200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training

Upcoming Dates

Fall 2024
Yoga Teacher Training Program

10 Weekends; October 2024 through May 2025
Saturdays + Sundays 8a-6p
All weekend sessions to be held in the Lift Yoga Johns Creek studio.

Total Tuition: $3,100 (payment plans available), 10% early bird discount if paid in full before July 1, 2024
Deposit: $350, will be applied towards tuition

October 26-27
November 9-10
December 14-15
January 4-5
February 1-2
February 22-23
March 15-16
April 5-6
May 3-4
May 17-18: GRADUATION!

We invite you to step into your next chapter and become an exceptional leader in service to others. Sonya, Paige and Holly will guide you through a comprehensive Yoga Alliance certified program that covers the depth and vibrance of yoga, with a focus on accessibility and safety. Graduate with the competence you need to teach many wide ranging styles of yoga and all coursework necessary to register as RYT200 with the National Yoga Alliance.

Lift Yoga + Body’s 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training program is one of the only in the Atlanta area to be credentialed under Yoga Alliance’s new Elevated Standards. What does this mean? It means we offer a more robust school with a more experienced teaching staff. You will leave the program ready to confidently lead, and if you choose, fully prepared to teach immediately after graduation. We are also the only studio offering five weekly opportunities for new yoga teacher graduates to put their skills to use through our community classes.

Whether you’re a practitioner who wants to learn more about this diverse practice, or want to lead others in theirs, we are here to help you on your journey. If you’re ready to get to know your authentic self and share your gifts with the world, this program is for you!

Looking for a sign? This is it!! Now is the time to take the leap and become a certified Yoga Teacher!

Program Overview

  • Yoga Alliance Elevated Standards Certified Program
  • FREE Unlimited Class Membership at Lift Yoga throughout the program
  • Discounted membership option for up to one year following training
  • Teacher Training Program Manual included at no additional cost
  • All sessions will be held in our Johns Creek studio and dates and times are set as outlined below, creating consistency and transparency
  • 75 hours Asana, Pranayama and Meditation
  • 30 hours Anatomy, Physiology & Biomechanics
  • 30 hours Philosophy, History & Ethics
  • 50 hours Art of Teaching, Practice Teaching & Professional Development
  • Additional inclusion of specialized topics
  • Weekly reading and assignments
Kim Saunders

Sonya Kuropatwa, Co-Lead Instructor


Sonya’s joyful teaching style relies strongly on creative sequencing, irreverent humor, poetic language and boundless enthusiasm. Her gentle guidance and playful approach extend from her fascination with the body as an instrument of creative expression and spiritual awakening. 

Pursuing further understanding of the mind-body mystery, Sonya came to yoga as a classically trained dancer, teacher and choreographer. She has been lovingly guiding dancers and yoga practitioners with authenticity, compassion and conscious connection for more than thirty years.

Sonya is an E-RYT500 certified yoga teacher. She has completed, led, mentored and co-facilitated several 200, 300 & 500-hour teacher training and certification courses and workshops through Peachtree Yoga Center, Atlanta Yoga Fellowship and Johns Creek Yoga / Blue Lotus Yoga. Sonya extends a humble bow of gratitude to the teachers, students, and artists who have so generously shared the knowledge and wisdom that inform her teaching and personal practice.

Paige Dunford, Co-Lead Instructor


Paige began practicing yoga in 2008. She was interested in building strength and flexibility (and perhaps learning how to do some cool tricks)! Little did she know, yoga would take her on a journey, increasing her self-awareness, enhancing her health, and inspiring her to connect with her true self.

​Paige inspires her students to connect within and move in a way that serves their unique needs. She thrives on continuing to learn from not only her mentors, but also from her students. She loves to share the ancient practice in ways that nourish each individual present. Take her class and go on a journey that strengthens the union between body, mind and soul.

Kim Saunders
Kim Saunders

Holly Bonvissuto, Co-Lead Instructor


Yoga has been a passion of Holly’s since she began practicing before becoming pregnant with her oldest son, over 20 years ago. Practicing yoga has been a cornerstone for Holly as she learned to tap into her breath and harness that both with movement and in stillness. She quickly found yoga to have an incredible impact on her life, as the benefits of a regular practice extended beyond her physical body.
Holly considers herself a perennial student, both on the mat and off. She always seeks ways to grow in her own practice, as well as in her teaching.
As an E-RYT, Holly not only creates a safe and accessible practice for her students, but also strives to lead students to discover sthira and sukha (stability and ease) in their yoga. She loves to guide students to cultivate strength (body & mind) and improve mobility for longevity and sustainability.