Y7’s 200-Hour Teacher Training is a community-centered program. Each training is presented by dynamic facilitators with diverse teaching practices and lineages, extensive teaching experience, and a passion for community building. You’ll gain a deeper understanding of yoga beyond physical asana, further deepen your personal practice, and develop your teaching skills in order to hold space for all bodies and identities. Honoring the roots of yoga and understanding social equity in yoga are both foundational pillars in our program’s curriculum, preparing you with a comprehensive and informed perspective in your practice, teaching, and daily life.

This certification can be used to register as a RYT 200 through Yoga Alliance.







Sessions take place four days a week with our newly introduced offering of online + in-person. You will have the opportunity to complete the training fully online or hybrid NYC. All participants will meet virtually Tuesday, Thursday + Sunday. Saturday sessions can be done online or in-person at Y7 East Village.

See below for a breakdown of the schedule and options available.
Should you choose to join in-person Saturday sessions, please note that attending each Saturday in-person is not mandatory. You may attend virtually at any point.


6pm – 9pm EST (5pm – 8pm CST / 3pm – 6pm PST)
All students meet virtually via Zoom


NYC: Y7 East Village In-person
2pm – 5pm EST
Online students will join the NYC session via livestream in your respective time zone
(1pm – 4pm CST / 11am – 2pm PST)


10am – 1pm EST (9am – 12pm CST / 7am – 10am PST)
All students meet virtually via Zoom

All in-person participants in NYC must show proof of vaccination upon entry at every visit.

Lead Instructors: Amanda Valdes and Molly Rice
Supporting Instructors: Casey Anderson, Darby Rae McCullough, Jo Murdock

Program includes complimentary access to Y7 Online + 20% off all Y7 merch.


2023 Program dates will be announced soon.


Total Tuition: $2,900
Or 6 interest-free payments of $483/month.

Additional payment plans available for as low as $101/month. Select Affirm at checkout to purchase now and pay over time.


The availability, practice and benefits of yoga have not been made accessible to most BIPOC communities.
Y7 is proud to offer full scholarship opportunities for BIPOC folx in our 200-hour teacher training. Scholarships are available to those with financial need who are involved in service within their community and strive to share the practice and learnings of yoga through teaching.


  • A foundational approach to safely teach and practice with purpose, intentionality, and accessibility for all bodies
  • Exploration of intelligent sequencing for vinyasa yoga
  • Introduction to Eastern and Western anatomy, biomechanics, energy subtle body, and more
  • Exploration of over 100 Asanas, including Sanskrit names, alignment, energetic properties, modifications, contraindications and benefits
  • Exploration of props and accessibility
  • Building a home practice
  • Real-time practice teaching


  • History of yoga and yogic philosophy
  • Introduction to meditation and pranayama
  • Myths and mantras
  • The Yoga Sutras
  • Introduction to the chakra system
  • The business of yoga
  • Teaching virtually
  • Teaching in-studio methodology


Curriculum has an emphasis on inclusive teaching by exploring the method and practice of teaching in order to create skills that bridge yoga and social equity. Exploration will include, but is not limited to:

  • Introduction to social equity In yoga
  • Exploration of dismantling racism and privilege in yoga spaces
  • Art of holding space for all bodies and identities
  • Giving back to your community through yoga
  • Art of language


  • Introduction to restorative + yin yoga
  • Introduction to self assists + adjustments
  • Introduction to prenatal yoga
  • Introduction to teaching private classes
  • Introduction to ayurveda
  • Introduction to trauma-informed yoga


To ensure equitable completion for all students and adherence to Yoga Alliance’s guidelines, students must attend all 200 hours of the program, including lectures and mentor meetings. There is a maximum of 2 absences allowed per program for emergencies only. In the event of an absence, we’re happy to work with you on this to ensure you can get any missed information during an unforeseen absence. The program leadership will schedule a makeup session at a rate of $150 per session.

This was a truly amazing program, studio and set of teachers. The gold standard in teacher training.


Molly Elizabeth Rice I discovered yoga in my twenties at a donation based studio in NYC attracted initially by affordable exercise and profoundly impacted by the deep healing I found. With a background in the performing arts, I have always loved movement, music, and the mind body connection. On my mat for the first time I found a form of self expression that was entirely my own to explore. A space for self inquiry, self acceptance, and tools to transcend my self limiting patterns. I did my first 300 hours of teacher training in 2011 in NYC and have been studying, practicing, and teaching ever since! I’ve studied yoga in Nicaragua, Thai Massage in Thailand, and Ayurveda in India. I am personally passionate about the therapeutic applications of yoga in supporting anxiety, depression, and addiction, all of which I have personal experience with. I believe with the right combination of curiosity, compassion, and discipline, we can find more presence and purpose both on and off our mats.

Amanda Gloria Valdes I arrive in space with the mission to utilize the practice of Yoga, Meditation, and the Arts as a catalyst for social change and social equity. Community building has been a passion for me for as long as I can remember. I strive to support my community as a Yoga and Meditation guide, teacher training program manager/curator, and mentor. I take pride in creating non-traditional spaces to practice yoga, meditation, and arts enrichment by building programs centering BIPOC, LGTBQ+, and birthing folx. In 2012 I was certified as a Vinyasa Yoga teacher and began teaching in New York City. In the following years I became a 500+ hr E- RYT and YACEP member. My offerings are informed by History & Philosophy, Bhakti Yoga (studied in Rishikesh, India), Energy, Subtle Body, Ayurveda, Inversions, Meditation, Katonah Yoga and more. I am passionate about supporting birthing folx as a full spectrum doula via Sumi’s Touch, Prenatal/ Postnatal Yoga, Womb Wellness Education, and training. My Yoga and Meditation offerings and training span from Y7 Studio, New York University Global Spiritual Department, zoom, and maybe your local park!

Casey Layne Anderson From Los Angeles to New York City, I have 10+ years experience teaching yoga, guiding meditation, offering Reiki healing, and promoting empowered, personalized wellness. With a BFA in theatre from Carnegie Mellon University, I bring dynamic insights to the power of human connection. I love to utilize my talents to create artistic and inspiring experiences, combining energy and fluidity both physically and philosophically. In addition to hosting workshops and retreats, I feel most in my purpose while working with newly certified teachers as well as business professionals seeking to improve their public speaking skills and confidence. I have worked in continuing education and as a mentor with Y7 for the past five years and continue to create modules and content to take yoga off the mat. Additionally, I have extensive experience with hiring, recruiting, and providing feedback to yoga teachers of all levels. I invite you to enter the experience of teacher training with openness to the abundance of possibilities that exist for you, even those you have not yet considered. This is the beginning of a great adventure!

Jo Murdock I am a New York Native and lover of all things that elevate the mind, body and spirit! Yoga found me in 2017 and that’s the year I started living intentionally, breathing with a purpose, and manifesting the life I envisioned in my mind. Before Yoga I studied dance my entire life and cultivated a deep love for movement. I am classically trained and have received my certification of completion from the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre. Once yoga became my life, I took my existing love of movement and explored the ways in which it could heal, teach, empower, and help. So, here I am today, doing my best to pay it forward. My mission as a yoga teacher is to bring yoga to communities that have historically been withheld from it and underrepresented within it.

Darby Rae McCullough I am a yoga teacher and avid lover of all things that cultivate a deeper understanding and appreciation of the human experience. I hold a 500 E-RYT with the Yoga Alliance and have been teaching Vinyasa, Hatha, and Trauma Informed Yoga for 5+ years. I have extensive training in trauma informed yoga, and yoga as a tool to engage in social justice. I believe that this practice has unlimited potential to create pivotal change within the individual and their community. Whether my students are simply interested in deepening their practice or becoming teachers themselves, it is my intention that I equip them with information and inspiration to prepare them to make their unique mark on the world.