200 Hour Therapeutic Yoga Teacher Training - Arcata, California
200 Hour Therapeutic Yoga Teacher Training
Transform Your Life - Immerse Yourself in Yoga
Explore vinyasa flow, therapeutic alignment principles and the path of yoga as a framework for holistic health. Learn to share the practices with others in a safe and powerful way.
Type of Event
- Teacher Training
Full immersion program.
This program offers students in-depth skills to explore Yoga as a vehicle for vibrant health, self-transformation, and personal empowerment. Our curriculum includes a unique blend of alignment based vinyasa flow, a solid foundation in Hatha Yoga and 200 hours of instruction offered within a therapeutic framework. The instruction will cover a wide range of yoga techniques including yoga postures, anatomy, relaxation, breath awareness, pranayama, meditations to calm the mind, contemplations to transform limiting tendencies into life affirming thought patterns, and the application of clear principles of alignment to create safety, balance and freedom in yoga poses.
Students explore concepts from Ayurveda, the Upanishads, Patanjali and the Chakra System as frameworks for the application of Yoga as a journey towards radiant health and wellbeing. The asana emphasis includes both level one/two alignment based vinyasa flow sequencing as well as gentler and restorative variations. Students are exposed to frameworks that inspire each trainee to adapt the practices, awaken their creativity and find their own authentic voice as a teacher. Graduates of this program feel empowered to teach a variety of yoga class types, including: all levels Vinyasa Yoga, alignment-based classes, Yoga foundations, senior, gentle, and restorative.
Please note: This program is approved with Yoga Alliance and graduates are eligible to register with Yoga Alliance as a Registered Yoga Teacher at the 200 hour level (RYT-200). The therapeutic perspective & curricular components of this program are based on Sam's registration as a Certified Yoga Therapist with the International Association of Yoga Therapists (C-IAYT) and not derived from her status as an E-RYT 500 with Yoga Alliance Registry as the Yoga Alliance Registry does not certified yoga therapists, solely yoga teachers.
If you have a love and passion for Yoga, then you are welcome to participate, whether it is with the desire to deepen your own personal yoga practice or with the intention to teach yoga to others.
Join us and expect to:
Deepen your practice and transform your life through Yoga!
Bring balance and clarity into your life.
Fine-tune your asana through a deeper understanding of biomechanical alignment principles.
Gain insights into your (true) nature through the wisdom of Yoga and its philosophy.
Explore breath work, mantra and meditation as tools to create vibrant health and wellbeing in your life.
Learn to share the practices with others in a safe and powerful way.
Build self-confidence and tap into your amazing potential in a supportive, nurturing environment.
TYPICAL DAILY SCHEDULE
15:00 Welcome Meeting
Typical daily schedule
08:00 Morning meditation and pranayama
08:30 Yoga asana practice, alignment and anatomy, plus techniques or teaching methodology
12:30 Break for lunch
13:30 Restorative, therapeutic, or yoga nidra practice
14:30 Practice teach, skill-building. yoga philosophy, lifestyle, and ethics
17:30 Break for dinner
Occasional evening sessions as needed
8:30 Closing Session
This program will be held at Om Shala Yoga in Arcata, California.
During the program students will have time to enjoy majestic and ancient Redwood forests, wild and scenic rivers, dramatically gorgeous beaches and immerse into the local culture of Arcata. Trips will be planned to the nearby sites throughout the program so students may take in and experience the areas diverse natural beauty. Surfing, hiking, biking and rock climbing are just a few of the diverse activities which the local area offers.
OmShala Studio is located right in downtown, making it an ideal location to explore and soak in all the community has to offer. There are a variety of locally owned restaurants, many of which cater to various dietary restrictions, such as Wildflower Vegetarian Cafe and Bakery, as well as two natural and organic grocery stores, Arcata Natural Foods, and Wildberries Marketplace, which both serve ready-made food. Wildberries marketplace also features a community "box office" which sells tickets to local events and festivals. There are also many locally owned artisan stores and on Saturdays, Arcata holds a local agricultural farmers market, drawing members of the surrounding community, for fresh, organic goods, music and community.
Once you decide you would like to join us please complete the registration form and place your $500 deposit on the website This will ensure that your room preference is secured as well as your spot in the program. Fifty percent of your tuition payment is due three months prior to program start date. Final tuition payment is due one month prior to start date of the program.
Email us, call 808-333-9591 or visit our website.
This has been one of the most profound times in my life. I feel so loved and limitless. I now have the confidence to cultivate a strong home practice, as well as effectively spread the joy of yoga to others! I understand yoga on an entirely different level, so much deeper and most importantly I understand myself much more fully. These three weeks have truly been an amazing journey of self discovery.
-- Emily I., Washington
Liz is a true yogi - she lives the yoga philosophy, which has brought her a deep knowledge about the entire science of yoga. I most enjoyed learning about alignment principles and pose analysis; how to maximize the effectiveness of the pose and minimize the risk for injury. Liz explained these concepts very clearly and graciously offered personalized attention to all of our poses. This training deepened my understanding of yoga as a comprehensive system of liberation. I feel empowered to apply this science to enrich all aspects of my life and now I feel I posses the practical and experience knowledge to thrive as an instructor.
--Christopher G., New Hampshire
All of my apprehensions were dissolved in the first few days. My expectations were exceeded and I am still in awe at how humbly and precisely these teachings were passed on. The teachings have found a home in every cell of my being. The way this was shared with me is very profound and magical. My mind feels free, my body feels integrated and my life makes so much more sense. The way we were taught instilled amazing empowerment into each of us. I really loved the progression and how at the end I felt so many “aha” moments. My confidence has surprised me. It is very obvious the teachers are guided by the Supreme Force of Love and Light.
--Jeffrey D., Big Island, Hawaii
Soma Yoga Institute is a gem. The program they offer is incredibly versatile and strikes an impressive balance between intensive and nurturing study. I learned so many new things; this 200-hour teacher training is an artfully well-rounded introduction to all things yoga. Within the span of 21 days, we covered topics ranging from anatomy to philosophy to the business of yoga. Ayurveda, the chakras, and yoga nidra were all new topics to me and I found them deeply intriguing; I am excited to go home and dive into further study. I had not previously studied alignment, so I now have a better understanding of how to craft safer, more mindful sequences, both for my students and myself. I learned how to modify poses and practices to make them enjoyable and realistic. Similarly, I used to think that meditation was arduous, but this program empowered me to tailor my experience and now I truly look forward to it. With many hours of practice teaching, Soma Yoga Institute allowed me to internalize the practice and helped build up my confidence as a budding yoga teacher. I whole-heartedly recommend this program.
-Rachel W., Japan
This program was a profound learning and healing experience for me, it helped me through a rough patch in my life. I feel ten years younger than when I got here! Just doing so much yoga everyday has created so much more ease in my body and also my mind and spirit feel incredibly healthier. I loved learning about so many facets of yoga. I was very impressed by the Ayurveda section, I loved the restorative yoga and creating a personal yoga sequence geared toward my own needs will be invaluable to me. I am so grateful to Liz and Molly for this great learning experience, I enjoyed your teaching styles so much and felt you both complement each other beautifully. Thank you for sharing your wisdom and kindness.
-Kim C, California
I can't say enough about how wonderful this training was. I loved the curriculum, it was so comprehensive. I loved all the hands on training. Now leaving I feel like I have a thorough understanding of yoga, it's alignment, asana, and the philosophy. I feel very well prepared to go on from here and teach.
--Chelsea M., Canada
My confidence level is now in a completely different place then when I arrived and it is amazing. I was feeling nervous and anxious at times, I wasn't sure if I really could become a good yoga teacher. Now I am feeling ready to maintain a home practice and ready to start teaching. I was hoping to feel this way but honestly came into this doubting it. I am really proud of myself for overcoming this self doubt. I am feeling so inspired and grateful.
--Katie D., Hawaii
This course was amazing. I absolutely loved the course and our group. The content was exactly what I wished to study and I am so blessed and grateful I came to Hawaii. Liz and Molly are both incredible teachers that blend beautifully together. Their dynamics and diversity are amazing. There was the perfect blend of asana, yoga nidra, meditation, pranayama and yoga philosophy. I loved the fact that we were thrown into the deep end and asked to practice teach from the first day. I loved the way the postures were broken down, I did poses I couldn't do before and I now understand where the obstacles lie in poses I haven't achieved yet. I also now understand alignment whereas beforehand I felt I wasn't doing the poses properly. This program will change my life. It has given me the tools to confidently do a home practice every day and take home to Ireland the skills gained to incorporate with my clients.
-Jennifer C., Ireland
I would 100% absolutely recommend this training to others! I loved forming my own sequences and developing a home practice. Yoga has affected my life so much. It’s given me more energy and strength to get through the hard times in life and daily struggles. It has lowered my stress and anxiety. It just literally made my life and mood better.
-Kandyss D., Vermont
I feel the group that came together for this experience are truly unique and I am so honored to have had the opportunity to be a part of it. I feel that with Liz and Molly as our instructors we all really lucked out. There are not enough words to describe how 'rad' this training was. Now I feel confident to stay on this path of yoga, to stand tall on my feet and widen my inner thighs apart. I love that I was able to dive so deeply into the self and learn methods for adjusting back to the optimal blueprint. I am so happy to have had this opportunity to sink so deep into my practice, I have not stopped chanting since yesterday.
-- Colby N., California
Thank you does not suffice to express my deepest gratitude to all the teachers here. This training has given me the ability to see life with a new pair of eyes and live presently. The instructors were so different and perfectly balanced when working with one another. Each had their own style that helped to reinforce authenticity. The location here at Kalani was the perfect learning environment. It has been an absolute blessing to be here. It has been everything I could ask for and more than I deserve. I came here feeling isolated but Yoga and this teacher training has really taught me to feel connected on a much deeper level to not only myself but to others. You have sparked a flame that I hope will never burn out.
-- Anna K., California
This training gave me a lot of time to reflect and dig deeper inside myself. It has definitely affected my life in that I have seen the benefits of daily yoga and meditation practice. It has also really opened up my spiritual side which I was not expecting at all. Before I signed up for this training I was going back and forth between this yoga therapy teacher training and other schools. I cannot express how happy I am with my decision. I was meant to be in this class and I feel truly blessed.
--Katy A., Connecticut