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200-Hour San Diego Yoga Teacher Training

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NEW! Become a certified yoga teacher with our Yoga Alliance approved live online and/or in-person training.

Our 200-Hour Teacher Training with Gerhard Gessner E-RYT is a premier foundational program known for its excellence in curriculum and teaching faculty. As one of San Diego's longest standing certification courses, it is ideal for aspiring teachers and serious students wishing to deepen their practice and learn more about the ancient art and wisdom of YOGA. Join us for a life-transforming experience!


Sunday, December 12, 2021

  • 10:15am  Vinyasa Class (in-studio or live stream)
  • 11:45am TT Info Session/Q&A (in-studio or live stream)

RSVP to attend for in-studio or live online

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January 28  - April 24, 2022

8  Weekend Sessions

Training Hours:
  • Friday, 6:30pm-9:30pm
  • Saturday 1pm-6pm
  • Sunday, 12pm-5pm
    • plus addtl. practice sessions


June 2022

Summer Intensive:  17 consecutive days

Daily Immersion program

FALL 2021

September 24 - November 14, 2021

8 Weekend Sessions

Training Hours:

Friday, 6:30pm-9:30pm

Saturday & Sunday, 12pm-5pm



 Renowned program developed & taught by 'teacher's teacher' Gerhard Gessner E-RYT
 Comprehensive, time-tested curriculum known for its high standard and non-dogmatic, interactive approach 
 Teaching faculty comprised of highly-skilled senior teachers (min. RYT500 certified) and master guest teachers
 Limited class size with individual attention
 Yoga Alliance certified program
Large TT Alumni group with successful teachers instructing all over US and abroad 

 Opportunity to teach donation-based classes at Prana upon graduation


Students will gain an in-depth understanding of the life-changing benefits of Yoga - it's elements of physical practice skillfully woven together with meditation, breath work, and self exploration. You'll learn how the ancient practice of YOGA has evolved over the years while discovering its everyday wisdom and guidelines for conscious, empowered living.  You will emerge with the confidence and tools to begin to teach what you love!

Led by Gerhard Gessner E-RYT 500, and a faculty of highly trained senior teachers, including Sara Deakin E-RYT500, Slava Kolpakov, Dr. Alison McLean DPT E-RYT C-IAYT, Manoj Chalam, Vicki Abrams, and Hari Das Kaur, areas of study include:

• Intensive, alignment-based Yoga asana study
• Yoga specific anatomy and physiology
• Principles of Hatha Yoga, Vinyasa Flow & intelligent sequencing
• Principles of pranayama
• The Yoga Sutras and Yoga philosophy
• Introduction to meditation
• The art of teaching Yoga, hands-on adjustments
• The business of Yoga
• teaching private Yoga sessions
• Introduction to specialty Yoga (Yoga Wall, Prenatal, Restorative/Yin Yoga, Yoga Therapy)

Students will receive a diploma which they can use to register with Yoga Alliance at the RYT-200 level and share with prospective employers. Completion of this program will also qualify students for admission into our Advanced 300-Hour Professional Program and other continuing education intensives.

Graduate Testimonial
"I moved to San Diego specifically for this training after hearing incredible feedback about Gerhard and his training. I completed my Yoga Teacher Training at Prana Yoga Center and since then, I have taken about 700 hours of YTT in various other studios. Every training after my 200-hour at Prana was disappointing because they lacked the depth and integrity that this training provided. I feel like I got more than my moneys worth by taking my training here, and I am so glad that I had the opportunity to train here. Because of Prana's in-depth training, I am now a full time yoga teacher. Thank you!!" more testimonials

Gerhard Gessner E-RYT500

Gerhard founded Prana Yoga Center in 2001 pursuing a life-long passion for Yoga, meditation and the healing of the body & mind. He leads Prana's highly acclaimed 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training Program (offered 3x/year) and is a teacher & mentor in the Professional 300-Hour Yogaworks Teacher Training. Gerhard is also faculty member in the MFA programs in Acting at UCSD (since 2000) and University of San Diego (since 1998). He holds a B.A. in Mechanical Engineering, Education, M.A. in Counseling Psychology and is a trained bodyworker. Gerhard's extensive training, his grounded non-dogmatic approach along with his life-long dedication to Yoga, meditation and spirituality, gives Prana’s 200hr Yoga Teacher Training the unique imprint and reputation that it is known for. As the lead teacher and program director, he developed a solid, integrated curriculum with an interactive methodology and a hands-on approach, while bringing on leading specialists in their respective fields to the teacher training faculty to ensure only the highest standards of teaching ~ and living ~ the ancient art and wisdom of Yoga. Gerhard is known for a light-hearted, down-to-earth approach to Yoga as well as his compassionate spirit that makes everyone feel at ease. His trademark "All Level Vinyasa Flow" class is challenging and upbeat, yet deeply nurturing and filled with humor - attracting students from all walks of life. Gerhard has a powerful ability to inspire his students to reach their potential, while challenging and nurturing their process in a fun and safe environment. Always remaining a humble student of Yoga, Gerhard has been a teacher for over 35 years and has trained many teachers from all over the world. He studied a variety of styles of Yoga, including Ashtanga, Iyengar, Ananda and Contact Yoga. He has personally studied with Sri K. Patthabi Jois, B.K.S. Iyengar, Tim Miller and many other influential Yoga teachers across the US and abroad and is grateful for their wisdom and guidance.


$2500 early registration discount by November 15, 2021   super early bird!

$2650 by December 30, 2021

$2900 full tuition

*$2450 discount for full-time students, seniors, military & school teachers

Includes Prana Yoga membership, manual & certificate of completion. 

Deposit of $500 is due with application. Flexible payment plans are available by request.


  1. Enroll here
  2. Then fill out an online application  (or download the Application Form and submit via email to, in person at the studio or mail to:  Prana Yoga Center, Attn: Teacher Training, 1041 Silverado Street, La Jolla, CA 92037)

You will be notified within 5 days regarding your acceptance in the training. We look forward to welcoming you in our new group and join us in this life-changing journey!   If you have any questions or concerns, contact a program advisor or call us at 858.456.2806.

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