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A seriously epic, 200 Hour
Teacher Training Course

Living the Art of Yoga Teacher Training 

Why Body Art?

The 2019/2020 Body Art Teacher Training will be creator, and curator Michelle Dawson’s 13th annual, 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training. After successfully completing a dozen, Yoga Alliance Accredited Teacher Trainings and transforming hundreds of students into meaningful teachers, Michelle is merging the perfected parts of her unique Teaching Program with an improved concept toward delivering the most highly informative education about Living the Art of Yoga to date. Having completely revamped a collectively outdated teaching model, The Body Art Barn’s 2019/2020 Living The Art of Yoga Teacher Training aspires to be the pioneer of a more informative, healing, nourishing, and extremely unique learning experience that will deliver a very grounded and holistic approach to receiving and transferring the sacred wisdom of Yoga. As a part of the new syllabus, The Body Art Barn’s 200 hour Yoga training will include individualized somatic and energy healing sessions from Master of Chinese Medicine and Accupuncture, Pipper Armel. Also on staff will be the brilliant holder of sacred space, Psychotherapist and trauma informed Yoga teacher Sarah Jean White. Body Art alumni, teacher, and life coach, Susan Cooney will also be holding sacred space and assisting in the sensitive transitioning  from student to teacherWe firmly believe that in order for the transference of Yoga to occur, a deep healing on the individual level of each practitioner needs to occur. 

What to Expect?

Plan to deepen your Yoga practice and utilize down to earth wisdom to broaden your understanding and articulation of this ancient science. When a student of Yoga understands and lives the art of Yoga, they learn to lead by example and therefore, become the teacher.

Commit to an 8 month course that meets for three consecutive days/modules once a month. Learn a creative teaching methodology that includes Pranayama, Dharma, Mediation, Asana, Sanskrit, and Scripture.

During the course of the training, you will be fully immersed in the lifestyle of Yoga. Additional hours will be comprised of outside reading assignments, creating a home practice, journaling, learning how to create sacred space, and monthly meetings with your assigned mentor. You are also required to take two Yoga classes a week, one of which needs to happen at The Body Art Barn. 

The Body Art Barn’s Yoga Teacher Training will certainly be one of the most transformative experiences of your life. Program is from November through May. Training dates are mandatory.

2019/2020 weekend modules are highlighted below. 

What do Body Art Alumni say?

“Living the Art of Yoga has taught me how to move through transition with grace. I entered the program with an interest in deepening my practice and discovered much more than could be imagined. The level of transformation and self – awareness, returned me back into embodying the true inner being that lies within. Michelle and the other teachers at the barn truly embody the practice. Words cannot simply describe the positive impact this training and practice has had on me.”

Samantha Loeffler (2018-2019 200hr YTT)

“Don’t miss out on this Journey… whether you want to become a Yoga Instrcutor or just to explore and discover yourself! It is magical and truly an opener physically, mentally, spiritually and more! Exactly where I did my journey!”

Janessa Calone (2013-2014 200hr YTT) 

The Yoga Teacher Training at The Body Art Barn was so much more than learning to sequence a class, alignment cues, or perfecting a pose. I was given tools to apply this practice to my daily life. I was also invited to reaquaint myself with my heart and my guiding light. This training will provide you all of the tools necessary to reach your full potential as a Yoga teacher within the community. There are so many aspects of being a Yoga Teacher that are brought to much more than people think.”

Angela Rein ( 2018-2019 YTT )

“I am forever grateful to have taken my yoga teacher training at The Body Art Barn. It was one of the best things i did for myself by my myself. For me it was a journey that brought me back to the person i had always been….before life got in the way and walls were built to protect my sensitive spirit. It’s an epic journey to your soul guided by wonderful teachers that create a safe space for you to explore …well … you! Whether you want to be a yoga teacher or not i highly recommend taking this training.”

Mary Jo Hughes ( 2017-2019 YTT ) 

Body Art Statistic and Fun Fact:

The Body Art Barn is 100% staffed by Body Art Trained Teachers. Likewise, Body Art trained teachers are highly regarded in the local community for their exquisite education and deliverance of Yoga.  You can find Body Art Trained teachers in Yoga Studios all over the Hudson Valley! 

What if I don’t actually want to teach Yoga?

Many people sign on to  The Body Art Barn’s Teacher Training to be fully immersed in the Science of Yoga. Our program provides students with a nourishing and healing body of work that has proven to launch their individual practice to the next level. The group support, connections, and benefits of this esteemed program are worth enrolling in even if formally teaching Yoga is not your intention. The world needs more healed, whole, healthy humans willing to walk each home. After completing this program, you will inevitably become a leader representing Yoga merely by the example of your own transformation. 

Financial Commitment?

The 200 hour Teacher Training Course is 3000.00.

When you sign on for The Body Art Barn’s 8 month Teacher Training, you start receiving unlimited Yoga Classes at The Body Art Barn. 

Payment Plans are available. 




200 Hour
Yoga Teacher Training Certification

Enlisting in a Yoga Teacher Training is a big commitment and will certainly ignite a passionate flame that promises to spark and inspire spiritual transformation. Presented by a Yogi visionary, artist, avid practitioner, & passionate teacher, Michelle Dawson. Michelle Dawson is the owner and operator of The Body Art Barn. Her understanding of the deep and ancient philosophy of Yoga translates in a charming and modern way; she brings to each class and passion and grace. She is an Ananda Ashram certified teacher.

The course combines the ancient wisdom of Yoga with a modern flair that incorporates music, art, and down-to-earth philosophy. The Body Art Barn Teacher Training  will provide students with a 200 hour certification. The Body Art Barn and all of the guest presenters are very excited to take this journey with you.

In this course you will explore the following:

Finding your Authentic Voice, Alignment, Use of Props, Art of Observation & Demonstration, Meditation, Sequencing, Choosing music, Anatomy as it relates to Yoga, Practice Teaching in a safe and supportive environment with gentle constructive feedback, Creating Inspirational Themes, Business & Ethics of Yoga, Life coaching and life empowerment plan. 

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Interested in the Training? Come grab a few answers to pertinent questions such as payment plans, important dates, required reading, hours, class requirements, and most importantly, answer the question as to whether or not this is the right program for you! If you have already committed to the training, payment deposits can be dropped off on either night!

Information Sessions

Tuesday, September 10th, from 6-7pm
Saturday, September 14th from 11am-12pm
Tuesday, October 1st, from 6- 7pm
Saturday, October 5th, from 11am-12pm
Tuesday, October 22nd from 6-7pm

Training Dates

November 8th-10th, 2019
December 6th–8th, 2019
January 10th–12th, 2020
February 7th-9th, 2020
March 6th-8th, 2020
April 3rd–5th, 2020
May 8th-10th, 2020
May 29th-31st, 2020


Fridays 5:30pm-9:00 pm
Saturdays 9:00am-3:00 pm
Sundays 7:00am-2:00 pm

Additional Requirements

You are also required to participate in 20 hours of Karma Yoga, and commit to taking class with Michelle on Tuesdays at 7:00pm or Saturdays at 9:00 am for the duration of the Teacher Training.

Adhering closely to a strict code of ethics established at The Body Art Barn , Michelle Dawson has formatted an inclusive program that borrows from Steiner pedagogy. Believing that the path to teach Yoga is inspired by the pursuit to learn Yoga, Michelle Dawson’s program is one that launches the student directly into the experience of Yoga. Upon completion of the training, each practitioner will cast into existence, their own unique articulation of Yoga.

*Waldorf is a humanistic approach to the discipline that deals with the theory and practice of how best to teach. It is based on the educational philosophy of the Australian philosopher Rudolf Steiner and emphasizes the role of imagination in learning, striving to integrate holistically the intellectual, practical, and artistic development of the students. The overarching goal of this form of education it to develop free, morally responsible, and integrated individuals equipped with a high degree of social competence. The focus is always on developing creative expression and empathetic understanding.

Required Reading Material
Light on Yoga ~BKS Iyengar, Yoga Sutras of Patanjali ~Shri Brahmananda Sarasvati, Bhagavad Gita ( many copies avail to choose from ), Siddhartha ~Hermann Hesse, Wheels of Life ~Anodea Judith, Way of the Peaceful Warrior ~Dan Millman, Jivamukti Yoga: Practices for Liberating Body and Soul ~Sharon Gannon & David Life & Other suggested reading lists will be announced.

Still Interested?

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Payment Plans are available.

Contact Michelle Dawson at for more information.
Feel free to email us with any questions or concerns and remember, taking a teacher training has less to do with becoming a Yoga Teacher and more to do with living your Yoga. We want to grow with you.
*No refunds upon making first deposit