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Westchester's Premier
200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training

training yoga teachers since 1998

A journey of self-exploration through yoga.

In-Person Training September 2023!

Informational meeting Wednesday, June 7th 7pm

To attend: RSVP

Are you longing for something thoughtful, inspiring and hopeful to immerse yourself in? Join me to learn about the world of yoga, and how you as a person, can transform your daily experiences, open up your awareness and cultivate a more balanced, healthy life.

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Go far beyond the "how to" of teaching a yoga pose. Topics covered include:


  • Asana, including teaching techniques, alignment, modifications, contraindications

  • How to use props effectively

  • Seeing your student

  • Study of historical texts, including The Bhagavad Gita, The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali and Hatha Yoga Pradipika

  • Sanskrit

  • The spiritual connection of yoga to our daily lives

  • Chakras, Bandhas, Mudras, Chanting & Kriyas

  • Anatomy & Physiology as it relates to yoga

  • Meditation

  • Mentorship with experienced Yoga Haven teachers, as you find and hone your voice and teaching skills

  • And More!

Things to think about when selecting a training...

In Person vs. Online Training

I’ve given a lot of thought as to how to run this program in the current climate without compromising on material or the experience of our traditional program.  As teachers and students it is a gift to be able to get the full experience of being in the room together learning! With that we are hoping to be in the "yoga classroom" this fall.   Online trainings can never give you the full experience of how to connect, observe and "see" students. 

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September - February

Wednesdays 6-9pm

Six Fridays 6-9pm, Six Sundays 10-6pm

9/29 + 10/1, 10/20 + 10/22, 11/17 + 11/19, 12/15 + 12/17, 1/19 + 1/21, 2/16 + 2/18


You are eligible to apply if you have been consistently practicing yoga for at least 12 months. We are not interested in your ability to perform “advanced” poses (arm balances, handstands, etc), we are more concerned with your body awareness and understanding of the basic poses. This does not guarantee acceptance. You will also be required to have an interview with Betsy Kase, Director.

Application & Fees:

Let's connect! Start by submitting an application above, this way we can get to know you and begin a conversation!




Betsy Kase

Owner & Director of Yoga Haven

Betsy Kase, RYT-500, C-IAYT  is the lead instructor of Yoga Haven’s 200 Hour Teacher Training Program. Each year, since Yoga Haven’s inaugural training in 1999, Betsy has given prospective teachers a supportive space to develop, not only as teachers, but as individuals. Betsy considers leading yoga students through the process of learning how to share their love of yoga is one of the most fulfilling parts of her life.


Jill Ganassi

History & Philosophy

Jill Ganassi has been studying yoga philosophy since 1999 and teaching the history and philosophy portion of the Yoga Haven Teacher Training since 2003. She is a certified Iyengar Yoga instructor. She began studying psychology, philosophy, and the eastern spiritual traditions in her undergraduate schooling. Her strength as a philosophy teacher is in making the material applicable to the context of peoples day to day lives. At the same time she is able to cultivate a deeper understanding of the classical tradition of yoga and stays true to the history and the classical texts. She treasures the opportunity to have an on going conversation with fellow seekers about the big questions and use the yogic perspective to help explore the answers.

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Clare Mottola

Finding Your Voice

Clare Mottola draws on her background in acting, directing and producing to work with trainees to find their teaching voice. Clare is the chair of the theatre and dance department at Fieldston, where she also teaches the school’s mindfulness curriculum. Clare received her 200 hour certification from Yoga Haven in 2004.


Margaret Duggan

Anatomy & Physiology

Margaret Duggan teaches the Anatomy & Physiology section. She began studying it academically in college, but really became fascinated by the subject while trying to make sense of several injuries sustained rowing at the elite level, post-collegially with the US National Team. She has continued her studies in anatomy with a focus on the spine and yoga with Loren Fishman, MD, Alison West and Elise Browning Miller. Margaret is currently studying for her Master's in Nursing at Columbia and teaches the anatomy & physiology section of Yoga Haven’s teacher training. She has the unique ability to make the material accessible and understandable for all types of learners.  

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