200 Hour Teacher Training Program

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Since 2009, Sunrise Yoga Studio has provided Clemmons, Winston-Salem and the surrounding communities with the opportunity to learn not just yoga, but what it takes to become a yoga instructor.

Our 200-Hour Teacher Training Program consists of ten weekends scheduled during hours (Friday evenings, Saturdays and Sundays) to minimize disruption to the regular workweek. 

If you are looking for a place to explore the teacher side of the yoga classroom, or if you simply want to enhance your personal knowledge of yoga, our 200-Hour Teaching Training Program has a place for you. Although not all of our graduates choose to teach, they all go on to a more authentic and meaningful understanding of the principles and practices of yoga.

Sunrise Yoga is a Registered Yoga School (RYS) with Yoga Alliance. Our graduates are entitled to register their teaching credentials with Yoga Alliance.

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Challenging Times

My year in the Sunrise Yoga Studio 200YTT program has been filled with some of the best and most challenging times in my life. The program didn’t just make me a better instructor it has made me a better human. Thank you Valerie and the 200 YTT class of 2015!

Brittany Wilson 200 Hour Graduate
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Exemplary

Valerie’s breadth of knowledge is exemplary. She has broadened my awareness of so many aspects of yoga. I feel very inspired to continue to experience yoga more deeply and fully.h

Gwendolyn McLaughlin RYT500
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Best Thing

Signing up for the Sunrise Yoga Teacher Training program was the best thing I ever did. I’d taken other ‘workshops’ and training but none gave me as much information and practice as this program. Valerie was very encouraging – honoring students’ individual needs but still guiding them to a better knowledge of yoga. As a teacher, I felt I needed something deeper and more comprehensive. This 200RYS program provided it all – history, philosophy, anatomy and pose breakdown. Plus we gained valuable resources in our books, articles and homework that I can carry into all my future teaching. Highly recommend this program. Plus the format – 12 weekends over the course of a year – allows you to have a ‘life’.

Michelle Stevens 200 Hour Graduate
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Strength and Flexibility

This 200-Hour Teacher Training program has been excellent. I have met so many wonderful people, learned so much and improved my strength and flexibility in the process. Valerie is a wonderful teacher and the program is very well organized and all encompassing – anatomy, asana, teaching, philosophy, pranayama and meditation.

Jane Reed 200 Hour Graduate
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Lessons Were Many

Thanks to the Teacher Training Program I now understand that yoga is a way of life, not just an asana practice. Lessons were many; most importantly the inspiration to learn more, learn it correctly and share with others was most valuable to me

Diann Boyette 200 Hour Graduate
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Great People

The Sunrise Yoga 200-Hour Teacher Training has meant more to me than I had hoped. Valerie is a great teacher and covers so many facets of yoga. The instruction and material have helped me to understand why the practice of yoga has been so important in my life. It is a great gift to yourself for growth and happiness, besides getting to spend time with a lot of great people. There is a calmness and sense of tranquility surrounding Sunrise Yoga and now I understand why.

Frances Hayes 200 Hour Graduate
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Fundamental Concepts

The 200-hour yoga training program gave me a greater understanding of the fundamental concepts of yoga. I did not enter the program with any intention of teaching. I wanted a better understanding of Yoga. Through the program, I was able to understand why Yoga works and why I need it.

Kimberly Cruz 200 Hour Graduate
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Tremendous

The 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training program at Sunrise Yoga Studio is a tremendous opportunity to delve deeper into the practice of yoga. Whether you want to teach or become more serious about your practice, the teacher training program offers exposure to many aspects of yoga. It’s an invaluable journey!

Cindy Wald RYT500
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More Fulfilling Life

The 200-Hour Teacher Training program has enriched my yoga practice both on and off the mat. For years my practice was strictly physical. Learning the history and philosophy of yoga has expanded my practice in ways I had not intended. I find myself incorporating the non-physical practices in my everyday life. I am more centered, more present, even when I am not practicing yoga postures. Valerie is extremely knowledgeable and presents the material in this program in an organized, orderly fashion. Her patience with and attentiveness to her students is evidence of her deep understanding and personal practice of yoga. The guest instructors are also very knowledgeable in their respective fields. Anyone who is interested in learning more about their yoga practice should consider the Enrichment Program or the Teacher Training Programs.

Yoga has changed me by bringing to light how much more fulfilling life is when lived with awareness. I am more grateful, mindful, compassionate, loving, happy, patient, energetic, motivated, centered, content, honest, grounded… I am just more.

Jessica Rymarchyk RYT500
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Mindfulness

Yoga is a lifetime journey. It is not a means to an end. It is an experience to be lived and to be practiced in all aspect of one’s life. I believe that yoga has saved me from a life of desiring more, bigger, better, newer, shinier, flashier, and has taught me to be aware and more appreciative of what I already have. This teacher-training program has taught me to take mindfulness off the mat and into the world. This has been one of the most powerful experiences of my life.

Jen Teague 200 Hour Graduate
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Wonderful Since Day One

I originally enrolled in the Enrichment Program to increase my personal knowledge of yoga. At that time, I had no intention of teaching, and no plans to complete the entire yoga university curriculum. Times change. I quickly become enamored with the program and simply couldn’t give up my weekends of this training. Not only have I learned a lot about yoga – the history, the philosophy, the postures, the physiology – I have learned a lot about myself. And if that weren’t enough, the camaraderie with fellow students has been warm and wonderful since day one. I still don’t know if I will teach in the future, but I do know that Sunrise Yoga Teacher Training has already created positive change not just in my yoga practice, but also in my life. Thanks, Valerie, for creating this platform for personal growth.

Cathy Howe RYT500
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Wealth of Knowledge

This program has afforded me a comprehensive, methodical, in-depth approach to teaching yoga. Valerie is a wealth of knowledge, & generously offers it to anyone with a drive to learn! I am a much more confident & skilled teacher these days, & wouldn’t trade a moment of this experience!

Susannah Cecil 200 Hour Graduate
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What You'll Learn

Working with an alignment-based approach to yoga, our 200-hour teacher trainees learn:

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    Essentials of Hatha Yoga: Asana, Pranayama, Chanting and Meditation practices
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    Principles and practices of alignment-based yoga
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    Biomechanics of yoga’s fundamental postures
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    Anatomy and physiology for the yoga instructor – what you need to know in order to teach safely and effectively
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    How to use props – provided during your training – to make yoga postures accessible to all body types with all levels of experience
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    The essence of yoga’s ancient and modern texts, from Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras to Iyengar’s Light on Yoga
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    How to handle common medical issues your student may face
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    Ayurveda and Chakras as accompaniments to yoga