We are excited to announce a Menla online/ livestream Indo-Tibetan Yogas Training with Richard Freeman, Mary Taylor, Dr. Robert Thurman & Michele Loew. 

Join us for this totally unique yoga teacher training, exploring the philosophical and experiential interface between Hatha Yoga and Indo-Tibetan Vajra Yoga traditions.

This is a supplemental training to our in-person Teacher Training, giving students around the world an opportunity to receive these teachings in lecture and self-study format on our Teachable platform. And it stands alone as a deeply contemplative investigation into the yogas of Vajrayana & Hatha, with weekly teachings from Professor Thurman & Yoga practices with Michele Loew & special guests Richard Freeman & Mary Taylor.

Module 1 will take place September 7th - November 20th, 2020.

Module 2 will take place December 3rd - February 26th, 2021

Module 3 will take place March 11th - May 21st, 2021.

Students enrolled in our comprehensive in-person course will automatically be enrolled in this course at no additional fee.

This 300 hr course is an intensive studies program & includes study and contemplation of traditional texts and practices from Indian and Tibetan traditions, including but not limited to The Yoga Sutras of Patañjali and selected Pāli Suttas, such as the Samaññaphala, the Mahāsatipatthana, and the Aggañña Suttas, The Yoga Vasishta and the Vimalakirti and Flower Ornament Sutras, the Bhagavad Gita and the Lalitavistara Sutra, Shankarāchārya’s Yogatārāvalī and Shantideva’s Bodhisattvas Career, the Hatha Yoga Pradipika and the Mañjushrī-nāma-saṁgītī, the Tibetan Book of the Dead, and various works by Jey Tsong Khapa and the Dalai Lama on deity yoga and on the inner science of the Esoteric Community and the Kalachakra.

Module 1: Foundations in Mind and Body Yogic Practice – The Bliss-Void Womb of Compassion. 

Yoga Asana: Standing Poses/Core/Forward Folds; Tibetan NeJang Yoga; Introducing the philosophies of yoga, dualist and nondualist, Shiva and Kalachakra Yogas.

September 7-November 20th, 2020. Tuition $700-1400 sliding Scale. (Payment plans available)

Module 2: The Creative Art of Re-envisioning Mind and Body – Mandala as Empowering Space of Practice

Visualizations; Mantras; Prānāyāma; Yoga Asana Mirroring Subtle Body Fluency—Back Bends, Hip Joint/Spine Twists; Yin Yoga; Tantric Trulkhor Yogas/Kalachakra Yoga.

December 7th, 2020- February 19th, 2021. Tuition $700-1400 Sliding Scale. (Payment plans available)

Module 3: Expansion into Perfection Stages

Moving Inner Energies within the Subtle Body; Inner Fire; Sleep and Dream Yogas Intensified; Prāṇāyāma Practices deepened; Yoga Asana Inversions, Shoulders/Head/Neck; Kalachakra Yoga.

March-May 2021. Tuition $700-1400 Sliding Scale. (Payment plans available)

Robert A.F. Thurman

This is a rare opportunity to study intimately and extensively, in the context of a yoga training, with Professor Emeritus, Padma Shri Robert “Tenzin” Thurman - Vajracharya in the lineage of H. H. the Dalai Lama, world renowned scholar & authority on Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Science, Indic spirituality, and world philosophy. He will elucidate the Buddha’s teachings and offer inner scientific, philosophical, and spiritual inspiration for our yoga practices.

Michele Loew

Michele Loew—in the Hatha yoga lineage of Krishnamacharya and Richard Freeman and also Kalachakra and Tibetan Trulkhor yoga practitioner—has trained thousands of yoga teachers in her long-established Yoga Alliance certification courses and will utilize the deep investigation of yoga from a classical lineage perspective to build an intelligent foundation that can be applied to any style of yoga. The yoga practices will be built mindfully and progressively from the ground up with deep attention to physical and subtle body alignment.

Richard Freeman

Richard Freeman

Richard Freeman- world renowned teacher in the Ashtanga Vinyasa method, author of the highly acclaimed “The Mirror of Yoga” and “The Art of Vinyasa”, “Yoga Matrix”, and Mary Taylor, co-founder of the Yoga Workshop in Boulder, and co-author of “The Art of Vinyasa” & “What are You Hungry for? Women Food and Spirituality” and long time practitioner and teacher of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga & faculty member of Being With Dying program at Upaya Zen & Urban Zen will both be giving teachings in yoga practices and philosophy, including the Bhagavad Gita from their forthcoming book. 

Mary Taylor

Mary Taylor began studying yoga in 1971, soon after she came home from France with a grande diplôme from Julia Child’s cooking school, L’Ecole des Trois Gourmandes. She continues to study and practice yoga and Buddhist teachings with great enthusiasm and inquisitiveness, with an eye on how the residue that is produced on the mat (and cushion) through these teachings informs and supports all aspects of everyday life.

Mary travels and teaches with Richard and also within the caregiver and hospital setting as part of the core faculty of the Being with Dying program (Upaya Zen Center) and the Urban Zen Integrative Therapy Trainings. In 1988 she co-founded with Richard the Yoga Workshop. Mary is also the author of three cookbooks and the co-author of What Are You Hungry For? Women Food and Spirituality (St. Martins Press) and The Art of Vinyasa (Shambhala Publications).


Live-streams on Zoom with Professor Thurman each Monday & Wednesday 11:00am-1:30pm Eastern

Live-Streams on Zoom with Michele Loew & guest yoga teachers each Friday 11:00am-1:30pm Eastern

Recording of Live-Stream will be uploaded same on our Teachable Platform with self-study guides, simple testing and supportive learning tools, making it possible for those in any time zone, or with previous commitments, to watch at leisure. 

(Translations available in other languages upon request)

Choose a Pricing Option


VYTT Mod 1 - 1st Module ($700)

Suggested Dana Offering

3 payments of $233/month

VYTT Mod 1 - 1st Module (Payment Plan)

Payment Plan

Yoga Alliance & Vajra Yoga Menla Certification

For those students wanting a Yoga Alliance 300 hr. certification, it is available upon successful completion of all course work and demonstration of comprehension of essential course material through Michele's longtime YA School, The Yoga Space-Portland & at Menla.

Students seeking continuing education can apply each 100-hour module as credits for YA continuing education (CEU's).

There is no formal agency yet like Yoga Alliance for Buddhist or Vajra Yoga, so Menla is developing an equivalent program and will gradually seek to agree with other reputable organizations on it. Our certification will have to do with:

1) The achieved wisdom or understanding demonstrated by the candidate students in an oral examination, based on the curriculum of classical texts critically read and experientially mastered to some degree of insight in sutra and tantra fields

2) The achieved contemplative expertise demonstrated by the students as observed by instructors in asana, pranayama, contemplative endurance, etc.

3) The achieved ethicality demonstrated by the students in terms of commitment to the precepts in renunciative, altruistic, and dedicational categories.