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Spanda® Yoga 300-hr Teacher Training

Application Process & Typical Day

Who Should Apply?


Consider applying if you wish to:


  1. Develop your expertise in yoga science and deepen your understanding of its philosophy and import in human life. 

  2. Expand your ability to apply authentic yogic methods to effectively facilitate health and the evolution of consciousness of others

  3. Develop your perceptual adeptness, interpersonal skill, and sensitive instructional ability

  4. Provide specialty group yoga classes, like for backcare and for older adults with confidence and skill

  5. Advance your understanding of how yoga works


Note: We understand many individuals have acquired significant yoga and complementary training outside of participating with the registry of Yoga Alliance. That is why our prerequisite for entrance is a 200-hour Yoga Alliance registered training or its equivalent. If you are unsure as to whether your background meets our entrance standards, please contact us at: 609-474-6006. We also require prospective students be at least 18 years of age and have a high school diploma or equivalency certificate with a minimum two years of yoga teaching/practice.


How To Apply:


Fill out, sign and mail the Spanda Yoga 300-hr Teacher Training Application with accompanying items to be received no later than 90 days prior to the start date of your first segment. Your references can mail to us directly or statements can be included in what you send. Mail to: 15 Timberlane Dr, Pennington, NJ, 08534

After your application is reviewed, an interview with the Program Director, Dr. Jaime Stover Schmitt, will be scheduled to discuss your background and program goals. You will be notified as to your acceptance into the program within one week of this interview. If accepted, an acceptance letter and enrollment packet will be sent to you.

Spanda® Yoga Movement Therapy does not discriminate based on race, gender, religion, ethnic origin, disability or sexual preference.  


To Enroll:


After acceptance to the program, you must enroll by completing the Spanda Yoga 300-hour Teacher Training Enrollment Form sent to you with your acceptance letter. Enrollment represents commitment to the program by:

a)  Acknowledging your review of the program policies and procedures contained in the Student Handbook

b)  Your signature accepting the Spanda® Yoga Code of Conduct and Ethics Agreement, and

c)  Your financial commitment of a non-refundable $500 deposit to hold your place made out to: Spanda® Yoga.


Pre-Training Readiness:


After receipt of your enrollment form and deposit, we’ll send you a pre-training packet that includes detailed orientation information and program details.


Included in the orientation information is a topical overview of the Spanda® Yoga 200-hour teacher training content which will allow you to review and consider your previous training in relation to its topics. You may at this time, elect to do additional readiness preparation prior to the program start. Dr. Schmitt, the Program Director, is available to answer any questions you may have.

Additional training materials are assigned prior to and throughout each program module.  However, prior to the program’s start please read Radical Healing: Integrating the World’s Great Therapeutic Traditions to Create a New Transformative Medicine, by Rudolph Ballentine, M.D.



A Typical Day


Please expect to be engaged in the training for most of each scheduled day. We strive to create exertion and recuperation rhythms into the days. Brings comfort items, like backjack chairs, warm socks, blankets, snacks, your favorite sweats.


For the Residential Modular Format of the program, arrival is on Thursday evening and we begin after breakfast on the first full day. We typically have a long afternoon session, and will have class on a few of the evenings as well. The grounds of the Himalayan Institute are beautiful and very restorative, so get outside for a walk whenever you can. The food is vegetarian and delicious. The setting is peaceful and reflective. On the final day of each module you are welcome to leave that evening or stay over and leave the next as your travel plans allow.


Would you like more information? Have a question? Give us a call: 609-474-6006.
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