200 hour RYT

Pulsation Yoga's 200 hour Teacher Training starts Late September/Early October. Condensed training will finish by early December.

Calling all yoga students interested in becoming a teacher:

We are taking inquiries and applications now. Begin the process by emailing kathy for details and to request to be included in the application process. Or feel free to call Kathy direct at 847-989-7792.


We will meet for every weekend Sat and Sun, with two Fridays additional.



Split between our 2 locations with dates laid out here.


Proposed Dates (to be finalized, start up date will be Sept 21 OR possibly Oct 6)


Sun Sept 23: Orientation Day

Sat/Sun Sept Oct 6-7

Sat/Sun Oct 13, 14

Fri/Sat/Sun Oct 19-21

Sat/Sun Oct 27-18

Sat/Sun Nov 3-4

Sat/Sun Nov 10-11

Fri/Sat/Sun Nov 16, 17, 18

Sat/Sun Dec 1-2

Sat/Sun Dec 8-9



The training is in the Anusara tradition of yoga. We teach in the Anusara tradition at our studio.  For more information on Anusara Yoga see: anusarayoga.com



Become a Teacher

As a registered yoga school with Yoga Alliances, our Teacher Training program provides all the tools necessary for you to find your voice, discover your teaching style, and become an RYT Registered Yoga Teacher with the Yoga Alliance upon completion. Our 200-hour program meets all the requirements set by Yoga Alliance for graduates to successfully begin leading their own yoga classes. Instructors are Certified/Registered in Anusara® Yoga. For more information on Anusara Yoga see: anusarayoga.com

Many Reasons To Choose Pulsation Yoga Teacher Training School:


The highest quality training you can get because of the detail and unique curriculum, with “hands-on” learning. You will feel very cared for in this training.


Led by Anusara Certified teachers Kathy and Jim (Over 10 years of teacher training experience).


Detailed curriculum and outline with handouts: extremely organized.


Option to attend an additional 300 hours and receive a full 500 hour study with the same school.


Aside from the required history, alignment, philosophy, pranayama, anatomy; learn how to creatively craft your OWN sequences, and bring real thematic meaning into your class. Attract the long term student by learning how to "read the room" and master modifications so everyone in your classroom will learn. Master your skills to make each class unique with use of language, demonstrations, detailed alignment. Our goal is to help you as a teacher continually refine your teaching potentially turning you into a master teacher. Learning never stops. This is not an easy program, if you want the best start with the best, become the best.


Our practicum includes the opportunity for you to assist in a class and observe seasoned professionals teach. As a student at Pulsation Yoga’s Teacher Training, you will learn the following:


  • Anusara yoga, an overview of various applications including Vinyasa,  Restorative, and Therapeutic-Oriented Yoga, Meditation, Prenatal.

  • Philosophy overview, including Yamas and Niyamas, the Bhagavad Gita, the Chakras, and the Koshas, Doshas, and Malas. Studying non-dualistic philosophy can help you build healthy habits that garner positive changes, both mentally and physically.

  • Asana practice with a focus on form, alignment, breath, and energy. We break down poses so you can better understand how each one benefits the body, and learn the best way to get into a pose, including using modifications and variations. We also cover energy and energetic flow in the body, therapeutic-essentials, standing, backbends, sitting poses, twists, hand balances, inversions, and restoratives.

  • Pranayama, Bandhas, Nadis, and Meditation.
  • General anatomy of the skeleton, muscles, joints, ligaments, cartilage, and tendons. We review biomechanics of poses and how they affect the physiology of the muscle.

  • How to make hands-on adjustments to safely take the student deeper into the asana practice.

200 hr Tuition

Three tuition options are available for the Teacher Training program. An application, along with a non-refundable deposit of $450, is required to hold your spot. On the application, please mark the payment option that best suits your needs.


Pay up front, save on tuition

$2440 (plus a deposit of $450) (total of $2890)

due on or before Sept 21, 2017.


OR choose the installment plan

3 installments: $915 each (plus a deposit of $450) (total of $3195)
A $450 deposit beforehand, then 3 payments of $915 each due Sept 21, Oct 21, Nov 21.


Note: Preferred method of payment: check or cash or ACH. If you choose credit card a 3% surcharge will be added to your bill.


EXTRAS: Deeply discounted workshops and class packages are available to you during the training session.

Download flyer here




Please note: All teacher trainees are eligible for a discount to yoga classes at the studio and workshops scheduled during the 200-hour training.  Books are not included in the tuition.


The 2018 Session is filling up now.

If you are interested in our program: Call Kathy: 847-767-5960 direct to discuss potential enrollment. Next step is to fill out an application. Begin the process by emailing kathy for details and to request to be included in the application process. Or feel free to call Kathy direct at 847-989-7792.


Pulsation Yoga: Our 2 Locations:

Arlington Heights: 17 E. Miner, 60004

Lake Zurich: 729 W. Rt 22, 60047






200 hr RYT requirements

Applicants will be interviewed in person. Applicants should have a minimum of 6 months-2 years of consistent yoga practice. During the training period, we suggest you meditate 5 minutes a day, and require that you attend 1 extra yoga class per month at either studio with Kathy. The extra class per month is included in your tuition. (We encourage you to attend as much yoga as you can and will be offering you a discount on class packages) Requirements for the 300 hour training will be listed soon.




Pulsation Yoga co-owner Kathy Simonik is a certified Anusara Instructor and E-RYT 500. She has been leading her teacher training for over 7 years. teaching for 13 years and a student of yoga for 14+ years. Kathy studied with Anusara founder John Friend, and completed his level 1 and level 2 teacher trainings, three Yoga Therapeutic-Oriented trainings, and Anusara Master Immersion. In all, Kathy has completed more than 2,000 hours in Anusara studies with John Friend and other certified Anusara instructors. Her studies have garnered extensive knowledge in alignment and therapeutic-oriented yoga postures. Kathy assisted with 5 teacher trainings prior to conducting the 200 and 500 RYT Teacher Training at Pulsation Yoga.

Pulsation Yoga co-owner Jim Simonik is an Anusara Inspired Yoga Instructor finishing up his Anusara Certification, and RYT 200. He will be assisting Kathy in this training. He has been teaching for 10 years, and studied with John Friend, Noah Mazé, Amy Ippolitti, Sianna Sherman, Desiree Rumbaugh, Betsey Downing, and Ross Rayburn. Jim brings his experience and strong athletic practice to the training, and he follows a teaching style that blends an in-depth knowledge of yoga with a powerful and playful practice.


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Check out what former students have to say about Pulsation Yoga Teacher Training: (4.9 out of 5 stars Yoga Alliance Rating)


Kathy Simonik brings a level of excitement and motivation to the classroom, which is evidenced by her broad base of knowledge and is enhanced by her own desire to continue to learn and challenge herself, so that she can bring the most progressive and informed materials to her trainees. If you want a comprehensive and challenging curriculum, see Kathy! — KL


Hi Kathy,

I know we are to send you this email to let you know that I have completed my 12 observations, 3 assists for our teacher training.  But... as I typed in the words "I'm done" it just didn't seem complete without "but not finished!"


Not finished... because, first and foremost, I want to thank you for all you have done to prepare us to begin teaching.  I believe in the power of intentions and it must be one of yours to prepare us from a deep cellular level because your process is full of an energetic force that goes beyond the teachings from the outlines and textbooks.  You have taught us yoga from the inside out. The unity of our mind, bodies, hearts and souls.  Thank you for this gift.


Not finished... because the end of our classes seems like a new beginning on so many levels that it would take pages to express!

Not finished... because this experience has been a blessing in my life.  I deeply believe that yoga does not change you, it helps you become more of who you truly are.  Kathy, because of your wisdom and encouragement to "look at this from the other side of the training" I am beginning to understand this more fully and look forward to the journey ahead.


With yoga, I love that we will never be finished - the journey just shifts, ebbs, and flows.  Like riding a big, beautiful wave.


With unending gratitude,



Hi Kathy,


Thank you for sending me my certificate! I can't being to thank you enough for so much more than a yoga teacher training course, it was my therapy, my motivation and my inspiration. Your authenticity in your delivery and passion and commitment in our training speak volumes. I am reminded of how amazing of a teacher you are not only when I am in your classes but when I visit any other yoga studio and start critiquing other "teachers". It is evident I was taught by the best on how to be a teacher not an instructor and you have made an art out of teaching people yoga and I am so grateful to have learned from you. You and your dedication to your studio do not go unnoticed and I intend on being my best for you and your continued faith in me through this process. I have learned so much from you. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!





"I came to Pulsation Yoga seeking a true yoga community that would welcome me at my current level, challenge me to grow (both in my yoga practice and personally,) and would provide the community and support I needed for that growth.  Pulsation Yoga provided me with that yoga home.  I was drawn to the Pulsation Teacher Training program based on the home provided at Pulsation Yoga and the strong emphasis on alignment and creative expression in teaching.  I loved the community that grew out of the teacher training class; many of us still keep in touch and support each other as we mature our teaching skills and styles.  Kathy is a wonderful, warm teacher who provided me with knowledge, instruction, and resources to obtain my RYT-200 certification and to feel confident stepping into the seat of a yoga teacher.  I highly recommend the Teacher Training program of study!"

~ 2015 graduate Sandy Smith, MBA, ACC, RYT-200


“The training with Kathy Simonik at Pulsation Yoga was truly a wonderful experience. Kathy leads her trainee classes with an open heart and a wealth of information, and I am so grateful for the support and guidance from Kathy, Jim and every teacher at the studio. I feel that this training has laid the foundation for me to become an effective and educated teacher of yoga.” ~ Christine


Pulsation Yoga owner Kathy is passionate and committed to "being" a yogi. She gives her students in teacher training all of her heart and energy. I am also grateful for the authentic yoga studio experience she and Jim have created at Pulsation. Their teaching truly gives honor to the essence and principles of yoga and our original teachers. They are my forever gurus. Namaste. Sylvia.


"Your training has given me the strong knowledge-base, self-confidence and comfort level that I need to teach yoga and I am very excited to start my journey down the yoga teaching path. I believe your knowledge base, creativity, and embracing teaching style is very unique and extremely successful. I can say successful because I've looked into the other students you've taught and your spirit shines through each of them. I plan to continue learning from you as I further my practice with you at Pulsation." ~2013 Teacher Training attendee


“Excellent program, exemplary staff, community-building environment at Pulsation Yoga.” ~ Shelly


“Kathy Simonik designed the Teacher Training thoughtfully and with great attention to detail. I feel completely prepared to begin teaching. The training was fun, informative, challenging and inspirational. I would highly recommend this to anyone who is thinking about teaching, committed to teaching, or wants to deepen their own practice.” ~ Katherine