300-Hour Teacher Training

The Hard & The Soft Yoga Teacher Training Goes Global!

Many of you had the opportunity to meet Beryl Bender Birch when she was here for a weekend workshop in January.  We had such a powerful connection that we all immediately thought what a great idea it would be to bring her 300 hour yoga teacher training to New Mexico.  When we realized that the training might be mostly virtual, and we could have people join us from all over the state and the country, we were so excited.  It is an honor for Nirguna Yoga to be offering this program for the first time. 

Please contact us for more information at: info@nirgunayoga.com

A Message From Beryl:

Dear fellow yoga teacher,

Welcome to the best day of your life.  We are excited you are here, now, and that you have checked in to see what our ALL NEW, virtual 300 hour advanced yoga and meditation teacher training is all about.  As graduates of The Hard & The Soft 300 hour Yoga & Meditation Teacher Training programs, we are a global family of 500 hour (and beyond) certified yoga teachers and practitioners working for the healing of our world. We are all yoga teachers but we are also full-time mothers, fathers, doctors, organic farmers, laborers, timber frame builders, first responders, health care workers, artists, and educators, and are taking our yoga out into the world in a million different ways.  We teach in prisons and corporations, to veterans and seniors, to at risk youth and to people recovering from cancer.  We believe that the practice of yoga is a powerful evolutionary tool that can help people to become more conscious, more compassionate, and more concerned with the welfare of all.  Whatever we do, we embrace the 8 limbs of yoga and speak up, calling out injustice. We are proactive leaders in our communities – working for clean food and drinkable water, for the rights of animals, women, minorities, and for the sustainability of Mother Earth and our environment. Yoga makes a difference in people’s lives, and we get to see that every day. We hope you will join us.

Beryl Bender Birch, Founder & Director

The Hard & The Soft Yoga Institute Community  


As one of the most prestigious and comprehensive yoga teacher training schools in the United States, The Hard & The Soft Yoga Institute has been training yoga teachers in the eight-limbed path of classical yoga since l980.  They are a Yoga Alliance sanctioned school and offer 200, 300, and 500 hour certifications, as well as week-long and weekend retreats and workshops for continuing education hours.  

Nirguna Yoga is thrilled to share this opportunity with Beryl and to be moving into a new era of online learning.  We are developing a platform with no geographical boundaries where trainees can connect from anywhere. This training will reach people all over the planet!

Join our international sangha and be part of this techno/spiritual revolution.

If you are a 200-hour certified teacher looking to take your training to the next level and prepare for a career in yoga service, our training offers a unique opportunity to dive into the deeper and powerfully therapeutic dimensions of the vast array of yoga practices. Earn your 500-hour teaching certification through one of the most highly respected programs in the country – a rigorous, in-depth study of all eight limbs of classical yoga.

Immerse yourself into a rigorous, in-depth study that includes:

  • Supervised practice and observation of asana, yoga techniques and methodology
  • Pranayama, meditation and yoga Nidra – practice and teach
  • Training in diverse asana styles
  • Asana modification and variations for special populations
  • Safe, supportive and appropriate hands-on assistance
  • Anatomy, physiology and correct posture alignment
  • Reading energy fields and prana flow
  • Subtle energies, prana, and the nadis and chakras
  • The art of sequencing asana, pranayama and meditation
  • Specialized study in adaptive yoga and practices for trauma and anxiety disorders
  • Study of the angas (eight limbs) and the Yoga Sutra
  • History of yoga and the ancient yoga texts (Bhagavad Gita, Upanishads, etc.)
  • Ayurveda, nutrition, plant-based diet and wellness
  • Living the yoga lifestyle
  • Leadership training and exploration of social activism
  • Marketing your studio or your programs
  • Selling your Self without selling your soul
  • Healing the World and finding your dharma

At Nirguna Yoga we offer teacher trainings for those who seriously want to investigate the history, philosophy, psychology, transformative powers, and applicability of yoga therapy to today’s crazy lifestyles. But not only that, through Nirguna Yoga teacher trainings those who attend learn to teach asana exceptionally well by teachers who have dedicated years of their lives to the field.

There are three powerful principles of our 300-hour program that infuse the entire curriculum, and are fundamental to all our trainings and teaching:

  • Understanding and Practicing Yoga Therapy
  • Honoring Yoga Service (Seva)
  • Developing Personal Practice

You have the capacity to provide the spiritual guidance for a global shift in consciousness. You can change the world and help others develop kindness, compassion, and joyfulness, the encoded teachings of the Yoga Sutra.

Director, Beryl Bender Birch

Whether it is your dream to teach athletes, seniors, those with disabilities, at risk youth, or to teach in all corners of your community – tell us your dream. We will help you devise an Individualized Yoga Program (IYP) that focuses on the area in your community or the special population, with whom you hope to work. Working with your IYP also prepares you to continue your studies in any of the specialized yoga service programs of the Give Back Yoga Foundation, such as Mindful Yoga Therapy for Veterans, The Prison Yoga Project, Yoga for 12 Step Recovery, Yoga for Cancer, and others.


Nirguna Yoga is thrilled to collaborate with the The Hard & The Soft Yoga Institute, a Registered Yoga School with Yoga Alliance at both the 200 and advanced 300-hour levels. After graduation from our 300-hour program, teachers may apply for the 500-hour level with Yoga Alliance. This course is open to any students and teachers who have already completed a 200-Hour training from any school registered with Yoga Alliance, including The Hard & The Soft Yoga Institute; or by special permission from the course director.

Our 300-hour teacher trainings run one weekend per month for 10 months. In addition to these classroom hours, students will complete the remainder of their instructional hours through online study, elective workshops, study groups, independent projects and community service.

Friday 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm (EDT)
Saturday 9:00 am – Noon (EDT)
Sunday 9:00 am – Noon (EDT) Opening Orientation, Faculty Introductions, & Council of Elders – October 2nd 6-9PM (EDT)

Tuition Plans Take advantage of early bird pricing, pay in full, or make monthly payments while you study. 
EARLY BIRD PRICING: $2,950 Pay in full 4 weeks before the program starts, and save $550.
FULL TUITION: $3500 Pay in full after the early bird period. 
PAYMENT PLAN PRICING: $3,750 Make 10 payments of $375, charged monthly to your credit card.