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Tree of India School of Yoga

200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training

An Amazing Journey Awaits You


Whether your goal is to become a yoga teacher – or simply uncover new depths in your practice – our Yoga Alliance certified teacher training program will be a valuable first step! Graduates of the program will be well-versed in the rich history and tradition of yoga, and skilled at offering a contemporary approach to these ancient practices for modern practitioners.

Jessica Lohrey, C-IAYT, E-RYT 500 has been a student of yoga for 23 years, and a teacher for 16 years. She has trained hundreds of yoga teachers as a faculty member at five yoga schools in South Florida. Jessica is thrilled to share the tradition and practice of yoga through the Tree of India School of Yoga 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training program. 

What will you learn?

Asana. Learn 27 core asanas (postures) and how to create engaging, compassionate, and rewarding class sequences


Pranayama. Learn 5 core yogic-breathing techniques and how to guide students to experience body-mind integration and purification through yogic breathing.

Yoga philosophy. Gain a deeper personal relationship to yoga philosophy, with an emphasis on integrating Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras and the teachings of Swami Kripalvananda.

Anatomy, physiology & biomechanics. Acquire a functional understanding of musculoskeletal systems and structures with a focus on safety, joint movement, and range of motion.

Relaxation and meditation. Gain skills for centering yourself and your students. Learn how to create a safe space for fostering inward focus, guiding meditation, and cultivating deep relaxation.


Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a written test that must be passed for certification?

Throughout the training, trainees will be evaluated verbally on the material presented. These evaluations are designed to ascertain where you need additional study or support. Certification is not contingent upon these evaluations. The practice-teach sessions are the determining factor for whether a student will graduate. A "practical exam" -- being able to deliver a complete Yoga class successfully and safely to a group of your fellow students is a requirement for certification as a 200-Hour Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance.

What if I don't want to teach? Can I still participate in the program? Will I have to pass the practical exam?

Many students attend teacher training as a way to go deeper into their personal yoga practice. We welcome this! If you are attending the training for personal enrichment, you are NOT required to pass the final practical. You ARE still required to attend all sessions to graduate from the program. 

How much time will I need to study outside of the program schedule?

Each month there will be reading assignments to support your learning within the program. The amount of time this takes will depend upon the assignment and the individual. Students will be asked to select one book to read from the program reading list. They will be asked to write a short book review and share it with classmates along with their personal key take-aways from the book. There may also be time needed outside of the program sessions to prepare for practice teaches. Students will be required to attend a minimum of 4 yoga classes per week, either at Oxford Community Yoga or elsewhere with a certified yoga instructor. Attendance at all regular OCY classes is included with program tuition.

Is there credit for training completed outside of this program?

The curriculum is predefined and comprehensive: it needs to be completed in its entirety for you to become a 200-Hour Yoga teacher. Therefore, we are not able to transfer credit or hours from other programs toward this training.

Still have questions?

Call (828) 774-7548 or email

Applicants must meet the following requirements to participate in the program:

  • Review information on program dates, costs, curricula, certification criteria, and general information about the program and ensure that the specifics of the program mesh with your interest level, schedule and budget.

  • Submit a Letter of Intent - This letter must demonstrate an experiential understanding of yoga practice and its benefits, and explain why you want to participate in the training. Include information about how long you've been practicing yoga, how often you practice, and where you practice. Send your Letter of Intent to

Dates and Costs

Upcoming Program Dates:  This training program consists of 10 weekends over the course of 10 months. Attendance at every session is required. If you need to miss a session, you must speak to the Lead Trainer prior to the session to create a plan for making up hours and any course material missed. 

The program schedule is:

Saturday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Sunday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM

The majority of the course is in-person. We will meet via Zoom on a couple of occasions, and students will be assigned video projects for their practice teaching.

Program dates are:

Sept 28-29, 2024

Oct 26-27, 2024

Nov 23-24, 2024

Dec 21-22, 2024

Jan 18, 2025:  Zoom Meeting 2:00-6:00 PM, with video assignments and one-on-one meetings to follow

Feb 8-9, 2025

March 1-2, 2025

April 19-20, 2025

May 17-18, 2025

June 21-22, 2025

Program Tuition:



Trainees receive a Tree of India School of Yoga Student Manual and free classes at OCY for the duration of the training (Special Events excluded.)  Students will need to purchase two additional text books for this training:

Kripalu Yoga: A Guide to Practice On and Off the Mat

Anatomy of Hatha Yoga: A Manual for Students, Teachers and Practitioners


Deposit: Upon acceptance into the program, applicant must pay a deposit of $500 to hold their place in the program. If applicant cancels 30 days or more before the start of the program, the applicant will forfeit $100 of the deposit and the remaining balance will be refunded. If applicant cancels 14-29 days before the start of the program, the applicant will forfeit $250 of the deposit and the remaining balance will be refunded. No deposit refunds will be given if applicant cancels less than 2 weeks before the program begins.


If a student must withdraw from the program for special circumstances, the program may give a partial refund to the student in the exercise of its discretion. The program will not give any refunds or credits after the training starts. The program reserves the right to cancel any training before it begins. In that case any payments applicants have made will be refunded in full.

Scholarship Opportunities:  We are offering two partial scholarships for BIPOC individuals & members of marginalized communities in an effort to diversify the programs we host and play our part in ensuring all voices are heard in the yoga community. Email to set up a time to meet and discuss.

Thinking about Teacher Training? Read what our recent graduates have to say...


I’m honored, grateful, and proud to have graduated as a certified yoga teacher today. Jessica is an immensely kind, knowledgeable, thorough mentor who’s created a welcoming space to learn, grow, and unfurl into the truest version of myself yet! When I took the leap to sign up for training, I knew that I wanted to expand my knowledge and understand more about traditional yoga. I did not comprehend the growth I would undergo in every other area of my life: most of all, my compassion and understanding for myself and others. It’s been a beautiful start to a long journey. Jai Bhagwan!

~Shelby Ashcraft


Yoga Teacher Training at Tree of India School of Yoga has been a challenging, fun learning experience. I have learned so much in a variety of areas, including self awareness/growth, effort, frustration, ease, as well as in-depth yoga history, philosophy, poses, movement, meditation, friendship, community, the list goes on! I highly recommend this program, it is more than just becoming a teacher. It is about self study, expansion with loving awareness.



Tree of India School of Yoga's program is rooted in the teachings of Swami Kripalvanandji. I'm so proud to be a part of this lineage and honor the knowledge that has been handed down. Special thank you to my teacher and program director, Jessica Lohrey, who is a lovely spirit and holds an abundance of knowledge, experience, and perspective. Her tremendous dedication to her students and to the path of yoga is truly inspiring. I also had the joy of learning alongside a cohort of strong, intelligent, and grounded women. Many thanks to all who supported the journey!

~Stephany Plantz

I'm ready! How do I sign up?


Submit a Letter of Intent: This letter must demonstrate an experiential understanding of yoga practice and its benefits, and explain why you want to participate in the training. Include information about how long you've been practicing yoga, how often you practice, and where/with whom you practice. Send your Letter of Intent to the attention of Jessica Lohrey at

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