Yoga Alliance Accredited:

200-hr Yoga Teacher Training (6 month program)


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“I cannot say enough good things about Maria Toso. She had us up in front of the class on our very first day. She truly prepared us for being in front of people and teaching a class. Our final was teaching a one-hour public class, so we would have real life experience teaching with confidence in a class setting other than our classmates. She helped me experience and understand yoga on a very deep level, and left me with no doubt I was on the correct path. I feel she taught me not only how to be a good teacher, but also to be a better person in my own life. I would highly recommend her teacher training to anyone looking to complete a sound, fulfilling training. - Jenna Staloch, Teacher Training Graduate, 2015


Embark on the most transformational journey of your life

This is a six month 3-day per month (Friday-Sunday) immersion based program combining lecture, discussion, experiential components, and lab classes. Yoga practices (asana, meditation, self-study) as well as coaching and mentoring will be provided throughout the program. Students will be required to complete at-home practice and assignments in between weekend immersions. Embarking on your 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training with Maria Toso, E-RYT 500, will prepare you to be an exceptional teacher and leader who will inspire others to walk to the true path of the yogi, one of lifelong growth, humility and compassion.

Learning to be a yoga teacher with Maria Toso is also a healing journey deeply into yourself. It's a solid way to break through any stubborn lack of self-confidence or persistent anxiety that has held you back from expressing your true voice with peace and authenticity. During this 6-month training the ancient yogic practices will be brought to life within you and help you take inventory of your own life as you cultivate your solid teacher teacher voice step by step. You will emerge from this training a better you, a more confident you and a more peaceful you.

Breath of Life yoga School is accredited with Yoga Alliance as a RYS 200 (Registered Yoga School 200 hrs) as our training school has met and exceeded the stringent requirements set by Yoga Alliance, demonstrating that our courses are of the highest standard and that our graduates may register with the Yoga Alliance and use the title ‘Registered Yoga Teacher’ RYT as a sign of quality training.

Program Objectives:

Following the succesful completion of this 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training program, you will be able to:

  • Teach a Hatha based yoga class in a safe and supportive way.

  • Demonstrate the basics of gentle and alignment focused asana class.

  • Combine Restorative Yoga with Somatics (Soma Yoga)

  • Understand how to sequence a class and transition between poses.

  • Provide modifications and accommodations for special populations and needs.

  • Teach basic pranayama and meditation.

  • Understand the stress response (fight, flight, or freeze) and how to relax the body.

  • Work one-on-one with clients or in a group setting and adhere to professional ethics

  • Apply yoga philosophy to daily living.

The Breath of Life Yoga School’s 200 hour yoga teacher training is divided into 5 courses that can be taken i 6 months (currently November 2018-May 2019) or you many choose to take fewer courses and spread the length of the program out over a longer period as your time allows. Each course is a stand alone course that you can also choose to take to deepen a certain area of your practice even if you do not have immediate plans to become a teacher. You may choose to register for the whole program ($2,700) or register for one class series at a time ($545 per course).

The following 5 courses will make up the complete training program:

Asana & Teaching Methodology I & II — COURSE FEE $1190

Classes held on Saturday and Sunday morning (9:30AM-1:30PM) one weekend a month (dates listed below)

  • The classic Hatha Yoga poses

  • Somatics and restorative yoga

  • Structuring a Class

  • Sequencing of Postures

  • Props & Postures

  • Adjustments

  • Student Variance

  • Developoing a Home Practice


  • Mindfulness Meditation and Relaxation — COURSE FEE $595

    Classes held on Friday evenings (6:30PM-8:30PM) one weekend a month (dates listed below)

  • Mindfulness meditation techniques

  • Chakra based meditation practice

  • Yoga Nidra

  • Vipassana Techniques

  • Loving Kindness Meditation

  • Posture technology

  • Common roadblocks to a consistent meditation practice

  • Developoing a Home Practice


Yoga Philosophy - an experiential journey— COURSE FEE $595

Medicine for the stressed-out modern mind. You will guided on a healing journey of applying principles from the Yoga Sutras deeply into your daily life.

Classes held on Saturday afternoons (2:30PM-5:00PM) one weekend a month (dates listed below)

7 Essential Yoga Workhops — COURSE FEE $595

Classes held on Sunday afternoons (2:30PM-6:00PM) one weekend a month (dates listed below)

  1. Ayurvedic Practices by Ayurvedic Practitioner Marcia Meredith (November 18, 2018)

  2. Anatomy & Physiology I by Danielle Berres (December 16, 2018)

  3. Anatomy & Physiology II by Danielle Berres (January 20, 2019)

  4. Restorative & Somatics I by Maria Toso (February 17, 2019)

  5. Prenatal Yoga with Sarah Hauss (March 10, 2019)

  6. The Bandhas and Pranayama by Paul Busch (April 14, 2019)

  7. The Chakra Inquiry Workshop by Maria Toso (May 19, 2019)


This training will be a milestone in your life that will reach deeply into all aspects of your life.

As a native Dane, Maria Toso, E-RYT-500 brings over 25 years of yoga and meditation experience from the United States and Europe and is committed to providing exemplary instruction in a safe and compassionate learning environment. Along with her co-teachers, she fasciliates a warm and caring community environment where students can safely develop their spiritual leadership while honoring their own need for growth and learning.

To apply for Maria's 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training starting in the fall of 2018 -- please FILL OUT THIS FORM and Maria will be in touch with you.

200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training over 7 Weekends starting in the fall of 2019:

Weekend Training Hours format: Friday 6:30-8:30PM, Saturday 9:30AM-5PM, Sunday 9:30AM-6:30PM

  1. September 20-22

  2. October 18-20

  3. November 15-17

  4. December 13-15

  5. January 17-19

  6. February 14-16

  7. March 20-22

    In addition to the weekend hours, students must attend one 90 minute class with Maria Toso and one 90 minute class with Paul Busch per week for 7 months for a total of 84 practice hours. These classes with Paul and Maria are included in your tuition. You many also choose to take these practice hours with other teachers in which case you must log the hours and submit class reviews for each class; classes with other teachers are not covered by your tuition.

All classes are held at St Paul Yoga Center 1162 Selby Avenue in St Paul (corner Studio).

Teacher Training Faculty:

  • Lead Trainer: Maria Toso, E-RYT 500

  • Anatomy and Alignment: Danielle Berres, S.P.T. and E-RYT-200

  • Bandhas and Pranayama: Paul Busch, Director of St Paul Yoga Center

  • Ayurveda: Marcia Meredith, Director of Minnesota Institute of Ayurveda

Maria Toso is a fantastic teacher. Her balanced viewpoint ensures that any student of any background will feel welcome and appreciated for who they are and what they bring to the world. Maria is an incredibly accomplished yogi as well, and has a way of breaking down poses and helping students find their own cues that allows them to find their own inner instructor. - Meghan Hatalla, Teacher Training graduate, 2015

Maria is a wonderful teacher. Her in depth knowledge in teaching asana is great, but I really benefitted from her knowledge in meditation and somatics. I believe her teachings far exceeds what is offered in those areas at the 200 hour level, elsewhere. - Lisa Ophoven, Teacher Training Graduate, 2017

Teacher training Instructor Maria Toso is exceptionally qualified to guide students. Her areas of expertise include, but are not limited to: meditation, yoga nidra, yoga philosophy & history, asanas, modifications and cueing techniques. Through loving kindness and sharing her deep understanding of yoga; she provides students with a solid base from which to build our own practice and instills confidence. An Inspiring and Supportive role model! - Kathy Young, Teacher Training Graduate, 2016

This course was very well put together and led. It was through the instructor’s energy, transparency, honesty, intentions, thoughts, words, compassionate attitude, caring and kindness, that my spiritual experiences were enhanced and growth in perception, awareness, and self-realization were possible. I found this to be a safe space filled with love, acceptance, and non-judgement.  A breath of fresh air in the chaos and challenges of everyday living. - Geneah Escobar 2018

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