200 Hr Ayurvedic Yoga Teacher Training



Your training has already begun...

It starts with this page! Once you finish it, you will have already finished your first homework assignment. And, as expected of any sincere student, we welcome your questions. However, we ask that you first complete the assignment (of reading this page carefully) before you present your questions. Send them to vishwayoga@gmail.com


Dear Aspiring Yogi

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 a posture practice. Our mission is to initiate students into a much fuller spectrum of yoga. Thus, what you begin here has the potential to be with you in every aspect of your life hereafter.

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


Our Mission

...a sustainable flow of healthy living and spiritual development; that's our mission! And though the practice of yoga postures play a very prominent part in this mission, it is not given a disproportionate emphasis. Instead, we strive to give you an understanding of yoga that makes the most of any yogic practice, whether it be asana, meditation or cultivating other disciplines and virtues into your life.

Nevertheless, in terms of the physical practice, whether vigorous or gentle, our training meets and challenges each unique trinity of body, mind and spirit. 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 Panch Maha Yoga (AKA Vishwa Yoga)

This training has historically been referred to as Vishwa Yoga, which we should explain first:

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 around the world. However, later on when I discovered in my Sanskrit studies that Vishwa is 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"* Vishwanath

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

Having taught Vishwa Yoga for over 15 years, it was likely that the curriculum would evolve; which it did in 2012. However, the extent at which it evolved could have never been imagined prior to that year.  After taking an Ayuvedic / Elemental Yoga Therapy training in India, so many puzzles I had previously encountered in yoga were quickly solved. This training was based up upon what Ayurveda refers to as the Panch Maha Bhuta (Five Great Elements). It's principals can be seen all over India; you can also find many temples dedicated to each and every element. And though the training itself is for explaining more of this, I can tell you that once you begin the training you will quickly start to see how the energies of the Great Elements are surrounding you all the time. They have an amazing ability to heal and guide you in every aspect of life!  

About TEACHING YOGA Formally 

...Or Not:

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

There is a saying that probably comes from many people; which is probably why no one seems to know who said it first. Perhaps you may have even said it yourself: 

 If you want to learn something very well 

Teach It! 

Although "Practice Teaching" is a part of this training, many people come to our yoga training with no interest in actually teaching. They just do it to go deeper into the yogic path for themselves; which really should be the initial impetus for everyone. So please do not think that our training is only designed for those who want to teach. Our primary goal is about you, as a yogi, on the yogic path to transformation. 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.


Nervous? Don't be. 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 " do " 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!  But, frankly, there are many other trainings wherein 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 usually will not work for a large percentage of diverse body-mind types out there seeking for yoga can give to them. Therein we find the difference between being an Instructor and a teacher, the difference between cultivating and manifesting your own unique gifts (and to the audience you feel drawn towards) or administering a rote routine for a specific population. In other words, not learning how to cultivate and share your own unique gifts is very limiting to both your own scope and to other scopes of people that yoga could be reaching.    

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 month or even a few months time. Becoming a good yoga teacher will come from doing lots and lots of yoga yourself as well as doing 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 accelerated continuum of never-ending 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 in 4 months, a year, or however long it takes you to complete one of our trainings! 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 for those doing our 300 hour track; meaning that they have previously already completed a 200 hour training).

Required Hours

Again, 200 hours of training are required to receive a certificate that can be registered with Yoga Alliance. However, registering with YA is completely optional; and nowadays most people who do register with YA stop renewing their registration after about a year or two of paying the annual dues. If you are not sure if you would like to register your certificate, you can read more about Yoga Alliance Here. Nevertheless, we will be granting you a 200 hour Vishwa Yoga certificate whether you want to register it with YA or not.

      Or, if  you have already completed a 200 hour training in the past then (although there is still some good information on this page for you) you mainly want to be reading about our 300 hour training Here. -Or perhaps go ahead and read about our 300hr training because it is the most logical deeper step that also works in perfect complement to this 200 hour training.  It also takes place in Bali, Indonesia! Wherein after our training in India, some students may opt (after a 2 week break) to take the (remarkably cheap) flight over to Bali so as to keep their training going; and thus go ahead and attain the RYT 500 designation for having completed both trainings.  

Required Classes (outside of formal training hours)

In addition to 12 formal training weekends, students are required to attend at least 25 classes at either of our studios; or some other studio where the teacher is certified (but does not need to be registered with Yoga Alliance). Furthermore, many teachers {esp CYS teachers} are willing to mentor you in their style ~ if you simply ask them. This can be particularly helpful when you try to put together your own "practice teach".

If you take these classes at our studios (Lotus Yoga Temple  and/or  Panch Maha Yoga) the cost is covered by your yoga teacher training tuition / membership; which can be started before the formal training weekends even begin.

Mysore Practice: (This practice happens more often during our local trainings)

This is a 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. You are encouraged to read "What is Mysore Style?" (also accessed from the Training Resources tab on the drop down menu). In brief, to practice on ones own can be a bit intimidating at first but once students get used to doing it in the group setting it becomes their favorite part of the asana side of training. In fact, graduates often express that it is actually kind of hard to go back to being led in a class. Nevertheless, for teaching purposes, we feel that this is a very important part of training; as it is very important that a student be able to guide their own self for at least an hour or two before trying to guide others. 

The minimum Mysore classes to attend is 12, but this is not the optimum! Therefore we offer Mysore classes year round. Nevertheless, it is most ideal that you complete the 12 during your training period. 

This practice is held on Sunday mornings at the Lotus Yoga Temple (and a day TBD at Panch Maha) from 9:00am until 11:00. Nevertheless, staying the full 2 hours is ideal; as 1 hour is just a small taste. Thus, we may also add another day of the week to attend a Mysore class, besides Sundays. (We are currenlty considering Fridays, 6 to 8pm ). 

Sacred Circle

Often a magical experience, students can see how deep our yoga practices can uniquley address each individualś unique life and life challenges. ~ It is also a peek into our advanced (300hr) yoga teacher training: Vishwa Ayurveda.  /// Sacred Circle is held on (TBD).

Weekend Training Location

Formal training hours will take place on the weekends at the Lotus Yoga Temple in Pleasant Ridge.

Need a Ride?

If you are in the Clifton / UC area and do not have transportation to the Lotus Yoga Temple for the formal training hours at the Lotus Yoga Temple in Pleasant Ridge (6125 Ridge Ave, 45213) we will provide a shuttle from the Panch Maha Yoga studio in Clifton. Or, if you live along the path to Pleasant Ridge, we can pick you up along the way.


    If you haven't already clicked on this link from the first paragraph on this page, be sure to click this link at some point.

That is the page that gives an actual view to our unique training content. 


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 Amazon.com 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." It is suggested that you get the books on a kindle or e-reader of some type if you are going on the Vishwa Yoga Journey (rather than taking this training locally). But either way, not all of the books need to come with you as most of them can be read before or after the journey; especially those books that relate to some homework that takes place after the journey.  



We reserve the right to NOT grant a teaching certificate to students who have simply "completed" the work. It has been very rare (I think just twice out of about 500+ students over 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 do not seem to care to implement them.  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) just for paying a fee and going thru the motions. 

     If you're like me, you might also wish the same for many other professions, such as medical doctors; for we all know people who pass tests, but still do not adequately have the skills or internal development to meet the task (..though 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 again has only happened twice out of about 400 students who have gone on to graduate). However, we hope that if this were to happen the student would eventually be able to come back; for we will work with them as long as they are, properly,  willing to work with us!


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

What Now?

If you haven't already, please

View The Syllabus & Training Dates 

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

fill it out thoroughly and send to: vishwayoga@gmail.com

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