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Winter/Spring 2021 yoga teacher training
​applications are now open!

Giving Tree Yoga

Teacher Training  Program


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.


Christy Newsome, E-RYT 500 is your lead trainer. She has been practicing yoga for over 20 years and teaching since 2011. She has over 2500 hours of teaching experience and over 1000 hours of yoga training. 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. There will also be other teachers and guest speakers during the training to supplement her knowledge and give you different perspectives.


Melissa Lopez, RYT 500 co-lead trainer. Owner and founder of Giving Tree Yoga Studio located in the heart of the Smyrna Market Village.  She has been practicing yoga and meditation for over 20 years to calm and balance the stresses of a demanding career in the corporate world. She always wanted to dive deeper into yoga and expand her knowledge beyond just an asana practice. In April 2017, she left her corporate job and pursued yoga full time, completing her 200 hours of training with Kim Saunders at Lift Yoga in Alpharetta in January 2018 and completing her additional 300 hours in January 2020 at Peachtree Yoga Center in Sandy Springs with Ilona Moore and Graham Fowler.  She founded and opened Giving Tree Yoga in 2018. She has 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 environment for everyone - where you can come be inspired and uplifted to be your best and honor your mind, body and spirit.

* TT manual and 10 classes per month membership during training to Giving Tree Yoga are included in your tuition
* $350 deposit/enrollment fee secures your spot and is deducted from your tuition balance.
* $2,850 tuition 

* Monthly payment plan is available with 8 installments of $350 after $400 deposit. 

9 Weekends January - June 2021


  • Weekend 1: January 23-24 (Sat & Sun)

  • Weekend 2: February 4, 6-7 (Thurs, Sat, & Sun)

  • Weekend 3: February 25, 27-28 (Thurs, Sat, & Sun)

  • Weekend 4: March 11, 13-14 (Thurs, Sat, & Sun)

  • Weekend 5: March 25, 27-28 (Thurs, Sat, & Sun)

  • Weekend 6: April 15, 17-18 (Thurs, Sat, & Sun)

  • Weekend 7: April 29, May 1-2 (Thurs, Sat, & Sun)

  • Weekend 8:  May 13, 15-16 (Thurs, Sat, & Sun)

  • Weekend 9 : June 3, 5-6 (Thurs, Sat, & Sun)


Meeting Times

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

  • Saturdays, 8:00 am – 6:30 pm

  • Sundays, 8:00am – 3:00 pm

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. Our new, large studio allows us to easily practice within safety and health recommended guidelines. We are also limiting the number of participants to ensure social distancing and safety measures. 

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).

Testimonials from past teacher trainings with Christy Newsome & Melissa Lopez:

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. 

"The training I received prepared me well to start teaching as soon as it was complete! It prepared me to keep students safe and cultivate an understanding of yoga. The curriculum was presented in a structured, comprehensive format, with opportunities to confirm understanding and explore a little more. You, Christy, not only led by example, but you created a program which held us to a high standard as teachers."  ~Beth W.



"There was a tremendous attention to detail in anatomy and instruction technique with the latest scientific and medical information presented, while respecting yogic tradition at all times. It was a life-changing experience of the highest quality and a true bargain for the educational and transformative journey provided." ~Will P.


"Thank you for always being authentic! You are the one I trust to be honest & transparent. Your depth of knowledge about all things yoga - not just the asana but the "fascinating parts" are really what helped inspire me to want to do yoga teacher training." ~Ashleigh W. 


"Peace is what I will take away from this experience, and though it isn't nearly enough, all I can say is thank you, Christy! I am beyond grateful to you for your support and encouragement. You are gifted teacher and a wise mentor. Thank you for reminding me over and over again that I Am Enough." ~Amanda E. 

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