Teacher Training


 2017 Teacher Training Program
September – December

Registered Yoga School


Journey to the Self:
Dive deeply into your practice.
Learn to listen to the wisdom of your heart.
Inspire and teach others.

The Dragonfly Yoga + Wellness Teacher Training Program is a 4-month intensive, a comprehensive 200-hour curriculum, registered with Yoga Alliance. You’ll be immersed in a regular asana, pranayama and meditation practice with a supportive group, as you explore the primary philosophical concepts of yoga. Throughout these months you’ll learn to embody the principles of yoga, to go beyond limitations, creating more personal peace, equanimity, and personal power in your life.

These skills will deepen as the Teacher Training Program expands with lessons based in: teaching methodology; instructing with clarity, confidence and accuracy; learning the energetic and biomechanical principles of vinyasa yoga; intelligent sequencing; use of music and language to create a truly inspiring vinyasa class; verbal and hands-on adjustments; risk and injury management; modifications for mixed level classes; anatomy and its relationship to yoga asana and the subtle body; history of yoga; philosophy; and the business and ethics of yoga.

Our Teacher Training program this year includes a day-long retreat  at the beautiful Land of Medicine Buddha Retreat Center, nestled in the Santa Cruz Mountains. We’ll practice, meditate, enjoy healthy vegetarian food, and soak in the gifts of nature in a lovely and peaceful setting, for a day of complete restoring and rejuvenating.

An impressive group of guest instructors enhances the program, offering lessons on foundational Ashtanga Yoga methodology, foundational Iyengar Yoga methodology, Prenatal Yoga, Sanskrit, Yoga for Beginners, and deeper Anatomy.

Throughout the four months of Teacher Training you’ll discover and hone your unique, personal strengths in a supportive environment on your path as a yoga teacher. We are proud and humbled that so many of our graduates are now employed as respected yoga instructors throughout the Tri Valley, and beyond.

This in-depth study of yoga and the art of teaching is a time of personal transformation. Dragonfly Yoga is committed to providing a safe space for upcoming teachers to build their teaching skills, find their voice, and gain confidence in a supportive environment. Space is limited, ensuring that participants receive plenty of personal attention.

Saturdays 12:00 – 8:00 PM
Sundays 12:00 – 7:30 PM


September 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, 30
October 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29
November 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19
Thanksgiving Break
December 2, 3, 9, 10


yoga students

$3099 Teacher Training with registration before 7/22/2017
$3299 Teacher Training – after 7/22/2017
*Monthly Payment (six payments of $570) plan available with auto-pay

NOTE: Students who have previously taken our Teacher Training program and are interested in repeating the program may do so at a reduced price of $1550.

• Teacher Trainees receive unlimited free yoga during the four months of training.

• The Dragonfly Training Manual and handouts are included in the price of tuition.

• Attend all hours of the program
• Attend 6 public classes each with Laurie and Suzanna
• Observe 2 classes each with Laurie and Suzanna
• Complete reading and homework assignments

• Dragonfly TTP Manual and Asana Guide – provided for you
The Wisdom of Yoga, by Stephen Cope
The Yoga-Sutra of Patanjali: A New Translation, by Patanjali & Chip Hartranft
Upanishads, Eknath Easwaran translation
Bhagavad Gita, Eknath Easwaran or Stephen Mitchell translation
Yoga Anatomy, 2nd Edition, Leslie Kaminoff and Amy Matthews


Teaching Team:

Laurie Johnson Gallagher
Laurie is known for her mindful approach to flow yoga, the individual attention she brings to her students, and a dedication to intelligent sequencing. Laurie began experimenting with yoga in 1997, eventually drawn to the discipline and challenge of the Ashtanga lineage. She earned her 200-hour certificate with Clayton Horton at Greenpath Yoga in 2003, and has since completed the 50-hour bridge program and 300-hour Professional Program with YogaWorks. Over the last decade, Laurie has also studied with a diverse group of teachers that includes: Rusty Wells, Clayton Horton, Laura Camp, Mynx Inatsugu, Melanie Salvatore August, Lakshmi Norwood, Melanie Green, and Maty Ezrati. Laurie is registered with Yoga Alliance as an E-RYT at the 500-hour level, and has been training aspiring yoga teachers since 2009. She loves jazzy tunes, hot coffee, kids who do their homework, and chilling with her wordsmith husband. Preferably all at the same time, at the beach.
Suzanna Spring
A co-owner of Dragonfly Yoga + Wellness, Suzanna has studied both Iyengar and Ashtanga yoga traditions. She holds a certification in Prana Flow yoga from Shiva Rea's Samudra School, as well as a certification in Yin yoga. Suzanna has completed initiation into Neelakantha meditation with tantric scholar Paul Muller Ortega, and continues to study with Shiva Rea, Jason Crandell, and Tias Little. Suzanna is a member of IAYT (International Association of Yoga Therapists), is registered as a Yoga Alliance RYT 500, and has taught yoga and meditation at yoga studios in the east Bay, and in the Polytrauma Unit at the VA-PAHCS, where she worked with military veterans healing a variety of health issues. An avid SCUBA diver and world traveler, teacher of challenging, rhythmic vinyasa flow and a meditative, breath-centered yin practice, Suzanna leads yoga retreats nationally and internationally. She has taken students on retreats to Bali, to Italy, and to Costa Rica, and is taking a group on retreat to Spain in 2017.
Donna Manning
For over twenty five years, Donna Manning has studied, trained, and taught students of all ages and abilities. She has a master's degree in exercise science, with a specialization in athletic training and sports medicine. Donna is a 500-hour certified yoga and pilates mat instructor and her experience includes working with cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation patients. Donna continues to study yoga with her master teacher, Tias Little, in addition to her studies of meditation and many holistic and complementary medicines (Craniosacral Therapy, Healing Touch, the Alexander Technique, and Jin Shin Jyutsu).
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