200 hour teacher training

The next 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training will take place September 2020 through May 2021.

 The Laughing River Yoga 200 hr Teacher Training Program is designed to create inspiring leaders in our community through a process of personal exploration and evolution.  We are excited to announce that our 200 hour training program now offers two tracks of exploration. The first track is for those who are interested in becoming certified yoga teachers. The second track is for those who are interested in deepening their personal practice and expanding their understanding of the history and philosophy of yoga but do not wish to teach. The main difference between the two tracks is that for those taking the second track, all homework assignments and final testing are optional. Those on the first track will receive a 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training certification and those on the second track will receive a 200 hour Yoga Study certification.

Sofi and Emily have each been teaching yoga for over twenty years.  They are excited to share with you the wisdom and skill cultivated through countless hours of dedicated practice and teaching.  Their experience includes teaching groups, individuals, at risk youth, people with disabilities, workshops and retreats, touching the lives of thousands.  Together they founded Laughing River Yoga in 2010 and the highly respected Laughing River Yoga Teacher Training Program shortly thereafter.  2020 marks the ninth year of this training which has produced teachers currently teaching in studios, schools, prisons, office settings, community centers, rehab centers and more. 

We are excited to welcome back Candace Taylor E-RYT 500 and Malaika DosRemedios E-RYT 500 to the LRY Teacher Training faculty.




Taking the 200-hour YTT was life-changing, absolutely transformative... I took my gifts, my tools, my training into the world and have built a beautiful practice...

But until now, I had NO IDEA how prepared you made me for this gift of silence, this retreat, this self-quarantine until, well, it befell me...


You gave me the resources to linger in the moment. To be in the now. To slow way down. And to find the simple joys in each hour.



When I started the program, there was a small part of me that wondered, is this right for me? At my age? Will I be able to do it? The training challenged me and rewarded me in ways that I didn't expect. I would recommend the training to anyone, regardless of age or ability. 



Nine months ago I was a totally different person from who I am now. I feel more whole, loving (and loved) today than I ever have before and I am so excited and able to share this transformative inspiration with others.


This training is geared towards aspiring teachers as well as serious practitioners who do not expect to teach but wish to deepen their understanding of all aspects of yoga.  Our teacher training will encourage and support you in doing the work necessary to deepen your understanding of who you are.  Come study what you love in a safe, supportive and dynamic environment.


Emily Garrett

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Candace Taylor


Malaika DosRemedios


  • Analytical training in how to teach and practice asana, pranayama, and meditation

  • How to instruct, observe, assist and demonstrate asana

  • How to teach basic Restorative Yoga

  • How to make yoga accessible and inclusive

  • Qualities of a yoga teacher


  • Anatomy and physiology

  • Anatomy of the breath

  • Anatomy of the energy body


  • Yoga history including an analysis of modern day yoga and how to stay true to its roots

  • Study of yogic texts and how they can be applied to your daily life

  • Exploration of Sanskrit chanting and mantra

  • Using a yogic lens to look at the root causes of oppression


  • Cultivating a home practice

  • Improve and understand your unique physical alignment

  • Using your voice as a tool for honest, heart felt communication

  • Journaling and Awareness exercises to help let go of limiting stories of self and step into your power


  • Getting into teaching

  • Marketing yourself as a yoga teacher

  • Becoming aware of the commodification of yoga


The nine-month program includes nine 14-hour weekend trainings, unlimited drop in yoga classes at Laughing River Yoga (live and virtual), and four two-three hour Sunday intensives.  In addition to the weekends, each participant in the training is required to take at least 35 drop-in classes or a combination of classes and Sunday intensives with Teacher Training staff for a total of 35 hours. 

The weekend session consists of:


Friday evening 7:15 - 9:15

Saturday 12 - 6

Sunday 10:15 - 4:15

The dates and topics (subject to change) for 2020/2021 are below. Due to the COVID virus, please note that some of the weekends will be hosted virtually and/or at an outdoor location. 

Your Essence is Unconditional Love

September   25-27

October   16-18

Yoga Changes the World Through Transforming Individual Lives

October  30-Nov 1

November   13-15

We Believe in the Power of Yoga to Heal

December   11-13

January  8-10

No One is Free until We are all Free

February  5-7

February 26-28* reserved for make-up session

March 19-21



Apr 9-11

The dates and times of the Sunday Intensives are TBA. Possible topics include Finding your Voice, Intro to Sanskrit, and Exploring the Warrior Archetype in Spiritual Traditions.

If you miss one weekend, you are still eligible for certification.  If you miss two weekends you will need to make up one of them in order to be eligible for certification.  If you miss more than two weekends we cannot guarantee certification.


This training is open to all students wishing to become yoga teachers as well as all sincere, serious students of yoga who want to take it to the next level.  We recommend a daily home yoga practice of at least 20 minutes and at least one group class a week with a teacher of your choice for at least six months leading up to the training. This will set a strong foundation for the group, generate questions about practice, and inspire you to learn more.

Required Reading: 

  • Yoga Sutras of Patanjali by Edwin F. Bryant AND/OR The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali by Sri Swami Satchidananda

  • Living Love: The Yoga of Yama and Niyamas by Maetreyii Ma Nolan

  • Teaching Yoga: Essential Foundation and Techniques by Mark Stephens

  • Yoga Anatomy by Leslie Kaminoff

  • Yoga Teacher’s Toolbox by Joseph and Lillian Le Page



Teacher Certification Track: Attendance at monthly sessions. Journal writing, reading/writing assignments, monthly small group meetings, class observation and assist, 35 classes or 35 hours of classes/workshops during the duration of the training (class fees included), home yoga and meditation practice. Final exam and final test teach.

Study Certification Track: Attendance at monthly sessions.  Monthly small group meetings, 35 classes or 35 hours of classes/workshops during the duration of the training (class fees included), home yoga and meditation practice encouraged.

To Register:  

Cost is $2700. 

Registration is now open. In order to maintain a safe, socially distanced environment this year's training will be limited to 15 people maximum.  CLASS IS FULL.  WAITLIST ONLY.


To save your spot please mail, drop off, or pay online a $600 deposit to Laughing River Yoga, One Mill St. Suite 126, Burlington, VT 05401.

Balance due prior to the start of the training. 

Financial Aid:

VSAC offers an advancement grant for this training.  Please note that if you receive a grant from VSAC you will still need to register directly with us.  Once you receive the grant, send us an email to let us know you would like to register for the training.


Laughing River also offers scholarships for the teacher training program, including a scholarship specifically for the BIPOC (black, indigenous, people of color) community. If you are interested in applying for a scholarship through us, fill out this form and email it to emily@laughingriveryoga.com. 

Want to learn more or ask questions about the training?

Reach out directly to sofidillof@comcast.net.

Inspired reading from our yoga library: 

  • The Bhagavad Gita commentary by Graham M. Schweig or Eknath Easwaran

  • The Hatha Yoga Pradipika by Svatmarama

  • Untethered Soul by Michael A. Singer

  • Tantra Illuminated by Christopher Wallace

  • Yoga Assists by Sharon Gannon and David Life

  • The Sacred Path of the Warrior by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche

  • From Vedas to Vinyasa by Amy Vaughn

  • All about Love by bell hooks

  • The Art and Practice of Moving into Stillness by Erich Shiffman

  • The Subtle Body by Tias Little

  • Me and White Supremacy by Layla Saad

  • Radical Dharma; Talking Race, Love and Liberation by Rev. angel Kyodo williams, Lama Rod Owens, with Jasmine Syedullah

  • Fear: Essential Wisdom for Getting Through the Storm by Thich Nhat Hanh

  • The Heart of Yoga by T.K.V Desikachar

  • How to be an AntiRacist by Ibram X Kendi

  • Talking Stick: Peacemaking as a Spiritual Path by Stephan V. Beyer

  • Ishmael by Daniel Quinn

  • Tell Me Who You Are: Sharing Our Stories of Race, Culture and Identity by Winona Guo and Priya Vulchi

  • Restorative Yoga for Ethnic and Race-Based Stress and Trauma by: Gail Parker Ph.D

  • Embrace Yoga's Roots: Courageous Ways to Deepen Your Yoga Practice by Susanna Barkataki

Cancellation Policy:  


More than three months prior you receive your deposit minus a $75 processing fee.  Three months prior you receive 50% of your deposit back.  Two months prior you receive 25% of your deposit back.  Less than one month prior there will be no return on your deposit. If you decide to withdraw from the training after it has begun your money will not be refunded.

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