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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Opal Yoga 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training with Karen Thomas 

Stay tuned for dates and details on Opal Yoga’s 4th Yoga Alliance approved 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training with Karen Thomas 

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.

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. 

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

Program Information
Details coming soon!
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-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.
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!