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Our 200-hour program is designed to provide the training, practice, and teaching experience for yoga students to gain the skills and confidence necessary to become effective yoga instructors. Graduates of this program will be eligible to register with the YOGA ALLIANCE and use the registry mark, RYT (registered yoga teacher). 

The curriculum includes instruction and practice in hatha yoga techniques including centering, warm-ups, postures, breathing exercises, deep relaxation, meditation, and integration. In addition to the techniques and a foundation in yoga philosophy, anatomy, and physiology, you'll learn effective methods for designing classes, introducing new postures, clarifying details, and guiding students into a deep, integrated yoga experience balancing precise physical alignment with a patient, reflective, compassionate attitude.

This is the world renown premier teacher training

program developed by Deva Parnell who has chosen Lead Teacher

Micki Higgins to direct it at Padma Yoga. Discovery is a Registered Yoga School with Yoga Alliance

 "I am humbled and honored by this privilege."

                                        Micki "Padma"

Testimonials from graduates:

The practical knowledge I received during my Teacher Training at Padma was guided by Micki Higgins with expertise and compassion. Her natural gift of conveying yoga wisdom and instructing postures was offered from her heart with clarity and full engagement with her students.

Micki’s Teacher Training program at Padma is first class and will inspire and encourage your heart to discover its limitless possibilities!

Thank you Micki

                            LuAnn, Ormond Beach. 

My name is Tracy, I completed my 200 hour over a year ago at Padma Yoga. I can't tell you how wonderfully it has changed my life. Micki is a great teacher, and has years of experience to pass on to fellow students. I now guide others in class and enjoy teaching so much. Attending and completing your 200 hour certification, is a gateway to changes in your life. Gateway to yoga, gateway to nutrition and gateway to JOY! When one positive change happens, its a chain reaction to many positive changes. And the way you feel after those changes are made is an experience like NO OTHER. NAMASTE!!!!!  

                            Tracy, Flagler Beach

I took the teacher training at Padma Yoga when I was going through a time in my life when I needed a change. I had been searching different programs, knew I wanted a journey. Not only the physical aspects of yoga. When I came across Padma I knew it was the right fit. It was centered around the spiritual side as well as the physical postures. The meditative, calming atmosphere was exactly what I needed to find some peace. It led to me actually choosing to then become a teacher, to share this gift with others. This journey is one that i am glad i went on and I still continue on. Thank you to Padma for providing me the tools that led to me finding the true meaning of yoga, of union. Yoga has helped me physically, emotionally and spiritually. I recommend this teacher training to anyone who has a passion for yoga and who feels they are missing something, looking for something, or wanting to be a teacher. 

                               Toni , Palm Coast


Fridays - 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM A&P, Philosophy on ZOOM

9:00 AM - 11:00 AM Hatha Yoga Practice (Sadhana)

11:30 AM - 1:00 PM      Yoga Philosophy, Lifestyle & Ethics

2:00 AM - 2:30 PM    Techniques / Teaching / Methodology / Practicum

3:00 PM - 4:30 PM         Anatomy & Physiology / Techniques / Teaching Methodology / Practicum

4:30 PM - 6:00 PM         Techniques & Methodology Practice, Review & Integration    



Hatha Yoga Practice (Sadhana)


Warm-ups (Pratapana)

Postures (Asana):

- Sun Salutations (Surya Namaskar)

- Moon Salutations (Chandra Namaskar)

- Mountain (Tadasana)

- Half Moon (Ardha Chandrasana)

- Standing Back Bend (Anuvrittasana)

- Standing Forward Bend


- Standing Spinal Twist

(Sama Matsyendrasana)

- Triangle (Trikonasana)

- Warrior (Virabhadrasana)

- Side Warrior (Virabhadrasana 2)

- Balancing Half Moon

(Tula Ardha Chandrasana)

- Dancer (Natarajasana)

- Boat (Navasana)

- Child (Garbhasana)

- Half Locust (Ardha Shalabhasana)

- Locust (Shalabhasana)

- Cobra (Bhujangasana)

- Pigeon (Kapotasana)

- Gate (Parighasana)

- Half Circle (Ardha Mandalasana)

- Downward Dog

(Adho Mukha Shvanasana)

- Symbol of Yoga (Yoga Mudra)

- Bound Angle (Baddha Konasana)

- Head to Knee (Janu Shirshasana)

- Seated Spinal Twist


- Posterior Stretch


- Inclined Plane (Purvottanasana)

- Bridge (Setu Bandhasana)

- Knee to Chest Pose

(Pavana Muktasana)

- Half Shoulderstand

(Ardha Sarvangasana)

- Fish (Matsyasana)

- Supine Spinal Twist

(Supta Matsyendrasana)

Relaxation (Yoga Nidra)

- Corpse (Shavasana)

Yogic Breathing (Pranayama):

- Ocean Breath (Ujjayi)

- Complete Breath (Dirgha)

- Alternate Nostril Breath

(Nadi Shodhana)

- Skull Shining (Kapalabhati)





Intention & Attitude

Being a Student / Being a Teacher

Conscious Communication


Introduction to Yoga

- Patanjali's Yoga Sutras

- The Bhagavad Gita

Eight Limbs of Yoga (Ashtanga):

- Social Ethics (Yama)

- Personal Practices (Niyama)

- Posture (Asana)

- Breath (Pranayama)

- Inward Focus (Pratyahara)

- Concentration (Dharana)

- Meditation (Dhyana)

- Union (Samadhi)

Three Stages of Kripalu Yoga

Principles of Existence & Embodiment

Fundamental Characteristics

of the Material World (Gunas)

Obstacles to Clear Perception (Kleshas)


Muscular-Skeletal Systems

Movement Dynamics:

- Core Support

- Press Points

- Spinal, Pelvic & Joint Movement

- Forward Bending

- Backward Bending

- Lateral Bending

- Spinal Rotation

- Balancing

- Inversions


Breath & Movement


- Cardiovascular System

- Lymphatic/Immune System

Digestion & Elimination:

- Digestive System

- Urinary System

Endocrine System

Nervous System

The Five Sheaths (Koshas)

Prana & The Energy Body:

- Energy Currents (Nadis)

- Energy Vortexes (Chakras)


Sacred Space & Safety

Centering & Integration

Guiding Warm-ups

Guiding Asanas

Hands-on Assisting

Developing Awareness

Guiding a Relaxation Experience

Creating a Complete Experience

Guiding a Practice Class (Sadhana)

Teaching a New Asana

Teaching Pranayama

Teaching Meditation

Teaching a Training Class

Lesson Planning

Curriculum Design

Class Design


The Business of Yoga


Observing, assisting & guiding in

partners and small groups

Practice Teaching in small groups:

1. Guide warm-ups & one asana,

focus on details (10 min)

2. Guide warm-ups and a series of

asanas, focus on developing

awareness (30 min)

3. Guide a complete practice class

(sadhana), focus on details and

awareness (75 min)

4. Introduce a new asana (30 min)

5. Introduce a new pranayama and a

new asana (45 min)

6. Introduce new techniques in a

complete class (75 min)

Required Reading During the Program:

Tuition includes your training manual.   



The Study and Practice of Patanjali's Yoga Sutras

    by Reverend Jaganath Carrera

Science of Yoga 

Understand the Anatomy and Physiology to Perfect Your Practice

by Ann Swanson


A Guide to Practice On and Off the Mat

by Richard Faulds

DVD: Anatomy for Yoga

with Paul Grilley

DVD is in the Padma Library for you to check out.


DVD can be purchased through or you may borrow from Padma Yoga library.



Full Tuition: $2750.00

Early-Bird Discount: $500

  Only $2250.00 if paid by June 6th

$500.00  (non-refundable) down payment is required at the time of registration to reserve your mat space and will be deducted from your balance.


We accept Cash, Check, or Zelle  to 9043774217 

A 3% charge will be added to Credit Card payment (must be paid in full.)


All refunds will be charged a 20% cancellation fee.

If you drop out of the program after the start date, there will be no refund, however, you may apply your tuition towards other programs at Padma Yoga Studio.

Deva Parnell is the founder of Discovery Yoga and my teacher since 2001. I am honored and privileged to continue her teachings at Padma Yoga for the past 11 years and teach others to become teachers for the past 6 years.


by Deva Parnell

 "Discovery Yoga in the Kripalu Tradition is an interplay of body, mind, and energy. Within the physical body is a subtle flow of rhythmic, energy pulsations that we call prana, or life force. Even the most insignificant thought can disturb or block this flow of energy, creating imbalance or even disease. Every act of the body is invariably accompanied and strongly influenced by mental and emotional conditions, the awareness of which forms the more subtle aspect of the practice which includes physical postures, breathing techniques, deep relaxation, and meditation.

By fully experiencing and objectively observing your physical, mental, and emotional experience, blockages begin to dissolve, energy is freed, and healing can happen on all levels.

Each day, as you encounter and release layers of stress, pain, and unconscious resistance lodged in the body, you progressively accelerate the natural, internal healing processes that enable you to awaken to the higher levels of emotional stability, mental clarity, and physical well-being.

Discovery Yoga classes usually follow this basic outline:

Centering with yogic breathing, pranayama: to bring you into the present moment.

Warm-ups, pratapana: to mobilize your joints, warm your muscles and develop body awareness, to facilitate a safe yoga practice.

Yoga postures, asana: to increase your strength and flexibility and facilitate a deep awareness of your various levels of experience: physical, energetic, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual.

Deep relaxation: yoga Nidra, to release accumulated tension, bringing your body, mind, and Spirit into a natural, harmonious, balanced state.

Integration with yogic breathing, pranayama: to further balance your energy and bring closure to your experience.

Physical Yoga practice works on the muscular-skeletal systems as well as the respiratory, circulatory, digestive, immune, and nervous systems. The regular practice of yoga has been shown to produce physical benefits including reduced anxiety, stress, and blood pressure levels, and increased relaxation, flexibility, strength, endurance, and energy levels.

The practice of Discovery Yoga, which uses the body as a vehicle for accessing Spirit, can have profound effects on the mind and emotions as well as the physical body. As mental and emotional disturbances are dissolved, tremendous amounts of prana are released to affect healing. A practice of this depth offers far greater possibilities than could be expected from an isolated physical discipline.

Discovery Yoga is also a tool for self-empowerment and personal growth. The practice teaches you to tap into your own inner-knowing rather than being dependent upon guidance from external authorities. You learn to be open to what others have to offer without giving away your powers to reason, discriminate and make your own decisions. At the same time, you are also establishing an intimate and nurturing relationship with your body. Every sensation becomes sacred and is responded to with tenderness and compassion, and each session is approached with an attitude of prayer. In Discovery Yoga practice your body becomes the temple in which you invoke the presence of the divine. This intention can take you to new depths in your practice and in your life."

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