CITYOGA200 (CY200)

**Accepting applications for the Fall Semester beginning Tuesday September 3rd, 2024.

Would you like to:

  • Deepen your study by immersing yourself in the teachings and practices of yoga?
  • Bring the gift of yoga to others?
  • Make a positive life change?

The CITYOGA Yoga Teacher Training (YTT) is a comprehensive introduction to the art and science yoga. It is designed to give you a broad experience of the healing and transformational path of yoga. By the end of the course you will possess a firm foundation for teaching others, in addition to deepening your own yoga practice.

Our program meets and exceeds the requirements set by Yoga Alliance. Graduates receive certification as Hatha Yoga Teachers and will be eligible for the National Yoga Alliance Teacher Registry. This full-yoga experience offers:

  • A safe and sacred space in which transformation can occur. You will have the opportunity to deepen the connection with yourself, others and the world around you.
  • The art and science of guiding students into postures with safety, bringing them into a deeper knowledge of their own bodies and providing them with an opportunity to be wholly present without judgment.
  • The opportunity to experience and understand the correlation of breath, body, emotions and belief systems through work with asana, pranayama, and other tools of yoga.
  • Instructions to help you develop and fine-tune the tools and communication skills to effectively and safely teach yoga.
  • Study of Patanjali`s Yoga Sutras and other ancient texts.

The curriculum includes:

  • Techniques - includes asana (posture), pranayama (breath), and meditation skills and practice
  • Teaching Methodology - instructional technique, demonstration, assisting, coaching, correcting, teaching styles, qualities and process
  • Anatomy and Physiology - includes both physical and energy systems
  • Philosophy, Ethics, and Lifestyle - study of yoga styles, philosophy, and an examination of what it means to lead a yogic life. This section also explores the business aspects of being a yoga teacher. Creation of individual resumes, cover letters, and presentation material are included.
  • Practicum - includes student teaching, observation, and assisting. Each student teaches at least one complete yoga class and receives feedback from students and instructors.
  • Elective - 30 hours of student-directed, elective study

Program Directors:

Marsha Pappas, E-RYT500 has been a diligent yoga student for more than 20 years. Since completing her teacher training under the direction of Swami Satchidinanda at the Integral Yoga Ashram in 1996, she has been teaching yoga full time in and around the Indianapolis area. With a focus on the stress reducing aspects of yoga, she now also leads Stress Management workshops around the city and state. Marsha is a founding member of the Indiana Yoga Association and the Director of the CITYOGA 200-hour teacher-training program.

Dave Sims, as program director of CITYOGA School of yoga and health teacher training, Dave, E-RYT500 embraces the opportunity to provide space for students and teachers to share their passion for yoga. Dave began his Yoga journey several years ago while following a recommendation from a friend to try yoga while preparing for a marathon. Dave began to realize the value of yoga to improve ALL areas of his life and embraced the Mind, Body and Spirit dimension, particularly complementing Dave’s thirty plus years of meditation practice and thousands of hours teaching and practicing yoga. By “living his yoga” Dave continually studies the ancient yogic texts to impart their philosophical teachings to his students. Dave continues to be an impassioned student of yoga. Dave has had the honor of learning from amazing teachers; Marsha and Nikki at CITYOGA, Jaggi Vasudev of Isha Yoga, Rolf Gates (500 hr Advanced Vinyasa training) and finds inspiration from many very accomplished local and national Ashtanga teachers.

Course Fee:

  • Application Fee: $50
  • Tuition: $2,950.00 per student
    • Tuition includes an unlimited membership to livestream and in studio regular scheduled classes

You can enjoy a $200 tuition discount with payment in full, 2 weeks before the start of the new semester. Weekly and monthly payment plans are available.

*We offer scholarship opportunities through the Heartland Mindfulness Collective (HMC). You must be accepted into the 200hr YTT program BEFORE you apply for a scholarship!



Fall semester begins Tuesday September 3rd, 2024, and ends Tuesday February 4th, 2025.

Semester sessions for CITYOGA 200 begin each March and September. The 200 hour is structured as a 21-week semester. Semester classes meet one evening (Tuesday) per week from 5:30pm until approximately 10:30pm. In addition, three weekend intensive seminars, and student independent work are required. CPR and First-Aid training may be available (additional fee not included).

Yoga Alliance

Completion of this 200hr course fulfills YA's 200-hr. national standard for a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT).

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Ready to start your 200hr YTT journey at Cityoga?

Follow these steps to applying and registering...

  1. Click on the "Step 1" tab to the right to download the Cityoga 200hr YTT application. Please complete with as much detail as possible.
  2. Turn in your completed application with the $50 application fee to Cityoga, or email to
  3. Await patiently for Cityoga to review your application and get back to you whether you have been accepted into the program or not (acceptance is not guaranteed).
  4. Once you are made aware of acceptance into the program, you have the option to apply for a scholarship through Heartland Mindfulness Collective. Scholarship applications for spring 2024 semester are CLOSED.
  5. After you have been accepted into the 200hr YTT program, pay your $400 (non-refundable) deposit before the first day of class to hold your space. You can click on "Step 2" tab on the right hand side to pay your deposit online.
  6. You can pay your tuition in full for a $200 discount, or you can opt into a weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly payment plan. We require that the training be paid in full by week 16. So the first payment would be sometime during the first month of the semester.
  7. Show up! We can't wait to have you.

If you have additional questions or need more information, please contact us at or call 317.920.YOGA (9642).

Apply Now

Step 1: Complete the Application & Fee Payment

To apply, download the attached Word file, fill out the application questions and return the application as directed. Download the Yoga Teacher Training Application 200ytt 2022

Please send the completed application and $50 application fee to: CITYOGA Yoga Teacher Training Program 2442 Central Avenue, Suite B, Indianapolis, Indiana 46205. You can also drop off the completed application by hand, or email to

Step 1.5: Apply for a Scholarship (only if applicable) (CLOSED)


You must be accepted into the 200hr program first before applying for a scholarship through the Heartland Mindfulness Collective (HMC). If you haven't applied, go back to the "Step 1" tab and complete the 200hr YTT application first.

Scholarships are designed to support those whose communities of origin have been systemically denied access to these tools or anyone else who can provide proof of financial need.

Apply for a scholarship on Heartland Mindfulness Collective's website here.


Step 2: Pay Down Payment to Save Your Spot

You can REGISTER Once your application has been accepted and approved (very important!). If you have not gone through the application process, please click on the "Step 1" tab and follow the instructions.

Once you have been ACCEPTED into the program by Dave Sims, you can register to hold your space in the training by paying the $400 deposit by February 20th 2024. Hold your place in class - pay your deposit here.