200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training (Basic Level)

200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training: Deep-Dive into the Wild Feminine

Both the basic and advanced programs at Ocean, Earth, Wind, and Fire are soul-based, meaning each student discovers the elements of yoga practice which are sourced from their passions, desires, and purpose in order to create a teaching practice that aligns with their soul. Both programs are fully accredited by Yoga Alliance, and will be offered via immersion-style scheduling beginning January 2017.

The Living Mandala Yoga 200-Hour Curriculum

The foundational, 200-hour yoga teacher training is open to any seeker looking to deepen his/her yoga practice in a personally meaningful (soul-full) way. Designed to facilitate awareness of how yogic experiences are part of each student’s soul-work, the curriculum focuses on (and then extends far beyond) basic principles of asana alignment, teaching methodology, class sequencing, energy healing, and designing a teaching practice. This program also focuses on integration of the “wild feminine” in yoga practice, working with the Wheel of the Year, lunar cycles, and the Triple Goddess archetype to shape a unique personal and teaching practice.

By the end of the 200-hour program experience, all students have

  • developed their unique teaching philosophy
  •  embodied knowledge of how to cue, demonstrate, and assist/adjust over 108 asana and 36 kriyas (sequences)
  • understand how to hand-craft their own kriyas (body-prayers)
  • discussed and honed their understanding of yogic philosophy, teaching methodology principles, physical body anatomy, and the subtle energy flows within the body
  • been attuned to Level I/II Reiki via in the Usui-Tibetan tradition
  • engaged regularly in creative work to honor bhava (feeling mind)
  • manifested their “Heart Project,” a practical manifestation of the student’s teaching philosophy
  • experienced a deeper understanding of both soul and spirit

Director’s Teaching Philosophy

Yoga is a process of seeking out obstacles to freedom and removing them, with asana only being a component of the powerful and transformational practice that IS yoga. Students are offered fertile opportunities to create their own palette of teaching tools. We learn holistically, through movement alchemy, energy work, ceremony, creative work, Circle-Craft, meditation, journaling, communal talk, stillness, and silence.

Program Entry Requirements

This program is open to anyone who has at least one year’s worth of on-the-mat yoga experience. The program is fully accredited by the Yoga Alliance and students are able to register as an RYT200 upon completion. Students pursue this program for a wide range of reasons, often not looking to actually teach yoga upon completion. Program entrants may be looking to engage in meaningful self-discovery, fill in gaps in yoga philosophy understanding, forge connections between asana and creative work and/or spiritual devotion, and/or find a community of fellow seekers who will support the student in moving closer to his/her soul’s purpose.

Program Schedule

The 200-Hour program consists of 12 modules (Module descriptions below). Beginning January 2017, the entire program will be offered in TWO nine day intensives. The Wild Roots immersion (offered in October 2017) is foundational and must be taken first; it covers basic teaching methodology, yogic history, physical body anatomy, Reiki Level I/II training and subtle body anatomy, and 54 asana corresponding to the elements of Earth, Water, and Fire.

Wild Roots 2017 Immersion: October 7th-15th

8am-6pm each day. Email us for a detailed registration packet, preparatory reading, tuition agreement/payment plan options, and recommendations for accommodations.

2018 Dates: February 17th-25th or October 13th-21st (Wild Roots), March 17th-25th or July 14th-22nd (Wild Rise)

Wild Roots Immersion

Module 1: Days 1 and 2

  • Teaching methodology and exploring bhava, rasa, vidya/avidya, tapas and isvara pranidhana

Module 2: Days 3 and 4

  • Yogic history, Vedic philosophy, Tantra, sacred texts, and yoga in the 21st century

Module 3: Days 4 and 5

  • Students experience the flow of prana through energy healing and Reiki Level I/II training
  • Students explore the chakral system and reflect on their own chakral issues

Module 4: Days 5 and 6

  • Physical anatomy and asana: Students reflect on the differences in every BODY, discussing the changeable versus the unchangeable
  • Students discuss how to facilitate mobility without sacrificing stability

Module 5: Days 6 and 7

The Soul of the Earth: Standing Poses including the Warrior Family, body locks/root support (bandhas), manifestation, and muladhara (root chakra).

Module 6: Day 7 and 8

The Soul of the Water: Vinyasa waves, flight, transitions, fluid motion, bhukti (enjoyment), sensuality, emotional expression, and Svadhisthana (sacral chakra).

Module 7: Day 8 and 9

The Soul of the Fire: Arm balancing, core-power poses, surya namaskara, malas, claiming the ego, assessing personal sources of power, and manipura (solar plexus chakra).

Wild Rise Immersion

Module 8: Day 1

The Soul of the Air: Inversions and balancing, chanting, pranayama, beginning the Heart Project, using relationships to complement/transcend the ego, and anahata (heart chakra)/ vissudha (throat chakra).

Module 9: Day 2

The Soul of the Ether: Meditation, drishti, guiding savasana, dreamwork, enhancing personal and collective intuition, and ajna (third-eye chakra) and sahasrara (crown chakra).

Module 10: Days 3 and 4

  1. The Soul of the Universe: Practical synthesis, exploring the yoga teacher’s palette of tools, discussing the broader role of yoga in the global community.

Module 11: Day 5 and 6

Guiding the Mandala: Advanced Teaching Methodology and sustainable business practices for the modern teacher.

Module 12: Days 7, 8, and 9

Heart Project Presentations, Final Assessment, Final Teaching Practicum, Graduation Ceremony




Assessment and The Heart Project

Written, collaborative assessments take place at the end of most modules, with a final program synthesis during the Living the Mandala (final) module. The “heart project” is the primary assessment in the program, however, and all students must complete the project before graduating. The Heart Project is the culmination of the student’s program experience, grounded in their teaching philosophy and their vision for their sacred work. Parts of the project include: a written description of your teaching philosophy, a creative manifestation of that philosophy (painting, poem, dance, etc.), and a reflection on your heart project.

Tuition and Payments

The total tuition for the 200-hour program is $2,200, with each immersion being $1,100. There are payment plans available upon request. The total tuition is due approximately one month before the immersion begins.

How to Register

Your spot is held when your paperwork has been received and processed along with either your initial deposit or the total tuition for the immersion. If you are paying via payment plan, the Karmic Contract is also required to hold your place; all of these details are listed in our registration packet. Danielle is always open to any questions and can be reached via email at Info@LivingMandalaYoga.Com.