Handstand Workshop

If you’re interested in becoming more confident in or refining your handstand practice, please join Andrew Pyo in-studio or over Zoom. In this workshop, you will explore handstand from different orientations, utilize props and practice drills and variations. Learn alignment, techniques, and tricks to stay upside down longer, kick up to handstand in the middle of the room and away from the wall, jump from Downward Dog to Handstand, and press up from Bakasana! Discover three other types of handstands: tuck, straddle and pike. Come with a friend to the workshop and begin to safely spot each other upside down.

We will also review the benefits associated with handstand, which include increasing circulation, joint health, energy levels, strength, and flexibility (and change of perspective and orientation). Developing an alignment-based practice can reverse the gravitational pull on the hips, knees, ankles, and vertebrae while honing balance and confidence.

It is recommended that participants already have an inversion practice that allows them to kick up into handstand against the wall.

This workshop is not recommended for individuals with high blood pressure, history of stroke or heart disease, pregnancy beyond the first trimester, eye disorders, spinal problems or neck pain, dizziness, head injuries, inner ear problems, hiatus hernias or osteoporosis.

Sign up today.

Cost: $40 in person, $25 online

Elevate your handstand to the next level.

Celebrate 25 Years of Yoga Shanti: Free Yoga Day!

2024 marks the 25th anniversary of Yoga Shanti!! Let’s celebrate this milestone together! It’s been a journey filled with joy, sweat, grit and the growth of a community that shares the practice of yoga. On International Yoga Day, June 21st, we will kick off our silver anniversary with free yoga classes! Stay tuned for details and registration.

200Hr Yoga Teacher Training (Autumn 2024)

This program will open for enrollment on May 20th, 2024. 

About This Program

Yoga Shanti’s 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training is an opportunity to open a doorway into self-awareness of body, mind, and spirit! This hybrid training includes 3.5 months of direct study with Colleen Saidman and Rodney Yee, with the option to participate entirely onlinein-person, or a combination of both! This carefully curated program is designed to immerse you in the study of yoga, enriching and strengthening your personal practice, and preparing you to teach a set of safe Shanti-style sequences. The curriculum will include cultivating a daily home practice of asana, pranayama, and meditation with a focus on alignment, flow, and inquiry of the subtle. You will develop teaching skills including sequencing, seeing and understanding bodies, and manual adjusting. Your study will also include anatomy and philosophy. Plenty of individual attention and mentorship will be available for each student. This training has the potential to transform your life, and we hope that you will join us on this ever-unfolding journey. Read testimonials from our recent graduates here!

Program Structure

The training comprises eight long-weekends beginning in the Autumn of this year and continuing through January 2025. The group also meets for compulsory one-hour mentorship meetings on Tuesdays. Students are required to attend all sessions live for a minimum of 80% real-time participation. The entire program will also be recorded and available for on-demand replay so that students can bring themselves up to speed if there is an occasional scheduling conflict. These replays are also an invaluable resource for students during the entire program, allowing for the review of content during home study.
8 Weekend Sessions Over 3.5 Months

  • Oct 25-27
  • Nov 8-10
  • Nov 22-24
  • Dec 6-8
  • Dec 13-15
  • Jan 3-5
  • Jan 17-19
  • Jan 31-Feb 2

Fridays: 6:00-8:00pm (EST)
Saturdays: 9:30am-5:00pm (EST)
Sundays: 9:30am-4:30pm (EST)

Weekly 1-hour Mentorship Calls:
Tuesdays at 7:00pm (EST)
Required Weekly Yoga Classes:
Students are also required to take at least one additional public Yoga Shanti class each week. This can be taken live or on-demand at any time within the same week.

Technical Requirements

  • A reliable internet connection and computer/smartphone with camera.
  • A location in your home that you can set up as a yoga practice space.
  • A setup so that instructors can review your practice virtually. Your space should be well-lit so that you are clearly visible on screen. It is important that instructors are able to see your full practice space.
  • The WhatsApp mobile application
  • The Zoom application


Tuition for this program is $3160 (for online, in-person or hybrid participation) and includes unlimited online yoga and a 20 in-person class pass to use during the course of the program. Several monthly payment plans are available during the registration process – outlined below.

Graduates of previous Yoga Shanti Teacher Training can participate in this training at a reduced tuition of $1960. Please email your graduation certificate to training@yogashanti.com to access this discount code.

Payment Plan Options

Various payment plans are available for a $45 admin fee and are outlined below. The initial installment is payable when you register and the follow-up payments occur automatically on the same day monthly thereafter. Note: Because tuition must be paid in full by the end of the program the longer-term plans become unavailable as the program start date draws nearer.

  • 3 monthly installments of $1068
  • 4 monthly installments of $801
  • 5 monthly installments of $641 (Avail. until July July 31)

Past Yoga Shanti Graduates

  • 3 monthly installments of $668
  • 5 monthly installments of $401 (Avail. until July July 31)

Diversity Scholarship

Yoga Shanti is dedicated to making yoga accessible to as many people as possible and to increasing diversity in the yoga community. As part of our commitment to this endeavor, we have established The Yoga Shanti Diversity Scholarship to encourage and assist people from under-represented groups to join our training program. The scholarship application deadline for this training is midnight on September 20th, 2024.

Withdrawal and Refund Policy

Students may withdraw from the training up until end-of-day on September 20th, 2024 for any reason for a refund of any tuition paid, less a completely non-refundable $300 administrative deposit. After September 20th, 2024 no refunds will be given. If the student must withdraw from the program after September 20th, 2024 then a potential arrangement to use the funds towards another training (in the event we schedule another) within one year from the student’s original application date might be made, but this must be decided upon and agreed in writing before dropping out of the program. Students on payment plans who withdraw are required to complete their tuition payments on the original schedule in order to be eligible to participate in another training within one year. In the event that we do not schedule another training, the entire sum will be non refundable. In the event that a student is refused continuation of the program at any time for any reason, there will be no refunds made and the student will be charged any remaining tuition balance.

YOGA SHANTI GOLD: Inversion Modifications

Sometimes practicing inversions is not going to happen for a myriad of reasons. We believe that these are important poses and should not be skipped. But, how can you teach them safely in a public class? Also, many will just never feel safe being upside down with the weight on their arms. We will show modifications and alternative poses that will give you the essential effects of each basic inversion. There is an internal journey that these inversions and their replacements will open the door to. Never be left out again in a class that includes inversions!

Submitting any questions relating the topic above by midnight on Saturday, June 25th to sagharbor@yogashanti.com with “Gold Question” in the subject line of the email.

YOGA SHANTI GOLD: Janu Sirsasana

Iyengar says that if you understand Janu Sirsasana (one-legged seated forward bend) that you will understand the essence of all of the forward bends.  What are the elements that make up this important pose? Where does it belong in sequences? We will break it down and make you fall even more in love with this crescent shaped, asymmetrical closed twist and forward bend.  Come and open up the treasure chest of Janu Sirsasana.

Participate in this discussion by submitting your questions relating to the topic above by midnight on Saturday, April 30th to sagharbor@yogashanti.com with “Gold Question” in the subject line of the email.

YOGA SHANTI GOLD: Jalandhara Bandha

  1. What is Jalandhara Bandha?
  2. What is the architecture?
  3. What is the action?
  4. How do we prepare for it?
  5. Why bother?
These are some of the questions that will guide our inquiry into Jalandhara Banha. Join us for this upcoming Gold session where together we illuminate and experience the power and subtlety of the valve at the base of the throat.

Participate in this discussion by submitting your questions relating to the topic above by midnight on Saturday, March 19th to sagharbor@yogashanti.com with “Gold Question” in the subject line of the email.

YOGA SHANTI GOLD: What is Pranayama, the Fourth Limb of Ashtanga Yoga (the Eight-Limbed Path)? 

Can pranayama be translated as breath control? What is the relationship between pranayama and Sutra 1.2, “Yogash Chitta Vritti Nirodaha,” which translates to “Yoga is the cessation of the fluctuations of the mind”? Why is breath considered to be the bridge between the body and the mind and how do we work with it in asana practice? Should different pranayama practices be done at different times of the day or different times of our lives? How long and how often should one practice pranayama? These are some of the questions that will fuel our inquiry into Pranayama. We will do a practice that includes a few different types of breathwork and we will take the time to notice the effects of each one. You may think of it as a “breath sampler”. Join us for this experience and inquiry into one of the vital yoga practices. Your questions are encouraged.

Participate in this discussion by submitting your questions relating to the topic above by midnight on Saturday, January 15th to sagharbor@yogashanti.com with “Gold Question” in the subject line of the email.

Balanced Open-Level Class at Souk NYC

Join Colleen and Rodney in New York City at the beautiful Souk Yoga studio for an open-level class that will leave you feeling joyful and calm. Cost: $40. Location: Souk Yoga, 12 West 27th Street 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10001