200 Hour Gentle Yoga Teacher Training Certification2018-07-29T14:47:55+00:00

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200 Hour Gentle Yoga Teacher Training

The Soul of Yoga presents School of Gentle Yoga 200 Hour Teacher Training. Every body benefits from a gentle practice. Begins October 2018


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Change Lives in Ways You Can’t Imagine

How is this 200 Gentle Yoga training different than other 200 hour programs? School of Gentle Yoga’s 200 Hour Gentle Yoga Teacher Training looks very differently at the practice and teaching of yoga. In this Gentle Teacher Training you will learn to experience the body as it is in the present moment. Form follows function, the function of the asana is elevated above the visual form. Breath is the foundation of the practice. Felt sense is a primary focus. With all of these elements in place your yoga practice becomes a moving meditation, harmonizing body, breath, mind and senses.

Gentle Yoga Teacher Training Schedule

Our Gentle training is offered in two different formats.

Our schedules are designed for maximum immersion in our rich curriculum. Our students continue the process of learning by fulfilling homework requirements that support our program. Upon graduation from the Soul of Yoga Institute 200 Hour Training, you will be eligible to become a Registered Yoga Teacher through Yoga Alliance, the internationally recognized registry association for yoga teachers.

Fall/Winter Intensive Session 8am – 5pm

October 11-20 Module A
Nov 30 – December 9 Module B

Early Registration deadline: August 30, 2018

Nights/Weekend Session 2019

March 2-3, March 9-10, April 6-7, April 13-14, May 11-12, May 18-19, June 1-2, June 8-9 9:00am-7pm

March 5-6, April 9-10, May 14-15, June 4-5 5:30-8:30pm

 Early Registration deadline: January 19, 2019

Immersion 2019

September 5-14  9-7pm Module A

November 7-16 9-7pm Module B

 Early Registration deadline: July 25, 2019

The School of Gentle Yoga Curriculum Covers:

Essence of Gentle Practice

breath as foundation – conscious breath is the gateway to exploring the natural balance between expansion and contraction; learn to balance and move between expansion and contraction, harmonizing body and mind.

form follows function – encourage grace in every moment through exploration and self-discovery; allow your innate gentleness to filter through influencing every action, thought, and relationship.

movement as meditation – understand how moving in rhythmic, breath-led arrangements allows even the most active practice to feel meditative and gentle

felt sense is key – learn to read the body as a map of sensation, with each sensation a cue to cultivate internal body awareness enabling greater connection between body, mind, heart, and spirit

Practice of Expansion & Inclusion

Learn to teach in a way that creates maximum value for every level of practitioner. Move away from absolute ideas of how something should look and find creative ways to explore and recreate the purpose and function of the pose without restraints or rigidity. This training is accessible and valuable for EVERYBODY.

Philosophy, Lifestyle & Ethics

A complete yoga practice includes the integration of the 8 Limbs of Yoga in daily life. In this training you will study from the complete system of Yoga as defined in Pantanjali’s Yoga Sutras and be guided on a journey of personal transformation using the foundational principles of the Yamas and Niyamas as a roadmap.

Anatomy & Physiology

You will study anatomy and physiology as they apply to a gentle asana practice. What are the benefits, contraindications, healthy movement patterns, etc.? Exploration of subtle anatomy is also emphasized – koshas, chakras, nadis – and their interrelatedness with the systems of the physical body.

Techniques, Practice & Integration

Prepare for an immersion into the art of asana, from static foundation to movement as meditation. Learn to teach core asanas with verbal instructions, breath coordination, lines of energy, variations, props, and modifications. The practices of pranayama, sense withdrawal, imagery, visualization, and meditation will be introduced to provide the skill to interweave these practices. Classes are designed through lectures, workshops, and practicums; your opportunity to practice leading asanas.

Teaching Methodology

Drawing on components covered in Techniques, Philosophy, Lifestyle and Ethics, and Anatomy and Physiology this module expands into the broader aspects of teaching a class. Included are learning different ways to lead a posture, designing a class, creating flow, creating a supportive environment for self and students, adjusting for a class’ specific needs, observing and staying connected with the class, and assisting/correcting.

You are encouraged to understand and develop your own unique gifts, style and voice as you consider the qualities of a teacher.

Practicum, Presentations, & Exams

A total of 10 hours throughout your 200 hour yoga teacher training is dedicated to student teaching. The details are flexible and will be discussed during the course. Student Presentations and exam will be delivered at the end of your course and will also be further discussed in class.

Business of Yoga

Business aspects of teaching yoga, including finding your niche, marketing, technology, safety, insurance, and legal considerations are discussed. As yoga continues to rise in importance and popularity, career opportunities become increasingly plentiful.

Seva & Homework

Seva, or service, is an essential experience in the development of the yogi. You will select and perform some form of seva for the Soul community or for another organization and will document your experience in an essay. In addition to your seva practice, you will need to complete and hand in 20 hours of homework assignments. This homework prepares you to be able to do research and self-study on your own. Details of homework are provided in the School of Gentle Yoga manual.

Dannette Mason E-RYT 500, Yoga Therapist

Dannette is the Founding Director of the School of Gentle Yoga, specializing in classes, trainings, and workshops that focus on the art and science of subtle Yoga.  After sustaining a life-changing traumatic brain injury in 1996, Dannette began a journey of recovery that led to a regular practice and deep study of the healing aspects of Yoga. A graduate of the IAYT accredited Yoga Therapy program at The Soul of Yoga Institute in Encinitas CA, Dannette has studied with master teachers of many lineages, and developed a unique style, combining her studies with her personal healing journey.

Moving Into Stillness is Dannette’s signature style; a combination of gentle movement, sequenced to prepare the body for the subtle healing of restorative postures, aided by the resonant sound of crystal bowls, creating a deeply expansive and releasing practice. Dannette considers it an incredible honor to live and teach in the Encinitas community of North San Diego County, while also having the opportunity to bring the School of Gentle Yoga teachings and trainings into hosting studios where there is a call for a return to the subtle aspects of Yoga. Every body benefits from time spent in a gentle practice.

Flossie Park E-RYT 500

Always considering herself as a student of life, Flossie has studied with numerous teachers throughout her lifetime. Flossie has dedicated her life to empowering herself and others through yoga, meditations, workshops, retreats, Crystal Bowl sound therapy and numerous other modalities. She has been actively involved in the wellness field for over 25 years developing programs that reach out to all walks of life. For ten years Flossie owned a yoga studio on the east coast where she developed and directed a successful School of Yoga. Through her Yoga Teacher Training programs and certifications, she has lovingly guided hundreds of students to step into living their passions and enriching their lives and the lives of others with the experience, wisdom and love of yoga.

Yoga Trainings developed and facilitated

  • 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training
  • Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training (10 hour & 25 hour)
  • Yoga & Sound Therapy
  • Meditation
  • Chakras
  • Yoga for the Special Needs
moniqueMonique Lonner, RYT-E 500, Yoga Therapist

Monique has been teaching yoga for more than 13 years both in New York and California. She is the founder and Director of both the Advanced Yoga Teacher Training and Yoga Therapy programs at Soul of Yoga. She has a deep reverence for the beautiful miracle of the human body and loves teaching Anatomy and Physiology in 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training program.

Monique’s most profound teaching gifts lie in her ability to apply asana as a therapeutic tool for healing. She is especially intuitive with students who have movement restrictions or injuries and has helped many people move out of their pain and into the enjoyment of life again.

All of her classes, be they gentle or vinyasa flow, are designed to help your body feel better, be stronger and move more freely. She is a devoted student of Yogic Philosophy and delights in weaving the wisdom of the teachings into her classes so that it feels relevant, supportive and inspiring to her students through life’s challenges and joys.

Caitlin Parson E-RYT 500, Yoga Therapist

Caitlin is most known for her love of yoga and sharing her passion with others as a primary tool for healing. Caitlin’s classes are a dynamic blend of her knowledge and understanding from the many different styles and lineages she’s studied, with a large focus on therapeutic & spiritual aspects of the practice. Caitlin has studied with some of the best therapeutic teachers including Brian Dorfman, Leslie Kaminoff, Nischala Joy Devi, and Rama Jyoti Vernon. Caitlin specializes in helping students find relief from pain or restrictive movement and empowering students to look within for their own healing journey.

Erika Lee E-RYT 500, RMT 

Erika Lee walked into her first Yoga class when she 18 years old, and her world was literally and figuratively flipped upside down! Through her years of practice, Erika felt her life transform in powerful and positive ways. She felt her life begin to shift not only in the physical realm by the healing of her chronic back pain, but also emotionally and spiritually. After over ten years of personal study and practice, Erika decided to share the healing power of Yoga and meditation with her loved ones and became a teacher in 2008. She holds several certifications and is currently a student of Soul of Yoga in Encinitas where she will soon earn her degree in their extensive Yoga Therapy program. She loves Yoga for countless reasons, however to her one of the most beautiful aspects of the practice is that it evolves with age and is available to students of any walk of life. In addition to her Yoga training Erika is also a Reiki Master and leads powerful Reiki circles and trainings. She is a philanthropist and donates a great deal of her time and teachings to benefit charities and local non-profit organizations. She has led several retreats around the world. Erika believes that Yoga is for everyone and strives to create a safe and sacred environment for her students to learn and transform. Let the journey begin… Namaste!

Chiara Ginardi-Maldonado

Born in Italy and raised in France, Chiara was introduced to yoga in Hawaii in 2000 by her mentor. Through this mentor-ship she developed a love for Yoga, awakening the deep intelligence within her own body and spine. She taught and learned at the Salon Des Arts for the next 10 years focusing on posture correction through alignment, deep tissue strengthening and nervous system balancing. She then went on to San Diego and continued her education through the Soul of Yoga for her 200 and 500-hour certification. Mindful breathing, connecting to the heart, and alignment are all consistent points of focus in her class. Also studying Sacred Sound, Metaphysics, Astrology and Ayurveda she infuses these teachings in her class. Chiara’s teaching style is intuitive reminding us of the interconnectedness of all of life. The practice is a loving prayer, a ritual to dive deeper into the body and awaken inner wisdom.She loves helping people remember their Souls journey and connect to their spirits through a peaceful, mindful and sometimes challenging practice.She currently teaches Restorative, Yin, Prenatal, Vinyasa, children’s yoga, Hatha Her passion is also in leading ceremonies, blessing ways and space clearing.

She is deeply honored to share with future teachers the many insights and gifts she has found along the way… “just like the breath, teaching and mentoring are a process of giving and receiving and with this deep reverence and an open heart I enter this sacred space”

There will be many other special guest teachers throughout the training.

With This Training Every Student Receives:

Free Yoga

Free Yoga

Iincludes 25 yoga class pack

Community Mentor

Community Mentor

Be matched with an up-standing yogi or yogini who will meet with as you move through your training. Gain additional insight and build your yogic network!

Self Healing

Self Healing

Do you have an injury or special consideration? In this training you will learn how to accommodate your body and progress beyond your current limitations.

Life Coaching

Life Coaching

In this training you will be supported through the inevitable obstacles and roadblocks of transformation with a combination of yoga philosophy and life coaching. Life coaching brings a depth of clarity that will expand beyond your yoga mat into all areas of life.

The Gentle Yoga Teacher Training with Dannette was a thorough introduction to the full spectrum of yoga. I feel well prepared to teach asana with knowledge of adaptation/modifications for any practitioner. Perhaps more importantly I have come to understand that it is the integration of the physical body with the landscape of our mind and heart that together with the breath is the key to the transformative experience of yoga. I came to see the unfolding of our subtle body through the Koshas, the Chakras, along with meditation, and the 8 Limbs of Yoga (and much more) within the philosophy of the Sutras of Patanjali. Add a day of mindfulness at the local Buddhist Monastery and the overall leadership, passion, and compassion of Dannette and you have a complete opportunity to find your own path in Yoga both personally and in guiding others.

Kathy M. San Diego, CA

your future begins today


Registration and Financial Aid Services

Registration Process

  • Complete and submit an application by mail | or online
  • You will then be interviewed over the phone or in-person by Program Director, Dannette Mason
  • Within 5 business days accepted registrants submit a non-refundable deposit of $650. This guarantees your place. Deposits can be taken via credit card over the phone. Checks should be made to “Soul of Yoga”. Accepted registrants will be contacted directly by the 200 Hatha Program Advisor to arrange tuition payment
  • You will receive a welcome packet and essential program details prior to the start of your course


  • Cost of the course: $2950
  • Includes 25 class-pack
  • Includes The School of Gentle Yoga 200 Hour Training Manual

Required Reading

  • The Secret Power of Yoga, Nischala Joy Devi
  • Yoga Anatomy, Leslie Kaminoff – available at the Soul for $12

Pricing Advantages

  • $400 Early Registration Discount available to applicants fully registered by:
    • August 30, 2018 for the Fall/Winter Intensive session
    • January 19, 2019 for Nights/Weekends session
    • July 25th , 2019 for Fall Immersion
  • $550 Early Registration & Paid-In-Full Discount is available to students who are registered early and pay-in-full upon registering
  • $150 Paid-In-Full Discount is available to students who pay-in-full before the first day of class
  • 15% Military, Senior, Full-Time Student Discount (not to be combined with any other offer)

Financial Aid

Financial services are offered by hosting studio The Soul of Yoga. A 25% non-refundable deposit is required. The balance, plus an 8% service fee, will be placed on your account. Monthly auto-payments will be drawn using a Visa or MasterCard. 200 hour training payment plans not to exceed 6 months.

Questions? Email our Program Director, Flossie Park below.

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Military Financing

MyCAA Funding gives eligible military spouses the opportunity to train for portable jobs in growing career fields, including becoming a Yoga Teacher. Soul of Yoga Institute is MYCAA approved. Click below for more information about MyCAA or email flossie@soulofyoga.com.

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