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200hr Yoga Teacher Training

An 8-month Journey That Lasts a Lifetime...

Yoga Teacher Training is an opportunity to deepen your understanding and application of the teachings of yoga. Open to those who are sincere in their desire for self-discovery and growth. To show up and do your best is our only unwavering requirement.

Yoga Teacher Training Is Tranformative

Kantra CALM School of Yoga 200hr Yoga Teacher Training Class of 2018

A Deeper Understanding of You and Your Practice Awaits...

Discover your strength, build new relationships and deepen your practice — on the mat and off. Apply for 200hr Yoga Teacher Training today!

Frequently Asked Questions

What It Is

This program is a 200hr CALM Yoga teacher training.

This training will be no less than a transformative process! It will strongly emphasize mindfulness, meditation, and the philosophical underpinnings of yoga. Yoga has been referred to as the science of life, and rightfully so. It is a science of the body, mind, and spirit. All of these aspects will be strongly addressed in this training.


  •  Build a well-rounded foundation of knowledge and experience of asana, pranayama, meditation, and yoga philosophy.
  • Explore the deeper meaning of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra on the level of personal experience
  • Give and receive loving support in a circle of sincere people who are committed to personal growth.
  • Learn how to work as a yoga teacher in different settings.
  • Discover creative class sequencing methods based on who comes to your class
  • Gain the experience needed to teach confidently.
  • Establish a coherent and progressive personal practice.

***Limited space. Applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis.***

This 200-hr training is a mentally, physically and emotionally challenging process designed to enable serious students of life/yoga (mind, body, and spirit) to become inspired teachers and students. Each participant will strengthen and deepen her/his practice.

As a trainee in this program, you will practice asana, meditation, and pranayama (breath awareness) to the point of proficiency and beyond. Your knowledge of yoga theory will deepen to the point that it becomes a core aspect of the fabric of your life.

This course is a very powerful transformational journey.  It is intimate work that will bond you deeply with other participants on your course. Group size will be limited.  The students and leaders will become your extended family during the course and possibly well beyond.

This course will teach you about how yoga works on and off the mat. You will learn ways of looking at life that open you to new ways of seeing, and you will come into a kinder relationship with your body, mind and spirit — the union that is Yoga.

In addition to the self-discovery that is inherent in this training, you will also become a better student of yoga and of life. You will deepen your practice. If you really want to learn something deeply, learn to teach it! In this training, you will learn how to teach classes that combine a consistent therapeutic vision with the inspired spontaneity that is the hallmark of CALM Yoga. You will develop a thorough understanding of the elements of the therapeutic principles of yoga and be able to design a class or teach a pose in such a manner that your students will immediately embody those principles.


Augusta Kantra (E- RYT500) and David Kantra (E-RYT500) are the lead teachers in this training. They have extensive experience in teaching both teachers and students and in the teaching methods that result in a deeply integrated training. They completed both their 200-hour and 500-hour trainings with Rolf Gates, and then went on to team with him to do Teacher Trainings for several years.  They maintain that being a student is a fundamental element of being a good teacher. They are passionate about being, and about teaching, teachers and students.

David Kantra, PsyD, is a Clinical Psychologist and Augusta Kantra, MS, LPC is a Licensed Professional Counselor. Both are in private practice, specializing in mindfully-based treatment of individuals, couples and groups. They draw from their background and training in psychotherapy, yoga, and meditation. They are the founders of CALM (Creating Awareness – Living Mindfully) © – an evolving curriculum of courses, workshops, and retreats  designed to help people develop and maintain mindfulness in their day to day lives.

Stacy Reckeweg (RYT500) was trained through Kantra CALM School of Yoga and has served as Assistant Teacher in 200hr and 300hr trainings since then. She is a registered nurse that is passionate about yoga, mindfulness, and self-discovery. Stacy is knowlegable and dedicated, and brings a helpful and supportive energy to the training. The students always appreciate her expertise and perspective.

“We are passionate about this course of study and look forward to sharing this journey with you.”

Augusta, David and Stacy

This is a Yoga Alliance registered school. If you complete the requirements for this training, you can apply to become a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT 200) with Yoga Alliance.

Get Started

Click the application button below to view a printable application. Applicants registering for the 2020 Kantra CALM Schoool of Yoga Teacher Training should send their completed application along with their $500 deposit to:

Center for CALM Living
150 South Church Street
Fairhope, AL 36532

**There is a $500 non-refundable deposit required with your application to secure your place in the training. (If, for some reason, your application is not accepted for this training, the $500 deposit will be returned.)

Tuition: $3200 (This includes the $500 non-refundable deposit required to secure your place.)

($350 discount) Early Payment in Full (Available only until October 31st, 2019):  $2850 to be paid in full upon acceptance of the application.

($200 discount) Payment in Full  (after October 31st, 2019):  $3000 Pay in full upon acceptance of the application.

Payment Plan — $3200: $500 deposit upon acceptance of application and 6 consecutive monthly payments of $450 on the 1st of each month (January 2020 – June 2020).

*Credit card fees will be added if you’re using a credit card. To avoid these fees, you may pay with check or cash.

What  is included in the price?   

One of the things that is extraordinary about this training is that there are 2 lead teachers and an assistant teacher for the entire training. Both Augusta and David Kantra are E-RYT500 (which means they both are trained at the 500hr level and have more than 2,000hrs each of teaching time). That just simply means they’ve invested a lot of time and resources into their yoga training, and have put in a lot of time on the mat. 🙂  Stacy Reckeweg is RYT500. She completed both her 200hr and 300hr training with Kantra CALM School of Yoga, and has served as an invaluable Assistant Teacher for the past 3 years.

Because everyone comes into their teacher training with different backgrounds, experiences, and comfort levels, it is very important that the teachers have done due diligence both in their own training and in their own practice. These three Kantra CALM School of Yoga teachers have certainly done that!

David, Augusta and Stacy are present for the training weekends where each training weekend builds on the last. They do not do a module type training because they feel strongly about the elements of continuity and connection being both teaching tools and learning experiences that are important to this program. Everyone goes through this training journey together and shares their experiences in that amazing process.

Another component of our trainings is that, as psychologists, the Kantras put a strong emphasis on personal growth and living into your yoga. In the asana portions of the training, we teach proper alignment, safe and effective sequencing, the benefits of each pose and how to teach an inspired class. You will come away with a deep understanding of the “whys and hows” of the poses as they pertain to skillful choices in yoga and in life. Alignment principles (mind/body/spiritual) are the basis for everything we do and teach.

This is an opportunity to spend a stretch of time immersed in self-discovery and growth. People come out of training feeling better equipped to live more purposefully and fully.

 “If somebody offers you an amazing opportunity but you are not sure you can do it, say yes – then learn how to do it later.”

~Sir Richard Branson

Classes will be held at the Center for CALM Living – 150 South Church Street, Fairhope, AL 36532. (This will be the FIRST training to be held in the amazing new studio!!)

Below are the dates for the 2020 Kantra CALM School of Yoga 200hr Yoga Teacher Training (8 weekends):

  • Jan 17-19
  • Feb 7-9
  • March 6-8
  • April 3-5
  • May 1-3
  • June 5-7
  • July 10-12
  • August 7-9 GRADUATION!!

Friday 6-9 pm
Saturday 7:30 am-8:30 pm
Sunday 8 am-4:30 pm

There will be breaks for meals and integration during the training weekends.

We encourage our trainees to view each weekend like an immersion/retreat. It is a chance to focus solely on your own process, growth, and learning.

This is a 200-hr Certification process. We are held to all of the rules of the Yoga Alliance as a Registered Yoga School (RYS).  All of the sessions and assignments are to that purpose and are therefore required in order to successfully graduate from this program.  What we are asking of you is that you are seriously committed to this process and that you do your very best. Over and above that, we ask that you apply yourself to this process in the way you would want your students to apply themselves when under your tutelage.

In life, things beyond our control come up. If there is an emergency or prior approval for an unavoidable absence, a student may be able to arrange with the teachers a way to make up time and assignments.

Refund/Non-Refund Policy: Deposits are non-refundable once you are accepted into the School. Cancellations must be made 60 days before the start of the Teacher Training. We can not offer any refunds for cancellations within 60 days of the event.

If you do not complete the program for any reason other than cancellation of the program by Kantra CALM School of Yoga, you will not be entitled to any refund, and will be obligated to pay any remainder of the enrollment fee designated above.

What's Required

You do not have to have extensive experience with yoga to do this training.  We all start from where we are. Whether or not you aspire to ever “teach” yoga, rest assured that what you learn will influence how you live, talk and behave.

This training is not just about teaching yoga, it’s about LIVING your yoga.  This training will enhance, enrich and change your life – thus the lives of the people in your life! You will be encouraged to stretch beyond your self-imposed limits and reach into the potential that IS you.

If you have physical limitations, you CAN still do this training! We do request that you be able to stay with the asana sessions in their entirety even if some/much of that time is in child’s pose or seated. Often, it is when we come up against our own limitations (frustrations, fears, etc.) that we learn best how to help someone with theirs. You will not be practicing while you teach, so physical limitations will not interfere with that.

Each meeting you will need to bring:

  • 1 mat
  • 2 blocks
  • 1 strap
  • 1 yoga blanket
  • 1 rectangular bolster
These items can be purchased anywhere you choose, but here are some links to the products if you want to buy them online:


(Additional texts may be required.)

We recommend that you begin reading How Yoga Works by Geshe Michael Roach & Christie McNally. This is a remarkable story that is best understood by reading it through in its entirety, and then reading it again as we go through it in training.

Also, Meditations from the Mat: Daily Reflections on the Path of Yoga by Rolf Gates is an awesome book to begin reading. There are daily passages, and the practice of reading and reflecting each day is an important part of the journey you are about to embark upon.

The 200hr Yoga Teacher Training Starts January 17, 2020!

No yoga experience required! Or, further develop your practice in yoga — and in lifeKantra CALM School of Yoga 200hr yoga teacher training is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that will serve you whether or not you ever choose to teach.  

Transform your life — enroll today.

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Kind Words from Yoga Teacher Training Graduates

The greatest gift I have received from Kantra CALM Yoga Teacher Training is the opening of my heart.  I have learned to feel again, and it feels so good. It has been a great heart opening experience, a place where I can be myself, learn to accept others, leave judgment behind and become a better person.  I will forever be grateful for this rich experience and for the people who took the journey with me.

Namaste my herd,
Namaste Giselle Simmance

After taking my very first yoga class in 1983 on a beautiful beach in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, I was hooked. My life has had many twists and turns since then, including raising my three amazing children. Teacher training has always been a desire and a goal of mine, but the timing and my circumstances have delayed my opportunity to do it… until now. I am forever grateful that David and Augusta allowed me to join the Herd of 2017.

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They are precious people who absolutely know how to walk the talk! Their knowledge is deep and expansive.  Their compassion, enthusiasm, and passion are genuine. This has been such a joy, a gift and a privilege.   can’t wait to go out into my community to share all that I have learned and to be a blessing to others. In the event you are considering enrolling in Yoga Teacher Training, I cannot express how much I think you should consider the Kantra CALM School of Yoga. It is a lifetime experience that will serve you as a person whether or not you ever choose to actually teach. Much heartfelt gratitude to my gurus, David and Augusta and much love and thanks to my Herd of 2017!

Dawn Herbert Beasley

What has Kantra Calm Yoga Teacher Training done for me?

  1. It renewed a lost confidence in my sense of self.
  2. It strengthened deeply my spiritual life.
  3. It introduced me to a new way of looking at circumstances.
  4. It showed me how to make positive life choices and changes.
  5. It taught me kindness, compassion, patience and understanding.
  6. It introduced me to a wonderful group of like-minded people that are now my forever-friends.
  7. It was fun, happy, sad at times, really well organized and professional

~Chris K. 58 y.o. Nurse

What a journey this has been. When I started Kantra CALM Yoga Teacher Training I was 70-years-old, helping to care for my aging mother, raising my 6-year-old grandson, needed a knee replacement, and money was an object. Yet, I jumped right in. I had every excuse not to do it, but I did it! It has truly been life changing. I am stronger, physically and emotionally.  I feel empowered.

Thank You David & Augusta,

This Yoga Teacher Training means growth — in body, mind and spirit.

It means honesty — looking within and around us with compassion

It means sharing — The good, the bad, and the ugly, and knowing our true selves are held in love.

It means connection with each of you, feeling closer to the herd than many I’ve known for years.

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It means a journey into a practice thousands of years old that offers tools of utmost relevance today.

It means love.

What would I say? If you want to deepen your practice, regardless if you want to teach or not, please consider this Kantra Yoga Teacher Training program.


What I got out of the Kantra Calm Yoga Teacher Training

  1. Connection – to myself.  I have become more familiar with myself.  I have come to know my authentic self, the good, and the not so good.  Let’s just say I still have work to do, but there is no doubt the experience has made me a better person all around.
  2. A supportive yoga community.
  3. A deeper understanding of yoga philosophy taught by well-educated teachers.  David has a stoic sense of humor that is hilarious.  Augusta is just a loving ray of sunshine.

I would tell anyone interested that you will not regret signing up for Kantra Yoga Teacher Training but you may regret not signing up for Yoga Teacher Training.

~Shelli Saleeb

Being a part of the Herd has meant many important things to me. The first that comes to mind is unconditional acceptance and love. We were all in the same “boat,” no matter our status in life, age, or gender. I appreciate so much the honesty and empathy and support I have received from every single one of you! We became an inspiration to each other and shared our pain, our sorrows, our mistakes, and our love, spirituality and joy.

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We learned together the Four Noble Truths, The Eight Limbs of Yoga and the Eightfold Path. We laughed together, sweated together, hurt together and cried together. We inspired each other to do better, try harder, and love more.  We taught each other that we are not that different, while at the same time, accepting our differences.  We shared loving kindness. We loved each other. We learned so much from our wonderful teachers and mentors! They gave us so much, and I will always remember with a huge amount of gratitude the Herd of 2017! Thank you all from the bottom of my heart for bringing your best to the experience every single time we met!  I love you all tremendously!

~Debbie Godard

Yoga has meant the world to me.  Learning that my actions, thoughts, prayers and well wishes do matter, has positively impacted me and those who I come in contact with each day. Kantr CALM Yoga Teacher Training has equipped me and fueled the flame to give it away — give it all away as a teacher in an organized class, or give it all away as I pass others along the path — the path of life.

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I would recommend yoga teacher training to anyone who is ready to embark on self-discovery and giving it away. Teacher training creates a connection to grow and nurture while learning the limbs of yoga in a supportive environment.  The entire program is set up to foster success and growth.  I would do it all over again and again – definitely a life-defining event.

~Lisa Stanley, 9/30/2017

I came in as Lotus under the mud, full of anger, ego, hatred, sadness, no balance, uncertain on everything in life but Heck!! If it hit the bottom only way it can go is up!! And my life, my perspective, my heart, my mind are awakened by this training. Now I can change for the better and it’s not about me, my or mine anymore. All I wanna do is ask, “What can I do for the better of the entire universe?”

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If someone asks me about this training, I would recommend them to jump to the opportunity no matter who you are, age, race, gender, wanna be a yoga teacher or not.  This practice with David and Augusta will take you deeper in mind, body, and spirit. And with all these, will make our community, world a better place.


I came into this class looking to learn more about the spiritual side of yoga and I needed a positive change in my life. Learning from David and Augusta has helped me realize that my problems aren’t my weakness, they are my strengths. My struggles have become stories to share in hopes that it can help others know that they aren’t alone in this world. I am thankful for the opportunity to have connected deeply with 20 people from all walks of life.

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I learned their likes, their dislikes, and some of their deepest pains. We learned together, we laughed together, we cried together, we walked together, we taught together, and we taught each other. David and Augusta gave me purpose in my life. They created a safe place for me to wander during my journey of self-discovery. They gave me direction and a strong sense of belonging.


The Kantra Calm 200hr Yoga Teacher Training is an incredible experience. Not only did I learn to safely and skillfully teach poses in a yoga class, I learned the yoga principles and philosophy that are helping me become an even better version of myself. Augusta and David are masterful at creating a cohesive and loving classroom community from a diverse group of “peeps.” Whether you plan to teach yoga classes or not, this training is a jewel you do not want to miss. The training requires effort and discipline, but is that not true of every worthwhile thing?


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This Training has opened my eyes to a new world and I feel that I have emerged into a new way of being.  I hope to continue on the path, learning and growing throughout my life.  I look forward to sharing with others, and with some luck, they will also find “Peace in the light that shines between us.”  David – You are inspirational, light-filled, rainbow warlocks!


This has been the most wonderful experience.  I had no idea what I was signing up for. I did not realize that yoga is not just about the poses, but much, much, more. I love the expression “In Yoga as in Life.”  Take a lesson from the mat: strength, flexibility, courage, gratitude, compassion, peace, and the list goes on.  Meeting all these wonderful people.  Thank you for opening your hearts to us. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you.


This training Has Meant more to me than I ever believed it could. I’ve watched many before me, walk this path and seen their growth, but now I know what that means and how it feels. This… This is the very first thing, first real thing, that I have finished as an adult. I have a new understanding of my infinite connection to all that is, and a deeper understanding with regard for my ability to affect change; change in myself and change in the world.

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I love myself and accept myself more than I thought I ever would, and I am honored and humbled to share this journey with so many beautifully intricate souls. I bow to my herd. I bow to my teachers and I even bow to myself. With a grateful heart and a humble soul, I see myself. I see love. I am love. I give love. I receive love. I know love. This training has allowed me the courage to become an asset to the world. This training has saved my life. This training has meant everything. That’s all. That’s everything. This training is for anyone and everyone who is willing to grow. It is for anyone who wishes to be more, see more, feel more, know more, care more, give more, receive more, and love more. It is for the seekers of truth. This training is for everyone. Everyone moving forward and everyone looking back, whether your goal is to move into stillness or move into action. It is for anyone who is willing to move, even if you don’t know how to move, where to move or when to move. This training WILL move you! It will move you to wherever you are meant to be moved.

~Caitlyn Callaway, 35

Nine years ago, I began practicing yoga as a way to strengthen the muscles in my body.  Over the years, yoga not only gave me a stronger spine, but also a new perspective on daily living. One year ago, I committed to teacher training to explore what else the world holds for me.  I have a loving family, and a successful career, but something was missing. I plunged into training head first, never imagining I would come away with both inspirations to do what I love…

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And a connection to a new family of kind and compassionate friends. Yoga teacher training and these friendships have granted me the courage to embark on a new journey and do what I love best in life.  Watch for SCUBA stories on a blog next year!

Kantra Calm School of Yoga Teacher Training not only prepares you to teach yoga but also gives you the courage to look inward and find the balance in your life.  Never before have I been surrounded by such nonjudgmental individuals who both supported and inspired me.  You will come away from training with a new perspective and purpose in life.


I have enjoyed many years of practicing mindfulness and meditation – thanks to you! Experiencing the Kantra CALM School of Yoga Teacher Training for 200 hours has enriched my practice immensely. It has been an honor to be your student as you have shared the true meaning of yoga. I love that I understand the asana (poses) better and how they are so important for the proper alignment and strength of our body, but it’s the deeper spiritual connection that has been the surprise blessing.

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They say that we go through seasons in our life and that each one is important in understanding ourselves better. I chose the training as my 50th birthday present to myself. It has truly been a gift to myself as I enter a new season and continue to reinvent myself. Thank you for giving so much of your special selves to this training and gifting me with tools and resources to continue a journey of self-discovery, authenticity, joy, unconditional love, and peace.


I learned about asana the Kantra Yoga Teacher Training, as well as philosophical aspects of yoga. What I enjoyed most is being a part of a group of people who are supportive and loving. Connection. I would recommend this to anyone aspiring to teach yoga or just searching for a deeper understanding of the practice.

~Ken Bailey

Kantra Calm School of  Yoga Teacher Training is life changing. David and Augusta lead you on a journey to reveal the essence of your true spirit. Worth every minute.

~Phyllis Freels

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