The Center for Living Well Announces 200 Hour Christ-Center Yoga Teacher Training to Begin in September

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The Center for Living Well, a 501(c)3 nonprofit wellness ministry providing yoga and whole-person wellness services, education, retreats, and training, is pleased to announce yoga teacher training to begin September 8, 2015.

The Center for Living Well, a 501(c)3 nonprofit wellness ministry providing yoga and whole-person wellness services, education, retreats, and training, is pleased to announce yoga teacher training to begin in September.

The Center for Living Well’s 200-Hour Teacher Training Program is designed for individuals who want to strengthen their yoga knowledge and practice, deepen their understanding of the Bible, teach Christ-Centered yoga classes, or lead a yoga ministry.

The training consists of a modular approach, where each module can be done independently or in succession. There are five modules in total, each focusing on different elements of Christ-centered yoga ministry leadership development:

  • Module 1: Foundations of Faith and Yoga

Online training, Tuesdays 5-7 pm AZ time, 9/8/15-9/29/15

  • Module 2: Pose Construction & Anatomy

4 1/2-day yoga camp, 10/21/15-10/25/15

  • Module 3: Class Design & Sequencing

Online training, Tuesdays 5-7 pm AZ time, 11/3/15-11/24/15

  • Module 4: Business, Marketing & Ministry Leadership

Online training, Tuesdays 5-7 pm AZ time, 1/5/16-1/26/16

  • Module 5: Teacher Practicum

4 1/2-day yoga camp, 2/17/15-2/21/15

Trainees who successfully complete all five modules earn a 200-hour designation as a CCYL (Christ-Centered Yoga Leader). The training program is recognized by the Yoga Alliance; graduates may register as an RYT-200 (Registered Yoga Teacher 200 Hour) following training. Existing 200-hour instructors desiring continued education or a CCYL designation are welcome and encouraged to participate. Distance learning is available.

Module 1 “Foundations of Faith and Yoga” begins September 8 and consists of four-weeks of online instruction on Tuesdays from 5-7 p.m. Arizona time. The cost for Module 1 is $500 and is required for those pursuing a CCYL designation. Instruction is provided in the following areas:

  •     Introduction to the Bible
  •     Assimilating the Word
  •     Yoga History, Philosophy & Theory
  •     Breath Work, Meditation & Prayer

“Our program is unique in its approach to training in that we place equal emphasis on the fundamentals of yoga, Bible teaching, and leadership,” said Dawn Rutledge, Co-Executive Director of The Center for Living Well. “All of our instructors receive extensive education and must demonstrate proficiency in yoga theory, yoga pose construction and anatomy, class design and sequencing, teacher ethics and responsibilities, and student safety and enjoyment. In addition, our teachers receive teaching in Bible history, foundations of faith, and applied Bible study that fully equips them to read, understand, study, and teach Scripture. Further, our teachers also receive training in business, marketing, ministry, servant leadership and discipleship to equip them for leadership. When they graduate, they are fully equipped to teach classes, lead a Christ-Centered yoga ministry in their church or community, or even open a yoga studio.”

The CCYL class size is intentionally kept small and intimate to ensure the quality of education received and the level of competency upon graduation. Weekly individual mentoring is provided to improve learning and retention, maintain accountability, and provide on-going support and education. Those interested in participating can apply online at, or email info(at)centerforlivingwell(dot)org.

“My teacher training experience was life changing,” stated Paula Hudson, CCYL. “After six years of searching for the right training program, I was led to The Center for Living Well. The information I received laid a solid foundation on how to fully integrate my faith with yoga and to teach confidently. The amount of love and support that I received throughout training is helping me become all I was created to be. Looking back I can see why there was a six-year delay. We serve a God that operates in excellence, and He wanted me in a program that would fully honor and glorify Him.”

The Center for Living Well is a 501(c)3 non-profit wellness ministry dedicated to providing people with the tools they need to be healthy and whole: heart, spirit, mind, and body. Our programming includes both group and individual experiences. Our group experiences include Christ-centered yoga classes and teacher training, inner healing groups, mindful eating workshops, Sundays at The Center, spiritual studies, yoga and wellness retreats, and workshops centered around wellness issues. Individual experiences include private counseling, mindful eating coaching, private yoga instruction, yoga therapy, Thai yoga massage, Reiki energy work, and healing prayer.

To date, The Center for Living Well has certified CCYL teachers in Arizona, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Canada and is currently certifying an instructor in Scotland. The Center for Living Well has two training divisions: the Canadian Training Division, based in Saskatoon, SK and the Midwest Training Division, based in Detroit, MI that also train and certify instructors.

The Center for Living Well’s headquarters are located at 1655 W. Chandler Blvd., Suite 5, Chandler, AZ 85224. For more information, please visit, email info(at)centerforlivingwell(dot)org, or call 480-505-3825.

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