Step 2: 300 Hour Yoga Therapy Teacher Training

Presented by Yoga Among Friends & The Surya Chandra Healing Yoga School in the traditions of T. Krishnamacharya


Program Overview

This program is for students who have completed at least 75% of our  Step 1 Yoga Therapy Training. For you to truly be able to help others, you must first learn how to help your own Self. The teachings presented in Step 2 are the gateway to the journey within—taking you deeper as they open your heart.

Many students will be taking Step 2 to further their own knowledge and deepen their own personal/spiritual practice—seeking more about the subtle aspects of yoga, philosophy, and teaching methodologies. Others will find that their love for teaching yoga becomes an even more rewarding experience. The transformation from an ordinary teacher to an extraordinary teacher can be challenging and yet rewarding and exciting.

Mentor Relationship

The mentor-student relationship continues to play an integral part of your success in this training program. Through required private sessions, your faculty mentor will continue to motivate you to keep up your home practice as your learning and deepening of these tools evolve throughout the year.

To join this program is to become part of a community to enjoy friendships with like-minded individuals, form study groups to enhance learning experiences, deepen the understanding of yoga, receive guidance for a personal practice, and so much more. 



This program is designed for teachers who have completed at least 75% of our Step 1 Yoga Therapy Training requirements. Students need to have been teaching for at least two years and logged 200 teaching hours prior to acceptance.

Certification Requirements

  • 165 contact hours of classes with primary instructors
  • 4 contact hours of private yoga therapy sessions with JJ or Laura
  • 33 contact hours of sponsored yoga retreat with JJ or Laura
  • 10-20 contact hours of apprenticeship practicum, faculty observations, faculty consultation
  • 50 non-contact hours of teaching classes/private sessions on your own
  • 28 non-contact hours of online classes
  • 10 non-contact hours of approved electives and/or community service
  • Research Paper
  • Final Exam

Most weekend modules will be held at Yoga Among Friends from 5pm Friday through 5:30pm Sunday.

2016 Module Teacher
Jul 29 - 31 1: Philosophy and Key Concepts of Yoga Therapy Laura Jane & JJ
Sep 23 - 25 4: Philosophy Chase Bossart
Oct 28 - 30 2: Structural Issues, Part I laura Jane & JJ
Dec 9 - 11 3: EBusiness of Yoga Therapy and Bandhas Laura Jane, JJ & Amy Wheeler
2017 Module Teacher
Jan 27 - 29 5: Application of Upayam (Tools) Laura Jane & JJ
Mar 3 - 5 6: Psychology and Mental Health Laura Jane & JJ
Apr 7 - 9 7: Meditation and Mantra for Calming the Mind Laura Jane & JJ
May 7-12 Gray Bear Retreat SCHYS Faculty
Jun 23 -25 8: BStructural Issues, Part II Laura Jane & JJ
Jul 21 - 23 9: Yoga Therapy Laura Jane & JJ
TBD 10: Teaching Methods and Application Laura Jane & JJ

Students are encouraged to begin reading The Heart of Yoga by T.K.V. Desikachar before the program begins.  After that, you can read the books in any order; however, we recommend that you read the philosophy texts after taking the associated class.

Tuition for the 300-hour program is $4,500

($4,200 if paid in full before the start of the training). Cost includes $1,000 toward a retreat with SCHYS/YAF, all contact hours and online classes associated with the program, and private therapy sessions. Electives, make-up hours, and retreats other than with SCHYS or YAF are not included in the tuition.

Individual payment plans will be considered! Contact us to discuss your options!

Non-refundable Administrative Fees

  • Application fee: $53 due to Yoga Among Friends with application. This fee is non-refundable. Application fee should be provided within 2 weeks of submitting your application.
  • Exam & Graduation fee:$150 due to SCHYS before final exam.

SCHYS takes payment via check, credit card, and PayPal.

To apply for the program, you must submit the following:

  • Completed 300 Hour Yoga Therapy Teacher Application
  • 2 personal references (someone who will be supportive to you during the training)
  • 2 yoga references (if you use a faculty member as a reference then you do not need to provide a second yoga reference)
  • $53 non-refundable application fee (payable online —or mail a $50 ($3 discount) check to the studio)
References should be submitted to Laura Jane at:

Yoga Among Friends
4949 Forest Ave
Downers Grove, IL 60515

This program will be held in its entirety at Yoga Among Friends in Downers Grove, IL. Students are expected to attend monthly weekend modules at YAF, meet privately with a faculty member, and participate in online classes.

Yoga Among Friends
4949 Forest Ave
Downers Grove, IL 60515

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