Become a yoga teacher and transform your life in the process.
Whether you feel inspired to share yoga with others as a teacher or to simply dive deeper into your own personal practice as a student, Asheville Community Yoga’s 250-hour teacher training program will be a transformative and supportive next step on your path.
Our 250-hour program encourages a beautiful balance between the self-discovery of exploring your body and self through personal practice, and the outward expression of explaining yoga postures and philosophy to others.
The training invites participants to connect more deeply inward to the self through an educated exploration of their own personal practice, while at the same time radiating outward with more purpose through the multidimensional paths of yoga.
Through the lenses of self-discovery and service as two of the most essential purposes of our yoga practice, this 250-hour program guides trainees to a place of clear understanding and expertise, from which the inner teacher and leader naturally emerge.
Informed equally by ancient texts and modern science, our 250-hour teacher training comprises asana, pranayama, meditation, bhakti yoga (devotion) and service. Through the dual lenses of the theory and practice of yoga, we will delve into methods for safely and effectively teaching asanas to a room of varying bodies, abilities and levels in styles ranging from gentle to vinyasa. You will gain an understanding of the anatomy and alignment of each pose and the techniques needed to skillfully help others benefit from yoga.
With a 4.9-out-of-5-stars rating on the Yoga Alliance website, Asheville Community Yoga’s graduates are adept at communicating to students not only the alignment and technique of yoga postures but also the heart and soul of the practice. Our graduates leave confident and empowered to teach a safe and effective class, and feel grounded in their own ability to seamlessly interweave instructions for the body and the breath with guidance for the mind and the spirit.
The experienced teachers guiding the program will support, encourage and uplift you as the coursework leads you deeper into your understanding of yoga and your exploration of Self. The training is designed to foster a safe, supportive environment which facilitates personal attention within a dynamic group process. With nine convenient weekend sessions spaced across seven months, the program is structured to provide space between trainings for participants to fully integrate the information, apply the practices and digest the wisdom being shared.
Additionally, our program offers a thorough 250 hours of training, above and beyond the Yoga Alliance’s required and commonly accepted 200 hours. The faculty believe, and graduates confirm, that the additional 50 hours make the difference between carrying the knowledge solely in your head and truly integrating it, resulting in the ability to communicate and guide others as a clear and confident embodied teacher.
If you feel called to offer something more in this life, whether by extending your practice to teach others or simply expanding your presence in relationships with others, this training will help you uncover your potential and connect with the greatness that’s already within you.
“The training gave me the confidence to take the seat of the teacher. I left knowing I could keep students safe and share in a meaningful way what yoga means to me. It was empowering to know that I had a place in the big wide world of yoga. The training changed my life by providing me with answers and resources to the deep down feeling I already had that yoga was more than a physical practice. It also surrounded me with a community of like minded people who will always be my teachers.” -JB
“In the teacher training at Asheville Community Yoga, I finally found my true self and a real community. All the knowledge and skills I learned in training were extremely beneficial for my mental state, while my spirit was also transformed through the center I found within myself. The teacher training taught me to always be aware of my breath in life, for it will steady my thoughts and emotions and always be there to guide me.” -KA
“This has been the most important education of my life. I have learned so much about myself and the process of removing the veils that cloak our true nature. We can change the world with yoga!” -SM
“I was skeptical when our teachers told us that when we left, we wouldn’t be the same. Still, they encouraged us to give everything we had as an offering, to let it go, leave nothing behind. And, I decided to do just that. You get from it most certainly what you put in. There are so many opportunities to open up, let go and be humbled.” -RM
“This weekend was absolutely amazing, uplifting, wondrous and down right breathtaking. I feel so fully loved and accepted for who I am. It is pretty rare these days to have such strong connections with this many people, but after what we have all just experienced, I am convinced that this group will only continue to stay in each other’s lives.” -GH
“When I decided to enroll in the yoga teacher training program at Asheville Community Yoga, my intention was to deepen my practice and possibly teach yoga (if all went well with the training). What I was not anticipating was to experience such a profound sense of love and acceptance of myself. … I am extremely grateful for connections made with the instructors, special guests and especially with my cohort of yoga teacher trainees who I now consider part of my extended family. I am so thankful for having committed myself to the gift of this experience. I now look forward to sharing this practice of love with others.” -JW
Tuition for this program is $2,600. This price includes a weekend retreat with healthy meals and lodging at The Prama Institute! A deposit of $500 is due upon registration, $100 of which is non-refundable. In effort to make this program accessible to everyone, we offer scholarships, payment plans and HUGE discounts for registering early!
If you pay in full by:
- May 30th, 2017, you save $500 for a total tuition of $2,100
- June 20th, 2017, you save $300, for a total tuition of $2,300 [DEADLINE EXTENDED!]
- July 3rd, 2017, you save $150, for a total tuition of $2,450
Refund Policy: We understand that life happens and unforeseen circumstances come up. If life throws you a curve ball and you need to withdraw from the program prior to July 1st, 2017 all but $100 will be refunded. If you need to withdraw after July 1st, 2017 the $500 deposit is non-refundable. After January 1st, 2017, no money paid towards the deposit or tuition will be refunded.
Asheville Community Yoga is dedicated to making all of our programs available to as many people as possible. We anticipate being able to give up to $8,000 in partial scholarships.
These scholarships will be awarded to those who demonstrate financial need, a calling to go deeper in their own practice, or a desire to teach yoga to any of the following groups: seniors, the lesser able, underprivileged youth, veterans, prison populations, pregnant women, people with mental illness and people in recovery.
Applicants must write a one-to-two-page essay stating why they want to take the training, why there is a need for them to receive financial aid and what they will do with their knowledge once they have completed the training. Scholarship savings cannot be combined with any other discounts. Please email the essay to email@example.com.
Requests will only be reviewed once the full training application has been submitted along with the $100 scholarship deposit. The application, deposit and scholarship request are all due by July 1st, 2017.
People of Color/Represent Scholarship
Yoga is a practice that we can all benefit from regardless of the color of our skin, yet we are still not seeing an accurate representation of the diversity that makes up America in a typical yoga class.
- Are you a person of color who wishes to teach yoga from your unique perspective?
- Are you a bold leader, ready to continue paving the path so that more people of color will feel welcomed coming into a yoga studio where they don’t look like the majority of people surrounding them?
- Are you ready to share your story and find your voice so that others may do the same?
Asheville Community Yoga is offering a FULL SCHOLARSHIP ($2,600 value) to any student of color who has the desire to learn how to teach yoga.
To apply for the scholarship email Amber@ashevillecommunityyoga.
Acceptance of the scholarship will culminate in volunteering 2 weekly classes at Asheville Community Yoga for 1 year after graduation from the training. Be the change you wish to see in the world!
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- July 21-23
- Aug. 11-13
- Sept. 1-3
- Sept. 22-24
- Oct. 26-29*
- Nov. 17-19
- Dec. 15-17
* Prama Institute Retreat Weekend: We will be on Prama grounds from Thursday evening to Sunday afternoon.
If you’re not able to attend this training due to scheduling conflicts but want to plan ahead for our next training, below is our Winter 2018 Training Schedule. The application for our Winter 2018 training will not be available until August 2017.
- Jan. 12-14
- Feb. 9-11
- Mar. 2-14
- Mar. 23-25
- April 27-29
- May 25-27*
- June 15-17
- July 6-7
- July 27-29
Saturday 8:00am-12:00pm, 1:15-4:30pm
Sunday 8:00-am-12:00pm, 1:15-3:30pm
Asheville Community Yoga
250-Hour Teacher Training
c/o Amber Acheson
8 Brookdale Road
Asheville, NC 28804
Our teacher training is unique in that it offers a three-day retreat included in the already-reasonable price. We offer this special experience as an opportunity for you to strengthen bonds with your fellow students and dive deeper into the practice of yoga.
The retreat takes place at The Prama Institute, a nonprofit, holistic retreat center located on forested hilltops and grasslands surrounded by the Appalachian Mountains. It sits in Marshall, NC, near the French Broad River, about 25 minutes outside Asheville, NC.
The 6,000-square-foot dome structures are Prama’s most distinctive feature, including a 1,300-square-foot meeting space. The domes are designed according to the original Buckminster Fuller architectural specifications, featuring bamboo floors with in-floor passive solar heating. Gourmet vegetarian chefs produce three delicious meals each day of your stay, using as much locally produced and organic ingredients as possible. The retreat center is surrounded by more than 100 acres of forested hills and valleys.
Please fill out this form to apply for the Fall 2017 Asheville Community Yoga Teacher Training.