9-Month Yoga Program in 2019

The Mindfulness of Yoga Teacher Training
Yoga Alliance Approved Yoga Teacher Training Minot, North Dakota, September of 2019

Location:  YogifyU, Minot ND
Dates: September 6, 2019 - May 10, 2020 
Times:  Friday, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.; Saturday, 8:00 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.; Sunday, 8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Our program is offered as 10 Modules

In order to enhance the learning experience, self-study will be encouraged outside of scheduled workshop hours to help solidify topics covered.

Our Weekends Together in 2019-2020

  • September 6-8

  • October 11-13

  • November 8-10

  • December 13-15

  • January 10-12

  • February 7-9

  • March 13-15

  • April 10-12

  • May 8-10

Yoga Alliance Registration

After you complete the program requirements (attending all modules, completing homework and practicum), you will be eligible to apply with Yoga Alliance should you choose to become a Registered Yoga Teacher. Upon completion of the coursework, and depending on your own practice, you will be prepared to share the gift of yoga with others.

Pricing & Refund Policy

The pricing for both the Weekend and Weekday programs is identical as is the content.  Prices do not include required books

  • $2,894: for all 9 Modules if you Pay As You Go

    • $500 nonrefundable deposit required before you begin.

    • The deposit is applied towards your Workshops/Modules.

    • $266 will be due for each module the Thursday before our weekend together.

  • $2,350 for all 10 Modules if you Pay In Full

    • A $500 nonrefundable deposit is required to save your spot in this training.

    • Must have your full payment in by September 1, 2019

Additional Variable Costs

  1. Books (costs vary based on purchase location)

  2. Make-up sessions for missed teacher training hours (see Frequently Asked Questions)

Study Areas

  1. Asana - Learn how the asanas are built from the foundation up and you will be confident teaching the beginner as well as the seasoned practitioner. Contraindications concerning special populations will be emphasized and safety will be stressed greatly. We will discuss common injuries and special populations such as pregnancy, and medical conditions often found in group yoga classes today.

  2. Pranayama - You will be taught many pranayamas and the effect they each have on the body and their contraindications as well. (Includes anatomy & physiology of the breath)

  3. Meditation - Learn a variety of meditation practices as well as Yoga Nidra

  4. Anatomy - Learn essential yoga anatomy based on alignment and how varying bone structures will create different asanas for each individual. We will explore the subject of anatomy of the skeletomuscular system and focus on different anatomical features during each module in a dynamic, practical way that is directly relevant to yoga practice and teaching. You'll receive tools and knowledge that will improve your yoga practice and sharpen your yoga teaching skills.

  5. Sequencing - Learn how to create balanced yoga classes and curriculums.

Teaching Methodology

  1. Learning Styles -We all learn in a unique way.

  2. Teaching Styles - We will help you learn various teaching styles and assisting styles. We become confident by repetition - find your inner yoga and learn even more about your own practice by watching, observing and actively assisting others during live classes.

Anatomy and Physiology

  1. Physical Anatomy and Physiology - You will come to understand healthy movement patterns, variying bone structures and their limits, benefits, and contraindications of the asanas through the study of various bodily systems.

  2. Eastern Anatomy and Physiology - We will explore the energy body including the Nadis, Marmas, Pranas, Koshas, Chakras and the psychology of the chakra system.

  3. Each asana module will correlate with the physical anatomy as well as the energetic anatomy.

Philosophy, Ethics, and Lifestyle

  1. History of Yoga

  2. The Eight Limbs

  3. Sanskrit Basics & Mantra

  4. Ayurveda of the Body and Mind

  5. The Yoga Sutras and the Bhagavad Gita

  6. Ethics of Yoga: Living Your Yoga Off the Mat

  7. Yoga Lifestyle: Diet, Cultivating a Personal Asana, Pranayama, & Meditation Practice

More Questions? 


Module 1:  Yoga Philosophy & Lifestyle

Yoga is the understanding that the unity of Body, Mind, and Spirit is practiced beyond the mat, making yoga a part of our daily life. This module incorporates the aspects of yoga we can use beyond our mat and incorporate and further enrich our own lives. We will study and gain a deeper understanding of the history of yoga and ancient texts and the application of yoga's sister science, Ayurveda. This module includes:

  • History, Sages

  • Sutras (8-limbs)

  • The Bhagavad Gita

  • Koshas

  • Introduction to the Chakras

  • Basics of Ayurveda

  • Introduction to Meditation…We will continue building and growing our own personal meditation practice during each weekend we are together, at home, and through our private Facebook Group with audio guided meditations.

  • Introduction to Pranayama and Relaxation…We will continue to grow our pranayama practice during our time together, at home, and through private audio guided practices.

Think of this module as a "getting to know you" phase of yoga as you dive deep into it's rich history.  We will spend our weekend filled with discussion and yoga practices.

Module 2:  Grounding and Rooting & Sun Salutations

With our feet firmly grounded, our body comes into alignment and the mind stays in the moment, we begin to connect to our true self and the realization we are a part of a whole wider world.  This is when we experience yoga and all it had to offer. Our second module is an introductory to all the aspects of yoga we will break down and focus on throughout our training.  We will break down Standing Asanas,  Suryanamaskars (Sun Salutations) and Anatomy of The Physical & Energy Body (Root Chakra) as it pertains to Standing Asana.

  • Asana: Foundation Poses, Standing Poses, and Suryanamaskar (Sun Salutations).

  • Energy Body: Muladhara/Root Chakra

  • Physical Anatomy: Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology with further study of the Feet and Ankles & Overall Core Line of the body as they pertain to Standing Poses.

  • Introduction to Pranayama, Anatomy of the Breath, and Ujjayi

  • Meditation: Beginning your own meditation practice

Module 3:  Foundations in Sequencing


As seasoned yoga practitioners, we often forget fundamental aspects of yoga.  Many students have mentioned this module has made them aware of habits they had adopted that were not healthy for their bodies and created imbalances. 

This module will teach you balanced sequencing and keep your sequencing fresh, authentic and skillful.  Students will learn to create their own sequences based on sequencing template(s) provided to create their own unique class.  Our practices during each module will also provide students with thorough, balanced practices that focuses on our topic at hand.  From this module we will continue to break down sequencing for the remainder of our time together. Each month you will receive templates, sequences, and the opportunity to reflect and create your own unique class sequences. This module (and future modules) on creating sequences with authenticity and purpose will create confidence in class structure that will help you and your students have a safe, sustainable, effective practice for many years to come.

  • Asana: Continuation of Foundation Poses, Standing Poses, and Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutations).

  • Physical Anatomy: Legs, Knees & Overall Core Line of the body as they pertain to Standing Poses

  • Meditation: Insight with Metta Meditation

Module 4:  Open Your Hips to the Natural Flow

Being "in the flow" of life is effortless and harmonious.  When our intentions are formed with awareness, life happens through us, rather than to us. This module focuses on the importance of healthy movement and stability of the pelvic girdle with hip openers and pelvic stabilizers.  This module will also give students the opportunity to dip their feet in the Yin Yoga waters, and discover it's physical and mental benefits.  We will also look at the Psychology behind the Sacral Chakra.

  • Asana: Forward Folds & Hip Openers

  • Energy Body: Svadhisthana Chakra

  • Pranayama: Dirgha & "Wave Breathing"

  • Physical Anatomy: Pelvis and Psoas

  • Sequencing: Forward Bends

  • Meditation: Exploring meditation through the Koshas, using Mantras and creating a Sankalpa

Module 5: Twists and Turns & Conscious Awareness

Life has many twists and turns and with conscious awareness we can reach our goals, and at the same time empower others when we are aware of how our actions create the experiences or lessons needed in order to achieve them.  During this module we will continue to learn about the core line of the body as it pertains to twisted and seated asanas along with the energetics of the spine. Special consideration is given regarding Back Injury, Pregnancy and the Psychology of the Manipura Chakra is explored.

  • Asana: Twists & Seated

  • Energy Body: Manipura Chakra

  • Pranayama: Bhastrika and Kapalabhati (Skull Shining)

  • Physical Anatomy: The Spine & Control with the Core

  • Sequencing: Sequencing Twists

  • Special Populations: Pregnancy & Back Injury

Module 6:  The Heart is the Center

In many cases, we spend hours of our days with the shoulders drooping and the hip flexors tightening from our lifestyle of sitting more often than we move. From this lifestyle come sometimes-debilitating injuries such as lower back, hip, and knee. Learning to utilize the entire spine, moving in a healthy range of motion with freedom in the hips and shoulders, we can enjoy forward bends and back bends in a safe and nurturing way, offering alternatives for expectant Mothers and those with current or previous back injury. This module also explores the Heart Chakra, Pranayama, and Metta Meditation.

  • Asana: Backbends

  • Energy Body: Anahata/Heart Chakra

  • Pranayama: Kumbhaka Pranayama

  • Physical Anatomy: Further Anatomy of Breathing

  • Sequencing: Backbends

Module 7:  Balance Your Practice & Balancing Poses

Lila is the Sanskrit word for Divine Play. The practice of yoga keeps us looking and feeling younger. Recent medical research has suggested that the aging process is hormone-regulated. The Five Tibetan Rites are said to normalize hormonal imbalances, activating the endocrine system associated with the Chakras in the body, thereby holding the key to lasting youth, health, and vitality. This module explores Balancing Asana, The Bandhas, and the Throat Chakra.

  • Asana: Balancing Poses

  • Energy Body: Visuddha/ Throat Chakra

  • Pranayama: Surya Bhedana (Sun-Piercing Breath) and Bhramari

  • Physical Anatomy: Nervous System

  • Sequencing: Strong and Stable Arm Balances

Module 8:  Introduction to Inversions & Mindful Assisting and Adjusting

Through the stabilization of the Core Line, Shoulder Girdle, and Pelvic Girdle, we begin to explore turning our world upside down and holding ourselves up both physically and spiritually. While we work through transcending the Lower Egos, we explore techniques associated with the Third Eye and Crown Chakra, bringing greater awareness to our body as well as our spirit.

  • Asana: Inversions & Arm Balances

  • Energy Body: Ajna & Sahasrara Chakra

  • Physical Anatomy: Stabilizing The Shoulder Girdle & Arms

  • Sequencing: Inversions and Energetic Themes

  • Business of Yoga: Practice Sequencing/Planning/ Learning Styles/Environment/Ethics

Module 9:  Meditation and Intro to Restorative Yoga & Yoga Nidra

"In deep meditation the flow of concentration is continuous like the flow of oil." Patanjali. Exploring the inner practices of The Right Limbs of Yoga, This module will explore six different meditation techniques designed to give the student a broad view of how different meditation practices can be applied to different learning styles. With mindfulness meditation as the corner stone we will explore and practice the following: Insight /Tratak/Mantra/Metta-Loving Kindness/Walking.

Additionally we will explore Restorative Yoga and Yoga Nidra. Restorative Yoga is a nurturing and gentle practice using pillows and props. It is beneficial to students with special health needs, those in caretaking positions and those seeking a calming and renewing adaptation of classic Hatha Yoga poses where extended time is spent in several passive postures meant to relax and heal the body of the stresses it endures in everyday life.

Yoga Nidra is a guided meditation practice that invokes a deep conscious sleep-state. Yoga Nidra encourages total transformation towards a positive direction in our life, eliminating the root cause of negatives such as stress, depression, anxiety, insomnia, etc. which keep us from living our full potential and truest nature. Yoga Nidra strives to train the mind to access and heal the subconscious and unconscious mind with the addition of our Sankalpa. The Sankalpa is a short mental statement which is impressed on the subconscious mind when it is receptive and sensitive to suggestion during yoga nidra. In other words, what seeds do you wish to grow in your life? Yoga Nidra when combined with your Sankalpa, feeds the roots of those seeds.

Module 10:  Practicum & Becoming The Teacher

This module will be a culmination of all 9 months of learning (not a weekend of training in person), practice teaching, and more.  Some practicum requirements can be started as soon as we receive your deposit. 

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  • Attend 20 Group Classes

  • Develop a Lesson Plan and Teach a class to show mastery of the skills you have learned during training

  • Development of a mindful, safe and respectful community in your class

  • Teaching techniques and learning styles

  • Verbal and physical adjustments

  • Development and communication of a balanced and well-sequenced class that teaches and inspires

  • Ethics of the yoga teacher

  • The business of yoga

  • What does it mean to earn a living as a yoga teacher? Open your own studio? Invest in a studio

  • Peer teaching - lots of teaching in a supportive environment


Each module has Required & Recommended Reading and Additional Self-Study Homework. Our book list isn't extensive and we suggest Amazon and Half Price Books to keep the reading materials cost affective. The Guided Self Study consists of simple Reading and Assignments (Topics chosen will be distributed between Meditation, Teaching Methodology, Anatomy and Physiology, Philosophy, Ethics, and Lifestyle.)

Yoga Alliance Registration

After you complete the program requirements (attending all modules, completing homework and practicum), you will be eligible to apply with Yoga Alliance should you choose to become a Registered Yoga Teacher. Upon completion of the coursework, and depending on your own practice, you will be prepared to share the gift of yoga with others.


A $500.00 cancellation fee is included in the training cost. Full payment due if registration is not cancelled by August 7, 2018.

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