Breath Centered's training is truly geared toward yoga through the life span--from pre-natal to adults with a variety of needs and interests.  You will learn not only how to intelligently put together a course that includes appropriate postures, breathing, and meditation practices for a group but also how to work with individuals.

Schedules  and applications will be posted soon for

2020 trainings and courses!

Please review application requirements for the yoga training to determine if you meet them and plan accordingly.

Continuing education for yoga Teachers and Massage Therapists

Deborah has been a student of yoga since 1995 and teaching yoga for more than 15 years. Yoga has been part of her own process of healing from injuries and dealing with stress.  She has taught students from all walks of life, from pregnant women to active military to senior citizens.

Bones for Life for Massage Therapists (and Others).

The Movement Intelligence program in Bones for Life is available for continuing education hours through NCBTMB provider Foundation for Movement Intelligence.  We are authorized to provide this training through either simply taking weekly classes (preferably for a minimum of 20 hours) or, for those who are interested in pursuing this Feldenkrais Method-based program further, by initializing the student into the teacher-in-training program.  If there is sufficient interest in the certification program, the training manuals and the first round of training in all 90 basic level processes will be made available.

Life is stressful enough and going through a teacher training program puts additional demands on your time.  Yoga should not be stressful and studying locally allows you to better keep to your existing schedule while gaining the knowledge you need to become a good teacher.

What are the Admission Requirements?

Because viniyoga may be quite different from other styles of yoga you have practiced, you are required to take classes with a viniyoga instructor for at least 6 months in addition to at least 1 year of study in any other yoga style before admission to a training program.  This may be either in group classes or through private sessions for developing your own daily practice at home.  Any viniyoga teacher may be your instructor but their contact information must be provided to verify that it is in this lineage.  Even if you have studied another type of yoga for a long time, you must still meet this requirement before beginning the training in practices.  You may, however, participate in studies of yoga philosophy and anatomy prior to completing the practice requirement and those studies will count toward certification.

For students planning to take the 300 hour program when it is offered, the 6 month practice of viniyoga is still required.  Completion of a 200 hour program in viniyoga or any other style of yoga is required for admission to the 300 hour advanced program.  More details will be posted when available. 

​​​​​​​​​​When will the training be held and what is the time commitment?

The 200-hour training will take place over approximately 12 months.  The training will usually involve 1 or 2 weekends each month.  Students are also required to keep up with personal study, including assigned readings and yoga practice and to continue their practice in group classes, at-home practice or, preferably, both.

What is the cost of the training?

Cost of the 200-hour training is $2000.  This total can be divided into 4 or 8 payments and may be paid by check, cash, or automatic debit from a checking account.  For students who wish to begin limited studies while fulfilling the 6 month practice requirement, the cost for individual modules will be provided.

Tuition includes all classroom training hours, class manuals and handouts.  It does not include cost of classes taken private sessions or required textbooks (which will cost about $100 for the 200 hour program);  

How Do I Apply?

The process is simple but not currently available.  Once the form is posted, instructions will be provided.


Any other questions?

Please contact Breath Centered!  See the contact page.  A complete syllabus and tentative training schedule can be emailed on request.

Course Content.


Continuing Education for Yoga Teachers and Serious Students.

Portions of the Yoga Teacher Training program are suitable for serious yoga students who want to deepen their own practice or who are considering entering the training program in the future.  They may also be taken by yoga teachers for continuing education to improve certain areas of understanding to enhance teaching skills.  Please inquire for more information about when segments will be offered.  Those that may be taken without enrolling for the entire training include:

  • Yoga Anatomy will cover the body systems, intellectually and experientially, usually with about an hour of classroom discussion followed by a yoga class that incorporates some of what you just learned in the practice.  
  • Sanskrit and Vedic Chanting classes will be offered on a space-available basis.
  • Yoga Sutras study will be offered in 9 segments.
  • Meditation Methods covers pranayama techniques, mantras, nyasa, bhavana, and how to intelligently sequence these to lead students naturally to quiet meditation
  • Other courses may be offered if there is sufficient interest in a particular area of study.

This is a training in a true yoga tradition with roots in India extending back more than 100 years to T. Krishnamacharya.  His teachers were unknown sages.  T. Krishnamacharya is considered the father of 3 distinct modern styles of yoga--Iyengar (through his student BKS Iyengar), Ashtanga (through his student Pattabhi Jois) and viniyoga (through his son, TKV Desikachar and others).  Viniyoga is the yoga that was taught later in the life of Krishnamacharya and by TKV Desikachar in their healing work at the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram in Chennai.  Teachers at KYM continue this work today.  In the U.S., this lesser-known branch of yoga is carried on by Gary Kraftsow, Mark Whitwell, Chase Bossart, Dolphi Wertembaker, and others.  This training prepares students to teach individualized yoga in addition to group classes.

Aromatherapy Level 1 for bodyworkers

Aromatherapy is the use of fragrant essential oils to benefit body, mind and spirit.  Deborah has completed professional aromatherapy certification with the American College of Health Studies and done additional study in clinical aromatherapy, use of hydrosols and botanical perfumery.  She has also studied with a teacher with a background in traditional English aromatherapy massage and spa techniques.  The training closely follows National Association for Holistic Aromatherapists guidelines for training requirements providing education in the following areas:

  • History of aromatherapy
  • Profiles of 20 essential oils
  • Quality of essential oils
  • Production methods for essential oils
  • Physiological effects of essential oils
  • Interactions of essential oils on physical and emotional levels
  • Basic essential oil chemistry and contraindications of certain compounds
  • How to design an effective blend
  • Carrier oils and other bases
  • Methods of use
  • Safety issues
  • Legal, ethical, and privacy issues

A full training for people not licensed in any type of healthcare will also be offered in the near future.  This will include all the necessary additional training in anatomy, physiology, pathology, and other areas to provide appropriate consulting services when working with the general public.

Close to Home.

Experienced Teacher.


Sounder Sleep System for Massage Therapists (and others).

The Sounder Sleep System makes use of the two opposing principles of the nervous system--excitation and inhibition to induce relaxation and sleep by way of small, rhythmic movements.  The core principle of the Sounder Sleep System is that we can use these small gentle movements to initiate and amplify the inhibitory process at will to encourage a calming of the nervous system and deep, restful sleep.  The continuing education program for massage therapists requires attendance of 12 one-hour experiential classes where all 16 techniques will be learned, as well as a 2-hour workshop that will cover the principles of excitation and inhibition, what constitutes "normal" sleep patterns, cultural variation in sleep, and more.

The training program adheres to all requirements of Yoga Alliance and includes:

  • Teaching Techniques, Practices, and Practice Teaching.  The training involves discussion and practice of yoga postures (asana), breathing techniques (pranayama), visualization (bhavana), hand gestures (mudra), chanting (mantra), and meditation practices (dharana, dhyana, pratyahara).  In addition to classroom and personal practice, each student is required to practice teaching class segments or entire classes to develop the ability to teach with clarity and in concert with their own interests.
  • ​Teaching Methodology.  Students will learn logical sequencing approaches to teaching all segments of a yoga practice.  This will include such concepts as selecting peak poses, creating class themes, adapting to different skill levels and age groups, using props, eye contact, voice, demonstration, and hands-on adjustments to guide students toward their own expression of practice, and developing an eye for observing breath and postural patterns. 
  •  Yoga Anatomy.  For the physical body, we will take a systems approach to study of anatomy, how it forms a basis for how yoga may be practiced and how yoga practices have traditionally been thought to affect the body.  Experiential anatomy allows students to have a better understanding of the inner workings of the body and how that affects yoga practice--and how yoga practice affects the person. The energetic system of the body--chakras, nadis, etc.--will also be studied to provide an alternative basis for how to approach health and wellness from a yoga perspective.
  • Yoga Philosophy, Ethics and Lifestyle.  Study of the Yoga Sutras is a necessary part of a yoga teacher's understanding of the philosophical basis of yoga.  In addition to reading and discussion of the Yoga Sutras, there will be consideration of yoga teacher ethics, the student-teacher relationship, inclusivity, and the historical context of ancient and modern yoga and the Hindu religion.  Students will keep a journal of their practices to begin observing effects of practice in their own lives and develop and authentic basis for teaching and guiding students.