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16 Days Comprehensive Yoga Teacher Training, California

Yoga Teacher Training in California

We offer our complete yoga teacher training course with yoga teacher certification. In this residential yoga certification program you will learn a non-dogmatic synthesis of classical and contemporary techniques combined with the many insights and innovations developed over four decades at White Lotus. Anyone sincerely interested in yoga is most welcome to enroll in the course in order to expand their own practice and knowledge with or without the desire for certification. Teaching certification is awarded on the basis of successful comprehension and mastery of the principles and practice of yoga and the ability to communicate them to others.

Retreat highlights

  • Hatha Yoga training
  • Vinyasa Flow training
  • Daily morning meditation
  • Approved by Yoga Alliance
  • Yoga teachers training certification
  • Delicious gourmet vegetarian meals
  • Daily talks and discussions
  • 15 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner

Yoga styles

16 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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The majority of our students share these lovely dome-shaped structures with canvas and lattice wood walls, hard-wood floors, skylight, heat and electricity. The yurts are furnished with beautiful Balinese daybeds, and are a short walking distance to bathrooms and showers. (Not co-ed.)


We have 3 spaces in a loft overlooking the community great room in the main building.


Peppered around our lovely retreat are several large tents set up on platforms and furnished with futons and linen. You are also welcome to use your own tent.


We have a few privates available upon request. Private accommodations are uniquely decorated, have heat and electricity and are a short walking distance to the bathrooms and showers. During certain programs they are held for couples attending, but are often available, first come, first serve, to individuals.

White Lotus YTT in Santa Barbara Program

Hatha Yoga and Vinyasa Flow Training

Hatha Yoga is the backbone of Yoga culture and of whole living. Ha means sun and Tha means moon which is the art of balancing these subtle life energies. We all know the importance of having a strong, healthy, vital body that energizes and frees the mind to explore its own depths. The Training curriculum ensures the participant will understand Yogas roots and precisely how the asanas work to produce remarkable results in maintaining health, youth and longevity. You will learn about performing asanas correctly and how to instruct and adjust others.

You will learn pranayama, the power of breath, how to instruct and the mistakes to avoid. We assist you with developing your own personal practice and in developing your teaching presentation. There are practice teaching and small group feedback-practice sessions. Participants learn several Yoga forms as well as The Flow Series, an empowering vinyasa Yoga sequence which combines asana, pranayama and meditation. Our approach evolves out of years of study, personal practice and experience with thousands of students.

We use Iyengar's precision and alignment, classical Yoga's traditional wisdom, Krishnamacharya and Pattabhi Jois' vinyasa, Joel Kramer's lines of energy and edges and Ujjayi breath Yoga. It is a synthesis of our insights and discoveries and includes what we consider to be the best from leading forms of Hatha Yoga practiced today. Not bound by any specific form, you will be encouraged to learn to use what is appropriate for you and your students and to develop a teaching style that is sensitive and evolving.


Meditation has been called the heart of Yoga. Meditation transforms the quality of ones life and is the beginning of wisdom. Meditation is not a mechanical, repetitive action, but the awakening of attention, perception and insight in all areas of life. True meditation brings about freedom and awareness which can never be the result of mechanized practice of techniques. One who has discovered meditation in action has tremendous mental and creative power. In the In-Depth Training we will have the opportunity to discover together the nature of meditation as well as explore some of the many different systems in proliferation today. Meditation cannot be taught, but meditation can be learned.

Right Livelihood

Many participants in our In-Depth Training choose to earn their living while teaching and practicing Yoga. Yoga has traditionally been noncommercial, yet Yoga teachers must support themselves. There are many ways of attaining this balance - earning a living without sacrificing the spirit. We share together from over thirty years experience of creating and operating two of the most successful Yoga institutes, the White Lotus Retreat in Santa Barbara and the Center for Yoga in Los Angeles. We also discuss creating classes, courses and workshops without having a physical center. White Lotus is one of the pioneering organizations that inspired the expanding Yoga movement today. Many of our graduates have established successful centers or class programs all over the world.

White Lotus YTT Itinerary

We start the day with an optional morning meditation, a light breakfast at 7.30 a.m. followed by an hour talk and discussion, and a 9.30 a.m. class that emphasizes a workout and take-home practice. A large, delicious vegetarian lunch is served at 12.00 p.m. Afternoons include outings, free time, small group work or discussions. Massages are also available. At 4.00 p.m. we have Pranayama (breath work) and a class in asana form, technique, breakdown, hands-on correction and practice teaching. Dinner is at 7.30 p.m. and evenings are either free or have lively, informative talks and discussions on many topics in yoga. The course is well paced and fun, with a nice balance between learning and rejuvenation.

Yoga curriculum

  • Origins of Yoga
  • How Yoga works
  • How to prolong vitality with Yoga
  • How each asana affects the bodys systems
  • Pranayama - Yoga breathing and vital energy
  • How to instruct intelligently and correctly
  • Restructuring the body through precision and alignment
  • Dealing with problem cases and injuries
  • Awakening and listening to the bodys intelligence
  • The ten bodily systems
  • Body mechanics
  • Internal Yogic cleansing techniques
  • Combining asana, pranayama and meditation
  • Classical, Iyengar, and Flowing Hatha Yoga
  • Developing a personal practice

Nutrition curriculum

  • What is an optimum health diet?
  • What are healing and therapeutic diets?
  • Holistic health and healing
  • Vegetarian diet and superior nutrition
  • Finding the right foods for your body

Meditation curriculum

  • Meditation Room
  • Meditation Curriculum
  • Meditation that is not mechanical practice
  • The nature of thought and the place of knowledge
  • Nature, relationship, silence and inquiry
  • Facts, fads, fallacies about meditation
  • Finding the sacred in life
  • Meditation as all of life

Other Course Topics

  • India: Birthplace of Yoga
  • Important Sanskrit terms
  • Chakras - a practical, scientific presentation of the mystical
  • Major Yoga systems: Bhakti, Raja, Karma, Jnana, Tantra, Kundalini
  • Yoga philosophy and essential principles
  • Hints, Aids and Inspiration for a lifelong practice

Teachers Curriculum

  • How to begin instructing
  • Yoga, an expression or profession?
  • Formulation of curriculum
  • Class themes and formats
  • Setting up classes, seminars and courses


We will be serving our renowned gourmet vegetarian cuisine.

How to get there

Driving directions from the South

Take Hwy. 101 North, to and through Santa Barbara, to the State Street/Lake Cachuma/Hwy 154 exit.

Go North on Hwy 154, San Marcos Pass, (sign says West) winding up the mountain for 5.8 miles to a yellow "Slow Trucks" sign on the right and 2 large white mailboxes, on the left, marked 2529 and 2500.

Turn left onto the small road at the mailboxes.

Go straight and then curve around to the Center.

Please turn around and park facing out in the parking area. You may also park along the entry road, on the right side only.

Please do not park in the driveway or in resident staff area.

Driving directions from the North

Take Hwy 101 South, approximately 30 miles past Santa Maria, and take the Hwy 154 exit.

Drive approximately 26 miles, passing Cachuma Lake on the left & then up a long grade to the top of the San Marcos Pass.

From the summit of the Pass, when you start your descent down towards Santa Barbara and the ocean, the small entry road is 2 miles down from the summit, on the right.

Watch for a highway symbol sign that indicates a right turn coming up. Then watch for 2 large white mailboxes marked 2529 and 2500 on the right hand side and turn right onto the small road at the mailboxes. If you cross the Painted Cave, San Marcos Road intersection, you've gone too far.

Follow the small road and curve right, around to the Center.

Please turn around and park facing out in the small parking area. You may also park along the entry road, but on the right side facing out only.

Please do not park in the driveway or in resident staff area.

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