Empowered Yoga Teacher Training™

200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training


Due to the current pandemic the 2020 EYTT™ has been postponed. Stay tuned for new dates.

Online option coming soon!!

About Jamie
My name is Jamie Hanson and I am an Experienced-Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT 500), a Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher (RPYT) and a Yoga Alliance Certified Education Provider (YACAP). I have been teaching yoga since 2009 and I hold a B.S. in psychology and a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction in Social Studies Education. Each of these has influenced my teaching style. I have been a teacher in some form for most of my adult life—I love teaching and believe it is my dharma. The thing I am most passionate about is bridging yoga and social justice and this is why I am so excited to invite you to join me for this transformational teacher training.

My work experience includes many different areas of teaching and social service. During college I worked with at-risk youth in a group home setting and spent much of the day with the kids in the classroom and leading small groups to help support the kids’ social/emotional needs. My first career after graduation was as a Domestic Violence Advocate/Counselor on the west side of Chicago where I spent time supporting survivors of D.V. and also educating the community (Chicago P.D., welfare to work programs, etc.) about the issue of domestic violence. In 2004, I made the decision to return to school and studied to become a classroom teacher in the area of Social Studies. I spent 8 years as a classroom teacher in Minneapolis, Guatemala City, and Chicago. In 2012 I shifted to teaching yoga full time when I moved to California and I absolutely love what I get to do every day.

One of my biggest inspirations for how I teach (and live) is Off the Mat, Into the World® and all of the people I have met through the organization.  In 2010 I became a leader for OTM and have attended several trainings and gatherings with the OTM community. I had the amazing opportunity to travel to India with OTM in 2012 after participated in the Seva Challenge and raised $23,000 to support organizations that work to rescue, rehabilitate, and empower survivors of sex trafficking. I believe that yoga is revolutionary practice and an amazing tool to become sustainable in any service that one chooses to do and that a consistent yoga practice leads to more empathy, compassion and a wider world perspective.

Jamie’s Credentials:
Since 2009 I have completed two 200 hour teacher trainings including Core Power Yoga in Chicago and Awakened Heart Embodied Mind with Hala Khouri and Julian Walker. I also completed the 300 hour advanced teacher training at Be the Change Yoga in Irvine, CA. I love learning and have trained in many areas including trauma sensitive yoga with Hala Khouri, Transcending Sexual Trauma through Yoga and the Street Yoga Teacher Training, vinyasa flow yoga with Seane Corn, prenatal yoga with Jessica Jennings of Ma Yoga® and I am a facilitator trainer and faculty member of the Embody Love Movement®. I am a Yoga Health Coach and offer online group coaching programs based on the wisdom of both yoga and Ayurveda, the co-founder of Bridge Yoga Programs, which offers trauma-informed continuing education for yoga teachers. I have taught at many different studios throughout south Orange County, but I also have experience teaching in more non-traditional settings such as schools, youth conferences, sports teams, addiction recovery centers and for adults with developmental disabilities.

In this unique vinyasa teacher training, students will be challenged to find their voice by exploring their own wounds and passions through deep self-inquiry. This training is designed to meet each student exactly where they are at, to challenge typical ways of thinking, to integrate social justice and inclusivity into the conversation and ultimately empower each student to teach from a place of discernment, knowledge, compassion and authenticity.  The Empowered Yoga Teacher Training™ focuses on a trauma sensitive approach.  Students will walk away from this training with the necessary foundations to begin teaching asana and further their journey into turning their passion and purpose into action.

Jamie shares from her heart in this short video 

This training will include 175 hours in person and an additional 35 hours of online classroom time, including live calls.

  • Yoga Philosophy 
    • Patanjali's Yoga Sutras and the 8 Limbed Path
    • Baghavad Gita
  • Asana clinics and alignment principles
  • Therapeutic Yoga and Yoga for injuries
  • Functional Anatomy for yoga teachers
  • Safe Assists and Adjustments
  • Pranayama and Meditation
  • Seva
  • Yoga of Social Justice
  • Language of Inclusivity
  • Yoga for special populations
  • Trauma Informed approach to teaching yoga
  • Prenatal Yoga
  • Yoga and Body Image
  • The Subtle Body: 7 major Chakras
  • Yoga for kids
  • Yin/Restorative Yoga
  • Mythology of Asana
  • Cultural Appropriation
  • Introduction to Ayurveda
  • Business of yoga
  • Ethics & Boundaries for yoga teachers
  • Practice Teaching & Practicum
  • Upon completion student’s will receive a 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Certificate and will be eligible to register with Yoga Alliance
  • Book List will be made available upon registration


Guest Teachers:


Elissa Strutton, E-RYT 500 will be joining us for Functional Anatomy for Yogis portion of the training. Elissa is a certified Forrest Yoga and Integrated Yoga Tune Up® teacher. Elissa delights in sharing the gifts of yoga with others and is committed to providing a space that facilitates healing, self-discovery and personal growth.

Learn more about Elissa 


Zabie Yamasaki, RYT 200 is the founder of Transcending Sexual Violence through Yoga, an organization with a simple mission: empowering survivors to heal through yoga. She will be guiding us through a shortened version of her Trauma Informed Yoga workshop.

Zabie received her BA in Psychology and Social Behavior and Education at UC Irvine and her MA in Higher Education Administration at The George Washington University, and is a certified trauma-sensitive yoga instructor. She has created a model therapeutic yoga program and curriculum, which is now being implemented in many universities and Community Services Programs throughout California. She was awarded the Victim Service Award in Orange County for the impact of her yoga program on survivors in the sexual assault and human trafficking unit. Her work has been highlighted in the Huffington Post, OC Register, Pinterest, Elephant Journal, Breathe OC, UC Irvine Magazine, CNN and in a variety of online publications.

Learn more about Zabie 


Leanne Whitney, Ph.D, RYT is a brilliant, radiant soul who will be bringing us her expertise on the Yoga Sutras.

Some words from Leanne:

"Although some perceive this moment on our planet as a crisis; I believe an amazing opportunity is before us. My lived body of knowledge recognizes that we are living in one of the most auspicious and profound times of human evolution. The possibility before us is the transformation of how we perceive our world and our place in it. It is a transformation from a separatist point of view, to one that recognizes that everything is interdependent and interconnected.”

Learn more about Leanne 


Sandhiya Ramaswamy is our expert on Ayurveda. Sandhiya is a Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist (CAS) and a Panchakarma Specialist (PKS) from the California College of Ayurveda (CCA), is currently a faculty member at CCA, and the Director of the Southern California campus of CCA. Sandhiya is a professional member of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association.

Born and having lived in India, she has had a lifelong and intimate connection with Ayurvedic healing. It is through Ayurveda that Sandhiya found relief for her chronic asthma, which led her to the complete study of this powerful system of medicine.

Learn more about Sandhiya 


Anusha Wijeyakumar (MA, Dip Mentoring, CPC, RYT) will take us through a journey into the Mythology of Asana, Mediatation and Mantra. She is a sought after motivational speaker around the world on the science of mindfulness and meditation as an antidote to stress in the workplace and our lives. She is managed by the Goodman Speakers Agency and has delivered keynote speeches for executives at Fortune 500 companies across North America and the UK. Anusha is also the Wellness Consultant for a leading hospital in the USA, the renowned Hoag Hospital’s Women’s Health Institute. Where she is actively engaged on championing meditation and mindfulness practices for maternal mental health programs, breast cancer survivorship programs and early risk assessment and research for breast & ovarian cancer prevention programs.

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Stephanie Leger will guide us through the Art of Savasana. She is a certified Yoga Tune Up® instructor and a certified yoga instructor through YogaWorks leading group and private classes in studios, corporate settings, private homes, addiction recovery groups and an abused women and children shelter. As a devoted yoga student and teacher, she is passionate about making yoga accessible for all. Stephanie has always been fascinated by human resilience especially in regards to trauma – physical and/or emotional and the ability to heal.

Stephanie’s background includes graduating from the University of Colorado at Boulder with an undergraduate degree in psychology, with an emphasis in PTSD. Beyond her 200 hour yoga training with YogaWorks, she studied with Hala Khouri, a ground breaking advocate who developed a program specific to teaching yoga instructors how to teach yoga with a trauma informed approach.

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Shannon Nicole Bobo will be leading us through her Enneagram for Yogis workshop. Shannon Nicole is an intuitive and soul with a love for art, travel and all things yoga. Her passion is facilitating meaningful conversations and soulful practices for self-discovery and social change. Shannon is Certified in The Depth Approach to the Enneagram.

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Kimberly Fujitaki will lead give us tools to teach Yoga to Kids. Kimberly has been teaching yoga since 2012 and in 2013 she completed the Prison Yoga Project Teacher Training to bring yoga to at risk communities and incarcerated individuals with special training in trauma sensitive applications of yoga and mindfulness meditation in prisons and other rehabilitation facilities. Kimberly teaches prenatal yoga and yoga for kids. She is the founder of Little Heroes Yoga.

Learn more about Kimberly 


Nichole Ferro will share the Art of Hands-On Assists and invite us to learn more about the Breath, Bandha, & Drishti. Nichole Ferro is a genuine yoga practitioner, a devoted yoga teacher and healer. She began her yoga journey in 2009 and her passion for the art kept growing. Nichole received her level 1&2 Power Vinyasa Yoga Certification under the eye of well respected, Jimmy Barkan.

Her dynamic yet soft presence, enthusiasm, intensity, and humor, coupled with her softness, knowledge, and sensitivity will lead you through a practice of yoga and wellness that is genuine, personally rewarding, and well-rounded in every aspect. 

Nichole is also the founder of Sohum Cacao...the best chocolate around!!

If you have any questions, please contact us.


See what students have to say about Empowered Yoga Teacher Training™:

"Jamie’s teacher training is a gift. Similar to yoga, physically, spiritually, and emotionally you come out different than you did when you went in. I signed up wanting to learn to teach yoga, but I left with a deeper understanding of who I am as a woman and with a renewed empathy for humanity. Jamie has successfully built a program that does exactly what it says it will do – Empower. EYTT’s curriculum is systematic; she’s an educator, not a trainer. The exercises, readings, and speakers challenged me to find my authentic voice. Her program is realistic and humbling. Her objective is to have both teachers and students remain curious about our intentions and to notice how our external environment impacts our internal state. Jamie taught me that in order to teach others effectively, I must first do the work myself. I looked forward to every class. Jamie’s training gave me the tools to be a more present mother, wife, friend, daughter, and instructor. Once we sort through our own history, whatever that may be, we make space to go out into the world and help others. I came to yoga looking for a workout and I left with a new way of life. Jamie helped me remember to embrace simplicity but also to remember that life is quite complex. We learn to accept the grey,respond rather than react, as Jamie would put it, "yes it’s, both…and” Jamie Hanson is the real deal; I would highly recommend her training. My only warning is that once you jump in, you will never be the same."

Kendall Chambers, 2018 EYTT Graduate

“Jamie’s Empowered Yoga Teacher Training did jus that—it empowered us to look deep inside ourselves so that we could learn the tools necessary to share the gift of yoga with the world. The classes were beautifully designed to give us exactly what we were seeking—a closer connection to ourselves and with this divine practice that we call yoga. The lessons around anatomy, Ayurveda, the EYTT class of 2017! I truly feel empowered to share this practice and to get our there and teach.”

2017 EYTT Graduate

“EYTT is a truly life-changing experience that impacted me on so many levels. Whether one is looking to deepen one’s own yoga practice, teach yoga, or discover a new way to experience and approach one’s life path, EYTT delves into the true meaning of yoga. Moving beyond the physical asana, one discovers the awesome and beautiful history, philosophy, and tradition of yoga, while learning how to practice mindfulness in all aspects of life. While this course will certainly prepare anyone to be able to teach yoga, this course also simply serves to teach us how to be kind, loving and compassionate. We learn yoga can heal our minds and bodies, we learn that one does not have to be in a pose to ‘practice yoga’. Finally, we learn that yoga helps move us on the pat to whom we are truly meant to be.”