Learning something deeply and keeping it to ourselves is different than sharing what we know with another. By the end of this program, each trainee will have the knowledge, the confidence and certification to teach yoga, as recognized by Yoga Alliance.
You will develop your skills like a master chef, who after first tasting a dish and following the recipe, is now able to prepare a meal without consulting the spattered cookbook on the shelf. You will be able to adjust the flavors for your guests as you notice their pallet’s preference.
All of this is part of being teacher: Being present. Being receptive. Knowing what to add more of, what to leave out. You already know how to do much of what you are embarking on. We will emphasize the art and technique of yoga, diving deeper into your practice in order to successfully lead alignment-focused and inspired vinyasa classes.
One year of previous yoga experience is preferred.
- Philosophy & theories of yoga
- Applied anatomy for posture alignment
- Adjustments & modifications for all students
- Meditation, self-study, & personal development
- Enhancement of communication skills & confidence
- Ways to guide students toward nonjudgmental self-awareness & self-compassion
- Skills for designing well-rounded classes
$2,600 (early-bird pricing, includes $500 deposit) paid in full by August 1st.
Yoga Tree's Yoga Teacher Training curriculum is founded on anatomy and physiology. The Leads Instructors and Faculty have professional backgrounds that highlight both practical and medical approaches to the body in movement. Trainees will transform theoretical knowledge into embodied learning. Multiple teaching techniques and communication skills will be passed on to trainees; trainees will grow into skilled instructors with great ability to teach yoga students of all levels, shapes and movement backgrounds. A strong focus on technique, anatomy and physiology, will be paired with the study of breathwork and yoga philosophy. Both will support each participant as they begin their journey as a yoga teacher.
What are Lead Instructors say, "By the end of this program, each participant will be certified and inspired to teach yoga as recognized by Yoga Alliance. The focus of our work together will be the art of teaching, or how we connect and communicate with a room full of students of all levels. We will illustrate how to safely lead a successful, intelligent, and inspiring vinyasa class. By coming together for weekend immersions, taking classes and committing to continuous study we will deepen our connection to our own practice of yoga asana so as to learn more about how fully we can grow personally, and how we can support the growth of our future students."
Our Lead Teachers
Lead Teacher Trainer, Katie Thorworth, E-RYT500, is a Physical Therapist and Senior Yoga instructor who comes to the mat grounded in warmth and acceptance that all bodies are unique. Her instruction will build the confidence of trainers as the move into the role of teacher. She believes in the power of yoga to help guide our inner resources to create transformation on all levels. What makes Katie's teaching so sought-after is her understanding of how yoga and physical therapy share many therapeutic principles. Katie is adept at bridging the gap between yoga and integrative medicine. A gifted teacher, she excels at explaining health in a way that is accessible, and has the benefit of being rooted in the best that contemporary research has to offer. Katie believes in putting the responsibility and power of one's health back into a person's own hands.
Sarah Ittmann, M.AmSAT, has been a full-time yoga teacher, certified in the Bikram Method since 1999. She holds a masters degree in Transformative Leadership and Social Change from Maryland University of Integrated Health (Tai Sophia), and is a nationally certified teacher of the Alexander Technique. Sarah founded Yoga Tree in 2005, and for 13 years she has been encouraging students of yoga and yoga teachers to enhance and advance their practice within a safe environment for growth.
Sarah encourages students to fulfill desired potential in their yoga practice whether it is for self care or preparing for teacher training. As a studio owner and senior teacher Sarah has experience supporting and mentoring teaching staff at Yoga Tree to develop their own unique style. She has a commitment to lifelong learning and continued growth in her own teaching practice. She is currently pursuing certification in Hot Pilates and YoKids (teacher training for Children). In all classes Sarah shares her passion to discover freedom of movement on and off the yoga mat.
Weekend 1: Sat/Sun, Oct 7 & 8th; Study Session 1: Wed, Oct 18
Weekend 2: Sat/Sun, Oct 28 & 29th; Study Session 2: Wed, Nov 8
Weekend 3: Sat/Sun, Nov 18 & 19th; Study Session 3:Wed, November 29
Weekend 4: Sat/Sun, Dec 9 & 10th; Review/ Open Clinic: Sat, December 16th
Weekend 5: Sat/Sun, Jan 6 & 7th; Study Session 4: Wed, January 17
Weekend 6: Sat/Sun, Jan 27 & 28th; Study Session 5: Wed, February 7
Weekend 7: Sat/Sun, Feb 17 & 18th; Study Session 6: Wed, February 28
Weekend 8: Sat/Sun, March 10 & 11th; Study Session 7: Wed, March 21
Weekend 9: Sat/Sun, April 7 & 8th; Snow Day Study Session: Wed, April 11
Weekend 10: Sat/Sun, April 21st & 22nd
Weekend Sessions: Sat: 9am - 6pm; Sun: 8am-5pm
Study Sessions: Wed: 6pm - 8pm
Yoga Tree considers an applicant when they meet the following criteria.
- Submits the application
- Submits a $500 deposit
Tuition & Fees
$2,600 (early-bird pricing, includes $500 deposit) paid in full by August 1st.
$2,850 (regular pricing, includes $500 deposit) paid in full by October 1st.
$3,050 (payment plan, includes $500 deposit) monthly payments ($500) begin October 1st.
• A $500 non-refundable/non-
• Returned checks subject to a $25 return fee
• Those not accepted into the course will be given a full refund
• Yoga Tree Teacher Training online manual (password protected)
• All Yoga Tree Teacher Training classes as scheduled
Tuition does NOT include
• Required Weekly Classes (2 classes/week): 6 month at reduced rate of $49/month
• Required Textbooks
Payment of Tuition
Satisfactory arrangements for payment of tuition and other fees must be made between the student and Yoga Tree Baltimore prior to the student’s official start date. Prorated payments to Yoga Tree Baltimore throughout the length of the program with no interest are accepted by previous arrangement and approval through the Yoga Tree Baltimore institutional payment plan. Yoga Tree Baltimore prefers cash or check, but also accepts Visa, MasterCard and Discover.
Students are encouraged to secure their own loans through private lenders.
Yoga Tree Payment Plan
This plan must be set up in advance, please talk with a manager to discuss the details.
Cancellation and Refund Policy in case of Rejection
An applicant rejected by the school is entitled to a refund of all monies paid.
Refund Policy in case of Withdrawal
A student choosing to withdraw from the program after the commencement of classes is to provide written notice to the Director of the program. The notice is to indicate the expected last date of attendance and be signed and dated by the student. The receipt date of written request to withdraw will be considered the withdrawal date.
Tuition charges and refund amounts will be determined as follows:
- Before October 1, 75% refund
- After October 1, no refund
Trainees are allowed to miss up to 32 hours (2 weekends). We will work with you to ensure that you have the information you need for your certification. If you are not working towards a completed certification there is no obligation to do make-up work. 100% attendance over the length of the program is highly recommended. All absences must be pre-approved by the instructor. Make up hours will be the discretion of Lead and Co-Lead Trainers
We do not offer refunds nor do we cancel payments in the case of missed sessions for those who have committed to the training program.