Live in Total Yoga!
230-Hour Certification Program
Through Yoga Alliance and the Asheville Yoga Center
This program is our comprehensive training which runs over nine weekends, roughly one a month. The program generally spans about 7 full months. It is offered several times a year in a variety of South Eastern cities. This type of learning works best for those who like to let it sink in, and with the ability to get away one weekend a month. You will have assignments to do during your breaks between weekends and time to integrate what you are learning.
Do you have questions, comments or concerns? Please contact us.
May 23, 2014 *Early Bird Special*
Total Cost of the program: $2,800
Sign up early and save big!
Sign up by February 23, 2014 and save $600.
Sign up by April 23, 2014 and save $300.
Fall 2014 *Early Bird Special*
Total Cost of the program: $2,800
Sign up by April 3, 2014 and save $600.
Sign up by September 3, 2014 and save $300.
*The Asheville Yoga Center is no longer taking any 230hr Teacher Trainings to other locations. Please come visit us here at the Mothership. Directions.
Fridays, 5:30 - 9:00 pm
Saturdays, 8:00 - 12:00 pm and 2:00 - 6:00 pm
Sundays, 8:30 -11:30 am and 12:30 - 3:30 pm
Asheville Fall 2013 Dates
1) October 4 - 6, 2013
2) November 1 - 3, 2013
3) December 6 - 8, 2013
4) January 3 - 5, 2014
5) January 31 - February 2, 2014
6) February 28 - March 2, 2014
7) March 21 - 2, 20143
8) April 11 - 13, 2014
9) April 25 - 27, 2014
10) May 10 - 12, 2014 (Please also reserve this weekend as a possible make-up weekend if one above is cancelled due to weather only)
Asheville Spring 2014 Dates
1. May 23 - 25, 2014
2. June 13 - 15, 2014
3. July 18 - 20, 2014
4. August 1 - 3, 2014
5. August 22 - 24, 2014
6. September 12 - 14, 2014
7. October 10 - 12, 2014
8. October 31 - November 2, 2014
9. November 21 - 23, 2014
1) October 3 - 5, 2014
2) October 24 - 26, 2014
3) November 21 - 23, 2014
4 – 9) January 2015 and beyond, dates TBD soon
Everything You Need to Know
Our 230 hour program is an intensive-study course for those wanting to deepen their understanding of Yoga, as well as prepare students to teach and practice safely, successfully, and compassionately. We will cover all the physical, philosophical and scientific aspects of Yoga, by introducing you to some of the best Yoga specialists here in the Southeast. Because of our incredible curriculum, many schools are mimicking our program. What a testimony to excellence!
We aim to break free of any dogma, ritual or sectarian approach by introducing many styles of Yoga: Iyengar, Anusara, and Flow are the major styles covered, while we also explore Ashtanga, Kundalini, Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy, Desikachar, Restorative, Partner, Bikram, Therapeutic, Psychological and more, in the most compassionate, humorous and thorough of ways. Creativity and personal inspiration will be encouraged as you develop your “own” teaching style.
However, you don’t have to be a teacher, nor even desire to become a teacher to attend these courses. Your Yoga practice will reach new heights as you become more grounded and peaceful through this ancient practice. The certificate you receive will be another step on your path to greater self-awareness and understanding, enabling you to Live your Truth that is Your Yoga.
Our 230 hour program is the first step, open to any serious student of Yoga who has been studying with a teacher for a minimum of six months. Even if you have been teaching Yoga for 20 years, this is an important first step as we start from the beginning for everyone, so we can all safely teach a beginning level Yoga class. Our average student body ranges from ages 22 - 65 years.
- What people are saying
“I can never thank you enough not just for teaching me Yoga, but giving me hope through the practice to face this most difficult world.”
-J. Blume, Kannapolis, NC
I enjoyed the range of subjects covered and the way we tackled them, including other yoga instructors and their different styles. This kind of exposure probably wouldn't have occurred at other institutions”
- N. Conrad, Cornelius, NC
“Stephanie is a wise and wonderful teacher. She shares her vast knowledge of yoga and meditation in more than words, but in the mindfulness and compassion she imparts in every moment of interaction with her students.
- E. Lang, Spartanburg, SC
“I was in awe of the education I have received ....much deeper and more
technical than anything I gained from Medical courses taken in the past.. thank you...Yoga is now my passion, my Life.”
- S. Dulken, Fairview, NC
- Our Incredible Staff
Stephanie Keach RYA500, has been teaching Yoga since 1988. Originally from Santa Barbara, CA, she has studied with most of the top yoga teachers, including her favorites: Ana Forrest, Erich Schiffman, Rodney Yee, Rod Stryker and Bryan Kest. Her Zen -Buddhist background brings a meditative style to the class.
Stephanie, owner and operator of the Asheville Yoga Center has produced the Flow Yoga video series and The Yoga Handbook. She currently teaches Flow Yoga classes, retreats, workshops and teacher trainings throughout the country. Stephanie resides in Asheville with her husband and three boys. Steph is so respected as a teacher because she is so down-to-earth, real and comfortable with herself. She is a master teacher, full of knowledge, experience and intuitive insight, well loved by many.
Stephanie specializes in over-seeing the program so that everyone's needs are more than met and hearts are opened wide. She is the Yoga Mama Bear of AYC..
Jim Biddle, MD
Nutrition and Alternative Medicine
Jim graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine in 1989 and completed his residency in Internal Medicine in Portland, Oregon in 1992. He specializes in "Integrative Medicine," combining the best of conventional and complementary approaches. Dr. Biddle is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and is certified in Chelation Therapy. He is a member of the American College of Physicians and the American College for Advancement in Medicine. Dr. Biddle has also been certified in hypnotherapy, massage therapy, and Reiki. In addition, Dr. Biddle is a member of Earthaven (http://www.earthaven.org), a permaculture community building toward a sustainable society that nurtures both humans and the earth.
Joe Taft is a certified Anusara Yoga instructor who has dedicated himself to the practice of yoga since 1997. His teaching style is approachable, lighthearted, uplifting and transformational. Joe interweaves Anusara’s life-affirming and heartfelt approach into his classes through myth, storytelling, Tantric philosophy and the wisdom gathered through his own life’s journey. He has completed hundreds of training hours with John Friend, Sianna Sherman and other senior Anusara instructors. Joe has a keen awareness of body biomechanics and a long history as a devoted athlete. He is an inspiration to yoga teachers and students alike.
Kimberly Drye is a certified yoga instructor in the Asheville, NC area. She has trained primarily with master teacher Lillah Schwartz, but has additional training with Cindy Dollar, Roger Cole, Aadil Pakhiavali, Matthew Sanford, and Stephanie Keach.
She has been teaching in the Asheville area since 2008. In addition to classes and private sessions, Kim assists in the 200-hour yoga teacher trainings at Lighten Up Yoga, where she offers feedback to teachers about their personal practices, teaching sequences, and teaching skills.
Kimberly’s devotion to the practice of yoga and her passion for learning about the human body has lead her towards finishing a second undergraduate degree in Health and Wellness at UNC Asheville in preparation to apply for a graduate program in Physical Therapy, beginning August 2014.
Kimberley, E-RYT 200 &RYT 500, received her teacher training at the Asheville Yoga Center in Asheville, NC under the direction of Stephanie Keach. She is registered with the Yoga Alliance at both the E-RYT 200 and 500 hour Advanced Studies levels.
Kimberley's personal practice began in 2003 and quickly became a life changing passion. Her love of Zen meditation, Vinyasa, and Yin Yoga have inspired her to share the healing powers of Yoga with others. She is passionate about helping students find connections between their practice on the mat and in their everyday lives. Kimberley's classes will challenge you as they guide you to practice from a place of honest exploration, acceptance, and personal freedom. The result is a fun and educational class that empowers each student to create their own practice, using their own strengths and weaknesses. Kimberley's authentic, warm and lighthearted spirit will encourage you to find your own yoga voice! Classes will be fun and challenging and know that your needs will be well-tended.
Kimberley has been blessed to find beautiful and inspiring teachers in Thich Nhat Hanh, Stephanie Keach, Shala Worsley, Erich Schiffmann, Paul Grilley, Scott Blossom, Michael Stone, Tim Miller, David Williams, David Swenson, Doug Keller, and the countless other shining souls that she meets along the path daily.
Kimberley practices and teaches meditation in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh and received the transmission of the Five Mindfulness Trainings from him in October of 2011.
Kimberley and her husband John are the grateful owners of Amsa Yoga.
Libby Hinsley, PT, RYT 500, received her 200 and 500 hour yoga teaching certifications from the Asheville Yoga Center. She began her study of yoga in 1998 and has been teaching since 2005. She has taught in a variety of settings and for a wide variety of student populations. She values teachings from many traditions, including Vinyasa flow, mindfulness meditation, Yin, Iyengar, and Anusara. In 2008 she had the fortunate opportunity to study at the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram in Chennai, India in the tradition of Krishnamacharya and Desikachar. Since that time, she has focused her study on therapeutic yoga in the Viniyoga tradition. Libby believes that the magic of yoga lies in its most fundamental teachings, and begins with a deep awareness of breath. In her classes, she hopes to lead students inward to discover the perfection of body and spirit that is already, and always, present. She teaches weekly classes and components of the Asheville Yoga Center’s Teacher Training programs, and teaches yoga at the Asheville School of Massage and Yoga. In 2011, she completed her training as a Physical Therapist at Western Carolina University, and currently works as a PT at Physical Therapy and Back Clinic of Leicester.
Marion was introduced to the Rolf Method of Structural Integration and became a certified practitioner in 1996. She completed an Associate’s Degree in Nursing from A-B Tech College and a Certification for Yoga Instruction from the Asheville Yoga Center in 1999. Students will learn about the human body through her hands-on experiential teaching style.
Since he can remember, Michael’s parents were his first and perfect Teachers in this life. In a way, everyone he meets continues to teach him perfectly by being examples of both how and how not to live. Among the many teachers who continue teach him, he has learned from Sri Swami Satchidananda, Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, Sharon Gannon, David Life, Geshe Michael Roach, Lama Christie McNally, Lama Marut, Kimberley Theresa, and his beloved partner, Stephanie.
It is his honor, privilege and hope to return the kindness that so many people have bestowed upon him, by teaching the highest practices of Yoga to all levels of practitioners… responsibly, joyfully, and in a way that will help others achieve their goals in this life and beyond.
Rich Fabio is certified with Yoga Alliance through the Asheville Yoga Center Teacher Training program. During the training Rich really impressed Stephanie Keach (the program director and head mama bear of the yoga center) with his natural talent. He is fully committed to yoga as a way of being, taking yoga well beyond the mat. His early yogic path began with sitting meditation. While his mind approached stillness, he struggled with chronic lower back and neck pain. Rich remembers barely reaching his hands past his knees in a forward fold. He quickly realized the importance of a strong physical practice for the process of healing. Rich is now a firm believer in the importance of proper biomechanics to restore the body to wellness. In Rich's classes, students benefit from fun dynamic postures combined with insights from his meditation practice. Rich would like to honor and thank his many teachers and the beautiful lessons that have shaped his path, especially his dear friend and guru Gary Weber.
Ruth Jacobson, PH.D.
Ruth is a psychotherapist in private practice, a yoga teacher, and a certified Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy practitioner. Her therapeutic focus is on healing childhood trauma and using personal relations as a vehicle for personal and spiritual transformation. The yoga classes she offers are eclectic and emphasize mindfulness of the physical body and all aspects of experience, and using the practice of yoga to cultivate wakefulness and to live more in harmony with ourselves and each other. She has been working with Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy since 1995, as a student, practitioner, mentor, faculty member, and consultant.
Ryan Conrad began exploring various facets of self awareness practices and meditation at an early age. Sixteen years ago he discovered the yogic path and quickly dove deeply into the study of asana, pranayama and yogic philosophy. Ryan has studied with teachers from several yogic lineages, and has focused the majority of his studies in the Iyengar method. Ryan has had the opportunity to study with many of the senior Iyengar instructors in the United States and abroad and has also studied with Mr. Iyengar himself. Ryan has been teaching yoga for over 8 years and is currently a 200 E-RYT. In 2010 Ryan completed his Doctorate of Physical Therapy at UNC Chapel Hill in order to expand his knowledge of anatomy and physiology. This training has allowed Ryan to be knowledgeable in teaching able bodied individuals as well as those with a diversity of neurological and musculoskeletal conditions by seamlessly blending Eastern and Western healing philosophies.
Shala has a deep yoga practice and teaching style that reflects over 12 years of study. She invites students to cultivate the exploration of the physical and spiritual realms. As a teacher, Shala offers a blend of the benefits of yoga in the alignment traditions of Iyengar, and flowing aspects of Ashtanga and Vinyasa, always including therapeutic yoga, yin yoga, meditation, pranayama and yoga philosophy. She embodies a balanced sense of grace, delicate flow, and attention to detail - a direct result of her passion for practicing yoga in nature and our innate connection to the Earth and the Cosmos. She inspires the student to touch their own yogic soul, bringing asana practice to life from within. Shala currently lives in Asheville, NC, teaching at the Asheville Yoga Center and directing the Asheville School of Massage and Yoga. Shala will be teaching most of the training.
Sierra Hollister has been sharing Kundalini Yoga in Asheville since 1995. Prior to that, Sierra was immersed in Kundalini at Ahimsa Ashram in Washington, DC. Certified in Kundalini, Vinyasa Flow, Ashtanga and Sat Nam Rasayan, Sierra has studied with many wonderful teachers over the years, including Yogi Bhajan, Gurucharan Singh Khalsa, Sarah Powers, David Swenson, Rajashri Choudhury, Chandra Om and Hari Das Kaur. In addition to teaching at Asheville Yoga Center, Sierra is on the teaching staff at Warren Wilson College and is the author of Foundations of Yoga: The Eight-Limbed Path. She is considered to be a teacher that “leads one to the amrit Anahata” or the nectar of the heart. She is deeply, profoundly grateful, each day, to share these sacred teachings.
Vishnu Dass (NTS, LMT, CAyu)
started studying Ayurveda in 1992 under the guidance of Dr. Vasant Lad, world renowned Ayurvedic physician and teacher. Vishnu was one of the first students to successfully graduate from both the Advanced Studies and the Clinical Program at the Ayurvedic Institute in Albuquerque, NM. He was also trained and worked at the Panchakarma Department of the Institute under Dr. Lad's supervision. Vishnu is also a graduate of the New Mexico School of Natural Therapeutics in Albuquerque, MN. He had previously studied with herbalist Michael Tierra at the American School of Herbalism in Santa Cruz, CA. He is a former Board Member of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA) and was granted a Lifetime Professional Membership for his service to that Board. He has been in clinical practice for over 12 years, treating people of all ages. He is a highly skilled herbalist who specializes in both the treatment and prevention of disease, including digestive disorders, skin diseases, allergies, arthritis, auto immune diseases, liver disorders, diabetes, hypertension, and many other chronic and severe conditions.
- Alignment Principles
- Anatomy and Physiology
- Anusara Principles
- Ashtanga Yoga
- Bandhas (locks)
- Bhagavad Gita
- Bhavana (visualization)
- Chair Yoga
- Chanting (Kirtan and Vedic chants)
- Communication skills
- Different approaches to broadening your belief of what Yoga is
- Emotions and yoga (depression, anxiety, addiction, PTSD)
- Ethics – including Yamas and Niyamas
- Hands On Adjustments
- Home Practice
- Jivamukti yoga
- Kids Yoga
- Kundalini yoga
- Languaging (communication skills)
- Lesson Planning
- Mantra Meditation
- Meditation practices from Yogic and Buddhist lineages
- Nutrition (yogic)
- Pathology and Injuries
- Pranayama (breathing practices)
- Prenatal/Postnatal Yoga
- Psychology and yoga
- Restorative Yoga
- Savasana massage
- Senior Yoga
- Student Assisting (hands on assisting for another teacher)
- Student Teaching (peer and public)
- Sun Salutation history and lineages (surya namaskar)
- Sutras of Patanjali
- Tantric Theory and History
- Tapas (building internal heat)
- Vinyasa Krama (the art of class sequencing)
- Ways to avoid pitfalls with your asana, pranayama, or meditation practices
- Ways to enhance and strengthen your personal practice
- Women’s health (pregnancy, menstruation, menopause)
- Yin Yoga
- Peer Review of student teaching
- Yoga Nidra (deep relaxation)
- Curriculum Requirements and Hours
The following curriculum requirements are strongly emphasized:
- commitment to the entire program
- practice meditation or pranayama at least 10-20 minutes a day
- practice asana at least 1/2 to 2 hours a day
- daily journal writing to record above practice
- one research paper: 5-10 pages due 8th weekend (topics assigned first weekend)
- several 1-2 page book reports and biographies
- attend 2-3 different level Yoga classes between each weekend and write up evaluations
- out of class, unsupervised student teaching hours totaling at least 12 hours
- 11 required textbooks + additional reading means lots of reading!!
- 6 hours of assisting in Yoga classes
- Difference between the immersion and the longer program?
What's the difference between the immersion and longer program?
The difference between the immersion and longer weekend program is based on preference and scheduling. They are identical curriculums. Some people really thrive in the immersion atmosphere (living, eating, breathing yoga for almost an entire month) and some want to process slower. In the longer program, you might have more time to digest and assimilate the information in your daily life and practice. Whereas for the immersion, you get all the information in a concentrated amount of time and then we set you free to navigate the journey of assimilation and integration.
Both programs will reinforce your home practice with a variety of tips, techniques and advice from our various experienced staff members. Asheville Yoga Center is blessed to have such incredible instructors, with varied passions and expertise. Both programs have identical staffing and hours.
We have not had one student drop out or even consider dropping out due to the "intensive nature" of the immersions. We have planned and organized the curriculum so there is just enough asana and lecture and time off interwoven so that (so far) no one has suggested otherwise, in fact it seems to be just the right amount of nutrients for the garden of inner and outer yoga to really grow.
It's ultimately up to you, the student, to choose which is best for you. It's a huge decision that we hope is made tentativeness, meditation and thoroughness. We recommend taking some quiet time (meditation/walk in the woods?) to come to clarity, and I trust your choice will be perfect.
- What if I have to miss a weekend?
Full attendance in the program is required for Yoga Alliance certification. It is not recommended or desired that you anticipate missing any weekends. In the case of emergency only, making up the weekend will require extra time, money and sometimes travel:
You will need to pay the regular weekend fee ($200) and then depending on what is taught that weekend, you will have to pay in addition, the private hourly rate from the teachers who taught that weekend. On the average you will need a 4-8 hour makeup class consisting of private instruction for a weekend missed, costing ave. $50-75 an hour, (this is in addition to the $200). We are unable to offer this option outside of Asheville, so out of town training absences will have to come to Asheville to "make-up" the weekend missed. If you miss more than one weekend I will encourage you to drop out of the program and re-enroll in another future program or I will graduate you and your certificate will state “ 145 in class hours” instead of “160 in class hours” and Yoga Alliance will not certify you until you have upgraded your certificate through the Asheville Yoga Center to meet the 160 hour minimum. Missing more than one weekend qualifies you for a suspension. Please do not let this happen.
- Required Reading
The following list is the required reading of the Asheville Yoga Center Live in Total Yoga Teacher Training Program. All books can be purchased in advance directly from the Asheville Yoga Center.
Cost for the entire bundle is $225 (includes s&h) and can be purchased here: BUY 200hour BUNDLE. In-store cost is $200.
The Yoga Handbook, An Inspirational Reference for Teaching and Home Practice, Stephanie Keach, $40 Buy now
Light On Yoga, BKS Iyengar
Yoga - The Spirit & Practice of Moving into Stillness, Erich Schiffman
Bhagavad Gita, the Stephen Mitchell translation
The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, Sw. Satchitananda
The Heart of Yoga, Desikachar
Back Care Basics, Mary Pulling Shatz
Yoga Anatomy, Leslie Kaminoff
The Miracle of Mindfulness, Thich Nhat Hanh
The Breathing Book, Donna Fahr
- Cost of program is $2800
- Tuition does not include accommodations, books or teacher training manual.
- Because this is one of the most popular Teacher Training Programs in the South East, we will accept the first 28 applicants that qualify for the 9 weekend programs and only the first 22 applicants that qualify for the Immersions. Once the programs fill, there will be a waiting list you can join.
- Programs fill months before the starting date.
- Some scholarships available on a first come basis.
- We accept checks, cash, Visa, MC
- Already a teacher training graduate, but wanting to repeat? Discounts available. Because Stephanie's practice is always expanding and changing, so are her trainings, and many students have asked about repeating a training. Stephanie offers a 30% discount to repeat the same training, just register online with a regular deposit, making a note to Stephanie to include the 30% discount of the entire program when she sends you the balance due. YA credit can be applied.
- Cancellation & Transfer Policy:
There is a $150 cancellation fee before the training begins. If you should decide to drop out after the program begins you forfeit the money for any attended training sessions. Refunds evaluated on an individual basis.
Transfer Fee Policy:
• 45-days or more $50
• 45-15 days before start date $100
• less than 15-days $150
This is a non-refundable, one time fee to be deducted from the deposit payment in your MindBody Online account.
- Application Process
Applicants are chosen on a first come basis, with the following prerequisites being met:
- a minimum of six-month’s experience with any live teacher (or many teachers) in any style of Hatha Yoga (this is so you don't apply with only dvd or video learning)
- to want to safely teach a beginning level Yoga class.
- a desire to enhance your own Yoga practice
- a desire to broaden your belief of what Yoga is
- a desire to Live Your Yoga
- a desire to open your heart to its fullest