200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training - Fall 2017

Learn. Teach. Grow. with Dominica Knapp

Access your full potential and share your gifts through our Yoga Alliance-approved 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training. At The Shala School of Yoga, our focus is to produce confident, safe, empowered teachers who wish to deepen their own personal knowledge of yoga and/or teach yoga that is inclusive of everyBODY. Our comprehensive, modern curriculum is deeply rooted in yoga tradition and offers the best of current physical training research as well as the illumination and inspiration of traditional yoga practices. Over the course of 5 months, you will grow in an environment where your own unique understanding of yoga unfolds out of your direct experience. Our mission is to empower you with a firm foundation in the anatomy and alignment principles of yoga postures while respecting the unfolding, living practice that is yoga as an art form. This solid, fundamental teaching will inspire and enable you to provide a safe, effective yoga class or private session, for all levels of experience and ability, from gentle and restorative to vinyasa flow yoga.

The Shala School of Yoga is located in beautiful, historic downtown Frederick, MD. Our home is a three-story stone rowhouse built in 1880 featuring chandeliers, period windows, and gracious wooden banisters. Overnight accommodations are available for students from further afield. Learn more about our location, studio culture and offerings at

Areas of study.

Yoga Asana
Learn how to safely and correctly teach and practice the physical poses in yoga, healthy alignment with related hands-on assists for each pose, benefits, safety considerations, and different names (Sanskrit and English, as well as a basic understanding of how to offer private yoga sessions for individual clients
Leveled Teaching
Develop the ability to customize yoga poses and sequences for every ability, learn how and when to use modifications, variations and props for both classes and private sessions
Pranayama and Meditation
Cultivate connection to your breath and mind and learn how to incorporate aspects of both into your teaching
Teaching Methodology
Explore the art of teaching a structured, well-sequenced class, learn to manage group dynamics and address the needs of specific individuals and populations within the context of a group class
Yoga Philosophy and History
Examine the ancient roots of the tree of yoga, explore the 8 limbs of yoga, the yoga Sutras, Ayurveda and more
Anatomy and Physiology
Learn the structure beneath the pose and how to safely guide your students into healthy physical alignment during yoga practice
The Business of Yoga
Gain a strong grasp on the ethics of teaching yoga, how to set safe and effective boundaries, and learn promotional tools and techniques that will empower you to present yourself to your students and potential clients effectively
Practice Teaching
Graduate as an effective and experienced yoga teacher through extensive practice instructing your classmates and peers, observing and assisting classes, and periodic assessments and feedback
Reiki I
Learn a gentle energy work technique to enhance your hands-on assists during savasana, gentle and restorative classes


We recommend a minimum of one year of consistent yoga practice.

Dates, times and hours.

Over 180 contact hours taught over 8 weekends, September 2017 to January 2018 Hours: Fridays 5 – 9 pm, Saturdays 8 am – 6 pm, Sundays 8 am – 4 pm Dates: Sept 1st - 3rd, Sept 29th - Oct 1st, Oct 20th - 22nd, Nov 3rd - 5th, Nov 17th - 19th, Dec 8th - 10th, Jan 5th - 7th, Jan 19th - 21st


  • $2500 (Includes Manual)
    • Early bird discount of $100.00 if registered by July 1st with a $400 deposit ($500.00 deposit required after July 1st). • Tuition can be paid in full OR 4 installments of $500.00 will be charged to your credit card on file on September 30th, October 30th, November 30th and December 30th. Payments made by installments will be charged a finance fee of $80.00 ($20.00 per installment). • Payments made in full prior to September 8th will receive the Early Bird rate of $2400 • In the event of student withdrawal, Ananda Shala retains the initial deposit and 10% of any payments made to date of withdrawal. In the event of course cancellation by Ananda Shala, all funds will be returned to student.
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300 Hour Yoga Teacher Training ~ The School of Embodied Poetics

….Be more than a good teacher. Be more than a great teacher. “Be an exceptional teacher.” – Rod Stryker.

To meet that aim, this is an exceptional and evolutionary teacher’s study. It marries cutting edge science, biomechanics, and wise psychology to the ancient wisdom traditions of yoga, mythology, and mysticism. The result is a remarkable, modular 300 hour training program to build knowledge, leverage authentic gifts, build confidence and cultivate an authentic voice.

Across the program, attend embodiment sessions, lectures, practicums, webinars, an online supported meditation challenge, and a service outreach, to raise the level of your offerings, as perhaps you never imagined possible.

As a Mandala of study, the program layers and anchors skills intelligently as it maps in the most relevant and creative directions of yoga teaching skills.

Each Teacher who engages this program experiences seven main modules, The Four Direction Immersions and The Triadic Heart Wisdom Immersions, as well as five Evolutionary Elective Modules.

Each Weekend Immersion is Twenty Hours
Thursday & Friday 6pm – 9 pm
Saturday 10am – 6pm, Sunday 10am – 4pm

Areas of study.

The Seven Main Modules
  Four Cardinal Directions to Anchor, Apply and Expand Knowledge and Skill Across the Art and Science of Yoga.
  These primary divisions move across the most foundational, effective, and useful methods and techniques of authentically engaging and teaching yoga.
  1/25 - 1/28: North – Create Content and Cultivate Meaning
  2/8 - 2/11: East – Teaching Techniques Across All Levels
  3/1 - 3/4: South – A Life In Balance
  4/5 - 4/8: West – The Art of Being Seen and Heard
  Each of these sessions follow an inspired, yet practical map of directionally oriented:
  • Asana, Embodiment, Authentic Action, and Transmission
  • Movement Methodology
  • Advanced and Applied Sequencing
  • Applied and Engaged Anatomy
  • Hands On Adjustments
  • Creative Prop Inspiration and Use
  • Verbal Expression
  • Contemporary Textual Study
  • Student to Teacher Relationship Building
  • Daily Yoga Engagement
  The energy of Hindu mythology beautifully vibrates between ‘seed’ nature and ‘growing’ nature. These immersion inspired the student teachers across and through the divine pairings of the three primary archetypes of creation, sustenance, and dissolution.
  These devi and deva stories, myths, symbols and agencies up-level inspiration, engagement, and application of the ancient to the contemporary.
  Understand what is meant by the ‘Triadic Heart’ in each of these divine energies, separately and together:
  5/3 - 5/6: Creation – Saraswati and Brahma
  6/7 - 6/10: Sustenance – Lakshmi and Vishnu
  7/12 - 7/15: Dissolution – Durga and Shiva
  Each of these weekend immersions deeply steeps one in applied:
  • Asana, Embodiment, Authentic Action, and Transmission
  • Movement Methodology
  • Myth and History
  • Ancient Textual Study
  • Hands On Adjustments
  • Community and Connection
  • Verbal Expression
  • Ritual and Tradition
  In Addition to the Seven Main Modules, Engage in these enhancement modules to fine tune and inspire your teaching.
Professional Refining Modules
8/9 - 8/12: Mythical Mystical Heart Immersion: Myths, Mystics, and Meaning. The Art of Poetic Voice and How to Tell a Story
  9/13 - 9/16: Flow – The Edge of Skills Evolved – Advancing Embodiment
  10/11 - 10/14: Yoga for Emotional Intelligence, A Mythic Motion – AGanesha and Hanuman Immersion
The Purpose Project
A Service Study and Activation of 20 Hours
  Each teacher selects one program from our five arms of activism, seva or service. This encourages each teacher to develop a life long connection and platform of meaning from which authentic teaching, inspiration, and direction can thrive:
  • Planetary – Environmental Activism and Service
  • Women – Centered Activism and Service
  • Child – Centered Activism
  • Human Right – Underserved – Poverty Shifting Service
  • Animal Activism
  Twenty hours of applied and reflected upon service, as well as a directional focus and plan for future service inspiration for one’s teaching platform are aimed to be the outcome.
Final Requirements for successful completion of Mandala include:
• Completion of all Modules
  • Completion of The Purpose Project
  • A 500 – word book reflection on each of the texts within each of the weekend immersions.
  • A video of two 60 – 75 minute classes.
  • A catalog of 6 current or future workshops or immersions.
  • A professional bio.
  • Homework completed, as requested in individual immersions, modules and online sessions.


200 Hour Teacher Training

Dates, times and hours.

Over 200 contact hours taught over 10 weekends, January - October 2018.
  Weekend module hours:
  Thursday & Friday 6pm – 9 pm
  Saturday 10am – 6pm,
  Sunday 10am – 4pm.
  Dates: January 25th - 28th, February 8th - 11th, March 1st - 4th, April 5th - 8th, May 3rd - 6th, June 7th - 10th, July 12th - 15th, August 9th - 12th, September 13th - 16th, October 11th - 14th


  • $3600.00 (Includes manual)
    •Early bird discount of $100.00 if registered by November 1st with a nonrefundable $500 deposit.
      •Tuition can be paid in full OR 5 installments (after nonrefundable early bird $500 deposit, $600 after November 1st) of $600.00 will be charged to your credit card on file on February 1st, April 1st, June 1st, August 1st and October 1st. Payments made by installments will be charged a finance fee of $10.00 per installment.
      •Payments made in full prior to January 1st will receive the Early Bird rate of $3600
      •In the event of student withdrawal, Ananda Shala retains the initial deposit and 10% of any payments made to date of withdrawal. In the event of course cancellation by Ananda Shala, all funds will be returned to student.

Rest for All: Restorative Yoga Teacher Training

with Tara Lemerise, E-RYT, YACEP

Some of our students’ deepest experiences of yoga happen when we can give them the opportunity to stop working to control their body and mind and instead help them rest with support, awareness, and intention. The deep, purposeful kind of resting possible with restorative yoga can eliminate fatigue, expedite recovery from injuries, ease experiences of anxiety, and develop resistance to the impact of stress on physical and mental health, among other things. This teacher training will provide the tools you need to teach restorative poses with confidence and ease, both in a group setting and to one-on-one clients.

This training is ideal for:

~new and experienced yoga teachers who want to expand their teaching skills
~anyone currently enrolled in an immersion or yoga teaching training program
~anyone interested in deepening their understanding and experience of restorative yoga

This training is eligible for 12 hours of continuing education credits with Yoga Alliance and after completion, there are opportunities to join Tara’s apprenticing program.

Tuition includes a spiral bound 30-page Restorative Yoga Teacher Training Manual.

Areas of study.

You will learn:
~detailed alignment and propping instruction of at least seven restorative postures
  ~the benefits, applications, and energetics of restorative yoga asanas
  ~when and how to use props to initiate a relaxation response
  ~how to address injuries, limitations, and special conditions during restorative practice
  ~ways to identify physical and energetic misalignment in restorative poses
  ~skills for physical and verbal adjustments during restorative practice

Dates, times and hours.

Saturday, November 4 and Sunday, November 5, 12:30-7 pm each day


  • $275 when registered by October 4, $350 after

Yoga Warriors Teacher Training

Healing the Wounds of War, Breath by Breath

Ananda Shala is proud to host Yoga Warriors International!

Our Yoga Warriors teacher training is designed to provide advance knowledge and practical tools for yoga teachers working with combat veterans diagnosed with Combat and Operational Stress Reaction (COSR) or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The Yoga Warriors method skillfully integrates concepts from yoga therapy, traditional yoga philosophy, and psychology, with current scientific knowledge of the body and mind to promote health and well-being.

This program is for certified yoga teachers registered with the Yoga Alliance at the 200 hour level (minimum).

Open to certified yoga teachers inspired to facilitate healing to those with PTSD or Combat Stress Disorder and to certified yoga teachers who work with (or would like to work with) active-duty military personnel or veterans. Only certified yoga teachers will be qualified to teach the Yoga Warriors program in a classroom setting.

*Those that are not certified yoga teachers are invited to attend and will receive a “certificate of attendance” which may be applied towards yoga certification if you decide to go through a 200 hr program and become registered with the National Yoga Alliance within 2 years.

"The Yoga Warriors Training exceeded my highest expectation. As a yoga teacher and a long time psychotherapist, I was thrilled with what I brought back to my practices with me. I have a new set of tools expertly tuned to this population of military service personnel that I long to serve. This evidence based program is practical and yet at the same time full of heart. I can see how this training will be useful to me for years to come. One additional benefit was the amazing group of dedicated teachers that I met and the inspiration that I received from them. I now have a network all around the southeast of new colleagues!" - J.S.

This program is also approved by the National Association of Social Workers for 16 CEU hours (Approval #886630123-1975)

$50 Cancellation Fee

For further information on Yoga Warriors, please visit

PREREGISTRATION REQUIRED. For more information, please contact or call 919.267.9264.

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Areas of study.

Topics Included
* PTSD and COSR-definitions, causes & symptoms
  * Learn assisting and modification skills.
  * The General Principles of the Yoga Warriors Method
  * Hatha yoga postures and sequencing strategies specific to PTSD or COSR
  * Effective pranayama techniques (breathing exercises) to reduce hyperarousal
  * How to integrate positive affirmations for healing into the yoga practice.
  * How to integrate some basic treatment principles into your yoga classes to maximize healing.
  * How to use restorative yoga in a therapeutic setting.
  * How to provide trauma-sensitive yoga, cultivating observational skills and responding to the unique challenges of this population.
  * How to set up a Yoga Warriors program in your area
  * How to reach out and make contacts
  * Ethical guidelines to practice

Dates, times and hours.

9 am - 5 pm Saturday, October 14th & Sunday, October 15th


  • $495
    16-Hour Certification/CEUs

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