Yoga by Degrees  Yoga Alliance 200 Hour Teacher Training -  Information & Schedules

Training Led By: Samantha Raphael, E-RYT, Colleen Taylor, E-RYT, Heather Avery, E-RYT 500, Jenny Thiede, E-RYT & Meghan Rohde, E-RYT

Free Information Session: TBD: Ask questions, get answers, learn more about the program, meet the facilitators and alumni.  Advance sign up suggested but not mandatory.  Sign up here!   

2018 Fall / Winter Teacher Training Info. & Schedule: 

Tuesdays 6-9:30 PM in Elmhurst: 9/4, 9/11, 9/18, 9/25, 10/2, 10/9, 10/16, 10/23, 10/30, 11/6, 11/13, 11/20, 11/27, 12/4, 12/11, 12/18

Saturday 11:30 AM - 6 PM in Downers Grove (Anatomy): 10/20

Sundays 10 AM-6PM in Downers Grove: 9/16, 9/23 9/30, 10/14, 10/21 11:30 AM - 6 PM (Anatomy) 10/28, 11/4, 11/11, 11/18, 12/2, 12/3 12/16

Community classes on two of the following dates (Times / Locations T.B.D.): 1/12, 1/13, 1/19, 1/20 (& Satsung on 1/20) 

Curriculum Includes:

Opening Meditation

Pranayama - Breathing

Asanas - Poses

Teaching Skills


Teaching In Small Groups

Yoga For Special Groups

Yoga Philosophy

Koshas – Sheaths

Gunas – Qualities of Nature

Chakras – Energy Centers

Ayurvedic Healing Techniques


Yoga Ethics Business of Yoga

Practical Test

Written Test


10 Classes of Observing A Senior YBD Teacher

10 Hours Elective Off Site Yoga Workshops

50 YBD Yoga Classes

10 Hours of YBD Workshops

12 Hour Anatomy Workshop

Teach Two Community Classes

Observing Reports From 5 Classes

CPR Training

Monthly Homework Assignments Written Thesis

Required Reading: 

YBD Yoga Teacher Training Manual

T.K.V. Desikachar – “Heart of Yoga- Developing A Personal Practice"

"The Key Muscles of Yoga” – Ray Long

“Inside The Yoga Sutras: A Comprehensive Source Book For The Study & Practice of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras” – Jaganath Carrera

“Light On Yoga” – B.K.S. Iyengar

Pricing and Discounts: $250 Deposit* To Reserve Space**

*Deposit Deducted From Tuition **Class Size Limited To 20.

Tuition  - Due at least three weeks prior to training start date: $3000 (Includes Anatomy Training) 

Payment Plans:  Based on your individual situation, we can arrange a monthly or bi-weekly auto-payment plan.  First payment due at least three weeks prior to training start date and last payment due at least three weeks prior to training end date

Platinum Members Receive A $250 Discount On Tuition. (i.e. Platinum Member Tuition Rate is  $2750)

To Meet 10 YBD Class Requirement:

Optional $99 Platinum Monthly Membership for 4 months during training  (Reg. $119) 

Specialty Discount Drop In Rate

($22 per class)

10 Class Packs


Additional Costs:

$30 per YBD Workshop x 3 = $90

(Platinum Member Cost: $20 per Workshop)

Offsite Yoga Workshops  Aprox. $350

Book Costs = Aprox. $100

In The Event of Cancellation Refund of Full Amount Paid Less:

Before Classes Begin - $150

After 1 Week - $250

After 2 Weeks - $500

After 3 Weeks - $750

No Refunds After 3 Weeks From Start Date


Question about pricing or the program?  Click here to go to "Frequently Asked Questions" 

Space is limited to 20 Students; Stop by either Yoga by Degrees location or call for more info.

Application and registration information is below. Email completed application to: and

Yoga by Degrees Locations: 241 Rice Lake Square, Wheaton IL 60189 – 630-690-9642 4700 Gilbert Ave. Suite 16, Western Springs IL 60558 – 708-783-1226 1042 South York Road Elmhurst, IL 60106 – 630-782-9642 54 Ogden Ave., Downers Grove IL 60515 – 630-969-0820, 941 Roosevelt Rd., Glen Ellyn IL 60137 - 630-793-5500, 3420 Lacrosse Lane Suite #110, Naperville, IL 60564 - 630-305-8214

##### YBD Yoga Teacher Training Program Application #####

Please answer the following questions below and please note: A $50 non-refundable application fee* is required after submitting your application. Upon receiving your completed application, you will receive a confirmation email within 24-48 hours with a link to submit your application fee online.  Once you have paid the fee, your application will become eligible for review and you will be notified of your acceptance status within 3 business days. *Your Application Fee will be applied towards your tuition or refunded back to you only, if for any reason, you are not accepted in to our program.  

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What session you are applying for:

Please limit your responses to 2 pages in total for all questions.

  1. How long have you been practicing yoga?
  2. Why do you do yoga?
  3. Why do you want to take a yoga teacher training?
  4. What do you want to do once you finish the training?
  5. Why did you choose the Yoga by Degrees teacher training program and how did you hear about it? (If somebody referred you, please let us know who.)
  6. What is the most important thing you want to learn during the training?