Yoga Teacher Training

Maggie Durbas - Assisting-Child-PoseOur 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training (YTT) course provides students with a foundation for healthy, holistic, and joyful living. Students seeking to become teachers, current teachers with or without previous training, and students who simply wish to enhance their practice and deepen their overall understanding of yoga will find this course comprehensive, inspiring, and life changing.

  • Deepen your own practice, enhance your health, and stay present in your life.
  • Design and teach classes that combine an overall therapeutic focus with a safe sequencing of postures.
  • Integrate sound alignment principles and provide safe adjustments.
  • Provide modifications for beginning, injured, or intermediate level students.
  • Develop your own style and voice by accessing the teacher within you.
  • Market yourself effectively and get started as an instructor




The following topics will be covered in the training:

  • Anatomy and Physiology, Pathology and Injury
  • Yoga History and Philosophy, Sanskrit, Yamas & Niyamas, Bhagavad Gita, Yoga Sutras, Chakras, Kundalini
  • Asana Techniques  –  Alignment Principles, Adjustments, Modifications, Meditation, Pranayama, Mantras, Bandhas
  • Teaching Methodology – Sequencing Classes, Lesson Planning, Assisting, Student Teaching
  • Introduction to Ayurveda – Determine your Dosha, Balancing, Nutrition
  • Special Practices – Restorative Yoga,  Therapeutic Yoga, and Women’s Issues (pregnanacy, menstruation and menpause), Yoga Nidra, Home Practice
  • Business of Yoga

Certification Requirements

This 200 hour yoga teacher training is certified by Yoga Alliance. In order for you to get the most out of your training, the following is required:


  • Attend the entire 9-month program.
  • Daily practice of asana, pranayama and meditation for a minimum of 30 minutes.
  • Once a week vinyasa asana class at JOY.
  • Practice yama and niyama.
  • Write regularly in sadhana journal.
  • Create flashcards for learned asanas.
  • Write several 1-2 page book reports.
  • Write evaluation of one yoga class you have attended between each session.
  • Read from required textbooks.
  • Three classes assisting another teacher.
  • Practice Seva by teaching five community classes.

Maggie-Rueda---Pincha-MayurasanaDates for 2017-2018 Training
January 19-21
February 9-11

Dates for 2018-2019 Training
August 24-26
October 5-7
November 2-4
November 30 – December 2
January 4-6
February 1-3
March 1-3
April 5-7
May 3-5

Sample Schedule



5:30pm – Opening
6:00pm – Techniques
8:00pm – Meditation
8:30pm – Dismissal


9:00am – Asana Practice
10:30am – Techniques
12:00pm – Lunch
1:00pm – Anatomy
3:00pm – Methodology
4:30pm – Techniques
5:30pm – Dismissal


9:00am – Techniques
10:00am – Philosophy
12:00pm – Lunch
1:00pm – Asana Practice
3:30pm – Methodology
5:30pm – Dismissal

Maggie Durbas

Maggie K. Durbas, ERYT-500, is the director of the teacher training program. Since 2003, Maggie has taught thousands of students in the Farmington Valley area. She is certified with Yoga Alliance through a 200-hour training in Embodyoga and a 500-hour teacher training in the lineage of Rod Stryker’s ParaYoga.  She is also a Reiki Master. In her former corporate life, Maggie trained employees on a variety of topics, giving her a solid background in teaching adults. She infuses her teaching with humor, joy, expertise, and compassion, enabling her students to thrive and grow under her care.


Robin Kirsche has a Bachelors Degree in the natural sciences from UCONN, a Masters Degree in Public Health, and presently works full time as a Licensed PTA.  Robin spent six years with meditation and yoga master Anandi Ma before living at Kripalu Yoga Center to became certified as a Yoga Teacher in 1987.  She has also studied Iyengar and Anusara.   Robin has been teaching yoga, meditation, stress reduction and wellness since 1987.  She now indulges her love of science and the body by teaching anatomy and physiology to yoga teachers.



Maggie-Rueda---Warrior-IIThe investment for the 200-hour YTT course is $3400 (includes CT sales tax), payable by cash, check, Visa or Mastercard. Tuition includes materials, books and a weekend at the world-renowned Himalayan Institute.

5% Discount Option: Non-refundable deposit of $250 due with application plus $2980 by August 1, 2018.

Payment Plan Option: Non-refundable deposit of $250 due with application plus $450 by August 1, 2018 and 7 payments of $450 due monthly on the 1st from September to March.

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