Become an Original Hot Yoga teacher!

Learn how to lead students through the classic 26 & 2 series with compassion, knowledge, and confidence.


APRIL 17th - NOV 3rd, 2024 | PROVIDENCE RI

Original Hot Yoga Association Approved  Teacher Training

Are you passionate about your hot yoga practice and ready to take a deep dive into the postures? Are you interested in seeing the view from the podium and helping others on their hot yoga journey? Take the next step on your journey and enroll in our Original Hot Yoga Teacher Training program!

In our training, you will learn how to teach the Original Hot Yoga series of 26 postures & 2 breathing exercises (also known as Bikram Yoga.) Please note that this is NOT a vinyasa flow or power yoga training - if you are looking for that style of course, we can give you great recommendations! Upon graduation, you will be registered with the Original Hot Yoga Association, the largest network of Original Hot Yoga studios and teachers around the world.

This course is intended for students who have a serious interest in hot yoga and have a strong desire to teach. We recommend that teacher training students have practiced consistently for at least 2 years. (6 months minimum to apply.) Our training covers a range of skills and topics including: Posture Study & Analysis, Yoga Anatomy, Yoga Philosophy, Medical Benefits of Hot Yoga, Scientific Literacy, Modifications and Corrections for Injuries, Yoga History, CPR / First Aid / AED Training, and Teaching an Inclusive Class. 

This is a vocational program that includes a LOT of active practice so that you will be confident teaching right away.  We are very proud that the majority of our program graduates are now teaching hot yoga in the wild!

Diversity & Equity Scholarship

We are excited to announce that we will be awarding two Diversity & Equity Scholarships for our 2024 program! Our goal is to expand our yoga community and ensure that all people feel welcomed and included.

Our teacher training students have joined us from all around the New England area - in addition to Rhode Island, we have program graduates teaching classes in Massachusetts, Vermont, and Connecticut. We purposely designed our training format to be accessible to commuters as well as our local students. Many of our graduates have gone on to teach right here at Rhode Island Hot Yoga, and many others have gone on to be an asset to their home studios.



Owner at Stayin Aligned Hot Yoga

"It has been a game changer to have these new qualified teachers on staff."

"My graduates created a bond among themselves as well as the other trainees that will last a lifetime. Once they graduated they were ready to teach and taught their first class the following week. They were open and receptive to feedback and enthusiastic to improve. The students enjoy having new perspectives of the yoga too.

"I would recommend this training to other studio owners and trainees because the flexibility of training one weekend a month made it possible for my trainees to continue their daily lives, practice, and train at the same time. It was also more accessible to them financially than other trainings. But most of all, they have the confidence and skills to teach a strong informative class and will only get better with practice."

- Tracy Davis, owner at Stayin Aligned Hot Yoga


Trainees will meet in person once a month at our full-service facility in Providence for our weekend intensive modules (Friday - Sunday) for 8 consecutive months. In addition to our weekend intensive sessions, we will meet remotely for 3 hours on Wednesday nights 1-2 times per month. Individual study, homework, & reading assignments will also be required. 

Trainees must maintain a regular practice schedule of approximately two 90 minute classes / week throughout the duration of the training. Some of these classes will be included during our weekend intensives. The additional class hours may be completed at Rhode Island Hot Yoga, at another studio offering Original Hot Yoga classes, or remotely via Zoom (if necessary.) A minimum of 52 classes, completed during the course of the training, will be required for graduation.

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Our primary trainers, Juliana and Steph, will work with you as a group and one-on-one throughout the duration of the training. We will also bring in guest trainers and instructors on various topics such as anatomy, CPR / first aid, proper voice care, and more.

Juliana Olmstead (Lead Trainer)

Juliana is the owner and founder of Rhode Island Hot Yoga. She has been practicing the Original Hot Yoga since 2004 and has taught hot yoga full time (alongside eventually running two studios) since 2010. She also holds two engineering degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of California at Santa Barbara.

Juliana is thrilled to share her knowledge with a new generation of teachers. Her goal is to develop confident, capable, and well-informed yoga teachers who will uphold our mission of making these unique hot yoga classes available and accessible to everyone who needs them.

Steph Barta (Assistant Trainer)

Stephanie has been practicing the Original Hot Yoga series for 12 years and teaching for 11 years. She loves continuing yoga education and has attended countless workshops and seminars on all aspects of yoga. She is also active in aerial circus arts and is a trained aerial instructor. Stephanie holds a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master's Degree in Library and Information Studies from the University of Rhode Island.



Graduated 2022

"This experience was more than I could have imagined.

"The entire training was well-programmed and full of a tremendous wealth of knowledge that I use now during my teaching. I walked away feeling extremely confident in the dialogue, the postures, and even more so in myself. 

"Teacher training changed my life and my practice and it makes me happy every day I'm in the hot room up on that podium delivering those 90 minutes to students new and old."


Graduated 2022

"Juliana and Steph let serendipitous events flow, eroding any sense of learning by rote and replacing it with a creative classroom where we felt free to explore, laugh, cry, push our limits, and develop genuine friendships.

"By the fifth month, I had developed a deeper insight into the yoga, which was not surprising given that a deeper understanding had been one of my goals.

"What did surprise me was that the yoga training gave me a deeper insight into myself, and the tools to make me a better, less judgmental person."


Graduated 2022

"I not only learned more about hot yoga, but I also met great people who share the same passion.

"I can't say enough good things about the conversations, the learning, and our instructors' knowledge and delivery.

"This is a commitment but very doable; I have a full-time job, and the time flies! I came out of teacher training prepared and confident to teach, and I love it! My only regret is that I did not do the training sooner."


TOTAL INVESTMENT: $3,600 due by April 12th  | $500 deposit required to secure your spot

WHAT'S INCLUDED: Your training fee covers all your in-person and virtual training hours, your training handouts and materials, the cost of CPR certification (good for 2 years,) and the $99 registration fee for your initial membership with the Original Hot Yoga Association (membership good for 3 years.)

TRAINING APPLICATION: Acceptance to this program is by application only. If you identify as BIPOC and are interested in teaching in a studio environment after graduation, we invite you to apply for our Diversity & Equity Scholarship. All trainees, please review our attendance, payment & graduation policies before applying. Once your application has been approved, we will contact you to receive your deposit and set up your payment plan.

TRAINING PREREQUISITES: Minimum 6 months consistent practice of Original Hot Yoga (2 years practice recommended) and a letter of recommendation from an Original Hot Yoga teacher or studio owner. Please email with any questions.

All applications must be received by April 1st to ensure that trainees have sufficient time to prepare for the course. Trainees will receive their initial study material and reading list after paying the program deposit. Scholarship applicants, please use the application on our Diversity & Equity Scholarship page.