Learn the fundamentals of yoga philosophy and teaching methodology (with a focus on vinyasa yoga) with Karen Thomas, E-RYT 200, YACEP and special guests in this Yoga Alliance approved training over ten weekends, between Jan 4, 2019-April 21, 2019. Whether you are a student seeking to become a teacher, a yoga teacher looking for inspired and effective teaching methods or an inquisitive student desiring a more sophisticated understanding of yoga, this teacher training program will guide and support you on your journey. A unique training combining fundamental yogic concepts and traditional asana with modern, creative, playful approaches to understanding and teaching yoga.

This vinyasa focused training aims to especially equip you with a thorough understanding of yoga poses within the context of sound physical principles of movement while remaining true to fundamental yogic concepts and Yoga Alliance requirements.

While fulfilling all of the Yoga Alliance requirements for a 200 hour RYT certification, you will learn and practice:

-Traditional Yoga Philosophy + Meditation Techniques + Yogic Breathing Techniques
-Anatomy and safe principles of movement and physical alignment -Adjustments + modifications for different body frames, common physical issues & limitations
-Practical Teaching Skills- how to use your voice and words for effective cueing -Sequencing + Methodology -Business of Yoga- learn to market and promote yourself as a yoga teacher
-Modules on Yin, Restorative Yoga and other niche styles of yoga with guest teachers.

Most importantly, this training will prepare you to TEACH yoga confidently and intelligently! Practice teaching and constructive criticism will be priorities throughout the course of the training, as will supporting your intentions for enrolling. Opal Yoga is a lovely and intimate 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.

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

Program Information

Dates and Times

Fri 5:30-8:30pm
Sat 9-6pm
Sun 11-5pm

Jan 4-6
Jan 11-13
Jan 25-27
Feb 1-3
Feb 22-24
March 1-3
March 8-10
March 22-24
April 12-14
April 19-21

$2800 after December 4th or $2600 if paid in full by December 4th. Payment plans are available, please contact opalyoga@gmail.com for details.

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.

Opal Yoga-949 2nd St. (IX) 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.


Karen Thomas, E-RYT 200, YACEP 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 since. 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. My teaching style is influenced by periodic visits to big city studios such as Jivamukti and Kula Yoga and I am lucky to find myself continually inspired by the teachers and students in my own community 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!


with Peach Friedman & Noah Mazé

YOGAMAZÉ 300 hour teacher trainings unlock and unleash your teaching potential. We provide tools to increase your efficacy and potency in the classroom and beyond. We systematically and exponentially increase your teaching knowledge and expertise. We build upon foundational competencies, and introduce new techniques to improve the quality and authenticity of your unique voice, position and perspective. You will learn self-empowerment strategies to better help yourself over time on your distinct yoga journey.
This training consists of 6 five-day modules. In between onsite weeks we utilize online classrooms to apply and integrate the learning. Students may miss a module if necessary. We can accommodate make up modules for up to one year after the training ends.
Module 1: November 5-9, 2018
Module 2: January 14-18, 2019
Module 3: March 11-15, 2019
Module 4: May 20-24, 2019
Module 5: July 15-19, 2019
Module 6: September 9-13, 2019

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