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

##### YBD Yoga Teacher Training Program Application #####

Please answer the following questions below and please note: A $50 non-refundable application fee* is required after submitting your application. Upon receiving your completed application, you will receive a confirmation email within 24-48 hours with a link to submit your application fee online.  Once you have paid the fee, your application will become eligible for review and you will be notified of your acceptance status within 3 business days. *Your Application Fee will be applied towards your tuition or refunded back to you only, if for any reason, you are not accepted in to our program.  

Name: Full Address:



What session you are applying for:

Please limit your responses to 2 pages in total for all questions.

  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?
  4. What do you want to do once you finish the training?
  5. Why did you choose the Yoga by Degrees teacher training program and how did you hear about it? (If somebody referred you, please let us know who.)
  6. What is the most important thing you want to learn during the training?


  1. Great website. I enjoyed reading your content. Keep up the good work. I will definitely come back and check your site out again soon.


      1. Hi Gina, Thanks for your email. Our session will most likely start next Fall, typically in September. Please check our web site for up dates. Thanks and we look forward to seeing you soon!


      2. Hi Gina, we are not planning a Summer session, but if there is enough interest, we may schedule one. Please check back on our web site in a month or two for updates. Thanks!


  2. Really good information! Just wondering what kind of salary a yoga instructor can bring in monthly?


    1. HI Melissa, great question! Yoga instructors can make $30 to upwards of $150 a class, depending on if they are teaching at a yoga studio, health club, corporate or one on one setting. Hope that helps answer your question!


  3. My daughter takes tons of courses with you, I am an old lawyer codger and get these emails– up until lately a putative employer would always pay for the training of its putative employees. If you are looking to train potential employees why not do the same? If this is general industry wide training I would understand charging for it but I would imagine that each studio would have its own training standards, etc. Is there some type of certification body and if so does this program get one certified to teach, and if so, what and how?


    1. HI Steve, thanks so much for your comment and great question! Our teacher training not only prepares our students to teach for us, but also any yoga studio, gym, corporation, etc. Our program is registered with Yoga Alliance, the organization that sets industry standards for yoga teachers around the world. Please let us know if you have any other questions and hopefully your daughter will continue her passion for yoga and someday become a yoga alliance registered teacher through YBD’s 200 hour certification program.


    1. Hi Scott, We will most likely have a another Teacher Training starting in September. Stay “tuned” to our web site for more details by mid summer. Our Summer session starts June 2, so there’s still time to attend that one if you could make it. Thanks and we look forward to seeing you soon! Best, Samantha R.


      1. Samantha

        I am interested in teacher training. Want to do that in place that is committed to yoga. Is YBD committed to staying a yoga studio, or is the push to be more aerobics/yoga sculpt?

        I love aerobic activity, so I understand a lot of people like the physicality of sculpt/aerobics, but my experience is that it is counter to some of the basics of yoga e.g. stillness and slowness and intentionality. This is what I am at YBD for.

        Am wondering what YBD owners/directors view as the future w regard to remaining as a yoga studio and demonstrating that commitment by, for example, having a 6am yoga class every morn at Elmhurst? Is word that they are going to replace the yoga classes w sculpt.

        Thank you Scott Blumenshine

        Scott A. Blumenshine Law Offices of Meyer and Blumenshine The Clark Adams Building Suite 3650 210 S. Clark Street – Entrance 105 W. Adams Street – Mailing Address Chicago, IL 60603

        312.263.1000 x223 866.625.2591 fax

        *Injury and Insurance Claims – Plan, Prepare, Persist*


      2. Hi Scott, we are committed to staying a yoga studio, and our teacher training program is taught by dedicated, experienced and knowledge yogis who teach authentic yoga and follow all of the Internationally recognized Yoga Alliance guidelines. However, we do also offer fitness / yoga sculpt classes and Sculpt training. Our schedule is based on overall customer demand. Please feel free to contact me directly at: or I would be happy to call you to discuss further. Thanks and I look forward to meeting you soon! Best regards, Samantha R.


  4. what do you do if you cannot make one of the days? I have my wedding shower on July 19th and already know I wouldn’t be able to attend that day. Thanks


    1. Hi Christin, You can miss up to three sessions as long as you make up the time with your designated Mentor to which you will be assigned. It is not uncommon to miss a few sessions during the training, so you should be fine. Thanks and we look forward to seeing you soon! – Best, Samantha R.


    1. Hi Jessica, the cost is closer to $2400 including unlimited yoga classes plus the outside workshops and anatomy training. Please review the info. online and/or feel free to contact me directly at for more info. I would be happy to give you a call also. Thanks and I look forward to hearing from you! Best, Samantha R.


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