You know the basics and can deliver an effective yoga class. But maybe you are feeling stale, or you feel ready to learn more, practice more, fine-tune your skills and take your teaching to the next level. Become a leader and an inspiration through your teaching. In MaKa's small group format, you will be able to connect with fellow teachers, learn in a supportive setting, receive one-on-one mentorship. Students will create their own workshops, refine cueing for clarity and efficiency and be able to teach any body. It's time to define who you are as a yoga teacher and shine.

This is also a way to give yourself time on your mat, to be a student, remember why you fell in love with yoga, explore the wide world of vinyasa and be a part of a community. Delve deeper into the philosophy of yoga to gain rich understanding of the ideas you learned about in your 200-hour training with in-depth study, reflection and writing.

Curriculum includes, but not limited to:

  • Asana practice
  • Advanced Asana 
  • The Art of Effective Cueing
  • The Science of Yoga
  • Myths of Yoga
  • Advanced asana Posture clinics
  • Advanced Assisting
  • Thai Yoga
  • ​Eastern Philosophy
  • One-on-one mentoring
  • Journaling and writing
  • Working with special populations
  • Yoga & alternative health
  • Postural Analysis & advanced anatomy
  • Working with private clients
  • Workshop design
  • Get in front of the camera with video workshops
  • Ayurveda & yoga


“Change is not something that we should fear. Rather, it is something that we should welcome. For without change, nothing in this world would ever grow or blossom, and no one in this world would ever move forward to become the person they’re meant to be.”  UNKNOWN AUTHOR.


This training is designed to deepen your yoga practice, help you become more disciplined, increase your strength and flexibility and teach to connect with your deeper self. You will study asana (postures), pranayama (breathwork), mediation, self-reflection and philosophy. Learn the benefits of yoga, proper alighment and safe but creative sequencing. Feel empowered to express yourself authentically, learn leadership skills and ways to connect with your community. You will not only get physically stronger, but gain mental clarity, balance and awareness.  

This training is for people who love how they feel doing yoga and want learn more about the history, philosophy and correct alignment. Whether you want to teach, or not, this program is for students who are dedicated to health, wellness and having a positive impact on the world around them. Do you have a spiritual practice, but want to add a physical component? Or are you a health & fitness professionals looking to add a more spiritual, holistic approach to health & wellness? If you want to learn the benefits of yoga, the history, philosophy and seek a personal transformation - this training is for you. You will get physically and mentally stronger, learn proper alignment of more than 50 asanas, learn yoga philsosphy and how to put that philosophy into practice on and off the mat. This program meets and exceeds the 200-hours of yoga study required by Yoga Alliance for RYT-200 certification. 

Weekend Intensives dates 2019
Jan. 4-6, 2019
Feb. 1- 3, 2019
March 1- 3, 2019
March 15-17, 2019
May 17-19


Fridays 5-10pm
Saturdays 8am-7pm
Sundays 8am-6pm


We are here for student development and to provide you with the best education without an affiliation with any yoga studio. Our purpose is to teach you - the student. And provide the best training and education possible.

Many yoga studios teach one way. You learn their sequence and teach only that sequence. Our program is based on a traditional sequence called Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. Students learn this traditional seqeuence first, to build a solid foundation for home practices and estabilish muscle memory and continuity. Then, learn how to create their own unique class sequences, based on physical abilities, personal tastes and creative sequencing. We offer hands on trainings and care about each participant. We are in existence to help the yoga community thrive and to educate and support teachers from all backgrounds. 

While many teacher trainings today are taught by inexperienced or relatively new teachers, 80% of your classroom hours are taught by Master teacher, Melisa Casses. Melisa has more than 20-years of teaching experience, she’s worked with thousands of students and developed this course in order to offer high quality yoga teacher trainings for a reasonable cost. She understands how the practice changes as our bodies change, how to adjust the practice for different stages in life, how to work with subtle bodies and lead by example. Melisa doesn’t just teach from a book, but from her experience and internal wisdom.

This training is all about getting on your mat, and gaining wisdom through your own experiences. There is no substation for yoga experience. Through this training, you will connect with your authentic self you will learn to trust yourself and listen your inner guide. 

Graduates say that one of the biggest benefits of yoga teacher training is personal transformation. Graduates have reported amazing changes like, meeting a partner and getting married, right after graduation,  getting pregnant, changing careers, or reconnecting with a spouse - all as a result of the growth they had in YTT. 

There’s no argument, class size has a direct relation to level of learning. Our classes are small in order to provide students with lots of attention and guidance and to maximize learning. Don’t get lost in the crowd of 40-80 like other trainings! In MaKa’s training, expect anywhere from 8-16 student in your course, for maximum learning. 


One of the best parts of YTT is meeting like-minded people, make lifelong friendships, and be a part of something bigger than yourself.

"My experience with MaKa was intense, challenging, and emotional. However, I would not have changed a thing about it! Melisa pushed me beyond my comfort zone, and towards my inner spirit. She created a comfortable space for all to learn, share, and contemplate. What started as a great opportunity to study, evolved into a powerful exploration of yoga-inspired philosophy. I bonded with the passionate, like-minded people sitting beside me on the mat and made lifelong friends. This program provided the foundations of how to teach yoga, and taught me more than I thought possible marking the beginning of a life-long journey." Susan S.

This training was created to deepen your physical and spiritual practice, help you connect with your most authentic self, and prepare you to teach safe, effective vinyasa yoga classes. 

History & Philosophy
History of Yoga
The 8-limbs of Yoga, The Yoga Sutras 
The Bhagavad Gita
Living Yoga
Yoga lifestyle & self-care

Pranayama & Asana & Meditation
Meditation, self-study, journaling and personal development
Yoga anatomy & alignment
Personal practice advancement
Modified Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga class template
Vinyasa yoga sequencing & template
Teaching all levels
Practice teaching clinics
Hands on assisting and adjustments

Teaching Skills
Effective cueing, voice, pace
Teaching with a purpose
Being authentic
Theming classes
Hands on assisting & adjustments
Safe creative sequencing
Benefits of yoga

Business of YOGA
Ethics for yoga teachers
Getting hired
Building your resume
Sustainable teaching

"This was truly an exceptional experience. Melisa possesses a depth of knowledge, level of skill and thoroughness of teaching yoga that is incredible. Ashtanga yoga’s primary series was taught. It was a true immersion with, the readings, discussions, presentations and classes. We were given a 360 degree view of yoga. The histories, it’s roots, the different styles, the philosophy and the many possibilities needed to be a yoga teacher as well as a student. If you’re interested in further learning and growing as a yogi, this would be The perfect teacher." Lloyd K.

2019 200-hour program is led by Melisa Casses, E-RYT. With Nate Casses, E-RYT and Alana Roach. 


Weekend Intensives dates
Jan. 4-6, 2019
Feb. 1- 3, 2019
March 1- 3, 2019

March 15-17, 2019


May 17-19

Fridays 5-10pm
Saturdays 8am-7pm
Sundays 8am-6pm

Additional Hours
Additional hours include pre-recorded audio lectures, video classes, reading assignments,  preparing presentatins, written essays, journaling and two final projects - a written and practical exam. Graduates report average of three hours of homework per week in addition to 3-5 yoga practices each week. 


Lifebridge Health & Fitness
1836 Greene Tree Rd., Pikesville, MD 21208
LifeBridge Health & Fitness is an award-winning fitness center centrally located in Pikesville in Baltimore County. Our 70,000-square-foot facility, state-of-the-art equipment, trained fitness professionals and unique amenities guide members of all ages and fitness levels in their journey to a healthy way of life.

Lifebridge offers more than 110 group fitness classes every week, including yoga, Pilates, Zumba, TRX, sprin and more. Our open gym features over 125 brand new cardio and weight machines. Parking will always be available and free in the Lifebridge Parking lot. Walking distance to Trader Joe’s and Starbucks. 


Tuition includes all weekend intensive hours and study sessions, MaKa’s American Yoga Teacher’s Manual, two audio  yoga classes, class DVD or online class, video classes from the MaKa library, and Teaching Mentorship and 6-month membership to Lifebridge Health & Fitness in Pikesville, MD. 

* You will receive the reading list once you’ve been accepted into the program. 
* Mysore cotton mat (approximately $40 Barefoot yoga or Hugger Mugger)
* Discounts for private yoga and additional workshops. 


Are you a Lifebridge Employee? Lifebridge employees receive 20% off tuition! That’s a $500 savings!


STEP 1) Complete the registration form and submit your online registration. Or print and mail in your registration.

STEP 2) Once you register, you will receive an email from us regarding your enrollment and how to get started on your journey.

STEP 3) Complete tuition payment. Pay in full, or place a deposit to hold your spot. Payment is due in full before the first day of class. 

If you require a payment plan, please email Natalie Smith  to request a payment plan option. 


Q: What kind of yoga is your teacher training program? 

A: MaKa Yoga RYS is a vinyasa yoga teacher training program based on the Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga method. During the first half of training, students learn a modified version of the Ashtanga Primary Series. The second half of training is spent creating unique, effective and safe classes based on breath, mindfulness and fluidity. Graduates will be able to teach classes for beginners to intermediate students.

Q: How proficient do I need to be in yoga to be accepted into the 200-hour training? 

A: Your level of commitment to learning, transformation, and the program is number one. We accept students who want to learn, are dedicated and willing to be uncomfortable. Applicants should have a minimum of one-year of consistent yoga practice and be physically able to practice yoga. If you have a physical limitation that prohibits your mobility, please email Melisa directly at makamovement@gmail.com to see if this training is appropriate for you. 

Q: Do I have to take a certain amount of classes during the training?

A: Students are expected to practice yoga 3-5x/week, as both home practices and studio classes. You must take at least one class/week with Melisa. 

Q: I have to previous commitment for one of the weekends. What is the make-up policy? 

A: You can miss up to two days and still graduate on-time. All absences must be cleared in advance. You are responsible for getting the missed material from your classmates. Unexcused absences, or missing more than 20-hours of training, will need to be made up with private sessions with one of MaKa’s teaching staff at a 1:2 ratio. If you know you have a conflict, put the dates on your registration form and someone will contact you. 

Q: Do you have a payment plan?

A: Tuition is due in full before the course starts. However, we know that your education is important to you and we want to help as best we can. Please contact Natalie Smith at Natsmith@lifebridgehealth.org to inquire about payment plans. They will be approved on a case by case basis. 

Q: Will I be able to teach yoga after this course? Is this a certified course? 

A: Yes. You will have the proficiency, skills and certification needed to teach yoga classes and private clients. MaKa Yoga teacher training is a registered school with the Yoga Alliance, which is an international yoga board for yoga teachers. You will be eligible to register with the Yoga Alliance as an RYT-200.  Our graduates teach at gyms, yoga studios, and throughout the community. 

Email Melisa for a registration form. 


Melisa Uchida Casses has been teaching Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga and vinyasa yoga for more than 20-years. She loves the discipline of the Ashtanga Primary Series, but knows that it’s not accessible to most Americans. She started adding less structured “vinyasa” classes in about ten years ago, when she started working with people who were looking something more therapeutic, but not quite gentle yoga. She embodies the yoga life. She often jokes that her yoga practice some days is simply doing the dishes, or attending to her family with full awareness and joy. She makes her way through the stages of yoga over the decades, and with three children and adjusts the practice to stay in harmony with each particular stage. Melisa is an old soul, a wise teacher, and a compassionate being. She teaches with kindness, but is strict. She expects a lot, but is understanding and approachable. 

Nate Casses, E-RYT-200
…found Yoga and Melisa six years ago and countinues his study and mentorship under Melisa to this day.  He has practiced a variety of yoga styles over his career, but finds solace in his orginal practice of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga.  Nate enjoys the dedication and stylistic symplicity of the Ashtanga Primary Series.  Far from mastering the series, he has modified the practice for his body.  Nate has been certified through MaKa Movement, RYS in both the 200 & 300 hour programs. He is honored by the opportunity to now be teaching at this school.  When Nate is not on his mat, or busy with his family, he can be found pounding the pavement, as he is an avid endurance runner.

Alana Roach CYT and E-RYT certified in Vinyasa with a focus in Ashtanga Yoga and her personal studies of energy work, yoga theory, and style ranging from restorative to power and everything in between. With over 1,000 hours of teaching experience, Alana teaches all levels and all ages. “I want to reach you at the level of your needs, and I try to communicate with you on a mind, body, soul level to find out what that is. We co-create a beautiful practice together. My students are my best teachers. In that light, we are co-teaching each other in every moment. It is really a beautiful experience.” 

Email Melisa makamovement@gmail.com to apply.