The Participant:

The ancient teachings of Yoga were once handed down from teacher to student, only when the student was ready. We believe lineage is still important, so participants must have a minimum of 6 months of dedicated Yoga practice before applying to become a teacher.

In order to be an effective teacher, you must experience being a student. Teacher Training participants must be able to springboard from an existing practice. 

The Result:

Upon completion of the 200-hour Teacher Training Program, you will receive a Certification from Holy Cow Yoga Center to teach in a multi-disciplinary style. You are eligible to register with the Yoga Alliance, a nationally recognized organization which oversees educational standards, as a 200-hour Yoga Teacher. At the end of the training, there is also an opporunity to travel to Satchidananda Ashram-Yogaville in Virginia for a retreat. There is a small additional cost for this optional experience.

The Faculty:

The primary teachers (from left to right) are Trace Sahaja Bonner (500 E-RYT and Founder/Director of Holy Cow Yoga Center), Kat Hendrix (500 E-RYT), Kate Hudson (500hr), Sonia Lennartz (500hr),

Alex Rogers (500RYT). Teacher Bios


Training includes a comprehensive study of:

Deepening Your Personal Practice

We play on the mat, learning how your own practice structures your teaching style and confidence.


We learn fundamental instruction, alignment, execution and adjustments to teach the poses (asanas) with clarity.


Anatomy and Movement

Hatha Yoga is fundamentally a practice of movement. We share basic anatomy and how to prevent injury.


Pranayama and the Subtle Body

Learn breathing techniques as well as

Bandhas, Nadis, Chakras, Koshas.


We will explore techniques to begin your own practice.

Yoga Philosophy and Religious Studies

The teachings of Yoga arose from ancient texts, including the Vedas, Upanishads, Gita and Sutras. We will study and discuss these through in-depth lectures.

Sound Vibration and Sanskrit     

Ancient Yoga was spoken in the language of Sanskrit, and we honor by learning basic poses, slokas, invocation and spiritual song in Sanskrit.

All in all, you will learn not just how to teach Yoga, but to also learn to assist your students and yourself on a path toward inner peace and self awareness.

Jai! (victory)

Training Yoga Teachers since 2002

Geshe Dakpa Topgyal - has published three practice books on Samatha meditation and teaches students year round at the Charleston Tibetan Society Dharma Center where he is also the resident teacher since 2001. Besides his years of education and experience, Geshe-la brings to the teachings a kind heart and a sense of humor that is both disarming and endearing.

Program Dates:

We offer three 200-Hour Teacher Training Programs every year:

a 3-month Intensive, 4-month Weekend Program, and 21-day Accelerated Program, in an effort to accommodate a wide variety of schedules and to include those who may live outside of the Greater Charleston area.

For those unable to meet on weekday nights or who may live out of town, the 4-month Program may best suit your schedule. Upon receiving the application, we will connect with you to discuss the program and ensure it is right training for you. We'll also review the requirements of attendance and dates.



July 6 - August 2, 2018 (weekdays 8:00am - 5:00pm)   (APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED STARTING JANUARY 1, 2018)

Our Accelerated Program is a 21-day weekday training with the weekends free to study and practice.

It begins Friday, July 6 (8:00am-5:00pm), and we will meet again Saturday, July 7 (11:00am - 6:00pm).

After the initial first two days, this program meets all day during the week, Monday-Friday from 8:00am-5:00pm.

This is a VERY fast-paced program, with nightly reading and studying, and all day in the classroom setting.

Classroom days include practice, discussion, lecture, practice teaching and more!  

Space is limited!


FEBRUARY 5 - APRIL 29, 2018 (FULL)

Our next 3-month Program will begin in February 2018!

We will meet on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 7:00pm-10:00pm during the program dates.

We will ALSO meet on 4 weekends.

The 2018 Weekend Dates are February 9 - 11, March 2 - 4, March 23 - 25 and April 27 - 29


During the Intensive program, the weekend the hours are:

Friday evenings 6:30pm-10:00pm, Saturdays 11:00am-6:30pm, and Sundays 8:00am-4:00pm.

To apply, see application links below and submit refundable deposit of $150.

The deposit will be deducted from the tuition cost, if accepted.

We will then schedule a phone interview to discuss further details (allow for 15-20 min).

When accepted, you will receive a confirmation letter.

If you do not practice here with us already, we encourage you to come in and take class!

We’d love to get to know you and your practice!

In Full - Cost is $1895 (includes $150 deposit).

$500 of this total is due one month prior to start date (when books are picked up).

The balance can be paid in full the first week (or weekend) of the training to receive the total price of $1895.

Installment Plan - Cost is $1995 (includes $150 deposit).

$500 of this total is due one month prior to start date (when books are picked up).

Training must be paid in full by the 1st of the final month of training.

**Tuition includes all books, Training Manual, and unlimited classes at Holy Cow Yoga Center for the duration of the training!

Click Here to Apply Online (this allows you to fill out an online application and pay through Paypal)

We offer one need-based scholarship per year, typically awarded to someone associated/already practicing at the studio.

To apply, please complete the online application and email in one-page or less a description of your practice,

why you want to attend teacher training, and what you plan to do with the certification.


July 27-29, August 10-12 & 24-26, September 7-9 & 21-23, October 5-7 & 19-21, November 2-4 & 9-11

  Our 4-month Program consists of 9 weekends spread out over a little more than 4 months.

The weekend dates for the 2017 program are: July 28-30, August 11-13, August 25-27, September 8-10, September 22-24, October 6-8, October 20-22, November 3-5, November 10-12. Graduation is Sunday, November 12!

          We meet on Friday evenings from 6:45pm-10:15pm, Saturdays from 11:00am-6:30pm, and Sundays 8:00am-4:00pm.


The following texts are utilized during the training and included with tuition:

Holy Cow Yoga Center Teacher Training Manual

Yoga: The Spirit & Practice of Moving Into Stillness by Erich Schiffmann

The Heart of Yoga by TKV Desikachar

Jivamukti Yoga by David Life & Sharon Gannon

The Science of Breath by Swami Rama, Rudolph Ballentine, MD, Alan Hymes, MD

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali by Swami Satchidananda

The Essence of the Gita by Eknath Easwaran

Yoga Anatomy by Leslie Kaminoff & Amy Matthews

Dr. Lee Irwin - Professor of the Religious Studies at the College of Charleston has studied world religions intensively with an emphasis on Native American religions, western esotericism, hermeticism, contemporary spirituality, and transpersonal religious experience — particularly around themes connected to dreams and visions. With 40 years of meditation experience, he brings great insight to the practice.

Our 200-hour Yoga Alliance Registered School, greatly influenced by the teachings of Sri Swami Satchidananda, is designed to give students an in-depth look at Yoga, the confidence and understanding to teach, and a 200-hour certification!

Additional Faculty:

Rhonda Swickert-Hittner, PhD - a Professor of Psychology at the College of Charleston she has focused her research and teaching on positive & social psychology, with interests in how people may learn and grow from weathering aversive events. She will offer lectures on yoga, mindfullness and gratitude from a psychology perspective.