Foundational Certification

“World Peace Yoga teacher training inspired me to find (and be) the best version of myself regardless of what is going on around me. Moving to a new city just weeks after the training concluded, I couldn’t be more thankful for the inspiration, guidance and grounding I felt while at World Peace. More than anything, the training pushes you to think of yoga in the most holistic of ways, making it nearly impossible to walk away without your life being greatly altered–and for the better.” –Jacqueline Hull

About the Program

This program offers a path for your expanding spiritual growth while becoming a yoga teacher. It is a 300-hour interdisciplinary yoga course encompassing many aspects of the yoga practice. Every individual in the training is accepted for where they are in their practice at the present moment. It’s not necessary to achieve every yoga posture in order to be an inspiring teacher. Through direct experiential learning of yoga you will begin to deepen your personal practice as your teaching abilities evolve with enthusiasm. Graduates from this program will have the ability to design yoga sequences fit for healthy adults as well as an introduction to kids, teens, prenatal, and senior citizen routines. The goal of this training is to encourage practitioners to unfold the mind-body-spirit connection that is vital to the practice of yoga and to pass on these experiences to others.  We encourage students to achieve “living yoga” through our many educational and hands-on techniques.

In addition, we have found that there are a myriad of reasons one may participate other than becoming a yoga teacher. A spiritual training such as this may acutely deepen or awaken one’s spiritual practice, enhance a chosen career path, or inspire to intuitively discover one’s passion and purpose in life; applying the practices of yoga in any endeavor one may choose. The community and bonding of the group may be described as uniquely delicious and infinitely joyful. Simply put, “it is a once in a life time experience”. Please inquire how this might be for you and talk to others who have gone before you.

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This Program Includes:

  • Multiple Styles of Hatha Yoga
  • Yoga Basics
  • Vinyasa Yoga
  • Yin-Restorative Yoga
  • Teaching Methodology
  • Hands-On Class Instruction
  • Meditation and Pranayama
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Yin and Yang Concepts
  • Yoga Philosophy and Raja Yoga
  • Yogic Lifestyle and Values
  • Ahimsic, All Loving Food Preparation
  • Yoga as a Business, includes a Private Consultation
  • Amazing Guest Teachers
  • Unlimited Classes on our Weekly Class Schedule
  • Participate in WPY Internship Program (optional)
  • World Peace Yoga Teacher Training Book & Manual
  • 300-Hour Yoga Certificate. . .And More

“Signing up to become a yoga instructor at World Peace Yoga was one of the best decisions I have ever made.  Upon entering the studio, I immediately knew that this was a place of healing.  World Peace Yoga  has its priorities right. It cares about people! It does not care about yoga clothes, or accessories–it cares about people of all shapes, sizes, colors, and orientation.  Again, it cares about healing people by giving them the gift of a yogic lifestyle.  I started off doing yoga there on their freedom month of yoga. Instead of charging exorbitant amounts, or conning people into joining, they give people a whole free month of yoga which inspires people that want it to build a practice.  Current protocol says “get the client in, strong-arm them to join, and don’t care about them after.  This studio says, come a month for free and see if it is for you.  If not, then go find something else, and if so come and practice some yoga, meditation, pregnancy yoga, or just relaxation yoga.  I adore this studio. After my free month, I decided, I too wanted to make a difference by teaching the world about yoga, meditation, breathing, and relaxation. The teachers care about your mind, body, and spirit by offering us monthly sessions with experienced and centered instructors.   It has been and continues to be worthwhile, meaningful, and life changing.” –Erin Wise 

What is World Peace Yoga?

World Peace Yoga is a holistic, courageous and practical approach to yoga that incorporates practices both on and off the mat, from philosophy and ethics, to physical postures, breathing techniques and meditation, to kitchenasana.  World Peace Yoga as a Hatha Yoga style is a practice where we focus on the ancient yogic tradition of ahimsa. Ahimsa is Sanskrit for “non harming” and implies practicing kindness to one’s self, to others, to all living beings, and to the earth. From practicing yoga asana (the postures, which is what many people see as “yoga”), meditation, satsang (gathering in spiritual community) and pranayama (breathing exercises), we have a healthier life with less stress, anxiety, and tension. We encourage the greater development of intuition to make healthier and wiser choices in life.  World Peace Yoga is a practice that incorporates physical wellness with spiritual living. It is a style of yoga that touches more than just one aspect of life and motivates a positive transformation in individual and collective lives.

Yoga Asana Styles Defined 

Yoga Basics
Learn the foundational yoga postures typically practiced in a yoga-asana sequence learning precise alignment.  There are 5 different class structures you will learn for Basics.  This is a wonderful practice for those new to yoga or for those that are established in their practice and want to refine their alignment. Learn the basics of asana (posture) alignment, breath, intention, and relaxation.

Vinyasa Yoga
A vinyasa practice links breath with movement and intention.  In this training, you will learn the class structures you will learn for a Beginner Vinyasa sequence.  In this practice you will flow through a balanced stream of postures including sun salutations, standing postures, backbends, forward bends, twists, inversions, relaxation and more.  These are active practices that encourage focused intention, meditation, relaxation, and spiritual growth through asana.

Yin-Restorative Yoga
Based on the Chinese system of yoga, this style is used to enhance the flow of energy or chi through the body combining two approaches of teaching into one practice: one approach is yin – passive and restorative holds and the other approach is yang – active stretching and strengthening using fluid circular movements (as in a Vinyasa practice). Yin Yoga works to increase greater range of motion in the joints and stretches the connective tissue.

Program Tuition

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The program tuition is $3,600. An $800 deposit must be paid to reserve your spot in the training two weeks prior to the first scheduled date. There are no refunds issued for this program. All tuition payments are non-refundable. If you decide to discontinue the training at any time, the course fees will not be refunded and, if on a payment plan, you will be billed for the remaining course fees and expected to pay the balance in full. This training begins when you sign up. You receive unlimited classes and are invited to join special events from the time you sign up through the end of the course.

Tuition includes and is not limited to; all hours associated with the training, unlimited classes on our weekly class schedule, a binder used for journaling and coursework, food preparation and cooking classes, a World Peace Yoga book and binder, group photos, and a 300-hour World Peace Yoga Certificate.

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Dates for Monthly-Weekend Program: Meets approximately one weekend each month for 12 months.

Saturdays, 9:00 am-6:00 pm
Sundays, 9:00 am-5:00 pm

March 24-25, 2018
April 28-29, 2018
May 12-13, 2018
June 9-10, 2018
July 14-15, 2018
August 11-12, 2018
September 15-16, 2018
October 13-14, 2018
November 10-11, 2018
December 8-9, 2018
January 12-13, 2019
February 2-3, 2019

Dates One Month Intensive: Please note that the days are long. We meet approximately from 8:00 am-8:00 pm nearly every day with breaks for lunch and dinner.

Saturday, March 16, 2019: 1:00-4:00 pm: Conference call to give course overview + Q & A
June 1-25, 2019: Meeting dates for training
TBA: Follow up conference call

“Yoga Teacher Training at World Peace Yoga deepened my personal practice in ways that were surprising and beautiful.  It continues to resonate with me- enriching my spiritual journey every day.” –Amy Lynch

Required Materials

There are approximately 9 books required for this course on a variety of subjects.  A World Peace Yoga Book and Binder will be provided on the first day of class, along with a list of the required materials. Some books may be available at the studio at a discounted price.

Course Intentions

  1. To provide each student with an in-depth experience of yoga, deepening the personal consciousness and inner self-awareness yoga practice fosters. This will expand and develop one’s personal practice from which the knowledge comes to teach others.
  1. To learn basics asanas (postures), pranayamas (breathing techniques), kriyas (cleansing techniques) and other yogic practices through direct experiential learning.
  2. To learn the methodology and basic skills to effectively teach a yoga class.
  3. To emphasize safe, effective, and inspiring teaching methods which prepare you to be a proficient yoga teacher.
  4. To offer excellent training in teaching skills, organizational skills, communication skills, planning, presentation, evaluation, and structure of a yoga class.
  5. To offer knowledge in how to live the yogic lifestyle, enhancing spiritual health and centeredness through yoga.
  6. To learn modifications and adjustments in the postures to adapt a style of practice personalized for different body types.
  7. To provide a comprehensive training in many aspects of yoga; this will allow graduates to offer a specialized, professional, and responsible service to their students.
  8. To enable students to formulate their own personal teaching style through various techniques, such as tone of voice, music, breathing, meditation, relaxation, yoga sequencing, and so on.
  9. To show how our lifestyle affects the planet and how we are able to preserve the environment and nature for future generations through the ancient wisdom of yoga.
  10. To give a solid foundation in the philosophies of yoga and their application to daily life.
  11. To motivate and encourage students to undergo a transformation in their appreciation and perception of themselves, others, and life.
  12. To provide a non-competitive environment to practice and learn from each other.
  13. To give guidance on how to establish your profession as a yoga teacher (yoga as a business).

Coursework and Review

To benefit and enhance your teaching skills, we require a series of assignments to be completed. These assignments include, yet are not limited to; reading books, writing out essays, scripts and charts, journaling, oral presentations, practice teaching and so on. All coursework must be submitted for review before certification is received. A CPR course is recommended if you plan on teaching yoga full time, but is not required for certification. Prior to certification we require two reviews (written and practical) to be taken.

Makeup Hours

This training requires attendance for all scheduled hours. Any scheduled teacher training dates missed, must be made up.  Two days may be made up by attending another teacher training group’s class at World Peace Yoga.  Anything beyond two days, there is a charge of $135 per day for makeup. In the event there is not an available teacher training day for make up, you may arrange a private lesson at a price of $75 per hour missed. It is your responsibility to keep track of makeup hours by documenting the date, length of time, and teacher with whom you worked with.

Time Limit

You have 18 months from the start date of the program to complete these requirements. Extensions will be given at an additional charge of $20 per month. Additional assignments may be given as seen necessary (extra time will be allowed to complete these assignments without penalty).

Final Certification Details

Once all hours are completed, coursework is turned in, and all tuition associated with the training is paid, you will receive your certificate. Extra copies of your certificate may be purchased at an additional cost of $18 per certificate. Upon Certification you receive:

  • A 300-Hour World Peace Yoga Certificate stating your ability to teach multiple styles of Hatha Yoga, Pranayama, and Meditation.
  • The ability to use class titles such as; Hatha Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga, Yoga Flow, Yin Yoga, World Peace Yoga, and so on.

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Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

Q:  Are there any requirements for participating in this program?
A:  There are no requirements for participation, simply a sincere interest to be present and show up.

Q:  Does one have to be interested in teaching to take this program?
A:  No, many participate in the program for their own personal growth and deepening their spiritual practice or to embellish their line of work or whatever endeavor they are involved in.  Some have the intention to teach and some do not.

Q:  Do I have to practice yoga for any particular length of time prior to doing the program.
A:  No, we’ve had a wide range of people with varying levels of experience from those who might have never taken a yoga class to others with 20 years of practicing different aspects of yoga.  All are welcome.

Q:  Am I too young?  Am I too old?
A:  No, we’ve had people ranging from the ages of 13-70 take the program.  It is diverse and a great experience for all.

Q:  Do I have to be vegetarian/vegan to participate in this program?
A:  No, while the benefits of a plant-based lifestyle are discussed in the course of the program, it is not required to be vegetarian/vegan to participate in or graduate from this program.

Q:  Are classes at the studio included in addition to participating in the program?
A:  Yes, from the time you sign up with your deposit through the length of time you are in the program, you receive unlimited classes on our regular weekly schedule.

Q:  Do you have payment plan options/work with those on limited budgets?
A:  Yes, please email for more information or come to the studio and talk with us personally.

Q:  How many students are typically in each group?
A:  The size of the group enrolled in the program generally ranges from 12-22 students.

Q:  Are graduates fully prepared to teach at the completion of the program?
A:  Most completing certification are at the beginning stages of both creating a steady personal practice, developing teaching skills, and inculcating the vast amount of new information and experiences that were presented in the Foundational program. It is with this in mind that we offer at no additional tuition an Internship Program to continue along your teaching journey. We view both the World Peace Yoga Internship and Advanced program as a natural continuation of the Foundational program to more deeply and fully integrate teaching yoga. As a whole, it is a 2-year + program starting with the Foundational Training to the Internship, followed by or in conjunction with the Advanced program if one so chooses. In addition, you get as much out of the training as you put into it.  We encourage students, to show up and be present, not only for the program, but also to take classes and experience a variety of teachers while in training.

Q:  What are the approximate time and coursework requirements?
A:  In addition to scheduled times the program meets, it is also required that a minimum of 20 hours of classes be taken at World Peace Yoga, 10 hours of a combination of observing, assisting/teaching components of classes at World Peace Yoga, 45 hours of practice teaching on your own, plus there are assigned books to read and coursework based on the readings and class lecture/discussion.  Depending on which format of the training you take, some of the hours may be included into the program itself, rather than separate.

Q:  Where do I purchase the books required for the course?
A:  Some books are available for purchase at the studio, others may be purchased online or even at discount book stores.

Q:  Who are the teachers?
A:  The main teaching staff includes:  Anna Ferguson, Mary Geibel, Besti Heithaus, Lori Reidel, and Mark Stroud.  There are also amazing guest teachers that teach specialty topics throughout the course.

Q:  Am I able to take the program without completing all the requirements for certification?
A:  Yes, you may participate in the program as you choose.  We do recommend everyone complete the certification requirements whether they intend to teach or not.

Q:  What do I receive upon completion of this program?
A:  You receive a 300-hour certificate from World Peace Yoga.  And you may refer to yourself as a “300-hour CYT” for 300-hour Certified Yoga Teacher.

Q: What is Yoga Alliance and what does “RYT” mean?
A: Yoga Alliance is a registrar. They recognize teachers on their website as “registered” or “RYT” for Registered Yoga Teacher. Yoga Alliance does not certify, accredit, or validate yoga teachers or yoga schools.

Q: Am I able to receive “RYT” through Yoga Alliance?
A: Yes. While World Peace Yoga does not believe that affiliation with Yoga Alliance adds value to certification and training, we do understand that some may desire the registration. For those that have completed certification at World Peace Yoga that are interested in registration with Yoga Alliance, there is an additional tuition payment of $150. This payment assists with the costs involved with renewing our “RYS” or Registered Yoga School with Yoga Alliance. Graduates are then personally responsible for submitting their World Peace Yoga certificate to Yoga Alliance and paying their yearly dues to be registered.

If more questions came up for you in reading our Q and A, please give us a call, email us, or set up a time to meet in person.