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 A Message from Melissa about 2020’s Teacher Training

As many of you know, this year has brought and is continuing to bring a lot of big changes changes for me: getting married, starting back to graduate school out of state, and some new professional personal projects around town. After a lot of reflection and conversation with my beloved co-teacher…

Jasper and I have decided to NOT offer a 200-hour yoga teacher training program in 2020.

This decision wasn’t made lightly. This training has been one of the biggest parts of my life for over six years, and leading it has been profoundly satisfying and life-changing. I’ve had the honor of training over 100 yoga teachers who are doing amazing things in Birmingham and beyond. I’ve had to grieve letting go of my beloved program and all the goodness it brings to my life.

This decision is not permanent or final. Jasper and I are thinking of this as a step back — a pause to reflect, reimagine, and retool our yoga training offerings. It’s very possible we’ll offer a 200-hour training in the future, likely with an expanded faculty to share the workload of training new yoga teachers. We’re also looking ahead to the possibility of a 300-hour program to offer what Jasper so eloquently calls “higher spiritual education” to those already offering yoga in our communities.

As we let go of this chapter in Sacred Glow’s history, I want to thank Annie Damsky for giving us a loving home at Villager for six beautiful years. We couldn’t have asked for a better, easier, more supportive relationship with a studio. We will miss occupying that space and making memories there.

I also want to thank all of the amazing yogis who have trusted us with their training in the last six years. Your presence has been a gift to us since day one. We’re so excited to keep supporting you in your future endeavors.

My sincerest apologies to anyone who was eager to join us for a teacher training in 2020. We hope you can understand why we need this time to reset and hope you’ll join us for a class or program in the future.

We can’t wait to see what’s next!

With much love and gratitude,




Information about the 2019 training…

Sacred Glow’s 200-hour yoga teacher training is unlike any other in the Southeast. We focus on finding the unique teacher within you. No cookie-cutter graduates here. Our mission is to find your authentic voice, style, and approach to sharing yoga with others.

Based on the cutting-edge anatomy research of Tom Myers and Leslie Kaminoff, we break down yoga poses and sequencing to make the practice accessible to all bodies. You’ll learn how to build deep strength from the inside out and teach a practice that empowers your students.

Along the way, you’ll deepen your own self-knowledge and understanding. You’ll explore the philosophical roots of yoga and how they apply to modern life. And most powerfully, you’ll discover your authentic Core Message, which is your mission statement for your teaching and your life.

Ready to get started? To register for the 2019 training, click here.

2019 Teacher Training Dates:

  • March 8-10
  • April 5-7
  • May 3-5
  • June 7-9
  • July 19-21
  • August 16-18
  • September 13-15
  • October 11-13
  • November 8-10

Villager Yoga, 3150 Overton Road, Birmingham, AL 35223

Weekend Schedule (every weekend):

  • Friday: 5:30pm-8:30pm
  • Saturday: 9:00am-6:30pm (one-hour lunch break)
  • Sunday: 9:00am-6:30pm (one-hour lunch break)

Required Reading:

  • Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown
  • Eastern Body, Western Mind by Anodea Judith
  • Teaching People Not Poses by Jay Fields
  • The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
  • Yoga Anatomy by Leslie Kaminoff


  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Alignment Principles
  • Assisting – verbal & hands on
  • Ethics – including Yamas & Niyamas
  • Mindfulness Meditation
  • Methodology of Teaching
  • Sequencing
  • Theming Classes
  • Philosophy
  • History
  • Pranayama
  • Self-Care
  • Business of Yoga
  • Exploration of other styles, including Yin, Kundalini, Restorative, and Kids Yoga
  • Discovering your Core Message
  • Living Yoga Off the Mat

Total tuition, due by March 1st, 2019: $2700
Deposit, due with application: $300
Early registration price: $2400, if paid in full by February 1st, 2019
* Payment plans are available. Contact Melissa for individualized payment plan options.




Make checks payable to “Sacred Glow Yoga”
Mail to: Sacred Glow Yoga, 1338 34h St S, Apt D, Birmingham, AL 35205

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