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On-line Yoga
 ​Teacher Training
Sustainable & Safe Adaptations of Yoga for Everybody

5-week On-line Teacher Enhancement & Certification Program

Addressing common misalignments, musculoskeletal issues,
​& safe practices for limited mobility, aging bodies and pure beginners.


Soma Yoga Institute
Average: 5.0 of 5 stars

29 Reviews

101 H Street, Arcata CA, US 95521
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  • Teacher Training

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Oct 2 to
Nov 6
17:30 pmto18:30 pm

Tuesdays - 10/2-11/6/18. Live calls are scheduled from 5:30 - 6:30 pm Pacific Standard Time. Can't make the call? No Problem. Everything will be recorded and you can email your questions in.



Full Description

If you are a yoga teacher you want to help your students in the best possible way.

We know that you would like to avoid injury in your classroom, provide effective modifications and address common musculoskeletal issues with confidence and tack.
In this world of diversity we also know that meeting the needs of each individual comes with plenty of challenges.

​Do you ever encounter situations in your teaching where you wished you just knew more?

Has a student ever approached you with a health condition or injury and left you unsure of which safe practices and modifications to suggest?

Have you ever felt fear about injuring a student, especially when they don't seem quite ready for the pose series you are offering?

​Would you like to become more proficient in your understanding of alignment and anatomy so you can assess and address common misalignments in your classroom more effectively?

Announcing a breakthrough program to help you THRIVE as a teacher!

Join this flagship program &

- Help your students avoid common yoga injuries & build safe, healthy alignment in their poses

- Train your eye to assess common misalignments
- Empower your language to be clear, concise and radically effective

- Learn modifications that help your students avoid pain and unhealthy discomfort

- Learn yoga relevant anatomy and a fascial fitness approach that make a real impact in your students practice

- Become more purposeful in how you teach yoga, keep your material fresh and original

- Implement strategies for crafting accessible, safe sequences

- Learn to help your students access poses with self-assurance and skill

- Refine your language of alignment

- Modify for common musculoskeletal issues in yoga safely and effectively

- Learn clear alignment cues to keep your student safe and out of danger

- Review the contraindications for the major poses.

- Embrace the motto “do no harm, embrace (promote) wellbeing”

- Increase your technical knowledge

Make a real impact in your students' practices & teach sustainable, safe alignment for a lifetime of wellbeing.

Get ready to inspire your teaching!

The 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training programs are a great beginning. Yet, most graduates of a YTT feel they would benefit from on-the-ground mentoring and further education especially once they find themselves in the "real" world teaching.

This program serves as that mentorship - you are out there teaching & stuff comes up. We are here to help you.

Have you ever been in a workshop or training and felt like there was too much information to absorb, remember and apply in the amount of time you have been given?

Yes, me too. With on-line yoga education you are offered an unparalleled format for learning, one in-which you have the ability to return to the concepts again and again. When you join, you will have lifetime access.



Upon full completion of this program you will receive 20 Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Credits and a "Yoga " Certification, an extra credential that will allow you to let studio owners and your community know that you have been trained in Sustainable & Safe Adaptations for EveryBODY.

Join long term practitioners, seasoned Yoga therapists, and skilled teachers Liz Heffernan and Samantha Akers.
Liz Heffernan, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT is a gifted international teacher, a certified Yoga Therapist and long term practitioner. She combines her in-depth knowledge of bio-mechanically safe alignment principles with insights and practical wisdom gained from 20 years of yoga teaching & immersive study.

Liz is the Director and Lead Trainer of Soma Yoga Institute, a world-wide yoga teacher training school that embraces a therapeutically-oriented, heart-centered approach. Her teachings and programs, heralded by many as truly inspirational, serve to impart Yoga as a vehicle for vibrant health, self transformation and personal empowerment.

Liz's approach combines strong practical alignment & mindful breathing with authentic wisdom inspired from the source teachings of Yoga. Liz believes that the path of Yoga brings greater ease, not just to the individual, but to all beings everywhere, ultimately uplifting planetary consciousness one conscious breath at a time.

"Liz’s many teaching lectures are also worthy of mention. You will find them exceptionally informative and deeply captivating. I learned so much!" - Katrina

"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 from her the 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." - Christopher

"Liz's teaching style combines just the right balance of compassion, humor, and wisdom, and her sharing of personal observations and insights based on years of experience added considerable value to the overall program." - Mike


​Samantha Akers, E-RYT500, C-IAYT, CMT, discovered yoga in 1999 after being diagnosed with CFS, Fibromyalgia and Lyme's disease. She began with Restorative Yoga and found such healing in the practice, that she knew, one day, she would have to share this magical practice.

As she recovered, she became certified in Kundalini and Hatha Yoga as well as trained with Judith Lasater, to teach Restorative Yoga.

By 2009 she was looking for something more than flow classes and discovered her therapeutic teachers, Leeann Carey, Chrys Kub, Jules Mitchell, Russ Pfeiffer and Doug Keller.
In 2012 she opened TheraYoga Studio in Los Angeles, a completely therapeutically based yoga studio. She believes that therapeutic yoga can and should be available to all students. In 2009 she earned her CMT certification through North West College and began study with Tom Myers in Myofascial Release. She brings her knowledge and love of the myofascial lines into her asana teaching with a specific program for working with the connective tissue.

Part of her training and life path has been to deeply study meditation. She began study with Pema Chodron in 2000, Noah Levine in 2007 and George Haas in 2012. She completed 11 months of training in Vipassana with George through his Meaningful Life Program in Los Angeles.

Samantha believes that a holistic yoga practice can facilitate deep healing. She teaches in a way that is accessible to all students and her passion and joy for the practice is contagious. She currently teaches privates, public classes, leads monthly workshops, and offers trainings in Restorative Yoga, Yin Yoga, Fascia in Asana and a 300 hour YTT.

" Sam is not only a knowledgeable, skilled leader and teacher, but her warm, positive nature is unmatched. Her passion for and belief in Restorative Yoga and back care is contagious and her work honors the complexities of the body and mind, yet are accessible and enjoyable. Plus, she generously provides tools and education; you always leave with a new understanding and applicable skills. Her vast understanding of the body, is unlike anyone I have worked with and this shows in her teaching, trainings and body work sessions. She is the most experienced and intelligent teacher I have met, who truly walks the walk of compassion and kindness. She is approachable, passionate and sincere and embodies all that she shares with her students. She is a true gem; when you work with Sam, you feel like you have hit the jackpot."-Melissa Brooke, RYT200 and Restorative Yoga Teacher

Samantha truly has a gift for teaching and is very passionate about this practice. She supports which empowers her students to take the best care of themselves so that they can take the best care of their yoga students and loved ones."
– Melanie Gingerich, , CCC-SLP


Course Includes:
​-Modifications and best practices for aging bodies, injured students and pure beginners.
-A therapeutically oriented, bio-mechanically smart approach to alignment.

-Techniques to address limited mobility & common musculoskeletal issues in group classes

BONUS: Teaching Yoga to Seniors. Strategies, Tips and Sequences.​

"I feel more confident as a yoga teacher. Before this training I could spot misalignments but did not know how to rectify them. Now I have the knowledge to better serve my students. I am so grateful for this opportunity to study with Soma Yoga Institute." - Heather


Content will be delivered to you in clear, concise and practical lessons. Course will include video, slides, lectures, Q&A, discussion and homework actionable items for the direct application of the techniques into your group classes.

You will also have access to a group mentorship program that includes a weekly scheduled group phone call and a private group forum for discussion and Q & A.

The structure of this course is designed for you to get the greatest benefit, apply what you are learning and work it into your busy schedule.

While this is a five-week course, it is also self-paced so you can take as long as you like to view and practice the material. In fact, you will have a lifetime of access to the material so you can re-learn and deepen your understanding and application of the principles again and again. To get through the full curriculum, content and assignments expect to invest approximately 4 hours of time per week for five weeks. If you take longer to complete the certification aspects of this program thats just fine, you actually have an entire year to complete the requirements and receive 20 CEs with Yoga Alliance and the certification.


Each week our lessons will include five parts:
-Bio-mechanically smart alignment principles: application, observation strategies and clear language to use as a teacher in your classes as well as a few assists and teaching techniques to use to help your students learn the alignment in their own bodies.
-Yoga relevant anatomy to include an exploration of common musculoskeletal issues and their corresponding contraindications and best practices for yoga (the dos & don'ts)
-In-depth yoga pose study of selected asana, including modifications for seniors, beginners, rounder bodies and limited mobility.
-A targeted therapeutically oriented yoga practice
Teaching practices and tips to avoid harm and promote well-being

Standing poses
Alignment & anatomy of the feet and knees
Anatomy Trains based Asana practice exploring and recruiting the fascial "core"; the Deep Front Line
Adapting, modifying & best practices for: Collapsed arches, bunions, plantar fasciitis, shin splints, cartilage and ligament injuries of the knee, hyper-mobile bodies and knee hyperextension

-Hip openers & forward bends
-Alignment & anatomy of the hips & lumbar spine (part one)
-Exploration and Asana practice for the Superficial Back Line of Fascia
-Adapting, modifying & best practices for: Lumbar disk issues including herniated, bulging, and ruptured disks, lumbar flexion syndrome, spinal stenosis, sciatica, and piriformis syndrome

-Core stabilization & twists
Alignment & anatomy of the hips, core & lumbar spine (part two)
-Safe Core Strengthening for all bodies, including those with conditions of the spine, utilizing the Deep Front Line.
-Adapting, modifying & best practices for: Sacro-Illiac joint safety, excessive lordosis in the low back, scoliosis and spondylolisthsis

-Backward bends
-Alignment & anatomy of the upper back & shoulders
-Exploration and Asana practice for the Superficial Front Line of fascia: exploring how the front line can affect low back discomfort in asana
-Adapting, modifying & best practices for: Excessive kyphosis in the thoracic spine, rotator cuff injuries, and frozen shoulder

-Poses that weight bear on the arms
-Alignment & anatomy of the head & neck, elbows and wrists
-Using Yoga Tune Up Balls for self-massage of the upper body. -Exploration and asana practice for the myofascial arm lines
-Adapting, modifying & best practices for: Chronic neck tension, text neck, cervical disk issues, tennis elbow, golfers elbow, elbow hyperextension and carpal tunnel

Frequently asked questions

Do I have to be a yoga teacher to benefit from this course?

Absolutely not. While the course is primarily geared towards yoga teachers, all students of yoga will benefit if they are interested in learning correct alignment in their poses, modifications and how to work with injury safely and effectively.

Do I have to be teaching yoga currently to take this class?

No, you will still benefit greatly with the study of asana, alignment and modification. And, who knows the course may just re-inspire you to begin teaching again. If you are currently teaching yoga, you will be able to apply the lessons each week with focused direction and guidance to your classes.

Is this course eligible with Yoga Alliance for Continuing Education Credits?

Yoga Alliance teachers are required to complete at least 30 hours of continuing education every three years to remain active. This online program counts as 20 Continuing Education (CE) units with Yoga Alliance. Attendees must complete the course in its entirety to be eligible for these credits. If the five week pace of the course is not feasible, students will have one full year from the date of registering to meet the requirements.

How much time is required per week to complete the course?
The course is structured as an intensive. While the course provides approximately 4 to 5 hours of curriculum and assignments per week, students have the choice to keep pace with the course or work through the material in their own time.

​NEXT PROGRAM BEGINS: October 2, 2018
Program Dates: October 2-November 6, 2018

Live Calls: Our live calls are scheduled for Tuesday evenings from 5:30-6:30pm Pacific Standard Time. Live calls will be recorded and accessible for those who can't make the time. Questions to discuss on the calls may be submitted ahead of time.

Online Community: All members of the course will be invited to join a private Facebook group, a wonderful forum to discuss, ask questions, support and be supported in a vibrant community of learners.

All sessions will be recorded for you to enjoy at your own pace with a lifetime of access.

This entire program is yours for only $497.

This includes a 5 week curriculum, weekly group calls, Q&A, group mentoring, 20 hours of curriculum, 20 Yoga Alliance Continuing Education credits and a Yoga certification.

Upgrade Package - Individualized Mentoring and Class Review $997

Sometimes students want personal mentoring to help them work toward their individual goals and enhance their teaching through one-on-one feedback. This one-to-one mentoring includes six one to one sessions via phone or Skype and a personal review of two of your classes. Students who choose this option will work with their training coach to set clear objectives for their professional development and design and execute a 6 month action plan to increase their expertise and ability to provide their students with deep and meaningful transformation through Yoga. Topics of focus may include understanding alignment & modifications, business development, class sequencing & class delivery, theme development, teaching efficacy and/or stepping into your seat of authenticity. This upgrade option is available to a very small number of students.

"Through this training my understanding of yoga, the human body and mind have deepened greatly, enabling me to feel confident in bringing the healing powers of yoga to others."- Lonnie


We are so certain that you will love this training, that we are offering to you a two week risk free guarantee. If you are not satisfied with the material after the first two weeks of the course, we will refund 100% of your money - just email us by October 16, 2018 and complete an exit interview so we can learn how to improve our educational programs for the future. ​


5 stars. I loved this program and highly recommend it to any other educator with students who vary in age or who teach a variety of levels. As I learned and used the information from the program, I saw a significant change in my students' practice and received messages after classes thanking me for providing them with a new awareness. Liz and Sam were not only accommodating but incredibly patient and understanding when we had questions. Sam clearly shares an excitement about the program and her enthusiasm is so contagious. Liz was just as accessible for questions or concerns as I remembered her being in my in-person YTT. Thank you both again! - Caitlyn Shaw, RYT

I thought the course was excellent! Liz and Sam are very knowledgeable and have a lovely affect in their teaching and approach to making yoga accessible for every body. I enjoyed all aspects of the lecturettes; videos of classes on various themes; and the weekly pose study. I also really appreciated the online learning option as travel to attend live Yoga courses is expensive. - Cheryl Landrigan, RYT

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I signed up for this course, but it has just been a wonderful and rewarding experience. Liz and Sam are amazing instructors and teachers—and I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to learn from them both! For me, every aspect of this class reinforced that safety and alignment are about seeing each student individually and recognizing and respecting the differences in our bodies and what we may need to better access and more fully experience different postures.

I feel I have a much better sense about how our bodies work holistically…that everything about us—our posture, strength, flexibility, etc.—are all interconnected. What is happening in our feet can affect our knees, hips, spine and vice versa. I gained a much greater awareness of student postures, particularly the posterior tilted pelvis. That tendency to flatten out the spine is something I’ve definitely noticed in students in the past, and learning how I can help cue to restore the natural C-curve in the lumbar region is so helpful. Sam’s therapeutic series helped deepen my understanding of the different conditions affecting the spine and how various therapeutic poses can be incorporated to protect the back while safely strengthening the core—something that can not only benefit those with spinal issues, but EVERY student. Bringing awareness and focus to the spine, transverse abdominals and the stability of the pelvis was helpful in so many ways.

Thank you for this incredible class! I feel I have learned so much, but, more importantly, I have also discovered how much more there is to learn and understand as a yoga practitioner and teacher. I know that I’ll return to all of the lessons and videos again and again—they are a treasure trove of information and guidance that I’ll continue to study and learn from for years to come. - Sandy Durkin, RYT

100% YES I recommend this program. During my 200 and 300 hour trainings, I learned so much. These videos, the calls and the Facebook group have helped some of those planted seeds of knowledge to grow. I enjoyed the opportunity to receive lessons on alignment from Liz outside the specific 200 and 300 hour trainings. I found great benefit in these small focused modules to continue alignment study. This program specifically helped me to develop an eye for pose intention rather than the focus on the outer form and learn cues for poses that help students find their power, develop strength and learn what their bodies can do for them. My favorite part was the weekly calls and review of the poses posted online. Pose study was always my favorite part of teacher training and getting to continue that kind of learning was exciting. I really enjoyed how Liz and Sam’s teaching complimented each other. I also appreciated Sam’s language around where one’s curiosity goes when looking at a pose and enjoyed the contributions of my fellow classmates. - Autumn, RYT 500

Yoga is a FIVE star program! I loved it. It is so useful to myself and my yoga students. I am already feeling the benefits. I have introduced my students to the alignment and these very subtle movements are making a huge difference in their bodies. They are beginning to make real connections with their bodies that might otherwise have taken years. I liked the anatomy because it was presented visually and verbally with great clarity and simplicity giving a great foundation for what followed in the practical videos. Looking at people in different poses and having to look at what to address was also very useful because I learned to look more carefully. In a normal face to face situation/workshop you come home - write up your notes and realize you actually have only a fraction of what you were taught and often the manual is not as good as it should be. I loved knowing that I can do the course and then really take the time to go back and study the videos again and review how it works for me and my students and integrate it at my own pace both in my own practice and in class, without losing vital information. Thank you both for all your hard work and the thought you put into presenting this. This course will go far, and has so much to offer. - Amanda Roussos, Yoga Teacher in England

Overall, I enjoyed being able to have access to affordable continuing education from my home, given by instructors who teach from a therapeutic point of view. In my own practice, I have been able to integrate more subtle alignments that are resulting in stronger, more stable, and even deeper postures. I have been able to offer students more pose variations and additional therapeutic exercises for my private clients. I am very impressed with the highly targeted alignment cues; cues that are based on the anatomical origins. The anatomy material and discussions were key for me because when I practice and/or offer alignment cues to students I need to be able to visualize what is actually happening with the bones and musculature. I am not a fan of generalized fluffy cues.
The material has helped to synthesize my own continuing research into the physical practice of yoga, alignment, and therapy. I am certain that this material will continue to affect my practice and teaching for many years to come. -Kimberly Flynn, RYT 200