“We teach beginning yoga for all fitness levels. Our classes focus on strength, flexibility, and stress relief for all people, not just the super bendy and athletic! If you haven’t exercised in a long time, we can help you get going again on a road to better health."
"We create a fun, safe, and supportive atmosphere without competition. Wherever you are in your journey, there is a place for you in our community. Signing up on-line is easy! There are no monthly commitments and you can take different class times each week.”
- Becca Hewes, Owner
We have start dates for our Teacher Training Program throughout the year at both our Norman and Weatherford locations. Please email us at yogalifeOK@gmail.com for more information. You may also leave us a voice mail at 405-701-3392.
We have designed a comprehensive program, including Yoga philosophy, anatomy, and asana. With both weekend and weekday classes available, we hope to make our certification available to everyone, even those with busy work lives. The curriculum consists of ten separate modules and may be completed in any order over a two-year period. A module can be completed in one weekend or during three weekday classes. Our 200 hour Teacher Training Program meets the requirements for registration with the national Yoga Alliance.
Since 2008 we have been providing consistent, high quality yoga teacher trainings. Participants learn to design their own safely sequenced classes with good clear instructions which help build consistent long term students in their classes. The majority of classes being taught in the metro are at gyms, where a wide variety of students attend. At Yogalife we prepare students to handle these mixed level classes safely and confidently, making our graduates some of the most sought after by gym and studio owners.
At Yogalife we believe Yoga is a practice of self-understanding and self-healing - not just exercise. People come to try the practice of yoga for many reasons. For some, the practice takes root and centers them, leading to a strong healthy body and a positive outlook on life. There is a difference between a life led by the head, and a life led by the heart and spirit. Yoga calms down the mind just enough for the spirit to begin to break through and be heard. We help teachers on their journey, and in turn they help others transform their lives.
Our comprehensive curriculum continues to improve each year as we learn what works best in supporting and educating new teachers. We break down and explain how to correctly practice all the most accessible yoga poses, how to teach them safely to mixed groups, how to modify for different body types and injuries, and where to sequence them in classes. Our curriculum also includes basic anatomy and how it relates to the poses, yoga history and philosophy, and plenty of practice teaching. We also provide a log-in site for teacher trainees to access with additional resources, along with a dedicated Facebook group for trainees and graduates to ask questions, get support, and find substitutes and jobs.
Due to our reputation for delivering informative, collegiate, and enjoyable weekends students drive from all over to our Norman location to attend. We’ve had graduates from all over the OKC metro, Texas, and Kansas. Students are always treated fairly and with respect in our professional training environment.-Becca Hewes
We encourage you to drop by the studio for a class to see our school and experience our teaching. With an active studio in Norman, we offer the opportunity for student teachers to be part of our community. Our goal is to create a safe and supportive environment for our students and our student teachers. We make it clear from day one what your requirements are to finish, how long it will take, and when our trainings will meet. The ideas and input of all students and student teachers are valued. If you’ve been teaching for some time and want to get certified, we will help you get through the process with an attitude of mutual respect.
For those students who can't attend weekend sessions, we offer the choice to attend training on Wednesdays.
Becca and Holly in Norman:
Jan 28-29 - Module 1
Feb 25-26 - Module 2
Mar 25-26 - Module 3
Apr 29-30 - Module 4
Jun 3-4 - Module 5
Jul 8-9 - Module 6
Aug 26-27 - Module 7
Sep 23-24 - Module 8
Oct 21-22 - Module 9
Nov 11-12 - Module 10
Tim in Weatherford:
Jan 14-15 - Module 4
Feb 11-12 - Module 5
Mar 11-12 - Module 6
Apr 8-9 - Module 7
May 6-7 - Module 8
Jun 10-11 - Module 9
Aug 19-20 - Module 10
Sep 16-17 - Module 1
Oct 14-15 - Module 2
Nov 4-5 - Module 3
For students who choose to attend on weekends our program takes 10 weekends to complete. For students who choose to attend on Wednesdays our program takes 30 days scheduled over 10 months. We schedule 3 Wednesdays with one Wednesday off for each month. For students who choose to attend both Wednesdays and weekends, our program takes 5 months to complete. The weekend and Wednesday training dates are posted on this page.
The majority of the time commitment for our program is attending all the training hours. For each module there is approximately 2 hours of homework that includes mostly reading and some writing. All requirements are clearly listed up front as to what students must complete to finish our program, there are never any add ons or surprises.
For more information about dates and times, call the studio at 405-701-3392.
Our tuition is $2500. Payment for the Teacher Training Program may be made in one lump sum or in 10 payments of $250. Students need only to pay $250 for their first weekend to start our program.
Register by calling the studio at 405-701-3392 or e-mailing us. Those who would like to attend our training weekends for the growth of their personal practice, but do not intend to teach yoga, are also welcome to register.
It’s important when choosing a yoga school to pick a Director whose teaching you like and respect. Going through a program just for the certification takes the joy of learning out of the experience for both teacher and student teacher. The training hours in Norman are taught by Becca Hewes and Holly Jack. All hours in Weatherford are taught by Tim Bodenstein.
Before registering for our program, please talk with Becca and attend one of her public yoga classes if possible to ensure that her teaching is in alignment with your ideas about teaching and practicing yoga.
Norman is a part of the greater Oklahoma City area and a great place to come for training. We have many wonderful ethnic restaurants and a variety of hotels near our school. Yogalife is located just a mile from the Main Street exit off of I-35, about a five minute drive from the University of Oklahoma. If you are driving in from out of town we are happy to assist you in choosing lodging and places to eat that will best fit your budget.
Our training is also offered in Weatherford, Oklahoma by Tim Bodenstein. Tim competed his training with Yogalife in 2010 and now runs his own yoga studio, Hesed Yoga, in downtown Weatherford. All the same curriculum is used at both our Norman and Weatherford locations, and students are welcome to attend different modules at either location, space permitting. Students that start in Weatherford will be given priority for Weatherford weekends, and Norman students may do a make-up in Weatherford when space is available. Tim can be reached directly at (405)514-2591.
The current session of our advanced training is underway. If you are interested in our advanced training feel free to email and ask to be on the list for more information for the next session.
Our school is licensed by the Oklahoma Board of Private Vocational Schools in accordance with Oklahoma law. In order to be licensed, a school must meet the board’s qualifications and rules in such areas as financial stability, sound business practices, and fair refund polices. Yogalife has remained a licensed Oklahoma vocational school in good standing since 2008.
Our program is also registered with the Yoga Alliance for those who would like to use the RYT200 designation. “RYT200” is a designation the Yoga Alliance provides teachers to use after they choose to upload their Yogalife certificates of completion to the Yoga Alliance site. The Yoga Alliance provides guidelines for all schools on their registry. For more information about their guidelines you can visit their website at www.yogaalliance.org.