(2019 session)



Weekday evenings
5:30-6:45; 7:00-8:15 pm

Saturdays (7.0 hrs)
8:00 pm to 10:00 am & 12:30 pm to 5:30 pm 

Sundays (5.5 hrs)
10:30 am to 12:00 am & 1:30 pm to 5:30 pm 

*An additional hour may be added on a few of the weekends to fit in the depth of training you will receive.


Session 2: Applications due by Applications accepted up until December 15, 2018.  No applications accepted after that date. Earlybirds: Save $300 off full tuition price if you apply by December 15, 2018

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1st Weekend: January 11-12-13, 2019; February 9-10; March 16-17; April 13-14; May 11-12, June 1-2; July 20-21; August 17-18, 2019 all course requirements/assignments completed by September 30, 2019.

Asana classes weekly: Asana classes will be assigned monthly.  Generally, you will be required to attend 8 per month.  The additional month can be used for make-up classes.   Other options may be available, such as on Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays for those who may be commuting for our training. Questions – email:


Weekends: 190 hrs

Asana Classes, Philosophy & Meditation Classes and Apprenticeship Hours: 55 hrs

Required Contact Hours: 125 hrs

Our Program Contact Hours: 190 contact hrs

Further hours in reading homework, asana classes, focused asana apprenticeship and workshops with experienced teachers. Total actual hours may exceed 200 hrs. Our goal is to provide complete training for those who are moving into a career teaching yoga or a solid yoga foundation steeped in the rich philosophy and history of yoga.  Life time mentoring is available for all graduates of our program.


Session 1: $2700 for Eight-month Program if paid in full by December 15, 2018

$3000 for Eight-month Program of if paid in full by January 5, 2019

$3510 payment plan price for Eight-month Program (monthly payments $430)

$1200 for Current Teachers (already completed 200 hr with documented certification) plus pay for assigned asana classes as this reduced tuition does not cover additional classes you will receive student rate $12 per class or monthly membership at $99/month.

During the program workshops that are not part of YTT are not included in tuition, but you will receive member discount on these.

Application deposit $500 (will apply to tuition if accepted into program)  Check must be paid with your application but will not be deposited until acceptance.

Tuition if paid in full by December 15: $3000.

*Payment plans must be approved and started prior to program start date; please email us for the course catalog and application form to apply for the training. The application can be filled out and sent online but deposit must accompany application ($500), online payment or application and check mailed to: Karen Kinnard, director, Good Vibrations Yoga, c/o 14337 Fairway Dr., Eden Prairie, MN 55344. Upon acceptance, your tuition will be due by the date indicated. On receiving your application, the second step is to schedule your interview for acceptance into the program. Registration is closed for Session 1.  Session 2 registration is now open.  Applications are due by November 15, 2018.  No enrollments will be accepted after December 15, 2018.     YTT tuition includes assigned yoga asana classes outside of the weekends.  Please note that there will be homework including asana class assignments that must be completed other weeks than just the weekend program, possibly weeknights, days or other weekends.

Disclosure statement:  “Good Vibrations Yoga is licensed as a private career school with the Minnesota Office of Higher Education pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, sections 136A.821 to 136A.832.  Licensure is not an endorsement of the institution. Credits earned at the institution may not transfer to all other institutions.”

Office of Higher Education, 1450 Energy Park Drive, Suite 350, St. Paul, MN  55108-5227


January 11 – September 30, 2019

Registration is now open.

Early registrations: by December 15 – Save $300 on tuition

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An in-depth yoga program, designed to not only study all aspects of yoga, but also to enable you to dive deeply into your own self knowledge.  Those wanting to teach or simply those wanting to study yoga are welcome.

BEcome a Yoga Teacher in this 8-month intensive program – learn asana, how to teach, and dive deeply into an authentic practice of yoga philosophy, learning how to live and teach from the place of self-knowledge.

Study with our most experienced and qualified teachers:  Karen Kinnard, E-RYT, Andrew Seifert, E-RYT, Nancy Marcy, RYT500 & Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher, Juli Englander, Ayurveda Specialist & E-RYT, Erez Atar, Certified Ashtanga Yoga Teacher & our qualified teaching staff at Good Vibrations Yoga.

*additional month to complete assignment requirements and apprentice teaching Not sure?  This program can also be taken in sections now! Email to find out more!

Karen Kinnard, E-RYT has been training yoga teachers since 2006. Some of her graduates currently own their own yoga studios. Depending on why you want to teach yoga, this training provides the most solid possible foundation for beginning your yoga teaching career or your yoga lifestyle. Deeply grounded in traditional yoga philosophies and teaching methods, our staff of yoga teachers is among the most highly trained and respected yoga teachers in the world. Questions about the program? Email

Staff: Includes Erez Atar, Juli Englander, Nancy Marcy, Lynn Shuck, Andrew Seifert. Every instructor has decades of yoga experience.  Karen Kinnard has also been a yoga studio owner since 2008 and is committed to mentoring graduates throughout their yoga career.

If you are looking for a quick certification, this program is not for you. Click herecomplete catalog overview of our program with application/registration forms Contact Karen for questions by email: 

Click Application with deposit should be completed by October 15, 2018 in order to set up your entrance interview. Prerequisite: A minimum of one year regular yoga practice.

What you will cover:

  • Standing Poses
  • Seated Poses
  • Twisting Poses
  • Finishing Poses
  • Backbends & Strength Poses
  • Chakras
  • Meditation
  • How to Teach Poses
  • How to Adjust Poses
  • The Language of Teaching Yoga
  • Yoga Diet and Cleansing
  • The History of Yoga
  • Yoga Philosophy
  • Anatomy of Yoga
  • The Business of Yoga
  • Planning Classes, Workshops & Retreats
  • Teaching Special Populations
  • Breathing Workshops
  • Yoga of Being
  • Intro to Yoga Styles: Ashtanga, Iyengar, Eischens, Vinyasa, Hatha, Restorative, Yin, Slow Yoga, Laughter Yoga, Yoga for Youth; ParaYoga
  • Karma Yoga
  • Intro to Ayurveda
  • Ethics of Teaching
  • Bandhas & Mudras
  • Intro to Chanting
  • Practice Teaching Yoga
  • Final Exam

Yoga Alliance requirements:

A RYS with a 200-hour program (RYS 200) should adequately prepare trainees to teach a general adult population and must incorporate training hours in the following Educational Categories:

  1.  Techniques, Training & Practice: 100 hours, Minimum contact hours: 75 hours; Contact hours with lead trainers: 50 hours.
  2.  Teaching Methodology: 25 hours, Contact hours: 15 hours; Contact hours with lead trainers: 10 hours; Communication skills such as group dynamics, time management and the establishment of priorities and boundaries; How to address the specific needs of individuals and special populations, to the degree possible in a group setting; Principles of demonstration, observation, assisting and correcting; Teaching styles; Qualities of a teacher; The student learning process; Business aspects of teaching yoga* (including marketing and legal). *Special Requirement: A maximum of five hours related to the business aspects of teaching yoga may be counted towards the Yoga Alliance Contact Hours requirements for this category. The Teaching Methodology category covers a broad overview and analysis of teaching methods, rather than how to practice or teach specific techniques.
  3. Anatomy & Physiology: 20 hours. Topics in this category could include, but are not limited to: Human physical anatomy and physiology (bodily systems, organs, etc.) and may also include energy anatomy and physiology (chakras, nadis, etc.). Includes both the study of anatomy and physiology along with its application to yoga practice (benefits, contraindications, healthy movement patterns, etc.).
  4. Yoga Lifestyle, Philosophy & Ethics for Yoga Teachers: 30 hours; Topics in this category could include, but are not limited to: The study of yoga philosophies and texts such as the Yoga Sutras, Hatha Yoga Pradipika or Bhagavad Gita. Yoga Lifestyle, such as ahimsa (non-violence) and the concepts of dharma and karma. Ethics for yoga teachers such as student-teacher relationship and community. Understanding the value of teaching yoga as a service to others.
  5. Practicum: 10 hours. Practice teaching, giving and receiving feedback, observing others teaching, assisting students while others are teaching.
  6. Remaining contact hours and elective hours: The Standards, detailed above, ensure that all trainees of a RYS 200 receive training and instruction in five Educational Categories for at least 185 hours with 125 hours of those being Contact Hours. Any remaining required curriculum contact and Non-Contact Hours (totaling 200 hours in all) are to be distributed among the five Educational Categories, but the hours may be allocated at the discretion of each RYS based on their program’s focus.

What we provide as added value: In our program, trainees will be given the opportunity to practice teaching earlier in the program, with guidance by our trainers who all have at least 10 years of teacher experience. We go beyond minimum requirements to make sure you are solidly prepared for a career in teaching yoga and may also have the opportunity to learn more about the business of yoga.  

Our studio is located in a small town atmosphere where you can walk a block or two to a variety of restaurants, coffee shops, a grocery store, theaters and a variety of other services. We have a thriving yoga community at Good Vibrations Yoga with a full daily class schedule to choose from. Teacher trainees have unlimited access to classes throughout their training (some programs charge additional fee for attending these classes).

Read what our graduates are up to…

I went through RYT Teacher Training with Karen in 2009. At that time, I had already been practicing yoga regularly for approximately 15 years. I had a thorough knowledge of the asanas, as well as Sanskrit terms, but I didn’t have any knowledge of yogic history or yoga philosophy. Teacher Training gave me the opportunity to explore these different areas and incorporate them into my teaching. Teacher Training was also my first introduction to meditation, which I regularly practice now. Several of those sessions helped shape what direction I wanted to go with my future teaching. The bonding with other teachers was one of the most valuable take aways from my training. One of my yoga classmates is now my business partner, as joint owners and instructors at a yoga studio in the area. Another classmate has become a very close friend and regular participant in my weekly classes. I am grateful to Karen for offering this program at just the right time for me in my life, and for the time and effort she put into her teaching.
Carole McMonigal, Yoga Bella Studio, Chanhassen, MN

I loved your yoga teacher training. I was hesitant to take a training because I thought I couldn’t do it. You were so encouraging and non-judgemental. It was perfect for me. The small group training was really great. Lots of personal attention. We went over lots of different styles and were given the exposure to different teachers through the training. I can honestly say it was such a great experience. I am thankful I did it and can now share yoga with others 🙂
L. M.

I started my yoga teacher training with Karen in 2012 and enjoyed the experience.  She provided a good foundation and encouraged me to get experience teaching.  I continued my training and now teach at the YWCA of Minneapolis, both Hatha Yoga and Silver Sneakers Chair Yoga.  As I teach I still use the tips and guidance that Karen provided.
Russ B.

I took my 200 RYT with Karen in 2010. I chose her program initially because it seemed well rounded in yoga concepts and I connected with Karen the first time I talked to her. Almost 8 years later I currently teach yoga in Estes Park CO and am grateful for the groundwork my program with Karen gave me. I felt that I walked away with a whole understanding of yoga. We worked on postures and alignment sure but we were also taught and had discussion on philosophy, breathwork, energy, Ayurveda, proper ways to conduct ourselves as teachers, the benefits of other styles of yoga (which I have really learned to love as I have found many people bash alternative styles to their own). It was a wonderful intro to being a yogi, not just learning the physical postures. It was intense at times but well supported. I pushed through things I didn’t think I was capable of with Karen’s support, becoming a more well rounded person, yogi, and teacher. Karen became a mentor and eventually a friend through this process. She is great at wearing many hats, teacher, mentor, friend and I’m grateful for her continued presence in my life.
Caryn Ling