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Namaste Yoga Teacher Training: October 2018 - March 2019

  • Namaste Yoga 309 S. Troy St. ROYAL OAK (map)

The Namaste Yoga 200hour program is a six month, Yoga Alliance registered teacher training and in-depth studies course.  The program has run and evolved at Namaste Yoga since 2000.  

Namaste Yoga Royal Oak Teacher Training


Here at Namaste, we teach you hatha yoga’s traditional teachings and philosophy, with emphasis on how to navigate the modern-day classroom. This course was designed to create well-rounded, ethical yoga instructors who are students first. Namaste Yoga’s mission is to offer yoga as a tool for self-inquiry and holistic wellness.

You will build upon your personal yoga practice and your own unique voice, to learn to trust yourself as your own guru. Teaching skills are woven throughout the curriculum to ensure that you are ready to teach by the end of the program. We also have students who take this course to enrich their own personal practices and lives. Each student, no matter their goal, is valued and nurtured throughout the program. 


Based on classical teachings and philosophy, yet applicable to the modern day, this course is dedicated to creating sound, ethical yoga instructors who are practitioners first.


Namaste Yoga’s mission is to offer yoga as a method of self-inquiry and wellness, building upon one’s personal practice and voice. Teaching skills and practicum are woven throughout the curriculum in an attainable, embraceable way. Each person is seen, heard valued and nurtured. 


You'll Study:

  • Foundational asana taught in the style of Sri T. Krishnamacharaya, the father of Modern Yoga
  • Yoga philosophy - In-depth exploration of the yoga sutra and the Bhagavad Gita, with application to everyday life
  • Anatomy & physiology for yoga
  • Learning to construct intelligent flows – hatha and vinyasa
  • Ayurveda: Yoga’s sister science and its application to everyday life
  • Subtle body anatomy - energy systems of chakras, nadis, vayus
  • Prenatal with Elise Bowerman, RYT 500, RPYT

Director and lead teacher Linda K. Makowski, E-RYT 500, YACEP, Yoga & Ayurveda Specialist, MSW; Melissa Weber, E-RYT 200; and Elise Bowerman, E-RYT 500, RPYT provide decades of experience, practice and training.

Linda’s current studies include Master Immersions in the Yoga Sutras with Pandit Ragmani Tignuait, PhD: the head of the Himalayan Institute. 

Contact Linda for course catalog & pricing (payment plans available): 248.399.9642 or Email Linda

The Namaste Yoga Teacher Training Shala experience was rich, deep and meaningful. It was like a yoga buffet with many delicious offerings to taste, digest and indulge in. Linda was always engaging and accessible and made learning so many new topics a mind-opening and heart-opening delight. Guest teachers were also interesting and artful in their sharing of knowledge. And it was a joy getting to know my fellow students. The experience far exceeded my expectations. I loved it and look forward to sharing what I’ve learned with my students and the world!
— Sheri B.


Welcome to Namaste YogaShala! Your passion and your courage to walk this path are honored.

The path of dharma is to live according to your highest purpose in life. The discovery of yoga, and the establishment of a regular practice, is an awakening to an inner Self—a voice, a feeling, a sense—that may leave us feeling exhilarated, peaceful, and hungry for more all at the same time.

There are literally millions of yoga practitioners around the world but some are drawn to follow their path (dharma) deeper into their own true self through study (Svadhya–self study via sacred texts). In many cases we are drawn to share our practice with others.

Yoga Shala (teacher training) is so much more than learning facts, poses, anatomy etc. It is a transformative process.

2018-2019 Schedule

Class meets on selected weekends: Saturdays (12pm – 4:30pm) and Sundays (12:00 – 4:30pm).  Asana Lab meets once per month.  This is an asana intensive workshop breaking down asana beyond basic instruction and, practice teaching.There is room in the schedule for breaks & days off, if needed.

Our Teacher Training Program

At Namaste, we teach you to build a flow from the ground up. Instead of memorizing a flow, you will learn how to build intelligent flows (vinyasa krama) that open, stretch and strengthen your students, in preparation for peak poses. Besides learning how to create flows, you will learn yoga’s rich history, from the perspective of Hatha, as taught by T.K.V. Desikachar. He wrote our primary text, The Heart of Yoga.  Desikachar’s father is Sri T. Krishnamacharya, who is the teacher of BKS Iyengar and Patabi Jois.  This seminal text will  guide us in laying a foundation for the physical practice.  Hatha flows will develop from this study.

Meditation, self-study and pranayama (breathing practices) are crucial parts of the yoga practice. We will cover the rich territory of meditation, keeping journals and talking about our experiences. We will also keep food diaries, to delve deeper into our own self-study, and become more mindful of what we take in. Through Ayurveda, yoga’s sister science, you will learn to best support your own unique constitution. We will learn the importance of breath, and how to use breath to support our yoga practice. Different pranayama can help to relax, energize or balance the body.

We will explain and demonstrate anatomy and physiology, arm balances and inversions (with Melissa Weber), chakra centers, nadis, and vayus (with Linda Makowski), and prenatal yoga (with Elise Bowerman). Our rich program will help you delve deeply into yourself, while gaining an understanding of the many aspects of the yoga practice. Renowned international yoga teacher Dianne Bondy will join us for classes on inclusivity and teaching yoga to every body.

Yoga Philosophy

Wondering what we mean by yoga philosophy? Yoga is much more than just asana: it is a practice that helps you understand your Self and the world we live in. For a taste of what we’ll be studying, check out the article Viveka: Attending to the Presence of Self, by Doug Keller.

Reading List

Required Texts

  • The Heart of Yoga by T.K.V. Desikachar
  • Yoga The Spirit and Practice of Moving Into Stillness by Erich Schiffman
  • The Key Muscles of Yoga by Ray Long, MD
  • The Key Poses of Yoga by Ray Long, MD
  • The Bhagavad Gita by Eknath Easwaran

Recommended Reading

  • The Wisdom of Yoga by Stephen Cope
  • The Great Work of Your Life by Stephen Cope
  • Yoga and Ayurveda Self-Healing and Self-Realization by David Frawley
  • Light on Yoga by B.K.S. Iyengar
  • Into the Magic Shop by James R Doty

Karma Yoga 

To become a registered yoga teacher, you will need four hours of karma yoga. Karma yoga is the yoga of service. Namaste will help connect you with karma yoga that suits your interests. Our graduates have volunteered with cancer centers, shelters, schools, corporate offices, women’s centers and more.

About Us

We are offering a Yoga Alliance accredited 200 hour training starting October 2018. Our program runs until March 2019, and meets most Sundays and some Saturdays. Pricing and payment plan are available in our course catalog.

Namaste Yoga has been offering Yoga Alliance-approved teacher training since 2000. Hundreds of teachers across metro Detroit, Windsor CA, and this regional part of the country have experienced the opportunity to deepen their practices at Namaste Yoga.

Namaste Yoga is in compliance with the Yoga Alliance for the 200 hour level training. At the completion of the 200 hr. program students will be eligible for national registration with the Yoga Alliance.

For an application, course outline, book list, and pricing (payment plans are available), please contact Linda K. Makowski, LMSW, E-500 RYT, Owner and Program Director, at 248.399.YOGA, or Email Linda.

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