1/2/21-5/15-21 T/TH 5:15pm-8:15pm & Every Other Saturday 9:00am-5:00pm, with an exception of the first weekend which will be run as an intensive on Saturday 1/2 and Sunday 1/3 from 9:00am-4:00pm.

Covid 19 Update

In compliance with Yoga Alliance online teacher training extension and to guarantee a safe and healthy environment for all due to Covid-19, EP 200 HR YTTP will be completed online. All students must have access to a reliable and consistent internet source and computer with working built-in audio and camera. All weekly online assignments will culminate with a brief quiz in order to verify work and assimilation of the material. We will meet for 20 weeks online every Tuesday and Thursday, 5:15pm-8:15pm and every other Saturday, 9:00am-5:00pm with the exception of the first weekend, which will run as an intensive on Saturday, 1/2 and Sunday, 1/3 from 9:00am-4:00pm for Pranayama, Asana, and Meditation, as well as for lecture based classes, projects and community gatherings.


Embodied Practice is a Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga School (RYS), which designates this teacher training program as one which follows Yoga Alliance’s standards. Students who complete a verified training with this school may be eligible to register with Yoga Alliance as Registered Yoga Teachers (RYTs). Embodied Practice is an immersive 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Program that synthesizes classical and contemporary approaches to the science of Yoga. Rooted in its rich history and philosophy, EP draws from the foundational practice of Vinyasa as its main training and teaching method, highlighting anatomical alignment, biomechanics, and pedagogical structure. EP is designed to cultivate yoga teachers who can structure pedagogically sound classes for all levels. Furthermore, students will commit to a consistent meditation and asana practice, as well as fulfilling weekly homework assignments. Upon completion of the course requirements, students are eligible to receive a 200 RYT certification via Yoga Alliance.


  • Knowledge in Yoga history, philosophy, asana, teaching methods, sequencing, and Ayurveda
  • Appreciation for the benefits of a consistent self practice, rooted in pranayama, meditation, and asana
  • Awareness of injury prevention via anatomy-based alignment and biomechanics
  • Ability to structure a pedagogically sound class to teach to any level of practitioner
  • Team building skills by working with a diverse support network
  • Skill building for professional development
  • Personal and professional growth


    Required Texts
    • The Heart of Yoga: Developing a Personal Practice (Revised Edition) by T.K.V. Desikachar
    • Yoga Sequencing by Mark Stephens
    • The Key Muscles of Hatha Yoga by Ray Long MD
    • Science of Yoga by Ann Swanson
    Required Props:
    • Yoga Mat
    • Two Blocks
    • Yoga Strap
    • Bolster
    • Three Blankets
    • Chair
    Recommended Text
    • The Yoga Sutras by Patanjali by Sri Swami Satchidananda
    • Light On Yoga by B.K.S. Iyengar
    • The Yamas and Niyamas by Deborah Adele
    • Yoga and Ayurveda: Self-Healing and Self-Realization by David Frawley

For registration or questions, contact Michele Ainza at micheleainza@gmail.com

Embodied Practice YTTP Testimonials

Michele developed a thorough, well designed, comprehensive program and I anticipate many protégés that will benefit from her expertise and mentoring. ~ Kim

I learned so much and am so grateful for the Embodied Practice teacher training program. The program did a fantastic job highlighting anatomical alignment, biomechanics, injury prevention, and pedagogical structure. Because of the program, I feel confident in my ability to structure and sequence a safe class to teach to any level of practitioner, from beginner to advanced. Michele is a great mentor. She mindfully led the class through a process of self-discovery and transformation over the course of 16 weeks. ~ Ave

I loved deepening my practice with the Embodied Practice Yoga School. I gained in-depth knowledge of the biomechanical processes of the yoga postures, enabling a better understanding of my own body and practice and how to guide students through their practice with safe alignment, maintaining the integrity of the pose. Micheles knowledge of biomechanics, movement, and yoga is very evident and makes for a valuable learning experience. ~ Lindsay

20 Week Session

Director & Lead Instructor: Michele Ainza

Week 1: Weekend Intensive
Sa. 1/2 9am-4pm
Su. 1/3 9am-4pm

Week 2
T/TH 1/5 + 1/7 5:15pm-8:15pm
Sa. 1/9 9am-5pm

Week 3
T/TH 1/12 & 1/14 5:15pm-8:15pm

Week 4
T/TH 1/19 + 1/21 5:15pm-8:15pm
Sa. 1/23 9am-5pm
Week 5
T/TH 1/26 + 1/28 5:15pm-8:15pm
Week 6
T/TH 2/2 + 2/4 5:15pm-8:15pm
Sa. 2/6 9am-5pm
Week 7
T/TH 2/9 + 2/11 5:15pm-8:15pm
Week 8
T/TH 2/16 + 2/18 5:15pm-8:15pm
Sa. 2/20 9am-5pm
Week 9
T/TH 2/23 + 2/25 5:15pm-8:15pm
Week 10
T/TH 3/2 + 3/4 5:15pm-8:15pm
Sa. 3/6 9am-5pm
Week 11
T/TH 3/9 + 3/11 5:15pm-8:15pm
Week 12
T/TH 3/16 + 3/18
Sa. 3/20 9am-5pm

Week 14
T/TH 3/30 + 4/1 5:15pm-8:15pm
Sa. 4/3 9am-5pm
Week 15
T/TH 4/6 + 4/8
Week 16
T/TH 4/13 + 4/15 5:15pm-8:15pm
Sa. 4/17 9am-5pm
Week 17
T/TH 4/20 + 4/22 5:15pm-8:15pm
Week 18
T/TH 4/27 + 4/29 5:15pm-8:15pm
Sa. 5/1 9am-5pm
Week 19
T/TH 5/4 + 5/6 5:15pm-8:15pm
Week 20
T/TH 5/11 + 5/13 5:15pm-8:15pm
Sa. 5/15 9am-5pm


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