Teacher Trainings


200-hour Yoga Teacher Training 2024 at AIRYOGA in Zurich

Starting in fall 2024, AIRYOGA Zurich will be offering a 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training under the guidance of Michael Hamilton. The training will be taught in line with the tradition of Hatha Yoga and has been accredited by the American Yoga Alliance®.

The course is appropriate for experienced and dedicated students of Yoga who wish to deepen and refine their knowledge. In eight modules, the program provides the foundation required for further study and teaching.

The training covers 185 live classroom hours of 60 minutes each. In addition, students can expect at least 30 hours of online/video review and self-directed study.

The 200-hour AIRYOGA Teacher Training 2024 will start on Friday morning of October 11th, 2024 and end on Sunday evening of June 1st, 2025.
All classes will be offered at AIRYOGA, Fabrikstrasse 10 in 8005 Zurich.

Our faculty of highly qualified and experienced teachers will lead the training

Michael Hamilton (Director): Asana, Anatomy, Teaching Methodology, Yoga Philosophy

Stephen Thomas: Asana, Pranayama, Teaching Methodology

Christina Eggenschwiler: Anatomy and Physiology, Prevention

Manuela Peverelli: Meditation, Personal Development, Asana

Sabine Glück: Meditation, Personal Development, Yoga Nidra

Evelyn Hunger: Ayurveda foundations, Ayurveda related Sadhana.

The following subjects and topics form the curriculum

  • Dynamic and restorative Asana (alignment, modifications, use of props, adjustments)
  • Physical and subtle Anatomy and Physiology
  • Pranayama, Kriya, Mudras
  • Mantra
  • Meditation and Personal Development
  • Intro Yoga Nidra
  • History of classic and modern Yoga
  • Intro Yoga Philosophy
  • Ayurveda foundations
  • Teaching methodology and didactics
  • Practicum: Teaching, observing, sequencing and assisting

These are the dates of the modules

  • Module 1 - Friday, October 11, to Sunday, October 13, 2024
  • Module 2 - Friday, November 22, to Sunday, November 24, 2024
  • Module 3 - Friday, December 13, to Sunday, December 15, 2024
  • Module 4 - Friday,January 10, to Sunday, January 12, 2025
  • Module 5 (intensive week) - Monday, February 17, to Sunday, February 23, 2025
  • Module 6 - Friday, March 14, to Sunday, March 16, 2025
  • Module 7 (Easter) - Thursday, April 17, to Monday, April 21, 2025
  • Module 8 (Pentecost) - Thursday, May 29, to Sunday, June 1, 2025

Class times

Module 1-4, 6:

  • Fridays from 8:30 am to 5:45 pm
  • Saturdays from 2:30 pm to 6:00 pm
  • Sundays from 7:30 am to 5:00 pm
  • 2 to 2.5 hours lunch break

Module 5 (intensive week):

  • Monday, Wednesday and Saturday: afternoons only
  • Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday: full day until 5:45 pm
  • 2 to 2.5 hours lunch break

Module 7 (Easter):

  • Thursday and Saturday: afternoons only
  • Friday, Sunday and Monday: full day from 7:30 am to 5:00 pm
  • 1.5 hours lunch break

Module 8 (Pentecost):

  • Thursday and Sunday from 7:30 am to 5:00 pm
  • Friday from 8:30 am to 5:45 pm
  • Saturday: afternoon only, from 2:30 pm to 6:00 pm 1.5 to 2.5 hours lunch break

Course rate

The rate for the 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training 2024 is:

  • CHF 4'450.- for applications prior to March 31, 2024 (Early Bird offer)
  • CHF 4'750.- for applications as of April 1, 2024 (regular price)

The course fee includes all online material and an extensive written course manual.
Not included is the cost for further reading material (recommended books).

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


To apply for the 200-hour Teacher Training 2024 please use this Form (German only).

Closing date is on September 1, 2024.
Given the usually high demand, we recommend that you apply early!

Prerequisites for attending the Yoga Teacher Training

This training is demanding on a physical and psychological level. The schedule requires participants to immerse themselves in yoga. Applicants should be sincerely interested and committed to the study of yoga.

Further requirements:

  • a regular yoga practice of a minimum of two years
  • solid knowledge in both German and English (no translations are offered)
  • good mental and physical health

Karma Yoga spots

AIRYOGA offers two Karma Yoga spots with a 50% discount 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 spots please add your letter of motivation to your application form.

Further terms

  • The applications will be reviewed on a first come, first served basis.
  • AIRYOGA (Michael Hamilton or Stephen Thomas) will decide who is admitted to the course after assessing the application. Candidates that are not already regular students with Michael or Stephen are invited to a test class and a post class interview.
  • The course requires a minimum of 16 participants to take place. It accepts a maximum of 32 participants (plus possibly persons making up missed hours from the previous course). Additional applicants will be put on the wait-list.
  • The training will be taught in English or German, depending on the teacher.
  • The teachers are composing their respective manual chapter in the teaching language.
  • In order to graduate, trainees are required to have attended a minimum of 90% of all classroom hours and passed the written exam as well as a practical exam. Graduates are entitled to register as ‘RYT 200’ with the American Yoga Alliance®.

Biographies of our Teachers

Michael Hamilton (Director):
Asana, Anatomy, Teaching Methodology, Yoga Philosophy

Michael is a meditation and yoga practitioner as well as a transpersonal therapist. The discovery of Buddhism in his twenties brought about dramatic life changes resulting in his departure from the west to the east and long years of studies in yoga and Buddhism in Asia. After discovering satipatthana meditation with its direct application of mindfulness to progressive stages of development, he started studies in short- and long-term retreat formats with Sayday U Vivekananda.

His approach combines modern methods developed in psychology with the skillful means developed in ancient Buddhist teachings on wisdom, in order to better facilitate development and healing in individuals and small groups.

He is deeply grateful to all those that have helped and guided him on his path, particularly Daido Roshi for his acts of kindness, Vivekanada and Baddhamanika for their endless patience, Richard Freeman and Mary Taylor for their insights into approaching practice, Doug Keller for therapeutic body awareness and Wolfgang Erhard and Lama Lhündrup for awakening the Bodhisattva spirit within.

Michael lives with his wife Sabine Glück in Ticino, Switzerland.
For more information, please see www.michaelhamiltonyoga.com

Michael teaches in English.

Stephen Thomas:
Asana, Pranayama, Teaching Methodology

Stephen is an experienced Yoga teacher and practitioner. He leads Teacher Trainings, Workshops and Immersions across Asia and Europe. His teaching is deeply rooted in the traditional Yoga practices of Asana, Pranayama and Meditation. His philosophical background is influenced by studies in the Classical systems of Yoga Philosophy as well as Tibetan Buddhism.
Stephen is also a direct student of  O.P. Tiwari of Kaivalyadham, India – a master in the science of Pranayama and Ayurveda. He combines that with over 20 years of study in Alignment and Therapeutic-based Asana, Ayurveda, Philosophy.

Stephen teaches classes and workshops at AIRYOGA in Zurich and his own studio, SVARUPA in Bern. He is a father of two and dedicates his time to family life, writing and researching Yoga. He also works one-on-one with many students and helps to mentor teachers in the community.
For more information, please see https://svarupa.com

Stephen teaches in English.

Christina Eggenschwiler:
Anatomy, Physiology, Prevention

Christina has a decade of teaching experience. As a lecturer for functional anatomy and physiology she is involved in various teacher training courses in Switzerland and abroad. She gained her professional knowledge during her training as a yoga teacher at Yoga Medicine, at Anatomy Trains in Motion, in spiral dynamics and in various specializations (CAS sports and movement therapy, Pilates, health promotion, injury prevention, pain therapy, etc.). With a Master's degree in Sports Science she has a comprehensive understanding of movement. She imparts the theory with clarity and many application examples and the practice with exciting self-awareness techniques.
For more information, please see www.the-yugen.com

Christina teaches in German.

Manuela Peverelli:
Meditation, Personal Development, Asana (Sadhana)

In 2002, Manuela got in touch with Yoga for the first time and was immediately fascinated by the art of embodied presence. She grew up in Zurich, where she completed her first teacher training in 2008. She then lived in Asia for some years, where she fully dedicated her time to the study of Yoga. In 2012, Zurich became her home base again and she spent the winter months in Asia to deepen her own practice and teach retreats. Silent times in Vipassana and Metta retreats as well as time in Yoga ashrams were equally important to her.
She recently completed a three-year education in Buddhist Psychotherapy in Germany. Manuela is still a searcher and continues to be a grateful student. 

Manuela’s teaching is joyful and powerful, and at the same time a journey into non-conceptual and boundless awareness.

Since 2020, Manuela lives in the south-west of France, together with her partner Marc and her son Tao. They lead a small retreat center for mindfulness, ecology and spirituality. She is teaching in various Yoga Teacher Trainings in Zurich and offers retreats and workshops in different places in Switzerland and Europe.
For more information, please visit www.karmacircus.com

Manuela teaches in German.


Sabine Glück:
Asana (Sadhana), Meditation, Personal Development, Yoga Nidra

Sabine studied Psychology at the University of Zurich. These years formed the beginning of dedicated exploration of what it means to be an embodied, human being. What possibilities do we have to curate our lifes in ways leading towards true love, freedom and wholeness admits this wonderful and challenging life? Intensive study of Yoga and the Buddhadharma structured her life in the last 15 years. The continuous exploration in daily life as well as intensive retreat times enrich and influence her life in wonderful ways and affirm over and over the intention to dedicate her time to uncover intuitive wisdom and compassion, celebrate the aliveness and gratefully honor each moment.

Sabine offers MBSR (mindfulness based stress reduction) and meditation courses since 2017 and supports people on their individual path towards embodied awareness and wholesome and joyful curation of their life. A three-year education in Buddhist Psychotherapy in Germany enriches and influences the way she teaches and supports groups and individuals.
Sabine lives with her husband Michael Hamilton and their dog Juna in a remote valley in Ticino.
For more information, please visit www.sabineglueck.com

Sabine teaches in German.

Evelyn Hunger:
Ayurveda Foundations, Ayurveda related Sadhana

On one of her frequent travels to India, Evelyn came into contact first with yoga and then with Ayurveda. She was so fascinated from that point on, that she immersed herself with the philosophical system and its practice. Yoga teacher trainings and retreats with Stephen Thomas as her teacher and mentor for many years, but also inputs from other teachers, as well as her daily personal practice, help Evelyn gain a deeper perspective and understanding, that she constantly integrates in her daily life, which helps her have an honest, empathic and enjoyable relationship with life.

Evelyn trained to become a certified Ayurveda Specialist at the European Academy for Ayurveda, and supplemented her studies with an internship over several months at an Ayurvedic clinic in South India. The knowledge from her profession as an emergency care nurse is an important link to work in a holistic way. In addition, Evelyn is deeply inspired by the Mahamudra practice of Tibetan Buddhism, which shapes her yoga practice and brings her fulfillment and joy in her daily life. Phases of intensive practice are just as important to her as to experience her mind clearly and to open her heart anew in each encounter even in the hectic emergency care routine.
To find out more on Evelyn also see www.yogaayus.ch

Evelyn teaches in German.