Deepen Your Practice & Empower Your Life

230-Hour Vira Bhava Yoga Teacher Training


WHO: Vira Bhava means the "heart of a warrior." This program is for Yogis of all shapes & sizes, all backgrounds & experience levels. The only requirement is that you are dedicated to living with courage and compassion, you value the support of a community, and you are seeking profound transformation in yourself and the world.

WHAT: An integrative, 8-month program to help you bring Yoga into your daily life. Our curriculum is rooted in Sri Vidya Tantra Yoga, which emphasizes the study of physical anatomy, breathing, meditation, body energetics, and Yoga philosophy. Whether your intention is to teach Yoga or to develop a powerful & profound personal practice, this extensive training guides you to  explore the rich traditions of Yoga. 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.

WHEN: The next program begins January, 2019. Over the course of eight months, we meet monthly for one full weekend (Friday 7-9pm, and Saturday-Sunday 9am-6pm).

WHERE: 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. 


Training Weekends in 2019

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 & Yoga Physiology

+ Asana Techniques & Methodology

+ Master Hatha Yoga Classes

+ Yoga History & Foundations

+ Assisting & Hands-On Adjustments

+ Tantra Philosophy

+ Sanskrit

+ Vinyasa Krama & Class Sequencing

+ Iyengar Yoga

+ Pranayama & Meditation

+ Bhakti Yoga & Elements of Puja

+ Karma Yoga & Seva Project

+  Restorative Yoga

+ Yoga Sutra of Patanjali

+ Energetics & Prana Vayus

+ Ayurveda

+ Common Ailments & Yoga for Special Populations

+ Chakra Systems

+ Business of Yoga

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, translation by Stephen Mitchell

The Breathing Book, Donna Farhi

Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, translation by Sri Swami Satchidananada

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 Key Muscles of Yoga, Ray Long

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



Schedule a phone-conversation with Maria to learn about Vira Bhava Yoga & our upcoming trainings.

Yoga Mentor Program

We believe that great teachers are the greatest students. 

Vira Bhava Yoga pairs each training student with a mentor for additional support and encouragement throughout the program. 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 is a unique opportunity that 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

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Training Tuition

EARLY BIRD RATE: $2750 (Expires October 15, 2018)


*Registration Fee of $375 will secure your spot in the training. (This fee is 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!

Questions?  Complete the form below to schedule a phone-conversation with Maria & learn more about Vira Bhava Yoga upcoming trainings.

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