East Meets West Yoga Center

The Health Advantage Yoga Center’s


For Beginning Yoga

Program Starts in March 2019


Susan Van NuysSusan Van Nuys, E-RYT 500, is the director of The Health Advantage Yoga Center. She has been a yoga practitioner since 1989 and began teaching in 1997. Susan has studied with many world-class teachers, focusing on alignment-based styles. Susan received a BS degree in computer science and linguistics from the College of William and Mary and she particularly enjoys applying the logic she learned while programming computers to the progressive teaching of yoga poses. Susan’s approach is warm and clear with an appreciation of individual differences.


Angelika StadelAngelika Stadel, E-RYT 200, started her yoga journey in 1996 at HAYC and completed the HAYC Teacher Training Program in 2001. Her main teachers are Susan Van Nuys and Doug Keller. She studied with various senior teachers and trained in India at the Iyengar Institute to deepen her practice and understanding of yoga. In 2010 she completed the training and practicum “Yoga for Scoliosis” with Elise Miller. Angelika holds a degree in French and German literature and a Masters in Teaching French and English. As a teacher of yoga she loves to guide students along the path of self-discovery.

Also contributing to our program are:

Maureen Clyne, RYT 500: Philosophy
Patricia Pao, RYT 200: Chakras
Ashleigh Neal, PT, DPT: Anatomy
Erin Scherger, E-RYT 200: Prenatal Yoga

East Meets West Yoga Center is proud to host a teacher training program taught by The Health Advantage Yoga Center.



The teacher training program is for experienced students who are interested in learning to teach yoga. This course prepares prospective instructors to teach over 50 basic yoga poses.

Participants are trained in the following areas:

The Key Muscles of Hatha Yoga by Ray Long, MD FRCSC

Each participant receives extensive philosophy handouts and the HAYC Teacher Training Manual containing detailed instructions for each pose. The manual is an invaluable teaching resource which includes illustrations, preparations, variations, benefits and areas of misalignment for each pose, suggestions for teaching progressions and ample space for notes.




March 9-10
April 5-7
May 3-5
June 7-9
July 12-14
August 16-18
September 6-8
October 19-21
November 22-24
December 7-9

January 3-5 (The written test will be this weekend)
January 18-19 ( MLK weekend. The practicum will be this weekend)

Details & Registration


The cost of the teacher training program is $3,000. A $700 deposit is required to reserve your space in the course. Final tuition payment is due on or before March 1 1, 2019. No refunds are given after March 1, 2019. To keep costs low, checks are preferred. There will be an additional 3% charge for credit card payments. Make all checks payable to EMW.


To register for the teacher training program, complete an application and East Meets West Yoga Center registration form, both of which are available online and at both studios’ front desks. Send them to East Meets West Yoga Center with the deposit. All deposits will be held until August. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance, and the deposit will be returned to anyone not accepted into the program.

Download the application Word or PDF

Download the East Meets West registration form Word or PDF


Friday evening sessions meet from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Saturday sessions are 12:30 to 5:30 p.m., and Sunday sessions are 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. We will meet on Friday, Saturday and Sunday all weekends except the first and last when we will only meet on Saturday and Sunday. The final class, on September 8, 2019, will end at 1:00 p.m.

Teacher training classes are held at East Meets West Yoga Center in Vienna. Attendance at a minimum of 30 of the 34 weekend sessions is required. Hours missed must be made up through homework assignments and workshops.

In addition to class meetings, students are required to observe and assist EMW and HAYC instructors in 20 classes over the course of the program. These classes will be scheduled individually with each participant. In order to gain a broader experience of various approaches to yoga instruction, participants are required to attend beginning classes at other yoga centers three times during the year.

Students who successfully fulfill the requirements of the yoga teacher training program will receive a certificate of completion. HAYC is a registered school with the Yoga Alliance at the 200 hour level. Upon successful completion of the requirements, participants may contact the Yoga Alliance for registry.