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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Discovery

I began the teacher training program hoping that I would become a better teacher. While that has occurred, I have also become a better person in the process. The discovery that takes place during this program goes so much further than postures and alignment. Valerie is an amazing teacher. Her knowledge is wide and deep. Her style is compassionate. Each month one finds oneself wishing that teacher training was every weekend and not just one weekend per month. I encourage anyone interested in self-growth and development to participate in this program. And, by the way… it’s a lot of fun!

Diana James RYT500
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Accessible

I would recommend it to anyone – whether they are interested in teaching or just learning more about yoga history, philosophy and postures I’m the type of person who needs a structured environment with a syllabus (and homework!) in order to effectively learn. Thanks to Valerie I am delving so much deeper into my yoga practice than I could ever be able to do own my own. She is a very compassionate teacher and has her student’s well-being in mind when creating the class schedule, structure and workload – thus making the program accessible for most people. If you are interested in deepening your yoga practice and enriching your life, then this is for you.

Lisa Tate 200 Hour Graduate
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Exceeded My Expectations

The Sunrise Yoga Studio 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training program has met and exceeded my expectations in terms of the quality and scope of the course. From the required reading materials to the asana practices in class and the discussions about yoga anatomy, philosophy and teaching methodology, the program provides a comprehensive understanding of what is needed to become a yoga instructor. The learning environment is both friendly and supportive and the student quickly learns not only how good a teacher Valerie is, but also how passionate, caring and encouraging she is as well. Just a great program!

Neal Haberman 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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Beyond the Mat

“The 200-Hour Teacher Training Program at Sunrise Yoga Studio is not only a convenient and affordable way to complete a 200-hour yoga teacher program, but it is absolutely an incredible experience and journey in the practice of yoga. Exploring yoga beyond the mat awakens your mind, body, and soul and this program will help guide you toward achieving personal growth on and off the yoga mat. Valerie’s knowledge of yoga practice and lifestyle is in-depth and her ability to teach with patience and understanding the individual needs of each student makes this program well worth the time and effort. In addition, the Sunrise Yoga Studio is very clean, well equipped, and promotes a peaceful and relaxing environment.”

Myron Coulson 200 Hour Graduate
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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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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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Inspiring

I have been practicing Yoga for a few years and have reached a place where I felt a need to go deeper, develop my practice further not only physically, but also spiritually and philosophically. The 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training Program at Sunrise Yoga has provided the perfect environment to achieve just that. Since enrolling in the program my practice has matured and has become more rich and fulfilling. I have gained a great understanding of each pose studied and its effects on human anatomy, physiology and mind. I feel that I will be exceptionally prepared to teach Yoga confidently and safely. Valerie has created very open and welcoming environment at Sunrise Yoga which attracted students from various walks of life. This unique setting promotes deep and inspiring discussions and allows for self-reflection and self-study. After every weekend spent at the studio I leave an enriched person and feel that I can offer so much more to my community and my future students. The weekends always pass so fast and at the end of each one I always wish Sunrise Yoga was an Ashram where I could study for weeks at a time.

Anna Misior RYT500
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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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Well Organized

I have enjoyed the YTT program very much! The program provides a structured, well-organized method to learn more about yoga — the asanas, the anatomy, and the philosophy — all in great detail with an excellent and knowledgeable instructor. Valerie is enthusiastically willing to share her expertise with others and is very creative in her instruction and endless with patience for her students. I have also enjoyed my fellow students on this journey — the discussions and insights shared are invaluable. It is very stimulating to be with others who are curious and open to learning. Yoga and reflection from this YTT program have provided me with many, many common threads & experiences that are guiding my life, my choices, and my attitude. And I am grateful.

Jenny Mitze 200 Hour Graduate
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Surpassed

My hope was that I could deepen my personal yoga practice and learn some “new tricks” to use in my work as a physical therapist. Now, at 6 months into the training, the program has far surpassed my expectations. I have enjoyed the guest speakers and workshops. Meeting and becoming friends with other participants. What a great group!

Emily Powell 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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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