Los Angeles Yoga Teacher Training Syllabus

 Asana, ashtanga, anatomy, philosophy, history, chakras and sutras. This is a beginners teacher training as taught by Steven Earth Metz. To understand yoga in depth requires a great desire to help others and the desire to work on oneself. If you feel that you are in this position in life, I am sure that you will complete this course of training and help others along their way to personal growth.

Upon completion of the classes and homework, after passing the exam and teaching classes with review, you will receive a certificate from Earth’s Power Yoga. This is a 200 hour course please note that some hours are completed via book study, essay 4 classes per week personal practice and community class teaching practice.
You can sign up here for the course.


You can start with us at any time. One year of Yoga practice is recommended, but not necessary to do the training. You can learn with us. You will be reviewed before you begin teaching professionally.

The “Yoga Teacher Training and Alignment Workshops” stand alone as Anatomy and Alignment workshops. These are excellent for those who want to deepen their personal practice. You will have one year from the start of the first class to complete the training (including essays).

By Check To:
Earth’s Power Yoga
7901 Melrose Ave. #208
Los Angeles CA 90046

Most of the books are provided in digital format. You will also get a teacher training binder with all the necessary course material included.

Week One:


Orientation what we will cover and how to study the course. The I am meditation.

History of Yoga

We will also explore the Yoga Anatomy book and begin the subject of Yoga and anatomy

Practice of the “Earth’s Power Yoga Flow Set.” Students will become familiarized with the Beginner Set series by practicing the poses. Then we will break into pairs and begin teaching

Understanding Breath

Standing Postures in the Earth’s Power Flow Set

Observing/Practicing Public Classes w/Feedback

Foot Anatomy

Process of Learning/Senses Lecture

Practicum and video homework. Specific curriculum Homework. Name the standing postures from our the flow set in English and Sanskrit using Light on Yoga or the Sanskrit dictionary website mentioned in class as a reference. Watch the Earth’s Power Yoga Flow set on Youtube and take notes on sequencing and counter postures. (You will receive a link in your email) Specific Curricullum: Stick figure draw the set from the video Earth’s Power Yoga Flow set.


Week Two:

Benefits of a cleanse and discussion about diet

Instruction and Practice of EPF Yoga set

Discussion of Yoga Anatomy, with focus on the bones, spine and wrist joints, as well as major muscle groups

Styles of Teaching

Angles for Demonstration to the Class

Maslow’s Hierarchy of Human Needs.

In-class discussion of Philosophy of Asia

Eight Limbs of Yoga

Senses lecture word choices relating to senses

Aligning and adjusting postures. Specific Curriculum. Memorize the eight limbs of Yoga. Name the bones of the human body and their primary movement and or function in written.


Week Three:

Lecture on the Subject of Metabolism Nervous System

Endocrine System
Practice EPY “Flow” Set
How-to on Observing/Practicing Public Classes


Doshas – Body Types

Physical body – Organs and anomalies

Practice Beginner Set Teaching. Specific Curriculum. Chant Om for 30 minutes reflect on the feeling and write it down in a single paragraph.



Week Four:

Ashtanga Yoga series 1

Kundalini Yoga lecture

Paleolithic Diet; Pros and Cons


Backbends and Twists

Code of Ethics

Read Book on Yoga Sutras. Specific Curriculum Memorize 5 sutras from the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. Name 3 pros and cons about vegetarian and paleolithic diet.


Week Five:

Practice of Verbalizing Postures with a Critique of Voice Technique. Props and restorative asanas will be displayed and discussed

Anatomically Incorrect Poses

Discussion on Understanding Body-Specific Posture

Natural or Biological Advantage

Relationships of challenges to specific poses (i.e. Downward Dog – hands/ankles/heels to floor)

Public Speaking

Tempo Rhythm Class

Music and rhythm discussion . Specific Curriculum. Create a playlist and write out Average beats per minute. Name 3 anatomically incorrect poses and why they are not correct.


Week Six:

Universal principles of alignment

Bhakti, Karma, Raja, Tantra, Seva Yoga

Sanskrit aphorisms Lecture

Overview: Backbends, Twists, Balancing Postures

Students practice techniques alignment primary Set






Practice EPY Elements “Flow” Set

Integration of personal series

Myth and Religion. Specific Curriculum. Write down a personal sequence (60 minute duration class)


Week Seven:

Intro to Earth’s Hot 26

Inner Experience

Escaping the Trapping of Samsara

Practice EPY Elements “Flow” Set

Art of Learning

Understanding Motivation and Learning Processes

Lecture on Topic of Learning Experience vs. Academic

Discussion about Consistent Practice and Teaching

Practice EPY Elements “Flow” Set. Specific Curriculum. Read Josh Waitzkin “The Art of Learning.”


Week Eight:

Performance and Humor

Enjoying Work While Making A Living

Idea of the future and bliss postponement in our society


Specific curriculum. Write a one page essay on why our society postpones bliss.

Week Nine:

Set Practicum with Gong

Practice teaching

Integration of market demand and personal preference

Teach a full Class to a friend and make your first youtube instructional video

Method of Attraction

Developing personal relationships


Week Ten:

Marketing Yoga

Sales of service

Discussion of Myth and Religion

Essay on Sun Salutation Personal Meaning

Practice teaching

Pricing and the difference between group classes and private instruction

Integrity and Long Term Policy. Specific Curriculum. Review all of your your notes and get ready for the final exam.



NOTE: Not all postures have Sanskrit names. Nomenclature varies from region to region and lineage to lineage.



Books required before taking the test

Teaching Yoga: Essential Foundations and Techniques by Mark Stephens

Tao Te Ching by Jane English

Yoga Anatomy by Leslie Kamanoff

How To Know God: The Yoga Aphorisms of Patanjali Christopher Isherwood and Swami Prabhavananda

Sidhartha by Herman Hesse

Bhagavad Gita by By Swami Prabhupada

The Art of Learning



I recommend that you browse through and study the titles and content of each author/professor which you feel the most interested in:

Alan Watts lecture on Youtube

C.G. Jung

Light on Yoga by B.K.S. Iyengar

Hell Bent Benjamin Lorr

Abraham Maslow

Emerson Prose on Self Reliance and The Oversoul

Rumi Kabir


A great resource for some of these books are at Loyalbooks.com


Fitness facilities may have their own requirements and criteria that you may have to fulfill before they hire you to teach.

Requirements may change and vary from studio to studio and state to state.