Teacher Training Program
This is a nine-month 3-day per month (Friday-Sunday) immersion based program combining lecture, discussion, and experiential components. Yoga practices (asana, meditation, self-study), as well as coaching and mentoring, will be provided throughout the program. Students will be required to complete at-home practice and assignments in between weekend immersions.
The Living Yoga 200-hour Teacher Training program is offered once a year (Fall-Summer).
Each immersion weekend (session) will include topical areas to be discussed, class discussion, and reflection. Experiential components will be included throughout with a focus on alignment in postures, teaching asanas, transitions, pranayama, and meditation.
Faculty will provide insight on how to integrate the yoga practices to your daily life and how to apply the ancient practices to twenty-first-century living. Yoga philosophy will be an integral part of the program and woven into each of the sessions. Faculty will provide a supportive environment for students to apply their new teaching skills in a safe and nurturing space.
Students will be provided with an opportunity to partner and teach in groups throughout the sessions. They will be asked to provide feedback to their fellow students and to cultivate a respectful and supportive sangha.
Following completion of this 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training program, students will be able to:
- Teach a Hatha based yoga class in a safe and supportive way.
- Demonstrate the basics of gentle and alignment focused asana class.
- Understand how to sequence a class and transition between poses.
- Provide modifications and accommodations for special populations and needs.
- Teach basic pranayama and meditation.
- Understand the stress response (fight, flight, or freeze) and how to relax the body.
- Work one-on-one with clients or in a group setting and adhere to professional ethics.
- Apply yoga philosophy to daily living.
Yoga History and Philosophy
Basic Principles of Asana, Meditation, Pranayama
Anatomy, Alignment, and Adjustments
Teaching Ethics and Special Populations
Mind and Body Integration
Yoga’s Application to the Twenty-First Century
A minimum of 1-year yoga experience/practice
A meditation practice or desire to have a meditation practice
Physically able to participate in gentle asana practice (contact faculty with questions)
An open mind, heart and true desire to learn
Students should plan to spend approximately 5-10 hours a week on reading assignments, home practice and self-study (sadhana).
Weekend Immersion Hours:
Fridays: 12:00-6:00 Saturdays: 12:00-8:00 Sundays: 1:00-8:00
Course Cost: $3,000
Cost per Credit: $15
Cost per Session: $333.33
Nicole Lovald, Director and Lead Teacher
Sarah Hjersjo, Anatomy Lead
• Teaching Yoga: Essential Foundations and Techniques
by Mark Stephens
• The Yamas and Niyamas: Exploring Yoga’s Ethical Practice
by Deborah Adele
• The Path of the Yoga Sutras: a practical guide to the core of yoga
by Nicolai Bachman
• The Key Poses of Yoga: Your Guide to Functional Anatomy in Yoga
by Ray Long, MD, FRCSC
*Optional prop kit containing: eye pillow, two bolsters, yoga mat, two blocks, strap, four blankets
Contact Spirit of the Lake Yoga to order the optional prop kit.
September 18-20, 2020
October 16-18, 2020
November 13-15, 2020
December 11-13, 2020
January 8-10, 2021
February 5-7, 2021
March 5-7, 2021
April 9-11, 2021
May 7-9, 2021
Session 1: Introduction to Yoga, History, and the 8 Limbs
- Students will have a basic understanding of the history of yoga and the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.
- Students will be able to apply the eight limbs of yoga to their daily lives.
Session 2: Asana, Pranayama, & Meditation
- Develop a home asana, pranayama, and meditation practice
- Understand the basics of a well-balanced yoga class
Session 3: Anatomy, Energy, & Ayurveda
- Learn how to build a pose, how it affects the body and how to provide modifications as needed.
Session 4: Ayurveda 101
- Effectively apply the basics of Ayurveda to your own life so that you can find more balance and harmony in your life.
Session 5: Mind-Body Integration
- Understand the importance of the mind-body connection.
- Learn tools and techniques that can be utilized in a yoga class or workshop to assist with your client's overall wellbeing.
Session 6: Restorative Yoga
- Students will learn how to create/sequence and teach a restorative yoga class.
- The subtle yet profound benefits of restorative yoga will be explored.
Session 7: Art of Teaching & Business of Yoga/Structuring a class & special populations
- Become comfortable with teaching by uncovering your unique voice and style.
- Understand the needs of special populations and how to hold space.
- Learn to create a safe and nurturing class while upholding necessary boundaries as a teacher
- Understand how to enter the yoga business, while adhering to professional ethics and guidelines set by the Yoga Alliance.
Session 8: Practice Teach
- Students will embody the poses, understand proper alignment, cues, and how to safely provide modifications.
Session 9: Exam & Graduation
- Demonstrate that you can teach a Hatha class in a safe and supportive way
- Successfully complete a 200-hour yoga teacher training and become a certified yoga teacher.
How to Apply to this Program:
1. Complete Admissions Application (below)
2. Email to
3. Schedule Admissions Interview with Director of the program
4. Complete Admissions Interview and $300 down payment
5. Once accepted to the program, review the catalog and complete Enrollment Agreement provided during the interview.
APPLICATION FOR ADMISSIONS
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Spirit of the Lake Yoga School is licensed as a private career school with the Minnesota Office of Higher Education pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, sections 136A.821 to 136A.832. Licensure is not an endorsement of the institution. Credits earned at the institution may not transfer to all other institutions.