Yoga Teacher Training near Rochester, NY

Teacher Training and Mentorship near Rochester, New York. 200 hr. trainings as well as CEU's available, E-RYT 500 trained faculty and special international guests.

Yoga is a journey on the path to knowledge of your own Self

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TEACHER TRAINING:  September 2017 - June 2018    click here for printable brochure                        Become inspired....immerse yourself in yoga.   Yoga is a journey on the path of knowledge of your own Self, which guides the individual to the affirmation and revealing of his/her own inherent and natural strength and inner wisdom.  This training program offers the student a means to learn and cultivate the necessary skills to teach others while establishing in one's own being the experience of yoga's deepest worth and long lasting benefits-physically, mentally, spiritually.                             We welcome you to step into this training program for your own personal growth or if your goal is to become a certified hatha yoga teacher.  In either case, you will cultivate a dynamic and enlivened relationship with the practices of asana, meditation, pranayama, chanting, reflection, and contemplation as well as the enlightening study of yoga's living philosophy.  Learn to live your yoga!

      *Enrollment in the entire one-year program is necessary to complete a Shakti Yoga certification and to qualify for Yoga Alliance RYT-200 status.  Shakti Yoga is an RYS, a Registered Yoga School, with Yoga Alliance.
Shakti Yoga teacher training faculty: 
*Angela Caplan   *Jacki McCausland     *Ruth Ann Polito
   *E-RYT 500 certified teacher with Yoga Alliance.

With renowned special guest teachers:                                                                                                                                       *Ellen Saltonstall (anatomy, biomechanics), William Mahony, PhD. (yoga philosophy), Sonam Targee (Ayurveda, Kirtan), Joseph Schmidlin (experiential anatomy)    *E-RYT 500 certified teacher with Yoga Alliance                                            

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Teacher Training Part I:                                                                                                                 Deepening the Practice, Living the Philosophy      September- December 2017                            Weekend dates: September 8-10, October 13-15, November 10-12, December 8-10.              Weekend times:  Fridays, 6:00-8:00; Saturdays, 10:00-6:00; Sundays, 10:00-5:00.                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Teacher Training Part II:                                                                                                                                 The Art and Skill of Teaching Yoga      January-June 2018                                                            Weekend dates: January 19-21; February 23-25; March 23-25; April 20-22; May 18-20; June 8-10.   Weekend times: Fridays, 5:00-8:30; Saturdays, 10:00-6:00; Sundays, 10:00-6:00.                                 Both segments are required to complete the 200-hour Teacher Training.                                              

                                                                                                                                                                            Teacher Training Part I content:

  • Learn about the history and traditions of yoga
  • Study and discuss yoga philosophy and its essential teachings
  • Be guided in asana practice
  • Learn principles of yoga alignment
  • Begin or deepen a meditation practice
  • Practice basic pranayama techniques
  • Engage with contemplative practices of reflection, contemplation, journaling
  • Participate in creative expression exercises
  • Be introduced to Ayurveda, Kirtan and experiential anatomy

Teacher Training Part II content:

  • Learn a strong overall foundation of teaching with confidence
  • Discover your own voice and creative expression in teaching
  • Practice teaching in a supportive environment
  • Plan lessons with clear instructions and inspiring themes
  • Learn how to observe, assist, and demonstrate poses
  • Offer your teaching as service
  • Refine and deepen your own asana practice
  • Learn about anatomy fundamentals, common misalignments and pathologies
  • Learn basics of Ayurveda for healthy living
  • Discuss elements of ethics, lifestyle, community and livelihood

Requirements: Home practice, regular weekly yoga classes; study of assigned readings; written assignments; cultivation of a meditation practice; culminating practical and written assessment exams.
Note: Fees for assigned manuals and/or books are not included.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Entire 200-hour Teacher Training: $3000.   Early Bird: $2800 by August 1, 2017.                                                                  Installment payment plans available....please inquire.                                                                                                         Discounts for SUNY students or former Teacher Training graduates who want to deepen their knowledge and skills.

Shakti Yoga Teacher Training application.  click here

Mailing address: Shakti Yoga, P.O. Box 515, Geneseo, NY 14454.                                                    Checks payable to: Shakti Yoga.  We're sorry, we do not accept credit cards.                                Thank you!

Shakti Yoga is a Registered Yoga School (RYS) with Yoga Alliance.  Our primary teacher trainers are E-RYT 500 certified with Yoga Alliance and Continuing Education Providers (YACEP).

Contact us at: or call: 585-243-5240.


     Comments and feedback from 2015-2016 teacher trainees:                                                                                                                     "I am grateful for the gift of doing my YA teacher training with you. The level of care, experience, wisdom, and depth that you all offer, are a gift to anyone wishing to dive into the knowledge of yoga, and to experience it. Thank you for your guidance, and inspiration. "  -T.K.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 "The treasure of your kindness, patience & guidance is beyond words. ! I am cooking & eating and using herbs to support my dosha and I have a meditation practice! I did not expect any of these things when I signed up I am truly learning how to serve without depleting myself… and I am amazed with how much has happened in so few weekends."  -C.R.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              "The Shakti teachers were easy to learn from because their dedication to their practice and devotion to the path made me WANT to follow them. I trusted them completely to guide me through the training, and they did. I completed the training feeling confident not only in my skills as a teacher, but confident in myself as a human living in the world." - H.A.



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 Learning about the spine with Ellen Saltonstall.

 Learning about the spine with Ellen Saltonstall.

  Student in a chair yoga pose.

  Student in a chair yoga pose.

 Angela instructs hands-on assist by Ruth Ann & Jacki

 Angela instructs hands-on assist by Ruth Ann & Jacki

 Sonam Targee and energy flow.

 Sonam Targee and energy flow.

Register now for any individual Skill in Action module.  Yoga Alliance Continuing Education credits (CEU's) with a certificate of completion are given for each one.


SKILL IN ACTION:                 A Continuing education program for graduates of a 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training    click here

Earn CEU's   Continuing Education Units       Sharpen your teaching skills                                Evolve your asana practice                         Refine your yoga studies                                Strengthen your authentic voice                     Cultivate your confidence

With E-RYT 500 teachers Angela Caplan, Jacki McCausland and Ruth Ann Polito and special guests Ellen Saltonstall and Sonam Targee.  Asana practice is included each program day.                                    

Ellen Saltonstall, E-RYT 500, is a certified yoga instructor based in N.Y.C.   She has extensive training in Iyengar and Anusara Yoga, a background in professional dance and massage therapy, and has been a practitioner of meditation and yoga for over 30 years.  Ellen has published two books with Dr. Loren Fishman: Yoga for Arthritis, 2008 and Yoga for Osteoporosis, 2010 and has a newly published book: Anatomy and Yoga: A Guide for Students and Teachers, 2016.  Ellen offers yoga therapy webinars through, and             teaches nationally and internationally with a focus on anatomy and therapeutics.                                                                                                                                                                         Sonam Targee has had a clinical practice combining Ayurveda and traditional Chinese medicine for over 20 years.   He is a member of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association and has studied extensively with Dr. Vasant Lad.  He is a graduate of the New England School of Acupuncture, runs a clinic in Rochester, NY.

Individual day early bird: $120   Due 2 weeks prior to individual dates for April, May, June.  Regular fee: $130.

March 25-26 weekend with Ellen Saltonstall        10:00 am-6:00 pm

Artful Teaching through Knowledge of Biomechanics and Anatomy                                                  *Analyze biomechanical challenges in different body types, proportions, sizes and shapes             *Discuss most common misalignments in each class of poses                                                     *Deepen your understanding of injuries, pathologies and conditions that impact yoga practice     *Learn to observe and adapt instructions to meet the physical needs of your students                     *Asana practice...bring your mat.                                                                                                                   *Saturday will focus on lower body conditions (sciatica, sacro-iliac, disc herniation, arthritis)   *Sunday will focus on upper body conditions (scoliosis, hyperkyphosis, rotator cuff, neck, wrist)  Recommended reading for this weekend: Anatomy and Yoga: A Guide for Teachers and Students by Ellen Saltonstall.

April 23 with Angela, Jacki, Ruth Ann       10:00 am-6:00 pm

Living & Teaching Yoga through Self-Study (Swadhyaya)                                                                      *Extract the essence of a favorite sutra/verse from a yoga text, e.g., Yoga Sutra, Bhagavad Gita *Dive deeper and immerse yourself in the personal experience of Self-study                               *Crystallize and implement peak life experiences as rich material for teaching                        *Develop powerful, transforming and universal themes                                                                   *Refine class planning techniques, e.g., mind-mapping                                                                           *Asana practice...bring your mat.

May 21 with Angela, Jacki, Ruth Ann and guest Sonam Targee   10:00 am-6:00 pm           

Lifestyle Practices: Ayurveda’s Gifts                                                                                                       *Learn to locate subtle energy/prana centers in your body (marma points)                                       *Practice subtle ways to stimulate chi/prana through visualization and sound                                 *Deepen understanding about your primary and secondary constitutions (doshas)                       *Engage in asana and pranayama practices with relationship to the doshas.                                    *Bring your mat.

June 11 with Angela, Jacki and Ruth Ann    10:00 am-6:00 pm

Wisdom of the Ages                                                                                                                                   *Nurture and nourish the well-being of your students as they age gracefully                                     *Learn mindful movement techniques and “chair yoga”                                                                          *Refine your teaching of Gentle Yoga and align with a “body positive” mindset                             *Cultivate and expand your skills in teaching Restorative Yoga                                                        *Understand basic yoga principles for pregnancy                                                                              *Asana practice...bring your mat.