Comprehensive Yoga Teacher Training

An in-depth, applied training to teach the styles of yoga

our community needs most

Do you struggle to choose between yoga & a good book? 

Understand that yoga is a deep well of philosophical teachings, not simply a physical practice?

Ascribe to the
biopsychosocial model of wellness?

Want to dig into your life’s purpose?

We have been waiting for you…

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You haven't found a training that feels right

you are not interested in acrobatics, contortions, competitions, or challenges

you prefer to take a training that fits comfortably into your life & does not require you to put everything else on hold


you look forward to book club, because talking about the book helps you to make meaning of the content, connect with others, and articulate where you align and where you diverge 

you know your legacy involves support, care, or teaching of other people

you are already a yoga teacher, but you feel drawn to learn styles and methods of yoga you can take to the people who matter most in your life

Balancing Rocks
New Growth
Beautiful Flowers
Fresh Strawberries

The seeds of our foundation have become our pillars

We are built on the bones of what used to be a bank - proof that with the right care, anything can blossom.

Education is our backbone. 

We believe our students & clients learn best when they feel supported, welcome, and free.. 

Individual autonomy and connection can hold hands.

Teams are built from the collaboration of individuals who are invited to share their unique gifts and perspectives. This is true among our staff and cultivated within our students.

Grace is a varsity move - and essential to who we are.

We will never know the full picture of another person’s experience, and we don’t need to in order to allow them to navigate the world in their own way, at their own pace. 

This foundation has given way to our paths, which support our students & clients through every season of life.

Rest

When you are depleted, burned out, or focused on recovery, the body knows best & focuses on sleep. This path builds the foundation of health: rest.
 


Areas of emphasis include:
Yoga Nidra
Restorative Yoga
& the Physiology of Stress

Resilience

When life feels unpredictable and ever-changing, we are best served by preparing to rebuild and recover from the stress of uncertainty. We cannot avoid the dynamic qualities of life, but we can foster resilience.

Areas of emphasis include:
Yin Yoga
Meditation
& the Physiology of Breathing

Resonance

When life feels stale, stagnant, or less colorful, we find ourselves contracted. The full experience of life is robust & charismatic. We are not meant to live in confined spaces, but instead expand & find resonance.

Areas of emphasis include:
Hatha Yoga
Vinyasa Yoga
& the Physiology of Healing

Responsibility

Our purpose and potential in life is larger than our own experience. Once we are fully resourced, it is our duty to redistribute our excess. When life feels beautiful, we share our gifts and fulfill our responsibility.

Areas of emphasis include:
Karma Yoga
Dharma
& the Physiology of Desire

structure

This program is an academic-level training requiring extensive reading and study. Coursework is informed by the biopsychosocial model of integrated wellness, incorporating reverence for the deep and sacred well of yogic philosophy as well as modern understanding of anatomy, physiology, psychology, and sociology. Students will be well-supported in exploring each level of curriculum, based on the infrastructure of White Lotus Therapeutics’ Yogic Competencies: Rest, Resilience, Resonance, and Responsibility. 

 

This course of study far exceeds the Yoga Alliance’s rigorous standards for credentialing at the 200 hour level. 

 

Each module includes 50 hours of live teaching, approximately 50 hours of reading, and approximately 30 hours of homework. Students are encouraged to review the required reading materials to determine their relative interest in this coursework.

REST required texts: 

Yoga Nidra for Complete Relaxation & Stress Relief, Julie Lusk
The Art of Holding Space, Heather Plett

Restorative Yoga for Ethnic & Race-Based Stress and Trauma, Gail Parker

Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams, Matthew Walker

RESILIENCE required texts: 

The Complete Guide to Yin Yoga, Bernie Clark
The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma, Bessel van Der Kolk
Altered Traits: Science Reveals How Meditation Changes Your Mind, Brain, and Body, Daniel Goleman and Richard J. Davidson

Breath by James Nestor

RESONANCE required texts: 

Meditations from the Mat: Daily Reflections on the Path of Yoga, Rolf Gates
Yoga for Wellness: Healing with the Timeless Teachings of Viniyoga, Gary Kraftsow

Your Body, Your Yoga: Learn Alignment Cues That Are Skillful, Safe, and Best Suited to You, by Bernie Clark

Hunger, Hope & Healing: A Yoga Approach to Reclaiming Your Relationship to our Body and Food, Sarahjoy Marsh

RESPONSIBILITY required texts: 

Arrow of the Blue-Skinned God: Retracing the Ramayana Through India, Jonah Blank

Embrace Yoga’s Roots: Courageous Ways to Deepen Your Yoga Practice, Susanna Barkataki
The Power of Now, Ekhart Tolle
The Four Desires, Rod Stryker

Upon enrollment in a module, students are provided with White Lotus Therapeutics’ Reader & Self Assessment Guides for the books in that module.

Please note: this training includes techniques, training, and practice in Yoga Nidra, restorative, yin, hatha, and karma yoga and does not include information about how to teach physically challenging, acrobatic, heated, or fast-paced styles of yoga. This is not a yoga therapeutics program, rather, it is designed to support graduates in collaborating on a therapeutic team.

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Faculty

Our training is comprised of a number of well qualified teachers with diverse teaching lineages and backgrounds.

Curated and led by our Director of Yoga, we are thrilled to share a video introduction of our faculty soon.

FAQ

I already have a 200 hour training, but it did not include the topics you are covering. Is it strange to take a second 200 hour?
We developed this coursework specifically because we did not find another training program that offered this content. Regardless of where and when you took your other training, if this curriculum interests you, we are happy to have you. We believe in the benefit of beginner’s mind. All students work in a collaborative model, and participation in all coursework is required, even if you are already familiar with the content area.


The coursework is interesting to me, but I have no interest in teaching yoga. Am I required to teach?
Anyone interested in learning is invited to participate in the teacher training, regardless of their interest in ultimately teaching. In our collaborative learning model, full participation in practice teaching is required of all attendees. For those who prefer to dabble in the curriculum, we offer book study programs, as well as workshops and retreats based on the same material that do not include teaching.

Are there additional costs involved in this training? What additional resources are required of me?
Tuition ($1,000 per module) includes all coursework, self-assessment guides, and semester-long access to the WLT virtual yoga library. Texts may be purchased or borrowed - each text book is covered in three weeks. Students are required to submit coursework electronically, so access to a smart phone, tablet, or computer is required.

Comprehensive tuition ($1,500) includes all coursework and self-assessment guides, semester-long yoga membership, access to the virtual yoga library, two 60 minute massages, and one 60 minute 1:1 mentoring session.

 

I have a conflict with a class date - what is your attendance policy? 

In accordance with our philosophy that adult learning is voluntary and autonomy is essential, we require notice only that you cannot attend a session and respectfully request that you do not share the details of why you will be absent. Students share the responsibility of creating group notes following each session, and students who miss a session are invited to connect with that session’s note captain to receive any learning they missed live, and submit homework.

Do you offer scholarships or payment plans?

Payment plans are available to all students. Students from marginalized communities are invited to apply for scholarship support. If you would like to support a scholarship recipient, you are invited to purchase new copies of the text books used in our trainings.

Will I be a certified yoga teacher after this training?

Our training far exceeds the rigorous standards of the Yoga Alliance, and our school has applied for registration. Once that application is accepted, graduates from our school can also apply to register. There is no organization that certifies yoga teachers, although certain lineages require a teaching assessment to complete a particular training. 

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