300 Hour Advanced Yoga Teacher Training

Weekend Intensive Format 

Asana practice

Sequencing & theming for memorable classes
The Art of Effective Cueing
The Science of Yoga
Myths of Yoga
Advanced Asana Posture clinics
Improve Assisting & Adjustments
Thai Yoga
​Yoga Philosophy & scriptures including the Vedas and Yoga Sutras

Contemporary spiritual masters like Pema Chodran and Davidji

Compassion mediation

Mediation weekend immersion

History of Yoga through modern yoga
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

Fun! Did I say FUN! Yes, this training is full of learning for those who are hungry to learn and open to the process. It's meant to be an enjoyable weekend immersion that you look forward to - to being with your peers in a supportive group, where you get to uncover and share what you are learning together. 

This course is for students who have already completed a 200-hour yoga teacher training. This training is not based on a particular school of yoga. Students will be practicing and teaching several styles and formats, including gentle flow, chair yoga,  aqua yoga, yoga for seniors, vinyasa, themed classes and more. 

Weekend Intensives

April 12-14
April 26-28
May 10-11 (Fri&Sat only)
June 21-23
July 19-21
Sept. 13-15
October 11-13


Fridays 5-10

Saturdays 10:30-7pm (class at 8am if practicing or assisting)

Sundays  10:30-6pm (8am if assisting or practicing)


Lifebridge Health & Fitness

Pikesville, MD

​Investment: $3000, plus approximately $200 for books

Payment options: Tuition due in full before the start of class. 
OR: $620 deposit due upon acceptance to program, and six-monthly payments of $421.67

Email Melisa at makamovement@gmail.com with any questions.


Weekly format/semester

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 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 40 asanas, learn yoga philosophy and how to put that philosophy into practice on and off the mat. Upon completion, you will receive a 200-hour yoga teacher training certificate and be eligible to apply with Yoga Alliance as an RYT-200. 

FALL 2019 CCBC Owings Mills Campus

August 28-December 15, 2019

Wednesdays 5-8pm

Thursdays 5-8pm

Saturdays 12-8pm

Classroom dates: 8/28, 8/29, 9/4, 9/5, 9/7, 9/11, 9/12, 9/14, 9/18, 9/19, 9/21, 9/25, 9/26, 10/2, 10/3, 10/5, 10/9, 10/10, 10/12, 10/16, 10/17, 10/23, 10/24, & 10/26, 10/30/2019, 10/31, 11/2, 11/6, 11/7, 11/9, 11/13, 11/14, 11/16, 11/20, 11/21,  11/23, 12/4, 12/5, 12/7 & 12/14. (Online Dates varies from 12/1 thru 12/15).

Call Laverne Robertson at 443-840-4700 to register.

This is a two-part course and you must register for Parts 1 & 2 to receive your 200-hour certificate. 

Tuition: $2800 plus approximately $75 for books

College CEU available.

"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.

E-MAIL: makamovement@gmail.com


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

A: The 200-hour program 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. 

Q: I have to previous commitment and need to miss a couple classes. What is the make-up policy? 

A: You can miss up to 20-hours 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: CCBC offers payments plans as well as financial scholarships on a first come first serve basis for eligible applicants. Ask Laverne Robertson for payment plan or financial scholarship information. 

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. 

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. 

Taylor Corey is one of those yoga teachers who you just love right away! Taylor studied with Melisa and graduated from MaKa's 200 & 300-YTT, she is assistant manager of Core Power and is passionate about teaching yoga and living yoga. 

Email Melisa makamovement@gmail.com to apply.

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, with lots of modifications and learning how each posture fits different students.  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! Max 20 students per 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.Type your paragraph here.


“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.