Fitness Leadership Program (FLP): 

Sunstone's Fitness Leadership Program (multiple modules) is offered by audition to our 200-hour Graduates, individuals who have graduated from another YA compliant 200-hour program, or individuals with equivalent training and experience from other fitness programs. The Fitness Leadership Program is designed to train highly motivated and highly qualified applicants in Sunstone's teaching methodology across several types of group fitness. Each module consists of non-contact study and practice classes - followed by face to face instruction at Sunstone Academy.

If you audition and are accepted to the Fitness Leadership Program, you will have access to training modules covering:

Hatha Yoga
Flow Yoga
Class Sequencing
Resistance Stretching

Hiring for teachers and operations staff is done at the studio level. We would suggest submitting your application as soon as possible - even prior to your audition for FLP! All applicants will be asked to complete our Berke Assessment prior to further interviews and practicum teaching required by the hiring studio.

What does it mean to be a Sunstone Team Member?

The Sunstone Team has a purpose – “To provide an environment where people can connect with and cultivate their very best self” – how do we as a team do that?

  • We always strive to provide the highest value experience (the 10 experience)
  • We give the best possible customer service/hospitality to every member, guest, potential new member, and fellow team member
  • We work to help our members be successful and reach their goals
    To accomplish these goals, we must all work as a team. Always work to build trust and earn the respect of your fellow co-workers one action at a time.

We want our teachers to be dedicated to Sunstone and its community - therefore our teachers agree to teach only for our Sunstone studios.

When students see us working as a team, trusting each other, and see the respect we have for one another, they too will begin to trust us. Through that trust we are enabled to help our students cultivate their very best selves!

Fitness Leadership Program

 Tuition to FLP is a flat rate of $1,000. This gives you access to attend all current modules. While employed with Sunstone, you may attend new modules, revisit previous modules and attend continuing education "Inspired Engagement" workshops at no further cost!

All major credit cards accepted. Financing options available. Please note: tuition fees are non-refundable.

Cultivate professional practices which prepare you to be an instructor for Sunstone or manage a yoga business.

Build on your 200-hour foundation with our Fitness Leadership Program. This program is modular in nature each module consists of self-study, practice, and online examinations - followed by face to face instruction at Sunstone Academy. The second day of two day modules is reserved for practicum.

Fitness Leadership training begins with our Fundamental Movements training.

You then can train in any or all of these areas:

 Hatha Yoga
 Flow Yoga
 Class Sequencing
 Resistance Stretching

The steps to return are simple:

  1. Let us know you're interested<
  2. Self-study the relevant material
  3. Test out

Start by completing our employment application Be sure to select "Previous Team Member" from the drop down menu under Sunstone History. In the "relevant experience" box, please list your previous class certifications. From there you'll be contacted by your studio manager.

Your Manager/Director will then create a Support Ticket requesting FTM Access so you can study all the web-based resources to refresh your knowledge of our operating processes and class series. This is also the best way to learn about any updates made we have made while you were away.

In order to re-certify as a Sunstone instructor you will need to arrange an assessment with your Manager/Director for each class you want to teach. You’ll need to teach a full-length class to a certified assessor (it may be your manager) and 2+ students of your choice (they can be friends or other TMs). Earn a score of Satisfactory or higher to be re-onboard in that series.

NOTE: Prior to assessments, dependent upon when you last taught, you may be asked to complete some portion of the onboarding training process.

For example, if you have worked for a Sunstone Studio within 6 months you must have completed the the Orientation Certification process listed in the General - All Staff section and pass the Orientation Test on the test center before Re-Onboarding in class series.

If it has been longer than 6 months since you have worked for a Sunstone Studio you will need to follow the General - All Staff Onboarding instructions to become a TM before you can Re-Onboard to teach. All TMs must be able to perform these general operational tasks.

Sunstone is proud to offer our Team Members options to earn their Continuing Education Hours for Yoga Alliance. The following Fitness Leadership Program modules are eligible for Continuing Education credit:
  • Hatha Yoga
  • Flow Yoga
  • Class Sequencing
Each of these modules are taught by one of our E-RYT Sunstone Academy faculty members:
Shawn Bean Martin ERYT 500
Coach and Sunstone Academy Faculty

Shawn has been teaching with Sunstone for over 6 years and has logged more than 2800 hours of teaching in that time
Wendy Boyce ERYT 500
Sunstone Academy Lead Trainer and Instructor Coach

Wendy has been teaching with Sunstone for over 10 years and has logged more the 2100 hours of teaching in that time

Wendy also has extensive teaching experience for other yoga and fitness studios