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Sequencing Into Stillness: The Art and Anatomy of Teaching Yoga

  • Blue Point Yoga Center 2816 Erwin Road Suite 203 Durham, NC, 27705 United States (map)

Embarking on a yoga teacher training program is a life-changing event. It will take you deeper into a practice and way of life that you already have a strong connection with. In this 200hr training, you will acquire the skills necessary to intelligently craft and confidently teach a yoga class. You will gain insight into the subtleties and complexities of the practice of yoga, a journey that will remain ongoing as both a student and teacher. We will explore yoga’s ever changing tradition, from its roots in India to the modern popular culture phenomenon it has become. And along the way, you will discover your authentic voice to teach the yoga that resonates the most deeply with you.

This training course is registered with Yoga Alliance at the 200hr level. Upon successful completion of all modules, readings and homework, you will be eligible to register with Yoga Alliance, the nationally recognized governing body of yoga standards and trainings. This course is recommended for students of any level who have been practicing yoga for at least one year.

Lead instructor and program director, Sara Doyle (Ph.D, E-RYT 500) has taught anatomy at Duke University School of Medicine since 2003 and has a deep understanding of anatomy, biomechanics and the science behind yoga. She will provide practical alignment and sequencing that can be adapted to different levels and different bodies.

In this training, you will learn:
◦ The history of ancient and modern yoga
◦ The yoga sutras and how they apply to modern life
◦ The art of asana sequencing
◦ Breathing and meditation techniques
◦ The anatomy of movement
◦ Skillful verbal cuing and hands-on adjustments
◦ How to bring mindfulness practices into your life - on and off your mat
◦ How to creatively teach beginner students
◦ The interaction between the subtle energetic body and the musculoskeletal system
◦ The ways in which yoga can heal
◦ Tools for developing authenticity as a yoga teacher - voice, intention and attention
◦ Intelligent crafting of a class - pacing, intensity, focus, thematics and presentation

Course requirements
During the 9-weekend course, you will be expected to:
Attend group classes at Blue Point or elsewhere 8x per month
Maintain a home asana practice 2x per week
Maintain a meditation and pranayama practice 4x per week
Journal about your home and group practices
Complete all homework assignments. This commitment averages 1-3 hours per month
Practice your teaching skills with friends and family
Remain open to the experiences as they arise
Cultivate an attitude of non-judgement towards yourself and others


$2850 paid in full by September 1, 2016

*Teacher trainees are eligible for discounted membership or class passes at Blue Point Yoga for the duration of the training


Cancellation Policy:
Cancellations made up to two weeks before the start of the training will be refunded less $150 processing fee. Cancellations made within two weeks of the start of the program will be refunded 50%. Cancellations made within 48hrs of the start of the program begins will not be refunded.


September 16-18,2016
October 7-9, 2016
October 28-30, 2016
November 18-20, 2016
December 9-11, 2016
January 13-15, 2017
January 27-29, 2017
February 17-19, 2017
March 3-5, 2017

Fridays 5:30-9pm
Saturdays 12pm - 8pm
Sundays 12pm - 8pm



Teacher Training at Blue Point Yoga Center not only taught me about the physical practice, philosophy, and anatomy of yoga, but it also helped me to develop the skills and confidence necessary to share all of these things with others. The training was physically challenging and intellectually rigorous, while at the same time relaxed, open, and inviting. I was amazed at how well the teachers encouraged trainees to cultivate their own unique voices as yoga teachers while also providing everyone with a solid foundation in the practice of teaching. Assignments throughout the training were both practical and engaging, and it was great to get detailed feedback on our teaching skills as we developed and grew within the program. I would highly recommend this training to anyone looking for an authentic and meaningful training experience.
-Sarah K
As a hesitant student, Sara inspired me to explore yoga. I have a busy work schedule and some scheduling conflicts but I embarked upon a wonderful experience as a part of Sara’s yoga teacher training. Sara was a good fit for me as a teacher. She is engaging, precise, and anatomically based in her methods. She blends current theory of movement with the research about mindfulness. Sara helped me find a deeper practice of this ancient tradition with its many health benefits. All the participants were wonderful people. I so enjoyed this experience and highly recommend it.

Doing training at Blue Point was a great balance of the topics I wanted to get out of my 200 hour teacher training. Significant time is spent not only on the study of sequencing and building classes, but on the anatomy underlying important poses, and how to guide students into poses safely with precise instructions. Sara brings with her not only years of experience as a yogi, but a wealth of expertise from her background as a doctor of anatomy. I feel I came out of the training with the confidence to put together class plans and enough teaching practice to begin instructing immediately.

I completed the 200 hr RYT training at Blue Point in fall 2013, when Sara Doyle shared the teaching role with Sarah Trelease from Portland, OR. With Sarah Trelease far away much of the time, Sara Doyle was the glue that held the training program together. She was well-organized in her teaching sessions; very positive when coaching us as novice teachers; knowledgeable about anatomy, yoga and the business side of yoga; and simultaneously light-hearted and conscientious in her own teaching, a very appealing combination. I consider Sara to be my primary mentor as a teacher, and I am glad to have had the chance to learn from her, both during the RYT training and subsequently as a student in her classes.
-Lynn Maguire

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