Laughing Buddha
Teacher Training

Early Bird Special

Offer expires June 15th, 2019
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Thank you so much for your interest in the LBYoga 200 hour teacher training. We are excited to share our knowledge and love of yoga with you. This life-changing, transformative training is specifically developed for those who desire to become yoga teachers as well as those who wish to deepen their connection and understanding of yoga and live a fuller, healthier life.

The training schedule itself includes extensive physical (asana) practice not listed on the daily YTT schedule. This means a full month of a daily practice to begin the program and maintaining an asana practice throughout the training. In addition to the days we will meet and your dedication to your own asana practice, we will also require practices in observing silence, a set number of Seva (volunteer) hours, frequent written observations of LB classes, and assisting an LB teacher for several classes toward the end of the program. Please understand that your dedication to this practice, to yourself, and to the program will be rewarded beyond any measurable formula that we can offer.

Laughing Buddha is a registered yoga school (RYS) with Yoga Alliance (the governing body of yoga certification). Our 200 hour program is designed to deepen your practice and give you the tools to teach others. Completion of this program is a wonderful accomplishment and reflects a dedication of time and effort, and a willingness to "do the work." At the same time it’s only the beginning — we can’t possibly teach you everything we know in 200 hours. The practice of yoga is a lifelong endeavor full of learning and realization at every turn.

In this program you will find your voice and learn how to bring your unique point of view and gifts to the art of teaching others. You’ll develop a strong working understanding of yoga alignment, meditation, pranayama and yogic philosophy. In cooperation with the theory and practice, you’ll open more fully to your life, by learning to see and communicate connectivity on all levels – physical, emotional, mental, intuitive and spiritual.

Through the practice of teaching you’ll learn to communicate, to know yourself, and to cultivate clarity and appreciation for the world we live in.

Yoga Teacher Training Objectives

  • Learn the foundations of anatomy specific to yoga practice.
  • Lean basic Sanskrit and chanting
  • Go deep with a consistent study of asana, pranayama, and meditation to further your skill and awareness in your own practice.
  • Study clear asana alignment based on an anatomical understanding of the body.
  • Learn and appreciate the ethics of the teacher/student relationship.
  • Practice intelligent sequencing that gives you the tools to design safe, effective yoga classes suitable for any student.
  • You will learn a set sequence to give you a foundation to teach a safe yoga class.
  • Build and refine skills of communication, while teaching.
  • Discover how yogic teachings and philosophy are relevant to you today, and how these ancient practices can create deep personal transformation.


This is a 200-hour program certified by Yoga Alliance, the industry standard. For more information about the certification process and standards, visit: This 200-hour training will culminate in the receipt of a certificate making you eligible to register for national registration with the Yoga Alliance. Upon completion of the coursework you will be prepared to teach beginner to intermediate level classes. This certification requires full attendance and satisfactory completion of assignments to receive professional certificate. Dedicated time and effort are mandatory for the granting of this certification. Any missed classes will require self-motivated make-up of missed material.


You must have a minimum 1 year of regular yoga practice. If you are very new to the practice of yoga, it’s not the right time to dive into the details. Don’t worry, there’s no rush – simply practice more and come back next year!

How to apply

If you are interested in LBYoga’s teacher training or wonder if it might be right for you, contact Dusty Snow at [email protected] or Stephanie Serrano at [email protected].

In addition, to submitting your application, you’ll be asked to take a class with Dusty and Stephanie followed by a brief conversation to discuss your practice and any questions you may have about the program. It’s very important to feel comfortable with the curriculum, and to be clear in your motivations and interests for taking the program. We want you to have a meaningful experience.

About the Teachers

Dusty Snow

I have been teaching dance since before I could drive, have owned a dance studio, and traveled all over the world as a professional dancer. Then, my body said enough. I had a spiritual practice but never a physical one. I met Jimmy Barkan and fell in love with the asana practice and and all that came with it. Jimmy introduced me to Amrit Desai; that changed everything. I realized yoga was much more than the physical practice and began the work. In 2008, I was reminded that yoga never stops;  I was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. I have always been a “control freak” trying to bend life to my way. The moment I heard the words, “You have cancer,” I realized I controlled nothing it is all an illusion.  I try everyday to be present, and enjoy all the moments life has to offer. Those experiences have shaped who I am now and how I approach life and teaching yoga.  Although I bring humor to the mat and often the f-bomb, I take the seat of the teacher very serious.  I have made mistakes and continue to learn as I take the seat of the student/teacher and grow.

In 2012 I opened Laughing Buddha Yoga to share the gift of yoga and create community. I started teaching Yoga in 1999. I am certified in the Jimmy Barkan Method Hot Yoga and Amrit Yoga Style, and I have completed 20 hour Rewind Senior yoga teacher training 2016 and 15 hour Trauma informed outreach certification in 2017.

Stephanie Serrano

I have been a student and a teacher in a classroom for as long as I can remember. I attended my first yoga class as a student to support a friend who had started teaching at a new school. At the time I worked as an instructor at the university while earning my PhD in English. Like many new yoga practitioners, I thought I would get a good stretch and relieve some stress. I had no idea that yoga is so much more than just this and yet it is really all about "just this."

After attending this first yoga class, I was hooked, although I am not sure I could have explained why. While I sensed that this practice is more than making funny shapes on a small rectangular mat, it took years of practice and life to illustrate that yoga provides a way to live that is measured and thoughtful, realistic and mindful, scientific and grounded. An asana practice represents only a small part of the whole that is yoga.

After six years of practice, I received certification from Amrit Desai’s 200 hour yoga teacher training in September 2010. I attended the training to deepen my own practice and yet should have guessed that I would also harness that training to teach in a yoga classroom. I continue to be a student—to learn from the practice and now realize that that separation between yoga teacher and practitioner, between breathing in and breathing out and between work and play was a fiction. Yoga, more than anything else, continues to teach me and to show me that the separation we create between one another and ourselves does not have to leave us feeling alone.

Schedule, rates, and class information

5025 S. Ash Ave. #B16
Tempe, AZ 85282

[email protected]

The studio is not open for regular business hours. We open 10-15 minutes prior to each class.


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5025 S. Ash Ave. #B16
Tempe, AZ 85282

[email protected]