Teacher Training

Winter 2016 Yoga Sculpt Teacher Training

Yoga Sculpt Teacher Training
Winter 2016
At the Elmhurst and Downers Grove Studio
Led by
Carole Gatsch; 200 Hour RYT and Yoga Sculpt Certified
Nadja Lalvani; 200 Hour RYT and Yoga Sculpt Certified
Inspire, Grow and Change lives by becoming a Yoga Sculpt Teacher

Yoga Sculpt teacher training will help you reach new heights in your personal practice, while giving you the tools to teach a safe, effective and inspiring Yoga Sculpt class.

Sculpt Teacher Training Sessions

Saturday, February 6th -10:30am-6pm at the Downers Grove Studio

Sunday, February 7th -10:30am-6pm at the Downers Grove Studio

Thursday, February 11th -6pm-9pm at the Elmhurst Studio

Thursday, February 18th -6pm-9pm at the Elmhurst Studio

Saturday, February 20th -10:30am-6pm at the Downers Grove Studio

Sunday, February 21st -10:30am-6pm at the Downers Grove Studio

Thursday, February 25th – 6pm-9pm at the Elmhurst Studio


Certificate Requirements

Attend all 7 Class Lectures (successfully makeup any missed sessions)

Attend 6 YBD Sculpt Classes

Attend 2 YBD1 Classes

Attend 2 YBD2 Classes

Observe 3 YBD Sculpt Classes

Complete 4 Homework Assignments

Successfully complete Practicum (Final) Exam

Teach 1 Group Community Class (scheduled by Sculpt TT Leads)


Karma Yoga

Group Fitness Class with weights and music


Yoga Sculpt Teacher Training Leads

Carole Gatsch 200 Hour RYT and Yoga Sculpt Certified

Nadja Lalvani Yoga 200 Hour RYT and Yoga Sculpt Certified


Questions? Contact meghan@yogabydegrees.net



$1199 (includes 1 month of free yoga)

$1100 early bird and YBD Teacher Training Alumni (includes 1 month of free yoga)

$999 for Members (auto pay, annual and annual plus)

$840 for current YBD Teachers

*Yoga by Degrees wants to offer you any help we can in being a part of our teacher training programs. We will work with your individual financial situation to help give you the opportunity to be a part of the program.

200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Testimonials, Hear What Our Graduates Are Saying!


Video Review Disucssion

Video Review Discussion

Practice Teaching

Practice Teaching

Still undecided about Yoga by Degrees 200 Hour Teacher Training Program wondering  if it will be right for you?  Listen to what a few of our recent graduates have  to say word for word:

“The 200 hour Teacher Certification Program at Yoga by Degrees is phenomenal. I cannot recommend it highly enough…Led by YBD Managers, Meghan Rhode & Samantha Raphael, the training went above & beyond my expectations. Meghan & Sam (along with Loreta & other talented mentors from previous training), skillfully and intuitively led us through a journey that not only taught us the skills & philosophy of yoga, but they also provided a safe, nurturing environment for learning.  The wisdom and experience they both bring to the training is a gold mine, and their presentation/teaching style is so engaging, interesting and intelligent. In addition, it was just a fun place to be and learn… They take their yoga very seriously and are extremely professional & knowledgable, but also made me feel so at ease with their grounded personalities and wonderful sense of humor : )  

In addition to the amazing training I received, another unexpected bonus was the amazing friendships I developed with the other trainees. The high caliber of people YBD attracts to this program adds a whole other layer of “wonderful” to the experience. You log a LOT of hours with your fellow trainees, in such an intimate setting… And I can honestly say it was a joy and blessing to spend so much time with such an inspiring group, & I truly feel I’ve made some lifelong friendships, rooted in integrity and a love for yoga. 

It was a pleasure and gift to go through this teacher training at YBD.  Not only do I feel confident that I gained all the skills needed to teach yoga, but Meghan, Sam & Loreta provided a unique, safe, creative,  nurturing environment which gently & consistently encouraged me to grow & blossom, Their passion for yoga, coupled with their wisdom and natural gifts for teaching, make this program a life changing experience!  It is with 100% confidence and enthusiasm that I highly recommend YBD Teacher Training!”  – Lisa Whittingham Brennan, Yoga by Degrees Teacher Training Graduate / Winter 2014


“Yoga By Degrees’ 200 hour teacher training program was so much fun! I was surprised too see how much there truly is to learn about yoga- postures, philosophy, history, anatomy, Sanskrit, class structure, and more. The biggest take away for me however, was what I learned about myself and my journey along the way. I would recommend this program to anyone who is passionate about teaching, and also for someone looking to enhance their practice tenfold. Best of luck, yogi!”-  Kristin Ehlers Yoga by Degrees Teacher Training Graduate/Winter 2014


“In our training both of you mentioned that it would be a good idea to start teaching at local community centers.  I applied, auditioned and was fortunate enough to get on the schedule for LaGrange Park (for the summer)!  Thanks again to both of you.  This has been one of the best experiences I have ever had. ” 
– Ali Zygmunt , Yoga by Degrees Teacher Training Graduate / Winter 2014

Spring / Summer 2014 Starts March 4th!  Click here for more info. or call any of our YBD locations or stop by for today!



Winter / Spring 2016 YBD 200 Hour Yoga Alliance Certified Teacher Training

Yoga by Degrees 

Yoga Alliance 200 Hour Teacher Training

 Winter / Spring 2016 Information & Schedules

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

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

Free Information Session: Wednesday, January 13th 6:30 – 7:30 PM At YBD Elmhurst

Teacher Training Information & Schedule 

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

Tues.  6 – 9:30 PM Saturday 10 – 4 PM Sundays 10 AM – 6 PM
February 2, 9, 16, 23 7, 21
March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 5 (Anatomy) 6 (Anatomy), 20
April 5, 12, 19, 26 3, 17
May 3, 10, 17 1,15
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.

Early Bird Price – Due By January 8: $2400

Regular Price – Due By January 22: $2600

Payment Plan: $1700 Down / $750 x 2 months First Payment Due By: January 22

Platinum Members Receive A 10% Discount On All Pricing Options. (i.e. Platinum Member Early Bird Rate Is $2160)

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)

Anatomy Workshop at YBD = $200

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: samantha@yogabydegrees.net 

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

##### 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?

YBD 200 Hr. Teacher Training Certification Program Kicks-Off March 19th – Reserve Your Space Today!

RYS200_CMYK_300dpi_3inchYoga By Degrees Spring/Summer 2013 Yoga Alliance Certified 200 Hour Teacher Training Information & Schedule

Training led by Samantha Raphael, E-RYT, Meghan Rohde, RYT, Loreta Medoniene, RYT

and other YBD Teachers

Informational Meeting: Tuesday, March 5, 2013 – 6:30 – 8:30 PM Western Springs

Tuesdays 5:30 – 9:30 PM In Western SpringsMarch: 19, 26

April: 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

May: 7, 14, 21, 26, 28

June: 4, 11, 18, 25

July: 2

Sundays 10 AM – 6PM In WheatonMarch: 24

April: 7, 14

May: 5

June: 16, 23

July: 7



Curriculum Includes:Opening MeditationPranayama – BreathingAsanas – Poses

Teaching Skills

Review of Sequencing

Teaching in small groupsYoga For Special GroupsYoga PhilosophyKoshas – Sheaths

Gunas – Qualities of Nature

Chakras – Energy Centers


Ayurvedic Healing TechniquesAnatomyYoga EthicsBusiness of Yoga

Video Review

Written Test


10 Classes of Observing and Assisting a Senior YBD Teacher18 Hours Elective Off Site Yoga Workshops10 YBD Yoga Classes10 Hours of YBD Workshops

Teach 2 Community Classes

Observing and Assisting Reports From 5 Classes

CPR Training

Monthly Homework Assignments

Written Thesis

Required Reading: YBD Yoga Teacher Training ManualTKV Desikachar – “Heart of Yoga -Creating A Home Practice”“Anatomy of Movement” By Blandine Calais-Germain

“Anatomy of Hatha” Yoga By H. David Coulter

Pricing and Discounts:

$250 Deposit To Reserve Space (Limited to 20)Early Bird Price Due By Feb. 28: $2400Regular Price Due By Mar. 15:$2600Payment Plan : $1500 Down / $500 x 3 months – First Payment Due By: Mar. 15, 2013

20% Discount For Current Teachers

10% Discount for Autopay, Annual and Annual Plus Members

To Meet 10 YBD Class Requirement:Optional $50 Monthly Autopay (Reg. $99)Specialty Discount drop in rate ($14 per class)10 Class Packs ($125)Additional Costs:$30 per YBD Workshop x 5  = $150

Offsite Yoga Workshops  Aprox. $450

Book Costs = Aprox. $200


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

Before Classes Begins – $150After 1 Week – $250 After 2 Weeks – $500After 3 Weeks – $750No Refunds Given After 3 Weeks From Start Date

Space is limited to 20 Students; Stop by either Yoga By Degrees locations or call for more information or to register and reserve your spot today!  Yoga By Degrees Locations:

241 Rice Lake Square, Wheaton IL 60189 – 630-690-9642

4700 Gilbert Ave. Western Springs Suite 16 IL 60558 – 708-783-1226