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Yoga in Depth/Yoga Teacher Training, RYT-200

History, philosophy, anatomy, and of course ASANA ASANA ASANA! We are pleased to offer the first yoga teacher training in the Brainerd Lakes Area. Specialties: Restorative, Gentle plus Vinyasa Flow. Special emphasis on Nidra and Meditation.


Lakes Area Yoga Association
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1001 Kingwood, Studio #228, Brainerd MN, US 56401

Type of Event

  • Teacher Training

Yoga Styles



Mar 11 to
Oct 16
16:15 pmto14:15 pm

7 weekends (no class meeting in July). Classes will meet in both Brainerd and Aitkin, as this training is co-presented by both LAYA and Karmady Yoga in Aitkin. Our April meeting will be in Minneapolis as part of the Minneapolis Yoga Conference. Call for info! 218.829.7029



Includes lodging the first and last months, plus admission and lodging at the Mpls conference. Discount for registration by Dec 31. Call for details!

Full Description

LAYA is offering a Registered Yoga Teacher training?
Yes! You may have heard this rumor, (in fact, we may have started this rumor ourselves last December), and we are thrilled to be able to offer this course to the community.

LAYA is partnering with Karmady Yoga and Fitness in Aitkin?
Yes! Sarah Gorham of LAYA and Lara Parkin of Karmady have put together this class in a collaborative effort. We are now a Registered Yoga School with the Yoga Alliance.

What is an RYT-200 program?
This is a Yoga Alliance-certified Registered Yoga Teacher, 200-hour program. Yoga Alliance a large nonprofit association of over 70,000 yoga teachers and schools devoted to promoting the integrity and diversity of the teaching of yoga. Yoga Alliance, Registered Yoga Schools and RYTs are recognized around the world as the gold standard for yoga credentials. You can visit their website here.

Is this course only for future yoga teachers?
No. Many people take RYT courses to deepen their own practices, and to broaden their understanding of yoga history and philosophy. Rather than “teacher training”, this may be “seven weekend-long yoga immersions” for some people.

When does the course begin and end?
We will meet for 7 weekends, beginning in March (2016) and concluding in October. If you just did the math, you may have noticed that March to October is 8 weekends: we're taking July off! Weekends begin on Friday afternoons and end on Sunday afternoons.

Are the classes in Brainerd? Aitkin?
Yes and Yes. Plus Bay Lake and Minneapolis.
The first and last months, (March and October), we will be meeting at Woodland Beach Resort; you can find their website here. Your tuition INCLUDES lodging at Woodland Beach for both weekends. In April, we will be attending the Minneapolis Yoga Conference (website here) and staying at the Hyatt Regency downtown. Tuition to our course INCLUDES both admission and lodging at the conference. We will spend May and August weekends with Karmady in Aitkin;
June and September will be with LAYA in Brainerd.

This schedule will look like this:
March 11, 12, 13: Woodland Beach Resort, Bay Lake
April 15, 16, 17: Minneapolis Yoga Conference
May 20, 21, 22: Karmady Yoga, Aitkin
June 16, 17, 18: LAYA in Brainerd
July: no meeting
August 19, 20, 21: Karmady in Aitkin
September 16, 17, 18: LAYA in Brainerd
October 14, 15, 16: Woodland Beach Resort

What is the cost? Are there any discounts available?
The tuition is $3,300. There is a $300 discount if you put a deposit down by December 31st. The deposit is non-refundable but is transferrable, (that is, can be used for yoga classes in Brainerd and Aitkin).
Included in your tuition:
Lodging for the March weekend (two nights) at the Woodland Beach Resort
Lodging and admission for the April weekend (two nights) at the Minneapolis Yoga Conference.
Lodging for the October weekend (two nights) at the Woodland Beach Resort
Also includes: many course handouts, one-on-one mentoring, unlimited drop-in yoga at our two studios and many other intangible benefits.
Not included:
Lodging for the May, June, August and September weekends. If you are coming from out-of-town, I'm sure we can work something out for a place to stay, if needed.
Books: you will be required to purchase some books and this cost is not included.

Is there a refund or cancellation policy?
If you have signed-up and paid, and are unable to complete the course, please contact us as soon as you see your conflict on the horizon and we will see what can be done to make things fair for everyone.

$3,300 seems kind of pricey. Why does this training cost more than some of the others I've looked at?
Quick answer: three yoga retreat/immersion/lodging weekends are included, with admission to the Minneapolis Yoga Conference as part of your package. (The yoga conference 3-day passes cost $359-$399, which is covered in your tuition.) We’ll be staying right at the conference hotel: the downtown Minneapolis Hyatt Regency.

So, will I be an RYT at the conclusion?
Successful completion of the yoga teacher training program entitles you to a graduation certificate, with which you may apply to Yoga Alliance for registration as Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) at the 200-hour level.

Is there homework involved?
Yes! You will be expected to put in many hours of preparation for the weekend intensives. Preparations will include reading, research, attending as may yoga classes as possible, preparing presentations for the group, etc.

What times will we be meeting on the weekends?
Fridays: 4pm to 9pm
Saturdays: 7 or 8 or 9am to 9pm
Sundays: 8am to 2pm
These times may change slightly, but you get the idea: the entire span of Friday at 4 to Sunday at 2 will be spent in session, with some minor wiggle-room on start and stop times.

May I attend yoga classes at Karmady and LAYA while in the course?
Yes! Free drop-ins at any or all Karmady and LAYA classes are included are strongly encouraged.

What if I am unable to attend all of the dates/weekends?
If you have a scheduling conflict, please let us know as early as possible and we will work with you toward a solution.

Do I need to be an "advanced yogi" to take this course? What kind of yoga experience am I expected to have before starting?
You need to love yoga and have a persistent desire to take your practice deeper. Your experience may be 3 months or 30 years. You need to be willing to commit to a regular practice of yoga throughout the training. That’s it! You DO NOT need to stand on your head, or balance on your arms, or be able to execute difficult yoga asana to take this course or to teach. But……you do need to love yoga!

How demanding is the training?
Committing to a seven-month program of self-study, research and yoga practice is not to be taken lightly. You will be expected to come prepared, read a lot, do your assignments and participate fully in our classes. If you have concerns, please talk to us and we’ll work with you!
Some of the asanas we’ll work with can be physically demanding, but you will never be required, or encouraged, to work on poses that are not good for your and your body. Every body is different, and we respect that. We are dedicated to making yoga accessible to people of all ages, sizes, abilities and limitations.

What styles of yoga will be taught?
Vinayasa Flow is the most popular style of yoga being offered in the US right now, and you will learn a good, basic flow series, with many variations, that you can use in teaching immediately. Expect to learn, also, yoga for seniors, yoga for children, prenatal yoga, chair yoga, yoga for at-risk populations, meditation, gentle yoga, restorative yoga, Iyengar-style alignments, pranayama, chanting of mantras and whatever else we can throw in there.

Where can I call and who can I speak with for more information?
Call Sarah at LAYA: 218.829.7029
Call Lara at Karmady: 218.927.1355

Sounds great, and I’m ready to register right now! Can I do this online?
Yes: 1790372&

We are planning a couple of free information sessions about the course in January. Call us if you’d like to be on the notification list.