4 yoga teacher trainings for fall

Come September, almost every New York yoga studio hosts a teacher training. Which one's right for you? We found four with high marks.
You don’t have to be an aspiring Sharon Gannon or Seane Corn to attend yoga teacher training. In fact, more and more yoga enthusiasts are attending teacher training to take their passion to the next level, whether they plan on teaching or not.

And when you think of going to yoga school, big-name brands like Pure Yoga, YogaWorks, and Jivamukti immediately come to mind. But come September almost every New York studio hosts a teacher training—including niche studios with their own style and special appeal.

We scouted them out and found lots of specialized offerings—from a brand-new fitness-focused program to an affordable training for 20-somethings—that will have you hitting the (Sanskrit) books before you can say Namaste.

Keep reading for our four back-to-yoga-school picks. —Lisa Elaine Held

Photo: Flickr/Alexandra Snowdon


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exhale Exhale launched its official yoga program one year ago, and this fall, it introduces its first-ever teacher training.

The training will be led by Core Fusion co-founder Elisabeth Halfpapp and Exhale’s national yoga director Stefanie Eris, with stars like Nixa Debellis and Boston-based David Magone assisting.

While you won’t be trained to teach Core Fusion, the brand’s signature barre workout will be part of the overall experience, as teachings will have a strong emphasis on the importance of a strong mid-section (and free classes for trainees include both yoga and Core Fusion!). This is also a good pick for the rhythm-oriented, since Exhale is known for vinyasa sequences that flow perfectly with a playlist.

September–March, weekends, 200 hours, $3,500, www.exhalespa.com



yoga vida If you’re still in school or recently graduated, Yoga Vida’s teacher training won’t feel that different from your senior seminar on Shakespeare.

Both the faculty and students tend to be young and energetic, creating a tight-knit community of spiritually-conscious 20-somethings. And a handful of marquee-name yogis like Alison West, Alan Finger, and Barbara Verrochi pop in as adjuncts.

The training comes under budget, compared to the other trainings, and you can count on the studio to seriously invest in your success. Recent trainees get to teach weekly donation-based Community Classes in order to gain experience, and many graduates’ names also end up on the schedule.

September–December, weekends, 200 hours, $3,000 ($2,500 before August 26), www.yogavida.com



Rodney Yee and Colleen Saidman Yee Celebs can vanish into diva land once they reach a level of fame, but Yoga Shanti owner Colleen Saidman Yee and her husband Rodney Yee (arguably the most well-known modern yogi in the world) have their feet planted firmly on their mats.

The couple’s teacher trainings are one of their most focused pursuits, and they pass on their Iyengar- and healing-based approach to yoga using an in-depth, hands-on approach. In addition to their knowledge, they tap their network to bring in an impressive roster of guest lecturers, like Richard Freeman and Susan “Lip” Orem.

Plus, who wouldn’t want to spend one weekend a month in the Hamptons?

October–May, one weekend per month, 300 hours, $5,250 ($4,750 before September 1), www.yogashanti.com

Photo: Hamptons Magazine



sonic yoga If you’re already a yoga teacher and are looking to go deeper, Sonic Yoga offers a 500-hour certification program that’s the equivalent of a yoga PhD.

The Hell’s Kitchen studio has been certifying teachers for more than ten years, and lots of skilled teachers we (and likely you) know are graduates.

Its faculty of Shiva Rea proteges will help you gain more advanced knowledge of anatomy, yogic philosophy, Ayurveda, flow sequencing, and more.

September–June, select weekends, 300 hours (for 200-hour certified teachers), $3,900–$4,308, www.sonicyoga.com



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