200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training
comprehensive, inclusive yoga education
Do you want to learn yoga in the broader context of its history and tradition? Have you wondered how to go beyond poses using breathwork and meditation? Do you want to teach safe, effective, and accessible yoga classes and craft skills to work knowledgeably with a wide range of bodies? Or maybe you are looking for an intensive program that is a catalyst for lasting change? Join us!
Join the Bay Area's foremost body-positive Yoga Teacher Training Program for a well-rounded,
non-dogmatic approach to teaching and studying yoga.
Our Curriculum Includes:
Gross and Subtle Anatomy
Movement Principles for All Bodies
In-Depth Asana (Posture) Clinics
Developing a Home Practice
The History of Yoga
The Yoga Sutra
The Bhagavad Gita
Bhakti Yoga (The Yoga of Devotion)
Yoga for Social Justice
Introduction to Sanskrit
Yoga Through the Lifespan
Teaching Yoga Online
Emotionally Safe Yoga Spaces
Teaching Inclusive Classes
Cueing, Voice, and Demonstrations
Teaching Yoga to Beginners
The Business and Ethics of Teaching Yoga
One of the reasons I took this training is the fact that Square One makes the practice inclusive and available to all bodies through modifications and options.
-Ana Lucia, 2020
Flexible, Hybrid Format
Fits your life
Weekends + One Evening a Week (Holidays Off)
Hybrid format for more time at home
Use what you learn in your life as you learn it
Small group format fosters connection and community
Intensive program is a catalyst for lasting change
I wanted to express my gratitude for putting together such a well-rounded and beautiful training. It’s not only stayed in my heart and opened me up as a person - it has been a great example for the kind of space I hope to create as a meditation teacher.
Who is it for?
Students looking for a structured yoga education given by expert teachers
Practitioners who want to learn and practice a broad range of yogic techniques, including breathwork and meditation
Students who are ready to begin a path of study that sets the foundation for skillful and informed teaching
Practitioners who feel that learning to teach will deepen their own practice
Yogis who want to learn the nuts and bolts of being a professional yoga teacher
Prospective teachers who value a thorough and rigorous professional education
Anyone who loves what yoga does for them and is curious to know the how and why of it
After going through this program, I feel like yoga has permanently become a big part of my life, and I'm grateful that I can live this way.
During the program, you will:
Study at a body-positive, trauma-informed, and socially aware studio that is respectful of the culture that brought us this practice
Develop a deeper understanding of your entire, interconnected self
Learn movement principles and how to tailor then for your unique body
Strengthen your asana practice with intelligence and care
Learn why is yoga so effective at improving physical and emotional well-being
Practice subtler techniques to take you beyond the poses
Study and discuss the philosophical underpinnings of yoga
Be challenged in a way that fosters growth and insight
I feel infinitely grateful for having done my yoga teacher training with Square One! It is led by amazing teachers who are down-to-earth with such a passion for sharing the transformative gift of yoga. 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.
If you want to learn something, read about it. If you want to understand something, write about it. If you want to master something, teach it.
- Yogi Bhajan
Learn to offer yoga in a way that is welcoming to a wide range of bodies
Practice teaching in a collaborative, friendly environment
Become familiar with creating emotionally and physically safe spaces for yoga
Learn the ins and outs of teaching both in-person and online classes
Develop the skills and mindset to build a sustainable teaching career
All of our lovely teachers gave us so many tools to become well rounded teachers by the end of training. I would encourage those who have open minds and hearts about their practice to join the Square One Yoga Teacher Training. You won't regret it!
Pay in Full
1 Year of Unlimited Livestream Classes*
1 Year of Access to Our Extensive Video Library
Small Class Size
1-on-1 Support Throughout Program
*$350 add-on for unlimited in-person classes
WHAT OUR GRADUATES SAY
I worried that my chronic health issues would interfere with my progress in training and that it would drain me. But it did exactly the opposite. The training nourished me a in a way I never thought possible. I came out of the training in awe of what my body could do and loving myself more than ever.
- Josephine K.
Even seeing the curriculum ahead of time, knowing the range of topics and teachers didn’t prepare me for the variety and depth of study subjects. Talking with other friends who took trainings, I felt grateful for the thoughtful and thorough curriculum I was a part of.
- Hope Amico
Throughout the program, I noticed that I just started to feel happier and more centered as a result of doing yoga/thinking about yoga for two days straight. This helped provide me with the mental clarity I needed to refocus my job search. By the end of the program I got a promotion within the company that I'm working at!
- Tiffany Leung
The program will give you all the necessary tools to get into that headstand *and* find your own path to a fuller and more wholesome self. Thank you Square One!
- Darlene Cruz
Even though you can read and practice all of the yoga before Teacher Training there is something safe and familiar with the Teacher Training at Square One. All of my colleagues and I felt our ideas and beliefs were validated. We found our space to become the women we have been wanting to be.
- Ashley Brown
The YTT at Square One was the highlight of my week. Every weekend was another chance to be with beautiful people, deepen my practice and get answers to long time questions. I didn’t want it to end. Worth every penny!
- Rebecca Reedy
Katy is the founder of Square One Yoga and the director of the Yoga Teacher Training Program. She is also the author of Yoga for Addiction: Using Yoga and the Twelve Steps to Find Peace in the Present Moment. Katy’s founding mission for Square One Yoga is the same mission for her teaching: to share yoga in a way that is accessible for every body. Katy has studied from a wide range of teachers and styles from the very traditional to the very modern. She credits Judith Lasater and Jason Crandell as the most influential to her practice and teaching.
Gillian (ERYT 200, RYT 500, C-IAYT) credits the deep, internal practice of yoga with supporting her during a long illness and recovery, teaching her patience, determination, and compassion. She finds joy in offering multidimensional classes that give students many ways to explore self and connection, weaving yoga philosophy, breath, mudra, and mantra into the structure provided by the physical practice. Ultimately, she hopes students will use the time on the mat to honor their own experiences and learn more about themselves.
Mary Beth Ray
Mary Beth Ray, E-RYT500, began studying and practicing yoga in the early 1990s. Since 2006, her practice has drawn her deeply into the moving meditation and self-discovery of the Ashtanga Vinyasa system and more recently into the stillness and inquiry of Yin yoga. MB is certified as a Yoga for Osteoporosis teacher by Dr. Loren Fishman, MD. In addition, she is a member of International Association of Yoga Therapists, a certified holistic Nutrition Consultant, and a Functional Medicine and National Board-Certified Health & Wellness coach.
Broderick Rodell, PhD ND E-RYT is an educator whose passion is to aid others in the art of practicing a life well-lived. Broderick employs a holistic approach to yoga that embraces a broad spectrum of traditions from past to present. Capoeira, a Brazilian dance/martial art, is also one of his teaching instruments. Broderick received his yoga teacher training under the guidance of master Yogi Baba Hari Dass, the founder of Mt. Madonna Center in the Santa Cruz mountains. He also has a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine from Bastyr University.
Is there any studio or yoga etiquette I should be aware of?Yes, thank you for asking, but the most important thing is that you feel comfortable, so if you get something "wrong," don't worry. There is no wrong way to practice yoga! A lot of these suggestions will make class more enjoyable for you too! Please pre-register for class. This is really helpful for your teacher and frees them to connect more personally with everyone before class. Please arrive to class 10 minutes early, especially if you are taking a class that requires lots of props, like restorative or yin. If you do come to class late, it's ok! We're glad you're there. Please wait until the opening meditation is over before entering the practice space. Please turn off your phone AND your smart watch or set to airplane mode. Even lights and vibrations are distracting to others, and probably to you too! (Speaking of watches, taking off any watch will make your yoga class more relaxing. We'll let you know when it's time to go!) We all know not to come to class if we're feeling sick. Please also stay home if you have an ongoing, non-contagious cough. Most of us are coming at least in part because we need to relax, and these days being in an enclosed space with someone who is coughing a lot can be really stressful. Please refrain from wearing scents to the studio as this can bother some students or even make them ill. Please put your props back as neatly as possible so that they are beautiful and tidy for the next person to use them. If your body makes a noise, don't despair! It could be a snore, a little passing of gas, a grunt, or a sigh. It's all normal. Carry on! Most importantly, please take care of yourself! If you need water or the bathroom or to rest, don't think twice, it's alright!
I'm brand new to yoga. Where should I start?Starting is definitely the hardest part, so my first piece of advice is just to start! Having said that, we do offer beginners workshops periodically. If we have one scheduled you will find it here. And if that doesn't work for you, start with a class labeled "Slow" or "Mixed Levels." Let the teacher know you are new. If you don't like the class or it's too hard or too easy, try a few classes. All the teachers are different, even if the class name is the same. Yoga is a very broad discipline and our teachers all have different backgrounds. There is a class out there for you!
How do I sign up for class?Please visit our class schedule and click "register." You will be directed to a page to register and pay, if need be. You may need to create an account. Please do be sure to pre-register for all your classes, including in-person ones.
Do I need to pre-register for class?Yes. You can sign up for online classes until the start time. For in-personclasses, it is extremely helpful for you to pre-register, but if you forget, we can still help.
Is it normal to think yoga is really hard?Yes. Yoga has a reputation for being "easy," but most people find yoga difficult, especially at first. Keep at it and you may surprise yourself. With consistent practice, you will make progress, which is super fun and encouraging.
Should I be breathing in any particular way?As a beginner, I think the best advice is just to breathe! Be aware of your inhalations and exhalations as much as possible. It is recommended that you breathe through your nose. Your teacher may teach a particular breathing technique at the beginning of class, in which case, definitely try it out. Otherwise, just be sure you are breathing, especially in more challenging positions.
How often should I do yoga?It depends. How often can you reasonably practice? When I take class 3-5 times a week, I get the most benefit, but I know that is not practical for everyone. Consistency is more important than anything. Come as often as you can, but ultimately, the goal is to commit to a consistent practice, whether that’s once a week with your favorite teacher or three times a week as your schedule allows.
I can't find the email with the login link for zoom. What can I do?You can always log into your account to access your zoom link.
I'm a member, and I'd like to use my guest pass. How does that work?You will receive an email with instructions on the first day of every month with instructions. If you just signed up, and you'd like one now or you didn't see yours come in, please email email@example.com. In that email, tell us your friends first and last name and email address. We will take care of the rest!* Your friend can register for any class. Your friend does not have to attend the same class as you. Guest passes expire at the end of each month, so be sure to give one to a friend each month. The pass itself is valid for 30 days from the date it is added to your friend's account. *We will create an account for your friend and add the guest pass to their account. Your friend will be automatically notified when the pass is available.
My question wasn't answered here. What can I do?Please email firstname.lastname@example.org about memberships and classes, and someone will get back to you. If your question is technical, you can use the chat feature once you are logged into your account and our software company's help desk will help you.