200 hour Yoga Teacher Training

At Beloved we offer rich yoga study programs designed to enlighten, enliven, and educate. Jaina Portwood E-RYT 500, NCMT 1000 is your guide and primary instructor in this beautiful 200 hour training. She has been teaching yoga since 1999. In addition, we have several incredible 500 RYT faculty that assist in trainings. 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

If you are searching for a teacher training which respectfully honors the multi-dimensional nature of this work, sowing seeds for continued growth and expansion, this is the one.
You will find a safe place to explore your edge, dissolve limitations, and blossom in openness, confidence and infinite possibility, leaving you fully prepared to teach.


Dates: June 5 – August 14, 2021

Meets: Saturdays and Sundays 9:00am-2:00pm for 11 weeks


$2000 (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 www.amazon.com 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 and Sundays 9:00-2:00pm for 14 weeks

Asana: Students required to practice a minimum of 40 classes total with Jaina, 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:

  • Request a video from a recorded session
  • Submit a handwritten paper on the subject covered
  • (or) take an asana class to make up for Asana Workshop

I am super excited to announce this Winter 2021 semester’s Guest Speakers for our 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training. In addition to our weekend syllabus you will have several advanced yogis and accomplished instructors lead discussions, lectures and workshops on various esoteric and yoga topics:
Neuroscientist Josh Mervis 

Justyn O’Neill founder of The Seeker Yoga School

Artist Nikolas LaPelusa

Drew Sambol

Writer Emily Rose Duea

Performing Artist Dustin Maxwell

Buc Page

Marissa VanWoeart

Andros MitriArtist

Katelyn Rose-White

Sara Gensmer, RA

Wellness Coach Chance York

Winter 2021 200-Hour RYT Outline

In addition, you will be doing home-study, observing, practicing teaching, and deepening your self-practice. Come prepared each day to practice asana. Bring a water bottle and healthy snacks. Most weekend sessions will include a section on asana and on philosophy, so dress/plan accordingly.

Included is 14 weeks of free unlimited yoga classes online with Jaina M-F at 5:00pm, and we encourage a daily yoga practice. You will need a total of 40 asana classes logged for gradation. 


Jaina Portwood  





9:00-10:00 Yoga Asana Session led by Jaina

15 minute break

10:15-12:15 Asana Workshop 

(alignment, class sequencing, adjustments, teaching 


30 minute break

12:45-2:00 Lecture / Discussion on Topic of the Day (detailed below)

Week 1: The Intention of Yoga

Reading: Yoga Sutras Sadhana Pada Book 2  2:1 – 2:27

Journal Assignment: Goals

Nutrition Invitation: Homemade

Saturday, January 23: Introduction to Asana & to The Course

Orientation, overview, expectations, how to use manual, commitment & goals.

Guided master class of basic sequence. Discuss invocation and importance of intention in the practice. Introduction to how we’ll study asana; incorporating alignment, physical assists, and modifications, as well as the principles of teaching.

Sunday, January 24: Foundations Philosophy & What is Yoga?

Developing a personal practice.“What is Yoga?” Discuss definitions from different sources. 

Week 2: Honoring the Guru

Reading: Yoga Anatomy first chapter

Journal Assignment: Foundations Exploration

Nutrition Invitation: Power Drinks

Saturday, January 30: Nutrition Invitations

Eating with the intention of Yoga. Introduction to the nutrition invitations.

Sunday, January 31: Foundations Philosophy

Week 3: Yoga is Service 

Reading: Yoga Sutras 2:21 – 2:55

Journal Assignment: Yama Niyama Focus

Nutrition Invitation: Vegetarian

Saturday, February 6: Raja Yoga

Introduction to the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. Contemplation Meditation, Mind

Sunday, February 7: Hatha Science and Philosophy Overview 

Week 4: Holistic Approach 

Reading: Key Muscles of Yoga p. 1-48

Journal Assignment: Meditate for 2 hours

Nutrition Invitation: Vegan (Dairy and Animal Product Free)

Saturday, February 13: Philosophy & Meditation 

What is Meditation? Overview and technique.

Sunday, February 14: Raja Yoga Philosophy 

Week 5: Conscious Connection to the Earth 

Reading: Key Muscles of Yoga p. 49-209, Yoga Sutras Book 1 p.3-76

Journal Assignment: Anatomy Study

Nutrition Invitation: Grain or Gluten Free

Saturday, February 20: Eight Limbs & Pranayama

Pranayama, and breath in the context of a liberation practice. Eight Limbs of Yoga. An 

in-depth look at Yamas and Niyamas. 

Sunday, February 21: Anatomy 

Week 6: Conscious Awareness of Breath 

Reading: Hatha Yoga Pradipika p. 23-68 & 132-145, 

Journal Assignment: Historical Figure Essay

Nutrition Invitation: Sugar-Free

Saturday, February 27: Eight Limbs of Yoga & Anatomy

An in-depth look at Yamas and Niyamas.

Sunday, February 28: Anatomy

Week 7: Centerforce 

Reading: Hatha Yoga Pradipika p. 149-185 and p. 226-274 

Journal Assignment:  Anatomy Study

Nutrition Invitation: Raw Living Foods

Saturday, March 6: History of Yoga 

A look at yoga in the West and around the world historically. 

Sunday, March 7: Bandhas & Mudras

Week 8: Intensity of Practice

Reading: Hatha Yoga Pradipika Chapter 2, p. 279-354

Journal Assignment: Hatha Principles in Life

Nutrition Invitation: Juice Cleanse, 3, 5, or 7 days

Saturday, March 13:  Hatha Yoga

Discuss the Hatha Yoga Pradipika.

Sunday, March 14: Sanskrit 

Week 9: Conservation of Energy 

Reading: Hatha Yoga Pradipika Chapter 3, p. 354-460

Journal Assignment: Record self-teaching, also make a 60-minute playlist

Nutrition Invitation: Raw Living Foods

Saturday, March 20:  Ethics & Nadis / Chakras 

Experiential description of the chakras.

Discussion on ethics of a yoga teacher including boundaries and student/teacher relationships, appropriate touch, and sattvic energy.

Sunday, March 21: Nada Yoga 

Discussion of music in yoga class.

Week 10: Gratitude

Reading: Yoga Sutras Book 3, p.169-204

Journal Assignment: Ethical Guidelines

Nutrition Invitation: Sea Vegetables

Saturday, March 27: Business of Yoga & Ayurveda

Overview of Ayurveda and three doshas: Vatta Pitta Kapha. 

The business of yoga. Meditation on realizing your goals in line with yoga philosophy.

Sunday, March 28: Asana Workshop with Prenatal / Postnatal

 Prenatal adjustments and posture modifications.


Week 12: Spaciousness

Saturday, April 24: Anatomy & Asana Workshop

Sunday, April 25: Anatomy & Asana Workshop

Week 13: Transmutation of Energy 

Saturday, April 24: Anatomy & Asana Workshop

Sunday, April 25: Anatomy & Asana Workshop

Week 14: Purusha

Saturday, April 24: Exam Review 

The final written exam turned in. Answer questions based on training and yoga philosophy.


Sunday, April 25: Practical Exam 

Teach the entire class to a partner with adjustments, benefits, and Sanskrit.

Bring Beginner Friend Day 

Bring in a friend who has never practiced yoga to teach in a group today. Please wear all black.This can be modified as teaching a friend at your home or via live stream.

Graduation Ceremony


For more information or to register:  jaina@belovedretreats.com or 612-845-8175


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