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200 Hour Teacher Training in 21 days

  • Essencia Yoga 1026 College Ave Wheaton, IL, 60187 United States (map)

Join us for our 21 days transformational Teacher Training this August. We will meet everyday from August 2nd to August 22nd. Change your life and gain invaluable skills. There are no additional costs to this course, everything is included (books, binders etc). All classes are complimentary at Essencia Yoga during the duration of the program. Workshops offered by EY teaching staff are all included in your enrollment. For outside teaching staff, a 25% discount on all workshops and retail will be given for the duration of the program.

Essencia Yoga’s 200, 300 and 500 hour Yoga Alliance Teacher's Certification are mentoring programs that guide future teachers and/or yoga enthusiasts to a better understanding of the alignment, physiology, history,and physical practice of yoga, as well as the philo and spiritual elements of yoga. This course will exercise your mind, body and spirit. You will find yourself eliminating any excess and holding true to that which is priority to you. We are committed to making the training process as progressive and fun as it is uplifting to your whole person. We see it as a gift to join arms with each student embarking on this road, and find delight in coming along side those seeking to enhance their own daily practice, as they pass on the art of yoga through instruction.

Teacher Training School History

Essencia Teacher Training Program was created in 2012 by Jeannine Bush Clinton. The 200 hour program was hosted in different venues including Thrive Integrative Wellness Center, until 2013, when it and has school is located in Wheaton, across from the College Ave Essencia Teacher Training program is approved by the International School of Yoga.

The School’s curriculum follows the Yoga Alliance guidelines and is a Registered School (RYS) with Yoga Alliance.  Upon completion of the program students will receive a Certificate of Completion and can apply for registration with Yoga Alliance as a Registered Yoga Teacher at the 200-hour level (RYT 200) or 300-hour level (RYT 500). 

While the school's program is designed for aspiring yoga teachers and teacher training. It also strongly recommended for individuals wanting to deepen their personal spiritual practice.

Cost: $2,800

We offer two payment options for this program. Pay in full before the program begins and you will get our promotional pricing. The other payment option is pay half before the program begins and half in the middle of the program (August 12) equaling $3,000 for a savings of $200 off our typical pricing.

Training sessions

Each training session will open you up to a broader view of yoga, and equip you with the skills for teaching others to develop their own practice of the yoga discipline and lifestyle. Whether you go on to teach part-time or as a full-time career, you will find immense reward. We will discuss the various formats a certified yoga teacher has for teaching classes (corporate to private) and help with a gameplan to get them going. Once the course is completed and all requirements have been met, you will be awarded certification as a yoga instructor. All graduates are qualified to be registered with Yoga Alliance.

Meeting times

Teacher Training orientation is on August 2nd.


  • 8am-12pm
  • 5:30pm-8:30pm


  • 6am-10am
  • 6:30pm-9:30pm


  • 8am-12pm


  • 7am-11am
  • 7:30pm-9:30pm


  • 8am-12pm
  • 5:30pm-8:30pm


  • 8am-12pm
  • 5:30pm-8:30pm


  • 7am-11am
  • 5:30pm-7:30pm


  • Independent group study
  • Practice teaching
  • Rest/break

You have the option to stay at the studio throughout the day. There are plenty of nearby options for food and exercise as well.


  • Opening ceremony
  • Practice yoga class
  • Meditation
  • Talk on history/philosophy
  • Discussion group work
  • Assignment review practica


  • Hands on experience with prepping for a class
  • Class practice
  • Discussion
  • Closing Ceremony


Essencia does not usually provide housing, but can offer contacts along with names and accommodation locations, upon request.


  • 6 months of Regular Yoga Practice
  • Applicants should be 18+ years of age
  • Complete our application
  • In order to complete our program you must attend all scheduled classes or pay for a make-up session

Enrollment forms required

Upon acceptance into the program applicants must sign the Agreement & Liability Release Form, The Yoga Teacher Code of Ethics form, and the Catalog Release form.

Required reading

  • Training Manual provided with training.
  • Anatomy of Yoga by Leslie Kaminoff
  • Sivananda Companion to Yoga
  • Teaching Yoga by Mark Stephens
  • Light on Yoga: Yoga Dipika by B. K. S. Iyengar


To receive a certificate of completion from Essencia Yoga Teacher Training school students must pass all exams, complete all papers satisfactorily, and meet attendance requirements. Upon completion of our course you will receive your CYT certification and you will also be eligible to register with Yoga Alliance. This program will prepare you to teach yoga classes.

Asana: Upon completion of the program the student will be able to perform the asanas and guide a student into the asanas covered in the program. For each posture the student will be able to describe how to enter and exit the posture, the benefits, cautions, and contraindications, the proper alignment of and perform possible hands-on adjustments. The basic Pranayamas of Diaphragmatic, 1:1, Dirgha (Three Part), Ujjayi, Nadi Shodhana, Kapalabhati, Sama Vritti will be covered as well as the Bandhas: Mula bandha, Uddiyana bandha, Jalandhara bandha, Pada bandha and Hasta bandha..

Meditation: Upon completion of the program the student will be able to engage in a seated meditation practice and describe the benefits and cautions of these practices.

Philosophy: Upon completion of the program the student will be familiar with the eight limbs of Yoga as defined by Patanjali in the classic text, The Yoga Sutra.  They will also understand the Sivananda system of health and understand the relationship between Yoga and Ayurveda.

Anatomy and Physiology: Upon completion of the program the student will be able to correctly identify the major bones and muscles of the body, understand movement and how to prevent injuries from occurring during asana practice, understand the primary systems of the body, understand the energetic body (including the Chakras), and understand basic nutrition.

Teaching Methodology: Upon completion of the program the student will be able to properly sequence, construct, and instruct a safe class. Personal Growth: In addition to the skills directly related to teaching yoga, the student is likely to enhance their own personal yoga practice, improve their communication skills, and understand personal and business ethics.


Please fill out the application fully to be considered.  We will get back to you within 24 hours.

Application due date: July 31

You must complete your first payment before your first training session in order to begin. You will receive an invoice if you are accepted into the program.

Later Event: April 30
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