WYC 200 Hour Teacher Training!!

For Reals!?

Yes! It’s true: Waynesville Yoga Center is offering a 200 hour yoga teacher training program, starting in March 2019. 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 a in-depth training into anatomy + physiology, Yoga philosophy & lifestyle, Ayurveda, kinesiology, and of course: many different flavors of yoga!

Why Pick WYC?

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

  1. Local > that’s the best part, right!? Stay close to home, avoid traffic, and get your 200 hr TT certification!
  2. More 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.


The program will meet one weekend a month for 10 months:
MAR: 8th – 10th
APRIL: 12th – 14th
MAY: 10th –  12th
JUNE: 7th – 9th
JULY: 12th – 14th
AUG: 16th – 18th
SEPT: 13th – 15th
OCT: 11th – 13th
NOV: 8th – 10th
DEC: 6th – 8th

Friday evening + all day Saturday + all day Sunday

The schedule for the weekend will be as follows:
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 – 10:30: practice, principles, techniques
10:30 – 12: integrative anatomy + physiology
12 – 1:15: putting the Anatomy + Physiology into practice
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
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)


You can get a good idea of what to expect from the syllabus from 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
// Yimas / Niyamas / Ethics
// Chakras
// Yoga for Trauma, such as for veterans, recovering from injuries, healing from childbirth, etc.
// and the following Yoga styles**: Buti Yoga >> Yin >> Vinyasa Flow >> Hot Stone Restorative >> Kundalini >> Bowstring >> Yoga Nidra >> Myofascial Release >> Gentle + Chair Yoga >> and more!


70% of the training will be taught by Jay MacDonald
25% will be taught by Leigh-Ann Renz
And 5% will be taught by guest instructors:
Sara Lewis > Nutrition // Yin Yoga
Candra Smith > Ayurveda
Amber > Hot Stone Restorative
Anna Ferguson Robas > Yoga for Trauma
Alex Moody > Yoga for Chronic Pain
and more…

Reading List

Required Reading > (the books are listed in the order that we recommend you read them in. There are a few specific dates of books to have read by a particular class: those are also listed in parentheses where applicable):

  1. Awakening the Spine by Vanda Scaravelli
  2. The muscle book by Paul Blakely
  3. Yoga Anatomy, 2nd Edition, by Leslie Kaminoff
  4. The Body Keeps the Score: Brain Mind and Body in the healing of trauma by Bessel van der Kolk (by May 12)
  5. Yoga for Pain Relief (Simple practices to Calm Your Mind & Heal Your Chronic Pain) by Kelly McGonigal (by June 9)
  6. Your Body, Your Yoga by Bernie Clark
  7. The Complete Guide to Yin Yoga: The philosophy and practice of Yin Yoga by Bernie Clark (by July 14)
  8. Manual of Structural Kinesiology (19th edition) by R.T. Floyd
  9. Anatomy Trains: Myofascial Meridians for Manual and Movement Therapists
  10. The Breathing Book by Donna Farhi
  11. Teaching Yoga: Essential Foundations and Techniques by Mark Stephens
  12. Insight Yoga: An innovative synthesis of traditional yoga, meditation and Eastern approaches to healing and well-being by Sarah Powers
  13. Yoga Nidra: by Swami Satyananda Saraswati
  14. Spinning Inward: Using guided imagery with children (or adults) for learning, creativity & relaxation by Maureen Murdock

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

We know these books are expensive! Our book list is actually the same 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! You can buddy up with another person in the program and share the books; LMK if you’d like the email list for other students so you can coordinate a book share. You can also buy them used; get them from the library. 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! 😊

Small Class Size

We are only accepting 12 students into the program, so contact us to reserve your spot!


If you pay the total balance by March 8th = $2,000
If you pay the total balance by April 12th = $2,250
If you pay the total balance after April 12th = $2,500
If you want to pay the balance in stages, no worries, but the full amount must be paid by July 12th
$500 non-refundable deposit that goes toward tuition must be paid by February 1st, 2019!

To make a payment, click here
:: then scroll to the bottom of the page and find the “make a payment” drop-down menu
:: in that menu, scroll down to the bottom of the list, and you’ll see options for the deposit, as well as the pricing tiers listed above

**Flow + Ground

Students in our 200 Hour YTT 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.

More Information

For more details – and/or to reserve your spot in our upcoming YTT, contact us: hello@waynesvilleyogacenter.com – 828.246.6570



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