200 Hour Yoga Teacher Education Program

 200+Hour Yoga Teacher Education Program

Learn a strong foundation for critical thinking as a yoga teacher. 

Yoga Impact Yoga Teacher Training

at the Native American Baha’i Center in Arizona starting Fall 2017

Directed by Nancy Candea, C-IAYT, E-RYT 500

Who? This training is offered to Native Americans or those who work with Native American community who are interested in serving through teaching yoga. We are offering this training as partial work-study, asking the participants to serve/teach yoga to enrich the health and wellness in their communities in return. Participants are also welcome to take the training without a work-study commitment.

What? A 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training (YTT), culminating in certification.

When? The Yoga Teacher Training will begin the first weekend in September 2017 meet once a month (Sept-Dec, March, April) and end with a 5 day intensive the end of May.

Where? Native American Baha’i Center in Arizona.

How? Register with Ian Tong, the training manager, or contact Nancy Candea at or 973-874-9642

Common Questions:

Will I be able to register with the Yoga Alliance after I have completed my yoga teacher certification? Yes! The instructor, Nancy Candea, is the director of Yoga Impact, which is a RYS (Registered Yoga School) with the Yoga Alliance since 2008.

Do I need yoga experience before I join the Yoga Teacher Training? It is highly recommended that you have at least a few months of yoga classes before you start. Although there are no strict prerequisites for joining the teacher training, it is very intensive, and you really want to make sure that you are making the right investment in your future.

Can anyone become a yoga teacher? YES! Nancy has trained and worked with a variety of demographics and in many different settings. There need for a broad spectrum of yoga experiences to be offered to communities – , from gentle classes and meditation to intense studio workouts. Yoga is for everyone, and we need a variety of teachers to spread the joy.

Will I be able to work as a yoga teacher? YES! Nancy helps all of her trainees work toward their individual teaching goals. She shares the marketing skills that she has developed through 30 years of yoga practice, 20 years of teaching and private instruction (15,000 hours worldwide), and 5 years of studio ownership. It is not very likely that anyone will offer you a full time job teaching yoga. For most, yoga teaching is a lucrative second income.

Will I be able to serve? YES! Besides being a training school, Yoga Impact is also a not-for-profit that brings yoga teachings to demographics that don’t have access to yoga. We have programs in Boulder, CO and New Jersey. In New Jersey, we currently offer yoga through programs in Newark, and at the Morris County Jail, the Zufall Wellness Center, Cheshire Home, and the VA Medical Center. In Boulder, CO we have a transitional program to help interested inmates use yoga to help them with transition back to their communities. We are always interested in adding more opportunities for our trainees to teach. There are also opportunities to support our work at the administrative level. For more information, visit

Who is Nancy Candea? An activist in the global health revolution, Nancy is committed to practicing the best version of herself every day, and to using her talents to contribute to the world in a positive way. She is a C-IAYT, 500 E-RYT, and RCYT who teaches yoga classes, works with private clients, and conducts Yoga Teacher Trainings and Yoga Therapy Trainings in Greece, Detroit, New Jersey, Colorado and Hawaii. She is the director of the International Yoga Therapy Institute, a yoga therapy school. She is the founder and director of Yoga Impact, a 200-hour, 300-hour, and YACEP school registered with the Yoga Alliance. Yoga Impact is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) that focuses on sharing yoga with vulnerable populations – women and children in shelters, at-risk youth, senior citizens, war veterans, and prisoners, as well as the homeless. Nancy also mentors yoga therapists and yoga teachers in their work with these populations. Her approach to teaching yoga is the product of 30 years of her own practice, her ownership of a successful yoga studio in Hawaii for 5 years, 8 years of training yoga teachers, 3 years of training yoga therapists and her 19 years of teaching. She is truly a “yogi without borders.” Her work has been featured in the Huffington PostYoga Therapy TodayBoulder Magazine, and Natural Awakenings. Nancy has done yoga therapy presentations at the International Women’s Writing Guild, Global Ayurveda Conference, LLC, and Northern New Jersey Transitional Yoga Conference 2013. Nancy and her husband are building an earth roof, stone house in Rockaway Township. She enjoys dancing the Argentine tango, ballroom and Latin dances, and spending time with her children. For more information and free videos, please visit and 

Tell me about Yoga Impact: YOGA IMPACT is a not-for-profit organization that brings the science and art of a yoga lifestyle to a variety of demographics. The components of a yoga lifestyle include yoga postures, breath work, relaxation techniques, nutrition and positive mindfulness. We believe that to be most effective, we need to train yoga teachers who represent a variety of backgrounds. We also support Yoga Impact Yoga Teachers as they move forward in the world to teach and grow their careers.

Yoga Impact teachers have brought the discipline of the science and art of yoga modalities to populations displaced from their homes, or their hearts, by acts of violence or because of special needs- people in prisons, women and children’s shelters, homeless shelters, rehab centers, group homes and transitional facilities and at risk youth. Yoga Our goals are to educate individuals, yoga teachers, facilities and communities on the needs, rewards and necessary skills to serve their communities. 

What is my personal commitment? The personal investment is to your health, happiness and wellness. The teacher training is designed to help us all gain insight into what makes us happy? What is our dharma or life’s path? What do we want for our loved ones and ourselves? How are we contributing to the uplift of our community?

What is the time investment? In addition to the training hours, you will be asked to commit to a daily home practice. This can be of your choosing: 5 minutes of breathing and meditation, or maybe stretches and strengthening, or an hour-long practice. What we have seen is that even after 5 minutes of focused breathing, our day-to-day experience is richer and less stressful.

What is the financial investment? We are fully committed to making this training happen with 7-12 participants. We do need funds to pay for transportation and teacher expenses. There is a sliding fee scale for this YTT and payment plans available. Trainees can start teaching chair yoga after the first weekend.

  • $2100 discounted price – no work-study commitment
  • $700 plus 40 hours of community teaching upon completion of the training

Do I need to buy books or special props? No. We will provide you with The Keys to Yoga Anatomy by Ray Long and The Heart of Yoga by Desikachar. Participants will be encouraged to use a variety of online resources for learning. Rock River Yoga has a great supply of props but trainees will be encouraged to bring their own mats.

I would like to talk this over with Nancy. How do I contact her?

Email Nancy at to set up a time to talk.


What are the YTT Dates and Topics?

Three day Weekends and Retreat Objectives:

October 6-8

Introductions/ manual/ charts for classes/ charts for home practice

Chair yoga, Philosophy and Ethics

Base strength and flexibility/ home practice/ Yoga Lifestyle/ memorizing bones/


November 10-12

bones/ biomechanics/ history DVD/ sanskrit

History and Sanskrit

lower body anatomy/ philosophy/ history sanskrit

Upperbody anatomy/


December 1-3

Sun salutations/

Standing poses/balance poses



February TBA

Chair yoga, beginning level pranayamas and guided meditations,


Forward bends and twists

inversions, alignment


March TBA

Teaching Methodology gentle yoga

Practice teaching


April TBA

Teaching Methodology and practice teaching flow yoga

Practice teaching


May (5 day)

Yoga for Trauma, Addiction and Chronic Pain

Children’s yoga

Guest presenters

Chakras and ending ceremony



3 day Weekend Flow:


Friday night 5-9pm

Prayers, meditation, check-in


Training topics


Saturday and Sunday

Each 8 hours.

If everyone is on campus we can start early with meditation and class before breakfast. And put in more hours on Saturday and leave mid-afternoon on Sunday.

2017 200 hour Teacher Training at Rock River Yoga


 Yoga Impact Trainings support the programs of  Yoga Impact 501(c)(3)

Watch our video here

200+ HR Yoga Impact Course Content:

* Establishing a Strong Yoga Practice – Understanding how to develop your home practice and use it to create your teaching style.

* Anatomy and Physiology of Yoga – Understanding how the components and mechanics of the human body relate to the experience of yoga, both anatomically       and esoterically

* Teaching Methodology – Learning the skills of seeing, listening and responding with compassion and clear guidance.

* In-depth Asana Training-Building a clear foundation for building safe, strong and expansive poses and Sanskrit terms

* Introduction to Pranyama -The art of breathing is the thread that binds our practice to our spirit

* Introduction to Dhyana -The art of meditation or concentration is the path that grounds our practice in the present

* Introduction to Yogic Spiritual Doctrine and Philosophy – Study of the Bhagavad Gita, Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras


* in-Depth Study of the Yamas and Niyamas – Looking at an ethical approach to our relationship with ourselves and others

* Practicum – Developing and teaching a class with feedback

* The Yoga of Business – Setting goals, marketing and continuing education

* Introduction to Ayurveda

* Practical Nutrition

* The business of Yoga

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