Mindful Yoga Teacher Training
& Continuing Education

An integrative, compassionate perspective on yoga...
Whether you choose to teach or whether you want to dive into
self-improvement and loving practice just for you...



200-hour Mindful Yoga Teacher Training Program

This Program includes instruction on:

  • Hatha yoga postures, sequencing, alignment

  • Therapeutic techniques of gentle yoga

  • Relaxation and restorative yoga

  • Yoga history and philosophy

  • Breathing exercises

  • Mindfulness

  • Meditation

  • Positive psychology philosophy

  • Anatomy & physiology, including connections to brain health

  • Adjustments and teaching techniques

  • The art of communication

  • Introduction to the subtle body & ayurveda

  • Introduction to teaching to special populations

Program Requirements

  • attend all training sessions, 180 hours (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

  • 3-4 hours of observing and/or assisting in a class taught by an RYT

  • 10 hours of volunteer teaching

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

  • 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)

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

  • Anatomy & Asana, Preventing Yoga Injuries by Susi Hately

  • Yoga for Wellness by Gary Kraftsow

  • Light on Yoga by BKS Iyengar

  • Kripalu Yoga by Richard Faulds

  • The Wisdom of No Escape by Pema Chodron

  • The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali by Sri Swami Satchindananda

Optional (highly recommended) Reading list:

  • Relax and Renew by Judith Lasater

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

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

  • The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz

Pricing (doesn’t include price of books) (dates are for the 2018, yearlong track)

  • $2600 early bird price 

  • $2800 full price paid in full on first day of training

  • payment plan: $300 per month January thru October (monthly auto charge)

  • $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 registered as a 200 hour School.

The 2016 Brain Health Center graduating class.

The 2016 Brain Health Center graduating class.

Healthy Body Peaceful Soul Mindful Yoga Training
Sterling Yoga & Wellness Center

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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 200 hour yoga teacher training will be held on one Saturday and Sunday per month in 2018, from 9:30 am to 5 pm.
Here are the upcoming dates:

January 13-14

February 10-11

March 10-11

April 21-22

May 5-6

June 2-3

July 14-15

August 11-12

September 22-23

October 6-7

November 3-4

December 1-2

Contact Sterling at sterlingyoga@verizon.net or Contact Joni for more information.

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Continuing Education

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300 hour Mindful Yoga Teacher Training


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Mindfulness & Meditation Teacher Training 


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Continuing Education for
Yoga Teachers Classes 


Regularly Scheduled Continuing Education Sessions:

Check the schedule for upcoming sessions or contact me to see where we can host or schedule a continuing education training you're interested in. Here are some options:

Yoga for Cancer Patients; Continuing Ed for Yoga Teachers

In 2016, approximately 1,685,000 new cases of cancer were diagnosed in the United States. While a multitude of medical treatments are available for cancer patients, the practices of yoga and meditation can compliment a patient's course and help them cope with various symptoms, from nausea, to fatigue, anxiety, sleeplessness and more. We can support those with cancer at diagnosis, throughout treatment, post treatment, and even if and when patients are "cleared" of cancer. In this workshop, you will gain a greater understanding of cancer as a disease, some of the common treatments and side effects, and the mental and emotional state that can accompany the disease. Joni will offer a set of best practices to teach those with cancer, including breathwork, meditation, yoga asana, and mindfulness/positive psychology practices. A handout will be emailed after class however please also bring a notebook and be prepared to take notes. Joni works closely with an oncologist at the Hillman Cancer Center in Pittsburgh and has worked with patients for several years. She also brings her masters in psychology to offer insight into the mental and emotional effects of this disease. 
It will cover:

  • Language of Cancer: diagnosis, planning, treatment
  • Working with Oncologists / in a Medical Setting
  • Mental, Emotional, Physical Effects of diagnosis, planning, treatment, recovery
  • Best Practices when working with patients
  • Specifics of Yoga for Breast Cancer

This workshop offers 5 hours of continuing education for Yoga Alliance Registered teachers.
$75; you will receive an electronic certificate of completion after the workshop.


Restorative Yoga & Relaxation Training,
Continuing Ed for Yoga Teachers

Approximately 40 million adults suffer from anxiety in the United States. And these are just the ones who seek treatment. Learn how to calm and soothe your students' nervous systems gently through simple relaxation practices and restorative yoga postures. You will learn how to teach gentle yoga movements appropriate for all populations, and how to set up and adapt a handful of restorative yoga postures, effectively using a multitude of props, and what to do when props aren't available.

In this workshop, you'll learn:

  • what stress does to the body and brain
  • best practices for calming the nervous system
  • asanas, breathwork, and restorative postures
  • gentle yoga practices

This workshop offers 5 hours of continuing education for Yoga Alliance Registered teachers.
$75; you will receive an electronic certificate of completion after the workshop.


Yoga & Positive Psychology,
regular workshop and continuing ed credits are available

Feel like you’re getting overwhelmed by stress? Not living the life you wanted? Learn compassion for yourself so you can move beyond your emotional pain, to live a purposeful, joyful, happy life!

This class includes yoga, positive psychology exercises, journaling, laughter, and conscious breathing and simple meditation.

2.5 hours
$35; if requested, you will electronic certificate of completion after the workshop.


Yoga for Trauma Survivors,
Continuing Ed for Yoga Teachers

Approximately 70% of adults in the U.S. (223 million people) have experienced some type of traumatic event at least once in their lives. Up to 20% of these people (approx. 44 million) go on to develop PTSD. Various emotional, physical and psychological side effects accompany experiences of trauma and PTSD. The practices of yoga and mindfulness can help people through their coping and recovery in many ways, if taught with awareness and sensitivity. In this workshop, you, as a yoga teacher, will learn best practices to teach those struggling with PTSD and trauma recovery, as well as how to make your classes safe and predictable so as to support this population. Joni Sturgill  holds a master of science in counseling psychology and is an 500 hour ERYT with training in yoga for trauma recovery.

This workshop offers 5 hours of continuing education for Yoga Alliance Registered teachers.
$75; you will receive an electronic certificate of completion after the workshop.