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USA Yoga and Meditation Teacher Training

Historically rich, science-based yoga teacher training in one of the most spiritual places in the United States! Modern Mindfulness School invites you to study, fall in love with the heat and the human brain in the same location one of the most influential yogis in the world studied, Yogananda.

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  • Become a Mindfulness meditation teacher
  • 15 full days and 2 half days of teacher training
  • 200-hour yoga teacher training program with a manual
  • Look forward to lots of amazing surprises
  • Mindfulness facilitator training
  • 20 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced


17 days with instruction
Group size: 2-10 participants
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The ocean view cottage, Hot yoga studio, Swami's Temple, Moonlight Beach, Swami's Beach, and tons of vegan restaurants are within one mile of each other. There is no need for a car. You'll stay in a family-owned, charming 24-room hotel just two blocks from Moonlight State Beach and a short walk to local shops and restaurants.

This little place is rated 4.5 out of 5 stars on TripAdvisor and 9/10 on Kayak from past guests and is a few blocks from the studio. Rooms are accessed by an outside corridor and feature ocean-view balconies or garden patios. Each room includes free Wi-Fi, AC, fresh towels, coffeemaker, microwave, refrigerator, free beach chair and umbrella rentals, and many have kitchenettes.


Study in a world famous destination for yogis

Thousands of yogis have traveled from all over the world to study yoga and meditation in Encinitas over the last hundred years.

Hot yoga and meditation

Feel your best physically and mentally by taking Hot yoga classes and guided meditations

2 trainings in 1

You'll finish this training as a 200-hour Hot yoga teacher. You'll also receive a second certificate to teach mindfulness.

Sunrise yoga practice

Wake up with the sun for a 60-minute Hot yoga practice infused with adjustments, intention, oracle cards, crystals, and anointment of essential oils. Morning practice is closed with a 15 to 30-minute guided meditation.

Sacred ceremonies

Take part in a new moon or full moon ceremony, water, fire, wind, and earth ceremonies, space clearing, and more.

Intention and Karma workshops

These workshops help you to set your intentions, identify and remove karmic patterns that are no longer serving you, and align with your true nature.

Mindfulness meditation of the day

You'll learn about and be guided through 15+ different mindfulness meditation techniques. The goal is that you'll find a technique that you enjoy and have a toolbox to share with your students.

Kirtan, drum circle, and sound bath

Explore healing vibrations of sound while chanting ancient mantras and upanishads at a yoga kirtan, meet your spirit and animal guides during a drum circle, and zen out to the vibrations of sound bowls and bells.

Temple visit and San Diego Botanical Gardens

Take a hike and visit the temple.

200-hour program

Finally, an intensive 20-0 hour Registered YTT that prepares you to teach yoga! Modern Mindfulness School sets out to create the most comprehensive training program in the world and put together a team of yoga teachers, chiropractors, and educational professionals (who had completed 25 yoga teacher trainings and been on the faculty for 10 years) to do just that. Modern Mindfulness School's yoga program is tried and tested with experienced teachers leading classes to thousands of students all over the world.

Who is this training for?

Do you love the heat? Do you practice the 26 asanas and two pranayamas of the traditional sequence or an updated variation of it? Read on! If you are focused on alignment and safety or are searching for training where you'll learn more about fewer postures, this training is for you. This training also supports teachers who want to teach alternative populations and accessible yoga.

Hot yoga sequences

In this training, you'll practice Hot yoga in a 102-degree room twice a day. One practice is the traditional 26 postures and two breathing exercises of Hot yoga and the other is a more updated sequence developed by Modern Mindfulness School that flows, has down dogs, and can be adapted to more people.

In this training, you'll learn the postures and you are able to teach either sequence. In this Hot yoga teacher training, you'll learn fewer postures than other trainings which set you up to adapt the postures for anyone. Hot yoga done out of the heat is very safe and inclusive.

Mindfulness facilitator certification

Looking to learn more about or teach Mindfulness? In this training, you'll receive a certificate in Mindfulness Meditation Facilitation in addition to your 200-hour YTT. Each day, you'll practice both yoga and mindfulness meditations twice and learn how to teach them to others.-

Program details

Energy is everything

One of the most exciting things about living in this time is that the discoveries of quantum physics and new science are in harmony with what the yogis have been teaching for thousands of years: everything is energy. This module goes in-depth into energetic anatomy and covers:

  • The master of Breath-Pranayama techniques to control the body and mind
  • How to use breath while teaching yoga
  • Chakras
  • Koshas
  • Bandhas
  • Energetic bodies
  • 7 different energy clearing techniques
  • Ayurveda and how to use this science to teach yoga

The anatomy and physiology of yoga

The approach is unlike any other yoga school. They'll teach anatomy through yoga asana, investigating other bodies, using markers and measuring tapes on partners to have a physical, moving representation of bones, muscles, joints, ligaments, and tendons. You'll learn:

  • Basic anatomical positions and terminology
  • Anatomical terminology for joint motion
  • Muscles and bones, connective tissue, lymphatic system, vascular system, nervous system
  • Asana analysis - Joint position and muscle engagement (Application of anatomical knowledge to practice)
  • Injury prevention
  • Recommended at-home exercises

Teaching methodology

Teachers in training will learn the qualities of a good teacher, how to cue breath and movement, and the business of yoga through games and application. You’ll learn:

  • Communication skills such as group dynamics, time management, and the establishment of priorities and boundaries
  • How to address the specific needs of individuals and special populations, to the degree possible in a group setting
  • Principles of demonstration, observation, assisting, and correcting
  • Teaching styles
  • Qualities of a teacher
  • Cue formulas
  • Musicality
  • The student learning process
  • Business aspects of teaching yoga (including marketing and legal)

History and philosophy

Where does yoga come from? Together, navigate using maps and a timeline to uncover where yoga began and how the practice evolved into what you do today. You’ll be introduced to key figures that have played a role in yoga’s history and discover how yoga practice is a part of Buddhism, Hinduism, and a multi-billion-dollar-a-year industry in the western world. You'll learn:

  • Where yoga started, when, and how it transitioned
  • About the Vedic age and study the of Vedas
  • The message of the Bhagavad Gita: The three Gunas and the yogic paths
  • The life and teachings of the Buddha
  • The Buddhist 10 stages of meditation
  • Patanjali’s Eight Limbs
  • Hatha Yoga Pradikipa
  • How yoga made its way to the west

Technique and training

The areas you'll focus on are analytical training in how to teach and practice the techniques and guided practices of the techniques themselves.

  • Yoga asana posture workshops
  • Yoga asana practice twice a day
  • Meditation twice daily
  • Pranayamas, kriyas, chanting, and mantra

Practice teaching

You'll practice teaching and giving feedback every day of training. This prepares you to teach a full 60-minute class and a 15-minute meditation.

Sample daily schedule

Day 1: Arrivals

  • 16:00 - 18:00 Arrivals
  • 18:00 - 20:00 Group meet and greet, intros, and expectations

Full days of training

  • 05:30 - 06:00 Wake up while the world is asleep and travel in silence to the yoga studio space
  • 06:00 - 07:30 60-minute sunrise yoga practice with essential oils, mantras, mindfulness meditation, and pranayama, and 15 to 30-minute ecstatic meditation.
  • 07:30 - 09:30 Break and breakfast
  • 09:30 - 11:30 Asana Lab - Lateral Bending: Learn alignment, cues, Sanskrit, and English for lateral bends done in the warm-up, standing series, and cool down
  • 11:30 - 12:30 Practice teaching: Introduction, warm-up, lateral bends, and Savasana
  • 12:30 - 13:00 Lunch break
  • 13:00 - 15:00 Lecture: Study the Yamas
  • 15:00 - 16:30 Anatomy of the lower limbs, yoga practice, and workshop
  • 16:30 - 18:00 Evening yoga class

Half days of training

  • 05:30 - 06:00 Travel to the yoga studio
  • 06:00 - 07:30 Morning yoga and meditation class
  • 07:30 - 09:30 Breakfast and break
  • 09:30 - 11:30 Your brain on meditation
  • 11:30 - 12:30pm Practice teaching
  • Lunch out and hang with your friends at the beach

Day off 1

  • Sleep in
  • Optional surf lesson and botanical garden visit
  • Optional evening crystal sound bowl healing meditation

Day off 2

  • Sleep in
  • Optional waterfall and cliff hike
  • Optional evening Kirtan (yoga music concert)

Day 21: Departure

  • 10:00 Departure


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Study in a world-famous destination for yogis

Author of "Autobiography of a Yogi", Paramahansa Yogananda was brought to Encinitas, California from India through a vision. He writes “enigmatic glimpses of three buildings” had come since early youth. One of those buildings was “a sylvan retreat on a plain. Another sat on a hilltop, while the third overlooked the sea". In 1920, Yogananda traveled to Encinitas and saw the place from his visions for the first time.

Here, he founded the "Self Realization Fellowship" and build a temple on 13 acres of cliffside land overlooking the Pacific Ocean in the North San Diego County. The little beach town grew around Swamis Temple with vegan restaurants, crystal shops, yoga studios, and surf lessons all within walking distance. Thousands of yogis have traveled from all over the world to study yoga and meditation in Encinitas over the last hundred years.

Welcome to the most historic surfing and spiritual location in the United States, Encinitas, in the north county of San Diego, California. You will stay and study in the heart of it all and spend your time experiencing all that Encinitas has to offer. Watch the sunset over the world-famous Moonlight Beach from your ocean view balcony or take a stroll on the sand only blocks away. Your yoga studio is blocks away from your accommodation and the beach as well. Visit the meditation garden at Swamis for your morning meditation and follow it up with lunch from one of the countless vegan restaurants on Pacific Coast Highway.


  • Moonlight State Beach (Sandy beach with a snack bar, playground, volleyball and tennis courts, and recreation equipment rentals), 0.1 miles
  • D Street Viewpoint Park and Beach- beautiful view and surf spot, 0.1 miles
  • Swami's Beach- secluded surf and meditation beach, 0.6 miles
  • Swamis Seaside Park (Grassy, ocean view park that serves as a meeting place for drum and crystal bowl musician circles), 0.6 miles
  • SRF Temple and Meditation Gardens (These tranquil gardens at a meditation center feature koi ponds, benches, and sweeping ocean views), 0.15 miles
  • Self Realization Fellowship Temple (Beautiful, historic temple founded by Yogananda), 0.5 miles
  • San Diego Botanic Garden (Large botanical garden with vistas and four miles of trails featuring flowering trees, palms, and bamboo), 2.1 miles
  • Encinitas surf lessons, 0.5 miles
  • Leucadia Surf School, 0.5miles
  • Moonlight Beach Surf Camp, 0.1 miles
  • Coaster train station (Ride to a nearby beach town or all the way to downtown San Diego or Mexico), 0.1 miles
  • Soulscape Books and Gift Store, 0.3 miles
  • Mystic Soul Ritual Shop, 0.2 miles
  • Leaf Life Enlightened and Free, 0.2 miles
  • Earths Elements, 0.4 miles
  • Kindred Journeys, 0.3 miles
  • Self Realization Fellowship Gift Shop, 0.6 miles
  • Hansen's Surf Shop, 0.6 miles
  • Concept Surf Shop, 0.2 miles
  • Encinitas Surfboards, 0.2 miles
  • Rat Surfboards, 0.2 miles
  • Catch Surf, 0.4 miles
  • Vuori Clothing (Activewear), 0.2 miles


Modern Mindfulness School recommends that you follow a yogic diet as described in the historic texts which you will study together during training. This is a vegan, whole food, plant-based food. You may drink coffee but the school does not allow consumption of alcohol, smoking, or drugs during your training.

Coffee, tea, and water are available daily for no additional charge. They have a vegan meal plan offering meals on busy days and on days off, you may explore the restaurants in the area. This is an additional charge. This is a wonderful time to nurture your body with the fuel it craves and create healthy eating patterns.

Modern Mindfulness School's favorite vegan eats in the area


  • Swamis Cafe Encinitas 101 - Serving coffee, juices, smoothies, and sandwiches, 0.5 miles
  • Choice Juicery - Amazing juices and smoothie bowls, 0.1 miles
  • Lofty Coffee Company - The best cup of Joe, 0.1 miles
  • Better Buzz Coffee - The best Soy Latte and smoothie bowl, 0.1 miles
  • Ironsmith Coffee Roasters - Cool place to dine in, 0.1 miles

Favorite any time of day

  • EVE Encinitas - Vegan restaurant with smoothies, juice, bowls, salads, and hearty menu items like pasta, pizza, and tacos. You'll love the smoothie bowls, pizza, and salads, 0.2 miles
  • Lotus Cafe and Juice Bar - A small cafe that offers an array of carefully sourced eats including plenty of vegan choices. You'll love the vegan desserts and vegan breakfast burrito, 0.2 miles
  • Nectarine Grove - Cheery, vibrant counter-serve whipping up inventive soup, sandwiches, and salads with an organic focus. Go for the gluten-free vegan brownie and their take on Buddha Bowls, 1.7 miles

Dinner out

  • GOODONYA Organic Eatery - Organic, non-GMO pizzas, rice bowls, and other cafe eats are the specialty at this modern, sleek venue, 0.4 miles
  • Plumeria Vegetarian Encinitas - The best Thai fusion food, 0.2 miles
  • Urban Plates - Try the vegan southwest bowl, 0.5 miles
  • The Roxy - The best vegan burger and live music, 0.2 miles

The following meals are included:

  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

Things to do (optional)

  • Surf lessons
  • SUP lesson
  • Kayak tour
  • Hike
  • Downtown visit

Spa treatments

Massages can be arranged for an additional charge.

What's included

  • 15 full days of teacher training
  • 2 half days of teacher training
  • 200-hour Modern Mindfulness School Hot yoga teacher training program with a manual
  • Mindfulness meditation teacher training
  • 20 nights accommodation
  • Lots of amazing surprises

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Travel insurance
  • Travel to/from the student house/studio
  • All meals and drinks
  • Optional vegan food plan
  • Optional massages
  • Optional excursions

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by train

From the terminal Lindbergh Field and Terminal 2 East, take the 992 towards Downtown, about an 11-minute ride. Get off on N Harbor Drive and Ash St. Walk 0.3 miles (6 minutes) to San Diego - Santa Fe Depot. Take the Coaster 653 towards Oceanside and ride for about 40 minutes. Get off at the Encinitas Station and walk 0.2 miles to the hotel.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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