200 Hour Teacher Training Program

The 200 Hour program is designed for serious students of yoga who want to deepen their practice as well as for those students who wish to become teachers themselves. Topics include proper alignment, hands on assisting, creative and smart sequencing, philosophy, Sanskrit, anatomy, prenatal yoga and restorative yoga.  Our faculty consists of renowned scholars, yoga teachers, meditation teachers and anatomy experts. 

Main Faculty: Lesley Desaulniers, Alison Smith and Bex Urban
Guest Faculty: Sharon Salzberg, Edwin Bryant, Mirabai Warkulwiz, Ramana Erikson & Devadas Labreque

This program is a Yoga Alliance accredited course. After completion of this training, trainees will be able able to register with YA as RYT 200. (Registered Yoga Teacher 200 Hr)

“Teacher training with Lesley was truly a gift. I went into her training so nervous and with only a basic understanding of what a yoga class should look like and what a yoga teacher should do. I came out of her training confident in my own unique voice as a teacher. Most importantly, my own understanding of what yoga looks like off the mat radically transformed.
— Issa Freccero


A typical day in Lesley D Yoga teacher training:

Morning Sadhana:
Asana and Meditation 

Afternoon Workshops:
Pose Breakdown, Anatomy, Sequencing, Hands-on-Adjustments, Practice Teach, Philosophy

Early Evenings:
Restoratives, Guest lectures, Kirtan

“Studying with a teacher whose offering is steeped in decades of living her practice is a rare gift! I highly recommend Lesley Desaulniers Teacher Training for anyone who wants to deepen their roots as Yogin.
I have taken 5 Teacher Trainings and still, I have learned more about how to live my practice from Lesley. Simply taking her class has transformed my life and consequently transformed my own offering as a teacher!!!
— Stephanie Phelan
“With many years of teaching Fitness and not a deep Yoga background, Lesley introduced me to a professional and loving experience teaching Yoga...and living Yoga! I feel comfortable taking risks in a safe nurturing space. Lesley connects with us on a personal level helping us all reach our optimal potential.
— Robyn Cohen

Advanced Trainings

Two  Advanced Training programs are designed to bring your teaching to a deeper and more refined level.


Advanced Training Module A: 50 Hour Immersion

This powerful and unique immersion training will inspire and enrich your yoga teaching and your life!  


In this course you will:

  • Learn the powerful art of hands on adjustments.  You will master adjustments that are not often taught in 200/300 hour programs
  • Learn to sequence smart, creative, and dynamic classes
  • Get direct feedback and perfect your skills by offering and receiving 'in- class privates’ 
  • Find your authentic voice and learn to bring your own inner wisdom and life experience to your teaching
  • Deepen your meditation practice and learn to lead meditation
  • Explore the magic of Sanskrit and yoga philosophy teachings
“I participate in every training of Lesley’s that I possibly can, most recently her 100hr Advanced Immersion. Her training is the perfect blend of practical teaching tools and exploration of yoga beyond the physical practice. Learning from her has added depth and confidence to my teaching while keeping me constantly curious about my own practice and how I can continue to grow as a teacher. Lesley’s teaching has been such a gift in my life, not only making me a better teacher but a more joyful, inspired person.
— Tara Hayes


Advanced Training Module B: Apprenticeship:

Lesley D Yoga's Vinyasa Apprenticeship Program is a 12-week mentorship program  designed for yoga teachers of all levels. This program serves as part of Lesley's Advanced Yoga Teacher Training offerings. This apprenticeship provides yoga teachers with the opportunity to gain experience teaching and further refine their skills under Lesley's guidance. 


Three month-long apprenticeship includes:

  • Attending Lesley’s class at least once a week
  • Assisting Lesley’s class at least once a month
  • Giving In Class Adjustments to Lesley twice per month
  • Completing assignments from Lesley related to sequencing, dharma and teaching methodology
  • One on one meeting with Lesley and Mirabai Warkulwitz to work on speaking voice
  • Weekly mentor meetings with Lesley


  • You have a 200 hr program certification
  • You have completed at least one of Lesley's 50 hr Advanced trainings
  • You are willing to work hard and have fun

Apprenticeship will run for 12 consecutive weeks. (Exact start dates will be established once the student is accepted into the program and has the first mentorship meeting)

“Every training class is like her regular yoga class – full, complete, thoughtful, straightforward, challenging and you cannot believe it’s over when feel like it just got started. Absolutely no fluff, put on your big boy pants and be ready to go, because you’re about to learn something.
— Steven Anton