Yoga Loft 200 hour Teacher Training

Lead trainers: Kristi Lyons and Maureen Oar

And with other Yoga Loft instructors and Guest Instructors

Location: Yoga Loft, 219 Legion Way SW  Olympia, WA 98501



Our 200-hour yoga teacher training is open to dedicated students of yoga who wish to teach in their communities or workplaces, or simply delve into a deepening of their personal yoga and mindfulness practice through this in-depth program. The training will provide a strong foundation in alignment-based yoga asana and mindfulness meditation and weave the two seamlessly together.

Program Goals

In this program, participants will gain:

  • The fundamentals of teaching a comprehensive yoga practice, including alignment principles of asana, pranayama, mindfulness meditation, anatomy and physiology specific to teaching yoga, teaching methodology, classical yoga philosophy

  • A solid foundation to teach alignment-based asana classes

  • An understanding of intelligent sequencing, anatomy and physiology specific to yoga that promotes healthy biomechanics and a balanced practice

  • Learn adaptive yoga and gain confidence to modify asana for varying populations, physical limitations, and mixed levels of practice

  • Ability to confidently guide mindfulness meditation

  • An understanding of the historical context of yoga

  • A deepening of personal yoga and mindfulness practice

  • An introduction to Ayurveda and how to implement in sequencing

  • Training in diversity, inclusion, and the ethics of yoga

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Program Requirements

  • Minimum two years of yoga asana practice

  • Attendance of all training weekends*

  • Completion of required reading list and homework

  • Attendance at one asana class per week at the Yoga Loft

  • Create & maintain a personal home yoga and mindfulness meditation practice

  • Passing grade on final exam

  • Successful completion of practicums

Students who complete an approved training with this school will be eligible to register with Yoga Alliance as Registered Yoga Teachers (RYTs).

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We’ll send you a link to download our application, along with an introductory letter so we can answer any questions you may have. We won’t spam you or give your information to anyone else.

Training Schedule

The training is made up of 11 weekend intensives that will be held at the Yoga Loft studio.

2019 Training Dates

  • September 13th-15th

  • September 27th-29th

  • October 25th-27th

  • November 8th-10th

  • November 22nd-24th

  • December 7th & 8th *This completes the first 100 hours

2020 Training Dates

  • January 10th-12th

  • January 24th-26th

  • February 21st- 23rd

  • March 13th - 15th

  • March 28th & 29th *Final Practicum

Weekend Schedule:

  • Fridays 5:30pm - 9:pm

  • Saturdays 11am - 6pm

  • Sundays 8am - 5pm

The weekends will involve both lecture, asana/meditation practice sessions and practice teaching. The program includes 180 contact hours with our instructors and 20 hours of non-contact hours as required by the Yoga Alliance.

There are two options to complete the 200-hour Teacher Training Program.

Option 1: 2019-2020 six-month program

  • The completion of all eleven modules scheduled in 2019 - 2020

Option 2: Two year program

  • The completion of the first 100 hours scheduled in 2019 and the remaining hours to be completed within two years.

Students may choose to participate in the first 100 hours for personal development and deepening their understanding of yoga.

Financial Investment:

For students choosing to complete 200 hours

$300 non-refundable deposit reserves your place in the Teacher Training*

$2550 Remaining payment due by September 1st, 2019

$2850 total investment for full 200 hours

If paid in full by June 1st, the applicant will receive a Yoga Loft 3 Month Unlimited card (worth $225) for use from June 1st to Sept 1st.

 * We are limiting the number of participants in the teacher training so we can create a deep and meaningful journey.

The first 100 hours will offer a doorway into a deeper understanding of the Tradition of yoga. This includes four modules of anatomy with Licensed Physical Therapist & Yoga Teacher, Jeff Powney, to increase your awareness of body mechanics/intelligence as it related to asana and everyday living.

For students choosing to complete only the first 100 hours

$300 non-refundable deposit  reserves your place in the Teacher Training*

$1200 Remaining payment due by September 1st, 2019

$1500 total investment for each 100 hour segment, $3000 total

If paid in full by June 1st, the applicant will receive a Yoga Loft 1 Month Unlimited card (worth $90) for use for one month between June 1st and Sept 1st.

 Registration Deadline: September 1st, 2019

Payment plans are available prior to the start date of the training.

Our Cancellation policy

To Register: Contact us and we'll send you an online application. You can also get a hardcopy application at the studio, then return it to us either via email or in person at the Yoga Loft.

Your $300 application fee is payable when you register. (check preferred)


200 hour Yoga Loft Teacher Training Lead Trainers:

Maureen Oar

Maureen Oar, Owner of the Yoga Loft, known by many as Mo, is a graduate of Radiant Health Yoga Teacher Training Program and a National Yoga Alliance registered instructor. Maureen began studying Hatha yoga more than 25 years ago, but it was her breast cancer diagnosis in 2000 that gave her a greater appreciation of the power of yoga to transform the body, mind, and spirit. To this day, Maureen credits Cancer Lifeline's yoga classes as an integral part of her healing journey.

Following her successful treatment and recovery, Maureen and her husband Gerald sold their home and worldly goods to explore the far corners of the earth. Unexpectedly, the further Maureen traveled away from the familiar the closer she felt to humanity and the common bond shared by all. And it was during her time in Nepal years ago and more than 20 countries later-where Maureen felt an awakening and the call to follow the path of yoga.

Maureen has deepened her appreciation and understanding of yoga as therapy attending numerous workshops and conferences on this subject. Maureen teaches a variety of levels of yoga, and promotes the use of props and modifications to make yoga accessible to all. You can access a interview with Mo and Thurston County Talks, that will reveal an intimate conversation with Mo on Yoga, Yoga Loft and more!

Kristi Lyons


At a very young age Kristi found the she could connect to a beautiful and mysterious inner spirit. She was able to see the connection between herself, others and the very nature that surround us all. Her enchantment by this awareness placed her on a journey that introduced her to a wide variety of spiritual teachers and eventually lead her to the practice of yoga. 

Through yoga she learned how to cultivate awareness which helped her to continue to discover secrets of the beauty of life. She was so inspired and lit up by the practice that she went through a couple teacher trainings with the encouragement and support of dedicated practitioner/teacher, Nathan Hayes, founder of Living Spirit Yoga. 

Her inspiration for teaching is rooted in her gratitude for the ancient wisdom of yoga and the many teachers that have helped to guide her on her journey. 

Kristi's classes are inspired and mixed with various yoga traditions, infusing traditional and creative movements.

She integrates stillness and movement in each of her classes allowing students to both experience postures with strong holds, focused on the integrity of alignment, and postures that are weaved together in an artistic rhythmic flow which focuses on breath awareness.

She aims to lead students to seek the mystical power of their own bodies and to tap into that endless expansiveness of spirit.

Kristi's teaching is constantly growing and evolving into a beautiful style that has been (and forever will be!) inspired by many wonderful, benevolent mentors and teachers.

200 hour Yoga Loft Teacher Training Guest Teachers:

Jeff Powney

Jeff Powney started his yoga practice in 1997 and got his teacher training in 2002 with Integrative Yoga Therapy. He has been a Physical Therapist since 1996. Jeff has studied various forms of yoga including Anusara, Iyengar, and Yin. His PT training includes various styles of manual therapy including myofascial release, craniosacral therapy, visceral manipulation, and joint mobilizations; as well as various courses on movement mechanics. Jeff believes the science of the human body / body mechanics and the wisdom of yoga can help people grow in mind/body/spirit in order to find their fullest potentials.

Whitney Lawless

Whitney’s mission as a modern yogi and yoga teacher is to guide you towards the wisdom of your heart by reconnecting with your wholeness and worth via the physical and philosophical elements of the yoga tradition.

She has been practicing yoga for almost 25 years and teaching for 15. Whitney is so grateful to her teachers and mentors: Denise Benitez, Christina Sell and Darren Rhodes for yoga; Katy Bowman for Nutritious Movement; Jos Houben, Char Sundust and Aaron Johnson for their heart and embodiment guidance.

She is deeply dedicated to anti-oppression and healing work and you can expect that her classes will not only challenge you physically but ask you to create a context for growth and healing within yourself for the liberation of us all.

Whitney is a mother, writer, quilter, and iron pumper who loves to explore the many ways that nature, our bodies, and community move in and out of harmony. She holds an ERYT-500 with yoga alliance

Elizabeth Swanson

Elizabeth Swanson B.S., RYT 200 is a graduate from the Great Heart Yoga Teacher Training.  She is also an alumni from WSU, with a bachelor's degree in Exercise Science.  She took her first yoga class at age 20 and it has been a learning journey ever since.  Her style of yoga has an emphasis on alignment and a connection between the mind, body and spirit.  The practice of yoga brings her such joy and inspiration and she hopes to share this passion with others.  Elizabeth believes that you get out of yoga what you put into it and that your practice can become whatever you need it to be.  She offers gratitude and thanks to her forever teachers Annie Barrett and Whitney Lawless, both of whom continue to inspire her.