200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training

2022 / 2023

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 founder Denise Shaw and YPY Owner Casi Summers in this dynamic, Yoga Alliance-registered training. Together, we have 24 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.

2023/24  Dates & Times 

August 25-29

September 22-24

October 27-29

November 17-19

December 15-17

January 19-21, 2024

February 16-18

March 8-10


Fridays 5:30 – 8:30pm

Saturdays 7:30am – 5:30pm

Sundays 8:00am – 12:00pm


About the Trainers

Denise Shaw
I’ve always been an active person – dancing, cheerleading, choreographing and teaching liturgical dance, and earning a 2nd-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do (Dragon Kim’s, Edmond, OK). I came to yoga because of a neck injury. At the time, I didn’t know what a blessing that detour would be.
Yoga changed my life – physically, mentally, and spiritually. I began practicing consistently in 2009. I received my 200-hour Power Yoga certification in 2013, studying with Kurt Johnsen (American Power Yoga, Dallas, TX) and Jayme Bushmiaer-Davis (Jayme Davis Yoga, Dallas, TX) and received my 300-hour certification in 2020 (Yoga Forte with Robbin Hallford and Sheryl Braun at You Power Yoga). I became a Yoga Warriors International authorized instructor in 2014, and am honored to assist veterans, first responders, and others living with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) through this proven, life-changing approach to handling stress. Aerial Yoga is my newest yoga crush – so much fun and so strengthening!
I love building connections with students and seeing them become happier, healthier, more loving, and relaxed. My prayer is for YPY students to experience the joyful, lasting transformation yoga brings. Come as you are – large, small, happy, not so happy; leave better. It really can be just that simple.
Casi Summers

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.

200-Hour Training Investment

Includes free unlimited yoga mat classes at YPY (excluding special events and aerial yoga) for the duration of the training (August 12, 2022 – March 5, 2023).

Single payment: $3,000. Early bird discount of $200 if paid in full on or before July 22, 2022. Special Incentive early bird discount: pay in full as above by July 12, 2022, and start your free yoga on July 12 for the duration of training.

Payment Plan: $3,300. $150 non-refundable deposit at the 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 (denise@youpoweryoga.com).