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200-hour Teacher Training

at Shelburne Falls Yoga 



Coming soon, Shelburne Falls Yoga will host the Living World Yoga 200-hour Interdisciplinary Yoga Teacher Training. Inspired by the teachings of Swami Kripalu, a yoga master known for his deep and compassionate spiritual practice, this training will provide the opportunity to learn firsthand the power and depth of the practice of yoga and the tools to effectively teach this practice to others.


The training will be led by Kate Pousont Scarborough and Marije E. Paternotte, both experienced and passionate teachers of Kripalu yoga. Marije and Kate share a strong belief in the transformative power of yoga, a love of teaching and community, and a strong personal practice. Along with special guest teachers Grace Jull and Devarshi Steven Hartman, we will be guiding you toward a skillful and individual expression of your own teaching potential through the tradition of compassionate present moment awareness.


What we offer

Living World Yoga will offer an experiential weekend immersion training one weekend per month from September to June.  The curriculum combines ancient practices with modern innovation, offering the tools to apply the teachings directly to your own life and the ability to create an effective experience for a range of students. The Living World Yoga curriculum emphasizes present moment awareness, breath/body coordination, safe and individualized anatomical alignment, and efficient movement patterns. Through the use of these tools, a powerful combination of strength, ease, and clarity results.


For Whom

This training is for passionate students of yoga who would like to gain a deeper understanding of themselves through the practice of yoga, for those who wish to teach this practice to others, and for 200-hour yoga teachers seeking to enrich their current teaching practice.




Shelburne Falls Yoga offers a beautiful spacious studio overlooking the nearby Salmon Falls and Glacial Potholes. Shelburne Falls is a popular weekend destination known for its quaint atmosphere, the unique Bridge of Flowers, and many galleries and restaurants. Local, varied, and healthful foods are readily available in the village. For those traveling from a distance, we would be happy to help guide you toward accommodations in the area.



The Curriculum

Through in-depth personal exploration and clear guidance, we will explore many aspects of the yoga tradition, including:


Asana, Pranayama, Meditation Techniques

· Safe alignment
· Posture modifications
· The creation of an effective posture practice for a range of levels and abilities
· Gentle, moderate, and vigorous flow sequences
· Efficient at-rest breathing
· Understanding and conveying the aims of pranayama and meditation 
· Basic pranayama and meditation techniques to practice and share with students
· Chant and mantra


Anatomy and Physiology

· Identifying and understanding bones and muscles
· Systems of the body
· Physiology of breath
· Efficient movement patterns
· Posture benefits and contraindications
· Body-mind-breath connection
· Introduction to the Chakras


Teaching Methodology

· Creating a safe learning environment
· Understanding class construction and sequencing
· Clarity in language
· Finding personal teaching style
· Becoming an inspirational leader
· Demonstrating and observing postures
· Offering supportive feedback and corrections
· Conscious communication
· Understanding the business of yoga


Yogic Philosophy, Lifestyle, and Ethics

· Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras,
· Bhagavad Gita
· Historical Perspectives
· Ayurvedic daily practices
· Developing and sustaining a practice at home
· Working from a foundation of balance
· Understanding the student-teacher relationship
· Navigating a competitive marketplace with integrity



· Practice teaching a complete yoga class
· Small group teaching practices
· Co-mentoring and self-evaluation



Cost and Dates


The tuition for the training is $2,950
Upcoming dates TBA.



Program Schedule and Additional Requirements

Our program sessions will be held:
Fridays: 6-9 pm. 
Saturdays: 8:30 am-12:30 pm, 2-6 pm, 7:30-9 pm.
Sunday: 6:30-8 am, 9 am-12 noon, 2-4 pm.


In addition to our program hours, participants will complete monthly assignments, develop a daily at home yoga practice, and take at least one yoga class taught by a certified yoga instructor per week, preferably at Shelburne Falls Yoga as possible.




Meet our Faculty


Kate headKate Pousont Scarborough, E-RYT 500, Director of Shelburne Falls Yoga, offers a unique blend of classic Kripalu Yoga and a range of somatic techniques designed to bring students to their fullest potential in mind and body and create an environment for growth and rejuvenation. Kate's classes are well-loved by experienced and new yoga students of all ages and include gentle movements to encourage a depth of embodiment, detailed alignment objectives to heighten and attune to sensation, and ample time for relaxation and integration. 

Kate has been teaching groups and individuals in movement and somatic practices for over fifteen years.  Her studies inevitably lead her to yoga and Kate received her training as a certified Kripalu yoga instructor in 2009.  She has since completed her Professional Level 500-hour Certification at Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health in Massachusetts, and has returned to assist and facilitate the 200 and 500-hour teacher training programs at Kripalu.  An avid practitioner in body, breath, and mind, Kate is dedicated to helping students of all ages and levels of ability reach their full potential through an exploration of the many facets of the yoga tradition.

MarijeMarije E. Paternotte, RYT-500, a former corporate lawyer and now owner of Be Your Own Yoga, received both her foundational and professional level yoga teacher certification at the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health in Massachusetts. She has since been a faculty assistant in both the 200 and 500-hour Kripalu Yoga teacher trainings. She is an experienced yoga retreat leader, offering workshops and retreats worldwide. Her teaching style is precise and compassionate, with a focus on safe anatomical alignment, and breath and body awareness. Students love her understated classes, whether they are gentle and mindful, or physically challenging.


Marije is also one of the first certified Reconnective Yoga™ Instructors in the world, combining yoga with Reconnective Healing®. She received her certification to teach Let Your Yoga Dance® from the Nosara Yoga Institute in Costa Rica, and has studied with the Boston Trauma Center to teach Trauma Sensitive Yoga. Moreover, Marije was a student at School of Life in Amsterdam for two years; an integral training for consciousness, healing and reading.  





Grace Headshot 9Grace Jull, MA, LMT, is a delightful luminary in the revolution of embracing our potential as a collaborative field of consciousness. Since 1986, Grace has been profoundly integrating her accessible and illuminating understanding of activism, embryology, osteopathy, anatomy, aquatic massage and yoga. 

She is adjunct faculty in various mind-body medicine programs with partners such as Harvard Rehabilitation Lifestyle Medicine Residency Program, Cirque de Soleil's Inuit Intervention, Saybrook University's Ph.D. program and Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health. Grace is also co-founder of the transformational Shakti-Initiation yoga leadership training in Bali, Indonesia.  Grace's poetic and passionate approach is contagious, and she has been described as the “Mary Oliver of the Yoga Mat”, offering eloquence, enjoyment and awe to each individual and collective encounter. 



devarshi 3Devarshi Steven Hartman, E-RYT, is the dean of the Pranotthan Yoga Guild, faculty member of Nosara Yoga Institute's Advanced Yoga Teacher Training Curriculum, and former dean of the Kripalu School of Yoga. He has been a student and teacher of yoga and yoga philosophy since 1974, was a longtime Kripalu Ashram resident, and has dedicated his life to the study and practice of the art and science of yoga.













Yeomans-full (582x640)Thomas Yeomans, Ph.D., has been involved with Psychosynthesis and Spiritual Psychology for over forty years. He studied with Roberto Assagiioli, M.D. in the early 1970's, and has trained professionals in Psychosynthesis and Spiritual Psychology since then, both in individual and group work, throughout North America and in Europe and Russia


He has published writing on Psychosynthesis and Spiritual Psychology as well as three volumes of poetry and a childrens’ book. He is founder/director of the Concord Institute and co-founder of the International School in St. Petersburg, Russia. He is also a painter and musician.  Currently he is completing a book about the soul and spirituality in our present time of global crisis and transformation.  He also maintains a private practice in psycho-spiritual consulting and mentoring in Shelburne Falls, MA.  He will be offereing a segment on leadership in the Living World Yoga teacher training.