Welcome to the next step in your yoga journey. Whether you want to teach yoga full-time, or are simply looking to deepen your own practice, Empower Yoga & VIDA Fitness’ 200 Hour Yoga teacher training will enrich and enliven your life.

Structured around the 5 layers of being central to yogic philosophy (the pancamayakosha model) and practice, we will explore how the practices of yoga – from posture, to breath, to meditation, among others – connect you to an integrated sense of self, and ultimately, your most natural teacher, within.

Join the company of DC’s finest teachers in this exploration of your personal practice of yoga on and off the mat. By the end of training, you’ll feel confident leading students one on one, or in a group class in physical practice, breath work, and meditation. You’ll graduate ready to teach a set sequence, as well as able to design your own intelligent, well-rounded classes.

Through the teachings of ancient and contemporary texts, as well as discussion and mentorship with teachers from across yogic backgrounds, you’ll be encouraged to cultivate your own teaching orientation. The ultimate goal of VIDA’s 200 hour training is to help you connect with your most grounded, authentic self, so that you may positively inspire on, and off the mat. Plus, you’ll learn to rock out teaching some pretty sweet yoga poses, too.

EARLY BIRD DEADLINE:  December 15th, 2018

REGULAR DEADLINE:  January 1st, 2019

For more information, visit http://vidafitness.com/yogateachertraining/

Julia Romano   Yoga Alliance RYT 500

Julia Romano

Yoga Alliance RYT 500

Julia is the founder of EmPower Yoga and Wellness (www.empoweryogatherapy.com), a Washington, DC based yoga, meditation, and yoga-as-therapy practice, faculty with the Maryland University of Integrative Health’s Yoga Therapy department, founder and former owner of DC’s Yoga NoMa, and leader of yoga and meditation retreats around the world. A Masters level Certified Yoga Therapist, Julia believes in yoga as therapy for mind, body and Spirit. Yoga is a process of continual refinement: poses are not achieved, but rather infinite opportunities, joyfully explored.

Chris Parkison   Yoga Alliance E-RYT 200

Chris Parkison

Yoga Alliance E-RYT 200

Chris has been teaching yoga for four years and full time for 3 years. He teaches and practices many different styles of yoga from the external (Power Yoga, Yin, Vinyasa, Restorative, and Rocket) to the internal (Karma, Bhakti, Jnana, and Raja). Chris believes in yoga as a practical way to strengthen and tone the muscles of both the body and mind.

He teaches Yoga, Pilates, and Group Fitness full time and is the Group Fitness Manager at VIDA Yards.

Winter Program Dates


Training will be held two weekends a month, Saturdays and Sundays from 9am-6pm; we will meet once a month at the VIDA U street location, and once a month at the VIDA Yards location.

Annamayakosha: Physical Body

January 19, 20
February 2, 3

Pranamayakosha: Breath/Energetic Body

February 9, 10
February 23, 24

Manomayakosha: Psycho-emotional Body

March 9, 10
March 23, 24

Vijnamayakosha: Wisdom Body

April 6, 7

Anandamayakosha: Bliss Body

April 13, 14

Final Exam Weekend

May 4, 5