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200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training

October 16, 2020 - May 2, 2021
Students in meditation

We are still training world-changers as we find our way in this new normal. Teaching yoga will never be exactly the same, but the skills and knowledge gained through this training are more relevant than ever before and are applicable in all areas of your life. Our program emphasizes your spiritual development and empowerment. Learn the complete system of yoga so that you can improve your life; become more adaptable and healthy; and gain the skills needed to help others.

We have a plan to run the program according to the normal schedule; but we all realize this is subject to change. We believe there will be a hybridized program of some in-person training hours and online training hours. All programming will be recorded so that you can participate via distance learning only if that is your preference and/or necessity.

This program offers a unique and solid foundation for students and teachers who wish to increase their knowledge, skills and confidence in teaching yoga; deepen their living practice of yoga; and advance upon their spiritual path. This in-depth teacher training draws upon the streams of Hatha Yoga, Kriya Yoga and Ayurveda, as well as the art of skillfully teaching the Santana Dharma (spiritual disciplines designed to awaken us to a life of joy, health and purpose). We will work together to create a sacred space in which all levels of student can participate and study the deeper teachings.

Our training is a 200-hour Teacher Training Program registered with the Yoga Alliance, the national registry for yoga schools. Upon completion, you will be awarded a certificate of completion and you will be eligible to register with Yoga Alliance.

Curriculum Preview

  • Technique in Asana, Pranayama and Meditation
  • Classical Yoga Philosophy and The Yoga Sutras
  • Yamas and Niyamas
  • Kriya Approaches to Asana, Bandha
  • Pranayama, Meditation, Kriya, Mudra and Mantra
  • Techniques for sequencing based on biomechanical and energetic intelligence
  • Western & Eastern Anatomy & Physiology
  • Introduction to Ayurveda
  • Hands-On Adjusts, Assists and Body Observation
  • Teaching Methodology, Skills & Communication
  • The Ethics of Teaching Yoga
  • Student Teaching & Assisting
  • The Business of Yoga


Jill Loftis

Jill Loftis

Jill began practicing yoga in 2001 as a way to make peace with her body after the birth of her second child. In 2005 she discovered the teachings of Goswami Kriyananda and the Temple of Kriya Yoga and began her spiritual journey as a not just a mother, but a mystic.

Kimberly Vest

Kimberly Vest

Kimberly has been practicing, studying and teaching yoga for the past 35 years. A Salem, VA native, she lived in Seattle, WA for many years where she owned her own yoga studio. Kimberly teaches many different styles of yoga with her foundational training rooted in the Integral Yoga tradition, and she is a direct student of Sri Swami Satchidananda.

Elizabeth Kolendrianos

Elizabeth Kolendrianos

Elizabeth received her 200 Yoga Teacher Training certification through a comprehensive program at the Marianne Wells Yoga School in Cahuita, Costa Rica. She then went on to pursue her 500 Hour Yoga Teacher Training certification through Uttara Yoga Studio. She is currently registered through the Yoga Alliance.

Chris Pohowsky

Chris is a Certified Rolfer®, and is a Lead Instructor for’s Advanced Myofascial Techniques series. Chris is passionate about competitive cycling, running, climbing, paddle boarding and yoga; his outdoor athletic pursuits go hand in hand with a strong interest in personal well-being and injury prevention.

Graduating class of students

2020-2021 Tuition


A discount is available if the whole fee is paid by September 1, 2020 making tuition $2,850 (a $100 initial application fee will also be applied to tuition). A non-refundable $800 deposit is due no later than September 1, 2020 to reserve your space. Payment plans are available, please inquire.

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Graduate Reviews

"What can be said about giving yourself the gift of 200 hours of yoga teacher training? That you will deepen your yoga practice and understanding of yoga philosophy and learn simple practical ways of applying this philosophy to your every day life. That you will learn how to cherish yourself, you will arrive at a place where you want to cherish yourself, a place where you believe on a visceral level that you are with cherishing. That you will begin a journey of life long learning that may or may not lead to teaching yoga classes, but if your goal is to teach, you will have learned fundamentals of language, instruction, assisting, sequencing, demonstrating and progressing classes for all levels. YTT 200. Be the change."


"Before beginning my yoga teacher training with Uttara, I was in a transitional time in my life. I had recently moved to Roanoke and was a new mother. I was searching for meaning and purpose after deciding to leave my career to stay at home with my daughter. Uttara Yoga Studio completely fulfilled my high hopes and I couldn’t be happier with the great deal of knowledge I acquired throughout this training. The topics covered, including philosophy, Ayurveda, Sanskrit, asana, hands-on assisting, the Yoga Sutras, and much more, were so throughly and carefully taught it amazes me how much we were able to learn in 200 hours.I have a handful of friends who are yoga teachers and they were blown away how unique and elevated the topics covered during the training. I am extremely happy with this program and feel truly proud to be able to call myself a graduate. There is something so special when like-minded people come together and grow in every aspect of life. I feel so fortunate to have found Uttara, a safe and accepting place, and to have such wise teachers like Jill and Wendi. Thank you!"


"It changed my life ..the way I see the world and beyond. I made connections that I hope will last the rest of my days and beyond. It was more they I could every of thought or imagined….I humbly thank Jill and all the others that took the time to co-create that space for me…and so many others."


"I can’t say enough fabulous things about my teacher training at Uttara. I’m in my 50’s and had been wanting to take teacher training to delve deeper into the many aspects of Yoga (not just the asana practice) for many years. The teacher training was everything I had hoped for and even more. I looked into various local and international TT programs and am so very glad that I chose this program. Jill and Wendi are wonderful, knowledgeable, inspiring ladies who worked very hard to assist each of us, as individuals, to grow and get out of the program what we individually wanted. It’s obvious that they had to cover certain topics for Yoga Alliance, but I was super pleased when they adjusted topics based on student interest many times throughout our 6 months together. The classes in Anatomy and Physiology were excellent and easy to follow and apply, and the Ayurvedic training phenomenal. Equally wonderful was the diverse mix of TT students – each very different (age, practice level, education, experience, goals), but each aspiring to learn and grow. Participating in the UYTT Program was a gift that I gave myself. It was a “life changer,” and I am so happy that I did it. Peace and Love."