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The Center School of Yoga: Teacher Training


200 Hour

Teacher Training

Starting September 2018

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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, or Alignment-based yoga. The Center’s rich teacher training includes history, philosophy, teaching methods, anatomy, 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 trainings as 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 all-star team of local and international guest teachers, I look forward to welcoming you into our class of 2019! Our teacher training begins in September 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,


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 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

Our Faculty

Guest Teachers

Bita Jenkins
Bita Jenkins
Desiree Rumbaugh
Desiree Rumbaugh
Mary Richards
Mary Richards
Kath Meadows
Kath Meadows
Moses Brown
Moses Brown
Tilak Pyle
Tilak Pyle
Veronica Whalen Jones
Veronica Whalen Jones
Whitney Ingram
Whitney Ingram

Program Prerequisites and Requirements:

Prerequisites/ Eligibility

  • At least 12 months 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 (Classes at The Center will be 50% off.)
  • 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 (2018-19)

note: some dates could change

  • September 7-9
  • October 5-7
  • November 9-11
  • December 7-9
  • January 4-6
  • February 8-10
  • March 15-17
  • April 12-14
  • May 10-12


Fridays: 5:30-9
Saturdays: 10-6
Sundays: 9-5

Total: 18 hours per weekend = 162 hours + 20 additional contact hours including time with lead trainer = 180 minimum contact hours.  Students need an additional 20 non-contact hours, but most will spend more than 250+ hours on training.


  • $2,950 (included in total cost)
  • Early Bird 1: Save $300 Pay in full ($2,650) by June 15 ($2,355 Balance after Deposit)
  • Early Bird 2: Save $150 Pay in full ($2,800) by July 31 ($2,505 Balance after Deposit)
  • Member Discount 10%
  • Deposit $295 (Non-refundable) due with application to hold your spot
  • Monthly credit card payment plan available (no member discounts $305/month.) $90 service charge is added to tuition ($3,040 total.)

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 application not accepted.) Only in the case of 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.

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

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