Integrating Science and Spirit

Whether your intention is to teach yoga or deepen your practice, Mind the Mat’s Teacher Training Program offers an empowering approach to education, teaching, and cultivating your personal practice to deepen self-understanding, gain a greater knowledge of anatomy, functional movement (yoga with a Pilates twist taught by a Dr. of Physical Therapy), and how to work with special populations, as well as learn and apply methodologies for transformational teaching.

Become a compassionate, authentic and well-rounded teacher through 200+ hours of training that is steeped in science and simultaneously rooted in the ancient wisdom of yoga. Our program also encourages a strong creative focus to unlock the individual potential and unique voice of each teacher in training.

You will come away with a strong foundation in the technical, inspirational and business side of yoga, including the tools to craft an experience that sets students up for success as well as a profound journey into the heart of yoga and yourself.

We all have our own story…

Our Three Areas of Emphasis:

1. Experiential Learning  

  • We believe in putting knowledge into practice and experience, rather than simply reading texts and writing essays.

  • Yoga with a Pilates twist: we incorporate skilled core stability and activation principles taught by a Doctor of Physical Therapy/Pilates Instructor.

  • Understand both the physical and energetic purpose of your class, how functional movement balances habitual movement patterns, and how breath and meditation balance habitual thought patterns and emotional reactions.

  • You will learn both western functional anatomy and yogic anatomy and how to apply them to yoga postures.

  • Includes in-depth study and practice of asana (yoga poses), pranayama (yogic breathing exercises), meditation, and teaching practicum.

2. Personal Growth  

  • We value the unique qualities of each person, no "cookie-cutter" teachers here.

  • You will learn how use ancient yogic philosophy and wisdom to live authentically, with greater health and wellness.

  • Includes mindfulness exercises, history of yoga and its lineages, tools for transformation, and a nurturing, supportive community of peers and teachers

3. Teaching Methodology

  • Functional Anatomy & Biomechanics with application to yoga asana and all populations.

  • We know the importance of teaching with confidence.

  • You will learn specific tools and techniques to be a effective teacher.

  • Includes skilled verbal cueing, assisting, sequencing, class planning, ethics, and the business aspects of yoga.

What Makes This Training Exceptional:

Special Populations Training

  • We have an inclusive studio environment and work with a range of students of varying shapes, sizes, and needs.

  • Includes Seniors, those with Injuries and limitations, Prenatal, Postpartum, and more....

  • You will learn skills to teach students in this key niche of the yoga world.

  • Includes study of why and how to modify for students’ individual needs.

  • This is a segment included in the 200hr program

Mind the Mat Mentorship Program

Mind the Mat’s signature mentorship program is an optional, but highly encouraged, next step after the completion of a 200hr program. It supports new YTT graduates to segue seamlessly from training to teaching classes in a studio environment, if that is your goal. Approximately half of our YTT graduates complete this program, especially if they wish to gain additional experience with special populations or accumulate teaching hours in a studio environment (a necessary step to auditioning for instructor positions).

Mentees may choose to mentor with an instructor that resonates with their own personal practice and teaching style. With a dedicated team of specialized instructors on the Mind the Mat instructor team, mentees have a wide range to choose from.

This program is open to graduates of MtM YTT as well as those from other programs. For more specifics or to apply click here.

Questions? Talk with Mind the Mat Yoga Teacher Training Directors.

E-mail: mtmteachertraining@gmail.com

Call: 703 683-2228

This 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training is foundational for learning to teach yoga. This program is registered through internationally recognized Yoga Alliance and meets their credentialing standards for a 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Program.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to us if one of these dates does not work for you; we can arrange to meet one on one: mtmteachertraining@gmail.com

Dates & Times:

2019/2020 FALL 6-MONTH LONG
This program meets every other weekend at the Del Ray, Alexandria location.

  • September 11-13, 25-27

  • October 9-11, 23-25

  • November 13-15, 20-22

  • December 4-6, 18-20

  • January 8-10, 22-24

  • February 5-7, 19-21

  • Fridays: 6-9 p.m.

  • Saturdays: 12:30-8:30 p.m.

  • Sundays: 10:00-4:00 p.m.

Please email us at mtmteachertraining@gmail.com with any questions about specific program content or time commitments for this training.

You may also have these questions answered by attending one of our upcoming Q&A sessions (see above for dates).

Steps for Enrollment:

  • Apply Now»

  • Submit your $250 deposit to hold your place for:

  • Email to set up an interview with co-directors, Julie Wieland and Caroline Deitch, at mtmteachertraining@gmail.com.

  • Once you have been accepted to the program, arrangements for payment of remaining tuition will be made at mtmteachertraining@gmail.com. Payment plans are available upon request. The security deposit is non-refundable if you decide not to participate in the program. If you are not accepted to the program, your $250 deposit will be returned.

  • Early Bird Special: Register and pay full tuition on or before July 31, 2019 and pay $3000 tuition (minus $250 deposit).

  • Regular Tuition: $3250 (minus $250 security deposit).