Yoga Teacher Training

Sound Method Yoga Teacher TrainingYoga Teacher Training is a life changing process that alters the way that a student of yoga sees themselves and their own role in the world.  A teacher of yoga has a broad capacity to do good and deserves a firm foundation from which to reach out.  The Sound Method Approach is based on principals of alignment and compassion.  Yoga is a resource and a tool that can and should be shared.  Dedicated students who have a passion for yoga and are ready to deepen their understanding of asana, teaching methodology, anatomy and physiology, yoga theory, philosophy and yoga business practices are welcomed to inquire about this opportunity.

At SMY we believe that yoga is more than just exercise or even just asana.  Our 200 hour Teacher Training will deepen your own personal practice and prepare you to teach asana, pranayama, mudra, meditation and more in Vinyasa and Hatha formats to students of all ages, sizes and ability levels. Anatomy, language skills, class sequencing and safety are some major focuses of this training. We are passionate about encouraging teachers to find and use their own voice. Therefore we provide a wealth of historical and philosophical context from which each teacher can choose her (his) own path.

Our Living Yoga Program is held in tandem with Teacher Training. It’s for students who want to deepen their own practice but feel that learning to teach yoga is not for them. LYP enrollees will attend portions of training weekends that apply specifically to building a deep, strong, independant practice. LYP will attend one or two weekends per month during the weekend. LYP attends exercises, lectures and discussions that do not pertain to teaching specifically. For more on our Living Yoga Program click here.

5 carefully crafted modules will be explored:

1Poetic Cuing and Historical Context – Developing and articulating precise, relevant and powerful verbal instructions for guiding students toward their fullest potential.  Learning to bring the wisdom of a strong personal yoga practice into effective teaching strategies.  Lectures include and in depth history of yoga and and exploration of different styles of yoga.   Also in this module are the foundations pranayama and yoga theory: Patanjali’s 8 Limbs, The Yoga Sutras, Vedanta and the major texts of Hatha Yoga.

2 Anatomy, Safety and Therapeutics – Integrating an elegant system of alignment for the maximum safety, success and flow of prana in yoga practice.  Learn the major muscles of yoga, common injuries, how to prevent injury as well as the science of stretch and relaxation.  Address common issues that people seek  to heal and prevent through yoga.

3 Theming and Sequencing –  Progressive, mindful sequencing strategies to maximize the success of students of all levels.  Learn hands on adjustments and corrections to guide  and empower students toward their fullest potential.  Learning to build classes for targeted populations and the use of yoga for therapeutic purposes.

4 Subtle Anatomy – Discover the “other” anatomy such as the chakras, nadis, vayus, bandhas. Addressing the chakratic system and it’s many aspects and practical application.  Introduction to Kriya and leading meditation.  

5 Application/Embodiment – Teaching intermediate and advanced students: Applying the theory of Krama to approaching complicated postures (inversions, arm balances, backbends).  Advanced hands on assists for challenging postures and the use of manual adjustment for advanced students. This module also includes Acro/Partner Yoga and the business of yoga.

2017 Yoga Teacher Training Logistics:

SMY’s 200 hour teacher training will qualify you as a RYT 200 after graduation once registration is completed by the student with the Yoga Alliance.  180 contact hours over 9 weekends are included with the training as well as 20 hours of additional guided training which include practice teaching and other take home projects.  Our 2017 Training begins in January and all contact hours will be finished at the end of June. Motivated students will complete all hours including practice teaching and assisting by the end of June as well. All contact hours will take place at SMY during training weekends and immersions and a once monthly mentor session, dates and times TBA.  In addition to scheduled training dates students will be required to attend 30 mandatory classes at the studio with Mandy and approved senior staff. If practice hours cannot be completed before the end of contact hours the student has 1 year (365 days) from the first training date to finish them.  6 hours of class assisting time and 12 hours of practice teaching are  also required but can be completed after the formal contact hours are done.  Download the Teacher Training Application here to apply.  A completed application and a non-refundable $25 application fee will be required to schedule an interview with Teacher Training staff.

Training Dates are as follows:

Weekend One:
Friday, January 20, 2017 9:30 am – 5:00pm
Saturday, January 21, 2017 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Sunday, January 22, 2017 11:30 – 4:30

Weekend Two:
Friday, February 3, 2017 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Saturday, February 4, 2017 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday, February 5, 2017 11:30 am – 4:30 pm

Weekend Three:
Friday, February 17, 2017 5:30 pm – 9:00pm
Saturday, February 18, 2017 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday, February 19, 2017 11:30 am – 4:30 pm

Weekend Four:
Friday, March 17, 2017 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Saturday, February 18, 2017 9:00 am- 5:00 pm
Sunday, February 19, 2017 11:30 am – 4:30 pm

Weekend Five:
Friday, March 31, 2017 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Saturday, April 1, 2017 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday, April 2, 2017 11:30 am – 4:30 pm

Weekend Six:
Friday, March 28, 2017 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Saturday, March 29, 2017 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday, March 30, 2017 11:30 am – 4:30 pm

Weekend Seven:
Friday, May 26, 2017 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Saturday, May 27, 2017 9:00 am- 5:00 pm
Sunday, May 28, 2017 11:30 am- 4:30 pm

Weekend Eight:
Friday, June 9, 2017 5:30 pm- 9:00 pm
Saturday, June 10, 2017 9:00 am- 5:00 pm
Sunday, June 11, 2017 11:30 am – 4:30 pm

Weekend Nine:
Friday, June 23, 2017 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Saturday, June 24, 2017 9:00 am- 5:00 pm
Sunday, June 25, 2017 11:30 am – 4:30 pm

All scheduled training dates are required. Absences must be approved in advance.

5 Mentor Sessions are also required.

Each session is one hour long and will take place on your assigned evening once per month with your mentor. These sessions are required. Each trainee will be assigned a mentor. We will absolutely take your preference into account but will need to make the final decision based on many factors.


If you are interested in SMY’s teacher training or Living Yoga Program we welcome you to contact Mandy by email- or phone-402-991-POSE.  Students who pay in full at least 2 weeks before training begins will receive a $125 discount. Payment plans are available for the full cost of YTT and LYP and there are also a very limited number of partial work study scholarships. Tuition rates are available on our application.

Work Study Option Available

Sound Method will hire up to 3 work-studies each year. Work-studies are responsible for about an hour of work each week during training. They help for an assigned class at the front desk weekly and also perform cleaning duties each week as well as other tasks that may be assigned. Up to a $400 tuition discount is offered. If you are interested in our Work Study program please indicate that when you fill out and hand in your application. All positions will be filled by mid-December. Successful applicants will have a strong presence before training at the studio, they will be hard workers with awesome people skills and a willingness to learn and go beyond what is expected of them regularly.

Primary Staff:

Mandy Ryle (E-RYT), owner of Sound Method Yoga, Director of YTT

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Was trained at the prestigious White Lotus Foundation in Santa Barbara, CA with Ganga White and Tracey Rich.  She also holds a Bachelors degree in music and a Masters degree in music performance and pedagogy.   Mandy began practicing yoga in 2000 and has been teaching since 2007.  She has thousands of teaching hours under her belt and is consistently impressed by the unique character and energy of each group that she is privileged to guide. She has seen countless times the subtle and dramatic changes that yoga can bring about in people both physically and emotionally and loves to help her students fall in love with yoga. Her vast teaching experience, knowledge of anatomy, vocabulary of asana and sharp clarity in describing and demonstrating concepts that can often be difficult to grasp qualifies her uniquely to train budding yoga instructors.  Mandy is expert in teaching Vinyasa and Yin styles. Her classes often tell a story and utilize her knowledge of yoga philosophy, history and science.  Mandy’s classes never subjugate the importance of the breath and the foundation of compassion. Two of Mandy’s periphery interests are Thai Yoga Massage and Acro Yoga.

Secondary Staff

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Jen Weaver has a passion for offering classes to students who never saw themselves doing yoga, let alone loving it. Her students are dedicated to her because her style is adaptive, fun and kind. Her commitment to adaptability is evidenced by her additional certifications in Curvy Yoga and Chair Yoga. Jen believes in working from the inside – out, following the guide of the breath and not taking yourself too seriously. She presents classes that are basic yet sneaky challenging. Learn more about Jen at her website:

Guest Teachers and Mentors in addition to scheduled mentor sessions, mentors and guest instructors offer special workshops, discussions and staff support on varied topics such as Adapting Yoga Poses to any body in class and private settings, Yoga for trauma, the subtle/energetic body, Ayurveda and hands on assisting.

At Sound Method Yoga we’ve experienced first hand the transformation that Yoga Teacher Training can bring about.  The process of beginning to see oneself as a teacher requires a different approach for each student.  Through the study of Dharma, Svadhyaya and compassion, all basic tenants in yoga philosophy, we begin to understand where and how we may contribute.  Read on to discover what others have said about their own Teacher Training Journey at Sound Method.

The teacher training experience has been both challenging and rewarding. While dedicating every other weekend to training is a big time commitment, I can honestly say it’s been well worth it. I entered the training program not with any intent to teach, but rather in a quest to learn all I could about yoga. The program’s curriculum artfully balances yoga history, philosophy and theory with the practical aspects of teaching yoga. Mandy and Annie’s depth of knowledge and accessible teaching style inculcate a quiet confidence in their trainees who slowly believe that they too can be a great yoga teacher. Through their steady support and encouragement, each trainee is reminded that we each have something unique to offer the community as teachers in our own right. Their warm and welcoming nature creates an environment which fosters not only individual growth but also a sense of camaraderie among the trainees. I have come to regard my teachers and fellow trainees not only as friends but as a part of my yoga family. I am eternally grateful to Mandy and Annie for their guidance and to my fellow trainees for sharing this incredible journey with me.  Ally

In a few words, the reason I love teacher training at SMY is that compassion for students and safety are the number one priorities. Yoga is to help, heal, and nourish…something that is so emphasized at our studio and I love it.” Lindsey

Sound Method Teacher Training is everything I expected, and more. It’s clear Mandy and Annie love what they do.  Their yoga knowledge and skill seems endless, and that knowledge is passed on to the students in an approachable and comfortable style.  SMY teacher training encompasses the name of the studio: Sound Method.  They are showing us the whats, the whys, and the hows of a safe and enjoyable yoga practice. I HIGHLY recommend SMY teacher training to anyone wanting to instruct, or merely wanting to expand their own personal practice.  You won’t regret it! Jen

I started Yoga Teacher Training in order to deepen my personal practice. The training has awakened a passion in me to help others refine their time on the mat. Practicing yoga brings my mind to a feeling of peace and wholeness. I have learned that teaching and assisting others brings about that same beautiful feeling.  I felt a deep connection to both Mandy and Annie from the very beginning. It was wonderful being able to learn from teachers with two very different styles. They are incredibly supportive and encouraged us to find our own voices.  I am so happy to be a part of the Sound Method community. Arielle

The time I have spent at SMY has been inspirational. The teacher training has been a great way to learn more in depth knowledge of Yoga philosophy. Great place to learn and have fun too!” Cory

My experience at SMY teacher training has been life changing. Mandy and Annie are wonderful and very dedicated  yoga practitioners. It is obvious to us in teacher training they are both knowledgeable, caring and dedicated to their yoga practice. Their willingness to share and cultivate yoga with those of like minds who love and appreciate yoga is awesome. Mandy and Annie both have a very caring attitude and their dedication to yoga and students of yoga truly shines through. I would recommend teacher training to others who are looking to further their interest in yoga and yoga practice.  Kathleen

The practice of yoga has played a role in my life for several years but has primarily centered around asanas (poses). As I near the completion of my training program, I realize how much yoga has integrated into my everyday life not only with the practice of asanas but in theory as well. For example, the Vedantic philosophy of Kleshas (mental states that cloud the mind) reminds me of the clutter that encompass my thoughts day after day; clearing that clutter is proving to be quite difficult and I’m reminded with the foundation of yoga through teacher training to live in the moment and experience the now. “Learning to let go should be learned before learning to get. Life should be touched, not strangled. You’ve got to relax, let it happen at times, and at others move forward with it.”: Ray Bradbury Jodi

Sound Method’s Teacher Training has made such a difference in how I view my practice. I am so motivated to learn more about my poses, and how to use them in different and exciting ways. I’ve become much more aware of my body and how it moves. It’s great to know which muscles are being used in each pose and to have that knowledge available to help others. Annie and Mandy are so inspiring and have shown just how deep and purposeful a practice can be. Amanda

I’m typically a pretty selfish person by nature. So it shouldn’t be surprising that I decided to complete teacher training for completely selfish reasons. I wasn’t sure I even wanted to teach a class-ever. I wanted to learn more, to make myself stronger, become more flexible and ultimately look better. What I have experienced during teacher training is so much more. What started as selfishness has turned into an interest and compassion for others. I learned that everyone’s pose is different because every body is different. This had never occurred to me before (probably due to my own selfishness) and I am fascinated by it. It has really helped me be more compassionate for others who have to struggle; I realized there is much more going on than what we can see on the surface. This has extended into other areas of my life, I’ve begun to think about what others are experiencing when I am becoming frustrated when explaining a concept, or I am becoming impatient with someone at work. Who knew my selfish decision would result in the opposite!? Jennifer

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