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Soma Yoga Institute

Arcata, United States

Soma Yoga Institute offers 200-hour and 300-hour yoga teacher training, retreats, and continuing education for yoga teachers and students worldwide.

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Based on 6 reviews
from US$2,197
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7 days / 6 nights


Based on 6 reviews

Instructors 2

Liz Heffernan

Yoga Alliance E-RYT 200, RYT 500 (Hatha Yoga)

Liz Heffernan, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT, is a recognized international yoga teacher with over two decades of personal practice and 20 years of teaching. She has trained extensively in the Hatha yoga systems of Kripalu, Ashtanga, and Anusara and works as an integrative yoga therapist. Liz currently directs and leads yoga teacher training and workshops in worldwide locations, provides one-to-one mentoring for yoga teachers, instructs daily yoga classes, and offers private therapeutic sessions. Her teaching weaves together philosophy, creative sequencing, clear alignment, and mindful breathing.

Molly Masaoka

Innately perceptive beyond her years and wildly passionate about everything in her path, Molly applies a level of determination and delight that is truly one of a kind. Her unique teaching style is both intense and focused but lightened with creativity, compassion, and humor. She believes that this balance of effort and surrender is the key to unlocking the awareness of one's true nature. A student of yoga since the age of 16, Molly has studied intensely with Chuck Miller and completed teacher training with Annie Carpenter and Don Stapelton.

Reviews 6

  • Betty Peel United States

    January 2018, BookSurfCamps

    The total immersion experience was the key to this YTT. Liz and Peggy are such knowledgeable and caring instructors who were very aware of and responsive to group and individual needs. This experience created an awareness that yoga is so much more than practicing asanas (although that was fun, too!). The rainforest setting, delicious food, and wonderful group made for a totally moving and memorable experience; I can't imagine completing my yoga teacher training any better way.

    The only disappointment was the amount of rain we experienced---very atypical for this time of year. Our instructors worked to make our free time coincide with any sun time we had.

  • Danielle Vaccaro United States

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    This training was everything I hoped for and more. It definitely exceeded my expectations. The teachers were all phenomenal. The closeness formed by the teachers and their ability to together provide us with a safe and comfortable space to open up allowed us to truly become an ohana (family). I truly enjoyed the practicum experience and how beautiful each of my fellow yogis looked and felt while teaching! The way Liz set up the feedback portion following our teachings was beyond encouraging and full of optimism. I still refer back to the notec ards given to me by my fellow yogi trainees, and feel full of happiness and love each time I read them. This teacher training was even more inspiring with the view we were able to wake up to each day. I am feeling so overwhelmed with love and joy in every possible way. – Danielle V

  • Ashley Flohr

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    The asana and alignment study profoundly changed my practice for the better. I have so much more awareness and I am receiving even more benefits from my own practice than I ever imagined. My confidence as a yoga teacher is stronger than I thought it would be. Liz and Serena have an amazing balanced dynamic which helps to motivate through an intensive schedule. I always felt supported and inspired, the love and support was palpable the entire time. I have never experienced anything like this. My heart is full. - Ashley

  • Trista McClelland

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    I truly felt this was a life changing experience, it has made a transformative impact on my life professionally as a therapist and personally. Learning about the alignment and muscle engagement made a huge difference in my body and personal practice;

    my own practice will be much more powerful and transformative. Learning the Ayurveda perspective of the doshas helped me to understand my self and others as did the posture assessment. I also greatly appreciated learning the philosophy, the teaching to various classes like seniors or restorative and the different forms of meditation. Liz and Peggy are talented and gifted beyond understanding. If you get a chance to do a training with them, I highly recommend it.

    It’s been 7 months since the training and my yoga practice has made such a profound impact on my life in ways I never knew was possible. I haven’t started teaching as of yet as I plan to teach in conjunction with therapy. However, this is an experience that will impact your life greatly. You won’t regret it!!!

  • Tara

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    The study of alignment changed my life. My understanding of yoga has expanded 10-fold, my own personal practice has transformed and will continue to transform because of this training. I thought I loved Yoga before I came here…. I can’t even begin to describe how intensified my love for this practice has become. This experience has also taught me that I don’t need much to be truly, genuinely happy. I loved the assisting verbal cue lessons, loved the Ayurveda, loved (though I struggled) the meditation, the therapeutics were so helpful and relevant to my life. Liz and Serena are so on point with your process and your curriculum. I am coming away with the confidence I need to go out into the world and bring yoga to others. I could not have asked for a better training it was a beautiful, educational and transformative experience. – Tara

  • Natalya USA

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    This program far exceeded my expectations. The instructors were excellent and the location was gorgeous. The classes were intense but packed with invaluable information presented in a fun and loving manner. I thought the schedule was well thought through with a big break in the afternoon, it gave us enough time to go to the beach or try activities like surfing. During one of the classes I had a major breakthrough. It felt as though my heart opened up and all the negative stuff was wiped out. I still feel different and want to fill up now only with love, compassion, kindness and acceptance. I am so grateful for this experience. It will affect my whole life!

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  • Wendy R. Vermont

    Soma Yoga Institute website

    Soma Yoga Institute brilliantly marries the therapeutic asana, pranayama, meditation and philosophy to create a training that not only takes teachers deeper, it evolves their own being. Our lead instructor Liz is gracious, humble, patient, compassionate, insightful and so loving. Inspirational as a teacher and human. She is the perfect leader for this Advanced Yoga Teacher Training course. If you are truly willing to evolve, if you are ready to be shaped and see your true potential, dive in.

  • Christopher G., New Hampshire

    Soma Yoga Institute website

    Liz is a true yogi, she lives the yoga philosophy, which has brought her a deep knowledge about the entire science of yoga. I most enjoyed learning about alignment principles and pose analysis; how to maximize the effectiveness of the pose and minimize the risk for injury. Liz explained these concepts very clearly and graciously offered personalized attention to all of our poses. This training deepened my understanding of yoga as a comprehensive system of liberation. I feel empowered to apply this science to enrich all aspects of my life and now I feel I posses the practical and experience knowledge to thrive as an instructor.

  • Elizabeth Ziff

    Soma Yoga Institute website

    I loved all of the 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training with Soma Yoga Institute; the compassion, the asanas, the people and the teachings. The alignment we learned was a game changer. I feel that my continued yoga practice throughout my life will now be therapeutic.

  • Sandy G. Pennsylvania

    Soma Yoga Institute website

    I thought this was the best YTT I had attended (and, I have done many). Students became confident teachers. After this training for only 200 hours many students taught classes that were professional, classes as good as many I have attended. The quality of the yoga instruction was outstanding; the alignment was beautifully taught. The instruction in meditation got me started to mediated successfully after years of trying. The kula (community) we created was stellar.

  • Yuna K. Japan

    Soma Yoga Institute website

    I am super happy that I could learn and study yoga with Soma Yoga Institute. I now treasure myself more than before I came here. I felt a lot of love from the teachers. Studying the philosophy and Patajanli was/is very helpful to my relationships, thinking and daily life. My body has also changed gradually through the three weeks of practices. I am very impressed that I am able to use muscles and energy in new ways to support my practice. Before I came I feared my future, job and relationships but now I feel like I will enjoy my life.

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