200hrs Therapeutic Yoga Teacher Training

200-Hour Therapeutic Yoga Teacher Traning Program in California -- Includes vinyasa flow, therapeutic alignment principles, & the path of Yoga as a framework for holistic health


This teacher training offers students in-depth skills to explore Yoga as a vehicle for vibrant health, self-transformation, and personal empowerment. Our curriculum includes a unique blend of alignment-based vinyasa flow, a solid foundation in Hatha Yoga and 200 hours of instruction offered within a therapeutic framework.  


Peggy Profant, E-RYT 500, and Certified Anusara Yoga Teacher, is a playful, passionate and adventurous spirit who is on a lifelong path of Yoga. She first discovered Kripalu yoga as a teenager and changed the course of her life in 1980. 

Yoga was her refuge during her academic years in college. Post graduating and working in the world as a Naturalist and Wilderness Therapy Guide, she dreamt of traveling in  India to learn more about yoga from it's source. In 1994 she met her teacher, BNS Iyengar in Mysore, India who taught her the traditional forms of Ashtanga yoga.

She returned from India with a new romantic interest in a traveling German man and soon started a family. They put roots in Arcata, California in 1997 when Peggy finally began to teach yoga. In 2001 she became interested in a more therapeutic approach to help her heal from injuries.

She found Anusara Yoga and delighted in it's poetic yet scientific style of weaving meaningful heart themes into therapeutically aligned sequences. Peggy became a 500 hour Certified Anusara Teacher in 2004 and continues to study yoga therapy. A strong believer in the benefits of meditation, she volunteers to lead meditations after most classes.

As a Certified Yoga Life Coach, Peggy is a thoughtful  and encouraging mentor to many students and yoga teachers in her community helping them to bring the benefits of yoga into all areas of life.  In addition to Yoga and traveling, being in her garden, in nature and with her family is where she finds her deepest joy and peace. Peggy founded and operated Om Shala Yoga for 10 years, and co-founded World Family Yoga leading family yoga retreats in Costa Rica. She has been leading workshops, retreats and Yoga Teacher Trainings since 2004. 


Samantha Akers, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT, began practicing yoga in 2000, after being diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia. She credits Restorative Yoga and meditation, to her healing.

She began teaching yoga in 2002, receiving her first certification in Hatha and Kundalini with Karuna Yoga in Los Angeles. She went on to graduate from her 500 hour program in 2009. She became increasingly interested in the Therapeutic Style of Iyengar Yoga and studied Therapeutics with Judith Lasater, Leeann Carey and Russ Pfeiffer. Samantha is also a massage therapist, specializing in combining mindfulness with bodywork, earning her certification from one of the only 1000 hour programs in Los Angeles, in 2009.She sees over 50 private students a month, mixing modalities of yoga, meditation and bodywork.

She began studying mediation with Pema Chodron in 2000. Her current teachers are Shinzen Young and George Haas at Against the Stream in LA. She just completed and 11 month training in Developing Meaningful Relationships through Meditation with George, in 2014.
In 2012, she opened TheraYoga Studio in Los Angeles, bringing the TheraYoga Method (TM) to the community.

-Expect a few great guest teachers as well!


The instruction will cover a wide range of Yoga techniques including Yoga postures, anatomy, relaxation, breath awareness, pranayama, meditations to calm the mind, contemplations to transform limiting tendencies into life-affirming thought patterns, and the application of clear, anatomy-informed principles of alignment to create safety, balance, and freedom in Yoga poses. Students explore concepts from Ayurveda, the Upanishads, Patanjali and the Chakra System as frameworks for the application of Yoga as a journey towards radiant health and wellbeing.

The asana emphasis includes both level one/two alignment-based vinyasa flow sequencing as well as gentler and restorative variations. Expect to practice asana from all category of poses including standing poses, hip openers, forward bends, backward bends, twists, inversions, balancing, supine, seated and prone.  Modifications for all levels of practitioners are provided and all levels of abilities are welcome to attend.    

Rather than offer standard sequencing or rigid methodologies, students are exposed to frameworks that inspire each yoga teacher to adopt the practices, awaken their creativity and find their own authentic voice as a teacher.

Graduates of this program feel empowered to teach a variety of Yoga class types, including all levels vinyasa Yoga, alignment-based classes, Yoga foundations, senior, gentle, and restorative.

Our 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Curriculum Guide & Course Prospectus has complete program information including full course descriptions with learning objectives and a frequently asked question list.  Please request a copy via the form at the bottom of this page.  

Please note: This yoga teacher training program is approved with Yoga Alliance and graduates are eligible to register with Yoga Alliance as a Registered Yoga Teacher at the 200-hour level (RYT-200).  The therapeutic perspective & curricular components of this program are based on Liz's registration as a Certified Yoga Therapist with the International Association of Yoga Therapists (C-IAYT) and not derived from her status as an E-RYT 500 with Yoga Alliance Registry as the Yoga Alliance Registry does not certify yoga therapists, solely yoga teachers.


This program will be held at Om Shala Yoga, a beautiful studio in Arcata, California located at 858 10th Street in Arcata, CA 95521.

During the program students will have time to enjoy majestic and ancient Redwood forests, wild and scenic rivers, dramatically gorgeous beaches and immerse into the local culture of Arcata. Trips will be planned to the nearby sites throughout the program so students may take in and experience the areas diverse natural beauty. Surfing, hiking, biking and rock climbing are just a few of the diverse activities which the local area offers.

OmShala Studio is located right in downtown, making it an ideal location to explore and soak in all the community has to offer.  There are a variety of locally owned restaurants, many of which cater to various dietary restrictions, such as Wildflower Vegetarian Cafe and Bakery, as well as two natural and organic grocery stores, Arcata Natural Foods, and Wildberries Marketplace, which both serve ready-made food. Wildberries marketplace also features a community "box office" which sells tickets to local events and festivals. There are also many locally owned artisan stores and on Saturdays, Arcata holds a local agricultural farmers market, drawing members of the surrounding community, for fresh, organic goods, music and community.



Soma Yoga Institute has partnered with the Marsh Commons Co-housing Community to bring a variety of affordable housing options for program participants.  The Marsh Commons facility is in downtown Arcata and a short 10 minute walk to the Om Shala Yoga Studio.  It also sits adjacent to the Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary, home to over 300 bird species with 5 miles of walking & jogging paths amongst fresh and salt water marshes. The buildings of the Marsh Commons feature sustainable materials and a bright modern design.
The Marsh Common's boasts a full kitchen, two full baths, large living room and a few game rooms.  

A variety of additional options are available locally and we would be happy to find an option that meets your personal needs and budget requirements.  Please feel free to give us a call. 808-333-9591.


No food is provided via this program, but the Marsh Commons is located within walking distance from several local coops, supermarkets, and a variety of delicious restaurants that accommodate for a number of diets from vegan to gluten free!


June 18-July 6, 2020


Off-Campus tuition-only pricing:

Price includes yoga teacher training program tuition and a Yoga Teacher Training manual.
Tuition: $2650 (2376.37 Euro)

Early Bird Tuition: $2400 (2152.19 Euro) when you sign up by March 18, 2020


Marsh Commons Housing Ad-On. Prices include yoga teacher training tuition, a 200-page yoga teacher training manual and housing for 17 nights.
- Single Room $4300 p/p (3856.00 Euro)

- Bed in a Shared Double $3550 p/p (3183.39 Euro)

-Dorm Room $3245 p/p (2909.89 Euro)




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