Southwest Institute of Healing Arts  1538 E. Southern Ave.  Tempe, AZ 85282

Grow Physically and Spiritually as a Yoga Teacher

Learn an authentic expression of yoga with a transformational approach, honoring a diversity of practices and belief systems. Our Yoga Teacher Training program is based on the principle that yoga is a unifying tool for creating health, well-being and a deep spiritual connection. All skill levels welcome!

What makes our Yoga Teacher Training (YTT) different?

  • SWIHA is one of the very few nationally accredited schools offering the option to take a YTT program independently or along with additional career-expanding holistic programs such as Massage Therapy, Hypnotherapy, Yoga Nidra, Yoga Body Psychology and more.

  • Our training blends Eastern and Western, ancient and modern philosophy and practice.

  • Yoga Teacher Training students receive unlimited access to studio classes for the duration of their program and the year after graduation.

  • We offer convenient day, evening and fast track class schedules.

  • Our dedicated educators are actively practicing in the holistic wellness field and are registered with Yoga Alliance® as E-RYT 500s, meaning that they have completed a 500-hour training program of their own and logged a minimum of 2,000 hours of teaching experience over at least four years.

  • You will experience creating and teaching real, public classes towards the end of your program.

  • Graduates register as yoga teachers through the internationally-recognized Yoga Alliance® organization and carry the official designation of Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT).

Our Certificate of Excellence programs are avocational, and these courses/programs are designed exclusively for personal or professional development and enhancement if taken independently of a Diploma or Degree program.

Start Dates:
January 26, 2022
Morning Fast Track
February 21, 2022

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Specialty tracks for 600-hour and 800-hour yoga teacher training:

For those diving deep into an all-encompassing yoga career, it’s important to find the right expression of how you will serve in the world. For that reason, we offer three distinct paths:  Yoga Therapy, Yoga Studio, and Healing Arts Practitioner. All students begin with the Amrit I AM Posture of Consciousness class and 90 hours of the Amrit I AM Mediation in Motion coursework.  From there, students branch off and complete those courses designed for your chosen Yogic path. The 100-hour therapeutic specialty interweaves layers of powerful holistic modalities, such as Polarity, Reiki, Health and Wellness Coach, Yoga Nidra, Reflexology, or Aromatherapy, with ancient Yogic philosophy, all to enhance the yoga teacher’s tool kit. Those on the Yoga Therapy 800-Hour path  must take only yoga courses.

  • Therapeutic Postures 1 (YIN)
  • Therapeutic Postures 2 (Restorative)
  • Applied Yoga Anatomy
  • Business of Yoga
  • Postures of Consciousness
  • Intro to Meditation in Motion
  • Applied Meditation in Motion
  • Yogic Energy Anatomy and Chakras


From here, you can choose from two different paths in our Advanced Yoga Programs:

Yoga Studio Teacher/Practitioner The Yoga Studio track is a great match for students who envision themselves as primarily teaching studio classes. Students can customize their area of focuses based on which electives and program they choose. Courses in this track include:

  • Advanced Sequencing
  • Advanced Practicum
  • 100/300 hour of Yoga Electives such as:
    • Intro to Sacred Sound & Meditation
    • Sound Healing for Practitioners
    • Power Yoga Sequencing
    • Modified Poses, Props, & Principles
    • Yoga Nidra
    • Meditation in Motion Certification
    • Meditation in Motion Practicum
    • Advanced Yoga Nidra
    • Yoga Body Psychology
    • Transformational Yoga Coaching
    • Integral Breath Therapy

Yoga Therapy – This program is a great match for those who are prepared to hold a deep and sacred therapeutic space for individuals and groups. Unlike the studio track, students on this path will take the full Meditation in Motion, Yoga Nidra, and Yoga Body Psychology as part of their program. If students choose to pursue certification with the International Association of Yoga Therapists, students will need to complete additional documented outside sessions. Courses in this track include:

  • Postures of Consciousness
  • Into to Meditation in Motion
  • Applied Meditation in Motion
  • Meditation in Motion Certification
  • Meditation in Motion Practicum
  • Yogic Energy Anatomy and Chakras
  • Yoga Nidra


Advanced Yoga Nidra Yoga Body Psychology Transformational Yoga Coaching Integral Breath Therapy Yogic Somatic Psychology and Assessment Foundations of Ayurveda Physiology and Health Conditions for Yoga Therapists Putting it All Together Yoga Therapy Final Practicum.

Financial Aid Available for Those Who Qualify

SWIHA is a nationally-accredited college approved by the United States Department of Education. Students enrolled in programs of 600 hours or more may qualify for Federal Student Aid in the form of Pell grants and student loans. Title IV Financial Aid is available to those who qualify.

Yoga Body Psychology Track

Certificate of Excellence -100 Hours | Yoga Body Psychology I-IV plus Practicum

The Amrit Method of Yoga Body Psychology is designed to treat visible physical symptoms and the invisible mental and emotional blocks that contribute to them. Using gravity supported, static poses held by the facilitator, or with the use of the wall or props, you will learn how to surface and release blockages held in the body. Enhance your understanding of the energetic aspects of yoga and how to use it for yourself and others as one of the most profound healing modalities you will ever encounter. (Hear what Kamini Desai shares about Body Psychology )


Meet the Instructor:Rhonda Vroman – I Am Yoga TherapyTM/ Yoga Body Psychology

After sampling different approaches, Rhonda Vroman knew she had found ‘home’ with the lineage of Swami Kripalu, under the teachings of Kamini Desai and her father Yogi Amrit Desai. She is passionate about introducing this practice to people, to help clients heal and students learn how to guide in this modality.

Certified in Body Psychology/Yoga Therapy and Integral Breath Therapy, her training also includes Engineering and MBA degrees, RYT 500+ and practices inviting body/mind/heart/soul connection. Guiding clients and students as they access a place of inner knowing where wisdom is received is profoundly rewarding for Rhonda, for it is in this place answers previously sought externally are internally sourced. She is honored to be guiding the I AM Yoga Therapy™/ Body Psychology course at SWIHA.

Click to learn about Yoga Body Psychology from the program Director Kamini Desai

Yoga Nidra Track

Certificate of Excellence -100 Hours | Yoga – Nidra I – IV plus Practicum

SWIHA’s Yoga Nidra program will teach you an ancient yoga practice that is becoming immensely popular in the West. Yoga Nidra brings the body and mind to a deeply relaxed state in order to access healing, stress-release and well-being. This practice powerfully and holistically helps your clients with physical, neurological and subliminal needs. Learn from world-renowned instructor Kamini Desai, who incorporates Western psychology with Eastern Philosophy to bring you this sought-after therapy.


Meet the Instructor: Kamini Desai

Kamini Desai is a nationally renowned teacher and expert in the field of Yoga Nidra. She holds degrees in Anthropology and Psychology from Smith College and La Salle University and trained at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. Her focus on personal empowerment and fulfillment have led her to serve as the Education Director and Core Curriculum Developer for the Amrit Yoga Institute, to act as one of the three Founding Directors of the International University of Yoga and Ayurve- da, and to teach Yoga Nidra courses here at Southwest Institute of Healing Arts. She has over 25 years of experience in combining the ancient wisdom of yoga with modern psychology principles in order to create the unique body of Yoga Nidra teachings.

Yoga - Meditation in Motion Track

Certificate of Excellence -200 Hours | Yoga – Meditation in Motion plus Practicum

Meditation in Motion transforms the practice of yoga into a yogic way of life and an energetic expression. This advanced training builds on Amrit Yoga’s I AM Yoga™ Teacher Training Posture of Consciousness format and focuses on moving from the willful practice of postures to a dynamic blend of intentional poses and intuitive movement. Structured as a personal spiritual practice that recognizes Patanjali’s description of yoga and its outcome as “Witnessing the mental modifications in the mind, this specialty option cultivates an inner attunement in order to move from physical yoga in to energy yoga.


Meet the Instructor: Heather Indu Arena, E-RYT-500, C-IAYT, ALC, BS
Senior Yoga Trainer & Professional Yoga Therapist

Heather, also known as Indu in the Yoga world, has spent the last two decades in the study of and training others in the ancient science of yoga and meditation. Her desire to promote community prompted her to open and run her yoga studio for 8 years, which she sold to three of her students when moving to the larger community of the Amrit Yoga Institute to continue her training and work for them as Director of Programs and Senior Yoga Trainer. She views the world as a global community where she trains yoga teachers in the practice of Meditation in Motion and supports individuals and groups through Yoga Therapy and Ayurvedic based programs. It is her love and devotion to being a yoga practitioner first and her connection to the Amritji Lineage that enables her to reveal the wisdom of yoga in a joyful and powerful way.

Spirit of Yoga, our training facility in Tempe, Arizona:

SWIHA’s Yoga Teacher Training program is presented at Spirit of Yoga, our premier yoga education facility and yoga studio. Located on beautiful, park-like grounds in Tempe, Arizona, Spirit of Yoga is a sanctuary for those practicing and learning the art and science of yoga. Yoga Teacher Training as well as regularly scheduled community yoga classes are held in its three spacious, beautifully appointed studio spaces. In the final weeks of training, yoga teachers-to-be are able to design and be coached through teaching actual studio classes, giving them the unique opportunity for hands-on yoga teacher training to groups.

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