Teacher Training

The Richmond Integral Yoga® Teacher Training Program has been offered since 1999. The certification course meets the high standards and hours required by the Yoga Alliance, the National Registry of Yoga Teachers and Integral Yoga® International. Students will receive direct instruction from the main leader: Vimala Nora Pozzi, E-RYT500, C-IAYT, PRYT, YCaT, and Richmond TT staff of mentors, which include Integral Yoga teachers who have graduated from either the one-month long Yogaville residential program or from our Richmond non-residential 6-month long program.

The IYC, the first Yoga Center to offer a yoga teacher training program in Richmond, has trained more than 120 yoga teachers since 1999. The Integral Yoga® Center of Richmond is an affiliate of the International Integral Yoga® Institutes with headquarters in Satchidananda Ashram, Yogaville. Its founder and spiritual leader, Sri Swami Satchidananda, was invited to came to the US in the 70’s to share his vision of Peace and Harmony for all people.

Vimala, an experienced senior yoga educator and trainer, understands that the quality of a yoga teacher resides in his/her ability “to know oneself”, the essential teachings of Sri Swami Satchidananda. She also believes that the most important aspect of being a yoga teacher is presence and authenticity, commitment to one’s personal yoga & spiritual practice, as well as to the students and the desire to serve. This can be only implemented with skills to communicate and convey the information in a manner that the students will understand, no matter their particular way of learning.  This, was also learned from her teacher, who used to teach “Adapt, Adjust, Accommodate” and “Truth is One, Paths are Many”.

Vimala’s experience and expertise in the adaptation of yoga to meet the needs of different populations (cancer & heart disease, seniors, kids, teens, pregnancy, PTSD and other mental health issues, prisons and youth at risk, as well as hospitals and corporations) has made this program very comprehensive and unique, although not an easy one.

Eventually, this training, which focuses on developing a yogic lifestyle, while geared towards teaching/mentoring others into the path of yoga, is essentially an opportunity for self-growth and self-inquiry.  This journey fosters personal transformation of one’s life where the Goal of Integral Yoga® may be fulfilled: “An easeful Body, a peaceful Mind, a useful Life”, a universal formula for Happiness.

This 6-month long Teacher Training is offered once a year. Our next Training will start on NOVEMBER 21, 2017 and end in May 2018. If you are interested in learning more about this program, send us an email to set up an informational meeting to address your questions and meet some of the mentors and teachers as well as learn about the Training Manual, textbooks, and program requirements.

DISCLAIMER: The yoga therapy components of my instruction and/or practice are based on my Certification by PRYT, not derived from my status as an RYT® with Yoga Alliance Registry

  • 2017-18 TT FREE Orientation Meetings

    To Be Announced later in the Year

    For questions or to set up a meeting, please call or email us

    Please confirm attendance to vimala@yogahelps.com or at 804-342-1061(w) or 677-3199 (cel)

    Integral Yoga Center of Richmond
    213 Roseneath Rd, S#102
    behind Temple Beth-El on Grove Ave (Museum District)
    Ample parking behind the building.

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