Foundational Yoga Teacher Training

Yoga Teacher Training and Continuing Education


If you are interested, please submit your application (no deposit is required with the application) and I will keep you posted.

Energetics of Yoga 200-hour Foundational Yoga Teacher Training
at True North Yoga

The next group of yoga teacher trainees will gather in October 2020. The yoga teacher training program will run October 2020 – March 2021. Dates are below and registration is open!

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

This 200-hour, Yoga Alliance registered foundational program is designed for North Country yoga students interested in a deep immersion into the practice of yoga. Many former graduates have gone on to teach yoga, safely and effectively, at various places throughout the Adirondacks and the Champlain Valley. This program reflects a commitment to ensuring all of our communities have access to yoga, meditation, and other wellness practices. This teacher training program is your opportunity to take a deep dive into the practice of yoga, to develop your own strength and flexibility in a non-competitive environment, and to gather tools, such as breath exercises and mindfulness practices, to reduce stress and anxiety in your daily life. If you choose, you can share these benefits with your family and friends, or by teaching in a yoga studio or in a variety of community settings.

Participants commit to eleven weekends (Saturday and Sunday, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.) from October to March. 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.

Energetics of Yoga Teacher Training
Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Schrool

What former yoga teacher training graduates are saying:

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!

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.

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!

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.

This yoga teacher training course will include:

Yoga History and Philosophy

  • History and evolution of yoga from its roots to today
  • Pranayama and the use of breath as a transformative tool
  • Art of meditation – developing deeper levels of awareness
  • Yoga philosophy and its application in contemporary 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) and their variations from which to build a practice
  • Basic anatomy and physiology
  • Safe alignment cues to avoid injuries
  • Skillful verbal and hands-on adjustments

Teaching or Developing a Personal Practice

  • Sequencing to create a balanced practice
  • Ethics, insurance and other business considerations
  • Developing as a unique and authentic yoga practitioner and teacher

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 2020 to March 2021 session at True North Yoga in Keene Valley, NY:


October 17th and 18th
October 31st and November 1st

November 21st and 22nd

December 12th and 13th
December 19th and 20th


January 16th and 17th
January 30th and 31st

February 13th and 14th
February 27th and 28th

March 13th and 14th
March 20th and 21st

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:

Ready to commit to a life-altering program? Registration online via the link below. The application requires about 30 minutes to complete. Registration closes October 5th.

I hope you’ll join me for this first step on a lifelong exploration of the practice and philosophy of yoga. Any questions? Contact me.

Not local?

There are beautiful places to stay close to the True North Yoga studio in Keene Valley.

I recommend the Roostercomb Inn, just a short walk from the studio and run by one of our yoga teachers. Visit their website at for information and booking.

Also within walking distance are the Ausable Inn (contact them at (518) 576-9584) and the Keene Valley Hostel.

There are a number of dining options in the area, including Old Mountain Coffee next door and the Noonmark Diner directly across the street, as well as the Ausable Inn and the Rivermede Market up the road.

Our High Peaks location is in the heart of the Adirondack mountains and a wonderful place to visit in all seasons. Your teacher training weekends will feel like mini-vacations.