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become a teacher

The Program

As a registered yoga school with Yoga Alliances, our Teacher Training program provides all the tools necessary for you to find your voice, discover your teaching style, and become an RYT Registered Yoga Teacher with the Yoga Alliance upon completion. Our 200-hour program meets all the requirements set by Yoga Alliance for graduates to successfully begin leading their own yoga classes. Instructors are Certified/Registered in Anusara® Yoga. We teach using the Anusara syllabus for our Trainings and classes. For more information on Anusara Yoga see:


There are about a dozen approved Anusara advanced Certified Teacher Trainers in the world, and we are proud to be the only studio in the midwest to be able to offer this advanced training. Pulsation Yoga co-owner Kathy Simonik is a certified Anusara Instructor and E-RYT 500. She has been leading her teacher training for over 7 years. teaching for 13 years and a student of yoga for 14+ years. Kathy studied with Anusara founder John Friend, and completed his level 1 and level 2 teacher trainings, three Yoga Therapeutic-Oriented trainings, and Anusara Master Immersion. In all, Kathy has completed more than 2,000 hours in Anusara studies with John Friend and other certified Anusara instructors. Her studies have garnered extensive knowledge in alignment and therapeutic-oriented yoga postures. Kathy assisted with 5 teacher trainings prior to conducting the 200 and 500 RYT Teacher Training at Pulsation Yoga.

Pulsation Yoga co-owner Jim Simonik is an Anusara Inspired Yoga Instructor and RYT 200. He will be assisting Kathy in this training. He has been teaching for 10 years, and studied with John Friend, Noah Mazé, Amy Ippolitti, Sianna Sherman, Desiree Rumbaugh, Betsey Downing, and Ross Rayburn. Jim brings his experience and strong athletic practice to the training, and he follows a teaching style that blends an in-depth knowledge of yoga with a powerful and playful practice.


Guest Teachers will include: Marc Holzman, Ross Rayburn, Gabriel Halpern, Kathleen Rankhorn and more.



Our practicum includes the opportunity for you to assist in a class and observe seasoned professionals teach. As a student at Pulsation Yoga’s Teacher Training, you will learn the following:


  • Anusara yoga, an overview of various applications including Vinyasa,  Restorative, and Therapeutic-Oriented Yoga, Meditation, Prenatal.

  • Philosophy overview, including Yamas and Niyamas, the Bhagavad Gita, the Chakras, and the Koshas, Doshas, and Malas. Studying non-dualistic philosophy can help you build healthy habits that garner positive changes, both mentally and physically.

  • Asana practice with a focus on form, alignment, breath, and energy. We break down poses so you can better understand how each one benefits the body, and learn the best way to get into a pose, including using modifications and variations. We also cover energy and energetic flow in the body, therapeutic-essentials, standing, backbends, sitting poses, twists, hand balances, inversions, and restoratives.

  • Pranayama, Bandhas, Nadis, and Meditation.
  • General anatomy of the skeleton, muscles, joints, ligaments, cartilage, and tendons. We review biomechanics of poses and how they affect the physiology of the muscle.

  • How to make hands-on adjustments to safely take the student deeper into the asana practice.

Anusara Yoga® 200 hour Teacher Training starts January 20th 2018

Calling all yoga students interested in becoming a teacher:

Starts January 20, 2018. We are taking inquiries and applications now. Begin the process by emailing kathy for details and to request to be included in the application process. Or feel free to call Kathy direct at 847-989-7792.


We will meet for 3-4 sessions a month on weekend days for 23 days total from January until June.


EXTRAS: Deeply discounted workshops and class packages are available to you during the training session.



Split between both our studios: Saturdays in our Arlington Heights Location and Sundays in our Lake Zurich Location



Saturdays (noon-6:30 p.m.)

Sundays (noon-4:30 p.m.)


The training is in the Anusara tradition of yoga. We teach in the Anusara tradition at our studio.  For more information on Anusara Yoga see:



What makes Pulsation Yoga Teacher Training stand out from other schools?

  • Anusara-certified instructors, including E-RYT 500 and 200
  • Majority of school hours are taught in person as "real live class time" so you will get direct contact and the highest quality education. You will feel very cared for in this training
  • Lead instructors with 40 years experience teaching, including leading over 12- 200-hour RYT teacher trainings
  • Opportunity to learn from master teachers at workshops
  • Carefully designed schedule that minimizes the impact on your daily life.
  • Extensive post-training support and mentoring
  • Competitive tuition rates
  • Ongoing continuing education: a chance to do an additional 300 hours at the same school and receive a full 500 hour study
  • Rated 4.9 out of 5 stars by Yoga Alliance



200 hour RYT

The Difference

200 hr RYT requirements

Applicants will be interviewed in person. Applicants should have a minimum of 1-2 years of consistent yoga practice. During the training period, we suggest you meditate 5 minutes a day, and require that you attend 1 extra yoga class per month at either studio with Kathy. The extra class per month is included in your tuition. (We encourage you to attend as much yoga as you can and will be offering you a discount on class packages) Requirements for the 300 hour training will be listed soon.



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200 hr Tuition

Three tuition options are available for the TeacherTraining program. An application, along with a non-refundable deposit of $450, is required to hold your spot. On the application, please mark the payment option that best suits your needs.


Early Bird: $2649 (plus a deposit of $450) (total of $3099)

A $450 deposit beforehand, then one payment up front of $2649, due on or before December 20 2017.


On Time: $2780 (plus a deposit of $450) (total of $3230)

A $450 deposit beforehand, then one payment of $2780 due on or before first day of class Jan 20th.


3 installments: $2985 (plus a deposit of $450) (total of $3435)
A $450 deposit beforehand, then 3 payments of $995 each due Jan 20, Feb 20, March 20.

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Already completed the Yoga Studies and want to finish the entire 200 hour training?


(Note: you must have completed the 70 hours yoga studies with Pulsation Yoga to enroll in the training portion, and within 18 months of the completion of the yoga studies to be eligible.)


Please note: All teacher trainees are eligible for a discount to yoga classes at the studio and workshops scheduled during the 200-hour training.  Books are not included in the tuition.





Check out what former students have to say about Pulsation Yoga Teacher Training:


Hi Kathy,

I know we are to send you this email to let you know that I have completed my 12 observations, 3 assists for our teacher training.  But... as I typed in the words "I'm done" it just didn't seem complete without "but not finished!"


Not finished... because, first and foremost, I want to thank you for all you have done to prepare us to begin teaching.  I believe in the power of intentions and it must be one of yours to prepare us from a deep cellular level because your process is full of an energetic force that goes beyond the teachings from the outlines and textbooks.  You have taught us yoga from the inside out. The unity of our mind, bodies, hearts and souls.  Thank you for this gift.


Not finished... because the end of our classes seems like a new beginning on so many levels that it would take pages to express!

Not finished... because this experience has been a blessing in my life.  I deeply believe that yoga does not change you, it helps you become more of who you truly are.  Kathy, because of your wisdom and encouragement to "look at this from the other side of the training" I am beginning to understand this more fully and look forward to the journey ahead.


With yoga, I love that we will never be finished - the journey just shifts, ebbs, and flows.  Like riding a big, beautiful wave.


With unending gratitude,



"I came to Pulsation Yoga seeking a true yoga community that would welcome me at my current level, challenge me to grow (both in my yoga practice and personally,) and would provide the community and support I needed for that growth.  Pulsation Yoga provided me with that yoga home.  I was drawn to the Pulsation Teacher Training program based on the home provided at Pulsation Yoga and the strong emphasis on alignment and creative expression in teaching.  I loved the community that grew out of the teacher training class; many of us still keep in touch and support each other as we mature our teaching skills and styles.  Kathy is a wonderful, warm teacher who provided me with knowledge, instruction, and resources to obtain my RYT-200 certification and to feel confident stepping into the seat of a yoga teacher.  I highly recommend the Teacher Training program of study!"

~ 2015 graduate Sandy Smith, MBA, ACC, RYT-200


“The training with Kathy Simonik at Pulsation Yoga was truly a wonderful experience. Kathy leads her trainee classes with an open heart and a wealth of information, and I am so grateful for the support and guidance from Kathy, Jim and every teacher at the studio. I feel that this training has laid the foundation for me to become an effective and educated teacher of yoga.” ~ Christine


Pulsation Yoga owner Kathy is passionate and committed to "being" a yogi. She gives her students in teacher training all of her heart and energy. I am also grateful for the authentic yoga studio experience she and Jim have created at Pulsation. Their teaching truly gives honor to the essence and principles of yoga and our original teachers. They are my forever gurus. Namaste. Sylvia.


"Your training has given me the strong knowledge-base, self-confidence and comfort level that I need to teach yoga and I am very excited to start my journey down the yoga teaching path. I believe your knowledge base, creativity, and embracing teaching style is very unique and extremely successful. I can say successful because I've looked into the other students you've taught and your spirit shines through each of them. I plan to continue learning from you as I further my practice with you at Pulsation." ~2013 Teacher Training attendee


“Excellent program, exemplary staff, community-building environment at Pulsation Yoga.” ~ Shelly


“Kathy Simonik designed the Teacher Training thoughtfully and with great attention to detail. I feel completely prepared to begin teaching. The training was fun, informative, challenging and inspirational. I would highly recommend this to anyone who is thinking about teaching, committed to teaching, or wants to deepen their own practice.” ~ Katherine






200 +300 = 500 hour Advanced RYT Anusara Yoga Teacher Training

September 2017-December 2018

Anusara School of Hatha Yoga 500 hour Advanced Teacher Training®

Prior 200 Hour Grads enroll in this 300 hour training for a complete 500 hour Anusara RYT training:


Starting October 2017: Graduates of any Anusara 200 hour teacher training are eligible for entry into this extra 300 hours of training*. Take your teaching to the highest level.


The combination of the prior completed 200 hour Teacher Training, and this 300 hour training comprise an integrated 500-hour Anusara Yoga Teacher Training Curriculum.  Prior 200 hour RYT requirements must be met. Please contact me to get the conversation started and potentially get on the list. All post-grads of the Pulsation Yoga Training school are welcome!


* Applicants who received their 200 hour from another school or style are welcome, and will be required to take a mini-course to brief them on the Anusara method. (prior to start date) Part of the mini-course is online, followed by some readings, and a one day session on alignment.

The course will be taught in modules, over a 16 month period so you can fully absorb the material.


Curriculum Topics:

•  Teaching with a Theme

•  Advanced Sequencing

•  Teaching the Universal Principles   of Alignment

•  Observations & Adjustments

•  Functional Anatomy as it applies   to Yoga & Therapeutic Applications

•  Mythology

•  Philosophy

•  Teaching Meditation

•  Teaching Pranayama

•  Women & Yoga, Prenatal Yoga

•  Yoga for Seniors

•  Modifications and Yoga for Injuries

•  Working with the Private Client

•  Wall Yoga

•  The Business of Yoga

•  Yin/Restorative Yoga

•  Ayruvedics

•  Teaching Yoga to Kids

•  Teaching Basics

•  Yoga for Scoliosis

•  Nutrition and Holistic Health

•  Anusara Methodology

•  Mentoring Program

•  Attend your choice of 8 workshops  1.5-3 hour) at Pulsation Yoga of   your choice,  within the training   session, included in your tuition


Meets an average of 3 days per month (one Friday, one Saturday and one Sunday a month). Schedule varies each month.



The hours/days will be split between both our Arlington Heights and Lake Zurich Studios.


Hours:  (this

Fridays: (11-5) this will vary

Saturdays (noon-6:30 p.m.)

Sundays (noon-4:30 p.m.)


email to: or call 847-767-5960


The Faculty: Lead Teacher Kathy

Simonik, including sessions with multiple master instructors including Marc Holzman, Ross Rayburn, Gabriel Halpern, and more at the 500 hour level


500 hr Curriculum

300 hr tuition

$4150 tuition for the course

$350 Mentoring Program (required)

20 total hours of Pulsation Yoga workshops from a list of approved workshops  as electives from a pre-approved list - required as part of the

training - These workshops must be pre-registered and paid for, and are considered an addition to the tuition and mentoring.



Payment plans available on an auto debit program for a slightly higher fee, with a signed contract.


Includes a 10-pack of yoga (valued at $150) (classes restricted to Jim or Kathy’s class and must be taken during the training session)  discounted workshops, and additionally discounted class packages for the duration of the training.


Books not included in tuition. Payment plans also available.  A $500 deposit secures your spot into the full training. Application and interview are required.


Teachers and students who wish to take single modules may do so. Inquire about our cost per module.

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