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200-HOUR YOGA TEACHER TRAINING

CLASS FORMAT

One weekend per month
Saturdays & Sundays, 9 am – 6 pm
(minus 1 hour lunch break)
Bi-monthly zoom calls 

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OUR NEXT SESSION BEGINS AUGUST 17th, 2024!

200-HOUR YOGA TEACHER TRAINING

CLASS FORMAT

One weekend per month
Saturdays & Sundays, 9 am – 6 pm
(minus 1 hour lunch break)
Bi-monthly zoom calls 

location

*300 Hour YTT upcoming!
Please fill out an application to inquire and set your interest.
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COMPREHENSIVE AND SUPPORTIVE TRAINING PROGRAM

Become a registered yoga teacher with the Yoga Alliance through our comprehensive and supportive training program. Deepen your yoga journey and, if you so desire, prepare to teach! Through this program, you will learn how to teach fun, safe, inspirational, and accessible yoga classes that will leave an enduring positive impact on your students. You’ll embark on a transformative personal journey, deepening your own practice. Led by Ra Vincent E-RYT500 with a community of diverse teachers including Jeff Nixa, Kim Sellers, Courtney Canfield, Jason Kniola, Kimmi Troy, and Clare Maness. (Please see detailed biographies below.)
 
Yoga Alliance certification is considered crucial within the yoga community for several reasons. Yoga Alliance sets standards and guidelines for yoga teacher training programs, ensuring that they meet specific criteria in terms of curriculum, hours of training, and qualifications of instructors.  This helps maintain a level of consistency and quality across different teacher training programs. Yoga Alliance certification signifies that the teacher has completed a reputable training program, demonstrating a high level of competence and commitment to teaching safe and effective yoga classes. Many responsible yoga studios and gyms only hire instructors who are Yoga Alliance certified.
 
It’s important to note that while Yoga Alliance certification offers many benefits, it is not the only measure of an excellent yoga teacher. It’s essential to research and evaluate a training program’s teachers based on their qualifications, experience, teaching style, and personal alignment with your goals and values. 

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN

  • Asana, techniques for teaching including daily practice
    • Alignment 
    • Sequencing 
    • Adjustments
  • Hatha-based program with a focus on safe alignment
  • Principles for teaching a class: 
    • Assessing needs of the population and individuals 
    • Effective cueing and finding your unique voice 
    • Modifications and variations
  • In-depth structural anatomy and physiology
  • Subtle anatomy: chakras, koshas, prana, nadis
  • Eight limbs of yoga including pranayama and meditation 
  • History, culture, and classical philosophy of yoga
  • Professional aspects of yoga: legal, ethical, marketing

TUITION

Early Bird: $2500 (pay in full prior to start of training)
Full Tuition: $2700 ($300 registration fee + 2 payments of $1200)
Payment Plan: $2900 ($300 registration fee + $260 monthly for 10 months)
 
*Scholarships are available based on individual need. Please contact us for details.

LEAD TEACHER​

Ra Vincent, E-RYT 500, YACEP, C-IAYT, LMT: Ra is an Indiana-based yoga teacher and student, certified yoga therapist, and licensed massage therapist. She began learning yoga through the Buti Yoga program in Hawaii, and completed her first 200 yoga teacher training with Kim Seller’s Yoga For Your Life. She completed a second 200-hour YTT with the Buti Yoga program and a 300-hour YTT with Kim Sellers. Ra holds a Master’s Degree in Yoga Studies from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, and completed her yoga therapy certification through LMU as well.
 
Ra teaches for-credit student yoga level 1 and 2 classes as an adjunct faculty with Indiana University South Bend from 2018 to present. She is certified in Yoga 4 Cancer, oncology and hospital massage, Deep Feet Ashiatsu Bar Therapy and Ashi-Thai, Manual Lymph Drainage, myofascial release, and is a Reiki Master. She has taught yoga at the St. Joseph County VA Clinic, Beacon Health and Fitness, and River Bend Cancer Services.

Guest Teachers

Jeff Nixa J.D., M. Div.is the founder of Great Plains Guide Company, an array of nature-based spiritual healing programs including individual counseling, seminars, outdoor retreats, and wilderness trips. A veteran spiritual guide, Jeff’s work has spanned over thirty-five years in spiritual care and counseling as a university campus minister, hospital chaplain, pastoral counselor, and board-certified massage therapist. After a life-changing wilderness vision quest experience in 2009, Jeff threw himself into the study of Indigenous healing practices, apprenticing with C. Michael Smith, Sandra Ingerman, traditional healers in the Peruvian Amazon and Andes Mountains, Cree Nation elders in Alberta, Canada, and Oglala Lakota teachers and spiritual elders on Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. He is the author of two books: The Lost Art of Heart Navigation, (Bear & Company, 2017) and  Something Sacred Grows There (Bison Press, 2023.)

Kim Sellers E-RYT500 has been a student of Yoga for many years, and began teaching others in 1998. Kim was the creator, director, and lead teacher of the Yoga for Your Life 200 & 300 hour Yoga Teacher-Trainings, Advanced Yoga Therapeutics, and the Restorative YTT programs from 2012-2021. Kim was also a primary teacher, founder, and director at Green Tree School of Yoga from 2007-2011, the South Bend area’s first Yoga teacher-training program. Close to 200 teachers graduated from these two alignment-based schools, which focused on the original teachings of Yoga, along with a strong focus on static and dynamic anatomy.

Kim taught at numerous venues, including the University of Notre Dame and Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center. Additionally, she facilitated twice-weekly Yoga sessions in the oncology services program at Memorial hospital for 15 years, working therapeutically with both patients and cancer survivors. 

Clare Maness: Discussing the Business and Law of Yoga. Clare is an attorney, RYT 500, former yoga-studio owner and former IAYT-certified yoga therapist, and current mindfulness coach. She has been teaching yoga and contemplative movement since 2010.

She has presented at SYTAR on community-focused topics, served as a retreat leader in Guatemala, taught mindfulness for professionals for bar associations nationwide, and currently leads seminars for law firms and legal professionals seeking more holistic approaches to their legal practices.

As a nationally ranked archer, she also coaches mindfulness for peak performance. In her introduction to business and legal points for yoga teachers here, she will not, of course, be offering any legal advice, but she will introduce fundamental concepts to bear in mind as you all embark on this exciting yoga journey. 

Jason Kniola, LMHC, LCAC, NCC: Jason is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Licensed Clinical Addictions Counselor, and Nationally Certified Counselor.  Jason also completed a 2-year training in Hakomi Body Centered Psychotherapy.

He has worked in the mental health field for over 25 years and a therapist since 2004.  Additionally, Jason has training in shamanism, qigong, meditation, and yoga. 

He teaches mindfulness meditation pulling from his training in Zen Buddhism, Theravada Buddhism, Tibetan Buddhism, Taoist practices, among others.

Jason is currently clinical director of the Pillars of Wellness, Hobart Branch. 

Kimmi Troy has over 15 years of teaching experience in the fitness industry. She specializes in Trauma Informed Yoga practices and beginner Yoga.

Kimmi is a certified Health and Wellness Coach, entrepreneur and Wellness Workshop presenter. She holds a B.A. in English Writing from Saint Mary’s College. She currently teaches at her alma mater and The University of Notre Dame, as well as coordinating with the city of South Bend on various community wellness projects. Kimmi is a proud member of the Saint Mary’s College Board of Trustees, The Black Yoga Alliance, and The NAACP.

Courtney Canfield, ERYT-200: Courtney first found yoga in college in 2005, and her love of yoga continued to bloom while living in New York City. 

The practice helped her find balance, connection and present-moment awareness in a fast-paced phase of life.  Courtney has certifications in Restorative Yoga, Yin Yoga, and Yoga Nidra/Pranayama.

She has also completed an additional Advanced Teacher Training curriculum and holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Indiana University. Courtney is passionate about continual learning and sharing this lifelong journey.