200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training & Certification
Spiral Path Yoga Center Teacher Training & Certification:
The Yoga of Mindfulness & Accessibility
Our program is unique because of our two-fold emphasis – integrating Mindfulness Meditation and embracing the individuality of each yogi in each pose. We are dedicated to the accessibility of yoga and meditation, because we believe that yoga is for everyone – all bodies, all ages, all sizes, all abilities, all backgrounds.
Our location in La Crescenta is convenient to those seeking yoga teacher training near La Canada, Glendale, Pasadena, the San Gabriel and San Fernando Valleys of Los Angeles. We’ve also had students travel from further away to join our one-of-a-kind program.
Choose from Two Tracks:
All trainees (in both tracks) will experience:
- Detailed study of yoga asana, with dozens of modifications and variations for the classical poses
- An embodied understanding of anatomy and how it’s relevant to yoga
- An introduction to Yin and Restorative Yoga
- Skillful exploration of breath and energy practices
- Yoga philosophy taught side-by-side with Buddhist wisdom teachings
- A real-world, non-dogmatic perspective on philosophy
- Guidance as you develop a personal meditation practice
- A silent one-day retreat, in which we’ll practice mindful yoga and meditation
- The opportunity for 1-on-1 mentoring with your trainers during the program
- 30+ Classes at the studio during your training
Do you want to offer the benefits of yoga to a wide range of students in your community?
Learn to teach yoga that is inclusive, adaptive, meaningful – that’s anatomically sound and philosophically grounded, that’s infused with the practice of Mindfulness Meditation.
With a basis in the tradition of Hatha Yoga, this training incorporates innovative research in biomechanics and neuroscience, and emphasizes the ability to creatively adapt to the student population you feel called to serve. You’ll develop and deepen your own practice of yoga asana, pranayama, and meditation, learning to embody and express the teachings of yoga in your own unique way.
Spiral Path Yoga Center is a Registered Yoga School with Yoga Alliance. Graduates of our Teacher Track become certified yoga teachers and are eligible to register at the RYT-200 level with Yoga Alliance.
- Practicum sessions throughout the training provide a step-by-step and consistent approach to practice teaching.
- Apprentice after you complete your training: after the training, graduates move on to teaching opportunities in our community class, subbing at the studio, and growing into teaching positions at Spiral Path Yoga and elsewhere.
You’ll graduate with the knowledge to teach a variety of classes, including Gentle Yoga, Alignment-Based classes (like our Stretch & Strengthen format), and Vinyasa Flow. You’ll develop a familiarity with anatomy and movement science principles that empower you to work with students’ physical challenges and limitations.
You’ll be able to design your own class plans, confidently teaching a rich repertoire of poses from all of the major asana categories (standing, seated, balancing, twists, backbends, inversions, and more). And, you’ll gain the skill to incorporate breathwork, meditation, energetic anatomy (prana, chakras, etc.), and yoga philosophy in your classes, in a grounded and purposeful way.
Are you ready to dive deeper into your yoga practice?
The Practitioner Track includes most of the same sessions and lessons as the Teacher Track, but allows you to participate in yoga training without the emphasis on becoming a teacher.
This option is ideal for anyone who wants to commit to the practice of yoga for their own growth. You will learn about yoga history and philosophy, explore anatomy, and study a large repertoire of poses, breath practices, and meditation techniques in detail. This greater understanding will allow you to develop a holistic practice for yourself that’s dynamic and responsive to your needs.
The Practitioner Track is also open to those who have other professional credentials, such as physical therapists, nutritionists, and mental health therapists, who would like to share yoga with their clients, rather than teach group yoga classes.
The Practitioner Track has fewer required hours, since you will not be involved in the Teaching Practicum sessions, in which future teachers practice leading poses and discuss teaching-specific topics.
It is also possible to take the Practitioner Track one year, and to complete certification the following year by returning for the Teacher Track Practicums (if you do decide you’d like to teach).
Meet Your Trainers
Addie deHilster, Lead Trainer – An experienced yoga teacher (Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500) and teacher trainer, Addie previously co-developed and co-taught the 200-Hour TheraYoga teacher training. She is also the author of a two-module Yin Yoga teacher training, which she has taught in several locations, graduating more than 100 new Yin Yoga teachers. Addie began her yoga practice in 1998 and deepened into her meditation practice nearly a decade ago. Her curiosity led her to a 200-Hour yoga teacher training with Kelly Wood at Karuna Yoga. With that experience, the spark of interest grew into a flame, and her desire to learn more led her to many workshops and trainings with notable teachers. Addie is the graduate of two 300-Hour advanced trainings: the therapeutically-oriented Yapana Yoga program with Leeann Carey and the Mindfulness Yoga & Meditation program at Spirit Rock Meditation Center. Over the years, she has taught in studios, parks, gyms, offices, meditation centers, and homes, bringing yoga to students of all levels and backgrounds. She has specialized in making yoga work for students with a range of special conditions and injuries, and in highlighting the meditative aspects of the yogic path.
Peggy Burt, Trainer – Peggy enjoyed a long and rewarding career as a dancer, dance teacher and choreographer before finding the peace and joy of yoga. As an experienced teacher of all ages, Peggy is especially interested in how yoga can bring a greater sense of body awareness and comfort to people as they move through different transitions in life. She seeks to facilitate a yoga journey that provides a path to navigate life’s many challenges, taps into a deep well of gratitude and serenity, and supports an experience of profound calm and presence. A graduate of three different 200-Hour yoga teacher trainings, as well as a 300-Hour training, Peggy brings a wealth of knowledge and diversity of perspectives to our training. She has studied with Rene Quenell and Tracee Stanley, both of the Para Yoga tradition, as well as Eden Jacobson, Alicia Pal and Addie deHilster. She holds certifications from Yoga Works, Yoga Madre, and TheraYoga, as well as Yin Yoga certification from Spiral Path Yoga Center. Peggy is also a trained Labyrinth Facilitator and enjoys offering this deep tradition of walking meditation to the yoga community.
Training Dates & Schedule
The training schedule is divided into a Fall Semester and a Winter/Spring Semester. (Both semesters are required to complete the program and earn the required hours for certification.) There are six weekends in each semester, with meetings every other weekend. For those in the Teacher Track program, there are a few additional Sunday afternoon Practicum dates (as listed below).
The schedule for each weekend is:
Friday evening – 6:00-9:00pm (including weekly Yin Yoga class)
Saturday morning – 9:30am-12:00 noon
Saturday afternoon – 1:30pm-6:00pm
Sunday afternoon – 1:00-4:30pm
Fall 2017 Weekends:
Practicum October 29th (Sunday 1:00-4:30, Teacher Track only)
November 17-19 – Sunday Teacher Track Practicum (Practitioner Track on Fri & Sat only this weekend)
Practicum December 10th (Sunday 1:00-4:30, Teacher Track only)
Winter/Spring 2018 Weekends:
Practicum Feb 18th- (Sunday 1:00-4:30, Teacher Track only)
March 9-11 – Sunday Teacher Track Practicum (Practitioner Track on Fri & Sat only this weekend)
Practicum April 8th – (Sunday 1:00-4:30, Teacher Track only)
The one-day Silent Retreat will take place on one of the above weekend dates during the Spring.
Tuition and Payment Plans
Tuition includes all teacher training sessions and activities (for both Fall and Spring semesters), the one-day silent retreat, a 20-class pass for your studio practice during the training months, and our comprehensive training manual.
Teacher Track Tuition
Extra Early Bird Special – $2,200 (full payment by July 24)
Early Bird Special – $2,400 (enroll by August 22, eligible for payment plans)
Regular Tuition – $2,750 (after August 22, eligible for payment plans)
Practitioner Track Tuition
Early Bird Special – $1,500 (enroll by August 22, eligible for payment plans)
Regular Tuition – $1,850 (after August 22, eligible for payment plans)
Yoga Service Scholarship
We are pleased to announce second annual Spiral Path Yoga Center Yoga Service Scholarship! The scholarship is in memory of our friend John Valdez, and the award goes to someone who intends to serve the community through yoga. Priority is given to applicants with financial need. The 2017 Yoga Service Scholarship has been awarded, but we intend to offer it again next year. Read more here.
Application & Questions
If you’re considering our training program, please start by filling out the application!
Your application will help us communicate with you about the training, answer your questions, and ensure the best possible learning environment for all our trainees.
Note: The General Application is the same for Teacher Track and Practitioner Track. Once your application is received, we’ll be in contact with you to take the next step.