Deposit is non-refundable. If you cancel 30 days or more before the start of the program, you will receive your balance back minus the $500 deposit. No refunds within 30 days.
Requirements for Program:
Minimum 1 year of consistent yoga practice
Attend a minimum of 2 classes per week
Complete one self-practice per week
Attend teacher training sessions
Final teaching practicum
Completion of homework, quizzes and final
Completion of taking class requirement
Completion of observation and assisting hours
Complete Seva (service) requirement
Yoga Classes during program:
You will have access to all yoga classes at any Chicago Athletic Club during the program. This begins on the first day and ends on the last day. Yoga classes taken outside of the Chicago Athletic Clubs may count towards the practice requirement but first must be approved by faculty.
You must be 18 years old to take the teacher training.
Required Reading**: coming soon
**Teacher training manuals are included, but you will need to purchase additional required books. The cost is not included in the program.
Erica Merrill has been practicing yoga since 1996 and teaching yoga since 2001. She started practicing mainly for the physical challenge and quickly found it transforming her life. Yoga has helped her learn how to deal with stress in a much calmer way. Helping her realize that we can make any situation better or worse by our reaction to it. Her roots stem from Brian Kest in Los Angeles, California. He inspired a passion that led her to do teacher trainings with David Swenson in 2004 and Yogaview in 2006. She was also fortunate to get to participate in Yogaview's 2010 level 2 teacher training. Erica’s teaching style is a special blend that includes a light-hearted sense of humor, a vast experience and knowledge of the practice of yoga, a spirit of playfulness that inspires without diminishing, and sequencing that weaves the familiar to the unpredictable in a way that requires a fullness of attention. Erica lives and teaches in Chicago, Illinois. She feels very grateful that yoga has come into her life and loves to share it with others.
Stacy has been a dedicated student of yoga since 2001. After a decade of daily practice and exploration of various traditions of yoga, she completed her 200-hour and 300-hour teacher trainings at Yogaview in Chicago under the direction of her teachers Geri Bleier, Claire Mark, Quinn Kearney and Tom Quinn. She has completed additional certifications in yoga therapeutics and restorative yoga and has been influenced by an array of teachers including Stephanie Snyder, Seane Corn, Annie Carpenter and Pema Chodron. Stacy draws from her extensive experience to teach a well-balanced and alignment-based vinyasa class that is rooted in breath awareness, intelligent sequencing and conscious movement. She is also a certified holistic health coach, certified in Reiki and Thai Massage, and a two-time brand ambassador for Lululemon Athletica. She is passionate about traveling and leads multiple yoga retreats each year. Stacy is very grateful for her all of her teachers and for the opportunity to share her love of yoga with others.
Chrissy Gonzalez is a Chicago based yoga teacher, vegan foodie, writer, travel junkie and animal lover. The onset of her love affair with yoga over twenty years ago set in motion an active practice that has allowed her to guide others for over a decade. Her formal training began in 2002 with Yoga Works in Los Angeles. She has since completed over 700 hours of Yoga Alliance Certified training under the guidance of her teachers Joan Hyman, Jeanne Heileman, Lisa Wolford, and many others. Chrissy stays busy teaching alignment based classes and workshops flowing with harmonious movement, yoga philosophy and a positive outlook. She also leads workshops and yoga retreats all over the world. In addition to teaching yoga classes, Chrissy is involved in several animal rescue and awareness programs. She founded "The Yoga Pawject", a non-profit that helps raise money for animals in need. The discovery of yoga has evolved into a lifestyle far exceeding the margins of her yoga mat. Boundless and constantly transforming, her practice and teachings flow and adapt to her daily experience.
Dr. Nolan Lee
Dr. Nolan Lee began his practice of yoga when he was seeking a more fulfilling life. His yoga practice lead him to join teacher training and then to teach. Inspired by his love for movement and the positive life impact that he saw from yoga, he sought to expand his knowledge and obtained a doctorate of chiropractic medicine. He was named valedictorian of his class and had an extraordinary passion for understanding how the body moves and functions leading him to be teacher assistants in both neuroanatomy and musculoskeletal anatomy. Dr. Lee is also holds a Master of Acupuncture degree and is a NASM certified corrective exercise specialist (CES). Nolan has the unique ability to blend the science of anatomy with the art of yoga. With an active practice at this clinic, Balanced Flow Wellness, he also has a profound understanding of how yoga can be used to restore and maintain health. His thirst for knowledge and love of anatomy leads him on a constant quest for growth and improvement. He enthusiastically shares his knowledge of yoga and anatomy in lectures, workshops and on his blog YogiDoc.
Michael has been a practitioner of yoga for over 18 years. Through years of personal practice and the invaluable guidance and gentle support his teachers have given him, he has developed a profound connection with the practice of yoga and enjoy sharing his devotion to the practice with others. With a background in Ashtanga Yoga, and influences from Anusara and Iyengar Yoga, he strives to create inspiring classes that focus on the principles of alignment, creating a safe, injury-free practice. He also utilizes the asana practice as a way to develop a sensibility of becoming more present in our everyday lives, finding yoga to be a great metaphor for life, challenging us to be engaged yet relaxed on life's path. Michael has studied with and been influenced by an array of instructors including Richard Freeman, David Swenson, Maty Ezraty, Tim Miller and Tim Feldmann. He has taught at Yogaview since 2005 and has also taught at Niyama Yoga, Nature Yoga, Yoga Tree and local athletic clubs.
Bridgett has been practicing for almost 20 years and teaching for over 15. She has attended workshops with Sharath Jois, Manju Jois, Dena Kingsburg, Richard Freeman, Tim Miller, David Keil, Petri Raisanen, Kino McGregor and has studied with Lino Miele, Paul Dallaghan, and Tim Feldmann. She currently is co-director of the Yogaview Mysore program with Alexia Bauer. In addition, she runs the Evanston Mysore program at North Shore Yoga. She honors anyone who makes the time to step on his/her Manduka to take practice. Her spirit and teaching are colored with a sense of humor, discipline and patience. She is forever a student of this practice.