Fall 2024 


October 6, 2024 - January 5, 2025


Become A Certified Yoga Instructor This Fall!

or Earn RYT200/RYT500 

Continuing Education Credits

Learn To Share What You Love -

Enroll Now To Save Up To $300 & Start Free Yoga Classes Today!

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UpDog School For Yoga can help you begin an open-hearted journey to becoming a Yoga Instructor as you learn how to share what you love with others. It's the best thing you'll ever do!

Our Fall 2024 RYT200 program begins Sunday, October 6, 2024 - January 5, 2025. Sessions meet once per week on Sundays 7:30AM-4:00PM (excluding observed holidays) in our Rochester studio for a very manageable pace. 

Upon enrolling, you will receive FREE Yoga at UpDog, from the date you enroll thru the end of training in January 2025 - over a $1,000 value in FREE Yoga! FREE Yoga is included at both UpDog Rochester and UpDog Sterling Heights locations.

Save $100 on Fall tuition with your $200 deposit by August 1st, 2024. Additional $200 discount available if you pay your tuition in full by September 1st, 2024. Payment plans also available. 


Yoga Teacher Training is a wonderful experience that will enrich your life in so many positive ways, both during and after the training is complete. Our program is open to Yoga practitioners of ALL experience levels aspiring to learn, with no prerequisites.

People come to our training from all different walks of life, and all are encouraged to use this course to begin or continue a journey of personal exploration and acceptance. Even if you don't plan on teaching professionally, the personal benefits of the program are profound.  

Not only will you learn the fundamentals of Yoga and grow your own personal practice, but most importantly, teacher training is a rite of passage that will help you grow as an individual to find more happiness and fulfillment of Mind, Body and Spirit. It is a very individualized and personal experience that pushes our limits, expands our horizons, and opens our heart and mind to shine brightly out into the world with love and compassion to help and teach others.

If you are already looking within, you are searching in the right place. Let us help you on your journey with the experience of a lifetime. We'd love to include you in our program!

If you've been considering deepening your Yoga practice and learning how to teach others the amazing path of Yoga, the time is now. Teacher training truly is a life-changing experience. Let us help you find your bliss!



 Submit an Inquiry Form about any of our Teacher Training programs:

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Contact Jill to further discuss our program and determine if Teacher Training is right for you:

Email:  jill@updogyoga.com
Call:  248-608-6668

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Fast Facts


Fall 2024 RYT200 Yoga Teacher Training


Upon program conclusion, you will receive a certificate of completion from the Updog Dog School For Yoga and qualify for RYT200 certification from Yoga Alliance


October 6, 2024- January 5, 2025

(13 weeks excluding observed holidays: Thanksgiving weekend)


Weekly session on Sundays 7:30AM-4:00PM


Classes meet weekly at UpDog Yoga Rochester, 210 W. University Drive, Rochester, MI 48307


Whether you want to share what you love by teaching others, deepen your own practice, or simply learn more about Yoga - UpDog Yoga 

Teacher Training takes you through the amazing path of Yoga and all its magic! 


Spring RYT200 regular price is $2,900, but you can save up to $300 with early bird enrollment and full tuition payment:

  • Save $100 by submitting your $200 deposit for enrollment by August 1, 2024 
  • Save an additional $200 if you pay your tuition in full by September 1, 2024
  • Affordable monthly payment plans are available if not paying in full prior to training start. Contact us to discuss if you have extended payment plan needs ($200 discount does not apply to payment plans)


Complete an Enrollment Application and submit with your $200 deposit. Contact Jill with questions and/ to make your deposit: 248.608.6668 or jill@updogyoga.com

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What You Will Learn

Training Curriculum

UpDog's curriculum is both "heart" and "spirit" based, helping students learn the skills necessary to teach mindful yoga for everyBODY.  We embrace multiple styles of Yoga at UpDog. Your training will be well-rounded and cover several core styles of Yoga including: Ashtanga, Basic Hatha, Viniyoga, Vinyasa, Slow Flow, Yin and Chair Yoga, as well as Meditation, Pranayama, Chakras & Subtle Energy and an introduction to Nutrition & Ayurveda. 


Training consists of weekly modules covering all teacher training core curriculum in accordance with Yoga Alliance standards.  Students will become immersed in and learn:

Yoga History & Philosophy

Foundations of teaching Yoga, ancient teachings of the Yoga Sutra, Eight Limbs of Yoga, ethic codes of Yoga, living the Yamas & Niyamas in a modern world, essential Sanskrit



Teaching safely in the styles of Ashtanga, Basic, Slow Flow, Vinyasa and Yin including benefits, precautions, principles of alignment and modifications


Ashtanga Yoga Immersion

A deep dive into understanding practicing and instructing in the primary poses of this noble practice which forms the foundation for many other styles of Yoga


Basic & Therapeutic Yoga Immersion

Principles of Basic Yoga for beginners, developing class formats, and utilizing therapeutic adjustments and modifications


Slow Flow & Vinyasa Yoga Immersion

Linking postures, breath and movement into a more vigorous flow, developing class formats and class pacing


Yin Yoga Immersion

The art of Yin Yoga, use of props and importance of integrating Yin with other styles of Yoga for a well-balanced practice


Chair Yoga

Introduction to the practice and practical applications for Chair Yoga

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Teaching Yoga To Pregnant Students

Learn the basics and practical guidance every Yoga Instructor should know for how to properly and safely accommodate pregnant students attending an Yoga class

Teaching Methodology

Discovering what it is to be a Yoga instructor: class construct, sequencing and pacing, finding your personal teaching style and expression


Anatomy & Physiology

Learning the basics of the body's musculoskeletal, fascia, glandular, respiratory and nervous systems as it relates to Yoga postures and Pranayama


Yoga Adjustments

Understanding techniques and benefits of mindful, supported and therapeutic adjustments specific to the various styles of Yoga


Meditation & Pranayama

Varied breathing techniques, moving the mind beyond limitations and experiencing stillness; learning how to bring these gifts to others


Chakras & Subtle Energy

Learning about prana and the subtle energy body, koshas, chakra energy centers and how to balance them


Nutrition & Ayurveda

An introduction to Nutrition, Doshas and Ayurvedic principles for a healthy lifestyle


Teaching Practicum

In-depth practice teaching sessions with feedbacks, gradually building to a 60-minute class



Teacher Trainee Perks

Included with your tuition from the day you enroll, thru January 2025:

FREE Unlimited Yoga Classes

FREE Unlimited Yoga Classes at two studios, UpDog Rochester and UpDog Sterling Heights, to complement and enhance your practice (over $1,000 value)

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FREE/Discount Workshops

FREE or discount admission to a variety of Yoga, Health & Wellness and Spiritual Development workshops offered weekly at UpDog throughout the training


Merchandise Discount

10%-15% discount on Yoga Gear, Apparel, and Merchandise from the UpDog Crystal & Metaphysical Shop throughout duration of the training


FREE/Discount Therapy Sessions

  • FREE Float Tank Therapy session by appt. at The Float Institute at our Sterling Hgts. location
  • 15% Discount on Reiki session by appt. with Reiki Master Jill at our Rochester location
  • 15% Discount on Massage Therapy appt. at Basic Massage located in the Downtown Wellness Union
  • 15% Discount on Vibroacoustic Sound Healing Therapy appt. at our Rochester location
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Student Feedback

What Past Teacher Trainees Say About UpDog

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"This training was one of the best experiences of my life! The studio has great energy and the program is well put together. Words cannot express the gratitude for the experience I had at UpDog. I have not only grown in my practice, but in all areas of my life. I built new confidence, I grew closer to my daughter who took the training with me, I met many other wonderful people, and I learned so much about what I am already passionate about. Meeting other yogis that are passionate about Yoga and coming together with everyone with the same goal in mind was so rewarding."  N. Perez, RYT® Fall 2020

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"The comprehensive material covered was rich and offered an excellent variety of topics to study. I chose UpDog for my training because it covered aspects of teaching not provided elsewhere. The instructors are amazing. I hardly recognize the person I was before beginning the program. I feel as though I have discovered more of myself - physically, emotionally and spiritually."  G. Gatzke, RYT® Spring 2019


“All of the training sessions were amazing and all the teachers were extremely knowledgeable and caring! The research and depth that Jill has put in to develop this training is stellar. Each week helped deepen my practice and the most rewarding thing for me was learning how to be a caring teacher. I would recommend anyone to take this training, whether they plan to teach or not. Yoga has now become a part of my life. I am now always aware of how I choose daily activities to be the best use of my time and energy. I make better food choices and my reactivity has gone down. I will definitely pursue Yoga continuing education here." - S. Ganesh, RYT® Fall 2020

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“This program was super hands-on learning and I felt competent to try practice teaching to my family and friends within the first several weeks. Now that my training is complete, I feel even more confident and my family wants me to continue to teach weekly Yoga classes to them! It's super empowering to share something that I love with people that I love."  V. Kazinowski, RYT® Fall 2020

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"I really appreciated the variety of teachers -

great experience and techniques. The studio was clean and the atmosphere was great.  

I loved all the extras, the materials, the knowledge

of the staff. The enthusiasm of each and every 

teacher, and the heart and thought that was put

into all aspects of the program make UpDog a 

great learning experience. It provides you with

the knowledge you can take out into the world 

of teaching. THANK YOU ALL!" C. Lyons, RYT® Spring 2013, RYT® 500 Spring 2015


"I thoroughly enjoyed my experience and am impressed with the whole team/community here. The opportunity to study with and get to know a remarkable group of students and teachers is priceless. Thank you so much Jill and the whole UpDog Team for such a wonderful experience. I really enjoyed everything and especially the care taken in all the little details like the guided meditations, sharing your knowledge of crystals, fresh fruit in the morning, providing a nice training binder (I'm a binder nerd!), and all the passion that you put into each session."  M. Maloney, RYT® Fall 2021

"Sundays at the studio were such an amazing experience - I am still on cloud nine! I learned so much from Jill and the entire training team and hold so much respect and gratitude for you all. From start to finish, this has been such a rewarding experience and one I will never forget. Going through this program I have been reminded and renewed in my love of yoga and how I want to incorporate it more deeply in my life and share it with others as an instructor. Thank you!" - C. Smith, RYT® Fall 2023

"Great instructors with a diversity of experience. The training program was enhanced by the opportunity to participate in everything offered at the studio - workshops and practicing at UpDog throughout the week complemented and reinforced the lessons we learned in the classroom. I thoroughly enjoyed immersing myself in this Yoga community. So rewarding to connect with others while learning from and supporting each other."  K. Turner, RYT® Spring 2019


"The training has helped me incorporate Yoga more fully into my lifestyle and inspired me to include it in my career path. I learned so much about teaching and my own personal practice. I gained a great understanding of all types of Yoga and the energetic body. I had an all around Amazing experience!"  A. Ward, RYT® Fall 2017

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"I took this course because I felt like something was missing in my body. The way the program is designed is so comprehensive that I feel so whole spiritually, mentally and physically. It gave me what I was missing even though I can't quite put it into words. The guidance of all the knowledgeable teachers, the readings gave me so much knowledge and wisdom, the workshops enriched me, my classmates were kind and forgiving, and so much more. Thank you for everything Jill. Your kindness, compassion and understanding for everyone in the program is obvious. Your hard work and passion did not go unnoticed. I am so grateful for my decision to do this and that I was drawn to UpDog to do it."  N. Troyanovich, RYT® Spring 2019

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“I feel as though I learned so much!  Free practice … great workshops … helpful, professional binder and materials – it was worth every penny!  The program is wonderful – you can practice at UpDog the whole time, you meet GREAT people, the payment plan was very helpful, the program touches on a variety of aspects of becoming a Yoga teacher.  UPDOG REALLY PREPARES YOU!”  N. Bommarito, RYT® Spring 2011

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"I feel pure gratitude. I've learned more about myself during this journey than I've known for the past 32 years in this body! I can't change the whole world but thank you for helping me find my corner to make it as beautiful as I please." K. Agar, RYT® Spring 2021

"I love the fact that we covered a variety of Yoga styles in the program and had the opportunity to interact with multiple teachers and points of view. I always knew Yoga made me feel better than any other exercise, and now I realize the spiritual aspects of this. I am glad this was explored in the training and I feel like a new side of my life experience has been opened. I have a new found focus on meditation."  K Cvetkovski, RYT® Fall 2020


"Thoroughly enjoyed myself in this training and the teachers are awesome! I never expected that in learning to teach Yoga I would grow so much spiritually. I learned how to meditate and I do so regularly now. All of our readings and teachings were Food For The Soul!"   T. Martinez-Orza, RYT® Spring 2019

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"I learned so much in this training program.  I definitely see a difference in my body and mental state and meditation is now an important part of my life after this training.  I enjoyed the variety of teaching styles from the different teachers involved in the program and each of them showed a great deal of passion for what they do. I loved coming to the studio, such a warm and inviting environment. I learned so much that I feel as if I have won the lottery!  It  enriched my life in many ways, and I'm so happy to be where I am at today."   R. Sidhu, RYT® Fall 2017


"I loved everything and it was an amazing experience! I learned so much, not just about Yoga but about myself. You learn a lot about yourself on all those early Sunday mornings! The program definitely gave me more confidence and helped me let go of any fears that hinder me from doing what makes me happy. I now think more positive and give gratitude. I love this studio and all the workshops and classes it offers."  S. Butty, RYT® Fall 2017


"Great program! Enjoyed the access to the variety of Yoga styles, lineages, classes and instructors as part of the UpDog training. Appreciate the opportunity to learn from people who are truly passionate about what they do. I came to UpDog already knowing I find peace of mind in my Yoga practice, but now I have a wealth of knowledge behind the practice. I'm leaving with confidence and a greater sense of self. Thank you!"  S. Lancaster, RYT® Spring 2019

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"All the teachers made me feel so good about myself! I feel it really helped me to learn to speak my truth and not doubt myself. I am more confident and secure and would absolutely recommend this training program. I especially loved learning Ashtanga and Natalie holds a special place in my heart. Love you all!"  M. Perez, RYT® Fall 2020


“I absolutely loved my experience – it was such a fun, welcoming atmosphere.  Actually practicing the poses, learning correct alignment and adjustments was the most effective part of training.  Weekend timing is also perfect – Sundays are great because most of us have better availability on the weekend.  I think the days were also a good length – the time passed by so quickly!  If you are thinking about it, just DO IT.  You’ll never regret the time you spend at UpDog and you’ll learn more than just the fundamentals of teaching Yoga.”  H. Heugel, RYT® Fall 2016

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"I am so grateful for all that I have learned here! It truly was an amazing and inspiring journey. I will take these tools with me to share in every aspect of my life. The most rewarding part was our training binder - I now have a piece of all of the things we've done to keep, remember and review always. Every moment is appreciated."  L. Morgan, RYT® Spring 2019

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"This experience gave me so much more confidence and helped my anxiety. It gave me the power to pursue my dream job! I met so many great people that opened up opportunities. I really felt like everyone cared and supported me. The uniqueness of each teacher involved in the program made me realize there is no 'cookie cutter' Yoga teacher or style, and I can just be ME. I can't wait to do the 500hr. training down the road."  M. McCarthy, RYT® Fall 2017

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“I feel like UpDog is the gold standard for teacher training. The level and experience of the instructors is outstanding. I found I was able to connect to my mind and body and a whole new world that I knew little about just opened up to me, so rewarding! I can’t express how much this training has meant to me. It really has changed how I see things and how I handle things in my everyday life.  I learned so much and it has inspired me to keep learning.”  - D. Hagar, RYT® Fall 2023

Module Drop-In & Continuing Education Credits

Maintain Your RYT200 or RYT500 Certification with CEC

Continuing Education is a big part of your annual re-certification with Yoga Alliance as a Registered Yoga Teacher, at both the 200-hour and 500-hour levels. This Spring earning your Continuing Education Credits (CEC) is as easy as saying, Namaste!

For those considering teacher training but can't make the time commitment for a full 200-hour training program, you can choose from one or more of our Spring training modules at a drop-in rate. This is a great way to learn more, enhance your practice and experience a portion of the teacher training experience for one or more sessions to see if a full training program may be part of your future. 

Or perhaps you are already a registered RYT200 or RYT500, who would like to further hone your skills and earn continuing education credits to maintain your Yoga Alliance certification while focusing on specific areas that simply need polishing. This is especially helpful if you have not taught for any length of time or feel adequate time was not spent on certain areas of your prior training, such as class flow construct, adjustments, anatomy, practice teaching time in a studio setting, etc. 

You can submit the hours you complete as Continuing Education Contact Hours toward your Yoga Alliance CE requirements.

Cost to attend a full day and earn CEC is $175 per day. Attend multiple days and save at only $125 per day for two or more days. Prior graduates of UpDog training programs receive additional discounts. 

Contact us for more information about specific session topics by date and to discuss your needs. Call Jill at 248.608.6668 or submit an Inquiry Form and specify CEC: 

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Sample CEC modules include:

  • Ashtanga Yoga Immersion
  • Basic & Therapeutic Yoga Immersion 
  • Slow Flow & Vinyasa Yoga Immersion
  • Yin Yoga Immersion
  • Anatomy  of Yoga
  • Yoga Adjustments
  • Pranayama Breathing Techniques
  • Chakras & Subtle Energy
  • Nutrition, Ayurveda & Doshas

About Us


One of Southeast Michigan's Only 200-hr & 500-hr Yoga Alliance Certified Schools

Over the past 24 years, UpDog has trained and certified hundreds of our areas best and brightest Yoga Teachers and Studio Owners. You will learn from the best and receive personalized attention as part of our Teacher Training program:

  • UpDog teachers and staff are some of the most experienced in the industry, many with the highest certifications available from Yoga Alliance, including E-RYT500 and C-IAYT.
  • Our staff's dedication to their students and the sense of community and positive energy at UpDog is readily apparent from your first visit. 
  • UpDog is one of the only 200 and 500 hour Yoga Alliance certified schools in Southeast Michigan. Our school also offers Yoga Continuing Education (CE) credits endorsed by Yoga Alliance as part of training modules and specialized workshops.
  • Based on Yoga Alliance post graduate surveys:  98% are "very satisfied" with their training and recommend UpDog Teacher Training to a friend. 

Program Instructors


Jill Rocker


Program Director, Meditation, Chakras, Subtle Energy, Slow Flow, Vinyasa

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Tina Pautz


Yoga History & Ethics, Ashtanga, Slow Flow, Vinyasa, Yin, Props & Yoga Adjustments

Samantha Piro


Ashtanga Yoga Immersion

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Tracy Flynn


Basic Yoga, Viniyoga, Therapeutic Yoga


Stephan Conlee


Anatomy, Ayurveda, Pranayama

Mike Maniscalco


Chair Yoga

Amanda Wininger

RYT200 Prenatal, Labor & Delivery And Post-Partum Doula

Intro To Teaching Yoga To Pregant Students

Stephanie Howard

E-RYT500, Advanced MELT Method Certified

UpDog OM Squad, Post-Grad Teaching Placement

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