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Ananda 200 Hour Teacher Training

With over 23 years combined yoga teaching, Shelly, Karen, and Kelly bring a wealth of knowledge and experience. Our desire is to bring people the same life-changing experience we have had with yoga, including self acceptance and a different perspective on life. With that, we hope to bring to our yoga community teachers who have the ability to make yoga accessible to everyone in a safe, loving and healing way.

“Karen, Shelly and Kelly provide a very nurturing environment to learn and grow in yoga. They share with you all the tools you need to feel confident in your own ability to teach. You come away with a better understanding of your practice and how to prepare properly for each pose. It was a wonderful experience and I would highly recommend teacher training at this studio.”

–Stacy S.

“Completing my 200 Hour Certification with Ananda Yoga + Wellness was by far the best decision I could have made and one that truly changed my life. Shelly, Kelly and Karen all have so much knowledge and each individual instructor had something a little bit different that they excelled in and could bring to the table. Shelly, Kelly and Karen were so supportive of everyone throughout the process and always provided really informative feedback. The group of beautiful people who went through this journey with me are close friends that I will have forever. Even after graduating the program and being able to share my teachings with others, everyone has been beyond supportive and helpful in achieving my yogi dreams. After being able to sub at Ananda and teach at other studios I have gone on to open my own studio in South Jersey. None of which would have been possible without the knowledge that I was able to take from the YTT Training at Ananda Yoga + Wellness. Thank you, thank you, thank you times a million ladies!”

–Kate H.

“So looking back on this a year later, I had no idea how off balanced my life had become. I knew immediately that Ananda was the right place for me. Warmth radiates from moment you walk thru the door. I am privileged to know this supportive group of people. Never heavy handed, consistent and always from the inside out. Life changing because it allows everything in to help you find your center. This content is a mile wide and a mile deep.”

–Marvin C.

“Ananda’s 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training was a wonderful experience. Karen, Shelly and Kelly each offer a unique teaching style and expertise that gives a well-rounded approach to the study of yoga. Ananda is truly “an om away from home” welcoming all people to the love of yoga. They provided a comfortable environment to continue my love of yoga and sparked my interest in a wide array of topics, all with a great sense of humor.”

–Deb C.

“The level of knowledge, care and compassion we, as students, received for the Ananda Yoga + Wellness YTT-200 training was exemplary. From the first day, the teachers, Shelly, Karen, and Kelly, made us feel comfortable and guided us through the learning process. Each teacher brought their own depth of wisdom and insight from their yoga background, which provided a well-rounded and fun educational experience. The training not only prepared us as new teachers, but helped us to explore and break boundaries within our own practice. Because of those incredible six months spent with the teachers and fellow students, I have been able to regularly teach and have also been encouraged to deepen both my practice and teaching with continuing yoga education.”

–Rebecca K.

“My experience with yoga teacher training at Ananda has strengthened my mind body and soul in ways that I couldn’t ever explain before. Yoga has been part of my life for a little over 20 years but now it stands hand-in-hand with my faith in God. Yoga is my go to at times when I need self-care and self-love. The gift that I have been given to also teach this mind body faith and the ability to give self-care has gone beyond my wildest dreams and I intend to continue my journey through this time and space to never stop learning and teaching to my best ability from the solid foundation that Ananda yoga and wellness has given me! If you choose this path, hold on because you will be changed for the good forever! Namaste”

–Tina B.


What You Will Get

  • 200 Hour Yoga Alliance Approved Teacher Certification
  • 5 Months unlimited yoga classes at Ananda
  • A deeper understanding of your own yoga practice
  • Knowledge that will prepare you to teach all levels of yoga

What You Will Learn

Yoga Philosophy

  • The History of Yoga
  • 8 Limbs of Yoga
  • Yamas and Niyamas
  • And more…

Anatomy and Physiology

  • An understanding of anatomy and physiology as it applies to Asana and Pranayama
  • Correct alignment of Asanas
  • How to teach safely

How to Instruct

  • Sequencing poses / lesson planning
  • Safely instructing all populations
  • Breathing and meditation techniques
  • An understanding of the energetic components of yoga
  • A knowledge of Ayurveda, the sister science of yoga

What You Will You Need

Before You Apply

  • One year of a regular yoga practice (if you haven’t been attending Ananda Yoga then you must take a class with Shelly, Karen, or Kelly)
  • An openness to learn, grow, and transform your life
  • Fill out the application below

Books to Purchase Before You Begin Training


  • Key Muscles of Yoga by Ray Long, MD
  • The Yamas & Niyamas: Exploring Yoga’s Ethical Practice by Deborah Adele
  • Hatha Yoga Illustrated by Brook Boon and Martin Kirk
  • A Journal


  • Key Poses of Yoga by Ray Long, MD
  • Living Your Yoga by Judith Hanson Lasater
  • The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle
  • Meditations From the Mat by Rolf Gates and Katrina Kenison
  • The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
  • In Your Elements by Monica Bloom

What You Will Need to do to Complete Your Training

  • Attend all in-studio teacher training weekends
  • Attend 80 hours of Asana practice at the studio, the majority being with Shelly, Kelly, or Karen
  • Complete all at home readings and assignments
  • Teach required hours to students in the program as well as to the public.</li


Teaching Faculty

Karen Kapus, E-RYT 500

Karen began practicing yoga in 1999 and soon after began taking trainings and started teaching regulary in 2010. She continued her passion by attaining her 500 hour yoga teacher certification and through continuous teaching became a E-RYT 500.

Trainings and Certifications

  • 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training: YogaFit
  • 500-Hour Yoga Teacher Training: YogaFit with therapeutic focus
  • Yoga as Medicine, Level I with Timothy McCall, MD
  • Reiki Level 2 Certified

Shelly McIntosh, E-RYT 200

Shelly has been practicing yoga since 2006, and after realizing the healing benefits of yoga first hand, decided to obtain her 200 hour teacher certification, immersed herself in teaching and is now an E-RYT 200. Also passionate about Ayurveda, the sister science of yoga, she delved into incorporating it into her life and teaching with the support of her mentor, Monica Bloom.

Trainings and Certifications

  • 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training: Fitness Yoga Studios
  • YogaFit for Warriors (PTSD)
  • YogaFit Restorative Therapeutics
  • Reiki Level 2 Certified

Kelly Friedberg, RYT 500, E-RYT 200

Kelly’s first experience of teaching came back in 2007 when she taught Biology at the high school level. Her graduate education in Anatomy & Physiology led her to the world of yoga over 10 years ago. She furthered her yoga practice by completing a 200 hour teacher training in 2013, proudly becoming a 3rd generation Iyengar student. Always a student and keenly aware of the benefit that advancing her personal practice has on her teaching, she continued education, obtaining her 500 hour advanced teacher certification through Dig Yoga in August of 2019, and has her Sanskrit Level 1 Certification from the American Sanskrit Institute.

Trainings and Certifications

  • 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training: Marianne Wells Yoga School
  • 500-Hour Yoga Teacher Training: Dig Yoga
  • Sanskrit Level 1 Certification


Classes will be held:

  • Friday evenings, Saturdays and Sundays

On these dates:

  • February 21st – Orientation
  • February 28th-March 1st
  • March 13th-15th
  • April 3rd-5th
  • April 17th-19th
  • May 1st-3rd
  • May 15th-17th


Total Cost: $2700

  • $200 Deposit due upon application submission.

Payment Plan 1

Payment Plan 2

Return Policy

  • If Ananda Yoga + Wellness cancels the training or you are not accepted into the program, your deposit will be refunded less $20.


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