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Yoga Bel Air MD

200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training ~
8 month program

Eight-month weekend program ~ meets one weekend of each month, September 2017 - April 2018

If you’re ready to take your yoga practice to the next level, learn how to teach yoga, and/or delve deeper into your own yoga journey, the Peace Yoga 200-hour Teacher Training program will meet and exceed your needs. Participants in our well-rounded yoga teacher training will explore the history and philosophy of yoga, establish a strong foundation in anatomical principles as they relate to asana (yoga postures), and explore pranayama (breathing) and meditation techniques. We will experience a variety of vinyasa-based asana practices with a focus on safety and alignment.

Our 200-hour Yoga Alliance approved training will prepare you to design and teach vinyasa-based yoga classes to a variety of yoga levels and learning styles. The eight-month training will focus on philosophy, anatomy, teaching methodology, ethics, and practical experience, enabling you to develop the skills and expertise necessary to become a successful yoga teacher.

Training Overview

  • * techniques, training, and practice of asana (yoga poses) with an emphasis on vinyasa (flow) and alignment-oriented yoga
  • * teaching methodology
  • * anatomy and physiology
  • * yoga philosophy and history
  • * ethics of teaching yoga
  • * practical teaching experiences
  • * prenatal yoga
  • * chair yoga
  • * restorative yoga
  • * ayurveda
  • * chakras
  • * yoga nidra
  • * meditation
  • * pranayama (breathing techniques)
  • * pose break-down and modification
  • * adapt your instructions to a variety of learning styles
  • * develop effective and concise cues/language for physical and energetic focuses in poses
  • * create appropriately sequenced lesson plans for a variety of levels and students
  • * the business of yoga
  • * Our goal is for you to complete the Peace Yoga 200-hour Teacher Training with the tools you’ll need to become a confident and competent yoga teacher.

Upon successful completion of the Peace Yoga 200-hour Teacher Training Program, you will be able to apply to Yoga Alliance for certification as a 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200).

Student Requirements

We recommend that you have at least one year of consistent yoga practice before applying to our training.

In addition to attending weekend trainings in their entirety and completing homework assignments, you will need to attend 18 yoga classes (not necessarily at Peace Yoga) and donate 8 hours of yoga teaching to a group that might otherwise not have the opportunity to experience yoga before the completion of the training.


You can contact Heather to schedule a visit to our
studio, if convenient, and to request an application, or you can download it here:
Peace Yoga YTT Application.


  • The eight-month program meets one weekend a month from September 2017 through April 2018.
  • September 22, 23, 24
  • October 13, 14, 15
  • November 10, 11, 12
  • December 8, 9, 10
  • January 19, 10, 21
  • February 9, 10, 11
  • March 9, 10, 11
  • April 13, 14, 15

  • Class times: Fridays ~ 5-9pm
    Saturdays ~ 1-7pm
    Sundays ~ 9am-6pm


Upon acceptance, a $500 non-refundable deposit will reserve your spot.
Program: $3000 due the first day of the training (less the deposit)
Early bird: $2800 if paid in full by July 1

During the eight-month training, you will be eligible to purchase 10 class passes at Peace Yoga for $100 (that’s just $10/class).

Required Reading

Please plan to purchase the following books, which will be used throughout our training:
The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, by Sri Swami Satchidananda
The Heart of Yoga, by T.K.V. Desikachar
Teaching Yoga: Essential Foundations and Techniques, by Mark Stephens
Teaching Yoga, by Donna Farhi
Yoga Anatomy, by Leslie Kaminoff (Second Edition)

Suggested reading, but not required:
The Key Muscles of Yoga, Volume 1, by Ray Long


Yoga Bel Air MD

Heather Gagnon, E-RYT 200 ~ Being active and staying healthy have always been an integral part of Heather’s life. She grew up in Bel Air, was a competitive gymnast, and has continued to participate in exercise-related activities, including cycling and yoga throughout her adult life. The combination of mindful awareness and physical movement is what drew Heather to yoga in 2006. After teaching for several years and sensing a need for yoga in the community, Heather opened Peace Yoga in January 2011. She is an ERYT (Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher) with Yoga Alliance and holds both a Bachelors of Science degree and a Masters of Education.

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Kerry Martinez, RYT-500 ~ Kerry (RYT 500, AYS) received her Master’s in Exercise Physiology in 1998 and became a devout yogi during that time. She found more than just a physical benefit from yoga and realized yoga created balance in her own life. Kerry teaches the general population, but also teaches yoga to special populations including cardiac, cancer, arthritis, chronic pain, anxiety and depression. Kerry brings a sense of humor and laughter to the mat and strives to create a nurturing, peaceful space where students can find stillness. She received her 200 hour yoga teacher training in 2005 from the Yama Studio and she recently finished her 500 hour teacher training with Lynn Matthews in Annapolis. Kerry also holds a yoga nidra certification and is an Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist through the Himaylayan Institute. She focuses on the details and alignment in poses and tends to the needs of individuals in a group class as well as with private students. To bring strength and contentment in her student’s lives she also works with breathing techniques and other limbs of yoga to create physical and energetic balances in the body. Kerry reminds students that each pose on the mat can mirror the very challenges we face in our own lives as well as the infinite possibilities life has to offer.


  • How large is the training?
  • We will have a minimum of 8 students and a maximum of 21.

  • What makes the Peace Yoga 200-Hour Teacher Training Program different?
  • We strive to create a curriculum/training program that will prepare you to teach yoga safely, effectively, and with an authentic voice, incorporating yoga philosophy and anatomy as well as utilizing effective teaching methodology for a variety of learning styles.

  • I don’t know if I want to teach yoga. Is this training appropriate for me?
  • Yes, it is…many people enroll in a yoga teacher training program with the intention of deepening their own personal yoga practice, learning more about yoga philosophy, history, and ethics, and/or taking part in a self-transformation experience.

  • What if I decide not to attend the training?
  • If you decide to withdraw from the training before it begins, you will forfeit the $500 non-refundable deposit. Should you decide to withdraw from the training after it has begun, you will receive a credit toward the next teacher training cycle.

  • Does completing the training guarantee graduation or registration with Yoga Alliance?
  • No, the teachers of the Peace Yoga Teacher Training reserve the right to refuse graduation to any individual that they determine does not meet the requirements of our program. Non-graduation after completion of the program will not result in a refund of any kind.

  • I cannot attend the training on a particular day or weekend. How can I make it up?
  • If you miss a day, you may pay ($100/hour) for a tutorial to cover the material you have missed. We’ll arrange these case-by-case. If you must miss multiple sessions, consider waiting for the next training.

Congratulations to our most recent group of Teacher Training graduates!

new teachers

“The Peace Yoga Teacher Training has been an amazing, transformative journey. Heather and Kerry are so knowledgable. It is a true gift that they share with the group.” ~ Laura B.

“The thoughtful, careful consideration, and heart put into this program is top-notch. Heather and Kerry’s wealth of knowledge, the extremely well-crafted lessons, and the passion and generosity in which they teach makes me feel confident in my voice as a teacher. I will be forever grateful for their guidance on this journey.” ~ Gemma C.

“The teacher training offered at Peace Yoga is amazing! The instructors, Heather and Kerry, are extremely knowledgeable and passionate about yoga. You will receive a beautifully well-rounded yoga education that will leave you feeling inspired, empowered, and ready to get out there and teach. I am so glad that I decided to participate in this enlightening and transformative yoga experience. I highly recommend it to anyone looking to deepen their own personal practice or spread the power of yoga to others.” ~ Cherie G.

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