Teacher Training


B L U E  B A N Y A N  O F F E R S  T W O  C O U R S E S  O F  S T U D Y

Foundational Teacher Training (200hr)
Our Teacher Training Program is nationally recognized and certified by Yoga Alliance at the 200 hour level.  The program is designed to support the growth and development of skilled, inspired teachers of Vinyasa Yoga by offering a comprehensive, foundational curriculum.  Graduates of this program should expect to leave capable of planning and teaching a creative, integrated, and safe Vinyasa Yoga class - and fully equipped to pursue work as a yoga teacher should they choose to do so.
Advanced Teacher Training (+300hr)
The +300 hour Advanced Teacher Training is designed for those who already hold 200hr accreditation from any Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga School - and enables those teachers to acquire their 500hr RYT status. Our Advanced Teacher Training approaches yoga teaching as it's own 'practice'. Over the course of 7 weekend intensives you will be helped to shape and claim your individual point-of-view and hone your unique teaching voice. The program seeks to inspire and support working yoga teachers with an emphasis on depth of study and an eye toward enhanced earning potential upon graduation.
Students can expect both tracks to be challenging, inspiring, and wildly transformative!

Not interested in teaching but want more?
Both programs offer a Yoga Immersion track! For those interested in diving deeper, but not seeking certification...

Advanced Teacher Training (+300hr)

Advanced Teacher Training focuses on three areas over a range of topics.
Those focuses are:
  1. Teaching as a Practice
  2. Honing the Teaching Voice
  3. Building a sustainable Yoga Teaching Career
Topical studies includes:
  • Asana Study - including hands-on, 'advanced' asanas, and sequencing
  • Advanced Pranayama Practices & Teaching
  • Vedic Philosophy - including a deep study of the Upanishads
  • Advanced Anatomy & Physiology - with a focus on direct application to asana
  • Subtle Anatomy - an exploration of the energy systems of the body
  • Ayurvedic Component - the integrative 'health care' system of Your Life Blueprint
  • Sanskrit and Mantra - Sound Yoga in teaching and practice
  • Practicum, Pedagogy and Student Teaching
  • Principles of teaching to Non-Mainstream Populations
  • Thesis and Business Plan Development

April 2018 - Dec 2019
300 hour credit is accrued over the course of 7 weekend intensives. 
Each weekend, in conjunction with  outside study, accounts for 50 hours of credit towards Yoga Alliance 300 hour Teacher Training
Each weekend is available to those not on a teaching track as well
Weekend Intensive Schedule
Friday - 9am - 7pm
Saturday & Sunday 9-5 All those working towards accreditation will have additional outside work in conjunction with weekend attendance.
First weekend Intensive-
The Ancient Auyrvedic Yoga Teaching Module: 9 Planet Yoga Sequence
with Sarah Tomlinson & Sophie Simpson
Friday April 27- Sunday April 29th 2018

*an additional weekly meeting/class will also be required for a portion of the program, the detail of which will be arranged with individual students upon acceptance into the program
Note: All Yoga School classes meet in our Germantown space located at 143 West Walnut Lane in the Germantown neighborhood of Philadelphia.
Weekend Intensives along with outside study - 50 Yoga Alliance Hours - $500
Weekend Intensive with out YA accreditation - $450

ALL Applications must be received by April 15th

To Apply for Yoga Alliance 300 Hour Advanced Teaching Accreditation

Please submit the following (by email, US mail, or in person)
  • a copy of your valid 200hr Yoga Alliance Certificate
  • Resume of Yoga Teaching Experience (including the RYS where you received your initial training)
  • A Personal Reflection on how the Blue Banyan program speaks to you and what you hope to gain in doing the +300hr Training
  • $200 non-refundable Application Fee applied to any specified weekend intensive

Foundational Teacher Training (200hr)

We will study a wide range of topics within the practice of Yoga, including:
  • Asana - go deep into the practice of over 50 foundational yoga postures/poses - with a focus on alignment, energetics, and sequencing (participants of the TT program will also study teaching methodology and hands on adjustments)
  • Pranayama - learn to practice and teach energizing breath techniques
  • Philosophy - explore Patanjali's Yoga Sutras and the Bhagavad Gita
  • Anatomy - consider the skeletal, muscular, nervous and endocrine systems as related to and affected by the practices of Yoga
  • Anatomy ('from an Eastern Perspective') - discover the energy systems of the body including Chakras, Nadis, Koshas and more
  • Meditation - dive into the practice of Mindfulness Meditation
  • Ayurvedic Component - Experience the integrative 'health care' system of Your Life Blueprint
  • Sanskrit and Chanting - explore the practice of Nada (sound) Yoga
  • Practicum and Pedagogy - TT participants will have plenty of practice-teaching opportunities throughout the program and will engage in an in-depth study of the art and science of teaching Yoga

Information Sessions:

All Info sessions are held in our Mt Airy Studio - 7153 Sprague St 19119

Teacher Training Information:

Sunday July 29th, 11am

Sunday August 12thm 11am

Immersion Information Sessions:

Sunday June 24th, 11am

Sunday August 19th, 11am

Program Schedule

September 2018 - May 2019
September - January:   One Full Weekend a Month
        Weekend schedule: Friday 5:30-9:30pm, Saturday 10:30am- 2:30pm, Sunday 11am- 4pm
September- 14th, 15th & 16th
October-  19th, 20th & 21st
November- 9th, 10th & 11th
December- 14th, 15th & 16th
January- 11th, 12th & 13th

February - May : Every Weekend: Friday 5:30pm - 9:30pm, Saturday 10:30pm - 2:30pm & one Sunday a month 11am - 4pm
Monthly Sundays Feb - May:
Sunday Feb 10th
Sunday March 10th
Sunday April 14th
Sunday May 5th

ALL applications must be received by August 15th 2018 to be considered for either Teacher Training or Immersion Certificate Program Please enclose $200 nonrefundable application fee which will be applied towards tuition when submitting your application
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  • Teacher Training $3000
  • Yoga Immersion $1800  
Our programs includes:
  • Over 13 hours each week of in-class time with Sophie, Jake, Angela or Jenna
  • Unlimited Free Yoga for the duration of the program
  • All Workshops with our Inspired Adjunct Faculty
  • Study Materials (books not included)
  • TT''s will also participate in the Buddy Program (a peer support system) and the Mentor Program (an opportunity to  meet and work with other seasoned Blue Banyan teachers)


Sophie Simpson, co-director

Jake Miller, co- director

Jenna Price, assistant

Angela Irwin- assistant

Patricia Cornelius, ERYT - Yogic Philosophy

Adjunct Faculty
Deborah Cooper - Meditation
Jacqui Rosenberger - Anatomy
Margaret Kinnevy - Advanced Anatomy

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