200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training

We invite you to step into your next chapter and become an exceptional leader in service to others. Whether you’re looking to deepen your personal practice or want to teach yoga, Lift Yoga + Body’s Kim Saunders has the expertise and skill to lovingly guide you through this transformative course. Participating in a Yoga Teacher Training program will forever change your life in ways you can’t even imagine! Get ready to nourish your mind, body, and soul and to dive deep into the heart of the practice.

This 200-hour certification program will give participants foundational skills for guiding students through safe and knowledgeable sequences and poses, while strengthening their own practices and understanding in the process. This fall will be our fifth year offering this amazing program!

Program Overview

  • 45 hours Asana and Pranayama
  • 20 hours Anatomy and Physiology
  • 20 hours Art of Teaching & Teaching Practice
  • 15 hours Philosophy, Chanting & Yogic Lifestyle
  • Additional inclusion of specialized topics
  • Teacher Training Program Course Book
  • Weekly reading and assignments
  • Unlimited Membership at Lift Yoga throughout the program
  • Discounted membership option for up to one year following training

Upcoming Dates

Spring 2021 Yoga Teacher Training Program

Check back later for more details on our spring YTT program. Or use the link below to secure your spot!

Total Investment: $2,850 (payment plans available)
Deposit: $350

— COURSE DATES & TIMES —
Dates TBD

Scholarship Application

We have selected our scholarship recipient for the Fall 2020 program. If you would like to be considered for a scholarship for the Spring 2021 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training Program, please apply below.

The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. — Lao Tzu

meet THE YOGA TEACHER TRAINING FACULTY
Kim Saunders

Kim Saunders, Lead Instructor

E-RYT500, RPYT, Certified Professional Yoga Therapist, M.ED., Licensed Professional Counselor

Kim has led the Lift Yoga teacher training program since its inception in 2014. She has completed thousands of hours of training and study with influential teachers like Seane Corn, Dharma Mittra, Deepak Chopra, and more. With her background in yoga and therapy, Kim has the magic touch when it comes to helping people with breakthroughs on and off of the mat. She creates a safe environment for teacher trainees to focus on the foundations of teaching yoga while exploring their inner selves.

Paige Dunford

Paige Dunford

Chair Yoga + Energy Bodies

Rachel Friedman

Rachel Friedman

Teaching Skills

Jody Struminger

Jody Struminger

Art of Assists

Kember Griffiths

Kember Griffiths

Chakras

Jenni Morris

Jenni Morris

Restorative Yoga

Ginny Washburne

Ginny Washburne

Yoga Sculpt

Tra Kirkpatrick

Tra Kirkpatrick

Anatomy

Jessie Fletcher

Jessie Fletcher

Sanskrit + Ayurveda

Katie Bush

Katie Bush

Chakras, Mantras & Chants

Sedef Dion

Sedef Dion

Kundalini

testimonials FROM OUR GRADUATES
The 200-hour yoga teacher training program at Lift Yoga Studio was life changing. Kim Saunders and Sue Hopkins work together seamlessly to teach a well rounded program which more than prepared me to lead a meaningful class. I learned not only how to teach others, but more about who am I as a person. Kim's caring and loving dedication inspired me and I am forever grateful for her leadership and wisdom. I would recommend this program to anyone desiring to become a yoga instructor or wanting to deepen their practice in a significant way.
Kate

The 200-hour yoga teacher training program at Lift Yoga Studio was life changing. Kim Saunders and Sue Hopkins work together seamlessly to teach a well rounded program which more than prepared me to lead a meaningful class. I learned not only how to teach others, but more about who am I as a person. Kim's caring and loving dedication inspired me and I am forever grateful for her leadership and wisdom. I would recommend this program to anyone desiring to become a yoga instructor or wanting to deepen their practice in a significant way.
-Kate
I considered teacher training for 5 years and promised myself I would do it before I turned 40. If not for Lift, I am not sure I would have been able to keep my promise. I am proud that I was able to complete my training while doing a full-time job. I have gained in depth knowledge and have gained immense confidence. This has been a turning point in my life. I have learned the importance of the journey inward. Yoga for me transformed from mere asanas to a Lifestyle. I thank Kim for all her support and knowledge she gave me, as well as the community she has formed at Lift.
-Lakshmi
I had contemplated Yoga Teacher Training for quite some time, but it wasn't until I met Kim at Lift Yoga that I made the decision to go for it! I wanted a nurturing environment, a teacher who was truly authentic, compassionate, and a safe soul through which I could explore my thoughts, experiences, and emotions. Kim's gentle spirit, acceptance, and wisdom created the environment I had been seeking. I'd finish my training weekends feeling like I had received hours of therapy and it made my heart happy! I graduated feeling equipped to use all that I had learned to go out and teach, inspire, and make a difference. I am incredibly grateful for Kim and all that Lift Yoga provides for our community.
Gabby

I recently graduated from the teacher training program and it was an experience I will never forget and always treasure. To gain a better understanding for yoga, is to essentially gain a better understanding of yourself, and we could all use this. Kim Saunders and Sue Hopkins were the absolute perfect compliment to each other and I learned so much from both of them. This 200 hour training is just the beginning for me. I plan to complete the 500 hour and prenatal training through Etowah Valley in the years to come. Yoga is perfectly threaded into the fabric of my life, and while we cannot control the things that happen to us externally, we can take control of ourselves internally. This is what yoga is, and the 200 hour training impeccably embodied this message. Thank you, from the absolute bottom of my heart.
Sarah

I was told by a friend of that doing a 200hr training would change my life. And so, I expected the change, the excitement, ​the study, the growth... what I didn't expect was just how incredible the change would be, or that it would be at the exact moment in my life when it was needed. The program at Lift provided me with the tools to succeed and never-ending growth possibilities: on the mat, in life and in relationships. I couldn't have more gratitude for this program and the wonderful mentors leading it all.
Miriam

The Lift Yoga Teacher Training program surpassed all of my expectations. I have been practicing yoga for 7 years, and yet was only scratching the surface of what yoga is truly all about. Kim and Sue are amazing instructors with incredible knowledge and passion for this ancient practice. This program has helped me deepen my practice in ways I never could have imagined, and the women I have met through this experience have become life-long friends. It has truly been a transformative, life changing program, and I highly recommend it to anyone looking to take their yoga practice to the next level.
Ginny

I taught my first full yoga class tonight. I didn't PLAN on teaching yoga. I didn't even plan on Doing yoga (the closest I had gotten was wearing yoga pants while watching Netflix). I walked into my first yoga class an anxiety ridden mess and met Kimberly Snow Saunders about a year ago. Ever since, she has welcomed me into this practice with no judgement and unconditional support. I gained enough confidence to walk into Teacher Training at Lift Yoga and met 12 more women who have changed my life for the better. I just hope I'm absorbing some of their grace and knowledge and humor just by being around them. I couldn't have asked for a more supportive environment for personal growth. Kim's mentor Sue Hopkins provided the back bone of pedigree with her acclaimed history of teacher training programs at Etowah Valley Yoga in Cartersville, Ga. I'm continuously in awe of her knowledge and am proud to have the foundation of this amazing Yoga Teacher Training family tree to stand on! I didn't PLAN on any of this at all. I'll keep planning on paying it forward, but I'll just have to be flexible and see what happens next. All I can do is continue to live with gratitude for this experience and keep saying thank you, thank you, thank you!
Laura

I considered teacher training for 5 years and promised myself I would do it before I turned 40. If not for Lift, I am not sure I would have been able to keep my promise. I am proud that I was able to complete my training while doing a full-time job. I have gained in depth knowledge and have gained immense confidence. This has been a turning point in my life. I have learned the importance of the journey inward. Yoga for me transformed from mere asanas to a Lifestyle. I thank Kim for all her support and knowledge she gave me, as well as the community she has formed at Lift.
Lakshmi

What a wonderful gift this experience has been! I have learned so much about myself and the multifaceted discipline
​that is yoga. This teacher training is a fascinating buffet, where you will get to sample so many diverse aspects of the practice, from attending kirtan concerts, meditation workshops, pranayama instruction, chair yoga, and restorative yoga. You will also go in depth with the physical aspects of the practice, enhancing your understanding of anatomy, alignment, and safe sequencing of poses. The history and Philosophy of the practice is also explored in depth, and applying the eight limbs of yoga to my personal life has been an opportunity for deep personal growth. On the business side of things, this is a wonderful way to network and make meaningful contacts with fun, likeminded people. Since finishing the training, I have been given the opportunity to teach at a studio, school, community center, library, and tropical resort! Whether you plan on teaching, or are just interesting learning more about the amazing practice of yoga, this training is for you. Kim and Sue create a nurturing and supportive environment that fosters personal exploration, and you will grow so much in mind, body, and spirit!
Becky

Stepping into Lift Yoga is like stepping into serenity. As a mom to a toddler, the hour spent on my mat is an important way to LIFT my spirit – Lift Yoga provides the perfect place to do this. So perfect that I wanted to help offer others with this as well, so I went through the yoga teacher training program at Lift with Kim Saunders and Sue Hopkins. With a beautiful space and fantastic teachers, each bringing a little something different, this has been the first studio in 10 years where I have felt safe and welcome every single time I step foot in the glass door. Kim is as inviting and beautiful as her studio, always providing students with the classes and times that best suit busy schedules. I will be forever grateful to Kim and Lift Yoga for helping to enrich my soul and teaching me how to live, and show others how to live, the yogic lifestyle. I have truly been incredibly changed.
Kemberly

My participation in the RYT 200 Yoga Teacher Training at Lift Yoga Studio first and foremost enabled me to physically and spiritually deepen my own practice of Yoga. The program explored the evolution of Yoga - from its earliest beginnings in India to present day. Courses of study included proper alignment of Yoga asanas, human anatomy, the Chakras (Energy Meridians in the body), Ayurveda, and Business Boot Camp to name but a few. Peer teaching within the program, and to the community at Lift Yoga Studio, provided valuable teacher practice as well as constructive critiques of teaching methods from peers, program leaders and the outside community. I highly recommend this RYT 200 Yoga Teacher Training to anyone who is ready to either expand and deepen their own practice of Yoga, and/or share their love of Yoga with their community as a Yoga Instructor!
Megan

Teacher Training at Lift has been one of the best things I've done for myself. With two great teachers who share their knowledge and love for yoga and make you feel safe and comfortable. I looked forward to each training session with a group of like minded people that have become family. Much gratitude.
Patti

I began a new chapter in my life when I decided to go through Yoga Teacher Training (YTT) with Kim Saunders. I was excited & enthusiastic but also nervous and a little scared. Could I do this? Would I be any ‘good ‘ at this? A yoga student has many options and choices available today as they search for a good YTT Kim Saunders is one of the most amazing women I know and I highly recommend her YTT. Kim lives by lifting others. She is a beautiful yogini, soul and woman. Kim brings an extraordinary component to her YTT.... herself. Kim has so much knowledge and experience in the Yoga world ( and life) but more than that she brings her big heart, compassion and brave spirit to her students. She is real and vulnerable yet always a leader. Chief encourager with a great sense of humor..... beautiful inside and out. Face it, one can find a YTT course anywhere but to experience YTT with Kim=Incredible. You’ll work hard, learn a ton, meet some wonderful yogis, feel overwhelmed, feel confident....all the while knowing that you are on this amazing journey learning so much more than ‘how to be a yoga teacher.' Kim expertly weaves so much in to this Course and your time in the program will take you to places in your head, heart and soul.... you will learn so much about yourself- in addition to the art of teaching Yoga. This part was unexpected and joyous for me.
Gail

Cancellation Policy for 200-Hour and 300-Hour Teacher Trainings

  • From your deposit or full tuition, $150 is nonrefundable.
  • Cancellation notices (via email or phone calls) received within 7 days of the start of a training session will result in forfeiture of your entire deposit, any remaining balance will be refunded.
  • Withdrawals from active trainings will result in the loss of all fees with refunds to be evaluated based on days of training attended.