200-Hour Amara Teacher Training Intensive Format

May 18 - June 18, 2018 - Now taking applications

Embark on a life-changing journey to deepen your practice and learn how to teach.

with Luna Pierson, Kristina Reese 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.

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. 

Lead Trainers:

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, 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 (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 8 years. Linda will be teaching principles of anatomy, asana, how to observe bodies, and hands-on adjustments.

 Kristina Reese (E-RYT 200) is a practicing yogi and professional yoga and meditation teacher cultivated in the heart of the Midwest. Her passion for yoga stems from a background in team and individual athletics coupled with a desire to find positivity in the present moment.  Kristina started practicing yoga while attending college in Nashville, TN. After a cheerleading injury left her with a broken nose and shattered disposition, Yoga helped her rebuild her self-confidence and find stability and flexibility even when things are uncertain. Kristina then attended YogaFit trainings and began teaching in 2010. She earned her 200-hr training at Amara in 2015. She will complete her 300hr education through Colorado School of Yoga in April 2017.  
Kristina’s desire is to empowering people to connect with their own intuitive nature and inner creativity. Her yoga philosophy is that the poses will always be there, if we make the choice to practice as we are today, without comparison to yesterday or expectation for tomorrow, we are finding our success right now.
Our 200-hour teacher training is offered as both a intensive format (May 18 - June 18)  and 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.  

 2018 - 200-Hour Teacher Training  Programs Schedules


Intensive Schedule: Friday May 18 - Monday June 18

Weekdays 8am- 5pm


Extended Format Weekend Schedule: August 18, 2018 through May 5, 2019

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 18 & 19                 1.5: September 1

Weekend 2: September 15 & 16           2.5: September 29

Weekend 3: October 13 & 14                3.5: October 27

Weekend 4: November 17 & 18


Weekend 5: December 8 & 9


Weekend 6: January 5 & 6

Weekend 7: January 26 & 27               7.5: February 16

Weekend 8: March 8 & 9                    8.5: March 22

Weekend 9: April 76& 7                         9.5: April 20

Weekend 10: May 5

Prerequisite: At least one year of yoga practice

Program Fees:

Intensive format

$2,750 paid in full by April 1, 2018
$3,000 paid in full by  May1, 2018


Extended format

$2,750 paid in full by July 1, 2018
$3,000 paid in full by August 1, 2018

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

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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 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) 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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