200 Hour Introductory Teacher Training Program – 2017/18

S01-YA-SCHOOL-RYS-200Combining a talented faculty with the opportunity to train with master teachers, Indigo’s 200 Hour Introductory Level One Teacher Training program is a path to self-discovery. In one weekend a month, students will delve into an authentic tradition that weaves the 8 limbs of Yoga together with the sister sciences of Tantra and Ayurveda.

The 200 Hour program begins in September 2017 and ends in April 2018. The program involves intensive study and practice in a closed group and takes place at our beautiful studio space in Beavercreek (Dayton), Ohio. The program is organized into weekend-long units, one per month, with weekends ranging from 2, to 2 1/2 or 3 days (see schedule below). The program is designed to allow students to commit to in-depth learning, while maintaining the balance of work and family commitments. We believe it is important for students to have time between units to assimilate and practice the material they are learning. Included with your tuition is unlimited drop-in yoga classes for the duration of the training.

The program is open to all practitioners, who genuinely seek a deeper understanding of yoga: dedicated students, current yoga teachers and those, who aspire to teach and practice on a deeper level. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will be eligible to register with Yoga Alliance at the RYT-200 level.

Teacher Trainees Will Learn

  • Alignment Principles, Benefits, and Potential Risks of Yoga Asanas
  • Yoga Anatomy & Physiology
  • Modifications for Foundational Asanas & Effective Use of Props
  • Science and Energetics of Intelligent Sequencing (Vinyasa Krama)
  • Simple Restorative and Relaxation Practices (Savasana & Yoga Nidra)
  • Pranayama & Meditation
  • Verbal & Hands-On Adjustments
  • How to Observe and See Bodies
  • Finding an Authentic Voice
  • Classical Yogic and Tantric Philosophy
  • Introduction to Ayurveda
  • Introduction to the Subtle Body – Koshas, Chakras, Doshas, Nadis, & Prana Vayus
  • Introduction to Sanskrit
  • Business, Ethics, & Yoga Entrepreneurship

Program Schedule

September 22 – 24: Opening Weekend with Barb Morsa & Amy Fecher

Barb Morsa and Amy Fecher open the YTT sangha with an inspiring weekend to lay the foundation and roadmap of the training. Through asana, pranayama and meditation we will prepare to embark upon the journey to know oneself through the deeper levels of yoga practice. We will explore the history of yoga, its journey to the west and its many current incarnations. Students will be introduced to Tantra philosophy and the “gunas” (attributes of the physical world) and will receive an introduction to the science and energetics of sequencing and the blueprint of a successful yoga class.

October 27 – 29: Iyengar Yoga Weekend with Certified Iyengar Teacher, Osha Hanfling

The precision and refinement of yoga practice within the Iyengar method.

November 17-19: Vinyasa Krama Yoga Sequencing Intensive with Barb Morsa & Amy Fecher

The art and science of intelligent yoga sequencing for all levels including sequencing for an apex pose or poses, for energetic effect, for a seasonal or philosophical theme and for all around effect.

December 1 -3: Ashaya Yoga Weekend with Randy Boyd – Embodying the Five Elements: Earth, Water, Fire, Air & Sky

Balance the elements in your body and mind in this weekend that weaves asana, pranayama, yoga philosophy and chakras. Practice a powerful rainbow of grounding, flowing, exhilarating, and expansive postures that bring you back home to your heart.

January 12-14: Yoga Anatomy & Therapeutics Intensive with Becky Morrissey

Incorporating yoga anatomy into asana practice and teaching with an emphasis on therapeutic applications.

February 23 -25: Tantra Intensive with Barb Morsa & Amy Fecher

Tantra yoga philosophy and its use by the modern yogi/yogini. This weekend will also feature continuing Vinyasa Krama (sequencing) and practice teaching hours.

March 16-18: Yoga for Special Populations with Becky Morrissey and Teaching Techniques/Practice Teaching with Barb Morsa & Amy Fecher

April 15: Closing Weekend/Graduation with Barb Morsa & Amy Fecher 

Our Teachers

Amy Fecher

Amy Fecher, B.S., ERYT500, YACEP

Co-founder of Indigo Yoga, Amy has taught yoga for nearly eleven years. Her intention is to inspire students on a daily basis with her dynamic, highly creative instruction. The hallmark of her teaching is a sense of challenge balanced with the support and nurturing needed to enliven, uplift and promote personal growth and a positive shift of perspective. Amy completed her 500-Hour RYT certification at Yoga on High in Columbus, Ohio. She maintains a dedicated personal practice from which she draws the inspiration and energy evident in all of her classes. Amy’s goal is to help students to take their yoga practice beyond the mat to embrace personal transformation one breath at a time.

Barb Morsa

Barb Morsa, B.A., J.D., ERYT500, YACEP

Co-founder of Indigo Yoga, Barb is a devoted practitioner and lifelong student of yoga, meditation and Eastern philosophy. She considers it an honor to teach and brings humor, compassion and wisdom to her classes for beginners and seasoned yogis alike. Barb is a modern practitioner steeped in the classical practices of asana, pranayama and meditation. She blends traditional and
modern techniques in her classes, which include vinyasa, hatha, and restorative yoga. Both in her teaching and in life, she considers it her dharma to help others remember their true Self through direct experience of body, mind and soul.



Randy Boyd, ERYT500

Randy Boyd (E-RYT 500) teaches Ashaya Yoga which is heart centered, alignment based, and life transforming. He was first registered as a 500 hour hatha yoga teacher through the Anusara Yoga school. He also completed his 300 hour Ashaya Yoga training. He is a certified as a Yoga Therapist by the International Association of Yoga Therapists* and as a certified yoga teacher for osteoporosis in the Loren Fishman method. He has a private yoga therapy practice. He trains yoga teachers at both the 200 hour and 300 hour level.

*Note: The yoga therapy components of Randy’s teaching are based on his extensive training in alignment-based yoga therapy. These techniques are not derived from his status as an ERYT-500 with Yoga Alliance Registry.

Becky Morrissey, ERYT500

Becky Morrissey ERYT500, is an Ohio licensed mental health and substance abuse counseling professional (LPCC, LICDC-CS). She has studied many forms of therapeutic yoga, applying practices such as meditation, somatic movement, and breath therapeutics for understanding management of chronic stress, addiction, trauma healing, and mood. She offers therapeutic yoga in her classes, workshops, and trainings for students to explore empowerment of one’s own health and spiritual wellness. She has earned a BS in Zoology from The Ohio State University and a MA in Mental Health, Substance Abuse Counseling and Wellness from Johnson State College in Johnson, Vermont. She is currently studying Body Mind Centering and EmbodiYoga with the founder of EmbodiYoga, Lisa Clark. Becky has taught yoga classes in the Cincinnati, Dayton, and Columbus communities since 2004. Her enthusiasm for spiritual seeking and for holding space for student-mind weaves a sense of hope, healing, and insightful understanding of personal evolution into Yoga teaching.

trikanasana oshaOsha Hanfling, Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher

Osha Hanfling is a certified Iyengar yoga teacher, who has been studuying and teaching Yoga in the Iyengar tradition for the last 30 years. She has studied with the Iyengars in Pune India several times attended many of the teacher conventions and general Iyengar conventions. Her primary teacher is Senior Advanced Iyengar teacher, Manouso Manos. She also studies with Patricia Walden at worshops throughout the country as well as studying with many of the senior Iyengar teachers. Osha teaches from her training and inspiration, but her instruction comes most deeply from her personal practic and understanding of Asana, Pranyama and philosophy. She is a skilled practitioner whose sense of humor, compassion and devotion are well integrated into her dynamic teaching style. Osha teaches in San Francisco as well as in the south bay area and around the country.