Online YTT

200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Online



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Yoga Teacher Training & Ayurveda Online

200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Online


This empowering, positively life changing program can be completed within a year however you will get the most benefit from following the group during these dates as we attend group zoom calls and live practices. There are also pre recorded videos that are integrated into the course that you’ll be required to view.

I’ve taken online courses before and never followed through because it wasn’t intimate or connected to the instructor so the accountability simply wasn’t there. With me, you will be moving along with a group of aspiring teachers who have similar goals in mind. I will also be in contact with you and keep an eye on your progress. There will be lots of workshops on adjustments as well as posture alignment and asana breakdowns.

The focus of this Yoga Alliance 200 hour RYS registered program will be how to safely practice and teach Hatha Vinyasa Yoga, meaning the fluid and purposeful integration of breath and movement, while integrating valuable threads of wisdom from the science of Ayurveda. 





200 hour

2 weekends per month / 4 months

Time Commitment – 9:30 am – 5:00 pm

Winter 2021/22

Nov 27, 28

Dec 11, 12

Dec 18, 19

Jan 8, 9 

Jan 22, 23 

Feb 5, 6

Feb 19, 20

March 5, 6 (exams + final classes)

*In addition to scheduled weekends, students are required to meet:

– every Tuesday and Thursday Sadhana / 7:00 – 8:00 am

Example Schedule

November 27th & 28th –  Group training live zoom call

Daily Schedule

9:30 – 10:00 am – meditation

10:00 – 11:00 am – yoga practice

11:00 am – 1:00 pm – yoga & ayurveda philosophy

1:00 – 2:00 pm – lunch

2:00 – 5:00 pm – student led teaching, study of yoga asana, sequencing and adjustments

You will probably spend an average of 25 hrs a week for 6 weeks. If you follow along with everyone else through the calls and modules.

You will receive a 30 minute Ayurveda consultation and coaching call with me as a part of the program tuition.

You have a year to finish the course but it is helpful and recommended to move along with the LIVE flow and the rest of the students.

Upon graduation you will get your Yoga Alliance approved certification from La Vida Veda and be able to teach anywhere in the world.


You may pay the tuition fee all at once through cheque, cash, pay pal or e-transfer. Full tuition price is $2800.

  • Our normal tuition rate for online Yoga Teacher Training is $2800.  However, in response to the Coronavirus pandemic and the financial challenges this brings to many, We’re offering this special training at $2200 for the first 3 registrations! ONLY 3 SPOTS AVAILABLE AT $2200!

Regular in person trainings can cost from $3300-$10,000 depending on where you go. With the online option you will receive hundreds of dollars off and get to be in the comfort of your home.

There are no refunds, even if you decide to quit half way this payment must be made until you reach the total. You may get a credit to put towards your next training. 

*This program is a full commitment so please only apply if you are fully ready to make this commitment. We want dedicated students that put their full attention into this program. 

Registration is closed November 19th  All payments have to be in by no later then November 19th. Once payment is in you will receive your certificate when you graduate. You have a year to finish the program.

Once your application has been received and reviewed we will contact you to set up a telephone interview. Once accepted you may proceed to send your $500 Non-refundable deposit to hold your spot. If you decide to cancel there are no refunds however if it is an emergency situation and you are unable to move through the postures, you may use it as credit towards another training in the future.



1. Yoga techniques & practice: understanding the La Vida Veda Ayurveda and Yoga practice

•  Principles of alignment and asana
•  Introduction to pranayama (breathing techniques)
•  Introduction to meditation techniques
•  Pratyahara and meditation as healing tools
•  Introduction to Sanskrit terminology

2. Teaching methodology: the basics of yoga instruction

•  Principles of demonstration, observation, assisting, and adjusting
•  Practice of hands-on adjustments and verbal instruction skills
•  Principles of safe and effective sequencing
•  Ayurvedic yoga sequences, and the foundational concepts of the science of Ayurveda. Vata, Pitta and Kapha balancing asana, pranayama and meditation techniques
•  Introduction to therapeutic sequencing; how to encourage balance of the doshas- the mind body constitution of the individual and any current constitutional imbalances
•  Discussion on teaching and instruction styles
•  Introduction to the basics of the business of yoga

3. Anatomy & physiology: the physical and energetic bodies

•  Physical anatomy and physiology with Jessica Kruse and doctor of Chiropractic medicine, Mike Textor
•  Introduction to connective tissue and exploration of key muscle groups and bony landmarks
•  Introduction to an Ayurvedic perspective on physical and energetic anatomy and physiology
•  Thorough introduction to the tridosha; Vata, Pitta and Kapha
•  Introduction to the energetic effects of asana and meditation
•  Introduction to bandhas, chakras, gunas, koshas, nadis, vayus
•  Introduction to the marma points of Ayurveda
•  Basic diagnostic skills according to the prakruti/vikruti paradigm of Ayurveda

4. Yoga philosophy, lifestyle, and ethics: living Yoga

•  Study and discussion of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras and the 8-limbed path
•  Discussion of The Hatha Yoga Pradipika
•  Discussion of Ayurveda for Self Healing
• Dinacharya and Rutucharya- the Ayurveda daily routine and seasonal lifestyle
•  Introduction to yogic nutrition, diet and with Ayurveda cooking classes

Required material: Book list
Please purchase the following yoga texts for your teaching training. *Please note that the Yoga Sutras and the Hatha Yoga Pradipika have numerous translations; the translation which is used and recommended by Jessica for the teacher training is listed below.
The Key Muscles of Yoga (Volume 1), by Ray Long
Hatha Yoga Pradipika, by Swami Muktibodhananda
The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, by Swami Satchidananda
Light on Pranayama, by B.K.S. Iyengar
The Heart of Yoga, by TKV Desikachar
Ayurveda; The Science of Self Healing, by Dr. Vasant Lad
Yoga Teachers’ Toolbox by Joseph Le Page and Lilian Le Page

Supplemental reads:
The following are additional resources which we feel are a complement to your training but are not required for the program.
Prakruti, Dr. Robert Svoboda
The Anatomy of the Spirit, Dr. Caroline Myss
The Language of Yoga: Complete A to Z Guide to Asana, Names, Sanskrit Terms and Chants, Nicolai Bachman


Teacher BIOS

Lead Teacher Jessica Kruse

As an Ayurveda Practitioner and massage therapist, Jessica’s style of teaching is sourced from western and eastern anatomy, alignment and Ayurveda. Her teachings are woven with inspiration and wisdom from these sciences that helps students of yoga master their unique constitution and channel the healer and teacher within.

Ayurveda is based totally upon the knowledge of “prakruti”, the individual constitution. If every individual knows their mind-body constitution, then one can understand what is the optimal diet, lifestyle, and yoga practices for oneself to create a happy balanced life. As the lead teacher, Jessica guides you through your comprehensive yoga curriculum that she created with all her heart; including valuable Ayurveda lifestyle, nutrition and cooking classes!


Supporting Teachers

Geha Gontier, R.Ac, E-RYT

Geha has been drawn to Eastern Philosophies and meditation since being a teenager. The first yoga class she took opened the door into a world of self awareness and self knowledge that she had been looking for.

Living in different parts of the Western World she had the great fortune to study with wonderful yoga teachers, exposing her to an eclectic mixture of styles: Kali Rae, founder of Tri Yoga, Leslie Kaminoff and his focus on yoga therapy, Nancy Gilgoff, senior teacher of the Ashtanga method.

Since coming to Edmonton in 2004 she has been teaching at the Sattva School of Yoga, formerly Yoga Loft. She has been privileged to work with Rameen Peyrow and witness his development of Sattva Yoga, a balanced method of hatha yoga integrating Asana, Meditation and Pranayama to penetrate the question ‘who am I’. 

Geha is also a registered acupuncturist and the owner of Wellness on Whyte, a multi disciplinary Wellness Centre.

Geha has been teaching workshops on yoga, qi gong, lifestyle, and Oriental Medicine. For many years she has taught energetic and esoteric anatomy both in workshops and yoga teacher trainings and is currently developing an online program on the ‘Science of Energy’.

Jessica greatly admired Geha as a human and yoga teacher, when Jessica first met her and began her practice at age 15 under her and Rameen at the Yoga Loft in 2004. Destiny later brought Jessica to work alongside Geha only 6 months after she opened Wellness on Whyte and they continue as a work family and dear friends until this day. Jessica is forever grateful for Geha’s presence in her life; and she’s now honoured that Geha will be sharing her diversity and expertise in the science of energy, the art of sequencing, hands on adjustments and more, as Jessica’s main supporting teacher in La Vida Veda YTT program.

Mike Textor, D.C – Western Anatomy & Physiology

Mike Textor D.C. has been in practice since 1995, originally licensed from California, and has spent the last 10 years here in Costa Rica where he has received a licenciatura from the University of Costa Rica. Mike specializes in a treatment approach known as soft tissue mobilization, which through active movements helps to restore normal resting length of chronically shortened soft tissue (ie. tissue other than bone: muscle, tendon, connective tissue, etc.). This process can dramatically improve range of motion and reduce chronic pain. In addition, Mike utilizes diversified chiropractic manipulation, if indicated, to further restore mobility.

Now as a part of the La Vida Veda YTT program, Mike will be leading the trainees into basic anatomy knowledge needed to safely offer yoga and movement classes, embodied anatomy, structural knowledge of major joints, and much more. He has also previously been a member of the medical staff for the association of surfing professionals (ASP), the association of volleyball professionals (AVP), Long Beach Ice Dogs (IHL hockey), as well as the Ballet Pacifica in southern California. In addition to post graduate training in sports medicine, Mike has extensive experience working with athletes and those with chronic pain.

Pedro Prabhu – Head Chef & Vegan Cooking Teacher

Pedro graduated from the lnstituto Nacional de Aprendizaje de Costa Rica in 2010. Since then he has apprenticed with various master chefs in the fields of raw, vegan, gluten free and Ayurveda cuisines. His dream is to continue to learn in institutions such as el Jardin de Estudios Tropicales and then share this wisdom of using endemic plants, through the food he serves and the classes he teaches. Pedro’s nutritious meals are created with the intention to heal and go beyond satisfying your hunger; his creations nourish your body and soul, engulfing you with the essence of taste and culture.

Chef Perdro applies his extensive studies to create heathy, nutritious and delicious meals based on the principles of Ayurveda. He is an internationally recognized leader in Costa Rica, as the owner of La Botanica, educating with inspiring workshops in raw vegan cuisine, organizing community events and cooking for the students and stars as the head chef at the Imiloa Institute. With his ample experience he has a special capacity to help people with transformation and personal change and we are so grateful to have him as our head chef to nourish us during La Vida Veda Yoga Teacher Training program. 




Deposits are non-refundable always. Once the training commences, there are no refunds for the remainder of any payments for the training, only a credit towards a subsequent La Vida Veda Ayurveda and Yoga teacher training.


Info sessions are generally held prior to the commencement of each program. Please check our workshops page closer to the approaching date or contact us to find out more.


Absolutely! This La Vida Veda Ayurveda and Yoga teacher training program is designed to get you started on your teaching path. Jessica Kruse’s 200 hour program will give you the tools and the skills necessary to become a proficient Hatha Yoga teacher.  You will be able to register with the Yoga Alliance as long as you have completed the entire 200 hours.


The Yoga Alliance was formed in 1999 to recognize and promote teachers that maintain a specific standard with the Alliance. The La Vida Veda Ayurveda and Yoga School is a registered and recognized school and all graduates of the La Vida Veda Ayurveda and Yoga teacher training program are automatically eligible to register with the Yoga Alliance as an RYT.


It is suggested that you have had a regular yoga practice for at least one or two years, and we always say the more experience the better. Application can be completed and submitted via our online form, we also require a reference letter with application.


To obtain your certificate you must complete 100% of the training in compliance with the the Yoga Alliance standards. At La Vida Veda Ayurveda and Yoga School we understand things come up and you might have to miss a class.

OUR POLICY FOR MAKE UP TIME: If you miss a class or weekend, in order to complete the program you will need to make up the equivalent time in a subsequent teacher training. You will not receive your certification until you have completed the make up session.


Some of the required books can be purchased at your local bookstore or studio hosting the teacher training. Many people purchase these books off; be sure to check our reading list for the correct translation of each book.



* Ayurveda lectures, yoga practices and meditation sessions

* LIVE Vegan & Ayurveda Cooking Classes & Recipes for whole family!

* A 1 hour personal Ayurvedic Consultation with Jessica

* Mentorship and personalized guidance

* Business of yoga, marketing & social media skills. Learn how to create seminars & retreats & fill them

* A safe, sacred space for you to step into your power as the most authentic and happy version of yourself

* Fun, grounding and liberating AfroDance Class to “break the ice” at the start of program LIVE on ZOOM

* An opportunity to live your Ayurveda & Yoga, lifestyle and ethics, with professional guidance and support.

* Yoga Teacher Training Manual with lots of Ayurveda extras! 


  • learn about yoga from great, caring teachers 

  • ongoing online community support to live your Ayurveda Yoga life

  • friendly and supportive atmosphere

  • sincere seekers from around the world

  • deep study of yoga philosophy

  • solid foundation in Ayurveda philosophy, including cooking

  • mantra meditation and mudra

  • sequencing based on Ayurveda

  • how to enhance postures with hands-on adjustments,

  • how to work with special populations-such as injured or prenatal students and so much more!


Perhaps you don’t plan to teach yoga professionally, that’s OK! This immersive residential program takes you on a journey of Svadhyaya – self study or discovery. Immerse yourself in this healing and transformative experience. We welcome yogis of all ages and levels.

This program is also perfect for certifying experienced and aspiring teachers and students of yoga who wish to deepen their practice and understanding of themselves, Yoga, Anatomy and Ayurveda.

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What people are saying…

I appreciated so much about the way this training was put together. I loved the combination of learning about yoga and yoga philosophy together with Ayurveda. I liked the integration of the singing bowls, the fire ceremony and the cooking lesson as adding variety to the training. I felt that the content of theory and learning of practice was carried out at the right pace for me and in an interesting and engaging way. I felt supported by Jessica to overcome my personal challenges (hips and hamstrings!) and I felt encouraged to feel confident in delivering a yoga class to others. I liked the way we were able to teach at a pace that worked with our confidence level and so it didn’t feel overwhelming. I appreciated Jessica’s positive and constructive feedback which led to my confidence increasing further.

I completed my YTT200 hours with Jessica Kruse (La Vida Veda) in Costa Rica in March 2018 and it has been transformational for me personally and has enabled me to start teaching my own yoga classes, a dream I couldn’t have imagined turning into a reality so soon after completing the training! I work as a Clinical Health Psychologist for the NHS in England and so I understand the important relationship between body and mind. YTT training with Jessica has developed my understanding further and has given me the knowledge of yoga and the tools to be able to develop my own personal practice and to teach what I have learned to others. Prior to training I had done very little yoga and I am so happy with what I have learned and how my body has changed as a result!

I loved the different locations and the mixture of beach side and mountain location. The beach side villa was my favourite location. I found so much peace and tranquillity in the mountains and so am so glad to have had the opportunity to stay there. I found Jessica to be a caring and encouraging trainer with so much knowledge and intuition that I have learned from. I am extremely happy I did the training with La Vida Veda Ayurveda & Yoga and would highly recommend this training to anyone wishing to further their personal understanding of yoga and Ayurveda. Thank you Jessica xx

Dr. Alicia Ray, Clinical Health Psychologist and inspired yogi 🙂
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