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Buddhi Yoga 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training

Our 200-Hour Multi-Disciplinary Teacher Training is certified by Yoga Alliance and provides an in-depth curriculum along with guidance and tips for creating a fulfilling and successful career as a yoga instructor. Our program introduces students to a wide variety of yoga styles such as Vinyasa, Hatha, Ashtanga, Kundalini, Yin, Iyengar, and Restorative. Take this opportunity to learn a varied, unique, and valuable skill set that will enrich your life as well as open many doors both personally and professionally. Integrate ancient yoga teachings with practical techniques for all types of students.

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We are currently accepting applications for the following trainings:
Three-Week Summer Intensive 2017: June 12th-July 1st

Once we receive your application we will email you within one week with a response. Please feel free to email us with any questions you have about the application process.


Summer Training 2017

June 12th-July 1st

Daily Schedule:

Monday-Saturday 8:30am-5:30pm

Buddhi Yoga is the perfect setting for discovering the art of teaching yoga and developing your personal practice. Our bright and open studio is located in the heart of La Jolla village, just a few blocks away from the water. This comprehensive program is for aspiring teachers as well as for those who simply wish to broaden their yoga knowledge. All 200-hour graduates will receive a diploma certified through Yoga Alliance.

Faculty for 2017 Summer Intensive Training

Directors Carolina Vivas and Amanda McCarroll have chosen a faculty of instructors who are experts in their field to create a well-rounded training program that introduces trainees to various styles of yoga. Each Buddhi Yoga teacher has many years of experience and extensive knowledge in their particular style.

Carolina Vivas

Carolina Vivas | Carolina is co-founder of Buddhi Yoga and she brings 15 years of teaching experience to our training program. She has developed a wealth of knowledge about all aspects of yoga, especially sequencing, adjustments, advanced postures, and class design. Her ability to weave personal stories and experiences into her lectures make her discussions on yoga philosophy easy to understand and assimilate into modern life. Known for her power yoga style and strong physical practice, she guides students on facing fears and finding the courage to do things they never thought possible.


Amanda McCarroll | Amanda opened Buddhi Yoga with Carolina in 2014 with the intention of developing a multi-disciplinary teacher training for students to experience many styles of yoga. Her hope is that new teachers have a road map to find their own personal style. Through further study and daily practice, she hopes to encourage trainees to develop their own unique style. Teaching both Hatha and Vinyasa yoga classes throughout her career, she is able to show trainees how to design classes that are appropriate for a wide range of students. She also enjoys lecturing on the history of yoga as well as subtle anatomy.

Michelle Hackett

Michelle Hackett | Michelle brings her extensive knowledge and practice of Ashtanga Yoga to our training program. Learn the principles of Ashtanga Yoga and practice the full first series. Her segment on Breath, Bandhas and Drishti breaks down three of the most fundamental aspects of asana practice that are often glossed over or completely skipped by today’s yoga teachers.


Jonathan Old-Rowe | Teachers like Jonathan are few and far between. Through his words, presence and hilarious sense of humor, his instruction enables students to find profound connection with their breath and bodies. He incorporates subtle alignment cues to completely engage the mind while seamlessly integrating philosophy and other more subtle aspects of yoga that are often left out. He shares meditation techniques and other practices with trainees so that they might find inspiration within themselves and teach from an authentic place of love and presence.

Linda Armijo

Linda Armijo | Linda shares her experience of teaching yoga to specific populations such as beginners and seniors. As people age, yoga becomes incredibly important for maintaining bone health, muscle tone, kinesthetic awareness and balance. Trainees will learn specific considerations to make when it comes to sequencing and modifying postures for beginning and older students.


Nina Petruzzo | Nina is an Occupational Therapist and Yoga Instructor. She believes yoga teachers are not just teaching the postures of yoga, but rather the individuals that enter the room. She breaks down the structural and functional alignment of the foundational postures through verbal cueing and hands-on adjustments and assists. Learn to really “see” your students through her guidance and review modifications that best serve the students that come into the studio.


Michael DeFrancisco | Michael is a teacher, spiritual mentor/intuitive who has founded and developed “The Art and Science of Inner Peace Program,” which teaches an effortless meditation technique grounded in the time-tested ancient 6,000-year-old Vedic Tradition. He will teach the history of the practice as well as techniques to develop a personal meditation practice. It has been scientifically proven that meditation supports an increase in harmony, happiness and health in one’s individual daily life.

Magdalena Patterson

Magdalena Patterson | Magdalena brings her light-hearted approach and in-depth knowledge to our prenatal yoga segment. Learn the do’s and don’ts for the pregnant women that are sure to come to your class at some point. She introduces how to create a safe and nurturing space for pregnant women and guides trainees on how to explore teaching prenatal yoga beyond this training. Being a mom herself, she understands the process of pregnancy and birth, and shares from both experience and her studies.

Lauren Padula

Lauren Padula | Lauren is a Doctor of Physical Therapy, running coach, and a 200-hour registered yoga teacher. She uses her six years of physical therapy experience in her coaching and teaching, focusing on teaching anatomy for yoga teachers, biomechanics for runners, and yoga for runners.


Overview of Curriculum

  • Asanas: standing poses, forward bends, twists, backbends, inversions, and balances
  • Alignment, including assists and adjustments
  • Anatomy
  • Meditation
  • Pranayama (breath work)
  • Kriyas (cleansing techniques)
  • The art of teaching, including beginner and advanced variations
  • Sequencing and transitions
  • Physical and energetic anatomy
  • Study of Sanskrit
  • Philosophy and ancient yogic scriptures
  • Communication exercises
  • Nutrition and lifestyle
  • The business of yoga
  • Practice teaching

Throughout the 200-hour RYT program students get unlimited classes at Buddhi Yoga with some of San Diego’s top instructors. Trainees also receive a free membership to yourBuddhi.com, getting access to instructional videos including full length classes, sequencing tips and adjustment demos. Upon completion students become qualified to register with Yoga Alliance at the 200 level and be eligible to further their training with our 500hr program and other advanced workshops.

Required Books

  • Light on Yoga by BKS Iyengar
  • Heart of Yoga by TKV Desikachar
  • Yoga Anatomy by Leslie Kaminoff

Program Price

Early Bird Discount: $2,600 (Tuition due in full by May 1st)
After May 1st: $2900 (Tuition due in full by June 12th)
Student, Senior, Military Discount: $2,500

Includes a comprehensive teacher training manual, membership to yourBuddhi.com and free classes at Buddhi Yoga Studio in La Jolla for the duration of the training.

Apply now to begin this transformative experience.

Non-refundable deposit of $500 is required to reserve your spot. Payment plans are available, just email us a request!