300 hour Mindful Yoga Training Program
(2020 dates announced below!)

Grow on your path, studying the ancient discipline and modern interpretations of yoga.

Grow on your path, studying the ancient discipline and modern interpretations of yoga.


This program assumes you have a 200 hour yoga teacher training and basic knowledge of yoga, postures, philosophy and meditation.
Here are highlights of what we will cover in this 300 hour training:

  • Deep Study of Mindfulness and Meditation

  • Common Ailments, Imbalances & Injuries

  • Power of the Breath

  • Deep Study of Subtle Bodies & Energy

  • Positive Psychology & Happiness Philosophy

  • Eastern Philosophy Applications to Strengthen Your Faith & Life Philosophy

  • Philosophy to Transformation Practices

  • Gentle Therapeutic Yoga Techniques

  • Sequencing & Adjustment Styles

  • Brain & Body Anatomy as it Relates to Stress

  • Listening, Communication & Teaching Methods

  • Restorative Yoga Training

  • Trauma-Sensitive Practices

  • Adaptive Yoga & Body Positive Practices

  • Business of Yoga & Ethics

Program Requirements

  • attend all training sessions, (or make arrangements to make-up missed hours)

  • be open and willing to consider and try practices offered; participate in discussions

  • complete all homework assignments

  • complete 4 hours of teaching new content/perspective with journal reflection.

  • minimum of 4 hours of attending additional workshops of your choice

  • schedule 2 - 30 minute calls with Joni to discuss progress/goals (spaced as you see fit, across the program)

  • attend 3 (2 hour) Mindfulness/Meditation Teacher Training sessions (or dial-in/request post-video access to 10 - 35 minute Webinars/Videos)

  • assist 6 hours of advanced teaching (assisting a YTT or Continuing Education class)

  • prepare and lead a 2 hour themed workshop

  • develop and journal about your own home yoga/meditation practice

  • read books on required reading list

  • complete take home assignments & quizzes

Required Readings (must purchase on your own)

  • The Bhagavad Gita (many translations, I like Eknath Easwaran)

  • Nourishing the Teacher by Danny Arguetty

  • Anatomy & Asana, Preventing Yoga Injuries by Susi Hately

  • Yoga for Transformation by Gary Kraftsow

  • 30 essential Yoga Poses for Students & Their Teachers by Judith Lasater

  • Sayings of Swami Kripalu: Inspiring Quotes from a Contemporary Yoga Master by Richard Faulds

  • Comfortable with Uncertainty: 108 Teachings on Cultivating Fearlessness and Compassion by Pema Chodron

  • Relax and Renew by Judith Lasater

Optional (highly recommended) Reading list:

  • Yoga Toolbox for Teachers and Students by Joseph and Lilian Le Page

  • Kripalu Yoga by Richard Faulds

  • Wherever You Go There You Are by Jon Kabat-Zinn

  • The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali by Sri Swami Satchindananda

  • The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz

  • The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor

Pricing includes the cost of the Thursday through Sunday retreat in August (room & board) and a manual
(doesn’t include price of books):

  • $3,550 early bird price (ends December 1, 2018), cash or check only

  • $3,700 full price paid in full on first day of training, cash or check only

  • payment plan: $325 per month for 12 months (monthly auto charge, credit card)

  • $100 non-refundable deposit to hold your space (applicable toward cost of training)

This program is registered with Yoga Alliance.
Healthy Body Peaceful Soul is a 300 hour Registered Yoga School. Joni Staaf Sturgill, ERYT-500, will be your lead trainer, along with educated, skilled and talented teachers: Sterling Painton, ERYT-500, Edward Dinnen, RYT-500, and Amy Jansen, RYT-500, as well as other experts in their field.

Where and When is this training offered?


The 2020 15 month long training will be held at the beautiful:

Sterling Yoga & Wellness Center
Located inside The Davis Professional Building at:
393 Vanadium Road Suite 201
Pittsburgh, PA 15243

An easy drive from any area of the city, Sterling Yoga & Wellness Center is a beautiful, serene setting to study yoga from in the south hills of Pittsburgh. This 300 hour yoga teacher training will be held from 9:00 am to 5 pm on the dates listed below. This training includes a Thursday evening through Sunday noon retreat in August. Fill out the Training Application here. 

300 hour Training Dates: Training Days are usually on a Saturday and Sunday, 9:00am to 5pm, unless otherwise noted below.

February 15-16
March 21-22
April 18-19
May 14, 15, 16, 17 (Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, 9:00am to 5pm)
June 13-14
July 11-12
Retreat Weekend August 6-9 (Thursday 5pm to Sunday at noon, Olmstead Manor in Ludlow, PA)
September 19-20
October 3-4
November 14-15
December 6
January 8, 9, 10, 11, 2021 (Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, 9:00am to 5pm)
February 13-14
March 3-7
April 10-11 (graduation on April 11)