200-Hour Amara Teacher Training  2017-2018 is now full - we are no longer 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. 

Lead Trainers:

Luna Pierson 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, Yogaworks 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 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. 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 info@amarayoga.com.  You may use the following links to jump to the program that you are interested in:

200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training

Continuing Education

August 2017 - 200-Hour Teacher Training Weekend Program

Schedule: August 19 through May 6, 2017 - 10 weekends - one per month with a 4 hour Saturday meeting in between some of the weekends.

Tentative Teacher Training Dates     2017 – 2018

Weekend 1: August 19 & 20                 1.5: September 2

Weekend 2: September 16 & 17           2.5: September 30

Weekend 3: October 14 & 15                3.5: October 28

Weekend 4: November 18 & 19


Weekend 5: December 9 & 10


Weekend 6: January 6 & 7

Weekend 7: January 27 & 28                7.5: February 17

Weekend 8: March 10 & 11                    8.5: March 24

Weekend 9: April 7 & 8                          9.5: April 21

Weekend 10: May 5

Prerequisite: At least one year of yoga practice

Program Fees:
$2,750 paid in full by July 1, 2017
$3,000 paid in full by August 1, 2017

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 membership comes with acceptance into the program starting when payment is received, so you can take as many regularly scheduled classes for free!


Click HERE to download an application

Click HERE to download an FAQ sheet

Questions? Email info@amarayoga.com

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Reading List

  • 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

Basic curriculum

  • Asana
  • Art of Creative Sequencing
  • Hands on Adjusting
  • Sanskrit names of postures
  • Pranayama
  • Meditation
  • 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 8 classes, observe 5 classes, 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) several times during the training. The practice teaching part of training will culminate in a community class taught at Amara. This class is open to the public and will be observed by a faculty member.

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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. "


Continuing Education at Amara

We offer workshops and trainings to help teachers continue to develop their practice and teaching skills.

Click HERE for a current schedule.

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