200 Hour Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training

Teacher Training 2014


3 Bridges will be offering a 200 hour Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training starting in October 2016. The program will be led by Bjorn (RYT 500) and Jody Turnquist (E-RYT200), with help from other 3 Bridges teachers such as Gretchen, Marla and Allison, as well as special guest teachers Jacqui Bonwell and Erin Ehlers. Upon completion of this program, you will be able to design and lead a principled and creative vinyasa yoga class with attention to detail for student safety, alignment and success. You will also be trained in techniques of meditation and pranayama as well as learning the physiological and anatomical systems of the human body including the Chakras. The training includes study of the historical texts and lineage of yoga as well as the modern day application of the path of yoga in our everyday lives.

Training Curriculum:

+ Principles, methods and applied techniques of teaching Vinyasa Yoga
+ Techniques of Meditation
+ Techniques of Pranayama (Breathwork)
+ Alignment principles of Vinyasa Yoga
+ The anatomy and physiology of Yoga
+ The Chakra System
+ Simple and complex sequencing
+ Advanced poses and use of yoga props
+ Language, presentation, chanting and music in teaching
+ Theming and spirituality in your classes
+ Teaching modifications for injuries, pregnancies and other special populations
+ Teaching beginners
+ The art of hands-on assisting and adjustments
+ Study of The Yoga Sutras
+ Knowledge of the Eight Limb Path as a path of action
+ The role of the teacher, student and the practice in every day life
+ Ethics, service and the business of yoga

Training Program Format:

Friday Nights – 5:30pm – 9:00pm (3.5 hours)
Saturdays – 11:00am – 8:00pm (9 hours)
Sundays – 8:00am – 3:30pm (7.5 hours)

+ an additional 26 Non-contact hours

9 weekends together will consist of yoga and meditation practice, lecture, posture clinics, practice teaching, group projects and discussion.

Training Dates:

(Locations – Friday York, Saturday York, Sunday Portsmouth)

October 21st-23rd – please arrive by 5pm for the first session.
November 18th-20th
December 9th-11th
January 6th-8th
January 27th-29th
February 17th-19th
March 24th-26th
April 7th-9th
April 28th-30th – Saturday Session begins at 7:30am

Please note: If there is a weather related cancelation, the make up dates will be March 3rd-5th.


Non-Refundable Deposit to Secure Spot ($300), due within one week of acceptance to the training
Regular Pricing ($2500 for $2800 total), full amount due by 10/1/16
Regular Installment (3 monthly automatic withdrawal of $900 for $3000 total), start withdrawal by 10/1/16
Additional Installment Pricing ($300 a month for 9 months for $3000 total), start upon acceptance to training


+ Teacher Training Manual
+ Free Yoga at any 3 Bridges studio for the duration of the Program

Costs do not include:

+ Required Reading Books
+ Yoga Alliance Certification
+ 3 Yoga Classes at other local studios

Cancellation Policy:

Cancellations must be made 45 days before the start of the Teacher Training. We cannot offer any refunds for cancellations within 45 days, but a credit towards a future Teacher Training Program may be available. We do not offer refunds if you do not complete the training.

Who should apply:

This program is designed to develop well trained and yoga alliance certified vinyasa yoga teachers. Applicants should be committed to a steady yoga practice and yoga as a path for overall health and wellness. If you already hold a 200 hour certification, this program is a great study in vinyasa yoga and its application to other styles and populations. If you don’t wish to teach, this program is still a study into a lifelong wellness and spiritual practice.

Yoga Alliance Certification:

3 Bridges is a RYS 200 with the Yoga Alliance. The Yoga Alliance is the largest nonprofit association representing the yoga community and sets standards and guidelines for training programs. The standards for 200 hour training programs can be found here. Upon completing the training, you can register as a RYT 200.


This program is physically and mentally challenging and will also be life changing. You will be practicing yoga several times each weekend as well as teaching each weekend. It will open you, it will lighten you, it will challenge you. Please be sure you are committed, have a steady physical yoga practice and that this program is a fit for you. We are here to answer any further questions and always open to feedback.


1. Do I need to have been practicing for a long time?
No, but a steady commitment to practicing and learning yoga is paramount for this training. This is a physical training and you will be practicing several times each training weekend.
2. Do I want to be a yoga teacher in order to take the training?
No, you will learn a lot more about yoga than just teaching it, but be prepared to teach every weekend of the training.
3. Can I do the training if I have to miss a weekend?
No, attendance is mandatory and in order to receive your certification and graduate, you must complete the necessary training hours. We do understand that there may be emergencies or that you may have to miss a few hours of training due to other conflicts. We will allow you to make up the hours in future training sessions. Please contact us further about make up hours.
4. Can I teach for 3 Bridges when I graduate?
Possibly, we do hope that many of you will want to teach, and we will do our best to provide an opportunity to do so. You will still have to complete the interview process and teaching for 3 Bridges is not guaranteed.
5. Can I fail the training?
No, but you must complete the hours and commit to the practice of yoga.

Application Process:

Step 1: Fill out the application. Please provide as much detail as possible.
Step 2: The Program Director will contact you with follow up questions and possibly a face to face meeting to make sure the program is a fit for you.
Step 3: Upon acceptance of your application, you will sign the program contract, pay the non-refundable deposit and then select your payment plan option.
Step 4: Practice and prepare. You will receive more information about the program as it gets closer.