200- & 300-Hour Yoga Teacher Training

You Power Yoga is pleased to offer 200-Hour and 300-Hour Teacher Training programs and ongoing education for yoga teachers. 

YPY has partnered with Kathy Ross, owner of Yoga Forte (Dallas) and Robbin Hallford, owner of Yoga Bridge (Ft. Worth) to compile dynamic 200-hour and 300-hour teacher trainings registered with Yoga Alliance. Our training is relevant whether you seek to deepen your understanding and practice or aspire to teach.

The over-reaching goal of these yoga teacher trainings is for you to excel in teaching yoga! Upon completion, you will feel confident to teach a powerful yoga class with artful sequencing in the lineage you choose. We believe there is not one yoga for every body, so we provide our graduates with the skills needed to teach different styles.

Yoga Forte is a Registered Yoga School with the Yoga Alliance for both 200-hour and 300-hour certifications.

The 200-Hour Course is designed for those who wish to begin teaching yoga, or those who want to learn more for their own personal practice.  

In the 200-hour course, you will learn:

  • key principles of teaching yoga to any level of student in any of the major forms of yoga
  • the anatomical and physiological foundations for a safe yoga practice based on Western medical science and research
  • systems of chakras and meridians based on Eastern medical concepts of yoga
  • foundations of Eastern and Western philosophy of yoga and how to integrate yoga’s rich history with our modern life
  • asana training practices focusing on safe and strong alignment
  • to use all of your senses to understand your students’ needs and movements (we go far beyond scripted instructions)
  • the most effective assists and cuing methods in order to modulate the intensity of training

You will have many opportunities to practice teach in studio sessions with 300-hour teacher trainees (including those from You Power Yoga) in a supportive, encouraging environment. Upon completion of our program, you will be eligible to be credentialed as a 200-Hour Registered Yoga Teacher with the Yoga Alliance. Some training modules will be open to those who want continuing education (details coming).

2020 Dates & Times for 200-hour and 300-hour trainings

June 12 – 14

July 24 – 26

August 21 – 23

September 18 – 20

October 16 – 18

November 13 – 15

 

Fridays 5:30 – 8:30pm

Saturdays 7:30am – 6:30pm

Sundays 7:30am – 1:30pm

The 300-hour course has been created for those who have already completed their 200-hour training and wish to advance their teaching skills and learn leadership techniques. 300-hour training will run concurrent with 200-hour and will include additional modules via video and online work.

In the 300-hour course, you will learn:

  • how to facilitate and coach trainees in a 200-hour program or other yoga training modules to enhance leadership skills
  • to offer teacher trainees meaningful feedback that provides successful trainee learning
  • to teach multiple levels of student including beginner, intermediate, advanced, seniors, physically challenged, and others
  • in-depth study and practice of asana, sequencing, alignment, learn to teach and assist advanced postures
  • other yoga styles that may include Yin, Restorative, Nidra, Prenatal, or Yoga for Children
  • in-depth studies of yoga philosophy in the lineage(s) of your choice
  • advanced skills to design and lead two specialized workshops of your preference

You will have many opportunities to coach, give and receive feedback, and practice teach live in studio sessions with teacher trainees and studio students in a supportive and positive environment.

About the Trainers

Kathy Ross

I teach yoga because I want to make everyday a source of healing. It is my love and my passion. Mind, body, and spirit come together for me in the energies of movement and the calm of breath of yoga. I began teaching yoga in 2003 after practicing for several years.

In all my teaching, I focus on deep tissue release, joint mobility, and strength. Yoga can help anyone heal the aches of their body and spirit. It can also help athletes of all ages improve their performance and avoid or help heal injuries. I am particularly aware of these healing qualities of yoga because of my experience and education as a Registered Nurse.

Bringing the joy of yoga to others is my way of sharing the tremendous gifts of health and healing that yoga has given me. The techniques I have learned while practicing on the mat sustain me throughout my everyday life off the mat. I am grateful that I can share this sustaining spirit and physical discipline with our yoga community through teaching classes and training yoga teachers!

I completed my 200-hour RYT certification from Purple Lotus and 500-hour RYT certification from Live Love Teach. In addition, I have trained with Baron Baptiste, Ana Forrest, Rodney Yee, Ray Long, M.D., Shakta Kur Kalsa, and many others. I have a Radiant Child certification, level 2.

In addition to yoga trainings and certifications, I am a Registered Nurse, Mayo Clinic-certified health coach, and have received my mindfulness training certification.

Robbin Hallford

In 2007, I attended a yoga class under duress. I had tried yoga once before, and it wasn’t a good experience. But this class  was nothing like what I remembered about the first. That night, I slept through the night for the first time in over 20 years! I did not miss a single class in the series and continued to see changes that amazed me on every level. In all my years as a personal trainer and group fitness instructor, I had never experienced anything like this.

The practice of yoga changed me. It was the vehicle that brought greater awareness, allowing for conscious choices instead of reaction. It was healing my physical body, as well as my mind and spirit. But the most amazing thing is that it still does. My yoga journey has helped me through career changes, the loss of beloved family, a hysterectomy, spinal fusion, and raising three teenage sons.

What I enjoy most about teaching is seeing people begin to discover their strength and resilience and, as a result, they are more willing to explore new things. I love to help others find their unique way of not just practicing yoga, but also teaching it. My background in kinesiology and education allows me to help people learn experientially and through inquiry. They are then well-equipped to apply the concepts in their own teaching.

I have been blessed to learn from many different teachers and styles either through workshops or formal teacher trainings. I received my 200-hour and 500-hour certifications through Texas School of Power Yoga and Live Love Teach, respectively. I am currently studying pelvic floor health and completing the necessary study to certify as a Corrective Exercise Specialist. I opened a studio called Bridge Yoga for private and small group yoga, and I work as an outdoor educator for Texas Wildlife Association. When not doing yoga, or working, I spend time with my family.

Sheryl Braun


Sheryl  “dabbled” in yoga for many years before falling in love with power vinyasa, becoming a yoga junkie overnight. She has been practicing yoga for 23 years, and teaching for the last 15. She completed her first 200 hour certification with Baron Baptiste, focusing on power vinyasa yoga, and a second 200 hour (then 300 more!) with Jonny Kest, with a foundation of Ashtanga Vinyasa. Since 2011 she has assisted and led multiple yoga teacher trainings nationwide, presented at national conferences, and has had the opportunity to teach yoga internationally.Off the mat she enjoys spending time with her beautiful family and friends, taking pictures & doing anything outdoors. Sheryl has always loved working with people, has a mischievous sense of humor, and feels incredibly blessed to be a yoga teacher.

200-Hour Training Investment

Includes free unlimited yoga mat classes at YPY (excluding special events and aerial yoga) for the duration of the training (June 12 – November 15).

Single payment: $3,000 paid in full on or before June 12, 2020

Payment Plan: $150 non-refundable deposit at time of enrollment (space is limited), 5 payments of $550, and 1 final payment of $400 (total $3,300) due on or before the Friday of each training weekend.

300-Hour Training Investment

Includes free unlimited yoga mat classes at YPY (excluding special events and aerial yoga) for the duration of the training (June 12 – November 15).

Single payment: $3,800 paid in full on or before June 12, 2020.

Payment Plan: $150 non-refundable deposit at time of enrollment (space is limited), 5 payments of $675, and 1 final payment of $525 (total $4,050) due on or before the Friday of each training weekend.

Testimonials

I absolutely loved my training with Kathy at Yoga Forte; she is so knowledgable, inspirational, and puts a fun twist on learning! I will forever consider her my mentor and always look up to her as a yoga teacher. Yoga Forte is a comfortable, non-judgmental program that works to help every yogi learn how to progress their own practice and spread the joy of yoga to others! Cait Gilmartin

I am proud to recommend Kathy Ross of Yoga Forte’s yoga teacher training. She possesses highly-developed skills and expertise in yoga training that she unselfishly passes along to her students. She is very knowledgeable and has proven herself invaluable in helping us [her students] receive the most benefits/education possible during our 200-hour program. I am very excited to pursue my new endeavor as a yoga instructor. I feel confident I have gained the knowledge necessary, including, but not limited to: anatomy, history, asanas, alignment, sequencing, assists, Vinyasa flow as well as the study of Yin and restorative poses.I feel I have a firm foundation on which I can build (due to Kathy’s expertise, kindness, and experience) and I look forward to my continuing education. Kathy’s character and mannerisms are calming, professional, and generous. I highly recommend those contemplating their 200 YTT or 300 YTT or continuing education courses to seek out and take advantage of Yoga Forte. Jennifer Conaway

Ready to enroll? Have questions about the training? Please contact Kathy Ross (yoganotes@gmail.com) or Denise Shaw (denise@youpoweryoga.com).