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The training is life-changing.  Here are the key elements: excellent teachers, passionate students, and a feeling of
inclusion and diversity throughout the studio.  
— Joanna Manqueros


The Philosophy Immersion: Roots, Wisdom and Knowledge for the Modern Practitioner (50 hours)


The Philosophy of Yoga
(50 hr)

Read, study and discuss the transformational core teachings of
yoga in a friendly, small group environment.

• Origins of Modern Yoga • Yoga Sutras • Bhakhi Yoga • Vedanta  • Buddhism & Mindfulness  • The Bhagavad Gita • Kriyas

Three 3-week Sessions in 2018

2018 Spring Session: April 7-April 21 Saturday and Sunday 9:30-6
2018 Summer Session: July 23-July 28 Monday-Saturday 9:30-6
2018 Fall Session: November 3-November 17 Saturday and Sunday 9:30-6

Register here.



Course descriptions:

Roots of Modern Yoga: Hinduism, Buddhism and the Classic Texts

In this overview of the scriptural texts that form the basis of yoga philosophy, we will discuss the four basic paths of yoga and learn some of the Hindu gods and goddesses who appear in asana and archetypally in yoga practice. We will also discuss the history of Asana and the role Buddhism plays in the modern studio environment.

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

As we read, chant, and discuss the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, we will learn how our modern practice fits into the larger context of Ashtanga, or Eight-Limbed, Yoga. We will also explore the ethical framework of a yoga practice by studying the Yamas and Niyamas. Key sutras for the modern yoga practitioner will be emphasized.

The Bhagavad Gita

Through the lens of the Bhagavad Gita, we will explore what it means to show up for life authentically. In particular, we will discuss service to humanity (karma yoga) and how to find our true purpose (dharma) in life. Along the way, we will enjoy the poetry and story of the Arjuna’s transcendental conversation with Krishna.

Bhakti Yoga—The Yoga of Devotion

In this course, we will take a deeper look at mantras, mythology, chanting, harmonium, poetry, ritual, and more. You will leave with the confidence (or inspiration) to sing and the tools to lead others in discovering their own voices through these profound practices.

Kriya Yoga

In this workshop we will briefly examine the theoretical structure of combining exercise, study and devotional practices, Kriya Yoga. We will also practice Kriyas as found in the Kundalini yoga tradition. A Kriya is a sequence of asanas, pranayama and sound combined to achieve a particular outcome. Kriya is also a state of being in the flow, where the infinite and finite are experienced as one.

Buddhism and Yoga

In this urban retreat, we will explore the fundamentals of Buddhist philosophy and how Buddhism relates to our modern yoga practice, both from a historic and practical perspective. We will learn and practice various mindfulness techniques from the Buddhist tradition.

Psychology of Yoga

The psychology of yoga explores the landscape of yoga through the lens of Western Psychology. This module reviews the transformative and integrative practices of yoga and meditation, specifically looking at how these practices can improve mood, help heal trauma, change the brain, and inform positive behavior changes. This exploration of yoga and psyche introduces some ways yoga philosophy and practice support a wholistic framework for understanding the Western Mind.

cost and registration

The Philosophy of Yoga Immersion is also one of four modules that make up our 200-hour teacher training program. It is designed to be taken independently, however if you would like to take more modules or complete the entire training, please visit our teacher training website here for more information. 

One Module: $775

Two Modules: $1475 (Save $75)

Three Modules: $1975 (Save $350)

Four Modules: $2450 (save $650) Includes 200-Hour Teacher Training Certificate, 
which can be used to register as a Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance. 

Modules may be taken in any order.

Flexible payment plans available. More information here.

Current teachers: receive 50 hours of Continuing Education Units through Yoga Alliances upon completion of this immersion.

The Square One Teacher Training is led by amazing teachers. They helped create a safe
and empowering place to explore and deepen my own practice, and equipped me
with the tools to help others do the same. 
— Ashley Corri

Philosophy Faculty


Katy Cryer offers her students a welcoming, inclusive approach to studying and practicing yoga. She believes that just as every body and every life experience is unique, so is every yoga practice and every path of wellness and healing. Katy invites her students to continually explore what is most useful and beneficial to them on the mat and beyond.


Kendra Diaz-Ford, PhD, believes in the transformational power of yoga as a path of self discovery, healing and joy. As a yoga teacher, doctor of transpersonal psychology, energy healer and massage therapist, she teaches yoga from an integrative lens that combines these healing modalities to offer integrative classes that are grounded, accessible and focused on empowering students to experience greater inner and outer alignment.   


Jennifer Meek, E-RYT, is a Yoga Therapist and dance artist who continually finds herself fascinated and inspired by the transformative potential of movement and mindfulness. Her passion for health and well-being shine through her teachings as she inspires students to practice in an authentic and mindful way, understanding that health and yoga are not 'one size fits all'.


Broderick Rodell forwent a professorial career in Chemical Engineering to study Naturopathic Medicine and yoga. In his workshops and classes, he incorporates knowledge gathered from the western sciences of psychology, physiology and anatomy to complement the rich Yoga science from India.


Deborah Burkman has been teaching yoga since 2000. Her Vinyasa teaching style is rooted in Ashtanga yoga, emphasizing bundha, breath, and dristi. While her largest influence came from the late Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, she has integrated what she has learned from numerous other teachers including, Richard Freeman, David Swenson and others. Deborah is a contributing writer for Yoga Journal Magazine. She has been featured in Yoga Journal, 7 by 7 magazine, The Bay Guardian, SF Weekly, and San Francisco magazine. She leads yoga retreats around the world and workshops and yoga intensives in the San Francisco Bay Area.


Jeremy Daniel Marshman (Amarjot Singh) has practiced yoga and meditation since 1997. In addition to teaching Kundalini Yoga he is a licensed psychotherapist and maintains a private counseling practice in San Francisco and Berkeley.

...definitely worth the investment!

Teacher training at Square One Yoga is definitely worth the investment! I made long-lasting friendships with my yoga teachers and my classmates. Every teacher is open, giving, and most of all, loving. It changed my 10 year yoga practice, especially through Kristyn’s “art of adjustments” and Jennie’s deep dive workshops on asanas. Katy prepares you by letting us teach among our peers as well as providing classes focused on the business aspect of yoga. I’m so grateful to have completed my teacher training in a supportive and accepting environment!
— Jen Su
It was an amazing experience, a beginning still unfolding.

There are many trainings available in the Bay Area, for a range of cost with a range of experiences. I will continue to take trainings but will forever be grateful for the foundation I was given. I know that my teaching is colored by the lens of my training, and am grateful it makes me a more patient, open, adaptable teacher.

It was an amazing experience, a beginning still unfolding.
— Hope Amico
What I loved about the teacher training at Square One was the community.

The training provided a safe, loving space for me to meet my own personal challenges and to grow my practice from where I was when I began. The training provided a balance between pushing our own boundaries and being gentle with ourselves. No one in my class looked like the yoga teachers you might see in a magazine, but the training helped each of us to cultivate our practice and identify the particular gifts each of us had to offer to the yoga community.
— David Donovan