Whether you aspire to teach or merely want to learn more about yoga, the Danja Yoga teacher training is for you. Danja Yoga is a yoga studio and school located in Columbus, Ohio. Just as our studio is responsibly eclectic, covering a wide range of styles and approaches to yoga, our teacher training program is broad and deep.

The program will expose you to the major styles of yoga as practiced in modern America while giving you a thorough grounding in yoga philosophy as practiced through the ages. Along the way, we will have fun together exploring music, meditation, breathing practices, chanting, and more. At the end of the program, you’ll have:

  • a new and full understanding of yoga’s role in your life
  • the skills to teach and to explore the approaches that resonate best for you
  • a whole bunch of new friends
  • a better sense of connection with yoga, yourself, and your community

Our 200-hour Yoga Alliance–the registered program will give you a thorough grounding in:

  • The philosophy and history of yoga
  • The yoga techniques of asana, pranayama, meditation—nuts and bolts, safe practices
  • Anatomy, physiology, and kinesiology, from both Western and Eastern perspectives
  • Teaching skills, from language to sequencing to adjustments and modifications

Upon completion, you can apply to the Yoga Alliance for registration at the 200-hour level.


We recommend you have consistent practice before joining our training. To supplement your in-class practice and discussion, you’ll need to commit to a regular personal practice. This will include:

  • Five days of home or class practice (asana, pranayama, and/or meditation) each week
  • Attending two classes per week in person at Danja Yoga
  • Optional assisting at classes as the training progresses

You will also be expected to have donated 25 hours of your time to community service during the 9-month program.


Perfect for:

  • householders
  • nine-to-fivers
  • ruminators
  • anyone who prefers time to soak in the experience

The nine-month program meets in our custom-designed studio and training center each Thursday evening from 6 pm – 9 pm, September through May. Our 2021–22 dates:

Intensive Weekends

Kickoff & Anatomy Weekend

September 10 (6pm – 9pm), September 11, (8am – 6pm), September 12 (8am – 6pm)

8 Limbs Weekend

March 5, (8am – 6pm), March 6 (8am – 6pm)

Regular Sessions

September 16, 23, 30
October 7, 14, 21, 28
November 4, 11, 18
December 2, 9, 16
January 6, 13, 20, 27
February 3, 10, 17, 24
March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
April 7, 14, 21, 28

May 5, 12, 19, 26

June all month (practicums) 25 (graduation)

Pricing for the Nine-Month Program

Upon acceptance, a $500 deposit will reserve your slot.
Program: $2950 due the first day of the training (this includes the deposit)
Early bird: $2650 if paid in full by July 1 (this includes the deposit)
Installments: $3200 in five payments of a $500 deposit to reserve your spot, then $800 due September 1, November 1, and January 1, and the final $300 due March 1.

We extend a 25 percent reparatory and gratitude discount to our YTT; let us know if you self-identify as Black, Indigenous, Nonwhite, Indian, or Indian American and we will apply your discount.


We accept applications on an open schedule—it’s never too soon to apply. Here are your steps:

  1. Begin by contacting Daniel Sernicola to schedule a visit. Plan to take a class with Daniel, Jake, Gail, or Sally. This gives you a sense of the lead teachers’ teaching styles and agendas.
  2. Also, feel free to visit on your own! If you aren’t a studio regular, we’d love for you to come in and see the spaces and experience the energy. 
  3. When it returns to the schedule, attend our Community Class, which is taught by program students and graduates.
  4. Complete online form (link)


You’ll buy these books on your own (or borrow them from the library). When we plan to discuss a specific book in class, we will let you know.

The Professional Yoga Teacher’s Handbook, by Sage Rountree

Everyday Yoga, by Sage Rountree

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, by Sri Swami Satchidananda

Bhagavad Gita, by Stephen Mitchell

Yoga Body, Buddha Mind, by Cyndi Lee

Skill In Action, by Michelle Cassandra Johnson

The Breathing Book, by Donna Farhi

Moving Toward Balance, Rodney Yee

Real Happiness, by Sharon Salzberg

Illustrated Yoga Anatomy, by Stu Girling

When Things Fall Apart, by Pema Chodron

Suggested Reading

The Yamas & Niyamas, by Deborah Adele

Teaching Yoga Beyond the Poses, by Sage Rountree & Alexandra DeSiato

Om Yoga, by Cyndi Lee

Radical Dharma, by Rev. angel Kyodo Williams, Lama Rod Owens, & Jasmine Syedullah, PhD

Yoga for Everyone: 50 Poses for Every Type of Body, by Dianne Bondy

Ashtanga Yoga, by David Swenson

Relax and Renew, by Judith Hanson Lasater, Ph.D., PT

Back Care Basics, by Marry Pullig Schatz

The Heart of Yoga, by TKV Desikachar

Lifelong Yoga, by Sage Rountree & Alexandra DeSiato

The Subtle Body, by Stephanie Syman

Yoga: The Spirit and Practice of Moving Into Stillness, by Erich Schiffmann

You can order these from Amazon or the Danja Yoga Studio Store.


The training is led by Daniel Sernicola, E-RYT 500 and Jake Hays, RYT 500, Danja Yoga’s owners, with Gail Larned, E-RYT 500, and Sally Walsh Roberts RYT 500.


In true “great books” style, we go right to the source as we study the major styles of yoga practiced in America today. We’ll investigate:

  • Hatha Yoga
  • Ashtanga Yoga
  • Vinyasa Yoga
  • Traditional Yoga
  • Yoga for Athletes
  • Trauma Empowered Yoga
  • Prenatal Yoga
  • Restorative Yoga
  • Yin Yoga
  • Yoga for Seniors
  • how to create an inclusive, antiracist, anti-xenophobic classroom

Drawing on the wealth of authentic, experienced teachers at Danja Yoga, we welcome guest teachers who will present their respective styles. Our guest faculty includes:


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