The Person in the Practice:

Living Yoga through Elevate’s 200hr Teacher Training

Learn to teach people the practice of yoga.

Joelle and Sarah bring over 20 years of experience adapting Yoga to the individual needs of students, and through those years have developed a framework to understand how Yoga interacts with the whole of who we are: individuals, with unique bodies, life experiences and goals. The foundation of this approach is awareness and relationship, as taught in the traditional teachings of Yoga. We offer unique support for teacher trainees through in-depth exploration of alignment-based Yoga and breathwork, training in the art of observing students, rigorous study of the Yoga Sutras and ethics, and attentive, compassionate one-on-one mentorship. This training is for practitioners who are passionate about not only bringing the tools of Yoga to real people with care and awareness, but also as an exploration of how Yoga can be a source of self transformation.

Yoga is Awareness, Yoga is relationship: Yoga is a state of being in relationship to ourselves and to each other. As teachers, we both live and facilitate Yoga, helping our students to cultivate that awareness in themselves.

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


  • Techniques that emphasize adaptive alignment, subtle body anatomy, and breath
  • Methodology that includes conscious observation, skillful sequencing, and leading from a theme
  • A personal practice that utilizes asana, meditation, and self-study to support you as a practitioner and teacher
  • Yoga as relationship through building a sangha of fellow teachers/seekers
  • The foundations of yoga philosophy and ethics, and how those teachings can be an integral part of your offerings as a teacher.

Tutiton: $3,300

Payment plans available
Includes unlimited classes at Elevate during the course of training

Contact Joelle VanSickle at for more information or to register!

Program Dates

Thursdays, 7:00-9:30 PM
Weekends (Saturday & Sunday), 12:30-6:30 PM

January 10, 17, 19, 20, 24, 31
February 2, 3, 7, 14, 16, 17, 21, 28
March 2, 3, 7, 14, 15, 17, 21, 28, 30, 31
April 4, 11, 13, 14, 18, 25, 27, 28
May 2, 4, 5, 9, 16, 18, 19, 23, 30
June 1, 2


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

RYT 500, IAYT Yoga Therapist (Teacher of Yogic Philosophy, Meditation, Ethics, and Pranayama)

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.


Contact Joelle VanSickle at for more information or to register!