Opal Yoga 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training with Karen Thomas and Liz Reynolds (RYT-500)

Opal Yoga’s 3rd Yoga Alliance approved 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training with Karen Thomas and Liz Reynolds begins January 2018!

Whether you are a student seeking to become a teacher, a yoga teacher looking to discover new and effective teaching methods, or an inquisitive student desiring a more sophisticated understanding of yoga philosophy and informed personal practice, this teacher training program will guide and support you on your journey.

This collaboration between longtime colleagues and seasoned teachers, Karen Thomas and Liz Reynolds offers a unique training, combining fundamental yogic concepts and traditional asana with modern, creative, playful approaches to understanding and teaching yoga. Our vinyasa training aims to especially equip you with a thorough understanding of practicing and teaching asana within the context of sound physical principles of movement while remaining true to fundamental yogic concepts.

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 the benefits of each

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.
Our training takes place over 10 weekends from the beginning of January through April 2018 with Sunday mornings off and many free weekends throughout our months together with no scheduled training.

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


4/27-4/29 Graduation weekend

Weekend Schedule

Fri 5:30-9pm 3.5 hours
Sat 9:30-7:30pm (breaks included!) 9 hours total.
Sun 12:30-6pm 5.5 hours
(18 hours per weekend)

Program Information

$2650 tuition, Early bird discount by December 1 ($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-218 W Market St. 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 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!

Liz Reynolds

I began practicing yoga regularly while in graduate school for my MFA in Dance in Philadelphia back in 2007. I was drawn to the physical benefits of the practice at first and loved being drenched in sweat after each class. As time went on, I noticed positive shifts in my perspective, my relationships and the way I lived my life off my mat. I realized that yoga was far deeper than just a set of rigorous postures and held incredibly healing elements for my mind and spirit. And I was determined to share it. I earned my 200 Hour certification in 2011 and immediately furthered my yoga training with several master teachers, including Baron Baptiste, Sadie Nardini and Debbie Williamson and Rolf Gates. Since moving to Charlottesville, I’ve taken almost every teaching opportunity that has come my way, including working with the UVA men’s football and soccer teams and serving as support staff for the first-ever mindfulness retreat hosted by the Contemplative Sciences Center. In 2016, I completed my 500 Hour teacher training, as well as a certification in Yoga Life Coaching through Wild Abundant Life.

My vinyasa classes are light-hearted, challenging and fully committed to connecting breath awareness and motion. Informed by a background in dance and Pilates, I guide dynamic and creative sequences paired with an overall understanding of biomechanics and anatomy and am committed to keeping my yoga teaching current with the newest research on movement, sustainable practice, and pain science. I pride myself on being able to connect to every student and teach anybody at any level with an open mind and an open heart. I dedicate my teaching to staying present with my students and encourage self-love and self-care above all else. I am beyond thrilled and honored to be a part of Opal’s 200 Hour Teacher Training!