Yoga Teacher Training with Betsy & Marsha

This unique 2-part training is not just for teachers, but for anyone wishing to deepen their connection to yoga and spirituality, find their voice and renew their practice. The intention of the program is that students deepen their spiritual path through self-exploration, and through building a strong foundation for teaching yoga in a soulful, creative, and integrative way. We will explore the connections between yoga, anatomy, psychology, mythology, philosophy, and the world’s spiritual traditions with a strong emphasis on tantric philosophy and Hatha and Anusara yoga systems.

Part I -Yoga Immersion is designed for all students wanting to go deep into understanding themselves better and how their yoga practice can support this. This foundational 4 weekend series will help you develop a self practice, establish daily rhythms according to Ayurvedic wisdom, and increase self-awareness and growth as you begin to understand yourself and the world in a new way. Study of yoga philosophy, yoga history, the chakras, meditation, pranayama, asana, and self care will be covered. You can just take Part I, especially if you have no desire to teach yoga.

In this Program You Will Learn:

  • In depth study of yogic history and philosophy (including the Yoga Sutras and the Bhagavad Gita)
  • Solid Understanding of the 8 limbs of yoga
  • The science and practices of Ayurveda to increase balance & health
  • How to establish a consistent meditation practice
  • Basic anatomy and understanding of human body
  • Yogic Lifestyle and Foundational Practices
  • Principles of Alignment in Asana
  • Overview of Yoga Energy Systems
  • Special Guest teacher Ross Rayburn


Part II-The Art of Teaching is designed for those who have completed Part I and want to find their voice as a yoga teacher. Part II builds on the strong foundation of yoga knowledge from Part I, and adds techniques for teaching, assisting, theming, effective language choice, therapeutics, and working with specific populations. Part I and II are certified through Yoga Alliance as a 200-hour teacher training program. Admittance to Part I and Part II both require separate applications.

In this Program You Will Learn:

  • Emphasis on Learning to Teach People Not Just Poses
  • Alignment, Form, and Anatomy
  • Yoga Philosophy and Sanskrit
  • Hands-on Adjustments, Class Sequencing and Fluid Cueing
  • Observation, Demonstration and Theming Skills
  • Teaching with the breath
  • Meditation, Pranayama, Mudra, and Chanting Instruction
  • Yoga Therapeutics
  • Yoga for Mental Health
  • Community and leadership
  • The Business of Teaching Yoga
  • Psychology Of Yoga
  • Teaching Special Populations and more

Betsy Rippentrop & Marsha Nieland

Betsy Rippentrop found yoga 18 years ago while attempting to survive graduate school and the course of her life was forever changed. She is the ultimate “seeker” and cannot seem to drink up enough knowledge and training in yoga, meditation, energy work, esoteric spirituality and mind body medicine. She also holds a PhD in counseling psychology and owns Heartland Yoga. Weaving together the wisdom traditions of yoga and psychology are her life’s work, with the intention of expanding people’s consciousness, creating more joy, and less suffering.

Marsha Nieland is a certified yoga and meditation teacher, an intuitive artist and a seeker of optimal health and wellness. She has worked in the health arena for over 30 years and is the owner of Fusion Studio. Marsha offers destination yoga retreats in the US and internationally, and enjoys mentoring and developing new yoga teachers through her teacher training programs. Marsha was honored to be named one of the 2017 Women of Influence in the Corridor. Her mission is to lead people towards their true selves and experience optimal health and well-being.