Deepen your practice with a 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training

Whether you wish to teach Yoga or explore the benefits of this rich tradition, this integrative 8-month program is designed to empower your life. Come together with a community of people who are seeking profound transformation in ourselves and the world.

Vira Bhava means the "heart of a warrior," a person who is 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.

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 will receive a 230-hour certificate of training and will be eligible to register as a 200-hour Yoga Teacher through Yoga Alliance.

Join us for a Community Yoga Class & learn more:

Sunday, April 15th at 9am - Pure Motion Yoga



+ 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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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.

The Mentor Program serves to:

  • 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 

Regular Pricing: $2995

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.


Ready to dive deep?

The next training program in Atlanta, GA will begin in Fall 2018. Please enter your information below & be the first to know when registration opens!

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