Teacher Training

Ann Arbor Studio 200 Hour

Kristen Lynch + Chris Noles
Starts September 

Birmingham Studio 200 Hour

Jonah Kest + Jane James
Starts September 24

Birmingham Studio 300 Hour

Jonny Kest
Starts March 2019

Program Information

200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Course

There are no experience or knowledge prerequisites for the 200 Hour course - only a deep commitment to oneself. Students of all levels are encouraged to use this course to either begin or continue a journey of personal exploration and acceptance, and to develop or enhance yoga teaching competencies.



  • Cultivate ujjayi (ocean) breath, bandhas (energy locks), and inward focus
  • Increase strength, stamina, flexibility and balance
  • Establish and deepen a daily asana practice
  • Receive and perform hands-on adjustments


Slowburn YOGA

  • Utilize the breath to its greatest effect
  • Deepen your understanding of poses and their effects
  • Begin to read the body and adapt poses appropriately
  • Sequence poses to create a balanced flow
  • Discover a deeper look within oneself for greater healing
  • Move the spine in six directions to maintain optimal health



  • Learn to articulate the muscular-skeletal components of selected postures
  • Deepen your knowledge of the therapeutic value of the asanas in the primary series
  • Discover an anatomical language suitable for teaching
  • Learn safe, effective adjustments and modifications



  • Develop the faculty of concentration
  • Cultivate deeper levels of awareness and balance in mind and body
  • Establish a daily personal practice
  • Learn to lead group meditation



  • Assist students in experiencing transformation
  • Individualize instruction for students with special needs
  • Give deeply connective adjustments
  • Sequence postures and structure a vinyasa class
  • Share meditation techniques
  • Communicate effectively without sacrificing the integrity of a strong class
  • Work with a partner
  • Cultivate deep relaxation in students
  • Tailor sessions for both individual and group instruction
  • Give and receive goal-directed feedback
  • Listen emphatically



  • Study yoga history and philosophy
  • Discover yourself and others through journal entries
  • Deepen your understanding of yoga through reading selections
  • Make a commitment to sangha

Reading List

  • World Peace Diet | Will Tuttle
  • Ashtanga Yoga Manual | David Swenson
  • Power Yoga | Beryl Bender Birch
  • Light on Yoga | B.K.S Iyengar
  • Art of Living | William Hart
  • Science of Breath | Yogi Ramacharaka
  • Anatomy for Yoga [DVD] | Paul Grilley
  • Man's Search for Meaning | Victor E. Frankl
  • Dr. Dean Ornish's Program for Reversing Heart Disease | Dean Ornish
  • The Heart of Yoga | T.K.V. Desikachar

300 Hour Yoga Teacher Training

A Note From Jonny //

"Knowing the Truth, I will let others know it.Freeing myself from the suffering of the world, I will free others.  Having crossed over, I will enable others to cross."
~The Vow of the Bodhisattva

When you completed your 200 Hour Teacher Training - for many students, it felt like you just graduated kindergarten! Since then, you have taken and perhaps taught hundreds of yoga classes, read thousands of yoga related articles and books and may have even attended a plethora of yoga workshops, intensives, festivals and retreats.  Yes, it is a truth that once the passion to share yoga awakens in your heart, it is almost impossible to stop the desire to become a master teacher.  In Malcolm Gladwell's book The Outliers, he writes about our world's masters.  He answers the question of how many hours of work do you need to become a master at anything.  10,000 hours is approximately the number of hours required to achieve the level of mastery associated with being a world class expert in anything.

In this 300 Hour Program, you will be moving closer to the level of mastery in understanding and applying the teachings of yoga.  This is a Master's Degree in the art and science of yoga and meditation.  We will break down our methodology in detail and rebuild the 7 stages of Vinyasa Yoga.  We will use the Bhagavad Gita to develop a greater understanding of Karma, Jnana and Bhakti Yoga. We will work with sequencing and adjustments using broad principles of anatomy to design and create powerful vinyasa yoga flows and experiences. We will use ancient yoga postures as tools to uncover our body's strengths and weaknesses - developing a keen awareness of the edges within our psychosomatic structure.  Most importantly, we will collaborate and give feedback with the best and the brightest - creating a yoga community that elevates us to reach our highest potential as enlightened beings!

Your acceptance into the 300 Hour Teacher Training Program is an agreement that you will follow the yoga precepts, code of conduct and daily yoga practices that are clearly described in the course manual.  The daily yoga practices are as follows:

1 Hour of Morning Meditation
2 Hours of morning ashtanga/vinyasa classes
3 Yoga Meals
4 Gratitude Journal Entries

May All Love Surround You ~ And The Pure Light Within You Guide Your Way On....

Namaste ~
Jonny Kest