"I began as a student of the Raja Yoga method under the compassionate guidance of Michele and Mehrad over 15 years ago and was certified 10 years ago.  They taught me balance, breath, tenacity, and commitment.  These lessons were invaluable as I completed my training to become a psychologist.  Their ability to provide an environment for me to plant my spiritual roots was essential.  The experience of being a yoga teacher is vital to me.  Michele and Mehrad’s dedication to their students is immeasurable. They love what they do, so you can love what you do."
- Rebecca Williams, Ph.D.
Psychologist, Teacher, Mentor, and Author of The Mindfulness Workbook for Addiction: A Guide to Coping with the Grief, Stress, and Anger that Trigger Addictive Behaviors


"My life and the yoga classes I have taught over 15 years have been guided by Michele and Mehrad's profound teachings.  Preparing the body in physical postures to quiet the mind for deeper spiritual experiences has been a gift to me and my students."
- Carolyn Boline, E-RYT 500
Teacher, Owner and Founder of Silver Sage Yoga & Wellness


"I am forever grateful to Mehrad and Michele for the quality training I received from them.  They are more than teachers, they are spiritual family and mentors that continue to support and nurture long after "training" is over.  I highly recommend the Raja Yoga teacher training program because of the authenticity, and Michele and Mehrad's careful attention to developing a well rounded teacher that is prepared and confident."
- Lisa Murray, E-RYT 200
Teacher and Owner of Yoga Community, Sonoma, CA 




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Raja Yoga Institute


Highly acclaimed and one of the most comprehensive programs in the US will be offered in 2015

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Members of our Teachers and Faculty

Lead Teachers: Michele Hébert, E-RYT 500 and Mehrad Nazari, Ph.D., E-RYT 500

Guest Faculty: Steve Paredes D.C., C.C.N.,   Phyllis Pilgrim, B.S.c.Carolyn Boline RYT-500, 

Salvatore Zambito Erin Raskin MS, LAc., RYT-200,  Irina Telyukova, Ph.D., E-RYT 500Shamini Jain, Ph.D.,  Yuko Nishikawa, RYT-500




Program Overview

For twenty years our certified teachers have been selected by invitation based on their commitment to their spiritual growth, their personal yoga practice, and their desire to share these teachings with others. In 2015, we will be offering a 200 hour Yoga Alliance Certified Teacher Training Program at our beautiful La Jolla cottage studio for committed yoga students who wish to advance their studies, deepen their practice, and/or teach.

This dynamic spiritually-based program offers a comprehensive and balanced approach to the ancient tradition of Raja Yoga  inclusive of all of the yogas,  and its practical application to modern living. As a certified yoga teacher you will emerge from the program with a new life perspective, clarity, strength and the knowledge and skills to share these teachings with others.

In this authentic Raja Yoga program, hatha yoga will also have special emphasis. The fluid, breath-based asanas or poses have a dynamic place in your training for the purpose of proper alignment, tension release, and clarity of mind to fine-tune your body/mind instrument. The asanas are studied and practiced as a part of the complete eight-fold path of Raja Yoga for the purposeful evolution of consciousness.


The curriculum is equally strong in providing you with the experience and skills to teach the inner practices of yoga: pranayama, meditation, mantrum yoga, restorative yoga, yoga nidra, nada (sound) yoga and the chakra system. You will learn their place in spiritual unfoldment, and how to skillfully bring them into an asana-based yoga class.

As the ten weekend program unfolds, you will be encouraged to find and express your own unique voice, develop confidence in your inner wisdom and emerge transformed---a strong and inspired yogi and teacher.


Schedule and Tuition Details

We will fulfill the classtime requirement for certification by meeting on the following weekends in 2015; 6:00-9:00 p.m. on Fridays and 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays:


February 27-March 1
March 21-22
April 10-12
May 1-3*
May 30-31
June 27-28
July 18-19
August 8-9
August 29-30


*The weekend of May 1st is a Silent Retreat at Mount Baldy Zen Center.


In addition, 50 Raja Yoga classes are required during the training.

Tuition: $2,950 for the complete program/certification
After February 5th: $3,200

A non-refundable deposit of $650 is required for registration.

Payment plan available upon request.

Tuition includes unlimited Raja Yoga classes for the duration of the training program. 


Completion of the application, available for download, below, is prerequisite.


Please contact katherine@enlightenednegotiation.com with questions or for more information.



 -Michele Hébert and Mehrad Nazari, Ph.D.



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