Advance your practice, explore yoga’s many dimensions, and gain tools to live a more balanced life! Our program is in its 10th year and Yoga Alliance-approved. Whether you focus on using the lessons to transform your life or plan to register as a Yoga Alliance RYT® 200 teacher, our highly skilled experts will guide you on your personal journey. We will be exploring:
- Anatomy and Physiology
- Asana (pose) breakdown
- Asana (pose) adjustments and modifications
- Movement transitions
- Gentle, Hatha, Yin, Vinyasa/Flow, Chair, and Wall work
- Yoga philosophy
- Meditation techniques
- Yoga Nidra
- Yama and Niyama
- Pranayama (breathwork)
Let’s meet the team dedicated to leading you through an inspirational and transformational experience…
Our RYT® 200 Instructors
Yoga teacher training is a deep dive into the practice of yoga and a personal journey. Therefore, it is vital that you find a program that feels just right for you. Let’s meet the experts who will guide you through Barefoot’s curriculum.
Brianna De Spain, E-RYT® 500, RYT® 500, YACEP® | Lead Instructor
“Yoga is like ice cream. Everybody loves it, you just have to find your flavor.” Since age five, Brianna has nurtured a passion for healing, exercise, and nutrition. She met her need to heal first by becoming a certified medical massage therapist and a certified Yoga instructor. Since then, Bri has gone one to become a Board-certified Holistic Health Practitioner and has her Health Coaching Certification.
Equipped with a Bachelor’s degree in Holistic Health Sciences, decades of self-study, thousands of hours of certified training, specialized study in therapeutic-inspired Yoga, and palpatory therapy, Brianna founded Barefoot Studio in 2011. Shortly after, in 2013, she created the Barefoot Studio Yoga School. The School offers both a 200- and 300-hour program. Believing that “joy isn’t real joy unless it is shared,” Brianna imparts her knowledge, sharing her philosophy of achieving physical freedom and quieting the mind through the self-empowering practice of Yoga. From Hatha to Yin, and Power Flow to Yoga Nidra practice, Brianna revels in the daily opportunity to guide students through the exploration of their capabilities and needs!
Anatomy and Physiology –
The backbone of the physical practice of yoga starts right here. How does your body move? What creates those moves? Allows the movement? What are the ways we can utilize our bodies to create precision, balance, fluidity, depth, and connection?
Asana/Pose breakdown, Props, Modification, and Adjustments –
In this portion, we will be looking at the full analysis of a pose and what that means for your body. In addition, you will receive adjustments in each pose so that you can feel what it means to indeed be in that posture. As we go through each pose, we will be looking at how to modify and adjust that pose to adapt it to an individual’s capabilities and the style class you may be teaching. Importantly, you will learn and practice multiple physical adjustments for each pose. During the breakdown, we also discuss verbiage to help you find your voice and how you feel most comfortable communicating.
Gentle, Hatha, Yin, Vinyasa/Flow, Chair, and Wall work –
While breaking down poses, we go through how to adapt them into the various styles that are most common in standard classes. Not only is this important as a teacher, but also amazingly useful as a practitioner looking to deepen their practice. The more you understand your body, the more you will discover what it truly needs on any given day. With this knowledge, you can adjust and adapt any practice to suit YOUR needs on that day. As an instructor, it gives you a larger toolbag to pull from as you become more finely tuned at reading your students’ bodies.
Yoga Philosophy –
The main philosophy of yoga is simple, yet not simple at all: mind, body, and spirit are all one and cannot be clearly separated. Not only with Brianna, but also with Melissa Hall-Cohn and Tanja Bungardt-Price, you will look at this philosophy from different vantage points. As a result, you will be able to correlate the what resonates with you to your practice and your teaching.
Here, we dive into the different variations of meditation commonly practiced. During this time, we will also practice these different varieties, searching for the ones you connect with best.
Practice Teaching –
The best way to learn is to do! We will take turns teaching each other to build our skill!
Barefoot RYT® 200
Next RYT® 200 Hour Session:
April 1-May 21, 2023
(some 1/2 days and one day off)
HYBRID: IN PERSON or LIVE-STREAMING + SELF-PACED SESSIONS
- Includes an unlimited monthly membership at the studio for the duration of training.
- Member Discounts | Payment Plans | Limited Number of Karma Yoga (Work Trade) Seats are Available.
- REGISTRATION/$200 NON-REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT. The deposit DOES go toward the tuition total.
- Contact us with questions or for additional details.
Barefoot RYT® 200
What Our RYT® 200 Graduates Say
“I received much more from my 200 hour training at Barefoot Studio than I ever imagined. I have practiced yoga for over 15 years and wanted to enhance my knowledge and elevate my practice. This training truly exceeded all my expectations. I appreciated the focus on anatomy, the emphasis on how different everyone’s bodies are, and how to work within your own body’s limitations using supports and props. The encouragement of the educators and students at Barefoot elevated my confidence so much so that I want to continue my trainings and share what I’ve learned by teaching others. I highly recommend Barefoot Studio Yoga School!”
“All potential yoga teachers or those seeking a deeper experience into authentic yoga practice will be at home taking the Barefoot Studio Yoga School RYT 200 teacher training. After many years of teaching yoga and owning a yoga studio, I received everything I needed to reconnect my heart back to why we do yoga, the history and philosophy of the practice, how to determine the best yoga style for you where you are, the importance of the breath and body connection, progression poses to safely be able to do the focus pose and the importance of sangha. As importantly, Brianna and her teachers gave a welcoming space to all no matter yoga experience level, age, size, or gender. I highly recommend the Barefoot Studio Yoga School for all.”
“I have been practicing yoga for sometime, mostly hot yoga. When I began my search for a Yoga Teacher Training program, I was looking for a mostly in person program that allowed me to continue working. I was also seeking a program with a rigorous focus on pose modifications for various pathologies. Brianna is able to teach all the physiology and pose/modification information in a concise manner that enables the student to maximize his/her teaching for all bodies. Lastly, there is an amazing environment of welcoming and support provided by all of the teaching staff Brianna has spent her career gathering together. I cannot emphasize enough how amazing the yoga journey is at Barefoot Studio Yoga School and how it will change your life just working the process during your training.”
“Completing my 200 hour yoga teacher training at Barefoot Studio Yoga School was an amazing experience. It deepened my appreciation for and understanding of the positive impact yoga can have on your whole life.”
“My YTT at Barefoot Studio was thorough, intentional, and provided in-depth information about the many facets of yoga. I would highly recommend this training to anyone looking to deepen their own practice or to pursue teaching themselves.”
“Our class at Barefoot Yoga School quickly became a tight knit group. We supported each other physically, mentally, and emotionally throughout our intensive 200 hours. Each of our teachers taught to their strengths, allowing us each to learn and grow into our own strengths as yoga teachers. I found the curriculum to be rigorous and well laid out. The entire Barefoot community of teachers and clients was extremely welcoming and supportive throughout the training. I can’t wait to continue my education with this group of educators!”
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