Sunstone Academy - Lifelong Learning 

The Sunstone Academy

Located in Addison, TX, Sunstone Academy is our 8,000 square foot facility, fully dedicated to higher learning. Here you can immerse yourself in the fundamentals of yoga and learn leadership skills taught through the art of yoga.

We specialize in Yoga Alliance certified 200-hour weekend and intensive programs led by our faculty of seasoned yoga professionals.

We also offer a Fitness Leadership Program designed to train you to teach for Sunstone, broaden your fitness experience and credentials whether you teach for Sunstone or not, and maintain your fitness certifications with Continuing Education Credits.

In over 10 years of educating yoga teachers, our alumni excel both within Sunstone and in the larger yoga and fitness community.

200 Hr Certification: Foundations of Yoga

Deepen your practice among like-minded peers! Understand the keys to creating a yoga sequence and learn how to lead group practice with confidence.

This program is offered in both modular weekend and fast track intensive programs. Complete your certification in as little as 3 weeks!

Curriculum includes:

  • Postures and how to teach them
  • Benefits of each posture to the body
  • Life applications of yoga principles


Below is our training calendar for the year!

Ask how Jump Start can accelerate your pace through the weekend programs!

Still have questions? Give us a call 214.764.2119 x3

 

2014 Intensive and Weekend Program Dates

Program Early Bird Deadline Start Date Commencement Date
November 200 Hr Intensive  10/03/14 11/03/14 11/21/14

2015 Intensive and Weekend Program Dates

Program Early Bird Deadline Start Date Commencement Date
January 200 Hr Weekend 12/3/14 1/3/15 2/22/15
January 200 Hr Intensive 12/19/14 1/19/15 2/6/15
April 200 Hr Intensive 3/27/15 4/27/15 5/15/15
May 200 Hr Weekend 4/30/15 5/30/15 7/19/15
June 200 Hr Intensive 5/15/15 6/15/15 7/3/15
July 200 Hr Intensive 6/13/15 7/13/15 7/31/15
August 200 Hr Weekend 7/22/15 8/22/15 10/11/15
September 200 Hr Intensive  8/7/15 9/7/15 9/25/15
October 200 Hr Weekend 9/30/15 10/31/15 12/20/15

 

Orientation is held on the Sunday prior to the Monday start date from 12:00-4:00 pm for Intensive Programs and on the Friday prior to the Saturday start date from 4:00 pm-8:00 pm for Weekend Programs.


  Registration for 2015 is now open! Call TODAY!
 Call us at (214) 764-2119 option 3 right away to reserve your space.

Develop Your Foundations of Yoga

200 Hour Program:  Learn the principles of Vinyasa yoga – the most popular style of group yoga class – and develop your teaching skill by learning to teach multiple Vinyasa flow sequences.  We follow the Yoga Alliance training hour requirements in the following areas.

  • Technique Training/Practice
  • Teaching Methodology
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Yoga Philosophy, Lifestyle and Ethics for Yoga Teachers
  • Practicum

When you successfully complete the 200 Hour program, you’ll earn your Sunstone Academy 200-hour Teaching Certificate.  You’ll also be ready to:

  • Teach Vinyasa yoga, which is great for most organizations
  • Apply for your Yoga Alliance 200-hour certificate
  • Audition for our Fitness Leadership Program

Make Yoga Your Career with Sunstone

Fitness Leadership Program: Sunstone's Fitness Leadership Program (multiple 40 hour modules) is offered by audition to our 200-hour Graduates, individuals who have graduated from another YA compliant 200-hour program, or individuals with equivalent training and experience from other fitness programs. The Fitness Leadership Program is designed to train highly motivated and highly qualified applicants in Sunstone's teaching methodology across several types of group fitness.  Each module consists of 40 hours of work - 20 hours of non-contact study, practice classes, and online exams - followed by 20 hours of face to face instruction at Sunstone Academy.

If you audition and are accepted to the Fitness Leadership Program you will have access to training modules covering:

  Team and Teaching Leadership Cardio and Resistance Group Fitness
  Hatha Yoga Equipment based Group Fitness
  Vinyasa Yoga  Pilates and Barre based Group Fitness
  Resistance Stretching

If you complete the Team and Teaching Leadership module and one other module you will be eligible for hire at any of our Sunstone studios.  Hiring is done at the studio level so there may be further interviews and practicum teaching required by the hiring studio.

 
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200 hour
  Early Enrollment tuition (more than one calendar month in advance) $3000
  Regular enrollment $3800.
Fitness Leadership Program
  Pay by module:  $400 per module
  Purchase the entire set:  $1000 including access to any new modules while employed as a Sunstone Team Member at no further cost!
 
All major credit cards accepted.
Please note: tuition fees are non-refundable.

Techniques Training/Practice - Includes asanas, pranayamas, kriyas, chanting, mantra, meditation and other traditional yoga techniques. These hours must be a mix between: 1) analytical training in how to teach and practice the techniques and 2) guided practice of the techniques themselves.

Teaching Methodology - Includes principles of demonstration, observation, assisting and correcting, instruction, teaching styles, qualities of a teacher, the student's process of learning and business aspects of teaching yoga. 

Anatomy and Physiology - Includes both human physical anatomy and physiology (bodily systems, organs, etc.) and energy anatomy and physiology (chakras, nadis, etc.). Includes both the study of the subject and application of its principles to yoga practice (benefits, contraindications, healthy movement patterns, etc).

Yoga Philosophy, Lifestyle and Ethics for Yoga Teachers - Includes the study of yoga philosophies, yoga lifestyle and ethics for yoga teachers.

Practicum - Includes practice teaching, receiving feedback, observing others teaching and hearing and giving feedback. Also includes assisting students while someone else is teaching.

Electives - Includes Sunstone's proprietary Pain Free Yoga, David Emerald's The Power of TED* (The Empowerment Dynamic), advanced studies in yoga traditions of Patanjali as applied to modern day, subtle energy as it relates to somatics and the body, and valuable still mind techniques.

Sunstone Academy’s Intensive and Weekend Training programs are both registered with the Yoga Alliance, a non-profit organization that maintains a registry of yoga schools that comply with its standards.

Sunstone Academy Teacher Training qualifies for the 200-Hour Certification.

For more information about the Yoga Alliance, click here.

 

Sunstone's Fitness Leadership Program: Yoga as a Career

Cultivate professional practices which prepare you to be an instructor for Sunstone or manage a yoga business.

Build on your 200-hour foundation with our Fitness Leadership Program.  This program is modular in nature each module consists of 20 hours of self-study, practice, and online examinations - followed by 20 hours of face to face instruction at Sunstone Academy.

Module content includes:

  • Team and Teaching Leadership techniques
  • Hatha Yoga
  • Vinyasa Yoga
  • Resistance Stretching
  • Cardio and Resistance Group Fitness
  • Equipment based Group Fitness
  • Pilates and Barre based Group Fitness

Fitness Leadership Program dates 
 
 Audition Dates
 Feb 2-4, Feb 23-25, May 11-13, June 29-July1, July 27-29, Sep 21-23, Oct 12-14
  *audition hours are 1pm - 5pm

 Team and Teaching Leadership
 Weekdays:  Feb 9–11, May 18–20, July 6-8, Aug 3-5, Sept 28-30
 Weekends:  Feb 27- Mar 1, July 31–Aug 2, Oct 16-18
 
 Hatha Yoga
 Weekdays:  Feb 11-13, May 20-22, July 8-10, Aug 5-7, Sept 30-Aug 2
 Weekends:  Mar 6-8, Aug 7-9, Oct 23-25
 
 Vinyasa Yoga
 Weekdays:  Feb 16-18, May 25-27, Aug 10-12, Oct 5-7
 Weekends:  Mar 13-15, Nov 6-8
 
 Resistance Stretching
 Weekdays:  Feb 18-20, May 27-29, Aug 12-14, Oct 7-9
 Weekend:  Mar 20-22, Nov 13-15
 
 Pilates and Barre based Group Fitness
 Weekdays:  Feb 23-25, June 3-5, Aug 19-21, Oct 14-16
 Weekends:  Mar 20-22, Nov 13-15
 
 Resistance and Cardio Group Fitness
 Weekdays:  Feb 25-27, June 3-5, Aug 19-21, Oct 14-16
 Weekends:  Apr 3-5, Dec 4-6
 
 Equipment Based Group Fitness
 Weekdays:  Jan 14-16, Mar 2-4, June 8-10, Aug 24-26, Oct 19-21
 Weekends:  Apr 10-12, Dec 11-13

 Training Hours
 Weekends:  Friday 4-8 pm, Saturday 9-6 pm, Sunday 9-6 pm
 Weekdays: Mon 9-6 pm, Tue 9-6 pm, Wed 9-1 pm OR Wed 2-6 pm, Thurs 9-6 pm, Fri 9-6 pm

 

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MUCH MORE PERSONAL

Of course I appreciate the Academy for enabling me to do what I love (teach yoga). But what I took away from my time in training was much more personal than just a certificate. I kept myself in a bubble for years, afraid to try new things because I was petrified of failure and didn't trust myself to succeed. Teacher Training was a big leap of faith for me--one of the biggest I had ever taken--and when I came out on the other side with a dream accomplished, it gave me a self assurance I had never had.

Ginni Beam

The Intensive Program

The program provides big rewards in exchange for a serious commitment to learning. It’s the fastest path to your 200-hour certification.

Offered four times a year, Intensive classes are held Mondays through Fridays. Each day begins at 6:30 a.m. and ends at 8:00 p.m. It’s a daily challenge you’ll grow to love! After you complete the 200 Hour program you can audition for entry into Sunstone's Fitness Leadership Program.

You’ll also attend a Sunday Orientation from 12:30 – 4:30 p.m. where you’ll meet your teachers, mingle with other students, take you first technique class with us and enjoy a tour of the Sunstone Academy.

A Day in the Life of an Intensive Program Student

Here’s an example of a typical day’s class schedule. As you progress through the program, you’ll move up to new challenges and new classes.

  6:30 am Focus and Rolling (1/2 hour) - start the day rolling out your fascia - and getting a preview of the day's focus

  7:00 am Posture Lab (1 hour) - practice a set of postures repetitively to learn how to safely perform and teach them

  8:00 am Complex Cueing (1 hour) - learn to adjust students in postures - helping them get the most from their practice

  9:00 am Breakfast (1 hour)

  10:00 am PEL (2 hours) - this time is devoted to classes in Yoga Philosophy, Ethics and Lifestyle

  12:00 pm Lunch (1 hour)

  1:00 pm Practicum/Verbal Technique (1 hour) - you will practice teaching and learn effective communication techniques

  2:00 pm Anatomy and Physiology (1 hour) - learn key concepts in functional anatomy and physiology

  3:00 pm Technique (1 hour) - practice a full sequence of postures in a one-hour instructed class

  4:00 pm Technique Review (1/2 hour) - review the days content and ask questions of the faculty

  4:30 pm Break

  5:00 pm Teaching Methodology (2 hours) - learn how to use words to guide your students through their practice

  7:00 pm Still Mind (1 hour) - end the day with quiet, meditative time.


 

The Weekend Program

Not ready to leave your current job? Prefer to learn at a slower pace? Sunstone Academy’s Weekend Program provides the same training as our Intensive Program and is ideal for students who live in the DFW area.

Here’s how it works:

  • You’ll attend the 200 hour program for 8 weekends for 2 months of classes.
  • Use our one week Jump Start program option to reduce program time by 3 weekends!
  • Weekend training is held Saturdays and Sundays from 7:30a.m to 7:00 p.m.
  • Orientation is held on the Friday prior to each 200 hour training program start date, from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m.

A Day in the Life of a Weekend Program Student

  7:30 am Focus and Rolling (1/2 hour) - start the day rolling out your fascia - and getting a preview of the day's focus

  8:00 am Posture Lab (1 hour) - practice a set of postures repetitively to learn how to safely perform and teach them

  9:00 am Complex Cueing (1hour) - learn to adjust students in postures - helping them get the most from their practice

  10:00 am Breakfast (1/2 hour)

  10:30 am PEL (2 hours) - this time is devoted to classes in Yoga Philosophy, Ethics and Lifestyle

  12:30 pm Lunch (1 hour)

  1:30 pm Practicum/Verbal Technique (1 hour) - you will practice teaching and learn effective communication techniques

  2:30 pm Anatomy and Physiology (1/2 hour) - learn key concepts in functional anatomy and physiology

  3:00 pm Technique (1 hour) - practice a full sequence of postures in a one-hour instructed class

  4:00 pm Technique Review (1/2 hour) - review the days content and ask questions of the faculty

  4:30 pm Break (1/2 hour)

  5:00 pm Teaching Methodology (1 hour) - learn how to use words to guide your students through their practice

  6:00 pm Still Mind (1 hour) - end the day with quiet, meditative time.

Not local to Dallas-Fort Worth? Please speak to our Program Advisor for more information about housing options. 214.764.2119 x3 or academy@sunstoneyoga.com


100 steps from campus

4505 Beltway Drive
Addison, TX 75001
972.991.2800
 
Amenities: Complimentary shuttle w/in 5 miles. Breakfast buffet.
Fitness Center. Wireless Internet access. Outdoor Pool.
Complimentary USA Today delivered to room.

0.7 miles from campus

4103 Beltline Road
Addison, TX 75001
972.991.8888

Amenities: Complimentary Continental breakfast.
Free wireless. Free local calls. Pet friendly.

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I joined Sunstone's teacher training to deepen my knowledge and to share my love of yoga with others. What I found was a supportive community of like- minded individuals-- a family. What I gained was a deep understanding of myself. My mind was opened and my horizons expanded. It is truly an experience from which I will continue to discover the multitude of rewards for a lifetime.
Ashley Lewelling

The teacher training program at Sunstone Yoga provided me with a well-rounded, diverse and flexible learning experience into the world of yoga. For me, the training program quickly evolved from a simple certification process into a deeper understanding of myself, my body, my goals, and my lifestyle. Surrounded by a supportive staff, in a challenging yet encouraging environment, I found a beautiful learning experience that prepared me for the challenges of teaching as well as challenges in other aspects of my life. I found the experience invaluable and I would recommend Sunstone Yoga's teacher training program to anyone interested in deepening their practice and finding a new life path in a nurturing environment.

Jenny Childress


When I decided to do the teacher training intensive, I wanted to get deeper into my practice; I never expected the life-changing experience that I ended up getting. Besides growing stronger and more knowledgeable in my own physical practice, I learned a wide range of cutting-edge information – from exercise physiology to ancient philosophy and techniques. The friends I made along the way will be my friends for life. And when I say, "life-changing," I'm not exaggerating. Two weeks after training was over, I made the permanent move from LA to Dallas and completely changed my career and goals in life. 

Alex Newell


I had one intention when starting the teacher training program: to establish a mind-body connection (basically to go deeper within my own yoga practice).  Looking back now, I have achieved this and so, so much more!  The best thing that I have EVER done was to take this step and open myself up to a new realm of possibilities and self-expansion.  My body is changing.  My thought process is evolving.  My heart is opening.  I simply cannot imagine my life now without this program!

Paula Dzuck

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I NEEDED A CHANGE

I reached a major transition in my life back in 2011. I was working the corporate job with high anxiety and an irregular fitness routine. I needed a change, a shift... I was able to find a home with Sunstone. A community where I felt welcomed and wanted. I was able to gain control of my life and unwanted stress. They even helped me find a new career and a whole new start through their teacher training program. I now work with an awesome Sunstone Team and I couldn't be happier

Alysia Kypuros

What to expect as a Sunstone Academy student

 

Each Sunstone Academy program begins with a “Meet and Greet” orientation session in which new students meet their classmates and Academy faculty. Orientation is a great time to ask questions and receive additional information regarding the content and methodology behind our proven certification programs.

During training studies include classical yoga postures, teaching Technique and Methodology, Anatomy & Physiology, and Philosophy, Ethics and Lifestyle. Each attendee will learn how to:

  • Lead confident, consistent, and inspired classes
  • Teach classical Vinyasa (200 hour) postures and develop class sequences from those postures. Trainees will master an example sequence.
  • Provide adjustments and advancements to students’ postures without embarrassment
  • Make each student feel comfortable no matter their experience level
  • Answer questions regarding yoga history and methodology
  • Provide a class atmosphere that’s nurturing, welcoming and ultimately inspiring—a sanctuary from the stresses and demands of modern life

A great training program is made up of a great team. Unlike smaller courses, Sunstone’s certification programs are led by a robust and diverse team of talented instructors.

Each faculty member contributes his or her unique skills, background, support and thousands of hours of teaching experience to your personal development. You'll acquire knowledge and hone your teaching skills with a combination of classroom instruction and personal coaching from our faculty.

Nicole Shaw (Principal) E-RYT
Brandon Hartsell (CEO & Faculty) E-RYT
Shawn Martin (Director) E-RYT
Jennie Pierce (SA Manager & Faculty) E-RYT

 

About the Sunstone Academy Facility

Sunstone Academy, located in Addison, Texas near the intersection of Belt Line and Midway Roads, is Sunstone’s fully dedicated teacher training facility. The Academy’s highly experienced faculty are committed to providing the highest quality Yoga Alliance compliant instruction for your 200-hour yoga teaching certification.

Our Academy is a state-of-the-art facility, offering:

  • Over 8,000 square feet of classroom and studio space.
  • Two spacious 2,000 sq. ft. yoga studios featuring automated HVAC systems that maintain the ideal combination of heat and humidity for the instruction of each Sunstone class series.
  • Convenient kitchen areas with refrigerators and microwave ovens and access to onsite laundry
  • Large men’s and women’s shower and locker rooms
  • A library of yoga and fitness-related books and materials.

Why our teacher training is different

 

Sunstone Academy Teacher Training is an educational program containing content created from extensive yoga teaching experience and years of development.  Our training is structured specifically to help students successfully turn a passion for yoga, fitness, health and helping others into a career. 

Our trainees acquire three different types of knowledge during training, each of equal importance in preparing them to teach.  Each will master yoga studies, become proficient in practicing yoga postures, and learn to excel at teaching classes confidently and accurately. 

We not only teach theory and mastery of postures, but also provide training in the art of “how to teach”. 

Each of the Sunstone Academy programs have been designed by our senior instructors and teaching faculty.  We receive real world feedback on our results — from a community of Sunstone Academy graduates who teach over 640 classes a week. Our faculty remembers just what it was like to teach their first class, and is committed to presenting information and demonstrating skills that help each trainee grow into a successful yoga instructor. The courses are demanding, but the rewards are huge! And best of all, the techniques are tested every day in our thriving community.

We provide programs that accommodate all types of schedules, and make it easy to begin learning sooner without having to put life, family or a career on hold.

Sunstone Academy teacher training is divided into 200 Hour Program and a modular Fitness Leadership Program.  

 

200 Hour Program:  Learn the principles of Vinyasa yoga – the most popular style of group yoga class – and develop your teaching skill by learning to teach a Vinyasa flow class.  We follow the Yoga Alliance training hour requirements in the following areas.

  •     Technique Training/Practice
  •     Teaching Methodology
  •     Anatomy and Physiology
  •     Yoga Philosophy, Lifestyle and Ethics for Yoga Teachers
  •     Practicum
When you successfully complete the 200 Hour program, you’ll earn your Sunstone Academy 200-hour Teaching Certificate.  You’ll also be ready to:

  •     Teach Vinyasa yoga, which is great for most organizations
  •     Apply for your Yoga Alliance 200-hour certificate
  •     Audition to join our Fitness Leadership Program and teach for Sunstone!

Sunstone Fitness Leadership Program: This program is modular in nature each module consists of 20 hours of self-study, practice, and online examinations - followed by 20 hours of face to face instruction at Sunstone Academy.

Module content includes:

  • Team and Teaching Leadership techniques
  • Hatha Yoga
  • Vinyasa Yoga
  • Resistance Stretching
  • Cardio and Resistance Group Fitness
  • Equipment based Group Fitness
  • Pilates and Barre based Group Fitness

Upon successful completion of the Team and Teaching Leadership Techniques and one other module you can apply to teach at a Sunstone location.  Applications for employment are submitted to the Designated Manager of the location where you wish to teach - and all hiring decisions are made at the studio level.

Take the next step!

The practice of yoga is a lifelong journey of personal growth and self-discovery. Along the way you develop self-awareness, rewarding relationships and personal fulfillment. I understand that the first step can be a bit daunting—that’s why the entire Sunstone community is committed to providing you with the support you need from Day One.

Life is short, and sometimes you have to ask yourself, ‘If not now—then when?’. Becoming yoga teacher has changed my life, I know it will change your life, and together we can share the gift of yoga with the global community.

Call Sunstone Academy's Program Advisor, Paige Caperton, at 214-764-2119 x3 to enroll.

Congratulations on your decision to become a yoga teacher! I look forward to personally welcoming you to our community.

Sincerely,

Brandon Hartsell
Trustee
Sunstone Academy

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Does this describe YOU?

If you practice yoga almost every day…if your car’s full of yoga mats, water bottles and gym bags…if you plan your social life around your yoga classes…I think it’s a safe bet that yoga’s really important to you.

In fact, you may be wondering how you can incorporate more yoga into your life, but aren’t sure how to do it.

Don’t worry, we’ve all felt this way!

Even though I had a successful career in finance, I often wished I didn’t work such long hours so I could attend more yoga classes. Eventually, I realized that my personal priorities were changing. Yoga provided me with the personal fulfillment and growth I’d been seeking, and there was no point in denying it any more!

This is when I made the decision to become a certified yoga teacher.

I still remember my first teacher training class. Even though I’d been practicing yoga for three years, I could tell that some of the other students had been practicing for a lot longer. But the biggest surprise of all was that training to become a yoga teacher actually helped me become a much better student!

After just four weeks immersed in yoga study and lifestyle, I felt stronger and healthier than ever—better than when I was a professional athlete! I was 100% prepared to teach, and that’s exactly what I’ve been doing ever since!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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