200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training

training yoga teachers since 1998

A journey of self-exploration through yoga.

Go far beyond the "how to" of teaching a yoga pose. Topics covered include:


  • Asana, including teaching techniques, alignment, sanskrit names and modifications

  • Seeing your student

  • Study of historical texts, including The Bhagavad Gita, The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali and Hatha Yoga Pradipika

  • The spiritual connection of yoga to our daily lives

  • Chakras, Bandhas, Mudras, Chanting & Kriyas

  • Anatomy & Physiology as it relates to yoga

  • Meditation

  • Mentorship with experienced Yoga Haven teachers, as you find and hone your voice and teaching skills (teaching track only)

  • And More!

Training Starts September 2020!

Just like everything else this year, running a 200-hour program is going to take some creativity and flexibility on everyone’s part. I’ve given a lot of thought as to how to run this program in the current climate, without compromising on material or experience of our traditional program. I have a “teaching space” that has all the current and up-to-date air purification systems to make being inside possible for a group 14 and under.  The plan is for a hybrid model with 75% of the content in person, and the rest on-line. If attending in person sessions is prohibitive, you can participate 100% online.    

Are you longing for something thoughtful, inspiring and hopeful to carry you through the next couple of months?  Join me to learn about the world of yoga, and how you as a person, can transform your daily experiences, open up your awareness and cultivate a more balanced, healthy life.

Please fill out the online application so I can learn a little bit about you before we chat. 

Once I receive your application, you and I will set up a time to zoom meet to go over your application and the program.

Things to think about when selecting a training...

In-person vs. On-line


The ongoing Covid situation makes it impossible to run a traditional, in person 200 hour teacher training. Some studios and organizations are responding with completely online programs. Personally, I hold Yoga Haven's training to too high a standard to offer it in an online format. This training is not about checking off boxes and banking hours to get a certification. The organic transformation that stretches over months spent interacting with your teachers and co-trainees cannot be translated to Zoom. We may not be touching our students for a long time, but learning how to observe, modify, demo and deeply connect in person is enormously important. Among so many things, these past few months have been a lesson in patience.  You may be eager to sign up for an online training now to fill a void, I get it! I hope you will consider waiting with me until we can be in the studio, whether that be September, October or January, and continue with our 20 year tradition of training knowledgeable, compassionate teachers with a proven method.

In Person vs. Online Training

I’ve given a lot of thought as to how to run this program in the current climate, without compromising on material or experience of our traditional program. Luckily for you, last year’s group finishing up online provided valuable lessons for how to enhance this experience for you. Even if you decide to do the fully online option of this training, participating online with a local studio will enhance your ability to connect and develop lasting relationships beyond the end of this training when we can all be together again.

  • September 2020 - February 2021

  • Every Monday 6-8 pm (virtual)

  • Every Wednesday 6-9 pm (in-person or virtual)

  • 4 Saturdays 1-5 pm (in-person or virtual)

  • 4 Sundays 1-5 pm (in-person or virtual)


You are eligible to apply if you have been consistently practicing yoga for at least 18 months. We are not interested in your ability to perform “advanced” poses (arm balances, handstands, etc), we are more concerned with your body awareness and understanding of the basic poses. This does not guarantee acceptance. You will also be required to have an interview with Betsy Kase, Director of Yoga Haven.


Let's connect! Start by submitting an application here so we can get to know you and begin a conversation.


Betsy Kase

Owner & Director of Yoga Haven

Betsy Kase, RYT-500, C-IAYT  is the lead instructor of Yoga Haven’s 200 Hour Teacher Training Program. Each year, since Yoga Haven’s inaugural training in 1999, Betsy has given prospective teachers a supportive space to develop, not only as teachers, but as individuals. Betsy considers leading yoga students through the process of learning how to share their love of yoga is one of the most fulfilling parts of her life.

Jill Ganassi

History & Philosophy

Jill Ganassi has been studying yoga philosophy since 1999 and teaching the history and philosophy portion of the Yoga Haven Teacher Training since 2003. She is a certified Iyengar Yoga instructor. She began studying psychology, philosophy, and the eastern spiritual traditions in her undergraduate schooling. Her strength as a philosophy teacher is in making the material applicable to the context of peoples day to day lives. At the same time she is able to cultivate a deeper understanding of the classical tradition of yoga and stays true to the history and the classical texts. She treasures the opportunity to have an on going conversation with fellow seekers about the big questions and use the yogic perspective to help explore the answers.

Clare Mottola

Finding Your Voice

Clare Mottola draws on her background in acting, directing and producing to work with trainees to find their teaching voice. Clare is the chair of the theatre and dance department at Fieldston, where she also teaches the school’s mindfulness curriculum. Clare received her 200 hour certification from Yoga Haven in 2004. 

Margaret Duggan

Anatomy & Physiology

Margaret Duggan teaches the Anatomy & Physiology section. She began studying it academically in college, but really became fascinated by the subject while trying to make sense of several injuries sustained rowing at the elite level, post-collegially with the US National Team. She has continued her studies in anatomy with a focus on the spine and yoga with Loren Fishman, MD, Alison West and Elise Browning Miller. Margaret teaches the anatomy & physiology section of Yoga Haven’s teacher training with the unique ability to make the material accessible and understandable for all types of learners. 

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