200 Hour Training

  • Become a certified teacher.
  • Lead your community.

Our teachers are building stronger, more compassionate communities with a deep understanding of the natural connections between yoga philosophy and social justice.

What is a
happy warrior™?

The phrase comes from the 1806 poem “Character of the Happy Warrior” by William Wordsworth.

The Happy Warrior is a brave, generous, and moral person, who is able to remain virtuous even in the midst of distress. Their noble ideas and deeds are “an inward light” that, despite their inwardness, make the path before the warrior “always bright.”

The Happy Warrior is a diligent student, eager to amass whatever knowledge comes their way; furthermore, and as a result, their principal concern must be their own moral being.

A Happy Warrior is a person who is undaunted and cheerful, even in the face of adversity. All fearsome challenges they transcend, subduing what negative qualities they may have, and learning from what good they have to offer.

The Happy Warrior is “skillful in self-knowledge”, living by the famous injunction to “know one’s self” and understands that the true purpose of “suffering and distress” is to grow in compassion and tenderness.

Happy Warriors are just, fair, and honest. Their law and dearest friend is reason; they owe all of their triumphs to virtue. More than anything, the Happy Warrior is able to stay optimistic and to thrive amidst conflict.

Adversity makes the Happy Warrior even more joyful.

When called upon for any task, the Happy Warrior is always equal to it.

why happy warrior™?


Yoga In Our City has created our Happy Warrior™ program to train diverse cohorts of local leaders, educators, and health equity advocates to become yoga teachers.

Our trauma-sensitive model is designed to inspire growth, healing, and mindful engagement in our communities.

Our goal is to achieve greater inclusivity in yoga leadership to more accurately reflect the diversity of the communities we serve.


In addition to becoming 200 hour certified yoga teachers, Happy Warriors™ learn essential leadership skills to be advocates of marginalized communities.

Our teachers are leading the transformation of yoga in the United States from luxury commodity to a matter of public health and community wellness.


Happy Warrior™ training is a comprehensive program grounded in social justice principles and anti-oppressive practices designed to equip teachers with the necessary skills to create an inclusive and just world.

Upon becoming a certified yoga teacher, new teachers will advocate for action — bringing their yoga and leadership expertise into new neighborhoods and community spaces.

Become a


An Introduction to Yoga & Service

Learn the foundations of yoga, the origins of Happy Warrior, our practice, poses, and teaching techniques.

Leading with Awareness & Stability

Understanding anatomy, breath, sequencing, and how to see your students’ strengths and success.

Leading with Connection

Study anatomy, assisting, balance, and how joints and muscles enable movement.

Leading with Joy & Kindness

Advance your awareness of asanas, breathing, mediations, and transitions.

Leading with Compassion & Truth

Establish your knowledge of yoga ethics, sequencing, standing poses, and sun salutations with our trauma-sensitive approach.

Leading with Curiosity & Courage

Challenge yourself with backbends, folds, hand balances, inversions, and twists.

Leading with Care & Confidence

Discover how to design classes for all levels and how to teach inclusive yoga classes in public parks and spaces. 

Leading with Wisdom & Humility

Recognize the qualities of a great teacher, strengthen your self-reflection, and celebrate your personal growth.

Field Trip to the State Capitol

Experience a guided tour of the Capitol Building, the epicenter of our democracy.


Upcoming Trainings

Hosted By:

*Do not need to be a student to apply.


CT State Community College

Great Path
Manchester, CT 06040

Training Dates

*Training includes both In Person and Virtual dates.

In Person


8am – 3pm

January: 6, 13, 20, 27
February: 3, 10, 17, 24
March: 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
April: 6, 13, 20, 27
May: 4, 11, 18
June: 1
*Sundays: May 12 and May 19
*no class Memorial Day Weekend



6pm – 8:30pm

January: 10, 17, 24, 31
February: 7, 14, 21, 28
March: 6, 13, 20, 27
April: 3, 10, 17, 24
May: 1, 8, 15, 22


When do applications close?
The application period will extend through the beginning of December.
I need financial aid, how do I apply?
Upon submitting your application, a short interview will follow where financial assistance requests may be shared.
Will I need to attend both Wednesdays and Saturdays?
Yes, the training is hybrid. We will be on CT State Community College Manchester Campus on Saturdays and online Wednesday evenings. Students must be present both days of the week.
What happens if I need to miss class time?
We understand conflicts with the schedule will arise from time to time, we have a make-up policy for missed hours. Missed training modules will be made up through individual and group work.
How long after the interview will I be notified of acceptance?
Within 2-3 weeks.
Can older individuals participate as students?
Yes, we encourage all 18 and above to apply. Modifications can and will be made for all.
What type of yoga is taught?
Our training is based in Hatha yoga.
Will I receive a certificate of completion?

Yes, upon successful completion of this program, you will be a 200 hour certified yoga teacher. Additionally, you’ll be able to apply to become a Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance. For more information on becoming a Registered Yoga Teacher, please visit www.yogaalliance.org.


$2,975 + Books

Financial Support

Specific communities have historically been underrepresented or denied entrance into our sanghas, or communities of practice. To address this inequity, our Happy Warrior™ training specifically aims to develop the untapped potential of people of color, LGBTQIA+ , immigrants, and low-income individuals to lead underrepresented communities.

In turn, we have various options to overcome any financial barriers to join our training. Upon acceptance, Elise Cusimano, our Director of Teacher Success, will meet with you to ensure you are financially supported.

We are happy to explore available reimbursement opportunities with your employer for professional development, education, or training.

Options include:

Payment Plans

We can create a payment plan that works with your budget.


We have a modest scholarship fund supported by class donations, corporate partners, and grant funding to help offset costs.

Professional Development

We are happy to discuss reimbursement opportunities with your employer for professional development, education, or training.

Work Study

Happy Warriors can apply to work with our Yoga In Our City programming including teaching classes (online or in the community) or tabling at community events.