200-Hour Yoga teacher


Start your journey to becoming a
certified yoga instructor!

If you’d like to learn more about yoga, deepen your understanding, and share your knowledge and passion with others, we can help. Our 200-hour yoga teacher training, which will be held at The Yoga Spot at GSB in Goldsboro, NC, is Yoga Alliance Accredited to effectively prepare you to open your own practice. To offer you a personal experience, we limit the training to 6-10 students.


Is our Yoga Teacher Training right for you?

Before you begin your journey to receiving your 200-hour yoga certification, it’s important to know what makes a great yoga teacher. The qualities every successful yoga teacher has includes: 


Ability to connect with people from all walks of life


Attention to detail to ensure students are executing movements properly


Understanding of movement, alignment, and physiology, much of which will be taught in your yoga teacher training


Not just with your body (though that’s important, too!), but in how you work with your students. It’s important to cater to your audience, listen, and be aware of their needs

Calm Energy

You can be high-energy and enthusiastic, or more laid-back with a sense of humor, but while you’re teaching it’s important to be the observer and the listener

Most important, every great yoga teacher has a love for yoga and loves teaching!  In addition to having the qualities of an instructor, our yoga teacher training is excellent for: 

Yoga Students

Students who would like to become yoga teachers or to share yoga within a specific population.

Students who are interested in furthering their personal knowledge of yoga.

Lifestyle Enthusiests

Desire to promote physical and emotional healing as well as a positive, healthy lifestyle.

Those seeking to learn techniques to improve physical strength, flexibility, and body awareness and share them with others.

Those seeking to learn techniques to reduce negative effects of stress on the body and mind

Professional Growth

Those seeking to pursue a Yoga Therapy certification.

Professionals who want to incorporate yoga into their work such as clinical psychologists, counselors, physical therapists, massage therapists, health coaches, wellness professionals, and those practicing integrative health.

Meet Martha

Martha Catz M.S., ERYT 500, C-IAYT, YACEP has practiced yoga for over 25 years. After completing her initial 200-hour teacher training in 2003, she moved on to receive her 1100-hour yoga therapy training to better serve her students and those seeking improved health and wellness.

In addition to teaching people at our yoga studio in Smithfield and training new teachers, Martha also provides yoga classes and yoga therapy to the community. She also is a Certified Integrative Health Coach and is Certified in Mindful Awareness Meditation – both from Duke Integrative Medicine. Martha also holds a Master’s Degree in Health Psychology.

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All Yoga Teacher Training is done through The Yoga Connection and all certificates for completed courses will be issued by The Yoga Connection. 

Why Choose Us for Your
200 Hour Yoga Certification?

The Yoga Connection is dedicated to providing comprehensive instruction to provide every student with the opportunity to successfully teach others in accordance with the requirements of Yoga Alliance. We practice Hatha Yoga, and our students receive an in-depth look at the primary postures and flow of asana sequencing along with learning how to instruct others in pranayama and guide meditation.

In addition to yoga, our students also learn anatomy and physiology to assist and guide their students safely and knowing how the different movements and sequences affect the body. We place a strong emphasis on anatomy. Philosophy, business, and ethics are also part of the curriculum to better prepare every student should they wish to open their own successful yoga studio.


Schedule for 2022

Our 2022 Teacher Training sessions are scheduled to take place from January – September 2022. Each module will run on a 3-day weekend schedule as shown below.

Module 1

January 14-16

Module 2

February 4-6

Module 3

February 25-27

Module 4

March 18-20

Module 5

April 1-3

Module 6

May 13-15

Module 7

June 10-12

Module 8

July 15-17

Module 9

August 19-21

Module 10

September 2-4


5pm – 9pm


9am – 5pm


9am – 5pm

Tuition Investment

Option 1

(Early bird pricing) $2400 if paid in full at least two months prior to start date.

Option 2

 $2600 if paid in full at least 10 days prior to start date.

Option 3

(Payment plan) $2800/4=$700 paid at least 4 days prior to the start of each of the first 4 modules.

*A two hundred dollar, non refundable, deposit is required to hold your place once your application had been reviewed and accepted by one of our teachers. This deposit will be put towards your overall tuition. For example, if you are paying in full with early bird pricing, your deposit will be $200 and when you go to make your final payment, your owed amount will be $2200.

Other Considerations

You will be given a reading list of books you will be required to purchase and read over the
course of the training. There will be book reports assigned.

There will also be a list of assignments handed out on day one of training. The list will need to be completed by the final weekend of training modules. Some examples of assignments are; you will be required to attend five Yoga classes with different teachers and write-up a brief summary of each experience. You will have one paper due on an approved topic related to Yoga.

*The list is still under construction due to concerns of rising COVID cases and an understanding certain assignments may need to be adjusted in order to follow most recent CDC guidelines.

Common Questions

Who can participate in yoga teacher training?

We advise any participant to have familiarity with the yoga asana. It is not necessary to have previous teacher training to take the program with us.

Is there a certificate with this training?

The Yoga Connection Registered Yoga School (RYS) will award you a certificate of completion. With this certificate you can register with Yoga Alliance for the 200 hour level.

What is Yoga Alliance and what is RYS?

Yoga Alliance® is the national education and support organization for yoga in the United States. They established minimum standards for yoga teachers. Teachers that meet these standards are Registered Yoga Teachers (RYT). Registered teachers with significant experience can register as Experienced Registered Yoga Teachers (E-RYT). A school that satisfies or exceeds the minimum training standards may apply for Registered Yoga School (RYS) status. Once a school is registered, all graduates of the RYS are automatically eligible to register with Yoga Alliance. The Yoga Connection is a RYS.

Will there be work outside of the weekend program?

Yes, there is additional work outside of the studio, such as journaling, reading, and practice on your own.

Who will be teaching me?

Martha Catz is the primary E-RYT for this training. Other instructors (E-RYT & RYT only) and guest speakers will also be participating in your education. All speakers meet the requirements of Yoga Alliance.

Can I miss any sessions?

Each weekend consists of 5 modules. If more than 30 minutes of any module is missed on any day, no credit will be received for that module and you will have to make up the time privately. You cannot make up more than 3 modules. Private sessions are available at the rate of $120 per 2 hours. If you chose not to make up the time then you can continue with the teacher training but no certificate will be awarded and you will not be able to register with Yoga Alliance. This is a commitment on our part and on yours. We will do everything we can to help you complete this training but your presence is absolute.

What happens after I complete the program? Can I teach?

More and more gyms, health centers, hospitals, businesses, churches, and private studios are looking for yoga instruction. Whether your focus is teaching asana, meditation or yoga lifestyle you will be qualified to bring the concepts of yoga to many places and situations.

What is the Refund Policy?

The deposit is non-refundable under all conditions.

Early bird and payment in full:

  1. Up to July 15, 2021 for Early Bird and Paid in Full will be refunded in full, minus the $250 deposit fee.
  2. July 16 – August 16, 2021, for Early Bird and Paid in Full will be refunded at 50% of the total, minus the deposit fee.
  3. August 17 – September 1, 2021, For Early Bird and Paid in Full will be refunded 75% of the total minus the deposit fee.
  4. After September 1, 2021, there is no refund.
  5. For Payment Plans, there is no refund once payment has been made, including the non-refundable deposit.

All cancellations and requests for refunds must be made by email: theyogaconnectionnc@gmail.com

You can pay online at your convenience. We do not accept Venmo nor Paypal. Please pay online on our website, or you can come directly to the studio and make payments.

If you have any questions regarding the refund policy please contact us.

Are there any prerequisites I should be aware of?

In order to apply for our 200 Yoga Teacher Training, we require you to have at least twenty in
person Yoga class hours.
Once you have been accepted into the program, we will send you the title of a book you will be
required to read before the start of Module 1.

Request to begin Yoga Teacher Training: