Yoga Teacher Training

Uplift Yoga
200-hour Yoga Teacher Training

find your transformation.

Our training is designed to foster connection with others, discover and hone your unique voice and ultimately guide you to discover your true self through the teachings of yoga. 

Within this training, which meets and exceeds the latest required Yoga Alliance standards, you will find an invigorating mix of yoga philosophy blended with teaching skills, sequence building, an understanding of anatomy, while finding your unique and individual teaching voice.  

You will leave this course not only with a deeper understanding of yoga and stronger personal practice, but also empowered with the skills to teach, and equipped with the knowledge & support to share your gift of yoga with the community.  

TT-200 Lead Trainers and Guest Lecturers 

Brenda Norris, RYT-500, ERYT-200, YACEP, NASM-CPT 
YTT Director and Lead Trainer

Brenda Norris, owner of Uplift Yoga, believes EVERYONE needs yoga in their lives, and seeks to guide every individual in her class toward building a practice that works for them. A modern dancer in her past life, she immediately felt a connection to the yoga practice the moment she stepped on the mat, pleasantly accompanied by a change in her physical body, and a transformational shift in her thinking. She completed the Charm City Yoga 200-hour yoga teacher training at YogaWorks, and immediately began teaching. Years into her teaching, she completed her 300-hour Advanced Studies yoga teacher training program at the Bhagavata-Sevaya school of yoga. Brenda’s approach to class is lighthearted, positive, and fun, and she welcomes all who step into her class to share in an ever-moving, music-driven, and breath connecting Vinyasa style flow, and begin moving toward discovering their own transformations.

Machelle Lee, MA, E-RYT 500, CMT 
Lead Trainer, Yoga Anatomy, Subtle Body, and Yin Yoga

Machelle has 29 years of experience as a yoga teacher, massage therapist, childbirth educator, and lecturer. She holds a Masters Degree in Mythology and Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute and has completed a 300-hour advanced yoga teacher training in yoga psychology.  Machelle has cultivated a therapeutic approach utilizing Yin Yoga as well as Gentle and Vinyasa styles in a way that weaves together yogic teachings with modern scientific research on tissue rehabilitation, traditional medicines, and psychology. This approach to the whole person aids one in feeling and understanding the bodymind connection both somatically and intellectually. Specializing in the health and rehabilitation of fascia, connective tissues, and joints, Machelle is committed to serving students in a way that best fits their unique abilities and anatomic structure.  Offering yoga teacher teacher trainings, CEUs, and personal immersion programs in Yin Yoga, Comparative Anatomy, Science and Psychology of Meridian Theory and more, Machelle combines storytelling, archetypes, poetry, neuroscience, psychology, and Five Element Meridian Theory across a variety of yoga styles in a way that is always aimed at facilitating a creative and grounded approach to self-development for each participant.

Tara Lemerise, E-RYT200/RYT500
Yoga History, Philosophy and Pranayama

Tara Lemerise is known for teaching the time-honored philosophy and practice of yoga in an accessible and joyful way. Her teaching is based on the belief that there is nothing to “fix” with yoga. Instead, there are only more opportunities to understand and be more fully present to our separate and together experiences of being embodied. From handstands to savasana and everything in between, she offers clear and helpful instruction to students at all levels in a relevant and relatable way. 

Registered with Yoga Alliance at E-RYT-200/RYT-500 with more than 8,000 teaching hours, Tara has been teaching yoga philosophy, movement, and meditation since 2005. She leads a thriving and welcoming online yoga community with students from all over the US. You will also find her in person at Restorative Yoga weekend retreats and workshops, teacher training, and continuing education programs for yoga teachers. Learn more at

Tiffany Kuo, MPH, RYT-500
Foundations of Health and Ayurvedic Living 

Tiffany Kuo, MPH, RYT-500 is a public health and healing arts professional with a background in holistic yoga and specializations in Reiki, Ayurvedic and Therapeutic yoga.  As a health and fitness enthusiast, she was initially drawn to the beauty that yoga offers in well-being of mind, body, and spirit, as well as the more subtle ways in which yoga permeates our lives.  Through her personal and professional journey, she continues to cultivate her yoga in the moment-to-moment of life and strives to share the wisdom of yoga to others.  She supports the modern-day busy person to find for themselves their natural ease again by restoring natural health and vitality.  She offers a spectrum of solar, active styles of practices, in addition to more restorative and therapeutically-oriented yoga and meditation.  She serves from a space of community and sharing through movement, breath, and healing.


Shervon Laurice, MS, LCPC, RYT
Guest Lecturer, Yoga is Inclusivity

Shervon is a Certified Yoga Therapist, 200 Hour Level Yoga Teacher and a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor. She enjoys teaching various styles of yoga. As a Yoga Therapist she works one on one with people living with chronic health conditions, teaching them yoga techniques that help them move towards healing.

Dana Pupkar, RYT-200
Guest Lecturer, Creative Sequencing

Dana Pupkar has been an avid fitness, equestrian and golf enthusiast for much of her life. When her golf training group started offering weekly Yoga classes she fell in love with the practice after seeing the benefits to her performance mentally and physically. After suffering several injuries in her active lifestyle, Dana was advised to include more Yoga in her rehab program. Seeing the benefits to the body as well as the mind, the practice became a way of life for her. Her passion for Yoga led her to complete a Yoga Teacher Training Program to become a Registered Yoga Teacher, RYT 200 and continue to dive into other training. She strives to help other active (and non-active) individuals discover the amazing mind-body benefits of Yoga to enhance their life as well as elevate their performance. Dana has had training in a variety of Yoga styles but has a special love for teaching empowering, strength based Vinyasa flows, emphasizing mindful alignment.


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Required books: 

The Yamas & Niyamas: Exploring Yoga’s Ethical Practice” – Deborah Adele 

“Teaching Yoga, Essential Foundations and Techniques ” -Mark Stephens

“Yoga Sequencing”  -Mark Stephens

“30 Essential Yoga Poses”  -Judith Lasater


Curriculum includes Yoga Humanities, history, philosophy, ethics, Equity in Yoga, Anatomy, Physiology, biomechanics, asana, pranayama (breathwork) and subtle body, meditation, ayurveda, teaching methodology, professional development and practicum.  




Payment plans can be arranged by request.


$400 non-refundable deposit due upon acceptance to program to hold your spot

Program limited to 12 students

Uplift Yoga Teacher Training offers a wonderfully comprehensive program with a myriad of skilled and educated teachers. I received more out of this program than I could have ever imagined. Not only were we trained in the clear cuing and alignment of poses, but also yogic philosophy, meditation, comparative anatomy, and so much more. The trainers prepared us not only to walk out of there as teachers but also genuine advocates of yoga as a lifestyle. I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to learn from the instructors at Uplift and I am excited to continue to learn from them.

Uplift YTT graduate Cari M.

YTT 200 at Uplift Yoga was exceptional. It is a very well rounded course, the instructors were well prepared and clearly experts in their field. I felt challenged during the course, allowing me to feel confident to begin my journey of teaching. I highly recommend Uplift Yoga for anyone looking for a well rounded, supportive training program!

Uplift YTT graduate Monica C.