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UVM Campus Rec
6th Annual Integrated On-Campus Yoga Teacher Training 2017-2018

This program takes place on UVM Campus over eight months. There are nine, three-day series that go Friday evening to Sunday evening.

Registered Yoga Alliance 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training

If you are considering this program, then you already realize the transformative power of yoga. This opportunity will deepen your personal practice, provide training to teach professionally, and give you a full foundation of all aspects of yoga. The UVM Campus Recreation Yoga Teacher Training program is open to students in the UVM or wider community.  The training is a unique opportunity for UVM students to receive a Yoga Alliance 200-Hour Teacher Training while and making a deeper connection to their college learning experience.  For non-students, it’s a great opportunity to find shared connections and learning from those of all ages. The training is also extremely reasonably priced to make the training as accessible as possible to UVM students and the community at large.
Come be part of a supportive community that will transform your practice and help you take on the distinguished role of a yoga teacher.

Join us for Yoga Day,
Sunday, April 29, 2018!

Check out our special events page
for more information.

Registration OPEN

The UVM Campus Recreation On-Campus Yoga Teacher Training offers the following advantages:
• Ability to receive certification while pursuing an academic degree
• Extensive teaching opportunities to teach 8-week series to students & UVM community on the UVM campus
• Chance to deepen your higher education experience and connection to the university community
• Program can be paid through student loans or grants with VSAC

UVM Credits: UVM students have the opportunity to register for PEAC 199 Yoga Teacher Training to receive credit for successful participation and completion of the training.  This 1-credit course will be offered in both the fall and spring semesters and YTT students are allowed to register for both semesters.  Instructor permission is required to complete registration.

The program will help you create a deeper connection and understanding of yourself, expand your knowledge of yoga, make friendships with other training students, and transform your yoga practice. The training will give you extensive practice, confidence, and knowledge to step into the role of the teacher and share the wonderful art, science, and philosophy that is yoga. You’ll learn to cultivate your inner teacher and realize your true greatness. Successful completion of the course meets the necessary requirements by Yoga Alliance to become a 200-Hour Registered Yoga Teacher.

Training Dates 2017-2018

Prior to registration please confirm there are no conflicts with these dates as attending all training weekends is required.

Sept 1st - 3rd
Oct 6th - 8th
Nov 3rd - 5th
Dec 8th -10th
Jan 26th - 28th
Feb 16th - 18th
March 9th - 11th
April 6th - 8th
April 27th- 29th

Training Times
Friday: 7-9:30pm
Saturday: 8am-12:00pm
Saturday: 2pm-6pm
Sunday: 8am-12:00pm
Sunday: 2pm-6pm

UVM Patrick Gym - Campus Recreation Studio


Costs & Important Dates

Full price tuition and full payment are due when registering.








Preferred Registration Opens
Preferred Registration Closes
Regular Registration Begins
100% Balance Due
Any accounts with an outstanding balance will be removed from the training.
Registration Closes
Registration will close early if enrollment reaches capacity.
Training Begins

If a student chooses to apply a VSAC grant and/or loan they are first required to pay tuition in full by the registration deadline and be reimbursed when funds are released from VSAC. Disbursement typically takes place within a month of the start of the training.

Cancellation & Payment Policy: If a student decides to withdraw from the training any payments made will not be refunded. If the student has a medical condition that makes it impossible to complete the training the student may appeal for a partial refund. The refund could include the tuition the student paid less the cost of each weekend the student has completed in the training and the 25% nonrefundable deposit. In order to be refunded, the student must submit a physician's written statement to The Campus Recreation Fitness Program reserves the right to remove any students from this program if they do not meet the program expectations without refund. Students may not attend the training if they have an unpaid balance.

Material Covered:

The training will include:

  • Mentored practicum opportunity teaching 8-week yoga series on the UVM Campus
  • Teaching with a theme in order to give your yoga classes focus and depth
  • Yoga philosophy
  • Yoga anatomy & physiology with guest lecturers
  • Opportunity to observe and work with a cadaver
  • Teaching methods - demonstration, observation, and assisting
  • Creating a positive student experience
  • Learning precise language to create the deepest impact on the students
  • Creative sequencing
  • Cues which educate the mind, body and spirit
  • Using music in class
  • Learning appropriate yoga adjustments
  • Studying various yoga styles with guest teachers which may include Iyengar, Kripalu, Kundalini, Anusara, Ashtanga and more
  • Learning to teach special populations from pre-natal to senior citizens
  • Having fun!



Teach an 8-week yoga series

Besides the weekend training sessions, one of the aspects of this unique program is the opportunity for students to practice teach an 8-week yoga series within campus departments and organizations in the UVM community. Arrangements are made between host organizations and the student to work out the best schedule.  Assistance is provided to find appropriate hosts for every student in the program.



Attend 15 class sessions held on Thursday night from 5:45-7:00 pm

The objectives of these mandatory Thursday night sessions are:

  • Taking the yoga class followed by a group meeting
  • Deepening community connection
  • Group discussion on the design and execution of the class

Attend All Weekend Sessions

Each student is required to attend all weekend sessions. If students miss a training and want to be considered for receiving a certificate, it is their responsibility to submit an alternative learning plan, in writing, of how they will make up the hours missed. This appeal process is for rare and emergency circumstances and is limited to one per student. This appeal must be submitted to the Yoga School Director within 48 hours of the missed training time.  All costs associated for the proposed alternative learning plan must be paid by the student. Only those who attend all weekend trainings and/or have completed the alternative learning plan are eligible for a certificate of completion. While the hours might be able to be made up, the experience of these weekend sessions cannot be made up.

Group Teach: Teach one Saturday class in the Spring semester from 10:30-11:45am. This is a teaching opportunity for each student to teach a full public group fitness class with 4-5 other teachers who are in the training. Each teacher in the group is given a slot in the class to teach. The group will work to put together a collaborative class.

Expectations: It is our expectations that at each training students display a beginner's mind, display an interest in delving into intellectual learning, and display aspirations to transform and evolve.  

Monthly Responsibilities: We expect students to continue their personal yoga and meditation practice. Assignments will include, but are not limited to, journal writing, reading/writing, drawing, practice teaching in small groups outside the teacher training on and off campus, class observation, weekly class attendance with John (class fee included as part of the teacher training tuition) through Campus Recreation Fitness Programs.

Preferred pre-requisites: Students registering should have a sincere dedication and passion to evolving their yoga practice. We recommend students have a foundation to build from such as a regular physical yoga practice of at least two times a week for one year prior to the training. Please note the more involved students can become in a yoga community after registering the more they will offer to the group dynamic during the training.

Please bring: yoga mat, personal journal, pen/pencil, and any required readings for session.

Required Reading: 
The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali - Sri Swami Satchidananda Bhagavad Gita, a New Translation - Stephen Mitchell
The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali - Edwin Bryant
(your choice of which Sutras of Patanjali above)
Bhagavad Gita, A Walkthrough for Westerners - Jack Hawley
(your choice of which Bhagavad Gita above)
Exquisite Love- William Mahony Wheels of The Yogi- Anodea Judith
The Key Poses of Yoga - Ray Long The Key Muscles of Yoga - Ray Long
Radiance Sutras - Lorin Roche  
Reading of Interest:
Meditation For The Love of It - Sally Kempton The Yamas & Niyamas: Exploring Yoga’s Ethical Practice - Deborah Adele
Light On Yoga - BKS Iyengar Light On Pranayama - BKS Iyengar

About the Director - John McConnell

Experienced Yoga Teacher John McConnell is a Yoga Alliance certified E-RYT500 instructor and has been the director of The UVM Campus Recreation Yoga Teacher Training since it's inception in 2012. John teaches yoga classes and workshops in Vermont and Internationally. He has studied yoga since 1999 and began in teaching 2002. John’s teaching style is light-hearted and supportive. He loves to help students not only develop in their yoga practice, but also grow as positive contributors to society.

John believes the practice of yoga unveils the innate goodness in all of us. His physically challenging classes help students push their limits and deepen their experience and understanding of themselves and the world around them.

Students describe his classes as hands-on, supportive, relaxed, and non-competitive. Students feel safe and well-cared-for. “John has a wonderful demeanor and is helpful and encouraging... his explanations are very clear...I enjoy his great humor and welcoming approach.”

In addition to John McConnell, we are committed to providing students a wide range of guest lectures and the support of an assistant for the full training.

Yoga School Faculty - Martha Whitney

Martha offers a mindful, inspiring and welcoming yoga environment that fosters enhanced self-acceptance and embodied well-being. Her in-depth training in anatomy, movement and breath allows her to artfully guide postures that access body ease and aliveness. Martha compassionately meets her students where they are, while encouraging them to stretch beyond what they have known, and to be more fully who they are.

Martha is inspired by her own yoga and meditation practice and by her passionate connection with nature through long wilderness canoe travels, sailing, and simply being outside.

Martha has been teaching yoga and offering Integrative Body-Mind therapy in Burlington since 1992.

Yoga School Faculty - Meagen Satinsky

Since the time I was introduced to yoga in 2004, yoga’s ancient teachings and insights about the human condition have been an important part of my life. Through an ongoing personal practice and a commitment to life long education, yoga helps to bring me inner peace, steadiness of mind and balance within my body. I teach from my past experiences and trainings within the vinyasa and Ashtanga yoga systems both in the US and in India, and have been at home in more recent years studying and practicing within the Iyengar yoga system.

I bring to my teaching an extensive understanding of human anatomy as a licensed physical therapist and certified yoga therapist in Burlington, VT at Evolution Physical Therapy & Yoga. I’m fascinated by the art and science of movement and am grateful for the opportunity to listen and act as a guide and teacher as the body seeks maintenance a sattvic, balanced, state. I’m particularly interested in advocating for women’s health issues and helping to empower women to become more knowledgeable about and comfortable in their own bodies.

Sharing my understanding and creating new experiences for students within the framework of anatomy, physiology and the myriad of connections each of our many layers has with the others is my passion. I’m grateful to be able to share in the UVM Yoga Teacher Training program the value of education and in particular understanding anatomy as a foundational component of a yoga practice.

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For information about payment and/or fees email or call (802) 656-3070


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