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Syllabus & Reading List

2023 Soma Yoga 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training Syllabus

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• Take at least 20 classes with lead instructors (included in the program fee)

• Attendance (in person and virtual) is mandatory (missed time over 10 hours needs to be made up)

• Complete all reading and homework assignments

• Must Pass Final Practical Exam: 90 Minute Master Class

Reading List

Required for Reference:

• The Concise Book of Muscles - Chris Jamey

• Radiance Sutras - Lorin Roche

• The Language of Yoga: Complete A to Y Guide to Asana Names, Sanskrit Terms, and Chants - Nicolai Backman


Required for Reading:

• Bringing Yoga to Life - Donna Farhi

• Teaching Yoga - Donna Farhi

• The Inner Tradition of Yoga - Michael Stone

• The Wakeful Body: Somatic Mindfulness as a Path to Freedom - Willa Baker

• The Yoga Teacher's Survival Guide - Theo Wildcroft and Harriet McAtee

• Blog Post on saying "Namaste":

• Blog Post on Cultural Appropriation in Yoga:


Recommended Reading:

• The Body Is Not An Apology - Sonya Renee Taylor

• Engaging in the Movement of Life - Bonnie Gintis 

• The Serpent and The Wave - Jalaja Bonheim

• The Humming Effect - Jonathan and Andi Goldman

• Awakening Somatic Intelligence - Risa F. Kasparo, PhD

• Yoga, Fascia, and Movement - Joanne Sarah Avinson

• Life on land - Emilie Conrad

• The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali - Sri Swami Satchidananda


Recommended Listening:

• Yoga Is Dead Podcast

• Let's Talk Yoga Podcast

• Evolna Podcast

• The Mindful Strength Podcast

• Movement Logic Podcast

• The History of Yoga Podcast

• Inner Explorations with Angela and Victor: A Yoga Podcast


Recommended Watching:

• Paul Grilley Bone Photos

• Any Gil Hedley (“somanaut”) YouTube Videos


Authors for Inspirational Reading:

• Mark Nepo

• Mary Oliver

• John O’Donohue

• Meditation Secrets for Women

• Pixie Lighthorse

• Dana Faulds

• Melody Beattie

• David White

• Will Johnson

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