Etowah Valley Yoga

  • May 13th, 2013
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Beginner 200hr & Advanced 500hr Hatha Teacher Training In Cartersville GA, USA


Yoga Alliance: Yes

We limit the number of participants per class allowing for individualized attention. Personal attention is one of the many reasons our graduates are successful. Many of our graduates have gone on to become studio owners, teach athletic groups, offer corporate yoga, teach in schools and healthcare settings as well as offer private sessions. Since the onset of our program we have graduated students from near and far. Many local teachers have completed our program, while others have traveled from as far as Oxford, Mississippi, Athens, GA, Columbus, GA, Johns Creek, GA and Stone Mountain, GA.

At Etowah Valley Yoga we teach all the necessary skills to become a safe, knowledgeable and ethical yoga instructor. Our mission is to empower students to create a powerful personal practice so they will go out and share their knowledge confidently with the world!

Our teacher trainings include:

  • 200-Hour Teacher Training– Ideal for those wanting to deepen their personal practice or aspiring yoga teachers.
  • 200-Hour Teacher Summer Intensive Teacher Training-Same standards as our 200-Hour Teacher Training offered in a 6-week, Monday-Thursday time frame.
  • 500-Hour Teacher Training– Studies are in the deeper dimensions of yoga. This training is suitable for RYT 200-Hour graduates.
  • Continuing Education- Courses offered to deepen and enhance your teaching and personal practice. Select classes taught by well-known guest Instructors.
  • Professional Yoga Therapist- For Registered yoga teachers who are interested in the therapeutic aspect of yoga. The program includes Pre-Natal certification.

Meet Our Teacher

Susan Hopkins: E-RYT 500, PYT, Director of Teacher Training

yoga teacher training georgiaSue has been teaching in Cartersville, GA and the surrounding communities since January 1999. In May 2002 she opened Etowah Valley Yoga studio in Cartersville, GA. In 2007 both her 200-Hour and 500-Hour Teacher Training programs were established and approved by the Yoga Alliance. Trained in the Iyengar tradition, she also had a special interest in the therapeutic application of yoga and in 2007 completed an additional 1,000 hours of training becoming a Professional Yoga Therapist. This training inspired her to work in the medical arena for Floyd Medical Hospital and teach yoga at retreats for cancer patients. Sue teaches and practices following the motto, “If you haven’t laughed and cried during practice you are not experiencing yoga”. Her classes are filled with a joy of learning, laughter layered with a great respect and focus for the sacred practice of yoga. In honor of her teachers, she gives thanks and recognition to the following:

Other Teachers

Lillah Schwartz-Focus: Iyengar based 200-Hour RYT

Jnani Chapman- Focus: Cancer

Eric Small- Focus: Therapeutic, Multiple Sclerosis, Aids, Cardiac

Joseph LePage- Focus: Professional Yoga Therapist Certification

Paul Grilley- Focus: Yin Yoga and Anatomy

Sarah Powers- Focus: Yin Yoga and Meditation

A typical day of yoga training at Etowah Valley Yoga

8:00-9:00: Pranayama & Meditation

9:00-10:30: Asana-Focus on Standing Poses

10:30-12:00: Anatomy for Standing Poses

Lunch: 12:00-1:00

1:00-2:30: Study of actions of Standing Poses

2:30-4:00: Peer teaching and adjustments of Standing Poses

4:00-5:00: Quiz, Discussion, Meditation

Frequently Asked Questions

How adept in yoga must I be?

We recommend a year of consistent practice under the guidance of a yoga teacher.

Is there homework and tests involved in the program?

There will be 6-10 hours of homework over the course of the program. Any quizzes will be completed in class and discussed as a group.

What is included in the cost of tuition?

200-Hour: Tuition includes 189 contact hours, Etowah Valley Yoga Teacher’s Training Manual and handouts.

500-Hour: Tuition includes: Contact hours and appropriate materials.

*Other recommended books are available for purchase through our store.

Will you offer support after Yoga Teacher Training?

Due to our on-going 500-Hour program we offer continuing education including business training and mentoring by phone or e-mail.

Student Testimonials

Sue, I wanted to say thank you for the wonderful experiences in teacher training. I am so grateful to have been able to attend the course with you as my mentor and guide. Thank you for all that you have shared and the never-ending generosity of knowledge and tools you passed along to us all. Anyone who simply listens to your words will quickly know the passion for Yoga that you freely and joyfully put on display. From each encounter with you, I have found myself a step closer to being a fulfilled man. My journey into yoga did not start and will not end at Etowah Valley Yoga but I most certainly will always hear you in the back of my mind saying… “You must practice what you teach”, “Teach action words for every asana”, “Start at the base of the asana and work your way up” and of course “May you live with ease.

When I first sought out Etowah Valley Yoga I questioned the hour and half drive north up interstate 75 from Johns Creek. After just the first weekends I was convinced that I had made the right choice and never gave it a second thought. I look forward to attending your 500-hour Teacher Training program and continuing to learn from you.

Your faithful student and teacher,

James W. Clark

I wanted to share with people what I had learned about yoga. I got my certification at Etowah Valley Yoga and have taught yoga for a year now and it is everything I had hoped and more! I want to thanks Sue Hopkins, my teacher and mentor, for her work and her studio. I don’t know if she realizes what an “oasis” her studio is- and what a gift she is to all of us in this area. She has followed her dharma, to my and many, many other students benefit. She is an amazing, inspiring teacher. In my effort to “give back” to Sue, and to the Universe, I do my best to teach what I have learned at Etowah Valley Yoga.

In Peace,

Reginia Houang

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