About the Frog Lotus Yoga Teacher Trainings

About the 200 hour Frog Lotus Yoga Teacher Trainings

The Frog Lotus Yoga Teacher Training Course is a professional, established, comprehensive, organised and highly effective training program. It has been successfully running for fifteen years, with 7 teacher trainings offered per year. It has been registered at the 200 Hour and 500 Hour level with Yoga Alliance USA since 2001.

Since its inception there have been well over 2000 successful graduates of the Frog Lotus Yoga Teacher Training program. We are also registered with Yoga Alliance UK. Our certification is respected internationally, so whether or not you register with Yoga Alliance, you will be able to teach anywhere in the world with this 200 hour Yoga teaching certification.

Intensive Yoga Teacher Training

What makes our Frog Lotus Yoga Teachers Training Program exceptional is the level of experience and knowledge and talented teaching ability of founder and director, Vidya Jacqueline Heisel, E-RYT 500, SYT, who is a seasoned master teacher with forty years of teaching experience. Vidya leads these outstanding 200 hour FLY Yoga Teacher Certification Courses at Suryalila Retreat Centre, her own retreat centre and home in Southern Spain. Vidya desired to fully orchestrate the whole experience of a three-week Yoga Teachers Training intensive by creating the perfect environment for the trainings. Suryalila is home to the magnificent Om Dome, which is a magnificent large and spacious Yoga Shala purpose-built for these trainings. At Suryalila the food is fabulous, the accommodation beautiful and the environment peaceful and uplifting.

FLY Yoga Teacher Training

Vidya also teaches a training once a year in Ubud Bali at the lovely Ananda Cottages.

This Yoga Teacher Training is a profoundly transformational and life-affirming journey. Read what some of our graduates have said about it here.

Several of the FLY Yoga Teacher Trainings are taught by Jennifer Yarro. Jennifer is a senior teacher of Frog Lotus Yoga International. She has also been leading Frog Lotus Yoga Teacher Trainings since 2009.

Jennifer holds an E-RYT 500 certification through Frog Lotus Yoga.

She is also a senior Acro-yoga teacher and founder and director of the Triple Gem School of Thai Massage. Jennifer is a passionate and gifted Yoga Anatomist as well as a talented and creative Yoga Instructor and exceptional teacher trainer. Jennifer also leads trainings in Thai Yoga Massage and Prenatal Yoga. She is the current Director of Frog Lotus Yoga Studio in North Adams and leads the FLY International 200 hour trainings in Costa Rica, Bali and the USA, as well as co-teaching the FLY Advanced YTT Modules with Vidya.

What to expect of the FLY Intensive Yoga Teacher Training

The Frog Lotus Yoga Teacher Training is an intensive retreat. You will apply yourself fully to living and breathing yoga for the duration of the retreat, in the company of like-minded yogis and yoginis.

Yoga teacher Training Intensives

Expect to leave the FLY yoga teacher training completely ready to teach and brimming with inspiration and enthusiasm for your new career. You will be given all the tools you need to become an excellent teacher and by the end of the course you will have taught two full 75 minute classes to some of your fellow trainees.

By the end of the FLY Yoga Teacher Training you will not only be qualified to teach Vinyasa Flow Yoga but will also have the tools to create other styles of yoga classes, such as more basic Hatha, prenatal and restorative yoga.

Frog Lotus Yoga Teacher Training

During the course we will cover the business of Teaching Yoga to give you lots of ideas for kick-starting your new career as a Yoga Teacher.

There will be time on the training for you to have one-on-ones with our training staff, to ask about your yoga practice or to get help with your homework.

After completing the training you will be required to teach 10 free classes to friends, family or other willing students after the course before you begin charging to teach.

Frog Lotus Yoga Advanced Teacher Training Modules

Vidya Heisel and Jennifer Yarro have joined forces to create and run the Advanced Yoga Teacher Training Modules, to make up an additional 300 hours of training to bring the graduate to the next level of training which is 500 hours.

Vidya and Jennifer together bring a wealth of knowledge and experience in both Yoga anatomy and Yoga philosophy, as well as teaching inspiring workshops and practices during the course.

The 300 hours of Advanced Training are made up of Module Sutra which is a two week 150 hour Intensive and Modules Gita: Krishna and Gita: Arjuna which are one week intensives of 75 hours each.

These modules are held at Suryalila Retreat Centre as well as in Guatemala and India.

The Evolution of Frog Lotus Yoga International

Vidya Heisel opened Frog Lotus Yoga Studio in the Beaver Mill in North Adams, Massachusetts in April 2002. She ran the studio for six years before passing on the torch to Jennifer Yarro, who is a Frog Lotus Yoga graduate. Jennifer has directed Frog Lotus Yoga Studio since October 2008.

Vidya continued to travel and teach the Frog Lotus Yoga Teacher Trainings until opening Suryalila Retreat Centre in Southern Spain in October 2011. Vidya now teaches many of the Frog Lotus Yoga International YTT’s at Suryalila and Jennifer Yarro is teaching the programs at other exotic locations around the world.

Our Exceptional Staff

As well as Vidya Jacqueline Heisel and Jennifer Yarro, there are a number of other very talented teachers on the Frog Lotus Yoga Teacher Training Staff. Everyone on staff is chosen for their exceptional teaching skills and positive outlook on life.

Read more about our other FLY teacher trainers here:

Alicia Waters

Jennileee Toner

Gilda Goharian

Carl Faure

Emily-Clare Hill

Karen Ring

Maria Abel

Paula Mitten


I had the time of my life and miss it everyday! All you need is enthusiasm and a commitment to learn and with her wealth of experience, knowledge and patience, Vidya will forge you into a yoga teacher in no time at all! Vidya provides a great space for learning and transformation to occur; she is compassionate, always approachable, and crucially present. The course material is thorough, and if you don’t already, you will seriously know your stuff by the end of it. By the time you realise you have all the confidence and tools you need to teach yoga, you’ll be smiling inside and out! I am now a very grateful yoga teacher!

Carl Faure - YogaWest, London, England

I feel absolutely blessed to have had the opportunity to do my yoga teacher training with Vidya. I can’t imagine there is anyone else with as much knowledge, passion and dedication than Vidya, who shared her experience and expertise with us with such grace and in such details. The Yoga practice was incredibly inspirational and refreshing and each day she pulled something new out of the bag to challenge us. In short, the Frog Lotus Yoga teacher training retreats are nothing short of excellent.

Hayley Menzies - London, UK

I’m not sure what forces brought me here, but words fail to describe the beautiful experience you’ve put me through. When I signed up for this course I did not realise that I had signed up for this magical journey. You are a passionate, dedicated and inspiring lady, and you have deeply motivated me to radiate such warmth and positive energy; you are soft and assertive at the same time; I’m blessed to have had you as my first Guru. Thank you for everything.

Anjalika Bose - Eindhoven, Holland