2015 Dates Announced Soon
Auckland and Wellington


Unique. Inspired. Transformational Learning.

Class size is kept small for personalized attention
        The program is limited to 21 trainees only
        More time and focus is on you

An uniquely integrative 6-month program
       Gives you time to truly learn the ropes
       Allows for important application of teachings to your own practice
       You walk away ready to teach!
       Live and work in a supportive yoga community

Certified and Experienced Yoga Teacher Trainers
       Learn from the best in the field
       Asana and Public Speaking Coach assist throughout
       Expect high ethical teaching standards

Time and Space to Test the Waters
       When appropriate, you are slowly integrated into actual classes
       Work with coaches and your colleagues as you find your authentic voice
       Confidence builds tremendously over the 5-months

Challenging and Fun!
       It's a rigorous program but worth the effort!
       Be prepared to take the practice and the program material seriously, but not yourself ~
       Trial and Error make humour a key to learning, and those triumphant breakthroughs
       sweet indeed.

Q & A

Q  What topics does the program cover?
Together, we will learn about the sacred lineage of yoga, anatomy, philosophy, ethics, The Eight Limb Path, chakras, the Ayurveda doshas, meditation techniques, the yoga teacher lifestyle and career options, in-depth communication skills, appropriate and safe modifications/adjustment techniques, and a cross-section of asanas specific to Hot Yoga, Yin Yoga and Power Vinyasa.

Most importantly, this yoga teacher training teaches you teach! It's an uniquely designed program enabling each trainee to discover his or her authentic voice when translating the teachings of yoga to a class in a knowledgeable and inspiring way from the heart.

Required Reading:

  • Teaching Yoga by Donna Farhi
  • Anatomy for Yoga DVD with Paul Grilley
  • Anatomy of the Spirit by Caroline Myss
  • Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda
  • radha, diary of a woman's search by Swami Sivananda Radha
  • Peace is Every Step by Thich Nhat Hanh
  • Light on Life by BKS Iyengar
  • The Complete Guide to Yin Yoga by Bernie Clark

2013 Trainings Underway
12 Feb - 21 Jul

30 Jan - 30 Jun

  How much does the 2013 program cost?
There are several payment plans.  Currency Converter
(All pricing based on on-line banking transfer.
Credit card $175 NZD surcharge.)

Option 1: $4400 NZD, includes 6-months unlimited yoga at Hot Yoga (Wellington or Auckland respectively) and 10% off books and DVDs during course only.

Option 2: $4850 NZD, includes one-year unlimited yoga membership at Hot Yoga Wellington or Hot Yoga Auckland and 10% off all retail, books, DVDs, massages and workshops all year.

Option 3: $3400 NZD, plus 65 hours working apprenticeship hours (studio data entry, cleaning, front desk, etc.) before or during the course. Two working apprenticeships are available on a first come, first serve basis each year. Apprenticeships are awarded based on merit, financial need and generally go quickly. (Early Registration Discount does not apply to apprenticeship fee.) Enquire for details.

Accommodations and living necessities are not included any payment plan.

A 50% non-refundable* deposit holds your place with the balance in full due one month before training begins. Enquire for other possible payment options.

*Deposit is refundable (minus a $300 application administration fee) up to one-month prior to the start of training. Cut off date for deposit refund is December 30, 2012 (Wellington) and Jan 12, 2013 (Auckland). There is no refund after these dates, nor once training begins.

Your place in the course is guaranteed only after application paperwork and all financial arrangements are fully complete.

Q  Are any pre-requisites required?
You will be required to attend a variety of regular hot yoga classes at the studio a minimum of 4 times every week during the 5-month program. That's 80 hot yoga classes at a Hot Yoga of New Zealand studio*. For this reason we ask you have a regular, ideally hot, yoga practice for a minimum of 3 months prior to the program start date.

In addition, if not applying in person, a letter of referral from a yoga teacher verifying your committed practice and readiness to begin a rigorous study of yoga may be asked of you.

* Additional class costs apply if pracitising at Hot Yoga Nelson or if you are on Payment Option 1.

Q  Can I hold a full-time job during this program?
The program is somewhat time intensive. Orientation night is Wed, Jan 30, 2013 (Wellington) and February 12, 2013 (Auckland). Training takes place for about 2 hours once a week (every Wed evening - Wellington) (every Tues evening- Auckland) and one long weekend a month. (Dates listed below.)

Two to five hours preparation time is required
before each training meeting begins. You'll be expected have memorized, read or have fully completed assigned material by the due date so the program stays on track and your colleagues can count on you to be as ready to learn and grow as you are.

To answer your question, a full-time job is doable, but a 3/4 time - part-time job is ideal.  It all depends on how quick a study you are. It's not recommended you begin teacher training at this time if you have another full-time commitment to another extra-circular event or hobby.

Weekly sessions

Every Wednesday 7:30pm – 9:30pm (Only 2 may be missed.)
No Class Apr 3 - EASTER BREAK
Every Tuesday 7:30pm – 9:30pm (Only 2 may be missed.)
No classes Apr 2 and 9 - EASTER BREAK

And one long-weekend a month
Fri 7:30pm-9:30pm / Sat 12-7:45pm / Sun 12-7:45pm
Feb 1- 3 / Mar 8 - 10 / Apr 12 - 14 / May 17 - 19 / Jun 14 - 16 / Finals Jun 28 - 30
Auckland: (No April Weekend due to Easter Break)
Feb 15 - 17 / Mar 22 - 24 / May 3 - 5 / Jun 7 - 9 / Jul 5 - 7 / Finals Jul 19 - 21

A public asana class is held from 4:30-6:00 pm on Saturdays and Sundays specifically for teacher training delivery and feedback. Long weekends can not be missed under any circumstance.

Q  How do I apply?
It's easy.

1. Simply e-mail us for a copy of the 2013 TEACHER TRAINING APPLICATION.
 AUCKLAND - Fiona Liu
 WELLINGTON - Claire Szabo-Cassella

This comprehensive packet contains a full list of topics covered, exact meeting dates, reading assignments, our code of ethics, and more. It also includes a questionnaire enabling you to give yourself an honest evaluation for undertaking the training commitment.

2. Mail or email your completed application form to
AUCKLAND - Fiona Liu
WELLINGTON - Claire Szabo-Cassella

Application mailing address:
Hot Yoga of New Zealand Teacher Training
c/o Claire Szabo-Cassella
6 / 17 Brougham St
Wellington, 6011
New Zealand

3. You will receive confirmation that your application has been received and arrangements for an interview - in person or by phone if long-distance - will be made.

Q  What if I have an immediate question not covered above?                    
Phone:  WELLINGTON: 04 801 9642 /  AUCKLAND: 09 529 0999
E-mail us:
Or simply stop by a Hot Yoga of New Zealand studio to learn more

We look forward to you joining us on this amazing journey of self-discovery! 

Hear from our graduates








 "One of
the best things I've ever done...easily one of the best learning experiences of my life so far."-Marc Brady

 "Coming from the USA I was nervous to take a journey so far from home but the training, instruction, personal growth, physical strength and friends I met in the course made my experience far richer than I could have ever imagined.  If you are truly passionate about yoga I encourage you to make that leap of faith as well, you won't regret it!"- Claire Hurwitz

  "I could never have imagined how much I’d learn and retain over the 5 months. This training is really an amazing journey for body, mind and spirit! It truly fed my soul. Incredible support from true professionals! I highly recommend this training for anyone with a love of Yoga." – Amanda Robinson

  "This training experience was transformational. I feel a great amount of confidence and growth occurred in me." - Jocelyn Belden

 "Major event of my life! Reinforcing, discovering, learning. I can use the knowledge I learned at my job, at home, everywhere. I enjoyed every minute, even the challenging ones, when you think you might not make it and suddenly Claire or Lou or other teachers give you the strength to break through and jump leaps ahead." - Terezka Kejdanova

  "Doing the Hot Yoga of New Zealand Teacher Training Program has been one of the most empowering experiences I can imagine." - Ella Salt

 "This training help me find my authentic voice, not just in my teaching, but in my life. It has given me a clearer sense of who I am and the gifts I bring the world as a teacher, yogi and woman! I absolutely recommend it to anyone who would like to deepen their practice and who is on the path to discovering who they are." - Annie Burgess

 "The Hot Yoga of NZ Teacher Training helped me not only gain more knowledge of the ancient practice of yoga but I took away tools that will enable me to be a better person, professional, wife, friend, etc.  It helped me take a big step forward in my life. This program is priceless!
" - Kathy Ramirez

 "This course is gonna shake the the ground underneath you, have you look up to the sky and finding all your possibilities, then it'll bring you back down to Earth so the ground seems more stable again as never before." - Daniela Repova

"Rewarding, challenging and transforming. The Hot Yoga of New Zealand Teacher Training Program offers an amazing array of knowledge, huge personal developments, and a lifelong connection of friends. Something I'll never forget." - Haylee Eagle

  "This course was a journey into understanding the mastery of myself, asana, and yogic philosophy. All taught by a talented, experienced, and dedicated professional team whose goal was to bring out the best in all of us. We are all better, brighter people. It was a privilege to attend." - Annie Fitzmaurice

 "This training is one of the most exciting journeys I've taken in my lifetime. The knowledge and personal insights will stay in my heart forever." - Cathie Bowley

 "Yes it was hard, sometimes terrifying but transformation is a messy business! I'm extremely satisfied and thankful I choose to take the journey with such wonderful and caring teachers and an organization that offers training in such a complete and professional manner. I am forever grateful." - Claire Wright

 "The class exceeded my expectations completely, exhaustively, mentally, physically, emotionally - and most satisfyingly. Whereas I think it would have been easy for you to create a shorter course that fulfills the basics of how to conduct a yoga practice, you have gone out of your way to give us all a well-rounded view of yoga..something deeper that can bring a person farther reaching benefits than a body that looks better in togs." - Liz Tarquin

  "This programme has been the best experience of my life which took me to the next level physically, mentally and spiritually and allowed me to see the new direction, previously non-existent but so much anticipated." - Katya Mourtis

 "Training over the five months provided an abundance of opportunities not only to learn about yoga and teaching but how to be more present with myself and others. It takes repetition, practice, commitment, and time to absorb the learning and start living the teaching on and off the mat - this programme was the right length for me to do so properly. - Keziah McNamara

Fiona Liu, RYT
2009 Graduate
 Now Studio Owner Hot Yoga Auckland

Contact Us

6 / 17 Brougham St, Mt Vic, Wellington 6011
Phone 027 469 9642

Co-Founders Lou Cassella & Claire Szabo-Cassella

250 Wakefield Street, Wellington 6011
Phone 04 801 9642

Owners Sheryn GIeck & Maria Gorham

489 Khyber Pass Rd, Newmarket, Auckland 1023
09 529 0999
Owner Fiona Liu, RYT

Copyright 2012 @ Hot Yoga of New Zealand Wellington One  Ltd

Photos by: Victoria Vincent, Brett Stanley and Cally Stockdale