200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training

Begins February 2018 at Pure Motion Yoga in Atlanta, GA

Deepen your practice and empower your life with this integrative 8-month program. Whether you wish to teach Yoga or discover more about the ancient tradition, this training is designed for us to come together and create profound transformation in ourselves and the world.

Vira Bhava means the "heart of a warrior." Our curriculum is rooted in Sri Vidya Tantra Yoga, inviting modern Yogis to expand and apply their understanding of anatomy, history, philosophy, and body energetics. Vira Bhava Yoga School offers trainings across the country that meet and exceed the Yoga Alliance (YA) Certification standards. Maria Borghoff (500 RYT) will be leading the Atlanta training with Kelly Golden (500 E-RYT & ParaYoga Certified) alongside a group of masterful teachers.

Starting in February, we will meet monthly for one full weekend (Friday 7-9pm, and Saturday-Sunday 9am-6pm). Upon completing the program in September 2018, graduates will receive a 230-hour certificate of training and will be eligible to register as a 200-hour Yoga Teacher through Yoga Alliance.

What is Tantra yoga?

Listen to a conversation with Maria & Kelly to learn more...

Join us on January 29, 7-9pm for an Introduction to Tantra Yoga class at Pure Motion Yoga.

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training Dates

Feb 16-18  -  Intention

March 16-18  -  Foundation

April 13-15  -  Study

May 11-13  -  Devotion

June 15-17  -  Discipline

July 20-22  -  Exploration

August 17-19  -  Translation

September 14-16  -  Transformation



+ 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

Mentor Program

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.

Goals of Mentor Program:

  • Support teacher trainees and improve their 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



Early-Bird Pricing: $2850 (Deposit paid by October 31, 2017)

Regular Pricing: $2995 (Deposit paid on or after November 1, 2017)

Deposit: A non-refundable deposit of $375 goes towards administrative fees and is separate from the cost of the program.

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.


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