Transform your life.
Deepen your practice.
Share your love of Yoga.
Advanced 300-Hour YTT (for 500-hr certification) begins Sept. 2019.
Next 200-Hour YTT begins in September 2020. To get on our mailing list for this training, please fill out this form:
At Dragonfly Yoga & Ayurveda, the practice of Yoga is so much more than asana; it is a lifestyle. Here, yoga is built on the sturdy foundation and tradition of Patanjali’s Eight Limbed Path, allowing you to cultivate a deep self awareness and encourage you to grow as a disciplined and well-trained practitioner, to deepen your practice, and then to blossom as a compassionate, insightful, inspired and inspiring teacher, if you choose.
“What started as a small, flickering flame inside me has transformed into a full-blown fire! Katie and her team have a sweet, gentle, and steady way of guiding wannabe yoga teachers to their greatness. This program is not about learning how to teach yoga–it’s about finding your strengths, your voice, your gifts, and learning how to share that bright light with those around you. Simply put, the Dragonfly YTT program is a gift!” ~ Natalie
In our 200+ hour training you will not only learn conscious movement and breathing, you will become aware of the major systems of the body and how the practice of yoga is a deep and therapeutic experience for all layers of the physical realm as well as our subtle energy body. You will develop a steady practice in meditation and come to understand how vital a role mindfulness plays in our lives off the yoga mat. And when we make the connection between our yoga practice and the rest of our lives, our practice is able to support us with every step that we take, in mind, body, and spirit, resulting in a soulful expression of all that we are as individuals and as a human family!
This is part of the reason why Dragonfly offers weekend retreat-style trainings at both the 200 and Advanced 300 hour level. We want you to feel like each weekend is a “coming home” to your yoga tribe–a place where you can unpack yourself and really be who you are among friends on the same yoga path. We eat together, study together, and live together for one weekend a month, and this allows us to grow together, as individual trees share the same forest floor and intermingle their branches–unique and different perhaps, but integrated and supportive of each other from the roots up.
Additionally, at Dragonfly, we weave Ayurveda and Yoga back together, the way they were meant to be taught and experienced, with the Science of Life and the Science of Yoga informing and nourishing each student’s physical, emotional, and spiritual wellness. This means that our yoga teacher trainings are organized in tandem with the 5 elements, the seasons, Ayurvedic diet, and the knowledge of one’s true nature, or constitution, and how to recognize imbalances–our doshas–so that we can work to restore balance and harmony using the principles of Ayurveda alongside our Yoga practice.
” If you want to become a confident yoga teacher or just deepen your own yoga practice, Katie’s deep knowledge of yoga, meditation, and Ayurveda will provide you with the foundation to do so. This training fulfilled my highest expectations, and I couldn’t be happier with the depth of knowledge I learned during the program. I am truly grateful for the opportunity to have trained with Katie and her team of experienced and knowledgeable teachers!”
All our meals are vegetarian, influenced by the seasons, largely organic and locally sourced, and are prepared by hand and served in the Dragonfly farmhouse where we eat together as a community. You will learn the key principles of Ayurveda during this training, but that is just the beginning; Katie’s experience as an Ayurveda Health Practitioner and as an Ayurveda Yoga Specialist means that you have the opportunity to learn about yourself from an Ayurvedic perspective, and this will largely inform your yoga practice and open your eyes to new ways achieving balance in all areas of your life.
We are so excited and honored to invite you into a yoga community that thrives on collaboration, support, and a lot of fun!
If you are ready to begin the journey, we are ready to welcome you!
If you would like to be on list to learn about our next 200-hour training, please fill out this inquiry form: 200 Hour YTT Inquiry Form
Applicants should have a steady yoga practice and be willing to dedicate time and energy to deepening their personal practice and knowledge of yoga. The Dragonfly Yoga & Ayurveda 200 Hour YTT is designed to enliven and enrich one’s interest and understanding of asana, the human body, and yoga philosophy, while cultivating the skills to teach, the knowledge to share Ayurvedic principles, and how to live a yoga-inspired life off the mat. Not all YTT students choose to become teachers–many are here to deepen their own personal practice. Together we will create a community of learners and teachers who will become your peers and your family! Read on to learn about our curriculum, our faculty, and our gorgeous facility at Dragonfly Yoga, nestled at the foothills of NH’s White Mountain National Forest where you have time to enjoy nature in all four seasons.
Click here to read what our trainees have to say…YTT Testimonials
“I don’t know that I would have signed up for teacher training had it not been for Katie’s warm, inviting demeanor… If you are looking for a life changing experience in one of the most beautiful places on earth, you have found the right place! ~Tara Griesbach
“I have traveled around the world and rolled my yoga mat out in many spaces , but there is no place that comes close to Dragonfly Yoga. You have created a gem! The DFYB is hands down , no questions asked , no phone a friend, no lifelines needed, my favorite and most inspirational yoga space in the UNIVERSE.” ~Ruthann Horner
I can’t say enough about this YTT. Deepen your practice or train to teach yoga. Katie has created a moving eight month yoga journey that covers philosophy, Ayurveda, asana, and so much more. Katie and Declan organize the training at their beautiful yoga barn so that it is retreat-like, one weekend a month, with delicious food and fun built in all weekend. Seriously, its amazing! ~Jen Morris
“Attending YTT with Katie at Dragonfly was one of the BEST things I have ever done for myself. I went into the program thinking I would learn to teach yoga, it is so much more… Katie’s deep knowledge of Yoga and other related modalities coupled with her years of teaching public high school is a winning combination! She knows how to prepare & deliver course content in ways that are meaningful and digestible. She puts it all into context that is relatable, usable every day both on & off the mat.” ~Susan Gokey
Our Yoga Alliance Certified Curriculum:
- Develop a deeper awareness of Self and others, with an understanding of the connection between all beings and Nature. This begins with deep personal inquiry and a question about why and how Yoga is the path we have chosen and why we want to share it with others.
- Learn classic asanas and Sanskrit names for the poses.
- We will study principles of alignment, individual alignment based on personal anatomy, the benefits as well as risks and contraindications of certain postures, preparatory asanas, counterposes, modifications and variations, use of props, and hand-on assists and adjusts.
- Study of yoga philosophy, Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, and history of yoga.
- Study functional yoga Anatomy and Physiology as it applies to yoga asana.
- Awareness of subtle energy system, including elements of yogic anatomy.
- Understand the art and science of appropriate sequencing and crafting classes for both vigorous and gentle Vinyasa flow yoga, for different levels of students, creating class intentions and seasonal classes, pacing, use of music, etc.
- The Principles of Ayurveda and Ayurvedic Self Care, including: Ayurvedic diet, seasonal influences, doshas, daily routines, and more!
- Therapeutics & Special Populations: We will learn poses, modifications, and contraindications for those with injuries, illness, trauma, and pregnancy.
- Practice basic and intermediate pranayama techniques, discuss how and when to practice various pranayams, as well as benefits and contraindications of each.
- Explore the practice of meditation, develop a daily practice, and learn how to demystify and bring meditation into yoga classes and into daily life.
- Become a skilled and confident teacher, as well as find your own voice and style.
- Lifestyle, Ethics, and Yoga off the Mat
- Understand the “business” of yoga: career opportunities, how to operate your own business, organize workshops, and what it means to register with the Yoga Alliance (or not), obligations to maintain certification, insurance, etc.
TO READ OUR COMPLETE CURRICULUM, CLICK HERE: CURRICULUM DYTT
Graduation is dependent upon successful completion of all coursework, including written assignments, attendance at all training weekends, required hours of teaching, observing, and practicing, and personal research project. Certification is not guaranteed, and registration with Yoga Alliance is a personal choice upon graduation.
Residential Training Program: Full Program Fees: $3,500. Upon acceptance a $500 deposit is due to hold your place in the program (this non-refundable & non-transferable deposit is part of your tuition). Payment plans are available!
Cost of the Program includes: 8+ months of YTT with Katie O’Connell, Director, ERYT 500, AHP, and all faculty, 8 weekends of lodging at Dragonfly Yoga Barn, all nourishing vegetarian meals, training manual, complimentary studio classes during program dates once student is paid in full, (half price classes to those on payment plans), and all training workshops with amazing faculty and guest instructors to be announced throughout program!
Not included: Registration with Yoga Alliance is not included but strongly recommended upon completion of all requirements, as is insurance for yourself as a Yoga Teacher. Required textbooks can be purchased online and are not included in tuition.
Our Weekends begin Friday evenings from 6-9 pm, and continue with full Saturdays and Sundays, beginning at 7 am and ending at 7 on Saturdays (select Saturdays end at 9 pm) and 6 on Sundays. Eight full weekends exceed the required minimum for Yoga Alliance. We will add in extra days as needed in the event of snow cancellation.
Dates of the 2018-19 Program
- September: 7, 8, 9 (w/ guest Kirtan artists Prema Hara)
- October: 19, 20, 21 (w/ guest faculty Dr. Dugliss)
- November: 2, 3, 4
- December: 7, 8, 9
- January: 4, 5, 6, 2019
- February: 1, 2, 3
- March 29, 30, 31 (Girish Live Music & Yoga Class & Chant Workshop!)
- April 5, 6, 7 (Graduation Weekend* snow date depending)
Our Esteemed Faculty:
Katie O’Connell, E-RYT 500 and Director and owner Dragonfly Yoga & Ayurveda TT, Ayurveda Health Practitioner, Ayurveda Yoga Specialist, Thai Yoga bodyworker, Reiki II, owner: Dragonfly Yoga Barn Studio & Retreat Center, leader and guest faculty member of 200 and 300 hour trainings since 2011. To read more about Katie or any of our faculty, please visit the instructor’s page here: KATIE’S FULL BIO
Lindsay Mayock PT, DPT, RYT 200 is a Doctor of Physical Therapy at Mountain Center Physical Therapy in Conway, NH. Lindsay will be teaching the Functional Anatomy components of this course. Her specialty is pelvic floor health.
Hannah Hayes PT, DPT, RYT 200 is a Doctor of Physical Therapy at Huggins Hospital, Wolfeboro, NH. Hannah will be teaching the Functional Anatomy components of this course. Hannah is a graduate of the first 200 hour yoga teacher training held at Dragonfly in 2011.
Paul Dugliss: Yoga Philosophy & Heart Based Meditation~ Paul Dugliss, M.D. has been meditating over 40 years and is the leading exponent of Heart-based Meditation. His passion is helping others to transform through developing higher consciousness and the power of love, and he is the author of Think with the Heart / Love with the Mind. Dr. Dugliss is an Internal Medicine physician practicing Ayurvedic Medicine and Ayurvedic Spiritual Counseling. He is the Academic Dean and Director of New World Ayurveda School, leading the movement to create a healthier world by making online Ayurvedic studies accessible to all. Dr. Dugliss is an Acupuncturist and practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine, has been a member of the Board of Directors of NAMA, the National Ayurvedic Medical Association and is currently on the Board of Directors of the Association of Ayurvedic Professionals of North America (AAPNA), and has authored many books including: Ayurveda – The Power to Heal, Enlightened Nutrition, Capturing the Bliss: Ayurveda and the Yoga of Emotions, The Myth of Cholesterol, and Yoga & Ayurveda. Read more about Dr. Dugliss here: BIO or workshops and Ayurveda trainings, visit New World Ayurveda
Girish: Chanting, Mantra, and Music~Celebrated yogi-musician Girish opens new possibilities for transforming your life through song, combining the ancient art of singing mantra with twenty-first century neuroscience research.
For as long as he can remember, Girish has created rhythm to accompany life. His first experience of music as sacred art came in college, playing with jazz bands. “During improvisational sessions,” he recalls, “there were these unexplainable moments of synchronicity and intuition that felt like magic.” This led Girish to an unexpected journey—a seeming detour to live as a monk in an ashram for five years that inadvertently nourished his musical artistry. Here, he studied Sanskrit as a means to understand the deeper meanings of ancient chants, which sparked a life-changing event that led him back to music—and to combining music with Sanskrit chants. Now he shares what he’s learned to help people of all ages, backgrounds, and traditions to transform body, brain, and life through mantra and music.To read more about Girish, click here: Girish Bio
Declan O’Connell, aka Dhadood, vegetarian chef extraordinaire, and accounting, Dragonfly Yoga & Ayurveda.
To request an application for our 200 Hour TT Program at Dragonfly Yoga & Ayurveda, please email Katie: firstname.lastname@example.org
- The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali (Sri Swami Satchidananda)
- Patanjali in the Light, (Dr. Paul Dugliss)
- Light on Life (B.K.S Iyengar)
- Yoga & Ayurveda, An Evolutionary Approach (Dr. Paul Dugliss)
- The Yamas & Niyamas, (Deborah Adele)
- Teaching Yoga (Mark Stevens)
- The Key Muscles of Yoga (Ray Long)
- The Yoga Toolbox, (Joseph Le Page)
We love books here, and have tons of great ones to share! Together we will create an amazing list of resources!
Optional Suggested Reading:
- Light on Yoga (B.K.S Iyengar)
- The Key Poses of Yoga (Ray Long)
- Meditations from the Mat (Rolf Gates)
- The Bhagavad Gita, Stephen Mitchell
- And so many more!
To request an application for our 200 Hour TT Program at Dragonfly Yoga & Ayurveda, please email Katie: email@example.com
I look forward to hearing from you!
300 Hour Advanced Yoga Teacher Training begins Sept. 2019! Now accepting applications. Please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Weekend modules include: Yin Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Ayurveda & Yoga, The Art and Fun of Partner & Thai Yoga, How to Create Workshops and Special Classes, Therapeutic Yoga, Philosophy, Music, & Chant, and more!