Teacher Training: September  2018 – June 2019


YOFO studio, 1403 Franklin Street, Fredericksburg, VA 22401. http://yogaforeveryone.org


To deepen your yoga practice and learn about yoga for different populations, different yoga schools and styles, yoga philosophy, yoga anatomy and physiology, yoga ethics, traditions, research, lifestyle, business—and to prepare you for teaching yoga to others.


September 2018 – June 2019. One weekend each month, Saturdays and Sundays. See below for specific dates.

The Result

Successful completion of the YOFO 200-hour Teacher Training and certification by the Yoga Foundation of Fredericksburg will qualify you to be a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200) with Yoga Alliance, which is the primary accreditation organization for yoga teachers in the United States and in a number of other countries. Most yoga studios and other health and wellness centers require this certification and registration for their teachers.


Our Approach

The YOFO teacher training will introduce students to a variety of different styles of yoga, and yoga for different populations–with a special emphasis on yoga for young people–but won’t focus on just one fixed form or school. We share the philosophy of the yoga teacher Ganga White, who says that it’s important for us to learn from the yoga of the past, but to be open to new research, approaches, and insights—and to remember that one size (or style, or form, or school) doesn’t fit all. It’s also important to keep in mind that while yoga can help you on your spiritual journey, whatever that is, yoga itself is not a religion, and certainly doesn’t require or endorse any particular spiritual path or direction.

In addition, our teacher training will have a strong focus on yoga for children and teens, with a unique emphasis on yoga for young people on the autism spectrum and those coping with other special needs. To help teacher trainees gain first-hand experience teaching these young populations, YOFO will provide opportunities to co-lead yoga sessions in preschools, Head Start programs, the juvenile detention center, high school special ed classes, and other area schools for young people with emotional and developmental challenges.

Who’s Teaching What

Lead Teacher:

Ren Fields, E-RYT-500, 31 years/more than 10,000 hours teaching experience in multiple forms of yoga Asana and Vinyasa, Breathwork, meditation, yoga philosophy and stress and pain management.

Other Teachers:

  • Liz Ritoli (Ayurveda)
  • Amy Peery (Yoga Anatomy and Physiology; Ashtanga Yoga)
  • Dr. John McLaughlin (Meditation, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction)
  • Christine Garman (Yoga for Children; Special Needs)

What Will be Covered

  • 180 contact hours
  • 200 hours total
  • Covering Yoga Technique, Training, and Practice (100 hours)
  • Yoga Philosophy, Lifestyle, and Ethics (30 hours)
  • Teaching Methodology (20 hours)
  • Yoga Anatomy and Physiology (20 hours)
  • Teaching Practicum (10 hours)
  • and outside study and practice (to include 20 extra classes at the YOFO studio at reduced rate–$5).
  • 180 Contact Hours
  • 200 Total Hours
  • 100 Technique, Training and Practice Hours
  • 30 Hours of Yoga Philosophy, Lifestyle and Ethics
  • 20 Hours of Teaching Methodology
  • 20 Hours of Yoga Anatomy and Physiology
  • 10 Hours of Teaching Practicum


  • Yoga Beyond Belief, Ganga White
  • Yoga Mind, Body, and Spirit, Donna Farhii
  • Teaching Yoga, Mark Stevens
  • Yoga Anatomy, Leslie Kaminoff


Students should make plans to attend all sessions, but if necessary may miss one weekend session by prior arrangement and still graduate from the teacher training program, as long as you are able to schedule time to make up the missing contact hours.

Schedule – September 2018-June 2019

September 8 & 9
October 13 & 14
November 10 & 11
December 8 & 9
January 12 & 13, 2019
February 9 & 10
March 9 & 10
April 13 & 14
May 17, 18 & 19
June 8 & 9.

Who We Are

Yoga Foundation of Fredericksburg is a 501c3-nonprofit dedicated to providing affordable yoga to everyone in the Fredericksburg community, including 30-40 free outreach classes every month to underserved populations, with a special focus on young people, families, seniors, and people with special needs. People attending our studio classes are invited to donate what they can afford, with recommended donation rates ranging from $5-$10 per class.

How To Register

Contact Studio Director, Marina Bonanno to discuss the training.  You can email her at [email protected]

Information Session - TBD