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Vishwa Yoga

200 Hr Training Overview

The next training takes place in India and Bali. The information below was created with the local training in mind. Thus, much of that which is below does not apply when abroad. Nevertheless, reading thru this Overview can give those who are interested in this amazing yoga journey thru india and Bali a good idea of what to expect. But, the greater feel for the journey aspects of this training must be viewed at our main Vishwa Yoga Journey page.

Dear Aspiring Yogi

(Please do not try to go through all this on a smart phone.)

On behalf of the Cincinnati Yoga School community, I would like to welcome and thank you for inquiring into our Vishwa Yoga Teacher Training program. In the following pages I hope to express our heartfelt sincerity to support you in the noble endeavor of becoming a true Yogacharya (teacher/exemplar of yoga); and explain, with as much brevity as possible, how that support will look and feel and transform.

Nevertheless, it is inevitable that these descriptions and explanations will fall short as this program is about far more than asanas (postures). Our mission is to initiate the student into a much fuller spectrum of yoga; with all of its implications. Thus, what you begin here has the potential to be with you in every aspect of your life hereafter; which also makes for too much to cover in this overview as well. So please contact me with any specific questions or concerns that may not be addressed on this website. My direct email is:


Have you taken yoga classes for years?  

Do you enjoy the practice, yet sense there's something more to be grasped, released or discovered within?

Yoga Teacher Training with Will is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to widen and deepen your individual yoga practice, while strengthening you to share it with others. Conveniently scheduled to integrate into your work week,

and priced so that a year from now you won't miss the tuition you spent,

this training is a rare gem - not to be missed!  

From ayurveda to zen, you will find out more than before;

this experience can instill in every student a renewed capacity for a lifetime of yoga learning on many levels.  

Is it time for you to go back to school?  Reflect and choose your adventures wisely this year.

Prepare to be blessed! ~Leslie Laird


Our Mission


Cincinnati Yoga School strives to evoke necessary wisdom, in harmony with safe and effective techniques, to springboard an aspirant into a sustainable flow of healthy living and spiritual development. Though the practice of yoga postures play a prominent part in the training, it is not given a disproportionate emphasis—as it is with many modernized trainings.

Whether vigorous or gentle, yoga must be accessible for every-body, every-mind, and every-spirit, or it is not a practice that honors the true meaning of its name. Yoga is the process of uniting and harmonizing one and all. Our training meets and challenges each unique trinity of body, mind and spirit at whatever level of development it seeks to expand upon. No level of fitness, body type, or previous experience is necessary. The only prerequisite is a heart, a sincere desire for transformation, and to help others. (Notwithstanding, persons with certain mental or physical challenges may be beyond our capacity to accommodate.)

Words cannot express how ... Vishwa Yoga Training has truly transformed my path and my life!..  ~Joanna


What is Vishwa Yoga

Vishwa means Universe in Sanskrit, the language of ancient India, but this training demonstrates how spiritual wisdom from around the world and universe enhances ones understanding and experience of Yoga. Therefore, it had long been my intention to have this reflected in the name of the training. In fact, i looked into the name "Universal Yoga" but was unable to apply it as i found that it had already been taken by a few other yoga schools. However, later on, when i discovered that Vishwa was the Sanskrit word for Universe, i was very happy. Why? Because Vishwanath is also the name of my first adept yoga teacher, "Masterji" Mysore Sivaram Vishwanath. Therefore the name Vishwa Yoga is able to support my intentions as a teacher of universal yoga and also honor the name of this very dear teacher, MasterJi.*

(*Masterji is a term of endearment for a master yoga teacher. But Masterji was not anyone's 'master')


About TEACHING YOGA Formally 

...Or Not:

This teacher training has been more profound than I could have ever imagined.

Will is the special kind of educator that doesn't just teach, he enables and empowers.

I have gained the skills to feel confident as a yoga teacher but at the same time the heart of this training was much deeper.

It opened up space for exploration, surrender, connection, and limitless growth.

Perhaps the most important part is that I know this training has no real end,

it has only opened a door, leading to another door, another, and then another, forever.

I will be living this training for the rest of my life." ~Ethan

Though "Practice Teaching" is a part of this training many people come to training with no impetus to actually teach. However we do not see teaching as something only to give to others, but a way to sharpen ones own skills and personal development as well. Therefore, at least 3 practice teaches are required of students before graduating. Furthermore, we find that when trainees know they have to do a "practice teach" they tend to retain the information and skills considerably better than if they take up the training as a casual learner.


A practice teach should not be considered as a test or a performance. It is simply an opportunity to sharpen and ground your abilities, to "get your feet wet", and experiment with how you will give your yogic gifts to the world; whether formally as a yoga teacher, or not. Rest assured, all feedback will come to you in a safe and supportive atmosphere.  


It often happens that during or shortly after a practice teach has been completed that a student begins to open up to the reality that they have certain gifts to share with the world. And as we often repeat to our students: There is only one person who can share your gifts with the world, and that is You!  In many other trainings this is not the case. You are instructed to perform only a certain set of yoga postures and techniques, and they must be done according to an ambiguous standard that will not work for everyone. This is the difference between being an Instuctor and a teacher, this is the difference between cultivating and manifesting your own unique gifts or administering a rote routine. In other words, not learning how to cultivate and share your own unique gifts is very limiting; and ultimately contrary to the higher goals of yoga.    


The Vishwa StYle:

"Where there is a way there is a limitation."

~ Bruce Lee


This training encourages students to look at many styles in order to find their own. I call this The Bruce Lee Approach. Though Bruce had many essential foundations, in the end he said they were all limiting. His goal was to move beyond the styles. Therefore, when other martial artists would watch him spar they were always perplexed because they could not figure out what style he was using. They saw pieces from many styles and they also saw many things they had never seen anywhere before. His response was that true mastery implies that one has found the most honest expression of their own unique self; with all its influences and insights, but not limited by any of them either.    


For those who do wish to teach formally...

Let's be honest! Being honest is actually another simple way of speaking to the deepest goals of yoga. And so, to be honest, becoming a good teacher will not come from this or any course in a few months time. Becoming a good yoga teacher will come from doing lots and lots of teaching and experimenting and teaching...! However, with our training you will find that along the way to gaining experience in teaching you will primarily be acquiring an excellerated continuum of neverending wisdom. ~Therefore, we do not waste too much time with that which will come naturally over time, and best through time, but rather we strive to work on building that strong, deep and wide foundation. Learning how to learn is our method. Aspiring to a yogic life of deep self honesty and expression is how we master it!


You can lecture and discuss with a child on how to be an adult, but what good will it do them until they have had the proper time to grow? A mid-life crisis is merely information for someone in their mid-20's. Similarly the grass will grow with water and fertilizer, but hurriedly pulling up upon it will do nothing but make it become or feel uprooted. Or as Sri Rajneesh has said, If you go in a hurry you will never truly arrive. The same is with yoga. Lessons will be there, but the skills that bring those lessons to life will come through successively deepening life experiences. Therefore, our focus is not so much on how to master everything about yoga Now, or 4 months, a year, or however long it takes you to complete this one training! Instead we aim to give you a strong, deep and wide foundation from which you can gather and uphold an eternal treasury of precious wisdom.


Yoga Teacher Certification


'The best way to appreciate something is to give it away.' ~Unknown


Hopefully by now it is clear, that holistic transformation is our ultimate purpose but, in case you are wondering, our training also surpasses the requirements for you to register with Yoga Alliance, and thus be recognized as an RYT 200 (Registered Yoga Teacher) (Or an RYT 500 if you later decide to do the 300hr Vishwa Ayurveda training.) That's the short answer; and you can stop here if you like, but, frankly, most good yoga studios nowadays do not care if you are registered with Yoga Alliance; as well as many common gyms, such as LA Fitness. Even the YMCA doesn't seem to care if...   (Read More Here; especially if you are interested in taking the 300hr Vishwa Ayurveda Training before {or instead of} taking the 200hr Vishwa Foundations training. ) 

Flexible Schedule

Module Focus hours as well as General Practicum hours are both done on weekends. However,  you do not have to come for GP hours on the same weekends that we have Module Focus hours. Many people do, but that makes for a very long Sunday.  So you have the option of doing GP hours on any Sunday morning of the year, rather than on Module Focus days as well. However, on weekends when there is not a Module Focus coming to GP hours on Sunday mornings is highly advised. This is so that you keep some consistency in your practice.  


Also, whenever there are longer breaks between modules (like the Dec - Jan break) it is imperative that you keep coming to Sunday GP hours regularly as well as continuously review the readings.

Training Perks / UNLIMITED CLASSES!! 

Ideally students should take 2 classes per week outside of training while enrolled. It is required that you do 30 classes outside of training within at least a 6 month period. Four more classes per month should be added for every month thereafter. These classes should be with a certified teacher, whether at CYS or elsewhere. We would like to help you achieve this by offering you free classes at CYS for one year upon the start of training (so long as CYS is still operational). However, we know some students live further away and so they cannot come to CYS as regularly as those who live nearby. Therefore, such students are allowed to get the 25 required classes (previously 30) at other studios or qualified friends who have earned a certificate from a reputable school. Unfortunately for students who take this option the cost for any classes taken outside of CYS will be the students responsibility.


Mentor/Apprentice Tutoring: Many students will find that there is a certain style of yoga that they are drawn towards and that CYS has a teacher that is quite adept at teaching it. Therefore, when taking your 30 required "outside of training" classes, it would be wise to attend the class of the style you like, if at all possible. Most of these teachers are also willing to personally mentor you outside of regular training hours. However, each teacher has certain expectations of their apprentices. With the demands you may already have upon yourself with the current training you may want to wait until after the training to become an apprentice ~in order to honor the dedication of your mentor.


Required Hours

200 hours of training are required. Module weekends combined with Sunday GP hours add up to 165 hours. The remaining hours are dispersed in homework and a graduation event that takes about 4 hours. As mentioned above, there are also 30 regular yoga classes to be taken outside of class time, in the presence of a certified RYT or equivalent. These are in addition to the 200 hour training hours. Furthermore, you may have elected to take mentoring hours, but these are optional and not counted towards your 200. However, they can be recorded on your certificate. 


Because some students live further away we understand that they cannot come to CYS as regularly as those who live nearby. Therefore, such students are allowed to get the 30 required "outside classes" at other studios. Unfortunately for students who take this option the cost for such outside classes cannot be covered by CYS.


Important Note:
When students attend outside classes they are not there to simply take the class. They should be taking notes and, if the teacher permits, making adjustments to other students. In fact, at least one or two times before their training ends they should shadow Will or another experienced teacher or advanced yoga teacher trainee as they make adjustments. This is best done with Will on Sunday mornings during Mysore practice.


Mysore Practice:

On Sunday mornings, from 8:30 until 10:30 we have "Mysore Style" practice. This is semi-personal practice time within a group setting. Students will work on classic yoga postures as well as explore and experiment with other practices they have learned or might possibly invent; meanwhile the teacher goes around making adjustments* and modifications and suggestions based upon each individuals mind-body uniqueness  Students will also use the time to practice making adjustments on one another. At 10:35 until 11:35 there is a meditation instruction, discussion and practice time that is open to the public. Students will observe, participate and, at a later stage of training, lead a portion of the meditation. Students should also participate in the group discussions that occur at various intervals of the meditation class; being able to respond to the many varied questions about meditation is an integral part of teaching meditation.  You are encouraged to read "What is Mysore Style?" (also accessed from the TT drop down menu) from the training drop down menu above. In brief, to practice on ones semi-own can be a bit intimidating at first but once people students get used to doing it in the group setting it becomes their favorite part of the asana side of training. It is actually kind of hard to go back to being led in a class; while simultaneously empowering the student to create great classes that they will eventually lead. 


(*"Adjustments" are what teachers do to assist students safely align in a pose or get more out of a pose, etc.)


Module Focus Hours

Morning practicum hours can be acquired on any Sunday, regardless of whether there is a YTT 200 module that weekend or not. However, if you intend to come for one of the modules you must come from 1:00 until 7:00 on both Saturday and Sunday.  You cannot skip one day (i.e. taking only the Saturday or the Sunday) and make that day  up later. The whole weekend/module must be taken together. 




If you miss a training module for illness or some other significant event that life throws at you, don't worry, not all is lost. If you miss a module or 2 we will come up with some homework for you. Or if you are not able to get all of the outside classes and/or Mysore and Meditation Sundays completed by graduation, as long as you are not way ~ way ~ way behind, then you can finish these up after the graduation (because Mysore & Meditation continues year round, regardless of whether a training is going on). In fact, if you are pretty close to getting everything done then you can still "walk" at the graduation ceremony and get your certificate. However, the difference would be that your certificate would not be signed until everything was completed later.


Please Note: We reserve the right to NOT grant a teaching certificate to students who have simply "done" all of the modules. It has been very rare (I think just twice out of about 350 students over about a dozen years of holding trainings) but sometimes students just don't get it. They want a certificate and yet lack respect for the teachings behind the certificate; or they simply don't care to implement them.  (All others who havenn't received a certificate is simply for not completing all the modules and/or homework). For example, some religionists may want to be forgiven, but have no interest in changing offensive behaviors. Trying but failing is one thing. It is forgivable. But not trying at all is quite another. Thus CYS cannot faithfully endorse a student as a true Yogacharya (Teacher / Exemplar of Yoga). If you re like me, you might also wish the same for many other professions, such as medical doctors. But we all know people who pass tests, but still do not adequately have the skills or internal development (..the opposite holds true quite often as well). Therefore, in this training, we feel it is our responsibility to let you know that it is possible to not be certified even after turning in all homework. It is also possible to be suspended from the training (which has only happened once out of about 350 students). However, we hope that if this were to happen again the student would eventually be able to come back; we will work with them as long as they are willing to work with us!



Book requirements  are listed under the various module descriptions in the Syllabus. (Also accessible from the drop down TT menu above). Some of them can be found for free online. Most of them can be found used, but in good shape, on for less than $70 total; but if you get all of the books new it will probably cost around $100, depending on what versions you get. 

Readings should be at least skimmed over across the timeline of the training. However, in depth reading is not expected. After skimming over the books to get a general idea of what is in them it is then preferable to just read only a few lines from each book at a time  ~ and really understand and apply them ~ rather than to completely read every book before the training ends only to result in some shallow or vague "comprehension." 

Karma Yoga

Many wise yogi's have said, whatever one attains, without compassion, charity or service to others, it remains of no value.

Karma Yoga is selfless service to others. We require it as part of training, as a yogi of value to the world would require it of him/herself throughout their life. However this is not something we can monitor or grade. How could mandated service ever be truly selfless? Therefore, it must be voluntary. However, we have plenty of opportunities at the yoga school to volunteer, and we can also help you to find many other opportunities elsewhere. As a result of whatever service you may do, we anticipate (not mandate) a reflection paper on the effect of your Seva (another term for selfless service) to be shared with the class.


Promoting Yoga

Although there is an entire module that addresses the business side of yoga, we want to give those who intend on reaching others more hands-on experience before the training is over. Therefore, we can offer an actual event that each student will be in charge of promoting. This event can also be one that the student comes up with him/herself. True, it may be helpful to CYS for the student to do this for CYS. However, experience shows that students flop as often as they succeed. We are prepared for this, we know how difficult it can be, we will not judge you if it flops. Instead we will help you learn from the process. Furthermore, it may be more costly to the student if the student flops at promoting an event elsewhere (i.e. for a space they have rented) but that option is also available to them.


Practice Teaching

A minimum of 3 practice are required before graduating. A student can sign up to do a practice teach after they have completed at least 5 of the training Modules and 5 Mysore practices.


Generally we expect:

a 20min standing practice,

a 20min seated practice,

and a 30min combination;

which can include an elective such as teaching pranayama, meditation, philosophy, chair yoga, kid's yoga, etc. 


Whatever the student decides to practice teach we want them to keep in mind that this is not a performance,

but an opportunity to experiment and make “mistakes.”

A safe and supportive environment for exploration will be well established

for this often nervous act of practice teaching.

Rest assured, we have a tactful and very encouraging group process for giving truly helpful feedback.


Homework Summary

(If you don't know what is meant by the assignments below that is probably because you haven't had the training module yet ;)


Read/Skim all the books (found on the Syllabus page) 

5 Page Summary of All the Readings:

The purpose of this paper is Not to demonstrate understanding of the books; as that can take a lifetime and can also change from one time to the next as you read them, hopefully, again and again at various times of your life, or whenever you feel ready to go deeper into it. Thus, the main purpose is simply to show that you know what is in each book so that you can find the information when it arises at pertinent times in your life or in your yoga teaching.  - One or two paragraphs summarizing each book usually fills 5 pages pretty easily. 

(On the other hand, you are not limited to 5 pages either. You can go as deep as you want into any topic. Though it is not required, sometimes a student feels an urgent motivation to dive in to a topic and write 5 to 50 pages; while to others they may feel so new to all the concepts that they would feel paralyzed to have to elaborate upon them).

Host A Yogic Event as a way of learning about promoting, setting up, tearing down and assessing results. You do not have to be the one who teaches the event, but can be. however it can also a be a good experience to go thru the process of inviting another presenter. You can also do this at Cincinnati Yoga School or in your own back yard. Many students charge a small fee for the event which goes to the CYS not-for-profit Virtues First, Inc. 


Karma Yoga: You must complete 10 hours of karma yoga (selfless service) in which you can perceive no benefit to yourself (which means it cannot be teaching free yoga classes or yoga workshops, as you are in a training at that would give you some benefit). Preferably the thing you choose is actually something you do not want to do. Afterwards write a one page reflection paper; perhaps then you feel the same, that you didn't think you would like it and you didn't, but usually people find that they actually liked doing the thing they would rather have avoided. 


Spiritual Companion at least 3 people (after learning it in Module 3), staying true to the method, and helping the person you work with come up with "action steps." 

Thai Yoga Massage: Apply the basics learned in the module on 3 different bodies. It is a very simple massage that trains your sensitivities so that when you give adjustments in yoga classes it will not be like you have never touched the clay of another human being before, so to speak.

3 Practice Teaches: One 20 minute standing, One 20 minute seated, and One 30 minute combo. (as elaborated upon above)

However,some people like to practice teach Yin yoga. If that is the case the time allotted for Yin is 30 minutes instead of 20; otherwise the student will not have time to demonstrate more than just a very few postures.

Also, as elaborated upon above, you must also take 30 outside yoga classes; which will be free if you take them at CYS. While taking these classes you are to take notes on things you like, did not like, the languaging used and metaphors within the languaging.

A minimum of 10 Mysore and Meditation classes (held on Sunday mornings and Friday evenings).  You should shadow the teacher in giving adjustments at least a couple of times during Mysore time and will be given a chance to give adjustments on your own (under observation of the teacher.) You might also be asked to lead a small portion of the meditation that follows Mysore from time to time (if the teacher feels you are ready).



INVESTMENT (Time and Tuition) 

If you're really serious about taking your yoga to the next level(s), sign up for teacher training with Will. Maybe it seems a little pricey [not really compared to other trainings], but run, don't walk, to your nearest organ clinic and sell a kidney if necessary to afford this experience. It's like one of those MasterCard moments. You know, the ones that are Priceless! I practiced, studied, and taught yoga for many of my 50 years but I needed guidance to go beyond my limited plateau. According to ancient wisdom, when the disciple is ready, the Guru appears.

In Sanskrit the word "guru" literally means "one who dispels the darkness."

My yoga future became much brighter when I met my guru, Will.

Trust me. Take the training. Prepare to be blessed. ~Jim Rector



For November the cost of the training is


(which includes room and board within India and Bali)

In December the cost goes up to


January 1 - 7


(Yes, these are all incredible deals considering what is offered!)


The next training is combined with a tour of South India and Bali, Indonesia.

Obviously there are whole other pages of details regarding this that you should read over entirely.

I suggest you Start Here.


The next training is set for Jan 23 - Feb 19th

The India segment of the journey is from Jan 23rd until Feb 10th.

Then we fly to Bali for the final week of training from the 11th thru the 19th.

FYI: We take care of the arrangement and cost of flying the group from India to Bali.

Thus, you will only have to pay for your international flight from your home to India and from Bali to your home.

There is a whole page of details about this; including the cost of everything (which will probably surprise you),

at this link.

What Now?

If it looks like this training is right for you then cut and paste The Application into an email,

fill it out and sent to:

You can also send any questions you may have to the same email.

After that, the only thing remaining is tuition and the other costs involved with travel,

such as the expected cost of an international flight, VISA, etc.

(Double Occupancy Room & Board is covered by Tuition).

Again, all this information can be found at this link. 

Refund Policy:  Once a refund is requested it is possible that the funds have already been allocated towards operating costs. Thus, any refund can be very detrimental to CYS operations. Therefore CYS in policy is under no obligation to give any refunds, which is also stipulated on the waiver that all students sign before training. Nevertheless, if someone drops out of the training before it begins they may receive a refund. However, even then it may take up to 6 months for full dispersal and given in increments. Partial refunds -which again may be given at the discretion of CYS but, again, not due to any obligation, would be based upon on how many modules the student has already attended and, again, could take up to 6 months to disperse. This is not because of a lack of sympathy for anyone who requests a refund, but as a necessity to protect the ability of CYS to stay in operation.

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