Yoga Teacher Training

Uplift Yoga
200-hour Yoga Teacher Training

find your transformation.

Created by two passionate E-RYT-500 level instructors, who met in their advanced yoga teacher training, 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.  

photo credit Nikhil Bahl

TT-200 Lead Trainers and Guest Lecturers 

Brenda Norris, RYT-500, ERYT-200, YACEP, NASM-CPT 
YTT Co-creator 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.

Angelique Raptakis, RYT-500, ERYT-200, YACEP
YTT co-creator and Lead Trainer

Angelique Raptakis is a Yoga Teacher, certified Reiki Master, and certified Community Herbalist who looks to nature for inspiration, weaving its lessons into her classes. She believes that through the practice of yoga, we can more easily come to the connection between our body, our breath, our mind, and the universe we find ourselves in.

She came to yoga in 2009 and found a sense of lightness and length in her body, less chatter in her mind, and heightened senses, allowing a blissful connection to the world around her. Yoga has helped her recover from injuries, work through grief, and manage anxiety.

Angelique enjoys working with people in group classes and private sessions to facilitate a state of balance and connection between mind body spirit (physical/material body to the energetic subtle body), through the use of asana, pranayama, and meditation, guiding you and creating the space to allow you to do deep work.  Angelique offers Hatha, Restorative, and Yin yoga classes, as well as Reiki sessions. She has completed a 50 hour Restorative Yoga training, Surviving Assault (Yoga Essentials as Early Intervention Following Assault or Trauma), and numerous Ayurveda immersions.  She will always be a student of yoga and is deeply grateful for the continued loving guidance and wisdom of her teachers.

Machelle Lee, MA, E-RYT 500, CMT 
Guest Lecturer, Yoga Anatomy

Machelle Lee has 27 years of experience as a yoga teacher, massage therapist, and childbirth educator. 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. With over 10,000 hours of teaching experience, Machelle has cultivated a therapeutic approach through Yin Yoga that weaves together yogic teachings with modern scientific research on tissue rehabilitation, traditional medicine, and psychology. This approach to the whole person aids one in feeling and understanding the bodymind connection both somatically and intellectually. Machelle is committed to serving students in a way that best fits their unique abilities and anatomic structure and combines storytelling, archetypes, poetry, neuroscience, psychology, and Five Element Meridian Theory in a way that is always aimed at facilitating a creative and grounded approach to self-development.

Darin Somma (Yogeshwar)
Guest Lecturer, Yoga History and Philosophy 

Darin Somma has been teaching meditation and yoga for two decades in the Nation’s Capitol of Washington D.C.  He is a certified yoga therapist by the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT), and is an advisor on the board of Taksha University’s Institute of Yoga Therapy and Meditation (IYTM).  He is also a yoga therapist and member of the teaching faculty for Vedic Health, Inc., based out of Rockville, MD.  He was blessed in 2010 by HH Bhagavati Sri Karunamayi Amma to teach a unique and profound yoga asana practice for accelerating one’s spiritual evolution suitable for all levels, and has taught this sequence in seminars around the country.  He is the author of Yoga is Union, a guide to viewing the full landscape of Yoga for the Western practitioner which has sold over ten thousand copies worldwide and received praise as a profound and holistic exposition on Yoga.

Darin has a background in science, holding degrees in Math, Physics, Philosophy, and Psychology. While he loved the analytical tools of science, he found the common worldview of scientists and the assumptions made severely lacking. He concluded, particularly from his study of Physics, that consciousness is at the heart of the universe, and this conclusion eventually led him to the teachings of Yoga and the vast sciences of consciousness which are recorded in the Vedic scriptures and are still living in the traditions of Sanatana Dharma.

Darin is passionate about the power of the authentic knowledge of the rishis to bring transformation to our world. He believes the science of Self-Realization can bring healing to our lives and to our world home.  He has a special gift for crossing the East-West cultural divide, and seeks to make each class an offering of spirit that allows for a safe and intimate encounter with one’s own highest self.

Tiffany Kuo, MPH, RYT-500 
Guest Lecturer, Ayurvedic Living

Tiffany Kuo 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 the 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.  

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.


Before joining us, please ensure you can fully commit to the following eight weekend dates, (Saturdays 9am – 5pm and Sundays 10:30am – 7:00pm),  attendance to 2 hours of  yoga class each week and 2 hours of guided online study per week. (yoga class times and online study time flexible)

  • Saturday, March 20/ 9:00am-6:00pm
  • Sunday, March 21 /10:30am- 6:30pm
  • Saturday, April 10/ 9:00am-6:00pm
  • Sunday, April 11 /10:30am-6:30pm
  • Saturday, April 24 /9:00am-6:00pm
  • Sunday, April 25 /10:30am-6:30pm
  • Saturday, May 1/ 9:00am-6:00pm
  • Sunday, May 2 /10:30am-6:30pm
  • Saturday, May 22/ 9:00am-6:00pm
  • Saturday, May 23 /10:30am-6:30pm
  • Saturday, June 12/ 9:00am-6:00pm
  • Sunday, June 13 /10:30am-6:30pm
  • Saturday, June 26/ 9:00am-6:00pm
  • Sunday, June 27 /10:30am-6:30pm
  • Saturday, July 10/ 9:00am-6:00pm
  • Sunday, July 11 /10:30am-6:30pm
  • Saturday, July 24/ 9:00am-6:00pm
  • Sunday, July 25 /10:30am-6:30pm

    + every Tuesday/ 6pm-8pm (there is some flexibility to this day)

    + weekly participation in classes, some online training and YTT FB group

Required books: 

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali (version of your choosing)

“Yoga Sequencing”  -Mark Stephens

“Your body Your Yoga”  -Bernie Clark

“30 Essential Yoga Poses”  -Judith Lasater


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


Early commitment and paid in full cost (register by December 14, 2020):  $3200 

$3400 if registration and deposit received thereafter. 


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


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