January – September 2019

Registration is now open. 

APPLICATION FORM (scroll down or click here for PDF)

Good Vibrations Yoga 200 Hr. Teacher Training

11 10th Ave So.

Hopkins, MN  55344

Enrollment Dates and Entrance Requirements.  The School Session I am applying for begins _______________.  (Enrollment for all programs begins within two weeks of start of program.)

This is an intensive yoga study program to prepare the student for teaching yoga (if they choose to teach) at the end of the program.  Employment as a yoga teacher is not guaranteed by Good Vibrations Yoga. However, the training will provide the skills that you, the student, needs to instruct a beginner to intermediate level student on how to practice yoga. 

The emphasis is on learning how to teach with a yoga student’s needs and safety in mind and to have a solid background in the old and new forms of yoga now taught in the U.S.

Here are the requirements to applying to the program.  

  • Fill out the application form.
  • Must have a one-year preferably more regular yoga practice this past year.
  • Payment of application fee.  
  • After application is received, completion of an entrance interview.   
  • Acceptance letter will be sent by email.

APPLICATION: (print & mail this portion after filling it out, with your deposit)

Mail to: Good Vibrations Yoga, 11 10th Ave So., Hopkins, MN  55343 with deposit of $500

Alternatively: Email to: to request a secure payment link.



City, State & Zip Code:_________________________________________

Phone Numbers:______________________________________________

Email address:________________________________________________

Current Occupation:____________________________________________

Emergency Contact Information:  Name, Relationship & Best phone number to reach them



Good Vibrations Yoga 200 Hr. Teacher Training

The application process is two-fold:  a) Submit the following application with your deposit of $500 and b) an interview.  Acceptance letter will be sent after your interview.

Essay Questions for all applicants. (Be sure to number your responses and/or include the questions with your answers):  submit on separate paper/pages

 Essay Questions    Please tell us about yourself

  1. Do you intend to take this program to teach yoga or as a yoga study to deepen your understanding of yoga?
  1. Why do you want to take this 200-hour program? What are your expectations for the training? What do you hope to gain, learn, or improve?
  1. How long have you been practicing yoga, breathing, and/or meditation? Do you have a daily practice? If so, please describe it briefly.  If you have not had a regular practice for a full year, what other activities have you done in the past that may be considered in the application?
  1. What teachers have influenced you the most? Give a detailed overview of your yoga background including all workshops and trainings you have attended.
  1. Why do you do yoga?

Teaching Yoga:

  1. Do you currently teach yoga? If so, where have you been trained and what style(s) do you teach? Describe your current teaching.
  2. If you do not currently teach yoga, why do you want to teach yoga? If you do teach yoga, why did you choose to teach?

Help Us Get to Know You:

8.  Please describe yourself in a group setting and what you might bring to this program

9.  Describe some of your other interests and hobbies

Medical History:

  1. Describe your current physical health (major illnesses, injuries, surgeries, physical conditions).
  1. List all relevant past injuries and illnesses.
  1. Have you ever been injured from your yoga practice? If so, please describe in detail.


  1. Have you studied other spiritual traditions or philosophies?
  1. How would you compare self-practice to studying in a class with a teacher?

Attach Work Resume: Let us know what you have been doing. What is your educational and employment history (in traditional, one-page resume format)?

Letters of Recommendation (submit 2): What do others say about you? You can

obtain letters from your yoga teacher, colleague, friend or other important

person in your life. Find two people who know you well.

Deposit of $500 (the deposit will be applied toward your tuition. If you are

not accepted, you will be refunded the entire amount according to MN statutes

Interview: Once you have submitted your application, we will schedule an interview with you. The interview is both to help us get to know you and for you to get to know us. Be sure to bring your questions with you.

The following is your contract and the MN statute refund policy.  Please read carefully and sign it.

This is a legally binding contract upon written acceptance of the student unless pursuant to the statutes outlined in the complete catalog.

Please keep a copy of this contract for your files.  You will receive an acceptance letter

See next page for contract/signature page.

Next Page:

Yoga Teacher Training Contract (must be returned, signed with application fee – please keep a copy for yourself):

I hereby declare and agree that I am committed to completing this training by attending all scheduled trainings (or making arrangements to make-up classes you may have to miss. (Make-up classes may cost an additional $25/hr missed)  I also agree to pay the tuition which includes the following:

Yoga Classes and Weekend workshops for Yoga Teacher training as outlined in the syllabus.    If making monthly payments, please choose payment plan below.

Payment Details (choose one):

_____$2700 Paid in Full

_____ $3150 Monthly Payments 9 months @$350/month

Application and first payment must be received by the due date specified in catalog.  Early application is strongly encouraged to guarantee a spot in the program. 

_____ Students who have completed 200 Hr program may apply to the program, tuition is $1200 and does not include assigned yoga classes taught at GVY.  Proof of completion must be provided in the form of a certificate copy from a registered yoga school program.  Membership is $105 per month for classes. Tuition is for Yoga Teacher Training workshops and mentoring only.

Sign below:

I hereby commit to the 200+ Hr. Yoga Study program as presented by Karen Kinnard, E-RYT

(Print name & signature)_________________________(date)__________

I understand this is a legally binding instrument upon written acceptance of the student unless cancelled pursuant to the Buyer’s Right to Cancel (MN 136A.826).

Buyer’s Right to Cancel and refund policy:  If you apply for the Yoga teacher training program and choose or are requested (by Director) to withdraw at any point of the program, refund of fees paid are pursuant to MN Statute: 136A.827 REFUNDS.

Subdivision 1.Student.

For the purposes of this section, “student” means the party to the contract, whether the party is the student, the student’s parent or guardian, or other person on behalf of the student.

Subd. 1a.Notice; right to refund.

Every private career school shall notify each student, in writing, of acceptance or rejection. In the event that the student is rejected by the private career school, all tuition, fees and other charges shall be refunded.

Subd. 1b.Short-term programs.

Licensed private career schools conducting programs not exceeding 40 hours in length shall not be required to make a full refund once a program has commenced and shall be allowed to prorate any refund based on the actual length of the program as stated in the private career school catalog or advertisements and the number of hours attended by the student.

Subd. 2.Private career schools using written contracts.

(a) Notwithstanding anything to the contrary, a private career school that uses a written contract or enrollment agreement shall refund all tuition, fees and other charges paid by a student, if the student gives notice of cancellation within five business days after the day on which the contract was executed regardless of whether the program has started.

(b) When a student has been accepted by the private career school and has entered into a contractual agreement with the private career school and gives notice of cancellation following the fifth business day after the date of execution of contract, but before the start of the program in the case of resident private career schools, or before the first lesson has been serviced by the private career school in the case of distance education private career schools, all tuition, fees and other charges, except 15 percent of the total cost of the program but not to exceed $50, shall be refunded to the student.

Subd. 3.Notice; amount.

(a) A private career school shall refund all tuition, fees and other charges paid by a student if the student gives notice of cancellation within five business days after the day on which the student is accepted by the private career school regardless of whether the program has started.

(b) When a student has been accepted by the private career school and gives notice of cancellation following the fifth business day after the day of acceptance by the private career school, but before the start of the program, in the case of resident private career schools, or before the first lesson has been serviced by the private career school, in the case of distance education private career schools, all tuition, fees and other charges, except 15 percent of the total cost of the program but not to exceed $50, shall be refunded to the student.

Subd. 4.Proration.

When a student has been accepted by a private career school and gives written notice of cancellation after the program of instruction has begun, but before completion of 75 percent of the program, the amount charged for tuition, fees and all other charges shall be prorated based on the number of days in the term as a portion of the total charges for tuition, fees and all other charges. An additional 25 percent of the total cost of the program may be added but shall not exceed $100. After completion of 75 percent of the program, no refunds are required.

Subd. 5.Equipment and supplies.

The fair market retail price, if separately stated in the catalog and contract or enrollment agreement, of equipment or supplies furnished to the student, which the student fails to return in condition suitable for resale, and which may reasonably be resold, within ten business days following cancellation may be retained by the private career school and may be deducted from the total cost for tuition, fees and all other charges when computing refunds.

An overstatement of the fair market retail price of any equipment or supplies furnished the student shall be considered inconsistent with this provision.

Subd. 6.Time of refund.

Each private career school shall acknowledge in writing any valid notice of cancellation within ten business days after the receipt of such notice and within 30 business days shall refund to the student any amounts due and arrange for termination of the student’s obligation to pay any sum in excess of that due under the cancellation and refund policy.

Subd. 7.Limitation.

A private career school cannot make its refund policy conditional upon compliance with the school’s regulations or rules of conduct.

Subd. 8.Cancellation occurrence.

Written notice of cancellation shall take place on the date the letter of cancellation is postmarked or, in the cases where the notice is hand carried, it shall occur on the date the notice is delivered to the private career school. If a student has not attended class for a period of 21 consecutive days without contacting the private career school to indicate an intent to continue in the private career school or otherwise making arrangements concerning the absence, the student is considered to have withdrawn from the private career school for all purposes as of the student’s last documented date of attendance.

Subd. 9.Date of execution.

The date of execution of the contract or enrollment agreement shall be presumed to be the date of delivery of the notice of acceptance; and if delivered by mail, the postmark date of the letter of acceptance.

Subd. 10.Instrument not to be negotiated.

A private career school shall not negotiate any promissory instrument received as payment of tuition or other charge prior to completion of 50 percent of the program, except that prior to that time, instruments may be transferred by assignment to purchasers who shall be subject to all defenses available against the private career school named as payee.

Subd. 11.Cancellation of enrollment.

If a student’s enrollment in a private career school is canceled for any reason, the private career school shall notify any agency known to the private career school to be providing financial aid to the student of the cancellation within 30 days.

Subd. 12.Closed private career school.

In the event a private career school closes for any reason during a term and interrupts and terminates classes during that term, all tuition for the term shall be refunded to the students or the appropriate state or federal agency or private lender that provided any funding for the term and any outstanding obligation of the student for the term is canceled.

History: 1973 c 714 s 12; 1980 c 559 s 2,3; 1986 c 444; 1996 c 366 s 4; 1999 c 214 art 3 s 22-28;2005 c 107 art 3 s 10-14; 2007 c 144 art 3 s 26,27; 2015 c 69 art 2 s 28-38,46; 2017 c 89 art 3 s 24,25

I accept the terms of the contract agreement:


Print Name –   Signature – Date

Good Vibrations Yoga teacher training program is a private licensed school in the state of Minnesota.  We are also a Registered Yoga School with Yoga Alliance.

MN STATUTE 141.28: Subdivision 1.  Disclosure statement:  “Good Vibrations Yoga is licensed as a private career school with the Minnesota Office of Higher Education pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, sections 141.21 to 141.32.  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

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