Teacher Training

We are not currently accepting applications for our Teacher Training Program.
If you're interested in learning more about the Curriculum and our Faculty from the Winter/Spring 2017 Program take a look below and feel free to email us if you have any questions.



We are excited to bring the most comprehensive and in-depth 200 hour Teacher Training Program to the South Bay! The Yoga Alliance® Certified Yoga @ Cindy's, Inc. Teacher Training Program is for those who are interested in deepening their understanding of yoga, wish to strengthen their knowledge and personal practice and aspire to teach yoga with confidence and skill.

Yoga @ Cindy's, Inc. Registered Yoga School (RYS®) is an established school in its 11th successful year. Many graduating students currently teach at Yoga @ Cindy's, Inc. or locally-- some have even gone on to open their own studio! The faculty are local experts in their field which ensures a solid and comprehensive foundation of knowledge.  In just 4 months, you will immerse yourself in the Yoga teachings and dive deeply into the art and craft of teaching Yoga.  At Yoga@Cindy's, Inc. you will find friends and all the support you need to delve into this life changing non-dogmatic course of study.


Our curriculum encompasses all foundations required for Yoga Alliance® certification as well as additional electives.

  • The Philosophy & History & Ethics of Yoga
  • Breathing Techniques (Pranayama) & Meditation
  • Asana Details - including Alignment, Modifications and Variations
  • Musculoskeletal and Subtle Energy Anatomy
  • Functional Anatomy of Yoga
  • Hands-on Adjustments
  • Safe, Effective and Creative Sequencing
  • How to Teach Vinyasa Flow
  • How to Teach Yin Yoga
  • Sanskirt Pronunciation
  • Prenatal Yoga Basics
  • Developing Your Teaching Voice
  • Confidence building through Practice Teaching
  • The Profession & Business of Yoga


As trainees, you will make friends and be able to keep connected and to network in a supportive environment for practicing, learning and teaching. Our mentoring program is a powerful and invaluable opportunity for more personal instruction and hands-on experience with your favorite instructor.  We will provide opportunities to teach in a professional environment.


Upon successful completion of this Yoga Alliance® Certified 200-hour training you will be prepared and confident to teach yoga to all levels. You will have a much greater depth in your own practice and connection to your own wisdom. You will be eligible to submit your credentials to the Yoga Alliance® to join in the profession of teaching yoga as a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT®) at the 200 hr Level.


This program is truly exceptional in it's curriculum and emphasis in mastery of the essential teachings. You will get what you need to customize your practice and teachings to be authentic in your own practice and in sharing your love of yoga with others. You will gain knowledge to comfortably and confidently teach two complimentary styles of Yoga – Vinyasa Flow and Yin Yoga. As a new teacher, you will ask your self "What do I do now?"  You will find how important it is to keep in touch with your faculty locally for support in your own journey as well as for continued study with them. Yoga@Cindy's will provide you support as you embark on your teaching career and advancement of your teaching and personal practice.




We are pleased to introduce our panel of experts that will be your Teachers.  Additional Faculty to be announced.
Cindy Ja, E-RYT 500
Director of Teacher Training, Primary E-RYT, Curriculum Manager

Asanas, Vinyasa Flow Style, Teaching Methodology(includes principles of demonstration, observation, instruction, teaching styles, qualities of a teacher, assisting and correcting and the business aspects of teaching Yoga)

Cindy holds degrees in Economics and Communications and is a certified Yoga instructor registered with Yoga Alliance as an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher at the 500hr level(E-RYT 500).  She has been practicing Yoga for the past 11.5 years and teaching since June 2003.  Since becoming a yoga instructor, Cindy has taught yoga abroad in Asia, as well as all over the Bay Area, teaching over 4,000 classes.  In April 2006 she opened Yoga @ Cindy's, Inc.  As President and Director of Yoga @ Cindy's, Inc., Cindy has lead six Teacher Trainings and has personally certified, mentored and empowered many teachers.  She has studied and practiced with many great teachers over the years - both "famous" and "local".  What she has learned is that every teacher has something to offer, no matter how "famous". Cindy loves to teach Vinyasa Flow classes that are challenging yet relaxing at the same time - building up the  intensity slowly and steadily to a peak, and then gently  bringing you back down, leaving you with that yoga buzz.  Yoga has taught her that we all have the power to choose a life that will make us happy, we just have to be present enough to listen.

Joan Chanpong, E-RYT 200
Primary E-RYT, Curriculum Assistant

Asanas, Teaching Methodology

Joan Chanpong was first introduced to yoga in 2002.  After receiving her teacher certification from Corepower Yoga, Joan set out with the goal of helping make yoga accessible to students of all levels. She has attended numerous workshops and seminars with influential yoga teachers such as Natasha Rizopoulos, Janet Stone, Seane Corn, John Friend, Kenny Graham and Samantha Shakti Brown. Joan's willingness to incorporate ideas from a variety of yoga styles and diversify her knowledge and practice helps keep her classes fresh and dynamic.  Joan's classes focus on proper alignment, posture, and the awareness of how one's breath deeply affects the body and mind.  Her website is www.joanchanpong.com.

Joyce Anue, PT, E-RYT500
Functional Anatomy of Yoga

Joyce Anue has been teaching yoga for over 30 years.  She is a master teacher and physical therapist who has worked with thousands of yoga students, teachers and therapists.  Originally certified in the Iyengar method in 1986, Joyce is also strongly influenced by the work of the late TKV Desikachar.   She has been involved in yoga teacher education since 1992 and began one of the first yoga teacher training programs in the South Bay Area in 1999.

She teaches in a unique style combining practical knowledge with a keen sense for intuiting the needs of each student.  She is committed to creating a safe space in her that invites self exploration and personal growth.  She has a private practice in Yoga and Manual Medicine  in Felton, CA  where she lives and teaches. To learn more about her work visit

Janya Wongsopa
Yin Yoga

Janya started teaching yoga in April 2007 after receiving the 200 RYT certification from Avalon Yoga International and the Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist certification from California College of Ayurveda. Since then she has taught over 6,000 hours of weekly yoga classes, workshops, trainings, and retreats. Known for her fluid and creative sequencing she specializes in Yin, Restorative, Yoga Nidra, and Flow yoga. She is inspired by many teachers, notably Sarah Powers who coined the term Yin Yoga and Scott Blossom who is both an Ayurvedic practitioner and a TCM Doctor. With insatiable curiosity Janya continues her self-study of the meridian theories, acupressure, Qigong, Nutrition, body movement, and meditation. The more she experiences and understands the yin state of the body-mind the more effective her yang practices become. Janya's gift is in digesting the existing practices, making them her own, and teaching them experientially. Whether she instructs active yang movements or passive yin exercises Janya's approach is holistic. She invites participants to explore in depth and breadth the somatic and intellectual wellness where each individual can authentically practice in classes and in life.

Birgit Reimer

Birgit is a certified Iyengar Yoga teacher and follows the path of Iyengar Yoga for over more than 20 years. Every other year she travels to Pune in India to study with the Iyengar family. She received her Yoga for Scoliosis certification in 2013. Birgit offers yoga classes 7 days per, private sessions and teaches in several teacher training programs the “Art of breathing”, pranayama. The profound philosophy of the 8 limbs of yoga as defined in the yoga sutras by Patanjali is part of her teachings which leads to a harmonious, joyful, calm and learning infused atmosphere. Please check her web site for deeper information. www.yoga-is-all.com

Jeanna Lurie, E-RYT 200, RPYT, CCE, CLA
Prenatal Yoga

Jeanna has been working in the local birth community for more than a decade. First as a doula, and then focusing her practice on teaching prenatal yoga, combining her passion for supporting women in the childbearing year with her devotion to yoga. Her extensive yoga training includes Avalon Yoga's 200-hr certification, prenatal training through Whole Birth Yoga, Santa Barbara Yoga, Ananda School of Yoga and Meditation, and Nine Moons Prenatal Yoga, as well as Leslie Howard's pelvic floor teacher training. 

Jeanna has been serving as Program Manager of Blossom, a resource center for expectant and new families in Palo Alto, since 2007. She has also served as President of Bay Area Birth Information (BABI), is an ALACE-trained doula and childbirth educator, and has Level I midwifery training from the Farm in Tennessee. Her greatest teachers are her three children: a beautiful daughter born in 2001, a wonderful son born in 2008, and a sweet baby girl born in 2010.

Along with fellow instructor, Hillary Easom, Jeanna is the co-Founder and Lead Trainer of Lotus Blossom Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training, a 100-hour training that exceeds the requirements of the Yoga Alliance and includes a unique one-on-one mentorship component.

Jeanna sees an amazing parallel between the experience of an intense yoga practice and the challenges of parenthood and hopes to inspire her students to bring their yoga practice off the mat and into their parenting journey.