200 Hour Foundational Teacher Training

set your foundation

Sanctuary for Yoga’s Evolutionary Exploration 200-Hour Teacher Training program flows over a 6 month period. Completion of the full program satisfies the requirements for Yoga Alliance certification at the 200-hour level. The program is open to all students who wish to deepen their practice and/or for those who want to learn to teach yoga.

For teachers who are looking to expand their knowledge, the program can be taken to satisfy Yoga Alliances’ continuing education requirements.

what to expect

Expect to dive into the roots of yoga and open your heart. As you deepen your practice and develop new skills, you will also begin to find your own voice as a teacher. Our program features a full curriculum that includes:

development of core teaching skills

Principles of proper alignment and integrated alignment within the flow of a class

  • Key language skills
  • Observation skills
  • Hands on adjustments and enhancements
  • Foundational alignment, preparations and modifications for full spectrum of asanas

class evolution

  • Creating a collective flow — learn the common elements of a class and how to set a specific bhavana (feeling) that is appropriate for the theme of the class

  • Develop a purposely sequenced class plan centered around a theme and peak pose

  • Recognize the relationships between asanas and appropriate sequencing

  • Learn the function and energy of the asanas

  • At the root of vinyasa is Vinyasa Krama — Learn how this principle applies to both the stages of individual asanas and the greater flow of a class

  • Learn to use music as a tool to create and enhance the bhavana of a class

  • Integrating alignment within the flow
  • Multi-dimensional sequencing
  • Class planning techniques
  • Based on observation skills, learn to give specific verbal cues to enhance alignment
  • yoga philosophy and science (accordion widget)
  • Ayurveda — the Medical Science of India
  • Learn about Ayurveda and it’s relationship to yoga
  • Specific vinyasa flows that integrate Ayurvedic principles
  • Prana, the life force
  • Prana vayus — vital breaths
  • Pranayama — breath control
  • Philosophy
  • Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
  • Samkhya Philosophy
  • Sacred texts
  • Chanting
  • Meditation
  • Ethics

anatomy and physiology

  • Importance of Yogic anatomy
  • Planes of Movement
  • Anatomical Language
  • Therapeutic Applications
  • Applications in Asana
  • Bone and Muscle Structure
  • Functions of the Yogic Body
  • Subtle body modeling
  • Marmas
  • Chakras
  • Nadis
  • Learning about injuries
  • Common injuries
  • Therapeutic guidelines for working with injuries
  • Injury prevention


Over the 6 month program, we meet 12 times, which are full and intense interactive hands-on weekends.  The full program requires a significant time commitment so please consider your availability before registering.

  • A minimum of 1 year of consistent vinyasa flow yoga practice is required

  • To meet Yoga Alliance’s requirements for a 200-hour Registration, attendance at all modules is mandatory.

  • Prior to acceptance into the program, each applicant will be required to attend a class with Daphne or Tom. (exceptions can be made for out of town students)

  • All written assignments and projects must be completed to receive certification

  • Passing grade of the Sanctuary Yoga Training Competency Test

program dates

2019-2020 (now taking applications)

September 19-22, 2019 (Opening Immersion - Thursday to Sunday)

October 4-6, 2019

October 18-20, 2019

November 1-3, 2019

November 22-24, 2019

December 13-15, 2019

January 10-12, 2020

January 24-26, 2020

February 7-9, 2020

February 21-23, 2020

March 6-8, 2020

April 2-5, 2020 (Closing Immersion - Thursday to Sunday)

program module schedules

Basic Weekends


6:00pm - 9:00pm


8:00am - 12:00pm

1:30pm - 6:00pm


8:00am - 1:00pm


Thursday 5:30pm - 9:00pm

Friday 8:00am - 12:00pm 1:30 - 6:00pm

Saturday 8:00am - 12:00pm 2:00pm - 6:30pm

Sunday 8:00am - 1:00pm

guest teacher weekend

Weekend Schedule may vary (details provided in Opening Immersion session)


  • Attendance at all modules is mandatory. Credit will not be given for partial attendance. Missed modules can be made up during the next program session.

  • A certificate will be issued once all requirements have been met - successful completion of all modules in their entirety, all assignments and full payment is received.

  • Program fees include all program modules and the following during the course of the program

    • 15% discount on retail purchases

    • 15% discount on all Sanctuary workshops and events

    • 50 free classes with Tom &/or Daphne during the program

required READINGS

evolutionary faculty

Core Faculty

  • Daphne Larkin, E-RYT 500 — Director of Teacher Training Founder, Sanctuary for Yoga, Body & Spirit

  • Tom Larkin, E-RYT 500 — Director of Teacher Training Founder, Sanctuary for Yoga, Body & Spirit

Guest Faculty


teacher trainings

Cancellations seven (7) days or more before start date

Total cost of training minus the non-refundable deposit, remaining balance will be credited to your Sanctuary Account.

Cancellations in the six (6) days prior to start date

Total cost of training minus the non-refundable deposit plus 10% (of total training cost) Administration Fee, remaining balance will be credited to your Sanctuary Account.

Cancellations within 24 hours of start date

Total cost of training minus the non-refundable registration fee plus 25% of total training cost will be deducted, remaining balance will be credited to your Sanctuary account.


Full Program investment: $2,875.00

Pay-in-Full: $2,675.00 (paid on/before Thursday of 1st module)

Pay-per-Module: $375 1st Module, then $250 each remaining module

 $150 Non-refundable deposit (deposit used towards payment of program) 

registration & cancellation policy

No cash refunds.

When applicable, refunds will be credited to your Sanctuary Account and may be used for classes, workshops, teacher trainings or boutique purchases.

Registrations for all event types without payment cannot be guaranteed.

Payment for all event types must be made in full on or before first session of the event, unless alternative payment options have been arranged in advance with Sanctuary for Yoga

No refunds will be issued after the workshop/training begins. No refunds will be given for no-shows.