Lakshmi Yantra

Teacher Training & Advanced Study Oct 2018 – May 2019

Applications due now 
If you are applying please email Kathryn for an application: e-mail .

Begins October 5th, 2018 |  includes a Pacific Northwest Retreat 
This course includes an in-depth study of yoga postures, meditation, pranayama and yoga philosophy as students explore and embody the spiritual practices of Hatha Yoga in a 200 hour program. Our training excels at developing a students ability to create safe, interesting and personalized yoga classes for beginners and special populations with our “inclusive style” philosophy. Yoga is for everyone and this course will spend ample time teaching students how to adapt posture, breath and meditation for those who have movement challenges from health or age related issues for an “inclusive style” approach. 14 student maximum for personal attention and growth.

“An excellent program that provided me with the tools to begin teaching yoga upon graduation”  H.A.
(see more testimonials by scrolling to the bottom).

S01-YA-SCHOOL-RYS-200Course Content | 200 hours (180 classroom & retreat + 20 home study)
Traditional yoga study has evolved over thousands of years in lineage form.  Techniques and knowledge that have stood the test of time and scrutiny of each generation are passed on from teacher to student in a personal, direct and methodical manner. In this course, the lead instructors  have all studied in the Iyengar tradition, ensuring a consistent message that is critical to students who undertake a study as vast as yoga. The course is limited to 14 students ensuring personal attention in each session.

Hilary teaches her final presentation.

Technique & Practice of Yoga Postures, Pranayama & Meditation | 106 hours
Authentic teaching comes from the embodiment of your craft and in Hatha yoga this translates into a multi-layered understanding of yoga postures, including the physical, energetic and mindful awareness in each pose.  Yoga is a practice for those who view the body as a vehicle for physical and spiritual development and as such a personal practice is the foundation for deeper awareness and discovery.
Students learn the theory and practice together, refining postures and breath using the principles of contemporary biomechanics and kinesiology alongside the development of sensing, feeling and seeing “from inside”.
Students learn key alignment principles and develop the skill and sensitivity to apply them in any yoga posture. In this course students develop and refine the outer and inner eye while working in a posture as means to experience alignment, breath and energy of each pose.
Pranayama and meditation are subtle techniques practiced each meeting to address body/mind integration, calm the mind and serve as tools for addressing the stress and trauma of living life.

Susan and Jill, members of the Movement Challenges class.

Teaching Methodology | 18 hours
Teaching is a generous gift to yourself – many people teach to learn. A healthy learning environment is one in which the teacher and student work in collaboration – there is no hierarchy as the same light fills the room for all. When teachers prepare a curriculum they break down knowledge in anticipation of describing what is to be understood.  In this process teachers discover gaps in their knowledge and prepare for the inevitable stump question from a bright student.

When we teach yoga we should hold a far-sighted view of our students. Anything worth doing well takes time, practice and more time – as teachers we must embrace each student where they are and not “impose the pose” or expect students to learn the way “it worked for me” – yoga teachers must learn to see with compassion, wisdom and curiosity. This course prepares you as follows:

  • Class Organization/Construction of Themes – How do you start? Where do you end? Is this a peak pose or general class? Experienced yoga teachers make it look easy but it actually takes preparation and the ability to think on your toes.
  • Sequencing – the sequence is what makes your students feel good. It is also what keeps teaching interesting for you! A bit of science and a healthy amount of artistry goes into sequencing.
  • Verbal cues/Hands on Adjustments/Adaptations – teachers look out into the room and see the need for improvement – how do we say it, how do we show it, how do we know which props are necessary?
  • Seeing Bodies – masterful yoga teachers see. They see what is needed for the student to develop further and they see it quickly. In this course we do a lot of “looking” so that we learn to see. 

Practicum | 17.5 hours
Practice teaching, assisting and develop a personal teaching style. We use all kinds of fun and productive group practices to bring out your teaching technique and style quickly!

Anatomy, Physiology & Ayurveda | 17 Hours
Basics of the body’s systems are presented in relation to yoga postures. There is a focus on establishing a professional working vocabulary to describe the bones and movement of each joint and core musculature. An online course is used to supplement classroom time so that students may revisit teachings and themes over and over again during and after the course. Ayurveda is the sister science to Hatha yoga and teaches us to understand our constitution and manage our energy for the ultimate engagement in life. You will come to understand your own constitution and how to experience yoga as a complete system of health and growth.

Philosophy, Lifestyle, Ethics & Business | 24 hours
Includes an overview of yoga history, a practical study of source yoga texts and relevant Western wisdom. Students learn to chant and translate from Sanskrit, yoga’s powerful and healing language of sound. You will gain clarity in yoga philosophy, expanding your awareness and insight of an ancient system as a practical way to gain harmony and balance for you and your students.
Also in this section is the yoga of business – insurance, business license, marketing – all the things yoga teachers usually dread comes to life and we make it inspiring and easier for you to organize this aspect of teaching.

Retreat on Lopez 2017

When we can step away from responsibility, habits and distractions and sink into the practice and study of yoga, profound shifts and integration naturally arise. Retreat is a way to step outside the routine and devote time to what we love and upon our return we may discover a different perspective and balanced disposition.


Dates, Schedule & Tuition
Ten weekends and one retreat as follows:
Oct 5-7, Oct 26-28, Nov 16-18, Dec 7-9  2018
Jan 11-13, Feb 1-3, Feb 28 – Mar 3 (retreat), March 22-24, April 12-14, May 3*-5 2019
*This is an optional day to be used for make up hours. Students must make up all hours in the program. We will work with you to do so however it may involve extra costs (privates), projects and scheduling. 

Weekend Schedule (except Retreat Schedule tba)
Friday – 9 am – 4:15 pm (1 hour break)
Saturday – 10:45 am – 6:00 pm (1 hour break)
Sunday – 10:45 – 5:15 pm (30 minute break)
Retreat Schedule – Thu afternoon – Sunday Noonish TBA

Advanced Study & Certification Program:  180 Classroom Hours includes a 3-day retreat (shared lodging and meals) – $3,200 paid in full by 9/1/18.  $3,400 after 9/1/2018.
Refund policy described on application form.
Payment Plan – An initial payment of $1,200 may be made followed by four equal post-dated checks of $525 send with application and due Oct 25, Nov 16, Jan 10, Feb 27.  Checks will be deposited on the date listed. Refund policy described on application form. 

Other Expenses: Have a book budget of $200. Ferry fees if coming from off island – a car pool can be arranged in most cases. Students may attend drop-in yoga classes at IYC for a substantial discount TBA.

To register, e-mail Island Yoga Center for an application and one will be sent to you. A minimum of 10 students is required for this course to run. Should the course cancel before it begins, all money will be refunded. Should the course cancel at any point, an hourly rate in proportion the total hours will be determined for a fair refund.

Teaching Staff
Kathryn Payne is the Director and Lead Instructor for this course and has taught both 200 and 500 hour yoga training courses since 1996. Elizabeth Freeman teaches the Yoga Sutra study and Irene Tokar teaches the anatomy and physiology portion of the course. For a full bio of each teacher, go to the Teacher Bio web page.

This is a deeply thoughtful and rigorous program with well-developed curriculum, pacing and presentation. The lead teacher has over 30 years experience teaching yoga and many years teaching teachers…Students are challenged to find their own truths to communicate to others, their own strengths and style”. H.B. 

“The course was life changing. I had been doing yoga for 10 years…it deepened my asana, pranayama, and meditation practices, provided me with a community…and opened the sutras, the neurobiology and anatomy of yoga in rich and integrated ways. I am grateful for this experience. It far exceeded my expectations”.    K.L. 

“An extremely well-designed training with very experienced, kind and supportive instructors. Like most amazing trainings, the only difficulty was that it just didn’t seem long enough, but it actually was the perfect length to launch us into a process of life-long learning as yogis and teachers. Excellent program created by an inspiring and experienced team of teachers”.  C.B. 



Class of 2016