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Now Enrolling for Session beginning October 2020

Current Training dates
for 2020-21

The program will meet twelve total weekends
Saturdays and Sundays
12:15 - 6:15 p.m.

October 2020 through May 2021

• October 3-4
• October 17-18 
• November 7-8
• November 21-22
• December 12-13
• January 9-10 
• January 30-31
• February 20-21
• March 6-7
• March 27-28
• April 17-18
• May 1-2

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Now Enrolling for Session beginning October 2020 

We have always been passionate about learning at Yoga Loka and are excited to offer this exceptional opportunity to grow your personal practice and should you desire to teach, a certification to do so through this fantastic training program. This long established and renowned 200 hour program is approved by the Yoga Alliance and adhere to their guidelines for Registered Yoga Schools.

"It was everything I expected and so much more. A journey into Yoga, well rounded and complete, in a word "enlightening." Whether you take the training to become a teacher or to deepen your own wisdom of your personal practice, the training was superb." Cheryl Bruce


Facilitator Kimberlee Orenstein,
MS, E-RYT 500

This training offers many benefits, including:

  • A leading reputation as the most respected longest running school and training for yoga practitionera and yoga teachers in Nevada
  • Expert Faculty with decades of experience
  • Curriculum that addresses all bodies and individual needs
  • How to develop and make a personal yoga practice more effective
  • Ways to make yoga a more integral part of your life
  • The proper alignment, benefits & potential risks of the foundational yoga postures

  • Principles of anatomy and how they apply to each posture

  • RYT 500 Logo
  • The science and art of sequencing a yoga class

  • Hands on adjustments

  • How to observe and see bodies

  • The art of teaching (self and others) 

  • Confidence though practice teaching

  • Yoga history and philosophy

  • An introduction into subtle body, breath, ayurveda, and meditation

  • Sanskrit names of the postures

200 teacher training class

This foundational training is designed to give you a transformational experience. You will gain a deeper understanding of all things yoga and become part of a like-minded community. Teaching skills taught provide you with powerful tools to instruct group classes in addition to accessing your inner teacher. 
 Experienced yoga practitioners who are not necessarily interested in teaching can very much benefit from this training.

Graduates will be able to register with Yoga Alliance at the RYT-200 level.

Click the button at the left to download and fill out the 200 hr Training application. You can send a check along with the application or pay on line.
200 Hour TUITION $2750 before early deadline (August 15)

Tuition includes:

  • All course hours and personalized attention
  • Yoga Loka Training Manual

Plus a substantial discount on classes at Yoga Loka for the duration of the training
(Text books not included. Plan for approximately $100)
Payment options available.

Established and Respected in it's 18th year this nine month program meets the highest standards set by the Yoga Alliance and is designed for experienced yoga practitioners who are committed to deepening their practice and their understanding of yoga. It is also for those who are currently teaching or would like to begin teaching yoga someday. A fundamental purpose of yoga practice is self-discovery and growth. Beginning this fall, deepen your personal practice and understanding of yoga in this 200 hour advanced study/teacher training curriculum that encompasses all facets of the yogic lifestyle.

The course will meet a total of 12 weekends (Sat. & Sun.) between late Sept. and early May. See the right sidebar for specific dates.

Yoga Loka is a registered school of the Yoga Alliance and this course meets the standards for a yoga teacher to register (certify) at the 200 hour level.
Hundreds of references available upon request.

This training is designed to meet the Yoga Alliance registered teacher requirements (200 hour level). Included will be:

100 hours of Asana, Pranayama and Meditation
Knowledge of alignment principles, details of individual poses, awareness of breath, and the art of sitting provides the ability to demonstrate and teach with inspiration and clarity.

  • Physical adjustments
  • Breath awareness
  • General touch principles
  • Use of Props and pose modifications
  • Special populations
  • Injuries
  • Using the bandhas
  • Beginning Pranayamas

20 hours of Anatomy and Physiology
Anatomy will be taught from a functional perspective of the body in asana.

  • Alignment principles
  • Core stabilization
  • Kinesiology
  • Body systems and biomechanics (skeletal, muscular, nervous etc.)
  • Physiology of breathing

25 hours dedicated to "The Art of Teaching"
A skilled yoga teacher creates an atmosphere of awareness for the group while remaining sensitive to the individual student.

Observation: seeing, reading and understanding bodies

  • Verbal skills
  • Role of teacher
  • The art of sequencing
  • Effective presentation techniques
  • Teaching ethics
  • Teaching curriculum
  • Practice teaching for beginning students
  • Question & answer sessions

30 hours Yoga Philosophy and Self Study
The vast and inspiring texts of yoga have traditionally been an integral part of yoga study from its spiritual foundation. We will explore major yoga systems, the yoga sutras, the language of Sanskrit, and the Bhagavad Gita. The use of asana, pranayama, and meditation are presented as tools to achieve self-awareness. An attempt to instill a practice of "off the mat" awareness skills will also be encouraged.

20 hours developing/expanding a personal practice
The power behind effective teaching comes from the embodiment of the practice. The more insights and knowledge you gather walking your own yoga path, the more wisdom you are able to offer to others in their own transformations.

10 hours assisting and/or student teaching
Assisting and practice teaching opportunities will be assigned on an individual basis.

10 hours miscellaneous category
This will include the introduction of the Ayurveda doshas, the chakra system, chanting and the business of teaching yoga.

Certificate of Completion

A certificate of completion will be awarded upon completion of the following criteria:

  • Showing a commitment to the course with a demonstrated understanding and proficiency of materials presented.
  • 90% or better attendance.
  • Maintaining a daily record of your personal practice.
  • Completion of assignments in a timely manner.
  • Successful completion of a practice teaching sessions.
Click the button at the left to download and fill out the 200 hr Training application. You can send a check along with the application or pay on line.


About the Instructor:

Kimberlee Orenstein, has been a student of yoga since 1993 and is a Registered Yoga Teacher at the 500 hour level. She is the Founding Director of Yoga Loka, Director of Advanced Study TeacherTraining, holds a Master's degree in Exercise Science and has 30+ years experience teaching. Kim's yoga practice began following a knee surgery that suspended her mountain bike racing and professional dancing. She teaches a style of yoga that developed through her many years of study with some of the most well respected western yoga masters of the Krishnamacharia tradition (Astanga, Iyengar and Viniyoga), Lorna Benedict, Shiva Rea plus Forrest Yoga, Yin Yoga (Sarah Powers), Pilates, and Continuum Movement. She is also a certified Yoga of the Heart® instructor, a program that adapts yoga for people with heart disease, cancer and other debilitating disease. Currently Kimberlee's mentor and meditation teacher is Camille Maurine, a world authority on women's creativity and self-care. Kim's classes emphasize the linking of movement and breath and her intention in teaching yoga is to inspire people to discover how to move through life effectively and gracefully by learning to dissolve the disconnections to themselves and others. Her teaching expresses her love of movement and provides opportunities for people to explore themselves - in motion and in stillness.

Download a printable version of our "Training Training Brochure and Application." If you do not have Adobe's Acrobat Reader, you may download a free version on their site.

Here are some of the things graduates have said about their experience…

"The teacher training course at Yoga Loka has greatly enriched my life. The readings and discussions we had had an impact on me and inspired me to change my life for the better." Micki Lewis

"I am very pleased that we have such a high quality and challenging school right here in Reno. I attended the eight-month program and enjoyed every aspect of my learning. I find the [Loka] setting very pleasant and appropriate and Kim very professional and caring." Mariam Ghandi

This course has taught me to deal and cope with chronic illness, frustration, and depression. It has been an incredible learning experience about myself. I learned about patience, peace, and perseverance. Good teachers are willing to go the extra mile if you ask for help." Andrea Whittemore

An enlightening, powerful, and useful training that is comprehensive, hands-on and well taught by one of the finest yoga instructors on the west coast, Kim Orenstein." Ashley Moore

"Kim brings together her professional training and personal experiences into a comprehensive study of Yoga as a personal practice and as a path to share with others. The interactive environment of this training encourages open discussion, direct experience and shared knowledge between all course members. The students not only learn from Kim, but also from each other. I would strongly recommend the Yoga Loka Advanced Study and Teacher Training program to anyone who wants to deepen their understanding of yoga or become a Yoga teacher." Amy Monette

"It was everything I expected and so much more. A journey into Yoga, well rounded and complete, in a word "enlightening." Whether you take the training to become a teacher or to deepen your own wisdom of your personal practice, the training was superb." Cheryl Bruce

"Just as every asana needs a good foundation so too does every student/teacher of yoga. Kim's 200 hour teacher training course provided me with an essential foundation for me to continue my personal practice journey and to begin my journey as a yoga instructor. This training is absolutely necessary for anyone considering teaching the art of yoga. Kim's unique style is both professional and nurturing. Thank you Kim!" Jenny Cochran

"The teacher training program was an amazing experience with top quality instruction and a deep sense of community that formed during the time we were together. I felt completely prepared to begin my teaching career and would recommend this program to others." Debbie Lassiter

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