In Depth Study | 200-Hour Ashaya Yoga® Teacher Training

August 2019-March 2020  |  led by Cheryl Chaffee, E-RYT 500 and guest teacher Todd Norian, E-RYT 500 and founder of Ashaya Yoga

Take the Journey

Designed for aspiring yoga teachers and/or yogis who seek to deepen their practice and knowledge through a structured curriculum, this yoga teacher training will support you in awakening your heart and living a more meaningful and empowered life of freedom and joy. Through immersion in the life-affirming teachings of Ashaya Yoga, you will transform your body, mind, and heart.

Why In-Depth Study?

The curriculum of the Ashaya Yoga In-Depth Study and Yoga Teacher Training Program is rooted in the fundamentals of the practices of asana, pranayama, meditation, philosophy, and anatomy. You will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the deeper studies of yoga and build a stronger, more flexible and balanced body, a focused, clear, and calm mind, and establish yourself in your connection to spirit.

Learning to Teach Yoga

Within the supportive community environment, you will be championed to discover your own unique gifts as a teacher and learn how to offer them with confidence and clarity. You will be encouraged and supported to step into your own power and discover your authentic voice as you share the essence of yoga, which is love. The journey of becoming a Yoga teacher is one of profound transformation and radical self-discovery. It requires a dedicated practice, ongoing studentship, and a willingness to open to the creative impulse of life.

Program Dates

August 13-18, September 13-15, October 18-20, November 15-17, and December 13-15 2019.  January 10-12, February 7-9, and March 6-8, 2020.

The Training consists of 7 weekend modules at Garden of the Heart Yoga Center and one 5 night retreat at DaySpring Retreat Center in Parrish, FL.

Weekend Schedules:

(Times are subject to change slightly)

Fridays, 6:30-9 pm (plus one 2-5 pm session in March.)

Saturdays, 7-8 am, 11-3 pm, and 4:30-7:30 pm

Sundays, 7-8 am, 9-1 pm, and 2:30-6:30 pm

Retreat Schedule:

Check in at DaySpring after 3pm on Tuesday, August 13th. Program begins after dinner at 7 pm on Tuesday and ends at 12pm on Sunday.  Each day includes a 6:45-7:45 am sadhana (morning practice).  Depart after lunch on Sunday, August 18th.

Tuesday 7-9 pm

Wednesday through Saturday, 6:45-7:45 am, 9 am-1 pm, 2:30-6:30 pm (and one evening session from 7:30-9:30, day to be determined.)

Sunday, 6:45-7:45 am, 9-1 pm.

3 meals a day are included in the retreat.  Special dietary options are available upon request.

Yoga Alliance

This course is registered with Yoga Alliance at the 200-hour level. Once you become certified, you may register with Yoga Alliance as a 200-hour level RYT. For an application, visit the yoga alliance website.

At-Home Study

Assignments are given between segments to facilitate integration of the teachings. The homework constitutes an important aspect of the overall training and provides a structure of support for the learning process at home. The assignments include daily practice of asana, pranayama, and meditation, keeping a sadhana journal, weekly check-ins with study buddies, observation of other classes, practice teaching to friends, family, and/or students, required reading, written exercises, and a take-home exam.


  • Minimum 1 year of yoga experience with regular practice for the past six months, or by teacher’s permission.
  • A sincere desire to learn, grow, open your heart, and be coached.
  • Acceptance into the program is based upon approval of your application.

Course Content

Yoga is a scientific art. Teaching is an endlessly creative journey. Our goal is to provide a structure that will serve as a springboard to your unique and creative expression as a teacher. During this course you will cultivate skills needed to teach a masterful and inspirational class, including:

  • Discover your authentic voice and unique gifts as a teacher.
  • Teach with confidence, clarity, and technical precision.
  • Learn elegant alignment techniques that create safety and healing in poses.
  • Study postures in extensive detail, including common misalignments and corrections, and use of props.
  • Teach with inspirational themes and heart-oriented language that speaks directly to the heart of the student.
  • Learn basic anatomy and kinesiology as related to specific yoga postures and key actions in the body.
  • Explore subtle energy anatomy including chakras, nadis, kundalini, and the five koshas.
  • Observation skills, demonstration, verbal and physical adjustments.
  • Learn effective and creative sequencing.
  • Guide powerful introductions, centerings, and Savasana
  • Study yogic philosophy, including Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, the Bhagavad Gita, and an introduction to Tantra. Learn practical ways to integrate these teachings into a yoga class.
  • Receive individual coaching and mentoring within small practice teaching groups.
  • Develop conscious communication skills.
  • Release blocks that hold you back and learn life-affirming skills in a safe and supportive environment.
  • Learn the business of yoga including professional practices and ethics.
  • Be an active member of a vibrant learning community that will support you in your endeavor towards full expression.

Program Investment

$3250 includes a manual, all training hours, and 5 night stay (double occupancy) and 15 meals at the DaySpring Retreat Center.  A private room option for the August retreat module is available at an additional $180 fee.


Save $400 if paid in full by June 15, 2019.

Yoga Teacher Special!  If you already have a 200 hour yoga teacher certificate, you’ll receive an additional $200 discount.

Other Financial Considerations

A $250 deposit is required to accompany your application.

A payment plan is available for an additional $100.  All payment plans are required to be on a credit card auto draft.

Additional required reading materials and mandatory attendance at weekly yoga classes are not included in the program fee.

A limited number of Partial Scholarships are available in special circumstances for those in need of financial assistance.

Required Reading List:


Tantra Illuminated, by Christopher Wallis
Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, by Edwin Bryant or B.K.S. Iyengar
The Bhagavad Gita, trans. by Stephen Mitchell, Juan Mascaro, or other

Meditation and Savasana:

Ecstatic Meditations For Enhanced Living, CD, by Todd Norian
Savasana: Guided Relaxations For Enhanced Living, CD, by Todd Norian


Key Muscles of Yoga, by Ray Long

All required materials will be available at Garden of the Heart Yoga Center, or you can purchase them on your own.

Click Here to download/view the Required and Recommended reading lists.

Meet Your Instructors

Cheryl Chaffee, E-RYT 500, was first certified in TriYoga Basics before undertaking her studies with Betsey Downing and Jaye Martin at the Garden of the Heart Yoga Center. Cheryl completed the 200 hour YTT in Sarasota in 2007, and was Certified in Anusara Yoga at the RYT-500 level in 2010. She has studied with highly qualified teachers including John Friend, Amy Ippoliti, Todd Norian, Desiree Rumbaugh, Douglas Brooks, and Bill Mahony. She completed Yoga Therapy training with Martin Kirk in Arizona in 2010. A skilled instructor since 2005, Cheryl enjoys teaching students of all ages and abilities, and always looks for the beauty in students’ poses and hearts.  In 2016, Cheryl became certified and licensed in Ashaya Yoga as a teacher trainer and is thrilled to be bringing this beautiful, heart- and mind-opening teacher training to Sarasota.

Todd Norian, E-RYT 500, teaches yoga with the heartfelt intention to awaken others to their inherent potential for unlimited joy, vitality, and fulfillment. Founder of Ashaya Yoga, Todd’s style is one of precise biomechanical alignment infused with heart. He excels at making deep philosophical teachings accessible and relatable. With warmth and humor, Todd creates a sanctuary of sublime transformation in which students step into the power of their own heart. A student of yoga since 1980, Todd studied many styles of heart-centered and alignment-based yoga. He continues to study extensively with several Tantric scholars, including Paul Muller-Ortega and Professor Douglas Brooks. Todd teaches workshops and trainings internationally and is a talented musician who has created several CDs of music for yoga.

Todd will be teaching the October weekend module!