Yoga Farm has created a practical, accessible Yoga Teacher Training and Immersion.

If you have felt the touch of yoga and are ready to dive deeply into the practices, then learn how to give back, our yoga teacher training and immersion may be a match for you. Our training meets one weekend a month, for 8 months, starting September 2018.

Registration will open January 1 for September 2018 start date. (if you’d like to be on the list to be alerted when registration opens, please email us.)

What is this program?

mindfulwarriorThis 200 hour yoga teacher certification training encompasses two simultaneous journeys:

  • Your inner, personal journey – you merge with your yoga, becoming grounded and centered and present
  • Your outer journey – you learn to teach, allowing your gifts to be shared with the world

Our Yoga Farm teachers bring yoga, meditation and mindfulness to a large variety of settings: K-12 schools, businesses, festivals, yoga studios, living rooms, private sessions and more.

This training is not designed specifically for an ‘advanced’ yoga student, rather it is ‘for regular people, by regular people‘. We have found a ready market and rewarding service in teaching yoga that anyone can do and are eager to share.

Our 2017 Graduation class of 13 students, with the 3 teachers

This is yoga for every body. This is yoga for life, for YOUR life. We teach foundational practices and observances to assist you in standing strong and bright when you walk off the mat into work, relationships, into life.

When does it meet?

We offer our Mindful Warrior Training in the fall/winter/spring. It meets one weekend each month for 8 months.

  • Fall: TBD
  • (We have a course opening first session Friday evening of the first weekend from 6:30-8:30pm)
  • Spring: TBD
  • Full 200 hour Yoga Farm / Yoga Alliance certification: All 8 weekends required

**Saturday timings: 8am-8pm, Sunday: 9am-5pm

Who is this for?

ifyouarewaitingforasignOur training program is for:

  • Everyone who wishes to carry the teachings of yoga to others, in any settings
  • Those relatively new to yoga and enthusiastic about taking their practice to the next level
  • Students who are ready to adapt yoga to new audiences
  • Educators who are learning about yoga and mindfulness for the classroom
  • Students who are ready to deepen into their own practice
  • Those ready for a comprehensive training in all areas of yoga

Our teacher training will emphasize

  • mindfulness
  • flow yoga
  • gentle yoga
  • yoga for self-care
  • meditation
  • breathing exercises
  • learning to teach well
  • adjustments and alignment
  • history and philosophy

Yoga is much more than stretching – this program will assist students to live yoga into all aspects of life. We will cultivate the ability to be centered and calm in daily activities – when eating, watching a movie, whether life is steady and ease-full or turbulent and stressed. This is a practical immersion into True Yoga.

Enrollment in our Winter 2017-2018 programs is being offered at a very reasonable tuition (early-bird registrants receive the lowest tuition). Space is limited to a small group of 18 maximum, so that you will each receive maximum personal attention.

Program Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)

We offer multiple tuition options, including payment plans and early bird tuition discounts:

  • Early-bird tuition: $2,250 ($1,800 tuition + $450 facility fee) (Available until May 1, 2018)
  • Regular paid in full tuition: $2,450 ($2000  + $450 facility fee)  (May 1 – Sept, 2018)
  • Payment Plan tuition: $2,750 ($2300  + $450 facility fee)  ($450 deposit to secure your spot, payment plan to be mutually agreed on)

(Please note: Tuition covers instructors salary and manual. Facility fee covers yoga classes, dinner each Saturday, insurance, heat, A/C, use of center)

Payment deadlines:

  • Regular tuition deadline: TBD

Payment plan options:

  • $450 non-refundable deposit to hold your space
  • $2300 divided into equal payments. All program fees due in full by March 1, 2019 when on payment plan.

You can also email or call/text Christopher at 607.280.2010 for more info.

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How does it work?


Our 200-hour program includes immersions including yoga sessions, workshops and trainings in anatomy, philosophy, alignment and adjustments, teaching practice as well as restorative self-care practices.

Our new training will be Yoga Alliance approved, and is divided into 2 parts:

  • Yoga Immersion, fall 2018 (About 70 hours in our classroom, plus outside practice & study = total of 100 hours of study)
  • Teaching Practicum, spring 2019 (About 70 hours in our classroom, plus outside practice & study, class observation, practice teaching, and examination = total of 100 hours of study)

In between our time together, we will be connecting through private groups on social media and in yoga classes in our classroom at Yoga Farm.

You will have homework, self study and practice that will complete the 200 hours of training. After this, you will be ready for your final examination and certification!

To qualify for our 200 hour certificate and register with Yoga Alliance, you need to complete the immersion and practicum, within one year.

No experience is necessary to start!

mindfulwarriorlogoIn our time together, we will practice yoga and study yoga, yes, and more than that we’ll bring our mindfulness practices into a wide variety of activities, including:

  • outdoor hikes on warmer days
  • meditation walks
  • quiet mindfulness practices
  • quiet reading and reflection
  • documentary movies with popcorn
  • teatime
  • conversation on life
  • silent slow meals
  • chanting around the fire
  • and more!

In between, teacher trainees will take yoga classes for your own self-care and self-study (Yoga classes at Yoga Farm are included in the tuition). You’ll also have light home study assignments and collaborative tasks in between our sessions.

What will you learn?

Our program has many intended outcomes:

  • Teach you self-care techniques that nurture your body, mind and spirit
  • Connecting to the mindful warrior within, discover your greatest gifts while you are here on this earth
  • Discover your own teaching voice and authentic passion for helping others
  • Learn how to sequence yoga flows
  • Adapt yoga to different groups, such as schools, businesses, etc.
  • Be trained in Yoga Farm’s unique accessible yoga styles that suits people of all body types
  • Create a community of yoga students and teachers
  • Discover that yoga is much more than stretching!

“Our Mindful Warrior yoga taught at Yoga Farm is most closely aligned with the yoga study known as ‘Raja Yoga’ also known as ‘Royal Yoga’ or ‘the 8-fold path’. It includes an emphasis on the physical practice of hatha yoga, and also brings in a strong foundation in mindfulness and meditation. Our Teacher Training program will prepare student teachers to teach vinyasa yoga for active classes and students, and gentler slow flow yoga for students of all body types and abilities.”  — Christopher Grant, Director of Yoga Farm

About Certification, Insurance, Licensing and Registration

This is a full 200 hour certification program. Your certificate is from Yoga Farm, our educational school. You will be able to call yourself a ‘certified yoga teacher’ and apply for insurance as a yoga teacher.

When applying for a job at a yoga studio, you will have your certificate from us, and a S01-YA-SCHOOL-RYS-200recommendation from us, and can demonstrate proficiency in the practice and teaching of yoga.

Our Mindful Warrior Yoga Teacher Training is Yoga Alliance approved, and if you’d like you can apply to Yoga Alliance for their Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) designations.

How can you learn more?

Call Christopher 607-280-2010 to talk or schedule a meeting.

Who are the trainers and what are their credentials?

Jeannie O’Neill

Jeannie O’Neill, M.Ed, E-RYT 

Jeannie O’Neill is a seasoned educator and the Director of Education at the Finger Lakes School of Massage. She has years of experience in the public school system as well as in charter and alternative schools as a teacher, social worker and administrator.

Having owned a yoga studio in Bennington, Vermont, Jeannie taught yoga to students ages 3 to ­83 and has extensive yoga anatomy, physiology and philosophy knowledge. Jeannie has provided countless hours of professional development workshops to educators and community partners. Along with being trained in vinyasa, anusara, ashtanga and yin yoga she carries a strong vipassana (meditation) practice following the teachings of Jack Kornfield, Jon Kabat Zinn and Patricia Jennings.

Jeannie is a certified 200RYT yoga instructor and Mindful Schools curriculum trained. Her history undergrad was focused on; history, philosophy, Asian studies and world religions, which lead her to Masters degree in Contemplative Pedagogy.

Christopher Grant

Christopher Grant, E-RYT200 – Christopher is a wonderful, patient, knowledgeable, and nurturing teacher, with a great sense of humor and play.  Christopher’s ability to listen to the needs of his students, then craft a session or personalized home practice with those needs in mind, is part of what makes his private sessions and group classes special.

Christopher has been studying and teaching yoga, meditation and other healing therapies and energetic modalities for over 20 years, and holds many teaching certificates and a Cornell Engineering degree. His teachers and mentors include Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, John Osborne, Lorin Roche, James Eavenson, Dr. Joe Marshalla, Yogi Bhajan, and Dr. Joseph Levry.

He weaves together teachings, physical practices, meditations, and breathing exercises from:

  • Restorative Yoga, Yin Yoga, Yoga as Medicine & Therapy
  • Kundalini & Kriya Yoga For Energetic Clearing and Charging
  • Qi Gong, Ayurveda & Meditation for Healing and Balancing
  • Ashtanga Vinyasa Power Yoga for Fitness

Christopher’s goal in his service work is to assist individuals in finding the right medicine, the perfect formula to suit balance and vitality in body, mind and soul.

Daniela Hess

Daniela Hess, CTACC, MSED – Daniela is a pioneer in spiritual teachings. She combines her wealth of spiritual background and knowledge with incredible insights and effortlessly weaves them into each class.  Daniela’s capacity of razor sharp listening and her gift of being able to see beyond the obvious guides her students to connect with their own inherent wisdom.

Her 20 years in spiritual study and application are primarily from the Mahayana School of Tibetan Buddhism and Kashmir Shaivism. Her teachers and mentors include His Holiness The Dalai Lama, Gurumayi Chidvilasananda, Byron Katie, Lorin Roche, Camille Maurine, Deepak Chopra, Caroline Myss, and Dr. Jackie Black. Prior to joining Yoga Farm, she co-founded and taught with HeartPath Institute.

The synthesis of the oral teachings and transmissions of an unbroken lineage combined with the contemporary teachings of meditation, inquiry and modern mysticism fuel Daniela’s ability to guide students into the answers that lie buried like treasure within their questions. She is masterful at helping all who come to her to see and feel their own Radiance.

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What are previous graduates saying?

“Yoga Farm has combined all the facets of an amazing and truly effective yoga teacher training program. The best practices of learning to feel at home in your body, mind and spirit, along with a ton of laughter and joy!” — Beth R.

“Fall blissfully in love with yoga, meditation, mindfulness and yourSelf while making new and deeply heart centered friendships!” — Meg C.

“If you’re looking to become a yoga teacher or increase your knowledge in this field, look no further. Christopher, Jeannie and Daniela provide a dynamic trio of teaching that will enhance physical mental and spiritual growth through a hands on curriculum. Prepare yourself for a sense of community, liberation and pure radiance.” — Cody N.

“Christopher, Jeannie, and Daniela have crafted a program that beautiful blends the technical, practical aspects and the very personal inner journey of yoga.  The lessons flow seamlessly from instructor to instructor and topic to topic. This flow comes from their extensive knowledge, their own personal experience, and their immense love for and dedication to yoga/meditation and their students. If you are interested in teaching yoga/mindfulness, want to go deeper into, or start your own yoga and meditation practice, listen to your inner wisdom, feel the pull of your Heart – follow your Yes.” — Pennee B.

Our 2017 Graduation class of 13 students, with the 3 teachers

Certification Requirements:

Students who complete the course requirements will receive their 200-hour “Yoga Farm Mindful Warrior Yoga Teacher Training Certification” from Yoga Farm.

Specific Requirements to be awarded certification:

  • Attend at least one yoga class every week during the training. A Yoga Farm Membership (Unlimited Classes!) at Yoga Farm are included in your tuition. After each class, log the day / time in your journal and take a few notes on what you learned or practiced during that sessions. A minimum of 10 yoga classes with one of your trainers outside of our weekends together are required as part of this training. The yoga class needs to be in your log with a journal entry for it to count towards your training.
  • Attend all training weekends, if an emergency arises and you miss a session we may be able to offer makeup days. If not, you will be responsible for making up the missed material (tea with a classmate?).
  • If you miss more than two days then you will need to complete the training during the summer or the next school year before you will receive certification. (you can still continue with the program and learn from the remaining sessions)
  • Complete all homework assignments, independent study and reading requirements
  • Satisfactory completion of end of course examinations
  • Completion of all practice teaching sessions
    • Observe 2 classes
    • Assist with a class
    • Teach friends / family twice
    • Teach the warmup of a real yoga class twice
    • Teach 1/2 of a class (observed)
    • Teach a full class (observed)
    • Teach your final testing class
  • Satisfactory demonstration of teaching in group classes

Certification Requirements


Physical Training and Cultivation of Practice ~  Regular Yoga Practice outside of our program, daily meditation & mindfulness practice during program.

Required reading:

  • _Teaching Yoga_ by Mark Stephens
  • Additional Books – you may order these and start reading as soon as you would like to!
    • _The Way of Liberation_ by Adyashanti
    • _The Royal Path_ by Swami Rama
    • _Journey Beyond Linear Time_ by Raphael Jara
    • _The Key Muscles of Yoga_ by Ray Long


  • Practicum ~ 10 hours of practice teaching


  • Elective ~ Pick a specialization in Yoga and create a service project in a small group on that specialization.


  • Complete all study and written requirements in your manual

How to apply: Request our application packet at:, or call 607-280-2010

Partial scholarships:

For those who are interested, we have 1 work-trade scholarship available. Please inquire for details. The scholarships may involve partial tuition, food preparation for group meals, studio cleaning, work on the farm and gardens, or other work-trade tasks suitable to the student in service of our Center.

Sample Day Schedule:

8:00­-8:30 am ~ Meditation
8:30-­10am ~ Active Yoga Class; Here is your chance to be the student
10­-10:30 am ~ break and mindful snack
10:30am-­12:00 pm ~ History and Philosophy: It’s not about how far you go. It’s about HOW you go.
12-­1pm ~ Lunch
1-1:30 ~ Mindful Walking Meditation
1:30-3 pm ~ Asana Lab – study several poses in detail – practice, teach, observe and take detailed teaching notes.
3­-3:30 ~ break
3:30-­4:30pm ~ Anatomy or Philosophy
4:30-5pm ~ Learn meditation and pranayama techniques
5­-6pm ~ Dinner
6-­7:30 pm ~ Teaching Methods and Techniques, or video, or study and discussion of one of our books, applied to each students life
7:30-­8pm ~ Mindfulness and closing

Frequently Asked Questions:

Can I take this training if I am relatively new to yoga?

Yes! This is a practical immersion into yoga. If you’d like to dive deeply into yoga practice for four months, and see what yoga can bring to your life, this is a perfect opportunity.

We do suggest that you take a few classes with Christopher or Jeannie before committing to the program so you can see what the yoga we teach is like.

I’m not sure if I want to teach yoga, is that OK?

Yes! This training will help you bring yoga and mindfulness into your life. Your inner work and transformation is the key component of this. If you don’t know if you want to, or don’t end up teaching yoga, that’s OK. You will learn to use your voice, to stand up strong, to talk honestly with others about life’s challenges and breakthroughs, and many other valuable skills that will help you in all areas of your life.

Have another question? Ask us!

Mindful Warrior Curriculum Module List

Module Title
Roots of Yoga What is yoga? Exploration of Karma, Bhakti, Hatha, Jnana, Laya yoga
Seva Seva as a lifestyle and giving. We break up into small groups, and each group creates and delivers a service project in the community as part of the training.
The Role of the Teacher Understand the ethics of the profession. We discuss boundaries, examine the role of a yoga teacher. Discuss lineage / tradition – What is a Guru? Understand Guru tattva / principle. Where does yoga come from and how is it transmitted?
The Way of Liberation 1 Read and learn from Adyashanti’s book: ‘The Way of Liberation’
Yoga Lifestyle Personal approach to living the principles of yoga
Yoga Philosophy Decolonizing Yoga. Accessibility & Welcome, Opening Practices to all. Discover and discuss the roots of yoga, cultural appropriations, roots in Hinduism, and broadening acccessibility into Western and culture and religion without losing the essence of yoga.
Yoga Sutras of Patanjali Group Discussion of the Yoga Sutras, Yamas and Niyamas
Asana Adjustments Adjustments and assists. Props and modifications
Asana Practice Practice & detailed study of the poses in the Mindful Warrior yoga set
Asana Study 1 Watch and Learn from Videos of the poses in the Mindful Warrior yoga set
Chanting Practice Chant together as a group. Experience Bhakti yoga.
Inquiry In our core philosophy we teach meditation, contemplation and inquiry. Inquiry is the process of asking good questions of oneself, uncovering limiting beliefs and questioning those beliefs.
Kundalini Yoga Experience Kundalini Yoga
Meditation Meditation Practice in a variety of methods
Mindfulness Mindulness as gateways to awareness and meditation. Mindful eating, walking are explored. Mindfulness in schools and outside of yoga studios is explored.
Practice and Dispassion Learn about the 2 essential wings of yoga: Abhaysa and Vairagya
Pranayama Study Learn to practice and teach several pranyama (breath- and energy-management) methods
RAIN Inquiry in the world
Restorative Yoga Experience restorative yoga
Teaching Cool-down and finishing postures Practice teaching core and cool down postures
Teaching Core and Backbends Practice teaching core and backbends
Teaching Seated poses Practice teaching seated poses
Teaching Standing Poses Teaching the standing poses in our sequence
Teaching Sun Salutation Teaching Sun Salutation ‘C’
Teaching Warmup Teaching our warmup sequence
Yin Yoga Experience Yin Yoga
Kriyas Cleansing and purifying the body and mind
Arc of a Class 1 Basic arc of class. Importance of sequencing
Beginner Yoga How to teach beginners
Intention and Invocation Learn about approach, intention, and invocation
Private Yoga Understanding the private lesson
Teaching Basics We discuss the basics of teaching and voice. Speaking with confidence, using repetition of core concepts, connecting with different learning styles. How to balance challange and ease.
Teaching off the mat Learn to teach, rather than do, yoga. Discussion of maintaining your practice, practicing the set(s) before class. Watching and listening to and staying with the students in the room
The Business of Yoga Learn tools to be a yoga professional
Voice & Truth Each student will connect with their authentic voice, their integrity.
Planning specific classes How to plan for classes
Special populations Overview of teaching to special populations
Observing Observe 2 yoga classes
Anatomy 1 Fundamentals and The Big Picture
Anatomy 2 Subtle energy overview
Anatomy 3 The Koshas
Anatomy 4 The Trunk & Spine
Anatomy 5 Videos in classroom
Anatomy 6 Videos in classroom continued
Anatomy 7 The Feet and lower leg
Anatomy 8 The Shoulder Girdle
Anatomy 9 Bhandas
Anatomy 10 Hamstrings and Quadriceps
Anatomy 11 Feet and Hands
Anatomy 12 Major Muscle Groups
Anatomy 13 Pelvic Girdle
Practice teaching 1 Teach warmup
Practice teaching 2 Teach warmup (observed)
Practice teaching 3 Teach 1/2 class
Practice teaching 4 Teach 1/2 class (observed)
Practice teaching 5 Teach class to friends / family / fellow students
Practice teaching 6 Teach class to friends / family / fellow students
Practice teaching 7 Teach full class observed by lead trainer, with directed feedback afterwards
Teaching Examination Teach full class for as part of final testing
Written exam Complete written examination


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