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200-hr Yoga Training


Join JJ Gormley and SCHYS Faculty as they embark on a journey to explore the heart of yoga! SCHYS's 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training Program is designed for students who want to take their practice further, learn how to be safe on the mat, take a deeper dive into yogic philosophy, and find your Spirit through these ancient practices.

Under close guidance from your Faculty-Mentor, you will learn how to:

  • Engage proper pose alignment using western and subtle anatomy techniques;

  • Plan a class to keep yourself and others safe;

  • Make your yoga accessible;

  • Incorporate breathing techniques into your practice; and

  • Make small but powerful lifestyle changes to bring your yoga off the mat.

Become part of a community, cultivate new friendships, enjoy an enhanced learning experience, deepen your knowledge of yoga, and receive guidance for a sustainable and transformational personal practice.

Program Requirements

This 200-hr program is offered over 10 weekend program modules - generally meeting once per month on Saturday and Sunday. You will also be required to take online classes, complete assigned reading (.pdf), engage with your Faculty-Mentor, observe and/or assist Faculty in their classes, take part in practical application of acquired knowledge, and be involved in discussion of course material (both online and in class). Finally, students are required to take a final exam.

1811 Huguenot Road, Suite 100  Midlothian, VA 23113

1811 Huguenot Road, Suite 100

Midlothian, VA 23113

Faculty: JJ Gormley & Hannah Zerphey are Lead faculty. Other faculty include: Katharine-Scott Gilliam, Eric Hansen, Linda Marcus, Barb Pishock, Christy Rous, and Debbie Segebart

New training program begins October 2018! Email for more information and to apply. Check out the monthly schedule online (subject to change).

Yoga Alliance

SCHYS is a Yoga Alliance Registered School. Graduates of this program may apply to Yoga Alliance for a RYT-200.

Steps for Enrollment

This 200-Hour Program has the following steps for enrollment:

  1. Download an applications (.docx) for this program at Studio D Yoga in Richmond, VA and The Yoga CoOp in Tupelo, MS. Your application must include a non-refundable $80 application fee. Once we are in receipt of both, please allow 2-4 weeks for processing.

  2. You will receive written notification informing you of your acceptance or declining your enrollment. If accepted, you will receive an Enrollment Agreement that you must submit with your initial payment or non-refundable deposit of $1,008.

  3. Click here to see tuition options.

  4. Once we receive your Enrollment Agreement with payment of non-refundable deposit, you will receive an official Welcome Letter with information about the program and how to access materials and the online classes. This will include the access code to the program on - you will need to register on Schoology as all program communications and materials are managed here.

302 S Broadway St.  Tupelo, MS 38804

302 S Broadway St.

Tupelo, MS 38804


JJ Gormley & Kaye Cannon


New training program begins February 2019! Email for more information and to apply. Check out the monthly schedule online (subject to change).

"The success of Yoga does not lie in the ability to perform postures but in how it positively changes the way we live our life and our relationships.” 

-TKV Desikachar

topics in our 200-hour yoga teacher training curriculum

This 10-month program takes place with program modules (meets one weekend per month of hands-on study with faculty), online classes, practicum (internship with faculty and externship or teaching on your own), private sessions with faculty for self-study and improvement, and administrative sessions with faculty for questions and answer sessions.

200-Hour Training - Topics Covered:

  • Yoga Foundations: Introduction to T. Krishnamachary tradition, Introduction to the Bhagavad Gita, Introduction to the Yoga Sutras, Introduction to kleshas and antarayas, States of mind (ahamkara-citta-buddhi-pratyaya-sattva), Introduction to the Upanishads, The pancha maya model, The pancha vayu model, Introduction to mudras, mantras, nadis, marmas, Introduction to ayurveda, The chakra model, and The guna model.

  • Teaching Methodology & Skills: The Ashramas (life cycles), Vinyasa krama for course planning, Upayam of yoga, Brahmana, langhana, & samana in Course Planning, Time management, Developing a pranayama practice, The role of pratyhara in our practice, Establishing boundaries and priorities, Characteristics of a yoga teacher, and Teaching pranayama to students.

  • Bio-Psycho-Social Foundations: General anatomy, Anatomy of the spinal column, Anatomy and alignment of the lower body, Anatomy and alignment of the upper body, Women’s issues, Anatomy of the diaphragms, Endocrine system, Contraindications for common issues, Anatomy of the energetic body.

  • Application of Skills: Applying assessment skills to group settings, Developing lesson plans, Demonstrations and verbal instruction, Communication and inclusive language in practice, Helping those with back pain in the classroom, Adjustments and modifications for asana, Integrating body, mind & spirit, Integrating the physical and the energetic bodies, and Practicing skills learned.

  • Professional Development: Svadhyaya for teachers, Ethical standards from the Bhagavad Gita, Issues for professional development, Establishing your business: insurance, taxes, and more.

  • In addition to the above curriculum in the Program Modules, students will also enjoy Practicum under faculty guidance (externship and internship), online classes to supplement the material learned in the program modules, and much more.