February-May, 2020

300-Hour Advanced Yoga Teacher Training

With Colleen Saidman Yee, Rodney Yee, Richard Rosen, Manorama, Heather Lilleston, Jamie Lugo and Christopher Golden
In New York, NY

Studio: Yoga Shanti Tribeca in New York, NY

Apply online for this program

About This Program

The Yoga Shanti 300-hour advanced training builds upon and deepens the trainee’s understanding of the fundamental concepts of the practice and teaching of yoga—preparing the trainee to teach principles and techniques of yoga that are more advanced, detailed and subtle, and with greater skill than could be reasonably cultivated from a 200-hour teacher training.


Taking place at Yoga Shanti Tribeca:

  • February  22-23: Colleen Saidman Yee & Rodney Yee
  • February 24-25: Rodney Yee and Richard Rosen
  • February 26: Day Off
  • February 27-29: Rodney Yee and Richard Rosen
  • March 1: Colleen Saidman Yee & Rodney Yee
  • March 27-29: Rescheduled to June
  • April 3-5: Rescheduled to June
  • April 25-26: Manorama (Sanskrit Study)
  • May 1-3: Heather Lilleston
  • May 8-10: Susan “Lip” Orem
  • May 15-17: Colleen Saidman & Rodney Yee
  • June 12-14: Christopher Golden and Jamie Lugo
  • June 19-21: Colleen Saidman Yee & Rodney Yee

Daily Schedule:

  • Monday-Friday: 8:00am-5:00pm (with a lunch break at 12:00pm)
  • Saturday: 8:30am-5:30pm
  • Sunday: 8:30am-4:45pm

The Format

The training groups are intimate, allowing for plenty of individual attention and mentorship. Senior teachers guide you in establishing 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!

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 20 hours of work outside class. This will consist of selected mentors meetings, readings, writings, logs of your daily practice, class observation logs and the creation of sequences. Other assignments may be added at the teacher’s discretion.


  • YS301: Sequencing and Manual Adjustments/Seeing and Understanding Bodies
  • YS302: Refining Teaching, Safe Vinyasa Flow and Teaching of Specific Shanti-Style Classes
  • YS303: Pranayama, Bandhas, Philosophy and History
  • YS304: Therapeutics, Restorative and Anatomy
  • YS305: Vinyasa Flow, Arm Balances, Hip Openers and Inversions

Essential Studies

Required Reading:

  • The Bhagavad Gita, Translation by Stephen Mitchell
  • Pranayama: Beyond the Fundamentals by Richard Rosen
  • Yoga FAQ’s by Richard Rosen
  • The Mirror of Yoga by Richard Freeman
  • Yoga For Life By Colleen Saidman
  • Moving Toward Balance by Rodney Yee
  • Recommended: Light on Life by BKS Iyengar
  • Recommended: The Heart of Yoga: Developing a Personal Practice by TKV Desikachar
  • Recommended: The Yoga Body, Mark Singleton

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 $4750. A discount of $250 is available for students who pay the tuition in full by no later than January 1st, 2020. There is also the option of a payment plan for students who wish to pay over an extended period of time ($1600 will be due within 7 days of acceptance into the program, and three additional payments of $1000 on the first each of March, April and May 2020). Please note that tuition does not include accommodations for the final long-weekend retreat in Sag Harbor (May 14-17, 2020).

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. Please email joanna@yogashanti.com 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.

Christopher Golden

For the last decade, my life has been centered around yoga—teaching, training and mentoring others. After receiving a BFA in photography and media from CalArts, I returned to New York and participated in my first teacher training at Yoga Shanti, Sag Harbor. Yoga has subsequently become an integral part of my life, and through Three Suns, I hope to offer wellness and the local magic to others. As a yoga instructor, I teach private and group classes at Sky Ting Yoga (in NYC), and Yoga Shanti (NYC and The Hamptons). I serve as a teacher and mentor in Teacher Training programs along side Rodney Yee and Colleen Saidman Yee, the founders of Yoga Shanti. In addition to teaching classes at Sky Ting Yoga I am Faculty at their bi-annual training and mentorship program. Learn more about Christopher Golden.

Heather Lilleston

Originally from Northern California, Heather has been living and teaching yoga in New York City since 2003. She completed the Jivamukti Teacher Training with Sharon Gannon and David Life while finishing her bachelors at New York University. She then completed her 800-hour Advanced Certification with Jivamukti in 2008. She has continued her training, exploring a more Iyengar based approach with Rodney Yee and Colleen Saidman Yee at the Yoga Shanti 300-hour teacher training in 2010, which she later assisted as a mentor. She has trained numerous new teachers at Pure Yoga, The Shala and Yoga Vida, and has been a contributing member of their respective teacher training programs. She currently teaches at Yoga Vida in Downtown Manhattan where she is the Yoga Director, as well as Yoga Shanti in Sag Harbor and NYC, and Love Yoga in Montauk. She is Co-Founder of Yoga For Bad People, a yoga based company focused on leading retreats worldwide. Her classes integrate creative vinyasa sequences with meditation, chanting, good music and spiritual philosophy. She is known for her sweetness, passion and authenticity. Learn more about Heather Lilleston.

Jamie Lugo

Born and raised in Northern California, Jamie jumped at the opportunity to explore SoCal life as an undergrad the University of California, Irvine. She graduated in 2006 with degrees in both dance and psychology and moved to NYC with intentions to pursue a career in dance. Jamie soon came to an honest crossroads – her body could no longer take the intensity of life as a dancer. Instead, she dedicated more time to deepening her yoga practice. After her first teacher training at Pure Yoga in 2010, Jamie began teaching immediately. Seeking to further her practice and knowledge, she went on to study with Rodney and Colleen and hasn’t left their side since 2012. After 4 years as a mentor at Yoga Shanti she is now a faculty member in their 200 hr teacher training program. She calls Rodney Yee and Colleen Saidman Yee her “Yoga Parents” and is extremely grateful for their honest support and wisdom. Learn more about Jamie Lugo


Manorama evokes healing through the universal arts of language and conscious living. “Happiness,” she often says, “is the free flow of energy, and communication is energy. When we use our voices authentically and confidently, we create harmony between ourselves and others.” 
A renowned, highly respected teacher, Manorama offers Sanskrit Studies Method programs around the globe for yoga teacher trainings, as well as Luminous Soul Method trainings and retreats. Through the Sanskrit Studies Method Manorama offers a direct, easy and joyful approach to learning Sanskrit, encouraging her students to focus on core principles of learning, the dynamic sound qualities of the language and it’s philosophical beauty. Grammar becomes fun and playful.

In the Luminous Soul Method students learn about each of the system’s nine pillars. The Luminous Soul Method fuses sacred Eastern and Western philosophy and shows students how to integrate them into their everyday life.

Combining her earthly charm with a healthy dose of humor, Manorama guides students in bridging the ordinary with the spiritually sublime.

Yoga teachers and students treasure Manorama’s recordings on Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra, Learn to Chant Yoga Invocations and Learn to Pronounce Yoga Poses. Celebrated for her chanting, and precision in pronunciation, Manorama is featured on numerous albums, including Invocation (with Krishna Das) and Wade Morisette’s, Maha Moha: The Great Delusion.

Richard Rosen

Richard began his practice of Hatha Yoga in 1980 at the Yoga Room in Berkeley, and from 1982 to 1985 trained at the BKS Iyengar Yoga Institute in San Francisco. In 1987 he co-founded the Piedmont Yoga Studio with his good friends Clare Finn and Rodney Yee, and taught there for nearly 28 years until it closed its doors in January 2015. Richard continued on with the new owners of You and the Mat until July of 2018, when Nest Yoga purchased You and the Mat’s Oakland location. Richard is a contributing editor at Yoga Journal magazine, and since 1990 he’s written feature articles, book reviews, a variety of columns, and over 300 yoga video reviews. He’s also the author of four books, The Yoga of Breath (Shambhala 2002), Yoga for 50+ (Ulysses 2004), Pranayama Beyond the Fundamentals (Shambhala 2006), and Original Yoga (Shambhala 2012), as well as recording a seven-CD set titled The Practice of Pranayama (Shambhala 2010). Since 1989 he’s been on the board of directors of the California Yoga Teachers Association, and in 2008 helped form CYTA’s grant-making wing, the Yoga Dana Foundation, which supports California yoga teachers working with underserved populations, such as at-risk and incarcerated youth and disabled students. Learn more about Richard Rosen.

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