Teacher Training

200-Hour Teacher Training – Yoga Alliance Certified

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

Learn to Teach with Confidence! 

  • 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
  • Tantric Yoga Philosophy
  • Holistic Health
  • Community Outreach

Yoga Teacher Training in SE Portland

2014 – 2015 Season

Teaching 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. Read our student testimonials below.

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.

Prerequisites
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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Application Process

Submit a completed application to Yoga Union: [email protected]

We select our students carefully to ensure that everyone admitted is prepared for the course. Yoga Alliance Certification will be issued only to students who complete all three parts.

Training manuals will be issued on day one of the training.

The Director

Annie 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.

Supportive Directors

Natalie 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 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.

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.

Yoga Teacher Training at Yoga Union What Graduates are Saying

“I began my journey as a yoga teacher Yoga Union’s 200-hour transformative teacher training. This was a life-changing experience for me and gave me a solid foundation of knowledge.” Amy Bratton

“The Yoga Union Teacher Training was one of the most incredible experiences of my life. Not only did I become a more confident and knowledgeable practitioner, but a more honest, patient, and compassionate human. Annie and Natalie exude positivity, and their pure love of teaching and community made it one of the richest experiences I’ve had. The solid foundation they provide is essential for anyone who is committed to the practice and study of yoga.” Jainee Dial