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The Sunstone Academy

Located in Addison, TX, Sunstone Academy is our 8,000 square foot facility, fully dedicated to higher learning. Here you can immerse yourself in the fundamentals of yoga and learn leadership skills taught through the art of yoga.

We specialize in Yoga Alliance certified 200-hour weekend and intensive programs led by our faculty of seasoned yoga professionals.

We also offer a Fitness Leadership Program designed to train you to teach for Sunstone, broaden your fitness experience and credentials whether you teach for Sunstone or not, and maintain your fitness certifications with Continuing Education Credits.

In over 10 years of educating yoga teachers, our alumni excel both within Sunstone and in the larger yoga and fitness community.

200 Hr Certification: Foundations of Yoga

Deepen your practice among like-minded peers! Understand the keys to creating a yoga sequence and learn how to lead group practice with confidence.

This program is offered in both modular weekend and fast track intensive programs. Complete your certification in as little as 3 weeks!

Curriculum includes:

  • Postures and how to teach them
  • Benefits of each posture to the body
  • Life applications of yoga principles
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Does this describe YOU?

If you practice yoga almost every day…if your car’s full of yoga mats, water bottles and gym bags…if you plan your social life around your yoga classes…I think it’s a safe bet that yoga’s really important to you.

In fact, you may be wondering how you can incorporate more yoga into your life, but aren’t sure how to do it.

Don’t worry, we’ve all felt this way!

Even though I had a successful career in finance, I often wished I didn’t work such long hours so I could attend more yoga classes. Eventually, I realized that my personal priorities were changing. Yoga provided me with the personal fulfillment and growth I’d been seeking, and there was no point in denying it any more!

This is when I made the decision to become a certified yoga teacher.

I still remember my first teacher training class. Even though I’d been practicing yoga for three years, I could tell that some of the other students had been practicing for a lot longer. But the biggest surprise of all was that training to become a yoga teacher actually helped me become a much better student!

After just four weeks immersed in yoga study and lifestyle, I felt stronger and healthier than ever—better than when I was a professional athlete! I was 100% prepared to teach, and that’s exactly what I’ve been doing ever since!

I wanted to get deeper into my practice; I never expected the
life-changing experience that I ended up getting.
Alex Newell

The best thing that I have EVER done was to take this step and
open myself up to a new realm of possibilities and self-expansion.
Paula Dzuck

Sunstone's Fitness Leadership Program: Yoga as a Career

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 8 hours (16 for Team and Teaching Leadership) of face to face instruction at Sunstone Academy.

Fitness Leadership training begins with our foundations of leadership training:

  • Team and Teaching Leadership techniques (Conscious Communication and Operations training)

You then can train in any or all of the three areas of teaching concentration:

  • Yoga
    • Hatha Yoga (Fire Series, Spark Series)
    • Vinyasa Yoga (Earth Series)
    • Resistance Stretching (Wood Series)
  • Pilates/Barre
    • Pilates (Metal Series)
    • Barre (Sculpt Series)
  • Functional Fitness
    • Cardio and Resistance Group Fitness (Core/Sweat Series)
    • Equipment based Group Fitness (High Intensity Interval Training)

Fitness Leadership Program dates (updated 2/11/15)
 Audition Dates (auditions are in groups and are 2 hours long - plan to be present for the entire audition time)

  Mondays 12pm - 2pm:  Feb 23, May 11, June 29, July 27, Sept 21, Oct 12
  Wednesdays 6pm - 8pm:  Feb 25, May 13, July 1, July 29, Sept 23, Oct 14


Team and Teaching Leadership

 Weekdays:  Feb 11-12, May 20-21, July 6-7, Aug 5-6, Sept 30 - Oct 1
 Weekends: Mar 7-8, Aug 1–Aug 2, Oct 17-18
 Hatha Yoga
 Weekdays:  Feb 13, May 22, July 8, Oct 2
 Weekends:  Mar 14, Aug 15, Oct 24
 Vinyasa Yoga
 Weekdays:  Feb 18, May 27, July 9, Oct 7
 Weekends:  Mar 29, Aug 16, Oct 25
 Resistance Stretching
 Weekdays: June 4, July 10, Oct 16
 Weekend:  Mar 21, Aug 8
 Pilates based Group Fitness
 Weekdays:  Feb 19, May 28, Aug 20, Oct 8
 Weekends:  Mar 15, Nov 7

 Barre based Group Fitness

 Weekdays:  Mar 18, May 29, Nov 5
 Weekends:  Mar 28, Aug 9
 Resistance and Cardio Group Fitness
 Weekdays:  Feb 27, Aug 21, Nov 20
 Weekends: May 23
 Equipment Based Group Fitness
 Weekdays: Mar 9, June 5, Nov 19
 Weekends:  Mar 22

 Training Hours
 Academy training session are from 9 am - 6 pm with a 1 hour lunch break



Of course I appreciate the Academy for enabling me to do what I love (teach yoga). But what I took away from my time in training was much more personal than just a certificate. I kept myself in a bubble for years, afraid to try new things because I was petrified of failure and didn't trust myself to succeed. Teacher Training was a big leap of faith for me--one of the biggest I had ever taken--and when I came out on the other side with a dream accomplished, it gave me a self assurance I had never had.
Ginni Beam


























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