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.
Upon successful completion of the Peace Yoga 200-hour Teacher Training Program, you will be able to apply to Yoga Alliance www.yogaalliance.org for certification as a 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200).
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.
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).
Please plan to purchase the following books, which will be used throughout our
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
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.
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.
Congratulations to our most recent group of Teacher Training graduates!
“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.