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200-Hour San Diego Yoga Teacher Training

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Our 200-Hour Teacher Training with Prana founder 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 passionate Yoga students wishing to deepen their practice and learn more about the ancient art and wisdom of YOGA. Join us for a life-transforming experience!


+ join us for a complimentary class!

  • Sunday, August 4:  11:45am

Attend a free Vinyasa Class (10am)  w/ YTT lead teacher, followed by YTT Info Session / Q+A

>> Email us to rsvp!  

*in class or live online

Can't make it? Get in touch to schedule a call!



January 26 - April  21, 2024

8  Weekend Sessions

January 26-28
February 9-11, 23-25
March 8-10, 15-17, 22-24
April 5-7, 19-21
Training Hours:
  • Friday, 6:30pm-9:30pm
  • Saturday 1pm-6pm
  • Sunday, 12pm-5pm
    • plus addtl. practice sessions
    • opportunity to make up missed sessions


July 12-28, 2024

Summer Intensive:  17 consecutive days

~ full ~

Daily Immersion program

FALL 2024

September 20  - November 17, 2024

8 Weekend Sessions

Training Hours:

Friday, 6:30pm-9:30pm

Saturday, 1pm-6pm

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

* Flexibility to make up missed sessions in future trainings ~ or attend live online


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 guest teachers, including Sara Deakin E-RYT500, Slava Kolpakov, Dr, Amelia Chang PT, Pamela Godde E-RYT500, Stacey Filice E-RYT C-IAYT & Allison Spratt Pearce, 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 (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, M.A.in 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.


$2,500 early registration discount by August 7  (for Fall '24)

$2,650 by September 4

$2,900 full tuition

*$2,500 discount for full-time students, seniors, military & school teachers

Includes Prana Yoga membership, training manual & Certificate of Completion

Non-refundable deposit of $500 is due with application. Flexible payment plans are available by request; payments must be completed by the last day of the training.

1 partial, need-based scholarship available per training as 'In-Training-Assistant' - please contact alex@prana-yoga.com to inquire. 

Cancellation/Refund Policy:  Course credit for future programs is available only; no refunds for tuition payments.  *Note: If we are forced to close due to state or national requirements, the training will continue online.



  1. Enroll here
  2. Then fill out an online application  (or download the Application Form and submit via email to alex@prana-yoga.com, 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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