November 18, 2018

Module 1: Personal Development Yoga Teacher Certification

Module 1 Yoga Teacher Training: Personal Development Techniques and Practice

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Yoga Alliance CertificationIf you have wanted to become a yoga instructor and learn how to develop your own personal yoga practice our yoga certification program may be right for you. The 200 hour Yoga Alliance approved program is divided into two modules. Module one focuses on personal yoga practice development, philosophy and history, mindfulness, breathwork, and yoga postures. The module is approximately 120 hours and includes in-person instruction and personal study. Students will learn how to make postures accessible for all abilities and ages. With a heavy focus on stress reductions, we will also learn formal and informal mindfulness practices.

This affordable program is ideal for people who are:

  • Interested in learning how to adapt their yoga practice based on their own physical ability, spiritual, and mental needs.
  • Searching for Yoga Alliance Training. Students must complete Module Two to receive the Yoga Alliance certificate.
  • Wanting to start a yoga training program but unsure if they would like to teach.
  • Looking for an affordable option to start a yoga teacher training program but want the flexibility in schedule and pricing.
  • Looking for a training program that has a focus on stress reduction and mindfulness.
  • Interested in learning in a small group environment.
  • Wanting to teach in informal settings with family and friends.
  • Recreational therapists, occupational therapists, mental health therapists, teachers, nurses, personal trainers, and fitness instructors who want to incorporate yoga postures into their current sessions.

Next Training Date: 2019 Spring Yoga Teacher Training


Dates and Times

  • March 9 – 10, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • April 16 – 20 Intensive Week 9:30 – 6:30 PM
  • May 3 -5, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • June 8, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • June 9, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
  • Students are required to teach 1 recorded class prior to receiving their certificate. It is recommended they are completed prior to graduation but they may complete them up to 3 months after graduation. Students will not receive their Yoga Alliance 200 RYT certificate without successful completion and meetings for the community classes.

Tuition and Costs

  • Tuition: $1399 if paid in full by January 31/$1499 Regular Registration Fee
    • Payment plans require a $499 non-refundable deposit and then three additional autodraft payments of $399.
  • For students taking both Modules 1 and 2 together for the 200 Hour Yoga Alliance RYT designation, they can save by registering together. The total registration fee is:
    • $2499 Early Bird Discount if paid in full 60 days prior to the Module 1 start date.
    • $2650 Regular Registration
  • Books: Students are responsible for purchasing their own books. Estimated costs are about $60 for the three books required for Module 1.

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What can I expect?


Students can expect a mix of lecture, practice, and experiential learning. Most students are surprised that we do not practice yoga asanas (yoga postures) as much as they were expecting. Participants are exposed to a wide array of yoga practices to make yoga accessible such as: restorative yoga, yin yoga, gentle yoga, mindful yoga, prenatal yoga, chair yoga, hatha yoga, with a limited amount of vinyasa or power yoga. We focus on alignment of the postures based on different body and energy types. With a heavy focus on mindfulness and stress reduction, students will be exposed to complementary techniques to bring into their classes and own personal practice such as essential oils, singing bowls, yoga nidra, and mindfulness.

In terms of the group and format, students should expect a very small group setting compared to other teacher trainings. There are breaks provided in each session and a lot of time to practice under the supervision of a senior yoga teacher. While most of the program happens during the week-long immersion, there are readings and light assignments to complete during the breaks. Additionally, students will need to teach one recorded class prior to receiving their certificate.

What’s Included in the Yoga Training Program


  • Essential oil starter kit and wholesale discounts.
  • Yoga teacher training manual.
  • Online access to our course.
  • Email support between the course dates.
  • Complimentary access to Mindful Yoga Chicago general classes located at the park district.

What’s Not Included in the Yoga Course


  • This is the first module of the two required to complete our Yoga Certification Program. While this is a part of a Yoga Alliance training module both modules will need to be completed before receiving the Registered Yoga Instructor designation (RYT) through Yoga Alliance.
  • Your books. This course requires 3 books which should be less than $50 if you purchase an online version or used books.
  • Props and supplies. To make yoga accessible, we use a lot of props. We will have them at our training location but for your own self-practice, participants are encouraged to purchase their own.
  • Lodging costs. As most of the program occurs in the one-week immersion, we may have participants coming from out of Chicago. They are responsible for their own food and lodging.

Frequently Asked Questions


Where is the training located?

The training is located in the Uptown neighborhood in Chicago. If the training has less than 5 people it will be located in the instructor’s home studio. For 5 to 12 participants, it will be located at another location in Uptown conveniently located near public transportation.

Why is the program divided into two modules?

We found that students had different needs, some were more interested in a personal yoga journey and had no desire to teach, others were looking to teach yoga as a career change, while others were teaching yoga already without any formal training. We found dividing the program into two modules not only made the program for flexible and accessible from a tuition perspective but also allowed the program to meet the needs of the different students we had.

What should I do if I want to get the Yoga Alliance designation?

To receive the Yoga Alliance designation you must complete all complete Module Two, pass all assignments, and meet the attendance requirements.

Do I need to take both modules before teaching?

Upon completion of the first module, students will have foundational knowledge to teach yoga classes to family or friends. However, if looking to teach as a profession, it will be a challenge to find a position without completing both modules. For people in complementary professions, it may be enough to add them to their current list of offerings. There will be a gap in knowledge, specifically when it comes to sequencing and detailed anatomy without completing Module 2. This program is ideal for those looking to deepen their personal practice and learn the basics of sharing yoga with others.

How do payment plans work?

Participants must place a $499 non-refundable deposit with the remaining payments divided into 3 additional payments. Each remaining pay will include a $25 adminstrative fee and payments will be auto drafted from the account on file. All  payments must be collected prior to the completion of the immersion week.

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About the Instructor


Melissa Leger, E-RYT® 200, RYT® 500, YACEP®

MBSR Level 1 Instructor

Melissa’s classes focus on mindful yoga, stress reduction, and creating adaptive yoga classes by letting students adjust their practices to their own individual body types. With a background in Ayurveda, yoga therapy, and mindfulness her objective is to create a space where people can get back in touch with their own inner wisdom. She has owned several yoga studios, runs yoga retreats, and has work completed online through The Smart Yoga Teacher and Essential Oils for Yoga Teachers. Melissa completed her 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training from Mindful Yoga Academy in Spain, MBSR Level 1 Training from Mindful Academy International, and her 500 Hour from Yandara Yoga Institute in Mexico.  Continuing education includes Prenatal Yoga Level I from Blooma, Connection Coalition Trauma Informed Training, and Chair Yoga Teacher Training through Sunlight Yoga. Prior to her work in yoga, she has over 10 years in corporate training experience and is a combat veteran.

In her free time, she enjoys gardening, playing with her dogs, and traveling with her husband.

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