At Beloved School of Yoga we offer rich yoga study programs designed to enlighten, enliven, and educate. Jaina Portwood E-RYT 500, NCMT 1000 and Justyn O’Neill, E-RYT 500 (The Seeker Yoga School) your guides and primary instructors in this beautiful 200 hour training. We are a 200RYT Yoga Alliance Certified School.

Our 200 Hour Teacher Training Program is unique in the breadth of its teachings.

  • Asana
  • Philosophy
  • Class Sequencing
  • Adjustments
  • Western & Energetic Anatomy
  • Bandhas
  • Mudra
  • Sanskrit
  • Shatkarma
  • Nutrition
  • Classical Texts
  • Mantra
  • Meditation
  • Dharma Talk
  • Observe and Assist in classes
  • Build Community
  • Hands on adjustments
  • Teaching Methodology
  • Energy work
  • Business of yoa

Our focus is always on the spirit, bhakti, mind science, and epic love for the mystery and magic that is union with the divine.


Start Date: September 2023

Meets: Tuesdays 6:00-9:00pm and Saturdays 12:00am-4:00pm


$2500 (payment plans available)

This comprehensive Yoga Teacher Training is designed in accordance with the Yoga Alliance 200-hour certification. You will be qualified to teach a Vinyasa Yoga class. In addition, you will be doing home-study, observing, practicing teaching, and deepening your self-practice. 


Over the course of the training, we will be reading from the following books.  All of these books can easily be found on or other booksellers. 

Required Books for the 200 Hour Yoga Instructor Training – Resource Books

1. Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda  *prereq

2. Loving What Is by Byron Katie  *prereq

3. Hatha Yoga Pradipika with commentary by Swami Muktibodhananda

4. The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali: Commentary on the Raja Yoga Sutras by Sri Swami Satchidananda

5. The Language of Yoga (Book & CD) by Nicolai Bachman

6. Yoga Anatomy Second Edition by Leslie Kaminoff

7. The Key Muscles of Yoga by Ray Long

Additional Reading Recommendations

Jivamukti Yoga by David Life and Sharon Gannon

The Yoga Tradition by Georg Feuerstein

The Heart and Science of Yoga by Leonard Perlmutter

Bhagavad Gita translated by Eknath Easwaran

Cupid’s Poisoned Arrow by Marnia Robinson

A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle

The Anatomy Coloring Book by Wynn Kapi, Lawrence M Elson

SunFood Diet by David Wolfe

The Training

Our school emphasizes the development of conscious awareness. Practices cultivate an experiential understanding of body, mind, and subtle aspects so that they can be directed with the intention of yoga. Intense flowing sequence and pranayama are balanced with dharma talk, reflection, and restorative posture. The postures and practices are placed within the larger context and intention of yoga practice.

In practical terms, you will learn specific postures, sequencing, adjustments, anatomy, philosophy, classical texts, mantra, meditation, and dharma talk.  You will take, observe, and assist in classes.  Nutritional cleansing and healing elements are incorporated throughout the training and we encourage you to participate as much or as little as you desire.

This training respectfully honors the multidimensional nature of yoga, sowing seeds for continued growth and expansion. In this training, you will find a safe place to explore your edge, dissolve limitations, and blossom in openness, confidence, and infinite possibility, fully prepared to teach.

Training Requirements

Regular Class Times: Saturdays 12:00-4:00pm and Tuesdays 6:00-9:00pm for 14 weeks

Asana: Students required to practice a minimum of 40 classes total with Jaina, Justyn, or a certified E-RYT instructor. Please keep a log of the classes, time, and instructor you studied with. 

Class Observations: You will observe 3 classes with Jaina during the course of the training. No write-up is required. This can also be done via live stream.

Daily Journal: Write about your experience and unfolding for roughly 30 minutes per day (approximately 4 hrs per week). Make it a daily habit to write down your questions, inspirations, quotes, and breakthroughs you’ve had. Each week we encourage you to follow the journal prompts.

Karma Yoga: Do 3 hours of volunteer work, this can be picking up litter, volunteering with an organization, setting up a donation drive, or any other form of volunteering, alone or as a group.

Homework Assignments: Located in the back of the manual, the homework questions help to review recent material. This homework will be collected during the final exams.

Read the Required Texts: Complete the assigned reading in a timely manner, related to the week’s topics. We will have regular discussions on the texts.

Practice Teaching: With each other, family, or friends outside of class as much as your schedule permits.

Pay Tuition: Tuition is due in full at the start of the training. Payment plans are available, a signed contract must be on file for payment plans. 

Ask Questions: Every class benefits from the questions that are asked, it enriches our conversations and brings forward different perspectives. Be honest, articulate, respectful, and disciplined. 

Challenge Yourself: Step out of your comfort zone, enjoy the stretch, be brave. 

Enjoy the process!

And what if I miss a class?

You can make up hour-for-hour any class you’ve missed:



For more information or to register: or 612-845-8175


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