Modo Yoga Teacher Training Curriculum

The Modo Yoga 500-hour Level 1 teacher training gives students a firm foundation in anatomy, yoga philosophy, meditation and teaching practices.

1-month intensive (300 hours)

Reading list

Trainees are expected to read the following books before coming to training. These texts form the basis for much of the material covered in lectures and will provide students with a foundation from which to explore deeper concepts.

Required reading:

Recommended reading:

If you have any questions about the list, or have trouble finding certain editions, please email All books are linked to the Amazon site for purchase, but we highly recommend that you look at your local library’s availability first.  Support your local library and Be Green. Happy reading!

Yoga and meditation

Trainees will take two classes a day, led by co-founders Jess Robertson and Ted Grand, along with faculty and visiting teachers. These classes give students the opportunity to incorporate what they learn in the lectures into their own bodies. Each day will begin with a 15-minute meditation practice, which will introduce the benefits of stillness to the mind and body.

Practice teaching

There is extensive time dedicated to preparing students to teach. Every trainee will lead small groups of their peers through several consecutive postures, followed by feedback. Special attention will be given to hands-on and verbal adjustments, as well as teaching students how to self-adjust. A special workshop will also focus on the use of props.

Teaching methodology

Some lectures will cover the “non-yoga” moments that happen before, during and after class. We will explore voice projection, visualization techniques and body language. Trainees will learn how to create a supportive environment for new students and how to prepare themselves mentally before teaching a class.

Posture workshop

In these interactive lectures, each posture in the Modo Yoga series is broken down in great detail to explore alignment, modifications, “release valves” and sequencing. With this knowledge, trainees will be equipped to guide safe and effective classes.

Basic anatomy

These lectures will give students an exciting introduction to the body’s larger musculoskeletal and neurological structures and systems. The experience and passion of our anatomy faculty make this topic interesting and fun!

Functional anatomy

These lectures will explore the relationship between the structures of the body and teach students about how the body moves and functions.

Mindfulness yoga

Trainees will be introduced to the Buddha’s teachings within the context of the yoga tradition. Students learn mindfulness techniques to overcome suffering, heighten awareness and develop skills to increase empathy and understanding.

History & philosophy of yoga

Students will explore foundational texts in the yoga tradition to learn more about the ancient roots of the practice. Trainees will be introduced to central themes and discuss their relevance and importance in the modern yoga world.


Each student will give a 10-minute presentation. Topics will be provided, but trainees can also choose to present on any topic that benefits the group. This is an opportunity to put public speaking skills into practice in a comfortable environment.

11-month distance learning program (200 hours)

Program description

The Distance Learning Program (DLP) begins after the one-month intensive. This part of the training can be completed anywhere in the world. It gives students a chance to integrate what they learned into their own lives. Trainees will receive their 500-hour yoga teacher certificate when all distance learning projects are complete.

Program structure

The DLP is comprised of monthly projects that focus on bringing yoga off the mat and into the world. Trainees are required to submit their projects on a monthly basis to their peer support guide (PSG).

Peer support guides

PSGs are Modo Yoga teachers selected by Modo Yoga International to guide new teachers through the DLP. PSGs will give feedback on every project before approving the trainee to move on to the next one.

Modo Yoga's 6 pillars

Six of the 10 projects are based on Modo Yoga's pillars, which guide and inspire the Modo Yoga community as a whole. Trainees will dedicate a project to each pillar: Be Healthy, Be Accessible, Be Green, Be Community, Live To Learn and Be Peace.

Other projects

The remaining four projects focus on practice teaching and other related topics geared towards self-awareness and improvement.

Program completion

Trainees must complete and submit all DLP projects to their PSG in order to receive their 500-hour certificate, which is required for teaching at any Modo Yoga studio.