Opal Yoga + Shakti School: 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training

with Karen Thomas and ParaYogini Katie Silcox

Our 3rd Yoga Alliance approved 200 hour yoga teacher training with Karen Thomas and Katie Silcox begins at the end of Oct 2017!

This training will prepare you to teach basic level yoga with a focus on Vinyasa style with a tantric bent.

While fulfilling all of the Yoga Alliance requirements for certification, you will learn essential yogic philosophical concepts, do a lot of practice teaching, receive abundant training in hands on assists+modifications to make poses accessible to most bodies and levels of experience, plus  receive in depth teaching of tantra philosophy and an introduction to Ayurveda (the traditional system of Vedic medicine) with New Yoga Times bestselling author and globally lauded yoga teacher, Katie Silcox.

Opal Yoga is a gorgeous place to practice and study and has a wonderful community (kula) of staff and practitioners; most of our former teacher training grads have gone on to teach yoga at Opal, in C-ville and beyond.

Our teacher training takes place over 14 weekends between the end of October 2017 and March 2018 with all weekend mornings off and many free weekends throughout our months together with no scheduled teacher training.

Throughout the training, TT enrollees will be able to take unlimited free classes at Opal Yoga.



Program Information 2017-2018:


1. 10/27-10/29*

2. 11/3-11/5**

3. 11/10-11/12

4. 12/1-12/3*

5. 12/8-12/10** with (Katie Silcox)

6. 12/15-12/17** with (Katie Silcox)

7. 1/5-1/7*

8. 1/12-1/14**

9. 1/26-1/28** (with Katie Silcox)

10. 2/9-2/11**

11. 2/23-2/25**

12 3/2-3/4

13. 3/16-3/18** (with Katie Silcox)

14. 3/23-3/25** (graduation weekend)

*12.5 hours (4 weekends)

Fri 6:45pm-9:15 (2.5)

Sat 12:30-6:30pm (6)

Sun 12:15-4:15pm (4)

**14 hours (10 weekends)

Fri 5:30-8:30pm

Sat 12:30-6:30pm,



$2650 tuition, Early bird discount by August 20th ($200 off)

To hold your spot a non-refundable $800 deposit is due with application.

Payment plans available upon request.

Attendance Policy & Make-up

In order to receive your certificate of completion, it is important that you attend ALL training hours as scheduled. If you miss a session a plan must be made with your teachers for you to make up the lost contact hours and to demonstrate an understanding of the material covered while you were out.

Cancellation, Withdrawal & Refund

No refunds are given 30 days prior to training. Prior to 30 days, a full refund minus the $800 non-refundable deposit will be returned. A credit may be applied to future trainings, but only in the case of illness or extreme circumstances.


Opal Yoga and possible satellite studio in Charlottesville, Virginia

Additional Hours

You will be required to observe and assist yoga classes as a part of this training; we will work with your schedule but be advised that these additional hours will be required.

Please register to reserve your space.





Karen Thomas:

As a teenager in coastal Rhode Island I was enamored with all things bohemian; imagining myself a free-spirit and seeker, I began to practice yoga. Certified since 1999 by John and Diane Featherstone, I have learned from many more amazing teachers such as Tonya Zaloumis, Anna Forest, Dharma Mittra and Katie Silcox.

I’ve taken countless classes and workshops in all styles of yoga, added meditation and completed several other teacher trainings, most recently an 80-hour training on teaching Kula Yoga Style with Schuyler Grant.

My teaching style is influenced by periodic visits to big city studios such as Jivamukti and Kula Yoga and I find myself consistently inspired by the teachers and students in my own community and as well in the yoga shalas I seek out whenever I travel.

Perhaps most importantly, I have steadily maintained an independent yoga practice for 20 years.

I founded Opal Yoga in 2013; it’s a joy to share the power of yoga with the community; I’m grateful, honored and completely stoked!


Katie Silcox:

Katie Silcox is the New York Times Best-Selling author of the book, Healthy, Happy, Sexy – Ayurveda Wisdom for Modern Women. She is also an internationally-recognized yoga teacher, Ayurvedic practitioner, writer and inspirer of hearts and minds. She is renowned for her depth of study, her ability to present the complexities of yoga’s ancient wisdom in a practical, life-affirming manner, as well as her unique capacity to distill the teachings of yoga with southern-belle humor and grace. Her signature teaching style blends classical yoga, vinyasa-based asana and life-changing Tantric/Ayurvedic philosophy.

Katie was named one of San Francisco’s Best Yoga Teachers by Common Ground Magazine in 2009, one of “70 Yogis Changing the World” by Origin Magazine in 2014, and one of “100 Trailblazers in Yoga and Ayurveda” by Spirituality and Health Magazine in 2015. Katie has written extensively on the topics of yoga, Ayurveda, sexuality, herbalism and women’s health in such publications as Yoga Journal, Common Ground Magazine and Origin Magazine. Her best-selling book has been translated into multiple languages around the globe.

She studied with Krishnamacharya’s living legacies, A.G. and Indra Mohan in Chennai India, and later went on to work with her current teacher, Yogarupa Rod Stryker, within the Sri-Vidya ParaYoga lineage.She also apprenticed with Ayurveda expert and author, Dr. Claudia Welch and currently studies shamanism with Sheryl Netzky, a senior teacher within The Four Winds Society.

For more information about our 2017-2018 Teacher Training, please contact us at opalyoga@gmail.com