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Have you considered becoming a yoga teacher so you can share your love of yoga with others?

Whether you want to teach, or deepen your practice, our 200 hour program is an amazing opportunity to open your next chapter with yoga!

If you’re feeling called to guide others to find their center, explore themselves on the mat, and embrace the possibilities of yoga, let us help you develop the skills to feel comfortable and confident in teaching.

Our in-depth instruction will help you expand your awareness, add to your knowledge base and provide you with a community to explore the teacher (and person) you want to be. There will also be opportunities for you to practice teaching in a small group setting throughout the ten-weekend program so you can fine tune your craft and delivery. This is a hybrid program, meaning you will be able to complete portions online, as well as in-person contact hours- offering you flexibility with your learning.

If you’re unsure if teaching is for you, our program is also an amazing opportunity to give depth to your personal practice and broaden your understanding of yoga. Through movement, stillness, mindfulness + meditation, we can all come hOMe to ourselves- so don’t wait to reap the benefits of opening your next chapter!

If you’re ready to welcome a challenge, and open yourself and others to the possibilities of yoga, come be a part of our community!

*Beginning in 2024, our training will be hybrid with online hours as well as in-person contact hours.*

Why choose Waynesville Yoga Center for your 200 hour certification? 

Calm Setting

Avoid the traffic and intensity of the city, and get your 200 hour certification at our gorgeous studio in the tranquil, grounding mountains of western North Carolina.


Our program is more affordable than any other we’ve found in the Southeast.


If you’ve wanted to try a yoga teacher training program but felt like you weren’t up to the challenge, know that our course is accessible and realistic, for all ages, body types, and levels of experience.

At WYC, we offer real yoga for real people: making yoga accessible for you.

It’s not about forcing your body to look a certain way in a particular shape; it’s about learning how to express the poses in your body, safely and comfortably. It’s about how it feels and how it can cultivate health and wellness for your whole being: physically, mentally, and emotionally.

No Dogma

Although Yoga originated in India thousands of years ago and is typically associated with Hinduism, Yoga isn’t a religion – and we don’t make it one! While Yoga acknowledges the unseen presence of spirit or soul – and seeks to reconnect body & soul – we don’t adhere to any particular dogma.

Some YTT programs incorporate yoga’s religious traditions into their syllabus and teach it along with the other course material. While we respect everyone’s spiritual path and honor the lineage of yoga science & philosophy, we don’t endorse or teach any dogma.

Teaching Practice

We’ve gotten feedback that some other YTT programs don’t offer enough (or any!?) actual practice in teaching yoga. These students learned and experienced a lot, but they graduated from those programs feeling woefully unprepared to actually teach.

Our graduates appreciate getting lots of practice leading a class – both in and outside of the group  – giving them the confidence, tools, resources, and support to start teaching upon graduation (if they choose).

Realistic Schedule

We offer a 10 month hybrid program – with at least 4 weeks in between each class – providing structure, consistency, and space to absorb the content. We encourage you to start the reading list as soon as you sign up, as this will cultivate balance & calm during the program! 🙂

Supportive Class Size

With a max of 12 participants, you can count on a supportive, intimate YTT group. The honest connection that comes with a smaller group makes you a better teacher, and the enhanced teacher attention makes it easier to learn. 

This is a hybrid training program with content available online for review before each weekend with contact hours as follows:

Saturdays: 12-5 PM
Sundays: 1:30-5:30

You will be required to review information and complete online quizzes prior to the in-person sessions. 

Weekend 9: September 22 – 24 
Weekend 10: October 20 – 22

Weekend 1: Jan 27 – 28, 2024
Weekend 2: Feb 24 – 25
Weekend 3: March 23 – 24
Weekend 4: April 20 – 21
Weekend 5: May 18 – 19
Weekend 6: June 22 – 23
Weekend 7: July 20 – 21
Weekend 8: August 17 – 18
Weekend 9: September 21 – 22
Weekend 10: October 19 – 20 

You can get a good idea of what to expect from the syllabus in the detailed schedule above.

The program will provide a solid foundational exploration of:

  • Anatomy & Physiology, especially as it relates to Yoga
  • Basics of common yoga poses: breakdown & alignment
  • Yoga Philosophy, including Ayurveda, Tantra, Sutras, and more
  • Yamas / Niyamas / Ethics
  • Chakras
  • Yoga for Trauma, such as for veterans, recovering from injuries, healing from childbirth, etc.
  • and the following Yoga styles**: Flow & Ground :: Buti Yoga :: Yin :: Vinyasa Flow :: Hot Stone Restorative :: Yoga Nidra :: Myofascial Release :: Arm Balances & Inversions :: Gentle & Chair Yoga :: and much more!

The lead trainers are Jay MacDonald & Lisa Manning. We’re also excited to welcome our fabulous guest instructors:
Sara Lewis :: Nutrition // Yin Yoga
Candra Smith :: Ayurveda // Arm Balances & Inversions
Amber Kleid :: Hot Stone Restorative // Yoga for Chronic Pain
Lynda Saffell :: Trauma-Informed Yoga
and more…

**Flow & Ground

Students in our 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training will receive a depth of understanding of our signature, branded style: Flow & Ground Yoga. Developed by lead trainer Jay MacDonald, Flow & Ground integrates the best of both stability and fluidity. Learning a foundation in this style offers the YTT student a solid base from which to explore, unfold and grow their yoga from a place of deep wisdom.

A $500 non-refundable cash, check or credit deposit will hold your place in the program and qualify for the pricing listed below. You can make payments up until the first day of class and at that time the balance is due in full. Space is limited.

  • Early-bird pricing: $2,500 until September 1st, 2023 if paid by cash or check ($2,600 if paid by credit card)

  • Regular price: $2,995 by January 1, 2024 if paid by cash or check ($3, 150 if paid by credit card)

  • Late sign-up (if spots remain): $3,250 after January 1, 2024 if paid by cash or check ($3,400 if paid by credit card)

Click here to reserve your spot!

“The concept the universe has your back comes to mind when I think of my YTT journey this year. I embarked on this journey as a reset for myself at a time of personal transition. I had recently left a business that I had helped to create and both of my children were flying the nest with the eldest one moving to Colorado. Never did I imagine that 2020 would be the year that the entire planet paused for a reset. 

Each YTT weekend has been like a flower of self awareness opening up as the themes have built on themselves fluidly. The magic in these weekends was already evident prior to the pandemic as the group quickly bonded with the guidance of both Leigh Ann and Jay through their nurturing and humor. However, the magic has continued to unfold as each time that we have come together either online or later in person during the pandemic it has felt like the reset we were getting not only spoke to us on an individual level but also on the broader outward level. 

With so much anxiety and chaos happening in the world , to come together and learn how to pause, reset, and nurture both body, mind, and spirit while also learning how to share it with others is truly a gift. The concept of self love is where all love resides has never been more true for me until now,  I have had more patience and less anxiety through my yoga practice on and off the mat as I have had many opportunities to use it. It has helped me to stay calm, breathe and stay grounded for myself, my family, and my friends.  I am forever grateful to Jay for the nudge and myself for the effort.”

{Kim T. WYC YTT 2020}

For more details – and/or to reserve your spot in our next 200 hour YTT, contact us: – 828.246.6570

(For details about our 300 hour Yoga Teacher Training program, contact us – or click here…)