200 & 300 Certifications

Prenatal & Children Specializations

Shanti offers five Yoga Alliance registered tracks – 200 & 300 Hour Certifications as well as Children’s and Prenatal Specializations.

Weekly sessions and monthly weekend intensives are held in Boise. See the link at the top of this page for a full schedule. See our retreats page for a list of international learning opportunities.

I. 200 Hour Certification

The 200 hour program is the heart of Shanti Yoga School. Rather than having specific start dates, we offer rolling admission and continuing, year-round instruction so that you may begin when it’s convenient for you. The curriculum includes five essential modules 1) Ethics, History & Philosophy, 2) Anatomy & Physiology 3) Asana 4) Pranayama/Meditation 5) Teaching Yoga. Each of these topics are covered in three ways each month. The first is the reading and writing activities assigned in each lesson in the manual workbook. The second is our weekly meetings (Wednesday and Sundays). The third means to learn the module topic is from the monthly workshops. We have five workshops repeated every five months. Over the course of your one year program you’ll have the opportunity to do each twice if you want. You can also complete the program in less than five months by completing the module curriculum in other ways (workbook, review quizzes, etc). Most students do finish in one year, but you can get an extension if needed. We feel by offering students the opportunity to review the material in these three years and repeat the topics if desired, a deeper level of knowledge is attained than if presented in only one way. Variety comes from the diversity in our staff and from the evolving perspective of the student. What you don’t “see” the first time you study a topic might become really clear the next time.


II. 300 Hour Certification

Debbi Murphy, PhD, ERYT500, Shanti Yoga School Director

Debbi Murphy, PhD, ERYT500, Shanti Yoga School Director

Advance your teaching. Deepen your practice. We believe that yoga is both an art and a science. In our Advanced Teacher Training program, we provide students with an opportunity to build upon the material introduced in a 200-Hour Teacher Training, integrate what they’ve learned through practical application, and support the development of students’ individual voice and style. Through classes & workshops, group meetings, apprenticeship and a special project, students refine their teaching skills, identify areas of expertise and become part of a supportive forum for advanced inquiry. Similar to a graduate school model, students are encouraged to study a great reservoir of teachings, specialize in a particular area which will culminate in the development of a “thesis” or special project. Much as a dissertation supervisor would, we facilitate this process, helping you create a project that is as enlightening & educational to prepare as it is for those to whom it is presented. By first imitating, then integrating and finally innovating, our objective is to help each student create their own “brushstroke” on the constantly evolving art & science of yoga.

Emphasis areas can include any of the five topics or a offshoot from one of them. For example, we’ve had students who chose to focus on Back Care, The Business of Yoga, Organization Development, and Sequencing.

Book Review requirement asks that you choose books from our suggested list to review or ones that support your special project.

III. Prenatal Yoga Teacher Specialization

We are proud to have the only Yoga Alliance® Registered Prenatal School (RPYS) in Idaho. This program is for everyone: parents-to-be, doulas, yoga teachers, students, medical practitioners or anyone with in interest in the benefits of yoga and childbirth. It is directed by Mindy Goodman. Recently, Holly Lammer joined the staff bringing an added expertise in energetic practices and nursing. The curriculum is covered in two modules, Level One and Two. Both modules are held in Boise.



Level One Prenatal Teacher Training

This 45 hour training is designed for anyone with interest in the benefits of yoga during pregnancy & childbirth. Taught by Mindy Goodman, you will learn to confidently teach a prenatal yoga specialty class. You will gain knowledge to physically and men- tally prepare women, through yoga, for the intensity of labor by empowering women to harness their strength and build confidence in their ever-changing bodies. You will learn exercise guidelines for all three trimesters, sequencing considerations, and poses for common aches and pains during pregnancy and labor. We will study the stages of labor and discuss the similarity between various yoga techniques and childbirth preparation and how to interweave the practice of these techniques into a prenatal yoga class. Upon completion of this program you will be certificated as a Prenatal Yoga Instructor by Shanti Yoga School. In addition, you can apply the 45 hours toward Shanti Yoga School’s 85 hour advanced prenatal training (Level One and Level Two) to register with the Yoga Alliance as a Prenatal Yoga Specialist (RPYT), or you may use the 45 hours of training toward continuing education hours with Yoga Alliance.

Testimonial from one of Mindy’s students: “I’m convinced the flexibility, breathing, and relaxation exercises and techniques you taught were the only reason I survived both pregnancy and natural labor and delivery. As a first-time mom who had never tried yoga, I was definitely intimidated in the beginning. But you have such an easy way of making things understandable yet challenging and making everyone feel welcome. The best thing I did during pregnancy was attend your classes and I cannot express how truly grateful I am.”

Winter 2017 Registration is Closed. Stay tuned for dates for our next session, or, let us know if you’d like to receive a personal email when new dates are announced.

Contact Shanti Yoga Studio p. 208.634.9711 or e-mail info@shantiyogastudio.org

Level Two Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training

40 hour training building upon the Level One curriculum. This training is taught by Holly Lammer. In the Level Two training you will learn about the subtle body (chakras and how they relate to pregnancy and birth), advanced anatomy concepts (the pelvis, the fascia system, hormones of birth), advanced techniques (pranayama, mudra and meditation relating to pregnancy and birth), yoga poses beneficial for at-risk pregnancies (previous traumatic birth, fertility issues, etc.) and couples yoga. Upon completion of Level One, Level Two, and RYT 200, you will be eligible to register with the Yoga Alliance as a Prenatal Yoga Specialist (RPYT).

Testimonial from a student in one of  Holly’s Prenatal Classes: “I loved this class.  It was exactly what I needed and, to be honest, what I could probably continually use even past birth.  I so love your style of mixing a deep spiritual part of yoga to the physical practice.  I especially liked exploring the chakras.  I really liked your laid back style and your way of mixing in fun at random during classes.  I loved how you were always trying to cultivate connection with our babies and with each other during this practice.  The last class was just perfect!

Winter 2017 Registration is Closed. Stay tuned for dates for our next session, or, let us know if you’d like to receive a personal email when new dates are announced.

       Contact Shanti Yoga Studio p. 208.634.9711  e-mail: info@shantiyogastudio.org

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Mindy Goodman, ERYT500, RPYT

Mindy Goodman, Prenatal Specialization Director & Lead Teacher, E-RYT 500, ERPYT has been practicing yoga since 1996. She completed her first teacher’s training, Let It Go Yoga, with Jim Parsons at the Santa Barbara Yoga Studio in 1997. Shortly after relocating to Boise in 1998, she began to practice Iyengar yoga;; becoming very interested in the precision of alignment and form for which Iyengar is known. She studied, apprenticed, and later taught for Vickie Aldridge at the Boise Yoga Center during which time she had the opportunity to study with several other prominent Iyengar Instructors. Mindy began teaching prenatal yoga in 2001 and has taught ongoing classes ever since. In 2003, she studied with renowned prenatal yoga instructor Collette Crawford at the Seattle Holistic Center. Afterwards, Mindy completed the ICEA (International Childbirth Educators Association) in-depth perinatal fitness program. Mindy earned her 500 hr RYT designation through Shanti Yoga School. Mindy is a retired doula and retired HypnoBirthing® instructor. She has also trained with Sandra Jordon and is certified in Bodywork for the Childbearing Year®. Having taught over 3,000 prenatal yoga classes, she has discovered that her best teachers have been her students. In addition to teaching prenatal yoga, Mindy has developed a workshop for couples: A Yoga- based approach for Childbirth.



Holly Lammer, RNC, RYT500, RPYT

Holly Lammer, RNC, RYT500, RPYT

Holly Lammer, RNC, RYT500, RPYT believes in teaching yoga as a therapeutic tool for better health, increased mind/body awareness and a deeper connection to self. She has a strong foundation in body-mechanics with a back- ground as a fitness instructor since 1999 and a mind-body practitioner for many years. Holly received her 500 hour teacher training through Shanti Yoga School, along with her Prenatal Yoga teacher certification. As full time Labor and Delivery nurse since 2000, she has been focusing on bringing the benefits of mindfulness practices to women and families through her various roles as mentor, teacher, and childbirth instructor. Over the years she has helped hundreds of women through the birth process and has worked consistently to support the idea of childbirth as a normal physiologic process. This has led her to develop training programs for pregnant women and for the health care professionals that care for them;; speaking at professional conferences, doula trainings, medical resident trainings and more. Holly believes that yoga is the best way to prepare the body for birth….physically, spiritually and mentally. Creator of Intuitive Birth, a Mindfulness-Based Childbirth Education program, Holly brings the insight of firsthand experience with transformation through mindfulness to her teachings. What makes her Prenatal Yoga classes unique is her background as a labor nurse, extensive knowledge of the birth process and hormones, balanced with her attention to anatomical detail … all while maintaining a playful light-hearted attitude.


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IV. Children’s Yoga Teacher Specialization

Chelsea Cunningham, RYT 200, RCYT
The only Yoga Alliance Registered Children’s Specialization Training in Idaho.

Yoga is not only an important tool and practice for adults, but children as well, from birth through adulthood.  However, teaching yoga to children is very different than teaching a regular adult class.  Come explore and have fun as you master specific techniques tailored for youth ages 2-17.  In this 95 hour course you will gain an understanding in child development physically, mentally, and emotionally. In addition, you will study new approaches of teaching principal yoga theories. This program will give you the tools to teach in a way that is creative and accessible to kids of varying ages.  Come prepared to learn and…most of all in kids yoga, have fun!!!

Winter 2017 Registration is Closed. Stay tuned for dates for our next session, or, let us know if you’d like to receive a personal email when new dates are announced.