200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training

2018-19 Dates & location coming soon!

Do you love the feeling of bliss after your practice? Do you want to learn more about the history, philosophy, art and science of yoga? Deepen your practice, increase your strength, flexibility and learn how to teach what you love. Learn the benefits of yoga, the history and philosophy, alignment, sequencing, finding your voice, connect with your highest self and discover your path. You will not only get physically stronger, but you will gain mental clarity, balance and awareness, and if you are willing, yoga will transform your life.

Students will learn a modified Ashtanga Primary Series sequence as the foundation for home practices and then learn to create their own class sequences to practice and teach. Learn what modifications are right for your body, how to tailor any class to fit your needs and how to teach beginner and intermediate students. We know everyone's bodies are unique and special and MaKa instructors are taught to honor those differences. This course will prepare you to teach Vinyasa Yoga classes.

So, whether you want to teach or not, work on your personal practice, learn alignment, gain deeper insight to yourself, yoga philosophy, or find out what gives you that amazing feeling after you've been on your mat, this course provides students with guidance, encouragement, support and lots of fun! Get ready to change your life! Be a part of an elite teacher training program.

Class sizes are small to provide students with lots of attention and guidance and to maximize learning. Once training and requirements are completed, graduates will receive a certificate of completion and eligible to apply with Yoga Alliance as an RYT-200. Lead trainer, Melisa Deane Casses, E-RYT has more than 15 years of teaching experience. She believes yoga should be accessible to every body, and that yoga is a way to feed the body and soul. Get ready to begin a new journey!

PREREQUISITES: Consistent yoga practice for a minimum of one year and strong desire to learn, 100% commitment and willingness to be open. Participants meet for six weekend intensives. Students are required to practice a minimum of four times per week. Home practices are acceptable and encouraged. Expect approximately 5-hours/week of homework.

Additional hours for Reiki level 1.

Next Session Starts 2018! Dates & Times

Weekend Intensives include: 

Fridays 5-10pm

Saturdays 10:30am-9pm

Sundays 10:30am-6pm

Email Melisa makamovement@gmail.com to apply. 


"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.

"Whether you are looking do become a full time yoga teacher or simply deepen your own practice this is the training for you! Melisa's approach to training is simple and effective. Her passion for yoga is obvious, and she truly cares about the students experience! I finished training with a knowledge of yoga that has opened my eyes to true nature of the practice, one I was unaware of when I started!!" Billy D.

"Melisa is an incredible teacher. She has so much knowledge, and she made the training very interesting, informative and fun. Melisa is truly professional in her life and in yoga and it shows in everything she does. I will definitely recommend her Teacher Training to everyone who is interested." Yael T.

"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.


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
  • Posture clinic
  • 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 FB Live workshop
  • Ayurveda & yoga
  • Reiki IV & Masters certification (hours not included in TT weekends. Date and time TBD)