Foundations For a Mindful Teacher
Planting Seeds of Transformation
Teaching yoga presents a beautiful blend of opportunities — it is meaningful, creative, service-oriented work that gives you a level of independence, freedom and ironically the connection that you won’t likely find at a desk job. With the right tools, teaching yoga can become a well-crafted lengthy career.

Becoming a Yoga Teacher

The Foundations for the Mindful Teacher Training offers a rich foundation of cerebral information and sensory experiences that creates both a deepening of your personal practice and the context (for those so inspired), to teach yoga. It is also open to seekers – those dedicated yoga practitioners simply looking for a greater depth of knowledge. Either way, it’s a transformational process geared toward adult learners. We engage in gentle self-inquiry, review personal challenges and our habitual responses to difficulty so that we might grow as individuals. The result? Trainees learn how to become a positive force in their own lives and in their communities.

Most people, including us, want to become more flexible in mind and body; to experience stress relief and to have a high level of general fitness and improve overall health. Doing yoga and teaching yoga is the perfect tool to achieve all these goals. As a result of this course, you gain mental clarity, become physically stronger while giving something to yourself and ultimately, engendering the ability to something of yourself back.

Our program insures that you will graduate with confidence in your voice and ability to teach a great yoga class! That includes smart sequencing, clear cueing, excellent themes and the confidence to translate passion into action.

How to Become a Teacher

Join us on this six month journey that is designed to build a thorough and empowering foundation for the aspiring teacher while also deepening the breadth of your personal practice. Upon completion you will have the tools and readiness to share your passion with confidence, grace, skill, creativity, intelligence and authenticity. Yoga Alliance Certified.

Experienced Teachers

Experienced and talented instructors who offer a breadth and depth of teaching that would be impossible to replicate elsewhere, teach the Foundations for the Mindful Teacher Training. You are guided through topics such as yoga philosophy, how to correctly perform and teach a wide range of poses, how to properly sequence a class and how to authentically brand and market yourself as a new teacher.

One of the most important underpinnings of the training is an alignment-based practice that promotes a safe, healing, life-affirming style of yoga that is informed by a deep knowledge of yoga philosophy and integrated practice.

You will be immersed in the elements of Vinyasa Flow while also being introduced to Beginner’s 101, Forrest, Power, Restorative, Yin styles of asana practice as taught by some of Tampa’s and the nation’s best and most seasoned instructors.

Dr. Moses Bernard

Dr. Bernard holds a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from the University of Saskatchewan, in Saskatoon, Canada where he graduated with great distinction. He also holds a cum laude Doctor of Chiropractic degree from the Parker College of Chiropractic in Dallas, TX.

He has since expanded his education to include numerous post-graduate certifications in neuromuscular rehabilitation & sports performance enhancement. His post-graduate studies have ranged in fields as diverse as yoga therapy, infant neuro-motor development and Olympic weightlifting. Dr. Bernard has taught seminars throughout the United States, has had multiple articles published in peer-reviewed academic journals, and has presented findings from clinical studies at international research conventions.

In addition, Dr. Bernard recently served as the Postural Specialist & High Performance Liaison for Major league baseball’s Toronto Blue Jays. In this position, Dr. Bernard was the only Chiropractic Physician to travel with a professional baseball franchise in 2016.

Dr. Bernard is the only Kinstretch certified chiropractor in the entire Southeastern US, and among just a small handful of manual therapists with this certification worldwide. Kinstretch is based in scientifically proven principles that are applied in a group training class setting to create improved joint health, body control, injury prevention, physical longevity, and greater movement capacity.   Unlike other systems, it was specifically created by medical and physical conditioning professionals to result in improved flexibility, strength, body control, and better quality of life.

Kinstretch practice also involves a self-assessment system allowing you the ability to monitor your own body for dysfunction that may be causing pain, loss of performance, or that may be putting you at an increased chance of injury.  In addition to use with everyday people, it has also been used by professional coaches and athletes from around the world including the NFL, NBA, MLB, and NHL.

His approach focuses on identifying, evaluating and correcting movement imbalances to eliminate pain, and prevent joint degeneration. Dr. Bernard’s approach covers the spectrum from rehab to performance, and works regardless of whether you are injured, healthy, new to activity, or a world-class athlete.

Suzanne Aronoff

Suzanne Aronoff began her yoga practice in 2004 to help counteract the physical wear and tear she experienced as a massage therapist and as a competitive runner in college. She was inspired to become an instructor for two reasons: the significant benefits from her own practice and to share yoga with her massage clients in hopes they would embrace the healing qualities of yoga and feel empowered to take a more active role in their physical well-being.

E-RYT 200. Suzanne has been a licensed massage therapist since 1992 and is a 2012 graduate of Cleveland Yoga’s 200hr Teacher Training.

Suzanne’s teaching focuses on safe alignment and finding the creative joy in connecting to the student through yoga. Her ability to intelligently convey how anatomy and alignment translates into embodying the poses and breathing significantly levels up your teaching and practice of the sacred technology of yoga. Her public classes are heartfelt, playful, challenging and supportive. She brings her massage background into her classes through hands on assists (maybe even a little massage during savasana) with a clear focus on alignment and physicality.

Kristen Schneider

Kristen has been teaching yoga since 2007. She was first introduced to yoga while living in rural China and immediately fell in love with the practice. She then traveled to India where she lived for six months while doing her 200hr teacher training in Rishikesh, India at Yog Peeth. She often travels back to further her studies in Vinyasa, Hatha, Ashtanga, and Yin yoga.

Her teaching style is dynamic, creative, and sweet. As an Ayurveda Practitioner, Kristen treats the yoga practice as an additional avenue for wellness. She often incorporates guided breathing exercises and meditations into her classes. Kristen teaches in Orlando, Tampa, and at international retreats and festivals.

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Annette Scott

Annette has been teaching yoga since 2004. Her classes and workshops are consciously designed to leave you feeling joyful, motivated, awakened and inspired. Expect to connect to your core and engage in learning to live, teach and practice in a way that brings greater presence, healing and transformation.

Her teachings are a dynamic interplay of deep listening, radical respect for oneself and others while establishing a conscious, compassionate presence.

"Annette's approach is the perfect combination of heartfelt and savvy. If you are ready to activate your soul purpose, I recommend with all my heart saying 'Yes' to this training!"
Maria D

Training Details


The training is a marriage of mindfulness enhancing practices coupled with a focus on alignment-based asana practice that promotes a safe, healing, life-affirming style of yoga that is informed by a deep knowledge of yoga philosophy integrated in to the container of a physical practice.


Exceeds Yoga Alliance Standards

  • 20+ hrs of Anatomy, Kinesiology and Physiology, Reading Posture and Correcting for Alignment
  • 25+ hrs of Practice Teaching, Assisting and Observing
  • 30+ hrs of Yoga Philosophy, Lifestyle, Qualities and Ethics of a Teacher, Making Your Business Work
  • 40+ hrs of Teaching Styles, Methodology and the Process of Learning Itself
  • 100+ hrs of Asana Techniques, Training and Practice


Each module will include asana and pranayama practice, meditation, 8-limb philosophy, lecture, homework/reading assignments, self-care techniques and yoga nidra practice. There will be student teaching every weekend.

OPENING DAY AUG 21 | WED | 6-9pm


  • Friday | 5:30-9pm
  • Saturday | 8am-6pm
  • Sunday | 8am-6pm

SEPT 4 | WED | 6-9pm


  • Friday | 5:30-9pm
  • Saturday | 8am-6pm
  • Sunday | 8am-6pm

OCT 16 | WED | 6-9pm


  • Friday 5:30-9pm
  • Sat 8am-6pm
  • Sun  8am-6pm

NOV 6 | WED | 6-9pm


  • Friday | 5:30-9pm
  • Saturday | 8am-6pm
  • Sunday | 8am-6pm

DEC 4 | WED | 6-9pm


  • Friday | 5:30-9pm
  • Saturday | 8am-6pm
  • Sunday | 8am-4pm


  • Friday | 5:30-9pm
  • Saturday | 8am-6pm
  • Sunday | 8am-4pm

JAN 8 | WED | 6-9pm

JAN 22 | WED | 6-9pm


  • Friday | 5:30-9pm
  • Saturday | 8am-6pm
  • Sunday | 8am-4pm

Additional Requirements


  • Yoga and the Path of the Urban Mystic by Darren Main
  • The Great Work of Your Life by Stephen Cope
  • Essential Anatomy 5 (this is an app – not a book)
  • Teaching Yoga (Exploring the Teacher-Student Relationship) by Donna Farhi
  • The Untethered Soul by Michael A. Singer
  • Nonviolent Communication by Marshall B. Rosenberg


Establish a journal about your personal at-home practice. No less than a 1⁄2 hr a day, no less than 5 days a week. It must include asana, pranayama and meditation.


  • Attend 5 different classes at different yoga studios – notes required. (fees not covered in tuition)
  • Observe 2 Kodawari classes – notes required. (fees included)


Teach either a community class offering at Kodawari or offer your teaching to an underserved population – notes required for either option.

Tuition & Payment


*Participants limited to 18 students | Registration closes on August 14 *If you pay with cash or check you receive $150 discount (payment plans still available).



The deposit may be paid online with the online application or in person with check or credit card. Remaining cost may be paid in full or can be broken down into 4 payments and can be paid online, in person with check or credit card, or you may mail a check. Please make all checks out to Kodawari Studios.

If mailing, send to:
Kodawari Studios
3965 Henderson Blvd, Suite C
Tampa, Florida 33629

*Full tuition must be received by Dec 1, 2019.


Should you have to withdraw from the program before it begins, you’ll receive a refund, minus a $500 administrative fee, according to this schedule:

  • An applicant denied admission by the school is entitled to a full refund of all monies paid.
  • 3 Day Cancellation: An applicant who submits written notice of cancellation within 3 business days of signing the enrollment agreement is entitled to a refund of all monies, less a $250 administrative fee, paid no later than 30 days after receiving the notice of cancellation. The 3 Day Cancellation Rule excludes, Saturday, Sunday and Federal and State holidays.

Other Cancellations:

  • An applicant who submits written notice of cancellation of the program more than 3 business days after signing an enrollment agreement and with a minimum of 24 hours prior to the start of the program is entitled to a refund of all monies paid less an administrative fee of $500.
  • If less than a 24 hour time period is given for cancellation, a 50% tuition fee will be imposed.

If canceling after program begins: full deposit and a $25-per-hour prorated fee for teaching hours received will be imposed.

Foundations For a Mindful Teacher
Planting Seeds of Transformation