200 & 300 Hour Certifications

 Shanti offers five Yoga Alliance registered tracks – 200 & 300 Hour Certifications, Children’s Specialization, and Prenatal Specialization.

Weekly sessions and monthly weekend intensives are currently being held ONLINE and can be accessed from anywhere with an internet connection! See the link at the top of this page for a full schedule. See our retreats page for a list of international learning opportunities.

Shanti Yoga Teacher Training is now Online!

Yoga Alliance has updated its guidance and is now allowing trainees to count unlimited online training hours towards the total 200 hours needed to receive certification indefinitely. Towards that end, we have amped up our online offerings. If you’re a student who couldn’t complete Shanti’s training in the past, someone who wants Yoga Alliance registered CEUs, or someone who wants to embark on one of the most transformation journeys you’ll ever take – we’re here for you!
Shanti’s online training follows the same format as our in person training with modifications that bring it in compliance with Yoga Alliance’s newest standards. There are six “Courses”: Yoga Humanities (formerly Yoga History, Ethics & Philosophy), Anatomy (Functional and Energetic), Asana, Pranayama, Meditation and Teaching Yoga Essentials. You can choose to do all Courses at once or focus on one specific Course at a time. Our vibrant online training includes live streaming, videos, interactive quizzes and other content that makes learning fun. Online students can also attend the in-person training once we’re allowed to do that again. Please email [email protected] for more information.
Debbi Murphy, PhD, ERYT 500, YACEP, Shanti Yoga School Director

I. 200 Hour Certification

The 200 hour program is the heart of Shanti Yoga School. Rather than having specific start dates, we offer rolling admission and continuing, year-round instruction so that you may begin when it’s convenient for you. The curriculum includes six essential modules 1) Yoga Humanities, 2) Anatomy (Functional and Energetic), 3) Asana, 4) Pranayama, 5) Meditation, and 6) Teaching Yoga Essentials. Each of these topics are covered in three ways each month.

The first is the reading and (optional) journaling activities assigned in each course in the online learning platform. You do not get training hours for this but of course, it is the foundation of all the work you do that does provide training hours. You will also have access via our online platform to videos associated with your reading, and the required quizzes for each course where you’ll get immediate feedback.

The second is our weekly meetings (Wednesday and Sundays). These are currently being held online. Students also have access to recorded material that follows this format.

The third means to learn the module topic is from the monthly workshops. We have six workshops repeated every six months. Over the course of your one year program you’ll have the opportunity to do each twice if you want. You can also complete the program in less than five months by completing the Course curriculum in other ways (via our online platform). Most students do finish in one year, but you can get an extension if needed. We feel by offering students the opportunity to review the material by these three means and repeat the topics if desired, a deeper level of knowledge is attained than if presented in only one way. Variety comes from the diversity in our staff and from the evolving perspective of the student. What you don’t “see” the first time you study a topic might become really clear the next time.

II. 300 Hour Certification



Advance your teaching. Deepen your practice. We believe that yoga is both an art and a science. As yoga grows in popularity, so do the varying levels of practitioners. More students and studios require teachers to have the training and skills to teach to more diverse populations, including those with unique limitations and special needs. Taught by Deb Murphy & Jeanne Dillion, our Advanced Teacher Training program provides students with an opportunity to build upon the material introduced in a 200-Hour Teacher Training.  Students will integrate what they’ve learned through practical application, and the course will support the development of students’ individual voice and style. Through classes & workshops, group meetings, apprenticeship and a special project, students refine their teaching skills, identify areas of expertise, and become part of a supportive forum for advanced inquiry. Similar to a graduate school model, students are encouraged to study a great reservoir of teachings, and then electively specialize in an emphasis area which will culminate in the development of a “thesis” or special project. Much as a dissertation supervisor would, we facilitate this process, helping you create a project that is as enlightening & educational to prepare as it is for those to whom it is presented. By first imitating, then integrating and finally innovating, our objective is to help each student create their own “brushstroke” on the constantly evolving art & science of yoga.


Emphasis areas can include any of the five topics or a offshoot from one of them. For example, we’ve had students who chose to focus on Back Care, The Business of Yoga, Organization Development, and Sequencing. For a list of upcoming 300 Hour intensives, click on the link to the schedule at the top of this page.


This 300 Hour program highlights:


  • The Viniyoga Model for asana, pranayama and the non-dual meditative approach of Kashmir Shaivism.
  • Adapting Yoga Nidra and Yoga for various populations.
  • Teaching to peers and lead teacher provides feedback that can enhance each individual’s unique approach.
  • Effective teaching techniques off-the-mat with focus on skillful language for cuing breath, movement, and alignment.
Viniyoga methodology and adaptation provides an opportunity to learn observation of students from a different point of view (PYS 2:33 Pratipatsha Bhavanam).  This approach allows unique techniques for working with many health conditions. Practices supported by research and the applicable studies will be offered on a regular basis. You can access the full 300 Hour Curriculum here.

300 Hour Certification Instructors

We are so excited to announce some changes to our 300-hour program!  After years leading Shanti students in advanced studies of nondual teachings and breath centric asana, Jeanne is stepping back a bit from teaching role.  Along with Debbi, Jeanne will continue to be involved and have oversight of the program and manual.  Beginning in September, Shanti’s 500-hour graduates, Margit Bermudez and Sharon Hammer, will be teaching the Nondual and Viniyoga Tuesday evening series as well as monthly weekend workshops. Both have studied with Debbi and Jeanne and continue to broaden their knowledge and understanding of the vast and diverse approaches of yoga. 

You can expect the same passion, commitment, and vision that Shanti is so well respected for with these two amazing teachers.

Margit Bermudez, 300 Hour Lead Teacher, RYT 500, YACEP  was first drawn to yoga as it brought her relief from chronic pain and migraines. Later, as part of an apprenticeship program with Jeanne Dillion, she discovered deeper physical and emotional transformation through the embodiment practices of Meditative Movement and iRest® Yoga Nidra. These experiences led her to deepen and continue her studies. Margit teaches at Yoga for Wellness, a senior living center, as well as other venues. Her passion for teaching is rooted in her desire to share the practices that have so profoundly affected her.

Additionally, Margit’s academic studies of anatomy and musculoskeletal mechanics during her Master’s program at Stanford, along with her years working as an engineer, give her a unique and valuable perspective on mechanics of movement and sequencing in yoga. She is a graduate of the Shanti 200- and 300-hour teacher training programs as well as the Shanti Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training. She has extensively studied Viniyoga, Meditative Movement, and iRest® with Jeanne Dillion since 2017. Margit is a Level 1 iRest teacher and will be attending the Level 2 training with Richard Miller, Ph.D., in September of 2019 at which time she will begin the iRest Certification program.

Margit Bermudez, RYT 500, YACEP

300 Hour Lead Teacher


Sharon Hammer, 300 Hour Lead Teacher, RYT 500, JD, LPC, MPA has practiced yoga since her late teens when she became intrigued by both the physical and spiritual aspect of the practice. She spent twenty plus years in the legal and municipal management professions. Yoga has been a mainstay in her life sustaining and strengthening her during life transitions.

Sharon graduated from the 200- and 300-hour yoga teacher training programs with Shanti Yoga Teacher School. She has studied and worked with Debbi Murphy, Jeanne Dillion, Baxter Bell, Jason Crandell, Leslie Kaminoff, Julian Walker, Sadie Nardini and others.

Sharon’s yoga credentials include being a 500 RYT with Yoga Alliance, an iRest® Yoga Nidra Level 1 Teacher-in-Training, regular teaching schedule at yoga studios and special events. Sharon also holds a Juris Doctorate (law degree), a Master’s in Public Administration, a Master of Mental Health Counseling and is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). She specializes in working with trauma in both her private counseling practice and for the Shanti Yoga Teacher School. 

Sharon believes in the healing power of nature and is an active outdoors person. Learn more about Sharon at her webpage at www.sharonhammeryoga.com.

Sharon Hammer, RYT 500, JD, LPC, MPA,
300 Hour Lead Teacher

Jeanne Dillion, 300 Hour Lead Teacher, E-RYT 500, Certified iRest Meditation Teacher, YACEP  is an IAYT Certified Yoga Therapist and Director of Yoga for Wellness, LLC. She is a Certified Yoga Teacher through the Integrative Yoga Therapy program, and a Certified iRest® Meditation Teacher with the Integrative Restoration Institute®. Long-term health issues led Jeanne to yoga where she found tools for healing and living that dramatically enhanced her quality of life. She’s been practicing yoga since 1989 and in 1998 opened Yoga for Wellness, LLC, to share the many benefits of this tradition with others. Her teaching style is gentle and accessible to anyone.  Jeanne compassionately works with people living with MS, Parkinson’s Disease, cancer, infertility, chronic pain, as well as other challenging conditions.

In her personal practice and when teaching, Jeanne is guided by the non-dual traditions learned from her beloved teacher Joan Ruvinsky and also Richard Miller, Ph.D., founder and Director of the Integrative Restoration Institute.  Her hatha yoga teachings follow the disciplines T.K.V. Desikachar, the son and primary student of Krishnamacharya, a prominent yogi who helped bring a resurgence of yoga in recent decades. The teachings of these yoga masters have brought profound transformation and well-being.

Jeanne Dillion, E-RYT 500, YACEP
Certified iRest® Meditation Teacher, 300 Hour Lead Teacher