The Laughing River Yoga Teacher Training Program is the best thing I ever did for myself.”- Lisa G., 2013

One of the most challenging and rewarding experiences of my life.
I wish I could do it all over again.”- Liz W., 2014

     “I can’t say thank you enough for the amazing guidance you provided
over the last nine months.  I had high expectations for the YTT program and they were totally blown through the roof!  So, from the very bottom of my heart, thank you!” – Eddie S., 2015

“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.” – Ashley L., 2016

“I feel well prepared, physically, emotionally and spiritually, to go out into the world and guide people through asana practice.” – Maryann G., 2017

“You have done such a wonderful job creating a space where I have felt challenged and supported at the same time…Thank you for being honest and real.” – Jordan D., 2018

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200 hr Yoga Alliance certified Teacher Training Program
September 2019-May 2020
Directors: Sofi Dillof E-RYT 800 and Emily Garrett E-RYT 800

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.  Our future is bright when we open our hearts to ourselves in order to do the work necessary for collective liberation.  You will leave this training feeling empowered by the genuine confidence that develops from knowing yourself.

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.  2019 will mark the eighth 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 announce the addition of Candace Taylor E-RYT 500 and Malaika DosRemedios E-RYT 500 to the LRY Teacher Training faculty.

Read our mission statement here.

When, Where, Who and Why?

The next 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training with Sofi Dillof, Emily Garrett, Candace Taylor, and Malaika DosRemedios will take place September 2019 through May 2020.  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.

What will be covered:


* 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 one 14 hour weekend training per month plus unlimited drop in yoga classes at Laughing River Yoga.  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.  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.

The weekend session consists of Friday evening 7:15-9:15, Saturday 12-6 and Sunday 10:15-3:45.

The dates and topics (subject to change) for 2019/2020 are:

Your Essence is Unconditional Love

September   20-22

October   18-20

Yoga Changes the World Through Transforming Individual Lives

November   15-17

December   13-15

We Believe in the Power of Yoga to Heal

January  17-19

February  15-16 ( Saturday all day retreat, no Friday night session)

No One is Free until We are all Free

March  13-15

April 17-19


Pre-requisites: This training is open to 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: Discipline of Freedom, The Yoga Sutra Attributed to Patanjali by Barbara Stoler Miller
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

Inspired reading from our yoga library: 

The Bhagavad Gita commentary by Swami Satchidananda or Eknath Easwaran
The Hatha Yoga Pradipika by Swami Muktibodhananda
The Heart of Yoga by T.K.V Desikachar
The Sacred Path of the Warrior by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche
Untethered Soul by Michael A. Singer
All about Love by bell hooks
The Art and Practice of Moving into Stillness by Erich Shiffman
Practices for Liberating Body and Soul: Jivamukti Yoga by Sharon Gannon and David Life
Yoga Assists by Sharon Gannon and David Life, Beyond Words by Sri Swami Satchidananda
From Vedas to Vinyasa by Amy Vaughn
Tantra Illuminated by Christopher Wallace
The Subtle Body by Tias Little
Me and White Supremacy by Layla Saad

Monthly Responsibilities: Journal writing, reading/writing assignments, practice teach in small groups outside the teacher training weekends, class observation, weekly class attendance (class fee included as part of the teacher training tuition) at Laughing River, personal yoga and meditation practice.

To Register: Cost is $2500.  To save your spot please mail, drop off, or pay online a $500 deposit to Laughing River Yoga, One Mill St. Suite 126, Burlington, VT 05401. Balance due prior to the start of the training. VSAC offers non-degree grants for this training.  Please note that if you receive a grant from VSAC you will still need to register directly with us, including paying a deposit in order to reserve your spot.  If you receive a VSAC grant for the full amount we will refund your deposit once the training has begun.

Find out more in person:  We will be hosting informational meetings for those interested in the teacher training.  The first informational meeting is scheduled for Saturday August 24 from 9:30-10:30 am.  Later dates TBA.  Come and ask questions and meet others who are also interested.  If you are unable to attend the meeting but would like to learn more about the training please reach out directly to [email protected]

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.