The Elevate Yoga Teacher training is designed to help you teach alignment-based Yoga to a wide variety of people. It is ideal for the prospective teacher or dedicated student wishing to deepen their practice. We believe that Yoga should be accessible to all, and aim to teach safe yet challenging classes that meet students where they are. Our goal is to train quality teachers who are committed to their own practice and who can adapt and enhance postures through the understanding of the anatomical differences among their students.

Our technique maintains a sense of flow while attending to postural form, and can be adapted for gentle or more athletic styles. Yogic philosophy, ethics, breath, and meditation are explored in depth, building a strong foundation for the teacher/practitioner. The small intimate style of the program means you get to do a good amount of practice teaching, as the best way to learn to teach Yoga is to actually teach it!

rys 200 yoga allianceThis comprehensive 6-month program is
registered with the Yoga Alliance.


Thursday, December 7 | 7:15PM




  • How to look deeply at your students’ alignment and assess whether props might be helpful and how to use them
  • How to fortify your personal practice, utilizing asana, meditation, and self-study to support you as a practitioner and teacher
  • How to teach time tested asanas but to also develop your own creativity
  • How to teach breath awareness and how to link breath with movement
  • How to weave philosophy into your class effectively
  • How to structure a full class based on a theme, good principles of sequencing, and fluid transitions

Teaching Techniques

Yoga Asanas: including props and modifications, benefits and contra-indications
Pranayama and linking breath with movement
Alignment principles

Teaching Methodology

Verbal and hands-on adjustments and enhancements
Qualities of a teacher and finding your voice
Principles of sequencing and crafting transitions
Ways of teaching “off your mat”
Designing a class

Anatomy and Physiology

Skeletal, muscular and organ systems
Chakra study
Koshas (sheaths) and the energy body

Yoga Philosophy and Ethics

The eight-limbed path (emphasizing the Yamas and Niyamas as they apply on and off the mat)
Select study of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
Yoga lineage/history


Practice teaching in duos and small groups
Research paper/presentation on topic of interest
Final project (creating and leading a 1-hour class)

Tutiton: $3,300

Early Bird: $3,000
Includes unlimited classes at Elevate during the course of training
Payment plans available

Contact Ashley for more information!

Program Dates








Thursday,  7-9:30PM

11, 18, 25

1, 8, 15, 22

1, 8, 15, 22, 29

5, 12, 19, 26

3, 10, 17, 24, 31


Saturday, 12:30-6:30

13, 27

10, 24

10, 24

14, 28

5, 19


 Sunday, 12:30-6:30

14, 28

11, 25

11, 25

15, 29

6, 20



YTT 2017-7Joelle Van Sickle

ERYT 500, Program Director, Teacher of Asana, Teaching Methodology, and Subtle Body Anatomy

Joelle Van Sickle began practicing Yoga in 1991 at the Iyengar Institute in NYC. After a professional career in dance, her desire to share the benefits of Yoga with others led her to becoming certified from the Kripalu Institute in 2000. She later received her 500 hour/Yoga Therapy certification from Yoga Mountain in 2011. She also holds certifications in Children’s Yoga, Yoga Wall, and Aqua Yoga. Joelle teaches classes and private therapeutic Yoga sessions around the Hudson Valley. She has been leading the 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training (first at All Sport and now at Elevate) since its inception in 2012. Joelle’s classes focus on alignment, breath, and mindfulness, and meet students where they are on any given day. With an emphasis on Svadhyaya (self-study), her classes help people to achieve healthy movement patterns and to release the tension that inhibits them from finding freedom of both physical motion and thought. Through a solid understanding of anatomy and the energy body, along with a deep respect for her students’ personal journeys, Joelle seeks to help each individual utilize these ancient teachings to promote healing and to open up to their fullest potential.

YTT 2017-3Sarah Capua

CYT 500, IAYT Yoga Therapist

Sarah Capua is a therapeutic yoga teacher, a student of Buddhism and classical yogic practice, and a caregiver. She is interested in how practice can help us live an embodied life, inspired early on by her initial training with Stacey Brass, her study of J. Krishnamurti, and her time at the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram and the Himalayan Iyengar Yoga Centre in India.

She holds a 500-hour certification in the tradition of T. Krishnamacharya through her teacher Danielle Tarantola, studies meditation and Buddhist teachings with Michael Stone, and is currently in training at the Zen Center for Contemplative Care as an end-of-life doula. She teaches in NYC and the Hudson Valley, focusing on the therapeutic applications of yoga and personal practice, and is honored to have the opportunity to guide her students on their own path in this practice.


John picJohn A. Guerriero


John Guerriero graduated from University at Stony Brook Magna Cum Laude in 1996 with Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy.  He graduated from A.T. Still University Summa Cum Laude in 2010 with Doctorate in PT. John has 21 years of experience as a physical therapist in all levels of care including a tertiary care teaching hospital with main focus in orthopedic manual therapy and sports treating all ages from two weeks old to 100 years old.   He completed over 700 hours of continuing education courses combining the best of evidence based manual therapy, exercise techniques and treatment. John is a lifelong athlete involved in martial arts, cycling, hiking, bodyweight training, and yoga.


And Special Guest Teachers!