC, C-IAYT, RYT 500 and Founder of The Yoga Way, a therapeutic yoga center in Morristown, NJ.

Sarajean Rudman

MS, MA, E-RYT 500, Adjunct Professor at MUIH, Yoga Therapist, Ayurvedic Practitioner, Yoga Teacher Trainer at Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, CEO Bala Strong, LLC.

Emily Murphy Kaur & Harmeet Kaur

Founders of SeTu Vermont, MA, MS and Yoga Instructors, Ayurvedic Practitioners, Meditations Specialists and Sound Healers.

Requirements for admission (some exceptions made based on interview screening)

  • Minimum 2 years practicing as a RYT 200 Yoga Instructor

  • RYT 200 certified through the Yoga Alliance and a reputable training school – documentation required of graduate certificate

  • A desire to work with specialty populations in a therapeutic manner

  • If you have trained under Niyama Yoga/Yama Therapeutics in RYT 200 Program, enrollment in this program is accepted without initial interview process and enrollment is accepted immediately following RYT 200 training (no lag necessary between 200 & 300 training)

Upcoming RYT 300 Therapeutic Yoga Teacher Training Programs

About Niyama Yoga Shala's Therapeutic Yoga Teacher Training Programs

2024: RYT 300 hour Yoga Teacher Training

2024 TBA*

*We are already booking the training so you can reserve your spot today. Either scroll down, or CLICK HERE to pay the $500 non-refundable deposit.

Tuition/Terms & Conditions:

  • $4500

  • $500 non-refundable/non-transferable deposit is due when booking to hold your spot

  • Payment Plans offered (all tuition must be paid in full by Month 5 of training)

  • Once enrolled & payment plan begins, this training program is non-refundable. We are aware that sometimes situations occur that cause unexpected extension needs. If an extension is needed for such a circumstance, student will be responsible for an additional $500/month for private training until deemed ready to receive graduation certificate.

  • Attendance is required for all scheduled meeting times. Student is allowed to miss a total of 2 training days with the assumption that work will be made up during the training course duration.

This is the most in depth & useful
anatomy training available to teacher training programs today.This full in-person experience is available only through studios like Niyama Yoga & Wellness.

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