Vajra Yoga Alliance Teacher Training

Michele Loew & Robert Thurman

Upcoming Vajra Yoga School Dates:

Our next Yoga School’s first module will start October 8, 2021 and close in March 2022. Applications are currently being accepted. 

Weekend Course sessions with Michele, Online or In-Person. Thursday Q&A Zoom session with Robert Thurman

This foundational yoga studies program with Michele Loew is ideal for serious students of Yoga & Indic/ Buddhist sciences wishing to profoundly deepen their practice and aspiring teachers alike. The completion of this course will qualify students for a 200 Hr. Yoga Alliance Certification. Students wanting to take this course that already hold a 200 YA certification can convert this to a 300 hr completion course, completing the YA500 ERYT.

In-person at The Yoga Space Portland, Oregon, or Online live streamed from any place in the world.

Tuition: $3500

About the Program

Under the guidance of Michele Loew & guest teachers, this course will give students education in the basic skills to teach yoga asana basic pranayama, and meditation, during weekend live sessions. In collaboration with Professor Padma Shri Robert “Tenzin” Thurman, renowned scholar & practitioner, authority on Indo-Tibetan Buddhist science, Indic spirituality and world philosophy, the course will offer an optional companion course to provide a foundational understanding of the philosophy and science of the Buddhist contributions to success in yoga practice (such as were available interactively for over a thousand years in India with such texts as Paṭāñjali’s Yoga Sutras). In this companion course, students can learn during weekdays through select, self-paced, on-demand videos of the unique Vajrayoga Archive of inspiring talks given recently by Dr. Thurman to elucidate the Buddha’s personal instructions interwoven comparatively with the Hindu yogas. Completing this 200-hour Yoga Alliance foundational teacher training course and the Vajra Yoga Archive three vehicle companion course, together, will qualify students to register for the in-person or live-stream advanced Vajra Yoga courses with Michele Loew and “Tenzin” Bob Thurman. 

Our foundational yoga program is rooted in the Hatha Yoga lineage of Krishnamacharya, blending the Vinyasa flow, internal form, and intelligent progression found in the Ashtanga Vinyasa system, the precise alignment instructions and supported poses of the Iyengar System, and the modifications and therapeutics to the individual that Desikachara and modern therapeutics expanded yoga intelligence on. Interfacing with Hatha Yoga, are the Vajrayana Buddhist yoga practices and their guiding science of mind and body transformation that we feel informed the Hatha Schools of yoga as they were established, and continue to do so today as they evolve further together—the Vajrayana offerings are in the nonsectarian lineage of H. H. the Dalai Lama, Professor Thurman’s long-time principal teacher. For those who take the companion course, it is recommended that the Vajra Yoga Archive materials be studied on mondays and Wednesdays, and Professor Thurman will hold a weekly Q & A session on Thursdays, complementing the intensive yoga training weekends. A selection of short key readings will be presented for the students to go along with the talks. The livestream weekends will include anatomy & asana technique with Ian LeMasters, and meditation training with David Sudar. 

What We Will Focus On:

  • The Theory & Practice of Yoga (Intensive asana, philosophy, pranayama, and meditation study). Deepen your existing practice!
  • Therapeutic Applications (learn to teach alignment based yoga, give assists, as you gain a strong understanding of anatomy & physiology as applied to yoga asana.
  • Art of Teaching (gain the confidence and tools to be an effective teacher using the voice, body language, gentle assists, the art of sequencing, as you practice teaching.
  • Meditative and philosophical inquiry into the nature of reality using the Buddha & the yogis Noble Eightfold Path’s wisdom, mindfulness, and metta instructions, interwoven with the Yoga Sutra path, and the Mahayana teachings of wisdom and compassion, interwoven with the Bhagavadgita, the Shrimadbhagavatam, and the Vedanta nondualism.
  • Weekly live Q&A with Professor Thurman.
  • Meditative Best Practices-learning to build a meditation practice, the what/how/why on Vipassana and Shamatha meditation. How to build a daily practice as well as gain skills on teaching meditation. Build a portfolio of meditations you can teach.
  • Peer & staff mentorships and community support.
  • Unlimited Daily Zoom Yoga classes from The Yoga Space Portland throughout the 5 month course.

We are very proud of our long-time yoga school, and it is greatly respected in the US & abroad. We have placed teachers across the country and now Internationally in major yoga studios.


The 5 month course will take place primarily during live In-person or Live-streamed weekends at The Yoga Space Portland, Oregon. All sessions will be recorded and are available on our learning platform Teachable for review up to 1 year from course end. 

Course times Pacific Standard/ Daily Times.  

  • Fridays 7-8:45pm w/ Michele
  • Saturdays 11-1pm & 2-4pm W/ Michele
  • Sundays 11-1pm, 2-4pm, 5-6pm. w/ Michele
  • Thursdays 9-10am PST Zoom with Bob Thurman

Weekend 1: Oct. 8, 9, 10 & 14th

Orientation, philosophy, light asana, yoga Nidra, Standing poses connecting to earth, Tadasana/Samasthitih; linking pattern of breath with movement; 1st 3 positions of Surya Namaskar.  Philosophy, Asana, Pranayama, Meditation 

Mid-week video on-demand Vajra Studies with Bob

Thursday 1 hour Q&A Zoom with Bob Thurman. 9am PST; 12pm EST.

Weekend 2: Oct. 15, 16, 17 & 21

Standing Poses & Downward Facing Dog study, assists, and alternatives. Anatomy of the legs and feet, Sitting Practice alignment. Yoga Sutras, Meditation, Mahasatipatthana Sutta.

Weekend 3: Oct. 29, 30, 31

Forward Bends, Anatomy of the pelvis, back body muscles and fascial lines, principles of teaching. Yoga Sutras, Sankhya Philosophy, Fruits of Homeless Life Sutta, Four Noble Truths Sutta, 

Weekend 4: Nov. 12, 13, 14

Back bending with ease, principles and assists. Teaching practicum. Yoga Sutras & 4 Brahma Viharas in Comparative Buddhist Philosophy, Anatomy of Spine, hip flexors and extensors. 

Weekend 5: Nov. 19, 20, 21

Hip Openers, Marichayasanas, anatomy of hip joint & knee, Bhagavad Gita, 4 Bhrama Viharas, compassion, loving kindness meditations, Heart Sutra, Vimalakirti Sutra.

Weekend 6: Dec. 3, 4, 5

Twisting poses; Anatomy of the core muscles, Beginning pranayama, Bhagavad Gita, Vimalakirti, Shanti Deva A Guide to the Bodhisattva Way of Life. 

Weekend 7: Jan. 7, 8, 9

The art of sequencing a flow based class; Beginning Inversions; Sarvangasana & Sirsasana Cycles; Anatomy of head, neck, accessing the core line. Bhagavad Gita, Comparative Buddhist studies. (Shanti Deva A Guide to the Bodhisattva Way of Life)

Weekend 8: Jan. 14, 15, 16

Handstands, shoulder and wrist therapeutics, teaching practicum, assisting in class, Bhagavad Gita, comparative Buddhist philosophy,. (Shanti Deva A Guide to the Bodhisattva Way of Life) 

Weekend 9: Feb. 11, 12, 13

Arm Balances, Nejang, teaching practicum, sequencing, Sanskrit primer, meditation, ngondro- prostrations etc. (Tibetan Book of the Dead, Intro to Tantra, deity yoga, subtle body etc.)

Weekend 10: Feb. 18, 19, 20

Bandha, Pranayama, Kriya, subtle body, chakra/ nadi/ Tsa Lung Thiegle/ Trul khor.

((Tibetan Book of the Dead, Dzogchen, Unexcelled Yoga Tantra, creation and perfect tiostages etc.)

Weekend 11: Vajra Weekend March 4, 5, 6

Final Weekend- practicum, business of yoga (required yoga alliance), Meditation, & Vajra Yoga Practicum.