If you've never taken training before the best place to begin is our 200hr program.
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200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training

With a Yoga Alliance five star rating, Flow has been a leader in yoga education since 2004.

We believe a teacher training should be led with utmost integrity, depth and the highest standards because we know a quality teacher who is both knowledgeable & prepared can make all of the difference in healing the world, from the inside out, one person at a time.

We’re accepting applications for our Fall Training which begins September 2019 through January 2020. Learn more below and if you are interested, apply! We’d love to meet you.

Optional Information Sessions include a free class). Reserve here for Thursday June 27th at 6:30 PM or Saturday July 13th at 2:30 PM.




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Flow’s Foundational 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training

 

Overview

Welcome to Flow's Teacher Training Program.  In our 15th year, our training programs are recognized & respected throughout the area and beyond!

Training Experience

We’ll spend 9 weekends together plus solo time on your mat and in group classes immersed into a deep exploration of yoga - from the most tangible aspects to the mystical wonders. You'll learn how these practices can enrich your own life and the communities you desire to share it with.

You will work hard, and be part a supportive & engaging community of teachers & learners all routing for your success.

In training there’s a powerful focus on your personal development weaved throughout the experience that will give you a strong foundation, inspiration and clarity of what it means to show up fully and confidently in your own life and as a teacher.  From mentorship, to opportunities to assist in Flow's classes, to meaningful relationships and a deep dive into the full spectrum of yoga from its origins in India to its evolution into our modern urban lives- you will graduate fully prepared & supported!  

We will explore and integrate:

  • Physiological, psychological and spiritual aspects of asana, pranayama, and meditation; applied anatomy and physiology of the physical body and the subtle & symbolic energy body.

  • History and philosophy of yoga through study of ancient yoga texts and modern psychology.

  • Intensives including Ayurveda, Sanskrit, Pranayama, Ethics, Restorative, Pre-Natal, Principles of Practice, Demonstration, Observation, Teaching, Assists, Study Groups

Our alumni can be found happily teaching at Flow and studios spanning the globe, working at spas, gyms, corporations, prisons, shelters, non-profit organizations, offering private one-one instruction and some have opened successful studios and are leading their own teacher trainings! 

Highlights

Our curriculum is registered through the Yoga Alliance and exceeds their standards providing you with the most comprehensive and hands on training we know.

  • Unlike many training programs, at Flow, the entire curriculum is presented by Flow's Senior Teaching Team. While we will occasionally include an outside special guest for an elective, we believe at the core of an excellent program is the ability to develop a personal relationship with your teachers who know your name, your practice, see you on a regular basis and care about your development and progress on the teaching path.

  • The training curriculum builds intelligently week by week The curriculum has developed over fifteen years with a sense of professionalism so that your investment is respected and honored. You will experience an offering filled with heart, soul and integrity.

  • The majority of our training sessions include 2 lead teachers in the room to help deepen the experience - anchored by Flow’s senior teaching team.

  • The pillars of our training are rooted in three main areas of study including personal development, teaching practicums and the body of yoga that cohesively flow together to present a unified & comprehensive program.

  • All graduates have the option to assist in our popular public classes, mentor with our teachers and teach our weekly community class. You will graduated connected to an encouraging support network of teachers and mentors.

  • We offer a flexible training schedule, which is perfect for someone with an unpredictable calendar and incorporate make up opportunities for missed content with all of the lead teachers to ensure you receive all of the content you need to graduate.

  • All of the teachers involved have been teaching and mentoring successfully for over 10+ years.

  • You will have the opportunity to assist in Flow’s classes, practice teach, run community classes and get mentored by this amazing teaching team in a unified curriculum where you’ll receive a tremendous amount of personal attention with the goal of developing your craft as an advanced practitioner and a gifted teacher.

Certification & Pricing Plans

After completing our 200-hour training, you will receive a certificate making you eligible to register for national registration with the Yoga Alliance.

Discounted Pricing (for Flow Members): $3,100 (Plus the ongoing cost of your regular Flow Membership.)

Regular Pricing: $3,500 (Includes unlimited classes at Flow during the training.)

Payment Plans are also available.

Requirements

  • Through asana, pranayama, meditation, self-inquiry, group discussion and study of sacred texts you will develop your personal practice and find your voice and confidence as a teacher.

  • You will take 2+ classes a week at Flow (or approved classes) outside of training hours with assigned teachers.

  • The Teacher Training Application must be completed to be considered for acceptance and participation in the program.

  • Participants are encouraged to have a 2-year minimum yoga practice.

  • Your commitment to the program and the process is essential.


Application

If you are interested in applying, please complete your application and we will be in touch for an interview. Questions? Email debra@flowyogacenter.com

Photo by Linden Tree Photography

Photo by Linden Tree Photography

“ I really believe that fate is what brought me to Flow. Pursuing YTT was something that I had wanted to do for a long time. But I had so much self-doubt and feelings of not being a good enough yogi to be a teacher and not being worthy of taking the seat of the teacher. I had reached a point in my life where I felt very stuck, unhappy, unsatisfied and alone. I needed to get away from Atlanta and I needed to change my life. Which I did, with a simple Google search. I don’t remember the exact words that I searched but they were pretty much: “Flow” “Community” “Service” “Empower” “Nourish” “Uplift” and, of course, “Yoga.” Flow Yoga Center was the first thing to pop up. I clicked on it and in my heart I just felt a resounding, “Yes!” I knew that there would be lots of details to work out - money, travel, lodging, time off of work, etc - but I just told myself that it would all work out if I just took the leap. So I did! I registered for the 200 Hour YTT and it was the best decision that I’ve ever made.. Flow didn’t just change me, but expanded my life and lifted me up in ways that I never thought were possible.”

fall 2019-2020 DATES

9 Weekends, October 2019 - January 2020

Week 1: Sat - Sun, Oct 19-20
Sat 10:45am - 7:45pm
Sun 9:00am - 5:00pm

Week 2: Sat - Sun, Oct 26-27
Sat 10:45am- 6:45pm
Sun 9:00am - 5:00pm

Week 3: Sat - Sun - Mon, Nov 9-10-11
Sat 10:45am- 6:45pm
Sun 9:00am - 5:00pm
Mon 9:30am - 5:00pm

Week 4: Sat - Sun, Nov 15-16th
Sat 10:45am- 6:45pm
Sun 9:00am - 5:00pm

Week 5: Sat - Sun, Nov 23-24
Sat 10:45am- 6:45pm
Sun 9:00am - 5:00pm

Week 6: Sat - Sun, Dec 7-8

Sat 10:45am- 6:45pm
Sun 9:00am - 5:00pm

Week 7: Sat - Sun, Dec 14-15
Sat 10:45am- 6:45pm
Sun 9:00am - 5:00pm

Week 8: Sat - Sun, Jan 11-12
Sat 1045am- 6:45pm
Sun 9:00am - 5:00pm

Week 9: Sat - Sun - Mon, Jan 18-19-20
Sat 1045am- 6:45pm
Sun 9:00am - 5:00pm
Mon 9:30am - 5:00pm

Teacher Training FAQs

Any advice on knowing when the right time is to take a training?

Making the commitment to bring yoga more fully into your life not easy. The work for those willing to do it is challenging, both physically and spiritually. The teacher training journey asks us to take an honest look at our own lives in the deepest ways including the choices we make and how it is we show up for ourselves and others. If you are feeling ready , we invite you to step into this journey with us - and in return we will offer you the steadiest of frameworks to support you fully along this path.

I don’t know if my practice is good enough to take a training - I've only been practicing a few years! I can't do a headstand/wheel pose/etc.

While we do recommend at least 2 years of yoga practice before diving into teacher training, there are no specific yoga poses you have to worry about being able to do perfectly - that's not what this is about! In fact, we spend our first several weekends together breaking down the essential yoga poses & figuring out how all levels can access them.

I know I will have to miss a few days of training for my sister's wedding/work/etc... how can I make up the work?

No problem - most people miss at least some portion of the training - from an unexpected few hours when a headache or cold hits you, to one or two full weekends you know ahead of time you already can't make. We'll support your makeup work plan and give you lots of ideas about how to make up the hours & content.

I'm not sure I want to teach yoga - does that mean Flow's teacher training isn't right for me?

Some people know for certain they do or don't want to teach... and many who think they absolutely don't want to teach but are looking to deepen their own practice actually end up changing their minds (I was one of them!). No matter what you feel right now, Flow's teacher training will create a deep exploration of your own yoga practice and give you the tools to teach or simply share yoga with friends, family, and your community. Whether or not you ever officially teach yoga, Flow's teacher training invites you to find your voice and empowers you to be a leader in your life.

 

Want to talk to others who have taken the training? We are proud of the celebrated reputation of our training and invite you hear directly from our graduates to give you an insider's view on their experiences.  Let us know and we will put you in touch! 

 

Teacher Training Graduate Feedback

Flow’s 200-hour teacher training was a transformative experience — a friendly environment where I was supported, challenged, and encouraged to explore and find my own voice. I immersed myself in all the program had to offer and emerged with a well-rounded foundation for my ongoing yogic education that has sparked a lifelong passion for study, practice, and teaching. I am so grateful!
— Caroline Weaver, Flow Teacher
One of my favorite elements of the Flow’s teacher training program is the variety of experiences it offer prospective teachers. From Ashtanga to Jivamukti, classical Hatha Yoga to the revolutionary Prana Flow, students have the opportunity to taste various styles and then incorporate these principles into a unique and evolutionary approach to their own study of yoga. This all culminates in an ignited expression of teaching that is based on continual learning - it doesn’t get better than that.
— Greg Marzullo, Flow Teacher, Author
I spent a lot of time researching where to take yoga teacher training and am above and beyond happy and satisfied with Flow’s program. The studio itself is warm and welcoming. The teachers that run the program are knowledgeable, experienced and supportive. It’s the most non-judgemental, fun and accepting environment; no matter your yoga skill level or experience. The best part was that we touched on so many types and styles of yoga and there was a perfect balance between physical practice, philosophy, spirituality, anatomy and more. The teachers and training group were always available for questions and extra help. Flow Yoga Center’s YTT was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made and it truly changed my life! I left the training well-rounded, confident and ready to conquer the world!
— Arlet Koseian, extendYoga owner/founder
Teacher training at Flow was truly transformational - it transformed not just my yoga study but the direction of my life! The training is completely comprehensive, covering everything from yoga philosophy to flowing vinyasa, sequencing to sanskrit, anatomy to assisting. The guest teachers are full of knowledge and experience, giving the training a rich fullness and providing each trainee with a rare and unique experience. It prepared me to be the teacher and leader that I am today and i am eternally grateful to Debra and all the teachers at Flow.
— Carissa Ciuca, Breathing Room Owner/Director
“My first yoga teacher training was at Flow and was such an inspiring experience. I loved the multitude of teachers and modalities we explored and the focus of turning to your own practice to teach from. It is still my favorite teacher training experience and very much set the ground for teacher I’ve become over the past nine years.”
— Mary Beth LaRue, LA-Based Yoga Teacher, Life Design Coach, & Writer
This experience CHANGED MY LIFE. Not only did it deepen my yoga practice, but it taught me patience with myself and others, to look at people in a different way, and compassion on a whole new level. The teachers are PHENOMENAL and you will love every second. I didn’t want it to end!
— Sandy Johnson Sisk
As I sit here finishing up my assignments, i have to pause and recommend this amazing training I just went through. In my opinion, no other studio in the dmv area even comes close to what Flow Yoga Center has to offer (and trust me i’ve made my rounds). Now imagine being trained by flows best teachers. Every guest teacher that comes in is like the mvp of the workshop they are teaching.
Even after the training, as I deepen my own practice, and start to teach, I feel so much support from my teachers Brittanie , Cory, and Debra Perlson. They have so many students who admire them, but they always make time to answer my millions of questions and ask how I am doing. Whether you want to teach, or just learn more about yoga, I cannot recommend this enough. I loved every single hour of it, it changed my world, and I just wish I could do it all over again.
— Stephanie Zabenah
Just taking a moment to encourage any of my yogi friends (and friends of friends, please share!) to consider Flow’s teacher training program this fall. As many of you know, I completed it this June after years of contemplation (and a bit of fear) and can attest to it being one of the best programs out there. Yes, it is 200 hours. Yes, it is challenging, intense, and demanding, both physically and emotionally. But it is without a doubt one of the best and most transformative experiences of my life and has brought me so many new experiences and dear friends, and I would do it all over again in a heartbeat. Debra Perlson Mishalove, Brittanie DeChino, Cory Bryant, and Catherine Zack are among the most gifted, supportive, and inspiring teachers I have ever had and truly teach all eight limbs of yoga by example every day. I am more than happy to answer any questions about my experience—please don’t hesitate to send me a message.
— Sarah Wachtel