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Yoga Teacher Training


300 Hours | Online + In-person | Jesus-Centered


Immerse yourself in a transformative yearlong journey of advanced yoga training, spiritual formation, and personal leadership.

June 2024 – April 2025

Become a Master Yoga Instructor & Sought-After Space Holder

Completing your 200-hour yoga teacher training is like learning how to swim. You learn the basic strokes, the principles of water safety, and get just enough practice to splash around safely in the shallow end. For some folks, this is enough! They learned a new skill, expanded their comfort zone, and know just enough to get by if they ever find themselves in a body of water.

But for you, that 200-hour experience was not nearly enough. You caught a glimpse of how vast the ocean is and longed for the skills, experiences, and ability to venture into deep waters. You’re not a shallow-end kind of person, but sensed Love’s whisper calling you deeper from day one of training.

We see you. We know you. We’re those kind of people, too. And so we’ve developed a 300-hour yoga teacher training that goes deep into the heart of yoga and the heart of God. 

This advanced training is unlike any other. It’s a yearlong journey of discipleship, spiritual formation, and high-level yoga training. When you graduate, you’ll not only be a Master Yoga Instructor but a sought-after space holder for others longing to encounter Jesus intimately. 

Core Components

To facilitate this deep learning, we’ve shaped our training around three core components:

number one

Large Group Training Sessions happen twice a month on Zoom. One weekend a month will feature live lecture + discussion. These sessions will be the main vehicle for our signature core curriculum. One Evening a month will feature a live yoga + meditation practice.

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Small Group Sessions take place twice a month. One gathering will focus on practice teaching, giving you immediate opportunities to implement your learning and get feedback. The other gathering will be a time of Group Spiritual Direction so you can process in real-time how God is shaping you through your learning.

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An In-Person Training Retreat will take place September 30 – October 4 at a monastery in the San Francisco Bay area. This weeklong retreat is required and will be the catalyst for profound connections within yourself and your cohort.

Woven throughout training is a rich reading list that will anchor your soul and guide our discussions.


“We are not physical beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having a physical experience.”

– Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

What You’ll Learn

A Deeply Integrated & Deeply Spiritual Curriculum

Our one-of-a-kind program blends advanced yoga training with deep spiritual formation so you can uncover your own God-given and God-reflecting voice.

The Yoga Abbey’s training will immerse you in three core pillars that, put together, create a deeply resourced and unique yoga teacher:


THE ART OF YOGA 

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What makes a yoga teacher a good teacher? How do you sequence a class that’s wildly creative, accessible, and transformative? How can you apply yogic principles in a true and helpful way?

This pillar of our curriculum is a deep dive into the art of teaching, expanding your craft, and growing your understanding of yoga history and philosophy. In addition to advanced sequencing and cueing sessions, you’ll learn how to teach restorative, power vinyasa, live, and online yoga classes.

Your confidence and skill set will soar as a teacher after these sessions. 

THE ART OF BEING YOU

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You are Body and Breath, Soul and Spirit. This pillar is devoted to excavating, illuminating, and enlarging these core aspects of yourself. 

Our deep study of anatomy will cover the science of pain and stretching, fascia, and the central nervous system, equipping you to listen to and learn from the stories your body is holding.

Our study of contemplative prayer practices will teach you to notice the interior movements of God within your own soul and how to hold that sacred space for others to do the same.

And our signature study on Biblical Priesthood & Identity will lay the groundwork for you to craft your own Rule of Life.

This pillar is like a giant exhale for your soul as you step out from the weight of expectations and encounter the freedom of being yourself, wholly beloved and uniquely called. 

BEYOND THE MAT 

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So, what do you do with all this newfound information and transformation? That’s the guiding question of this final pillar! Highly practical and immediately attainable, these sessions will focus on creating and marketing a thriving business around your teaching. We’ll cover leadership principles, fail-proof social media practices, and strategies to create high-impact offerings, including how to lead workshops and retreats.

In tandem with your Rule of Life, you’ll be invited to craft your own unique yoga offering to serve those God is inviting you to bless.


How You’ll Integrate

Soul Care is at the heart of our training

Our souls long for witnesses to our transformation journey, which is why Small Groups are the backbone of our training. Twice a month, you’ll gather in a Small Group with 3-4 other trainees and one of our Lead Instructors or Spiritual Directors. One of those 60-minute gatherings will be focused on Practice Teaching so you can get real-time feedback and support. The other gathering will be a dedicated time for Group Spiritual Direction. This intimate, judgment-free, and holy space is devoted to helping you process what you’re learning and be witnessed as you are, where you are.


Where You’ll Connect

Mercy Center Burlingame, CA | September 30-October 4, 2024

For years, our trainees have asked for a training retreat – and we are thrilled to make it a core part of our advanced 300 Hour program! This 4-night retreat at a San Francisco Bay area monastery is required for your training

Lodging and meals are included in your registration – you just need to get there!

During this retreat, immerse yourself in the rhythms of monastic life, contemplative prayer, and deep connections with your fellow trainees and Lead Instructors. Together we’ll explore applied anatomy and alignment, hands-on assists, and advanced teaching techniques.

This week will be a marking moment in your training and teaching journey!


Training Schedule

What sets our training apart from other online teacher trainings (among many things) is our emphasis on live instruction. While most other teacher training programs are packed with pre-recorded videos, the vast majority of our training takes place LIVE.

Trainee participation during these sessions is highly encouraged. In order to get the most out of this experience, you will be allowed to miss up to 10 live sessions and cannot miss two live weekends in a row. Recordings will be made available for the sessions you need to miss. Exceptions will be granted to trainees outside of North America (just reach out!).

You will meet with a pre-assigned Small Group twice a month, once for practice teaching and once for group spiritual direction. You will be able to select a Small Group time that works best for your schedule. Full attendance and participation in your Small Group meetings is required.

June 2024 – April 2025

Monthly Live Weekend Modules {Saturday & Sunday}
Monthly Live Yoga + Meditation Classes {Tuesday}
Monthly Small Group Meetings
Monthly Group Spiritual Direction Sessions
In-Person Retreat {Sept 30-Oct4}

No training in December.

Training Times

Saturdays & Sundays: 12-2pm & 3-5pm ET
Tuesdays: US. Eastern Time Evening
*convert to your time zone here*

Sample Module Schedule

Weekly touchpoints to stay connected!

MODULE 3

Live Training: August 17-18

Spiritual Direction Small Group: week of August 19-23

Yoga + Meditation Practice: September 3

Small Group Practice Teaching: week of September 9-13

Weekend Live Training Dates

MODULE 1: June 22-23

MODULE 2: July 20-21

MODULE 3: August 17-18

MODULE 4: September 21-22

RETREAT: Sept. 30-Oct. 4

MODULE 5: October 19-20

MODULE 6: November 16-17

MODULE 7: January 18-19

MODULE 8: February 15-16

MODULE 9: March 15-16

MODULE 10: April 12-13

Register today and you’ll also receive:

Bonus #1: The Yoga Abbey Membership

Gain access to The Yoga Abbey membership from the day of enrollment through 3 months after your training ends – up to a $240 value!

We want you to have a space you can call your (virtual) yoga home. The Yoga Abbey provides a low-impact workout you can do from home that deeply nourishes your spirit as well as your body. We are a vibrant and diverse global community leaning into embodied spiritual practices to help us “be still and know” Immanuel, God With Us.

We release brand new content each month, all based around a single theme. This year we are devoting ourselves to study The Beatitudes with each month focusing on a different theme related to these verses in which Jesus speaks to his disciples saying “blessed are those…”

Plus, members have access to:

  • Library of 100+ yoga videos
  • Private Facebook group
  • Live virtual retreats
  • Soul Circles (soul care small groups)
  • Pilgrimages (earn points for prizes)
  • Foundation of Yoga series for beginners

Bonus #2: Leader’s Wing Membership

Gain access to The Yoga Abbey’s Leader’s Wing for 3 months after training ends – a $150+ value! 

We want to set you up for success after graduation from yoga teacher training with mentorship and a community to support you on this journey. 

The Leader’s Wing is for new or seasoned yoga instructors. Membership includes two live soul care sessions each month. Founder Caroline Williams hosts a group soul care session – there’s no set agenda, but it provides space for people to draw near to God together. The second session each month includes a solution circle where the group encourages each other as they work through challenges within their ministry or yoga business.

The Leader’s Wing also includes a library of resources with over 40 recorded workshops that focus on serving specific populations, master classes from yoga instructors with established businesses, anatomy and more.

Bonus #3: The Five Intentions Study

A 15-hour exploration of what the Bible teaches about God With Us (and how that changes everything)  – a $449 value!

Included in our 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training program, this signature course teaches the basis for Biblical embodiment.

We know the story of Jesus – God in the flesh, walking among us, teaching us about who God is and what relationship with Love itself looks like. But long before Jesus, God was reaching out to humanity, making a way for us to draw near and be with him.

And God With Us didn’t come to an end when Jesus stopped waking this earth. In fact, the Greek word used by the Apostle Paul to describe us Jesus-followers today is translated temple but it means so much more than that. Paul was referring to the holy of holies, the place in the ancient temple where God’s Spirit dwelt.

There is so much wisdom in the blueprint of the Tabernacle that we will draw from to teach us how to embrace our humanity and draw near to God who is always with us.

If you haven’t taken our 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training, completing this course before taking our 300 Hour program is required.


Early Bird Pricing Ends April 5, 2024

EARLY BIRD
12-Month Plan

$395/month

$350/month

+$349 deposit

Save $500!

  • A transformative yearlong journey of advanced yoga training, spiritual formation, and personal leadership.
  • In-person retreat – lodging and meals included!
  • Bonus #1: The Yoga Abbey Membership – up to a $380 value!
  • Bonus #2: Leader’s Wing Membership + resources – up to a $740 value!
  • Bonus #3: The Five Intentions Study – a $449 value!

That’s over $1,500 in FREE bonuses!

All that’s required now is a non-refundable $349 deposit. The first payment will be charged on June 1. 

EARLY BIRD
Pay-in-Full

$4,650

$4,150

+$349 deposit

Save $500!

  • A transformative yearlong journey of advanced yoga training, spiritual formation, and personal leadership.
  • In-person retreat – lodging and meals included!
  • Bonus #1: The Yoga Abbey Membership – up to a $380 value!
  • Bonus #2: Leader’s Wing Membership + resources – up to a $740 value!
  • Bonus #3: The Five Intentions Study – a $449 value!

That’s over $1,500 in FREE bonuses!

All that’s required now is a non-refundable $349 deposit. The first payment will be charged on June 1. 

Not sure if our program is right for you?

Schedule a call with our Director of Training here.

FAQs

What do I need for this training?

A yoga mat, two yoga blocks, one yoga strap, one bolster, and a blanket or towel that can be folded to the width of a yoga mat and provide adequate support for sitting.

A few selected books. We’ll follow up with a complete list soon.

Travel arrangements to the Mercy Center Burlingame in California from September 30 to October 3 for our in-person retreat! Lodging and meals are included.

A strong internet connection that allows you to stream live video and audio without any interruption is required. Because we don’t have the luxury of being together in person, it’s essential that we’re able to see and hear you clearly over Zoom.

An open mind, a willing heart, a teachable spirit, and a generous demeanor. Yoga teacher training is one of THE most rewarding and challenging experiences. You’ll be stretched physically, emotionally, and mentally as you dive deep into your own beliefs and experiences while being introduced to teachings and philosophies that may be totally new to you. There will be moments where you want to throw in the towel from pure exhaustion, moments of boredom and impatience as you listen to a fellow trainee stumble through their practice teaching, moments of heart-racing anxiety as you get up to practice teach, and moments of deep connection and joy as you step into a deeper knowing of God’s abiding love in and around you.

It’s a roller coaster journey, but reaching the end of it is immensely gratifying and life-changing!

Is this training Yoga Alliance certified?

Our 200-hour training is Yoga Alliance certified, and our 300-hour certification is currently pending. We fully anticipate its approval and will update this page when it is!

What if I need to miss a session?

In order to ensure comprehension, build rich relationships and help you graduate on time, we highly encourage our trainees to participate in each training session live.

That being said, we understand that there are times where you will need to be absent from the live training sessions and recordings will be made available for you to watch.

You will be allowed to miss up to 10 live sessions and cannot miss two live weekends in a row. Recordings will be made available for the sessions you need to miss. Exceptions will be granted to trainees outside of North America (just reach out!).

We ask that you watch the recordings within one week, or no later than your next scheduled small Group Meeting as you will need to be caught up with the sessions in order to participate in your Small Group.

Your live attendance at Small Group meetings is required. You will be invited to select a Small Group meeting time that works best for your schedule. One Small Group make-up session will be scheduled for trainees that may need it.

What if I can’t attend the in-person retreat?

Attending the in-person retreat at Mercy Center Burlingame from September 30 to October 4, 2024, is required for graduation – accounting for 35 of the 300 hours. If you cannot attend the retreat, you will not receive your certificate of completion until you attend the retreat the following year.

Do you have any scholarships?

We will have two partial scholarships available. These scholarships are reserved for people underrepresented in the Western yoga community and/or those serving people underrepresented in the Western yoga community. We will open applications soon!

Is the 200 Hour or 300 Hour Yoga Teacher Training right for me?

The 200 Hour program is the first level of Yoga Teacher Training. Having graduated from a 200 Hour program is a prerequisite for our 300 Hour program. The 200 Hour program you graduated from does not have to be our program, but if you graduated from a separate program, we ask that you complete our Five Intentions study before starting the 300 Hour program. This training is provided as a free bonus.

Can I take your 300 Hour Yoga Teacher Training without having taken your 200 Hour program?

You need to have graduated from a 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training program before taking our 300 Hour program; however, it doesn’t have to have been our program. If you graduated from a different 200 Hour program, we ask that you complete our Five Intentions study before starting the 300 Hour program. This study will be provided as a free bonus.

Who do I contact if I have questions?

We would love to the opportunity to answer all your questions. Please emai our training team at training@theyogaabbey.com.

FINAL THOUGHTS

Is this program the right one for you?

This training is perfect for you if…

You graduated from a 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training.

You left the 200-hour experience wanting more!

You long for the skills, experiences, and ability to venture into deep waters.

You’re ready for a yearlong journey of discipleship, spiritual formation, and high-level yoga training.

You desire to be a sought-after space holder for others longing to encounter Jesus intimately.

This training may not be the right fit for you if…

You have not graduated from a 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training.

You don’t desire a program that incorporates soul care and spiritual practices alongside physical yoga training.

You’re in a season of recovery from recent trauma or illness.

You are unable to travel to the San Fransisco Bay area for our in-person retreat Sept 30 – Oct 4, 2024.

Your schedule can’t accommodate weekly connection points.