250 Hour Yoga & Ayurveda Teacher Training


September 2019—March 2020 at Prana Yoga Center

Prairie Yoga offers one of the top yoga teacher training courses in the Midwest, known for its emphasis on alignment and anatomy and for developing highly-skilled yoga teachers. Prana Yoga Center is in partnership with Prairie Yoga Institute to offer this foundational teacher training.

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The 250 Hour Yoga + Ayurveda Teacher Training will deepen your own personal practice and prepare you to intelligently teach beginning and intermediate yoga classes from your own heart-felt path. The training is designed for those who want to become yoga teachers as well as for those who want to deepen their own personal practice and immerse themselves in the study of all aspects of yoga. One year of consistent yoga practice is required to enroll. Your commitment to learning and dedication to your own personal transformation is key to enjoying the benefits of this training.

Established in 2006, Prairie Yoga’s registered Yoga Alliance school has certified over 600 yoga teachers in the Midwest. When you enroll in a Prairie Yoga teacher training program, you are poised to become one of the best instructors in your area. Employers know this. They seek graduates because of the program’s high standards and deep curriculum. When Prairie’s graduate yoga instructors put into practice what they have learned, they express a 5-star satisfaction rate with the yoga teacher training. Learn why you should choose Prairie.

Overview of the Program

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In this specialized program, in addition to the tools and techniques from all eight limbs of yoga, you will learn the basic principles and psychology of Ayurveda and how to apply those concepts to your yoga mat practice and your daily life.

The Eight Limbs of Yoga

  • Yama (social ethics to live in harmony with others)
  • Niyama (personal ethics to live a balanced life)
  • Asana (postures to build strength and flexibility so energy can flow freely)
  • Pranayama (breath control to increase your vital energy)
  • Pratyahara (internalizing the senses to reduce external stimulation)
  • Dharana (developing concentration and focus)
  • Dhyana (sustaining our focus to enter into meditation)
  • Samadhi (Oneness)

Ayurveda (Science of Life)

Yoga and Ayurveda are complementary practices that offer a body of wisdom designed to help people achieve vibrant health and to realize their full human potential.

Learn About Ayurveda
  • Learn the philosophical foundations of Ayurveda or the “Science of Life”
  • Discover how yoga & Ayurveda complementary sciences and support the health of body, mind & spirit
  • Understand the tri-doshic theory of (vata, pitta, kapha) and prakriti (unique elemental nature) and vikriti (current state of imbalance)
  • Understand how the gunas (sattva, rajas, and tamas) influence the state of the mind
  • Learn why prana (life force) & ojas (deep vitality) and agni (digestive fire) define optimal health
  • Apply ayurvedic principles to create a dinacharya (daily routine)
  • Learn asana sequences for dosha imbalance for different ages, seasons, times of day
  • Understand how the physical and subtle body operate together within the context of a foundational ayurveda

You Will Learn How To:

  • Include all eight limbs of yoga in your practice and teaching
  • Understand the energetic effects of asana, pranayama, bandha, meditation and the basic principles of Ayurveda
  • Rid ourselves of habitual patterns, create a healthy balanced state and restore energy
  • Train the mind to become still and develop self-awareness
  • Sequence to emphasize different energetic effects, themes and intentions
  • Apply key alignment principles
  • Integrate the intelligent use of vinyasa (breath-synchronized movement)
  • Understand anatomy of the physical and subtle bodies
  • Balance the opposing forces of grounding/lightness; stability/ease; and strength/flexibility
  • Introduce sound based yoga practices such as chanting and simple mantras
  • Refine your teaching language so it is clear and specific
  • Demonstrate visually to emphasize key actions
  • Adjust students manually to reinforce alignment principles in a safe and appropriate way
  • Modify for common student issues
  • Organize a yoga class to create a supportive environment for transformation
  • Market yourself as a yoga teacher; understand common yoga financial agreements and insurance; and build healthy business relationships
  • Gain insight into the ethics of teaching yoga

Additional Program Details

Book requirements, additional required workshops, and additional certification requirements can be found on the program flyer and application form.



Tricia Fiske, ParaYoga® Level III Certified Teacher

Tricia Fiske, 500 E-RYT YAECP, Level 3 ParaYoga Instructor, has been a teacher since 1999. She is primary faculty for Prairie Yoga’s Teacher Training programs. Tricia is a leader in the west suburban yoga community and continues to train and influence yoga teachers in the area. She has been studying with ParaYoga founder Rod Stryker since 2000 and is one of the first Level 3 certified yoga teachers in the ParaYoga tradition. Read Tricia’s full bio >

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Lisa Bertke, founder & director of Prana Yoga Center, is ParaYoga Level II certified, 500 E-RYT and Certified Ayurveda Specialist from the Himalayan Institute, aboard certified program of the National Association of Ayurveda Medicine. With over 20 years of practice of yoga, meditation and Ayurveda, she continues to study with Rod Stryker, Tricia Fiske, Tias Little, Doug Keller, and Prairie Yoga. Lisa has deep reverence for the practice of yoga and the immense power it has to change lives.
Read Lisa’s full bio >



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