Dhyana Yoga Teacher Training Programs — Serving Since 2002

Flow State : The area’s longest running 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training focused on self realization through intelligent physical practice of Yoga in the Ashtanga Vinyasa tradition.

2017 Winter/Spring Weekends

 January 21 & 22 // February 4 & 5 // February 18 & 19 // February 25 & 26 // March 11 & 12 // March 25 & 26 // April 1 & 2 // April 8 & 9 // April 22 & 23 // May 6 & 7 // May 20 & 21 // at DY Rittenhouse // 10:30am-5pm on Saturdays, 10:30am-6pm on Sundays

Other hours include Homework, Reading, & 5 hours of Service

Use our online form to apply today!

2017 Winter Accelerated Weekdays

For Yogis who cannot attend weekend programs, we have carefully developed a course to work with you on weekdays! January 10, 11, 12 // January 17, 18, 19 // January 23, 24, 25, 26 // January 31, February 1, 2, 3 // February 8, 9, 10/ February 13, 14, 15 // at DY Rittenhouse // 8:30am-5:30pm Mondays, Tuesdays & Wednesdays 8:30-4pm Thursdays & Fridays

Other hours include Homework, Reading, & 5 hours of Service

Use our online form to apply today!

2017 Mid Year Weekends – Starts in April!

April 22 & 23 // May 6 & 7 // May 20 & 21 // June 3 & 4 // June 24 & 25 // July 22 & 23 // August 19 & 20 // September 16 & 17 // September 30 & October 1 // October 14 & 15 // October 28 & 29 // November 11 & 12 // November 18 // at DY Rittenhouse // 10:30am-5pm on Saturdays, 10:30am-6pm on Sundays

Other hours include Homework, Reading, & 5 hours of Service

Use our online form to apply today!


2016 Fall Accelerated Weekdays

March 20, 21, 22, 23 // March 27, 28, 29, 30 // April 3, 4, 5, 6 // April 12, 13, 14 // April 19, 20, 21 // April 24, 25, 26

Meetings for this course take place at our Rittenhouse studio, 1611 Walnut Street, 4th Floor.

Class times are as follows: Mondays 11:30am-5:30pm, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 8:30am-5:30pm, Fridays 9:30am-3:30pm.

Other hours include Homework, Reading, & 5 hours of Service

Use our online form to apply today!


John V

Fall in Love with the Flow!



Find your Power!

500 Hour Advanced

Teacher Training Program

Journey Deeper into the Flow : Join us for an advanced study of the practices of yoga… and how to best teach them. This 300 Hour course is the next step for graduates of any 200 hour yoga teacher training course.

Upon completion, graduates will be able to register with Yoga Alliance as a 500 Hour RYT. You must have a 200 Hour certificate to apply — this 200 Hour Training can be from any Yoga Teacher Training. Graduates of Dhyana Yoga’s Teacher Training will be offered a 10% discount for attending this 300 Hour Program.


Ready to apply? Use our online application!

February 10-12 // March 18-19 // April 29-30 // May 20-21 // June 10-11 // July 22-23 // August 19-20 // September 23-24 // October 21-22 // November 4-5 // December  2-3 // January 6-7 // 2018 following dates forthcoming, please check back! Make up weekends will be offered for participants  needing to miss certain meetings due to prior obligations or emergencies. Our course leaders are Joan Hyman (primary), John Vitarelli, and Diana D’Amato-Vitarelli. 10am-5pm Saturdays & Sundays.


300 hour teaser

300 Hour Deposit: $1500.00 // $3795.00 total (10% discount to DY 200 Hour Graduates)

Deposit (to pay a different amount, please contact John at doyogaphilly@gmail.com)
Be the Teacher you always wished for...

Be the Teacher you always wished for…


Dhyana Yoga has been training Yoga teachers since 2002, and our Teacher Trainers are experienced, full time, devoted Yoga Teachers. When you train at Dhyana Yoga, you can be sure you will be under the guidance of teachers who are experts in the topic they are presenting. Many of our graduates note that they chose Dhyana Yoga because we have spent so many years training teachers, refining our content, and over those years, gaining a unique perspective on the inner workings not only of the practice, but also of the business side of teaching Yoga. Setting us apart from other schools, we also happily offer our graduates lifetime access to continuing education in future Dhyana Yoga Teacher Trainings and have created post-graduates programs for our trainees including opportunities to teach at DY, mentorships, and assisting in classes with our senior teachers.

This program is offered to aspiring teachers, but also designed for any student with a desire to learn more about Yoga theory, practice, and philosophy. Dhyana Yoga is a Registered School through the Yoga Alliance and our graduates are internationally recognized and hired at gyms, studios, spas, cruise ships, retreat centers, and also to teach privately.

The standards of Dhyana Yoga’s Teacher Training exceed the national standards for Yoga Training Schools in both the amount of hours we provide and in the scope of content, so you will graduate with more information and experience hours than the average teacher training graduate, putting you out ahead from the start. We believe that every student is a teacher for tomorrow, and are committed to pouring ourselves into this program in order to pass on absolutely everything we know so you will be ready to teach promptly upon graduation.

The natural urge to share Yoga is inside each one of us, and this program gives you the tools, language and maps that work so you can reach others in an effective way, while simultaneously letting your own unique talents and gifts shine through. You will be presented with the precise skills you need to teach students in an authentic, aligned, safe, and meaningful manner, directly after graduating.

We have taken great care over the years to refine presentations on the following topics…

* Applicable Anatomy for asana (the postures) and for pranayama (the breathing techniques)
* Asana Clinics (examining postures in great detail)
* Hands on Assists and Adjustment Modules
* Chakras and their Relationship to a Mind/Body/Spirit Practice
* Meditation and Mindfulness Techniques
* Pranayama in Asana and as a Practice
* Bandhas (the body locks) and how to harness them in Practice
* Philosophy (Yoga Sutras, Bhagavad Gita, and other Vedic texts)
* Sanskrit (how to pronounce key terms, poses, mantras, and practice writing letters)
* How to Teach Beginners, Pregnant Students and Special Populations
* How to design your OWN sequences properly and safely
* Variations, modifications, and contraindications of poses and transitions
* Expert teaching tips, business advice and how to lead workshops, retreats, and privates
* Ayurveda (health, diet, lifestyle choices) and Self Care Practices

And how to find your own, authentic voice as a teacher!

Your Guides ::
Diana Vitarelli began practicing in 1989 and has completed teacher trainings in the following :: Ashtanga Yoga w/ Tim Miller (Ashtanga Yoga Center, San Diego, CA), Kundalini Yoga w/ Yogi Bhajan (Yoga West, Los Angeles, CA), Primordial Sound Meditation (Chopra Center, San Diego, CA) and Ayurveda Level 1 & 2 (Chopra Center, San Diego, CA).  She has also spent time in Mysore, India with Saraswati Jois studying the Ashtanga method and continues to pursue further education.

John Vitarelli began practicing in 1994 and teaching in 2002, then did his formal certification at Dhyana Yoga in 2006. He has graduated from the Ashtanga Yoga teacher training with Tim Miller, and spent time in Mysore, India with Sharath Jois studying the Ashtanga Mysore method. He is the Director of Dhyana Yoga’s Mysore Program in Philadelphia and a graduate of culinary school.

Bruno Circolo began his yoga journey in 2002. After discovering the warm and nurturing community at Dhyana Yoga, he enrolled in our teacher training program, completing the entire course twice. He has also completed trainings with Sri Andrei Ram Om and Simon Park. Bruno began teaching yoga in 2008 and is one of the area’s most experienced, dedicated, and most loved, yoga teachers.

Reading Requirements for the Dhyana Yoga 200 Hour Teacher Training Program

The Heart of Yoga by TKV Desikachar
Yoga: Discipline of Freedom, The Yoga Sutra of Patanjali by Barbara Stoler Miller
The Key Muscles of Yoga; Volume 1 by Ray Long and Anatomy for Vinyasa Flow and Standing Poses by Ray Long
The Bhagavad Gita by Eknath Easwaran and Non-Violent Communication by Marshall Rosenthal


Spring 2015 Graduates!

Dhyana Yoga  Graduates!


Minimum Deposit of $1200.00 is due by program start date. Contact us if you need to pay in installments, we understand!

200 Hour Teacher Training
$1200.00 Deposit-

200 Hour Teacher Training
Early Bird FULL PAYMENT 2: $2250 (2 Months from start date, free classes begin immediately)

200 Hour Teacher Training
On Time FULL PAYMENT 3: $2350 (Day training begins, includes free classes)

Payment after start date or with Payment Plan: $2,400.00 (includes free classes & payment plan fee)


Dhyana Yoga’s 200 hour teacher training program not only prepared me to be a knowledgable, confident yoga instructor– it helped me discover a new outlook on life. It’s obvious to me that Dhyana Yoga has optimized their curriculum and presentation of material over the years. The instructors that run this program are extremely dedicated to their students and have created an atmosphere that is unparalleled. Dayana’s teacher training had a great balance of anatomy, asana, adjustments, meditation, pranayama, philosophy, sanskrit, and yoga business education. The friends that I made during my teacher training program are like a family and I know we’ll stay close through the years. Thanks for everything Diana and John!” ~J, 2015 Graduate

“You realize the solid training you have received in Teacher Training when you are hired to teach an intermediate vinyasa flow class and then are asked to teach a more restorative practice right before start time! Thank you for giving me the knowledge to get through this successfully!” ~M, 2013 Graduate

“You know, truly, there isn’t a day that goes by when I don’t feel grateful for the yoga teacher training you and the rest of your awesome teachers gave me. I just want to write to say Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I’m making a living teaching yoga and managing a yoga studio!” ~E, 2008 Graduate

“I wanted to write and tell you how much I appreciate your openness and sharing your life experiences with us in class. I’m not very vocal in class as far as sharing my own stories, but I am working on that and it helps to be able to relate to you. I am so inspired by the program you have created, it has truly given me the steps I’ve been looking for to forge a new path for myself!” ~T, 2013 Graduate

“I entered this program unsure, scared, and not planning to be a Yoga teacher and left a completely different person! Thank you for everything you taught us in these past months, I enjoyed every topic, even the ones I didn’t think I would. I had my first audition yesterday and felt confident that I was prepared, and they offered me a job! I will be coming back to keep studying with you and miss getting to be in class with you for 8 hours a day!” ~D, 2011 Graduate

“There were 12 of us in my teacher training at DY, and 1 month after graduation, 11 of us are already teaching! I’m so proud of the hard work we did and so glad I chose this program.” ~J, 2013 Graduate


Q // What happens if I have to miss a day of class?

A // We understand that you have a busy life and may have obligations to work, family, or loved ones on dates that this training is scheduled. We consider it part of our job to find a way to get you through the training if you so desire, and over the many years of running this course, have developed good systems for assigning make up work for any days you miss. The maximum number of days that can be made up depends on which program you enroll in, so when you are signing up, just let us know if you anticipate a problem and we will address your situation.

Q // Can I ask to work at the studio in exchange for taking the program for free or at a discount?

A //
Due to the amount of time we would have to spend training you to work in the office, plus past experience in this not working out, we find it is best to not offer work exchange for this particular course. We do offer partial scholarships each semester to 2 trainees and you can ask if those spots are taken yet. We have also had students find money for training by applying for grants on their own before and recommend you explore that avenue!

Q // Do I get free classes at DY while I am in training?

A // You will actually be required to take a certain number of classes during your training and will be given a free pass to do so for the length of your training, yes! As soon as you tender your full payment, you will begin receiving free unlimited classes at all Dhyana Yoga studios!

Q // Is this program Yoga Alliance approved?

A // Yes! The Dhyana Yoga Teacher Training & Personal Evolution Program exceeds the minimum Yoga Alliance curriculum requirements and upon graduation you will receive a Yoga Alliance recognized certificate.

Apply today by clicking HERE!


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