The Hard & The Soft 300-Hour Yoga & Meditation Teacher Training Certification Program 2022

Led by

Beryl Bender Birch

Beryl Bender Birch, eRYT500, C-IAYT, began her practice of yoga and meditation in l971, and has been teaching yoga and training yoga teachers for 40 years.  She is the best selling author of many books on yoga, i...

Laura Berland

Laura Berland, E-RYT500, C-IAYT, is the Founder and Executive Director of the Center for Compassionate Leadership. The Center serves a global community with curriculum and training that melds evidence-based princ...

Kendra Rickert

Kendra, with her husband, Ben Kramer, is  the co-founder and  director of the Nirguna Yoga Studio  in Albuquerque,  New  Mexico. She has been teaching yoga and meditation since 2002 and is certified through the C...

Suzanne Manafort

Suzanne is the Founder and Director of Mindful Yoga Therapy. For at least a decade, Suzanne has worked with veterans who are recovering from Post Traumatic Stress. This work led her to study and learn the practic...

Nydia Darby

Nydia Tijerina Darby, PT, DPT, CIAYT, E-RYT500 Nydia is Doctor of Physical Therapy, therapeutic yoga specialist, experienced yoga educator and international presenter on Therapeutic Yoga practices.  She developed...

Lisa Ingle - Stevens

Lisa a graduate of Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas with a degree in Business Administration.  She has been practicing yoga for over 20 years and completed the Bikram Yoga Teacher Training Certification p...

Sarah Eads

Sarah Eads, PT, DPT, CSCS, E-RYT500    Sarah is the founder of Method Wellness and Physical Therapy in San Antonio, TX.  She received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2012 from the University of Texas Health ...

The Hard & The Soft 300-Hour Yoga & Meditation Teacher Training Certification Program 2022

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Become a Guide for a Global Shift in Consciousness

Dear fellow yoga teacher,

Welcome to the best day of your life.  We are excited you are here and that you have checked in to see what our nationally ranked, virtual 300 Hour Yoga & Meditation teacher training is all about.  We have been online now for a year, and are loving some of the great opportunities for diversity, inclusivity, and global reach that this training provides.

As graduates of The Hard & The Soft 300 hour Yoga & Meditation Teacher Training programs, we are a global family of 500 hour (and beyond) certified yoga teachers and practitioners working for the healing of our world. We are all yoga teachers, but we are also full-time mothers, fathers, doctors, organic farmers, laborers, timber frame builders, first responders, health care workers, artists, and educators, and are taking our yoga out into the world in a million different ways.  We teach not only in studios, online and in person, but in prisons and corporations, and to veterans, children, and seniors, to at risk youth and to people recovering from cancer or heart disease.  We believe that the practice of yoga is a powerful evolutionary tool that can help people to become more conscious, more compassionate, and more concerned with the welfare of all. 

Whatever we do, we embrace the 8 limbs of yoga and speak up, calling out injustice. We are proactive leaders in our communities – working for clean food and drinkable water, for the rights of animals, women, minorities, and for the sustainability of Mother Earth and our environment. Yoga makes a difference in people’s lives, and we get to see that every day.
We love our sangha and we hope you will join us.

Beryl Bender Birch, Founder & Director
The Hard & The Soft Yoga Institute Community 

Schedule & Format


Jan 7-9
Feb 4-6
March 4-6
April 8-10
May 13-15
June 10-12
July 8-10
August 5-7
September 9-11
October 7-9

The course meets one weekend a month for 10 hours plus 5 hours of on-demand content each month. Additionally each student works with a mentor who oversees assignments and helps to develop the student's Individualized Yoga Plan (IYP) for her or his lifestyle and teaching career. The content hours are as follows:

On-Demand Component:
30 hours of Anatomy Training w/ David Keil
50 hours of yoga classes w/ H&S Faculty (one class per week)
50 hours of Core Content (5 hours a month related to the monthly theme)
70 hours of Additional Content, Home Work, Study Groups

Live-Stream Mentorship, Practice, Practicum Component: 100 hours (10, 10-hour weekends)

Typical Weekend Hours:
Friday: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT
Saturday: 9:00 am -12:00 pm + 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT
Sunday: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm EDT
A Rich Curriculum:

Delve into a rigorous, in-depth, live streaming and on-line, program that includes:

  • Supervised practice and observation of asana, yoga techniques. and methodology
  • Pranayama, meditation, and yoga nidra - practice and teach
  • Learning asana modifications and variations for special populations
  • Specialized study in adaptive yoga and practices for trauma and anxiety disorders
  • Anatomy, physiology, and correct posture alignment
  • Study of prana, energy fields (koshas), the nadis, and the chakras
  • Developing the art of sequencing asana, pranayama, and meditation
  • Study of the angas (eight limbs) and the Yoga Sutra
  • History of yoga and the ancient yoga texts (Bhagavad Gita, Upanishads, etc)
  • Ayurveda, nutrition, plant based diet and wellness
  • Living the yoga lifestyle
  • Leadership training and exploration of social activism
  • Marketing your virtual studio or your on-line programs 
  • Healing the World and Finding your Dharma and Purpose
  • Creating an Individualized Yoga Plan (IYP) based on what you hope to do and where in the world you want to focus your teaching.
  • Understanding Seva and Sustainability
  • Developing your own “Give Back Project,” and exploring ways in which to serve your community

Tuition Plans

Take advantage of early bird pricing, pay in full, or make monthly payments while you study.

Pay in full by November 15 and save $550.

Pay in full after the early bird period. 

Make 10 payments of $375, charged monthly to your credit card.

Tuition Refund Policy:
If a student chooses to withdraw from the program prior to its start date there is a $250 processing fee.  Within 7 days following the first weekend of training, a student will be eligible for a full refund of any monies paid, less a $500 processing fee and an additional $500 to cover the cost of one weekend and materials. After that there are no refunds.  For those on a payment plan, all payments will continue to be collected per the payment plan agreement.