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 seven convenient weekend sessions spaced across five 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 $2,995. 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:
- Oct. 9th, 2018, you save $700 for a total tuition of $2,295
- Nov. 11th, 2018, you save $400, for a total tuition of $2,595
- Dec. 10th, 2018, you save $150, for a total tuition of $2,845
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 December 1st, 2018 all but $100 will be refunded. If you need to withdraw after December 1st and prior January 1st, 2019 the $500 deposit is non-refundable. After January 1st, 2018, no money paid towards the deposit or tuition will be refunded.
General Scholarship/Partial Scholarship
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. Most of our partial scholarships provide $250-$650 in assistance. The remaining tuition balance can be paid over time with a payment plan. The earlier you apply, the longer your payment plan will be making each monthly payment lower. We advise those who are interested in applying to do so early!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 November 12th, 2018.
Diverse Perspectives Scholarship
Asheville Community Yoga is a diverse community which represents the world around us. We see students, seniors, servers, bartenders, doctors, people of all ethnicities, skin colors, body shapes, national origin and gender showing up to practice yoga next to each other. Coming to our yoga mat is a way to connect with each other and a way to connect beyond the things that can allow us to see each other as separate. We believe that the growing diversity in our community only strengthens us and we want you to be a part of it! If you identify as part of an underrepresented group and wish to become a yoga teacher we welcome you to apply for a full scholarship to our 250 hour yoga teacher training.
What makes your perspective one of diversity? Are you ready to step up and be a leader for those who may not identify as “the majority” does? Are you ready, willing, and excited to share your passion for yoga- not only here at the studio but also in your everyday life? Then we welcome you to apply and help us as we make yoga accessible to all.
Please submit your Diverse Perspectives Scholarship Application by December 1st, 2018. If you are apply for this scholarship, there is no need to fill out the program application/deposit found at the bottom of this webpage.
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- Feb. 1-3
- Feb. 22-24
- March 15-17
- April 5-7
- April 26-28*
- May 17-19
- June 7-9
* Prama Institute Retreat Weekend: We will be on Prama grounds from Friday afternoon through Sunday afternoon.
For those who are unable to make the dates for the Winter/Spring 2019 training, below are the dates for our Summer/Fall 2019 Training.
- July 12-14
- Aug. 2-4
- Aug. 23-25
- Sept. 13-15
- Oct. 4-6*
- Oct. 25-27
- Nov. 15-17
- Dec. 6-8
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 two-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 Summer/Fall 2018 Asheville Community Yoga Teacher Training.
For those who have read through all of the above and are feeling like the training is something you’d like to do in the future but may need a little more time and experience to familiarize yourself with Yoga and build a stronger foundation, consider our Yoga Immersion Program. Many use the Immersion Program as a stepping stone for our 250 Hour Yoga Teacher Training and those who have feel they gained more from the Training by taking the Immersion prior. Discounts are available towards our Yoga Teacher Training for all who complete the Immersion Program first.