Soma Yoga Institute

101 H Street
Arcata, CA 95521
United States
Average: 5.0 of 5 stars

29 Reviews


Average: 5.0 of 5 stars

29 Reviews

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Great Value
Very Organized
Cozy & Humble
Exclusive & Fancy
Lots of Space
A Little Cramped
Worn-out Mats
Clean & Great Mats


Average: 5.0 of 5 stars
Amazing experience!

I loved the layout of this yoga teacher training. It was paced well. The environment the teachers created fostered love and growth among the group, respecting and accepting all of us equally, allowing us all to open up and be vulnerable with each other so we could learn together as teammates.


Reflecting on the elements, the yamas, our Ayurvedic characteristics, the chakras, and setting our intentions allowed us to be very introspective and get to know ourselves and each other on a very deep level.

Liz and Molly both know their strengths and teach to what truly resonates with them, their genuine passions each show so poignantly as teachers and leaders.

The emphasis placed on developing our own consistent personal practice really resonated with me as I have seen how profoundly better I feel in mind, body and spirit after making a habit of practicing every single day here. I feel excited to continue to learn and grow in the world of yoga and feel this course has given me a strong and solid foundation towards my goals of not only teaching yoga classes but providing individualized yoga to my clients in my professional work as a physical therapist.

Average: 5.0 of 5 stars
Excellent teacher training

The two trainers, Liz Heffernan and Molly Masaoka, organized an amazing teacher training packed with useful information, practices, sequencing, chakra and ayurveda information, sutra study, and teaching opportunities. We were also afforded timely half-days off in which we could explore different parts of Hawaii. I would absolutely take another training with Soma Yoga Institute again in the future.

Average: 5.0 of 5 stars
Life changing!

Amaizing experience!

Average: 5.0 of 5 stars
Soma Yoga Institute July 2018 200YTT

The 200 Hour yoga teacher training offered by Soma Yoga Institute gave me the confidence to share my love of yoga, of breath and of mindfulness. Liz Heffernan (@Somayogainstitute) and Molly Masaoka's (@yogacentered) teaching styles absolutely matched each yogi-in-training! I feel wholeheartedly ready to facilitate others' awareness of all-things yoga! My heart feels blown open (like hanuman)! I absolutely recommend this program!

Average: 5.0 of 5 stars
300 hour yoga teacher training

Thank you for a heartfelt and truly transformative training. My life has been forever changed.


All four of the lead teachers were absolutely fantastic in every way. They knew their subjects with depth and shared in a way that was accessible and pertinent to yoga and life off the mat. The variety of teachers greatly supported the vast array of information from different perspectives about many topics. Even when they said things that seemed contradictory to each others' teachings, it inspired deeper exploration and 'making it personal' so that we took what made sense/resonated with us personally, and challenged us to look deeper, question what we 'know to be true,' and find out by experimenting and practicing with the topics in real life.

The way I move in my body, both on and off the mat has been renewed and permeated by awareness as well as the understanding of the mechanics of movement, from all of the anatomy training.

My personal understanding of yoga has been polished and refined through the discussion of many styles, practices & philosophies. I have been challenged to ask for myself, "What is yoga?" and can now answer this question in a way that is more authentic to me.

I feel more intentional in my teaching both in anatomical & energetic related sequencing and guidance of students to connect with something greater in their practice.

Average: 4.0 of 5 stars
Grateful for my time with Soma

Yes, I recommend this training to others. The alignment and anatomy components were my favorite aspects. With the alignment work I was able to feel and see my posture improve. I also noticed the aches and pains that I have experienced in class previous to this training disappear. I now feel empowered to go out into my community and share my everlasting love of yoga. - Melissa

Average: 5.0 of 5 stars

This program was amazing

Average: 5.0 of 5 stars
Costa Rica YTT

From the time I registered for the yoga teacher training in May until the time to pack I was excited and pumped about this experience. Although I was a little bit anxious at the last minute regarding travel in a foreign country, I quickly settled in once I arrived. I immediately connected with Liz and Peggy, two knowledgeable yoga professionals, who are genuine, caring individuals. I really enjoyed the variety of topics this course offered. I found the time in discussions helpful.


Since I am a hands on learner practicing sequencing and discussing the rationale was very helpful. I loved the stories, philosophy, chants and the Ayurveda talk. I really enjoyed the complete immersion into the yoga community with a tribe of fellow yoga students and two wonderful leaders. The immersion allowed me to forget everything at home and to truly focus on the topic and myself. I learned so much in a compacted period of time without being distracted by day responsibilities. It was great to meet and spend time with such a fascinating group of people!

Average: 5.0 of 5 stars
Yoga SAFE Program Online

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

Average: 5.0 of 5 stars
Yoga S.A.F.E. Program

Ideal 5 star program at your own pace in the comfort of your own home. Packed with useful relevant information you can put to immediate use - which I did. I loved it. I have begun to introduce 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. Most importantly they get it they are hearing it, they are using it.


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.

Studying people carefully in different poses and looking at what to address was also very useful because you had time to process and 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.

My students and I are feeling the benefits already. Thank you both for all your hard work and the thought you put into presenting this. This course will go far, it has so much to offer.

Average: 5.0 of 5 stars
S.A.F.E. Online Training Program

I just completed the S.A.F.E. online training program with Liz at Soma Yoga Institute. This program gave me the tools to change the habitual way I look at students and how I write a yoga sequence. From this training I find I am less critical of my own practice and that of my students. This makes me a better teacher.

Average: 5.0 of 5 stars
Such a great experience!

I took this training not only to learn how to teach, but to gain a better understanding of all the limbs of Yoga and I feel like this program helped me a lot. My love of Yoga is even greater now and I can’t wait to continue along this path. I love Peggy and Liz as teachers and definitely recommend their program to you. I loved learning the different styles of Yoga like therapeutics and restorative. It complimented the program well. I feel confident teaching to multiple populations.


The alignment was so important for safety and for being able to progress in my practice. As a fitness instructor, I work with a lot of different body types and I have already started incorporating the alignment principles with my clients. The openness of the group and the compassion we all had for one another was fabulous. I am so grateful. - Jamie

Average: 5.0 of 5 stars
The Right Place....

I feel that this program was made especially for me. It was so supportive, so informed, and so compassionate. The instructors, Liz and Molly, really live the yoga philosophy and modeled it every day for 21 days. They are both so real and so accessible; I felt seen the entire program. I can’t think of a better place to begin a yoga journey. I leave confident in the tools I have received and I know with the wisdom and concrete knowledge provided within this program that I will grow to be an amazing Yoga teacher. I am so excited to continue my Yogic path. - Chanin

Average: 5.0 of 5 stars

This was a huge and transformational journey; spiritually, physically and mentally. My perception of the world around me, as well as the people that occupy it, has grown much more humble. My personal practice has embodied a level of ease and love that is starting to bleed out into my life off of the mat. The knowledge that I gained these past weeks really boosted my professional confidence. The pose studies were awesome and I loved the history and philosophy as well.


Our instructors Liz and Molly really strike a nice balance as neither one felt overpowering of the other and each was unique, I have nothing but praise and respect for them. The prep and intention that went into each days lesson was immense. High fives all around! I am inspired to share what I know and to proliferate Yoga
- Justin

Average: 5.0 of 5 stars
Amazing 200hr teacher training!

This program was a real life changer. It has opened my eyes to a new path that I’m so excited to follow. I feel confident that I can and will continue to learn and practice and hold space for yoga in my life. I can’t wait to share what I’ve learned with others and grow my home yoga practice! I feel like I know myself better and more confident and comfortable with who I am. Liz and Peggy lead me to new found passions and paths within yoga. I had the most amazing and wonderful time and want to do it again next year! – Elise

Average: 5.0 of 5 stars
200 hour RYT Program

I came out of this yoga teacher training with more confidence and a balanced mind. My practice is way more efficient from learning proper alignment and my ability to teach what I know to others is developing through the strong support of this community and my education. The community of support and new friends has been very healing; it inspires me to keep developing my health and mindset. I am humbled by the quality of education I have received. - James

Average: 5.0 of 5 stars
So glad I did it!

I have so much gratitude for this experience. Through this 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training, I can now coordinate my own daily practice as well as practices for others. I would never have had the confidence or knowledge for this otherwise. The pose study and alignment was very direct and informative. I can try poses that I didn’t even know existed before and I am ok with the fact that I can’t nail every one. I previously had little to no understanding of yoga beyond asana and this course gave me a great base through philosophy study and Chakra exploration. I also really enjoyed the teachers, they were both knowledgable and experienced. - Stacy

Average: 5.0 of 5 stars
Incredible Experience ❤️

I really enjoyed the great teachers. I’ve discovered another part of me, of my feelings, future, patience, skills and thoughts. This teacher training brought the best out of me and is the first part of a never ending yoga training. I found the anatomy presentations to be incredible and the chakra themes to be so interesting. The mix of Peggy and Liz is PERFECT! – Rocio FdM

Average: 5.0 of 5 stars
Great yoga school

Dedicating my life to this training over the last six months shifted my perspective about relationships, society, connection to the earth, sense of self, dedication, and self-discipline. I feel a greater responsibility to care for myself and balance my daily activities. My personal practice is now consistent, creative and nurturing which has been inspired by my two amazing teachers, Liz and Peggy. I enjoyed the loving environment they created and I always felt very supported by them.


I enjoyed how Peggy and Liz tuned into the vibe of the students and offered advice and compassion.I loved the Yoga myths and enjoyed learning the different pranayama techniques. I highly recommend this training to others. It has strengthened my love for the universe. - Ashley

Average: 5.0 of 5 stars
Everything I Imagined and More!

Amazing training! It was so mindfully put together, a perfect balance of meditating, asana, lecture and hands-on.


Our teachers, Liz and Peggy, are both incredible, inspiring people that really hold space for a wonderful learning experience.  I loved the silent mornings, the walks to the beach and starting the day with meditation.  My personal practice has changed dramatically – no more hyperextension and in general much more integrity in my body.  I have really taken in the grounding/expanding principles to apply to my practice and to my daily life – creating more boundaries and also remembering the big picture.  I have learned so much about all aspects of Yoga, gained a ton of confidence just from the first to the second practice teach and all kinds of seeds have been planted.

Average: 5.0 of 5 stars
I had a wonderful experience

The Peace Retreat is wonderful, and indeed a very peaceful and beautiful place. I felt very comfortable and very safe here during my 200 hr YTT. The food was delicious, the amenities clean and and the staff very nice. Thank you Kevin and Serena for everything! I know that what I learned here will benefit every aspect of my life. - Erika

Average: 5.0 of 5 stars
Soma Yoga Insitute is Perfet

Soma Yoga Institue is brilliantly designed and excuted. Every aspect of Yoga was given it's needed attention with clear, honest and exciting advantages. I can think of nothing that could have made this any better.

Average: 5.0 of 5 stars
Costa Rica 200H YTT

This experience gave me the confidence to really be a yoga teacher and share Yoga with others. Alignment was my favorite topic because it is fundamental for a safe practice. I also learned to be more present during my practice and how to be more patient with myself and other people.
I highly recommend this program.
Anabel from Mexico

Average: 5.0 of 5 stars
Yoga Teacher Training in Cahuita 2017

The location, quality, teachers, support and training far exceeded my expectations. I honestly cannot thank Liz and Peggy enough for this life changing experience. Their integrity and ability in everything they do is unsurpassed. I loved the mix of topics that were covered, the opportunities that were given that accommodated different learning styles. The teaching was clear, reinforced and always positive. The feedback that was given was supportive and relevant as well as consistent.


I loved the philosophy study, the Yoga Sutras are filled with so much wisdom, the teachers and the students brought them to life and gave them fresh relevance. The Chakras were incredibly beautiful and eye opening. The senior and pregnancy yoga topics were also favorites. I am leaving here with more knowledge than I could have imagined, I am eager to continue learning and I now have confidence that my health, relationships and awareness will be significantly improved. I absolutely recommend this program. - Sandra

Average: 5.0 of 5 stars
Costa Rica February 2017 YTT

I loved the instructors, the curriculum and the setting at the Goddess Garden. The depth of information provided set a solid and broad foundation to further build upon as I step into the role of teacher. The alignment studies helped me in my own practice, I will be more mindful and I am finally ready to build my home practice. I am leaving with an incredibly different level of understanding into the power of Yoga to change lives. – Karen