Month: May 2013

Meet our teacher Kara



When and how did you come to yoga?

My journey into yoga began at a young age while in high school.  I was an athlete seeking to find a way to stay in shape during the off-season.  The very first class I attended was a 90-minute intense Bikrim class heated at 105 degrees. I went in looking for a physical work out but gained so much more than that. I really started to understand what it was to have a mind, body and spirit connection. I was instantly hooked!

As my journey progressed, I began to branch out to different types of yoga, which then lead to me to vinyasa while studying at University of Colorado in Boulder. This is when my true passion to teach was sparked. Vinyasa spoke to me on a deeper level. Using breath and movement during flow really helped me to find moving meditation in my practice, which is something I never experienced before.


Why did you start teaching yoga?

Yoga spoke to me on such a personal level that I felt a need to share the gift of yoga with others. I have always felt the need to be able to help people and yoga was the perfect way to do so. Being an instructor is a very rewarding position. Not only do you start to create connections with your students but also you have the privilege to watch their practices grow. The most rewarding part about teaching however, is the ability to have your students start to teach you. I have learned so much about myself as a teacher through my students. They are the ones who inspire me every single day.


What is your favorite pose?

Being a sensation seeker, I am always looking for the next challenge! I love arm balances and inversions. However, tree pose is my absolute favorite pose. Vriksasana keeps me the most grounded and stable. Balancing poses teach us a lot about life in general. If your balance is off on your mat, your balance is most likely off in life as well. Your roots, your standing foot, is your foundation. I feel connected with mother earth while having the ability to spread my arms, extended and stretch to new lengths.


Who inspires your teaching?

My biggest inspirations are my students and coworkers. Having opportunity to be able to teach at a studio like Yoga By Degrees is truly a blessing. All of our teachers here are so unique. I truly believe that this combination is what sets us apart from other studios. I love walking into a classroom and having the ability to learn and to be challenged. I look forward to coming to work every day.


Tips for beginners

Know that every yogi was a beginner at one point. Be open to exploring your body and let go of judgment and negativity. Your body is unique so it’s important to remember that you do not compare yourself to others in your class. Never let yourself become discouraged on your mat. Yoga is a practice and no one is “perfect” at yoga.  Your practice will change from day to day and you have to find acceptance for where you are on your mat that day.

Also, make sure you explore and try out different teachers. You may connect with one teacher over another.

Most importantly, have fun! Don’t take your practice so seriously.


Favorite quote

“We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it.”

-Charles R. Swindoll

Winter 2017 YBD 200 Hour Yoga Alliance Certified Teacher Training

Yoga by Degrees 

Yoga Alliance 200 Hour Teacher Training

 Winter 2017 Information & Schedules

Training Led By: Samantha Raphael, E-RYT, Colleen Taylor, E-RYT, Loreta Medoniene, E-RYT, Heather Avery, E-RYT 500, Jenny Thiede, E-RYT & Meghan Rohde, E-RYT

Trainings held at Yoga by Degrees in Elmhurst – 1042 South York Rd.

Free Information Session: Wednesday, January 11th 6:30 – 7:30 PM At YBD Elmhurst Click here to sign up! 

Teacher Training Information & Schedule 

Every Tuesday Night, (Aprox.)Two Sundays Per Month & One Saturday (4 Months Total)

Tues.  6 – 9:30 PM Saturday 12:30  – 6 PM Sundays 10 AM – 6 PM
February 7, 14, 21, 28 12, 26
March 7, 14, 21, 28 11(Anatomy) 12 (Anatomy), 26
April 4, 11, 18, 25 9, 23
May 2, 9, 16, 23 7, 21
Curriculum Includes:

Opening Meditation

Pranayama – Breathing

Asanas – Poses

Teaching Skills


Teaching In Small Groups

Yoga For Special Groups

Yoga Philosophy

Koshas – Sheaths

Gunas – Qualities of Nature

Chakras – Energy Centers

Ayurvedic Healing Techniques


Yoga Ethics Business of Yoga

Practical Test

Written Test


10 Classes of Observing A Senior YBD Teacher

18 Hours Elective Off Site Yoga Workshops

10 YBD Paid Yoga Classes

6 Hours of YBD Paid Workshops

12 Hour Anatomy Workshop

Teach Two Community Classes

Observing Reports From 5 Classes

CPR Training

Monthly Homework Assignments Written Thesis

Required Reading:

YBD Yoga Teacher Training Manual

T.K.V. Desikachar – “Heart of Yoga- Developing A Personal Practice”

“The Key Muscles of Yoga” – Ray Long

“Inside The Yoga Sutras: A Comprehensive Source Book For The Study & Practice of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras” – Jaganath Carrera

“Light On Yoga” – B.K.S. Iyengar

Pricing and Discounts: $250 Deposit* To Reserve Space**

*Deposit Deducted From Tuition **Class Size Limited To 20.

Tuition  – Due By January 20, 2017: $2800 (Includes Anatomy Training)

Payment Plans:  Based on your individual situation, we can arrange a monthly or bi-weekly auto-payment plan.  First payment due by: January 15, 2017 and last payment due by: May 15, 2017.

Platinum Members Receive A 10% Discount On Tuition. (i.e. Platinum Member Tuition Rate is  $2520)

To Meet 10 YBD Class Requirement:

Optional $54.50 Platinum Membership

(Reg. $109)

Specialty Discount Drop In Rate

($17 per class)

10 Class Packs


Additional Costs:

$30 per YBD Workshop x 3 = $90

(Platinum Member Cost: $20 per Workshop)

Offsite Yoga Workshops  Aprox. $350

Book Costs = Aprox. $100

In The Event of Cancellation Refund of Full Amount Paid Less:

Before Classes Begin – $150

After 1 Week – $250

After 2 Weeks – $500

After 3 Weeks – $750

No Refunds After 3 Weeks From Start Date

Question about pricing or the program?  Click here to go to “Frequently Asked Questions” 

Space is limited to 20 Students; Stop by either Yoga by Degrees location or call for more info.

Application and registration information is below. Email completed application to: 

Yoga by Degrees Locations: 241 Rice Lake Square, Wheaton IL 60189 – 630-690-9642 4700 Gilbert Ave. Suite 16, Western Springs IL 60558 – 708-783-1226 1042 South York Road Elmhurst, IL 60106 – 630-782-9642 54 Ogden Ave., Downers Grove IL 60515 – 630-969-0820, 941 Roosevelt Rd., Glen Ellyn IL 60137 – 630-793-5500, 3420 Lacrosse Lane Suite #110, Naperville, IL 60564 – 630-305-8214

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  1. How long have you been practicing yoga?
  2. Why do you do yoga?
  3. Why do you want to take a yoga teacher training?
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