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The Hard & The Soft Yoga Institute presents: 


With Beryl Bender Birch, POWER YOGA PIONEER & Give Back Yoga CO-FOUNDER 

Take a deep dive into the brilliant methodology of the 8-limbed path of classical yoga with The Hard & The Soft Yoga Institute. As a Yoga Alliance-registered school that has trained yoga teachers since 1980, The Hard & The Soft’s 200-hour and 300-hour (for 500-hour certification) Yoga Teacher Trainings rank among the most highly regarded and comprehensive programs in the country.

These unique trainings both prepare you to practice and share the powerful therapeutic tools of asana, meditation, conscious breathing and mindfulness – and pave the way for a career in yoga service, helping you to participate in healing the world and our planet. Whether you are called to teach or simply wish to deepen your personal practice, as a graduate of The Hard & The Soft Yoga Institute, you join a diverse, well-educated global community of proactive leaders. Our outstanding teachers are working to grow, evolve, and spread this incredible practice called yoga. Join us to amplify your practice, and set your foot on the journey of a lifetime.


Take your practice out into the world.

200-Hour Teacher Training

Set yourself on the path of becoming a certified yoga teacher, or explore the deeper dimensions of your practice. Immerse yourself in the yoga lifestyle through this eight-month course of study. Each month, you’ll explore one of the eight limbs of classical yoga, with a special focus on kriya yoga – the yoga of action. Show up, pay attention, and practice 24/7. Everything else follows from there.

300-Hour Teacher Training

Take your teaching to the next level with this 10-month course of study, taught by our renowned faculty and highly experienced Certified Yoga Therapists (IAYT). Learn how to guide students to a deeper discovery of yoga, and build a foundation for a career in yoga service and leadership role in your community. Experience the joy of personal evolution as you grow and expand your awareness out into the world.

Combined Certification

Many programs teach asana; few teach the full 8-limbed path of classical yoga. Study with some of the best and most experienced teachers and certified yoga therapists in the country through our highly respected program, beginning with our 200-hour training and progressing through your 500-hour certification. Develop your Individualized Yoga Plan (IYP) based on your talents, experiences, and specialized communities in which you hope to teach mindfulness-based skills.

Why train with The Hard & The Soft Yoga Institute?

Unlock the healing potential of power vinyasa yoga – and learn how to share it in your community, and beyond.

Study with world-class faculty.

Study with renowned classical yoga teacher, author, and Give Back Yoga co-founder Beryl Bender Birch and a diverse national faculty who are experts in their specialized fields. Most faculty members are certified yoga therapists (CYTs) and members of the International Association of Yoga Therapists, and all have studied with Beryl for well over a thousand hours.

Strengthen your practice.

Rocket your practice into the stratosphere through monthly workshops, study groups, commitment to class attendance and the community support of your fellow trainees.

Explore the eight-limbed path.

Explore the full eight-limbed path of classical (raja) yoga. Go beyond asana, and learn how to guide students into the internal world of meditation, pranayama and the Yoga Sutra.

Learn correct alignment, and how to modify any pose.

Without correct alignment in the postures, you might as well not do yoga at all! All bodies can benefit from yoga, and it’s essential to fit the posture to the body, not the body to the posture. Explore ways to adapt any posture for any body, and find variations that will work for you and your students.

Discover energy medicine.

Learn how to use prana (energy) for detox and healing, and how to move and direct prana in your energy “fields.”

Explore the science of Ayurveda.

Learn the basics of Ayurveda, one of the world’s oldest holistic healing systems and a sister science to yoga.

Become part of a sangha (community).

Be part of a conscious community that supports you, encourages you and “speaks your language.” In a crazy world, your weekend workshops with like-minded trainees will become welcome sanctuaries.

Work for environmental healing and social justice.

See how becoming a teacher and a committed practitioner expands your circle of compassion. Together, we’ll watch powerful documentaries that will inspire you to get out there and make your voice heard.

Complete your own “give back” project.

Get out of the studio, and give back to the world. As a teacher trainee, you’ll complete your own “give back” project – putting your yoga into action, and starting a ripple effect of change.

Find your dharma.

Practice, pay attention and breathe…and your special role in the world will become clear.

Prepare for a career in yoga service.

Have you found your dharma? Do you want to bring yoga, in any of its diverse forms to a specific population or community? We will help you to develop an Individualized Yoga Plan (IYP) and direct your specialized training, preparing you for advanced study with a Give Back Yoga program.

Become a certified yoga teacher.

Share the powerful benefits of asana, mindfulness and meditation with others in your community, through a Yoga Alliance-registered program.

Practice safe and appropriate hands-on adjustments and assists.

When done respectfully, mindfully and safely by a skilled and well-trained teacher, “hands-on” assistance in a posture can be of great therapeutic value and a powerful aid to establishing correct biomechanical form. Learn from our highly experienced faculty of Certified Yoga Therapists and appropriate ways to adjust and adapt the postures.

About Beryl Bender Birch

Beryl Bender Birch is the Founder and Director of The Hard & The Soft Yoga Institute, and Board Chair and Co-Founder of the Give Back Yoga Foundation. She has taught yoga and meditation for 40 years, and is a longstanding faculty member at Kripalu and Omega Institute. As one of the first American yogis to travel to India in the 1970s, Beryl helped introduce the athletic community to the practice of yoga. She is the author of four books, including the bestselling Power Yoga

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200-Hour Teacher Training 

OCT 2018 – MAY 2019: Yoga in ME in Eliot, ME

300-Hour Teacher Training (RYT 500) 

Full schedule here

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