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200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training

The Namaste Yoga Teacher Training program emphasizes diving deeper in to your own practice and provides the skills you need to teach with wisdom and integrity. Our program is certified by Yoga Alliance and goes over and above the required hours to prepare you in the most immersive way.

What makes the Namaste Yoga Teacher Training special?

1. Senior Faculty: The Bay Area’s most sought after teachers offering deep teachings in their area of expertise.

  • Asana Labs (Alignment) + Restorative Yoga with Vickie Russell Bell
  • Mindfulness Meditation, Philosophy, Yoga Nidra + Sequencing with Ashley Sharp
  • Yoga & Psychology, Subtle Body, Pranayama, Bandhas, Home Practice, Methodology + Practice Teaching with Domonick Wegesin
  • Experiential Anatomy + Sequencing with Baxter Bell
  • Business of Yoga with Namaste studio owner Kimberly Leo

2. Comprehensive Syllabus:  Depth of study in the traditions and practice of the sacred science and philosophy of yoga, as well as inspirational and clear instruction in the art of teaching

3. Supportive Community Environment:  Expect true transformation in a supportive and structured setting.

Sacred Studies

Our program is much more than asana and vocabulary. Bring intention to your life and your practice, and learn how to share it with the world.



The yoga teacher training is divided into two 100 hour modules that may be taken separately or together to fulfill the 200 hour certificate requirements. Our yoga teacher training occurs at Namaste Berkeley every Thursday 6-9pm and every other Saturday + Sunday 12:30-6:30pm for the duration of the training.

Module I: September 23-December 4, 2016- Yoga Immersion

Module II: January 21 – April 2, 2017- The Art of Teaching

Class attendance:  
Students must take at least one class per week with a yoga teacher training faculty member, a total of 24 classes minimum.
The classes are meant to deepen your connection with your teachers and to understand  more of their philosophy, style and how they think about yoga.  It is a way to develop a deeper and more personal relationship with your teachers.


Ashley Sharp, E-RYT, has studied yoga asana and philosophy with Swami Dayananda, Erich Schiffmann, Patricia Sullivan and Sat Santokh Sing. She has completed both the “Mindfulness Yoga and Meditation Training,” and the ”Dedicated Practitioner Program,” through Spirit Rock Meditation Center. She teaches Meditation, Philosophy, Yoga Nidra, and Sequencing.

baxter-smallBaxter Bell, MD is a graduate of the Piedmont Yoga Studio’s Advanced Studies 2000 program, and has studied regularly with Rodney Yee, Patricia Walden and Erich Schiffman. He teaches a nurturing style of yoga, with a strong emphasis on anatomy and re-awakening our innate curiosity. He will be teaching the Experiential Anatomy and Sequencing.

vrb-smallVickie Russell Bell is a graduate of the Piedmont Yoga Studio Advanced Training Program and a certified “Relax and Renew Trainer” through Judith Lasater’s accredited program. Her teaching style emphasizes body awareness, alignment, and the integration of mindfulness and ease in Hatha yoga practice and daily life. She will cover Asana Labs (alignment) and Restorative Yoga.

SONY DSCDomonick Wegesin is a yogi-neuroscientist-dancer with a bent towards meditation and the healing arts. He recently moved to the Bay Area from New York City with his husband and their schnoodle. In New York, Domonick conducted neuroimaging research focused on the aging brain, as a Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at Columbia University. He will be teaching Yoga and Psychology curriculum, including Yoga + Anxiety, Depression, and Stress, and other critical topics.

Program Structure + Curriculum

You can expect to become a part of a greater community at Namaste and to come out of this training with the knowledge and confidence to begin teaching yoga to beginners and beyond.

The Namaste Teacher Training Program includes unlimited free yoga during the duration of the course at any of our 3 locations.  Upon completion of the 200 hour program, you may apply your hours toward certification through Yoga Alliance.

Download a comprehensive pdf of the training schedule and curriculum here.

Asana Practice
63 hours
A regular consistent and deep asana practice is the core of the Namaste training. We focus on one specific practice each day to stretch your mind and deepen your practice.
Lecture + Labs
20 hours
Hands-on asana labs and interactive discussions will break down core poses, meditation techniques, restorative yoga, pranayama, kriya and other facets of the practice of yoga.
Teaching Skills
28 hours
Learn to be an effective leader, build strong sequences, create class themes, develop your unique voice and safely demonstrate and assist.
27.5 hours
Take a hands on approach to anatomy and physiology and use this knowledge to safely work with students. Includes both subtle body (chakras, nadis) and gross anatomy (fascia, muscles, bones) studies.
Yoga Philosophy, Ethics + Business
35 hours
Interactive discussions around the history and philosophy of yoga and ethics in the industry. Includes an in-depth marketing and business workshop with Namaste founder Kimberly Leo.
Practice Teaching
8 hours
We know teaching takes practice so we provide ample time to help you develop your voice and skills in a supportive and structured environment with expert teachers to guide you and provide feedback.