Trust and Transform:

An Intensive 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training

April 2020

This intensive 200 hour certification course gives students an overview of yoga practices and lifestyle and prepares them for our advanced 300 hour course. Upon receiving the certificate, you’ll be able to become nationally certified through Yoga Alliance.

Set in a stunning valley on 107 lush tropical acres , Casa Grande Mountain Retreat is an oasis of peace and tranquility. The former coffee plantation, now exquisitely landscaped, has 20 rooms scattered up the mountainside, each with private bath and hammock. A fresh-water swimming pool is cradled beneath a green mountain vista. A fully equipped yoga center is used for individual and group practice.

We will learn the foundations of Yoga and how to teach a yoga class. Sukha emphasizes ethics and lifestyle in the training, as well as attention to detail so you can offer the most to your students.

Covered in this course:
The Asanas (postures) and how to sequence a safe and effective class and well as build your own unique sequences. You'll verbal cues, how to demonstrate and assist your students. You’ll learn how to teach Vinyasa Yoga and have an introduction to Yin Yoga.
Anatomy- Understand safe alignment to sustain your own practice and help refine the postures and your assists for your students. 
Ethics and Lifestyle- In satsang we will discuss Yoga Philosophy, Yamas and Niyamas, and what it means to live your yoga, both in your personal life and also in business. 
Pranayama (breath work). How to practice and teach pranayama techniques and modify them for your students and the season
Mantra- We will chant. We will practice Kirtan, Japa, and Vedic style chants and understand why we chant.
Intro to Ayurveda- Ayurveda is the sister science to yoga and is considered the Science of Life. Learn about your unique constitution and how to practice how remedies for optimal health.

Casa Grande has 20 rooms, 4 in each of 5 wooden buildings supported by cement columns. All rooms have screened windows, a dresser, night table or night stand, reading light, clothes pole and shelf, private bathroom (hot and cold water) with shower (no tub), private balcony with hammock. Rooms have no cooking facilities, tv, radio, a/c or telephone.

Learn how to instruct a class:

verbal cues



sequencing: for the physical body

and for the energetic body

the arch of a class





Anatomy and Physiology-

Learning the physical body and it’s systems as well as energetic anatomy (exploring nadis and chakras)

Guest teacher Lena Cannizzaro Golia

Qualities of a Yoga Teacher

Ethics, lifestyle, professionalism, presence, energy and personality, attention to detail, love of yoga

Philosophy- Concepts of Yoga 

We will discuss  4 major types of yoga:

Ashtanga,Jnana, Karma and Bhakti

The fundamental principals of Yoga

History of Yoga

Bhagavad Gita

Intro to Ayurveda: Ayurveda is the sister science to yoga. Understanding and maintaining optimal physical and mental health is key in advancing on your spiritual path. We will offer the insight into applying Ayurvedic health practices into your daily life. You will learn how to bring harmony and balance to yourself and your students.

Business and Marketing:  learn marketing techniques to grow a student base.  Discovering a niche- exploring ways to stand out in this constantly growing industry.  Explore business ventures that will allow you to expand your career as a Yoga Teacher.

Sanskrit: We will break down this classical Indian Language in terms of asana and key concepts,  and learn how to pronounce and apply it to our teaching.

Mantra Meditation: You will learn different ways to practice mantra meditation. We will chant vedic style, learn japa and also experience kirtan. Included in the TT is a Harmonium 101 class with Mike from Supersoul Yoga. You'll learn the basics of how to care for a harmonium, and a few basic melodies and chants. *Harmoniums available for purchase if anyone is interested.

At Sukha we truly believe in the lifestyle and practice of yoga and it's philosophy.  One of the most important aspects of being a good teacher is dedication to the practice and deep self study.  We recommend anyone enrolled in the program practice as much as possible before the training begins. The physical practice can at times be strenuous, and although we welcome all levels of ability, trusting in the process and experiencing transformation can take time.  Students should expect to come out of this training with a deeper knowledge of the self,  yoga philosophy, anatomy, yoga ethics and lifestyle, and the ability to guide a safe and effective yoga class. This 200 hour training is designed to give the foundation to understand the depth of what yoga is. That being said, asana is a small part of the practice, but a great way to get people interested and excited. We will spend a lot of time understanding healthy movement patterns and alignment principals so that you can guide others through the practice. You will receive a certificate from the school, which will allow you to register through Yoga Alliance as Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT).

We also believe strongly in the selfless service, exploring ways that we can help others without expecting anything in return. Part of your home work will include Seva so that you can have a positive impact on the community.

We accept non-degree grants from VSAC to help cover the cost of tuition.  Yoga Alliance also offers a scholarship to cover the cost of the training but it is much more competitive than VSAC.  Tuition includes free classes for the duration of the training and several workshops and weekend immersions.  We are willing to work with those who have a strong interest and commitment but may need a payment plan so please feel free to reach out.

If you think you would be a good fit please email us at or call 802-777-7940.

Deposits are refundable up until 90 days prior of training. If you receive a VSAC grant, you will still place a deposit to save your spot- once we receive the grant, your deposit will be refunded. 

Please note that in order to receive a certificate from the school all hours must be completed, any unexcused missed hours must be made up, all homework assignments completed, the student must demonstrate an understanding of the course content, and pass the practice teaching exam.  Once all these guidelines are met we will issue a certificate.

VSAC grants accepted- We are willing to work with those who may need financial assistance so please don't hesitate to reach out to us.