Yoga Teacher Training

Teacher Training at Birmingham Yoga

Birmingham Yoga has been training teachers for over 15 year through our 200 Hour  Teacher Training program. Our course is ideal for aspiring teachers and students wishing to deepen their practice and knowledge of yoga both on and off the mat. 

Training Goals

Once you learn the practice the true test of mastery is learning how to translate that wisdom to another person. This teacher training is a wonderful learning experience for both teacher and student.

Yoga Styles

Our daily practice will focus primarily on Ashtanga Yoga & Kundalini Yoga. In addition, this training will introduce aspects of a Restorative Yoga, Yin Yoga, Prenatal Yoga and Hanna Somatics.

Yoga Faculty

Training is offered under the guidance and direction of Akasha Ellis (500 e-RYT) and Heather Sullivan (200 e-RYT) at Birmingham Yoga as well as guest faculty.

An Introduction To Training

Our Signature 200 Hour Teacher Training

We at Birmingham Yoga truly feel honored and blessed to have the opportunity to share our love of yoga. Our programs are designed to provide a rich environment for learning and growing. We follow the traditional path of yoga, as outlined in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras: the 8-limbed path. Our intention is to help our participants establish a strong foundation in yoga through daily sadhana (practice). We use the immersion period to help create an environment for this daily yoga practice to develop.

Once this foundation is laid and healthy habits take root, students can truly reap the benefits and wisdom of yoga. We will practice daily asana, pranayama, chanting, and meditation as given in the Ashtanga and Kundalini yoga traditions. We will encourage svadhyaya (self-inquiry) and discuss our experiences; drawing on the Yoga Sutras and yogic philosophy. In our daily practice we will play and challenge ourselves to become aware of the changes occurring in our bodies, mind and breath.

Teacher Accreditation

At the end of training students will be prepared to instruct and lead a beginning Level 1 and Level 2 Ashtanga/Vinyasa-flow class and guide students through a basic Kundalini yoga class.

Birmingham Yoga Teacher Training program is a registered school with Yoga Alliance. Upon successful completion of your training you may register with Yoga Alliance by sending them a copy of your certificate of training.

About Akasha

Akasha began his yoga studies as a boy before he knew how to give it a label. In his early 20’s he ventured to India to start a business and family. When he moved to Bangalore, India he discovered Ashtanga yoga and started studying under Viswanatha, Sri Pattabhi Jois’s nephew. Each morning Viswanatha taught with a sense of patience and kindness and he began to witness how yoga connected his breath and body, truly allowing him to be present.

Akasha truly feels blessed and bows to the teachers who through compassion, courage, and grace have guided so many of us to our true teacher within.

He continues to explore, learn and immerse himself daily into his practice. He resides half of his year between Alabama and California by living, teaching, running a business, and caring for his son. The other part of the year he spends traveling, learning, and sharing with others.  If you wish to contact him visit our studio or email him at teachertraining@birminghamyoga.com.

About Heather

She first came to yoga in her twenties but nothing really stuck until she was introduced to Ashtanga Yoga. Heather immediately fell in love with the meditative qualities and structure of the Mysore-style method.

In 2015 Heather began her path to teach yoga. She completed her 200-hour training with Akasha Ellis and immediately began an apprenticeship to gain hands-on experience in adjustments and to learn the subtleties of teaching the Mysore-style of Ashtanga yoga. Heather continues to work with Akasha co-teaching Birmingham Yoga’s 200-hour Teacher Training and Guatemala retreat. In 2020, Heather began a three year mentorship program with Taylor Hunt to further her knowledge of Ashtanga yoga, and continues to work with Taylor in a teaching capacity.

In the yoga room, Heather’s teaching style is light-hearted and compassionate. Her goal is to make the practice of yoga accessible to everyone. Outside of the yoga room, Heather teaches meditation, mindfulness and yoga to those seeking support in recovery from Eating Disorders (ED) and Substance Use Disorder (SUD).

Yoga is a journey of awakening and experiencing that oneness in our own being. It provides us with a method of understanding our true self and divine teacher that watches over our body and mind, thoughts, and actions. A path of love, courage, compassion, and acceptance that leads us inward towards fulfillment, happiness, and freedom."
- Akasha Ellis
What You Need To Know

Teacher Training Considerations

It is important that you are sincere in your commitment and that you are healthy physically, mentally, and emotionally.

Yoga can be practiced by all and we do not want to discourage anyone who has the right intention, however, the training will be challenging physically and mentally and it is important that you are in the mental, emotional, and physical space to allow these changes to unfold.

During this exploration one may experience feelings of comfort, discomfort, happiness, sadness, joy, and fear all of which are equally important in our growth.

We do recommend a minimum of at least one (1) year of yoga practice before attending our Teacher Training program. If you are interested in teacher training but unsure if it’s the right time for you, please contact us below and we will help guide you through the decision making process.

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