the best teachers teach from the heart

‘Teaching From The Heart’ 200 Hour Teacher Training

Stoke your passion and embark on a transformative journey into the inspirational realms of yoga with our renowned AYC signature “Teaching From The Heart” 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training Program.

the best teachers teach from the heart

‘Teaching From The Heart’ 200 Hour Teacher Training

Stoke your passion and embark on a transformative journey into the inspirational realms of yoga with our renowned AYC signature “Teaching From The Heart” 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training Program.


Begins October 14, 2024


Begins October 18, 2024

Deepen your yoga practice, presence, and appreciation for life

Empower your voice, sense of self-worth, and creativity

Learn to teach vivid, impactful yoga classes with skill & imagination in your own sincere way

Connect, thrive, and be uplifted by a community of fellow seekers

Journey Into The Art & Craft of Practicing & Teaching Yoga From The Heart

Our immersive “Teaching From The Heart” 200 Hour Teacher Training Program is designed for dedicated students eager to deepen your connection to yoga, and for aspiring teachers who wish to learn the art and craft of teaching yoga in your own sincere voice, from your heart. We will delve into yoga’s history, philosophy, mythology, asana, pranayama breathing practices, meditation practices, mantra, music, storytelling, poetry, and ritual with a strong focus on building knowledge, confidence, and teaching skills step-by-step.

In addition to learning time tested techniques and best practices for teaching yoga – our teacher training is distinctive in that we also encourage you to empower your creativity and voice to design imaginative, colorful classes born from your own unique story, personality, and passions. The soulful practices you learn will become lifelong companions to nurture your physical, mental, and spiritual health, and empower you to guide and inspire others.

Teacher’s Teachers

Our Teacher Training faculty are passionate and inspiring yoga educators, who have dedicated their lives to yoga. They are expert “teacher’s teachers” who are deeply supportive and caring of students in our trainings. Each of our lead teachers genuinely feels that training teachers lights up their heart and gives their life greater purpose and meaning.


The bond that is created between participants in our 200 hour training program is deep. Many life-long friends have been made over the years. We create a supportive, loving learning environment where we all support each other’s growth. The “Teaching From The Heart” Training is a deep and transformative process that is also filled with lots of humor and laughter along the way.

Topics of Study

200 Hour “Teaching From The Heart” Yoga Teacher Training Program

This program is a good fit for folks who identify with one or more of the following:

You want to give yourself the gift of a time of heart-opening, growth, inspiration, and transformation.

You feel grateful for the yoga experiences you have had so far, and are feeling curious and called to take a deeper journey and learn and integrate more.

You want to strengthen and empower your voice and leadership in a supportive community

You want to inspire and learn to hold a container for others to practice and experience the gifts of yoga.

You’re seeking a training that will support you in practicing being the best version of yourself, and learning to teach in your own sincere voice.

Meet Our Teachers

Fall 4 Week Immersion

Our 4-week immersion is perfect for students who want to more fully steep in our transformational training process, day in and day out, over a month long period.

In just a couple of months, you can complete your 200 hour requirements and become a Yoga Alliance Certified Instructor and begin teaching yoga.


8:00am-12:00pm and 1:00pm-5:00pm

*All Sessions will be in-person in Asheville, NC


Begins October 14, 2024

October 14 – 18, 2024
October 21 – 25, 2024
October 28 – November 1, 2024
November 4 – 8, 2024

JULY SALE: Save $700 on full training!

(valid until July 15th – full price: $2,899)

Program Cost: $2,199 with sale discount!

*Scholarships & Work Study Positions Available

12 Month Payment Plan Option

Fall 8-Weekend Training

Our 8-weekend program, spanning over 4 months, is perfect for students who have commitments during the week and find it easier to dedicate concentrated training time during the weekends. This model also allows for time between our sessions to practice and integrate the inspirational content covered in the weekends into your life and daily flow. 

Fridays: 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Saturdays & Sundays: 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM, 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

*All Sessions will be in-person in Asheville, NC


Begins October 18, 2024

October 18-20, 2024
November 1-3, 2024
November 15-17, 2024
December 6-8, 2024
January 10-12, 2025
January 24-26, 2025
February 7-9, 2025
February 21-23, 2025

JULY SALE: Save $700 on full training!

(valid until July 15th – full price: $2,899)

Program Cost: $2,199 with sale discount!

12 Month Payment Plan Option

Why choose AYC for your yoga teacher training journey?


Whether you are a local, or a visitor— Asheville is a beloved haven for spirituality, wellness, healthy living, conscious culture, art and crafts, farm to table food, and living a heart-centered life. We are so grateful to be a part of this amazing community and can’t think of a better and more supportive place to take your teacher training journey!

Depth, Experience & History

Our roots run deep. For over 25 years we have offered yoga teacher training programs, one of the first studios in the country to do so. We have decades of experience supporting students as well as seasoned teachers on the teacher training journey. We are proud that our teacher training programs have helped seed and grow yoga communities across the southeast and beyond— with graduates teaching in venues around the country and founding their own yoga studios and communities.

Teacher’s Teachers

Our Teacher Training faculty are passionate and inspiring yoga educators, who have dedicated their lives to yoga. They are expert “teacher’s teachers” who are deeply supportive and caring of students in our trainings. Each of our lead teachers genuinely feels that training teachers lights up their heart and gives their life greater purpose and meaning.


Our studio and training is rooted in a heart-centered approach to yoga practice and teaching. Teachers and staff are warm, friendly, positive, and loving. AYC teachers awaken gratitude, passion for life, and a life-affirming ethos.


Our trainings embrace practicing and teaching yoga as a craft and an art – encouraging freedom for creative expression, and the integration of art, music, dance, poetry, storytelling, and vivid imagery into the practice.

AYC’s Shared Campus With The Ayurvedic Institute

It’s a joy to be a part of a shared campus and wellness family that includes The Ayurvedic Institute, the premier school of Ayurveda in the West, led by Dr. Vasant Lad. Plus our other brother and sister venues The Ayurprana Listening Room, a music venue dedicated to uplifting global, sacred, and folk music in West Asheville, and the beautiful SoHum Retreat center.

What Our Students Are Saying

Chat with Us!

If you have questions about yoga teacher training, please reach out to our Yoga Training Ambassador, Julia!

Looking for a place to stay?

Housing Options Available

If you are interested in finding convenient accommodations during your workshop or training, you can qualify for discounted rates for your stay here.

Please email: to learn more & receive the special discount code.

200-Hour Teacher Training FAQ


To register for the 200 hour, please submit your 200 hour application by clicking the “Apply Now” button.

From there you will be prompted to pay for your course. Once you have submitted payment, our team will review your application and confirm your registration via email.

If you are a work study or BIPOC scholarship candidate, please submit your application and within 24-48 business hours our team will reach out to you via email to discuss your application and qualifications for the work study. You can also reach out to the team at

Both programs have the same curriculum. The main difference is the pace of study. Some people prefer to learn while fully immersed in yoga, and others prefer to digest the information a little at a time, over the course of eight weekends in six months.

Our 4-Week Immersion is an intense experience of living, breathing, and dreaming yoga! This dynamic program works well for those who like to focus on one thing at a time or whose schedule allows them to devote four full weeks to the study of yoga. There is time after the training is finished to complete homework assignments.

Our 8-Weekend Program moves at a slower pace, with time to absorb, assimilate, and bring insights from the classroom into your daily life between sessions, which is then followed by regrouping together during training weekends for practice, Q&A, and building on our yoga journey. This program works well for those who need to keep regularity in their daily working and family lives while going through the training program. 

Our staff is steeped in a variety of yoga schools including Bhakti, Vinyasa, Iyengar, Ashtanga, Anusara, Jivamukti, Viniyoga, among others. We seek for our training to be a non-biased, non-dogmatic, well-rounded, and eclectic yoga education. By sharing different lineages and styles of yoga, our hope is that students learn to appreciate the diversity and suppleness of yoga, and can then decide what resonates most with them. Our educational goal is to help release the student of their conditioned educational expectations. We are not here to indoctrinate our students. This is a noncompetitive, open-hearted educational environment with an emphasis on personal growth, taught by exceptional leaders in the yoga field.

We strongly recommend that applicants have at least 6 months of consistent asana practice, as a foundation to build upon in the training.

Yes, many of us will experience a change of heart regarding why we came to yoga originally. Repeating a program and refreshing your knowledge with us can help support you to more deeply understand your full potential. You will receive a 30% discount off the currently advertised tuition if you repeat either training program, regardless of which program you attended the first time around. Signing up is super easy: register online, make a note on your application that you are eligible for the 30% refresher discount, reserve your space with a registration and enrollment fee, and you’re in! If you are already a Yoga Alliance certified teacher then you won’t have to do all the homework! Please email us with questions.

Financial Information

Yes! We offer BIPOC scholarship opportunities and work study partnerships. Please view our Scholarships page to learn more here. 

Yes! We offer 12 month interest-free payment plans to make our trainings more accessible.

Dive into your 200-hour training with a sweet bonus – 20 free yoga studio classes on the house! If you happen to use them all up during your training, just send a message to our programs coordinator. They’ve got an exclusive discount waiting for you!


All 200-hour alumni are eligible for:

    • A lifetime 10% discount on any AYC workshop.
    • A lifetime 10% discount on any AYC class pack, drop in, & membership.
    • Access to Digital Library for up to 6 months after your training.

200-Hour TT Graduation, Homework & Yoga Alliance

Yoga Alliance is the largest nonprofit association representing the yoga community. Their mission is to promote and support the integrity and diversity of the teaching of yoga. Visit for more information. Upon completion of the program, which entails having 100% participation, completing all homework, and attending to all financial obligations, you will receive the appropriate paperwork to apply with Yoga Alliance after graduation.

Here are our hours as they are registered with Yoga Alliance:

  • Yoga techniques: 100 hours
  • Yoga teaching methodology: 20 hours
  • Anatomy/physiology: 20 hours
  • Yoga philosophy, ethics, and lifestyle: 20 hours
  • Yoga teaching practicum: 10 hours
  • Electives/homework/student teaching: 60 hours


Find more information on our Yoga Alliance page or on their website.

Yes, in addition to the required reading (see next question), there will be written assignments, evaluations, class observations, a daily practice journal, and student teaching assignments to be completed throughout the program. All homework details will be clearly explained during the first day of your training, but please understand that you will need to dedicate time outside of class hours to these assignments.

Yes! Here is a list of required reading below:

Required Reading:

• The Heart of Yoga: Developing A Personal Yoga Practice by T.K.V. Desikachar

• Yoga Anatomy by Leslie Kaminoff

• Awakening Shakti: The Transformative Power Of The Goddesses of Yoga by Sally Kempton

• The Bhagavad Gita: A New Translation by Steven Mitchell

• The Radiance Sutras: 112 Gateways To The Yoga of Wonder & Delight by Lorin Roche

• Skill in Action: Radicalizing Your Yoga Practice To Create A Just World by Michelle Cassandra Johnson (be sure to order the most updated revised and expanded 2nd edition, published by Shambhala Publications on November 2nd, 2021. ISBN number: 978-1645470489

Suggested, but not required books:

• The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali by Swami Satchidananda
• Yoga: The Spirit and Practice of Moving Into Stillness by Erich Schiffman
• The Breathing Book by Donna Farhi
• Music & Mantras: The Yoga of Mindful Singing For Health, Happiness, Peace & Prosperity by Girish
• Meditation Made Easy by Lorin Roche
• The Power of Myth by Joseph Campbell with Bill Moyers
• Gather by Octavia Raheem
• Benedictus: A Book Of Blessings by John O’Donohue
• The Soul Is Here For Its Own Joy: Sacred Poems From Many Cultures edited by Robert Bly

If your dream is to teach, we believe there are opportunities out there for you! Many students find teaching prospects even before they complete either of our teacher training programs. Others search awhile before finding a good fit. Our caring staff will help brainstorm creative ideas with you during the program itself, discussing resumes, auditions, and private sessions. Asheville Yoga Center graduates teach everywhere from yoga centers, hospitals, schools, and churches to private businesses and homes.

Upon graduation day, Asheville Yoga Center will provide you with an 200-Hour Teaching Certificate (provided all homework and finances are completed). Then you will upload your AYC certificate to Yoga Alliance’s website and pay a membership fee to obtain your YA certification. We discuss Yoga Alliance (business and teaching as well) in an in-depth manner during the program so that you will be completely prepared to understand the process.

200-Hour Demographics & General Information

We have graduated over three thousand 18–73 year olds! The minimum age requirement is 18, and there is no maximum limit, as yoga is not influenced by age, gender, or religion. Regardless of your age and even past yoga experience, we start off covering the basics of alignment and anatomy so we can build off a solid foundation with sequencing and adjustments.

Trainings will have anywhere from 10 to 35 students in them. Many of our programs fill up, so don’t wait too long to enroll! If you are wanting to be in a smaller group, let us know, we can direct you to the programs that we feel will best suit your needs.

Absolutely! Many of our students enroll in the “Teaching From The Heart” 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training Program unsure of whether or not they will teach. Their main priority is to deepen their practice and steep more fully in the inspirational teachings of yoga. Whether you decide to teach after the program or not, the training offers you the opportunity to empower your voice and leadership in all the ways you engage with life– at home, work, service, and in relationships. Our graduates go on to inspire and impact the world in many creative ways. 

Our time together in the “Teaching From The Heart” training is precious and packed with important and valuable content. To get the most out of the training, and receive certification, each participant is required to attend 100% of all the sessions, and complete all the homework that is assigned. Please let us know right away if you cannot attend every session. 

In the event of an emergency, we will ask you to complete makeup assignments and arrange for a peer to provide a detailed summary of the content covered. If an emergency entails you need to miss more than 20 contact hours of the training, you will not receive certification. 

Please email our Program Coordinator to discuss at


“Teaching yoga is like practicing being the best version of yourself.”

– Robin Pawlowski

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