200-hour Yoga Teacher Training at AIRYOGA Zurich in 2017: Sold out!

The AIRYOGA Teacher Training 2017 will start on April 21, and end on October 8, 2017. Additionally, the program includes an intensive week from July 17, to 23, 2017.

All sessions take place at the AIRYOGA studio at Fabrikstrasse 10 in Zurich.

This training will be taught in line with the tradition of Hatha Yoga. It is appropriate for experienced yoga practitioners who wish to deepen and refine their knowledge.

This course has been accredited by Yoga Alliance® and provides all the foundation required for further study and teaching. In order to graduate, trainees are required to pass a written and a practical exam.

The following subjects and topics form the curriculum:
•  Techniques, training and practice of Yoga Asana, Pranayama, Kriya, Chanting, Mantra, Meditation and other traditional yoga techniques
•  Teaching Methodology: Sequencing of yoga classes, use of props, adjustment options and modifications, injury risks
•  Practicum: teaching, observing, sequencing and assisting
•  physical and subtle Anatomy, Physiology, and its application to the practice and teaching of yoga
•  Yoga philosophy, foundations and ethics for teachers and studentship
•  Ayurveda Foundations
•  Therapeutically oriented Yoga
•  Restorative Yoga
•  Yoga Nidra
•  Yoga during pregnancy (Prenatal Yoga)

These are the dates for the AIRYOGA 200 hour Teacher Training 2017:
April 21, - 23, 2017 (Module 1)
May 5, - 7, (Module 2)
May 19, - 21, (Module 3)
June 9, - 11, (Module 4)
July 17, - 23, (Module 5/intensive week: as from July 18, with Doug Keller)
August 11, - 13, (Module 6)
August 25, - 27, (Module 7)
September 22, - 24, (Module 8)
October 6, - 8, (Module 9)

Class times:
Fridays from about 8:30am to 5:00pm
Saturday from about 8:00am to 5:00pm
Sunday from about 8:00am to 4:00pm
Intensive week (Monday through Sunday) daily from about 8:30am to 5.30pm

Our faculty of experienced teachers will lead the training. Classes are taught in German or English:
Stephen Thomas (Director): Asana, Teaching Methodology, Pranayama, Yoga-Philosophy
Stefanie Zimmermann: Anatomy and Physiology, Prenatal Yoga
Michael Thurnherr: Asana, Teaching Methodology,
Claire Dalloz: Asana, Teaching Methodology
Doug Keller: Yoga Philosophy, Therapeutically oriented Yoga
Anya Porter: Teaching Methodology, Restorative Yoga
Manuela Peverelli: Meditation
Evelyn Hunger: Ayurveda
Valérie Lutz: Yoga Nidra
plus assisting teachers

Prerequisites for attending the Yoga Teacher Training
This training is highly demanding on a physical and psychological level. The schedule requires participants to really immerse themselves in yoga. Applicants should be sincerely interested and ready to study intensively.
Furthermore are required:
•  a regular yoga practice of a minimum of two years
•  solid knowledge in both German and English
•  good mental and physical health

The cost for the full 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training amounts to CHF 4’

The course fee includes extensive written course manual in the language it was originally written. The cost for further reading material (recommended books) and translated version of the manuals is not included.

Further terms
The course requires a minimum of 15 participants; the maximum of participants is 32 people. Additional applicants will be put on the wait-list.
AIRYOGA reserves the right to decide who is admitted to the Yoga Teacher Training after assessing the application and after the applicant has taken a class with one of the training faculty teachers, as well as after a personal interview with the applicant in question.

Karma Yoga spots
In this 200-hour Teacher Training, AIRYOGA will offer two Karma Yoga spots with a 50% discount each on the training fee to any participant who is suited to this assignment and who cannot afford this training at full price.
Assistance involves approx. 1-2 extra hours of helping out at the studio per training day.
To apply for the Karma Yoga space please send your letter of motivation via email to

To apply for the 200-hour AIRYOGA Teacher Training 2017 please use this form (in GERMAN)
Closing date is on January 31, 2017.

The course 2017 is sold out!
The next AIRYOGA 200h teacher training will start in April 2018. It will be published here with all dates and the application form by end of August 2017.

For questions and other concerns please email ausbildungen@airyoga.ch

Biographies of our Master Teachers:

Stephen Thomas (Director): Asana, Teaching Methodology, Pranayama
Stephen has been a dedicated student of yoga since 1998. He has practiced, taught and lived in Asia and Europe for the past decade studying various traditions. His background includes studies in Buddhism, Ayurveda and traditional Hatha yoga in India. In Asia, he continues an in-depth study of traditional Pranayama and Kriya through his master, O.P. Tiwari, which he combines with his love for the Asana practices that stem from his experience with Krishnamacharya’s work and influence on the Ashtanga Vinyasa and Iyengar systems of yoga. He also brings in elements of the Chinese and Tibetan systems where appropriate.
Stephen is an avid reader and student of Eastern philosophies and a lifelong lover of the arts and music. His ability to re-frame various viewpoints and to simplify things without sacrificing depth and integrity has helped him develop a unique, non-dogmatic but deeply rooted teaching style. His works spans Meditation, Pranayama, Asana and the commitment to seeing the practice off the mat.
Stephen teaches classes and workshops at AIRYOGA in Zurich, as well as a guest instructor throughout the world. He also dedicates energy each year to directing Teacher Intensive Trainings and ongoing education and works one-on-one with many students and teachers in his community. 
Stephen teaches in English.

Stefanie Zimmermann: Anatomy and Physiology, Prenatal Yoga
With more than a decade’s experience as a professional Physiotherapist, Yoga Instructor and Anatomy Educator, Stefanie possesses a unique skill set that allows her to share her knowledge with other students and teachers in an accessible, understandable, fun and relatable way.
Based in Zurich, Switzerland where Stefanie was raised and her physiotherapy training fostered the exploration of preventive health through motion. In 2006, she recognized that yoga was an ideal companion to evolve from rehabilitation into preventative health education in the field of health and yoga. Her mandate: Knowledge of the forms, shapes and functions of one’s anatomy are vital in the education of yoga teachers and students, because it heightens awareness, understanding, intelligent instructions and healthy movement.
Since 2009 Stefanie works simultaneously as founder, manager and events director of ‚Health & Yoga’ in Zurich. At AIRYOGA she teaches regular classes, workshops, and trainings. To find out more please go to www.healthandyoga.ch
Stefanie teaches in German.

Michael Thurnherr: Asana, Teaching Methodology It was in Pushkar, India, that Michael was first introduced to the tradition of Yoga by Yogi Shyamlal in 1997. Over the years, he let himself be inspired by various yoga traditions and teachers, until he eventually obtained the Anusara Yoga teaching certification in 2002. 
It is of great importance to Michael to incorporate the spiritual dimension of yoga in his teaching and to make it possible for students to experience it. He is very skilled at establishing the connection to every day life so the realizations of a yoga class can be applied to „normal life“. He complements the non-dual tantric philosophy with his experience as a follower of the Lassalle-Glassman zen lineage, where he has been practicing zen intensively under the guidance of Niklaus Brantschen-Roshi since 1999. 
Michael has been teaching at AIRYOGA for many years, and is part of the faculty of the AIRYOGA 200h teacher training. Since April 2009, Michael and his wife Lina have been running the studio Yogaloft in Rapperswil-Jona. He teaches workshops and retreats and offers yoga therapy.
Besides being a dedicated yoga teacher, Michael runs his own graphic design business 2ND WEST full-time and is the father of two children.
Michael teaches in German.

Claire Dalloz: Asana, Teaching Methodology
Claire grew up in West Africa and discovered Yoga in 1984 during her studies in England. She studied Sivananda Yoga in New York and Iyengar Yoga in England. During the 90's Claire was introduced to Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. This dynamic and athletic form of yoga suited her personality, challenged her to the core and changed her life in so many positive ways.
In 2005, Claire completed an International Teacher Training with Glenn Ceresoli (Senior Iyengar Yoga Teacher) and Lance Schuler (Inspya Yoga); in 2013 she graduated from the 300-hour Advanced Teacher Training offered by AIRYOGA. She continues to attend workshops and seminars both in Switzerland and abroad, as well as various seminars offered by the Swiss Yoga Union. Her main teachers include Glenn Ceresoli, Lance Schuler, Bruno Dietziker, Stephen Thomas and Ravi Ravindra.
Claire is a mother of three teenagers and co-owner of yogatopia, a yoga studio in Herrliberg. She is registered with EYU (European Yoga Union) and Yoga Alliance (E-RYT 500). As a member of the Swiss Yoga Union she is on the list of recognised Yoga teachers for the Health Insurances. Please also visit www.clairedalloz.ch
Claire teaches in English.

Doug Keller: Yoga Philosophy, Yoga Therapy
Doug came to teach Hatha Yoga by way of the yoga of meditation and years of academic study of philosophy, both eastern and western. When he met the meditation master Swami Muktananda during his last tour of the west, he was given the connection, the practice, the awakening and the understanding he was seeking. Doug halted his academic career and went to India in 1986 to practice yoga at Swami Muktananda’s ashram in Ganeshpuri and to offer his service. He spent a total of 7 years in the Ganeshpuri ashram, and 14 years of service overall in Siddha Yoga ashrams in the US and abroad, studying and practicing yoga, working in the kitchen and gardens, and teaching Hatha Yoga. It was during Doug Keller’s time in Ganeshpuri that he met John Friend, the founder of Anusara Yoga who, after his return to the states, enabled Doug to study under him and made him one of the first certified Anusara teachers. He has taught in the Anusara style for many years, but also studied other yoga traditions with unique teachers such as Aadil Palkhivala, John Schumacher, Kevin Gardiner, Erich Schiffman, Rodney Yee, Rod Stryker and others.
Doug has been teaching workshops and in teacher trainings in the US, Europe and India. He is the author of a two-volume work on Yoga as therapy and has been the regular ‘Asana Solutions’ columnist for Yoga+ magazine for many years. Please also check out www.doyoga.com
Doug teaches in English.

Anya Porter: Teaching Methodology, Restorative Yoga
Anya’s intention is to act as a conduit for her students when she takes the seat of the teacher, guiding practitioners toward physical sustainability and mental curiosity, all underlined by the buddhist concepts of compassion and interdependence. Her work is grounded in the science of anatomy and physiology and yet seeks to speak to the artist’s heart through creative sequencing and exploration of postures (her signature Breakti® class is one example of this).
Anya began teaching movement at University in 2000 while simultaneously pursuing a degree in Plant Biology, and found her way to yoga through a dance-related injury in 2003. That injury changed the course of her life, and to this day she is fascinated and intrigued by the miraculous ability for the body, mind and heart to heal. Her studies and personal practice since that time have had particular emphasis in therapeutic applications of asana, and her deep desire to know and understand the mind and heart has led her to ongoing work in buddhist meditation, psychology and philosophy.
After ten years of teaching and living in New York City, Anya relocated to Zurich, Switzerland in 2015. She teaches classes, workshops and trainings at AIRYOGA Zurich, in Europe, NYC, and around the world. For more information please visit www.anyaporter.com
Anya teaches in English.

Evelyn Hunger: Ayurveda
Evelyn first came into contact with Yoga and Ayurveda during one of her many explorations of India and the Himalayas. After some time practicing and studying, she participated in a yoga teacher training in India. As the studies and practices of Yoga started to become more holistic, she noticed a thirst to integrate and deepen her knowledge of Ayurveda. This lead her to further studies in Hatha Yoga and Ayurveda.
In 2011 Evelyn finished her studies for Ayurvedic-specialist at the European Academy of Ayurveda and continued with a few months of practical work at a traditional Ayurvedic clinic in India. Her work as an emergency room nurse also continues to be important for her as she blends Eastern and Western perspectives on healing. In 2014 she completed the advanced teacher training (ATT+300) at AIRYOGA under the guidance of Stephen Thomas. Another main pillar of her daily practice are mindfulness meditation in the Buddhist tradition, which she deepens regularly on silent retreats. For more information please also see www.yogaayus.ch
Evelyn teaches in German.

Manuela Peverelli: Meditation

Manuela is a yoga teacher since 2008. Her attitude and approach towards life is deeply influenced by the Vedic and Buddhist philosophy. An education in ayurvedic-psychological counselling in 2013 has enriched her original background in western psychiatric nursery.
Since 2009 Manuela is happily assisting various 200h-Teacher Trainings and since 2013 she teaches herself as a guest teacher in two teacher trainings.
She currently lives and teaches in Zurich, but for her own studies and practice periods she also spends a few months yearly in Asia.
Manuela teaches in German.

Valérie Lutz: Yoga Nidra / Course administration
Valérie is a trained language teacher and journalist. She attended her first yoga classes in the late 1980ies with Indian master Selvarajan Yesudian in Zurich. As co-founder of AIRYOGA, she has been fortunate to experience many different yoga traditions and to learn from wonderful yoga teachers since 2003.
In 2008, Valérie successfully completed the 200-hour Yoga Alliance yoga teacher training; in 2013 the 300-hour Advanced Teacher Training course with Stephen Thomas at AIRYOGA. The knowledge that she has gained over the years in many hours of continuing education (including Yoga Nidra and Yin Yoga), and in intensive trainings and retreats flows naturally into her practice and teaching.
Valérie teaches in German.