A 17 Day Journey to Becoming a Yoga Teacher

The River’s 200 Hour Intensive follows the same syllabus at our 3-month course in 17 days. As a trainee you will explore the history, philosophy, anatomy, energies, ethics and business of yoga. You will complete the training with your an expanded understanding of yoga, a higher self-awareness and the tools to confidently and safely lead vinyasa yoga classes. Whether you choose to teach public classes or simply enrich your understanding of yoga, this training will deliver a well-rounded experience for all. Upon completion of this yoga teacher training you will have achieved the necessary requirements for 200 hour yoga certification through Yoga Alliance.


What to Expect

Excellence, community and loving kindness are the roots of The River Yoga teacher training program. The training will meet participants where they are and initiate the creation of great yoga teachers and community members. Training curriculum includes:

  • A sixty minute, well rounded Vinyasa Yoga sequence
  • Alignment of each pose in this sequence
  • Skills to adapt/modify the sequence to fit the needs of all yogis
  • How to effectively cue breath, alignment and transitions between poses
  • Anatomy of yoga
  • The history of yoga and its journey from the east
  • Yogic philosophy and dharma
  • Hands on assists
  • Business aspects of being a yoga teacher
  • Opportunity to complete a teaching internship at The River at no additional cost following the successful completion of the training


  1. Apply at 200 Hour.
  2. Register and submit $500 non-refundable.*
  3. You will be notified of an admissions decision via email. If admitted you will be provided with the next steps to complete enrollment.
  4. Partial scholarships are available. Email christen@weseektheriver.com for the scholarship application. Scholarship applications are due by 8 pm MST on April 28, 2021. Scholarship decisions will be made by May 1, 2021.

*Deposit will be refunded to those not admitted to teacher training.

Information + Info Dates

  • 3/24 at 5:15 pm at Sunnyside | Sign-up!
  • 4/10 at 11:15 am at Golden Triangle
  • 4/28 at 5:15 pm at Sunnyside
  • 5/23 at 11:15 am at Golden Triangle

How to Prepare

A full list of what to bring and requirements will be sent upon acceptance to the training. Most importantly, we ask that you come with an open mind and heart and a schedule cleared for this work.

The training will take place from June 11th to June 27th, 2021.

The first Friday, June 11th, training will be held from 5-9 pm. Training will meet from 7 am-7 pm all other days. June 12-June 27. Mornings 7:00 am-11:00 am will be led virtually.  Afternoons will be spent at The River Five Points. There will be no training on June 20th.

Can you give me an example of the schedule for a day of training?

7:00-8:30am Livestream Morning Practice (including seated meditation, journaling, asana, and chanting)
8:30-11am Livestream Lecture (typically anatomy, philosophy, methodology)

11:00-12:30pm Independent Work (prerecorded content, reading, studying)

12:30-2:00pm Lunch Break and Travel to the Studio
2:00pm-4:30pm How to Teach Yoga (learn pieces of the sequence, posture breakdowns)
4:30pm-6:30pm Group and Partner Practice Teaching
6:30-7:00pm Closing Meditation and Gathering

What I most want to know about now are the differences between doing the YTT as an intensive rather than spread out over several months like most trainings are?

The River has created a 200-hour curriculum that will stay consistent between both the 3-month program and the intensive program. But every single training has small differences that make it unique whether it is format and duration or order of guest speakers or experience of trainees and their own input.

The duration of the intensive is shorter and the hour requirements are the same. It will be more energetically demanding in all ways except duration- as you will be finished in 1/4 of the time. That being said, we try to balance the physical demands with equal periods of mental and social demands so the days don’t feel too taxing as they stack on one another. To be specific, after a mentally taxing anatomy day, we will do a full day of practice teaching and group work- so our bodies get worked after our minds and our minds after our bodies.

Is there any information that we will not have time to cover in this short time?

We worked really hard to keep the information consistent. There are differences in every 200-hour group, regardless of format, mostly due to time constraints of the guest teachers and the energy of the group of trainees. The time together is actually 5 hours more in the intensive than the longer format.

Basically, what would I lose if I decided to complete my training in an intensive rather than waiting to enroll in your monthly course?

You will not lose anything. While they will be different, the quality of instruction will be of the same standard. Our objectives for your group will be the same as any group. The content of any training, in any format, takes time to digest. In the intensive, you will be given a ton of info in a short time period. However, you have the advantage of your focus. In the other format, trainees juggle all the other elements of their life with training (school/work, family, social calendar)- due to the nature of this training, it is pretty much all you will be doing- so you will see, feel, witness tons of growth and learning in less than a month.

How do I know if I am ready for a training like this?

We recommend a year of yoga practice as a prerequisite. In this format, you need to be able to clear your schedule for the duration of our time together- so no trips or weddings or shifts at work. Beyond that, in the most philosophical way, if you wait until you feel completely ready, you will be waiting the rest of your life. Willingness to learn and the call of your heart/spirit/head to yoga are signs that now is likely the time.

Will there be guest instructors?

Yes. There will be THREE full days with guest instructors. Each instructor will be with you for one 12 hour day teaching from their knowledge, perspective, and heart on a specific topic.



Early Bird Pricing

Save $250 if you enroll by May 1, 2021!

To help make the course affordable, we have payment plan options. Payment Plans cost $100 and can extend payments up to 90 days. Please email christen@weseektheriver.com so we can create the best plan for you.


Christen Bakken

Christen’s yoga journey began in 1998 in a Bikram studio that provided a safe and secure place to practice. She saw the yoga mat as a place to remember her purpose and a place to play. As she continued her studies, Christen infused yoga with devotion and the yoga mat becomes a place of personal transformation and healing. Her classes are filled with laughter, song, sweat, and usually heartopeners.

500 E-RYT, YACEP®, Co-Lead of 200-hour and 300-hour

Christen’s Teaching Style: inspired, dynamic, purposeful, moving, HEARTwork

Katy Rowe

Katy found yoga 10 years ago at her father’s insistence. It was not love at first pose. She says something deeper kept her returning to the sometimes painful reflection of her mat. Life just kept leading her back to yoga and the teaching of. Katy has been a steward of yoga for 8 years. She loves sharing this ancient wisdom and medicine with whomever will listen.

500 Hour RYT, Co-Lead for YTT – 200 Hour, Accessible Yoga Certified, Studio Manager

Katy’s Teaching Style: genuine, awake, intense, humorous and solidarity

Whitney Maas

Whitney is a transplant from the west, growing up in Arizona riding horses with no neighbors in sight. A bookworm at heart who didn’t find yoga until 2008 when she moved to Colorado and tried her first hot yoga class with a new co-worker. She was immediately hooked and maintained her own practice for several years. After working as a librarian for a few years, she decided her passion was guiding others on their wellness journey and became a personal trainer. A year later she found The River and knew it would be her home. She includes many tools from her kit as a trainer to ensure anatomical safety while also geeking out with book, film and musical references.

In Whitney’s class, you can expect to flow to some fun music with high energy and an emphasis on alignment and appropriate adjustments for your individual practice. Be prepared to smile and work hard while gaining a little insight into yourself.

Whitney is a Certified Personal Trainer with a Corrective Exercise Specialist certificate. She also teaches bootybarre and is MMA Conditioning Certified.

River Graduate; 500RYT and Yin Teacher

River Graduate; 500RYT and Yin Teacher

Whitney’s teaching style: Lively, introspective, strengthening, bright and knowledgeable.