Approved Teacher Training


OHYA Approves Teacher Trainings that meet our standards and  to ensure that the next generation of Original Hot Yoga teachers are qualified and committed to offering our studios and students, high quality and effective 26 & 2 teaching.  We only approve the 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.

In addition, the trainings approved by OHYA are committed to their graduates completing internships at their home studios and joining the OHYA Teacher Directory to show their commitment to their teaching and growth and to add this extra level of professionalism to their training.  Make sure the training you are looking into has the OHYA Approved Teacher Training seal so you can join the OHYA Teacher Directory and have the support of the Original Hot Yoga Association.

If you are not sure whether the teacher training you graduated from qualifies you to register with the OHYA Teacher Directory, please email, for clarification or more information.  Some teacher training programs may qualify you to join after you complete an additional Bridge program approved by OHYA. Please email us for more information and clarification.  If you are not sure if your training was approved by OHYA, ask to see the OHYA Approved Seal.  If you are looking for a more local training, look at our Event Calendar tab and look for Approved Teacher Trainings. 

Why Attending an OHYA Approved Training Matters

If you want your teacher training to have recognition outside your local studio, OHYA highly recommends you attend an OHYA Approved Training. The only way to join the OHYA Teacher Directory* with all their added benefits, is to attend an OHYA Approved Training. (All Certified Bikram Yoga Teacher also qualify to join.)

Your Best Option, IMMERSIVE Teacher Trainings

OHYA recommends Teacher Training that are immersive allowing you to devote your time, energy and passion to learning to teach an effective Original Hot Yoga Class and immerse yourself in the process.  The following trainings are immersive trainings and the most recommended by OHYA.

Bikram’s Teacher Training

OHYA no longer recommends anyone attend Bikram’s Training and as of Nov 2019, he plans to no longer do Teacher Trainings. 

Looking for Approval for your training by OHYA?

Please read below to view all the standards and hours required for approval by OHYA. 

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 Teacher Training? Email us at

We believe that every Teacher Training should be conducted in a supportive and non-threating environment. If you experience any form of sexual assault, or any other form of inappropriate contact, please contact the police and email us to file a report.

Approval for Teacher Training through OHYA

Teacher Training Standards

Please read the standards for each category below, and if your training meets the standards, please email OHYA for an application at There is a $299 non-refundable fee to process your application.  Your application includes a copy of our Standardized Instruction, (Dialog), Categories for Anatomy and Physiology and Professional Development.
All our immersive trainings are listed on this page with their logo and a link to their information.  Local trainings are listed on the Event page.

Before looking at the hours, please review the basic standards:

  1. The host studio is a member of the OHYA Studio Directory.
  2. The program is 100% dedicated to the 26/2 Original Hot Yoga class. (You can’t throw in Yin, or Vinyasa)
  3. The studio owner is a member of the OHYA Teacher Directory of Level 2 or higher, preferably Level 3 or 10 years teaching experience.
  4. Anyone assisting the training is an OHYA Teacher Directory member of Level 2 or higher.
  5. Program must be submitted to OHYA showing the minimum hours will be met including the internship and plan for graduates to join OHYA.
  6. Minimum standards must be met in the categories laid out by OHYA with the topics covered to meet the minimum hours. (see below)

Required Hours for Approved Training of the OHYA

*Posture Lab and Teaching Skills: 150 Hours

*Anatomy and Physiology: (20-40 hours) minimum topics sent upon approval

*Yoga Practice: (81-110 hours)

*Professional Development (10 Hours)

(*in person Contact Hours during training)

Internship (40 minimum hours) done at home studios to teach and receive feedback

Additional Recommended hours- can be non-contact:

Philosophy, readings, study hours, history of our linege and more

Total 260 program (contact)  hours (minimum) plus Internship-300 hours minimum

Most of our programs exceed these hours.  Immersive programs that are 350 or more, are promoted by OHYA on our Approved Teacher Training page, all others can be found on the Event Calendar.