Past Tense 200-Hour Teacher Training

200-Hour Teacher Training

The Past Tense 200-Hr Teacher Training, led by Amy Rizzotto (ERYT-500) and Ellie Conrad (ERYT-400 and LMT) will guide participants to find their unique voice as a yoga instructor while cultivating a deeply thoughtful relationship with yoga in its many forms. Together, and with the support of the Past Tense teacher training team, we will explore anatomy through the lens of asana, functional movement and mobility, pranayama and the bandhas, meditation, and yoga philosophy in relation to social justice. This training will be hands-on and experiential, with many hours right off the bat dedicated to practice teaching.

Areas of Study/Focus:

  • Yoga History + Philosophy: Gain a deeper understanding of the history of yoga and yoga philosophy incorporating historical and contemporary yogic texts into the curriculum for a deeper understanding of our modern connection to an ancient practice.
  • The Art of Teaching Yoga: Discover the “building blocks” and then learn to dismantle the rules for sequencing a creative, intelligent yoga class. This program will dive deeply into the study of anatomy and biomechanics as well as functional movement practices and mobility theories to explore the asana practice. Additionally, we will take a look at the subtle practices of yoga including, but not limited to, pranayama, meditation, and the bandhas.
  • The Business of Yoga + The Seat and Voice of the Yoga Teacher: Throughout the course of this program, participants will be asked to hold space for themselves and their peers. We uncover and unpack ethical considerations for yoga teachers, public speaking as a way to clearly and effectively engage with students, and common business practices for independent yoga instructors in a live and virtual context.
  • Yoga for Liberation: This program aims to engage in conversation about the decolonization of Yoga as well as our relationship and commitment to social justice in today’s political and social landscape.

2023 Training Dates:

Sessions will be held over eight weekend modules: Fridays 6-8pm, Saturdays 7:30am-5pm, and Sundays 9:15am-8:15pmFebruary 10, 11, 12

  • February 24, 25, 26
  • March 10, 11, 12
  • March 24, 25, 26
  • April 7, 8, 9
  • April 21, 22, 23


Your investment pays for you and the teacher training faculty plus supports others. It includes your YTT manual and an unlimited membership to Past Tense for the duration of the teacher training.

  • Early Bird: $3,300 (before October 15; $3,498 with DC Sales Tax)
  • Full tuition: $3,600 (after October 15; $3,816 with DC Sales Tax)

Immersion Track: Our training is open to students who are looking to deepen their practice but might not be interested in a full 200-Hr training. We have five spots available for our Immersion Track. The $1,000 ($1,060 with DC Sales Tax) fee includes the YTT manual. An unlimited membership is not included. An Early Bird special of $900 is avaialbe before October 15 ($954 with DC Sales Tax)

See below for Immersion FAQs.

There is one scholarship spot available. The scholarship spot includes your YTT manual and an unlimited membership to Past Tense for the duration of the teacher training.

Payment plans available upon request. Your tuition must be paid in full by January 12, 2023. Required and suggested texts are not included in the price of training.

Certification Requirements:

  • Attend all weekend modules (individual arrangements must be made to make up any missed class time).
  • Complete all, readings, journal assignments, class observations/assistance, and take-home exams.
  • Take at least 3 yoga classes per week.
  • Complete final Teaching Practicum.

Space is limited to 14 students to cultivate an intimate community and allow for personal attention and guidance. Pre-registration is required.

Immersion FAQ:

The Immersion Track for the upcoming Past Tense Teacher Training is the perfect option for people looking to deepen their personal practice or for newly certified Yoga teachers looking to fine-tune or clarify the ideas and concepts learned in their 200-hour training. While the total number of hours for the immersion are undetermined, the main things to keep in mind are the following.

Not included/required in the Immersion Track:

  • Practice teaching hours
  • Class observations
  • Attending the required number of classes outside of training (but you can if you want to!)
  • Exams and Final Teaching Practicum

Included in the Immersion Track:

  • Lectures and any hands-on curriculum for all topics covered
  • Homework (so that participants are ready to participate in the curriculum and conversion) and discussion
  • Classes that are included in the training weekends

About The Instructors:

Amy Rizzotto, Owner and Founder of Move Well DC and Founder of Yoga Heights, is an expert yoga instructor (E-RYT 500, MYT, Yin, TSY, YACEP) and Certified Nutrition Coach. A student of Yoga for over 18 years, Amy turned her dedication to the practice into a full-time career 10 years ago after nearly a decade in international development and global philanthropy. Amy works with players from the Washington Nationals and is the team Yoga instructor for the Washington Capitals. As a Yoga instructor, Amy is dedicated to creating a synergy of functional and healing movement, breathwork, and mindfulness meditation for strength and empowerment inside and out. Take class with Amy!

Ellie Conrad, founder of Ellie Conrad Massage & Yoga, is an alignment based Yoga Instructor and Licensed Massage Therapist. Throughout her 7 year teaching career, Ellie has participated in many  teacher trainings including two 200-Hr teacher trainings. These days, most of her studies and teachings are focused on biomechanics and mobility theories as they relate to Yoga Asana. She is skilled at guiding students through original and intelligent sequences seamlessly incorporating Pranayama and Bandhas into her classes to create a transformative experience. Take class with Ellie!

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