Teacher Training

Taking applications now.


Why this program

This program is designed to give each student a strong foundation for further self-study grounded in yoga philosophy.

As the teachers and students travel this path together, we will explore the rich roots of the yoga tradition as well as many of the branches which have grown from these deep roots. Through in-depth study and discussion of the Yoga Sutras you will explore the application of ancient tools to your daily life and yoga practice. Our goal is for you to develop the skills necessary to joyfully and peacefully navigate our complex world.



To become a yoga teacher it is necessary to have a deep understanding of the physical body, the breath and the mind.

Your curriculum will include a study of tantra, vinyasa krama, ayurveda, philosophy, anatomy, and biomechanics. 

We also emphasize a commitment to conscious breathing, which is the very foundation of every yoga pose. By aligning with the breath and understanding the importance of mindful sequencing our teacher trainees learn how to teach dynamic, safe classes.


As the program progresses, trainees build skills not only in teaching excellent asana, but also in learning how to develop a deep rapport with their students. The trust that results from this connection allows the transmission of knowledge from teacher to student to spawn the process of transformation, which is vital to the embodiment of the principals of yoga and their assimilation into our lives. 

The program includes:

  • Philosophical concepts necessary to take yoga off the mat

  • Study of yoga postures and their sequencing including biomechanics, demonstration of poses and adjustments

  • the techniques of pranayama, meditation, mantra, mudra, bandhas, ayurvedic principals and self care

  • practice teaching and feedback

  • The business of yoga

  • Special discounted pricing for specific workshops as well as items in the boutique

  • Unlimited yoga during the program


What you can expect at the end of the program:

  • A deeper understanding of the yoga experience and its applications to daily living

  • An insight into your life’s work, your personal relationships and your relationships to the world.

  • To develop community and lifetime friends

Core Teachers

Sarla Nichols

Jimmy Lewis

Adjunct teachers

Sharon Lusk

Caroline Schmidt

Shantih Smythe

Guest teachers

Catherine Dahlman

Amy Hutchison
drawing stick figures and the business of yoga

Hannah Pickle
Kundalini yoga

Leila Marten
Prenatal yoga


September, 27-29, 2019
October 25-27, 2019
November 22-24, 2019
December 13-15, 2019
January 24-26, 2020
February 28-29, March 1, 2020
March 27-29, 2020

April 24-26, 2020
May 29-31, 2020
June 26-28,2020
July 24-26, 2020
August 28-20, 2020
September 25-27, 2020
October 23-25, 2020

Weekend Schedule

Friday 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Saturday 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Sunday 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

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Requirements for Entry in to the Program and for Certification

There are no physical limitations for this program. The main requirements are heart felt love of yoga and a willingness to grow, to look inside, to self-reflect and to ask hard questions. We ask that you be willing to remain authentic and open hearted in relationship to fellow students and teachers.

To apply, a minimum of one year of consistent yoga practice is desirable. To be accepted, each applicant must attend at least one of Sarla’s classes and make an appointment for a short interview.  Out-of-town students will be given the option to have a phone conversation with her. 

This 200-hour program is completed over the course of 13 months. 

The completion of this program will fulfill requirements for Yoga Alliance’s certification at the 200-hour level. The weekend modules are open to students who intend to be teachers as well as those who want to deepen their personal practice.

To obtain the 200-hour level Yoga Alliance certification, attendance at all weekends is mandatory.

To qualify for certification, each student must complete all written assignments and practice teaching requirements.

Certification will be issued only after full tuition payment has been received.

To Apply:

Send us an email giving us a detailed description of your yoga journey to this point, including the styles you have practiced, significant teachers with whom you have worked, and what you have learned about yourself so far. 


Tuition and Payment:

$3500, (early bird by July 1, 2019)  $4000 afterward

Credit card payments

  • Pay ½ upon enrollment, ½ in December and $110 to final payment for credit card fees


  • pay per weekend: $250 (early bird by July 1, 2019) $285 afterwards and add $110 to your final payment for credit card fees.


All registrations must include a $350 application fee. Upon acceptance this fee will be non-refundable and will be applied to your tuition costs. 

If you are not accepted, the application fee will be refunded. 

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