Mandala Yoga 200 hour Teacher Training 2019

The Study of Body, Breath & Mind

New 2019 Fall dates

10 Immersive Weekends - September 27 - June 9

Study an alignment based vinyasa flow rooted in the wisdom of Ayurveda, with Jolie Parcher, Sheryl Hastalis, Alison Burke and Emily Weitz.

From its inception, Mandala has harnessed yoga and Ayurveda as real life tools to guide students in their practice and to care for themselves as they navigate their lives. 

The Mandala training guides individuals to practice and embody these teachings on and off the mat, and to articulately pass them on gracefully as future teachers. 

Following the tradition of Krishnamacharya, we believe "the purpose of yoga is to reduce disturbance and return an individual to his or her inherent peace and power.... yoga must be adapted and practiced according to the needs, capacities, and aspirations of each student" 

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Who are the teachers?  

Sheryl Hastalis, Jolie Parcher, Alison Burke, Emily Weitz.  See individual bios.

What style of yoga is taught?

This is an alignment based vinyasa style training with a strong focus on anatomy and yoga philosophy.  We follow the lineage of Krishnamacharya influenced by the teachings of his students TKV Desikachar, Pattabhi Jois and BKS Iyengar. The Mandala training is rooted in an ayurvedic framework so you’ll be learning about the 5 elements and their qualities as a way to care for yourself and to create a balanced and purposeful yoga class.  

What materials are included and what else will I be responsible for purchasing?

Unlimited Classes: All regular classes with your TT Teachers are free with no extra cost to trainees for the duration of the course.

Teacher Trainee Class Discount: For the duration of the Teacher Training you will have a Teacher Trainee Pass that gives you a discounted rate of $10 per class for any regular Mandala Yoga classes that are with teachers other than the TT Teachers.

Your Mandala Yoga Teacher Training Manual is included in the program, as well as many supplemental reading handouts, which will given to you throughout the course. The following books are required, they are the basis of your yoga reference library. Please purchase these books, they are all available at Amazon and other book sellers.:

Light on Yoga - BKS Iyengar
The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali - translation by Sri Swami Satchidananda
The Heart of Yoga - T.K.V.  Desikachar
Anatomy of Hatha Yoga - H. David Coulter
The Bhagavad Gita - a new translation - Stephen Mitchell
The Upanishads - Translation - Eknath Easwaran
The Complete Book of Ayruvedic Home Remedies - Dr. Vasant Lad

How much yoga experience is required for me to take this training?     

We do not require you to be a master at asana.  We do ask that you have been practicing Yoga for at least 6 months consistently, ideally one year,  and that you have a deep passion for the practice. We also expect you to be prepared to completely dedicate yourself to the study and practice of Yoga.

What will I learn in the 200hr Mandala YTT?

In addition to building your yoga community,  deepening your experience of yoga and getting in your best yoga shape, you will study the following topics in depth:

  • Mandala’s 5 Core Principles - to guide you in your own practice and how to be an effective teacher.

  • Asana - learn the safe and intelligent way to perform poses

  • Alignment - with modifications, variations and the proper use of props

  • Sequencing - learn several complete class sequences and how to design dynamic and intelligent sequences for all levels

  • Ayurveda - philosophy, tools for daily care, strategies for balanced, relevant classes.

  • Modifications of Asana - learning  to teach, and work with different kinds of bodies/students as well as  injuries and limitations

  • Anatomy  - as a foundation for understanding alignment

  • Observe and assess  - how different bodies move  in practice

  • Hands on adjustments  - to guide other students and to deepen awareness of your own poses

  • Pranayama - breathing techniques

  • Teaching methods- you will be teaching, and learning how to teach,  every single weekend

  • Sanskrit  - translations of chants,  yoga sutras, and the Upanishads

  • History and Philosophy of Yoga  - Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, The Bhagavad Gita, and other texts

  • The business of Yoga -  how to be successful as a teacher

What if I don’t want to be a teacher?

No problem! Our 200-hour training is ideal for those who want to delve deeper into the study of yoga, and to improve their own practice. It's also great for students who simply want to have a transformational experience and to be a part of our thriving Yoga Community.

What does a typical Mandala YTT weekend look like?

Friday evening:
6-8:00  Core Sequence Practice - Focus on Alignment and Cuing
8:00 - 9  Practicum _Focus on Cues and Adjusting

Saturday 8-5:
8 - 9:30 Meditation and experiential yoga philosophy
9:45 – 11 Yoga Practice with Sheryl - emphasis on modifications for varying abilities
11:00 - 11:30 Break

11:30 - 2:30 Anatomy or Study of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras                     
2:30 – 3 Break
43– 5:30 Embodying the Posture - Mandala Core Principles to support Alignment

Sunday 8-5:
8-9:30am Meditation, chanting, pranayama  
9:45 – 11 Yoga Practice w Jolie - emphasis on variations for advanced students
11 - 11:30  Break
11:30-2:30  Ayurveda
2:30 - 3 Break
3 – 5 Integration of the Weekend - Restore and review

Is there homework and tests?

Expect about 2-3 hours a week in assignments to help you personalize and deepen your understanding of the material.  There will be a take home final exam, and a final group teaching practicum. All assignments are to increase your development as a student of yoga and aspiring teacher.  We are here to offer support and guidance all along the way.  

Do I need to have any other qualifications to be accepted into the program?

We expect you to be in good physical condition. Although we can work with certain physical limitations, please note this on your application.  We also require that you are emotionally mature and stable, and be able to work well in a group setting.

How many students will there be in the training?   

The number of trainees varies per program. The average attendance is 12 to 15.

Will we do a full yoga asana practice every day of the training?

Yes there will be a vinyasa class with a short pranayama & meditation each day, or evening that  we meet.

What is your make up policy?

Our expectation is that you have carved out the time to fully show up for this training.  That being said, we know there are occasions in which a session might need to be be missed. If you are not planning to teach, it is up to you if you want to make up the missed time.  If you do want to receive certification you are required to make up the missed hours. You have up to 6 months past graduation to complete all requirements and hours.

First of all, Let Jolie or Sheryl know if you must miss any sessions ahead of time and one of them will offer you the make up options. In some case you may be able to make up time by attending regular classes  and/or workshops at Mandala, or do outside reading with a summary report. You may take up to two hours as private sessions with one of the YTT teachers at the rate of $150/hour.

 • 1 hour private = 1-4 hours of missed time

 • 1.5 hour private = 5-6 hours of missed time

 • 2 hour private = 7-8 hours of missed time

Will I be qualified to teach yoga once I complete this training?

Yes!  The Mandala Yoga curriculum focus is a very hands on practical approach to teaching. You will actually begin teaching your first day, and practice teaching, and adjusting each other every single weekend!

How do I sign up for this training?

Apply under the “Apply Now” section and make your initial deposit to secure your space.

What are the graduation requirements?

  • Tuition must be paid in full

  • Attendance of at least 95% of in-class teacher training sessions. If students miss more than 10 hours they are required to attend additional workshops with approval from Jolie or Sheryl.

  • Successful completion of homework, quizzes, in-class and take-home final exams (don’t worry, you will be will prepared!)

  • Participation in a final in-class practice teaching practicum

  • Completion of 20 additional yoga classes with YTT teachers and minimum of 5 karma yoga hours

  • Completion of independent study project. 

  • Satisfactory demonstration of teaching techniques including  assisting. 

  • In both  practice and teaching teacher trainer will demonstrate a keen  awareness of their students, safety, dignity and self-esteem. 

*Prior to graduation TT faculty will meet to assess  each training student’s progress in the course work. Students have 6 months from the end of the course to complete course requirements, unless an exception is granted. Any such communication must be submitted to Jolie and Sheryl for review.

What is the cancellation and refund policy?

A $500 deposit is due upon enrollment to reserve your spot. If you cancel 30 days or more before the start of the program you will forfeit $250 of your deposit, and the remaining balance will be refunded. If you cancel 14-30 days before of the start of the program, you will forfeit your entire deposit, and any remaining balance will be refunded. Once the program begins the program tuition is non-refundable and non-transferable.

Do you help with accommodations?

While we do not coordinate your local accommodations, we are happy to provide you with a list of hotels in the vicinity as well as some local and area specific publications we suggest you check for availability.


Green Gansett Manor- 631-267-3133
Ocean Dunes- 631-267-8121
Sea Crest Resort-631-267-3159
Windward Shores Ocean Resort- 631-267-8600

East Hampton:

East Hampton House Resort-631-324-4300
Inn at Windmill Lane- 631-267-8500
C/O The Maidstone- 631-324-5006
Baker House- 631-324-4081
East Hampton Art House B &B- 631-907-4645
1770 House-631-324-1770

380 Inn- 631-527-7000



Is this the right Yoga training for me?

  • THE BIG PICTURE - I love my daily asana practice but I want to know more about other aspects of yoga- philosophy, anatomy, breathwork, chanting.

    • Our belief is that yoga philosophy is a foundation for your asana practice and asana is an embodiment of that philosophy. Each weekend is based on one of Mandala’s Core Principles that you will study through asana, yoga sutras, chants, and related anatomy.  

  • THE LITTLE PICTURE - I want to understand more deeply how to refine my alignment and use breath and bandhas to make my practice more graceful and therapeutically sound.

    • You will go back and forth between intellectual anatomical study, hands on adjustment work and focused asana practice every day of the training to offer in depth awareness on many levels.

  • AYURVEDA - I want to learn practices that help me to be healthier - what foods are best for me, should I do a cleanse, what can I do to stay strong and beautiful as I move through the different stages of life?

    • Ayurveda is woven throughout the entire training. We believe that an understanding of general ayurvedic philosophy and a commitment to the daily self-care rituals makes you a better seer, a healthier person and a more conscious teacher.

  • TEACHING - I know I want to teach yoga

    • From weekend one on you will begin teaching and building your teacher toolbox - intelligent cuing, finding your teaching voice, learning at least five strong sequences to start you off confidently, practicing adjustments over and over and over again.

  • NOT TEACHING - At this point I don't see myself teaching yoga I just really want to get stronger and to deepen my understanding of yoga.

    • There are so many opportunities throughout each weekend to practice asana and get stronger, to have your teacher’s eyes on you and opportunities to reflect on and refine your own practice. You will also learn chants and pranayama and study yoga philosophy in dedicated sessions along with reading assignments from classic yoga literature.

    • The exercises we do specifically to develop teaching ability are designed equally to deepen your self knowledge. Guiding other people develops your ability to see and then reflect and pushes you to get clear on the what and why of your own practice. The best teacher is simply a committed and thoughtful student.



After receiving your application look for our email with your acceptance or with further questions.  Upon acceptance you will receive the link to pay your deposit which will enroll you in the training.

  • $500 deposit required to enroll

  • Course fee $3800 (this includes the deposit) - Paid in full by August 30th

  • Early Bird Special - $3300 (this includes deposit) - available thru July 21st - Paid in full by August 30th

  • Partial Payment Plan - $500 deposit plus 4 equal payments of $875 each - Deposit and 1st payment to be paid by August 30th followed by 3 monthly charges.          


  • September 27 - 29

  • October  25-27

  • November 15 - 17

  • December 13-15

  • January 10-12

  • February 14-16

  • March 20- 22

  • April 17-19

  • May 15-17

  • June 5 - 7





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