Would you like to:

  • Immerse yourself in the teachings and practices of yoga?
  • Build a transformative personal practice?
  • Make positive life changes?
  • Learn to share the teachings of yoga with others?

The yoga-in-depth 200hr teacher training provides a year long immersive introduction to the art and science of yoga. It is designed to give students an experiential understanding of the healing and transformational path of yoga.

This in-depth course of study offers:

A safe and sacred space in which personal transformation can occur. This happens both at the individual and community level. Each student will be given the tools to create (or refine and strengthen) their personal practice. When we come together as a learning community we will share reflections and offer support.

PLUS: Students will have a 90-min private session with Summer every quarter throughout the year.

A deep dive into the study of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras as well as an introduction to other ancient texts of yoga.

PLUS: Students will be registered for Summer’s online Yoga for Transformation philosophy course.

An extensive practicum experience. Students will be given ample time to practice, and observe others practicing, the individual tools of yoga. From the ground of this practice and observation, students will progressively develop and hone their own unique style of teaching.

PLUS: Students will have a pass to attend 2 group classes a month at the studio.

The year-long curriculum includes:

Techniques, Training, and Practice:

  • Students will have the opportunity to experience and understand the correlation of body, breath, senses, thoughts, emotions, behavior, habits, and belief systems through working with the tools of yoga.
  • Drawing from the lineage of Viniyoga, this training will introduce students to a wide range of yoga tools including asana (posture), pranayama (breath), Dhyanam (meditation), chanting and mantra, mudra (hand gestures), ritual, and prayer.
  • This course will cover the viniyoga science of sequencing which will allow students to competently and confidently design safe, integrated, and transformative practices.

Teaching Methodology:

  • We will study and practice several aspects of teaching including clarity of language, voice quality, technique demonstration, adjusting, adapting, coaching, personal teaching styles, community building, intention, and theme (among others!).
  • We will explore the art and science of guiding students in and out of postures with safety, bringing them into a deeper knowledge of their own bodies and providing them with an opportunity to be wholly present without judgment.

Anatomy and Physiology:

  • We will work to understand functional and healthy movement patterns using the model of Anatomy Trains. The Anatomy Train model highlights how the body is functionally connected through the fascia rather than parsing out individual muscles.
  • We will also study the energy systems of the body with a strong focus on respiratory physiology and the autonomic nervous system.

Philosophy, Ethics, and Lifestyle:

  • Yoga practice encompasses so much more than what happens on a sticky mat. Every moment of life provides an opportunity for awareness and intention (practice!). Through our study of the philosophical texts of yoga we will explore what it means to lead a yogic life.
  • Through the lens of the yamas and niyamas (the first 2 limbs of the 8-limb path of practice that relate to our behavior) we will explore what it means to be an ethical person and teacher of yoga.


  • The best way to learn how to do something is to actually do it. The practicum will allow students time to observe teaching, to practice teaching each other, to offer and receive feedback, and finally to design and offer a 60-minute public class.
  • The practicum also explores the business aspects of being a yoga teacher, including the creation of professional documents and class marketing.


  • Integration and understanding come through exploration and practice. Students will have weekly and monthly assignments throughout the year to support the learning and assimilation of these deep teachings.

Course Structure:

Weekend Intensives — 144 hours

We will spend one weekend a month together. The weekend schedule will be as follows:

Friday 5:30-8:30pm

Saturday 11am-2pm & 3-6pm

Sunday 9:30am-12:30pm

Teaching Observation — 24+ hours

Students will attend 2 group classes every month.

There will be various assignments accompanying these observations.

Additional Practicum Hours — 6+ hours

In addition to the practicum hours held during weekend intensives, students will teach a public class and attend at least 5 of their colleague’s public classes.

Private Sessions — 6 hours

Each quarter throughout the year students will have a 90-minute private session with Summer. These sessions are offered in support of the student’s personal practice.

Home Study — 100+ hours

Students should plan to spend 2-5 hours a week reading and completing assignments.

2019 Weekend Intensive Dates

January 11-13

February 8-10

March 8-10

April 12-14

May 10-12

June 7-9

July 5-6

August 2-4

September 13-15

October 11-13

November 8-10

December 6-8


The investment for this certification program is $3,500.

Full tuition is due by March 31, 2019. Payment plans are available.


The training will be held at Flow Motion Wellness Sanctuary in Ferndale, WA. This beautiful practice space is located in the Historic Carnation Building right along the Nooksack River.

1920 Main St #19, Ferndale, WA 98248


Interested in applying for the program?

Contact me to start the process.

"Not only does Summer have the experience to tailor a specific practice to your needs, she has that special sense of inner peace to guide you through what ever your present journey. It is fortunate to find a teacher that truly has integrated and connected with the deeper meaning of yoga. If you are looking to revitalize your practice or are drawn to yoga for a specific purpose, Summer is a great guide to your own discovery." -BK

"After a serious back and pelvic injury and three unsuccessful outpatient back surgeries, my neurosurgeon directed me to Summer. He believed yoga was a better fit for me than physical therapy. He was correct. My work with Summer was tremendous! In time, my back healed, I could sleep and the pain was gone. No longer was there a need for pain and sleeping pills and muscle relaxers. My doctor told me that my spine has been transformed. I am very grateful to Summer for her commitment to my healing! In many ways she changed my life and I am now committed to yoga." -LC

"Yoga for Transformation opened me to a whole new realm of possibilities, both personally, spiritually, and emotionally. It let me see that all I needed was right here before me, and that I needed to get past the barriers I set for myself to see the full realm of possibility. I am better at noting my thoughts, and assessing them for what they are, living in the present, and breathing (probably the most important part). While I still drift away from my practice periodically, the grounding I received in that very first session with Summer, and other sessions that followed, continues to pull me back, but also gives me the strength to take even bigger leaps into more intensive study and reflection." -BL

"I have taken yoga classes off and on for over 20 years. Taking Summer’s classes led me to discover that what I had thought yoga to be – the physical asana practice – is only one small part of what the classic practice of yoga has to offer. Taking Summer’s “Yoga for Transformation” class two years ago was a watershed moment that fundamentally and positively altered my life. Summer helped me develop a deeply meaningful personal practice that has provided me with the tools to engage authentically with my daily life and the people I love, know myself better, and be intentional about the choices I make. With Summer’s support and guidance, I have worked successfully through the conclusion of a troubled relationship and am working more deeply now on meditation and reflection in my practice to guide next steps for my career and personal life. Summer is gifted both as a teacher and non-sectarian spiritual guide; her grounding in yoga studies and her own avid search for engagement and authenticity are inspiring. I feel so fortunate – and blessed – to have Summer as my teacher, and grateful to yoga, which has given me the framework to find joy in authentically living in each new moment." -DA