Sacramento Yoga Teacher Training

Vinyasa Hatha 200 Hour Program

September - November 2021

Deepen your understanding of yoga & learn to teach!

WELCOME, we are so glad you are here! Whether you aspire to teach yoga or simply enrich your own knowledge of the practice, our 200-hour Vinyasa Hatha Teacher Training is designed to give you the tools to develop your yoga practice and set your foundation as a teacher. We are a Yoga Alliance certified school, and deliver the highest standards of foundational yoga curriculum and teaching methodology. Upon your graduation, you will be recognized as a 200 hour certified yoga teacher.

Discover how profoundly the path of yoga enhances and expands your life. Through three months of in-depth study, you will learn intelligent and effective Vinyasa Flow and Hatha Yoga methodology to embody your practice and inspire others to do the same. Our program not only focuses on the physical elements of yoga, it is grounded in deep introspection to awaken your courage, authenticity, empathy, and compassion. The program will take place in Yoga Shala Sacramento, and conclude with a four-day graduation retreat in Lake Tahoe.

 

You will have the space to fully immerse yourself into the practice of yoga. This is a lifelong practice. It is a never-ending process. Your path begins here. We are here to support you in your journey!

Why join us?

Quality of Education

You will receive organized curriculum and a 275-page manual that dives into fundamental aspects of yoga such as anatomy, alignment, philosophy, the business of yoga, methods of teaching, and so much more! Your education is structured into two powerful modules that intelligently progress, keeping your mind engaged and your body balanced throughout our time together. This training is a culmination of decades of study and practice, providing you with a thoughtful and inspiring program. Our aim is that you receive the most out of your experience!

Learning Environment

Students often times get lost in a sea of 30, 50, or upwards of 100 other participants within a single yoga training. It is our standard that we work with smaller groups to give you more individual attention. We are fully present to support you throughout this program, as well as provide mentorship after the training ends. You will receive a powerful education in an atmosphere that is light-hearted and fun. Be prepared to play, have fits of laughter, and learn far more about yoga and yourself than you ever expected!

Our Commitment to You

The passion we feel for sharing this amazing practice stems from having yoga as the foundation of our lives. We truly care about your education and experience. It is our intention for this program to unlock your individual potential and connect you with an international community of likeminded people. It has been a privilege for us to train students from all around the world. We feel compelled to share the lineage of this practice, as we’ve received it from our teachers. Taking a program like this is a big leap of faith. We honor and respect your commitment by delivering a high quality training. We are excited to cross paths with you!  Come join us!

Past Student Testimonials

Have you ever wondered what it's really like to take yoga teacher training? Don't just take it from us! Listen to the testimonials and see footage of past students of our 200 hour teacher training program - no one tells the story of this experience better than them! These testimonials give you a direct look into what teacher training is like. Get to know us through the eyes of our students.

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Garin Ammerman

My biggest takeaway? That is hard…. It was life changing. It helped me to deal with things I’ve always kind of walked away or ran away from. It is hard to put into words, but that’s the most profound thing. It helped unlock some healing and insight into who I am and what I have to offer. You are going to be challenged, but you’re also going to be held. You’re going to be taken care of. Michael and Tristina are very supportive, very insightful, and very kind. They make it look easy. Professionals make it look easy. That’s why I chose them.

Program Overview

  • Vinyasa Flow and Hatha based yoga classes

  • History of yoga

  • Hands-on assisting & adjustments

  • Pranayama & the modern science of breath

  • Meditation 

  • Eight Limbs of Yoga

  • Yamas & Niyamas

  • Alignment principles

  • Functional yoga anatomy - understand movement!

  • Yin Yoga, Yoga Nidra, and Restorative Yoga

  • Accessible yoga practices: modifications & props

  • Bhakti Yoga: chanting, basic Sanskrit, and sound

  • Yoga teaching methodology

  • Intelligent sequencing

  • Create dynamic/accessible yoga classes

  • Apply precise cueing methods

  • Develop the power of your voice

  • Purposeful themes & story

  • Kleshas

  • Subtle body anatomy: Nadis, Koshas, and Chakra systems

  • Categories of postures: forward bends, backbends, twists, arm balances, and inversions

  • Business of yoga

  • Ethics of yoga

School & Faculty

Program Co-Director

MICHAEL FONG

I have been a teacher and a trainer for over a decade. My passion is to study and teach the art and science of breath, movement, and stillness. I strive to create a space where students can experience themselves fully. I believe that yoga can help shift our consciousness to a place of true integration. It is my intention to share yoga with precision, creativity, and authenticity.

 

I thoroughly enjoy daily meditation, dynamic movement, and connecting with his community. You can spot me hanging out in my hometown of Sacramento California on my yoga mat or practicing martial arts. ​

Program Co-Director

TRISTINA KENNEDY

I left the corporate world behind in 2010 to share my love of yoga and movement with others. I teach a dynamic and creative style of yoga that awakens strength through awareness in energetic alignment. My classes weave in the spiritual aspect of the practice through chanting, meditation, and insightful offerings on yogic philosophy.

 

I am deeply committed to my personal practice, which is the foundation of my teaching. I have studied various styles of yoga & meditation around the world with an array of respected teachers. I share my knowledge through classes, workshops, and teacher trainings. My deep passion for travel is brought to others through annual retreats in international destinations. ​

Registered Yoga School

ROOTS TO WINGS YOGA

We are Michael Fong & Tristina Kennedy, the founders of Roots to Wings Yoga. Collectively, we have been teaching yoga full-time for almost 20 years. We are health and wellness educators in our Sacramento community and abroad.

Yes, we have done all of the wild things you might expect from dedicated yoga practitioners! We’ve studied with our guru at her ashram near the foot of the Himalayas in India. We have meditated for days on end with monks in monasteries. We’ve taken thousands of hours of trainings to diversify our knowledge.

Our approach to the practice is very unique. We blend traditional yoga and meditation techniques with modern science. Each class we teach is informed by functional anatomy, biomechanics, and an array of movement methodologies. We want you to move and feel well for many years to come.

Our method of yoga is sustainable, balanced, creative, and fun! The people who participate in our classes range from professional athletes in their 20s, to individuals with significant movement restrictions in their 80s. We know how to effectively tailor different styles of yoga to fit the needs of a very diverse audience.

We founded Roots to Wings Yoga from the strong desire to have a platform to share our teachings across the globe. We are an official Registered Yoga School with the Yoga Alliance. It is our great privilege to teach yoga all over the globe. We can’t wait to practice with you! Let’s grow together!
 

Read our reviews on Yoga Alliance!

Program Structure

We offer a weekend-based schedule that is quite accessible for the working person with life’s responsibilities. In-person sessions are on Saturday & Sunday, for 7 hours per day. These include practice and intensive study delving into the many layers of yoga.

 

In addition to the in-person hours, there will be a combination of virtual content and self-study homework to be done both before and during the program. The virtual content will consist of 18-20 hours, and be a combination of curriculum and practice. On average, we find that students should plan on setting aside between 2-5 hours each week for self-study work and practice outside of the training hours.

 

We will be monitoring updates to any guidelines regarding COVID-19. At the time this webpage was published, the capacity for the training is 12 students. Everyone must be fully vaccinated in order to participate in the training.

We hold only one local training each year, working with smaller groups to provide personalized attention and support.

Graduation Retreat

Celebrate your hard work with our four-day graduation retreat! The location is just a few blocks from Lake Tahoe. There are shared bathrooms & dorm-style rooms with bunk beds. We will be taking proper measures to keep common surfaces sanitized. After 3 committed months, it is so special to get away, integrate/celebrate all that you’ve learned and enjoy time together in nature. Delicious homemade vegetarian meals (cooked by Tristina’s Italian Mamma!)

and accommodations are provided for you; just pack your bag and go!

 *Please note you will be responsible for your own transportation.

Dates/Location

All in-person sessions will be held at Yoga Shala Sacramento (Midtown Location: 21st & H Street).

We will meet Saturdays & Sundays from 11:30am-6:30pm on the following weekends:

September: 11/12, 18/19, 25/26

October: 2/3, 9/10, 16/17, 23/24, 30/31

November: 6/7

 

Graduation Retreat: November 18-21 (3 nights)

Arrive midday on Thursday the 18th and depart the afternoon of Sunday the 21st.

Investment

Your tuition includes the following:

All group training sessions, workshops, and classes

Comprehensive 275+ page manual

Access to the Roots to Wings Virtual Studio
Virtual curriculum modules

Independent study assignments

4-day graduation retreat in Lake Tahoe

Mentorship during + after the program​

$3450

Early Bird

Applications + deposits received by 6/15

$3650

Regular Rate

Applications + deposits received after 6/15

Register EARLY to secure your spot at the lowest available tuition rate!

Note: in order for the training to move forward,

we require a minimum of 10 participants registered by June 15th.

Applications will close 4 weeks prior to the beginning of training due to independent study work that must be completed beforehand. We recommend registering as early as possible to have adequate time to prepare.

Payment Plan: Your non-refundable* $800 deposit must be paid online at the time of your application and applies to your tuition. Submitting only an application does not secure your spot. The remaining tuition balance can be split into two payments. These payments can be made fee-free via check, Venmo, or Zelle. Payment via PayPal will have a 4% transaction fee added.

* in the event that we must postpone the training, you may choose to receive a refund of your deposit or apply it to the rescheduled dates

Certification: In order to qualify for certification, you must attend the training in its entirety. Missing group sessions will compromise your ability to graduate, as hours are accounted to follow the Yoga Alliance guidelines and only a small amount of make-up hours are possible. Attendance to the entire graduation retreat is required. Please be sure you arrange your schedule to accommodate all of the program hours outlined above. If you have questions about this, please click 'contact us' below.

Registration

Life has brought you to this very place, are you ready??

Submit your application & tuition deposit!

Please reach out if you have any questions or uncertainties; we are here to support you! If you'd like to arrange a video call, we'd love to "meet" you and talk more about the program!