Yoga Teacher Training Programs

We Train Whole Teachers


Circle Yoga Shala offers 1,000+ hours of yoga teacher training providing the necessary tools to meet you at the level(s) you wish to attain in becoming a teacher in service to self and others. From elegantly navigating general public classes to specialized groups, one-on-one private teaching, and therapeutic settings; such as hospitals, clinics and VA, learn to teach and guide with grace, ease and clarity. Our programs are layered in learning and take in account the different styles of learning for individuals. 

We are a Member School of the International Association of Yoga Therapists, (IAYT). Our 800-hour Professional Yoga Therapy program is accredited with the International Association of Yoga Therapists. We are one of only 40+ accredited schools worldwide. We've been a registered school with the National Yoga Alliance since 1999. With the National Yoga Alliance, you can receive recognition at the 200RYT and 500RYT levels, as well as CEUs. We also have a satellite school, Jane’s House Studio in St Charles, MO at the 200-hour level. 

We teach principles and methods that are grounded in somatic inquiry, and not inherently limited to a style of practice. To take a posture that is filled with one’s attention, ‘sensing’ what is happening (seeing and recognizing rather than thinking about), and then responding intelligently is to move with reality rather than projecting onto it. This somatic inquiry is taught in asana (movement and stillness), in meditation (sitting and walking), and in a felt relationship to the three centers: head, heart, and gut. This method lays the foundation for self-inquiry and contemplation.

The philosophical basis for our teaching comes from 'East meets West': the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, the Pancha Maya Model, the Five Elements, the Kleshas, the Gunas, Ayurveda, and the Enneagram, as well as evolutionary psychology, neuroscience and bio-mechanics.

We have  conducted over 10,000 hours of teacher training in Arkansas, Missouri, Mexico and Ohio.  As a result, we’ve had the privilege of developing teachers who are seen as the most competent in their markets, and have evolved a program that is equaled by none: there is a difference between training someone to be a teacher, and training someone to be an instructor. We train teachers.

Once you've completed a program, you are invited to return whenever possible to mentor and continue your learning through being of service to new teachers-in-training. This time can be submitted to the Yoga Alliance for CEUs. There is no charge. We only ask that you contribute to your accommodations while here. We believe in growing community and individuals through service. 

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200RYT - The Foundation

At the 200 hour level, we teach principles and methods that are grounded in somatic inquiry and not inherently limited to a style of practice. At the same time, we teach you what is foundational to all of the styles of yoga you may encounter or have an interest in teaching, which means a thorough understanding of the five techniques of Hatha Yoga: stillness (asana), rhythm (vinyasa), breath (pranayama), integration (bandha) and presence (drushti). 

You will learn how to language and sequence these techniques in ways that continuously reveal their wholeness, and that invite creativity on your part. How you arrange them and establish a dominant focus is what moves them into the direction of "styles" like restorative, vinyasa flow, alignment-based, etc. We free you from the limitations of 'seeing' form into the 'way of action'. 



  • A 200hr One Month Immersion - View Here

  • A 200hr Program Divided Into (4) Mini-Intensives Over One Year - View Here

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500RYT - Advancing Skills

The 300-hour training is an integrated series of intensives designed to advance a teacher’s skill in three main areas: Biomechanics, Ayurveda and Mind, all of which connected to one another by the principle of adaptation.

This means the overarching goal of the training is to teach the beginning foundations of personal assessment and to receive guidance on how to insert those into public classes. 

Our 300 YTT makes up Year 1 in our 800-hour Yoga Therapy Program.  Go to Program


800-Hour Yoga Therapy Program

Whole Being Teaching

Our Professional Yoga therapy Program is an additional 500 hours on top of the 300YTT.  We apply the knowledge of the foundations taught at the previous levels which define the wholeness of the human system. These foundations are a fusion of Classical Yoga and Ayurveda, the biological sciences and evolutionary theory, and Integral Psychology.  The curriculum is organized around four areas of skill development. 1). We teach assessments derived from movement and the form of the body in stillness in order to find dysfunctional asymmetries and compensations that arise from injury, sedentary life, and our cultural situation. 2). We look deeply into the theories of the life force (Prana) to understand breath in a new way, and to link that understanding to specific diseases and the body-mind systems that they affect. 3). We delve into Ayurvedic theories on daily ritual, the 6 tastes of the human palette and their relationship with digestion, emotion and well being. 4). We work to understand the nature of trauma and its effects on body, mind, and relationship so that positive action can be taken to digest, integrate, and release its affects. Go to Program


Professional CYS Trainer Program

Circle Yoga Shala is known for our development of actual authentic teachers able to interface in whatever type of marketplace they desire upon completion of our training. This requires more than understanding content and being able to speak and deliver material. It requires a method. We have developed that method and evolved it over 18 years of training teachers. Now we're ready to share that with you, our CYS graduate. 

The Yoga Trainer program will require you to attend two YTT200 trainings. During the first training, you will be given the methods being used to teach the material. There will be daily one-on-one interaction with your senior teacher, separate from the YTT200 for review and clarifications. In the second training, you will also assist in teaching parts of the YTT200 training, to apply what you have learned and receive further coaching from senior teachers. Go to Program


Become a CYS Teacher