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The Center School of Yoga: Teacher Training


200 Hour

Teacher Training

Starting October 2021

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Understand yoga more deeply. Live your life more fully.

Become a Yoga Teacher!

Yoga can change lives. Maybe you’ve experienced yoga’s profound effect. Want to deepen your knowledge, and enhance your practice? Maybe even want to share your experience? The Center’s teaching training program offers you the chance to grow, build your courage, and develop the skills to teach yoga safely, skillfully, passionately and with confidence. Our Yoga Alliance certified yoga teacher training program meets and exceeds the 200-hour minimum requirements to certify you as a creative and skilled yoga teacher. How deeply satisfying.

And, The Center’s program goes deep. It’s an approved alignment-based and heart-centered training that will equip you with the skills, knowledge and abilities to follow your heart whether you eventually want to teach Vinyasa, Gentle/Restorative, Special Populations, Meditation, Trauma-Informed, or Alignment-based yoga – in the studio or online. The Center’s rich teacher training includes history, philosophy, teaching methods, anatomy & biomechanics, ethics, and Sanskrit studies. You will graduate as a Registered Yoga Teacher 200 with a deeper appreciation for the art and science of this ancient practice and feel more vital, capable, and connected. Even if becoming a Yoga teacher is not your path, this program will be an investment in YOU and can open doors to new ways of living and exploring your life with health and vitality. Lots of Yoga enthusiasts enjoy these types of training as a time to enhance physical, mental, and spiritual growth, all in a safe and supportive environment.
Warning: You may fall in love with life again and make friendships for a lifetime.
Article: Top 5 Reasons to Become a Yoga Teacher


Hi, friends, 
I was recently chatting with a student who really wants to sign up for teacher training. And I got this question: “Do You think I’m strong/advanced enough?” And, because I hear this a lot, I thought maybe you’re feeling the same way. 
Here are some other common concerns:
  • I don’t have a very advanced practice, and tree pose is super hard for me. Forget arm balances!
  • I feel like I’m too old.
  • I’ve had back surgery (or knee, hip, etc.) and so my practice is limited (I can’t do everything.)
  • I’ve been practicing for years, but it hasn’t been as consistent lately. Do you think I can do this?
  • I don’t know all the names of the poses.
  • I’m newer to the yoga scene…maybe I don’t know enough?
But, here’s the thing about this teacher training we really want you to understand: 
Sure, you have to memorize some sanskrit and some basic anatomy.  Sure, you’ll feel a little overwhelmed at times with lots of exciting new information and by our full weekends together. That is all super important. But so it this: As a teacher, I really like to honor the best that each student has to offer and to honor what each student brings with him or her to the studio. In my earliest trainings as a new young teacher, I was taught to “look for the good” in each person, rather than how can we “fix” people and their poses. And, that’s exactly how we approach teacher training at The Center.
Just like you, many of our current teachers at The Center came to (stumbled into?!) yoga with injuries, sadness, or a buildup of stress. Just like you our teachers wanted to get stronger, have more energy, or to increase flexibility. Just like you our teachers wanted to feel more invigorated and connected. And just like you, all of your teachers were beginners once, too.
In our training, we teach you to see and to share. We teach you to cultivate that which you are passionate about and to teach that. Sure, we emphasize biomechanics, philosophy, history, and communication. Yes, there’s structure on how to set up a class and what works and what doesn’t work so well. BUT, your own story is unique. Your past experiences, your injuries, your ups and your downs actually can enhance your teaching. AND, that makes you even a better teacher! (And this goes for on and off the mat…even if you never actually decide to teach yoga!)
The real question should’t be, “Am I strong/advance enough.” The real question ought to be, “Am I passionate enough?” “Am I ready to commit to myself and to the group?” “Am I ready to be a student again and soak it all in?” 
So, yeah. You are good enough and you have a lot to offer. Just like all of us who took the plunge and signed up for our first YTT, we are each forever and always students first. Even being a teacher takes continual practice and a willingness to start over. And really, what a gift this is.
Along with our mentors and an all-star team of local and international guest teachers, I look forward to welcoming you into our class of 2022! Our teacher training begins in October and we have a spot with your name on it. Please feel free to contact me if you have questions. You can also apply here. 
Namaste and Hugs,

Suzanne McCahill Perrine, E-RYT 500, YACEP


This Program is For You If:

  • You aspire to teach yoga
  • You are a yoga teaching and want to take time to be a student again and develop your skills and freshen up your teachings
  • You are a current yoga student who simply loves yoga and want to deepen your understanding and steep yourself in the practice
  • You want to tap into your own authentic voice as a teacher but also create social change, one pose and one breath at a time.

Here’s Some of What You’ll Learn:

  • To teach yoga safely, with inspiration, and clarity
  • To set the tone and environment for leading a transformative class
  • To cultivate courage and authenticity as you teach
  • The basic elements for teaching beginners, special populations, and restorative yoga
  • Solid understanding of basic pranayama, Sanskrit, history, philosophy, and meditation, so that you may weave these subtler aspects of the practice into your teachings
  • To skillfully construct a multi-level class and give modifications
  • The anatomy of movement of the basic actions of the body, biomechanics, and some therapeutic assists for students with certain more common injuries
  • How to empower your students

Some words from our graduates…

Sarah Brenneman, 2019 YTT Graduate

Sarah Brenneman, 2019 YTT Graduate

“Thanks to the amazing training I received, I have been teaching and growing as a yoga instructor for the past several years. Anatomy, trauma education, philosophy, meditation… the program is so vast. If you’re looking for a comprehensive experience, this is it. Along with all the learning came life-long friendships!

I have seen the positive impacts of yoga in my own life and those around me, daily. Looking back on the experience there is SO much gratitude! I sorta wish I could do it all over again!”

Bill Gardner, 2018 YTT Graduate

Bill Gardner, 2018 YTT Graduate

“I was a little apprehensive to sign up for instructor training having only been practicing yoga for 1 year. I wasn’t sure I wanted to teach but I did want to deepen my understanding and practice of yoga. The course did that in spades and had the additional benefit of expanding my relationship to our yoga community!

Great people, increased knowledge of yoga and a stronger asana practice, it was a wonderful experience!”

Lynnette Cripe, 2019 YTT Graduate

Lynnette Cripe, 2019 YTT Graduate

“Suzanne’s YTT program is nothing short of phenomenal. I entered the program in a period of life transition, as the oldest and least experienced student in our class. I graduated on my 60th Birthday having grown and discovered more in those 9 months than in any other time in my life.

I am grateful for the teachings of Suzanne and her guest teachers, as well as the forever friendships made.”

Our Faculty

Guest Teachers

Whitney Ingram
Whitney Ingram
Debbie Glick Phillips
Debbie Glick Phillips
Jason Nichols, RYT 200
Jason Nichols, RYT 200
Moses Brown
Moses Brown
Trina Altman
Trina Altman
Carroll Ann Friedmann
Carroll Ann Friedmann

More words from our graduates…

Erich Sneller, 2018 YTT Graduate

Erich Sneller, 2018 YTT Graduate

“The Center’s YTT was a catalyst. It enlivened my personal practice and amplified my skillset as an instructor.

Your joining the next cohort will change your life!”

Melanie Rowan, 2019 YTT Graduate

Melanie Rowan, 2019 YTT Graduate

“YTT was a huge time and effort commitment for me. At the end of every weekend, I felt motivated, energized, and revived from the teaching and learning as well as from the companionship of our cohort. Suzanne does an excellent job of managing the course material and works very hard to bring in a variety of guest teachers and speakers to keep things interesting.

I took the training for personal enrichment and I’m happy to say that I now teach weekly with a local adults-with -disabilities group.”

Rebecca Daugharty 2019 YTT Graduate

Rebecca Daugharty 2019 YTT Graduate

“With a bit of nervousness and a lot of excitement, I took the plunge and enrolled for the 200 hour yoga teacher training at The Center in 2018. I knew I loved yoga and wanted to deepen my practice, but had no idea how very meaningful the training and experience would become.”

“At 51, I had been practicing for about 8 years. Suzanne’s training introduced me to a world more rich than I’d ever imagined. Indian philosophy, anatomy, simple Sanskrit and breath work are the tangibles that first come to mind. But oh the intangibles! Deepening my appreciation for the power and spirit in my body, a deep gratitude for the privilege of moving in a like-minded community of fellow yogis, and sweet friendships that continue to bless me to this day.”

“Immersion in the teacher training program at The Center is one of the best decisions and investments I’ve ever made. If any of this resonates or there’s any insight I might share, please feel free to contact me.”

Program Prerequisites and Requirements:

Prerequisites/ Eligibility

  • At least 2 years of taking regular yoga classes
  • A home practice
  • Be committed to studying, learning, and developing the skills necessary to teach yoga

Program Requirements

  • Full attendance at each of the YTT weekends
  • Participate in at least 2 public yoga classes per week – one with Suzanne 
  • Cultivate a home practice
  • Complete all homework, assignments, and exams, and final project
  • Complete required observation hours, assisting hours, practicums, and community class teaching

Book List

Suggested Reading

  • Bringing Yoga to Life by Donna Farhi
  • The Secret Power of Yoga: A Women’s Guide to the Heart & Spirit of the Yoga Sutras by Nischala Joy Devi
  • Eastern Body, Western Mind by Anodea Judith
  • Prakrati by Robert Svoboda
  • Relax & Renew: Restful Yoga for Stressful Times by Judith Hanson Lasater
  • Overcoming Trauma Through Yoga: Reclaiming Your Body by David Emerson
  • The Heart of Yoga by T. K V. Desikachar
  • Yoga: The Spirit of & Practice of Moving Through Stillness by Erich Schiffmann
  • Hatha Yoga Pradipika by Swami Muktibodhananda
  • The Science of Breath by Swami Rama
  • Yoga Sequencing by Mark Stephens
  • The Miracle of Mindfulness by Thich Nhat Hanh
  • Back Care Basics by Mary Pullig Schatz
  • Yoga Anatomy by Leslie Kaminoff
  • The Anatomy Coloring Book
  • Functional Anatomy of Yoga by David Keil
  • Anatomy of Hatha Yoga by David Coulter
  • Meditations from the Mat by Rolf Gates

YTT Reading List

Required Reading:  (Not all ahead of time! We will read them and refer to them as we go along.)

Student Project

Students will choose a project to complete their training. More details will be given, but it may include:

  • Community Service Project
  • In-Depth Study with summary

Dates and Hours

9-Weekends (2021-22)

note: some dates could change

  • October 22-24
  • November 19-21
  • December 10-12
  • January 7-9
  • February 4-6
  • February 25-27
  • March 18-20
  • April 8-10
  • May 6 – 8


Fridays: 6-9
Saturdays: 10-6
Sundays: 9-5

Total: 19 hours per weekend = 171 Full Contact In-Person PLUS 9 Hours One-to-One coaching with one of our mentors = 180 minimum contact hours.  Additional hours will be met with asynchronous online workshops and material for students to watch on their own time. per month. Students need an additional 20 non-contact hours. These will include but not be limited to: class observations (18 hours), group work, reading, projects, and assignments. Students can expect to spend more than 250+ hours on training.


  • Deposit $295 (Non-refundable) due with application to hold your spot
  • $2,995 when paid in full (or $2,700 after deposit)
  • Unlimited Members of the Center receive a 5% Discount
  • Some payment plans are available.

All applications/registrations require the $295 non-refundable deposit which will also hold our spot in the training. Deposit is due with application. (This will be returned if the application not accepted.) Only in the case of a medical emergency or similar inability to continue in the program will refunds be considered. Your signature and deposit indicate that you are committed to the program and that you understand these terms.

Once the deposit is made and your application is sent (exhale deeply!), you will receive an email about entry into the program. Upon acceptance, you can pay your balance for YTT here! Then start to shout it from the rooftops! You’re about to have a transformative experience!

The cost doesn’t include books, lodging, or meals. 

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