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Whether you are interested in becoming a yoga teacher, taking additional yoga courses to gain a higher level of certification or you simply want to deepen your yoga practice and expand your knowledge, AACC in partnership with Yoga4Life, offers comprehensive programs to strengthen your understanding of the art and science of yoga.

What is the training?

200-Hour Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) Training

The 200-Hour Registered Yoga Teacher training consists of four noncredit courses to be completed in nine months. Students will learn to teach beginner and some intermediate yoga poses as well as discuss the business aspects of teaching yoga.

  • YGA-553 200 Hour Professional Yoga Instructor - Part 1
  • YGA-551 200 Hour Professional Yoga Instructor - Part 2
  • YGA-552 200 Hour Professional Yoga Instructor - Part 3

Note: these above courses are co-requisites, you will need to register for all 3 courses.

300-Hour Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) Training

The 300-Hour Registered Yoga Teacher program can be completed in as little as 11 months, or up to 18 months. Students learn to teach intermediate and some advanced yoga poses. Students also examine the business aspects of teaching workshops and studio ownership.

  • YGA-533 Professional Yoga Instructor: Part 4
  • YGA-534 Professional Yoga Instructor: Part 5
  • YGA-535 Professional Yoga Instructor: Part 6
  • YGA-536 Professional Yoga Instructor: Part 7
  • YGA-546 Professional Yoga Instructor: 300 RYT Online Module

About the Instructors

Kathryn Templeton, E-RYT500

A psychotherapist for more than 20 years, Kathryn Templeton is a master teacher in the field of Drama Therapy and continues to work in the treatment of individuals with complex trauma. As an e-500 RYT and NAMA-registered Ayurvedic practitioner, she has worked to develop specialized treatments integrating the principles of yoga and Ayurveda with clinical therapeutic techniques. She holds memberships with the International Association of Yoga Therapists, the National Association of Drama Therapists and the National Ayurvedic Medical Association.

Patricia Simpson, RYT500

Patricia is a licensed clinical professional counselor and a 500-hour Registered Yoga Teacher.  Her professional practice combines Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and therapeutic Yoga. She specializes in treating depression, anxiety, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder as well as a range of general problems that cover mental illness and life problems. As a graduate of the University of Baltimore’s Applied Psychology and Counseling Program and among the first therapists to be accepted as a licensed clinical professional counselor in the state, Ms. Simpson has a wealth of experience as a mental health professional. As a practicing yoga teacher, she specializes in using Viniyoga, an ancient lineage of healing yoga, to treat her clients. Ms. Simpson’s intention is to educate the public, including professionals, about the benefits of therapeutic yoga as a collaborative healing tool to other modalities of healing. 

Kamini Desai, Ph.D.

Kamini Desai, Ph.D. is a nationally-renowned teacher and recognized expert in the field of Yoga Nidra. Trained at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health with degrees in Anthropology and Psychology from Smith College and La Salle University, Kamini is the president and developer of the core program curriculum of the Amrit Yoga Institute. There she developed the first 90-hour Yoga Alliance recognized Yoga Nidra Professional Training program in collaboration with her father, Yogi Amrit Desai. This training is now offered in California, Canada, Florida, Washington, Colorado, Southwest Institute of Healing Arts, and at the Omega Institute. She has created an exciting body of teachings in Yoga Nidra combining western psychology, medicine and eastern philosophy.

What credentials can I earn?

Upon successful completion, students will be prepared to become a Registered Yoga Teacher through Yoga Alliance.

What is the job outlook?

Employment of fitness trainers and instructors is expected to grow 24 percent through 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations. Yoga instructor jobs can be found in  gyms, fitness or recreation centers, country clubs, hospitals, universities, and clients' homes in addition to specialized yoga and Pilates studios. Fitness trainers and instructors in Maryland earn an average annual salary of approximately $19,500.

What will it cost?

  • 200-Hour Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) Training: $3,499 plus books for Anne Arundel County residents, including tuition and fees.
  • 300-Hour Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) Training: $4,995 plus books for Anne Arundel County residents.

What are the requirements?

Student must be at least 16 years old. Two years of yoga practice recommended but not required.

How do I enroll?

Register online, in person, by fax or mail.

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