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Kunga Yoga 200 Hour Teacher Training Programs Hosted by In Balance Yoga Studio

January – June 2018 Weekend Dates:
(6 month format) 
Jan 12-14        Feb 16-18          Mar 9-11 
April 6-8          May 4-6             June 8-10 

July 16 – August 3, 2018



While you train and earn your Kunga Yoga 200 Hour Teacher Training certificate with us you’ll:

• Develop your personal practice on and off the mat
• Gain tools to serve your community
• Find out how to prevent injuries while gaining flexibility and strength
• Learn from dedicated teachers with decades of experience
• Experience a variety of yoga methodologies within one training
• Create enriching personal relationships for your journey to come!


$2,800 Includes unlimited yoga at In Balance Yoga during the training period and 20% off of retail. Potential Karma Yoga Shift available at the completion of the program.



Scholarship Application Due Date:
January 6 Month Format – November 1, 2017
July 3 Week Immersion – April 15, 2018

In Balance Yoga will be offering Needs Based Scholarships and Kunga Community Scholarships to dedicated students who qualify.  To apply for a scholarship download and complete the application along with your two essay responses.  Email completed submissions to

Scholarships for the Kunga Program are competitive and we encourage students to apply as soon as possible.

*Scholarship awards are not a full – scholarship. Students are awarded a discount to attend the program and help off-set teaching certification investment.


In Balance Yoga is MyCAA approved. For military spouses, apply for up to $4,000 in scholarship funds to join us to learn more of what you love.  

MyCAA (Military Spouse Career Advancement Account) is a workforce development program that provides up to $4,000 of tuition assistance to eligible military spouses.  The scholarships are available for certificates and degrees in high growth + easily portable occupations, of which yoga teaching falls into place.


The primary umbrella for Kunga Yoga is Hatha yoga physical practices, with an emphasis on Vinyasa and specialty classes. Instruction is provided in a “big picture” format of Hatha yoga, with a “smaller picture” introduction into the practice of athletic classes such as Vinyasa Flow, Power Flow, and Detox practices, as well as meditation, senior yoga, prenatal, kids, therapeutic restorative and more. Yogic lifestyle, professional ethics, vegan living, anatomy and physiology, assisting and pranayama are covered in detail. For more specialized, in-depth study of these topics, you may continue your advanced studies with our Kunga Yoga 300 Hour Certification Program.

Principles of Classic Yoga Asanas Alignment Theory
Posture – Specific Alignment & benefits
Biomechanical Press-points
Adapting postures to the individual
Usage of props
Hatha & Vinyasa Practices Overview
Synthesis & Orthodox Practices: Ashtanga, Kundalini, Kripalu, Therapeutics, Prenatal, & More..
Krishnamacharya’s Theory of Krama /Sequencing​

Gentle assisting & enhancements
Effective Cueing
Development of Verbal Skills
Demonstrating for your class
Reading group energy and dynamics
Cultivating confidence
Planning your own classes
Practice Teach Sessions & Feedback
Opportunities to Assist Senior Teachers​

Introductory Anatomy as applied to Asana
Multi-Media Presentations of Anatomy of Postures
The Physiology of Asana, Breath & Meditation
Injury Prevention – “Red Flag” warnings
Advanced Relaxation Techniques
Prana & the Vayus
Chakras & Nadis
The Five Koshas
Ayurveda Introduction, Doshas
Mudras, chanting
Adapting the practice to your lifestyle, needs, body

Basic Anatomy & mechanics of breath
Pranayama/breathing methodology
Pranayama techniques in practice
Meditation & the subtle body
Guided Visualization as Meditation
Meditation and the relaxation response
Overview of benefits of pranayama
Overview of benefits of meditation

History of Yoga – Classical & Modern; Evolution of Yoga
Fundamentals of the Yoga Sutras & 8 Limbed Path
Important teachers and their contributions
Major modern schools and their approaches
The Art of Living Yoga – off the mat
Vegan Lifestyle & Diet with Cooking tips
Living “Green”
Teacher/Student Ethics
Kunga Yoga Volunteering for Special Needs in Communities
Bhakti Yoga –Kirtan, chanting & drumming​

Gaining experience upon graduation
Setting fees; understanding the market & your experience level
Working with private clientele
Building your resume consciously
Basic marketing
Ethics of why you teach & how to integrate into business world
Yoga Alliance Registry & Continuing Education

Kunga Yoga Trainings are registered as 200hr & 300hr certification with the Yoga Alliance. Yoga Alliance has established widely adopted rigorous standards for education and certification and is the only established national body of standards for yoga teachers & schools. As a Yoga Alliance registrant, you become a part of the global community of over 21,000 Registered Yoga Teachers & Schools. Registrants are recognized internationally for meeting recognized standards of training, experience and ongoing professional development.

Evolving since 2003, the Kunga Yoga 200-hour YLTT meets and exceeds all of Yoga Alliance’s requirements for 200 hour certification. The goal of the IBY Kunga Yoga 200hr Teacher Training Program is to provide the fundamental tools that potential teachers need to offer complete, safe, and eclectic hatha yoga classes. Students wishing to become yoga instructors or those just desiring to deepen their understanding of yoga will find this course diverse and comprehensive. All Kunga Yoga Faculty and presenters are Registered Teachers at the 200 & 500hour levels, and/or experienced professionals in their field of study.

The emphasis within our school is on very broad Hatha and Vinyasa yoga techniques, asana, pranayama, and philosophy, rather than one particular theory or methodology. The heart of our program is the teaching of yoga as service, and promotes openness to all methods of yoga with no one yoga “style” being taught as dominant. We teach a broad range of approaches, so that all may gain an appreciation of different theories/models. Our 200 & 300 hour trainings provide a unique opportunity to learn both orthodox and synthesis models of teaching from different traditions within one cumulative program that can benefit all shapes, ages, backgrounds of students-from the high powered athlete to the senior student with therapeutic needs.

Teaching methodologies are covered in depth in our 200 hour programs, including opportunities to “practice teach”, to learn hands on posture assists, and opportunities to assist live classes. Unique, fun experiences of chanting, kirtan, drumming, and creative movement are also a part of the trainings, and when possible we practice outside and on the beach!

The heart of our training program is the development of community within the program itself. We’ve found that the highlight for most of our participants is the feeling of support and connection with others within the program. Our goal has always been to create a lighthearted community that is non-judgmental, where no one feels “intimidated” by yoga, and where people can meet, learn, laugh, and hopefully develop friendships for life. We have taken many steps to create a curriculum and space where students of all walks of life, age and ability can come to study the many facets of yoga. Our graduates often share that the training and community gives them personal fulfillment, fresh perspectives, personal EVOLUTION, and ultimately the drive to serve and support in the healing process for others.

Our community is full of students, teachers, volunteers, & administrative staff all coming together with like goals to create connections and valuable support systems for life. Senior Kunga Yoga Faculty lead and direct the trainings in a non-dogmatic, professional, and light-hearted way. Our curriculum is well-established, unique, and FUN! All bodies, ages, shapes and sizes are welcome and encouraged. We strive to create a friendly, non-intimidating, joyous community within our programs, as we feel that trust and comfort are the essential ingredients for absorption during the learning process.

Your Kunga Service Teaching Project is a valuable learning experience and a part of our outreach program providing yoga to underserved communities. Your Kunga Project may be spent working with local charities, fundraisers and community programs for special needs, such as volunteer teaching for at-risk youth, HIV, and domestic abuse victims. You may also choose to simply offer one-on-one lessons to a family member that needs yoga! All graduates teach 5 free Kunga Yoga classes in their communities.

Save the Dates

Save the Dates:

Kunga Yoga 300 Hour Teacher Trainings Hosted by In Balance Yoga Studio

How to Teach Yoga for Seniors
October 27 – 29, 2017 (Fri. – Sun.)
Led by Narayani Noelle Whittington, ERYT500

Tentative Schedule:
Friday, 5:00 – 9:00 pm
Saturday, 12:00 – 7:30 pm
Sunday, 9:00 – 5:00 pm

$325 if you sign up early bird
$375 after early bird

-18 CEU Hours
-MyCAA Approved: a career development & employment assistance program offered by the military for military personnel and their spouses. Maximum educational benefit of $4,000

Lower resting heart rate, lower blood pressure, and increased circulation, helping with hypertension
Improved joint function from low-impact, weight bearing movement, helping with arthritis & osteoporosis
Increased balance, flexibility, and range of motion
Increased connection of body, mind, and spirit through mindfulness meditation
Connection to community
As more and more baby boomers are feeling the aches and pains of getting older, it becomes increasingly important that yoga teachers expand their skills sets to learn to modify their practices to meet this need. This yoga teacher training is designed for yoga teachers who wish to learn practices and techniques for working with older populations.

To register email us at




5Elements Flow & Ayurvedic Teacher Training
November 30 – December 3, 2017 (Thurs. – Sun.)
Led by Narayani Noelle Whittington, ERYT500
Thursday – Sunday
9:00 am – 6:00 pm


$550 if you sign up early bird
$600 after early bird

-32 CEU Hours
-MYCAA Approved: a career development & employment assistance program offered by the military for military personnel and their spouses. Maximum educational benefit of $4,000


5Elements Flow Yoga is a model of five creative, dynamic vinyasa flow practices within the Kunga Yoga School developed by Kristin Cooper-Gulak and inspired by the teachings of Ayurveda. 5Elements Flow is based on the “panchamahabhutus”; or the five great elements of nature, and is for students of all levels. This practice teaches a deeper understanding of the elements through unique namaskars and posture sequencing, and offers the practitioner a toolbox of five flow practices which correlate with changing seasons and life cycles. This palette of creative practices-from deeply grounding to highly energizing-creates a foundation for sustaining a lifelong yoga practice.

The 5Elements Flow model includes the following classes:
5Elements Earth Flow
5Elements Water Flow
5Elements Air Flow
5Elements Fire Flow
5Elements Space Flow

All 5Elements Flow practices are set sequence classes, meaning that the same sequence of namaskars and asanas are taught every time in every class.

5Elements Flow Yoga Teacher Training Certification is for aspiring and experienced teachers wishing to deepen their knowledge of vinyasa “flow” practices, and the ayurvedic effects of asana. Ayurveda is known as the sister science of yoga, and teachers with this understanding of the ayurvedic effect of asana can more fully support their students and private clients with a plethora of tools and options applicable to the individual’s needs. Participants will also learn the secrets of vinyasa sequencing of families of asanas and peak poses, as well as practical teaching tools. Vinyasa or “Flow” practices are the most popular style of yoga practiced across the U.S., and the tools gained in this certification can be applied in multiple settings. Upon completion of this training, you will be certified to teach all five of the 5Elements Flow Yoga practices. All participants receive a complete manual with photo glossary.

All 5Elements Flow Class Sequences
Classical and Innovative Namaskars
Sequences for all families of themed classes: Hip Openers, Backbends, Forward Bends, Twists, Arm Balances, Inversions
How to teach 5Elements Flow to all levels of practitioners
Verbal secrets, teaching tips, pacing, demonstration & tying it all together
Music Tricks, Tips & Tools
How to Weave Themes into your classes
Principles of Ayurveda & the Panchamahabhutus
Abhyanga Self-Care Routines

Email to register.


Kunga 300 Hour Yoga & Lifestyle Teacher Training at In Balance Yoga August 2018 – August 2019
Email to be on our interest list.

The format is one weekend a month.  The weekend could be FridaySunday or there are four ThursdaySunday weekends (depending on the module).

The 12 Kunga Modules include:

5Elements & Ayurvedic Yoga Teacher Training **
Senior Yoga Teacher Training
Kids Yoga Teacher Training
Hands On Assisting Yoga Teacher Training **
Service Leadership:  Yoga for PTSD + Special Populations **
Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga Teacher Training
Detox Vinyasa Yoga Teaching Training
Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training **
Gentle Yoga Teacher Training
Anatomy of Yoga Teacher Training
Yoga Business Basics Teacher Training
Restorative Yoga Teacher Training
** Four Day Weekend
$4,800 Total

* We will offer an Early Bird Rate for $4,400 (save $400 by paying in full and by the early bird rate.)  Ku ga does offer payment plans – a 6 month plan and a 12 month plan dividing up the $4800.

Module Weekend Dates Coming Soon!

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