200-Hour Teacher Training
Has yoga been transformative in your life? Curious to deepen your understanding of the practice and, perhaps, share it with others? Our in-person, 200-hour yoga teacher training will root you deeply and provide you with the tools you need to lead others in the practice, should you desire to teach.
Join YPY Owner Denise Shaw, YPY Manager Casi Summers, and Robbin Hallford of Yoga Forte (Ft. Worth, TX) in this dynamic, Yoga Alliance-registered training. Together, we have 28 years of teaching experience, and our passion for yoga runs deep. The over-reaching goal of our yoga teacher training is for you to grow in understanding and excel in teaching yoga.
Upon completion, you will feel confident to teach powerful yoga classes that are artfully sequenced and authentically “You.” We believe yoga is for every body, and when you graduate, you will have the skills to teach Vinyasa and Power Yoga so it benefits all students.
Our 200-Hour Course is designed for you, whether you want to learn more for your own personal practice or you wish to begin teaching yoga.
You will learn:
- key principles of teaching yoga to any level of student
- 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
- using 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 the supportive, encouraging You Power Yoga environment. Upon completion of our program, you will be eligible to be credentialed as a 200-Hour Registered Yoga Teacher with the Yoga Alliance.
2021/22 Dates & Times
September 10 – 12 and 24 – 26
October 22 – 24
November 19 – 21
No sessions in December
January 7 – 9 and 21 – 23, 2022
February 4 – 6
March 4 – 6
Fridays 5:30 – 8:30pm
Saturdays 7:30am – 5:30pm
Sundays 8:00am – 12:00pm
About the Trainers
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.
I have enjoyed teaching this wonderful thing called “Yoga” since 2014 and absolutely love sharing all that I have learned along the way! I did; however, come into yoga nervous and graceless, with mean thoughts towards downward facing dog. I now continue with gratitude for the entire practice. Yoga provided me a sense of freedom from the arthritis I had grown up with. Throughout my practice I have fallen in love with the strength I’ve gained – and continue to strive for, both physically and mentally – always surprising myself along the way.I received my 200-hour certification as a means to deepen my own understanding of yoga. After teaching my first class I knew I had found my passion! While finding ways to deepen my yoga practice I found Pilates and became certified as a mat Pilates teacher through Balanced Body. My goal is for yoga to aid in our everyday “human moments,” whether that be breathing through anxiety, waking up without an achy back, or simply living more active and healthy lifestyles. I firmly believe every class should include awareness of our amazing bodies, along with ear-to-ear smiles.
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.
Yoga Forte is a Registered Yoga School with the Yoga Alliance.
200-Hour Training Investment
Includes free unlimited yoga mat classes at YPY (excluding special events and aerial yoga) for the duration of the training (September 10, 2021 – March 6, 2022).
Single payment: $3,000. Early bird discount of $200 if paid in full on or before August 16, 2021.
Payment Plan: $3,300. $150 non-refundable deposit at time of enrollment (space is limited), 7 payments of $450 due on or before the first Friday of each training.
Yoga teacher training pushes you in your practice to truly find your unique experience. I have always been a student of You Power Yoga, so I knew to make each practice my own and to always choose breath over poses. However, YTT provides the foundation, strength, and confidence to actually do that. I am so much more aware of my breath and my body now in a way that wouldn’t have happened without this experience. While I expected to improve at yoga, I didn’t know I would grow in so many other areas as well. I am more aware of my actions, words, and choices now. While it was challenging, I am incredibly thankful I completed it and wouldn’t trade my results for anything! Vicki Keller
The entire training was a positive experience for me. Beginning a meditation ritual is at the top of my list though. It expanded my practice and offered me space to go deeper than I ever thought I could. Stephanie Kern
I went from “What do I say?” my first YTT weekend to teaching a one-hour yoga class and 15 minute Pranayama practice my last YTT weekend. What an accomplishment! Sara Klemm
The experience allowed me to become content with my thoughts and my practice. The shared experience will always have a special place in my thoughts and heart. It’s an experience I will look back on with a smile. Tammy Watkins
I learned so much about the “whys” of how we move my body in space. It absolutely enriched my practice. Gaye Young
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
Have questions about the training? Ready to get started? Please contact Denise Shaw (firstname.lastname@example.org).