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18 Day 200 Hour Therapeutic Yoga Teacher Training in USA

Arcata, California, USA

200 Hour Therapeutic Teacher Training in California

Join this Yoga Alliance registered program which includes Vinyasa flow, therapeutic alignment principles, and the path of yoga as a framework for holistic health. This program offers students in-depth skills to explore yoga as a vehicle for vibrant health, self-transformation, and personal empowerment. Graduates of this program are prepared to teach a variety of yoga class types, including all levels of Vinyasa yoga, alignment-based classes, yoga foundations, senior, gentle, and Restorative yoga.

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Peggy & Samantha
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  • Daily yoga classes
  • Ayurveda, philosophy, and Chakra study
  • Anatomy informed alignment principles, pranayama, meditation
  • Eligibility to register with the Yoga Alliance as an RYT-200 upon completion
  • Vinyasa flow, restorative and alignment based Hatha yoga asana practices
  • A supportive community in which to study, thrive and grow
  • Redwood Forest and California Coast mediation walks
  • Group shuttle from SFO airport for reduced rate
  • 17 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles

18 days with instruction
The maximum participants in the group is 25
Airport transfer included: Arcata-Eureka Airport
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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 and jogging paths amongst fresh and salt water marshes. The buildings of the Marsh Commons feature sustainable materials, including carpet from pop bottles, redwood from an old barn we tore down, reused lighting, flooring resawn from old mill buildings, recycled-newspaper insulation, sustainably harvested construction lumber, and recycled-plastic lumber for decking.

The dorm facility boasts a full kitchen, two full baths, large living room and a few game rooms. Students are welcome to "bring their own bedding" and sleep on the floor in a casual dormitory space shared with other students in the 200 hour Yoga Training (females only).


This program offers students in-depth skills to explore yoga as a vehicle for vibrant health, self-transformation, and personal empowerment. The 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.

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 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 and two alignments based Vinyasa flow sequencing as well as gentler and restorative variations.

Rather than offer standard sequencing or rigid methodologies, students are exposed to frameworks that inspire each trainee 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.

The California Immersion program is scheduled as an intensive program. While the program days are full, the activities of the day are kept diverse and active. The days really are a wonderful mix of digesting concepts intellectually, applying the concepts experientially, and diving into the practices of yoga.

Care is taken within the program schedule to ensure that students have a healthy experience both physically and mentally. They promise not to keep you sedentary for too long. There are physical activity and deep relaxation built into the program every day.

Daily schedule

Arrival day

  • 14:00 Check-in
  • 18:00 Group dinner
  • 19:15 Evening program

Typical daily schedule

  • 06:30 Meditation, pranayama, and gentle movement
  • 08:00 Break
  • 08:30 Yoga asana practice plus techniques or teaching methodology
  • 12:00 Break
  • 13:00 Restorative, gentle, therapeutic practice, or yoga Nidra. Yoga philosophy, lifestyle, and ethics, anatomy, and physiology, practice teaching
  • 18:00 Break
  • 19:00 *Occasional evening sessions are required

Departure day

  • 06:00 Morning practice
  • 07:45 Breakfast
  • 11:00 Check-out

Please note that there will be one full day off mid-way through the program to explore, rest, or catch up on your studies.


Faculty, Sam Akers, Peggy Profant.

Included excursions

Trips to explore the Redwoods and California Coast are included in the program. In addition, there will be one full day off mid-way through the program to explore the local area.


Peggy Profant

Samantha Akers

Retreat location

This program will be held at Om Shala Yoga in Arcata, California. 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.



  • Boating nearby
  • Hiking
  • Hot tub/Jacuzzi
  • Massage
  • Sauna
  • Reike
  • Shopping
  • Spa
  • Swimming


  • Beach
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Yoga studio


  • Free filtered water
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Tour assistance

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Arcata has healthy, low cost options for eating just a walk away from Om Shala. The natural food coops have salad bars and hot food bar as well. A full kitchen is available at the Marsh Commons for cooking as well.

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Tea

Things to do (optional)

Northern California offers a variety of daily activities, including exploring and adventuring in the Redwood forests, rock climbing, surfing, swimming, hiking along rivers and coastline, and visits to the Arcata Wildlife Sanctuary.

Spa treatments

Students in the program will have full access to bodywork services and use of the sauna at Om Shala Yoga in Arcata. All body workers at Om Shala have studied a variety of modalities and offer an eclectic combination of techniques depending on your needs. All therapists are highly skilled, licensed professionals. Sauna is complimentary for guests. Massage rates are 60 USD for 60 minutes, 90 USD for 90 minutes, and 120 USD for 120 minutes.

What's included

  • 17 nights accommodation
  • 200-hour therapeutic yoga teacher training instruction
  • Certification from Yoga Alliance
  • Comprehensive yoga teacher training manual
  • Days off to explore the Humboldt Redwood Coast
  • Transfers from and to Arcata-Eureka Airport (ACV)
  • Yoga teacher training program tuition

What's not included

  • Additional activities
  • Airfare and travel costs
  • Meals
  • Spa treatments

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Arcata-Eureka Airport (ACV). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Soma Yoga Institute will pick you up from the airport.

Airport: Arcata-Eureka Airport Airport transfer included: Arcata-Eureka Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 45 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 90 days before arrival.

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Arrival: Thursday June 18, 2020
Departure: Sunday July 5, 2020

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