Black Dog Yoga Teacher Training & Deeper Studies

Legendary Teacher Training programs at both Level 1 (200-hours) and Level 2 (300-hours)

Join our growing pool of alumni. Some of the most successful teachers in LA got their start right here at Black Dog Yoga!

Interested in deepening your yoga practice, achieving profound personal growth and becoming a well-rounded yoga teacher with confidence and poise?

Black Dog Yoga’s Teacher Training program is geared to nurturing your unique strengths – helping you develop into the best teacher you can be. A perfect mix of playfulness and a serious approach to theory and technique, our program encourages you to build a practice that fits who you are and where you are in your life now.

Our well-rounded curriculum covers the physical aspects – learning precise alignment and safe teaching of the poses – as well as yoga philosophy and the energetic anatomy system. If you’d like to pursue a teaching career, our program meets all the requirements of the Yoga Alliance. On completion, you will qualify for the 200-hour RYT certification. If you’d like to deepen your understanding of yoga on all levels, but don’t wish to teach, the first module can be taken separately as a Deeper Studies Program.

Module 1: Deeper Studies
* Break down and analysis of the poses
* Trouble-shooting your personal issues, injuries and misalignments
* Yoga philosophy and the Yoga Sutras
* Guided meditation
* Introduction to The Chakra system
* Pranayama (breathing) techniques
* Anatomy as it relates to the practice of yoga
Module 2: Teaching Practicum
* Practice teaching with feedback
* Finding your voice as a teacher
* Adjustments and spotting
* Sequencing
* Business of yoga
* Unlimited yoga classes throughout the program
* Payment plans


Black Dog Yoga’s teacher training offers a priceless opportunity for Level 1 graduates to gain practical experience teaching real classes on our weekly schedule!

Our faculty:

Our gifted and extremely qualified faculty – Sigrid Matthews, Jenny Brill and Margaret Buckley – are all RYT-500 and have many years of experience teaching hundreds of students as well as several years on our Teacher Training faculty! They’ve each studied different styles of yoga, other bodywork modalities like massage, fitness, and hands-on healing, and have an in-depth knowledge of yoga therapeutics. More important, each have cultivated their own personal teaching style, and are personable, committed and compassionate.Our program also features workshops with special guest lecturers.

Level 1

Level 1 (200-hours)

We offer our Level 1 (200 Hour) Teacher Training program twice a year, spring and fall. The training is typically 11 weekends, Friday evenings from 5:30p to 9:00p – Saturday and Sunday from 10:30a to 5:30p.


$2,950 for the Full Program, or
$1,300 for the Deeper Studies Module
$1,650 for the Teaching Practicum (must do Deeper Studies first)

Monthly Payment Plans for the Full Course:
3 payments of $1,050
6 payments of $550

Partial scholarships are available for Level 1. Please ask for details.

Reading Materials

Required texts for Level 1:
How Yoga Works by Michael Roach and Christie McNally
Yoga: Discipline of Freedom: The Yoga Sutra Attributed to Patanjali translated by Barbara Stoler Miller
Teaching Yoga, Not Poses: 12 Principles for Teaching Yoga with Integrity by Jay Fields
The Concise Book of Muscles by Chris Jarmey
The Black Dog Teacher Training Manual by Sigrid Matthews

Suggested texts for Level 1:
The Heart Of Yoga by T. K. V. Desikachar
Chakra Balancing Kit by Anodea Judith
Hatha Yoga Illustrated by Martin Kirk, Brooke Boon, and Daniel DiTuro

All books are available for purchase at Black Dog Yoga at Amazon or below prices


What some of our spring 2014 Level 1 Teacher Training Grads have to say:

I had a fantastic experience at the teacher training program! Great teachers, great people, great program and amazing studio overall! Not only were all my expectations met, they were exceeded.

– Tamara Shiener

Overall, I loved the teacher training at Black Dog and the unique, diverse and fabulous teachers teaching it.

– Andrew Lande

All of my hopes for this teacher training have been met! I feel enlightened, like I’m a better yogi not just because I understand more about poses, because I have the philosophies, and ancient history. I loved learning about the Sutras, the Chakras and meditation. I feel more balanced and I’m so grateful for my teachers. Thank you…..

– Elena Tarsitani

The teachers (and even students at BDY) are all so knowledgeable and the connections I’ve made/continue to make are priceless.

– Art Voskanian

Read more testimonials from graduates of our Teacher Training here.

(photo of Level 1 grads)


Mini-Mentorship Program

As an optional add-on, some of the graduates of our Level 1 Teacher Training take advantage of one-on-onementoring. This highly individualized program entails 30 contact hours involving Practicum and Teaching Methodology with our key faculty. Mentors include Sigrid Matthews, director of our Teacher Training Program and Jenny Brill.

Mentorship includes:
* Initial intake meeting with senior faculty member to create your personal plan
* Observation and critique of your teaching during a three-month donation class schedule by a faculty member of your choice
* Final meeting with faculty member of your choice to develop your action plan

$300 (if enrolled immediately after completion of Level 1)
$375 (if enrolled a month or more after Level 1)

This mini-mentorship can be credited towards the Level 2 program if you decide to pursue advanced training in the future.

Level 2

Level 2 (300-hours)

Serious about advancing your career as a yoga professional? Once you have completed your Level 1 certification (with Black Dog Yoga or a comparable program), our comprehensive 300-hour Professional Level Program qualifies you for Yoga Alliance Registration at the 500-hour level.

Our 300-hour training program includes an in-depth study of philosophy, anatomy, yoga practicum, Sanskrit, energetic anatomy and yoga therapeutics. We work with you to develop a business plan tailored to your individual needs and goals and provide one-on-one mentoring. We’re committed to helping you define the yoga career of your dreams, and guiding you in the right direction to make your vision a reality.


To accommodate your individual timeline and schedule, we offer two options for taking the Level 2 program. While we strongly encourage a group setting, we realize this may not always be feasible. Either option will take about nine months to a year – or more – to complete.

Option A:
Begins in September or February, alongside our Level 1 Spring and Fall training. Anatomy, Philosophy & more – Saturdays and some Sundays: 100 Hours
Workshops: 60 Hours
Mentoring, Practice Teaching, Auditing & Assisting: 90 Hours
Independent study & special projects: 50 Hours

Option B:
Rolling enrollment
Leslie Kaminoff Yoga Anatomy Online Course: 120 Hours
Workshops: 60 Hours
Mentoring, Practice Teaching, Auditing & Assisting: 50 Hours
Independent study & special projects: 50 Hours

Price for either option: $3,650

We offer liberal payment plans. There is no discount pricing available for Level 2.

Monthly Payment Plans for the Full Course:
$1,340 in 3 payments, or
$700 in 6 payments, or
$485 in 9 payments, or
$380 in 12 payments.

Reading Materials

Required Level 2 texts:
Inside The Yoga Sutras by Reverend Jaganath Carrera
Bhagavad Gita translated by Eknath Easwaran
Upanishads translated by Eknath Easwaran
Hatha Yoga Pradipika translated by Brian Dana Akers

Suggested Reading:
Yoga Anatomy by Leslie Kaminoff
Awaken – Inside Yoga Meditation by Reverend Jaganath Carrera
Yoga For Dummies by Georg Feurstein and Larry Payne
Living Your Yoga by Judith Lasater
Musculoskeletal Anatomy Coloring Book by Joseph E. Muscolino
The Yoga Practice Guide by Bruce Bowditch
The Essential Yoga Sutra: Ancient Wisdom for Your Yoga by Michael Roach and Christie McNally
The Tree Of Yoga by B. K. S. Iyengar
Yoga Gems edited by Georg Feurstein
Teaching Yoga by Donna Farhi
Anatomy Of The Spirit by Carolyn Myss
Why People Don’t Heal And How They Can by Carolyn Myss

See all the Level 1 texts as well. They are a great resource if you haven’t read them yet.

For more information

Please email or call us at 818-380-0331.

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