WITH MARK STEPHENS (Yoga Alliance Certified)

Building on your experience, I'm here to help you refine and expand all that you bring to teaching yoga. 



Becky Duncan, Chanting Stork Yoga, UK

"Mark, thank you for making me a more confident, independent and organized teacher. Both yourself and Michelle have been available and accessible through the whole journey and that felt invaluable. What’s even better is that I was able to learn from my home in the UK. Studying with Mark would have otherwise been inaccessible for me, so I feel truly lucky. I’ve met and made friends with other incredible teachers who I will be in touch with forever more. I’m now off to share, flow and radiate into the world." - Becky



Mark Stephens has been leading yoga teacher training programs globally for over 20 years. His background as the "For Teachers" columnist for Yoga Journal Deutschland, Yoga Journal China and Yoga International, his four textbooks on teaching yoga (now in 10 languages), and proven track record in leading outstanding trainings, bring yoga studios, schools and teachers worldwide to seek out his premier training programs. 

This online training seamlessly integrates Mark's experience and methods in conducting the highest quality teacher training with the latest interactive technologies and best practices for online learning in this unique training unmatched by other online program.  

Along with Mark's contagious passion for teaching and the structure and support systems provided in the training, these qualities ensure that you will deepen and refine your knowledge and skills while empowering you to expand your repertoire of offerings in the yoga community. You will learn more about yourself, become abundantly more clear about your purpose as a yoga teacher, and get connected in lifelong relationships with others who share your values on the yoga path. 



Join Mark Stephens for a free virtual information session about his upcoming 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training course. This will be an opportunity to meet Mark, ask questions about the course, and participate in a guided practice. Approximately an hour will be given to Q&A/discussion guided by Mark.   

This info session will be hosted on Zoom and requires registration.
To join, please choose a date below.

October 8, 2023
9:00 am PDT
October 8, 2023
6:00 pm PDT
October 11, 2023
12:00 pm PDT



Explore more deeply in the received wisdom from ancient yoga traditions to develop a more well-rounded knowledge of yoga philosophy, ethics, history and lifestyle practices.


Learn to work with injuries, pregnancy conditions, and other specific or unique student needs in your yoga classes that might not have been thoroughly addressed in your 200-hour training.


Move far beyond the typical cookie-cutter approaches to teaching postural yoga through insightful and informed observation of diverse students and bodies in a wide array of asanas and other yoga practices.


Gain a more thorough and deep practical understanding the major asanas, including their alignment principles, energetic actions, variations, modifications, contra-indications, risks and benefits.


Expand your understanding of yoga anatomy – how the body is structured, held together, moves and stabilizes - in a way that makes practical sense in teaching real human beings.


Refine how you integrate verbal, visual, and tactile cues (hands-on adjustments) to more effectively and clearly teach yoga to all levels of students and various student intentions and conditions.


Learn how to plan classes based on clear principles of sequencing that are informed by knowledge of the interrelations of postures within and between each family of asanas as well and other facets of practice such as subtle energy, seasonal changes, and changes across the lifespan.


Develop specific plans for expanding your teaching in a variety of settings such as yoga studios, gyms, businesses, schools, community centers, retreat centers and more, the basics of opening a yoga studio, and how to create and expand opportunities for teaching yoga online.

This training will provide you with the knowledge, skills and confidence to help your students in deeply impactful and meaningful ways. 



This 200-Hour Training covers all of the major topics in teaching yoga and fulfills (+ exceeds) 100% of Yoga Alliance curriculum standards.

  • CONVENIENT ONLINE TRAINING¬†that includes video learning,¬†live interaction and guided home practices¬†so you can study when it makes sense for your schedule and learn at your own pace. Yoga Alliance certified.

  • A FLEXIBLE FORMAT¬†spread out over 8 months so you can easily fit the full training¬†into your life. This flexible format¬†provides ample time and space for integration and¬†exploration¬†in each module. Plus, you'll have a full year (until¬†October 14, 2024) to¬†access and complete the training.¬†

  • LIVE INTERACTION & SUPPORT FROM MARK.¬†Every other week¬†we'll meet live via Zoom for¬†group discussions, Q&A and guided yoga practices¬†to further support your learning and growth. Hosted on Tuesdays (9:00am-1:00pm Pacific Time). All sessions will be recorded for anyone who cannot attend live.¬†¬†

  • AN ONLINE COMMUNITY FORUM¬†to engage with Mark and¬†your fellow trainees between live sessions for more individualized guidance and support. Plus, optional study groups that meet virtually.¬†

  • LIKE-MINDED FRIENDS. Yes, even online trainings create connections and friendships that often last well beyond the conclusion of the training.¬†

  • PRINTABLE WORKBOOKS¬†(digital PDFs) with terms, definitions and images to enhance your learning and help you organize notes. Includes a 67-page Anatomy Workbook, a 100-page Asana Workbook, a 38-page Sequencing Workbook, and other helpful worksheets and templates.¬†

  • 200 HOUR CERTIFICATE.¬†With your successful completion of the training, you will receive a 200-hour Certificate that enables¬†you to be a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYS 200) with Yoga Alliance.
  • Special Discounts. Start with a $15 discount on beYoga Liability Insurance, which you can learn about¬†here.¬†


I’ve been training teachers for over 20 years and I’m here to help you deepen and expand all that you offer to your students. 

As an internationally acclaimed yoga teacher and author of multiple books on teaching yoga,¬†I bring decades of experience and a background in academia to¬†my trainings that far exceed Yoga Alliance standards.¬†My three yoga textbooks ‚ÄstTeaching Yoga, Yoga Sequencing, and Yoga Adjustments¬†‚Äď are¬†available in multiple languages and used as core textbooks in teacher training programs around the world. (You may also wish to explore my book,¬†Yoga Therapy.)

With a deep study of yoga history and philosophy, human anatomy and physiology, social and interpersonal dynamics, and Eastern and Western theories of being and consciousness, I bring a non-dogmatic, accessible, and integrated perspective to my trainings that makes yoga a more refined resource for healthy living.


This hybrid training blends self-paced learning with live interaction.


This 200-hour training is presented in 5 modules. Spread out over 9 months, this program not only supports ample time for integrating all that you are learning; it also makes it easier for teachers to fit an advanced training into their busy lives.

Moving at your own pace, each 6-week module gives you sufficient time and flexibility to complete the material in keeping with your personal needs in life, while providing structure and support to help keep you on track.

Additionally, you'll have 3 extra months (equating to one full year) to access and complete the training. If you've fallen behind, wish to revisit past material, or simply wish to take longer, this program design fully supports your needs.


  • 15-25 hours of video learning (lectures¬†with Mark)
  • Three 4-hour Live Group Sessions (via Zoom) with Mark for open discussion, Q&A and group work. These sessions are always recorded for those who can't attend live or wishes to view them again.
  • Guided yoga, pranayama & meditation practices¬†during both the live sessions¬†and in¬†pre-recorded video learning.¬†
  • Supplemental activities (reading, journaling, quizzes & more).
  • Optional meetups & study groups with other trainees.



Both in-person and online training formats have strengths and weaknesses. My online training offers the same substantive content as my in-person offerings and include some additional benefits, including self-pacing and the option to repeat recorded content whenever you wish. In pursuing your further development as a yoga teacher, this design and flexibility will help to best ensure your unique learning needs are fully satisfied. 


Not everyone can take time off work (or from other responsibilities) to advance their learning and deepen their studies. If you're juggling multiple commitments and responsibilities, the flexibility of online learning offers you an opportunity to study when it works best for your unique schedule. In lieu of taking time off work or missing family dinners, you can log-in and learn when it’s convenient for you, making it easier to balance all that you do and love in life.


Unlike in-person trainings, online learning allows you to pause, rewind, re-watch and even slow the speed of video lectures and classes. This playback control helps to ensure you don’t miss any critical information being presented when you need to pause to take notes, do additional research or contemplate an idea. Those who don’t speak English as their native language especially find value in slowing down the video speed to help with translation. Plus, you can re-watch the videos repeatedly to make sure you fully understand the material before moving onto the next topic. This added control allows you to work through the material at your own pace and get the most out of your learning experience.


Traveling for in-person trainings can present many challenges, including an added cost and time commitment, that prevent teachers from being able to study with Mark. Online learning means you can train with Mark from anywhere in the world, without the need to travel and from the convenience of your own home. Plus, online learning attracts a wide range from participants from all over the world which lends itself to a deeper, global perspective that enhances the learning experience during live group sessions on Zoom.


For most people, learning requires repetition, but in-person trainings are live which means you can’t “rewatch” the material or access it again. With online learning, you can watch the video lectures and classes as many times as you like during your time of access (one full year). Not only does this improve your ability to learn the material, it also provides ample time for integration of the information; you have time to go out and apply the teachings, methods and theories in your classes and then revisit the material or ideas that didn’t make sense during application or that you didn’t fully grasp.


Want a glimpse into the training?

To give you deeper sense of how Mark teaches and what online learning is like in this training,  here's are a two example videos directly from the training. The first video is a philosophical lecture on the Gita that leads to more on how to make our classes highly engaging and deeply meaningful. The second video is a presentation on practicing and teaching Warrior II (alignment, modifications, adjustments, risks, etc.).  Enjoy!  



A condensed overview of the modules & topics covered in this training 

MODULE 1: Foundations of Practice & Teaching  

  • What is Yoga?
  • Essential Elements of Asana Practice
  • Taking the Seat of the Teacher
  • Practical Human Anatomy¬†for Yoga
    • Introduction to Anatomy
    • Anatomy Terms
    • Muscles, Bones, and Joints in Yoga
    • How to Apply Basic Anatomy to Understanding and Teaching Your Students
  • Standing Asanas
    • 27 Beginning to Advanced Standing Poses
    • Alignment, Modifications, Use of Props, How to Demonstrate, Verbal and Tactile Cues and more
  • Sounds: Music, Aum, Gayatri

MODULE 2: Cultivating Stability & Ease  

  • Guiding the Practice
  • Subtle Energy & Yogic Anatomy
  • Philosophy: The¬†Yoga Sutras
  • Abdominal Core Practices
  • Hand/Arm Support Asanas
    • 16 Beginning to Advanced Poses
    • Best practices for Hands, Wrists & Shoulders)¬†
  • Pranayama
    • Origins and Ideas
    • The Science of¬† Breathing
    • Preparatory Practices¬†
    • Pranayama Techniques
    • Teaching Pranayama
  • Mantra: Om Nama Shivaya, Om Namo Bhagavate, Gopala
  • Guided Chakra Meditation

MODULE 3: Cultivating Clarity & Inner Power  

  • Insights from the Gita
  • Back Bends
    • 16 Beginning to Advanced¬†Poses
    • Arm Extension versus Arm Flexion Back Bends
    • ¬†Contraction, Traction, and Leveraged Approaches
  • Twists
    • 9 asanas
    • How and Where to Initiate Spinal Rotation
    • More Best Practices for Twisting
  • Tantra: Weaving in the Whole of It All

MODULE 4: The Heart of Things 

  • Seated & Supine Forward Folds & Hip Openers
    • 21 Beginning to Advanced Asanas
    • Folds Folds and Hip Openers in Restorative versus Vigorous¬†Classes
    • Cultivating True Hip Mobilization
  • Inversions
    • 8 Asanas + Multiple Variations
    • Myths & Contraindications
  • Surya Namaskara (Sun Salutations)
    • Traditional Forms of Classical
    • Traditional Forms of "A" & "B"
    • Surya Namaskara Remixes
  • More on Language, Diversity, and Inclusiveness

MODULE 5: For the Love of It All  

  • Teaching Pregnant Students
    • Basics of Pre-Natal Yoga
    • Post-partum Integration Practices
  • Sequencing
    • Planning & Designing Classes
    • Sequencing Principles and Methods
    • The Arc Structure of Classes
    • Interrelations of Asanas
    • Applying Anatomy, Subtle Energy, and Psychology¬† to Sequencing
  • The Profession & Business of Teaching Yoga
    • Ethics
    • Continuing Education¬†
    • Teaching in Yoga Studios and Gyms
    • Teaching Online
    • Teaching Private Classes
    • Designing and Teaching Workshops & Retreats
    • Sustainability and Livelihood

Completion & Certification

  • Class Observations (6)
  • Class Sequences (3)
  • 15-minute Teaching Videos (3)
  • Certification Exam (1)¬†
  • Graduation!
  • Staying Connected
  • Ongoing Mentoring with Mark Stephens¬†

Adam Sewell, USA

"The ultimate in high quality training for any level by a master who has studied in depth and imparts information in a way that all students can understand. Exemplary ethics in top class teaching that covers not just all Yoga Alliance required subjects but so much more. Mark has a photographic memory for many yoga texts, both modern and ancient. Mark's patient training is presented in a commonsensical and logical progression that enables all students to explore their own progression and direction, leading towards a well rounded extensive knowledge and a teaching certificate held in high regard by many." - Adam



This teacher training is designed for anyone who has completed a 200-hour training and wishes to dive far more deeply into learning and refining their skills for a lifetime of teaching yoga with spirit, intelligence, and creativity. 

If you feel inspired top develop your knowledge and skills and you appreciate that there is always more to learn, this training is for you!  

This online training attracts a wide range of participants from a variety of backgrounds with diverse interests in life and yoga. Many are new to teaching while some are teacher trainers themselves, some still trying to find their path in the teaching world while others own studios or run retreat centers. Working and sharing together, participants in my advanced programs have at least one thing in common: the desire to keep learning and to develop into the most highly competent and confident teacher that they can be.



MODULE 1: Starts October 14, 2023

Live sessions: October 16, October 31

MODULE 2: Starts November 11, 2023

Live sessions: November 14, November 28

MODULE 3: Starts December 9, 2023

Live sessions: December 12, December 26

MODULE 4: Starts January 6, 2024

Live sessions: January 9, January 23

MODULE 5: Starts February 3, 2024

Live sessions: February 6, February 20


CERTIFICATION EXAM: Becomes available at the end of Module 5 and can be taken until the training closes.

TRAINING CLOSES: October 14, 2025



The schedule, materials and requirements will be outlined in detail in the Training Syllabus and delivered to you via email upon registration. 

As an online training, this course requires a strong and consistent internet connection because all the videos stream from our training platform and are not downloadable. 


  • Provided via PDF:¬†Training¬†Syllabus, Module Checklists,¬†67-page Anatomy Workbook, a 100-page Asana Workbook, a 38-page Sequencing Workbook¬†
  • Self-acquired Books:¬†T. Desikachar, The Heart of Yoga,
    Jo-Ann Staugaard-Jones, The Concise Anatomy of Yoga, Mark Stephens, Teaching Yoga, Yoga Adjustments, Yoga Sequencing  


  • Watch all of the¬†video learning content
  • Attend all of the Live Group Sessions in real-time or watch the replays
  • Complete the¬†quizzes and supplemental activities¬†
  • Complete the Independent Study Project¬†
  • Pass the Certification Exam¬†


There are two ways to register and pay tuition for this training.
The full tuition is $2500.00 USD. If you pay in-full upon registration, you'll receive a $500 discount. You can also pay $500 USD per module and thereby spread out your tuition payments over the span of the training. When paying per module, you can go one module at a time, with no  commitment to enrolling in subsequent modules.  


$2000 USD


  • One-time payment that includes¬†a $500 discount
  • World-class training with a highly¬†esteemed international trainer¬†
  • Convenient online learning + flexible format
  • Bi-weekly live interaction & learning with Mark & group support (via Zoom)
  • An online Community Forum for continuous support between the live sessions
  • Printable Workbooks & supplemental learning resources
  • 200-Hour Certificate approved by the Yoga Alliance


$2500 USD


  • Multiple payments ($500 per module)¬†are billed monthly
  • World-class training with a highly¬†esteemed international trainer¬†
  • Convenient online learning + flexible format
  • Bi-weekly live interaction & learning with Mark & group support (via Zoom)
  • An online Community Forum for continuous support between the live sessions
  • Printable Workbooks & supplemental learning resources
  • 200-Hour Certificate approved by the Yoga Alliance


Register with a friend and save $125 each on In Full or $25 each on Per Module. 

Plus, joining with a friend means a familiar face, and added support and accountability. To take advantage of the Buddy Discount, please email Mark and he'll set you up with a special discount code (mark@markstephensyoga.com).  


Ana Beatriz Ribiero, E-RYT 500, Brazil

"Mark is an exceptional teacher and a constant reference to me on my yoga path. He is very knowledgeable in so many areas of yoga, and I would like to highlight in particular: asana hands-on adjustments, alignment and sequencing, anatomy, pranayama and history, philosophy & ethics in teaching yoga. I super recommend this course with Mark and it has totally made a difference for me, both in my life and on the path as a teacher!"
- Ana