The MindBody Centering Yoga RYT 200 provides the tools to free your unlimited potential and manifest the life you want to live.

The MindBody Centering Yoga teacher training is a unique and transformative journey for each and every one of us. In the sanctuary of the training community, you will be able to  fully immerse yourself in the miracle of a yogic lifestyle without distraction. Over 90% of our graduates serve individuals and groups all over the world with our ground-breaking MBCY curriculum of trauma-sensitive techniques.

The group sizes are small – no more than 12 people.

Individualized attention and a rare opportunity to study closely with experts in Yoga (Classical, Vinyasa, Restorative), Mindfulness (in the lineage of Thich Nhat Hanh), and Alexander Technique prepare you to succeed and exceed any limitations to your potential.  This MBCYTT fully prepares you to serve others through yoga. 

We look forward to welcoming you!



JANUARY 14 - APRIL 9, 2017 (includes 5 day retreat)

Tuition COST:

  • Sign up & pay deposit by October 1, 2016:        $2,195  
  • Sign up & pay deposit by November 1, 2016:    $2,395
  • Sign up & pay deposit by December 1, 2016:    $2,495
  • Sign up & pay deposit by January 7, 2017:        $2,695

in order to qualify for early-bird discounts, tuition has to be paid in full by january 14, 2017 * REGISTRATION ENDS JANUARY 7, 2017

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“The experience has been completely life-altering, and has made my world more exciting and bright. Especially in starting a big transition, I feel inspired to go out into the world and finally speak up!”

— Eve Von Bleyle

“I’m so grateful for this life-changing experience. It has been exactly what my soul was needing.”

— Amber Harmon

“I find myself regularly utilizing the training’s concepts and practices with the students I work with. I am so appreciative to be able to pass on the positive impact of this training.”

— Erin Haley

Doing this training was the best decision of my life. Nina & Bart have changed me in so many ways, setting me on a lifelong path of mindfulness and self-compassion.”

— Aye Oh


  • Learning to teach the MBCY 1 and MBCY Restorative Centering sequences for all levels
  • Practicing the 8 Limbs of Yoga, focusing on ethics (Yamas & Niyamas) 
  • Understanding the art and science of Yoga through classical sutra study  
  • Studying the chakras for wisdom and empowerment 
  • Finding conscious anatomy & alignment through Alexander Technique, Neuro-physiology, and Ideokinesis
  • Learning how to create lesson plans designed for injury prevention
  • Practicing applied mindfulness as taught by Thich Nhat Hanh
  • Learning how to build a thriving and sustainable business
  • Experiencing personal mentoring & individual instruction (with lead teachers), specializing in trauma-sensitive techniques
  • Learning about mindful nutrition & eating, sustainability and community


  • Attend at least 2 classes with Nina Be and/or Bart (unless you are joining from out-of-town)
  • Have a regular Yoga practice (2-4 times a week) for at least a year
  • Write a 500 word essay describing your previous yoga experience, observations about three conditions within yourself that you wish to transform, and how you would like to serve others through yoga


What are the dates/times for the next 200-hour YTT Program?

Most MBCY RYT-200 Certification programs run an average of 3 months, every other weekend (Saturdays & Sundays from 7:30am-6:30pm).  We recommend that you secure all dates on your calendar. Go to the application page for upcoming dates. 

Most trainings take place @ Global Breath Studio in vibrant downtown Durham.

What are the prerequisites/considerations for applying to the program?

Before applying for the training, all applicants must:

  • Have attended at least 2 classes with Nina and/or Bart

  • If you are not from the Triangle area, please include in your application the names of the primary yoga studio where you practice, and/or your main teachers.

  • Have been practicing yoga regularly (2-4 times a week) for at least one year

  • All applicants are asked to follow a vegetarian/vegan diet for the duration of the training, to the best of their ability.

How do I apply?

Please click here for step-by-step application instructions. In overview, the application will request:

  • Your personal information

  • A 500-word essay about your yoga experience and your intentions for the program

  • A $50 application fee (which is credited towards your program tuition upon acceptance)

After I submit the application, what can I expect?

  • You will hear back from an MBCY staff member within a few days to schedule a 1-hour phone and/or personal meeting.  We can be reached at for any questions.

  • During your 1-hour private meeting, you will have the opportunity to talk about your application and the specifics of the training, ask questions, receive the book list, and make sure that the program is right for you. After this conversation you will be able to pay your (non-refundable) $500 deposit to reserve your place. The $500 deposit goes toward your tuition, and serves to hold your space in the training. You may pay by cash, check or credit card (please note that there is a 3% surcharge for credit card transactions). You can purchase your books from Global Breath Studio at a discount. This also supports Letters (a local independent bookstore).

How much does it cost?

Check the application page for cost & discounts.

Included in the cost of tuition:

  • The MBCY Manual  

  • MBCY Centering & MBCY Level One Sequences

  • Private YT Supervision upon request  

  • Unlimited free classes (at Global Breath Studio) during the time of the training   

Not included in cost of tuition: 

  • Course books & meditation CD, totaling $120 (retail price). These can be purchased at a discount (for a total of $108) at Global Breath Studio.

Are there any discounts available? Do you offer any financial aid?

There are various levels of early-bird discounts available. Please click here for more info.

In addition to our early-bird discounts, we offer:

  • Up to $600 in work-study credits for select students  

  • 0% interest personalized payment plans to accommodate your personal schedule & financial situation

  • MBCY graduates wishing to repeat their YTT experience may do so at a 30% reduction of tuition fee

What is the refund policy?

Cancellations made more than 30 days before the first day of training will be allowed a full refund of any payments made, minus the $50 application fee & $500 non-refundable deposit.  

No refunds or credits are given for cancellations made less than 30 days before the first day of the training, or after the training starts.

Who are the teachers?

What if I have to miss any hours of a training weekend?

Up to 20 classroom hours can be made up, but only in case of medical emergency. Additional charges apply. As always, please feel free to discuss any questions or concerns you may have with an MBCY staff member or the program director.

What do I receive at the end?

Once you have completed the graduation requirements and they have been reviewed, you will receive a Certificate of Completion of the MBCY Yoga Training Program.  If you wish, you may use this certificate to register with Yoga Alliance as an RYT-200.

I don’t want to teach yoga; is this the right program for me?

The MindBody Centering Yoga Teacher Training Immersion provides you with the tools to free your unlimited potential and to manifest the life you want to live. It can also prepare you to become a powerful yoga teacher. Even more, however, it allows you to build a meaningful relationship with your Self, empowering you to become a teacher in all fields of life. Many people take part in a teacher training to deepen their practice and to arrive into a fuller understanding of yoga.

What will I learn during the training?

  • Certification in MBCY 1 & MBCY Centering Asana sequences 

  • Classical Yogic & Buddhist Sutras

  • In-depth study of the ethics of yoga and the yamas & niyamas 

  • Mindfulness Meditation in Thich Nhat Hanh's Plum Village tradition

  • Dharma sharing for Yoga group classes and workshops

  • MBCY Method as a foundation for injury-free sequencing themed and multi-level classes

  • Conscious Anatomy & Alignment through the foundations of Alexander Technique, ideokinesis & neuro-physiology

  • Applied Mindfulness training for personal practices

  • Mindful nutrition, sustainability, and community

  • MBCY ‘Reading the Body’: understanding & supporting with accurate hands-on facilitation of asana alignment

  • MBCY ‘Reading the state of Being’: assisting & supporting through Restorative Yoga

  • MBCY Integrative Chakra study as a resource for presence & empowerment

  • Mindful ethics in building a thriving and sustainable business

  • Principles for designing multi-level yoga lesson plans for injury prevention

How demanding/time consuming is the training outside of training weekends?

The graduation requirements are:

  • Attendance of all Teacher Training weekend hours

  • Attendance of a minimum of 20 public classes at Global Breath Studio during the training. All regular yoga classes are free of charge during the Immersion. This does not apply to the Summer Intensive.

  • Observation of at least two public classes with Nina and/or Bart

  • Creating, teaching, analyzing & documenting at least (8) 1-hour community classes during the Immersion, using MBCY Centering & MBCY 1 sequences 

  • Karma Yoga: offering 15 hours of Seva (selfless service) to support our global community through volunteer work

  • Reading all home work assignments.

  • Maintaining a daily practice of yoga and meditation throughout the Immersion

  • Teaching a 1-hour MBCY Asana class and ½-hour Yama/Niyama meditation (to your fellow Immersion participants) during the final weekend of the training

  • Successful completion of the MBCY final quiz

Do I need to be in good health to participate in a teacher training?

Our MBCYTTI is open to all levels. As you will learn, when we meet people where they are, we attain understanding and compassion. Yoga is much more than a physical practice. That being said, please review the graduation requirements to understand what is expected of all students during the program. If you have concerns about your ability to complete any of the expected requirements, please feel free to confidentially speak with us at any time during your application process so that we can support you in making the best decision for your health and your journey.

How many students are typically in an MBCY 200-hour training?

Our training cohorts are deliberately small – usually between 6-12 people. (Summer Urban Intensives may be slightly larger.) A small group allows there to be room for everyone, and for everyone to receive individualized attention from Nina, Bart, Rachel, and the wonderful guest teachers who make this a once-in-a-lifetime experience. This MBCYTT provides a rare opportunity to study with experts in the fields of Yoga (Classical, Vinyasa, Restorative), Mindfulness (in the lineage of Thich Nhat Hanh), Ayurveda and Alexander Technique. 

Is there anything else I need to provide?

Please note that all applicants are asked to follow a vegetarian diet for the duration of the training. All trainees are expected to bring a vegan dish to share for lunch during each day of training weekends.

Can you offer any other information?

If you have any questions at all, someone from the MBCY program would be happy to speak with you in depth. Call 919-609-7967 or email and someone will get back to you within 2 business days.

Is this an inter-disciplinary approach to yoga training?

Yes. MBCY wants our teachers to be fully equipped to meet a person where they are.

The foundation of the MBCY lineage rests on the principals shared in the yoga sutras and practiced in the social activism of peace taught by Thich Nhat Hanh. We teach primary tenets of yoga technique from the Krishnamacharya lineage of Iyengar Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga, and the Hatha Raja Yoga of Dharma Mittra. Other layers of master teachings come from classical ballet, modern dance, theatre, Alexander technique, classical music, art history, meditation and BodyMind Centering.

What is a typical weekend schedule?

We begin each training weekend day at 7:30am and close at 6:30pm. A more detailed schedule can be discussed in your private meeting with the program director.  

Can I attend if I am not from the Triangle area?

Yes.  We can help you connect to people in the area for lodging.  Durham is a fascinating place!

How do we track hours?

Your MBCY manual is packed with helpful tools to support your practice. No worries!

Can I get credit for training I have done in the past or at another school?

Everything you do is evident in your Self and we acknowledge your integrity.  Because the MBCY technique is unique, all hours for our programs need to be attended.

How long have MBCY trainings  been offered?

Nina Be developed, practiced, and shared MindBody Centering in 1975 in New York City while she was working with professional performing artists and athletes.  The MBCY teacher trainings have been offered 16 times over the past 10 years.  We have graduated over 150 yogis, 90% of whom work as yoga professionals.

What are the deadlines?

The sooner you apply the better. This will help you prepare for your training, and save you money on tuition. We will accept applications until 7 days before a training starts, but keep in mind that the closer you get to the training, the more challenging it becomes to schedule your interview, and the more likely it will be that the training is full.

The deadline for completing all certification requirements is 90 days after the last day of the training.

How do I prepare for the program?

We suggest that everyone interested in this work come and take class at Global Breath Studio so as to become familiar with the language and effects of MBCY technique. Also, it will be of great support to clear one’s life of clutter, noisy media, aggression, junk food and cellular device attachment.

We wish you peace.