San Diego 200-Hour Yoga Alliance Certified Teacher Training

Namaste Pacific Yoga Studio presents The Maha Vinyasa Yoga 200 Hour Teacher Training Program starting January 21st 2017 in Pacific Beach, San Diego!

Save $250 on Your Teacher Training

Sign up by March 1st 2017 for our 2017 Teacher Training and you will receive a $250 discount.

Early Bird Discount Offer is $2,100 (offer ends March 1st, 2017) – Click here to Signup

2017 Training Dates

  • April 1st, 2017 – 8 Week Intensive Course (Sat & Sun every Weekend)

Reserve Your Place
Put down your deposit today to reserve your place – Deposit & Application Fee of $500 – Click here to reserve

Contact Us

All trainings are conducted at Namaste Pacific Yoga in Pacific Beach, San Diego.

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Why Maha Vinyasa Yoga?

Don’t miss this opportunity to study an authentic method of Vinyasa Yoga.

Training Schedule

The training meets Saturday & Sunday, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm, on the following 8 weekends:

Apr 1-2
Apr 8-9
Apr 15-16
Apr 22-23
Apr 29-30
May 6-7
May 13-14
May 20-21

Dates subject to change.

Overview of Curriculum

Understanding Yoga Asana – You really know a Yoga pose and can teach a Yoga pose when you understand it, how it should be done from an anatomical point of view, what the physiological benefits of the pose are, and how the pose affects the meditative state.

Pranayama of the Yoga Masters – I look forward to sharing with you the powerful Yogic breathing exercises that were taught to me my teachers.

Hands on Yoga Anatomy – If you want to perfectly understand a Yoga pose, you need to perfectly understand the physical anatomical structure of the body that is doing it. Anatomy is an important part of this course as our bodies are our primary tools in the practice of Yoga.

Philosophy of Yoga – Pattabhi Jois once famously said that Yoga is 95% practice and 5% theory. The Yogic texts help us understand what is happening in our minds and thoughts, not only as we do our physical Yoga practice, but also as we go about our daily lives. These texts holds the keys to focus and calm our minds so that we can experience more of what Yoga has to offer.

“Know thyself” with Ayurveda – The practical science of Ayurveda teaches us to discover the different phases we go through at different times of the day and how to use this knowledge to improve our health, creativity and productivity as well as how to cope with anger, anxieties and other emotions.

Teaching Beginners and students with injuries – And then how to progress students from their first standing pose to advanced inversions.

Correct Yoga Posture Sequencing – When a student comes to you to learn Yoga, they’re putting a lot of trust and faith in you. Students put their practice in your hands, hoping to progress physically, get stronger, more flexible and overcome fears. Students rely on you to not allow them to plateau, get injured or get the feeling that they are not progressing. Correct Sequencing will allow you to build powerful sequences that heal injuries, build confidence in tricky postures and improve strength and flexibility.

Sanskrit for Yoga – Functional knowledge of the history, structure and literature of this beautiful language will enrich your experience of Yoga.

Required Books

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali – Swami Satchidananda
The Hatha Yoga Pradipika – Svatmarama, Brian Dana Akers (September 1, 2002 Ed.)
The Bhagavad Gita (Suny Series in Cultural Perspectives) – Christopher Key Chapple (April 1, 2009 Ed.)
Anatomy of Hatha Yoga: A Manual for Students, Teachers, and Practitioners – David H. Coulter (January 1, 2010 Ed.)

Program Lead

Chris van der Merwe is director of Namaste Pacific Yoga in Pacific Beach, San Diego and the lead instructor of the Maha Vinyasa 200 Hour Teacher Training Program. He is certified to the Yoga Alliance 500 Hour E-RYT level and has studies extensively in India making almost yearly trips to further his knowledge and experience.


* Early Bird Discount is $2,100 (before Dec 1 2016) – Click here to purchase
* Regular Tuition is $2,350 – Click here to purchase
* Reserve your place – Deposit & Application Fee of $500 – Click here to purchase

Please note that all deposits and tuitions are non-refundable.

2 Months of Unlimited Yoga Membership, Training Manual & Certificate of Completion included.

Non-refundable deposit of $500 is due to reserve your space. Early discount rate must be paid in full by discount deadline. Payment plans are available, just email us a request!

Completion of this course and successful testing of material is compliant with Yoga Alliance RYT 200 hr standards.