Approved Teacher Training

Approval for Teacher Training through OHYA

OHYA is committed to unite, support and promote original hot yoga. One of our goals is to support the next generation of Teacher Trainings that are committed to the standards we’ve established to create highly trained teachers that can excel and easily integrate into our studios.

Before a teacher training is approved by OHYA, it is reviewed to meet the minimum standards as laid out by the categories and minimum hours below. In addition, the trainings approved by OHYA are committed to their graduates completing internships at their home studios and joining OHYA to further unite our community. OHYA promotes the trainings on our website and mobile App that continue to meet the highest standards. There are additional trainings that have been approved in the past, but they may not meet our current requirements. Please confirm the status of your training to make sure it qualifies to allow you to register in our Teacher Directory after completing your internship.


Specific Standards and guidelines for Approval by OHYA:
  • Teacher Training (TT) is run by a registered Level 3 Teacher in the OHYA Teacher Directory who meets the following requirements: led posture clinics at Bikram’s TT, previously mentored and developed Original Hot Yoga teachers, universally respected in our community and seen to have a high level of integrity and dedication to the 26 & 2 method. The intent of the training is to create teachers that are prepared to teach at any original hot yoga school in our community, not just the local school training them.
  • The TT sets a standard for all graduates to both complete their 75 class internship and then to join the OHYA Teacher Directory. The TT must have a point of contact at the trainee’s studio to ensure they have support upon returning from training or to seek alternatives for mentorship to assure their internship is completed.
  • The training is 100% dedicated to developing teachers to teach a 90 minute 26 & 2 class. The TT must also be open to all students and actively advertised to local studios to ensure it is open to all that qualify.
  • The dialog is simple and intended to teach beginners or anyone in class. The dialog is the foundation of any original hot yoga class and must make sense and easily integrate with current certified Bikram yoga teachers.
  • A primary focus is on learning and speaking effective dialog with an authentic voice and an ability to connect with students in their class
  • The TT must invite other Level 2 and Level 3 teachers to enrich the experience of all the trainees.
  • Host schools are members of OHYA Studio Directory.
  • The training meets the standards and minimum hours for each category as laid out below. The total training hours vary from 400 to 500 +.

Looking for Approval for your training by OHYA?

Please read the standards below, and if you think your training qualifies, please email OHYA for an application at Have questions about who we approve if you are a looking for a TT? Email us at OHYA reserves the right to make exceptions to when the situation is appropriate.

Bikram’s Teacher Training

Anyone who has graduated or will graduate from Bikram’s Teacher Training can always register in our directory with a unique seal that delineates completing Bikram Training. For more information on Bikram’s training, go to (OHYA is not affiliated with Bikram’s training, International headquarters, or Bikram Choudhury) But his training will always be viewed as the gold standard and all of our senior teachers and studio owners completed his complete and extensive 9 week teacher training.

Approved Teacher Training

The following trainings are approved by OHYA For more information on their dates, pricing, and schedule, please go to their individual website and connect directly with them. *OHYA does not guarantee employment with an OHYA seal. Individual studios requirements vary for teacher trainings. Please contact individual studios for teacher training criteria and requirements.

Craig Villani
Zeb Homison, Emily & Phil Vendemmia
Amy Clement

Required Hours for Approved Training of the OHYA

Posture Lab and Teaching Skills (minimum 150, max 320)



This category covers but is not limited to the following:

  • Practicing Dialog with feedback/constructive criticism
  • Learning effective use of voice, energy, inflection, projection, passion, personality etc.
  • Working on technique for delivering meaningful and dialog
  • Teaching therapy with the 26&2
  • Modifications and benefits for those injured or limited in ability or any ranges of motion.
  • Giving corrections and modifications
  • Setting a good example in class
  • Addressing individual needs within a group setting
  • How to help new students in class
  • Biomechanics of the postures in the 26&2
  • Helping students who are overheated and dizzy/getting heat stroke
  • CPR and Heat Exhaustion Expertise
  • Yoga Therapy within the 26 postures
Anatomy and Physiology: (20-30 hours)

Often taught by expert in their field, this topic relates to the anatomy of the body and developing a basic understanding of the skeletal muscular groups and major functions and systems of the body. (A maximum of 20 non-contact hours are allowed.)



Philosophy: (0-60 hours)
Learning the 8 limbs of yoga, history of yoga, and reading/studying some of the Vedic texts. (25 non-contact hours are allowed.)




Yoga Practice: (80-110 hours)

A deep understanding of the 26 & 2 series is a foundation to becoming an effective teacher.   Regular practice before, during and after training are critical to development of an Original Hot Yoga Teacher.



Group Study of the Dialog (0-40 hours)

A maximum of 40 hours is allowed for an immersion training when teacher trainers spend time with their classmates learning and practicing dialog.



Personal Development/Business Development (minimum 10, max 40)

This category includes but is not limited to:
Presenting yourself professional and capably in class
Managing group dynamics for the benefit of everyone in the room
Ethics (opening studios with fair mileage, not stealing students etc)
how to sign in a class at the desk using your studios software

Importance of being part of your studios business even if you are an independent contractor

Identifying why you love to teach and practice yoga
Making sure your class is as inclusive as possible

Internship (20-40 hours)
Internships are a mandatory part of the Endorsed Teacher Training process and to get your Original Hot Yoga Teacher Seal. All teachers registered with OHYA need to teach 75 classes (in a minimum of 6 months) and receive feedback for opportunities to grow and improve and to become more effective. All teachers from Endorsed Trainings must also complete the “Certificate of Standard” by a studio owner or Level 2 or 3 teachers that regularly takes the teachers class.