About the Frog Lotus Yoga Teacher Trainings

About the Frog Lotus Yoga Teacher Trainings

Frog Lotus Yoga Teacher Training  is a highly professional, well-established and comprehensive yoga teacher training programme. It has been successfully running for eighteen years, with multiple teacher trainings offered each year. It has been registered at the 200 Hour and 500 Hour level with Yoga Alliance USA and UK since 2001.

Since its inception, there have been thousands of successful graduates of the Frog Lotus Yoga Teacher Training programme.  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.

We pride ourselves on making sure you feel confident and ready to teach by the end of the training. Our graduates often tell us how well-prepared they were the first time they were invited to a yoga studio to audition. They frequently report that they surprised their interviewers by confidently delivering a competent and professional yoga class, right after graduating from their training.

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

Intensive Yoga Teacher Training

What makes our Frog Lotus Yoga Teacher Training stand out is the depth of experience and knowledge of founder and director, Vidya Jacqueline Heisel, E-RYT 500, SYT. Vidya is a seasoned master yoga 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. Suryalila Retreat Centre itself came about through Vidya’s desire for the perfect environment in which she could fully orchestrate the whole experience of a three-week Yoga Teacher Training intensive. Suryalila is home to the magnificent Om Dome, which is a  large and spacious Yoga Shala purpose-built for the trainings. At Suryalila the food is fabulous, the accommodation beautiful and the environment peaceful and uplifting.

Several of the FLY Yoga Teacher Trainings are taught by senior FLY teachers – Jennifer Yarro and Alicia Waters.

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 Teacher Training ready to teach and brimming with inspiration and enthusiasm for your new venture. 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 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 simple 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 potential 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 individual advice about teaching.

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.

Together they 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.

Jennifer Yarro  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.

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

Read more about our other FLY teacher trainers here:

Jennifer Yarro

Alicia Waters

Jennilee Toner

Gilda Goharian

Maria Abel

Karen Ring

Melanie Husser

Lisa Dunn

Yoga Teacher Training Syllabus

Policy Document

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