200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training at Waynesville Yoga Center

Due to COVID we will be postponing our 300 / 500 hour teacher trainings but hope to offer it in the future. Click here for information.

Waynesville Yoga Center is proud to offer 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training programs in the gorgeous Smoky Mountains of Western North Carolina! Get your certification right here in the Southeast – with all the quality of a “big city” training.

We’re thrilled – and honored – to provide a program for those who want to deepen their yoga practice, whether to teach others, or simply understand yoga better. Many people take yoga teacher training not because they want to teach, but to deepen their own yoga practice.

YTT, as it’s commonly called, offers an in-depth training in Anatomy + Physiology, Yoga philosophy & lifestyle, Ayurveda, kinesiology, Nutrition, Yoga for Trauma, Yoga for Chronic Pain, and of course: many different flavors of yoga!

Why take YTT at Waynesville Yoga? You can expect some differences from our program:

  1. Calm Setting > Avoid the traffic and intensity of the city, and get your 200 hour certification at our gorgeous studio in the calm, grounding mountains of western North Carolina.
  2. Affordable > our program is more affordable than any other we’ve found in the Southeast.
  3. Real Yoga for Real People > yoga in America has turned into an empire, one that many people think is unattainable: uber-thin white women contorted into poses that many people can’t even consider, much less execute. At WYC, we offer real yoga for real people: making yoga accessible for you.

    Our YTT mission is: “to provide the tools, skills and knowledge to safely practice (and perhaps teach) whatever style of yoga that most resonates with you, your body – and maybe your students.”

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

    If you’ve felt uncomfortable or intimidated by yoga; if you think you’re not “good enough” to come to a studio, try one of our classes and see how accessible yoga can be! 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.

  4. No Dogma > although Yoga originated in India thousands of years ago and is typically attached to 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 and soul – we don’t adhere to any particular dogma.

    “My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.” {Dalai Lama}

    Some YTT programs incorporate religious dogma into the program and teach it, along with the course material. While of course we respect everyone’s spiritual path and honor the lineage of yoga knowledge + philosophy, we don’t endorse or teach any dogma.

    It’s why you won’t find any deities at WYC: we respect your spiritual integrity and want yoga to be a tool + resource on your life path, however you connect with Spirit. The WYC TT will provide you with information and training to access your yoga.

  5. Practice + Experience Actually Teaching Yoga > We’ve gotten feedback that some other YTT programs didn’t offer enough actual practice in teaching yoga: students learned + experienced a lot, but they graduated from those programs not feeling that they were prepared to actually teach. Our graduates appreciate getting lots of practice leading a class, both in and outside of the program, giving them the confidence to start teaching upon graduation.

We offer a 10 month program, with summers off, meaning that you have plenty of time to absorb the information and keep up with daily life!

With a max of 12 participants accepted, you can count on a supportive, intimate group – which makes you a better teacher, and makes it easier to learn.

A smaller group also fosters Zoom / remote learning if needed for the COVID-19 pandemic. A video chat class of 30 people is not really doable, whereas a class of 12 participants is contained enough to work, if needed in this new coronavirus reality.


Fridays, 6 – 9 PM
6 – 7: centering Slow Flow
7 – 8: yoga philosophy, lifestyle, education lecture
8 – 9: video lecture

Saturdays, 9 AM – 7 PM
9 – 10: practice, principles, techniques
10 – 11:30: integrative anatomy + physiology
11:30 – 12:45: putting the Anatomy + Physiology into practice
12:45 – 1:15: practice, principles, techniques
:: lunch break ::
2 – 3: lecture: Ayurveda / nutrition / yoga philosophy / lifestyle
3 – 4:30: Yoga Basics
4:30 – 6: student-led teaching
6 – 7: varied practice

Sundays, 9 AM – 6:30 PM
9 – 11: teaching methodology
11 – 12: student-led teaching
:: lunch break ::
1 – 3: yoga philosophy, lifestyle, education lecture
3 – 6: student-led teaching
6 – 6:30: closing practice

(bathroom breaks and snacks during lecture can be taken at any time, as needed)

2020 Calendar

Weekend 4: May 29 – 31
Weekend 5: June 5 – 7
Weekend 6: August 21 – 23
Weekend 7: August 28 – 30 
Weekend 8: Sept 11 – 13
Weekend 9: Sept 25 – 27
Weekend 10: Oct 2 – 4
(Makeup Weekend & Graduation: Oct 16 – 18)

**we may conduct sessions remotely, via Zoom, to stay in compliance with state & local laws regarding COVID-19 – and to respect our students’ comfort levels

2021 Calendar

Weekend 1: Jan 22 – 24
Weekend 2: Feb 19 – 21
Weekend 3:  March 19 – 21
Weekend 4: April 16 – 18
Weekend 5: May 14 – 16
Weekend 6: June 12 – 13
Weekend 7: August 27 – 29
Weekend 8: Sept 10 – 12
Weekend 9: Oct 15 – 17
Weekend 10: Nov 12 – 14
(Makeup Weekend & Graduation: Nov 19 – 21)

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 yoga poses: breakdown + alignment
// Yoga Philosophy, including Ayurveda + Tantra + Sutras
// 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 >> Gentle + Chair Yoga >> and more!

The lead trainers are Jay MacDonald & Leigh-Ann Renz. We’re also excited to welcome our fabulous guest instructors:
Sara Lewis > Nutrition // Yin Yoga
Candra Smith > Ayurveda
Amber Kleid > Hot Stone Restorative
Anna Ferguson Robas > Yoga for Trauma
Alex Moody > Yoga for Chronic Pain
and more…

**Flow + Ground

Students in our 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training will receive a depth of understanding in 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.

Required Reading > (the books are listed in the order that we recommend you read them in):

  1. The Body Keeps the Score: Brain Mind and Body in the healing of trauma by Bessel van der Kolk (by w/e 1)
  2. Teaching Yoga: Essential Foundations and Techniques by Mark Stephens (by w/e 1)
  3. Awakening the Spine by Vanda Scaravelli (by w/e 2)
  4. Yoga Anatomy, 2nd Edition, by Leslie Kaminoff (by w/e 3)
  5. The muscle book by Paul Blakely (by w/e 3)
  6. The Complete Guide to Yin Yoga: The philosophy and practice of Yin Yoga by Bernie Clark (by w/e 4)
  7. Yoga for Pain Relief (Simple practices to Calm Your Mind & Heal Your Chronic Pain) by Kelly McGonigal (by w/e 5)
  8. Your Body, Your Yoga by Bernie Clark (by w/e 5)
  9. The Breathing Book by Donna Farhi (by w/e 6)
  10. Insight Yoga: An innovative synthesis of traditional yoga, meditation and Eastern approaches by Sarah Powers (by w/e 7)
  11. Anatomy Trains: Myofascial Meridians for Manual and Movement Therapists (by w/e 8)
  12. Yoga Nidra: by Swami Satyananda Saraswati (by w/e 9)
  13. Spinning Inward: Using guided imagery for learning, creativity & relaxation by Maureen Murdock (by w/e 9)

Recommended Reading:

  1. Light on Yoga by BKS Iyengar
  2. The Spirit and Practice of Moving into Stillness by Erich Schiffman
  3. Back Care Basics by Mary Pullig Schatz
  4. Living Buddha, Living Christ by Thich Nhat Hanh

To support your completion of this extensive reading list, we open the studio an hour early on Fridays to create space for a reading group. We highly recommend you connect with your fellow students and help each other stay on track.

Book Purchasing Options

We know these books are expensive! Our book list is actually comparable (or less) than other YTT programs; because of the wealth of quality information, it’s part of any YTT course to pay $300 – $500 for the books. The content will serve you well for decades to come as a yoga instructor. Knowledge = power!

Please know that you’re not required to purchase them new! In fact, we have a book share program through Wall St Books in Waynesville: check with them for used versions. You can also buddy up with another person in the program and share the books; let us know if you’d like the email list for other students so you can coordinate a book share.

The only thing that’s not gonna work is an electronic version, as it’s kinda hard to look at amazing anatomy pictures while you’re driving! 😊

// 1st 4 people to sign up pay $2,250
// 2nd 4 people to sign up pay $2,500
// final 4 people to sign up pay $2,750

A $500 non-refundable deposit will hold your place in the price tier. Half of the total is due by the start of the program; any remaining balance must be paid by the 4th weekend.

Click here to reserve your spot – and your place in the price tier. 

“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: ytt@waynesvilleyogacenter.com – 828.246.6570

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

Students of the Month: February 2020’s Dynamic Duos

This month we are proud to feature TWO sets of dynamic duos that we love seeing around the studio: Husband and wife, Tiffany + Justin, and mother and daughter, Gwen + Cassie. You know what they say- those who yoga together, well they generally just get along better 😉

We’re grateful to have these folks as part of our WYC community and honored to have helped them start or continue on their yoga journeys. To help you get to know them  a little better, we asked them to share a little bit about themselves and how yoga has become a part of their lives.

Tiffany + Justin

1. Tell me about your experience with yoga: how it began, where it has taken you, and how yoga has impacted your life.

T: I began an “at home” yoga practice in 2009 and attended my first yoga class while living in Greensboro, NC a few years later. As my involvement in the flow arts deepened, it became clear that a strong yoga practice could broaden my hoop dance abilities.

In 2014, I became more serious about regular practice and not only did my hoop skills improve but I noticed significant improvements in my ability to control emotion and thought, I began to experience better rest and more peace.

Since the majority of my yoga practice has been in solitude, I‘m grateful the Waynesville Yoga Center has provided me the opportunity to connect with such a vibrant, creative and loving yoga community! Finally, on New Years Day 2020, after 10 years of subtle encouragement for my husband to give yoga a try, we attended our first yoga class together. 

J:  I started practicing yoga about 5 months ago. Right away I noticed a desire to be better in all areas of my life.  I quickly realized, ’there’s something to this’  and ’m currently in the best shape I’ve been in a long time and am seeing constant progression. And that goes for my mind, body and soul.

     2. What are your favorite styles / classes?

T: First off, I have to say, I’ve not been to a yoga class I didn’t like, especially at WYC. I’ve tried them all and each have significant benefits. However, my most favorite are Buti, DEEP and Flow + Sweat.

J:  Warm Slow Flow/Power Core Yoga.

     3. What’s your favorite pose and why?

T: Balasana or Child’s Pose and Malasana or Yoga Squat are my favorites because I feel so well grounded to and supported by the earth while in these poses. 

J: Savasana… it’s the most challenging.

     4. What do you do when you’re not practicing yoga?

T: Currently, I’m blessed to be a stay at home mom of two amazing children, Layla Rose, 5 yr. and Stephen, 19 mo. I adore family time, though especially love attending concerts with my brilliant, passionate husband! I also enjoy performing, teaching flute lessons and teaching hoop fitness classes. 

J: I’m filled with joy being a happy husband and proud father, as well as a Financial Advisor with Edward Jones Investments, where I absolutely love helping my clients with their short and long term financial goals. 

     5. Tell me something funny or unexpected about you

T: I was a level 8 gymnast as a child, have a Masters Degree in Flute Performance and Pedagogy and I love to sing and dance!  

J: I was in a touring band for 4 years playing keyboards in 200 shows around the country every year.  My current band Sanctum Sully was mentioned in Rolling Stone Magazine in 2018, and I recently released an album on vinyl LP for the first time.  Music is a huge part of my life.  

Cassie + Gwen

1. Tell me about your experience with yoga: how it began, where it has taken you, and how yoga has impacted your life.

G: I think it is a very fun experience. I was a gymnast at a center in Asheville and the teaching plateaued so I began to regress and was still wanted to maintain my flexibility and increase my skills, so when my mom approached me with yoga I was very excited to give it a try to see if I liked it. Since I joined WYC I have achieved more flexibility, have lots of fun and it makes me happy.

C: My journey with yoga began October 2019 with Waynesville Yoga Center. As a mother I was searching for something for an activity to do with my daughter Gwen that we could enjoy together being active while getting to have fun and spend time together so after several weeks of trying to figure out something a child an adult could learn together Yoga was what kept coming to mind so I approached Gwen with this idea and she was more then excited to give it a try. So I did my research online and Waynesville Yoga was the winner and after joining I could not believe it had been here in town for these last several years and all we were missing out on. It has had a positive impact on my life it has helped reduce anxiety, promote good sleep, strengthen muscles I forgot I had, increasing my flexibility among many other benefits.

2. What are your favorite styles / classes?

G: My favorite classes are definitely Buti and Fascial release.

C: My favorite style class is BUTI! I have known about Yoga for years and had started practicing some over the last eight years at home but I had never heard of this style until I attended Kayla’s class.  I thoroughly enjoyed it and continue to I like traditional yoga is incorporated with cardio burning dancing/workout AND the music your burning calories while having fun- which is hard to find. The Hot Stone Restorative is another favorite of mine.

3. What’s your favorite pose and why?

G: I like the Tree pose because it challenges my balance.

C: My favorite pose is the child’s pose I find it the most comfortable and relaxing and beneficial at stretching back muscles.

4. What do you do when you’re not practicing yoga?

G: I love having play dates/sleepovers, I like playing with my little cousin, Star. I love traveling especially Tennessee and Lake Chatuge and definitely the beach. I love to swim so much!😁😁

C: While not at yoga, I enjoy shopping locally on main street and trying out different foods on the menus at our local restaurants around town. I spend summers at Lake Chatuge at a little lake cabin we have there and enjoy going to the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee and staying at cabins there and relaxing in the hot tub.

5. Tell me something funny or unexpected about you.

G: I use to think I would never like Volley ball🏐. Then I went to Volley ball camp and absolutely loved it then I joined my school team ( GO HCA 🐾) and it was amazing.😃😃👍👍

C: I am a career student and am currently working on my third college degree. My first was in Massage Therapy.  I used to practice massage here at both local gyms as well as the Balsam Spa at the Waynesville Inn, then I went back for an Associate Applied Science in Medical Assisting and worked as a CMA (AAMA) and the Balsam Center on the Adult Recovery Unit where I would lead a yoga session for those who wanted to attend and most found it therapeutic in their recovery. Now I am currently finishing my nursing degree and will be an RN May 2020.

Tick Tock!

It’s hard to believe, but there’s only 2 weeks left until our next 200 hour Yoga Deep Dive begins! If you’ve been considering joining the program, now’s the time to act.

You probably already know that the sooner you commit and pay the deposit, the lower your price. Additionally, there’s some reading you’ll want to have completed by the first weekend.

This powerful exploration of Yoga isn’t just about the practice, history, or philosophy of Yoga. It’s ultimately a commitment to yourself and the inner journey of your soul.

If you have considered teaching yoga… if you’re looking for direction & focus in your life at this time… if you practice yoga and want to solidify your knowledge… if you want to learn more about your body and health… if you want to gain empowerment and take responsibility for your wellness… join us.

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” {Lao Tzu}

The first step is the hardest: taking the plunge and committing to the journey. Next class starts Friday, February 7th: click here for details // ytt@waynesvilleyogacenter.com // 828.246.6570


Real Yoga for Real Bodies

The old philosophies of Yoga were that you use your body to get into a pose. That you aren’t a real yoga student or can’t be a legit yoga teacher if you can’t do a headstand or an arm balance or a full lotus. Sadly, some schools – and some teachers – still operate from this outdated “mind over matter” perspective.

Thankfully, times are changing; and these outdated dualistic philosophies are evolving into a framework that’s more grounded, balanced, and healthy. We’re proud & honored to be on this cutting edge of yoga’s evolution, understanding that Yoga is for everyone, regardless of age, weight, gender, experience, or level of flexibility!

We know in our bones that yoga is truly for everyone and every body. Our studio motto is “Real Yoga for Real Bodies”; and this informs every decision we make at Waynesville Yoga, including our teacher training. Jay & I love watching people who felt intimidated to try yoga blossom in their practice. We also love seeing people, who never believed they could they teach, find their stride as yoga instructors.

We’re so grateful that yoga itself is healing from its own wounds and imbalances. As it does, more & more of us are coming to understand that the purpose of the poses are to get into our bodies, not the other way around!

If you’ve wanted to explore a 200 hour program, whether to teach or simply dive more deeply into Yoga, but have felt intimidated, check us out. Our program is unique: small class size; lots of one-on-one attention; small, supportive group of peers; relaxing setting… click here for details. When you’re ready to commit to being a part of yoga’s evolution, we’re here.

See how Ann & Tess experienced Real Yoga for Real Bodies in their Yoga Teacher Training (YTT):

Time – Money – Nerves

We’ve heard from a lot of folks in the past few months who want to commit to our 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training (YTT) program, but have specific concerns. As we hear from more people about what matters to them, a few themes emerge as obstacles.

Obstacles to Yoga Teacher Training


Yes, it’s a big commitment! But isn’t anything else in life that really matters!? Especially a journey of self-discovery and exploration that will offers tools + resources for the rest of your life? We understand everyone is crazy busy these days (we are too!).

But we’ve also experienced first-hand how much this training can transform people and change lives – no exaggeration!

Many students have to miss one weekend; that’s just the nature of the beast in our busy modern lives. That’s why we offer the makeup weekend at the end of the program, which can also be used to review the material in preparation to graduate.

If you want to take this journey now but already have commitments for one of the scheduled weekends, don’t let that stop you!

To help support students, we open the studio up early on Fridays, to provide space for a reading & study group. Your fellow students can be an invaluable source of motivation; please feel free to connect weekly to help stay on track – or maybe enlist a buddy who’s not in the program to provide accountability for the material.

However you motivate yourself, trust us: you are worth the investment of time & energy! 😉


We get it: it’s all about the Benjamins. That’s true for all of us. However, don’t forget that the sooner you commit to our program, the less you pay! If you’ve been sitting on the fence, you could literally be costing yourself. Click here for pricing details – and see how to get a lower rate.

Keep in mind that our program is more affordable than any other we’ve seen in the Southeast – and that our reading list is less than other schools too. Additionally, we’ve partnered with Wall Street Books to create a book buy back program to help you save money.


One of the most beautiful things that yoga offers each of us is the opportunity to face our fears and challenge our egos. “Am I strong enough? Am I smart enough? But I have that shoulder injury… I’ve only been practicing for a few years. What if they find out who I really am?”

You are strong enough. You are smart enough. Your Yoga is ready to receive your injuries, your past traumas, and all of the parts of yourself that you don’t like or are afraid to show the world. Your Yoga can support healing for every aspect of your life and every level of your being.

Our program doesn’t promise to fix your old injuries, or heal your deepest wounds. But it does provide the framework for you to heal and take care of yourself. It will give you the tools to prevent injury going forward – and address injuries when they can’t be avoided. It will offer you the chance to realize that you’re more than enough and perfect exactly the way you are.


The next program starts on February 7th – we’re ready if you are!? Click here to get started; or contact us if you need more information. We’re happy to answer any questions you might have: ytt@waynesvilleyogacenter.com // 828.246.6570



Leigh-Ann Renz offers yoga + massage at Waynesville Yoga Center


Leigh-Ann Renz is a massage therapist, yoga instructor, and part of the management team at Waynesville Yoga Center.

Wait, Yoga Can Help Me Lose Weight?!

“I thought it was just a bunch of easy stretches and rolling around on floor…?”

Most of us know that practicing Yoga can be a great way to reduce stress, lower blood pressure, and feel more calm and focused. But did you know that Yoga can also help you lose weight?!

Granted, it depends on which type of Yoga: a gentle class focused on stretching will clearly burn less Calories than a more vigorous style. But all types of Yoga can benefit those looking to lose weight, and one study even showed that easy peasy Restorative Yoga is effective in helping overweight women to lose weight, including abdominal fat!

How Can Yoga Help You Meet Your New Years Resolutions?

// Yoga helps you be more present in your body, and therefore better connected to your natural cues of hunger and fullness. Its calming effects on the nervous system make you less likely to binge or stress eat; and its detoxification effect on the kidneys, liver, and thyroid mean that you’re more likely to reach for unprocessed foods when you do eat.

// Yoga balances the endocrine system, which includes the adrenal glands and all hormones. This both decreases the overall amount of belly fat and increases feelings of wellbeing. “One study found that a consistent yoga practice improved depression and led to a significant increase in serotonin levels and a decrease in the levels of monoamine oxidase (an enzyme that breaks down neurotransmitters) and cortisol.”

// Yoga helps you sleep better, which offers a ton of benefits for both mind and body. Disrupted sleep has been linked to weight gain, mood swings, overeating, emotional eating, and decreased immunity, while quality sleep has been proven to support weight loss.

Yoga can do all that!? Yes, and much more…

//  Yoga prevents cartilage and joint breakdown. It has been proven to increase bone density and improves balance. All of these help you engage in exercise more safely to maintain a long term healthy weight.

Yoga drains the lymphatic system and boots immunity; increases blood flow; lowers blood sugar; prevents IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) and other digestive complaints; reduces pain; supports substance use recovery; keeps allergies and viruses at bay; builds self-esteem & confidence; and supports healthy fascia / connective tissue!

// Yoga increase muscles tone, meaning that you will burn more Calories in general; additionally, stretching your muscles can increase the effectiveness of any exercise regimen. The Journal of Applied Physiology found intense stretching can increase muslce mass by 318% in 28 days.

Rock Your Resolutions in 2020

Planning to shed some weight for this new year / new decade? Take advantage of our 28 Days for $28 plan to jumpstart your 2020 goals. Whether you join us for our “Rock Your Resolution” classes** that will get your heart pumping and work up a sweat – or simply utilize our relaxing, stretch-focused classes to support your overall fitness routine, Yoga has been proven to support better physical & mental wellbeing, including weight loss.

“I joined the Waynesville Yoga Center (WYC) with an unlimited classes/monthly membership and take as many classes as I can weekly! Since joining, I have lost 23 pounds! Some of it is from changing my diet and being more active in general, but some of it is definitely from the classes I take every week at WYC.” {Pat R.}


**Rock Your Resolutions Series are challenging classes designed to give you a killer workout. Come prepared to sweat! See our class calendar for details**


Leigh-Ann Renz offers yoga + massage at Waynesville Yoga Center


Leigh-Ann Renz is a massage therapist, yoga instructor, and part of the management team at Waynesville Yoga Center.

Yoga Teaching Training: “That’s a Lot of Money to Deepen My Practice!

Yes, it is… but Yoga Teacher Training is about so much more than just deepening your yoga practice! Yoga Teacher Training will help you learn about your body in a way that will serve you for the rest of your life, helping you avoid injury. It will empower you to recover from injury when it can’t be avoided. You’ll learn how to move + live with less pain, which benefits not only you, but also your children, parents, friends & family.

It’s about recovering from trauma, both mental + physical. It’s about developing better body awareness and taking responsibility for your own health. It’s about aging better, more gracefully and with less discomfort. On top of all of this, it’s a journey of self-discovery and growth you’ll never forget!

“Be the change you wish to see in the world.” {Mahatma Gandhi}

What’s the best way to change the world in 2020? Change yourself with Yoga Teacher Training! Release what no longer serves you; tap into what it is for your highest good; and transform yourself from the inside out. This deep inner healing will ripple out into your family, your community, and the world. This will help foster not only health + happiness for your own life, but for all beings.

Want More Information?

Saying yes to this journey is the first – and most important – step. We’re here to facilitate your transformation when you’re ready: ytt@waynesvilleyogacenter.com // 828.246.6570 // click here for program details.

If you’re contemplating getting your certification, check out this article from Body Positive Yoga: Q&A: SHOULD I GET MY 200-HOUR YOGA TEACHER CERTIFICATION?

Or if you want to get a better feel for our program and want to hear hear about it from someone who’s already completed it, contact us and we will put you in touch with one of our recent graduates!


Yoga Teacher Training at Waynesville Yoga Center

200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training in the Heart of the Smoky Mountains!

200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training (YTT) programs are incredibly popular nationwide, and many folks come to the Asheville area for their certification training. While we love “Ashe-Vegas” and the many amazing yoga schools there, many of us prefer a quieter, calmer, and Two 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training particiapnts more intimate setting.

Let’s be honest: why deal with the traffic, tight parking, and general intensity of the city, when you can get a rock solid 200 hour certification in the chill, nourishing mountains of Waynesville?

Only 30 minutes west of Asheville, Waynesville is relaxing, accessible, and has hardly any traffic! We have a cute little downtown, with a very walkable Main Street, and tons of affordable lodging within minutes of Waynesville Yoga Center. Lake Junaluska – perfect for both contemplation and exercise – is just 10 minutes away and adds to the richness of the area.

Our YTT program is limited to 12 participants, meaning that you get the intimacy and support of a smaller group, while still experiencing top-notch instruction from a variety of Yoga Alliance certified teachers.

Relax on our gorgeous front porch – or snuggle up in front of the fireplace in our cozy library. Drink in the beauty and stillness of the majestic Blue Ridge mountains, and walk downtown for a bite to eat in between training sessions.

Whether you live in the area or are traveling a distance, use these weekends as a mini-retreat for mind, body, and soul. Learning in this environment will not only help you take the information in better – it will also be deeply nourishing for your psyche too!

There’s enough stress in our daily lives – why make your 200 hour journey more intense than it needs to be!? If you’ve been considering a 200 hour YTT program in the city, consider ours at Waynesville Yoga Center: click here for details…

This is a quote from a 2019 YTT 200 hour yoga teacher training student

Congratulations to Our 200 Hour Teacher Training (YTT) Program Graduates!

As our first class of Teacher Training (YTT) draws to a close, I understand why CJ uses the word “delicious” to describe the program.

The students have all worked so hard, Congratulations to Our 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Program Graduates!both in a practical manner, diving deeply into Yoga lineage; learning the logistical aspects of teaching; and doing the difficult work of getting clear about the direction of their lives!

Now, they get to enjoy the satisfying, nourishing fruit of their of all their hard work. They’re prepared and confident to teach, in whatever location & style that most resonates with them.

They’re stronger and more balanced, both physically & emotionally. They’ve deepened their practice and have a sense of where that will take them next. They’ve cultivated a different perspective about their life’s trajectory overall, gaining insight and wisdom about the journey.

Jay and I are so proud of each and every single one of them. We can’t wait to see how their Teacher Training (YTT) experience continues to enrich and support their goals going forward, both personally & professionally. And we’re honored to have been on this journey with them.

The next program starts in January. Click here for full details – or here to see why you should pick our program over other options.


Leigh-Ann Renz

Leigh-Ann Renz

Leigh-Ann has been practicing yoga since 1997 and teaching it since 2005. She is attracted to fluid vinyasa styles, including moon salutations, and loves to geek out about yoga “off the mat” – such as how the philosophies behind the physical postures can enrich our journey, both for ourselves and for others. A writer, dancer, massage therapist, creative marketing nerd, and proud Mom, she can be found travelling, enjoying the seasons, or soaking up the natural world when not working.

Why Choose Waynesville Yoga’s 200 Hour YTT?

200 Hour YTTWhy should you pick our 200 Hour YTT (Yoga Teacher Training) program?

:: Calm :: avoid the traffic & intensity of the city; and get your 200 hour certification in the quiet, calm mountains of Waynesville, North Carolina

:: Great Value :: more affordable than any other YTT we’ve found in the Southeast

:: Real Yoga for Real Bodies :: our course is accessible & realistic for all ages, body types, and levels of experience. We believe that yoga belongs to everyone

:: No Dogma :: while we honor the lineage of yoga’s knowledge & philosophy, we don’t endorse or teach any dogma or religion

:: Practice Teaching :: Get lots of practice – and gain confidence – actually teaching yoga

:: Small Group :: With a max of 12 participants accepted, you can count on a supportive, intimate group – which fosters learning and builds your confidence teaching

:: Summers Off :: We offer a 10 month program, with summers off, which means that you will have plenty of time to absorb & integrate the information – and keep up with daily life!

:: COVID-safe:: Click here for details about how our 200 Hour YTT program is COVID-safe for both in-person and virtual students

200 Hour YTT Schedule & Pricing

Fridays: 6 – 9 // Saturdays: 9 – 6 // Sundays: 9 – 4:30

2021 Dates: January 22 – 24 // February 19 – 21 // March 19 – 21 // April 16 – 18 // May 14 – 16 // June 12 – 13 // August 27 – 29 // September 10 – 12 // October 15 – 17 // November 12 – 14 // (makeup weekend & graduation: November 19 – 21)

// 1st 4 people @ $2,250
// 2nd 4 people @ $2,500
// final 4 people @ $2,750

200 Hour YTT Syllabus

// Anatomy & Physiology
// Nutrition
// Yoga Fundamentals
// Philosophy, Ayurveda, Tantra
// Ni/Yamas – Ethics – Sutras
// Chakras, Vayus, Mudras
// Yoga for Trauma & Chronic Pain

Buti Yoga® >> Yin >> Vinyasa Flow >> Hot Stone Restorative >> Myofascial >> Yoga for Seniors >> Pre/Post Natal >> and so much more!

Details / More Information

For program details: click here – or contact us: ytt@waynesvilleyogacenter.com

Feeling confused about YTT options? Check out this article on 6 Tips for Selecting a Yoga Teacher Training Program

  • “YTT provided me with the tools and knowledge to deepen my own yoga practice and help others with theirs. This program challenged me in unforeseen ways and I am so thankful to have experienced this journey with such incredible teachers and fellow students. It was truly a life-changing experience.”

    – Hayley P.

  • “Amber is an incredibly gifted instructor, particularly when it comes to yoga. She is calming, thorough, and provides that extra-added touch of essential oils, gentle adjustments, and themed practices. I love that Amber’s yoga classes are dynamic and she’s taught moves in her classes that I’ve never done in 15 years of practicing yoga. She’s a breath of fresh air in the yoga scene. I highly recommend her!”

    – Christine G.

  • “After my first private session with Amber my body felt so good! Because of her guidance and personal assisting I highly recommend working with her.”

    – Barbara B.

  • “Since I started taking classes at Waynesville Yoga Center, I can now go down the stairs ‘normally’, instead of one foot at a time. I’m really pleased with how these classes are helping me.”

    – Carol L.

  • “Thank you all so much for offering this. It has truly been a gift in my life and I am very grateful to be part of this class!”

    – Kristen, B

  • “Jay met me prior to class to help me polish my yoga teaching skills. I really appreciate her willingness to meet and teach me to make me a better instructor.”

    – Brooke H.

  • “WYC YTT has given me such tremendous depth in my practice of yoga on and off the mat. I’ve loved seeing my evolution this year as I learned all the ways I can add yoga to my home and work life. I started just expecting to build a stronger personal practice, but now I am so excited to see where this will all take me in the years to come.”

    – 2019 YTT Student

  • “When I first began practicing yoga, it seemed like the more I learned, the more I wanted to know. I bought a few books but still didn’t feel like a real student of the practice of yoga. When the 200 hour YTT was offered, I saw it as the perfect chance to really expand my knowledge. I have come to realize that with this deep dive into the practice of yoga, I have a strong knowledge bank that will allow me to continue to expand my knowledge of yoga for years to come.”

    – Jann F.

  • “Amber, you’re an incredible teacher! You are a natural at creating flows that challenge and inspire your students.”

    – Michelle G.C.

  • “One of the things I have loved about the program is that we are not just learning how to teach certain poses; I have been learning things I didn’t even know I could learn about yoga in general, including about the subtle energies, how they tie to both anatomy and the philosophy of yoga.”

    – 2019 YTT Student

  • “I waited years looking for the right yoga teacher training program and WYC was definitely the reason why. I’m absolutely convinced I could not have found a program that was more creative, inclusive, or supportive. I would definitely attribute that to the meticulous design of the curriculum and incredibly talented teachers you brought in to lead so many cool facets of the course. You drew in some of the most amazing students with all this awesomeness and I’ve been so thrilled to learn alongside them this year so thank you, thank you, thank you for every last delicious bit of it.”

    – CJH

  • “I woke up one morning and realized I was 60 years old, that I could live well into my 80s and that I had to do something to improve my strength and stamina if I wanted a good quality of life. I was caring for small grandchildren periodically, and it exhausted me.

    As soon as I saw Waynesville Yoga Center was opening, I came. I am so thankful to Jay for a place where I feel safe, not self-conscious, and where I can attend classes that benefit me without feeling in competition with anyone else. Restorative and Yin have improved my flexibility and meditation skills; Beginner Flow, Flow Level 1 and Gentle Chair Yoga have increased my strength and balance and also challenged me, as has Barre and Balance!

    I feel better than I ever have – physically, emotionally, and spiritually. I have met so many new friends. All of the instructors I have had are wonderful and willing to share of themselves. Thank you, Jay, your endeavor is making a tremendous difference in so many lives!”

    – Terri M.

  • “Jay is an always-patient, highly skilled teacher who makes everyone feel welcome and able to participate. Her class is always a joy and rewarding.”

    – Barbara S.

  • “Jay takes time to answer questions, to give help when needed in performing movements and is a gentle, calm person which helps my yoga experience.”

    – Anita S.

  • “My experience during my YTT at WYC has not only increased my confidence on the mat but has opened up endless possibilities and opportunities for a courageous, confident, and grateful life off the mat. “

    – Teresa F.

  • “With all of my health issues, I never would have believed I could ever learn to teach yoga. WYC’s Real Yoga for Real Bodies built my confidence as a leader, reminding me that my journey is my strength, and I will actually be a better teacher because of the challenges I’ve experienced. Thank you so much for creating a program that encouraged us to bring the beauty and the beast through this incredible transformation.”

    – CJH

  • “I haven’t felt this good since I got my puppy, ten years ago!…”

    – Steve S.

  • “Jay is a wonderful yoga instructor; has great variety in classes; is always dependable (there and on time); is kind and understanding; and always available to answer questions and give additional instruction if necessary. She is calm and classes are enjoyable no matter the challenge.”

    – Myndie S.

  • I signed up for YTT thinking I had time to myself to focus on me, but the world has other plans. It’s still the best decision I’ve made, and I am so grateful that what I have learned has come to me at a time that I can apply it to so much real world trauma. This YTT has been a saving grace!

    – Kim T.

  • “That special moment when your body, mind and spirit blend into a yummy synchronized yogic OHMMMMMMM……..yeah, YTT has given me like a hundred of those so far! You guys are awesome!”

    – 2019 YTT Student

  • “What has set the program apart for me, as well, is the approach to teaching that encourages us not to focus on a “perfect” pose, but rather perfecting a pose within our bodies and the bodies of our students. This means everyone’s expression of a pose will be slightly different, and there is such beauty in that. It runs counter to so much that we are taught elsewhere in life.”

    – Kristen, B

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