200 hour teacher training | 2020

Our 200 hour Teacher Training curriculum is a comprehensive study of yoga postures, philosophy and lifestyle. It teaches you how to deepen your personal practice and heal and transform your body and mind through breath and movement.


Biomechanics of forward bends, backbends, twist, hip openers, inversions and arm balances. Correct alignment, function and purpose based on each individual

  • Adapt postures to maximize their full potential according to an individual’s need

  • The power of the breath in movement

  • A variety of sun salutations, including flowing in a mandala (circle)

  • Daily yoga, mantra meditation, and pranayama (breathing exercises)

  • Basic rituals and puja (ceremony) to channel one's energy and deepen meditation

  • The power of Bandhas (energy locks) and Kriyas

  • Anatomy of the human body: basic muscle groups and their functions

  • Hands-on assisting and enhancement of each posture

  • The art of sequencing a class to create effective change

  • Addressing the physical and emotional needs and challenges of your students

  • Chakra healing in yoga

  • Yoga philosophy: Sacred texts, Bhagavad Gita and Yoga Sutras

  • Sanskrit mantra chanting

2020 dates and requirEments

  • Jan 3-5

  • Jan 24-26

  • Feb 7-9

  • Feb 28-Mar 1

  • Mar 27-29

  • Apr 17-19

  • May 1-3

Friday nights from 6:00pm to 9:30pm • Saturday and Sunday 8:00am to 6:00pm • As part of the course, you will be required to attend the 3-session "Gita Values" Satsang series, schedule TBA. Homework requirements: 2 essays, personal reading, creating class sequences, out of studio teaching practice and summary, class observation and assisting classes.  

Price $3100; registration fee of $500 (nonrefundable after beginning of the course). If you are not a BYDC member you will get 50% off all class packages during the training session. Payment plan available after registration (8 installments of $325 with auto-pay). A credit card processing fee of 3% will apply.


GOPI KINNICUTT lead teacher

Gopi Kinnicutt has been training teachers for over 10 years. She is a dynamic, Bhakti-infused yoga teacher who has developed her own unique teaching style. She organically creates and designs dynamic fluid yoga sequences, infused with deep spirituality. She empowers teachers in the art of sequencing, combined with detailed anatomy and embodied breath work. In her classes she incorporates mantras, breath work and Kriyas to release untouched energy and Prana. She bridges the philosophy of Yoga and the authentic traditions coming from India, making them accessible to the modern 21st century Yogi. Gopi leads National and International yoga retreats. She is the owner of Bhakti Yoga DC and founder of Yoga Mandali in Saratoga Springs, New York. Gopi has trained extensively with Shiva Rea, Ana Forrest and Gary Kraftsow, and is certified and trained in trauma-sensitive yoga. Gopi also lived in a Bhakti Yoga ashram for 10 years, where she studied and taught Indian philosophy and mantra meditation. Gopi is certified in Thai Yoga Body Work and Ayurvedic Body Work, offering a vigorous herbal oil body massage (Vishesh) and a deep relaxation head treatment called Shirodhara.


Braja is an accomplished Asana and Pranayama teacher (RYT-500) who infuses her classes with positive and tranquil energy. Having lived and studied in India (Rishikesh, Vrindavan and Mysore), she upholds tradition through well-balanced practice with a lot of personal assistance, breath work, mantra and philosophy. Since her youth, she has immersed herself into the finer mysteries of yoga in its many forms and happily shares her deep love and passion for spirituality with all. Braja is also a Certified Medical Massage (PIMT) and Trigger Point Therapist (CMTPT) who blends her therapeutic knowledge with breathing methods to create a personalized treatment for everyone.


With Jen’s classes, your breath will weave together the wisdom of your body, the compassion of your heart and the focus of your mind.  This will help you release trapped patterns and come into greater joy through your own creative expression. Jen incorporates kriyas, pranayama, deep core work, holding of poses and meditation into a creative and playful Vinyasa Flow asana practice. Music is an essential part of Jen’s classes, especially inspirational, devotional and healing music.


Cynthia Lorena is known for her creative and dynamic sequences, focus on alignment, her honesty, and her sense of humor. She currently lives and teaches vinyasa yoga group classes and workshops in the DC metro area and leads international retreats, as well as corporate classes and corporate retreats. She also offers private instruction, energy work (Reiki), and breath work. Her extensive clientele list ranges from teens to senior citizens with a variety of specific needs such as back injuries, cancer, depression and anxiety. Currently, Cynthia assists teacher trainings in DC. and offers mentorships for new teachers.

yoga alliance certified

Per Yoga Alliance guidelines: This 200 hour yoga teacher training program is comprised of 170 contact hours with a Yoga Alliance registered teacher and 30 non-contact hours (homework).  If you are unable to attend any or all of an entire module due to work obligation or unexpected family issues,  you are required to make up the additional hours, through personal self study, extra homework assignments, and/or group class practices. If you miss more than 15 hrs you may be required to spend additional contact time with an assigned teacher outside training hours. This additional time will cost  $30 per hour.