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.

Program Curriculum 

  • 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.


Assistant Lead, Lauren O'Brien E-RYT500, has a reputation for enthusiastic, soulful, and intelligent yoga instruction. With a knowledge based in years of practice and experience, Lauren strives to create inspiring, compassionate and supportive classes where students can explore their own ranges of motion and emotion. She has years of experience leading training programs around the world and is a conduit for the ancient lineage of yoga. Lauren is an artist, writer and is devoted to teaching yoga in a way that helps people find a strong inner light and become integrated with their own true sense of self. Lauren has the ability to make the practice of yoga both exciting and possible for all ages and abilities. With a knowledge based in years of practice and experience, Lauren strives to create inspiring, compassionate and supportive classes where students can explore their own ranges of motion and emotion.


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.


Niamh McCormally & Andrew Hopper, Niamh completed her 200RYT training with Sterling Yoga in 2013 and has been teaching at Yoga Tree for the last three years. She has also completed additional training in Yin yoga with Akasha Yoga in California and Inferno Hot Pilates with Gabriella Walters in New York. Niamh holds a BFA in dramatic arts from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and has years of performance experience both in the US and abroad. Niamh will bring her understanding of vocal technique as well as different theatrical approaches to help students gain confidence and find and express their unique voice.


Martha L. Rogers, RYT 500, L.Ac., M.Ac, is an integrative acupuncturist, artist & yoga instructor.  In addition to her private practice in Baltimore City, Martha is on faculty at Maryland University of Integrative Health where she has been teaching in Master's of Acupuncture program since 2009.  Martha employs the tools of Classical Chinese Medicine to help people reconnect with their essential vitality, creativity & wellness. She has long revered nature; been keen to help others; cherished the moon; believed in the divine; relished solitude; adored four-legged critters; and been deeply curious about the 'mystery'. As human beings we are designed to learn, grow and evolve into more integrated and generative beings. Classical Chinese Medicine supports one through the inherent transitions & transformations of living.


Gina L. Sager, MD, RYT, is a retired board-certified general surgeon, named one of Baltimore’s Top Docs in October 2000. Gina permanently left the practice of traditional Western medicine in May 2002 to explore her long time interest in holistic healing. She has studied and practiced Buddhism in the Tibetan tradition, studied the ancient wisdom traditions including Traditional Chinese wisdom and 5 element theory at Tai Sophia Institute, and completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training in Integrative Yoga Therapy at yama studio in June 2005. In Ayurveda, it is said that the best physician is one who teaches patients to care for themselves. In this spirit, she believes that her path is to share what she has learned on her transformative journey by offering others sacred space and the opportunity to reconnect with their own deepest nature, and learn to care for themselves using these ancient, holistic practices.


Weekend 1: Sat/Sun, Oct 7 & 8thStudy Session 1: Wed, Oct 18

Weekend 2: Sat/Sun, Oct 28 & 29thStudy Session 2: Wed, Nov 8

Weekend 3: Sat/Sun, Nov 18 & 19thStudy Session 3:Wed, November 29

Weekend 4: Sat/Sun, Dec 9 & 10thReview/ Open Clinic: Sat, December 16th

Weekend 5: Sat/Sun, Jan 6 & 7thStudy Session 4: Wed, January 17

Weekend 6: Sat/Sun, Jan 27 & 28thStudy Session 5: Wed, February 7

Weekend 7: Sat/Sun, Feb 17 & 18thStudy Session 6: Wed, February 28

Weekend 8: Sat/Sun, March 10 & 11thStudy Session 7: Wed, March 21

Weekend 9: Sat/Sun, April 7 & 8thSnow Day Study Session: Wed, April 11

Weekend 10: Sat/Sun, April 21st & 22nd


Weekend SessionsSat: 9am - 6pm; Sun: 8am-5pm

Study Sessions: Wed: 6pm - 8pm

Admissions Requirements

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

Application Fee                                                            
• A $500 non-refundable/non-transferable application fee holds your place in the training and is non-refundable/non-transferable                                                
• Returned checks subject to a $25 return fee
• Those not accepted into the course will be given a full refund

Tuition Includes                                                            
• 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


Attendance Policy

Trainees are allowed to miss up to 32 hours (2 weekends). We will work with you to ensure that you have the hours you need for your certification. If you are not working towards a completed certification there is no obligation to do make-up hours.

Students are required to maintain a minimum of 100% attendance over the length of the program. All absences must be pre-approved by the instructor. Arrangements must be made by the student to complete the missed amount of classroom time. Tardiness and leaving class early is subtracted from the total time of the program, and counts against the minimum required attendance.

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. To make up your hours towards certification, if so desired, pay for a private session with the trainers for an extra fee of $100/60 minutes with the lead trainers to get a summary of what you missed in the case you do not want to wait to take the weekend again in the following year (at no added cost).  

1 hour private = 1-4 hours of missed time (one review session)

1.5 hour private = 5-6 hours of missed time (half day of weekend session)

2 hour private = 7-8 hours of missed time (one day of weekend session)

3 hour private = 11-13 hours of missed time (full weekend session)