Teacher Training

August 5, 2011

Cara's 200-hour In-Depth Study and Yogi Teacher Training
Certified by the Yoga Alliance

Click here to view and download brochure.

Saturdays, 11:30-6
September 10, 2011 to April 21, 2012
Sweet Pea's Yoga Studio
3717 North Ravenswood Avenue, Suite 213

(We will not meet in December, but students will be expected to complete homework assignments and continue their home practice during that time).

Become a Yogi!

This training is a wonderful way to deepen your yoga practice and learn to teach Level I-II Hatha Yoga classes. Instruction will cover teaching, ethics, injury prevention, philosophy, postures, breathing, kriyas (cleansing practices), kirtan (devotional chanting) and meditation as well as diet, anatomy and physiology, and prenatal yoga. We will also explore teaching styles, sequencing, and verbal and physical adjustments as well as yoga physiology (koshas, chakras, nadis, and bandhas).

Students will learn how to incorporate the eight limbs of yoga into daily life, since one cannot teach what they have not actually experienced. The goal is not to simply learn about yoga and how to teach it, but to become a yogi.

Our excellent faculty includes:
-Carla Douros (anatomy), ERYT-200 and PhD. in Physiological Psychology.
-Jennifer Barron Fishman (prenatal yoga), owner of Sweet Pea's and certified infant massage instructor.
-Michael J. Stewart (kirtan), international hatha yoga teacher

Class size is limited to 15 students.

The cost is $2,700, which includes the November 5-6 yoga retreat at St. Francis Woods.

Additional costs include the textbooks required for the course as well as a 108-bead mala, a neti pot and a prayer shawl; a list of books will be sent upon acceptance into the program.

Upon completing the requirements, students will receive a certificate that may be submitted for membership in the Yoga Alliance.

Full payment is due on or by September 10.

Payment plans may be arranged.


Ideally, applicants should have a minimum of two years of yoga practice and the ability to perform headstand and backbend (Urdvha Danurasana); exceptions will be made for those with physical limitations. A shift towards a vegetarian diet (no meat, fish or poultry) will be encouraged during the training. In addition, students should plan to commit at least 45 minutes a day to their home practice during the training.

Application Questions (up to 300 words each; answers will remain confidential):

1. When and why did you begin practicing yoga?

2. What is your current practice?

3. Have you taught yoga and/or participated in teacher trainings? If so, when/where?

4. Do you have any injuries or medical conditions / are you taking any prescription drugs?

5. Why do you wish to take this course?

6. Please discuss your diet

7. How will you find time for your daily practice?

8. How do you define yoga (what does yoga mean to you)?

Please send completed application along with your name, address, phone number, and e-mail address and a non-refundable $400 deposit / registration fee to Cara Jepsen, P.O. Box 60401, Chicago, IL 60660. You may also apply via e-mail (to carajepsen [at] yahoo [dot] com) and make the deposit via Paypal using the button below.

Any withdrawal from the program must be made in writing. Tuition includes a $400 non-refundable, non-transferable deposit. All payments minus the registration fee will be refunded for withdrawals more than 60 days prior to the start of the program. For cancellations fewer than 60 days before the start of the program, 50 percent of payments will be charged in addition to the $400 registration fee, unless a replacement is found. Refunds cannot be made once the program begins.

For questions, call (773) 315-5489 or e-mail carajepsen [at] yahoo [dot] com.

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