300 Hour Yoga Teacher Training

Start your Journey!!!  2021

Build up your teacher's toolbox ready for the next stage? 300 hour certification? This can done in modules.

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

Study of Contemporary spiritual teachers 

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 
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. 

​Investment: $4,500 plus approximately $150 for books

$500 non-refundable deposit due upon acceptance into the program.

Email Melisa at makamovement@gmail.com for an application. 



in Vinyasa yoga, with an emphasis on Ashtanga Vinyasa.

Spring 2021 course will be virtual (for limited time due to the pandemic).

Classes are real-time, streamed via Zoom & attendance is required. 


Feb.10-June 14, 2021

Wednesdays 5-9:30pm

Fridays 5-9:30pm

Saturdays 12-8pm

Click the link to apply for scholarship. 

Scholarships available on a first come first serve basis. Email Melisa for more information regarding the program &/or scholarship information.

You must register for Part 1&2 at the same time. 

Part 1 CRN 32314

Part 2 CRN 32747


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
Instructing self-assists & hands on 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 (breath-work), mediation, self-reflection and philosophy. Learn the benefits of yoga, proper alignment 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. 

Call Laverne R. or Donna L. at 443-840-4700 to register for CCBC course.

This is a two-part course and you must register for Parts 1 & 2 to receive your 200-hour certificate. See CRN numbers at the top of this page and include them in your scholarship application. 

Tuition: Part 1 $1,400 + Part 2 $1,400

(Total $2800)

plus approximately $75 for books

College CEU available at CCBC only.

"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, 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 has been teaching yoga, mindful movement and wellness 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 now practices and teaches vinyasa yoga for strength and therapeutic effects. She is passionate about teaching students to be mindful, reduce stress, improve posture and mood. 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 McQueen Uchida, E-RYT-200, found Yoga in 2011. He has practiced a variety of yoga styles, but finds solace in his original practice of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga.  Nate enjoys the dedication required of the Ashtanga Primary Series, but knows the benefits of modifying and adapting postures to meet the changing body. His teaching style is athletic with a focus on strength and endurance. Nate completed both 200 & 300-hour yoga teacher trainings with MaKa Movement and Melisa. 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 Kaulius RYT-500, is one of those yoga teachers who you just love right away! She's fun and kind, and patient. Taylor studied with Melisa and graduated from MaKa's 200 & 300-YTT,  and teaches power yoga and yoga sculpt at Core Power. Follow Taylor on Instagram. taylorleekaulius

Email Melisa makamovement@gmail.com to apply.


“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.


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.