Teacher Trainings

Jamie Holzcamp

Jamie Holzcamp

Universal Yoga

with Guruji Andrey Lappa & Raj Patra

What is Universal Yoga?

Universal Yoga (R)* is a multi-faceted yoga system with the goal of spiritual growth and liberation. To achieve this goal, Universal Yoga employs traditional yogic methods and techniques, from the rich philosophical heritage of Hinduism, Buddhism, Tantra, and combines with modern science. The system is suitable for any practitioner seeking to become conscious of and liberated from their behaviors and individual patterns. This individual evolution is used to influence change within and then in the individual’s surrounding environment. The goal of this micro- and macro-change is to inspire all beings towards karmic liberation: enlightenment. 


Guruji Lappa’s Universal Yoga (R) program is a Yoga Alliance Accredited 300-hour advanced program and successful participants (who already have a 200-hour credential) can receive a 500-hour certification. You will also learn methods of Shiva Nata (R), or Dance of Shiva (R) Level 1 and 2 in the program.

*(R) Registered and Trademarked


Each module is priced at $1800. An additional $100 is required for examination, grading, and certification process for each level.

Guruji Andrey Lappa, founder of Universal Yoga

Guruji Andrey Lappa, founder of Universal Yoga

“Yoga is strength, balance, and unification”

This is the essence of what Guruji Andrey Lappa, a Ukrainian Yoga Master and a self-realized Vajrayana Buddhist, has explained yoga to be. A world-renowned teacher, who’s life’s work has been to study and teach yoga philosophy and techniques, Guruji Lappa has spent most of his life in India and Nepal training with B.K.S. Iyengar, Patthabi Jois, Desikachar, Bhagavan Sri Rajnish, and also remote Himalayan yogis. Dorje Lappa is trained in Kalarypayat (an ancient Indian martial art), Bharata Natyam (an ancient style of Indian dance), Zyong-Shin and Viet-Vo-Dao (ancient Vietnamese martial arts), and in Karate. Currently, Guruji Lappa lives in Nepal and travels the world teaching external and internal practices of Universal Yoga. Guruji Andrey Lappa’s disciple, Raj Patra is the co-founder of Yoga for Life. 


To be a Yoga Teacher is to become an embodiment of yoga knowledge through which you can inspire and transform students, well beyond the skillset of an instructor of yoga. If you have completed a 200-hour training program, we have continuing education opportunities to take your education and teaching practice to the next level! In our 500-hour training modules, you'll learn to develop your own style, master the techniques of skillful, experienced teaching, and further your own practice of yoga with mindfulness.

Level 1

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  • Segmentation and categorization of yoga asanas, including reconstruction of complex asanas with anatomical understanding

  • Advanced Vinyasa sequencing principles based on complexity of postures and logical progression

  • Deep Stretching asanas based on human ranges of mobility as described in Universal Yoga

  • Foundations of Universal Yoga (R) and sub-styles of asanas

  • Principles and applications of adjustments based on alignments and energetics

  • Sequencing techniques based on orientation on mat and developing psychic-energetic states in practitioners

  • Pranayamas and breath techniques based on Himalayan Yoga

  • Shiva Nata (R) Level 1 methods and practices

2020 DATES: Five weekends of 1/10, 1/17, 1/24, 1/31, 2/14. Fri: 5-8PM, Sat & Sun: 8:30AM-4:30PM.

Level 2

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  • Single and Double mat Mandala Vinyasa Sequencing

  • Teaching Pranayamas and Bandhas within a yoga class, according to Universal Yoga

  • Single and multisector posture creation and alignment techniques and practicum

  • Advanced Yoga philosophy and decoding cornerstone Yoga texts

  • Cultivation of Tantrayana, Mantrayana, and Yantrayana practices

  • Meditation for teaching and personal practices

  • Shiva Nata (R) Level 2 methods and practices

2019 DATES:

January 25 - February 4 • 8 AM to 6:30 PM
February 5 • 3-6 PM

Exam for certification: February 5, 3-6 PM, cannot be rescheduled



Join us for a class:

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Every Saturday we offer a single-mat Universal Yoga (R) class at Yoga For Life and once a month a Mandala class lead by Raj Patra.

Universal Yoga single mat classes serves as an introduction to the practice of Universal Yoga.

Every week begin to understand the principles of UY through a condensed version of our monthly Mandala Yoga classes.



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We offer training programs that continuously surpass all standards set by Yoga Alliance. The curriculum ensures our yoga practitioners and teachers grow to understand an authentic yoga lineage, while learning about anatomy, alignment and complex sequencing theories. Our advanced training programs also offer life skills and health information grounded in the yogic tradition.