Yoga at Connies

learn how to teach yoga



Our school is not a cookie-cutter approach, like those offered in many studios. This program is NOT for students who are only interested in a quick certification or a spa-like vacation. If you attend each class, arriving on time and remaining for the duration of all sessions, complete all homework and requirements, and if the school feels that you have earned it, yes; you will receive a certificate of completion from Yoga at Connie’s. Just remember, by attending this program you are not buying a certificate. You are buying an experience. This is not a certificate mill.

This program is NOT for students who are only interested in a quick certification or a spa-like vacation. We’re interested in working with students who have a genuine desire to grow, teach, and/or take their physical practice and lives in a deeper place. These students will possess a sense of grace, HONESTY, humility, respect, and love for the art of yoga.

You will develop a full toolbox of fundamentals—postures, breathwork, meditation, anatomy, sequencing, philosophy, history, adjustments, and the business of yoga.

Once you have received the minimum requirement of 200 hr according to Yoga Alliance standards – that is just the beginning, and I do mean the beginning. There will be years of practice and much more education. Most studios don’t tell you that, but I do.

We practice yoga because it makes our lives better – healthier, happier, more holistic.  This practical, foundation program will advance your practice, acquaint you with the many layers of yoga, build your confidence and help you find your voice.  If you aspire to teach, you are in good company: many of the Central Illinois Yoga Teachers started their journey here. We want you to master the fundamentals, so completing our program will mark the beginning of your successful career as a yoga teacher.


Two years of consistent asana practice and a letter of recommendation from a teacher before accepting students into the teacher-training program.


  • 200 hr Class Study and Practice at the Barn
  • 20 hr Practicum
  • 25 hr Personal Study
  • 2 hr Testing and Video


Fridays :

 6:30 pm- 8:30 pm

Saturdays and Sundays:

8:30 am – 4:30 pm


For an application and more information, call Connie 217-620-3306.


Classes are held at the Barn.


First Module:

How to Teach a Yoga Class: FULL

Interested in teaching yoga or changing up your yoga routine? In this training, you’ll join Connie for a 40-hour immersion that is dedicated to teaching the practice of yoga.
Also, you can use the 40 hours toward your YA 200 training.

April 17-19 May 15-17 

Cost: 275.00
Dates: April 17-19 May 15-17
Friday 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Saturday and Sunday 8:30 am-4:30 pm 

Second Module: FULL

Yoga meets Physics,Anatomy and Physiology

In this training, you’ll join Connie for a 40-hour immersion that is dedicated to the science of yoga. Learn about Physics, Anatomy and Physiology how it applies to Yoga Poses.

Required Reading:

Keil, David.  Functional Anayomy of Yoga. Nutbourne, Chichester, PO18 8RJ

Cost: 275.00
Dates: July 31st-August 2nd   Sept 11th -13th  Friday 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Saturday and Sunday 8:30 am-4:30 pm

Third Module:

Why It Matters!

In this training, you’ll join Connie for a 40-hour immersion that introduces the classic works of Indian philosophies; The YogaSutras is a road map of human consciousness and in the Bhagavad Gita or “Song of the Lord”, The Bhagavad Gita presents a synthesis of the concept of Dharma, theistic bhakti, the yogic ideals of moksha through jnana, bhakti, karma, and Raja Yoga and Samkhya philosophy.

Cost: 275.00
Dates: Sept 25th- 27th  Oct 9th-11th

Friday 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Saturday and Sunday 8:30 am-4:30 pm

Fourth Module

You- The Yoga Teacher

In this training .you will refine your yoga practice & expand your teaching capabilities. Yoga, like life, is a never-ending journey. There is always more to explore and learn. Yoga, like life, is a never-ending journey. Business of Yoga.

Cost: 275.00

Dates:  Nov 13th-15th   Dec 4th-6th

Friday 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Saturday and Sunday 8:30 am-4:30 pm


  • Advanced study of asana (proper alignment, benefits, and potential risks)
  • Principles of anatomy
  • Science and art of sequencing
  • Hands-on adjustments
  • How to observe bodies
  • Informed use of props to improve or modify a posture
  • Cultivating your voice
  • Confidence-building through practice teaching
  • Yoga history and philosophy
  • Sanskrit names of postures
  • The Business of Yoga


Program cost: 4 Module Required     Module Cost  275.00

Payment plan or a Work Program is available

Refund Policy: All payments must be paid when due. Once the student begins the training, there will be no refunds issued. If Yoga at Connie’s cancels the teacher training, a full credit or refund will be given. Yoga at Connie’s reserves the right to amend this policy at its sole discretion.
YS Make-up Policy: Although 100% attendance is highly encouraged, please note the following regarding making up missed work.  If a participant misses all or a portion of a YTT scheduled classes, it is their responsibility, at their own expense, to make up the missed work by the next YTT scheduled classes.  These hours are part of the 200-Hour Yoga Alliance teacher certification requirement.  Depending on the time missed, make-up work may include any or all of the following:  participation in additional classes/downloads missed, journal writing assignments, paper writing assignments, phone conversations with the instructor and private lessons with the instructor or other assigned teacher at that teacher’s private lesson fee.


Teaching Tradition Lineage: Krishnamacharya, TK Desikachar, Leslie Kaminoff, co-author of the bestselling book “Yoga Anatomy,” and Sadie Nardini, founder of Core Strength Vinyasa Yoga, Iyengar and Anusara Yoga.
Intelligent Sequencing: Learn the art and science of designing and delivering a safe, dynamic class.

Learn to teach truly: Our program is not about memorizing and reciting sequences. Instead, an emphasis is placed on teaching principles for clearly instructing students bodies into alignment.

Find Yourself: We give you space and opportunity to find your teaching style.

School Holiday Closures (no TTC classes on the following days): Labor Day Weekend, Halloween Evening, Thanksgiving (Weds – Fri), Christmas Eve & Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve & New Year’s Day, Independence Day, Easter, Memorial Day Weekend

"I always say “Yoga isn’t Easy”. All of the physical stuff we do in any given hatha yoga class is just a warm-up for the mind to get quiet"
- Connie Pease