Yoga Roots & Wings Teacher Training (200 Hour)

RW LogoThe 2016-2017 YTT program is now underway. Please check back for next year’s class in summer of 2017.

Yoga Alliance“Roots & Wings” Yoga is a Registered Teacher Training School with the National Yoga Alliance.

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Founder and lead trainer, Lisette Hart, is the Owner of Yoga Branch Studio. She has been teaching yoga classes and workshops full-time for 17 years, training yoga teachers for 11 years, and was the founder and owner of Yoga Vista studio from 2001-2006. Lisette has over 10,000 hours of yoga teaching experience, a dedicated personal practice and loves to share her passion for yoga.

This 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training provides skills, theory and guidance in a small group setting approximately one weekend per month during a 9 month program. A unique and valuable component of this training program are the weekly apprenticeship hours spent honing your skills in Lisette’s public yoga classes assisting students and observing teaching techniques under her supervision.

Graduates of Lisette’s program are teaching successful public and private yoga classes all over California, Colorado and Canada. Participants may apply to take this training to become a Yoga Teacher or to deepen their own personal practice and understanding.



We are a registered yoga school: RYS

Applications are now being accepted for the 200-hour 2016/2017 Roots and Wings Yoga Teacher Training with Lisette Hart.  We are a registered school; therefore, successful graduates are eligible for RYT 200 status with the National Yoga Alliance.

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Whether you apply for the course to become a Yoga Instructor or to deepen your practice and understanding,  you must be committed to doing the course assignments and fully participate, even if you do not wish to be a teacher. You do not need to have an advanced asana practice, but must have a regular yoga practice, warm-heartedness, excellent personal & work ethic and a strong commitment.

The program runs September 2016 through April 2017. We maintain a small group setting and take approximately 8 months to complete the 200-hour program, so that it is done at a pace that is digestible and manageable for participants’ lives.  There are three main components in the training:

Roots & Wings Teacher Training Components

We work together in our nine mandatory group sessions, which are held approximately one weekend per month for 16 hours per weekend. Saturday afternoons are 12-8p.m.  Sundays are 8a.m.-4:15p.m. (minor exceptions are noted with an *)

See dates below.

With a flexible schedule of 25 times during the eight month training program, you will apprentice and eventually assist in Lisette’s public yoga classes.  Each apprentice session is a short (1.5 hour) day, evening, or weekend commitment, approximately once per week during the program. Times vary but you can look at Lisette’s public classes teaching schedule for a good indication of when most of the apprentice session timeslot options will be.

Textbook reading and homework will be assigned throughout the nine months. There are due dates for each assignment, with plenty of time for you to complete each assignment at your own pace.

Roots & Wings Expenses and Perks

Expenses for the Roots and Wings Teacher Training Program are reasonable. In addition, the Roots and Wings Teacher Training Program offers payment plans and great perks, making program costs realistic for each participant.

Includes group training weekends, apprentice time, a free Sunday morning class on each of the group training weekends, a discount on yoga classes at Yoga Branch during October 2016-May 2017 of $45 per month unlimited yoga or $10 drop-ins. A non-refundable $400 deposit is due upon acceptance into program to hold your place.  It is applied towards your $2600 tuition.

There will be a $400 early registration discount off of tuition for accepted applications by July 25th, 2016. (Your spot is held with a $400 deposit)

There will be a $200 discount for applications accepted by August 25th, 2016. After that it is full tuition at $2600.

Payment arrangements are an option to spread out your $2,600 tuition. Let us know, and we will work out an installment schedule with you at no extra fee. Payments can be made by cash, check, or all major credit cards. Past participants have made arrangements to pay $200/ month over eight months. Something like that is workable. Discuss this with Lisette Hart.

There are very minimal expenses outside of the tuition cost. Four textbooks are required and should cost you less than $100 total. Light, incidental expenses may occur, such as occasionally attending yoga classes at studios other than Yoga Branch. Roots and Wings Teacher Training Program offers unique opportunities to learn deeply and experience a wide spectrum of Yoga practices and specialties, as well as practice teaching prior to graduation.

Roots & Wings Program Highlights


Basic foundations of yoga are studied in the Roots and Wings Program, including the history of yoga, anatomy, philosophy, sanskrit, safety, pranayama, meditation, chakras, business, and ethics.


Various styles of yoga influence Lisette’s teaching and are covered in the training, including Ashtanga basics, Vinyasa flow, and Anusara-inspired alignment.


You will learn specialties, such as gentle yoga, yoga for kids, pre-natal yoga, chair yoga, and restorative yoga.

Hands-On Participation

You will observe and assist in Lisette’s public classes. Safe observation, adjustments, and assists are addressed and practiced in depth during the weekend sessions.

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During the course, you will have many practice teaching opportunities with helpful feedback from other participants and Lisette. Towards the end of the training, you will hold a “final” class, which gives you the opportunity to put together much of what you have learned in the course. Lisette will attend and assess this class.

Asana Resource Manual

Participants in Roots and Wings Teacher Training program receive and utilize the 65-page Asana Resource Manual, created by Lisette specifically for the training.

Small Class Size

The Roots and Wings Teacher Training program allows for 7-15 participants each session. The small group size facilities individual attention and growth.

At the conclusion of the Roots and Wings Teacher Training Program, three results are possible: Incomplete, Complete without Recommendation to Yoga Alliance, Complete with Recommendation to Yoga Alliance.

The 2016/2017 Roots and Wings schedule is published below. All applicants are encouraged to mark these dates on your calendars immediately upon acceptance to the program. Attendance is mandatory to successfully complete the training.

Roots & Wings 2016/2017 Teacher Training Schedule

200 Hours of Training

9 group session weekends of approximately 16 hours.

Saturday afternoons are 12-8 p.m. (one minor exceptions are noted with an *)

Sundays are 8 a.m.-4:15 p.m.

Dates for Teacher Training Weekends

Saturday, September 17th  12-8pm
Sunday, September 18th  8am-4:15pm

Saturday, October 1st  12-8pm
Sunday, October 2nd  8am-4:15pm

Saturday, November 12th 12-8pm
Sunday, November 13th 8am-4:15pm

Saturday, December 10th 12-4pm * (please note, this day ends earlier)
Sunday, December 11th 8am-4:15pm

Saturday, January 21st 12-8pm
Sunday, January 22nd 8am-4:15pm

Saturday, February 4th 12-8pm
Sunday, February 5th 8am-4:15pm

Saturday, March 4th 12-8pm
Sunday March 5th 8am-4:15pm

Saturday, April 1st 12-8pm
Sunday, April 2nd 8am-4:15pm

Saturday, April 29th 12-8pm
Sunday, April 30th 8am-4:15pm

Apprentice in Lisette’s class approximately once per week for 25 weeks (see Lisette’s schedule). We will start arranging these hours with the group at our first weekend session.  This is a great part of your commitment and is also scheduled flexibly. For example, you can be out-of-town for a week and make-up time another week.

With Lisette teaching 8 classes or more per week at the studio, there are plenty of opportunities to complete your apprenticing hours.  Often student teachers elect to take one of the back-to-back classes taught by Lisette and apprentice the other on Sunday, Monday or Tuesday. Note: Lisette’s public class schedule is subject to change.

Reading and homework assignments are completed at a comfortable pace throughout the course, according to set deadlines.

Weekend training sessions will be held at:

Yoga Branch
1241 East Vista Way
Vista, CA 92084

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If you have questions about the Roots and Wings Yoga Teacher Training, send Lisette an e-mail at or call Lisette at 760-390-3640. Let her know that you are interested.

If you are accepted into the Training, the $400 deposit is due immediately.  Pay by cash or by credit card ( at Yoga Branch) or by check written to Lisette Hart.  Send or bring it to Yoga Branch, 1241 E. Vista Way., Vista, CA 92084