200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training

Learn to Teach with Confidence


This is a three-part, alignment-based, Vinyasa teacher training designed to give you a full skill-set for teaching yoga.

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intention photoTeaching yoga is a path of self-discovery, shared inspiration, and service. We want to share this path with you.

The Yoga Union teacher training program has been running for seven years. Our aim is to help motivated yoga students become extraordinary yoga teachers. Nearly all of Yoga Union’s instructors are graduates of our program. Many other graduates have gone on to teach at other studios and even run programs of their own.

Our experienced directors take each student’s individuality into account. They will encourage you to step outside your comfort zone and learn about yourself: your desires, your skills, and your perspective. Knowing that you have something special to offer, they will empower you to teach as your most authentic self, to see your students as individuals in turn, and to work with their injuries, ailments, and unique bodies. Our graduates understand that a yoga teacher does not have all the answers, but rather continually learns to perceive and grow to meet each student’s needs.

This training will give you plenty of practice at teaching, to make the experience comfortable and joyful. Our approach is community-oriented. We emphasize the importance of healthy relationships. Your teachers and your peers will support you just as you will support them.

This year’s program will be enriched by guest teacher Leslie Kaminoff, co-author of “Yoga Anatomy” and founder of The Breathing Project. Leslie’s refined understanding of breath will set the tone and become the foundation of the training.

Additionally, this year’s students will learn how to teach Yoga Union’s Vinyasa 101 sequence. Through this weekly class, all of our graduates will have an opportunity to teach at Yoga Union.

This year we are thrilled to move into our new space, a terrific site for learning and for leisure between sessions. The space offers a café, rooftop garden, sauna, library, child care, and more.


  • Fluid Sequencing and Creative Flow
  • Meaningful Ways to Theme
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Pranayama
  • Safe and Therapeutic Alignment
  • Powerful Adjustments
  • Group Teaching Exercises
  • Constructive and Encouraging Feedback
  • Applied Yoga Philosophy
  • Holistic Health
  • Community Outreach


Part 1 – SET THE FOUNDATION. Minimum one year of consistent yoga practice (three days per week). View course curriculum.

Part 2 – THE ART OF TEACHING. Completion of Yoga Union Part 1 teacher training or a 200-hour teacher training elsewhere. View course curriculum.

Part 3 – REFINE AND SHINE. Completion of Yoga Union Part 2 teacher training or at least a year of teaching experience, and fifty or more Anusara practice hours (approval required). View course curriculum.

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Annie Adamson
The Director

Natalie Adamson Supporting Director

Natalie Adamson
Supporting Director


Uma Hulet
Supporting Director

Our directors are united by their love of yoga. Clear, compassionate communicators, they are dedicated to empowering every person to find their own unique voice. They share over six decades of combined study, and each offers her own lived understanding of practice. Annie specializes in therapeutic alignment. Natalie has an especially sweet talent for sequencing classes. And Uma offers devotional chanting of mantra and a foundational understanding of the ancient texts. The triad forms a caring, knowledgeable net of support for your evolution as a practitioner and teacher of yoga.

Guest Teachers

Leslie Kaminoff

Leslie Kaminoff



Winter Pemberton

Winter Pemberton

Annie Adamson


Annie demonstrates trikonasanaAnnie Adamson is co-owner of Yoga Union Community Wellness Center. She brings 12 years of experience practicing and teaching yoga to her devoted community. She is an accredited Anusara Instructor, a diligent student of philosophy, and holds certification in Power Vinyasa Levels 1, 2, and 3, and Hatha yoga.


Natalie Adamson

Supportive Director

natalieNatalie Adamson received her 500-hour Hatha yoga certification from D’ana Baptiste, and has been studying Anusara yoga for the past four years. She recently moved to Portland after owning and running a yoga studio in Utah. She is nurturing and inspiring, and she encourages each person to find their authentic voice and inner wisdom.


Uma Hulet

Supportive Director

Uma HuletUma Hulet has been a student of yoga for most of her life and began teaching in 2004 after completing the 200 hour program at Center for Yoga in Los Angeles. She moved to Portland and immersed herself in the local yoga community and in 2007 she co-founded The Bhaktishop Yoga Center. She teaches classes weaving together the practices of asana, pranayama, mantra and philosophy and is inspired by continual study with her teachers and a dedicated daily practice.


Leslie Kaminoff

Guest Teacher

Leslie Kaminoff is a yoga educator inspired by the tradition of T.K.V. Desikachar. For over three decades he has led workshops and developed specialized education in the fields of yoga, breath anatomy and bodywork.

Leslie is the founder of The Breathing Project, a New York City based educational non-profit dedicated to teaching individualized, breath-centered yoga. His unique year-long yoga anatomy course is now available online at yogaanatomy.net.

He is the co-author, with Amy Matthews, of the best-selling book “Yoga Anatomy.”



Guest Teacher

Anandra has been practicing yoga and meditation for almost 20 years. She teaches sanskrit mantra for meditation and profound personal transformation internationally. She studies classical music with a master teacher in India, bringing the deep joy of sacred sound into her classes, kirtans, retreats, and teacher trainings. A dynamic and lifelong teacher, she facilitates a magical, inspiring experience for all participants.


Winter Pemberton

Guest Teacher

In addition to her dedicated yoga practice, Winter has extensive training in various movement arts, anatomy, and Traditional Thai massage. She holds a degree in Kinesiology & Exercise Science and brings over a decade of experience as a personal trainer, aerobics instructor, yoga teacher, and massage therapist. Winter’s touch is healing and purposeful, and she sees her yoga and massage practices as deeply intertwined. Her classes are playful, but challenging and structured to align breath, mind, and body. Her sincere wish is to enable others to find their personal power and progress on their own path to liberation.


2014/2015 Season

Yoga Teacher Training in SE Portland

Set the Foundation

Part 1 – 2014

The Art of Teaching

Part 2 – 2015

Refine to Shine

Part 3 – 2015

Yoga Union Teacher Training – Phase 1

In Studio Curriculum:

  • Discovering the anatomy of the breath
  • Basic understanding of the five principles of Anusara Yoga
  • Basic understanding of the Yamas and Niyamas
  • Learn the togetherness mantra
  • Pranayama techniques
  • Explore all poses on pages 39 and 40 of your Yoga Union manual
  • Teach Sun Salutations A & B
  • Teach breath within a pose and during sun salutation A
  • Understand simple sequencing and the YU Vinyasa template
  • Guide a dynamic warm-up
  • Use one-word heart virtues
  • Guide a centering/meditation
  • Perform simple demonstrations using your own body

Out of studio:

  • Classroom observation (5 hours)
  • Community service – karma yoga (5 hours)
  • Studio / home practice and meditation (5 hours minimum)
  • Home study (1 hour or more per day)


Phase 2 Curriculum

In Studio Curriculum

  • Refine the five principles of Anusara Yoga
  • Philosophies of yoga
  • Pranayama techniques on pages 18 – 22 of your YU manual
  • General understanding of all poses on pages 41 -43 of your YU manual
  • Teach Sun Salutations A & B with one word heart virtues
  • How and why to sequence based on a heart virtue — YU Vinyasa template
  • Teach creative flows from YU manual Basic hands-on assists
  • Creative yoga art project
  • Self-demonstrations
  • Understand modifications and basic yoga therapy techniques for common injuries

Out of Studio

  • Classroom observation (5 hours)
  • Assist an experienced instructor and receive feedback from the (3 — 5 hours)
  • Studio / home practice and meditation (5 hours minimum)
  • Home study ( I or more hours per day)
  • Community service — karma yoga, or volunteer teaching (5 hours)


Yoga Union Teacher Training – Phase 3

In Studio Curriculum:

  • Teach Sun Salutations A & B with variations
  • Yoga anatomy
  • Practice and teach all Pranayama techniques in your manual
  • Understand all poses on pages 44 & 45 of your YU manual
  • Teach with a theme
  • How and why to sequence based on a theme – YU Vinyasa template
  • Design and teach your own creative flows for Vinyasa classes
  • Therapeutic adjustments and hands on assists
  • Student demonstrations
  • Therapeutics for private clients

Out of Studio:

  • Classroom observation (5 hours)
  • Assist an experienced instructor and receive feedback from the (3 – 5 hours)
  • Studio / home practice and meditation (5 hours minimum)
  • Home study (1 or more hours per day)
  • Community service – karma yoga, or volunteer teaching (5 hours)


2015/2016 Season

Set the Foundation

Part 1 – 2015

The Art of Teaching

Part 2 – 2016

Refine to Shine

Part 3 – 2016


$3200 – All three parts – price includes a $400 discount for purchasing all 3 parts together before July 19.

  1. $1200 – Part one – Sept/Oct 2013
  2. $1200 – Part two – January 2014
  3. $1200 – Part three – May/June 2014 (retreat included)

We require a $400 non-refundable deposit to hold your spot.

Payment plans now available. Please contact us at info@yogaunioncwc.com for more information.


  1. Fill out our online application or drop it off in person
  2. Wait for acceptance notification
  3. Make payment
  4. Once payment is received, we will provide the reading list so you can begin your self study of the texts.
  5. We require a $400 non-refundable deposit to hold your spot.

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Jenna Chen, training graduate

Sam Miller, training graduate

Star Studonivic, traning graduate

John Ailstock, training graduate


Please contact Annie with any questions: annie@yogaunioncwc.com

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