200-Hour Amara Teacher Training
Now taking applications
Embark on a life-changing journey to deepen your practice and learn how to teach.
with Luna Pierson and Linda Lehovec
Elevate your love of yoga to the next level !
Our comprehensive cross-disciplinary program will introduce you to the transformational, multi-layered path of yoga. It will help you progress your personal practice, increase your confidence and encourage you to find your own unique voice. Yoga is evolving from an ancient practice to contemporary practice and our teacher training program celebrates and includes best practices from all major lineages of yoga.
Students will learn all the tools necessary to teach yoga safely. Study will include asana (yoga poses), pranayama (breath work), meditation, anatomy, basic Sanskrit, ethics, yoga history & philosophy, and an intro to Ayurveda. Our program is always evolving and improving, and is customized to meet the unique goals and needs of each training group.
We encourage our students to take as many classes at Amara as possible, so once tuition is paid in full we give complimentary memberships until training is complete.
Luna Pierson (E-RYT 500) began her yoga journey in 2009 here at Amara by helping her mother Kathryn Fitzgerald open the studio. She now lives and teaches yoga full time in Los Angeles, California and specializes in teaching the art of creative, intelligent, dynamic and safe sequencing. Luna studied with her mentor Kia Miller at Yoga Works in Santa Monica for both 200 and following 300 hour teacher training, and has completed additional Wanderlust teacher training. She teaches at some of the best studios in LA, including Wanderlust Hollywood, Equinox LA, and Roam LA.
She has also worked as a yoga consultant for HBO designing on camera classes and teaching the actors how to play yoga teachers and/or students in numerous television series. She brings with her a unique understanding and insight into the most innovative, transformative, fun and exciting ways to develop and teach yoga classes to every body.
Linda Lehovec (E-RYT 200 )has been practicing yoga since 2000. A dancer and choreographer, Linda has been teaching yoga since 2004 at the University of Illinois where she is currently on faculty in the Department of Dance and at Amara for over 9 years. Linda will be teaching principles of anatomy, asana, how to observe bodies, and hands-on adjustments.
Our 200-hour teacher training is offered as a weekend program (August through May). Amara is a registered yoga school with Yoga Alliance, so that graduates of our 200-hour YTT programs may register for RYT-200 status, and current RYTs may use our continuing education programs for CEs with Yoga Alliance. For inquiries about any of our professional training programs, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
2019 - 200-Hour Teacher Training Program Schedule
Extended Format Weekend Schedule: August 17, 2019 through April 25, 2020
*Dates and times are subject to change. We’ve taken care to schedule outside of major holidays.
12 full weekends, 8am to 5pm with a one hour lunch break each day. April 25 test and graduation.
Tentative Teacher Training Dates
Weekend 1: August 17 & 18
Weekend 2: September 14 & 15
Weekend 3: October 5 & 6
Weekend 4: October 26 & 27
Weekend 5: November 16 & 17
Weekend 6: December 7 & 8
Weekend 7: January 4 & 5
Weekend 8: January 25 & 26
Weekend 9: February 15 & 16
Weekend 10: March 7 & 8
Weekend 11: March 28 & 29
Weekend 12: April 18 & 19
Weekend 13: April 25
Prerequisite: At least one year of yoga practice
$2,750 paid in full by July 1, 2019
$3,000 paid in full by August 1, 2019
A $500 deposit is due upon enrollment to hold your spot. Your payment is due in full by the early registration date in order to receive the discounted rate. Full payment is required a week before the start of the program unless a payment plan has been previously arranged. Complimentary classes comes with acceptance into the program starting when payment is received, so you can take as many regularly scheduled classes for free!
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The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali by Satchinananda
The Heart of Yoga by Desikachar
The Key Muscles in Yoga by Ray Long
Yoga Mind, Body & Spirit: A Return to Wholeness By Donna Farhi
Art of Creative Sequencing
Hands on Adjusting
Sanskrit names of postures
Anatomy and Physiology
How to observe bodies
Use of props to modify or improve a posture
Origins and History of Yoga
Yogic Philosophy and Lifestyle
Finding your voice as a Yoga Teacher
The Business of Yoga
About the Training
Typical day: Each day will begin with a yoga practice which includes the postures that will be focused on later in the day. After the practice the day will consist of a mixture practice teaching and learning postures (alignment, benefits, contraindications, and adjustments), group assignments, discussion and lecture followed by a final meditation.
Writing assignments: Writing assignments will be given periodically and expected to be well thought-out and thorough. Length will vary.
Other assignments: Teachers will assign various out of class reading assignments. They will also assign various activities such as watching a video online or attending class.
Exams: Your completion of the program is contingent upon passing a comprehensive in-training final exam.
Observation and attending classes: Each student will be required to attend 10 classes, observe 10classes, and assist 3 classes at Amara during the training. The cost of these is included in the student's tuition.
Practice Teaching: Each student will be required to teach both at home and in the studio (to the other teachers in training) throughout the training. Students will pick a underserved population or group to teach a series of yoga classes to for a Karma yoga project, and teach a practicum class to the whole group and lead trainers at the end of the training.
What People Are Saying About Amara's Yoga Teacher Training Program
"Teacher Training at Amara has really stretched my brain muscles as much as my body. I walk away from training sessions with the realization that there is a deep reservoir of yoga knowledge that I need to explore further. Don, Luna, Linda, Grace and Laura have taught us how to teach yoga AND about the depth of yoga practice. "