Fri, Feb 9 – Sun, May 20, 2018
(off for Easter Weekend Mar 31-Apr 1)
We’re thrilled you’re considering joining us on this powerful and transformative journey!
Our celebrated teacher training, Laughing Lotus Yoga School, is fondly known as “Love Skool.” This rich, transformative program brings to life the depth and joy of yoga as a creative process and as a path to further awakening. One of the earliest vinyasa training programs in the US, Laughing Lotus Yoga School is based on a creative, dynamic, and devotional practice, merging body, breath, motion, and mindfulness.
Over 2,000 students have graduated from Laughing Lotus Yoga School, and our new teachers have been spreading the message of yoga nationally and around the world since 2000.
In fact, if you wish, Laughing Lotus SF offers the opportunity to start teaching right after graduation through our unique Community Classes program. This is a wonderful way to get your teaching going!
authentic yoga experience
in-depth pre-reading and assignment
weekly meetings with a mentor and study buddy
self-inquiry, group discussions, homework, and physical practice
The Laughing Lotus Yoga School teacher training program is a comprehensive experience, and Jasmine Tarkeshi, Laughing Lotus Senior Teachers, and experts in anatomy, ayurveda, Sanskrit and meditation will be your guides. You’ll learn not only yogic tradition and history, postures and alignment, but also how to apply your new skills in the modern world.
Intro to Sanskrit
Hands On Assists
Yoga for Kids
Our teacher training is a journey: the cultivation of a personal spiritual practice, or sadhana, that will change your perspective by connecting you directly with the source of your being. Through this connection, you offer yourself as a powerful and healing presence in the world.
Once you graduate, you will have all the tools you need to confidently lead a yoga class. Our hope is that you will also experience a deeper connection to yourself, others, and the world around you.
Conducted and directed by Jasmine Tarkeshi and her team of senior teachers and master visiting experts, with passion and wisdom, Laughing Lotus Teacher Training provides the tools to incorporate the principles of the Yoga practice into your unique expression as a teacher.
Jasmine Tarkeshi, visionary, artivist, author and mother is the Co-Founder of Laughing Lotus Yoga Centers in NYC and SF and co-creator of Lotus Flow TM Vinyasa Yoga and Teacher Training. Named as one of the 100 most influential teachers in America (S onima Yoga, 2016), Jasmine has been a devoted student of the ancient transformative practices of Yoga for decades and is a master teacher, teaching for over 20 years. She has shared her joy, wisdom and passion for yoga to students around the world as well as teaching teacher trainings for over 15 years. Born into a mystical tradition, she was raised in the Tibetan Buddhist teachings of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche by her mother and teacher, Alice Tarkeshi. Jasmine has had the honor of studying with a large number of the great teachers, saints, sages, mystics, masters and madmen of yoga’s vast healing traditions. But it was the great contemporary masters Sharon Gannon and David Life who truly turned her on to being a Yogi in the world living in NYC in the 1990’s where she also met her creative partner Dana Flynn and SadGuru Ammchi, Mata Amritanandamayimal. Her vast knowledge of yogic texts and the world’s great spiritual traditions and her ability to weave this wisdom throughout her classes has made her highly sought teacher both nationally and internationally and has garnered her the moniker Yogapedia.
Jasmine’s classes are inspiring, passionate and profoundly transformative and come from a lifetime of spiritual exploration, creative expression and the blessings and inevitable difficulties of daily life. Her classes combine the dharma of yoga philosophy and allied traditions, mantra, thoughtful, inventive sequencing, soulful music, physical and emotional intensity as well as wisdom and humor to create a challenging, integrated yogic experience that awakens us and brings forth our natural qualities of courage, compassion and joyful energy. By bringing out these inherent, dormant qualities, Jasmine helps her students to live an authentic, conscious, happy and healthy life both on and off the mat so that they may feel better, live better, and better heal and serve the world.
As an activist, Jasmine has worked personally with many non-profit organizations nationally and internationally and continues to actively serve through her beloved seva program at Laughing Lotus, Love Saves the Day. Each month a different organization is supported through volunteerism and a portion of Lotus profits go to serve. Jasmine’s belief is that every being has the right to be Happy and Free and has devoted her life to help fight bring this about through bridging yoga and activism. She also helps bring these teachings to Yogis through her Yoga and Social Justice trainings and workshops.
She has been featured in many magazines and newspapers including Yoga Journal, Elle, The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Body & Soul and Common Ground and has appeared in a host of television and radio appearances such as Anderson Cooper’s 360, Australia’s ABC Radio National and AMEX commercial and print campaigns. Her online videos, instructional CD and posters have consistently been in high demand on the internet since the 1900’s! You can find her on-line classes on YogaAnytime.com and Gaia.com.
“Yoga meets you in your present place, time and state of mind. Laughing Lotus is a sacred space that beautifully connects an ancient practice to the here and now. This immersion is an invaluable opportunity to foster intimacy in the midst of the 21st-century city hustle and bustle. “ ~ Steven
“Jasmine and the other teachers do an excellent job distilling the great yogic practices into the 200-hour training, which comes and goes seemingly as quickly as the breath. On top of learning a brilliant way to teach Yoga through Lotus Flow, the YTT helped me find and add fuel to my divine spark. That spark has grown into a radiant and powerful sun, waiting to shine light on truth for others.” ~ Kris
“Yoga School gave me so much more than I ever thought possible. I was introduced to teachers who became my friends, and friends who became my teachers. Everyone became family, a circle of support who help you understand YOU better. Yoga is already so much more than the physical; now I have even more direction in how to channel the teachings into all aspects of life. Now I understand what it means to continue practicing off the mat! ~ Yurina
“For five years, I searched for the right yoga studio to do my teacher training. When I found the Lotus in 2014 I knew I was home. Jasmine and her team of inspiring, talented, and heart-centered teachers have created a transformational program. Exploring the ancient texts, deconstructing each chakra and posture, we were encouraged to search inside ourselves. I found myself diving even deeper into my connection to spirit.” ~ Liz
What’s included in the course fee?
What is Lotus Flow?
We use our signature vinyasa style in every class. Through creative sequencing, conscious alignment,
breath awareness, meditation and relaxation, we spiritualize our physical form and honor yoga’s
powerful and transformative lineage. We move through the chakra system, an organic unfolding where
each step prepares us for the next. We begin with breath-lefted gentle warm-ups, moving through
empowering sun salutations, grounding standing poses, powerful arm balances, transformative
inversions, heart-opening backbends, cleansing twists, and deep forward bends and hip openers, along
with mind-expanding meditation. The flow culminates in blissful relaxation, leaving you feeling happy,
wild and free.
Am I qualified to join the course?
Laughing Lotus’ 200-hour training 200-hour training is open to dedicated students, current teachers, and
truth seekers. One year of vinyasa practice is required, but no prior teacher training is necessary. It is
strongly recommended that you have taken classes at Laughing Lotus if you are interested in applying.
The program is quite demanding, both emotionally and physically. Yoga is about relationships, and our
time together asks of your complete and active participation in the community. Commitment,
determination and good health are basic requisites.
Is there any pre-reading?
Required reading will be assigned from the following books:
We encourage you to purchase them as soon as you can and to start reading them if you wish. They will
be helpful in completing your first homework assignment. These books are available at Laughing Lotus
Yoga left at a 20% discount for anyone enrolled in teacher training. If you are coming from out of town
and would like to have them sooner, we suggest you purchase them through an online retailer, such as
Is there homework?
Yes, consisting of reading, reflection, and writing. Your first assignment will be sent to you upon
enrollment in the training. Please take 1-2 weeks after your acceptance date to complete this
assignment, and submit it via email to email@example.com by the first day of the first month of
training at latest. You can use research materials (i.e., books from the reading list; internet searches) to
help you complete the assignment.
What will the days be like?
Do I need to bring my own yoga mat?
We will provide yoga blankets, blocks, and straps. Please bring your own mat. We will provide a Laughing
Lotus Training Manual. We encourage you to also bring a blank journal.
Can I take Laughing Lotus’ teacher training if I have already completed another 200-hour training?
Yes! If you have already completed a 200-hour yoga teacher training program in another tradition or style
of yoga, we offer you a 20% discount. This cannot be combined with any other discount. Proof of
certification is required.