Yoga Teacher Training


200hrs | Online | Jesus-Centered


A one-of-a-kind immersion into what it means to be an embodied follower of Jesus and teacher of yoga.

January 13-May 21, 2023

LEARN TO EMBODY YOUR FAITH

This is your moment

Something powerful happens when we step on our yoga mats with the intention of connecting with God.

But you know this already.

You’ve cried, sweat, and surrendered in the tangible presence of God’s peace and presence on your yoga mat.

You’ve known this for awhile and maybe you’ve even felt that gentle internal nudge that says, “there is so much more.”

LEARN TO HOLD SPACE

A Training unlike any other

This is so much more than a training that teaches you how to lead a yoga class.

This is an excavation of Biblical truths about what it means to know and be known by God in our bodies, minds, hearts, and souls.

This is a journey of God-discovery and self-discovery, a trek to the limits of what we believe to be true about each.

This is an uncovering of your voice, the unique, powerful voice God has given you to lead others into greater freedom and wholeness.

This is a scavenger hunt for where we might see the fingerprints of God in ancient yoga philosophies and teachings.

This is an equipping of skills that help you see beyond the surface and guide others to places (and poses) they never dared to go.

This is a stripping away and a building up.

This is an immersion into what it means to be an embodied follower of Jesus and teacher of yoga.

This is about taking your yoga practice and your relationship with God to the next level (or next 10 levels).

This is about stepping into your calling to make space so others can know the Peace and Presence of God.

TESTIMONIALS

What Our Graduates Say 

Our students continually tell us how life-changing their experience studying with us is. Read their stories of breakthrough below.

As a new yoga student with only a year of practicing under my belt, I felt completely unqualified…By the end of the first session, I knew I was called to be there.

This training has enriched my soul and taught me how to embody scripture in my yoga practice. 

Here is a chance to study with a team that authentically lives out their faith and honors God in what they do. I loved every bit of this training.

Read More

Tap through the tabs below to explore the dates, schedule, and FAQs for our upcoming training.

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, 95% of our training takes place LIVE.


The dates and times listed below are for our live classes, lectures, discussions and live trainee participation during these sessions is highly encouraged, but recordings can be made available if you’re unable to attend every session live.

During the weeks between live training sessions, you will meet with a pre-assigned Small Group for 90 minutes and with your pre-assigned buddy for 30 minutes. 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.

January 13-May 21, 2023

10 Live Weekend Modules {Friday-Sunday}
8 Mid-Week Small Group Meetings
8 One-on-One Buddy Meetings
8 Live Yoga + Meditation Classes {Thursdays}

Training Times

Thursdays: 7-9pm ET
Friday: 1-4pm ET
Saturday: 1-5pm ET
Sunday: 1-5pm ET


Please read the ‘Dates’, ‘What to Expect,’ and ‘What You’ll Need’ tabs above for more information.

This will be the only 200hr program offered in 2023.


2023 Live Training Dates

13-15
January
Module OneAn Introduction to The Yoga Abbey’s Embodied Sequencing Template and General Principles of Alignment
Fri: 1-4pm ET
Sat/Sun: 1-5pm ET
19
January
Yoga + Meditation Practice
7-9pm ET
27-29
January
Module TwoEmbodied Sequencing, Principles of Flow, Sanskrit 101, Pranayama Part One, and Yoga Anatomy
Fri: 1-4pm ET
Sat/Sun: 1-5pm ET
2
February
Yoga + Meditation Practice
7-9pm ET
10-12
February
Module ThreeEmbodied Sequencing, Surya Namaskar, Introduction to Energy & Subtle Body, Yoga Anatomy
Fri: 1-4pm ET
Sat/Sun: 1-5pm ET
16
February
Yoga + Meditation Practice
7-9pm ET
24-26
February
Module FourEmbodied Sequencing, Principles of Standing Neutral & Open Poses, Applied Anatomy, Pranayama Part Two
Fri: 1-4pm ET
Sat/Sun: 1-5pm ET
2
March
Yoga + Meditation Practice
7-9pm ET
10-12
March
Module FiveEmbodied Sequencing, Principles of Standing Balancing Poses, Principles of Revolving Poses
Fri: 1-4pm ET
Sat/Sun: 1-5pm ET
16
March
Yoga + Meditation Practice
7-9pm ET
24-26
March
Module SixEmbodied Sequencing, Principles of Backbending, Principles of Inversions, Yoga History & Philosophy
Fri: 1-4pm ET
Sat/Sun: 1-5pm ET
31-2
March-April
Module SevenEmbodied Sequencing, Principles of Seated Forward Bends, Yoga History & Philosophy
Fri: 1-4pm ET
Sat/Sun: 1-5pm ET
13
April
Yoga + Meditation Practice
7-9pm ET
21-23
April
Module EightEmbodied Sequencing, Restorative Yoga 101, Meditation
Fri: 1-4pm ET
Sat/Sun: 1-5pm ET
27
April
Yoga + Meditation Practice
7-9pm ET
5-7
May
Module NineEthics for Yoga Teachers, Prenatal Yoga 101, Conscious Communication
Fri: 1-4pm ET
Sat/Sun: 1-5pm ET
11
May
Yoga + Meditation Practice
7-9pm ET
19-21
May
Module 10Ayurveda 101, the Business and Logistics of Teaching Yoga, and GRADUATION CELEBRATION!
Fri: 1-4pm ET
Sat/Sun: 1-5pm ET

What To Expect

Expect to work really hard, build incredibly deep friendships, stretch the lines of your comfort zone, be amazed at all you + God in you are able to accomplish, and learn more about yourself than ever before. We didn’t design a passive 200 hour training program. We will be in it with every step of the way, encouraging you when you need a pep talk, praying for you when you need strength, and clarifying things for you as many times as you need until it makes sense.

We are committed to seeing you not just complete this training but thrive in it.

​​This material and methodology, this way of praying and preaching God’s goodness, will not leave you the same as before. It will make you a better person, partner, friend, and leader. It will sharpen you and stretch you and shape you into a newer creation, one more able to walk in the abiding Peace and Presence of God.

Through a combination of large-group lecture and discussion, yoga and meditation classes, small group practice teaching, and personal reflection assignments you will be stretched, shaped, and nurtured into a yoga teacher. 

In addition to the live training sessions, you will meet with a pre-assigned Small Group and a pre-assigned buddy eight times over the course of training to practice teaching. The Small Group sessions will be 90 minutes long and the buddy meetings will be 30 minutes long. Your Small Group meeting time will be set for some time between 10am-8pm ET Monday-Thursday (groups are formed based on your stated availability) and buddy meeting times will be set by you and your partner.

You will also have homework assignments due between each live teaching session that will be a mixture of reading assignments, watching pre-recorded material, and written responses.

What You’ll Need

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

The following books:

  • Prayer of Heart and Body by Fr. Tom Ryan
  • Light on Yoga by B.K.S. Iyengar
  • In the Name of Jesus: Reflections on Christian Leadership by Henri Nouwen

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, willing heart, 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!

FAQs

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. This level of participation and interaction is truly what sets The Yoga Abbey’s training apart from other online yoga trainings. We’ve found that the richest connections with each other and the material happens when we are all present and learning together.

All 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. 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 however 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.

Do you have any scholarships?

We have three 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. The scholarship deadline is December 1. We will be notifying applicants by Monday, December 5.

If you would like to apply, please submit your application here.

Are you registered with Yoga Alliance?

Yes! Upon graduation you will be eligible to register as an RYT-200 with Yoga Alliance.

What if I haven’t been practicing yoga for a long time?

Many of our students enroll in training after experiencing deep healing, freedom, and peace on their yoga mats for the first time. We don’t set a requirement for how long you need to have practiced before enrolling because we know that God delights in using each of us for His glory and our good. 

That being said, if you are newer to yoga and don’t have a strong familiarity with the different asanas (poses), you will need to work harder than your peers who have spent more time on their mats learning the names and shapes we use a lot in yoga. By no means does this disqualify you! We’ve built in lots of layers of support and connection to make sure you’re taken care of. But our biggest encouragement is to practice as often as you can before training starts to help build greater confidence and familiarity with the practice.

Who will be leading this training?

Meet Caroline, the Founder of The Yoga Abbey

Caroline has been practicing yoga for over 10 years and has been teaching Jesus-centered yoga classes since 2015. With over 600 hours of training specializing in vinyasa and prenatal yoga, she leads classes that combine strong physical alignment with deep spiritual awareness. Caroline has taught in yoga studios and on retreats, but her main classroom is YouTube where she’s led hundreds of thousands of people around the world in Jesus-centered yoga classes.

Seeking to foster a deeper Christian yoga community online and support other Christian yoga teachers, she started The Yoga Abbey in 2018. The Yoga Abbey is an online yoga sanctuary that offers Christian yoga classes, meditation practices, devotional resources, advanced workshops, and Spiritual Direction.

Meet Alison, The Yoga Abbey’s Director of Operations and Training

Alison began her yoga practice over 10 years ago to find relief from chronic anxiety and neck pain which had developed over time from high-impact sports and injuries. Soon after her yoga journey started, she witnessed the effects of mental clarity, emotional ease, and the healing of physical pain in her body.

Alison has been teaching yoga since 2015 and has led classes in various studios, churches, and trauma recovery spaces across Dallas and Chicago. Her classes bring an awareness to personal alignment, encourage exploration into a healthy range of motion, mindful breathwork, and create space for The Holy Spirit to heal and transform. She is an RYT 500, E-RYT 200, YACEP, and has previously instructed in three teacher training programs.

Meet Jamie, our Anatomy & Physiology Instructor

Jamie Terry is an RYT 200 and a Functional Range Conditioning Mobility Specialist. She has been teaching yoga since 2015 and joined The Yoga Abbey community in 2020. Movement has been a part of her life from an early age through dance, martial arts, outdoor adventure sports, and long distance running.

Love for God, compassion for mental health, fascination with body and nature, and a desire to serve through teaching have led Jamie to this path of faithful, embodied stewardship through Yoga and Functional Movement. Her desire is that you would see more of God through body stewardship and learn how to move with more confidence and joy.

Meet Melissa, our Contemplative Prayer and Meditation Instructor

Following the threads of beauty and hospitality (her core values), Melissa Reed (RYT-200) has been led by the Spirit to serve in the world as a Spiritual Director – holding space for others to experience the beauty and hospitality of God’s love. She received her training through the Sustainable Faith School of Spiritual Direction and has been serving as a Spiritual Director since 2017. Continuing to pursue beauty and hospitality, also fueled by her 20+ year love of yoga, Melissa completed her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training through Yoga Six in 2018, followed by 25 hours with The Yoga Abbey in 2020. Melissa has gently guided yoga students in local classes, online, and in international retreats.

Meet Kelly, our Yoga History & Philosophy Instructor

Kelly McLellan (E-RYT 200, RYT 500) has been practicing yoga for over 25 years and teaching for almost as long! She attended the University of Florida where she studied psychology and the mind-body connection. She went on to receive a Masters in Health Science Education specializing in holistic health. Kelly is the owner of Getting Still, creator of Sanctuary Studies, freelance yoga teacher-trainer, and faculty member at Montreat College where she teaches classes that blend the ancient practice of classical yoga with sacred Christian scriptures. Her published works include The Postures of Prayer: A Christian Yoga Deck and Journeying through the Chakras with Christ.

We are also honored to host a handful of other incredible guest teachers and experts!

If you have any further questions, please email training@theyogaabbey.com.

LIFE-CHANGING INVESTMENT

​​Join our *only* 2023 200hr Yoga Teacher Training 

Early Bird pricing ends December 1.

4 Month Early Bird Plan

$788/month

$750/month

  • An experience of learning and teaching online that will give you confidence to teach in any format
  • Access to The Yoga Abbey’s Members Wing from the day of enrollment through training (an $150+ value)
  • Access to The Yoga Abbey’s Leaders wing with sequence breakdowns, class themes, and advanced workshops for 3 months after training ends (A $150+ value!)

12 Month Early Bird Plan

$275/month

$260/month

  • An experience of learning and teaching online that will give you confidence to teach in any format
  • Access to The Yoga Abbey’s Members Wing from the day of enrollment through training (an $150+ value)
  • Access to The Yoga Abbey’s Leaders wing with sequence breakdowns, class themes, and advanced workshops for 3 months after training ends (A $150+ value!)

Pay in Full – Early Bird

$3,050

$2,900

  • An experience of learning and teaching online that will give you confidence to teach in any format
  • Access to The Yoga Abbey’s Members Wing from the day of enrollment through training (an $150+ value)
  • Access to The Yoga Abbey’s Leaders wing with sequence breakdowns, class themes, and advanced workshops for 3 months after training ends (A $150+ value!)

THE YOGA ABBEY

You Belong Here

It doesn’t matter if you can’t touch your toes or struggle through a vinyasa. It doesn’t matter if you’ve never gone to Bible school or cringe at the thought of sitting in silence for longer than 60 seconds. It doesn’t matter if you have no plans to ever actually teach a yoga class. You are never more qualified or ready than you are now.