· 200 hr. Easy Day Yoga Teacher Training ·

Starting September 2018

Please submit application in care of Azi Tavassoli

What we’re all about

We understand that you have lots of choices when it comes to selecting a Yoga Teacher Training. Whether it’s a weekend program right here at home, or an immersive month of study at an ashram or a beautiful retreat in Bali — your options are endless. So why should you choose us?

Here at Easy Day Yoga, we’ve designed a program that encompasses all of Yoga as a whole — not just the poses. Sure, you will learn asana and how to safely talk students into and out of the physical postures, but Yoga is so much more than creating shapes with your body — it’s alchemy! We recognize that it’s the transformation that truly fuels the practice, not the stretch and not the sweat. Both are great side effects, but neither are the goal.

We take a holistic and inclusive approach, providing you with a strong foundation in the science of Yoga, that will allow you to balance your own life, as well as give you the tools to assist others in balancing theirs. Though we’ll focus a bunch on learning to teach Yoga, what we really want you to walk away with is the skills to hold the space for your own exploration into your highest self. When we learn to hold the space for ourselves, inevitably we begin to hold it for others, and that’s what being a Yoga teacher is all about.

The truth is, wherever you end up taking a training, it will have been the right decision for you, no matter what. Obviously we’re hopeful you’ll want to join us on this journey, but most importantly, we want you to live your best life — right here at Easy Day, around the corner, or all the way across the globe.

Take a look below to get a better understanding of the topics we will dive into.

And P.S. Don’t stress, we are a Yoga Alliance certified Yoga school!

Areas of Study

Asana — We’ll study the physical postures of yoga in depth, focusing on alignment, verbal cues and how to utilize and modify them for a Gentle, Hatha or Vinyasa class.

Meditation — There are many ways to meditate, and none are right for everyone, so our goal is to teach you different techniques so that you can find your own path, and help others do the same.

Pranayama — You’ll get an in depth look at the breathing practices of Yoga, and learn how to use them in your own practice, as well as how to share their benefits with others.

Physical Anatomy — Prepare to be blown away by the amazingness that is your body as you get a better understanding of what’s happening in each posture with our study of the muscles, skeletal structure, fascia and much more.

Energetic Anatomy — You’ve probably heard the term Chakra before, but do you really know what they’re all about and how they affect your daily life? We’ll shed some light on this vital energetic system, plus we’ll study the Nadis and Prana Vayus as well.

Yogic Philosophy — We’ll dive into Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, with a special focus on the Yamas & the Niyamas, and we’ll explore The Upanishads and the Bhagaved Gita as well, giving you a broader perspective on the whole of Yoga.

Ayurvedic Studies — We’ll dip our toes into the vast science of Ayurveda, learning about the doshas, how to balance them, and how to work with your personal constitution.

Teaching — Seems obvious, right? We’ll guide you through the process of learning this new language from an inclusive perspective, and cover not only sequencing, adjustments and assists, but the ethics of teaching as well.

In addition to all of the above, you’ll also have the opportunity to do lots of personal exploration at home with inspiring readings and shadow work.

Training Dates and Times:

Below you’ll find a list of the weekends we’ll spend exploring this incredible practice together. We’ve designed the schedule so that you don’t have to put your life on hold, and most importantly to enable you the time to absorb and marinate in the concepts and knowledge that we’ll explore. Saturday’s 10:45 am to 6:30 pm Sunday’s 10:30 am to 4:30 pm

Dates and Times

Below you’ll find a list of the weekends we’ll spend exploring this incredible practice together. We’ve designed the schedule so that you don’t have to put your life on hold, and most importantly to enable you the time to absorb and marinate in the concepts and knowledge that we’ll explore.

Saturday’s - 10:45 am to 6:30 pm

Sunday’s - 10:30 am to 4:30 pm

September Opening
Friday the
7th, 8 - 10pm
8th & 9th 22nd & 23rd
October 6th & 7th 20th & 21st
November 3rd & 4th 17th & 18th
December 1st & 2nd 15th & 16th
January 5th & 6th 2nd & 3rd
February 19th & 20th 16th & 17th
March 2nd & 3rd 16th & 17th 30th & 31st
April 13th & 14th 27th & 28th
May 4th & 5th - Qualifying

Attendance at all sessions is mandatory, but we do understand that life happens. Any time missed will need to be made up in order to complete your certification. But don’t worry, we’ll work with you to ensure that that happens.

Cost of Training

The total cost of the program is $3,000. If you sign up before August 1st, 2018 you can take advantage of our early bird discount of $250. We ask for a non-refundable deposit of $500 to reserve your spot, which is then applied to your total cost. We request your total cost be paid up front by September 1st, but if you need a payment plan, please let us know. We offer a 3-month payment plan of $1050 a month, with the first installment due by September 1st.

I’m ready!

To apply, please reach out to Azi Tazzasoli (julia.tavassoli@gmail.com) or Kate Thuss (kate@katehuss.com) and we’ll happily walk you through the process.

Blessing for a New Beginning

In the out-of-the-way places of the heart, where your thoughts never think to wander, this beginning has been quietly forming, waiting until you were ready to emerge.

For a long time it has watched your desire, feeling the emptiness growing inside you, noticing how you willed yourself on, still unable to leave what you had outgrown.

It watched you play with the seduction of safety and the gray promises that sameness whispered, heard the waves of turmoil rise and relent, wondered would you always live like this.

Then the delight, when you courage kindled, and out you stepped onto new ground, your eyes young again with energy and dream, a path of plentitude opening before you.

Though your destination is not yet clear you can trust the promise of this opening; unfurl yourself into the grace of beginning that is at one with your life's desire.

Awaken your spirit to adventure; hold nothing back, learn to find ease in the risk; soon you will be home in a new rhythm, for your soul senses the world that awaits you.

~ John O'Donahue, To Bless the Space Between Us

Lead teachers

Denyse Peterson

Denyse Peterson :

- Denyse Peterson is one of the first in the nation to receive a Master of Science in Yoga Therapy from Maryland University of Integrative Health and is certified as a Yoga Therapist by The International Association of Yoga Therapists. She is registered with Yoga Alliance as E-RYT 500 and a provider of continuing education (YACEP).

- Her certifications include: Relax and Renew Trainer, Reiki Master from the Usui Shiki Ryoho lineage for over 10 years, NASM Personal Trainer, NASM Fitness Nutrition Specialist, ACE Group Fitness Instructor with over 30 years of experience and is currently pursuing her Ayurvedic Coaching certificate.

- Denyse is the owner operator of Virginia Yoga Therapy, LLC and also works as an Adjunct Faculty member and Clinic Supervisor in the Yoga Therapy program at Maryland University of Integrative Health. Denyse fully believes in the healing power of yoga for physical, emotional and mental health.

- She has experienced relief from fibromyalgia with her practice and witnessed amazing results with her students and clients. She loves sharing her passion of yoga and a healthy lifestyle and is grateful for the opportunity to never stop learning. She enjoys walking her dogs, stand up paddle board and reading.

Kanta Haran

Kanta Haran :

- Center, in Lenox, MA. In 2000, she earned her teaching certification through the Integral Yoga Teaching Academy, in Buckingham, VA. She has returned to Satchidananda Ashram several times to serve in the Integral Yoga Academy as Teacher Training Staff, and as the Academy and Teacher Training Administrator. Kanta has studied and practiced many different Yogic styles and traditions, but enjoys teaching and practicing Hatha. In addition to the physical and mental benefits of Yoga, Kanta loves learning about the tradition, philosophy and science behind Yoga and includes these teachings in her classes. As a Yoga Therapist, she focuses on the therapeutic qualities of yoga and enjoys sharing the healing benefits of yoga with clients who have physical, mental, and emotional challenges. With a Master's degree in Counseling and Sport Psychology, She is also a Certified Stress Management Coach, Thai Yoga Massage Therapist, Wellness Coach, and a Level 1 CrossFit Trainer. Kanta is currently enrolled in a 750 hour Massage Therapy Training to be completed June 2017.

Kate Bharati Thuss

Kate Bharati Thuss :

- Kate is a Reiki Master and Integral Hatha trained RYT-200. She specializes in working with people living with depression and anxiety, though she enjoys working with anyone who is in pursuit of living a more balanced and joyful life. The gentle practices of Reiki & Yoga have been an integral part in her own well being and recovery from depression, and she’d love to share the tools and techniques she’s learned to help you manage your mood more effectively. She’s available for both Reiki and Yoga sessions privately here at Easy Day Yoga.