Join our 200 Hour Teacher Training program in 2020! Our teacher training program is appropriate for yogis who would like to deepen their practice, grow and develop as a person and become certified to teach yoga. Wanting to become a yoga teacher is not a prerequisite for this program. Those wanting to deepen their knowledge and scope of yoga in a group of like-minded yogis are also welcome. Our program meets one weekend per month making it accessible for those who work standard business hours.
In our 200 hour program you’ll get 180 contact hours (the minimum required by Yoga Alliance to be considered a Yoga Alliance approved yoga school) and 30 hours of homework. There are many unique features of our program that set it apart from other yoga trainings. You’ll have opportunities to teach community classes, assist and observe classes at our studio throughout the year. Built into the program tuition is an annual unlimited membership to Wonder Yoga and you’ll be able to choose 4 different workshops to attend during the course of the training (also included in the tuition fee.) We believe that it is vital to keep up your own yoga practice while taking the teacher training and also afterwards if you’re teaching yoga. Practicing yoga is essential for informing your teaching and keeping your passion alive.
Our program features modules on yoga philosophy, history and lifestyle; yoga anatomy; sequencing, verbal cues, modifications; chakras and energetics; pranayama; functional movement; teaching methodology; prenatal yoga, vinyasa, hatha, gentle, restorative and power yoga; ethics of teaching yoga; meditation; teaching workshops and private yoga lessons; building your yoga business and more.
Upon completion of our program you will have an excellent yoga foundation and you’ll be certified to teach yoga in any of the following settings: gyms, studios, churches, corporations, private homes, clinics, etc. You will have a solid year of theory as well as plenty of hands on experience behind you. You’ll grow, be challenged and supported to find your voice and lead with your best, most authentic self.
Required Reading List:
• The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali by Sri Swami Satchidananda
• Teaching Yoga by Mark Stephens
• Wheels of Life: A User’s Guide to the Chakra System by Anodea Judith
• Teaching Yoga: Exploring the Teacher-Student Relationship by Donna Farhi
Our 200-hour teacher training program occurs over the course of 12 weekends. Friday sessions run from 6:30-9:30PM. Saturday sessions run from 12:00-9PM (2 hour meal break at 3:30pm). Sunday sessions are 11:30AM-4:30PM. One Sunday from 8:30am – 5:00pm will be a yoga and day hike within one hour from Arlington, MA. All other sessions will take place at Wonder Yoga at 1305 Massachusetts Avenue in Arlington, MA.
Program Cost Options
A $500 non-refundable deposit is due to hold your registration. We have two payment options:
1. $3700 total ($500 deposit + $3200 single payment) Deposit must be received by November 1st, 2019. Remaining single payment due by January 1st 2020.
2. $3950 total ($500 deposit + 10 payment plan of $345 each installment) Deposit must be received by November 1st, 2019. (Must start monthly payments by Jan 2020)
***If you pay the deposit of $500 by August 1st you can take $200 off either pricing option.***
***Don’t want the annual membership included? Take $900 off either pricing option.***
Any payments made are non-refundable. Need a different payment plan? Email us at email@example.com
Meet your Instructors:
Nicole Siegel E-RYT 500
Nicole is co-owner of Wonder Yoga. Movement has always been a part of her life, as she has journeyed from dancer to movement therapist to yogi. Nicole has a passion for whole body wellness and the ability to connect mind, body, and spirit through breath and movement. She continuously strives to let go of the internal chatter and external distractions and just simply be. She lives in Arlington Heights with her husband, son and two dogs.
Nicole’s Training includes:
• 500 hour yoga training with Daniel Orlansky
• Thai yoga massage certification
• Yin Yoga certification
• Meridian Yoga certification
• Yoga Nidra certification
Allison Jones E-RYT 200
Allison is co-owner of Wonder Yoga. She found yoga in 2004 during her senior year at Wellesley College. Just when her new adult life was supposed to take off she hit rock bottom with alcoholism and bulimia. She became involved with a 12 step program and discovered yoga and insight (Vipassana) meditation. Yoga helped her to deal with anxiety, feel strong and flexible in body & mind, become comfortable in her own skin and gain confidence. Several years into her own healing journey, she realized that she wanted to help others experience the benefits of yoga and meditation. Allison believes that her true vocation is to be a source of inspiration for people. Today her laughter is infectious and her personality lights up the room. She strives to make her classes challenging yet accessible to students of all levels. She likes creative and smart sequencing and is always learning more to create an awesome yoga class experience for her students.
Allison’s yoga training includes:
• 200 Hour Yoga Alliance certification through Open Doors Power Yoga January 2009
• 85 Hour Prenatal Yoga Alliance certification through Barrett Reinhorn March 2013
• Certified Yogastrologer ® with Yogastrology® September 2014
• Core Strength Vinyasa Training with Sadie Nardini October 2015
• Yin Yoga 50 Hour Certification with Josh Summers Jan 2018
• Buti Yoga Certification April 2018
• 100 Hour CE with Daniel Orlansky January 2018
Richard Lanza E-RYT 500
Richard Lanza, ERYT-500, has been exploring the different branches of yoga and forms of holistic health for over 48 years with special focus on energy healing, accessing and developing intuition and spiritual philosophy. His background includes training in Yoga, Eastern Philosophy, Hypnosis, Acupuncture, Massage, Neuro-Linguistic Programming, Energy Healing, Essene Therapy and Therapeutic Touch. In the United States he is the originator and owner of OPEN DOORS HOLISTIC AND METAPHYSICAL CENTER, OPEN DOORS YOGA STUDIOS, Instructor of the OPEN DOORS YOGA TEACHER TRAINING PROGRAMS (200 & 300 Hour), Co-Director of the OPEN DOORS School of Energy Healing, Creator and Instructor of the Intuitive Mastery Program, producer of Hypno-Meditation CD series and creator of TranceFormation Workshops. He also has received training and certification from Tolly Burkan as a FireWalk Facilitator.
Richard has taught yoga, meditation, and psychic development workshops nationally and internationally. His passion is vinyasa yoga, creative & playful sequencing, and creating classes that allows one to experience a deeper connection to self. Richard’s purpose is to provide the space to allow individuals the opportunity to transform their lives, to empower themselves, and explore one’s own unique potential. For more information visit www.OpenDoors7.com and www.HypnoMeditations.org
Shawn Cornelison E-RYT 500
Shawn has been teaching yoga for over 20 years both in the United States and internationally. In addition to being an E-RYT-500 he is a Certified Yoga Therapist through IAYT. He is also certified in Yin Yoga, Meridian Yoga, Yoga for Anxiety & Depression. His studies have also included an 800 Hour Advanced Teacher Training in Yogic Philosophy.
Shawn travels internationally teaching diverse styles of yoga, as well as offering a 200 & 300 hour teacher training. His home location in the USA is Boston & Las Cruces, New Mexico. In Boston he is a staff instructor in the Open Doors 200 Hour Teacher Training Program and is a co-creator of the Open Doors 300 Hour Teacher Training Program, and in addition offers teacher certification in Yin Yoga and Yoga for Anxiety & Depression.
As a yoga instructor Shawn teaches classes that are focused on breath and functional movement of the body. His classes are geared toward students who want to explore the inner spaces of the body and mind and are both physically challenging and at the same time very accessible. He uses his knowledge of meridians, yin yoga, therapeutic yoga, and fascination with yoga’s rich history to create classes which are informative and allow students to move in ways that support their unique structure.
Karen Fabian E-RYT 500
Yoga teacher, author, and founder of Bare Bones Yoga (www.barebonesyoga.com). Karen Fabian has a background in rehabilitative medicine and healthcare through her clinical work as a social worker, rehabilitation counselor, and in a variety of health care business settings over a 20-year span. Her passion for anatomy informs her teaching, particularly in the classes, workshops, and online courses she teaches for other yoga teachers. She also earned her CPT, Certified Personal Trainer certification through the National Association of Sports Medicine (NASM) in May, 2017.
Karen’s first book, Stretched: Build Your Yoga Business, Grow Your Teaching Techniques (Amazon, July 2014), is a manual about both the business and teaching aspects of being a teacher. Her second book, the ebook Key Aspects of Anatomy for Yoga Teachers, guides readers through essential principles of anatomy in the context of movement. Her third book, an anatomy manual for yoga teachers, called The Bare Bones Yoga Guide to Anatomy, guides teachers through the key aspects of anatomy and her latest book, Structure and Spirit covers themes of anatomy and personal development. Karen offers online courses on the anatomy of yoga and free videos on her YouTube channel, and was the host and producer of her own show on health called Living Well, broadcast on the Boston Neighborhood Network and now available to watch on YouTube.
Karen has her B.S. in Rehabilitation Counseling from Boston University and her Master’s in Health Care Administration from Simmons College. She is an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher and was one of the first Certified Baptiste Yoga Teachers. She also provides business coaching to new entrepreneurs through her own program, offered in collaboration with Ace-Up and through a local non-profit, The Center for Women and Enterprise. She offers workshops on all aspects of entrepreneurship both in person and through online webinars. She lives and teaches in Boston.
Josh is a Yin Yoga teacher, a licensed acupuncturist, and a meditation instructor. Josh began studying Iyengar yoga in the early nineties with James Murphy in New York City. Since then, he has spent several years living abroad in India, Taiwan and Burma where he has studied both yoga and meditation. As his interest in vipassana or insight meditation developed so too did his interest in more contemplative forms of yoga practice. With a professional background in Oriental Medicine and a personal passion for the dharma, Josh fell in love with Yin Yoga as a beautiful synthesis of the two. Josh founded the Summers School of Yin Yoga and now teaches workshops and trainings throughout the United States and Europe.
For more information, please visit his website: www.joshsummers.net
Esteban da Cruz E-RYT 200
Lost and confused about my path in life; plunging into the rabbit-hole of destructive habits; brought to the mat by an incapacitating back injury, I experienced—and then immersed myself head-first—in the physical, mental and spiritual practices of yoga and Buddhism. Since that moment, I have gone through several teacher trainings and studied with some of the most senior teachers in the Boston area. Since becoming a stay-at-home father, I have taken all the teachings passed on to me by my teachers and applied them in an ever-deepening daily home practice. If I am not practicing meditation and yoga, studying, or writing, I am sharing precious time with my beautiful family.
My backgrounds are originally in the classical Iyengar and Ashtanga lineages, though my practice has synthesized those roots with everything I have learned through the study of biomechanics and anatomy, eastern philosophy and meditation, and personal experience practicing, into a mindful slow-moving vinyasa with attention to breath and a focus on creating external alignment in order to observe internal patterns.
My goal is to guide students towards a deeper connection with themselves, so that they may begin to notice their habits and steer in a direction in which they can begin to live intentionally, from the inside-out, instead of feeling helpless to find direction in the maelstrom of the world. Ultimately, I humbly assist students as they walk their own journey of self-discovery, so that they may move towards joy, thoughtfulness, health, and fulfillment.
For more information, visit www.estebandacruz.com
Emily Masnoon E-RYT 200
Emily Masnoon is an experienced yoga teacher, doula, and reiki healer in the Boston Area. She specializes in prenatal yoga, but teaches power, vinyasa, and restorative yoga classes as well. In her classes, she enjoys bringing a balance of strength and relaxation – inspiring her students to tap into and embrace that balance. Learn more about her at www.emilymasnoon.com.
• 200-Hour Yoga Alliance Teacher Training – January-March 2010 – Prana Power Yoga
• 40-Hour Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training – March 2010 – Barrett Reinhorn
• Reiki I Certification – November 2010 – Pay Iyer – Open Doors Healing Center
• Reiki II Certification – June 2011 – Pay Iyer – Open Doors Healing Center
• 26-Hour Doula Training – May 2012 – Thérèse Hak-Kuhn – toLabor
• 45-Hour Advanced Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training – March 2013 – Barrett Reinhorn
• 40-Hour Divine Sleep® Yoga Nidra Teacher Training – July 2013 – Jennifer Reis
• Rebozo Certification – July 2013 – Gena Kirby
• TummyTime!™ Tutor Certification – August 2013 – Michelle Emanuel
• AromaTouch® Technique – December 2013 – doTERRA International
Shortly after starting my corporate career about 15 years, I also found my yoga practice and now I have no idea what I would do without it. Yoga grounds me, it is the way I connect to myself and how I am able to live in relationship to others. When I decided to sign up for teacher training I had no intentions of teaching any public classes. I have a demanding job in tech and never thought I would find the time. It was strictly to deepen my personal practice and connect more with my local yoga community. Once I graduated I realized there was no way I could not share this knowledge with others and I began my teaching career. Since then the desire for deeper knowledge and training only became louder. I have been experimenting with holistic and alternative medicines and diets since I was a teenager. I was on a constant search for the lifestyle guidelines that made sense to me and my body. I tried them all! When I found Ayurveda through my yoga community I knew my experimenting days were over. This science is based on the innate knowledge that is already within us that we simply need to tune in to. It was exactly what I was always searching for! My studying began nontraditionally at first, reading and going to lectures on my own, beginning my daily routines, trying a seasonal cleanse, noticing how my environment impacted my body and my mind. Once I was able to enroll in the Down Under Ayurveda School things really changed for me. I first enrolled in 2017 in the 200 hr Ayurveda Fundamentals Program and upon completion immediately signed up for the 650hr Ayurveda Health Counselor Program. It is the first of its kind at the Down Under School and a privilege to be a part of. Learning how to take better care of myself and help those around me has been the most exciting and inspiring shift in my life. As I begin to build up my cliental and spread the teachings of Ayurveda to others, I know I am doing exactly what I am meant to be doing and where I am supposed to be. I am grateful for each day I get to bring the combination of Yoga and Ayurveda into peoples lives. This will never feel like a job!
Laura Loewy started Backcountry Yoga as a passion project in 2015 to help offer new and exciting ways to connect with other yogis in the great outdoors. She is an alumni of the National Outdoor Leadership School, a trained Wilderness First Responder and certified in vinyasa, plant medicine, and teen yoga with over 2000 hours of teaching under her belt.
Laura is focused on offering experiences that make you feel alive. Through soul empowered adventure she seeks to uncover the inner bad ass of everyone she meets. If you need some life changing shake up… that includes giving into the flow… getting dirty… and connecting with the earth! She’s your girl
When Laura isn’t leading Backcountry Yoga events and trainings, you can find her bringing nature inside to at risk youth, and senior centers working with Dementia and Alzheimers. Laura believes that every human being should have access to the wonders of the earth, and knows what a privilege it is to get outside. She loves rock climbing, skiing, hiking, longboarding and teaches regular classes in the Cambridge/Somerville area of MA.