Become a Certified Yoga Teacher

Teacher Training Begins April 13, 2019

Pulsation Yoga is happy to announce the 2019 Yoga Teacher Training and Yoga Studies programs. The program is set to begin in April and finish in November, meeting one or two weekends each month. We are offering three program choices to suit your needs and schedule.

The 200 Yoga Teacher Training hour program will fully prepare you to take the seat of the teacher by covering class planning, sequencing, languaging and cueing, and will also help you discover your unique style and voice as a teacher. Upon completion of the 200 hour program, trainees will be eligible for their yoga teacher certification. 

We understand that spring and summer are busy times of year and we will work with you to ensure you get the training hours you need. The 200 hour program will meet 13 weekends. We will meet one to two weekends each month with some Friday evenings and mostly held Saturdays and Sundays for 4-6 hours. Sessions will be held at both the Lake Zurich and Arlington Heights locations.  

We are also offering two Yoga Studies programs, for those not yet ready to commit to the 200 hour program. Trainees may choose between a 50 hour or 100 hour program developed to immerse them in yoga philosophy, history, traditional practices, and deepen your asana knowledge. These programs do not result in a certification, but hours can be applied toward a future 200 hour certification through Pulsation Yoga. They will meet with the 200 hour program for the first several weekends. 

The program will be led by Alison Tseng (RYT 200, RYT 500, Anusara Elements) and Sandy Smith (E-RYT 200, RYT 500, YACEP), both graduates of the Pulsation Yoga 300 hour teacher training led by Kathy Simonik.

Photo of a yoga instructor helping a student in a pose.
200 Hour Training Schedule

On select Fridays we will meet 2-3 hours in the evenings, and on Saturdays and Sundays we will meet 4-6 hours during the day. Saturday and Sunday times will vary based on class schedules and workshops but will typically wrap up by 5:00 pm. The dates are as follows:

April 13, 14

April 26, 27, 28

May 17, 18, 19

June 1, 2

June 21, 22, 23

July 13, 14

August 2, 3, 4

August  24, 25

Sept 7, 8

Sept 20, 21, 22

Oct 5, 6

Oct 18, 19, 20

Nov 9, 10

200 Hour Teacher Training

$2500 (payable in 2 installments of $1250) or $2400 if paid by April 1, 2019

Meets 13 weekends, with one optional weekend for make-up hours as necessary

Upon completion, trainees will be eligible for their 200 hour teaching certification

100 Hour Yoga Studies

$1400, paid in full

Meets the first 9 weekends

These 100 hours, and applicable fees, can be applied toward future 200 hour certification training through Pulsation Yoga

50 Hour Yoga Studies

$700, paid in full

Meets the first 5 weekends, with one optional weekend

These 50 hours, and applicable fees, can be applied toward future 200 hour certification training through Pulsation

Pulsation’s 200 will be wide-spectrum study leaving you feel well-rounded and prepared to teach the style of yoga you feel passionate about. Weekends will include lecture, practice, hands on training and discussion. Some weekends may include workshops. The topics covered include:

  1. History, Philosophy, and Practices
  2. The Subtle Body: Meditation and Chakras
  3. Asana and Studentship
  4. In the Anusara Tradition: the Universal Principles of Alignment, Kula (community), and Tantric Philosophy
  5. Anatomy as it Relates to Yoga
  6. Essence of a Great Teacher
  7. Putting a Class Together
  8. Modifications and Adjustments
  9. Developing Skills of a Teacher
  10. Teaching to Different Levels and Styles
  11. Teaching to Special Populations
  12. The Yogic Lifestyle: the Next Steps on Your Journey

Along with attending the weekends, each trainee will be responsible for class observations, class assists, and completing homework consisting of reading, journaling, writing class plans, as well as completing a 20 hour practicum studying each person’s individual interested area to teach yoga. Trainees will also get discounts on class packages to continue their practice. 

Pulsation Yoga Teacher Training

Reserve Your Spot Today

We’re taking applications now for our 2019 Teacher training and Yoga Studies programs. Get started today by providing your name and email, and we will be in touch with the application and next steps.


We offer the highest quality training you can get, with attention to detail, unique curriculum and hands on learning. Training will be lead by co-owners, Alison and Sandy, with guest teachers.

Alison Tseng
Alison TsengCo-Owner, RYT 500
Alison’s yoga experience is centered around Ashtanga and Anusara based practices. She started to practice simply as a way to get exercise, but as time went on yoga became critical in helping to deal with her General Anxiety Disorder. As a teacher, Alison strives to help students feel and see the benefits that yoga offers their mind, their self-confidence, and their lives, even when they step off the mat. She believes it is important to build strength, flexibility, and balance through proper alignment. She tries to inspire a sense of community that creates a fun, rejuvenating, and relaxing environment.
Sandy Smith
Sandy SmithCo-Owner, E-RYT 200, RYT 500
Sandy has been working at and teaching classes at Pulsation Yoga for 4 years. As a graduate of Pulsation Yoga’s 200 hour yoga teacher training program, a Professional Certified Coach, and certified in Precision Nutrition, her knowledge and experience runs deep. Sandy primarily teaches Basics and 101 classes for our studio, assisting those new to yoga to build a regular yoga practice by focusing on the foundations of poses and alignment. She is also a Wellness and Weight Loss Coach, bringing the benefits of yoga to her clients to develop strength, breath/body connection, and appreciation of their bodies regardless of where they are on their journey.