Teacher Training

DY Teacher Training

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200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training
with Joe Palese, Lead Assist: Ashley Dunlop
begins February 2019

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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 Teacher Training Team:
Joe Palese
Ashley Dunlop

Training Itinerary

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

2019 Dates:

February 15 – 17
March 15 – 17
April 26 – 28
May 16 – 18
June 21 – 23
July 19 – 21
August 16 – 18
September 13 – 15
October 11 – 13


Application to this training will be conducted in a personal interview with Joe or Ashley.

Applicants must:
• Have a regular yoga practice for a minimum of 1 year.
• Take a minimum of 2 yoga classes per week during the training and journal on them.
• Develop and maintain 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 Joe or Ashley 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!

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200-hour Therapeutic Essentials and Meditative Yoga Teacher Training:

The Center for Integrative Yoga Studies is holding its 200-hour Therapeutic Essentials and Meditative Yoga Teacher training at Decatur Yoga and Pilates in Decatur, GA at the downtown location. This training offers a unique yoga educational experience through its focus on the therapeutic benefits and meditative aspects of yoga. Exploring asana, pranayama, meditation, yoga lifestyle and philosophy, the program’s primary goal is to infuse yoga teachings with the latest research information for a well-rounded understanding of yoga’s applications for optimal balance and well-being. By learning about the unique and multidimensional view of yoga and its integration with current scientific research we study how the path of yoga helps to cultivate vitality, presence and ease in the body and mind.

Unique in it’s therapeutic framework, CIYS’ 200-hour training offers a strong foundation in anatomy, with an understanding of using asana safely and effectively for common musculoskeletal imbalances and dysfunctions. Further, participants will learn how to sequence postures for various imbalances and conditions. The program also delves into the philosophies of yoga and how to incorporate these teachings in a modern world. Various emotional imbalances and conditions are also discussed (e.g., anxiety/stress, depression, trauma) so that yoga can be applied in the most beneficial manner while maintaining security for the student population being served by the practice.

Participants in the training not only learn through dynamic lectures and discussions, but actively apply the information through hands-on experiences and teaching practicums. Successful graduates of this training may apply with the Yoga Alliance as an RYT-200 following completion of the program.

The application form can be downloaded here CIYS 200 Hour Admissions Form

non-refundable $500 deposit is required to reserve your space.

Early Bird Rate: $2900 
Regular Rate: $3100 
Payment plans available (requires monthly auto-withdraw and must be paid in full by weekend 5 of the program.)
Includes all weekends and training manual. (Students will need to purchase two additional books.)

Deposits and training fees may be sent via check made payable to Center for Integrative Yoga Studies to the address on the application or paid securely via PayPal to email address thecenter.tra@gmail.com

Training is co-led by Holle Black, C-IAYT, E-RYT500, Tra Kirkpatrick, C-IAYT, E-RYT500 and Marlysa Sullivan, MPT, C-IAYT, E-RYT500.

The yoga therapy components of Holle Black’s, Tra Kirkpatrick’s, and Marlysa Sullivan’s teachings are based on Yoga Therapist designation by the International Association of Yoga Therapists, not derived from E-RYT status with Yoga Alliance Registry.

Yoga & Trauma: Healing with Tantra Hatha Yoga


April 5th – 7th
Fri 6p-9p
Sat 8:30a-6:30p
Sun 8:30a-6:30p

Only $375 by 3/4
$400 thereafter

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Yoga is an ancient system of philosophies and practices that help to heal the body-mind connection, improve homeostasis and increase well-being. Scientific research is proving tangible benefits of yoga, especially with trauma and PTSD. Studies show yoga as a promising adjunct therapy to address common physiological, emotional, and psychological issues associated with trauma experiences.

This program provides the framework necessary for teaching yoga and mindfulness to at-risk populations including prisons, homeless shelters, VAs, hospitals and other arenas where trauma is often a factor in or result of one’s current life situation.

Participants can expect to learn how to help people better self-regulate and move into a space of greater self-efficacy using yoga. Come away with an understanding of:
• Effects of trauma on the mind, body and nervous system;
• Applications of yoga to promote the mind/body reconnection following trauma;
• How trauma informed yoga is different than a “regular” class (language/cueing, postures, pacing, philosophies);
• How to create and teach trauma-based yoga classes to various populations and in different settings.

Taught by Holle Black, C-IAYT, E-RYT500
And the founder of Centering Youth,
a non-profit initiative taking yoga
and mindfulness into marginalized
populations in GA.

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