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Practice | Study | Go Deeper | Grow


2017 - 2018
Program Dates

Eight weekends plus every other Sunday


Fris 6:00-9:00pm
Sats 10:45-6:30pm
Suns 1:00-8:10pm
and every other Sun 4:00-8:10pm

Class topics include:

  • Asana: standing, seated, hip-openers, backbends, inversions, twists
  • Align & flow sequencing
  • Restorative yoga postures
  • Meditation & pranayama
  • Developing your teaching voice
  • Modifications & variations
  • Adjustments & use of basic Thai massage techniques in resting postures
  • Business of yoga: finding your niche & reaching your target audience
  • Compassionate communication skills for the yoga teacher
  • Anatomy & physiology for the yoga teacher
  • The yamas & niyamas
  • The seminal texts of the Bhagavad Gita & the Yoga Sutras
  • Ayurveda theory & lifestyle
  • Chair and adaptive yoga techniques
  • Yin yoga techniques
  • Prenatal yoga considerations and contraindications
  • Energetics: Chakras & koshas
  • Personal goal and intentions setting practice
  • Yoga teacher boundaries & ethics

Interested? Let us know and
we will keep you posted!


What others are saying...

I embarked on teacher training at Big River Yoga because I wanted to bring knowledge and discipline to my personal practice. Chris Gordon and Maria Toso bring unusual insight to the classes they teach and I wanted to drink from the same well. I was not disappointed! Not only did I deepen my familiarity with the asanas, but I was also introduced to the philosophical foundations of the practice that make it so much more than just exercise. I can truly say it has awakened my awareness to a spiritual dimension of life.     -Diana

I didn't enroll in this training to become a yoga teacher - so I am amazed at how learning to teach has deepened my practice, both on and off the mat. Yoga is SO much more than asana!! I learned more than I thought I could about the body practices, but I also learned to listen for the harmonies of effortlessness and ease. What a gift to bring to life!!   - Marga

Do you yearn to go deeper, integrate your intentions from your practice into everyday life and cultivate the skills to teach the healing art of yoga to others? In this program you will:

  • Develop a consistent yoga and meditation practice.
  • Identify your intentions then cultivate the daily habits to reach your goals with the support of a health coach.
  • Gain wisdom and study yoga history and philosophy to apply them to your life.
  • Learn about Ayurveda to cultivate self-awareness, health and bring bring balance.
  • Learn and practice the methodology including alignment principles, demonstrations and adjustments to teach yoga safely and effectively.
  • Learn by experience and step into the seat of teacher as you practice teaching in a safe and reflective environment.
  • Acquire business skills to help you start teaching and grow your classes.


Chris and Big River Yoga staff provide an all-encompassing approach to really learning the traditions of yoga in a way that is easily applicable to all areas of life. I enrolled in the Yoga for Conscious Living teacher training with a small, clear-cut intention of learning how to teach yoga to others, unaware of the total life transformation I was about to experience. I graduated the program with so much more than knowledge of the physical practice, including: improved self-acceptance, contentment and ease in daily living.                               -Jessica

I learned how to teach, which is exciting. But most exciting is that the process as a whole was transformative, and the teachers, the student group, the readings and the intensive practice made it so. Now I see that yoga done well has the power to make us more deeply human.                                             -Steve


Develop your personal practice.
Your yoga practice is essential to this process. Maintain consistency to support your well-being. The asana portion of the training is based on five categories of asana: standing poses, seated postures, backbends, twists and inversions. Examine the alignment within the various postures using an anatomical and bio-mechanical lens. We will explore both static and dynamic ways to practice asana. Pranayama and meditation are integral components of our study and practice.

Integrate your intentions for study, practice and a yogic life. You will work with our Health Coach, Nora Gordon, to identify your intentions, set goals unique to your needs and interests, and dive into the process of self-inquiry and transformation by designing daily rhythms that support your health, wellness and intentions. 

Dive into the history and philosophy of yoga. Through these seminal texts we will gain access to tools of self discovery and a path towards happiness. Read and discuss the Bhagavad Gita, the yoga sutras of Patanjali, and learn about Tantric philosophy. Bring yoga to life with Ayurveda and nutrition and live in connection to the seasons. Learn how the chakras and koshas pertain to your daily life.

Learn anatomy specifically geared for yoga teachers. Includes muscle and bones, joint mobility, indications and contra-indications for various health conditions, pregnancy and stages of life.

Learn basic adaptive techniques to work with the needs of specific populations including chair and elder yoga, pre-natal and injury-specific conditions. 

Learn how to lead restorative yoga postures for rest and relaxation of your students as well as your own personal self-care.

Discover communication tools and techniques to effectively tap into your heart and connect with others while teaching and during all of your exchanges. See how this process deepens your compassion for all beings. We will touch upon the teachings of non-violent communication.

Learn how to engage your students with use of clear language; proper sequencing, accessible modifications and adjustments to support and inspire your students’ in their practice. Using a hands-on learning mentorship model, participants will have the opportunity to practice teaching in small groups with the guidance and support of your teacher. 

Acquire business skills and techniques that help your teachings reach your desired target audience. This includes developing your niche, use of social media for promotions and marketing and more.

IMG_2208_copyIncluded in the program:

  • 230+ hours of study
  • 8 weekends together plus every other Sunday of yoga study with over 180 contact-hours
  • 3 one-on-one coaching sessions
  • Mentorship session 
  • Yoga for Conscious Living manual
  • Small group practice sessions to refine teaching skills
  • Open studio space for practice
  • Opportunities for karma yoga with teaching volunteer hours
Students are expected to complete:
  • 2 classes per week at Big River Yoga
  • 1 additional hour of small group mentorship studies
  • Personal practice and meditation logs/journal
  • Reading and writing assignments to deepen knowledge of the history and philosophy of yoga, Ayurveda, and the bio-mechanics of human anatomy 
  • 1 class observation at Big River Yoga
Big River Yoga is a registered yoga school (RYS) with Yoga Alliance and exceeds the minimum number of contact and non-contact hours required at the 200 hour level. Upon completion of the program, students will receive a certificate of completion and can then register with Yoga Alliance as a registered Yoga Teacher at the 200 hour level (RYT 200). 

Faculty and Teachers: Led by Chris Gordon, owner and founder of Big River Yoga, our Yoga for Conscious Living program delivers a unique blend of yoga asana, meditation, pranayama, anatomy and philosophy teachings that brings your yoga to life. The program is taught by a variety of highly skilled and certified teachers from Big River Yoga and the greater yoga community.

Questions: Attend an information session!  If you cannot attend or have immediate questions, please email chris@bigriveryoga.com or call 651-338-1493.

To Register: Download and complete the application. Email completed applications to info@bigriveryoga.com or drop off at Big River Yoga. Payment plans are available, please see below. 

Full Cost $3150 (includes unlimited membership)
Membership pricing = $2450

Payment plans: Two options
  • Two installments (Due by 2/10/17 and 5/10/17)
    • Members $1250 each installment
    • Non-members = $1600 each installment
  • Four installments (Due by 2/10/17, 3/10/17, 4/10/17, and 5/10/17)
    • Members = $637.50 each installment
    • Non-members = $812.50 each installments

Teacher Training Cancellation Policy

Each student will be notified of acceptance/rejection. In the event a student is rejected, all tuition, fees and other charges will be refunded. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary, if a student gives written notice of cancellation within five business days of the execution of the contract or day on which the student is accepted, then a complete refund is given regardless of whether the program has started. If a student gives a written notice of cancellation after five business days of the execution of the contract or day on which the student is accepted, but before the start of the program by the school, then all tuition, fees and other charges, except 15 percent of the total cost of the program (15 percent not to exceed $50.00) shall be refunded to the student. If a student gives written notice of cancellation after the start of the period of instruction for which the student has been charged, but before completion of 75 percent of the period of instruction, then student is assessed a pro rata portion of tuition, fees and all other charges based on the number of days in the term plus 25 percent of the total program cost (25 percent not to exceed $100.00.) Any notice of cancellation shall be acknowledged in writing within 10 business days of receipt of such notice and all refunds shall be forwarded to the student within 30 business days of receipt of such notice. This refund policy is not linked to any student conduct policy and any promissory instrument shall not be negotiated prior to the completion of 50 percent of the course. Written notice of cancellation shall take place on the date the letter of cancellation is postmarked or, in the case where the notice is hand carried, it shall occur on the date the notice is delivered to the school. The date of execution of the enrollment agreement shall be presumed to be the date of delivery of the notice of acceptance: and if delivered by mail, the postmarked date of the letter of acceptance.