May 2020-April 2021

300-Hour Advanced Yoga Teacher Training: The Essence of Yoga—Ancient Wisdom for our Modern Times

With Rodney Yee, Colleen Saidman Yee, Geoffrey Roniger, Cathie Caccia and Pilar Tumolo
In Sun Valley, ID

Studio: TBA in Sun Valley, Idaho
Details: Early Bird Discount Tuition Deadline: April 1st, 2020

Apply online for this program

About This Program

The Essence of Yoga: Ancient Wisdom for our Modern Times is a deep immersion experience that will move you beyond the fundamentals of yoga into the realm of subtlety and increased wonder. This unique program will take place over the course of 12 months, starting May 2020 and ending April 2021. We will have six scheduled in-person 5-day sessions (schedule below). Upon acceptance into the program, you will receive a list of required and recommended readings, a link to online recommended yoga classes with our faculty, and written assignments all designed to prepare you for this training. Between each session you will be required to phone into our prescheduled zoom conference calls (schedule below). Each call will be led by our senior faculty and designed to support you throughout the training.

The training groups are intimate, allowing for plenty of individual attention and mentorship. Senior teachers will guide you in establishing and refining a strong foundation for a lifelong study of yoga. Curriculum will include a deeper look into your daily home practice of asana, pranayama, and meditation; teaching skills including sequencing, seeing and understanding bodies, manual adjusting and assisting; anatomy, philosophy and chanting.

Together, we’ll examine the principles of Shanti-style sequencing in a range of categories; explore an advanced syllabus of yoga asana and philosophy and look more deeply at seeing and understanding bodies in order to practice a wider range of hands-on adjustments. Join us on a journey that will expand your mind, deepen your practice, free your breath, and inspire your teaching!


In each session, we will cover the topics of:

  • Experiential Anatomy
  • Seeing and Understanding Bodies
  • The Relevancy of Eastern Philosophy for the Western Mind
  • Pranayama and Meditation
  • The Art of Verbal Instruction and Demonstration
  • Sequencing and Manual Adjustments

Note: Students can take the program on a participation basis only but, if you are taking the program for accreditation, you’ll be required to do an additional 50 hours of work outside of class. This will consist of zoom calls, readings, writings, logs of your daily practice and the creation of sequences. Other assignments may be added at the teacher’s discretion.


  • May 6–10, 2020—Session One: Led by Colleen Saidman Yee and Rodney Yee
  • July 29-August 2, 2020—Session Two: Led by Geoffrey Roniger, Cathie Caccia and Pilar Tumolo
  • October 7-11, 2020—Session Three: Led by Geoffrey Roniger, Cathie Caccia and Pilar Tumolo
  • December 2-6, 2020—Session Four: Led by Cathie Caccia and Pilar Tumolo
  • February 3-7, 2021—Session Five: Led by Geoffrey Roniger, Cathie Caccia and Pilar Tumolo
  • April 14-18, 2021—Session Six: Led by Colleen Saidman Yee and Rodney Yee

Daily schedule: 9:00am-5:30pm with a 60-minute lunch break.

Note: In addition there will be five Zoom calls scheduled with faculty between each session, typically from 6:00-8:00pm EST, with exact dates yet to be determined.

Essential Studies

Required Reading:

  • The Yogis Roadmap: The Patanjali Yoga Sutra as a Journey to Self Realization by Bhavani Maki
  • The Yoga of Breath by Richard Rosen
  • Yoga For Life By Colleen Saidman
  • Moving Toward Balance by Rodney Yee
  • Recommended: The Book: On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are by Alan Watts
  • Recommended: Consolations by David Whyte

Required Online Learning:


This teacher training is designed for students who have already completed a 200-hour program. Serious practitioners looking to continue their personal studies in yoga are also welcome to apply. Admittance into the program is subject to approval on a case by case basis


Tuition for this training is $4850. There is a $250 Early Bird discount for payment in full by April 1, 2020. If paying by credit card, there is a 3% fee applied ($145). Please note that tuition does not include any travel, accommodations, recommended or required reading materials, online yoga class platforms and any recommended study guides.

Payment Plans (credit cards only): We will accept custom payment plan instructions that achieve full tuition payment by April 1st, 2020 and you can indicate your preferences for this on the application form (a 3% fee is still applicable). For students wishing to extend payments into the duration of training, a 4-installment plan is available that incurs an additional $100 fee, for a final balance of $4845 ($4850 tuition + $145 credit card fee + $100 payment plan fee, minus the $250 application deposit already paid). In this instance, an initial payment of $1245 will be due within 7 days of acceptance, and 3 follow-up installments of $1200 will be automatically billed on the 1st each of July 2020, October 2020 and January 2021.

How to Apply

To apply for this program, please complete this online application. A $250 non-refundable deposit is required with your application, which will be applied towards your tuition if you are accepted into the program, and is otherwise non-refundable. Please email with questions or for any additional information.



Colleen Saidman Yee

Colleen Saidman Yee, whom the New York Times dubbed “The First Lady of Yoga” in 2013, brings 3 decades of experience to Peloton’s first-ever yoga programming. She opened her flagship studio, Yoga Shanti, in 1999 and, alongside her husband Rodney, partnered with Donna Karan to create Urban Zen’s Integrative Yoga Therapist Program. As both an international fashion model and widely revered yogi, she has been featured in Cosmopolitan, Vanity Fair, Oprah, and the Wall Street Journal, amongst others. In 2015, she published Yoga for Life: A Journey to Inner Peace and Freedom. Colleen lives in Sag Harbor, NY and is the proud mother of four children. Learn more about Colleen Saidman Yee.

Rodney Yee

Taking his first yoga class in 1980, Rodney Yee is now one of the most recognized yoga teachers in the world and is considered a pioneer of yoga in the United States. Rodney practices and teaches yoga to bring philosophy into action and to unveil the natural beauty of our spirits. He loves the ability of yoga to cleanse the mind and body which allows for presence of being. With his wife Colleen Saidman, Yee developed the Gaia Yoga Studio, designed to make a yoga home practice accessible to a wide audience. Relying strongly on his own practice and intuition to influence his teaching, Rodney Yee has been curious about the mind and body for as long as he can remember. He was a gymnast, a ballet dancer with the Oakland Ballet Company and the Matsuyama Ballet Company of Tokyo, and a philosophy and physical therapy major at the University of California Davis and Berkeley. Having created and appearing in over 30 video titles and numerous audio recordings produced by Gaia, Rodney Yee has been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show, CNN and PBS, and his instructional programs are often among the top 10 fitness programs in the US. Yee leads workshops and teacher trainings around the world and serves as a co-chair of the Urban Zen Health and Wellness Initiative, a foundation dedicated to bringing yoga, massage and holistic therapies to hospitals around the nation. Learn more about Rodney Yee.

Cathie Caccia

Cathie Caccia was introduced to yoga in 1975 but it wasn’t until her first Iyengar Yoga class in 1984 that she became completely captivated. Cathie is deeply inspired by a wide range of Yogic teachings and practices and finds tremendous value in yoga’s capacity to still the mind, cultivate embodied presence and guide the practitioner home to the Self. Over the past 35 years, Cathie has trained extensively in Yoga, Yoga Therapy, Shiatsu, Acupressure, Massage and more. Teaching since 1987, Cathie’s classes combine her love of Yoga, Yoga philosophy, anatomy, Chinese energetics and Sanskrit chanting to support her students in connecting to their inner intelligence and experiencing the power and joy of the animating force within. Cathie is registered with Yoga Alliance as E-RYT 500, she teaches public and private classes, workshops, retreats and yoga teacher training. Cathie is a licensed massage therapist with over 1200 hours of training. Learn more about Cathie Caccia.

Geoffrey Roniger

Geoffrey Roniger began practicing yoga in 1995 and has been a passionate explorer and innovator of the art form ever since. Well-known in both the San Francisco Bay Area and the Greater New Orleans Area for his authenticity and creativity, Geoffrey’s enthusiasm for yoga is undeniably contagious. After graduating from Vanderbilt University with a degree in European Studies in 1998, Geoffrey moved to Edinburgh, Scotland where he helped renovate a 19th century church into Europe’s largest yoga studio. Shortly after his return to the United States, he graduated from Piedmont Yoga Studio’s 18-month Advanced Studies Program, where he formally apprenticed with Richard Rosen and Rodney Yee. Learn more about Geoffrey Roniger.

Pilar Tumolo

Pilar Tumolo

Pilar is known for her heartfelt and detailed teaching style. She practices and teaches yoga to bring a sense of alignment, mindfulness and compassion into all aspects of life. She believes in yoga’s positive healing effects on the mind-body connection, transforming our relationship with ourselves and the world we live in.Drawing upon her 10-year background in dance, Pilar began studying yoga in 1991 and she has been teaching yoga since 1997. Her yoga studies include numerous teacher trainings, intensives and therapeutic workshops and, amongst her most influential yoga teachers, are Genevieve Kapuler and Rodney Yee. Pilar co-designed and co-taught both the 200hr Sacred Cow Yoga Teacher Training program 2005 with Dana Strong and the 200hr Hailey Yoga Center Teacher Training 2011 with Cathie Caccia. Pilar received a Masters Degree in Integral Counseling Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies. She is currently working as a registered Marriage and Family Therapist Intern. Pilar is a practitioner of Tibetan Buddhism for over 20 years and has traveled to India several times pursuing this path.

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