Hatha Yoga Teacher Training

September 2021 to May 2022

Our next RYT-200 Hatha Teacher Training starts in September 2021. The training will be led by Tara Lemerise, who will be assisted by Megan Davis, Abby Dobbs, Machelle Lee, and Rebecca Henry. The training meets over 9 months online and in-person at Lighthouse Yoga Center. New for 2021/2: The course includes a weekend yoga retreat at the beautiful Blue Mountain Retreat Center in Knoxville, MD, approximately 75 minutes from DC. See below for full dates and times.

Lighthouse Yoga Center’s Hatha Yoga Teacher Training focuses on:

  • Constructing and deconstructing fundamental asanas
  • Understanding alignment in asana
  • Physical anatomy
  • Pranayama, meditation, and the energetic body
  • Intelligent sequencing and creative class planning
  • Yoga philosophy and history
  • Practice teaching

What Makes this Training Different?

The goal of Lighthouse’s Hatha Yoga Teacher Trainings is to train quality teachers with an understanding of yoga philosophy, anatomy and asana.

Our small group focus allows us to set rigorous standards, which include plenty of time for practice teaching.

Lighthouse teachers are among the most capable in the region, and we are committed to upholding this standard.

Lighthouse has a commitment to social and racial justice and incorporates those values into our teacher trainings.

Program details:

Hatha Yoga Teacher Training
September 2021 to May 2022
Led by Tara Lemerise

Assisted by Abby Dobbs, Rebecca Henry, Megan Davis, and Machelle Lee.

Deepen your practice and learn to take your seat as a yoga teacher in a confident and authentic way with our in-depth 9-month Hatha Yoga Teacher Training.

In this program, you will:

  • Increase your knowledge of the elements of a well-rounded yoga practice including yoga poses, fundamental yoga philosophy, basic pranayama and meditation techniques.
  • Explore the subtler energies, which inform asana, pranayama and meditation, as well as how to use those to deepen your experiences and teach those practices effectively.
  • Study musculoskeletal anatomy in order to sequence classes in a bio-mechanically sound way.
  • Articulate alignment principles and actions with clarity to effectively and safely lead students of all levels and needs through a practice.
  • Plan creative, authentic classes that inspire, empower, and educate your students.
  • Discover your ability to take the seat of the teacher with confidence and integrity.
  • Learn in a community-based studio with passionate teachers and fellow students who are invested in your success.

Course requirements include:

  • Attendance at 90% of group training sessions
  • A regular Hatha yoga practice both at home and a minimum of 20 in-studio Hatha Yoga classes and 5 Kundalini Yoga classes*
  • Homework assignments between weekends
  • A teaching practicum
  • Successful completion of a final exam.

*Studio classes can be at Lighthouse (trainees are eligible for a discounted membership pass) or at a mutually-agreed upon outside studio.

REQUIRED TEXTS

  • Yoga: The Greater Tradition by David Frawley
  • 30 Essential Yoga Poses: For Beginning Students and Their Teachers by Judith Lasater
  • Lighthouse Hatha Yoga Teacher Training Binder (provided)

RECOMMENDED TEXTS

  • Light on the Yoga Sūtras of Patañjali by B.K.S. Iyengar
  • Yamas & Niyamas by Deborah Adele
  • The Bhagavad Gita: The Song of God Retold in Simplified English by Edward Viljoen
  • The Upanishads translation and commentary by Eknath Easwaran
  • The Hatha Yoga Pradipika by Svatmarama, translated by Brian Dana Akers
  • Science of Yoga: Understand Anatomy and Physiology to Perfect Your Practice by Ann Swanson
  • The Shiva Samhita: A Critical Edition and English Translation by James Mallinson
  • The Gheranda Samhita: The Original Sanskrit and English Translation by James Mallinson

     

SCHEDULE

September 25, 2021 Online, Saturday only, 1-7:30 pm

October 2, 2021 Online, Saturday only, 1-7:30 pm

October 16, 2021 Online, Saturday only, 1-7:30 pm

November 5 & 6, 2021 Online with Abby Dobbs, Friday 6-9 pm; Saturday 1-7:30 pm

*Please note – The above weekends are primarily lecture and discussion format and will be open to non-YTT students as well.  These sessions will be recorded so that if you are unable to attend you can watch the recording later.

November 20, 2021, In-person at Lighthouse, Saturday 1-7:30 pm *Please note – this weekend will be considered the official start of the YTT program and will include getting to know you activities for the YTT cohort.

December 3-5, 2021 In-person weekend retreat at Blue Mountain Retreat Center, Friday 3 pm to Sunday 12 pm (weekend concludes after lunch on Sunday)

January 8 & 9, 2022 In-person with Megan Davis, Saturday 1-7:30 pm; Sunday 1-7:30 pm

January 22, 2022 In person at Lighthouse Yoga Center, Saturday only 1-7:30 pm

February 11 Online & February 12, 2022 In person with Rebecca Henry at Lighthouse Yoga Center,  Friday 6-9 pm Online; Saturday In person 1-7:30 pm

March 5 & 6, 2022 with In person with Machelle Lee at Lighthouse Yoga Center, Saturday 1-7:30 pm; Sunday 1-7:30 pm

March 19, 2022 In person at Lighthouse Yoga Center,  Saturday only, 1-7:30 pm

April 1-2, 2022 Online with Abby Dobbs, Friday 6-9 pm; Saturday 1-7:30 pm

April 30 Online – May 1, 2022 In person at Lighthouse Yoga Center, Saturday 1-7:30 pm online; Sunday 1-7:30 pm

May 20-22, 2022 In person at Lighthouse Yoga Center, Friday 6-9 pm; Saturday 1-7:30 pm; Sunday 1-6 pm

Wednesdays Online
From December 1, 2021 to May 18, 2022, 6-7 pm (no class Dec 22 & 29)

Sundays Community Yoga Class Teaching Practicum
From April 3 to May 22, 2022, 3-5 pm 

 

Cost:

Full cost: $3185, includes all class hours plus the weekend retreat at Blue Mountain Retreat Center.

Price excludes text books and membership at Lighthouse (which is required).  Textbooks are estimated at between $70 and $100 for the course.  Monthly membership at Lighthouse for YTT students is $80 per month for the year commitment (a discount of 10%).  Please see our membership page for more information.

Payment plans available. We request that payments be made by check or Venmo; a small service charge may be added to credit card payments.

Option 1:

$500 deposit paid upon registration
$700 due on Weekend 1
$700 due on Weekend 2
$700 due on Weekend 3
$700 due on Weekend 4
Total due: $3300

Option 2:
$500 deposit paid upon registration
$480 due on Weekend 1
$480 due on Weekend 2
$480 due on Weekend 3
$480 due on Weekend 4
$480 due on Weekend 5
$480 due on Weekend 6
Total due: $3380

Refund requests prior to the first of the month when the training starts may be granted in part, excluding a $200 administrative fee.

After that, partial refunds may be granted in part, excluding a $500 administrative fee.

No refunds after the course starts.

 

Work/Trade Opportunities

Lighthouse provides a limited number of sevadar (work/trade) opportunities, to help our community members with less cash flow fully participate in the trainings. Our course sevadars are responsible for helping out with logistics during the training; there are no outside obligations. In exchange, you receive a small course discount and a generous payment plan. Sevadar applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and will be allocated based on both need and on-going studio participation. Priority is given to current Lighthouse sevadars.