300HR Circle Yoga Teacher Training

January 2020 - June 2021

The 2020-2021 training is underway. Questions about Circle Yoga's 300HR training? Email cytt@circleyoga.com.

Whether you’re a newly minted 200-hour grad or a long-time teacher looking to hone specific skills, this advanced 300-hour training will bring new depth, nuance, and confidence to your teaching.

Take the next step. Join a small, dedicated group of peers and a diverse faculty of expert trainers for 18 months of thoughtfully crafted curriculum, with an emphasis on reaching out to a broad range of communities through mindful, welcoming yoga practices.


As trainee in the 300HR Circle Yoga Teacher Training (CYTT300), you'll take a deep dive into five areas of study:

  • Svadhyaya (self-study) — unfold your own truth so you can teach with integrity and compassion
  • Creative asana and sequencing — make sure all bodies can benefit from the practices you offer
  • Advanced anatomy — review 200HR material, delve more into the anatomy of the subtle body from both Western and Eastern perspectives, and better help your students modify their practices for injuries and imbalances
  • Fundamentals of research — learn how to research students' specific wellness goals and concerns as they relate to the yoga practice and how to ethically share what you've learned
  • Mindful outreach — learn best practices for reaching out to underserved communities and participate in service learning at selected sites throughout D.C.

Program Highlights

These wonderful guest teachers and special programs will be part of our 300HR Circle Yoga Teacher Training in 2020-2021.

Diana Zotos / Threes Physiyoga
The Kinetic Core Canister
Navigating the Nervous System

Michelle C. Johnson
Skill in Action: Yoga and Social Change

Julie Fernandez / Exhale to Inhale
Trauma Informed Yoga

Annie Carlin Olle
Supportive Yoga for Larger Bodies

Annie Mahon and Katie Loncke
Mindfulness: Block, Build, Be.

Alice Wylie
Teaching Flow Yoga

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A 300-hour training can be a powerful experience. At Circle Yoga, we know how to ground that power in a mindful, compassionate, step-by-step approach to deepening your practice and your work as a teacher—and we know and respect that you are truly doing the lion’s share of the work. We hope that you’ll make the choice to give yourself and your students this extraordinary gift.

It's easy to be here. Circle Yoga was founded after 9/11 as a resource for the local community, and the studio’s roots in our neighborhood, in mindfulness, and in children’s yoga have made it into a uniquely welcoming and supportive environment. Our students bring their neighbors, friends, and family members here because they know that almost everyone can find a class to suit their needs.

Graduates of all 200HR programs are welcome to apply. We enjoy and encourage a diversity of teaching styles.

Circle Yoga teachers come from a wide variety of yoga traditions, but our common thread is safe, mindful, compassionate yoga, with an emphasis on self-awareness and the long-term goals of the practice. We’re known for our ability to welcome all students, to offer them a rich and varied experience of yoga, and to help them cultivate their own mindful, sustainable practice.

We can’t wait to share these skills with you in the 300HR Circle Yoga Teacher Training.

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Ready to find out more?

Connect with one of our lead trainers.

Program details

The CYTT300 includes three types of weekends:

Immersion weekends At the beginning, middle, and end of the program you’ll spend a full weekend with members of the core faculty. We’ll take time for introspection, set intentions for the training, establish key principles and concepts, and savor quality time with the CYTT300 community. Expect good solid asana practices along with pranayama, meditation, and restoratives.

Core weekends — These are the bread-and-butter of the program. Spent entirely with your 300HR cohort, they’ll offer time to absorb the bulk of the training material through practices, lectures, discussions, and small group work. You'll also have opportunities for practice teaching and receiving feedback on your teaching that are more substantial than in a 200HR or during the day-to-day of yoga teaching.

Invitational weekends For these weekends, specialty teachers are invited by Circle Yoga to give a full weekend workshop. We're choosing topics and teachers who are exciting to us, vital to yoga as it's being practiced now, and clearly relevant to the focus of the CYTT300. Once we have the final count for CYTT300 trainees, we'll open up enrollment in the remaining spots to people outside the program. This means that CYTT300 trainees get a guaranteed spot at a sharply reduced price (included in your CYTT300 registration fee), along with the opportunity to build connections with potential students and colleagues. This is an ongoing process—stay tuned for updates!


The CYTT300 will meet roughly every other weekend from January 2020 to June 2021, with summer and winter breaks.

We understand that life happens and schedules get packed! We offer 18 extra hours of programming, so no worries if you need to miss a weekend or two. Beyond that, you can make up course content through tutoring.

The program is made up of three different types of weekend schedules:

Core program weekends
Friday 5:00-8:30 pm
Saturday 1:00-6:30 pm

Immersion weekends
(4 weekends)
Friday 5:00-8:30 pm
Saturday 1:00-6:00 pm
Sunday 12:00-5:00 pm

Invitational weekends
(4 weekends)
The schedule for these will be variable, generally a full 10-15 hour weekend.

Program Calendar  
On the following calendar of training dates, weekends that are not designated as Immersion or Invitational weekends will follow the Core weekend schedule.


Jan 17 (Immersion)
Jan 31
Feb 21
Mar 6 (Invitational)
Mar 20
Apr 3 (Immersion)
May 1
May 15 (Invitational)
May 29
Jun 12
Jun 26
Aug 28
Sep 11 (Invitational)
Sep 25
Oct 9 (Immersion)
Oct 23 (Invitational)
Nov 6


Jan 15
Jan 29
Feb 12
Feb 19
Mar 5
Mar 19
Apr 9
Apr 23 (Immersion)
May 14
Jun 4
Jun 25 (Celebration weekend: Core schedule) 

Snow day make ups
In addition to the dates listed above, trainees should reserve these snow day make up dates, all Sundays, 12:00-5:00pm:
March 21, 2021
May 16, 2021
June 6, 2021
We will release these dates when we determine how many make up hours we will need.

Schedule details
For more details about the program schedule, please email us at cytt@circleyoga.com.


Lead Trainers  

Alex Phelan, MA, E-RYT 500

After over a decade of chance encounters with yoga, Alex first discovered the transformative power of a consistent yoga practice at the Iyengar Institute in Mumbai, India in 2006. This experience led her to complete the 200-hour and 300-hour teacher trainings with YogaWorks in New York. Alex has since expanded her knowledge of anatomy and biomechanics by studying with Paula Liberis, Glenn Black, Jill Miller, Jillian Pransky, Leslie Kaminoff, and others. She has also worked closely with physical therapists and integrates multiple perspectives on movement into her classes. All of these experiences infuse Alex’s teaching to provide each student with a practice that is tailored for the needs and challenges of his or her body. Alex's classes are anatomically focused explorations of movement and action in the body, with sequences that reach beyond a traditional asana practice. She combines the principles of Iyengar alignment, biomechanics, dynamic movement and a focused attention to the breath to bring balance to both mind and body.

Bonnie Foote, PhD, E-RYT 500

Bonnie’s teaching is lighthearted but focused: she wants her students to understand the principles of healthy alignment and be able to treat their bodies well, not just in class, but in their daily lives. Bonnie uses her rigorous training at the original YogaWorks in Santa Monica and her current interest in biomechanics to make sure that each session combines classic asana with innovative approaches to movement, alignment, and breath. She also uses her academic background (Humanities at Yale, English at UCLA) to give her classes a clear intellectual structure. But most of all, she uses her own experiences with chronic pain and gradual recovery to anchor her compassionate, individualized approach to teaching. She loves it when her students take charge of their own practices! She always encourages them to ask questions, make up modifications, and steal anything they like and take it home.

Eduardo Guedez, E-RYT 500

Eduardo has been practicing Hatha yoga since 1994, teaching since 2007, and co-leading the 200-hour CY teacher training since 2017. He's a registered yoga teacher at the E-RYT 500 level and YACEP. Initiated into the Sri Vidya lineage of Swami Rama of the Himalayas, he's most inspired by his master teachers Pandit Rajmani Tigunait and Yogarupa Rod Stryker (ParaYoga®). His teaching approach is grounded in the biomechanics of alignment, functional movement, and yoga philosophy as they apply to the current challenges of modern living. Eduardo holds a Master's degree in Computer Science from George Mason University and recently retired from Corporate IT after a 30 year career. Eduardo is co-owner and executive director of StoneSong Awareness & Nature Center where he leads retreats that integrate yoga, meditation, and forest stewardship in the Allegany mountains of Western Maryland.

Yael Flusberg, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT, MS

Yael is a sought-after yoga therapist, writer and coach who helps people find relief, resiliency, and creativity in the midst of transition and the aftermath of loss. For her, post traumatic growth is akin to the Japanese art of Kintsugi, which mends broken pottery by filling in the cracks with gold, and treats breakage and repair as part of the history of an object, rather than something to disguise. In her individual sessions, classes and training, Yael helps students assess their physical, psychological and spiritual health; learn evidence-based techniques that help them with their particular issues and conditions; and ultimately engage in sustainable yoga and other healing practices that helps them experience every season and stage of life as meaningful. Prior to becoming a full-time yoga educator, Yael spent 20+ years working with hundreds of grassroots, philanthropic, and creative communities through capacity building, community development and strategic planning consultation. The daughter of Holocaust-surviving immigrants and the first in her family to earn a college degree, Yael began her nonprofit career engaging in community organizing and social justice advocacy with refugees. She is the Board Chair of Circle Yoga Cooperative in DC, and of Antidote, the nation’s only nonprofit that takes a public health approach to the issue of psychological manipulation of extremist organizations. More info at www.yaelflusberg.com.

Guest Trainers  

Alice Wylie, E-RYT 500

Alice has been teaching yoga in the DC area since 2004 and is an E-RYT500 through Yoga Alliance. She received her primary vinyasa training through Tranquil Space. Further studies include the Pilates mat training through Quantum Pilates, completion of Ariele Foster's Yoga Anatomy Training and Jill Miller's Level 1 Yoga Tune Up® Teacher Training in anatomy, biomechanics, and yoga therapeutics. Centered on mindful transitions and sequencing, balancing mobility and stability, and clear guidance of breath-initiated flow, her classes are at once challenging and relaxing. She encourages a sense of self-inquiry and trust that you are your own best teacher. A dancer all her life, Alice received her B.S. in Ballet and French from Indiana University and continued to dance professionally for over 13 years in ballet and contemporary companies, touring, performing, and teaching internationally. In addition to teaching group and private yoga classes, she is an adjunct professor of ballet at American University, teaches ballet to children at CityDance, and works with the students of the Akhmedova Ballet Academy where she teaches dance conditioning based in Pilates.

Annie Mahon, MA, MS, E-RYT 200, C-RYT

Annie Mahon is an author, ordained Buddhist mindfulness teacher and founder of the Circle Yoga Cooperative in Washington, DC. Annie has been writing about mindfulness, parenting, stress and yoga since 2004. Her blog, rawmindfulness.com, led to a book of Annie’s collected essays, Words to be With. Her most recent book,Things I Did When I was Hangry (Parallax Press, September 2015), documents Annie’s search for sanity in her eating disordered family life and reveals how mindfulness helped her go beyond the search for perfection and learn to love the moment as it is. Annie holds certifications in yoga, focusing and massage therapy and dabbles in Nonviolent Communication (NVC). When not visiting her children, teaching, traveling the world with her husband, drinking jasmine tea with honey, writing or walking her dogs, she practices yoga and mindfulness with her community in DC.

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Annie Carlin Olle has been practicing yoga for over 16 years, studying many
different styles, from vigorous vinyasa to ashtanga to technical alignment-based
hatha, prenatal, and therapeutic yoga. She completed her 200-hour training with Tias Little (Prajna Yoga) in 2011 and her prenatal yoga teaching certification in 2014. Her goal is to create a safe space for all to enjoy the mental, physical, and spiritual benefits of yoga. She emphasizes self-acceptance and specializes in customizing poses to suit each person's practice. Annie's current focus is helping yoga teachers think creatively about sequencing and modifications, so that their classes are more inclusive. Annie offers profound gratitude to all of her teachers and students over the years and is amazed at the capacity yoga has to surprise her even decades into the practice.

Cinema Wood

Cinema Wood loves the art of yoga.
She believes in the medicine of movement and has been fortunate to find initiated teachers of an unbroken, beautiful lineage to guide her along the path. She met her Master Teacher, Pandit Rajmani Tigunait in 2003. Rooted in a rigorous tantric tradition, Cinema is committed to sharing all of the limbs of yoga. Her classes are influenced by her work as a writer, her passion for dance and her mixed African, European and Indigenous North American heritage. Cinema blends movement and meditation, poetry and stillness. Her classes are infused with a lighthearted and laid back sense of pace merged with a disciplined and wholehearted focus on the unappropriated message of the Vedas. She is honored to share her knowledge of the sacred texts and practices of the Himalayan sages with students of all ages, abilities and backgrounds.

Debbie Helfeld, AHC, E-RYT 200/RYT 500

Debbie first became interested in Ayurveda over 15 years ago when both her primary care doctor and the owner of an Indian grocery store recommended that she read Deepak Chopra's Perfect Health. Drawn in by this excellent, accessible introduction, she began reading more about Ayurveda independently and in her yoga teacher trainings. Wanting to immerse herself, she enrolled in the Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist (AYS) and Torchbearer programs started by the Himalayan Institute and led by Kathryn Templeton. Finally, she took a 2-year advanced program also sponsored by the Himalayan Institute in collaboration with Dr. Rosy Mann, the doctor in residence at Kripalu. She is certified as an Ayurvedic Health Counselor with the National Ayurvedic Medical Association. Debbie infuses her yoga classes with Ayurvedic principles and tips. She offers individual diet and lifestyle counseling and teaches Ayurvedic workshops. Her specialty is cooking workshops in which participants learn about Ayurveda while they prepare and then eat a delicious Ayurvedic, mostly Indian, vegetarian meal.

Diana Zotos, PT, MSPT, RYT, CSCS

Diana is a licensed physical therapist and certified yoga teacher based in New York. In addition to her private practice, she co-founded the Threes Physiyoga Method, which is taught and used around the country. She has also been an adjunct professor and researcher at Hunter College and Columbia University.

As a physical therapist, Diana spent 7 years practicing at an orthopedic speciality hospital in New York City and has vast experience treating patients with many types of injuries. Her approach is to look broadly at the whole body for impairments and causes of injury and rehabilitate by retraining muscles and rebuilding movement patterns through a combination of physical repetition, postural alignment and mental cueing. Ultimately, her strategy is to get to the root of the cause of injury: the “why” as opposed to the “fix”.

As a yoga instructor, Diana has found that the teachings of mindfulness and breath provide the perfect foundation for facilitating her “re-training” approach to therapy. Adapting vinyasa style yoga postures to physical therapy treatment programs is central to her philosophy of yoga infused physical therapy.

Diana received her B.S. in Biology and Pre-Medicine from American University in Washington, D.C. and her Master’s degree in physical therapy from Hunter College in New York City. She also spent two years as a clinical laboratory assistant in molecular biology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in NYC. She earned her Yoga teacher certification from world-renowned teacher Cyndi Lee at OM Yoga in New York City.

Julie Fernandez

Based in Los Angeles, Julie Fernandez is a teacher trainer with Exhale to Inhale. Exhale to Inhale brings the healing power of yoga to survivors of domestic and sexual violence, especially those who could benefit from the practice, yet might not otherwise have access to it.

Julie came upon yoga after struggling with anxiety, depression, abuse and disordered eating. Through yoga, she found the strength to begin her journey to healing and has been sharing yoga with others since. Her classes center on recognizing strengths and shedding the judgements, guilt and shame that arise from unresolved traumas. Julie encourages her students to access their own inner guidance and natural wisdom to reclaim their bodies and cultivate healing. Julie's experience comes from working in domestic violence shelters throughout New York City and Los Angeles, eating disorder centers, public schools, and mental health clinics. Julie has worked with at-risk teenage girls, and disadvantaged youth providing them with these opportunities for healing.

Katie Loncke

Katie Loncke (they / them) has served as a Co-Director of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship since 2012, and is honored to serve anti-oppression work with brilliant Buddhists and friends.

Katie’s movement education merges many streams — from cybermillennials to old-school Luddites, shop-floor organizers, politicized healers, and more. Katie’s learning and training owe a great and still-accruing debt to multiple, sometimes overlapping communities — including the revolutionary theory and action of sick and disabled, queer and trans feminists of color; Black nationalism and post-nationalism; indigenous protectors of land, life, and culture; as well as working-class socialists, eco-socialists and anarchists inside and outside the U.S.

After a secular childhood of arrogant atheism, Katie began practicing Buddhism in 2008 in a Theravada lineage, and currently studies and trains in Rinzai Zen.

Mercedes Santos, E-RYT 200

Mercedes began practicing yoga over 20 years ago. She brings her many years of experience as an athlete and her knowledge of anatomy and kinesiology to her teaching. Registered with the Yoga Alliance at the E-RYT 200-hour level, Mercedes teaches Hatha yoga that is primarily a blend of Iyengar and traditional Raja (Eight Limb Astanga) styles, spiced up with some Vinyasa (flow). Mercedes is keen on yoga therapeutics and believes yoga is a practice that can be made accessible to everyone. Mercedes especially enjoys teaching the physical practice (asanas) as a pathway to concentration and meditation.

Michelle C. Johnson

Michelle C. Johnson, author of Skill in Action: Radicalizing Your Yoga Practice to Create a Just World, is an author, yoga teacher, social justice activist, licensed clinical social worker and Dismantling Racism trainer. She has been teaching anti-racism trainings for more than 20 years and yoga for more than a decade. In the past few years she has been asked share her message at yoga studios and teacher trainings around the country and through outlets such as Lululemon, Pranamaya and TedX.

Michelle approaches her life and work from a place of empowerment, embodiment and integration. With a deep understanding of trauma and the impact that it has on the mind, body, spirit and heart, much of her work focuses on helping people better understand how power and privilege operate in their life. She explores how privilege, power and oppression affects the physical, emotional, mental, spiritual and energy body.

Fees & payment

The fee for the Circle Yoga Teacher Training is $4800, with an additional $50 application fee and a materials fee (TBD) to cover textbooks. Payments will be made as follows:

Program Fees

Application fee: $50

Registration fee: $300

Monthly fee for 18 months (Jan 2020-Jun 2021): $250

Partial scholarships are available. 

Refund policy

The $50 application fee and the initial registration fee of $300 for the 300HR Circle Yoga Teacher Training are non-refundable. If for any reason you need to withdraw from the program, the following policies apply:

  • If you withdraw from the program by January 10, 2020, you will not receive a refund for the initial registration fee ($300) or the first monthly payment ($250), but you will not be responsible for any further monthly payments.
  • After January 10, refunds will not be provided and you will be expected to make each monthly payment through June 2021.
How to apply

Applications for the 300HR Circle Yoga Teacher Training are accepted on a rolling basis. To apply for the training, first download the 300HR CYTT Application. Email your completed application to cytt@circleyoga.com and use our online registration system to submit your $50 application fee.

After we receive your completed application and $50 application fee, we will send you an email to confirm receipt. If we are not already familiar with your practice, you will then be invited to attend a class with one of our lead trainers at Circle Yoga as part of the application process. Upon acceptance to the 300HRCYTT, you will need to pay the $300 initial registration fee in order to secure your space.

Graduates of any 200HR program are welcome to apply. The CYTT teaching staff will review all applications and reserve the right to ask some students to complete background reading or a few hours of private or small-group tutoring prior to the start of the program.

Other questions?

If you have any questions about the Circle Yoga Teacher Training, email cytt@circleyoga.com. You may also call the studio at 202-686-1104 and leave a message for CYTT staff. We will return your call as soon as possible.