Yoga Teacher Training Program Testimonials
Read what others have to say about this program.
I enrolled in Mark Stephens’ y teacher training program in the Fall of 2008 with the intent to further my own knowledge of yoga and not necessarily to teach. I was not confident that I would be able to teach others when my own practice was not advanced (that is to say I couldn't do complex pretzelie asanas).
Mark Stephens' Yoga teacher training program is a very special offering – a gem created by the alchemy of years of dedication to the complete yogic path.
In essence Mark gives students a loom, a basic pattern and possibilities to weave their own teaching style.
When I first moved to Santa Cruz, California, I was looking for a yoga teacher training mainly to learn more about the practice and to deepen my own. I never realized how much my life would change throughout the process. I cannot express enough gratitude for the wealth of knowledge shared and the strong connections made with inspiring and beautiful yogis and yoginis. Mark Stephens has been an incredible teacher and mentor. His support and guidance has helped lead me down the blissful path I am on today.
Mark Stephens is a renowned teacher of teachers who shares his craft and acquired professional wisdom with passion and a lighthearted attitude. He has a deep knowledge of yoga philosophy and a rich understanding of body mechanics and anatomy. Going through his teacher training program was a “tour de force” that enabled me to get a solid foundation of yoga, apply Mark’s teaching hands-on, and interact with like-minded friends.
After attending several of Mark Stephens' yoga classes, it was apparent to me that Mark was a deep reservoir of yoga asana knowledge. As a teacher, I wanted to gain deeper insight into the asanas and I signed up for his YTT in the summer of 2009. To my pleasant surprise, not only did Mark share with abandon his wealth of asana knowledge, we also dug deeply in other important teaching topics from hands-on adjustments, the importance of sequencing , understanding anatomy, and even to yoga philosophy.
Mark Stephens shares his wisdom and knowledge to the Yoga community through his teachings, his studio, his teacher training programs, and more recently his books. Mark continues to inspire me as a teacher and an author with his amazing gift of being thorough, insightful and intuitive in his teachings. Yoga students and teachers will benefit greatly from participating in his Teacher Training programs. I had taught Yoga for 8 years before I took Mark's training.
As I dove deeply into yoga in the summer of 2008, I decided I would take Mark Stephens’ teacher training as a way to further my understanding and embodiment of the practice. Little did I know, the training that summer would exceed my expectations; it took me further than just a solid foundation of understanding. It also created the desire to continue with my studies, and take my practice off of my mat and further into the big picture of my life.
In choosing a Teacher Training Program, I wanted to find a program that was comprehensive, clearly organized, and one that would challenge me while giving me the space to explore and grow as a teacher and practitioner. Not only did Mark's program fulfill my expectations, it vastly exceeded them.
Mark Stephens' passion for yoga really comes through in his teaching. His enthusiasm for sharing his wealth of knowledge with each and every one of his students is what makes his yoga teacher training so outstanding. One of the most valuable components of the training was Mark's knowledge regarding the importance of creating a sensible sequence. Mark's wisdom, compassion, generosity and sense of humor also contributed to making his teacher training so rewarding and memorable for me. I am forever grateful for Mark's influence in my own yoga and teaching practices.
Mark Stephens is an extremely knowledgeable and compassionate teacher. I chose his teacher training because of his philosophy of sustainability and his focus on sthira sukam asanam (steadiness, ease, presence of mind). The amount of knowledge of yoga anatomy, history, asana alignment and sequencing that I gained through the training was astounding. I left speaking a new language, living a new culture. Once I completed my certification, I was hired by a local yoga studio just one month later.
"When someone mentions the gracefulness of the night sky, climb up on the roof and dance and say, like this?"
200-Hour Yoga Teacher Certification Program
The 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training can be completed in either:
- A weekend format (one weekend per month for nine months), or
- An intensive format (21 consecutive days).
The content of each format is the same.
The tuition fee is $2,750.
+300/500-Hour Advanced Yoga Teacher Certification
Fulfilled by completing the 300 hours of advanced yoga studies (if you have a prior 200-hour certification). You are welcome to apply based on prior completion of another Yoga Alliance 200-Hour program. The tuition fee is $2,750.