Yoga Teacher Training Programs


Sadhana Yoga Teacher Training is the program developed by Diane. Sadhana means the discipline undertaken in pursuit of a goal with the aim of progressing toward the ultimate expression of life - it is what we do, how we do it, and with spiritual intention.

The 200 Hour Teacher Training is comprehensive and includes study in the 8 Limbed practice of yoga, with emphasis on skilled teaching (poses & sequencing), anatomical alignment & injury prevention, philosophy, meditation & pranayama, inclusivity & accessibility for all who practice yoga, service to the community, the energetic body, ayurveda, business aspects, and values and lifestyle practices of the yogi. 


The Sadhana 300-hr Advanced Teacher Training explores the depths of the 8-limbs of the philosophy & practice of yoga and develops the skills of a teacher as a leader in the community. It is designed to take your practice and teaching to new levels of effectiveness and power. The Sadhana 300-hr Advanced Teacher Training is an integrative and innovative program that combines the latest research on anatomy and physiology as it relates to yoga interventions, teaching methodology, eastern philosophy, and in-depth training in yoga styles beyond vinyasa flow. The training is designed for teachers to emerge as more confident leaders; knowledgeable, compassionate, and connected to service in the field of teaching yoga. Combined with a foundational 200 hour yoga teacher training, the 300 hour certification allows participants eligibility to register with Yoga Alliance as a 500 hour Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT).


The program is led and developed by Diane Malaspina, Ph.D. psychologist and senior teacher with Yoga Medicine. Additional faculty members and guest presenters will be woven into select modules over the course of the program. 


Each module is experiential, hands-on, in-depth, and emphasizes new techniques to add to your teaching repertoire. Modern science in biomechanics and somatic studies will be blended with the ancient wisdom and practices of yoga. Students will gain direct experience with the material and explore the deeper dimensions of what it means to be a teacher and to serve as leaders and teachers of teachers in the community. 

This training is presented in module format: pay-as-you-go with modules accumulating for a total of 300 hours of advanced training. For 200-hr yoga teachers and serious students wanting to continue their education, modules can be attended a la carte. A Continuing Education certificate will be issued after the completion of each module for those wanting CEUs which can be submitted to the National Yoga Alliance for credit. For those pursuing 300 hour certification, an additional homework assignment will be required to be turned in at the culmination of all necessary contact hours for certification requirements. 


Upon completion of the training, teachers will have the skills to teach group classes, privates, workshops, and trainings that are artfully sequenced, full of expertise on the body and healing, and that move people to find their optimal state of wellness in body, mind, and spirit.




  • Anatomical Connectionsin-depth anatomy content and its direct applicability to the yoga practice

  • Psychological Underpinnings: studies of psychology and mind-body connection as it relates to well-being 

  • Teacher as Leader: advanced teaching methods to extend the sphere of influence as community leaders

  • Philosophical Depth: an authentic understanding of yoga philosophy through in-depth study and practice of meditation, pranayama, and yoga texts



This training is for graduates of a 200-hr yoga teacher training program pursuing the 300-hr track of advanced training. It is also for 200-hr yoga teachers, specialists in their field, and serious students wanting to continue their education.

training modules

restorative yoga

Restorative Yoga is a healing practice that soothes the nervous system by fostering the relaxation response through poses that are held for a period of time, supported by props. In this training you will experience several restorative practices, learn about how the practice supports the nervous system (physiologically and energetically), anatomy of the nervous system, how to prop and cue in a way that is effective and efficient, modifications, how to bring restorative practice into a general yoga class, sequencing, practice teaching, and more.

mobility & stability: shoulders

An in-depth examination of the anatomy and biomechanics of the shoulder joint will serve as a foundation for understanding healthy movement and patterns of dysfunction. Participants will learn how to assess for shoulder dysfunction, common injuries, and yoga as a therapeutic intervention.  Techniques learned can apply to group classes and one-on-one instruction. 

psychology, mental health, & yoga

A growing body of research demonstrates the efficacy of yoga for mental health including many positive neuro-biologic benefits. Participants will learn how bio-physiology and environment contribute to patterns of healthy functioning. Self care practices to encourage wellness will be experienced as a tool for future use with students. Correlates of stress with anxiety, depression, addiction, and PTSD will be examined with nervous system balancing approaches for care.


This training will give participants an opportunity to spend more time with yogic philosophical texts including the Yoga Sutras, Bhagavad Gita, Vedas, and others. Philosophy will be explored historically and as it relates to modern times. The approach will be experiential and will cross reference the connection between traditional philosophy and contemporary psychology. Strategies for bringing philosophy into practice and teaching will also be offered

inclusivity, accessibility, & seva

As teachers, our words are amongst our most powerful tools. Students come to classes with different backgrounds and of different sizes. In this module, you will learn how to accommodate and create an open space for the diversity of students who you teach. Cueing, sequencing, and modifications will be covered. In addition, we will explore Seva - selfless service though action - and will develop a project to implement in the community.

subtle body studies/advanced energetics

This module will offer an in-depth examination of the energetic body from the yogic perspective. Koshas, chakras, vayus, bandhas,and nadis will be examined in depth with their associated relationships to health and consciousness. This energetic map of the body can be influenced by practice to enhance ease and navigate away from dis-ease. Sequencing and class planning, as well as cultivating teaching skills in energetics will be highlighted.  

mobility & stability: hips

An in-depth examination of the anatomy and biomechanics of the hip joint will serve as a foundation for understanding healthy movement and patterns of dysfunction. Participants will learn how to assess for hip dysfunction, common injuries of the hips, and yoga as a therapeutic intervention.  Techniques learned can apply to group classes and one-on-one instruction.

meditation & pranayama

Meditation as the 7th limb of the eight-limbed practice of yoga will be explored philosophically, across traditions. In addition, the process of setting intention, ethics and guidelines for practice, how to craft and deliver instruction, and strategies for bringing meditation into practice will be covered. Neuroscience, research, and meditation in the modern world will serve as a bridge for bringing this ancient practice into modern times

The anatomy of the respiratory system will serve as a backdrop for exploring the physiological effects of breath practice.  Effects of breathing on the nervous system will be covered and energetic and spiritual qualities will be highlighted. Through this training, participants will build confidence in using pranayama techniques and understand the importance of the relationship between breath and mind.

yoga nidra

Yoga Nidra or ‘yogic sleep’ encompasses the science of deep relaxation. Through a process of guided relaxation, the practitioner becomes systematically and increasingly aware of the inner world. The state of consciousness achieved is a state between sleep and awake, yet different than meditation in that concentration on a single point is not required. In this module, we explore the depths of yoga tradition and Western science as applied to the practice. Participants will learn history of the practice, physiology, benefits, and tools for guiding students into this transformational practice.

yin yoga

This training is for teachers looking to learn how to teach yin yoga. Yin yoga is a more passive style of yoga that targets the connective tissues: ligaments, bones, and joints and especially benefits the hips and lower spine. Participants will be lead through yin sequences and learn fascial anatomy, meridian lines, cues and propping, modifications, and how to sequence classes.

myofascial release

Self Myofascial Release is becoming a complement to yoga as its an effective tool for reducing pain and enhancing range of motion. This training will include a more in-depth study of connective tissue and fascial anatomy, function and dysfunction of the tissue, and the therapeutic application of SMFR techniques in a yoga setting. This is a whole body approach and also reinforces knowledge of anatomy and movement. SMFR tools and techniques will be covered as well as approaches to teaching private and group classes.  

mobility & stability: spine

An in-depth examination of the anatomy and biomechanics of the spine will serve as a foundation for understanding healthy movement and patterns of dysfunction. Participants will learn how to assess for spine dysfunction, common injuries, and yoga as a therapeutic intervention.  Techniques learned can apply to group classes and one-on-one instruction.

teaching skills, business, & leadership

Skillful communication is reflected in how we use our words, presence, touch, and vision for the class. This module will explore strategies for teaching yoga with greater skill and refinement, challenges faced and troubleshooting strategies for overcoming challenges, enhancing verbal cueing, demonstrations, and hands on assists, growing your teaching experiences from group classes to privates and workshops, and business strategies to take you from instructor to community leader. 

yoga & trauma

In this module, participants will learn yoga practices to improve the symptoms of trauma. Beginning with brief interventions for self-soothing and grounding to longer term strategies for befriending the body, calming the nervous system, and moving toward self- regulation, healing, and empowerment. How the trauma effects our physiology and mental processing will aid in understanding the impact that trauma has. Therapeutic tenets will also be addressed to empower yoga teachers to approach students experiencing trauma with sensitivity and confidence.


Yoga and Ayurveda are sister sciences, when practiced together, create a roadmap for health and well being. Fundamental theories and practice of Ayurveda including daily self care practices such as kriyas, nutrition, digestion, balancing the doshas, and cultivating inner fire and vigor will be discussed. This module provides an opportunity for a personal journey within, exploring individual Ayurvedic constitution and creating a lifestyle that leads to inner peace and healing.

© Diane Malaspina Yoga + WellBeing 2019

All Studio Photos Taken at Gud Yoga

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