I’ve known Craig Villani since 2003 when he was my Director of Teacher Training at the Bikram Yoga College of India. Over the past thirteen years I have attended several workshops, seminars, and master classes, as well as four teacher development seminars with Craig. As a teacher and studio owner, these experiences have been invaluable to me. I gained the tools I needed to get excited about teaching yoga in an efficient and authentic way. I discovered how to give better corrections and modifications to students, and offered more constructive and positive feedback to my staff.
To know that Craig is now leading his own teacher training gives me hope for the future of hot yoga teachers and the growth of our community. Personally, I would be honored to hire a Raja Yoga Academy graduate to teach at my studio in Washington DC.
Congratulations, Craig- the future looks bright for our community of teachers and studio owners thanks to you!!
Bikram Yoga Tenleytown
Since 2001, Craig Villani has been an inspiring and incredible mentor to me, as well as a dear and trusting friend. After my first interaction with him as leader of my yoga training, I thought, "I want to have what he has!" His ball-point intuition and positive encouragement led me to be the teacher I always aspired to be- always continuing to grow and evolve, and hopefully inspiring others to do the same. Craig finds the gift that each individual innately has and brings it to the surface, allowing each of us to gain a sense of strength and confidence, while remaining humble and teachable. I could not imagine a more viscerally exciting or fulfilling training ground than this one.
Las Vegas, NV
There are few among us who have studied with or had more exposure to the great yoga teachers of our age than Craig Villani. Craig designed the world's first and most successful high capacity yoga teacher training program with Bikram Choudhury, and has inspired thousands throughout the years with his unparalleled subject knowledge and highly engaging teaching technique. As a teacher, he has the unique ability to inspire awe while relating complex ideas with clarity and understanding.
After 10 years of directing the Bikram Yoga Teacher Training, he’s been traveling the world offering the best seminars, master classes, and teacher development programs available. The news that he is bringing all his experience, knowledge, and wealth of connections into a single teacher training means that there will finally be one in-depth, robust, and universal program to maintain the integrity of our lineage and support the growth of our yoga. The Raja Yoga Academy Teacher Training will stand head and shoulders above the rest by inspiring, educating, and unifying the yoga community.
Training with Craig Villani in 2006 changed my life's purpose. He turned me toward the direction of healing, with yoga as the medium to serve.
His vast knowledge of yoga history, alignment and physical expression combined with the kindness and determination of a great leader makes this the training that will prepare you to achieve your dreams. Craig taught me how to teach from my heart.
Founder/Director, UpRising Yoga
I’ve known Craig Villani since 2010. Since then, I’ve attended many of his retreats, seminars, and master classes. In all honesty, I’ve learned much more from him than from the entire nine weeks spent in Bikram Choudhury’s teacher training program.
As a Medical Doctor and Emergency Physician, I knew from my first interaction with Craig that he’s more than just a Yoga teacher - he’s a true mentor with a magical gift that can transform you as human being. From my medical perspective, Craig teaches with a vast knowledge of anatomy and physiology, and understands how to effectively integrate the cardiovascular, respiratory, and musculoskeletal systems.
He can make a comprehensive diagnosis by realizing your limitations and locating imbalances, and then offers you the proper tools to practice safely and correctly. He focuses on therapeutic integration to help heal the different components of the human body. This makes enormous sense to me as a doctor of western medicine.
I’m honored and excited to be a member of the Academy Faculty and work with this intelligent and incredible teacher. Congratulations Craig, and long life to the Raja Yoga Academy.
Dr. Bouchra Reggad
MD, CCMF, MU, Montreal, Canada
I had the great fortune of attending Bikram Yoga teacher training whilst Craig Villani was Director of Education in Fall, 2003. I was immediately struck by his incredible leadership skills and unique ability to motivate, challenge, and inspire the people around him.
Since then, I have worked closely with Craig and opened three yoga studios in London. I now own and operate Hot Yoga Society (formerly Hot Bikram Yoga) in London Bridge. Together, we have organized posture clinics, master classes, and teacher training workshops for students and instructors throughout the UK and Europe, all led by Craig.
Craig is a true professional and a pleasure to work with. He has a huge depth of knowledge from decades of teaching, and has guided thousands of people towards lasting positive change. However, what I find most compelling is his passion for teaching and expert ability to impart his rather formidable knowledge with both clarity and authenticity.
Craig's strength goes beyond explaining the yoga and its benefits - he understands what it takes to be a great teacher and leads you to discover the same. I feel privileged to be part of Raja Yoga Academy, and excited to bring our first training to London in the very near future.
Raja Yoga Academy is supported by an vast international community of established yoga schools and exceptional yoga instructors. We are officially recognized as a 500hr Registered Yoga School by both Yoga Alliance and the Original Hot Yoga Association.
Beyond brand, method, and location, your RYA certification will open doors for you anywhere in the world, without limitation. Your RYA education will enable you to step inside the door and teach.