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200hr Yoga Teacher Training

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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.

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Kantra CALM School of Yoga 200hr Yoga Teacher Training Class of 2017

Frequently Asked Questions

What It Is

This program is a 200hr Vinyasa 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.

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. 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.

You will learn how to teach classes that combine a consistent therapeutic vision with the inspired spontaneity that is the hallmark of Vinyasa 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.

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.

Augusta Kantra (E- RYT500) and David Kantra (E-RYT500) lead this training and have extensive experience in Rolf Gates’ teachings and teaching methods. They completed both their 200-hour and 500-hour trainings with him.  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) © – a course designed to help lay people develop mindfulness in day to day living.

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

Augusta and David

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 2018 Kantra 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 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.)

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

Early Full Payment (Available only until November 5, 2017):  $2850  Pay in full upon acceptance of the application. ($350 discount)

Full Payment (after November 5, 2017 ):  $3000 Pay in full upon acceptance of the application. ($200 discount)

Payment Plan — $3200: $500 deposit upon acceptance of the application and 6 consecutive monthly payments of $450 on the 1st of each month (January 2018 – June 2018).

*Tuition includes Rolph Gates’ “Meditations from the Mat” and the teacher training manual.

What else is included in the price?   

One of the things that often isn’t fully understood is that there are 2 lead teachers for the entire training. And, both of us are E-RYT500 (which means we both are trained at the 500hr level and have more than 2,000hrs each of teaching time). That just simply means we’ve invested a lot of time and resources into our yoga training, and put in a lot of time on the mat. 🙂 Because everyone comes into a 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.

David and Augusta are present for the all the training weekends where each training weekend builds on the last. We do not do a module type training because we feel strongly about the elements of continuity and connection being both teaching tools and learning experiences that are important to our program. We all go through the journey together and share our experiences in that process.

Another component of our trainings is that, as psychologists, we put more emphasis on personal growth and giving back than we do on the technical side of each pose — the name, the muscles etc. We teach proper alignment, safe and effective sequencing, and the benefits of each pose. 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 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 Creative Outlet Dance Center – 66 South Section Street, Fairhope, AL 36532.

Below are the dates* for the 2018 Kantra CALM School of Yoga 200hr Yoga Teacher Training (8 weekends):

  • Jan 12-14
  • Jan 26-28
  • Feb 23-25
  • March 23-25
  • April 13-15
  • May 18-20
  • June 8-10
  • June 29-July1 GRADUATION!!

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

*Dates are subject change. The definitive schedule will be posted the first week of November.

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

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 complete 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, is that you apply yourself to this process in the way you would want your students to apply themselves when under your tutelage.

Refund/Non-Refund Policy: Deposits are non-refundable. 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 (us) Augusta and David Kantra, 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 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.

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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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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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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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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 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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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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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?


Kantra Calm School of Yoga Teacher Training 2017

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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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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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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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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