Teacher Training

200-Hour Teacher Training Program (YA-RYT)

The Just Breathe {yoga} (JBY) Teacher Training Program is offered under the direction of Yoga Alliance (YA) credentialed Director Angie Poon E-RYT.  Other faculty will be announced soon.

Whether you are interested in deepening your own practice and understanding of yoga, or you feel the call to teach, the JBY Yoga Teacher Training Program is committed to providing every student with an in depth understanding of all the components necessary to be an effective and successful yoga teacher.

We offer a 200 hour certification program in Hatha Vinyasa Yoga, which will qualify and fulfill requirements for students to register with the Yoga Alliance for RYT. In this intensive 6 month program we will cover

Mantras & Kirtan
Yoga Thai Massage
Alignment and injury prevention
Yin Yoga
Prenatal Yoga
Smart Sequencing
Hands on assists
Sanskrit terminology
The history of yoga and classical yoga philosophy, including the study of several yogic textsThis training will run from January through June 2017 for 14 weekends on Saturdays & Sundays 12:30-5:30p.   Training Weekends for 2017:
January: 14/15, 21/22
February: 4/5, 11/12
March: 4/5, 11/12, 25/26
April: 8/9, 22/23
May: 6/7, 20/21
June: 3/4, 10/11, 24/25

Tuition Investment:
$2800 by October 31st
$3000 by November 31st
$3200 by December 31st
$3400 by January 12th
(check/cash preferred, additional $125 for credit card charges)
Payment plan options available. $500 Non-refundable Deposit required to reserve a spot.  Please inquire.
Any cancellations before YTT begins can receive a refund less the $500 Non-refundable seat deposit.
*We will offer opportunities for “make up” hours, for those who wish to participate, but cannot attend all the scheduled weekend sessions due to travel and other extenuating circumstances.
Do you have final questions about Teacher Training? There will be 2 Q&A Sessions:
Saturday, October 15th, 2-3pm
Sunday, November November 6th, 2-3p 
Bring your questions & see you all there!
If you can’t make the Q & A sessions, you can email or call in your questions to 415-517-2310 or angie@justbreatheyogarivermark.com .
JBY Teachers

JBY Teachers


JBY Teachers












IMG_3102Angie Poon, E-RYT, Director of Yoga Teacher Training

Angie began her yoga journey in 1998 shortly after graduating from University of California, San Diego in the Sciences.  While taking a sabbatical from work & traveling, she decided that she needed to find ground and connect back with what surrounds her.  This is where Angie fell in love with Vinyasa and received her primary 200-hour teacher training certification, and is currently an E-RYT with Yoga Alliance.  Angie never intended to teach yoga, but her true calling came to her when a fellow yogi asked her about a pose and she was able to share her experience from the heart.  Angie teaches in the Hatha Vinyasa style at her community yoga studio she opened in June 2010.  Angie was the Vice President of Interchim Inc. and is classically trained in analytical & separation sciences.  Nowadays, you can find her with her two little yogis, Sloane & Ronin in and around the neighborhood, and doing what she loves most, being a student of yoga.  Angie hopes to share her beliefs with her fellow yogis that yoga practice can offer opportunities to discover the gift and strength of the body and to open the heart to love from within.


img_0510Lisa Jang, E-RYT, Faculty, Yin Yoga

Lisa has been teaching group fitness and yoga for over a decade. She acquired her Primary Group Fitness Certification in 2001 through AFAA and started her yoga studies by enrolling through Beth Shaw’s YogaFit System, but discovered she wanted to finish her yoga studies at a local yoga studio. Determined to do that, Lisa completed her studies with a RYT certified school through the Yoga Alliance and trained in the Hatha Vinyasa style under the mentorship and guidance of Noell Clark and Angie Poon. Lisa also trained under Kathryn Budig in arm balancing, inversions and transitions. Lisa is a Les Mills Certified Instructor and teaches BodyFlow®.

While practicing and teaching yang style yoga, Lisa stumbled upon Yin Yoga in 2010. She found the Yin practice challenging her patience, her ability to find her own edges in poses and emotionally provoking. Lisa was also intrigued about the connection of Yin and the Chinese Meridian Theory. She wanted to learn more about Yin and share it. She studied and completed an in-depth immersion studies program with renowned Canadian Yin Yoga Teacher, Bernie Clarkat Semperviva Yoga (Vancouver, CANADA). In addition, Lisa has completed teacher training in functional anatomy with Yin Masters, Paul and Suzee Grilley.


png;base64207b7a5411e8b289Michael Athanas, RYT, Faculty

With a Ph.D. in Physics, Michael spent nearly a decade exploring the fundamental structure of matter at particle accelerator laboratories around the world. He finds yoga philosophy & asana to complement to his stringent scientific profession – both work in tandem to increase energy, focus, and awareness. By assimilating his scientific background with yoga physiology, he presents a new grounded perspective on the practice.  The challenging flow of Michael’s classes will leave you feeling strong and centered – his approach to teaching will develop flexibility, strength, and confidence.


10525710_10154464230685122_620025973145276462_nErica Johnson, RYT, Faculty

In 2006 Erica Johnson moved to the Bay Area from her childhood home in Yosemite National Park. She found refuge in yoga after a severe knee injury in 2009 that took her away from her first loves; teaching and performing as a dancer. Movement and artistic expression through the body in motion has always been a large part of her spirit. During her recovery, Erica dove head first into yoga, falling in love with the power of the mind and body connection. She found she was doing things that her doctors had told her she most likely would never do again. Yoga healed her internally and externally, and since then she has worked hard to share her passion and love for yoga with everyone.   Erica completed her 200-Hour Hatha-Vinyasa certification with Angie Poon and Noell Clark at Just Breathe Yoga @ Rivermark.


Petra Neiger, RYT, Faculty








Q: I want to take the training, but I haven’t been practicing yoga for that long, and am not sure my practice is strong enough?
A: You do not have to be a yoga master to take a teacher training. In fact, there are no masters in yoga. We are all students, even the teachers. Yoga is a relationship that is ever evolving. There is no graduation from the practice of yoga. We are never “finished”. You do not have to be able to do every pose, or know Sanskrit, or have been practicing for 10 years. A teacher training is designed for both those who want to teach, and those who want to deepen their knowledge and understanding of yoga.
Q: I have a vacation planned for June. I will miss one of the weekends. Can I still participate?
A: Yes, We will offer make up hours for those who need to miss training sessions due to travel plans or other extenuating circumstances.
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