Yoga Teacher Training

Weekend OR Weekday Intensives AND NOW Weekday Semi-Intensives

Focus on yourself.
Take the opportunity to slow down a little, grow your practice, make lifelong friends, and learn to teach yoga!

Top 5 Questions!

Techniques Training/Practice -Learn to practice and teach yoga asana. These hours are a mix between: 1) analytical training in how to teach and practice the techniques and 2) guided practice of the techniques themselves.

Teaching Methodology - Includes principles of demonstration, observation, assisting and correcting, instruction, teaching styles, qualities of a teacher, the student's process of learning and business aspects of teaching yoga. 

Anatomy and Physiology - Includes both human physical anatomy and physiology (bodily 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).

Yoga Philosophy, Lifestyle and Ethics for Yoga Teachers - Includes the study of yoga philosophies, yoga lifestyle and ethics for yoga teachers.

Practicum - Includes practice teaching, receiving feedback, observing others teaching and hearing and giving feedback. Also includes assisting students while someone else is teaching.

Electives - Includes Sunstone's proprietary Pain Free Yoga, David Emerald's The Power of TED* (The Empowerment Dynamic), advanced studies in yoga traditions of Patanjali as applied to modern day, subtle energy as it relates to somatics and the body, and valuable still mind techniques.

Sunstone Academy’s Intensive and Weekend Training programs are both registered with the Yoga Alliance, a non-profit organization that maintains a registry of yoga schools that comply with its standards.

Sunstone Academy Teacher Training qualifies for the 200-Hour Certification.

For more information about the Yoga Alliance, click here.

Develop Your Foundations of Yoga

200 Hour Program:  Learn the principles of Vinyasa and Hatha yoga – the most popular styles of group yoga classes – and develop your teaching skill by learning to teach multiple sequences.  We follow the Yoga Alliance training hour requirements in the following areas.

  • Technique Training/Practice
  • Teaching Methodology
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Yoga Philosophy, Lifestyle and Ethics for Yoga Teachers
  • Practicum

We offer three different program formats:

  • Intensive Weekdays: Monday - Friday from 7am -7pm. Program duration 3 weeks
  • Intensive Weekends: Saturday and Sunday from 7am -7pm. Program duration 8 weeks
  • Semi-Intensive Weekdays: Monday - Friday from 8:30am - 2:30pm. Program duration 6 weeks

When you successfully complete the 200 Hour program, you’ll earn your Sunstone Academy 200-hour Teaching Certificate.  You’ll also be ready to:

  • Teach Vinyasa yoga
  • Teach Hatha yoga
  • Apply for your Yoga Alliance 200-hour certificate
  • Audition for our Fitness Leadership Program
Yoga Allinace RYS 200

Registration for 2017 is now open! Call TODAY! Call us at (214) 764-2119 option 3 right away to reserve your space.

Below is our training calendar for the year! Ask how our Jump Start option can accelerate your pace through the weekend programs! Still have questions? Give us a call 214.764.2119 x3

2016 Teacher Training Program Dates
Program Early Bird Deadline Start Date Commencement Date
October 2016 200 Hr Weekday Intensive 9/3/16 10/3/16 10/21/16
October 2016 200 Hr Weekend Intensive 9/22/16 10/22/16 12/17/16
January 2017 200 Hr Weekend Intensive 12/7/16 1/7/17 2/25/17
January 2017 200 Hr Weekday Semi-Intensive 12/23/16 1/23/17 3/3/17
March 2017 200 Hr Weekday Intensive 2/20/17 3/20/17 4/7/17
April 2017 200 Hr Weekend Intensive 3/22/17 4/22/17 6/10/17
June 2017 200 Hr Weekday Intensive 5/12/17 6/12/17 6/30/17
July 2017 200 Hr Weekday Intensive 6/17/17 7/17/17 8/4/17
September 2017 200 Hr Weekend Intensive 8/9/17 9/9/17 10/28/17
October 2017 200 Hr Weekday Intensive 9/30/17 10/30/17 11/17/17
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  • Early Enrollment tuition (more than one calendar month in advance) $3000
  • Regular enrollment $3800
  • You will receive a Trainee Membership Pass at the time of enrollment that gives you one free year of Sunstone classes ($1308 value!) with our Signature member benefits!
All major credit cards accepted.
Please note: tuition fees are non-refundable.

Sunstone has been teaching fitness-style yoga for 14 years. We’ve been training teachers for just as long. We have trained over 1500 teachers and built a community of studios containing like-minded, passionate people who utilize and reinforce our best practices every day.

We give you the skills to teach consistently and confidently whether you teach for us or elsewhere! Our training is full of relevant and practical information that your students will appreciate regardless of the level of experience in their yoga practice. We share the traditions of yoga in a modern-day language free from dogma and appropriate for any teaching (or non-teaching) environment. It is our vision to turn a physical yoga practice into an all-encompassing BODY, MIND and LIFE practice.

We offer a Yoga Alliance (YA) compliant 200-hour Certification Program. 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.

The 200-hour program is three weeks in length in the intensive program or if enrolled in the Weekend program, 8 weekends.

Fitness Leadership Program modules are made up of preparatory self-study, practice, and online examinations - leading to face to face instruction at Sunstone Academy. We have weekday and weekend options for each module - each module is completed in 1 or 2 days.

That depends on your schedule! If you have time free during the week, then our Weekday Intensive option may be best. The Weekday Instensive runs Monday through Friday from 7:00am – 7pm. As the name implies, this format is “intense” in the time you are committing to us. The result is that you immerse yourself in the training studies and complete the program in the shortest amount of time. The 200 Hour program is completed in 3 weeks. 

If you have weekends free, then our Weekend Intensive format is right for you! The weekend format is Saturday and Sunday 7:00am – 7pm.  You will complete the 200 Hour program in 8 weekends.

Looking for shorter training days? Then our new Semi-Intensive Weekday format is right for you! The Semi-Intensive Weekday is Monday - Friday 8:30am – 2:30pm.  You will complete the 200 Hour program in 6 weeks.

The Fitness Leadership Program modules are made up of preparatory self-study, practice, and online examinations - leading face to face instruction at Sunstone Academy.  Each module requires 1-2 days of instruction at the Academy, and we offer both weekday and weekend options for all modules.

Not local to Dallas-Fort Worth? Please speak to our Program Advisor for more information about housing options. 214.764.2119 x3 or academysales@sunstonefit.com

100 steps from campus 4505 Beltway Drive Addison, TX 75001 972.991.2800   Amenities: Complimentary shuttle w/in 5 miles. Breakfast buffet. Fitness Center. Wireless Internet access. Outdoor Pool. Complimentary USA Today delivered to room.
0.7 miles from campus 4103 Beltline Road Addison, TX 75001 972.991.8888 Amenities: Complimentary Continental breakfast. Free wireless. Free local calls. Pet friendly.
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We are excited to have you join us at Sunstone Academy! If you have additional questions, please contact our Program Advisor at 214-764-2119 x3. If you are ready to register for a program, please follow these steps:

  • Download our Master Agreement here
  • Fill out the Master Agreement and email it to our Program Advisor
  • Our Program Advisor will confirm receipt and assist you with the enrollment process

SUNSTONE ACADEMY

lifelong learning

About The Academy

What to expect as a Sunstone Academy student

During training studies include classical yoga postures, teaching Technique and Methodology, Anatomy & Physiology, and Philosophy, Ethics and Lifestyle. Each attendee will learn how to:

  • Lead confident, consistent, and inspired classes
  • Teach classical Vinyasa (200 hour) postures. Trainees will master an example sequence.
  • Teach classical Hatha (200 hour) postures. Trainees will master an example sequence.
  • Provide adjustments and advancements to students’ postures without embarrassment
  • Make each student feel comfortable no matter their experience level
  • Answer questions regarding yoga history and methodology
  • Provide a class atmosphere that’s nurturing, welcoming and ultimately inspiring—a sanctuary from the stresses and demands of modern life

A great training program is made up of a great team. Unlike smaller courses, Sunstone’s certification programs are led by a robust and diverse team of talented instructors.

Each faculty member contributes his or her unique skills, background, support and thousands of hours of teaching experience to your personal development. You'll acquire knowledge and hone your teaching skills with a combination of classroom instruction and personal coaching from our faculty.

Shawn Martin (Lead Trainer) E-RYT 500
Wendy Boyce (Instructor Coach) E-RYT 500
Liz Engle (Faculty)
Gaby Pusateri (Faculty) E-RYT 500
Barb Mack (Faculty) E-RYT 500

About the Sunstone Academy Facility

Sunstone Academy, located in Addison, Texas near the intersection of Belt Line and Midway Roads, is Sunstone’s fully dedicated teacher training facility. The Academy’s highly experienced faculty are committed to providing the highest quality Yoga Alliance compliant instruction for your 200-hour yoga teaching certification.

Our Academy is a state-of-the-art facility, offering:

  • Over 8,000 square feet of classroom and studio space.
  • Two spacious 2,000 sq. ft. yoga studios featuring automated HVAC systems that maintain the ideal combination of heat and humidity for the instruction of each Sunstone class series.
  • Convenient kitchen areas with refrigerators and microwave ovens and access to onsite laundry
  • Large men’s and women’s shower and locker rooms
  • A library of yoga and fitness-related books and materials.
Why our teacher training is different

Sunstone Academy Teacher Training is an educational program containing content created from extensive yoga teaching experience and years of development. Our training is structured specifically to help students successfully turn a passion for yoga, fitness, health and helping others into a career.

Our trainees acquire three different types of knowledge during training, each of equal importance in preparing them to teach. Each will master yoga studies, become proficient in practicing yoga postures, and learn to excel at teaching classes confidently and accurately.

We not only teach theory and mastery of postures, but also provide training in the art of "how to teach"

Each of the Sunstone Academy programs have been designed by our senior instructors and teaching faculty. We receive real world feedback on our results — from a community of Sunstone Academy graduates who teach over 640 classes a week. Our faculty remembers just what it was like to teach their first class, and is committed to presenting information and demonstrating skills that help each trainee grow into a successful yoga instructor. The courses are demanding, but the rewards are huge! And best of all, the techniques are tested every day in our thriving community.

We provide programs that accommodate all types of schedules, and make it easy to begin learning sooner without having to put life, family or a career on hold.

Sunstone Academy teacher training is divided into 200 Hour Program and a modular Fitness Leadership Program.

200 Hour Program: Learn the principles of Vinyasa and Hatha yoga – the most popular styles of group yoga class – and develop your teaching skill by learning to teach classes. We follow the Yoga Alliance training hour requirements in the following areas.

  • Technique Training/Practice
  • Teaching Methodology
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Yoga Philosophy, Lifestyle and Ethics for Yoga Teachers
  • Practicum

When you successfully complete the 200 Hour program, you’ll earn your Sunstone Academy 200-hour Teaching Certificate. You'll also be ready to:

  • Teach Vinyasa yoga, which is great for most organizations
  • Teach Hatha yoga, which is great for most organizations
  • Apply for your Yoga Alliance 200-hour certificate
  • Audition to join our Fitness Leadership Program and teach for Sunstone!

Sunstone Fitness Leadership Program: This program is modular in nature; each module consists of preparatory self-study, practice, and online examination - leading to 8 face to face instruction at Sunstone Academy.

Module content includes:

  • Team and Teaching Leadership techniques
  • Hatha Yoga
  • Vinyasa Yoga
  • Resistance Stretching
  • Pilates
  • Barre
  • Group Fitness

Upon successful completion of the Team and Teaching Leadership Techniques and one other module, you can apply to teach at a Sunstone location. Applications for employment are submitted to the Manager of the location where you wish to teach - and all hiring decisions are made at the studio level.

Take the next step!

The practice of yoga is a lifelong journey of personal growth and self-discovery. Along the way you develop self-awareness, rewarding relationships and personal fulfillment. I understand that the first step can be a bit daunting—that’s why the entire Sunstone community is committed to providing you with the support you need from Day One.

Life is short, and sometimes you have to ask yourself, ‘If not now—then when?’. Becoming yoga teacher has changed my life, I know it will change your life, and together we can share the gift of yoga with the global community.

Call Sunstone Academy's Program Advisor at 214-764-2119 x3 to enroll.

Congratulations on your decision to become a yoga teacher! I look forward to personally welcoming you to our community.

Sincerely,

Brandon Hartsell
CEO & Co-Founder
Sunstone Academy

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Yoga Teacher Training and certification, 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.

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

I attended Sunstone's Intensive Yoga Program at the academy last month, and i can say without a doubt that the three weeks exceeded my expectations. The program included a variety of education and personal development. I believe this is why Sunstone is held to a higher standard and guest experiences are always positive. I know that leaving the academy I returned to the world a better and brighter person. I am so grateful for the experience provided by the dynamic teaching methods and look forward to being a part of this wonderful community. Thank you, Sunstone.
Adrian Ellison

The physical transformation and spiritual metamorphosis I experienced at the academy was truly life changing. I happened upon Sunstone at a cross-roads in life and it has completely changed the course of my path, preparing me for what life has to offer.The fulfillment I have taken away from Teacher Training is invaluable. Not to mention, the amazing friendships I procured along the way.One of the most rewarding experiences of my life, I could not be more grateful for my time with Sunstone and all they have helped me to accomplish!
Haley Capri



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About Sunstone

  • Our Purpose To provide an environment where people can connect with and cultivate their very best self.
  • Our Vision To become one of the world's most influential fitness associations who transforms the very idea of fitness from isolated physical activity into an integrated body, mind and life practice.

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