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Yoga Garden SF Advanced Studies/Teacher Training 200-hour certification

Posted Feb 23 2010 12:04pm

Yoga Garden SF: Advanced Studies/Teacher Training200 hour Programs

At Yoga Garden SF, we honor the distinctive experience and expressive journey of becoming a professional yoga teacher.   Our teacher training is comprehensive, inspired, and celebratory of many diverse styles of yoga.   Yoga Garden SF Teacher Training is for serious students of yoga, for students aspiring to become teachers, and for teachers wishing to continue their studies. Our programs embrace both the science and art of yoga practice and teaching.   Our teacher training is designed to develop foundational knowledge and experience, so that teachers teach with integrity, capability, and genuine expression of their unique experience.

The teachings offered in this program are derived from the deep tradition and technical excellence of the great yoga lineages. We strive to awaken the next great innovators, through promoting knowledge from multiple perspectives. We do this by laying a solid foundation of technical and academic competence and igniting a passion for self discovery and service to others.

Advanced studies at Yoga Gaden SF go beyond the physical practice of yoga postures and breathing. Our program is offered in the context of a personal discovery of life's meaning and mystery. At its heart, hatha yoga is a spiritual practice explored through the body, mind, senses. By deepening your own experience of yoga, our program prepares you to share with others.

If you’re a yoga student looking for a deeper exploration of your practice or learn to teach yoga – Yoga Garden SF is committed to practice, inspiration, and the wisdom of experience.   We embrace multiple ways of knowing and will help you to foster your unique expression of yoga:


  • Cultivateyour ability to plan a safe and knowledgeable sequence for beginning and intermediate level students.
  • Learnto observe student’s bodies correctly, to assist with specific needs through the use of hands-on adjustments, modification of postures, and utilization of props.
  • Understandthe physiological, anatomical, emotional, and energetic principles of mind and body interactions.
  • Discoverthe benefits of meditation, chanting, and established yogic practices.
  • Acquirean understanding of yoga philosophy.
  • Receivehands-on training and peer feedback in practice classroom settings.
  • Gaininsight into how to bring the practice of yoga into your life and your community in an inspired way.

The 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training at Yoga Garden SF is for:

  • Experienced students of yoga (at least one-year of committed yoga practice).
  • Students interested in deepening their own practice.
  • Those who are interested in teaching yoga to others.


·         Principles of Practice and Teachings

·         Yoga Philosophy, Lifestyle, and Ethics

·         Techniques of Teaching and Sequencing Asana

·         Integrative Anatomy and Physiology

·         Pranayama, Prana, and the Subtle Body

·         Principles of Ayurveda


Our faculty consists of inspiring, knowledgeable, and experienced professionals who present wisdom from diverse lineages and backgrounds.

David Nelson
David began teaching in 1998, after receiving certification from the White Lotus Foundation. He has studied Bikram, Ashtanga, and Iyengar yoga, and has been a student of Dharma Mitra, Edward Clark, and Judith Lasater.

From 2001 to 2006 David studied with Advanced Senior Iyengar Instructor Manouso Manos, and apprenticed weekly with him from 2002 through 2006. He has also studied scoliosis with Elise Miller, and has recently practiced under the instruction of Lois Steinberg, Kathy Alef, Stephanie Quirk, and Victoria Austin. He studied with the Iyengars in 2004 and with Geeta Iyengar at the 2007 National Conference and at the Ascent Intensive in 2008.

David started his yoga practice to seek relief from chronic back pain, and found that yoga was a powerful and dynamic medium to explore the meaning of life. Though his classes are physically challenging, they are safe and accessible to everyone. From the instruction of a physical practice, David encourages students to develop a higher awareness, or consciousness, about how we live our lives and how to achieve our own potential.

Chrisandra Fox

Chrisandra has practiced hatha yoga since 1996, and has taught in the Bay Area for more than a decade. She has trained in Piedmont Yoga Studio’s Advanced Studies Program (2002), and with Andrey Lappa. She has studied in the Shadow Yoga School under Zhander Ramete and Emma Balnaves since 2004, and has many other great and beloved teachers in
hatha yoga, Ayurveda, Tantra, and meditation.

Chrisandra is a passionate student of these disciplines and the heart’s wisdom found within dedicated practice, self-inquiry, and devotion to a path of awakening. She advocates for ersonal
transformation through the artful refinement of relationship to practice, nature, nourishment, and community through her yoga retreat community, The Heart of Renewal.


Chase Bossart

Chase is a Yoga Teacher and the Program Director for the Healing Yoga Foundation - San Francisco. He is a long time, private student of Mr. TKV Desikachar and a KHYF certified Yoga Teacher Trainer. Chase has an M.A. in Religious Studies from UC Santa Barbara, where he wrote his thesis on Patanjali's Yogasutra, and he is also a faculty on the Loyola Marymount University's Yoga Therapy Rx Program.

Since 1991 he has made frequent trips to Chennai to study at the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram with Mr. Desikachar and his son Kausthub, and altogether has spent more than three years in Chennai. He continues to study with his teachers regularly. Prior to joining the HYF, Chase lived in Santa Barbara where he taught students with a wide range of health needs in both private and small group settings. He teaches frequent workshops in the US and abroad on a wide range of yoga subjects, both practical and theoretical.

Megan Lipsett

Megan Lipsett studied Hatha and Ashtanga Yoga in Nashik, India as well as Vinyasa yoga in San Francisco. She teaches practical philosophy and a holistic lifestyle, incorporating both traditional and modern scientific understandings. Megan is passionate about community and wellness, working to integrate many aspects of the yogic path into her life. She is acquiring a master's degree in Integrative Health Studies. Her integration of Ashtanga and Vinyasa practices result in balancing the entire nervous system, leading to increased balance of body and mind, physical energy and mental energy. Her meditation influences include Raja yoga and Vipassana. She is an eternal seeker and a lover of the flow of grace within everyone.


Richard Rosen

Course Requirements:

1.      Attendance of all class hours is required for Yoga Alliance registration.  

2.      Homework is designed to strengthen and support the topics covered in class and to help you to integrate the practice into your life.   All homework assignments must be turned in by no later than the final day of the program.

3.      You must pass both a written and practical exam at the end of the course in order to receive your 200-hour certification.

4.      Complete the required reading list.

Upon successful completion all of the above requirements teacher trainees will be certified to teach yoga and qualified to register with Yoga Alliance at the 200-hour level. You may also be considered for the Yoga Garden SF teaching staff.

Teacher Training Programs at the 200-hour level:

1 Month Intensive Training

August 2 nd, 2010 – August 27 th,, 2010
Monday-Friday: 8:00am-5:00pm

Registration and Fees

Early registration for the 4-month Extended training program ends June 21 st, 2010.
If you wish to participate in the program please sign up on line and make your payment. You will then be sent a pre-enrollment questionnaire, a reading list and pre-course homework.

$2,500 Early Registration (before June 21 st, 2010)
$2,800 Late Registration (after June 21 st, 2010)

4-month Extended Training

September 10 th, 2010 – December 5 th, 2010
Tuesdays: 7:30-9:30 pm                                                                                  Fridays: 7:30-9:30 pm                                                                                                           Saturdays: 8:00am-5:00 pm                                                                                  Sundays: 8:00am-5:00 pm               

Registration and Fees

Early registration for the 4-month Extended training program ends July 19 th, 2010.
If you wish to participate in the program please sign up on line and make your payment. You will then be sent a pre-enrollment questionnaire, a reading list and pre-course homework.

$2,500 Early Registration (before July 19 th, 2010)
$2,800 Late Registration (after July 19 th, 2010)

FAQs and policies

Tuition and Refund Policy
Full payment is due before the first day of the training to reserve your place in the course. Refunds are available up to fourteen days before the training begins minus a $50 handling fee. After the start date for the program no refund or credit will be given if you decide not to attend for any reason.


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