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Namaste Yoga Teacher Training: September 2019 - March 2020

  • 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 will 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

  • In depth study of Ashtanaga Yoga-the eight-limb path

  • Vinyasa Krama – learning to construct intelligent flows

  • Subtle body anatomy - prana, chakras, nadis, vayus and gunas

  • Anatomy & physiology

  • Ayurveda: Yoga’s sister science

  • Yoga for All – Dianne Bondy, E-RYT 500

  • Pre-natal Yoga – Elise Bowerman, E-RYT 500

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.

2019-2020 Schedule

Class meets on selected weekends: Saturdays (12pm – 5pm) and Sundays (12pm - 5pm).  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, and snow days as 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, strengthen and create balance in body, mind and spirit. 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, mental and spiritual 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. In Ayurveda, yoga’s sister science, you will learn to best support your own unique constitution. We will also keep food diaries enhancing our awareness of what we take into the body. We will learn the importance and skillful use of our breath to support our practice and create mental and emotional balance. Different pranayama can help us relax, energize or balance.

We will explain and demonstrate anatomy and physiology as it pertains to our practice and teaching of asana. 
Elise Bowerman will instruct proper asana, pranayama for pre-natal students.
 Dianne Bondy, a renowned international yoga teacher will join us for classes on inclusivity and teaching 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.

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 Anatomy of Yoga by Dr. Abigail Ellsworth (text purchased through by the program director)

  • 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 September 2019. Our program runs until March 2020, 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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