About our programs

About our Teacher Training Programs

Experiencing the curriculum through a multifaceted approach, benefiting from the latest in technology and multimedia presentations, the learner will be given the time to process, learn and grow through the varying opportunities to engage with the information and partake of the practice and finally have the tools to safely and effectively teach yoga.

Our Mission

  • To birth forth teachers that are grounded in the tradition, who humbly honor their teachers and those who have gone before them.
  • Empower individuals by solidifying their understanding of the techniques of yoga and teaching. From there, trainees are encouraged to flow into their unique voice and organic expression as they continue to practice and grow as teachers.
  • We celebrate diversity of all kinds as we find that we learn and grow through being stretched and challenged. Working with all cultures, ethnicities, religions, ages, sizes, limitations, etc. We discover that the voice of our collective consciousness becomes part of the training.

The School’s curriculum follows the Yoga Alliance guidelines and is a Registered Yoga 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) and 300-hour level (RYT 300).

200 Hour

Flexible scheduling & open enrollment

Our flexible scheduling allows you to create your own teacher training schedule to fit your needs. You can come to all of our available trainings (getting you through the program faster) or to just one. We have open enrollment so you can get started with our program whenever you are ready.

Program Requirements

Where do the hours go?

  • 6 months of Regular Yoga Practice
  • Applicants should be 16+ years of age
  • In order to complete our program you must attend all scheduled classes or pay for makeup sessions
  • Your Practice teachings might need to be scheduled separately. 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.

Certification

To receive a certificate of completion from Essencia Yoga Teacher Training school students must turn in all assignments, pass all quizzes, complete all papers satisfactorily, and meet attendance requirements. At that point students are eligible to apply for the Yoga Alliance 200 Hour Recognition.

Request more information

Submitting an information request will give you the following:

  • Pricing information
  • A followup email with more information about the program
  • A chance to leave your phone number so we can answer any questions you might have
CYT

What is the CYT?

Our CYT (certified yoga teacher) program means that you have completed our CYT program and all of its requirements. Our CYT program uses the same extensive online material that our RYT program uses, meaning you will not be missing out on any of the material we give you for our RYT program.

Currently the program is in beta and the full curriculum is being built, but it is close to being completed. The program contains 295 steps in all, 63 videos and 146 readings.

300 Hour

What is the 300 hour?

Our mission is to provide high-quality, in-depth training in a more accessible way to all who aspire to teach hatha yoga. Our new advanced certification program offers you the unique opportunity to further explore the realms of yoga under the guidance of dedicated, experienced instructors in a supportive environment at the pace that best suits you. That's right, you get to choose your schedule. Please don’t hesitate to contact Essencia Yoga if you have any questions after reviewing the enclosed information.

Flexible schedule

The 13-month course has a revolving door as we conduct 4 seasonal modules that includes a day-long monthly class, weekly check teaching reviews, daily practice, with the possibility of a retreat intensive and the deliver of a final workshop.

There are scheduled breaks between the modules, which will allow time for you to integrate the teachings and practices, to study independently, as well as time to complete elective and seva (selfless service) requirements.

Online curriculum

Our online curriculum will engage you with resources, lectures, in-depth instruction in techniques of asana, lectures and discussions covering anatomy, philosophy, teaching methodology and skills in meditation, pranayama, mantra and more. The classes may be supported with guest lectures, MP3s, books, handouts, and study assignments.

Annual retreat

Retreats will also include asana, pranayama and meditation practices to assist you in taking your sadhana (personal practice) to another level. The weekend retreats will be held on the dates, times and places agreed upon by the trainees.

We're here to help

The Hatha Yoga Teacher Training faculty is available to answer your questions by phone or email. The faculty is also available to meet with you in-person to discuss the program and to answer your questions. Please contact us by phone or email to schedule an appointment.

Program Requirements

  • 2 years of Regular Yoga Practice
  • Applicants should be 25 or older
  • Maintains current yoga alliance 200 hour program certificate

Certification

To receive a certificate of completion from Essencia Yoga Teacher Training school students must turn in all assignments, pass all quizzes, complete all papers satisfactorily, and meet attendance requirements. At that point students are eligible to apply for the Yoga Alliance 300 Hour Recognition. See “Graduation Requirements” for definition of successful program completion.

Request more information

Submitting an information request will give you the following:

  • Pricing information
  • A followup email with more information about the program
  • A chance to leave your phone number so we can answer any questions you might have
Testimonials

Essencia Yoga Teacher Training Testimonials

Instructor

Lead instructor

Jeannine B.C.

Jeannine discovered the joys of sharing yoga in 1999 after training for a marathon and experiencing the need to bring
about balance and flexibility in training. Immediately connecting with the practice and teaching, it became a regular routine that she invited others to join in with. She began facilitating a home practice where the joy of passing on the gift of yoga became as sweet as the practice itself.

Since receiving her initial guidance toward instructing yoga, Jeannine has continued to study and practice varying forms of yoga, including Hatha, Ashtanga, and Bikram. This exploration of style and philosophy is a reflection of her readiness to learn from many perspectives and viewpoints. She is currently registered with Yoga Alliance as an E-RYT 500, (Experienced Yoga Teacher and Experienced Yoga Teacher Trainer).

“By committing to do our part, we not only allow space for more light in our own lives, but we begin to shine light forth into the life of others, and truly, nothing is more gratifying than this.”
— Jeannine Bush Clinton

In 2012 she founded Essencia Yoga Wellness Center as a place to teach others the gifts of yoga and to develop up-and-coming yoga teachers and leaders in their own right.. The five principles highlighted in the Sivananda method of yoga are the fundamental pillars to the Essencia Yoga Curriculum:

  1. Proper exercise - Asanas
  2. Proper breathing - Pranayama
  3. Proper relaxation - Savasana
  4. Proper diet
  5. Proper thinking

Background

Jeannine has a unique multicultural focus, having been born to Argentine parents and raised in EL Salvador and Guatemala, while visiting home/family in Brazil and Argentina. Educated in the United States, and having served long-term in volunteer work in Morocco, South Korea, Nepal and other short - term locations, sprinkled around South America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Jeannine now lives with her family in the Chicago area, and strives to live life at its essence as she seeks to impart the gifts she has been entrusted with to her surrounding community and beyond.

Education

Jeannine has studied yoga under various lineages Paul Jerrard II, (Sivananda), Andre Lappa, (Universal Yoga), Eric Schiffman, (Iyengar base, “Moving into Stillness”), Kino Mcgregor (Pattabi Jois, Ashtanga), Bryan Kest, (Power Yoga), Darren Friesen, Seanne Corn, Shiva Rae, (Vinyasa), Kris (Bikram). Nevertheless, she states that “The greatest gift of teaching is the learning that we do from our students.”

Jeannine holds a Bachelor's degree in Education, a Master's Degree in Spiritual Formation, and has begun work on her Ph.D. in Philosophy of Education.