Ashaya Awakening

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

October 2020 – April 2021  |  led by Cheryl Chaffee, E-RYT 500 and guest teacher Todd Norian, E-RYT 500 and founder of Ashaya Yoga

This program is being postponed due to covid-19. We hope to reschedule for early in 2021.

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

October 6-11, November 6-8, December 4-6, 2020 & January 8-10, January 29-31, February 19-21, March 5-7, March 26-28, and April 16-18, 2021

The Training consists of 8 weekend modules at Garden of the Heart Yoga Center (including a weekend workshop taught by Todd Norian) and one 5 night retreat at Gainesville Retreat Center.

Retreat Schedule:

The program kicks off at Gainesville Retreat Center at 2:30 pm on Tuesday, Octobert 6th.  Each subsequent day includes a 7-8 am sadhana (morning practice).

Tuesday 2:30-5:30 pm, 7-9 pm

Wednesday through Saturday, 7-8 am, 9 am-1 pm, 2:30-6:30 pm (and one evening session from 7:30-9:30 on Friday)

Sunday, 7-8 am, 9-1 pm.

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

Learn more about Gainesville Retreat Center

Weekend Schedules at Garden of the Heart:

Fridays, 6-9 pm

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

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

(Hours may vary slightly for the weekend with Todd Norian, February 19-21.)

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.
  • Highly recommended: attendance at any 36 hour Ashaya Deepening Intensive
  • 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 Gainesville Retreat Center.  A private room option for the October retreat module is available at an additional $100 fee.

Teacher Training requires a significant investment of your time! Besides the training weekends, you can expect to spend approximately 2-3 hours a week reading and doing homework. A daily home yoga and meditation practice is also expected.


Save $400 if paid in full by July 15, 2020.

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

If you participate in the April/May 2020 Ashaya Deepening Intensive, you will receive another $150 off!

Teacher Trainees will be able to purchase yoga classes with Cheryl Chaffee at Garden of the Heart for $10 each from October 2020 to April 2021. (regular drop in rate is $18)

Other Financial Considerations

A non-refundable $250 deposit is required to accompany your application.

A payment plan is available at an additional $100 cost (total = $3350). The payment plan consists of the $250 deposit and 4 payments of $775. After the deposit, the four payments are due October 1, December 1, February 1, and April 1.

Additional required reading materials and 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.  Contact Cheryl if you have a financial need.

Required Reading List:


Tantra Illuminated, by Christopher Wallis
The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, by Edwin Bryant, B.K.S. Iyengar, or other
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

photo of Cheryl

Cheryl Chaffee (E-RYT 500, YACEP) became dedicated to yoga in 2003 when she moved to the Sarasota, FL area and began taking classes  at the Garden of the Heart Yoga Center. She began teaching in 2005, became a Certified Anusara Yoga Teacher in 2010, and bought Garden of the Heart Yoga in 2011. Cheryl now studies with her teacher Todd Norian, the founder of Ashaya Yoga, and has hundreds of hours of advanced teacher training and mentorship directly with Todd. Cheryl is a Licensed Ashaya Yoga Teacher Trainer, and teaches the 200 hour Ashaya Awakening Teacher Training programs as well as weekly public classes in Sarasota, FL.

Cheryl loves the depth and intensity of Ashaya Yoga. She feels that the purpose of yoga is not to do the most difficult asanas, but is to go deeper into the understanding of the Self through the body, and connect to the Heart. Ashaya Yoga invites students to look at the places where yoga (and life) is challenging, and encourages everyone to connect to their own authenticity. Cheryl teaches authentically from her heart in order to help her students bring about their own transformation.

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 February weekend module!