200 hour teacher training

The next 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training will take place October 2021 through May 2022.

 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.  2021 marks the tenth 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 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.




Thank you for this transformative experience.  I truly feel that I am not the same person that I was when I began this training. This was an amazing experience and I feel so blessed to have been a part of it



When I began this training, I felt a big "YES" all in my body, knowing this is what I want and need to be doing. This feels just as true today, I am so excited and curious to continue a life of studying, practicing, and teaching yoga!


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


Sofi Dillof


Malaika DosRemedios

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Trish Derocher


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

  • How to instruct, observe, assist and demonstrate asana

  • How to use props

  • How to work with different body types

  • How to create inclusive environments

  • Qualities of a yoga teacher


  • Anatomy and physiology of the skeletal muscular system

  • Anatomy of the breath

  • Anatomy of the energy body

  • Body mechanics

  • Awareness of common injuries and how to prevent them

  • Application of anatomical principles to posture instruction


  • Yoga history and philosophy

  • Study of yogic texts and how to apply them to your daily life

  • Exploration of Sanskrit chanting and mantra

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


  • Cultivate a home practice

  • Improve and understand your unique physical alignment

  • Use 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 2021/2022 are: 

Your Essence is Unconditional Love

October  1-3 

November 5-7

Yoga Changes the World Through Transforming Individual Lives  

December 10-12   

January 7-9 *virtual

We Believe in the Power of Yoga to Heal

January 28-30

February 25-27

No One is Free until We are all Free

March 25-27

April 22-24


May 6-7

Complimentary Sunday Intensive topics include, but are not limited to, Finding your Voice, Intro to Sanskrit, and Deepening Yogic Philosophy.

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.



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. 


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. 


As of 9/7 the training has filled, with the option to join the waitlist!

Balance due prior to the start of the training. 

COVID UPDATE: Due to the intimate nature of this training, the complicated nature of COVID and our desire to maintain a safe environment, we are asking all participants to show proof of COVID vaccination.  You can either email devin@laughingriveryoga.com a photo of your covid vaccination card or show it to us when you arrive at the studio.  If, for a health reason you are unable to get vaccinated, please email sofidillof@comcast.net to discuss alternatives to this policy.

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 financial need based scholarships for the teacher training program.  Those who identify as part of marginalized communities; BIPOC (black, indigenous, people of color), and LGBTQ are encouraged to apply.  We also offer one scholarship for those in later stage recovery from opioid addiction. If you are interested in applying for a scholarship through us, please fill out this form.

Questions about the training?

Reach out directly to emily@laughingriveryoga.com.



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: 


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

  • Yoga Anatomy by Leslie Kaminoff

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

  • Teaching People, Not Poses by Jay Fields

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

Inspired reading from our yoga library: 

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

  • The Hatha Yoga Pradipika by Svatmarama

  • Yoga Sutras of Patanjali commentary by Edwin F. Bryant or Sri Swami Satchidananda

  • 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

  • Is this Yoga? by Anya Foxen and Khrista Kuberry

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

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

  • 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

  • The Activists Tao Te Ching by William Martin

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.