200-Hour Teacher Training Program

The Next 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training Program Begins September, 2020

The first step in every yoga teacher's training.

Open to everyone! You do not have to be able to do specific poses.

Not planning to teach? No problem! Teacher training is perfect for anyone who simply wants to deepen their study of yoga.

Meets general yoga teacher training requirement for Yoga Alliance registration as RYT 200.

200-hour certification qualifies you to enroll in our 300-hour teacher training program.

Free Information Session & Sample Class

Stay tuned for details.

If you decide to apply to our teacher training program, these sessions fulfill the personal interview requirement.

Three reasons to choose Sunrise Yoga Teacher Training

Absolutely outstanding faculty

Led by Valerie Kiser and taught by selected teacher training faculty members, including Wake Forest University professor Dr. Jarrod Whitaker and nationally-recognized yoga instructor Cindy Dollar.

Supportive, non-competitive peers.

You're among friends here: people who share a common dedication to  enriching their lives and those of others through yoga and yoga's values: compassion, integrity, loving-kindness and more.

Convenient schedule & affordably priced

Finish within just one year.

Check your program's handbook for prices, early bird discounts and payment plans, plus information about homework, makeup classes and more.

Curriculum Overview

Weekend sessions blend lectures, discussion, reading, homework, and deeper development of your own yoga practice.

Yoga Anatomy & Physiology

Safe and effective application of alignment & biomechanics for the yoga instructor

Health/injury-related contraindications & modifications for each pose

Yoga Philosophy & History

Essential principles from yoga's ancient & modern texts, spanning the continuum from Patanjali's Yoga Sutras to Iyengar's Light on Yoga

The role of ayurveda & chakras in yoga practice

Principles & Practice of Alignment-Based Yoga

Asana practice, the study of yoga's physical poses

Pranayama, breathing techniques

Mudras and mantras, meditation & chanting

Effective use of yoga props to make yoga postures accessible to all body types & experience levels

Professional Teacher Skills

Principles of class management & effective instruction

Teacher/student communication & pose adjustment techniques

Lesson-planning & practice-teaching

Common student medical concerns

Explore Program Details

Prices, Curriculum, Schedule & Policies

The 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training Handbook provides all the details:

  • Complete price details, including early bird discounts & payment options
  • Schedule and curriculum specifics
  • Program policies including class makeup options

Frequently-Asked Questions

Get answers to the most common teacher training questions:

  • Eligibility & prerequisites
  • Program details
  • Enrollment, book costs, missed classes, refunds & other policies

200-Hour Teacher Training Application Process

  • 1

    Complete online application + non-refundable $25 application fee

  • 2

    Attend Teacher Training Open House or Level 2 or above yoga class led by Valerie Kiser

  • 3

    Complete personal interview with Program Director Valerie Kiser

What Teacher Training Students Say

"My 200 RYT gave me so much more knowledge about the practice, about yoga than I ever expected! Valerie, thank you so much for sharing your knowledge and your commitment and dedication to the TT program."


"I began the teacher training program hoping that I would become a better teacher. While that has occurred, I have also become a better person in the process. The discovery that takes place during this program goes so much further than postures and alignment. Valerie is an amazing teacher. Her knowledge is wide and deep. Her style is compassionate. Each month one finds oneself wishing that teacher training was every weekend and not just one weekend per month. I encourage anyone interested in self-growth and development to participate in this program. And, by the way… it’s a lot of fun!"


"I am very happy with the 300 hour YTT program at Sunrise Yoga Studio! Valerie Kiser takes the responsibility of proper instruction/training of her students seriously. She delivers pertinent, accurate, constructive and relate-able information in a genuine, clear and applicable way. The modules are well-balanced and fairly priced. I have gained a great deal of knowledge from this program and definitely recommend to students and teachers."


"The Sunrise Yoga Studio 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training program has met and exceeded my expectations in terms of the quality and scope of the course. From the required reading materials to the asana practices in class and the discussions about yoga anatomy, philosophy and teaching methodology, the program provides a comprehensive understanding of what is needed to become a yoga instructor. The learning environment is both friendly and supportive and the student quickly learns not only how good a teacher Valerie is, but also how passionate, caring and encouraging she is as well. Just a great program!"


"The 200-Hour Teacher Training Program at Sunrise Yoga Studio is not only a convenient and affordable way to complete a 200-hour yoga teacher program, but it is absolutely an incredible experience and journey in the practice of yoga. Exploring yoga beyond the mat awakens your mind, body, and soul and this program will help guide you toward achieving personal growth on and off the yoga mat. Valerie’s knowledge of yoga practice and lifestyle is in-depth and her ability to teach with patience and understanding the individual needs of each student makes this program well worth the time and effort. In addition, the Sunrise Yoga Studio is very clean, well equipped, and promotes a peaceful and relaxing environment."


"The Sunrise Yoga 200-Hour Teacher Training has meant more to me than I had hoped. Valerie is a great teacher and covers so many facets of yoga. The instruction and material have helped me to understand why the practice of yoga has been so important in my life. It is a great gift to yourself for growth and happiness, besides getting to spend time with a lot of great people. There is a calmness and sense of tranquility surrounding Sunrise Yoga and now I understand why."


"I wanted to learn more about yoga to strengthen my at home practice and to eventually start teaching. I was so excited to find Sunrise Yoga and immediately started taking classes. It only took a few classes with Valerie for me to make my decision to sign up for the Teacher Training Program and I have been so grateful ever since. Valerie’s deep understanding of the postures and anatomy is so clear in how she is able to teach proper alignment. Not only does she share her knowledge of the postures, but also yoga philosophy, meditation and pranayama and how to incorporate all of these to create a well-balanced practice. The weekends are well planned out and I am always amazed by how much I learn and how I leave there still excited to learn more. Thanks so much to Valerie for offering this program. It has been a truly positive learning experience for me and I feel like I have grown so much not only by her teachings but also by getting to know the other students in the program."


"My year in the Sunrise Yoga Studio 200YTT program has been filled with some of the best and most challenging times in my life. The program didn’t just make me a better instructor, it has made me a better human. Thank you Valerie and the 200 YTT class of 2015!"


"Thanks to the Teacher Training Program I now understand that yoga is a way of life, not just an asana practice. Lessons were many; most importantly the inspiration to learn more, learn it correctly and share with others was most valuable to me."


"This program has afforded me a comprehensive, methodical, in-depth approach to teaching yoga. Valerie is a wealth of knowledge, & generously offers it to anyone with a drive to learn! I am a much more confident & skilled teacher these days, & wouldn’t trade a moment of this experience!"


"Yoga is a lifetime journey. It is not a means to an end. It is an experience to be lived and to be practiced in all aspect of one’s life. I believe that yoga has saved me from a life of desiring more, bigger, better, newer, shinier, flashier, and has taught me to be aware and more appreciative of what I already have. This teacher-training program has taught me to take mindfulness off the mat and into the world. This has been one of the most powerful experiences of my life."


I think the 200-Hour Teacher Training Program at Sunrise Yoga is wonderful! Only after completing the course do you get an idea of how much thought, time and preparation must have gone into creating such a thorough program (and I still probably have no idea). The amount of information Valerie successfully conveyed to the students could have been overwhelming, but it wasn’t at all. I really feel like I got so much more than I could have hoped for out of this class. I absolutely would recommend (and have to three people so far) the Teacher Training Program at Sunrise Yoga Studio."