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As a certified yoga teacher with 10 years experience I elected to earn my RYT 200 hour thorough YogaFaith before attending the 300/500 hour Masters level training. It was the best decision I have made regarding my Yoga teacher education and personal life. Not only do I have a well rounded, deeper knowledge of yoga philosophy based on Biblical principles, the care that has gone into each individuals life as a student of YogaFaith has been simply beyond anything I could have imagined. This training has led to a Holy Spirit revolution in my life and that has given me so many opportunities to bless others through Christian yoga. The education, community, and professional growth has been amazing. If you are considering Yoga teacher training, Please consider YogaFaith, it will change your life, and those around you in the best way possible.
Colleen Smallwood, RYT, R-YFT, Nashville, TN
Wouldn’t recommend any other Christian Yoga school. YogaFaith is not only remarkable in training yoga teachers, it’s a place where you experience the Holy Spirit on a daily basis. Like they say at YogaFaith, Jesus first, yoga second! Sarah C., R-YFT, RYT
My personal mission is clear after this experience and I already know God’s plan for me and am confident that He will lead me where He wants me to be. This was an incredible experience with amazing guides. The journey was intense, we learned a lot and formed a beautiful bond with our family in Christ. I am anxious to put all that I learned into practice and see where God leads me.
Lead Teachers were incredibly supportive, informative and a pleasure to have lead us in this beautiful journey of combining yoga theory and practice with worship. Rosy McCann, RYT, R-YFT, Montabello, NY
YOGAFAITH is an excellent yoga training for anyone wishing to become a yoga teacher. Its modules are detailed giving students in-depth knowledge in every aspect of each intended concept. The modules include fantastic diagrams and photos so students can be certain to learn correctly. The immersion is the most loving, caring, and intense time for which one could ever hope. Long days are spent with teachers who are very, very experienced. Every question is answered. Every yoga style is demonstrated. Every student gets to participate. You get to teach and learn, and teach and learn, and teach and learn – It is amazing! YogaFaith was filled with the love of the Lord. It was Bible scripture and yoga practice. Taking care of your body, breathing into His word, and giving to others are all Jesus first ideas that are ‘united’ with yoga. Always set your intention by putting Jesus first. The modules deepened my knowledge of scripture with the inclusion of the many scriptures spread throughout. During the immersion, the teachers used many stories of God’s word in their yoga flows. Each was an individual Bible study. I have the new knowledge of teaching yoga, but I also have the knowledge of spreading God’s word through the teaching of yoga.
The YOGAFAITH teacher training is a life-changing experience. This is more than excellent yoga teacher training (which it is), it is life changing! The learning is comprehensive, helping the student to learn, grow, and stretch their faith in new ways. The trainers are deep, loving, and ultra encouraging. If you are wondering if this training might be for you, IT IS!
This teacher training program was a life transforming experience, specifically in the practice of yoga and more broadly in my life as one following Christ. Truly a beautiful experience!
Michelle is amazing! Professional, efficient, AND intimately encircled in every detail of our training. She is a gifted communicator & writer. Not only did we benefit from her phenomenal yoga practice but her incredible spiritual wisdom. I want to read and re-read the modules. They are chuck full of spiritual insight and will continue to be my yoga road map. I came home with sore cheecks from laughing so hard and red eyes from weeping in response to all God was doing to stretch and grow me. I went to the heavenlies but came home lookin’ like hell!!
During my time at my YogaFaith Immersion, God made things clear and answered prayers for me that I have been unclear about for about 15 years! If you attend this school, be prepared to learn what is required to teach yoga, but even more, be prepared for physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual breakdowns, remembering that a breakthrough always comes after a breakdown! Anything can (and does) happen when God’s hand is upon it. Go with an open heart and be ready for a transformation. I have no words to describe how fantastic this school is!
Coverage of the material was thorough, and although it was very challenging all course content was presented in an easy to understand manner. I really left the training with confidence I needed to become a 200RYT! Wow!! Again, what an incredible experience, so glad that i began my journey as a yoga instructor at this amazing school. Namaste
Bill Austin, RYT, R-YFT, Chicago, IL
I can’t express how much I enjoyed my training with YogaFaith. The location was beautiful. Michelle and all the instructors were so attentive to any and all questions I had. They’ll forever be mentors that I know will be here for me. Sharing this experience with such kind hearted, like minded, kindred spirits and fellow yogis made it even more special for me. Ultimately, I am lot closer to Christ after this experience. My confidence as a person and in Him has grown leaps and bounds. I am equipped to be bold in my walk. YogaFaith has so much to do with that. For that I’m grateful. I intend to spread the message of YogaFaith everywhere I go.Ashlynn Verrett, YF-A, RYT, R-YFT, Louisiana
I really, really enjoyed this training with YogaFaith. I feel my life is changed, my heart is changed and my yoga is changed… all wonderfully new! I really am almost out of words of praise for this experience. How Michelle pulled this all together is commendable. So much research between the Bible and yoga teachings – really gave me a solid base to move forward combining my faith with my classes. I don’t think I could have done it without her. The desire was there, but I didn’t know how to bring this out confidently. Now I do. And, to get my 200RYT also – is a dream come true. I have tried for so many years to finish my trainings, but it never worked out. Now, I know that God wanted me to wait to find.
YogaFaith. It was perfect for me and I couldn’t imagine taking my 200RYT at any other school.
The yoga certification training experience with YogaFaith was focused, intense, demanding, and rewarding. The learning and depth of the course content exceeded my expectations — for each category of the syllabus we had written material and exercises; and all the practical application was delivered by a variety of experience professionals to add to the learning from multiple people. Most excellent experience! Michelle Thielen, founder, is dedicated to the training and her students — her energy comes through the material/immersion and is contagious among all participants.
Kathleen K., RYT-R-YFT, Chicago, IL.
I absolutely LOVED my time at YogaFaith teacher training. It was beyond my expectation and gave me the confidence to go out and teach right away. The teachers were amazing and encouraging and I learned a lot from my fellow students as well. It was life changing in the best way- making me hopeful for the future and of course fall even more in love with yoga and with people.
I left the YogaFaith Immersion feeling that all my insecurities and lies truly lifted from me, I left them all at the foot of the cross!
The Miracle Retreat brought me freedom. Surrendering my body, mind, and spirit throughout the 6-day retreat opened my heart and allowed me to put my prayers before God in a more fulfilling manner. I’ve been practicing yoga on and off for several years, but until I experienced YogaFaith there was always something missing from my practice. I am so grateful to have found YogaFaith during this season of my life and cannot imagine training to become an instructor any other way. How unfulfilled I would feel, if we just focused on yoga and “the Self.” I feel so blessed to have shared body, mind, and spirit with all the ladies of the retreat.
Where do I begin? God has set me free from so many lies and He has shown me such a beautiful vision for sharing healing and wellness with the nations!
YogaFaith teaches a transparent RYT 200 hr program. The scholarship and dedication of founder Michelle Thielen is unprecedented. She invests in your success, your developing clarity of vision and the application of becoming a God driven- ‘change the world’-impact your students Yoga Teacher! Your heart, and yoga tool box will be overflowing with all you have to offer. You will be ready, and you will have mentors for life cheering, praying and supporting. Show up – and prepare to have your world rocked- you are so worth this experience!
Yoga means union or to yoke – to be in union with the maker of earth and humanity and to yoke ones body to His word and His worship – prayer in motion, is a beautiful perfect expression of becoming a Yoga teacher. YogaFaith shows up, Jesus shows up, even heavenly peers and new friends show up – come as you are! The greatest calling of my life thus far and I intend to listen!
You will not be disappointed!
Would highly recommend this for anyone that has a passion for Christ and Yoga. One of the best experiences of my life! Wonderful teachers that love Christ, Yoga and service to others.
The YogaFaith retreat is an outstanding opportunity to renew and reflect. The course offerings are varied which gives the aspiring yogi a place to learn, grow, and deepen their understanding of a physical, emotional, and spiritual yoga practice. A place where all beliefs are embraced, but offering a unique and Christ centered approach to yoga that is uniquely spiritual and vastly supportive of each yogi’s perspective. The camps surroundings are beautiful and serene which compliment the introspective nature of yoga faith.
A refreshing approach to yoga training. After completing an intensive Iyengar 200 hour teacher training program I was looking for a program that would compliment my commitment to posture and alignment but would consider the mind and the spirit as equals in a yoga training. Yoga Faith’s book is a comprehensive guide to a mind, body, and spirit connection that honors a commitment to Christ. Michelle incorporates many yoga philosophies without compromising Christian beliefs and honors the yoga tradition by connecting the century old traditions of yoga with a 2000 year old Biblical worldview. She is able to successfully integrate a mind, body, and spirit tradition of yoga fused with Christianity.
The training was much broader and fulfilling than I anticipated. In the end, it helped to develop not only my practice but my self – both personally and spiritually.
After completing my training I have a sense of confidence in what I learned and an understanding of the responsibility that comes with the privilege of teaching yoga. I gained a community of of sisters who went through training with me that I will always be bonded with.
YogaFaith’s motto is Jesus First-Yoga Second and that is exactly what we experienced at out Miracle Immersion. Michelle did a fantastic job of keeping us on track, on schedule, and infusing a crazy amount of learning into our time together. The whole time we knew that Jesus was first in her life and in our training. YogaFaith’s curriculum is extremely thorough! There was never a question or a circumstance where I felt out of place, they made us feel like we were exactly where we needed to be and answered everything from years of experience. I believe Miracle Ranch and YogaFaith was in God’s timing for me and He hooked me up, right where He wanted me. Thank you YogaFaith for being true to your mission and to us, your new yogis.
I highly recommend YOGAFAITH training without reservation. I cannot put into words what this course will do for you personally, spiritually, and professionally.
YogaFaith is bridging the gap for so many yogis. I’ve had so many friends tell me they had no idea that they could find a Christ-centered practice and they’re so excited to learn more. This is not to say that I would not feel equally confident teaching a secular class after participating in this program. I think the best part is teachers leave the program with a genuine love of the practice and their students.
YogaFaith is incredible and Michelle is so amazing! You will be blessed by YogaFaith, it is completely refreshing and The Healthy Edge is 100% on board with what is going on with YogaFaith and you are in great hands with Michelle, WOW, she is incredible! The most spiritually grounded person I know and the postures….whoa!
YogaFatih allows much needed times of stillness to simply come down to my mat and completely surrender and worship, letting go of any anxiety, fear, or anything else that holds us back from God’s glorious life.
YogaFaith and Michelle have truly been a blessing in my life. YogaFaith has allowed me to go deeper with Christ and surrender my inner most being which has made me a more open person as a whole. My husband thanks me for going through the program as I am changed. Transformed.
It is so wonderful to practice Christ centered yoga instead of focusing on myself or eastern philosophies and religions that I don’t believe in. I believe in Jesus Christ and He is my very Center in YogaFaith. I’ve been practicing YogaFaith for quite awhile now and believe in everything Michelle is doing.
Yogafaith is an incredible time with the Lord and truly receiving wholeness mind, body, spirit, and soul. I cannot wait to see where the Lord takes me in YogaFaith, I’m so thankful I found it! Thank you Yogafaith, Thank you Michelle!
I never knew I could experience such powerful worship time on a yoga mat!
Every YogaFaith class the Holy Spirit shows up in such a powerful way and as I am still and silent, I can hear Him so clearly. Michelle guides & facilitates a beautiful experience and was created for this! I am blessed to experience such a joyful, freeing, and worshipful time with God.
Wow! I was really blown away the first time I experienced YogaFaith. It is refreshing and exhilarating to set your intention on the Lord instead of the universe or myself.
The bible tells us to worship with our mind, body, all of our strength-that is to praise Him with everything we are. So to move, breathe, and come into poses, whether they are restorative poses that we can rest & listen, or a dynamic, strong pose, where we lift our hands to worship and praise-there is just nothing else like it! The classes are always so in tune with God, the worship tracks, scripture, times of stillness and meditation-the Lord is always with us, but in YogaFaith I’ve experienced Him in a deeper, more intimate way than I ever have. Thank you for this ministry and all that you do Michelle!
I’ve always focused my thoughts on the Lord when in a yoga class, so when I discovered YogaFaith and Christian Yoga, I felt a great big relief. YogaFaith is freedom to express your gratitude, of the very breath we breathe and the life we have. It’s a time to worship with our entire being. In a YogaFaith class we worship, cry, get healed, praise, be still, and just bask in His presence. It’s wonderful-it’s hard to describe a class. You have to experience it. I was next to somebody who didn’t believe in God, and afterwards all she could say was wow, how wonderful the whole class was and how she was feeling. I look forward to YogaFaith, I look forward to hearing from God in a new way each time. It’s truly wonderful. I’m thankful for meeting Michelle-it was definitely a divine appointment.
“Will travel for Yoga Faith!” It’s my slogan. There is nothing else like a Yoga Faith Class. I experience Jesus through yoga. That is why I love them so much, I actually experience Him like never before, in ways I’ve never experienced in my life. It’s time to just surrender everything. Let go & let Him take it all. Michelle has a gift and it’s obvious she is walking in her gifts. God walks beside her and it’s like He is leading the class. We meditate & begin each class ushering His presence in by giving thanks & praise. His presence is always so thick. Then we move with the most awesome soundtracks for that day and time, I can’t tell you in a paragraph how awesome Yoga Faith and Michelle are, but I know when I leave, I am a new person and all old things are always gone! Thank you Lord! Thank you Michelle!