200 Hour Teacher Training Program

Our Next Training Program Begins September 6, 2019

Join us for a free Information Session & Free Class on:  Friday, 7/19 at 5:30-7 pm or Friday, 8/2 at 9-10:30 am.

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.

Get all the details: Dates, Fees, and Policies by Downloading our Handbook
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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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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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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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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 500-hour Certified Yoga Teacher
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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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More Knowledge

My 200RYT gave me so much more knowledge about the practice, about yoga than I ever expected! Valerie, thank you so much for sharing your knowledge and your commitment and dedication to the TT program.

Jennifer Moller 200 Hour Graduate
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Deep Understanding

A little over a year ago I started looking into Teacher Training programs in the area. I wanted to learn more about yoga to strengthen my at home practice and to eventually start teaching. I was so excited to find Sunrise Yoga and immediately started taking classes. It only took a few classes with Valerie for me to make my decision to sign up for the Teacher Training Program and I have been so grateful ever since. Valerie’s deep understanding of the postures and anatomy is so clear in how she is able to teach proper alignment. Not only does she share her knowledge of the postures, but also yoga philosophy, meditation and pranayama and how to incorporate all of these to create a well-balanced practice. The weekends are well planned out and I am always amazed by how much I learn and how I leave there still excited to learn more. Thanks so much to Valerie for offering this program. It has been a truly positive learning experience for me and I feel like I have grown so much not only by her teachings but also by getting to know the other students in the program.

Melissa Leak 200 Hour Graduate
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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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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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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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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.

Gwendolyn McLaughlin RYT500
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Whole New Level

“The Sunrise Yoga Teacher training program has been a phenomenal experience. The information provided over the last 12 months has not only taken my own practice to a whole new level, but it has also provided me with the knowledge and confidence to teach yoga – and to teach it well. The whole process has been very rewarding and I would highly recommend the program to anyone interested in understanding Yoga on a deeper level.”

Leslie Newsome 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:

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


At Sunrise Yoga Studio, we offer 200-hour yoga teacher training to residents of Winston Salem, Lewisville, and Clemmons, North Carolina.