How long has Sid Yoga been running teacher training programs?

Since 2006. Our program has been led by Sid McNairy. In order to provide the highest quality of training, or program has evolved extensively, and continues to do so. Each class may have a slight adaptation than the previous one, as we maintain a goal with the highest quality of standards.

Do I need specific qualifications to be accepted into the 200 hour teacher training?

While there are no specific requirements, we value those who are demonstrating a commitment to their yoga practice, are practicing on how to live with an open heart, and have a desire to grow.

You must have completed, or in the process of completing, a 200 hour teacher training with Sid Yoga or an approved school.

We value those who seek a deeper understanding of yoga through personal empowerment, empowerment for the world, spirituality, are living their yoga on and off their mat, and with the goal to teach yoga and inspire others for life.

Can I apply my 200hour training from another school to your 300 hour program?

Yes, yet it must first be approved by the program director.

What are the application deadlines?

Applications are typically due 1 weeks prior to the start date of our teacher training programs.

How do I apply?

Download our application, complete this in full. You may e-mail, mail, or personally hand-in your application. Your application must also be accompanied by your $50 non-refundable application fee.

Can I send in my application past the deadline?

All applications are reviewed and accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. If your application is received after the deadline, it will be reviewed and accepted if space is available.

How many students are enrolled each TT program?

We generally have 25 students each training group. This size continues to grow each year due to the number of applicants.

Are meals included during the training intensives?

No. During the intensives each student is responsible for their own food. Snacks may be eaten during short breaks. There will be a a lunch and dinner break during long training days. Students typically prepare food to bring with them, or walk to a near cafe.

I’m not sure I want to teach yoga. Can I still do the training?

Yes. We encourage everyone to apply, no matter their ultimate goals from completing the program. You can gain experience to become an authentic and powerful teacher, or choose to immerse yourself deeper into yoga as a student.

Where can I stay during the training if I don’t live in the area?

There are several hotels or motels conveniently in the area. We are happy to recommend some for you. However, other teachers in training are usually very generous to open their home to their fellow trainees. This can be discussed when you are accepted to the program. Details on where to stay for each location are listed on the Dates & Locations page.

Are there any additional hours necessary to complete outside of the training times?

Yes. There are additional components of the training which can be completed around ones personal schedule. We encourage all trainees to complete these requirements by the finish of their last training day. However trainees have up to one year after the program ends to complete their requirements. All requirements must be completed in order for your certification to be complete and received.

Are there required reading materials?

Yes, there are required readings that are completed throughout the training course. Book list is given upon program acceptance. There are 4-5 books required for the 200 hour and the 300 hour program.

What support is available during this process?

The program leaders, Sid McNairy and Lindsay Lusignea, are closely involved in all hours of the training program and available for continued support post-program. You will also have the support of the senior Sid Yoga teachers. If you are completing the training at a studio, the studio teachers will be present throughout your training as well.

Do you have a payment plan option?

A $500 deposit is due upon program acceptance. The remaining balance is due at the first meeting. When requested, payment plant options are reviewed on an individual basis .

How do I prepare for the program?

The best way to prepare is to get on your mat and practice! As we say, “live it to give it.”

Along with your acceptance letter, you will be e-mailed a reading list. While you have throughout the training to complete book readings, you may begin these as soon as you want. Some students wish to do this early, as a foundation for their training. Also, schedule the dates in your calendar, to ensure you are available for all intensive times.

What is the difference/similarity between your 4-month 200 hour trainings and your weeklong Phases?

The difference is in the structure of the program. Although we have two different program outlines, the course content covered is the same, and the requirements for program completion are the same. No matter which type of training you attend, you will complete the same curriculum, and complete the same additional program requirements such as book readings, papers, and internship in order to graduate from our training program. The choice is up to you and your schedule for which program you choose to complete..


What if I can not make one of the session dates?

Faculty is devoting 100% of their time, and it is required the student do as well. Students should plan ahead accordingly to make 100% of all session times. Absence is discouraged, as the student is responsible to make up any missed hours with a later teacher training.

Will I have any free time during the training intensives?

While weekends and intensives are mentally, physically, and spiritually challenging, they are also a personal, social and enjoyable time for the training group. For one to give and receive at their highest level, we recommend free time during intensives be spent re-charging and relaxing as much as possible.

What is the final certification process?

For the 200 hour training, there are book readings, self-evaluation of your teaching, and a teaching internship. Outside internship sites include local yoga studios, fitness centers, work sites, personal groups, churches, or other approved sites.

For the 300 hour training, a final certification process includes class evaluations of other yoga styles, a yoga scripture comparison paper, yoga philosophy paper, a video taping evaluation of teaching, and the completion of your yoga research paper.

How much time do I have to complete my final requirements?

Up to one year after the program completion.


What is Yoga Alliance?

Yoga Alliance is the national education and support organization for yoga in the United States. We work in the public interest to ensure that there is a thorough understanding of the benefits of yoga, that the teachers of yoga value its history and traditions and that the public can be confident of the quality and consistency of instruction. Go to for more information.

Can I get my Yoga Alliance certification after the program?

Yes. Our programs are a 200 hour and 300 hour Registered Yoga School (RYS) through Yoga Alliance. Once training is complete, you will receive your training certificate that can be sent into Yoga Alliance to receive your 200RYT (registered yoga teacher).

Do graduates automatically get a teaching job at Sid Yoga Centers?

Teaching positions at SYC are offered to those who demonstrate a high commitment to and quality of teaching yoga. Positions are offered based upon available classes. Should one seek a teaching position at another yoga studio, if you inquire, we are happy to make a personal call upon your behalf. We have teachers in North Carolina, Connecticut, Florida, California, Oregon, Rhode Island, Michigan, Pennsylvania, New York, Tennessee, Kansas, Alabama and other states who are successfully teaching yoga, holding yoga studio management positions, and are business leaders creating programs for their community.