200 Hour Teacher Training Program

This powerful and transformative 200 Hr 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. You will explore the depth of the practice in a fun and supportive environment with experienced teachers and like-minded students. Clarity, balance and ease will be found both on and off the mat. 

Lesley's training program is offered in two modules. The first 100 hrs of training is a complete immersion into yoga practice. The second 100 hr module focuses on teaching skills, hands on assists, secrets of smart sequencing, how to lead meditation and dharma teachings, business of yoga and practice teaching. 

Module One: Vinyasa Yoga Immersion, Deepen Your Practice and Explore The World Within:

* Vinyasa Practices: Designed to awaken inner energy and peace.
* Asana Labs: Fun and exciting workshops exploring key movement and alignment principles for standing poses, forward bends, backbends, inversions, twists & restoratives.
* Anatomy: Understand where the parts of the body are and how the muscles and bones work in action. This deeper exploration of anatomy and alignment is the key to progress in your practice.
* Meditation: Develop a regular meditation practice and learn how to lead simple meditations.
* Roots of Yoga: History and Philosophical concepts explained and explored.
*Intro to The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali: Gain insights and a ‘wider view’ for your practice, teaching and life off the mat.
* Dharma Talks & Teachings: Connecting the Spiritual.
* The Magic of Sanskrit: Study with Ramana Erikson. 

This course will be held at Sukha Yoga in Novato. Each session will run from 12:30pm - 7pm. 

 Course Schedule for Lesley’s 2020 Training:

February 1-2 Saturday & Sunday

February 8-9 Saturday& Sunday

February 15-16 Saturday & Sunday

March 7-8 Saturday & Sunday

March 14-15 Saturday & Sunday

March 21-22 Saturday & Sunday

April 4 Saturday only

Main Faculty: Lesley Desaulniers
Guest Faculty: Alison Smith, Mirabai Warkulwiz & Ramana Erikson 

This program can be taken independently, or as Part 1 of a 2-part teacher training with Lesley that culminates with a 200-hour Yoga Alliance certification. Space is limited, early registration encouraged

“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
“Lesley D’s 200 Hr Vinyasa teacher trainings are beautifully curated and saturated with wise Dharma teachings; rich explanations of Yoga history and philosophy; practical sequencing, hands-on adjusting and anatomy instruction; and more from Lesley and her superb team of guest teachers. I’ve participated in several Yoga trainings over the last decade and Lesley’s were by far the most meaningful and transformative. I learned countless skills that helped take my teaching to the next level and inspired me to commit to a daily spiritual practice and truly “live my Yoga” off the mat. What’s more is that I made deep personal connections and had lots of fun!”
— - Jessica O'Connell

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

“This training was an amazing experience from the moment we introduced ourselves to our final graduation. Lesley D is truly a master of her field and shared her authentic love for Yoga in every element of our training. I feel prepared to teach a class and have a deeper personal practice that has changed me forever.”

— Jessica Hunt
“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 Training

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


300 Hr Advanced Yoga Teacher Training Program

This powerful and unique 300 hour advanced training will inspire and enrich your yoga teaching and your life!  


In this course you will:

  • Advance and refine your understanding of the fundamentals of asana. You will build upon what you learned in your 200 hour program in the following areas: Standing Poses, Inversions, Forwards Bends, Arm Balances, Twists, Backbends and Advanced Asana. You will learn to master hands on adjustments, modifications and variations for each asana. ( 70 hrs)


  • Deepen your teaching skills by learning how to work with beginners, lead private lessons, injury management, advanced sequencing and anatomy, prenatal yoga guidelines and receive guidance on the business of yoga. (50 hrs)


  • Practicum: Receive direct feedback and advance your teaching skills by weekly practice teaching & sequence creation. Observe others teaching and give feedback. 'In class privates': assisting students while someone else is teaching every week. Personal guidance from Lesley Desaulniers will help you find your authentic voice and learn to bring your own inner wisdom and life experience to your teaching. (120 hrs)


  • Deepen your meditation practice and learn to lead meditation (25 hrs)


  • Explore the magic of Sanskrit and yoga philosophy teachings in a full Yoga Sutras Immersion (20 hrs) and Intro to Sanskrit Immersion (15hrs)

This course is led by Lesley Desaulniers with guest faculty Alison Smith, Mirabai and Ramana Erikson

“I participate in every training of Lesley’s that I possibly can, most recently her 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

“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

Mentorship Program

After completing Lesley’s training and receiving certification, there is a continuing education program offered in the form of an apprenticeship. The Lesley D Apprenticeship Program is a mentored curriculum augmented by mentored teaching, practice, self-study and additional workshops. The apprentice/mentor system enhances practical teaching skills, directs independent study and integrates an asana and meditation practice schedule that contributes to professional enhancement and the deepening of personal yoga practice.

Apprentices are expected to have regular yoga practice. This program includes: apprenticing in Lesley’s Vinyasa classes, individual meetings and coaching sessions as well as giving and receiving In-Class Personal lessons.

Space is this program is very limited. Please register early.