200-Hr-YTT: Spring 2020

Yoga Teacher Trainings @ Karma


Karma Yoga Center offers 200-Hr Yoga Teacher Training at our studio Denver, Colorado.

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.


200Hr YTT Open House

Date: Sun, Mar 8

Time: 2-3pm

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.

 Scheduled Teacher Trainings

200Hr YTT: The Journey Inward
Early Spring 2020
Dates: March 19 – May 17
Location: Karma Yoga Center 
Faculty: Katrina Gustafson, Lisa Theis, Beth Sanchez, Laurel Hicks, Santosh Powell, & Michael Shankara 
Price: $2,600 Early Bird (Pay before 3/19/20) – $2,800 (Payment Plans) 

Deposit: $200 Required to Register (Deducted from Tuition cost)

Register Now: Click HERE 

Karma Yoga Center

Schedule

The 200-Hr Early Spring 2019 Training is from March to May and is taught in 4-day segments, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The training will meet form 4-8pm on Thursdays and Fridays, and form 9am-5pm on Saturdays and Sundays.

5 Extended Weekends: Thu & Fri 4-8pm and Sat & Sun 9am-5pm

  • Mar 19-22
  • Apr 2-5
  • Apr 16-19
  • Apr 30- May 3
  • May 14-17

200-Hr Training Pricing

  • $2,600* Early Bird Discount for Full Payment by the 1st day of the trainings- March 19, 2020
  • $2,800* Regular Tuition, Payment Plan Price
  • $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 (an additional $65) . 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 between $50-$80. As well as the Anatomy Lab Fee which 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 April 5 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.

Discounts & Membership

As part of your Yoga Teacher Training you will receive:

  • 4-month Unlimited Yoga Membership
    • $432 value
  • 20% Off All Merchandise
  • 20% Off All Workshops 
  • 20% Off Energy & Healing Sessions
  • 20% Off Astrology Readings

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

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 weekend of the training (May 14-17) 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 2-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 Fred Rogers 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. 

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 20-Classes @ Karma Yoga Center (you will have a 4-month Unlimited Yoga Membership that is part of your tuition)
  • Teach 10-classes (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.

**Post training, you will have the opportunity to teach our Free Community Classes at the studio, as well as the possibility to apprentice with one of the lead teachers.**

Katrina Gustafson

The mermaid of the mountains, Katrina Gustafson 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

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

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

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.

Santosh Powell

Explore and expand the boundaries of your body, breath and consciousness.

Across space and time in a star system not far from our own, a young man burst forth into illumination; born from the dance of Hopi Kachinas and Shiva’s Crescent Moon, he emerged into Truth’s light as Yogi Santosh.

A powerful transcendent awakening nearly two decades ago created the momentum for Santosh to relinquish a normal life existence and explore the illuminated teachings of conscious evolution. Yoga and its spiritual vastness was the perfect arena for this encounter to unfold. Now, 20 years of yoga practice and deep devotion have culminated in cosmic awareness and subtle energetic understanding that is unique to our time. Santosh wishes to share this wisdom and support others’ self-transformation, individual mindfulness, and karmic alignment. We see the essence of yoga as an awareness practice, and elevates one to realize the deep inner connection of mind, heart, and subtle perception. This promotes a life of purpose, the refined development of human consciousness and the hope for humanities unification. Brimming with unconditional compassion, softness, and an intuitive knowledge of ancient wisdom practices, Santosh’s classes allow you to experience the peace, harmony, and stillness that lay at the core of your being. We merge the elegant capabilities of our earth bodies with inner cosmic energies to advance conscious perception. Each student is then held in this sacred embrace to explore their own special relationship to yoga. Healing, self-care, and subtle transformation define the beauty of this energetic practice.

Discover the intention to live and breathe through the portal of the heart.

  • E-RYT 500 Yoga Alliance Certified
  • 15,000 + hours actual teaching experience
  • Teacher Trainer and Course Development at 200 and 300 hour level programs
  • Extensive knowledge of Pranayama, Meditation, Ayurveda, Sanskrit, Mantra, Ritual Ceremony, Yoga and Tantra Creation Philosophies
  • Author of comprehensive Teacher Training Manuals for 200 and 300 hour courses
  • Sankat Mochan Hanuman Temple Pujari, Mount Madonna Center, Santa Cruz CA

Santosh continues to work on his Cosmic Manifesto: polishing the one magic stone in search of the Perfect Breath…The State of Breathlessness.

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.