The Yoga Dive 200 Hour Teacher Training
The Yoga Dive's 200 hour Teacher Training is designed to deepen your understanding of yoga and it's practices, as well as help you identify your unique voice as a teacher. You’ll receive comprehensive training in teaching alignment-based hatha and vinyasa yoga classes and cultivate the knowledge and confidence to teach a safe and engaging yoga class to a wide variety of students. During the course of this program you will discover and refine your authentic voice as you step confidently into the practice of teaching yoga to others. Together we’ll learn how to articulate instructions clearly and succinctly, skillfully observe and adjust students, develop and weave relevant class themes, learn therapeutic alignment principles, inspire students, and teach from the heart.
Supporting your teaching will be the deep study of; asana principles of alignment, anatomy, yoga history and philosophy, meditation, pranayama, and the business of yoga.
This training is appropriate for experienced students who wish to pursue teaching, and current teachers wishing to expand and fine tune their skills and abilities. It is also appropriate for passionate students who simply wish to deepen their practice of yoga.
Teacher trainings are an incredible platform to transform your yoga practice and your life! We are thrilled to offer you this amazing experience. You deserve it.
-Emily and Siri
We are currently mid-training, but we'll let you know when we open registration for the next round!
$3,000 with early-bird discount
$3,200 general registration
payment plans available
The training will run once a month for 9 months,
Friday evenings 6:00-8:00pm
Saturday and Sundays 8:30am-6:30pm
(don't worry, we'll give you time to eat too)
To register, please fill out Application below
Application for The Yoga Dive 200hr Teacher Training
About the Training
Techniques, Training, and Practice
Trainees will study the different traditional yoga techniques, including asanas, pranayamas, kriyas, chanting, mantra, and meditation. We will focus on how to practice these techniques, how to teach these techniques, and WHY these techniques are worth practicing and teaching. Expect to practice and break down the main categories of asanas and the importance of alignment in each pose. The types of energy of the body and their impact, along with the role of breath. Prepare to dive deep to examine these practices at their foundation and feel the effects they can have in your life.
The Training will cover the practical aspects of teaching as well. We'll examine group dynamics, clear communication, teaching styles, how to effectively demonstrate and assist, the business side of yoga, and what it means to be a teacher. We'll examine why we teach and the role we hold as teacher, what we hope to offer with our teaching, and the most practical and effective way to offer it out.
Anatomy & Physiology
Trainees will also study human anatomy and physiology, and how anatomy relates to yoga. A deeper look into the body allows us to look deeper into the poses we ask our students to practice. We will also discuss anatomy and physiology on an energetic level by examining the chakras and the subtle body and how we can help students access their energetic anatomy more effectively.
Yoga Philosophy, Lifestyle, and Ethics
Here we will delve into the origins and history of yoga, how it developed and why. We will look at the Yoga Sutras and the Bhagavad Gita and what role these play in our teaching and our practice. We will discuss the importance of yoga in our society and what responsibilities we have as yoga teachers.
In this program, you will practice being a yoga teacher. You will create and teach classes with your peers, you will help guide your peers in their teaching as they guide you in yours, you will practice assisting and giving cues, and you will practice creating themes and weaving them through your classes. We want you to leave this training with all of the skills and confidence you need to enter a studio as an effective yoga teacher.
I am an E-YRT 200 anusara-inspired yoga teacher. After teaching in Los Angeles for many years, I followed my heart and relocated to Northern California. I now live in Nevada City, CA. with my husband and our ever-amazing little boy, Alden. Last year, I opened The Yoga Dive- a long time dream- with my good friend Laura Brownell. Owning a yoga studio and creating a community of yogis has been an amazing experience. I've learned so much and am so inspired to create programs, workshops, and experiences that bring people together.
My teaching style is candid, clear, and concise- with a focus on alignment. I create classes that weave together universal heart themes with my personal truths and your physical application.
I absolutely love helping students become teachers and find their own unique voice and style. It is such an amazing process to witness. This is the 5th teacher training that I have co-taught and I'm thrilled to be using my experiences from the past to create a powerful and cohesive yoga teacher training here in Nevada City!
Siri Peterson Cavanna
I am an E-RYT 500 yoga instructor, dancer, wife and momma to my beautiful baby and greatest adventure, Lucia Louise. My mother introduced me to yoga at age 11, and I’ve been a passionate and humble student for the past 25 years. I’m grateful to this practice for supporting and sustaining me through every phase of my life, the highest highs and the lowest lows. Truly, yoga has saved my life… so many times.
I attended my first yoga teacher training in an effort to heal my own chronic injuries. At that point, nothing seemed to be working. Yoga worked. It gave me the tools I needed heal myself physically and emotionally. Since then, I’ve accumulated over 3000 hours in advanced trainings, and I’ve been honored to teach full-time for over ten years. Certified as an Anusara Yoga instructor, E-RYT 500, I now train, mentor, and certify new yoga teachers myself at YogaKula, Shakti Yoga Shala and the Avahana School.
I’m committed to sharing the therapeutic applications of hatha yoga through a lifelong study of movement, anatomy and biomechanics. I’ve worked extensively with clients living with chronic and acute injuries, scoliosis, cancer, chronic fatigue syndrome, lupus, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, chronic pain, depression and anxiety.
All people deserve to feel at home in their bodies, free from pain, and free to live the life of their dreams. Yoga offers a path towards that freedom, and I’m humbled and honored to share this path with you.
Usha Rose Avallone - Anatomy & Physiology
Curiosity and a touch of fate led me to my first yoga class in 1999. The feeling of bliss and peace in my heart that I walked away with after that first class was profound and memorable. I knew I would be in love with this practice for the rest of my life. I felt a strong calling to share this yogic path of healing and wellness with others and began teaching in 2005 after I completed a 200-hour yoga teacher training at Ashtanga of New Paltz in upstate New York. Fueled by my fascination of the human body I continued my education the following year with a 1000-hour massage therapy certification, which significantly increased my knowledge and understanding of yoga and the body. Since then I have continued to practice, study and teach a variety of yoga styles, such as Vinyasa Flow, Forrest, Anusara, Prenatal, and Restorative.
Kenny Graham - Teaching Methodology & Philosophy
Drawing on his 23 years of yoga study and experience, Kenny Graham teaches yoga in a way that is accessible, intelligent and inspiring. His classes are taught as “form and flow” which blends breath work, meditation, movement and music. He honors the fact that each body is unique, and that alignment is a personal journey. His teaching helps to free limiting mental patterns, lighten the heart and increase body awareness. Kenny teaches with a focus on equanimity of movement to counter modern-day imbalances, which helps restore the body to its natural fluidity and balance. Through the functional applications of posture, breath and meditation, he helps students to discover their own unique alignment in the world.
He has a BA in Psychology and has always been keenly interested in cultivating a deeper awareness of the mind-body connection. He is a strong proponent of meditation and has witnessed first-hand its power to transform one’s own life. Meditation was his first introduction to yoga and later he supplemented this with physical practice to support his life style. Kenny continues to study and learn from yoga teachers in many traditions and practitioners of various modalities including chiropractic, body work, anatomy, philosophy, Pilates, physical fitness, martial arts, acupuncture, nutrition and medicine. Registered with Yoga Alliance at the highest level (E- RYT®500) he teaches in Santa Cruz CA and leads teacher trainings, workshops, retreats and festivals in the Bay Area and worldwide.
Sarah Moody - Restorative & Yoga Nidra
I am a yoga teacher + self-care advocate who helps individuals who are too busy for rest to rebalance and reclaim their lifestyles. As an advanced yoga teacher with over 500 hours of training in yoga and yoga therapy, I have supported hundreds of students with my nurturing attention, heartfelt guidance, and incredibly skillful touch through weekly classes, workshops, trainings, and retreats. As a self-care advocate, I work with clients to increase presence and self-awareness of the body by drawing on my background in nutrition with a Masters’ degree in Health Promotion and Education, as well as the completion of a Somatic Yoga Therapy program and Level I iRest® training. I am based in Oakland, and believe that making self a priority is the perfect place to begin living vibrantly, healthy + whole. Come say HI & find out more at sarahlmoody.com.
Abbey Theis - Ayurveda
Abbey Leigh Theis, A.H.C., P.K.S, RYT is a graduate of the California College of Ayurveda where she maintains an active Ayurvedic Health Counseling practice and is the Spa Administrator in the Ayurvedic Healthcare Center. For Abbey, the practice of Ayurveda, Yoga, and meditation has been a viable pathway to remembering and celebrating one's own true nature. Having healed her own physical and spiritual diseases through these modalities, Abbey guides clients to access their innate healing capacities through Ayurvedic diet, lifestyle, body therapies and asana. Certifications include Ayurvedic Health Counselor, Pancha Karma Specialist, Marma Therapist, Polarity Therapist, CCA Herbal Apprenticeship graduate, and a registered RYT-500 yoga instructor with Yoga Alliance. She is owner of MoonHeartRoots Apothecary and she instructs at The Yoga Dive and The Golden Mandala Yoga Studio in Nevada City, California where she resides. Abbey offers many workshops and retreats on both Ayurveda and Yoga.
Teacher Training drop in Weekends
The Yoga Dive is opening two of our Teacher Training weekends up to current yoga teachers interested in advancing their teaching! We are allowing a limited number of teachers to join in on the following weekends to enhance their practice. Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Units available.
Weekend 1: September 15 - 17 with Emily, Kenny, and Usha
This weekend Emily, Kenny, and Usha will focus on verbal and physical adjustments, inner/ outer spiral, pranayama, spanda, and mantra. We will also delve into misalignments and modifications for hip openers and seated postures, along with an introduction to the doshas.
Weekend 2: October 13-15 with Emily, Sarah, Siri, and Usha
Our 200hr Yoga Teacher Training is open this weekend for current teachers to join and advance their teaching. This weekend Emily, Sarah, and Usha will focus on your mission as a teacher, loops and spirals, inversions (teaching, assisting, and modifying), anatomy, yoga nidra, restorative yoga, introduction to the 8 limbs of yoga, observing the room, arm balances, and back bends.
Weekend 3: December 15-17 with Mandy, Siri, Usha, and Kenny
This weekend Mandy, Siri, Usha, and Kenny will focus on developing your authentic voice as a yoga teacher. We will discuss teaching meditations and pranayama, how to teach beginners, teaching and practicing inversions safely, and embracing your seat as teacher. Join us for all or for part; CE Units available.
Weekends will Run:
Saturday, 9:00am-5:45pm (with a lunch)
Sunday, 9:00am-5:45pm (with a lunch)
Cost per weekend: $344