Leigha has co-created an experiential, comprehensive Yoga Alliance Registered Teacher Training program along with Jacquelyn Nash at their studio The Yoga House in Kingston, NY, 90 miles north of New York City.
Update May 2018: We are in the process of revising our 2018-2019 YTT program to make it more accessible for out-of-state visitors. Check back end of May!
Kingston, NY (90 miles north of New York City)
with Emphasis on Vinyasa Flow, Alignment, Philosophy and Spirituality
Are you ready to deepen your yoga practice?
Our comprehensive teacher training runs from October through April, meeting on intensive weekends once monthly. Topics range from asana sequencing to yoga history to muscular anatomy and beyond, with standards exceeding those set forth by Yoga Alliance. We are a Yoga Alliance-registered school and seek to give you the tools, embodied knowledge, empowerment, and confidence to teach yoga classes or take your practice to the next level. Attend the September 23rd information session to learn more about our program.
Many are drawn to a yoga teacher training program as a way of delving deeper into a personal practice. Others have their sights set on becoming a yoga teacher as soon as their certification is in hand. No matter your reason, be assured that teacher training will set you on a path from which you will never want to stray. If you are studious and consistent, subtle shifts in your perspective will begin to take place: daily stresses will no longer feel like insurmountable struggles but temporary life challenges from which you can emerge stronger and more compassionate. You will notice shifts in your physical body as you become leaner, stronger, and more resilient. The combined effect of physical movement, meditation practice, and scriptural study will mean a happier you, an illuminated you.
Our 200-hour registered teacher training program exceeds the requirements set by the Yoga Alliance. Our primary focus is on the teaching of Vinyasa Flow Yoga, but we draw from many yogic disciplines, including but not limited to Hatha Yoga and Ashtanga Yoga. We offer a thorough and well-rounded yoga education — from our careful attention to anatomy and alignment to the study of yogic scriptures to the incorporation of a Seva (or selfless service) component. We see yoga as a holistic approach to life that benefits body, mind, spirit and community.
Saturday, 11:30-5:30pm + One of our Saturday morning classes
Sunday, 10:00-4:30pm + Either Ashtanga or Community class
Our teaching philosophy approaches yoga as a holistic, many-layered lifestyle choice that incorporates breath work, meditation practice, scriptural study, asana practice, and selfless service. To this end, we seek to provide you a comprehensive study of yoga in all its facets.
The Art of Teaching
Great teachers spend a lifetime honing their craft. We support your development as a teacher from day one — from vocal delivery to hands-on adjustments to creative sequencing. You will be given opportunities to practice teaching within the safety of our Satsang (group/community). You will give and receive feedback over the course of six months, refining your teacherly voice and developing the confidence you need to teach others safely and joyfully.
2017-2018 Workshop Presenters
In addition to spending instructional time with The Yoga House’s lead trainers, you will attend workshops led by experts in various yoga sub-fields. This year’s presenters include (more to come):
Jessie Montague has been studying and teaching yoga for nearly two decades. She was co-founder and co-director of Satya Yoga Center in Rhinebeck NY From 2005-2013. Her original studies brought her to Neyyar Dam INDIA where she received her first Teacher Certification. Upon returning back to the states she dove in head first with another Teacher Training Program in Woodstock NY and became one of the first core staff members at Bliss Yoga Center (now Woodstock Yoga). Jessie continues her studies in The Yoga Anatomy Advanced Studies Program through the Breathing Project based in NYC, with teachers Leslie Kaminoff and Amy Mathews.
Jessie teaches in the vinyasa tradition from the lineage of T. Krishnamacharya and emphasizes an exploration of the breath within the postures, and how the breath both informs alignment and creates a continuous thread between the postures. Jessie has a non-dogmatic approach to teaching and believes that yoga is an exploration of our entire being: body, breath, mind and spirit. She comes to these practices with joy first and foremost. The intention is to gently navigate our bodies into these beautiful postures which reflect the natural world so that we can better explore our deepest potential and connection to each other and to our planet with grace and lightness of heart. Jessieleemontague.com
Jessie’s workshop will explore why breath is the cornerstone of Yoga. Learn how breath can inform alignment in the asanas and how working with the breath is the most direct pathway to working with the mind, and creating a meditation practice. This workshop will draw upon the teachings of Leslie Kaminoff and Amy Mathews, the authors of Yoga Anatomy.
Corinne Gervai is the founder and Director of Euphoria Yoga in Woodstock and has over thirteen years of teaching experience in New York city and locally. She received her Yoga Teaching certification from the Jivamukti Yoga School in the year 2000 after completing the full one year intensive certification program lead by Sharon Gannon and David Life. Corinne taught all levels at The Jivamukti Yoga School in New York City from 2000-2005. Prior to that Corinne taught the Lotte Berk Method which incorporates element of Yoga, dance and therapeutic stretching in New York city and the Hamptons.
In 2005 Corinne received her Advanced Jivamukti certification. Upon moving to Woodstock full time in 2005 Corinne taught locally until 2009 when she opened Euphoria Yoga. Corinne offers much gratitude to her main Yoga teachers Sharon Gannon, David Life as well as to all the wonderful teachers that she takes classes and workshops with which continue to inspire her. Corinne offers deep thanks to her beloved students, family and friends that enhance her life daily and her aim is to do the same to the lives of as many beings as she can reach.
From pose analysis to teaching methodology to discussion of the Sutras and other texts, we have a lot to cover in our limited time together, so we maximize our time as much as possible. Each instructional day will be broken into parts, including:
Asana Analysis – Time will be spent analyzing a pose or group of yoga poses: we will translate the pose’s Sanskrit name and mythological significance. We will demonstrate the pose, discussing its precise alignment points and its use of major muscles groups. We will talk about its benefits and, in some cases, its contraindications. Modifications, variations, and hands-on adjustments will be described in detail in order to prepare you to teach both beginner and advanced students.
Reading and Discussion – Each week you’ll be assigned readings from a variety of texts. Some weeks will emphasize alignment, others Ashtanga, still others yogic philosophy or a combination of these. Often we will ask you to complete a journal entry or brief assignment related to the readings you completed for homework.
Practicum – A hallmark of our yoga teacher training program is the time we give you to practice teaching and to receive feedback on your teaching. We will give you as many chances as we can to design and practice teaching your own yoga sequences. We create a comfortable environment for sharing critique and feedback. We believe it is important that you begin to develop a teaching voice that is your own.
Seva Project Update – Although it is common in the West to think of yoga as merely exercises performed for benefit of the body, in fact the physical component of yoga is just one small part of yoga. Seva, or selfless service, is an essential component of the yogic lifestyle. As such we give you the chance to conduct a Seva project, offering of yourself for the benefit of others.
Seva (Selfless Service) Project
With support and guidance, students will select a selfless-service project (e.g., volunteering on a regular basis at a hospital, shelter, or rehab center; designing a program that benefits the ill, infirm, or at-risk). In preparation for the paper/presentation, each trainee will meet with a lead trainer outside of class to discuss the research and findings. Students will propose a project, log progress, and follow up with the facility director for feedback. Finally, students will write a 1,200-word paper and present the information to the class on the February weekend of the training.
Our required readings are essential acquisitions for your yoga library and will inform the great bulk of discussion and analysis throughout our teacher training.
Ashtanga Yoga: The Practice Manual. David Swenson. 2007. (Spiral-bound)
Bhagavad Gita, Trans. Easwaran, Eknath. 2007.
The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, Swami Satchidananda. 2012.
The Key Muscles of Yoga: Your Guide to Functional Anatomy in Yoga, Ray Long, MD, FRCSC. 2009.
Light on Yoga, B.K.S. Iyengar. 2005.
Yoga Anatomy: Your Illustrated Guide to Postures, Movements, and Breathing Techniques, Leslie Kaminoff. 2nd Edition. 2011.
Anatomy of Hatha Yoga, H. David Coulter. 2010.
The Hatha Yoga Pradipika, Swami Muktibodhananda. 1998.
The Heart of Yoga, T.K.V. Desikachar. 1999.
Myths of the Asanas: The Stories at the Heart of the Yoga Tradition, Alanna Kaivalya & Arjuna van der Kooij. 2010.
Yoga: The Spirit and Practice of Moving Into Stillness, Erich Schiffmann. 1996.
$3,300 with timed payments or $3,100 if paid in full 1 week before training begins
$550 due no later than October 6th along with application.
Time Payment Plan Option
5 payments of $550 due the Friday night of each monthly training weekend: 11/10; 12/8; 1/12; 2/9; and 3/9.
Your Tuition Includes
- Teacher Training instructional hours with RYT lead trainers
- Four workshops
- Immersive Yoga Sutras weekend with renowned scholar, Edwin Bryant
- 30 free classes – Trainees must attend at least 20 yoga classes with lead trainers at The Yoga House.
- 50% off drop-in rate (after 30 free classes used) during Teacher Training
- 20% discount on workshops that occur during Teacher Training
- Lifetime discounts on many workshops and trainings at The Yoga House
- Yoga Alliance-registered 200-hour teaching certificate upon successful completion of the program
- Please note that books and materials are not included in the tuition price
The Teacher Training Program at The Yoga House was nothing short of a life-altering experience. Leigha and Jacqui form a uniquely knowledgeable and skilled pair, whose dedication to the practice and their students is unparalleled. The class offered in-depth asana analysis and anatomical instruction, supported fundamentally by an acute focus on spiritual and philosophical texts. I completed the program with not only the confidence to teach, but with an enhanced personal and spiritual practice that I could not have achieved without these two exemplary teachers. –Amy
I had high expectations for the Yoga House’s teacher training, but Leigha and Jacqui far exceeded them. The training prepared me to confidently jump right into teaching while helping me to much better understand and dive deeper into my personal practice. Whether you are looking to share your practice with others by way of teaching or hoping to develop a personal physical and spiritual practice, do yourself a favor and train with these two. –Corinna
The Yoga house 200-Hour Teacher Training Program is for anyone, at any level, that has a desire to deepen their yoga practice. Leigha and Jacqui take you on a journey through yoga philosophies and teach the muscular/skeletal connection between asanas. They freely share their knowledge and experience in a loving and playful training program that will not disappoint. Do not be afraid of the challenge, as you will enter as a student and then emerge as a transformed yoga teacher, embarking on a new beginning. I highly recommend jumping in, and you won’t regret it! –Kerri
The 200-hour yoga teacher training at The Yoga House in Kingston was perfect. The teachers were very knowledgeable and helpful, and the fellow trainees were very enthusiastic. I was impressed by the way Jacqui and Leigha moderated a large group with varying levels of yoga experience, knowledge of anatomy, and philosophical understanding. They always had helpful tips wherever we felt like we were behind, whether it was in our home practice, Sanskrit, muscle groups, or, of course, teaching! –Sarah
Jacqui and Leigha are both very committed and engaged yogis. Their passion for yoga is inspiring and something they readily share with all around them! Their teaching has the right amount of rigor combined with compassion and a willingness to learn from all. –Melinda
While seven months is an extremely short time to learn so much information, the yoga house seems to squeeze it all in. Yoga philosophy, anatomy and physiology, sequencing, teaching skills. kinesiology, seva, etc.. But, it is just the beginning of a life long journey and they are there for that also. Their support after graduation is evident and meaningful. I would highly recommend them. –Michele
Thank you, Jacqui and Leigha, for your guidance. This program is incredible. I love the structure of the course. I always felt supported during the process. Thank you for sharing your wisdom, kindness and encouragement with all of us. I feel so grateful for this opportunity and now being able to share the beauty of yoga with others in our community. –Nydia
The Yoga House teachers are highly skilled, inspiring, conscientious, and thorough. In their endeavor to be of service, they have created a valuable yoga community and are pleasure to learn from and work with. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to train with them. Namaste! –Noelle
If you are interested in our teacher-training program, or to sign up for the September 25th introduction (no commitment necessary!), send an email care of “Leigha & Jacqui” to email@example.com.
To download the program application, click here: TYH YTT Application. (No commitment necessary, and you may attend the Introduction Day without filling out an application.)