200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training

True North Advanced Yoga Studies/200-hour Yoga Teacher Training

The October 2016-March 2017 program will be held (tentatively) at True North Yoga in Schroon Lake, New York. Dates are below.

We respect each individual’s truth in this training. Be prepared for lively discussion!

This Yoga Alliance-approved 200-hour program will take place over the course of six months, running from October to March. Participants commit to ten weekends (Saturday and Sunday, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.) during those six months. Participants are required to take at least one yoga class per week during the training period outside of the scheduled training sessions. There will also be home study requirements including reading, written assignments, research and practicing the asanas.

Debbie is a fantastic instructor. She demonstrates how to be an outstanding yoga teacher and gives you guidance with compassion and understanding. She encourages you to go and find your style of Hatha Yoga. I always trust her opinion and still contact her for suggestions. Since April 2013 I have started my own yoga business, teaching 2-3 evenings a week, in the small town of Ticonderoga, NY. People started coming to my classes to “try” yoga, many who had never practiced before. I get a lot of thanks for bringing yoga to them, and I feel like I make a difference in people’s lives. It is the most rewarding experience to give back! I also have been hired at a few spa locations to teach yoga. Opportunities present themselves in amazing ways!

Heather Y.Ticonderoga, NY, March 2013

After graduation, I found Debbie to remain available and open to the developing styles of the new teachers, offering her support and opportunities to teach at True North Yoga. She also offers plenty of inspiration while getting a practice started. Debbie fosters a non-competitive, safe haven with vital instruction in how to teach who is in front of you with certainty and readiness to offer modifications to those with limitations while simultaneously challenging the advanced. She welcomes those who have limitations into the program, knowing that they will progress forward carrying a special understanding and compassion for helping those who suffer to improve their quality of life. Love and peace.

Jennifer S.Ticonderoga, NY, March 2014

The True North Advanced Yoga Studies program was perfect for me in so many ways! It allowed me to pursue my passion for yoga on a whole new level without requiring me to take a significant chunk of time off from my daily life. And the pacing of the program allowed me to really absorb and integrate what I was learning into my daily life, making for a very rich experience, indeed. Debbie is one of those teachers who really “gets it” and knows how to bring out the best in her students!

Jennifer V.Jay, NY, March 2014

The teacher training with Debbie offered me a safe and nurturing space in which to explore myself. Debbie offers a beautiful way of holding space for each and every person to develop in their unique way, honoring differences and honoring the needs of each. I recommend this to anyone looking for an experience of exploring with others into your self through the practice of yoga.

Margaret W., KeeneNY, March 2014

The course will include:

Yoga History and Philosophy

  • Basic history and evolution of yoga
  • Pranayama and the use of breath as a transformative tool
  • Art of meditation – developing deeper levels of awareness
  • Yoga philosophy and its application in modern life
  • Modern traditions and styles of yoga
  • The Chakra system and it’s use in the practice of yoga


  • Knowledge of basic- to intermediate-level asanas (postures)
  • Basic anatomy and physiology
  • Alignment and how to avoid injuries
  • Verbal and hands-on adjustments

Teaching or Developing a Personal Practice

  • Sequencing to create a balanced practice
  • Ethics, insurance and other business considerations
  • Reading physical and energetic bodies to customize a practice

Program Dates:

Mark the dates in your calendar NOW! While an absence may be unavoidable due to sickness or an emergency, you will get the most out of the program by attending every session. Make this a priority and plan events with family and friends on other weekends.

Program dates for the October 2016 to March 2017 session at True North Yoga in Schroon Lake, NY:


October 1st and 2nd
October 23rd (just a Sunday this weekend)

November 5th and 6th
November 19th and 20th

December 3rd and 4th (Sunday will be at Benchmark Studio in Keene Valley)
December 17th and 18th


January 7th and 8th
January 21st and 22nd

February 11th and 12th
February 25th (just a Saturday this weekend)

March 11th and 12th

Program Cost:

The cost of the program is $2,000, which includes all the required sessions as well as books and other materials. A 25% deposit, due in September with your training agreement, will be required to secure your place in the program with the balance due monthly over the six month course duration.

Sign Up:

Interested? Click here to download the application. The PDF file has fillable fields, so you can complete it right on your computer, save it and email it to me at the email address at the end of the form. You may also print it, complete it by hand and mail it to Debbie Philp, PO Box 842, Schroon Lake, NY 12870. Submitting your application does not obligate you to participate, but it does secure one of the limited spots and lets me know there is sufficient interest to run the program.

If you truly desire to share yoga in the Adirondacks but need financial support for this program, please contact me. There is a way to make it happen.

I hope you’ll join me for this grand adventure, the first leg of a lifetime’s exploration of yoga.