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., 2013

     “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

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200 hr Yoga Alliance certified Teacher Training Program
September 2018-May 2019
Dates are listed below.

Directors: Sofi Dillof and Emily Garrett

Sofi and Emily are among a small handful of the most experienced yoga teachers in the state of Vermont.  Each has been teaching yoga for twenty years.  The wisdom and skill that can only result from experience is invaluable and irreplaceable.  You can only teach that which you know.

Sofi and Emily have touched thousands of lives through their teaching.  They have experience teaching groups, individuals, at risk youth, people with disabilities, workshops, and retreats.  Their passion and dedication as teachers has resulted in the studio Laughing River Yoga, voted Best Yoga Studio in Vermont by Seven Days two years in a row, and the highly respected Laughing River Yoga Teacher Training.  2018 will mark the seventh year of the training which has produced teachers currently teaching in studios, schools, prisons, office settings, community centers, rehab centers and more throughout the North East.

Read our mission statement here.

When, Where, Who and Why?

The next 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training with Sofi Dillof and Emily Garrett will take place September 2018 through May 2019.  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.  Come study what you love in a safe, supportive and dynamic environment.

Emily and Sofi believe that in order to authentically connect with students, a teacher must be able to first authentically connect with them self.  Our teacher training will encourage and support you in doing the work necessary to deepen your understanding of who you are. You will use traditional yogic techniques, journaling and group discussion to explore yourself in a skillful and compassionate way.  

What will be covered:

– Analytical training in how to teach and practice asanas, pranayamas, chanting, mantra and meditation.

– How to demonstrate, observe, assist and instruct yoga.

– Qualities of a yoga teacher

– Anatomy and physiology

– Yoga philosophy

Through this process, you will learn how to safely guide others through a complete yoga practice.  You can expect to work hard and go deep.


The nine month program includes one weekend training per month plus 35 weekly drop-in classes with LRY teachers.  In addition to the monthly weekends, you are required to do either 35 classes or a combination of classes and Sunday intensives with Sofi (35 hours total).  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 9-3.

The dates and topics (subject to change) for 2018/2019 are:

September 21-23  Exploring the Foundation

October 12-14  Movement as Meditation

November 2-4 The Pranic Body

December 7-9  Anatomy with Malaika DosRemedios

January 25-27  Opening Your Heart

February 15-17  Who am I? (Saturday all day retreat at All Souls)

March 15-17  Weaving it all Together

April 12-14  Finding your Purpose


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:

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali translated 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

Inspired reading from our yoga library: 

The Bhagavad Gita commentary by Swami Satchidananda or Eknath Easwaran
The Hatha Yoga Pradipika by Swami Muktibodhananda
Light on Yoga by B.K.S. Iyengar
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
Wheels of Life by Anodea Judith
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
The Subtle Body by Tias Little

Monthly Responsibilities: Journal writing, reading/writing assignments, practice teach in small groups outside the teacher training weekends, class observation, weekly class attendance with Emily, Sofi, Malaika and/or Candace (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 are hosting informational meetings for those interested in the teacher training on Saturday July 28 from 1:45-2:45 pm.  Come and ask questions and meet others who are also interested.

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.