(2020 Session)


  • January 10-11-12
  • February 7-8-9
  • March 6-7-8
  • April 3-4-5
  • May 1-2-3
  • June 5-6-7
  • July 10-11-12
  • August 14-15-16
  • September 11-12-13
  • October 2-3-4



Weekday evenings
Class assignments will be given at the first weekend.  There will also be daytime hours options for class assignments.

Our one monthly weekend trainings generally run these hours: (each month you will receive the schedule for that weekend so that you can plan ahead).

Fridays (3.0 hrs.)

Saturdays (7.0 hrs)

8:00 am to 5:00 pm with breaks

Sundays (7 hrs)
10:00 am to 5:00 pm with breaks

Every effort will be made to take advantage of enjoying our Minnesota weather.  When weather permits, some of the classes may be moved outdoors.  Hopkins is a walkable hometown feeling place with necessary services within a short walks distance.  We also may meet in a smaller classroom located in Eden Prairie (10 minutes from studio).  Come and visit us today to meet!


January 10, 2020 – October 4, 2020

Asana classes weekly:  required asana classes are available daily and fit in your schedule.


Links:  Application form for teacher training.


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

Required Contact Hours: 180 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.  Our graduates will benefit from a lifetime mentoring relationship.


Tuition: $3000 paid in full by January 10;

Early Register by December 15 $500 off

$3200 payment plan price 

$1500 for Reviewers (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, package or unlimited membership $108/month starting January 10 through October 4

Workshops other than teacher training are NOT included in tuition.

Application deposit $500 (will apply to tuition if accepted into program)  Check must be paid with your application and deposited on acceptance.

*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.  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.  A certificate of completion will be awarded when all program requirements are completed and turned in.  

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 10 – October 4, 2020

Registration is now open.  Applications are due by December 15, 2019

200 hr. Yoga Teacher Training Program       2019 Program Catalog

Karen Kinnard, E-RYT, Director

Volume 4, January 10 – October 4, 2020

Good Vibrations Yoga

11 10th Ave So.

Hopkins, MN  55344

Studio Phone: 612-234-2611


Website:  Good Vibrations Yoga

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

Yoga Teacher Training Program Overview

Greetings and welcome to Good Vibrations Yoga* 200 hr registered yoga teacher training program.  This program is for yoga students who have had a minimum of one year of regular yoga practice. If you are a dedicated yoga practitioner interested in expanding your own personal practice or in teaching yoga, this program may be for you.  

This catalog contains a summary of all that is required of you for your training.  Be sure you are clear on expectations before applying to the program. First and foremost, this program is for educating Yoga Teachers.    You will learn how to create yoga classes from your heart. You will become a Yoga Teacher.  Please read thoroughly before applying.

The Location of the Program 2020:

Good Vibrations Yoga

11 10th Ave So.

Hopkins, MN  55343

Days:  Fridays:  6:00-9:00 pm,  3 hrs, Saturdays: 7:45 am to 5:00 pm  and Sundays:  10:00- 5 pm  Weekday classes 

Further hours in reading homework, asana classes; focused asana apprenticeship, and workshops with experienced teachers.  These additional hours required (included in above hours) will be observing classes and attending classes to assigned instructors on our YTT staff and may be during weekday or evening hours. Every effort will be made in order to assist you in completing your observation and asana hour requirements by our teaching staff.

Total Hours Including Class time and Homework Hours:  approx. 220. Certificate for 200 Hour to meet requirements for Yoga Alliance Standards.  Certificate will be awarded upon successful completion of this program. See more information under Graduation Requirements (below).

Applications are accepted up until the enrollment deadline.  Your application will be reviewed and an entrance interview will be scheduled within one week.  Acceptance into the program is contingent on qualifying and appropriate payment. You must have a regular yoga practice for a minimum of 12 months.  Preferably longer.

Enrollment deadline is January 1, 2020 for the following program.

200 Hr program is

Weekends once monthly starting January 10.  Schedule is generally: Friday afternoon/evenings; Saturday and Sunday all day, required asana class hours can be fulfilled during the rest of the week with the yoga teacher training staff.  Morning, evening and weekend classes are available.

  • January 10-11-12
  • February 7-8-9
  • March 6-7-8
  • April 3-4-5
  • May 1-2-3
  • June 5-6-7
  • July 10-11-12
  • August 14-15-16
  • September 11-12-13
  • October 2-3-4

What you need to know:

  • Attend the training:  You must attend all hours of the training or make-up any missed hours.  Make-ups: Hours missed may be made up at no cost in the following program.  If this doesn’t work for you, you may make up hours at the cost of $50 per make-up hour privately.
  • Prior training and credit is non transferable to this program.  
  • Payment does NOT include books.  Please purchase your books (below) two weeks prior to the start of the program as you will receive assignments to complete before your first training:

Required books:   200 hr RYT Program

  1. Yoga SutrasThe Yoga Sutras of Patanjali: Commentary on the Raja Yoga Sutras by Sri Swami Satchidananda (paperback) – there are other interpretive books of the yoga sutras, go ahead & check them out – this one is the most clear for the beginning teacher. ($11.02 to $8.48 on Amazon)
  2. Yoga Mind, Body, and Spirit by Donna Farhi ($20 to $7.54 on Amazon)
  3. Teaching Yoga by Donna Farhi – Exploring the Teacher-Student Relationship ($16.95)
  4. Structural Yoga Therapy Mukunda Stiles ($25 on Amazon)
  5. Pose Book:  Light on Yoga (Iyengar) or David Swenson’s Practice Manual
  6. Meditations from the Mat, Daily Reflections on the Path of Yoga by Rolf Gates & Katrina Kenison    $7.50 to 10.20 on Amazon
  7. Access to a Yoga Anatomy book – some are suggestions below.  You can borrow from a library too.  I own a few and feel it’s a good investment!
Other Books that are optional: (great for teachers)

Anatomy of Movement Blandine Calais-Germain ($20.98-$28.00)

Anatomy and Asana: Preventing Yoga Injury Susi Hately Aldous

Anatomy of Hatha Yoga  Coulter

Trail Guide to the Body   Andrew Biel

Living Your Yoga: Judith Lasater

Other Books may be added to this list depending on our staff recommendations.


  • Assigned homework includes reading books,
  • responding to emails;
  • Write assigned papers.  Typed, turned in by end of program.
  • Observations notes.  These do not have to be professional, it is for you to get to know yourself

through personal observation and to learn to express this as a teacher to others.

  • Have a Home Practice:  You need to practice in order to learn what you need to know.

During the first week, you will be guided into how to create your own home practice

of asana, breathing, and meditation.  You will be expected to maintain a home practice throughout the training (and encouraged to do so afterward!)

  • Complete all assigned asana classes.
  • Complete all other assignments, document your completion and hand in.

Graduation Requirements:

  • Attendance at (or making up) all weekends and assigned classes.  Make up hours must be approved by Karen Kinnard, program director.  Late arrival to class must also be made up and approved.
  • Completing all assignments and practicum hours
  • Regular, home practice
  • Five hours of Karma Yoga:  Karma yoga refers to yoga classes you will teach, for free, to a needy community. (you may use Good Vibrations Yoga studio for your classes – check availability)
  • You will also have other Practicum hours of teaching to complete.
  • Exam:  A written exam will be given at the end of the training.  You will be given everything you need to know for the exam as we go through the training.  The exam is an opportunity for you to put everything you have learned together.
  • Teaching Evaluation:  The staff will evaluate your teaching throughout the training.  

On rare occasions we do find someone not suitable for teaching and that evaluation could keep that person from graduating.

General Schedule This schedule is subject to fluidity with shorter or longer workshops.  

Workshop Intensives will cover:

  • Philosophy discussions
  • Workshops on all required topics
  • Asana
  • Technique discussions
  • Asana & Meditation  
  • Additional asana classes: available 7 days a week. Required classes are included in new ytt students’ tuition and are optional at added cost for those teachers reviewing the course.
  • Extra classes such as workshops or guest instructors may be taken at a discounted student price.

Grading Policy:

Yoga teacher trainees will be graded on a pass/fail basis for the assignments and practice/apprentice teaching.  The final exam will be pass/fail and it is a take-home exam plus oral interview.  

Requirements must be fulfilled by the end of the month at end of program date.

Conduct:  Policies and dismissal procedures

The yoga teacher’s code of conduct (page 7) as adopted from Yoga Alliance’s code will be followed by students in the yoga teacher training program.  Any student in violation of this code may be asked to withdraw from the program.  These codes are essential to live by.  A yoga teacher must at all times act with integrity.

Fee Summary:

Tuition:  $3,000 if paid in full by program start date.  $500 discount if registration and acceptance by December 15, 2019.

All required classes and workshops included in tuition except if you have been previously certified.  

Payment plan is outlined on the application form.  Already certified at 200 Hr level: tuition is $1,500.00 plus extra classes mentioned above are not required for reviewers, therefore these class may be paid for at regular student class pricing.

Books:  Cost of books will be approximately $200 (or less if you order used on

Other possible expenses:  Travel, lodging if commuting from out of town/state for your program.

Refund & Cancellation policy

If your application is rejected, you will receive a full refund of all tuition, fees, and other charges.  You will be entitled to a full refund of tuition, fees, and other charges if you give notice that you are cancelling your contract within five business days after the contract or enrollment agreement is considered effective.

A contract or enrollment agreement will be presumed to be effective on the date that the institution* notifies you that you have been accepted into the institution and you have signed the contract or enrollment agreement.  

If the notification of acceptance into the institution is sent by mail, then the effective day of being accepted is the postmark on the acceptance letter.

This five-day refund policy applies regardless of when the program starts.  If you give notice more than five days after you signed the contract, but before the start of the program (or first lesson for an online distance education program), you will receive a refund of all tuition, fees, and other charges minus 15% up to $50, of the total cost of the program.  You will be provided a prorated tuition, fees and other charges refund minus a 25% up to $100 administrative if you give notice of your withdrawal after your program has begun, but before 75% program has completed. If you withdraw from your program after 75% of the program has completed, you are not entitled to a refund of tuition, fees, and other charges.

You will receive written notice acknowledging your withdraw request within 10 business days after receipt of the notice and you will receive a refund of any tuition, fees and other charges within 30 business days of receipt of your withdrawal.  Written notice is effective of the date of the postmark if sent by mail or the day it has been hand-delivered to the institution.  If you do not withdraw in writing or contact the institution about your absence, and you have not attended your program for 21 consecutive days, you will be considered withdrawn from the school as of your last date of attendance.  

(*institution refers to Good Vibrations Yoga YTT School.  This policy is an updated appendix A to MN136A.827)

Facilities & Equipment:

Yoga props are available in studios

Program limit:  20 students

Complaint Procedure:

If student has a formal complaint about the program, the first step would be to talk to the person most directly involved in the complaint.  Formal written complaints may be submitted to the director (Karen) or Andrew Seifert, co-owner of studio. Complaints will be resolved in a timely manner.

Yoga Teacher Training – Program Staff

Program Directors:

Karen Murray, E-RYT, Administrative Director

  • Earned RYT in 2003 and teaching full time since then
  • Continuing yoga education: Hatha Yoga, Meditation, Ashtanga Primary Series, Rocket Yoga & more
  • Certificates in: Natural Therapies -1995; Wellness Coaching; Lifestyle & Weight Management
  • Laughter Yoga Leader certification
  • Reiki Master – 2003
  • B.S. Psychology, 1999
  • Over 10,000 class hours teaching yoga
  • Yoga studio owner/manager since 2008

Teaching Staff –

Karen Murray, E-RYT

  • Owner & founder of Yoga Prairie School, now Good Vibrations Yoga School
  • Training teachers since 2006
  • 30 years of yoga practice, 15 years teaching yoga
  • Over 10,000 teaching hours
  • Additional Training Hrs. with David Swenson (Ashtanga teacher training);
  • Larry Shultz, Rocket Teacher Training
  • Govinda Kai, continuing Ashtanga Yoga education
  • Lynn Shuck, Eischens Yoga
  • Ishwar Puri, Meditation

Lynn Shuck, E-RYT

  • Completed over 500 hrs training with continuing education in Eischens Yoga,
  • Prenatal yoga & Ashtanga Yoga
  • Teaching yoga since 1996

Nancy Marcy

  • Member of the Yoga Alliance, certified at the 500-hour level.
  • Certificate from Spirit of the Lake Yoga and Wellness Center
  • Iyengar training with emphasis on yoga therapy.
  • Master of education degree from the University of Minnesota.

Erez Atar

  • Ashtanga Yoga training with Sri K Pattabhi Jois
  • Continuing Education in Ashtanga Yoga with Manju Jois
  • CE Ashtanga Yoga Surat Jois, Michael Gannon, Govinda Kai, Kino MacGregor

Julianne Englander

  • Ashtanga Yoga Teacher
  • 500 Hr Para Yoga YTT
  • Devanadi School of Yoga and Wellness
  • AYS – Ayurveda Yoga Specialist
  • Himalayan Institute

Andrew Seifert, E-RYT

  • 200 Hr. RYT
  • Para Yoga with Rod Stryker
  • Additional teacher training with Jason Hulshof
  • The Four Desires by Rod Stryker
  • Yin Certification with Jan Johnson
  • Equine yoga specialist

Studio teachers you may also take classes from:

Sara Mandel                                   Holly Slocum

Tori Showalter                                Kaitlyn Wilson

Pon Nhep

Kim Cramer

Ellen Sundell-Madden

Yoga Teacher’s Code of Conduct

adopted from Yoga Alliance’s Code

Good Vibrations Yoga is a Registered Yoga School with the Yoga Alliance 200 Hr. requirements are:

  1. Techniques Training/Practice (T) – includes asanas, pranayamas, kriyas, chanting, mantra, meditation, and other traditional yoga techniques. These hours must be a mix between (1) analytical training in how to teach and practice the techniques, and (2) guided practice of the techniques themselves; both areas must receive substantial emphasis. Total Required: 100 hrs., Total contact required: 75. Reading time in this category: (keep track of your hours) Reading hours:__________
  2. Teaching Methodology (TM) – includes principles of demonstration, observation, assisting/correcting, instruction, teaching styles, qualities of a teacher, the student’s process of learning, and business aspects of teaching yoga. Total minimum requirement: 25, Contact: 15.
  3. Anatomy & Physiology (A&P) – Includes both human physical anatomy and physiology (body systems, organs, etc.) and energy anatomy and physiology (chakras, nadis, etc.) Includes both the study of the subject and application of its principles to yoga practice (benefits, contraindications, healthy movement patterns, etc.) Total min. 20, Contact 10
  4. Yoga Philosophy/Lifestyle and Ethics for Yoga Teachers (PLE) – Includes the study of yoga philosophies, yoga lifestyle, and ethics for yoga teachers. Total Min. requirement: 30, Contact 20
  5. Practicum (P)– Includes practice teaching, receiving feedback, observing others teaching and hearing/giving feedback. Also includes assisting students while someone else is teaching. Min. 10, 5 contact hrs with Primary E-RYT

Remaining Hours – to be distributed among the categories above according to the school’s chosen emphasis (may be contact or non-contact hours). 15 

Total Hours 200 – Contact hours: 190  Our training hours: 230

If you have read this catalog and have further questions before completing your application form, please email:

To apply to the program and entrance requirements:

Please fill out application completely and briefly.  After we receive your application, we will set up a time for your entrance interview.  Acceptance requirements: Fill out application, entrance interview, tuition payment. You will then receive a letter of acceptance after review by school director, Karen Murray, E-RYT.

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

Kim Cramer, 2018 Graduate