Teacher Training


200 Hour Teacher Training

Get centered. Get certified.


Start with this foundational 200 hour yoga teacher training program to deepen your practice, broaden your understanding of yoga, and learn how to teach.

But our program, the gold standard for teacher training in Central Kentucky for almost 10 years, is more than that. It is an opportunity to open your heart, expand your mind, ignite your passion, and find your tribe.

The 200-hour Teacher Training program at the OM place is an integrative, non-dogmatic approach to vinyasa-based yoga. We are registered with Yoga Alliance. Registration is open to trainees who are sincerely interested in deepening their practice and understanding of yoga. Upon completion of this 200-hour training, trainees may register with Yoga Alliance as a RYT.

2022 dates and times are as follows:

January 22-23

February 5-6

February 26-27

March 19-20

April 23-24

May 14-16

June 4-5

Saturdays and Sundays 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Program investment is $2,850, with a $400 deposit to hold your spot.

An additional $350 payment is due each weekend of training.

$2,700 if paid in full

Required Texts and Media

  • 6 month subscription to theOMplaceChannel.com
  • Teaching Yoga: Essential Foundations and Techniques by Mark Stephens
  • The Headspace Guide to Meditation & Mindfulness by Andy Puddicombe
  • Restorative Yoga for Life by Gail Boorstein Grossman
  • The Yamas and Niyamas: Exploring Yoga’s Ethical Practice by Deborah Adele

Teacher Training Packet (included in the cost of training)

  • the OM place Teacher Training Manual
  • Sensible Wellness for Women by Erin Smith & Andra Sewalls
  • Yoga Tune-Up Therapy Balls


You will learn in detail 42 fundamental poses, including alignment principles, energetic actions, risks, benefits, preparatory asanas, counterposes, variations, modifications, hands-on adjustments, use of props, and possible partner explorations for each one. This module includes the 10 Elements of a Yoga Class, Assisting & Adjusting, learning the Sanskrit for each asana, and an in-depth Asana Lab each day. Topics include teaching a multi-level class and adaptive techniques for pregnancy and physical limitations.

Practical Yoga History & Philosophy

Study of yoga’s history from 2000 BCE and the various lineages of yoga and how they developed over time. Basic understanding of karma, reincarnation, basic Hindu beliefs, the 8 limbed path and the Yoga Sutras. . There will also be on-going extensive study and application of the Yamas & Niyamas both on and off the mat.

Functional Anatomy

You will develop a deeper understanding of functional anatomy, biomechanics, and the kinesiology of movement as applied to seeing students in the practice and guiding them in a meaningful, safe, and effective way. Includes in-depth Yoganatomy Labs on the feet, knees, hips, spine and skull, shoulders, and hands. You will learn 30 bones and 30 muscles and how they are correlated to asana. You will develop a basic understanding of the major body systems and how they correlate to asana, pranayama, and meditation.

Teaching Pranayama

You will learn basic and intermediate pranayama (breathing) techniques, including how, when, and whom to teach each pranayama to.

Energy Anatomy

You will expand your awareness and activation of subtle energy, including how to cultivate bandhas and the relationship between pranayama, bandhas, koshas, chakras, nadis, gunas, and doshas. Includes individual lectures on each, tying them together in a meaningful way.


We explore how to bring meditation into yoga classes and everyday life in way that is simple, accessible, and sustainable. Meditation practice will include sits up to 20 minutes as a group and daily practice on your own.

Lifestyle & Ethics

How we live our lives off the mat, including essential aspects of deepening our yoga. This includes our personal yoga practice, Ayurveda, nutrition, sleep, personal connections, and passions. You will develop a deeper understating of how the yamas and niyamas create a framework not only for our practice but for our lives. Includes lectures covering holistic wellness.

The Business of Yoga

This module explores getting yourself established as a professional yoga teacher and being successful in teaching yoga as your source of livelihood. Lecture covering creating an LLC, getting insurance, getting hired, using social media as a marketing practice, and practicing the yamas and niyamas in the business world.

Practice Teaching

You will work with other trainees to teach first short sequences and then an entire class. Each practice teaching session includes extensive feedback and discussion of teaching techniques and methods. Practice Teaching, observations, peer reviews, discussion, and suggestions for improvement will guide your development.


You will be asked to read and study on your own. Erin will suggest readings for the class and for individuals. You will be required to take classes in all of the various styles and respond in a journal entry to each.


You will be asked to offer at least 10 hours of free teaching to groups of your choice to gain experience and practice seva. Seva (service) helps us deepen feelings of humble compassion and better understand the needs of others.

Diversity Scholarships Available.

It is our mission is to foster health, equanimity, and unity by collectively engaging in practices that actively make space for diversity in the Central Kentucky wellness community. We offer two diversity scholarships for yoga teachers who identify as being a part of an under-represented and under-resourced group within American Yoga. The purpose of the scholarship is to amplify and empower underrepresented voices within the context of Yoga. Being deeply committed to the truth that diversity is a blessing, a richness, and a strength, the Diversity Scholarship helps the OM place live out its ally commitment. Each scholarship offers a 50% tuition of $1400 with payment plans available.

To apply, please email us a 200-500 word explanation outlining why you would be a good candidate for this scholarship and how you plan to use your individual talents to broaden the scope of yoga voices in your area. Please use the subject line: Diversity Scholarship ytt 2022 entry. Be sure to tell us why you’re excited to train at the OM place!