200-Hour Teacher Training with Vira Bhava Yoga

deepen your practice & transform your life


Vira Bhava means the "heart of a warrior" - a path for Yogis  who are dedicated to living with courage and compassion. 

The training curriculum is rooted in Sri Vidya Tantra Yoga, which emphasizes the study of anatomy, history, philosophy, and body energetics. Whether you wish to teach Yoga or learn more about this rich tradition, this 8-month program is designed to help you fully integrate the practice of Yoga into your daily life. Join us, and come together with a community of people who are seeking profound transformation in ourselves and the world.

Vira Bhava Yoga School offers comprehensive trainings across the country that exceed the Yoga Alliance certification standards. The training in Atlanta, GA is located at Pure Motion Yoga, and led by Maria Borghoff, E-RYT, and Kelly Golden, 500 E-RYT, alongside a group of masterful teachers. Over the course of eight months, we meet monthly for one full weekend (Friday 7-9pm, and Saturday-Sunday 9am-6pm). Upon completing the program, graduates receive a 230-hour certificate of training and are eligible to register as a 200-hour Yoga Teacher through Yoga Alliance.



2019 Training Dates

January 4-6

February 1-3

March 1-3

April 5-7

May 3-5

June 7-9

July 5-7

August 2-4



+ Anatomy & Physiology

+ Teaching Techniques & Methodology

+ Master Asana Classes

+ History & Foundations

+ Yoga in Modern Translation

+ Assisting & Hands-On Adjustments

+ Tantra Philosophy

+ Sanskrit

+ Class Sequencing & Vinyasa Krama

+ Iyengar Yoga

+ Pranayama & Meditation

+ The Bhagavad Gita

+ Bhakti Yoga

+ Karma Yoga & Seva Project

+  Restorative Yoga

+ Yoga Sutra of Patanjali

+ Energetics & Prana Vayus

+ Elements of Puja

+ Ayurveda

+ Common Ailments & Yoga for Special Populations

+ Chair Yoga

+ Chakra Systems

+ Business of Yoga

+ Written Final Exam & Practical Teaching Final


Reading List

Bringing Yoga to Life, Donna Farhi

The Heart of Yoga, T.K.V Desikachar

Yoga: The Spirit of Practice of Moving Into Stillness, Erich Schiffmann

The Bhagavad Gita, any translation

The Breathing Book, Donna Farhi

Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, any translation

Wheels of Life, Anodea Judith

Light on Yoga, B.K.S. Iyengar

Downward Dogs & Warriors, Zo Newell

Moving Inward: The Journey to Meditation, Rolf Sovik

The Anatomy of Exercise & Movement for the Study of Dance, Pilates, Sports and Yoga, Jo Ann Staugaard-Jones

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Yoga Mentor Program

We believe that the greatest teachers are often the greatest students. 

In the 230-hour teacher training, students are paired with a mentor throughout the training for additional support and encouragement. The mentor is a Yoga teacher who has an understanding of the training curriculum and has already begun the journey of teaching. As part of their homework, students connect with their mentor on a monthly basis to observe, attend and assist their classes. The Mentor Program serves to:

  • Support teacher trainees and improve success and participation in the program

  • Encourage trainees to reach their full potential as students and aspiring teachers

  • Help trainees build confidence in their teaching ability and their own unique styles by providing teaching opportunities for teaching, guidance and feedback

  • Develop a sense of belonging and cooperation by connecting students and teachers with each other and the local community

  • Motivate mentors and trainees to grow in their own Yoga practice

  • Offer continuing education and leadership opportunity for current teachers/ professionals


Training Tuition

Early-Bird Pricing: $2750 

Regular Pricing: $2995

Registration Fee: $375 (Non-refundable & separate from the program tuition)

Payment Plans

We offer a monthly payment plan over the 8-month course to make the tuition more affordable. Please contact Maria to arrange details for your payment plan.

Work/Trade Partial Scholarship

We offer a limited number of Work/Trade Scholarships for a discount on the training . Please fill out a Work Trade Application to be considered for this Scholarship.


Registration is NOW OPEN for the 2019 training!

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