800 Hour Jivamukti Apprenticeship Program (JTAP)


After completing the Jivamukti Yoga® 300-Hour Teacher Training and receiving certification, there is a continuing education program offered in full program Jivamukti Yoga® Schools and Centers in the form of an apprenticeship. The Jivamukti Teacher Apprenticeship Program (“JTAP” or “the Apprenticeship”) is a mentored curriculum augmented by mentored teaching, practice, self-study and additional workshops, combining for a total of 500-plus hours of training. When combined with the 300-Hour Jivamukti Yoga® Teacher Training Program, this program certifies 800 hours of training. The apprentice/mentor system enhances practical teaching skills, directs independent study and integrates an asana and meditation practice schedule that contributes to professional enhancement and the deepening of sadhana.

Next to a daily practice, which is required, the largest components of the program are weekly apprenticing in both Open and Basic classes, conferences with the mentor and giving and receiving In-Class Private lessons. The Program also requires satsang attendance and assistance, Sanskrit study and attendance at workshops with Sharon Gannon, David Life and/or certain other senior Jivamukti Yoga® teachers. Certification is granted to those individuals who fulfill the JTAP’s requirements to the satisfaction of their mentor, who is an Advanced Certified Jivamukti Yoga® teacher. This program is offered only at full program Jivamukti Yoga® Centers worldwide.


Contact the Program Director at the Jivamukti Yoga Center where you wish to train:

Jivamukti Yoga NYC

Program Director – Jeanine Darconte, [email protected]

Mentors – Jessica Stickler (English), April Dechagas (English), Claudia Debs (English), Rima Rabbath (English)


Jivamukti Yoga Barcelona 

Program Director – Olga Oskorbina, [email protected]

Mentors – Olga Oskorbina (English, Russian, Spanish), Maria Macaya (English, Spanish, French, German), Karina Gusalova (English, Spanish, Russian, French), Hoda Saamiee Flores (English, Farsi)


Jivamukti Yoga Berlin

Program Director – Anja Kuehnel, [email protected]

Mentors – Anja Kuehnel (English, German), Felicia Walker (English, German), Jasmin Gniosdorz (English, German), Juan Sierra (English), Martyna Eder (English, German),


Peace Yoga Berlin – A Jivamukti Yoga School

Program Director – Moritz Ulrich, [email protected]

Mentor – Philippa V. Heyden (German/English), Rebecca Randak (German/ English), Dana Sertel (German/English)


Jivamukti Yoga Jersey City

Program Director – Austin Sanderson, [email protected]

Mentors – Austin Sanderson (English), Michael Reynolds (English)


Jivamukti Yoga Munich

Program Director – Jutta Däschlein, [email protected]

Mentors – Jutta Däschlein (German, English), Kari Zabel (German, English, Spanish), Nadja Palmer (German, English), Marie Holtmann (German, English, Czech), Petros Haffenrichter (German, English), Antje Schäfer (German, English), Gabriela Bozic (German, English, Italian, Croatian), Michi Kern (German, English), Anett Reibig (German, English), Zsuzsanna Villanyi (German, English, Hungarian), Nadine Weerts (German, English), Kali Empl (English, German)


Jivamukti Yoga Puebla

Program Director – Paloma Baker, [email protected]

Mentors – Paloma Baker (English, Spanish), Olga Barroso (English, Spanish)


Jivamukti Yoga Stavanger

Program Director – Camilla Veen, [email protected]

Mentor – Camilla Veen (English, French, Norwegian/Scandinavian), Hamilton Linares Liboy (English, Spanish), Tone Overelv (Norwegian, English)


Jivamukti Yoga Sydney

Program Director – Doug Whittaker, [email protected]

Mentors – Doug Whittaker (English), Sandy King (English, Danish)

The purpose of the Apprenticeship is to build professional level teaching skills and to deepen sadhana. The Program seeks to develop Jivamukti Yoga 800-Hour Certified Teachers who:

  • Integrate daily yoga asana and meditation practice;
  • Are professional, experienced and confident;
  • Are building a clear and precise teaching style in alignment with Jivamukti Yoga methods;
  • Teach from a solid foundation in the Five Tenets of Jivamukti Yoga;
  • Are knowledgeable about the history, tradition and language of yoga.
  1. 300-Hour Jivamukti Yoga Teacher Training certification
  2. Letter of intention from apprentice to mentor
  3. A letter of recommendation from a Jivamukti Yoga Advanced Certified Teacher who is an approved mentor at a host Jivamukti Yoga Center and who has agreed to act as the applicant’s mentor
  4. Current professional liability insurance
  5. Payment of fees


At any time after your successful completion of the 300-Hour Jivamukti Yoga Teacher Training, you may begin the process of securing a Mentor as described above. A JTAP Host Center may choose to offer ongoing open enrollment, or to enroll only during specific times of the year.

Apprentices must complete the program’s curriculum requirements to the satisfaction of their mentors after a minimum of 24 weeks and a maximum of 48 weeks (or for an accelerated program, a minimum of 12 weeks). Apprentices must complete the JTAP within 48 weeks of the date of enrollment.

Successful completion of the JTAP certifies the teacher to call their classes Jivamukti Yoga Classes (so long as the classes are taught strictly in accordance with Jivamukti Yoga methods); to advertise and identify themselves as an 800-Hour Certified Jivamukti Yoga Teacher; and to be listed on the Jivamukti Yoga web site as a current Jivamukti Yoga 800-Hour Certified Teacher.


Speak with the Program Director at your chosen JTAP Host Center. The Director will supply you with a current list of qualified Mentors. Review the list of possible Mentors with an eye to selecting a Mentor whose teaching truly inspires you. This must be a teacher you fully respect and from whom you can take critique (both positive and negative) with an open heart and mind. You will be expected to emulate your Mentor’s successful teaching style. Selecting a Mentor randomly, for example merely to start the Apprenticeship at a certain time or because that Mentor’s teaching schedule is convenient to you, is not an acceptable criterion.

If possible, informally discuss with your prospective Mentor your intention to become their Apprentice. You must next write her or him a Letter of Intention. The letter should be no longer than one page. It must state why you want to work with that Mentor, why you want to go through the Apprenticeship, the time frame during which you propose to complete the program and what you want to do once you become an 800-Hour Certified Jivamukti Yoga Teacher. After the Mentor has reviewed the letter, he or she may ask to speak to you in person in order to reach a decision.

Once the Mentor has agreed to take you on as an Apprentice, you must get together to discuss and write down a realistic Apprenticeship schedule, taking into account expected holiday travel, as well as leaving space for the unexpected. At this time, the Mentor will show you his or her copy of the Complete Program Guidelines. Read it in the presence of the Mentor and discuss any questions you may have regarding the curriculum, guidelines and/or agreements. The Mentor will then write you a Letter of Acceptance, including in it the mutually agreed upon Apprenticeship start and finish dates. With this second document in hand, you may arrange an enrollment meeting at the Host Center with your Mentor and the Program Director. At enrollment, the Program Director will review and confirm the Apprenticeship dates with you and your Mentor and append them to the JTAP Mentor and Apprentice Agreement.


You may only work with only one Mentor.


Only during the first week of the program. You must secure your own alternate Mentor, and the Program Director must authorize this change.

You must have Current teachers liability insurance listing the Host Center as an “additional insured.” You will need to bring proof of this insurance to the enrollment meeting to give to the Program Director for the Host Center. Keep a duplicate copy of this insurance document for your file. Questions about this professional liability insurance can be directed to the Program Director or your prospective Mentor.

Tuition for the Apprenticeship training is USD $3,500.00 or equivalent in non-US currency. This fee is due and payable to the Program Director at the beginning of the program. An alternative payment plan is available under which you would pay USD $1,850 at the beginning of the program and a second payment of $1,850 immediately after the third month of the program. The additional $200 paid through this plan includes interest and an administrative fee.

Tuition fees are subject to change. Contact the continuing education department at the Jivamukti Yoga Center you plan to study at for the current pricing.

Prepare for the Jivamukti Apprenticeship with these resources: