S01-YA-SCHOOL-RYS-200Durante questo corso cercheremo di accompagnarvi sul cammino dello yoga per approfondire la vostra pratica individuale. Il nostro obiettivo è quello di aiutarvi a trovare la vostra propria espressione creativa e mostrarvi come condividerla con gli altri. Attraverso lo studio delle asana, dell’allineamento, della sequenza, degli aggiustamenti, delle scritture, della filosofia, della gestione e molto altro ancora, gli insegnanti di Yoga Roof  vi offrono una formazione che eccede gli standard raccomandati per le qualificazioni di primo livello. Siamo dediti a creare uno spazio per l’apprendimento che promuova la fiducia e vi dia la forza di trovare la vostra propria voce interiore.

Che vogliate insegnare o solo approfondire ciò che sapete di questa meravigliosa e antica arte, il corso vi offrirà un ambiente sicuro, divertente e compassionevole in cui imparare, crescere e approfondire la vostra comprensione dello yoga.

Il corso sarà tenuto in inglese. Le letture saranno, per la maggior parte, disponibili anche in versione tradotta in italiano. Il programma prevede dei tutors che verranno assegnati in base alla lingua in cui lo studente preferisce esprimersi (inglese o italiano). Una buona comprensione dell’inglese è comunque necessaria.

Course Overview:
This training corresponds to the standard RYT 200 hours first level yoga certification training. Those wishing to continue as teachers are expected to pursue their studies independently and through ongoing trainings. The course will be held over a 7 month period.

Part 1: The Teachings
These two preliminary weekends -open to all- are compulsory for those who want to take the whole teacher training. They will give you an idea of the kind of teacher training you are about to embark into. Composed of Hatha Yoga, an overall understanding of the alignment, a core initiation into meditation and the philosophy of yoga.

Part 2: Embodying the Teachings (first 100 hours)
The first 100 hours of Yoga Roof’s teacher training takes place over 5 weekends and aims at giving serious yoga students and future teachers a strong practical basis.  More in-depth study of yoga will be broken down and applied in order to understand, experience and embody the teachings.  There will be a strong focus on empowering the students through more knowledge, practice and clarity. During this time, students will be assigned to a tutor, member of the Yoga Roof faculty, who will read the assignments, follow the progress, assess and help the growth of the trainee on the path of yoga. Italian speaking students will be assigned to Italian speaking tutors.

Part 3: Sharing the Teachings (second 100 hours)
In the second 100 hours (one intensive week and two weekends) the trainees dive into the art of teaching and expand from their own acquired experience. The students will have the unique opportunity to practice teaching, wording, inspiration and adjustments in a supportive and constructive environment, teaching fellow students. Yoga Roof’s outstanding faculty will provide a multifaceted array of knowledge and experience to help each student understand their strength and find their voice.

Course Dates & Times (2015):

PART 1: The Teachings (preliminary weekends)
April 18-19
April 25-26

PART 2: Embodying the Teachings (first 100 hours)
May 9-10
May 30-31
June 13-14
July 4-5
July 25-26

PART 3: Sharing the Teachings (second 100 hours)
August 10-16 (Intensive week)
September 12-13
October 10-11

Days will start at 8.00 or 9.00 am and end around 6.00 pm, with one hour lunch break.

Course Content:

Part 1:
Basic of pranayama and meditation
Alignment principals of Asanas
Overview of Yoga Philosophy & History

Part 2:
Deeper understanding of the alignment principals, with strong focus on practice
Study of fundamental asanas: sanskrit names,  benefits, modifications, contraindications
Balancing prana
Basic sequencing
The subtle body
The bandhas
Yoga anatomy part 1
Deeper exploration and practice of pranayama and meditation
The three main schools of yoga
Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras
Ayurveda and the yogic lifestyle

Part 3:
Beyond the fundamental Asanas
The art of teaching: practicum & teaching methodology
The art of touch: adjusting verbally and physically
Refining and Expanding Sequencing
Teaching mixed levels
Designing 4 & 8 week courses
Weaving inspiration
Prenatal and active elderly in a mixed level
Yoga anatomy part 2
Deeper practice and exploration of meditation
Ethics of yoga and of a yoga teacher
Dharma and paths of yoga
The Bhagavad Gita
Basic Sanskrit
The business of yoga

Faculty & Tutors:

Kelly Griswold: Hatha yoga, Head of Teacher Training & Tutor
Ursula Lotti: Meditation & Tutor
Gianluca Lotti: History & Philosophy
Matteo Bernasconi: Anatomy & Tutor
Courtenay Mastain: Ayurveda & Tutor


Part 1: open to all.

Part 2: open to all students who have completed part 1, who have practiced yoga consistently for at least one year and have had some experience of meditation (either Yoga Roof’s Introduction to Meditation workshops, with Ursula and Gianluca Lotti, or some other meditation practice.  Application must be submitted.

Part 3: students who have successfully completed Part 1 and Part 2, and who have been approved by Yoga Roof’s faculty to continue on the path of teaching, can attend part 3. Yoga Roof’s faculty can, if needed, ask a student to take a break from the training, practicing for instance for one extra year before continuing to part 3. This is intended to give students more time to acquire a deeper knowledge of the practice on all levels, embodying awareness physically and spiritually and ultimately becoming a better teacher.


Once your application will be approved, you will receive a list of reading requirements with deadlines.
This is a preliminary list of books you will be asked to have and read:


  • Light on Yoga, by BKS Iyengar


  • Anusara Yoga, by Doug Keller


  • Light on Pranayama, by BKS Iyengar


  • The Key Muscles of Yoga, by Ray Long

Philosophy and Scriptures

  • Yoga-Sutras, by Patanjali
  • The Bhagavad Gita


  • Meditation for the Love of It, by Sally Kempton

Additional requirements:
– 3 hours observation (of 2 classes formerly approved of)
– 1,5 hours assisting (of 1 classes formerly approved of)
– 1 class taught by the trainee and observed by the teacher

All required assignments and full attendance must be completed in order to receive diploma. You will receive 200 hour Yoga Teacher certification from YogaRoof & Kelly Griswold. This qualifies you for the USA and International Yoga Alliance RYT-200 Vinyasa. Each trainee will be assessed individually for graduation. In some cases, additional hours may be required in order to receive certification.

Cost and Payment:

Part 1: 500.- chf
Part 2: 1700.- chf
Part 3: 1700.- chf

Entire Teacher Training (part 1, 2 and 3), payed upfront: 3500.- chf

Due to the high number of requests, once the application is accepted, we will assign spots based on the order of reception of full payment of the desired part.

Payments can be accepted at all Yoga Roof’s desks (Centro e Lugano Sud) in cash, credit card, Maestro e Postcard.
Payments can also be wired to Yoga Roof’s Post account: 65-713142-2  (IBAN: CH58 0900 0000 65713142 2).


All enrolled trainees will benefit of a 10% discount on all required reading books and on all other Yoga Tree shop items during the 7 months period of the training.

It is highly recommended to practice as much yoga as possible before the beginning, during and forever after the teacher training. To incentivate this, trainees who have signed up for the whole 3 part Teacher Training can, at any time during the training, buy a yearly membership (12 months) to Yoga Roof’s regular classes (Regular Yogi) to the discounted rate of 1200.- chf (instead of 1390) or 900.- chf if student/AVS (instead of 1080.- chf).

Refund policy:

Should the trainee not be able to attend the Teacher Training for health/physical reason, the full* sum can be refunded, if an official certificate is presented to Yoga Roof one month before the beginning of  the Teacher Training.

Later than that, refund will depend on the availability of a replacing candidate for the training. Yoga Roof will do its best to accomodate health related withdrawals, according to its possibilities.

If for a health/physical reason the Trainee should abandon the Training after its beginning, Yoga Roof will refund the sum corresponding to the unattended part**. Alternatively, the corresponding sum may be kept for the next Training if the Trainee wishes to catch up after recovery. Also in this case an official certificate should be emitted by the Trainee’s physician and presented to Yoga Roof.

Should Yoga Roof’s faculty advise for a year of extra practice before attending Part 3, but should the trainee prefer to drop out of the training, Yoga Roof will refund the sum payed for Part 3*.

If for any reason (other than health/physical) the Trainee should abandon the Training after its beginning, Yoga Roof will issue no refunds.

*An administrative fee of 100.- chf will be withheld.
**Refund will be calculated on the cost of the entire Teacher training payment and not on the cost of individual parts.


Please answer the questions below in an email to, specifying “Teacher Training” in the Subject and completing the email with your personal information (full name, address, email, telephone number)

1) How long have you been studying yoga, what style of yoga and with what frequency per week? Please include meditation practice if applicable.

2) Which parts of the training do you wish to attend (part 1, 2 or 3)

3) Please explain why you would like to participate in this training, and what you would like to achieve from the training.

4) Please describe any current limitations or significant injuries that could affect your participation.

All applicants must submit the application form for approval and a possible telephone interview may be conducted.

Only after reception of  Yoga Roof’s approval the applicant should go ahead and pay for the part he intends to attend in order to reserve its place.


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