2020 HereNowYoga 200-hour Teacher Training (Birmingham, AL)

In this  Yoga Alliance certified RYS 200 hour training, you're invited to immerse yourself in the foundational practices of yoga with lead teachers, Kim Drye and Becca Impello at Embody Practice Center in Birmingham, AL.  March-October 2020. 

Heavily focused on alignment and anatomy, the asana training in this program will ensure you learn to move well-- with purpose, intention and individualized progression.  Together we will explore the depths of yogic philosophy, meditation and pranayama to reveal the many therapeutic benefits of regular yoga practice.  By emphasizing safe alignment and pose modifications, this training will enable you to offer supportive and specific guidance to a wide variety of people. 

Kim is an experienced and knowledgeable alignment teacher from Asheville, NC, trained by teachers of the Iyengar lineage. Becca is a Birmingham native and a licensed physical therapist who has been teaching yoga and therapeutic applications of yoga practices since 2000.  This training will help you to cultivate awareness and compassion in order to enrich and enlighten all aspects of your life and gain the skills to teach others to do the same.   

Direct your journey, move well, live well.  Do it here, now.

Prerequisites:  A curiosity and desire to learn about the use of yoga practices in health and wellness. At least 6 months general yoga experience recommended.   Must be 18 years or older and able to commit fully to program dates and requirements. 

Location:  Practice Works. 3613 6th Ave. S. Birmingham, AL 35222



The March Immersion is a 5 day retreat taking place at Cheaha State Park.  Participants are expected to arrive Thursday by noon, depart Monday morning by 10:00am.  

April - September Weekends: Friday 6-9pm, Saturday 8am-6pm, Sunday 8am-4pm

October Weekend, Practicum + Graduation: Fri 6-9pm, Sat/Sun/Mon 8am-6pm


Total tuition: $2500 if paid in full by start of the program, March 12th (Includes $300 Registration fee)

Payment plan option: Total tuition $2800— $300 due at time of registration

  • 1st installment, $1000 due by March 14th

  • 2nd installment, $1000 due by May 15th

  • 3rd installment, $500 due by July 15th

*Required reading materials are not included in cost.  A thorough and well-developed teacher training manual WILL be included in cost.

**Accommodations beyond a shared occupancy room at the Mindfulness Meditation Retreat also not included. You can upgrade to a private room for an additional cost of $195 (6 rooms total available) or contact Cheaha State Park for individual lodging. 

Program Requirements:

Attendance at all training dates is mandatory.  Missed contact hours can be made up individually with a lead trainer at $60/hr.  In addition to the training dates, some non-contact hours will be required including observation of community classes/related events.  Details to be given about non contact hours at the start of the program

A regular yoga/meditation practice is expected.  Each student will maintain an individual practice journal. 

Reading and short written assignments, as well as specific mindfulness practices, will be assigned at the start of the program.  Each student will be expected to participate in group discussions and reflection during training weekends. 

Throughout the program, individual and group assessments will be used to assure comprehension and retention of alignment and anatomical principles. The practicum will include a short demonstration of acquired teaching skills and knowledge related to asana, pranayama, and meditation.  

Required Reading: 

  • "You Are Here" by Thich Nhat Hanh

  • "Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life" by Jon Kabat-Zinn

  • "The Heart of Yoga: Developing a Personal Practice" by T.K.V Desikachar

  • "Bhagavad Gita: A New Translation" by Stephen Mitchell

  • "Anatomy and Asana: Preventing Yoga Injuries" by Susi Hatley


  • Primary hatha yoga styles: alignment based and viniyoga

  • Anatomy & Kinesiology

  • Neuropsychology & Neuroplasticity

  • Yogic Philosophy including the 8 limbs of yoga & the yoga sutras

  • Mindfulness Meditation

  • Restorative Yoga

  • Chair yoga

  • Yoga for Seniors

  • Therapeutic Benefits of yoga including the latest scientific research

  • Ethics of teaching yoga

  • Yoga for special conditions

Cancellation/Refund Policy: 

Registration fee of $300 is nonrefundable.  Withdrawal from the program before January 15th will result in a full refund of all tuition currently paid. Any withdrawal between January 15th and March 12th will be refunded only if the current spot can be filled (contingent upon a waitlist).  After the start of the program, March 12th, 2020, all tuition is nonrefundable.