Giving Tree Yoga
Teacher Training  Program

Become an exceptional leader in service to others

Now Accepting

Summer/Fall 2022 yoga teacher training​ applications 

A limited number of partial support scholarships are now available for the 200-Hour YTT Program.  Click the application above to apply. 

Why attend Teacher Training at Giving Tree Yoga? 

Giving Tree Yoga invites you to step into your next chapter and become an exceptional leader in service to others. Come be inspired to deepen your personal practice. Learn to teach yoga to others. Program leader Christy Newsome, ERYT-500, certified Yoga Therapist, and M.S.Ed., has the expertise and skill to guide you through this inspiring and transformative course.


Participating in a Yoga Teacher Training program will forever change your life in ways you can’t even imagine! Get ready to nourish your mind, body and spirit and to dive deep into the heart of the practice and philosophy of yoga. This 200 hour certification program will give participants foundational and knowledge based skills for guiding students through safe and inspiring sequences and poses, while strengthening their own practices and understanding during the course.

Through this training, you will develop a full toolbox of yoga fundamentals: postures (asana), breath work (pranayama), meditation, anatomy, sequencing, philosophy, history, adjustments, and the business of yoga. The goal is that you will feel confident teaching when you graduate. But, just as importantly, you’ll go deeper: discovering who you are. What makes you unique in this world. How to be comfortable with all of the layers that make up who you are. You’ll find and develop your own voice. You’ll learn to be fully present in a yoga class, knowing that it is what will touch and inspire your students. Yogic concepts combined with authenticity, honesty, and presence will help you become the best teacher you can be. You will begin to develop the heart of a teacher. This training is for those who wish to become yoga teachers or those who simply desire the transformative experience the program offers. Existing teachers who want to deepen their practice and teaching are also welcome to join us.


Although hatha/vinyasa yoga will be the primary focus of this training, you will have intensives in restorative yoga, yin yoga, prenatal yoga, children’s yoga, and chair yoga so that you feel comfortable teaching many different styles. We will challenge the way it’s always been and dive into the anatomy and the science of movement. There will also be discussions on the business/marketing of yoga, the principles of practice, demonstration, observation, teaching, assists, practice-teaching sessions with fellow trainees, study groups, presentations, and observing & assisting “live” classes.

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Meet Our Instructors

Christy Newsome ERYT500, YACEP, Professi

Christy Newsome
lead trainer

E-RYT 500

Christy Newsome, E-RYT 500 is your lead trainer. She has been practicing yoga for over 25 years and teaching since 2011. She has over 3500 hours of teaching experience and over 1000 hours of yoga training. She received her yoga certificates at Peachtree Yoga Center (with Graham Fowler & Elizabeth Nix) and Etowah Valley Yoga (with Sue Hopkins) and also has done intensive study in yin, restorative, meditation, and anatomy. She also has a masters degree in education and a gift for teaching others. Although Christy is your trainer and mentor, you will be encouraged to experience the value and teachings of other well-trained teachers during your journey.

Melissa Lopez RYT 200 owner Giving Tree

Melissa Lopez
studio owner,

E-RYT 200,
RYT 500

Melissa is your co-lead trainer. Owner and founder of Giving Tree Yoga + Wellness Studio.  She has been practicing yoga and meditation for over 20 years. She has over 1800 hours of teaching experience and over 600 hours of yoga training. She always wanted to dive deeper into yoga and expand her knowledge beyond just an asana practice.  She founded and opened Giving Tree Yoga in 2018 because she always wanted to help people and has been drawn to provide a place where people feel a sense of community and belonging. Giving Tree Yoga was founded to provide a judgement free and inclusive environment for everyone - where you can come be inspired and uplifted to be your best and honor your mind, body and spirit.


9 Weekends August 2022- December 2022


  • Weekend 1: August 13 & 14 (Sat & Sun)

  • Weekend 2: August 25, 27, 28 (Thurs, Sat, Sun)

  • Weekend 3: Sept 15, 17, 18 (Thurs, Sat, Sun)

  • Weekend 4: Sept 29, Oct 1, 2 (Thurs, Sat, Sun)

  • Weekend 5: Oct 13, 15, 16 (Thurs, Sat, Sun)

  • Weekend 6: Oct 27, 29, 30 (Thurs, Sat, Sun)

  • Weekend 7: Nov 3, 5, 6 (Thurs, Sat, Sun)

  • Weekend 8: Nov 17, 19, 20 (Thurs, Sat, Sun)

  • Weekend 9: Dec 1, 3, 4 (Thurs, Sat, Sun until 5:30)

Meeting Times:

  • Thursday evening VIRTUAL 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

  • Saturdays, 8:00 am – 6:30 pm

  • Sundays, 8:00am – 3:30 pm (graduation Sunday, we meet 8:00 am - 5:30 pm) 


Cost:  $3,500

Early bird discount if paid in full before July 15th - $2,975 

Paid in full after July 15th - $3,150

Payment plan if enrolled before July 15th - $3,250 ($350 deposit plus 5 monthly payments of $580)

Payment plan if after July 15th - $3,500 ($350 deposit plus 5 monthly payments of $630)

$350 non-refundable deposit or paid in full is due at time of enrollment to reserve your spot

Why is it important to attend in person? 

There are training programs out there that blast you through the recommended materials, but our tried and true program prepares our graduates to lead their students safely and confidently through yoga postures so students receive a safe and beneficial yoga experience. 60% of our graduates have gone on to teach within the first month of graduating. 

An on-line program just falls short of the in-person experience.

There are limited spaces for this program so early registration is recommended.

NOTE: We will be learning in person at the studio on weekends and one virtual class on Thursday evenings. 

Giving Tree Yoga is a Registered Yoga School (RYS) with Yoga Alliance, which designates this teacher training program as one which follows Yoga Alliance’s standards. Students who complete a verified training with this school may be eligible to register with Yoga Alliance as Registered Yoga Teachers (RYTs). 

YTT Spring 2021
Yoga at Home


The Teacher Training Program at Giving Tree Yoga was amazing, including the teachers who led the program. The overall course and instruction provided a great understanding of anatomy, philosophy and yoga as a whole. This, combined with the physical practice and instruction on asana, pranayama and meditation, I feel has provided me the foundation needed to deepen my knowledge and awareness, while giving me the tools to not just teach a class but to be a true teacher who can serve others. The teachers themselves made the difference in the program by providing so much encouragement and support, commitment, and space to simply be ourselves, ask questions and practice. It was truly an enlightening and transformational experience. I highly recommend Giving Tree Yoga as a studio, but also, if one is considering a teacher training program that is grounded in a deep understanding of anatomy and philosophy with the actual practice of yoga for a well-rounded training program. Love my Giving Tree Yoga Family! ~Melissa V.

My teacher training experience at Giving Tree Yoga exceeded my expectations. The instructors went above and beyond to prepare a 6-month course. The course was very extensive in Human Anatomy, making me realize how interested I am in the science of the human body. I felt comfortable in the learning environment. The smaller class created a more intimate and hands on learning experience where I was able to get the most out of the training. I recommend this studio's teacher training for anyone interested in teaching or wanting to deepen your knowledge of yoga. ~ Christina P.

The teacher training at Giving Tree Yoga was done both virtually and in studio because of Covid 19 and it ran incredibly smooth. The materials, books and information we received covered a wide array of topics and each lesson built onto the next in a most comprehensive way. Both lead and co instructor were knowledgeable in the topics presented and very engaging. I would definitely recommend this teacher training to anyone that wants to pursue their certification. ~ Lisa B. 

Giving Tree Yoga's Teacher Training program was excellent and I highly recommend it. The program focused equally on anatomy of the body, the philosophy of yoga, and the actual poses in English and in Sanskrit. I wasn't sure going into the training if I would be teaching once I completed the training. But I had such a wonderful experience and gained so much support from my instructors that I am already starting to plan how I will teach and share this gift with the world. ~ Madeline B. 

Amazing program! Christy and Melissa are incredibly knowledgable not only in the physical practice but in the entire lifestyle. We were exposed to many different practices including restorative, yin, chair yoga, etc. We thoroughly covered anatomy and the effects of yoga. This program prepares you for teaching from all aspects. I had a great experience and would recommend the program to anyone. ~ Allie L.