200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training in New Orleans

Jessica Blanchard and Mikhayla Anderson, Yoga Teachers

Deepen Your Practice and Share What You Love

Do you nurture an intense love for yoga?

Are you astonished how much your life has improved since you stepped into your first yoga class?

You gained strength, flexibility and fitness. You tapped into a deep calmness, and experienced a new sense of peace and inner beauty. Rising wolf retreat provide a different kind of Yoga teacher training. At Rising Wolf, our teacher training programs provide an accessible approach to learning the art of teaching yoga, incorporating practical, hands-on experiences that will leave students feeling prepared, knowledgeable, and confident about teaching yoga.

Now, what’s next

Would you like to share your yoga with your community? Explore the philosophy of yoga? Or have you become fascinated by human anatomy?

Our Teacher Training helps you nourish a deeper understanding of yoga, delve into human anatomy, and gain the confidence to share the magic of yoga with your friends and family and community.

Passionate Students Become Extraordinary Teachers

To become a yoga teacher, you need to understand and practice yoga: postures, philosophy, meditation, and pranayama (yogic breathing). True learning includes both information and experience.

For example, you can read books about meditation or healthy eating, but you truly feel the benefits when you practice. When you experience a calmer, less reactive mind, you want to meditate. When your energy skyrockets because you’ve replaced sugary snacks with fruits and nuts, you won’t protest adding a few vegetables to your dinner plate.

As you establish a regular yoga practice, you learn firsthand about it’s benefits: stable energy, better sleep, less stress and calmer, happier mind.

You gain the skills and motivation to be a dedicated student: breathing practices you build upon month-by-month, meditation homework, and yoga sequences.

Over nine months of Teacher Training, you immerse yourself into yoga deeper than ever before, and you experience extraordinary growth in your own yoga practice, preparing you to be a skilled teacher. You develop your own authentic teaching voice through creative exercises and practice teaching.

Students have told us over the years that the toughest part of teaching is articulating the language: how to move into and out of postures clearly and succinctly. You’ll practice with us and we’ll give you a set of cues to get you started.

Our Training Goes Beyond the Others

Two weekend workshops with world-class visiting teachers: Sudhir Tiwari and Christina Sell are included in your tuition.

This weekend was so magical and the feeling always lingers into my Mondays. Thank you for having Sudhir come it was truly an eye opener. I truly believe I wouldn’t get this kind of training in any other studio. Especially having just moved down here, it’s been nothing but a blessing meeting everyone in this yoga community. ~Bethany Boots

What Will You Learn?

Sequence a yoga class: Use creativity and knowledge of yoga postures to develop a balanced yoga class.

Sound Like A Lot?

The 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training is taught over nine months, so you have plenty of time to get to grips with the material and become a confident yoga teacher.

Each month features one weekend of yoga immersion, giving you plenty of time to read and revise what you learn each weekend.

Of course, life sometimes intervenes. You may miss an afternoon or a weekend. This is okay because we record all the sessions. So you won’t miss any valuable learning.

What Qualification Does the Training Give Me?

Yoga Alliance 200 Hour Registered School

At the end of the training, after completing six hours of practice teaching, you’ll be eligible for the 200-Hour Yoga Alliance Certification as a Yoga Teacher. This is an internationally recognized certificate.

About Your Teachers and Guides

Jessica Blanchard is a yoga teacher, ayurvedic practitioner and registered dietitian. Founder of Balance Yoga & Wellness, Jessica has taught yoga for more than thirteen years. She’s devoted to helping people realize the power of yoga and a good diet.

Jessica is authorized to teach Ashtanga Yoga by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. She’s been a direct student of Sri O.P. Tiwari, head of India Yoga Association and leader of Kaivalyadham since 2003. She has an MA in French and Sociology, and is a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist (RD, LDN).

Mikhayla Anderson is an Artist, Yogi and a great enthusiast of Love. She moved to New Orleans from New Mexico and brings with her the discerning energies of the clear and open-hearted desert.

She started her career in movement through dance and transitioned into Yoga in the late 1990’s. She has studied with expert teachers in the Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Ayurveda and Anusara traditions. She was certified as an Inspired Anusara Instructor in 2011 and currently is a 500-ERYT Instructor.

Jessica and Mikhayla are your personal guides throughout the training (and potentially for longer….) They answer all your questions about yoga practice, postures, philosophy, and ayurveda. They give you personal feedback on your first yoga class.

With more than thirty years of yoga study, MIkhayla and Jessica help you learn more than you would have thought possible in nine months. They present diverse backgrounds of yoga study and different teaching styles — Mikhayla extroverted and passionate, and Jessica quietly confident.

2018-2019 Visiting Guest Faculty

Sudhir Tiwari

sudhir tiwari headshot

Sudhir Tiwari combines a deep understanding of classical yoga with his experience of living and teaching in this west. He helps us to understand yoga in its most authentic form. He was brought up at Kaivalyadham Yoga Institute, amidst a rich yogic heritage in India. His father is the well known pranayama master, Sri O. P. Tiwari.

Sudhir travels the world conducting workshops in theory and practice of yoga (asana, pranayama, meditation, chanting) and ayurveda. His mantra is “Breathe positive, breathe yoga.”

Christina Sell

Christina Sell Vajrasana

Christina Sell has been practicing yoga since 1991 and teaching since 1998. Known for her precision, clarity and down-to-earth teaching style, Christina’s classes are intelligently sequenced, passionately delivered, and aimed at helping students of all ages and capacities grow through compassion, humor and devotion. Her teaching is a synthesis of her ongoing studies in movement, personal growth and spirituality. Expect demonstrations, explanations, and progressive sequences. Come ready to work and to play.

Online Anatomy Instruction

david keil yoga anatomy workshop

David Keil brings his unique style to teaching human anatomy. Because of his passion, he makes this complex and sometimes frustrating topic easy to understand. So we can all advise our students confidently.

David recently published the comprehensive manual Functional Anatomy of Yoga, the most accessible book about anatomy on the market today.

You’ll have access to the anatomy videos and instruction for life — so even after the training finishes, if you need to refresh your understanding of the spine or the hips, you’ll have a wealth of information at your fingertips.

What’s Included In the Training

  • Nine Weekend Immersions
  • Online access to the course recordings
  • 160-page Teacher Training Manual
  • Tuition for Christina Sell’s Weekend Workshop (December 15-16 2018)​
  • Tuition for  Sudhir Tiwari for Classical Yoga and Pranayama (March 9-11, 2019)
  • Tuition for online Anatomy Course with David Keil
  • Six guest teacher modules: Hands-on adjustments, Aromatherapy, Yoga Therapy, Teaching Special Populations, Teaching with Sensitivity to Trauma, Using Your Story To Connect with Your Students
  • Practice teaching in small groups so introverts feel at ease
  • Personal written feedback on your first class
  • Five art projects: mala bracelets, eye pillows, clay modeling, aromatherapy kits, yantra drawing
  • Group Ayurvedic Dinner with Sudhir Tiwari
  • Closing Party and Celebration
  • Yoga Alliance Certificate upon completion of program

Important Details

  • Training cost: Early bird prices is $3099 if deposit paid by 7/30/2018, full price $3399.
  • The training starts September 7, 2018 and ends May 19th, 2019.
  • The training meets once per month, nine times from September to May 13th with a Closing Celebration.
  • Weekend scheduleFridays 5:00 – 8pmSaturdays 9am – 6pmSundays 8:30 – 5:30pm
  • 2018 – 2019 Weekend Dates: September 7-9, October 12-14, November 16-18, December 14-16, January 11-13, February 8-10, March 8-10, April 12-14, May 17-19
  • The early bird price is valid until July 31, 2018. You must deposit $500 towards the training to be eligible for the Early Bird price.
  • We offer two Community Scholarships at $300 each, please see this page for application links & details.
  • Only 20 seats are available.
  • We offer a flexible payment plan of four installments or monthly installments.
  • Trainees will receive a discounted monthly rate of $60/month for unlimited yoga during the training.
  • A $500 deposit is due upon enrollment to hold your spot. If you cancel 30 days or more before the start of the program you will forfeit $250 of your deposit and the remaining balance will be refunded. If you cancel 14-30 days before of the start of the program, you will forfeit your entire deposit and any remaining balance will be refunded. These fees are non-refundable and non-transferable. If you cancel within 14 days before the start of the program or do not attend the program, the entire deposit and program tuition is non-refundable and non-transferable. Once the program begins the program tuition is non-refundable and non-transferable.

Take the First Step

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Once we’ve reviewed your application we’ll respond with more details.


Email jessica [at] balanceyogawellness.com or mikhayla [at] starblossomlife.com

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  • Jennifer A Palm says:

    I’m very interested in learning more about your teacher training.


    Jenny Palm

    • Jessica says:

      HI Jenny,

      Great! What specifically are you interested in knowing about our training?



  • Catherine Caldwell says:

    Hi Jessica,

    My name is Catherine Caldwell, I was accepted to the training program last year, but was unable to attend last year due to financial issues. I think I am able to take that step this year.

    I plan on taking classes on a consistent basis this summer.

    Is it too late to sign up?



  • Lisa Spahr says:

    I will be in Oregon for the end of April and throughout May of 2017, so my question is if the last weekend of the program in May is required or is it just a formal graduation/celebration?

    • Jessica says:

      Hi Lisa,

      The last weekend we do cover material – Yoga in the Public Eye. So we talk about setting up a website, authentic marketing and we do practice teaching. However, we do audio record all the sessions so you could listen to this in your own time. We do allow one planned absence (or emergency) for the trainees this year. We also will make any slides available.

      So if that’s the only weekend you’ll miss, it won’t be a problem and you’ll still get your graduation certificate. Let me know if you have other questions.

  • Quentin Hardage says:

    Guessing it is too late signing up for TTC? Please add me to list for future weekend ttc’s advance notification. I am senior and have taught yoga for several years, having complete Sivananda TTC, AttC, and Ayurveda training at their yoga ranch and Bahamas.

    I am more interested in participating with a group of Ashtanga type aspirants than being certified.

    I recently attended Stephen Link’s weekend workshop and surfed your website.

    Best wishes in Yoga,

    Quentin Hardage

    • Jessica says:

      HI Quentin,
      Thank you for your message. Our TT started in September, so you were too late. Would you do me a favor and use the form on this page to join our early interest email list?

      Look forward to seeing you soon!


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