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

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Founder and lead trainer, Lisette Hart, ERYT-500, BA Ed. is the owner of Yoga Branch Studio. She has been teaching yoga classes and workshops full-time for 19 years, training yoga teachers for 13 years, and has over 14,000 hours of yoga teaching experience.  Lisette was the founder of Vista’s first yoga studio, Yoga Vista, in 2001 and currently runs both Yoga Branch and Yoga Branch Vista Village (formerly Yoga Vista).

Lisette has a dedicated personal practice & loves to share her passion for yoga.  She credits her amazing teachers in the Ashtanga, Anusara & Indra Devi lineage for all they have taught her – and she has learned that our students are ultimately our best teachers.

This 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training provides skills, theory and guidance in a small group setting approximately one weekend per month during a 6-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.


Applications are now being accepted for the 200-hour 2019 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 April- November 2019.

We maintain a small group setting and take approximately 7 months to complete the 200-hour program, so that it is done at a pace that is digestible and manageable for participants’ lives.  (July & August are off in terms of group training sessions however Lisette & her classes are running and attendance & apprentice hours are available all summer with the exception of some family vacation time).

There are three main components in the training:

Roots & Wings Teacher Training Components

We work together in our seven and a half mandatory group sessions, which are held approximately one weekend per month for 17 hours per weekend.

Saturday afternoons are 12-8 pm

Sundays are 7:45 am-6:30 pm  (there is a break 11am-12:30pm on Sundays)

Note an exception on Mothers Day weekend which occurs in May. There will be a Saturday session 12-8pm on May 11th but no group training on Sunday May 12th*. See dates below.

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 May – October 2019 of just $45 per month unlimited yoga or $10 drop-ins.

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.

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.

Teaching Opportunities

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 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 Teacher Training Schedule

200 Hours of Training

7.5 group session weekends of approximately 17.25 hours each.

Saturday afternoon hours are 12-8 p.m. held at Yoga Branch East Vista Way Sunday hours are 7:45 a.m.-6:30 p.m. held at Yoga Branch East Vista Way from 7:45-11am then Yoga Branch Vista Village from 12:30-6:30pm

Dates for Teacher Training Weekends

Weekend #1 (17.25 Hours) Saturday, April 27th 12-8pm Sunday, April 28th 7:45 a.m.-6:30 p.m.

Weekend #2 (8 hours) Saturday, May 11th, 12-8pm (*Sunday May 12th is Mother’s Day. The studio will be open & Lisette plans to be teaching but there is no group training this day - enjoy the time off.)

Weekend #3 (17.25 Hours) Saturday, June 8th, 12-8pm Sunday, June 9th 7:45a.m.-6:30 p.m.

Weekend #4 (17.25 |Saturday, June 22nd 12-8pm Sunday, June 23rd 7:45 am-6:30pm

Weekend #5 (17.25 Hours) Saturday, September 14th 12-8pm Sunday, September 15th 7:45 a.m.- 6:30 p.m.

Weekend #6 (17.25 Hours) Saturday, September 28th 12-8pm Sunday, September 29th 7:45 a.m.- 6:30 p.m.

Weekend #7 (17.5 hours) Saturday, October 12th, 12-8pm Sunday, October 13th, 7:45am-6:30pm

Weekend #8 (17.5 hours) FINAL WEEKEND TRAINING. Saturday, November 9th (12-8pm) Sunday, November 10th (7:45 am-6:30pm)

Weekend training sessions will be held at:
Yoga Branch
1241 East Vista Way
Vista, CA 92084


Yoga Branch Vista Village
208 E. Broadway
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 yogabranch@earthlink.net 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