300 Hour (RYT) Yoga Teacher Training

Advanced Yoga Studies with DeAnna Shires M.Ed, ACC, C-IAYT, 500 hr E-RYT

Specialty Teachers: Jo Stokes and Sloane Park

Next Enrollment Dates: September 29th

Practicing yoga since 1993, DeAnna quickly discovered the benefits yoga brought to her health and overall life. Eager to share the magic of yoga with others, she began teaching classes in 2003. By 2007, with the encouragement of her first yoga teacher, Karen Prior, she began training teachers through her therapeutically-based Breathe Into Awareness and Breathe into Recovery Programs.

With a background in Special Education, and passion for learning, writing, and presenting training curriculum, DeAnna has remained dedicated to her own learning, understanding the importance of personal growth, as well as staying abreast of new teaching developments, along with the many facets of yoga requiring study for the rest of our lives. From the beginning of her yoga studies, many teachers have influenced her classes, workshops, and training program,most notably, Karen Prior, Dr. David Frawley, Anodea Judith, Susi Hately, Judith Hanson Lasater, and Nicolai Bachman.
DeAnna’s mission is to share what other’s have taught her, while using a non-dogmatic approach. Just as the teachings have been interpreted and applied based on her own life experience and understanding, she hopes to awaken that same inspiration in others, allowing them to absorb the information presented in such a way it meets them where they are and is then carried out into their personal lives. DeAnna’s programs not only offer valuable information, but are designed in such a way the process becomes a life-changing experience, in which the student is the navigator.

Hours: Once (or twice) a month Saturdays & Sundays 1-8, additional specialized group classes required during the week, & various 2-hour mini-workshops throughout the year held on weekend afternoons.

All modules and assignments must be completed to earn credit hours.  Any missed modules must be taken the following year and/or private instruction available for an additional fee.

Included in training:  Complimentary basic membership to classes at Urban Vybe (A $1,308 value), manual, and additional mentorship as needed.

Investment: $4,899 if paid in full, $5,399 monthly payments. If not paid in full, a $500 deposit is required to save your space.

* Books are not included in the pricing.


Dates and Modules of Study: 


Getting Started & The Art of Becoming/Remembering: The Complete Manual of You with DeAnna S. – (2) Jan 13th & 14th, 2018 (3) 2018, (3) August 31st & September 1st: Introductions, Program Overview & Expectations, Graduation Project Presentation Guidelines, and Yoga meets Modern Life Goal Setting. One of the most difficult questions to answer is, “Who are you?” We will be building a personalized mini-manual based on inventory through Ayurveda, Yoga Sutras, and Modern Personality inventory so you are able to receive the most out of your journey through this program.

Books: The Art & Science of Vedic Counseling by David Frawley & Suhas Kshirsagar, The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz


Making the Practice Approachable for All with DeAnna S. –  April 28th-29th, 2018: As seasoned yoga practitioners, we often forget fundamental aspects of yoga. Many seasoned students have mentioned this module has made them aware of habits they had adopted that were not healthy for their bodies. This module teaches how to work with and modify for beginning yoga students, those with limited range of motion, and various body types. You will receive handouts from our successful yoga series, which is carefully planned in such a way each lesson builds skills appropriately for a holistic approach to yoga.

Book: Anatomy and Asana: Preventing Yoga Injuries by Susie Hatley Aldous and Workbook


The Psychology of a Yoga Practice: How our Inner World Determines our Outer World with DeAnna S. – May 12th-13th, 2018: Looking beyond the Physical Body and into the Subtle Body, we will venture on an in-depth journey through the chakra system. Our Subtle Body often holds deeply buried experiences or beliefs that may be the source behind the symptoms of physical pain, as well as mental and spiritual imbalances. Asana, Meditation, Mantra, and Journaling techniques will be offered to enhance the healing benefit of your yoga practice on and off the mat.

Saturday: 1-8 (Journey Through “Life/Physical Stuff/Asana “- Chakra 1-4)

Sunday: 1-8 (Journey Through “Ethereal/Mental Stuff/Meditation”- Chakra 5-7)
Books: The Art & Science of Vedic Counseling by David Frawley & Suhas Kshirsagar, Eastern Body Western Mind by Anodea Judith


Ayurveda & Yoga Chikitsa “Yoga Therapy” I & II with DeAnna S.- Yoga Chikitsa is as old as yoga itself and is a holistic approach to what we may consider Western/Eastern Psychology and/or Asana Therapy. Neither of these are complete therapies alone. Yoga Chikitsa considers the physical, mental, and spiritual aspects of an individual and offers an individualized program considering the person’s dominate dosha & guna in order to help the individual live a more harmonious life through self-realization and greater connection to the Universe or Cosmic Consciousness. We will explore the physical body & pranic body for greater understanding of the benefits of individualized programs that include an Ayurvedic approach to asana, pranayama, mantra, & mudras for overall well-being.

Part I: The Organic & Subtle Body: Introduction to a Yoga & Ayurveda Practice – June 9th-10th, 2018: Gain a deeper understanding of your body/temperament as it relates to nature, diet, as well as exploration of The Five Vayus. This module teaches how to incorporate Ayurveda into your yoga practice.

The Art & Science of Vedic Counseling by David Frawley & Suhas Kshirsagar
Eat-Taste-Heal: An Ayurvedic Cookbook by Thomas Yarema , Daniel Rhoda, Johnny Brannigan
Yoga for Your Type: An Ayurvedic Approach to Your Asana Practice by


Part II–Ayurveda, The Mind, and Collective Consciousness – July 21-22, 2018: According to Ayurveda, the body is a representation of the mind. The mind plays a critical role in our overall health. Mental toxins and unresolved emotions can lead to disease in the body. For example, chronic anxiety can upset the health of the colon. Consideration of the effects of our environment and culture is explored. This module will combine elements of Part I and Part II of Yoga Chikitsa to formulate an individual Yoga and Ayurvedic Lifestyle plan to follow for 40 days.

Additionally we will explore Jyotish or Vedic Astrology and how each of the planets represents different spiritual and psychological factors and potentials in your life, as well as how the signs/planets relate to the doshas, gunas. elements, chakras. *If interested, Full Birth Chart Reading consultations are available for an additional $200. These consultations run for 1.5 to two hours and are specific to your life tendencies and Karmic Lessons. An additional 2 Hours of CEUs can be added.

Books: All of the books in Part I
Recommended: Astrology of the Seers by Dr. Frawley

Recommended: Mantra Yoga and Primal Sound: Secret of Seed (Bija) by Dr. Frawley


Yoga for Women with DeAnna (16th) Meditation: Mantra, Mandalas, & Malas – August 18th- 19th, 2018

Part I. We will explore various aspects of yoga for women in our various stages of life. As women, our anatomy and physiology is often not considered, as we try to tailor our bodies and practice in such a way that may not be ideal for us.

Part II. Meditation: Mantra, Mandalas, & Malas: There are various methods of meditation. While our destination for meditation may be similar, our journey varies. This workshops explores various methods to prepare our minds for meditation. 


Asana Therapeutics for Pain Free Movement- DeAnna – September 15-16th, 2018

Diving deeper into our studies from the module “Making Yoga Approachable for All”, This module prepares teachers to effectively accommodate students with special conditions in general population classes, as well as privately one on one for more involved cases. An In- depth exploration of anatomy correlated with various injuries and health concerns will be explored and therapeutic applications studied.

Books: Therapeutic Yoga for Shoulders and Hips by Susie Hatley Aldous (Must Purchase from Functional Synergy) The Muscle Book by Paul Blakey


Combining Theory with Practice, The Hatha Yoga Pradipika with DeAnna (11th) & The Bhagavad Gita (12th) – October 13th-14th, 2018

Part I. Said to be the oldest surviving text on Hatha Yoga, The Hatha Yoga Pradipika was written by Swami Svatmarama in the 15th century CE, drawing upon previous texts and his own experiences.There is said to be two classes of students of Yoga: (1) those who study it theoretically (2) those who combine the theory with practice. This text returns us to the meaning and purpose of Hatha Yoga.

Part II. Sounding like a self-help book, the Bhagavad Gita says, “Where there is no growth, there is no life.” Indeed the Gita WAS WRITTEN for self-help, and in this workshop, we’ll use it that way. Sensible and tested over time, this 4th century yoga book is a treasure trove of philosophies, godly protagonists and myths, yet its practical advice and worldly wisdom will guide us as we apply it to our modern lives.

The Hatha Yoga Pradipika by Brian Dana Akers & Bhagavad Gita: The Beloved Lord’s Secret Love Song by Graham M. Schweig


Restorative Yoga and Yoga Nidra with DeAnna S. – November 10th-11th, 2018: This module focuses on nurturing and gentle practices using supportive props, it is beneficial to students with special health needs, those in caretaking positions and those seeking a calming and renewing adaptation of classic Hatha Yoga poses where extended time is spent in several passive postures meant to relax and heal the body of the stresses it endures in everyday life. This method is also used to tap into the parasympathetic nervous system, allowing for deep relaxation and rejuvenation.In addition to the weekend module, attending 4 Yoga Nidra Classes in the course of a year is required. Yoga Nidra or “sleep” is a practice that is much like Meditation, but is done while being guided. This practice shifts us from our Beta wave brain state where we spend most of our time thinking, planning, creating, acting to an alpha wave brain state where we are centered and calm, while at the same time planting seeds of change in the mind through the process of a Sankalpa.

Book: Relax and Renew by Judith Lasater


The Yoga Sutras – (1) & (2) January 20th & 21st, 2018, TBD, 2019

Book: The path of the Yoga Sutras by Nicolai Backman


Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga with Sloane- 2018, TBD-2019


The Five Kleshas “Causes of Suffering” An Opportunity to Awaken, Empower, & Grow – December 8th-9th, 2018

Merging Patanjali’s Sutra 2.3 (The Five Kleshas) and Neuroscience, this workshop is specifically centered around Contemplative Neuroscience which suggests that tapping into the limbic (feeling) part of the brain and making a habit of meditation can strengthen brain circuits responsible for maintaining concentration, thereby creating a life more in harmony with the authentic self. In addition to breath work, meditation tools, and journaling, we will explore The Five Kleshas, bringing to light faulty beliefs and working towards re-wiring the brain for greater awareness, empowerment, and the opportunity for desired change.

Recommended Book: Mindsight by Dr. Dan Siegel

Breathe into Recovery: Yoga for Anxiety & Depression with emphasis on Addiction, Trauma, & Recovery with DeAnna S. – TBD 2019: Yoga practices are proven tools aiding in the ease of the symptoms of anxiety and depression, as well as reconnecting those with trauma to their body. Upon completion of the training, teachers will feel confident in sharing with an additional depth of compassionate and educated skills making them highly qualified for positions connected to counseling/treatment facilities, transitional living, and correctional facilities.

Books: Overcoming Addictions: The Spiritual Solution by Deepak Chopra

Recommended Books:
The Body Keeps Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel Van Der Kolk. M.D.
Eastern Body Western Mind
The Four Agreements

Project Presentation & Graduation with DeAnna S. – TBD January/February 2019: All projects are to be completed by this date and presentations ready to teach your peers. You are the expert in your chosen project field & ready to graduate!



  • 14 hrs. assisting the 200 Hour Program/Yoga Lab/Workshops
  • 24 Yoga Lab Group Classes *Two per month at least. *Or
  • approved Classes if Yoga Lab not working with your schedule
  • 6 Yoga Nidra Classes
  • 50 Project Research Development
  • 20 Approved Electives

 Program participants will be required to complete an additional 20 credit hours by participation in an approved area with an approved guest teacher:

Upcoming Approved: More TBD Aerial Yoga-

276 Contact Hours (Other 24 Come from Reading, Module Prep)-

  • 168 Module Hours (14 Hours Each)
  • 24 Hours Classes (Yoga Lab)
  • 14 Hours Assisting
  • 50 Project Hours (Includes research, Development, & Case Studies) 20 Additional Approved Elective Hours

Asana Stories- TBD Beyond the physical benefits Asana provides, the mythology/stories behind them provide a bridge from our outer world into our inner world when we apply the deeper meaning. Rooted in India’s culture, the ancient myths and symbols represented in the stories apply to our Modern lives, offering the realization of untapped wisdom both physiologically as well as psychologically. 


Enroll Here!

Contact us for more information!

Your Name (required)

Your Email (required)


Your Message