200-Hr-YTT: Fall 2021

200Hr Teacher Training & Mountain Retreat

Fall 2021


This 200-Hr YTT will begin with a 3-Day Retreat Style Immersion in the Mountains of Colorado. The retreat includes lodging, food, and a 3-Day spiritual immersion to kick-start your training. This is all included in the price of the training. Our trainings connect students to both the spiritual and practical teachings of yoga under the guidance of lead teacher and studio owner Katrina Gustafson, focusing on mind, body AND spirit.

Trainings are open to both the student who wants to be become a certified yoga teacher and to the seeker who wants to deepen their physical, mental and spiritual practice of yoga. Open your heart and learn more about your individual spiritual path and how to more fully embody it through the teachings of yoga.

Spiritual Yoga Teacher Training & Immersion: Karma Yoga Center 200Hr
Astrology Readings and Spiritual Healing Services

200Hr YTT Open House (Fall) 
Date: Sunday, July 25, 2021
Time: 11:30am – 12:30pm
Location: Karma Yoga Center (1705 S. Pearl St. Denver, C0 80210)

Description: Come to Karma Yoga Center for a FREE Open House to learn all about our 200Hr Yoga Teacher Training Program. Lead teachers Katrina Marie Gustafson, Lisa Theis, and Michael Shankara will give a presentation followed by a Q&A. Get to know the studio, the community, your teachers and the program. We will also do a slide show with more info on the 3-Day Mountain Retreat and Nature Immersion that kicks off the training. Get a $200 Early Bird Discount for registering and paying in full before Sept 24, 2021. Just drop in, no registration required.

 Scheduled Teacher Trainings

200hr YTT: The Journey Inward
w/ Mountain Immersion 
Fall 2021
Dates: September 24 – January 27, 2022
Location: Karma Yoga Center 
Faculty: Katrina Marie Gustafson, Lisa Theis, Beth Sanchez, Laurel Hicks & Michael Shankara 
Price: $2,600 (Early Bird) – $2,800 (Regular Price & Payment Plans) 
Deposit: $200 Required to Register (Deducted from Tuition)

Karma Yoga Center

General Schedule

The 200-Hr Fall 2021 Training is from September 2021 to January 2022 and kicks off with 3-Day Immersion in the Mountains of Colorado. The general schedule will include two 7-Day trainings and 4-Weekends between September and January. The 7-Day trainings are 6-8pm on Fridays, 9am-5pm on Saturdays & Sundays, and 10am-4pm on Monday – Thursday. The Weekend Trainings are Fri, Sat & Sun. The Friday evening is 6-8pm, and Saturday and Sunday are 9am-5pm.

    • Week 1~ Sep 24-30  (Mountain Retreat Sep 24-26 & Karma Studio Sep 27 – 30)
      • Weekend 1~ Oct 15-17
      • Weekend 2~ Nov 12-14
      • Weekend 3~ Dec 10-12
      • Weekend 4~ Jan 7-9, 2022    
    • Week 2~ Jan 21-27, 2022  

**Students can miss up to 3-Days of the through-out the Training**

200-Hr Training Pricing

  • $2,600* Early Bird Discount for Full Payment by the 1st day of the trainings
  • $2,800* Regular Tuition
  • $200 non-refundable deposit is required to hold you place in the training. Applied toward your tuition.

*Credit Card Payments will have an additional 2.5% processing fee added. There are no fees for Cash and Check payments.

Yoga Teacher Training Manuals and Books are not included in the tuition price. These will be about $50.

Cancellation Policy
All $200 deposits are non-refundable. Any cancellations within the first week the training will forfeit 1/3 of your tuition. Cancellations after week 1 will forfeit the full paid amount, with the option to be re-apply for future YTT trainings.

Monthly Payment Plans

Monthly payment plans are available throughout the course of the Yoga Teacher Training. Contact Katrina to discuss your options: 303-709-0535 or love@karmayogacenter.com with the subject ”YTT Payment Plan.” Installments paid before the start of the training will be a total of $2,600, after the start they will total $2,800. All payment plans will be paid in full by the end of the training. Payment Plans are flexible and tailored to meet your needs.

Discounts & Membership

As part of your Yoga Teacher Training you will receive:

  • 4-month Unlimited Yoga Membership
    • In-Studio Classes, Park Yoga, & All On-Line Classes
    • $432 value
  • 10% Off All Merchandise
  • 10% Off All Workshops 
  • 10% Off Spiritual Counseling, Energy  & Healing Sessions
  • 10% Off Astrology Readings (Relationship & Birth)

Daily Schedule

This is a general schedule for what a day in the training will look like so that you can see the balance of teachings and activities. Specific days may have variations in beginning and ending times.

    • 9-10am                                   Sadhana Practice &  Group Check-In  (Pranayama, Mantra, Meditation & Discussion)
    • 10:30-11:30am                  Yoga Class
    • 11:30am-12:30pm            Lunch Break
    • 12:30-3:30pm                    Interactive Lecture, Teaching & Group Discussion
    • 3:30-5pm                             Practicum (Practice Teaching)
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Training Overview

In our 200-Hr Teacher Training, you’ll cover a myriad of subject matter that explore your Mind, Body, and Spirit. Learn to integrate this information into your personal lifestyle, and into the lives of your future students, clients, colleagues, and loved ones. Along with being certified to teach yoga, you will receive a booster-shot to your soul; this training is a life-altering immersion to awaken you to the essence of who YOU are at your core level. Our program will help you step into your potential, so that you can in turn help others to do the same.

Topics Covered

  • Yoga as a Holistic Approach to Healing, Nourishing, and Evolving the Mind, Body, and Spirit
  • How To Be A Good Human
  • Karma & Dharma
  • Conscious Living; How to Live a Yogic Lifestyle While Living in The 21st Century
  • Pranayama (breathwork)
  • Meditation
  • Subtle Body Anatomy: Chakras, Astral Body, Gunas, Koshas, Kundalini, etc…
  • Ayurveda- Holistic Healing, Health Diet, and Medicine from the Yogic Philosophy/Science
  • Understanding Your Soul Contract & Soul’s Purpose
  • Astrology & Cosmology- Understanding Your Soul’s Purpose
  • Setting Intention and Purpose: Sankalpa
  • Mantra, Mudras, Nada (sound yoga), Chanting
  • Asana (poses) 
  • Theme and Sequence for a Class
  • How to Assist Your Own Class: Alignment, Adjustments, and Props
  • History: Past to Present Timeline of Yoga
  • Read and discuss excerpts from classical and modern yogic text such as the Yoga Sutras, The Bhagavad Gita, and the Upanishads.   
  • Philosophies and Limbs of the Yoga Path
  • Physical Anatomy 
  • Sangha: Creating Community
  • Intro to the Deities and Finding Your Ishvara Devata (archetype)
  • What is Bhakti? The Art of Love & Devotion: Ceremony, Puja, Ritual, Darshan, Aarti, Kirtan, Prayer, Alters
  • Intro to Restorative, Yin, Yoga Nidra, & Prenatal Yoga
  • How to Step into Your Personal Power –Shakti – to Reach Your Potential
  • Seva Project (service) 
  • Marketing and Self-Promotion; Ethics of Being a Yoga Teacher
  • Practice, Practice Practice 🙂 

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Yoga Teacher Training: Karma Yoga Center

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Teaching & Learning Style

You will be supported throughout your training and immersion by the teaching staff and community at Karma Yoga Center. It is our core mission at the studio to create a loving community in all we do. We understand that being and feeling supported is key to your success and transformation in our training. And, our teacher training aligns with our mission of support. You will be engaged and learn by:

        • Hands-on Teaching Practicums
        • Group Participation
        • Individual Work
        • Lecture
        • Speaking & Sharing Your Journey
        • Writing
        • Reading
        • Observing
        • Private Consultations
        • Assisting
        • Presenting 

Final Practicum

The last week of the training students will teach a final 30-minute Class to the other students in the 200hr Teacher Training. This shortened class will be based on what you have learned in the 4-months and will be themed around a “yogic book” of your choosing that you have read. For Example, you may have read a book on Thich Nhat Hanh and you present a few quotes from the book and how his message of knowing your emotions has been helpful for growth in your life. This final class in not graded, but rather a culmination event to share what you have learned. 

Karma YOga Center 200Hr & 300 HrYTT

Additional Requirements

During the training, you will receive a 4-month Unlimited Yoga Membership at Karma Yoga Center. To complete your Teaching Certificate you have additional  requirements outside of the actual Training Weekends. These requirements do not have to be completed by the end of the Training, they can be done in your own time. When all requirements are met, you will receive your 200Hr Yoga Alliance Certification.  

  • Take 10-Classes @ Karma Yoga Center (you will have a 4-month Unlimited Yoga Membership that is part of your tuition)
  • Teach 10-classes- each 1hr (These can be in your in your Living Room, At Work, etc.. and with your Family, Friends, or Co-Workers) 
  • Observe 10-classes
  • 4-Hours of Seva (Community Service)
  • Read 1 “Yogic Book” and present the book as part of your Final 30min practicum.
Katrina Gustafson

Katrina Marie Gustafson

The mermaid of the mountains, Katrina Marie seeks the heights of the peaks and the depths of the oceans in her practice. Through the wisdom of the heart, her purpose is to help guide others to open their own. She has studied in the temples of India, the pyramids of Mexico, and in the crucible of modern life. She finds the sacred in the rhythm of the seasons, the stars, and every second of life.

As the owner and founder of Karma Yoga Center in Denver, she brings the Bhakti from all wisdom traditions to her yoga classes- singing, chanting, dancing, and journeys into the heart. Katrina fills every yoga session with love. She weaves in the teachings of her yoga mentor Saul David Raye and the cosmic knowings from the lineage of Evolutionary Astrology.  She shares her life journey with her half-side husband Michael Shankara and her two boys Max & Bo.

Lisa Theis~ Karma YOga Center~ Yoga Teacher training Program 200Hr

Lisa Theis

Lisa’s journey with the practice of yoga began 18 years ago in a Bikram studio in San Francisco. What began as a physical and mental challenge to just stay in the room for the duration of class quickly became a deep and healing connection for her body, mind, and spirit, and eventually became a life’s passion and calling.
Though she has had many influential teachers, she is a dedicated student of Yogarupa Rod Stryker and follows the lineage of Para Yoga and Sri Vidya. Her classes strive to provide a space for each person to explore the effect of yoga in their own way and, while rooted in the methodologies of Para Yoga, are an amalgamation of all her teachers’ influences. Each class will include pranayama (breathwork), the exploration and experience of the energetics of asana (postures), mantra, visualization and intentional focus, and meditation.
Beth-Sanchez - Karma Yoga Center Yoga Teacher Training

Beth Sanchez

Foremost in her aspiration is to serve students in a way that supports their birthright to enjoy purpose, insight, well-being, and the cultivation of inherent goodness. Gurupriya Beth’s classes are deeply inspired by her core teachers, Engaged Buddhism Founder, Venerable Thich Nhat Hahn, and Ayurveda Master Teacher and Practitioner, Alakananda Ma. She is also invigorated by the Adviata teachings of Adyashanti, and Rupert Spira, and the vision of philosopher/sacred activist, Charles Eisenstein. Tias Little, Richard Freeman, and countless others continue to inspire her understanding of yoga asana, dharma, and related practices. Gurupriya Beth has been teaching yoga since 2000, and her style has been described as mindful hatha/vinyasa with anatomical depth, nourishing adjustments, contemplative support and invitations to sing, sigh, and giggle.   She invites all people seeking sangha, contemplative depth in their yoga practice, and sacredness in their relationship to life.

Laurel Hicks~ Karma Yoga Center ~ Yoga Teacher Training

Laurel Hicks

Laurel is known for being a soothing and skilled yoga teacher as well as for her warm, gentle and compassionate approach to helping students enjoy being in their bodies. She believes that any student, no matter the level, can benefit greatly through yoga and meditation. She aims to make her classes accessible and enjoyable for all.

Laurel has been practicing yoga since 1998 and has been teaching since 2005. Years of studying yoga and examining what makes her happiest in life led her to leave an unfulfilling ten year career as a mechanical engineer in the automotive industry and pursue her passion of helping others.

She loves meditation and is trained in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction as well as Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy. She is very passionate in helping pregnant women find peace in their body and mind through the practice of yoga and mindfulness. She holds a dual-title Ph.D. in Social Work (Clinical concentration) and Infant Mental Health, is an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT 200), a Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher (RPYT) with Yoga Alliance. She is also a Social Work Therapist (LCSW) and has taught hundreds of women yoga during pregnancy as well as postnatally. In 2011, Laurel began teaching yoga teachers how to teach prenatal yoga classes safely and effectively through her Yoga Alliance registered prenatal yoga teacher training program (RPYS), Mindful Mamas. If this isn’t enough, she is also a Certified Labour Doula (CLD) and assists women birth their babies by providing emotional, mental and physical support. She believes and has witnessed the benefits of prenatal yoga on the outcome of labour and has found that her students have a great ability to focus, relax, and use effective breathing during the birth of their baby.

Michael Shankara: Karma Yoga Center Teacher Training

Michael Shankara

Michael is a certified yoga teacher, Mayan Shaman, Priest, and Astrologer. Initiated into the sacred wisdom of the Maya, Michael is the sole apprentice under elder, priest and shaman Dr. Don Miguel Angel Vergara- former director of the sacred Chichen Itza Archeology Site in Mexico. Michael is also a musician and sound healer, providing live music for yoga classes, retreats, journeys and mediations at Karma Yoga Center. Michael is a certified Crystology Healer and studies Soul Astrology, Astronomy, and the Mayan Calendars. He offers Energy Healings and Astrology Readings that integrate his shamanic and yogic trainings. Michael & Katrina also provide a free videos series on the New Moons and Fulls called the Alchemical Astrology Report.