200 Hour Training & In Depth Studies, August 30, 2019 - April 5, 2020

Lead by Dawn Hayes and Guest Faculty in Collaboration with Luma Yoga

Inquiry and exploration are the roots of this 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training in Santa Cruz that explores the multi-faceted practice of yoga. In this training, you will ask what it means to live, practice, and teach from a place of embodied insight.

Home practice is the foundation of your yoga teaching. This course will offer the tools, techniques, and support to refine your home practice. It is this direct experience that you will share with others as a yoga teacher.

Theory will lay the groundwork for guided practice. Guided practice will give you the chance to embody the techniques. Your home practice will lay the foundation for applying theory and practice as you teach to fellow students in the training. This gives you a chance to practice teaching and embody what you are learning with support and feedback.

Group work is an integral part of this training program. This training is open to a maximum of 15 students. By working in small groups you will have the opportunity to learn from one another and see other perspectives. These small groups are your first teaching opportunities and will prepare you to teach group classes and one-on-one sessions.

Yoga history and philosophy lessons will offer a glimpse of how this practice has evolved into its current forms in the United States. Through inquiry and self-reflection, you will be empowered to learn, practice, and teach with intention and awareness of impact.

Guest teachers will offer additional insight and perspective on select aspects of this diverse practice.

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Movement & Posture

You will explore movement through inquiry and investigation. Each person’s unique body will direct the shape and adaptation of the postures and movements in yoga. We will use props to creatively engage and support in ways that build confidence and nourishment.

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Flow & Form

A journey into flow and form allows you to tap into the pulses and waves that are fundamental in your body and in the world. This might be a rigorous vinyasa flow practice or a supported exploration of movements on the floor. It may involve holding postures with support or creating traction or engagement in creative ways.

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The breath is the thread that connects us to the more intimate and subtle workings of the body. Get to know your “breath-print” and the ways you can consciously shift your breath with attention, awareness, and specific techniques.

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Integrated Anatomy

Human anatomy is remarkably unique from person to person and it asks us to build a large toolbox of techniques to help fit the pose to the person (rather than fit the person to the pose). As we explore bone and joint variation, you will be asked to question what your ideas of postural practice are and how you intend to share that with students in a way that honors their needs and experience.

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Contemplation & Meditation

Contemplation and meditation are rich resources for the heart-mind. You will be encouraged to explore the practices that nourish and support your mental and emotional resources. Poetry and stories from various traditions will be presented as an inspiration to delve into this contemplative element of the yoga practice.

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We all find our way to yoga from different places and for different reasons, and by learning about each other we widen our perspective and see the world in new ways. The commitment involved in a teacher training asks us to be vulnerable and try new things. You will have the opportunity to support one another as you individually and collectively expand your comfort zone.

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Practice with Nature

Honor the changing seasons of the year and of a lifetime with techniques and practices that complement your changing needs. Find ways to adapt your practice when you lose interest or have conflicting responsibilities. Explore Ayurveda and its basic principles of self-care to nurture your body on and off the mat.

Yoga Immersions with Dawn Hayes

Weekend Immersions

Integrate the teachings during this course over eight, 3-day weekend immersions offered once per month. Time between immersions allows for focused self-study and additional coursework to support your time in the classroom.

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What You Will Explore:

  • Asana with an emphasis on approaching practice with responsive compassion

  • Pranayama: techniques for practice and teaching

  • Meditation & contemplation: techniques for practice and teaching

  • Sequencing & class planning

  • Teaching group classes vs individual sessions

  • Use of props in creative and unique ways

  • Hands-on assists: when its appropriate and how to assist

  • Language and word choice

  • Intention, action, & impact

  • Honoring your values

  • Content & context

  • Yoga history and influences

  • Anatomy & the study of movement

  • Ethics and scope of practice

  • Business & marketing

  • An introduction to Ayurveda


Guest Faculty

Talya Lutzker - Ayurveda

Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner, 500-hour certified Prajna yoga teacher, and the founder of Ayurveda Every Day with Talya - an Ayurvedic lifestyle and nourishment hub.

Since 2001, Talya’s helped women reclaim their radiance through the practice of living Ayurveda – India’s time-tested system of health and nourishment.

Ayurveda treats your whole being, not just your body, with captivating secrets to long-lasting wellness and vitality. Its primary purpose is to teach you how to thrive.

Certified in Ayurveda since 2003, Talya teaches Ayurveda online and is best known for her RAD Cleanse, Ayurveda Starter School, and The Practice of Healing.

She’s a celebrated yoga teacher, cookbook author, massage therapist, and Ayurvedic chef.

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Laurie Broderick-Burr - Kinesiology, Anatomy, & Biomechanics

Laurie has been practicing and teaching yoga for 30 years.  As a total body nerd, Laurie considers herself a life-long learner and consistently seeks to deepen her knowledge of human movement. She holds a BA in dance and a MS in Kinesiology with specialties in orthopedic rehabilitation and geriatric exercise science, allowing her to expertly integrate principles of anatomy, biomechanics, motor learning, and a functional approach to movement training into classical asana instruction.

She approaches working with her students and clients in a "whole person" (body, mind, and spirit) strategy, which necessitates an understanding founded both in evidence-based science and experience, sprinkled with humor and understanding. This approach requires a scientific understanding of the various body regions and systems coupled with supporting an individual's thoughts, beliefs, and behaviors to ignite change and well being. 

Laurie currently teaches yoga classes, movement essential workshops, and works privately with clients at Yoga Center Santa Cruz and Yoga Within. She taught dance, movement, and yoga at the college level for 30 years.

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Amey Mathews - Sanskrit & Yoga Sutras

Amey's classes are filled with metaphors, stories, humor, and lots of encouragement to feel both safe and challenged.

Amey has studied the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali with Manorama, Gitte Bechsgaard, and Kausthub Desikachar, and is passionate about the riches that yoga philosophy can bring to our time on the mat, as well as to enhancing our daily lives.

Amey is a great fan of the Iyengar method - and the creativity, versatility, rigor, and playfulness that it affords her as both a practitioner and as a teacher. She has been a devoted student of Kofi Busia since 2000, and has also been studying with Christina Sell for the last 6 years. Amey is one of the owners of Yoga Within in Aptos, CA. 

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YTT Teaching


Weekend immersions have been designed to allow you time to slowly integrate the teachings into your day-to-day life and responsibilities. Classes are hosted at a private practice space from 8:30am-5:30pm.

By meeting one weekend a month, we will limit the impact on your life and work. If you work Mon-Fri, you will only need to miss four days of work in 2019 and 4 days of work in 2020.

  • Fri, Aug 30 - Mon, Sept 2

  • Fri-Sun, Sept 27-29

  • Fri-Sun, Nov 1-3

  • Fri-Sun, Dec 6-8

  • Fri-Sun, Jan 10-12

  • Fri-Sun, Feb 7-9

  • Fri-Sun, Mar 6-8

  • Fri-Sun, Apr 3-5


  • Minimum of 1-2 years of consistent yoga practice prior to beginning the program

  • Letter of recommendation from a current teacher or character reference (see below)

  • Enthusiasm for yoga and the study of its many diverse elements

Commitment to Study

Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga School Santa Cruz
  • Available and willing to attend all the training sessions

  • Commitment to develop a home practice and attend a minimum of 1-2 group classes per week outside of training hours

  • Willing and able to complete all reading, coursework, assignments, and observation hours outside of the training’s scheduled hours

  • Satisfactorily demonstrate your teaching during practice teaching sessions


Application Deadline: August 15th

Tuition (pay in full): total tuition $3,300 ($500 non-refundable deposit. Remaining balance of $2,800 due August 15, 2019.)

*Payment plans available. Please email Dawn to discuss our options.

How to Apply


Step One: Complete the Student Application online before August 15, 2019.


Step Two: Request a Recommendation Form from a yoga teacher you have studied with. Please have the teacher, friend, or family member fill out this form on your behalf. Letters of recommendation are also due on August 15, 2019. (It is helpful to give them a week to complete the form). https://goo.gl/forms/yyO8MQ9YEMnBD2tg1

If Dawn is one of your current teachers, you may either request a letter of recommendation from another yoga teacher that you study with OR from a character reference (such as a co-worker, family member, friend, etc).


Application Review: After your application and recommendation form have been received, Dawn will review your application and contact you with any questions..


Step Three: Upon acceptance into the program, Luma Yoga will contact you to finalize your non-refundable $500 deposit and tuition payment schedule.


Work-Study Scholarship

A work-study position asks you to commit to additional hours of work in exchange for a discount on the tuition.

Our intention is to make this program available to to all students, regardless of their financial circumstance. If you are on a limited income, a current student, temporarily unemployed, or have other financial limitations, you may apply for a work-study position. This is a semi-private training with a limited number of spaces available.

This needs-based work-study scholarship will give priority to underrepresented communities. Please complete all application materials early to be considered for a work-study position. We will work with each student on an individual basis to find an arrangement that works for you.

How to Apply: Please complete the Work-Study Application in addition to the other application materials on or before July 1, 2019.

Do you have questions?

Contact Dawn and schedule a time to talk on the phone.

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