Yoga Teacher Training


200 Hour YTT

This training is for anyone with approximately 50 hours of asana practice who wishes to deepen his or her commitment and understanding of Yoga theory and practice in a format that allows time for integration of both yoga philosophy and methodology.

Weekends, Sept 6, 2019 - Jan 19, 2020

There is heavy emphasis on anatomy and physiology as well as instruction on how to cue modifications and teach to all populations. Our entire faculty has extensive training, all having earned E-RYT 500, E-RYT 200, or RYT 500 designations, and exceeding the current requirements set by the internationally recognized organization, Yoga Alliance. The program is led by Julia Byrem, E-RYT 500, and Alison Donley, E-RYT 500, and complemented by the teachings of The Light Within Yoga Instructors Lynn Slocomb, E-RYT 200, RYT 500, Tracey Eltringham, Patty Jacobs, and Jenny Wood (200 E-RYT's, 500 R.Y.T's, or both). This training will provide a solid foundation in yoga teaching and practice and WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE. Exercise Science and Anatomy and Physiology is instructed by Emily Duckett, MS, LAT, ATC, from the Sports Medicine Department at West Chester University.

Upon successful completion of the course, trainees are eligible to receive a 200 hour R.Y.T. designation from the internationally recognized organization, Yoga Alliance, and may desire to move into a profession of leading/guiding others through their yoga practice. If interested, or for more information, please contact us.

The Light Within Yoga Studio is a registered Yoga School. The Yoga Teacher Training (YTT) Program consists of seven weekend modules, each comprised of 18.5 “contact” training hours per weekend. We will meet Friday evenings from 6:00 - 8:30 pm in Zoom platform, Saturdays in the studio from 9:15 am - 6:15 pm, and Sundays in the studio from 11:00 am - 6:00 pm. The curriculum is designed to afford you the opportunity to complete the program within as little as five (5) months or take as long as twelve (12) months if needed. Our summer intensive runs every other weekend and our fall program runs every third weekend. Regular attendance in the weekend modular seminars is mandatory as well as outside readings, assignments, and journaling. Teacher trainees will be expected to develop their personal/home practice and attend yoga classes at least once a week in order to complete the program. Other requirements include a short research project, group practice teaching, and an open-book final exam.

Our Fall 2019/2020 Program

Sept 6, 2019 - Jan 19, 2020
Weekend Modules/Seminars are held every third weekend beginning September 6, 2019.

Schedule is as follows:

  • Friday evening 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm Zoom Session on Philosophy and Theory

  • Saturday 9:15 am - 6:15 pm - will consist of taking and observing a morning practice followed by lectures, practice teaching, and methodology

  • Sunday 11:00 am - 6:00 pm - will consist of anatomy and physiology and yoga for special populations, etc

*No class on Sunday, November 10th

The program booklet will be sent electronically by request.

For more information, please contact Lynn Slocomb by phone or email.

To see the schedule, click on the YTT 200 tab on our MindBody site.

The Yoga Teacher Training at The Light Within Yoga Studio has changed my life forever. Alison is an awesome, compassionate, loving teacher. Whether or not you take this training to teach yoga or to work on yourself personally, you will get a very supportive family here. Much thanks to the Light Within Yoga Studio for offering this training :)
— Rebecca Morrison
Look no further if you are considering getting your yoga teacher training. Alison Donley’s lifetime experiences with Yoga, Mindfulness, and Meditation blend together to bring you the best resources and training suited to prepare anyone looking to deepen their personal practice or share yoga with others. The course workbook and supplemental reading are both comprehensive of topic and easy to cover. But the real gem of the YTT programs is Alison. She brings 30+ years of teaching, training, and experience, which she happily and patiently shares with her students. Classmates become more than just students to each other, they become family. Do not miss out on the opportunity to train with Alison at TLW!
— Mandi Quinn, YTT 200
I have practiced yoga sporadically for over 30 years, experiencing a variety of teachers and styles of yoga. It is at The Light Within Yoga Studio that I truly began to build my yoga practice and deepen my understanding of what it means to practice yoga. Alison’s YTT Program emphasizes the history of yoga, the theory supporting it and the anatomy and physiology behind creating a safe practice. She guides the student in building a foundation that supports both a personal practice and the student’s growth towards becoming a yoga teacher. Alison accomplishes this with a focused yet compassionate approach, never sacrificing the integrity of a safe and enriching yoga practice. I am so grateful for the opportunity to participate in this program!
— Mary Garrett

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300 Hour YTT

An add-on 300-hour YTT program has been created to allow current R.Y.T. 200 teachers to reach the 500-hour designation.

Syllabus and details will be sent to any current 200 hour RYT's upon request. The program will consist of a series of 7 modules that one may take 18 months to 3 years to complete.  

For more information, please contact us.


Continuing Education


Nurturing Through Yoga - Part I

with Alison Donley

This workshop is for RYT's interested in providing yoga for Unite for HER, a local organization providing care to local women with breast cancer. It is also part of The Light Within Yoga's 300 hour YTT

Sunday, April 7, 2019 | 11:00 am - 6:15 pm | $140
Presented by: Alison Donley, E-R.Y.T. 500, Faculty, West Chester University Kinesiology,
Wellness Advisor for Unite for HER
Sponsored by: The Light Within Yoga Studio

Please bring a folder, a pen, a snack or bagged snack or meal and a mug if you want to have tea during a short break. We have bolsters, zafus and chairs to sit on.

Part I: 11:00-3:15 p.m

11:00- 11:30

  • Introductions (of instructors and participants)

11:30 - 12:30

  • Online (or live) introduction of Sue Weldon, Founder and President of Unite For HER and the mission of Unite for HER followed by a 15 minute gentle sequence practice. The Mission of Unite for HER followed by a gentle 15-minute practice

12:30 p.m.- 3:15 p.m.

• What is breast cancer? Primary and Secondary cancers;

• Risk factors & breast cancer statistics;

• The effect of the disease and treatment phase on patients and their loved ones;

• Treatment options;

• Disease and wellness according to yoga theory;

• A holistic approach to dealing with cancer recovery;

• How to use yoga philosophy and methodology during various stages of treatment/healing;

• Posture and breath suggestions; contra-indications, and modifications to offer in order to ease symptoms of the disease as well as the side effects of the treatments;

• Working with breast cancer patients privately and in classes

3:15-3:30 – Break

3:15-6:15 p.m Practical Application & Course Wrap-Up

• 3 sample lesson plans to address energy issues will be shared and discussed. Testimonials from UFH clients will be shared.

• Interactive lesson plan creation. Each group will work on the creation of a 20-minute lesson plan to address specific energy/symptoms.

• Q & A and discussion on requirements to work with UFH.

All RYT's will complete a practical in Part II in order to receive documentation for 7 C.E.U's to submit to YA.

A link will be provided at the completion of this training to material on Lymphedema prevention. This Part II online training must be submitted in order to provide services for UFH and for the TLW 300 hour YTT program.