200 Hour Teacher Training

200-hour Training Course

Winter 200 Hr Yoga Teacher Training

Wednesdays – 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Saturdays – 10:30 am – 5:00 pm
every other Sunday – 12:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Starts September 19th 2018 – ends January 23rd 2019

  This initial step to becoming a yoga instructor is just the beginning of a journey for students.  Led by our instructors, they will travel a path to enlightenment that will prepare them to share what they have learned with their own students someday.  Our instructors have followed different paths to becoming yoga instructors but they followed the same path of learning you are about to embark on.  Each has received training and has attained varying level of certification.  Each comes from a different world view to embrace their role as instructor and is looking forward to working with each new class During the 200-hour teacher training, which will be spread out over a four month period so that as you complete each lesson and course you can also practice what you have learned to deepen your understanding.  As with any other educational process, you are encouraged to ask questions as this will not only help you to learn but will also assist our instructors in teaching you better.  Our class sizes are small, consisting of no more than 12 people per class.  By keeping our class sizes small we can provide more focused education for each student.  Additionally, the small class size allows for the learning experience in our beautiful teaching environment to be more enriching as each student will have a greater feeling of space and freedom.

The 200-hour teacher training includes:

  • Foundations Of Yoga

  • Iyengar Yoga

  • Sequencing

  • Restorative Yoga

  • Chair Yoga

  • Ethics

  • Vinyasa Yoga

  • The Sacred Yogic Texts

  • Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras

  • Breath Techniques

  • Yoga Nidra Meditation

  • Anatomy & Physiology

  • Pre-Natal Yoga

  • Subtle Body Science

  • Cancer & Yoga

  • Ayurveda

  • Business & Yoga

  • Bhakti Yoga

This comprehensive training will offer you the opportunity to immerse yourself in the transformational system of Yoga.  You will join with other like-minded yogis, taking the next step in becoming an accomplished yoga practitioner and teacher. Upon completion of this program, you will leave the center with the confidence, understanding and skills necessary to start a successful career as a yoga teacher. There are two teacher training course semesters each year.  One begins in February and ends in June, the second begins in September and ends in January.  There is a registration fee of $300 and the total cost of the course is $2,400.  Early registration discounts and payment plans are available, please contact us for more information.

Meet the teachers

6Regina Chaeli RN LMT eRYT Regina is the coordinator of Yoga Darshana Center and the director of the 200 hr Long Island Yoga Teacher Training Program. She has studied formal yoga for over 30 years. She is a licensed massage therapist and registered nurse. Regina has completed advanced training with Richard Miller in Yoga Nidra, as well as many other yoga modalities. She has a strong understanding of the human body and how it works. Her specialty is guiding the student on the inner journey.
3Debra Jensen PTA, eRYT 500: Deb is a Physical Therapist Assistant, Integrative Yoga Therapist and Certified Health Counselor. She trained with IYT for her 200, 500 & 1000 hour yoga therapist certifications. Debra has been teaching yoga classes for cancer survivors, as well as chair yoga as well as specialized workshops at Southampton Hospital for more than 12 years. Deb also teaches as faculty with IYT’s yoga therapist training program at Kripalu and is the Program Coordinator for Southampton Hospital’s Functional Fitness and Healthy at any Age Programs.
1Jeff Logan: Jeff is the owner of Body, Mind & Soul yoga center in Huntington. He is currently on the Board of Iyengar Yoga Association of NY & an Officer of the Long Island Yoga Association where he writes the Asana Column for its quarterly newsletter. He is certified in the Iyengar tradition and is known for his in-depth, yet light hearted approach to teaching asana. Jeff teaches the Iyengar Yoga section of the yoga teacher training program.
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMatthew Pecorella eRYT Matthew is the President of Yoga Darshana Center, a not-for-profit organization founded in 2001. Matthew has been a Teacher and student of classical yoga and meditation for over 13 years. He is also an ordained minister, reiki healer and essential oil lover. Matthew has taken advanced training in iRest Yoga Nidra Meditation with Richard Miller, Restorative yoga, Iyengar yoga and more. He is a consultee of Patanjali Kundalini Yoga Care with Joan Shivarpita Harrigan and Swami Chandrasekharanand Saraswati. Matthew has a way of bringing people together and making things happen. He has a gentle, loving technique that guides the student into the pureness of the heart.
5Dolores Burns MA RYT Dolores has been a teacher and student of yoga for over 20 years. She was a student and secretary for Gurani Anjali for 14 years at Yoga Anand Ashram where she did extensive training in yoga and eastern philosophy. Dolores is currently a student of Swami Chandrasekharanand Saraswati and Sivarpita from Patanjali Kundalini Yoga Care. She has a BA in Education. Dolores teaches The Bhagavad Gita sections.
4Donna Brook RN MA RYT Donna Brook is a registered nurse with extensive experience in working with clients in crisis and transition. She is also a Reiki Master, Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner, Clinical Aromatherapy Practitioner, Angel Therapy Practitioner, and holds Therapeutic Lifestyle Certification. Donna is trained and certified in Ayurveda through the International Vedic Institute. She has also studied energy medicine with Alberto Villoldo.
8Amy Perri eRYT 500: The transformative quality of yoga and its ability to cultivate self-acceptance, gratitude and compassion led Amy to become a yoga teacher. She completed her 200 hour training at Into This World Yoga Productions in 2007 and completed her 500 hr Long Island Yoga Teacher Training with Rolf Gates in June 2010. Amy teaches adults and children out of her home studio and brings yoga to the developmentally disabled.
7Elaine Fruchtman, eRYT Elaine is a certified Yoga instructor eRYT: a Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy Practitioner and Group facilitator also teaches yoga to people of all flexibilities. Elaine specializes in stress- management, wellness, and yoga for people with special needs, including yoga for expectant moms. She is razor sharp in her classroom instruction, alignments and adjustments with her students.
9Vicky Seff RCYT: Vicky has been studying and practicing yoga for over 10 years. She is a former board member of the Long Island Yoga Association. Vicky took her yoga teacher training at the Yoga Darshana Center, and her training in children’s yoga from Yoga Ed. She is currently training to become a certified Iyengar Yoga teacher and is in school to become a physical therapist assistant. Vicky teaches the Children’s yoga section in this program.

Foundations Of Hatha Yoga

All of the standard asanas are broken down and taught in this section, starting from the feet to the top of your head. Standing, kneeling, seated, prone, supine and inverted poses will be explained and experienced in great depth. You will learn the anatomy and body mechanics in each pose, as well as proper alignment, adjustments and how your specific body type may differ from another’s.

Vinyasa Yoga

Learn the principles of how to instruct a Vinyasa Flow sequence. This section will include linking your breath with body movement, timing, pacing, music and considerations.

Iyengar Yoga

This dynamic style of yoga will show you how to make yoga accessible for everyone. Precise alignments and adjustments will be taught using yoga props such as straps, blocks, blankets, bolsters, chairs, and more.

Anatomy & Physiology

This section reveals the miracle of your physical body. The various body systems will be taught, including the skeletal and muscular systems and how they pertain to your yoga practice and teaching your classes.

Introduction To Ayurveda

Ayurveda, the “science of life,” is the holistic alternative science from India, and is more than 5,000 years old. It is believed to be the oldest healing science as well as the most holistic or comprehensive medical system available. Some methods used in Ayurveda are herbs, foods, aromas, gems, colors, yoga, mantras, lifestyle and more.
Learn more about this ancient system and find out your Dosha or constitution.

Restorative Yoga

Restorative Yoga focuses on deeply resting and revitalizing the physical body by providing support and comfort. These poses help trigger the parasympathetic nervous system, which is vital for maintaining a balance in the body. Various props such as bolsters, blankets, straps, blocks and eye pillows will be used. We will also incorporate the use of 100% therapeutic grade essential oils to help relieve stress, calm the nervous system, open the heart to joy and connect with your inner light. In this workshop you will learn some of the basic restorative poses and how to teach them in a classroom setting.

Yoga Nidra Meditation

Yoga Nidra is an investigative inner journey that takes the practitioner beyond limiting beliefs and conditioning, so that a contented life, free of conflict, anxiety, fear, dissatisfaction, and suffering can be lived. In its ultimate form, Yoga Nidra is used to unravel the sacred mystery of life and reveal the secret of enlightenment. This weekend workshop will include:
- A power point presentation explaining the science of Yoga Nidra and how it works.
- Several meditation practice sessions – How to teach Yoga Nidra in a group or privates sessions.

Chair Yoga

Chair yoga is a practice that multiple populations can benefit from. During this program you will learn how to modify a typical hatha yoga class so that it can be performed from a chair.
- Learn what populations can benefit the most – Learn how to modify poses for a chair practice
- Learn how to modify within each class to accommodate various levels of function – Experience a mini chair yoga class – Learn how to sequence and plan a chair yoga class and suggestions for implementing a class in your area

Cancer & Yoga

In this workshop you will learn how to use yoga to help cancer survivors reduce the discomfort from side effects of treatment and increase the health and wellness of these students after their treatments/ surgeries are complete. This training includes:
- Signs & symptoms, diagnosis, types of cancers and risk factors – Treatment options and their side effects
- How yoga can assist in regaining a healthy lifestyle – Teaching considerations with a greater emphasis on working with breast cancer survivors – Beneficial asana, pranayama, simple vinyasa sequences to move lymph, modifications and adjustments for the safety of the student – Emotional aspects and planning classes

The Human Energy System

Learn the mystery of the subtle body. Is it real? Can you actually feel your soul? The subtle body is the energy body which gives rise to the physical. It holds the deeper aspects of mind, our gifts, spiritual wisdom, energy centers or chakras, meridians, breath patterns and more. This training will open your mind to a more expansive view of life.

Breath Techniques

You will finally learn how to breathe like the yogis did thousands of years ago. Through various stresses in life, we can develop poor posture and faulty breathing patterns which restrict life force and spiritual development. Diaphragmatic breathing will be taught along with several other yogic breaths to calm the body, balance the body/mind and open to your inner wisdom.

The Sacred Texts Of Yoga

These ancient texts are the foundation of our yoga practice. They teach us how to live a life free of pain and suffering and the tools, techniques and practices to reach liberation. Some texts used will be Bhagavad Gita and Yoga Sutras Of Patanjali.

The Yoga Of Devotion

Experience a live devotional kirtan at Yoga Darshana Center with one of our brilliant singers and musicals. This sacred evening of call and response singing will open your heart, give clear vision and allow for transformations to take place. You will learn how to bring the love and compassion you experienced into the world.

Children’s Yoga

During this segment you will learn about the differences in the Anatomy and Physiology of children compared to that of an adult, and what precautions to follow. You will learn how to structure a class for the level of children you will be teaching.

Starting Your Yoga Business

After completing your training, your will need some direction on how to start your new life in yoga. We have the tools to get you started in the best direction.


This section of the program will be towards the end of the training. You will be teaching in a classroom setting with your lovely classmates. This is where you will start to embody all of the teachings you learned in basic training including how to prepare a lesson plan, setting up the class, instructing the class, what to look for in your students and making the connection.

Teacher Training Program Registration $300 (non-refundable)

Teacher Training Program Full Payment $2,400


Teacher Training Program Registration and First Month Payment Plan $800