Teacher Trainings


250-hour Yoga Teacher Training 2023 at AIRYOGA in Zurich

The AIRYOGA Teacher Training 2023 will be taught in line with the tradition of Hatha Yoga and Buddhist Meditation under the direction of Stephen Thomas.

The course is appropriate for experienced and dedicated students of Yoga who wish to deepen and refine their knowledge and aim towards the teaching certification.
The program has been accredited by Yoga Alliance®. It provides all the foundation required for further study and teaching. In terms of the qualification of the teaching team and the number of lessons, the AIRYOGA Teacher Trainings exceeds the Yoga Alliance® requirements.

The AIRYOGA Teacher Training 2023 will start on May 12, 2023, and end on November 5, 2023.
It offers 220 to 230 classroom hours total, set up in six weekend modules plus two intensive weeks (in July and November 2023).


Click here for the download area for the Teacher Training 2023.


The The training takes place at the AIRYOGA Studio at Fabrikstrasse 10 in Zurich and at Stadtoase in Zurich.

In addition to the classroom hours, students can expect 20 to 30 hours minimum of self-directed study including assigned online/video review, and reading requirements.

The training is led by the following teachers:

Stephen Thomas (Director):  Asana, Pranayama, Teaching Methodology, Yoga Philosophy

Claire Dalloz: Asana, Teaching Methodology

Manuela Peverelli: Meditation, Asana

Doug Keller: Yoga Philosophy, Therapeutically oriented Yoga, Yoga Nidra

Christina Eggenschwiler: Anatomy and Physiology, Prevention

Evelyn Hunger: Ayurveda

The following subjects and topics form the curriculum:

  • In Depth Techniques, Alignment, Theory and Practice of Yoga Asana, Pranayama, Mudra, Mantra, Meditation and other traditional yoga techniques
  • Physical and Subtle Anatomy, Physiology, Prevention
  • Yoga Philosophy, Lifestyle, Mental Approach
  • History of Classical and Modern Yoga
  •  Restorative Yoga, Therapeutic Approaches, Yoga Nidra
  • Ayurveda Foundations
  • Teaching Methodology: Sequencing of yoga classes, use of props, adjustments and assists, modifications
  •  Practicum: teaching, observing, sequencing and assisting

These are the dates for the AIRYOGA 250-hour Teacher Training 2023:

  • Module 1 - Friday, May 12, to Sunday, May 14, 2023
  • Module 2 - Friday, May 26, to Monday, May 29, 2023 (Pentecost)
  • Module 3 - Friday, June 23, to Sunday, June 25, 2023
  • Module 4 (intensive week) - Monday, July 17, to Sunday, July 23, 2023
  • Module 5 - Friday, August 18, to Sunday, August 20, 2023
  • Module 6 - Friday, September 22, to Sunday, September 24, 2023
  • Module 7 - Friday, October 20, to Sunday, October 22, 2023
  • Module 8 (intensive week) - Monday, October 30, to Sunday, November 5, 2023

Class times:

  • Fridays from about 8:00 am to 5:30 pm approx.
  • Saturdays from about 8:00 am to 6:00 pm approx.
  • Sundays from about 8:00 am to 5:30 pm
  • Intensive weeks (Monday through Sunday) daily from about 8:00 am to 5:30 pm


The cost for the 250-hour Yoga Teacher Training 2023 is CHF 4'450.
The course fee includes extensive written course manual in the language it was originally written.
Not included is the cost for further reading material (recommended books).


To apply for the 250-hour Teacher Training 2023 please use this Form (german only).

Closing date is on May 1, 2023.
Given the usually high demand, we recommend that you apply early!

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

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 (no translations are offered)
  • good mental and physical health

Further terms:

  • This training will be taught in English or German, depending on the teacher.
  • The applications will be reviewed on a first come, first served basis.
  • AIRYOGA/Stephen Thomas will decide who is admitted to the course after assessing the application. Candidates that are not already regular students with Stephen may be invited to a test class and a post class interview.
  • The course requires a minimum of 15 participants to take place. It accepts a maximum of 28 participants (plus possibly persons making up missed hours from the previous course). Additional applicants will be put on the wait-list.
  • In order to graduate, trainees are required to have attended a minimum of 200 classroom hours and passed a written exam in Philosophy, Anatomy, and Asana, as well as a practical exam. Graduates are entitled to register as ‘RYT 200’ with the American Yoga Alliance®.
  • Notice on COVID: The official regulations and protective measures in force at the time of the training apply. Participants accept that - if necessary - parts of the TT course 2022 will have to be offered online or will have to be postponed.


Stephen Thomas (Director)

Asana, Pranayama, Teaching Methodology, Yoga-Philosophy

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 and Tantra.

Stephen studies directly with O.P. Tiwari of Kaivalyadham, India - a living master in the science of Pranayama. He blends this with his ongoing studies in Asana, Nutrition, Ayurveda, Philosophy and the varied modern evolutions of Yoga.

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.

For more info on Stephen and his work please check-out his webpage https://svarupa.com
Stephen teaches in English.

Claire Dalloz

Teaching Methodology

Claire has been learning and teaching yoga passionately for the past 25 years. It has brought her joy, balance, curiosity and above all kept her sane during the wonderful but often trying years of bringing up three little kids. Her main influences on the path have been from Glenn Ceresoli (Senior Iyengar Teacher), Bruno Dietziker (Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga), and more recently Stephen Thomas (Hatha Yoga), Doug Keller (Yoga Therapy) and Dr. Ravi Ravindra (philosophy and spirituality). Her teaching style is influenced by the Ashtanga Vinyasa and Iyengar Yoga Schools although over the years she has adopted her own way of teaching.
Claire regularly teaches on retreats both in Switzerland and abroad and offers immersion days and weekend trainings for teachers. 
Claire is:
•  Internationally certified Yoga Teacher at the 500 hour level (E-RYT500)
•  YACEP (Yoga Alliance Certified Education Provider)
•  Member of the Swiss Yoga Union and of the European Yoga Union
•  Co-owner of YogaTopia, Herrliberg, Switzerland
•  Trained Hypnotherapist and Medical Masseuse

Please also visit www.clairedalloz.ch
Claire teaches in English (with supplementary German where needed).

Manuela Peverelli

Meditation, Asana

Manuela teaches yoga since 2008. Her attitude and approach towards life is influenced by taoist, vedic and Buddhist studies and practices. An education in Ayurvedic psychology at the European Ayurveda Academy in 2013 has enriched her background in Western psychiatric nursery. In addition, Manuela began to study Buddhist Psychotherapy in Germany in 2018, which also influences what she is sharing. 
Manuela’s teaching is dynamic and powerful, but at the same time a journey to the inner stillness as a refuge in this hectic and demanding world. For her, the techniques of Yoga are simply tools to create more harmony within the body and mind for recognizing the essence of the true Self. 
Since 2019, Manuela lives in the Metta Villa in the southwest of France, a quiet and nourishing space for retreats and inner transformation that she has co-founded with her partner Marc. 

For more information please visit www.mettavilla.fr
Manuela teaches in German.

Doug Keller

Yoga-Philosophie, Therapeutisches Yoga, Yoga Nidra

Doug came to teach Hatha Yoga by way of the yoga of meditation and years of academic study of philosophy, both eastern and western. He 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 is the author of a few books on Asana, Philosophy and Pranyama, and a two-volume work on Yoga as Therapy. He has been teaching workshops and in teacher trainings in the US, Europe and India. 
Please also check out www.doyoga.com
Doug teaches in English.

Christina Eggenschwiler

Anatomy and Physiology, Prevention

Christina has more than 12 years 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.

More about Christina: www.the-yugen.com.
Christina teaches in German.

Evelyn Hunger

Ayurveda Foundations

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.

For more information please also see www.yogaayus.ch
Evelyn teaches in German.

The Locations

Stadtoase Zurich

Most of the lessons of the Teacher Training 2023 will take place in the premises of the Stadtoase Zurich. The Stadtoase is located on the Zürichberg and is easily accessible by public transport. As the name suggests, it is an oasis of tranquility and thus a beautiful place to fully immerse yourself in Teacher Training.

Association for Public Health Zurich
Tobelhofstrasse 21
8044 Zurich

Accessible by public transport with Tram 5 and 6, stop Susenbergstrasse.

More about the Stadtoase? Click here.

AIRYOGA Studio Fabrikstrasse

A few lessons take place in our Studio Fabrikstrasse. Here the AIRYOGA classes run normally during the Teacher Training. Classes can be attended.

Fabrikstrasse 10
8005 Zurich

For directions please click here.