Author: Practice Yoga Austin

200 HR Teacher Training

200 HR Teacher Training

$2950 (includes $300 deposit)
**Save $400 each when you sign up with a buddy!**

Tuition includes free public classes during the training

Curriculum Overview

Philosophy, Lifestyle and Ethics Topics:

  • The Bhagavad Gita
  • Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras including a deep look at The Samadhi Padah
  • Personal Inquiry topics like spiritual Light, Asana Practice and Spirituality
  • Quadrinity Model of Self and it’s applications to teaching and asana
  • Introdution to Yoga History with Carlos Pomeda
  • The Yamas and Niyamas of Teaching: Ethics in Teaching and Business
  • Mantra
  • Meditation
  • Puja Ceremony
  • Ayurveda

Asana Studies Topics:

  • Fundamental Postures Sequence
  • Focused Study of the Categories of Postures
  • Practices
  • Light on Yoga Study Sheets
  • Energetic Sequencing

Teaching Method Topics:

  • 4 Types Of Students
  • 3 Types of Learners
  • Understanding The Variables
  • Sequencing Strategies
  • Themes
  • Demonstration, Observation & Adjustments
  • Verbal Skills


  • Functional anatomy
  • Kinesiology
  • Chakras and Subtle Body Anatomy


  • The Art of Teaching Yoga compiled and written by Christina Sell


When do we meet?

Sat & Sun 8:00a-6:00p

Mar 2,3
Mar 16,17
Mar 30, 31
Apr 6, 7
Apr 20,21
May 4,5
May 18, 19
June 15, 16
June 29, 30

Who’s teaching?

Lead Teachers: Rey Cardenas and Kiely Rutledge
Guest Teachers: G’Nell Price, Shanti Kelley, Jenn Wooten & Stacie Hawkins

How do I sign up?

In order to secure your spot, we require a $300 non-refundable deposit! Be sure to sign up quick…. we sell out pretty quick!

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Graduate Testimonials

Practice Yoga Austin Teacher Training Graduate Maggie Anbalagan

Maggie Anbalagan

200hr RYT Practice Graduate
Teaching at: Wild Heart Yoga, Practice Yoga Austin

I am incredibly grateful for my Teacher Training experience with Practice Yoga under lead teachers Kiely Rutledge and Rey Cardenas, not to mention the stellar instruction we got from various guest teachers of extremely high caliber. Every one of them has an obvious and true passion for yoga in every aspect, from asana to philosophy, and really instilled that passion into us as trainees. They were always willing to go above and beyond to answer questions, delve deeper, and really help us grasp concepts for ourselves. I learned so much from asana practice, anatomy, philosophy, sequencing, Ayurveda…and I have realized how much I have yet to learn! This training left me overflowing with knowledge and still wanting more. I came in naive and nervous but extremely open-hearted and excited…I have left with so much more empowerment, humility, and a heart full of gratitude for this experience with these amazing teachers and my fellow classmates who continually inspired and uplifted me. I came to realize that the journey of yoga–and especially teaching yoga–is not over at the end of a 200-hr training (or even a 300 or 500 hour one), but is a path you put your feet to each and every day. I am deeply grateful to Practice Yoga and its teachers for holding wide the door and inviting me to step through and begin my journey.

Practice Yoga Austin Teacher Training Graduate Raina Gradford

Raina Gradford

200hr RYT Practice Graduate
Teaching at: Tetra Fitness, The Paramount Theatre

The training I received at Practice Yoga was outstanding in so many ways. The level of thought and care that went into the training was extremely high. They created an open and loving space that held every student to their highest standard. The program was extremely thorough. The training covered a wide variety of teaching methods, breakdowns of sequencing, extensive and comprehensive anatomy knowledge, deep focus on the 8 limbs of yoga, in depth knowledge on the history and foundation of yoga, and great coverage of how to handle the business side of teaching yoga. There was such a good balance between the physical part of the education and the historical and philosophical part. They had experts who specialized in different areas such as kinesiology, Ayurveda, Chakras, and other areas of yoga study. The use of time was very effective for the group, and allowed us to get everything we needed to complete done with in a very reasonable period of time. The training was very supportive of the students and always had our best interests in mind. I gained such a wealth of knowledge as well as a very connected community with the teacher training. I continue to be very close with the studio because of the intimate environment that the training facilitated. I also will look to do future ongoing trainings at Practice Yoga. I would highly recommend this training to any and everyone. I couldn’t be more satisfied.

Practice Yoga Austin Teacher Training Graduate Arielle Sonnenschein

Relle Sonnenschein

200hr RYT Practice Graduate
Teaching at: Practice Yoga Austin, Black Swan Yoga

I currently teach at two studios in Austin, TX and I have found my training I received from Practice Yoga Austin’s 200RYT program to be invaluable. I fell in love with the studio as a student and immediately felt at home with the community and instructors. I began my teacher training as a way to deepen my Asana practice, I never thought I would actually become a teacher! However, through the leadership and deep nurturing of Kiely Wolters and Rey Cardenas I found myself being called to educate! The staff is extremely knowledgeable and supportive. My relationship to my body and my practice changed after my RYT200. I become more aware of my physical being and of the people around me. My consciousness and my practiced deepened. The aspects of the spiritual practice of Yoga are now a part of my daily life. I feel confident to lead others in practice, because I was given the tools and information to do so.

Practice Yoga Austin Teacher Training Graduate Abby Basset

Abby Basset

200hr RYT Practice Graduate
Teaching at: Beach Cities Yoga in Hermosa Beach, CA Back For Yoga in El Segundo, CA

Practice Yoga Austin and their lead teachers are some of the highest quality yoga teacher training and trainers you can find in Austin. They cover all the important topics and give you ample opportunity to practice teach and work on your own practice. It’s certainly one of the best yoga studios in the city, and I’d unquestionably recommend it for anyone looking for extremely high quality yoga teacher training.

300 HR Teacher Training

300 HR Teacher Training

Practice Yoga Austin 300 Hour Teacher Training and Mentorship

Join us for our Absurdly High Quality 300 Hour Teacher Training Program!


The Practice Yoga 300hr Teacher Training Program is centered around community and the transformative processes of Mentorship. Through connection with a local senior teacher, this training fosters your identity as an individual with the expansive ongoing support of relationship. This is an opportunity to grow in connection with a mentor that exemplifies and inspires the light and path of yoga. To be held by a teacher allows one to cultivate voice, being both deeply seen and heard encourages the opening of your unique gifts and leadership in community. These are some of the core principle at Practice Yoga Austin.

The program covers the breadth and depth of yoga, from asana to meditation to philosophy, all the while being held by the teacher. Each teacher has a different specialization which allows you to grow in depth through the ongoing connection of that relationship. Here you get to grow in the way that speaks to you! Limited to 18 Participants


Shanti Kelley (Mentoring Teacher):

Lines of Energy Panchamaya, Chakras and the Organelle/Endrocine System 
Psychology of Yoga
Teaching skills, Ethics and the Bhagavad Gita. 
Subtle body, Yoga therapy, Trauma, Neuroscience and the Healing Arch. 

Iva Drtina-Hall (Mentoring Teacher):

Ayurveda and the Exploration of Self healing.
 Yin The Quiet Practice: Looking Inward
 Pranayama & Meditation : Life Essence and Mindfulness

Kiely Wolters (Mentoring Teacher)

Advanced Asana: Finding the Teacher Within, Finding Depth in the Basics
Verbal articulation
Props and Modifications

Rey Cardenas (Mentoring Teacher)

Embodied Metaphor

Jenn Wooten

Trauma Informed Teaching
Nervous System Regulation
One Touch Adjusting
The Pendulating Nervous System 
Orienting and Languaging in teaching to Traumatized Populations

Shawn Kent

Mindfullness and Yoga
Social Activism and Yoga

When is it?

Saturday and Sunday 9:00am-5:00pm
January: 12,13,26,27
February : 2,3,23,24
March: 9,10,23,24
April: 27,28
May: 11,12,25,26
June: 8,9,22,23
July: 13,14,27,28
August; 11,12,24,25
September: 14,15


Early Bird Before November 25th: 4,250
Regular Tuition: 4,650
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The Subconscious Motivation To Master Handstand

The Subconscious Motivation To Master Handstand

Handstand Rey CardenasI’ve been thinking about handstand and why so many people (myself included) are inspired to master this pose. Even as a child I remember being drawn to the innate potential of balancing on my hands. It seems to me that people are fascinated, perhaps on an unconscious level, by handstand because it is an embodied metaphor for keeping it together in a state of chaos. I want to unpack this idea a bit and hear your thoughts on the matter.

In chaos, your world is flipped upside down (**obvious connection alert**), and perhaps you don’t know where you are. For example, you’ve been in a relationship for a long time, and you find out your partner is cheating and leaving you. All of a sudden, every aspect of your carefully crafted existence has been shattered including your perceptions of your own identity. You are in chaos, and your nervous system switches you into predatory threat mode.

The question now is, what should you do when you are in a state of chaos? The first thing that you need to do when you don’t know where you are is PAY ATTENTION. One reason being that you don’t know what else might come up and pull you down. Focusing your awareness enables you to learn about where you are and derive value from your circumstance. For example, you might come to understand the ways in which you were complicit in the destruction of your relationship. These insights strengthen you and allow you to establish a new and improved order in your life.

Attention is the requisite action for handstand.

Proprioception, or the use of attention to activate specific muscles in your body, not brute strength, is what enables you to stack your feet over your hips over your shoulders over your hands and hold it. The result: You get stronger. If your attention wanes, gravity will pull you down, and you may injure yourself. Holding handstand forces you to be present.

I want to offer a cautionary disclaimer not to over practice handstand.

It is a super fun, flamboyant pose that garners admiration which can be addicting. Handstand in Sanskrit is adho muhka vrksasana which means downward facing tree. The image itself is chaotic and unsustainable. Our subconscious mind associates trees with ‘home’ because our ancestors used to live in trees. Flipping that upside down reinforces the chaotic metaphor.

When practicing handstand, you must continuously pay attention to how your wrists, neck, shoulders, and back are feeling and be willing to take long breaks when your body tells you to. I have personal experience overdoing handstand and have heard stories of former handstand masters who are now in their 50s and can no longer lift their arms in the overhead plane. Handstand is the application of order onto chaos and should be practiced with great care. After all, spending too much time in chaos can break you.

~ Rey Cardenas, Studio Owner and Instructor

Student Testimonial – Allie Whitworth

Student Testimonial – Allie Whitworth

“Nothing has had such a profound effect on my daily life than the 300hr program at PYA.


If I had to choose a few words to describe my experience during the 300hour PYA training program they would be: inspiring, strengthening, empowering and honestly, life changing. Embarking on a 11 month journey with 10 strangers and 5 incredible teachers gave me such a broad, expansive experience that I will truly never forget.

The quality of teachings, lecture, practice, sharing and lifelong connections provided me with the tools I needed to deepen my practice, spirit and intentions as a student, teacher and human being. Each teacher brought their own personal expertise, including anatomy, meditation, pranayama, regulation of the nervous system, the list goes on and on. Although each teacher had their own approach, their messages coincided so beautifully with each other, which supported my growth throughout the program, off the mat and into my daily life. We took the fundamentals and turned them into life changing conversation, practice and empowering realizations.

This program pushed me to overcome fears, lack of confidence, even relinquishing my expectations of what it means to be a teacher, a student, a human in this complicated world. Without the support of my teachers, mentor and fellow students, I’m not sure I would be who I am at this moment. The connections I made with others and myself will last a lifetime and I couldn’t be more grateful for my experience.

This was truly a priceless experience I will never forget. Thank you PYA <3

Allie is currently developing her own lifestyle, health and wellness business, Bodhi by Allie. She also teaches yoga privately, in group settings and corporate wellness workshops on topics such as pranayama, office yoga, emotional wellness, nutrition and even cooking classes.

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Acro for Yogis

Acro for Yogis

Acro for Yogis at Practice Yoga Austin

Thursday February 16th 6:30-8:30pm
@Side Space
$25 Donation

Are you curious to venture off your mat ‘island’ to explore collaborative duo and group practices?

Want to try Acro but don’t where to begin?

This all levels workshop is built on a foundation of surya namaskar A and B (flying sun salutations), integrating partner yoga, acro yoga, and therapeutic flying.

Beginners encouraged, all levels welcome.
No partner required. Feel free to bring a friend!

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VDay Partner Practice

VDay Partner Practice


Monday, February 13th from 8-9:30PM
$20 Individual / $35 for Two!
@PYA Side Space

Celebrate LOVE with yoga. This partnered class will guide you through shared movement, supported stretches, breath synchronization, and basic therapeutic flight practices. Soften into your connection and heal.

Our incredible human bodies fit together in so many supportive ways. Go beyond your individual practice into a partnered practice and discover a new dimension. In contrast to your personal practice, partner yoga is a shared practice that exercises not only strength and balance, but trust, communication, and synergy. Synchronize, breathe and move with a partner. This healing practice is a great way to develop trust, presence, awareness, and balance. Deepen your connection together.

Side effects may include extremely high levels of playfulness and a rekindling of young spirit.

No experience necessary.
Partner not required, but suggested.

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Practice in Precision with Shanti Kelley

Practice in Precision with Shanti Kelley

Practice in Precision with Shanti Kelley

Saturday, March 4th from 2:30-5PM
$35 Early Bird / $45 Day Of
Limited to 20 People

pre·ci·sion : prəˈsiZHən/
– marked by accuracy and exactness; a refinement in measure

Inversions, Backbends and Hip openers can be challenging and often scary explorations, but when done with a wisdom and knowledge of how to access the body thru smart alignment and a compassionate heart we find the practice (and the pose) just naturally open to us. This practice intensive with Shanti will cover anatomy, refinement and the exploration of many of the most fundamental and challenging classical practices.

Come practice strong, play wise and explore with heart …..

The session will include: Anatomical discussion, relevant kinesiological principle, practice for refinement, opening and pose advancement, and philosophical discussion, meditation and pranayama. Each session will close with long, cool, yin and yoga nidra (guided deep relaxation for healing and integration). Some Yoga RX will be explored.

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Clarity & Connection with Nicole Morin

Clarity & Connection with Nicole Morin


Thursdays, February 23 – March 16, 6:30-7:45PM
$15 Single / $40 Series
@Side Space

Awaken more clarity and connection with yourself through Yin yoga. This restorative practice accesses deeper tissues in the body to release physical and emotional tension and offers a reset for the nervous system.

4-week series exploring Yin yoga postures, Chinese meridian theory, breath awareness and meditation techniques.

Each week will be thoughtfully focused and sequenced to support a different meridian pairing.

  • Week 1: Liver & Gall Bladder
  • Week 2: Kidney & Bladder
  • Week 3: Spleen & Stomach
  • Week 4: Heart, Lung & Intestines

Students will learn a basic understanding of yin yoga, the meridian lines of the body and their physical/emotional ties, prop-based asana instruction, and given time for quiet contemplation and stillness throughout. The classes are inspired by Sarah Powers’ ‘Insight Yoga’, Yoga of the Subtle Body by Tias Little, and many of Pema Chodron’s books.

The series is designed so that each can stand alone, but the offering is more powerful bundled as a 4-class series as the knowledge will build each time.

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Mandala Flow with Gigi Mao

Mandala Flow with Gigi Mao

Mandala Flow with Gigi Mao

A Mandala is a circle that represents Wholeness and our relationship to the Infinite. As a spiritual and ritual symbol in Hinduism and Buddhism, it is often employed in meditation practice to establish a sacred space and to focus practitioners’ attention.

Join Gigi Mao in this fluid and playful flow practice. We will use the shape of the mandala as a powerful tool to connect with our body and breath while anchoring our attention and intention. You will leave feeling refreshed, balanced, and in the flow.

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Happy Hips

Happy Hips


Saturday, February 11th from 3-5pm
$25 Donation

A workshop targeting the hips, hamstrings, IT-band, and low back

This two hour, all levels, Hatha Yin practice includes long holds, hip openers, and breath work. The focus will be on hips and low back, including neck and shoulder work. Using mindfulness and adapting poses for your body’s needs, we will transition through standing and floor postures.

The practice will end with breath work, pranayama, and singing bowls during savasana. Come open the body and relax your mind with Happy Hips!

This workshop is suitable for ALL LEVELS and body types!

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