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Balanced Enlightenment 300 Hour Advanced Yoga Teacher Training with Mara Healy

Be Balanced

Learn to find your bindu or balance point, and recognize it as a reference rather than a destination.

Be Awake

Gain awareness and develop skillful habits around your karma and dharma.

Be Grounded

Base your mobility in stability to create a firm foundation for practice on and off the mat. Growth will happen in body and mind!

Be Empowered

Be empowered to find solutions, not by following rules, but by understanding principles and applying knowledge to personal practice, sequencing, and daily living.

Be Yourself

Shed what no longer applies, and refine your voice as a teacher to let your authentic self shine.

Be Skillful

Learn the intimate details of higher yoga, beyond asana into the subtle realms of energy development, breath, and mindfulness.

Mara Healy has the unique ability to make yoga philosophy and asana accessible through both lecture and physical practice. She brings clarity to what feels obscure, levity to what feels dense, and enthusiasm for all parts of practice. Learning from her experience and knowledge will advance any practitioner’s understanding. This workshop will undoubtedly bring you depth and stability in all the best possibly ways- don’t miss it!

Ginny Van Horn

Dear Beings of Possibility!

I am deeply honored to offer an advanced yoga teacher training at Be Yoga for 2018, and look forward to guiding practitioners and teachers alike into the deeper aspects of yoga which are fundamentally more internal, subtle and potent than can be explored at the 200 hour level of any program. It is through a refined understanding of personal practice that each of us becomes a more skillful teacher.  Then, teaching becomes an extension of personal practice through the vehicles of:

  • Integrating ancient practice with modern media
  • Consistency of skills related to confidence, presence, and leadership
  • Awareness on the levels of energy, karma and mind
  • Personal creativity within the boundaries of yogic science
  • Compassion for oneself and others throughout the process of living

As Ghandi said, “The best way to find the knowledge of Self,  is to get lost in the serving of others.”

Thus, in the “Balanced Enlightenment” 300 hour training we will plunge into topics related to BOTH the internal AND external, and ALL the limbs of yoga with me (Mara Healy) as the lead trainer.

The group will explore ALL facets critical to higher limbs of yoga,  including:

  • Ayurvedic healing related to body, mind and spirit
  • Mantra philosophy, practice and mysticism
  • Cutting edge anatomical research on the fascial and nervous systems
  • Unlocking the brain’s potential for light (Bhati)
  • The immutable laws of karma and dharma
  • Pranayama for physical, mental, and spiritual harmony
  • Serious study of ancient texts like Yoga Sutras, Hatha Yoga Pradipika, and Bhagavad Gita
  • Sequencing to create balance within the nervous system taking into account space, gravity, time and reaction patterns related to mobility and stability
  • Adjusting bodies with compassion and skillfulness
  • Mysticism in yoga related to practices of bandhas, mudras, and shakti development
  • Learning of Sanskrit sounds, pronunciation of Sanskrit words related to practice and Ayurveda
  • Learning of Sanskrit calligraphy for attention and concentration

Rather than only discussing theory, students will be led through the methods, disciplines and practices that are suitable for their personal goals, daily lifestyle and individual constitutions.  As a full-time yogini and householder who understands not only the demands of internal yoga, but also the demands of professional work, relationships and family duty, I will guide you through this process. I can’t wait, it’s going to be an amazing journey! Please join me for it.

Love, Mara (Phuntsok Deki)

An initiated tantrika and yogini of the Vajrayana (Buddhist Tantra) Tradition

Curriculum and Yoga Alliance Requirements - Click For Details

See our complete syllabus, approved by Yoga Alliance.

Prerequesites, Certification, Participation, and Make Up Policy - Click For Details

Prerequisites and Certification

In order to apply for this training, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Completed a 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training
  • You have taken at least 3 classes with Mara Healy
  • Must be able to do crow pose, and be comfortable with headstand against the wall (or be willing to work a modification in case of neck issues)
  • You must be healthy enough to engage in asana practice and to be able to sit for lectures and some practices
  • Must be comfortable learning spiritual practices related to ancient Indian and Himalayan traditions, including karma and reincarnation

If you are planning to register with Yoga Alliance for your RYT 500 after this training, you need to have taught for at least 100 hours in between completing your 200 hour training and beginning this 300 hour training. See more about Yoga Alliance Credentials. This training will NOT qualify you as a Universal Yoga teacher.

If you are not planning to teach, and are taking this for personal enrichment, you must have practiced for a minimum of 200 hours since completing your 200 hour training.

Participation and Make Up Policy

In order to get the most out of this training, your full participation is needed. That means having completed all of your reading assignments and home practices, as well as getting enough sleep and being properly hydrated for class. You help create your own experience, as well as the experience of your fellow students. Show up with intention and attention for yourself and each other.

If there are extenuating circumstances, private instruction is available for makeup hours at a rate of $50 per hour.

Chronic absences, poor punctuality, and unfulfilled required assignments are grounds for dismissal.

Our Incredible Teachers - Click For Details

Mara Healy E-RYT 500 Lead Trainer An initiated tantrika and yogini of the Vajrayana (Buddhist Tantra) Tradition

Mara (Marayogini/Phuntsok Deki) is a celebrated yogini dedicated to the spiritual tradition of yoga, whose teachings infuse compassion and skillful means into asana. Having spent years studying with powerful, spiritually-oriented yoga masters such as Chandra Om, Manju Jois, and Andrey Lappa, Mara has found her voice as a householder dedicated to weaving together normal family life with the yoga practices of the Vajrayana tradition. She has been a dedicated student of the systems of yoga, Universal Yoga, and Ashtanga Yoga for well over a decade. Mara integrates modern science with ancient methods. She is dedicated to bringing supple strength, powerful softness and practical proficiency to each person’s evolving relationship with yoga. Mara strives to create an atmosphere of scholarly learning, skillful practice and spiritual happiness. Learn more about Mara at and

Guest Teachers

Kaitlin Lacey

Kaitlin is an Ayurvedic Lifestyle Coach and Intuitive Healer. A Reiki Master for 10 years, she has a great deal of experience with chakras, energetics, and subtle practices. Kaitlin did the majority of her ayurveda training with Cate Stillman, and has also studied with Blair Lewis. Having graduated from Be Yoga’s Advanced Teacher Training, she is excited to return and bring a deeper understanding of ayurveda and the relationship between the energetic and physical bodies to the program!

Zoe Mai

Zoe Mai began practicing Ashtanga Yoga with Manju Jois in Philadelphia in 1995. In 2005 and 2006 she traveled to India to study with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and Sharath Rangaswamy. She began her study of Sanskrit in India. Upon returning to the States, Zoe took her first Weekend Sanskrit Training with Vyaas Houston. The experience was illuminating and life transforming. After experiencing the ASI learning model, her study of Sanskrit became a graceful dance with a living breathing language. Since that first weekend training, Zoe has taken every opportunity to study with Vyaas in an attempt to move more deeply into the language and fully imbibe the yoga based learning model of the American Sanskrit Institute. She is currently teaching college classes in Psychology, Yoga Philosophy and Sanskrit using only the ASI learning model.

IMG00072-20101023-1619Dr. Nevin Markel

is the co-founder of Performance Rehab Associates, owner of Markel Health Performance, a doctor of chiropractic as well as a certified strength and conditioning specialist. He incorporates various manual techniques to treat musculoskeletal conditions including Active Release Techniques©, Functional Range Release, FAKTR treatment and the Selective Functional Movement Assessment© along with cutting-edge rehabilitation programs. Dr. Markel graduated Cum Laude from New York Chiropractic College and is the former team chiropractor for the Maryland Terrapins, Bowie Baysox and UMBC Retrievers. In addition, he regularly works with a variety of athletes including members of the NFL, MLB, PGA, Olympians and yoga practitioners in an effort to correct physical dysfunction and maximize performance. Dr. Markel strongly believes in a patient-centered model of care where the latest manual treatments are combined with individualized rehabilitation programs including corrective exercise, self-treatment strategies, and strength training. He currently serves as clinical director at Velocity Sports and frequently teaches workshops for yoga studios and gyms. Dr. Markel’s webpage is

Dates and Times - Click For Details

Balanced Enlightenment 300 Hour Advanced Yoga Teacher Training with Mara Healy will begin again in January 2018!

Teacher Training will be held on Friday evenings, 6-9pm, Saturdays 8-6pm, and Sundays 8-6pm over the course of 13 weekends.

Please also allow for 2-4 hours of reading each week, attending a minimum of 3 asana classes per week (if some of these can be with Mara, so much the better), 20-60 minutes per day for meditation and pranayama (once you have an understanding of what practices suit you), and 2-4 hours every two or three months for take-home exams.

Training sessions will be held at our Carmel studio at 7510 Pineville-Matthews Rd.

  • Jan 5-7
  • Feb 2-4
  • Feb 9-11
  • Mar 2-4
  • Mar 23-25
  • Apr 6-8
  • Apr 27-29
  • May 4-6
  • Jun 1-3
  • June 29-Jul 1
  • Aug 17-19
  • Sept 7-9
  • Sept 28-30


Pricing - Click For Details

Total Pricing for the program is $3,500.  This includes 13 training weekends, and a 20 class pass for attending regular classes at Be Yoga.  In order to keep tuition down, and because many of you may already own some of the books, books are not included.

A non-refundable application deposit of $350 will be applied toward the total. Upon receipt of your deposit, you will receive the reading list. Payment plans are available, Cara Truitt is the contact for those. A minimum of $1,200 is due by the day training starts, all students must have paid in full by July 1st, 2018. Tuition is non-refundable.

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