Teacher Training

DY Teacher Training

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200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training with Astrid Santana begins September 22nd, 2017.

About the Training

From a practical approach, all of the essentials will be covered: Our 200 hour yoga alliance certified teacher training will explore the essence of yoga, instilling deep knowledge and respect for the ancient tradition and modern evolution of this powerful practice. New teachers will graduate empowered with a craft to create meaningful, consciously aligned, intelligently sequenced classes that can be tailored to a broad range of students, providing them with a strong foundation to begin their careers as yoga educators.

This teacher training will provide a unique opportunity for students to embrace all of the various skills and knowledge necessary to become fully competent yoga teachers in an ever growing and in demand profession, facilitating personal growth and generating greater well-being amongst students as they learn to more fully embody the path of yoga.

What you will learn

Touch corrections
Class composition
Working with modifications, injuries, and special needs
The business of yoga

Your Trainer Astrid

Astrid Santana is an Atlanta based yoga teacher who began her practice of yoga in 1996 and has been teaching professionally since 2010. She has completed 500 hours of study in the Pranakiya yoga tradition, exploring the esoteric traditions of tantric hatha yoga with her teacher Yoganand Michael Carroll, and in 2013 Astrid completed an alignment based immersion training with former Anusara teacher Gina Minyard. Recently voted “Best Yoga Teacher in Atlanta” by both Best Self and Atlanta Magazine, Astrid has over 6000 hours of teaching experience, offering intelligently sequenced, alignment based classes that are soulful, joyful, unpretentious and accessible. Astrid teaches national and international yoga retreats and workshops, and off the mat enjoys spending as much time as possible in the wilderness, a passion that has led her to a seasonal career with the National Park Service in Glacier National Park, Montana.

Training Itinerary

Fridays 6:30pm-9pm
Saturday and Sunday 9:00am – 6:00pm


12/8 – 12/10
1/5 – 1/7
1/19 – 1/21
2/16 – 2/18
3/16 – 3/18
3/30 – 4/1


$2700 (early bird – if paid in full by August 22nd)
$2800 (after August 22nd)


Application to this training will be conducted in a personal interview with Astrid.

Applicants must:
• Have a regular yoga practice for a minimum of 6 months.
• Take a minimum of 2 yoga classes per week during the training and journal on them. Classes are not included in the training price, however you will receive a teacher trainee drop-in discount of $8 per class.
• Develop a home yoga and meditation practice.
• Have a love of yoga and the desire to serve others.
• Be able to attend all weekend training sessions.

Certification Requirements

Applicants must:
• Attend all weekend classes.
• Complete monthly journaling, reading and anatomy assignments.
• Complete all teaching practicals which includes assisting Astrid in two classes and in class teaching assignments.
• Be able to articulate the different approaches a teacher would take in teaching a beginner, level one, and vinyasa class.
• Pass written exam.
• Bring your authentic self!


How to Apply and Register 

1. Fill out the online application

2. Contact front desk to place deposit and/or payment (404) 377-4899

3. Contact Astrid for an interview via email: astridsantana@hotmail.com


Yoga therapy is a growing field which is gaining worldwide acceptance as a respected and recognized complementary healing modality. Yoga therapy’s unique synthesis of yoga with traditional applications of biomedical, psycho-emotional, and pain science provides a balanced whole-person approach to healing and well-being.

Combining the latest medical and yoga research with traditional yoga practices and philosophy, The Center for Integrative Yoga Studies offers 200 hour and 300 hour advanced therapeutic yoga teacher training, both programs focusing on the unique and multidimensional view of yoga and its integration into current scientific and biomedical concepts.

200 Hour Therapeutic & Meditative Yoga Teacher Training

Hosted exclusively by Decatur Yoga, the CIYS 200-hour Therapeutic & Meditative Yoga Teacher Training offers a unique teacher training experience through its focus on the therapeutic and meditative aspects of yoga. Throughout the training, program participants will:

  • Explore asana, pranayama, meditation, yoga lifestyle, philosophy and applications of these techniques for various medical and psycho-emotional conditions, dysfunctions, and imbalances;
  • Learn how to create various levels/kinds of classes, including sequence and posture modifications for certain physical, mental and emotional conditions. Learn breath and meditation techniques with an understanding based on scientific findings about what makes these techniques therapeutic in various settings;
  • Delve into the philosophy of yoga and how to incorporate these ideas into daily life to cultivate positive and healing change;
  • Study how the path of yoga helps to create health, transformation and well-being.

Successful graduates of the CIYS 200-hour Therapeutic & Meditative Yoga Teacher Training program qualify to register with the Yoga Alliance as a 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher.

The 2018 200-hour training dates are:

Feb 2-4

Feb 23-25

Mar 2-4

Mar 23-25

Apr 13-15

Apr 27-29

May 4-6

May 18-20

Jun 1-3

All weekends are held:

Fridays, 6:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Saturdays & Sundays, 8:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Tuition: $3100 ($2900 if paid in full by Jan 1, 2018)

This training is led by Marlysa Sullivan, Tra Kirkpatrick and Holle Black, co-founders of The Center for Integrative Yoga Studies. With a passion for exploring the way the path of yoga informs, heals, and transforms our lives, these three yoga therapists and teachers formed CIYS with a mission to share the deep and powerful traditions of yoga and the integration of these teachings and practices into modern day concepts in science and medicine.

You can read about CIYS’ full program at www.integrativeyogastudies.com.

To download the application and register click here.

CIYS’s 300 hour advanced therapeutic yoga teacher program has been taught across the country and in Canada and has many graduates working in the field of yoga therapy. Their program is based on understanding, experiencing and learning ancient yoga philosophy and practices combined with the latest scientific research into the effects of yoga on health, transformation and well-being.

This 300 hour yoga therapy program is designed for yoga practitioners, teachers and health care providers who want to specialize in yoga’s therapeutic aspects and builds upon any Yoga Alliance approved 200-hour program. Successful graduates of the CIYS 300-hour Advanced Therapeutic Yoga Teacher Training program qualify to register with the Yoga Alliance as a 500-hour Registered Yoga Teacher.

DYP is hosting the following 300-hour programs in 2016:
  • The Yoga Way: Toward Psychological and Emotional Wellbeing 2/19 – 2/21 with Holle Black
  • Exploring Meditation & Yoga Philosophy: Nature of the Self and the Mind 7/29 – 7/31 with Marlysa Sullivan
  • Experiential Anatomy & Therapeutic Yoga: Focus on Shoulders & Arm 6/3 – 6/5 with Tra Kirkpatrick
  • Experiential Anatomy & Therapeutic Yoga: Focus on Hips, Knees, & Feet 12/9 – 12/11 with Tra Kirkpatrick
All programs are held:

Fridays, 6:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Saturdays & Sundays, 8:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.

$400 ($350 if paid in full 30-days in advance; materials included)

You can read about CIYS’ full program at www.integrativeyogastudies.com.



RCYS logoUpholding the integrity of yoga while making it accessible, desirable and beneficial to children makes this training program radically distinct.

  • Grounded is organically homegrown out of our passion to elevate yoga for children
  • Founded and created by experienced classroom teachers
  • Our program reflects multiple yoga lineages and diverse perspectives
  • We offer a step by step approach in your education toward certification
  • Our dynamic 4 step training fulfills the required 95 hours of study for RCYT designation with Yoga Alliance.



I_wantBased on the principle that you must ground yourself before grounding others, this training is an invitation to create an authentic presence, complete engaging groundwork and receive a well-rounded introduction into all aspects of teaching yoga to kids and teens.

Upon completion, you are eligible for the Elevator Pass and entry to our private online group as well as a listing on our website as a Grounded Teacher with reference to your bio and teaching schedule.

You may take this training as a stand-alone course or as the first step toward certification.

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Choose One


For your second training you can choose either a training focused on teaching yoga in schools or a training focused on teaching pre-grounders (ages 3-6) and special needs populations.  Having a hard time deciding?  Then take both!


Training within actual schools allows you to see the nuances and efficiently gain the skills necessary to affect classrooms of children with the benefits of yoga and mindfulness through our signature United States of You curriculum.

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Align your skills with your heart’s desire to teach real yoga in a fun and meaningful way to little ones and those with special needs.

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For Step 3 you can choose to participate in either on-line training or a live instructor led session.


Working at your own pace through expertly crafted videos and engaging written tutorials with personalized feedback every step of the way makes this training a perfect choice for those craving flexibility and individual mentoring.

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Working together to understand and identify the qualities and characteristics of the five universal elements within yourself and others gives you the advantage of knowing how to connect with and inspire children on a very deep level.

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Complete your training with others who have stepped up to earn the distinction of Certified Grounded Teacher, ready and willing to make a difference in the world.

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