Teacher Training

This course is on pause due to Covid-19 Restrictions


Classically Informed Teaching, Progressively Aligned.

The Stretch Collective Yoga Teacher Training offers a comprehensive program like no other! We surpass the Yoga Alliance standards by offering more contact time, blending eastern and western knowledge, all while providing more teaching opportunities to our students. This creates a holistic view of the body, a strong knowledge base, and supremely proficient instructors.  


This transformational course will allow you to dive deeply into your own journey and find your unique insights and teaching voice. Stretch Collective puts a modern spin on Yogic philosophy and Asana while remaining deeply rooted in Yoga’s rich history. We offer you an alignment-oriented Hatha/Hatha-Flow training that will leave you feeling confident to teach in any setting!  


There is a strong functional alignment and anatomy aspect weaved throughout this course. Modifications, progressions, and contraindications will be discussed in detail for each pose covered. This course advocates that Yoga is for all bodies; you will learn to fit poses to people, rather than fit people to poses.


We provide a safe and supportive environment while you take this journey with us!  We are dedicated to your success during the course and afterward. After your course is completed you will have the opportunity to assist in classes or teach karma classes at our beautiful facility while you continue to polish your new skills.





200hr Yoga Teacher Training Curriculum Outline:

  • Learn a wide array of classical and contemporary Yoga Poses

  • Discover modifications and progressions for all poses in the curriculum

  • Introduction to common injuries, illnesses and special populations

  • Introduction to pre and postnatal

  • Contraindications and benefits for each of the poses

  • Hands-on adjustments

  • Functional alignment and anatomy

  • Sequencing module – Learn how to put classes together

  • BACKS Cueing method  - learn how to cue effectively

  • Pranayamas – Breathing Techniques

  • Mantras/chanting

  • Mythology and archetypes

  • Meditations

  • Yogic History and philosophy

  • Subtle body anatomy

  • The business of yoga/marketing

  • Theming classes

  • Inclusivity Module

  • Self-care



  • 6 months of a regular Yoga practice is recommended.

  • Must be able to attend all scheduled dates or pay for privates to make up time.


Next Course: 

  • Location: Stretch Collective (127-2745 Veterans Memorial Parkway)

  • Length: 200 hours.




  • Saturdays, and Sundays

  • Times: 9 am - 6 pm



  • Get on our email list for course updates and new dates coming soon. 


You Will Receive:

  • Anatomy handouts

  • Case studies for review to ensure your understanding

  • In-class teaching time to refine your skills

  • Written quizzes and tests to guarantee your understanding

  • A detailed final practicum review for your further growth and refinement

  • A certificate of completion

  • Options to teach real students in our alumni-led classes and receive feedback


Program Cost: 

  • $3200  - including a $400 non-refundable deposit. After Sept 15, 2021.

  • PAYMENT PLANS AVAILABLE - Please email us for more information.


Additional Costs:

  • Stretch Collective Comprehensive Yoga Teacher Manual ($129)

  • Yoga Anatomy Manual ($29 or less from Amazon or in the studio)



To Successfully Complete the Program You Must Achieve the Following:

  • Complete all in-class activities

  • Participate in all teaching, classes, and lecture time

  • Complete all homework prior to receiving your certificate

  • Pass your final anatomy exam with 80% or higher

  • Pass your final proficiency exam with 80% or higher

  • Pass your final practicum with 80% or higher

  • Abide by our Yoga Code of Ethics


Out of Class Requirements

  • Minimum practice teaching time of 10 hours (unpaid work with your own chosen participants). This must include a signature from each attendee from each class. This can be done at any facility or private location and you must let them know that it is a practice only and that you are not yet certified.



  • Minimum 4 weeks (up to 8 weeks) unpaid co-teach program with us. Details can be provided upon request. Co-teach is recommended for all individuals looking to gain employment at Stretch Collective. 



To Successfully Complete the Program You Must Achieve the Following:

  • Complete all in-class activities

  • Participate in all teaching, classes, and lecture time

  • Complete all homework prior to receiving your certificate

  • Pass your final proficiency exam with 80% or higher

  • Pass your final practicum with 80% or higher

  • Complete either 10 classes (60-minutes) to participants of your choice OR Minimum 4-week unpaid co-teach program at SC.

  • Abide by our Pilates Code of Ethics


Maintaining Certification - Must Renew Every 3 years

  • Maintain the Dana Carter and/or Stretch Collective Code of Ethics

  • Teach safe and inclusive classes

  • I understand that any awarded certification from Dana Carter and/or Stretch Collective expires every 3 years and must be renewed in order to continue teaching and be eligible for insurance.

  • In order to re-certify, you must complete 80 hours of continuing education every three years consisting of a minimum of 45 teaching hours and 35 Continuing Education Hours. Your continuing education hours must be composed of:

    • ​​​​​​Minimum 15 contact hours (in person or LIVE Zoom with an approved instructor)

    • Up to 20 hours can be non-contact learning. Example Online (not-live courses), or other approved continuing education.

    • No more than 10 hours of non-contact learning may be self-study (for example books, and attending classes)

    • IMPORTANT - If you are certifying in any advanced Pilates Apparatus (Chair, Springboard, Ladderbarrel, and Cadillac) you must add another 2 hours of non-contact or contact learning for every additional apparatus. Max Required is an additional 8 contact or non-contact hours for comprehensively trained Pilates instructors.


Dana is an incredible instructor and an all-around inspiration. She has an exuberant, infectious energy that always brings a smile to my face. Her lightheartedness makes even the most challenging pose/class seem possible. Dana is a very special yogi: a brilliant teacher who appreciates the present while having an insatiable hunger for knowledge and growth. She is passionate about empowering others and uses yoga as a tool for self-awareness and self-compassion. Not only did she teach me how to feel comfortable in and connected to my body; I also learned how to communicate these important lessons to others! Having Dana as an instructor for my Yoga Teacher Training empowered me to trust myself – as a student and a teacher – and to share my knowledge and passion effectively and compassionately. I am excited to continue learning from Dana through her classes. I recommend her to everyone I know!


—  Melissa S, Yoga Teacher Training Graduate