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Summer Intensive Teacher Training

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

Join us in our upcoming SUMMER Comprehensive 2019 Yoga Teacher Training! By meeting everyday from, you can get your 200 RYS certification or just come to deepen your practice and bring things to the next level.

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 philosophy 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 alongside those seeking to enhance their own daily practice, as they pass on the art of yoga through instruction.

Teacher Training School History

The 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.

All required classes and workshops are included in the cost of the program.

We offer payment options for all of our programs. Each additional month costs $50. Up to 8 months are allowed. You must pay your tuition in full and fulfill all other program requirements in order to receive your certification.

We also allow you to customize your schedule. If you choose this option, prices will vary. Please contact us and we will give you a quote on what your customized program will cost.

Our schedule is based on our 200 hour program. Our 300 and 500 hour programs will extend further than our 200 hour program in most cases.


Teacher Training begins on January 3rd and ends January 16th


Afternoon hours are for study, practice and learning.


  • 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


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 game plan 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.

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.


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

  • NOTE: Required Final Teachings might need to be scheduled separately, prior to the practicum phase of training, as they are not always included in the training times. You will be responsible to submit your requests along with you final draft of the class you are proposing to teach. You will be required to teach 3-6 times to assure your competency and ability to be the teacher you would like to be.

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


Application due date: December 26th. You must complete your first payment before your first teacher training session in order to begin.

Earlier Event: April 30
Spring 200 Hour Teacher Training
Later Event: September 28
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