Advanced Yoga Teacher Training

1st Session: September 7 – November 17, 2019

2nd Session: March 21 – June 28, 2020

Become a more well rounded and well informed Yoga Teacher in one of the most thorough Advanced Programs out there. Affiliated with Yoga Alliance.

Learn Vedic History and understand where Yoga comes from.

Learn about the first Indians to bring Yoga to the West.

Learn what Cultural Appropriation means and how to avoid participating in it by way of knowledge, integrity, and authenticity.

Topics of Study: Harmonium, Sanskrit, Mantra, Yogic Meditation, Pranayama, Bhagavad Gita, Bhagavat Purana, The Ramayana, Patanjali Yoga Sutras, Hatha Yoga Pradipika, Vedic Mythology, & Vedic Astrology


To Register please fill out and send in:



Financial Agreement 

AYTT Deposit

Or pay using Venmo.





Contact Allison with questions:

ombluesky@gmail.com or 919 929 8961

Weekends take place on a serene and peaceful Farm in Snow Camp, NC outside under a shelter. 

Edwin Bryant is confirmed to be with us a full weekend. If enough folks register, I’ll confirm dates with K. Sridhar and Prem Sadasivananda.






2019 – 2020 Schedule:

Saturdays: 9:00-7:00

Sundays: 9:00-7:00


September 7 – 8: Subtle Medicine from India

September 21 – 22: Sanskrit 101, Harmonium 101, Sound, & Mantra

October 5 – 6: Bhakti and Bhagavata Purana with Edwin Bryant – Intro to Vaishnavism

October 19 – 20: Vedic Astrology 

November 2 – 3: Hatha Yoga Pradipika

November 16 – 17: Bhagavad Gita

November – March: Eight Hours of Private Sessions with Allison in person or remotely; Allison will be in India and Bali from mid January through early March and will be available through Zoom and WhatsApp.

March 21 – 22: Harmonium, Mythology, & Storytelling

April 4 – 5: Patanjali Yoga Sutras

April 18 – 19: A&P

May 2 – 3: The Ramayana

May 16 – 17: Goddess, Shiva, & Ritual – Intro to Tantra and Shaivism/Shaktism

May 30 – 31: Heart Sutras, Pranayama, Meditation, and Svadhyaya

June 13 – 14: Bhakti Weekend

June 27 – 28: Graduation Weekend

In addition to these weekends, and 8 hours of private sessions from November – March, you’ll need to attend 10 hours of elective learning from other offerings on Allison’s schedule which includes Kirtan, Astrology or Harmonium Classes, Storytelling events, Retreats, Tours and anything else pertaining to your curriculum. Those hours can be completed anytime from registration for the Program to graduation. You are welcome to complete the hours after Graduation and receive your certificate of completion at a later date. There is no extra charge for kirtan and classes in NC, but you will need to pay additionally for retreats and tours that happen off campus.


Snow Camp is 13 miles southwest of Saxapahaw; 45 minutes to Durham, 30 minutes to Chapel Hill, 60 minutes to Raleigh, 45 minutes to Greensboro, 2 1/2 hours to Boone.

You’re welcome to camp Saturday nights on the farm at no extra charge, you’ll have access to an outdoor shower and toilet, a cooler, but no kitchen access. Feel free to bring a camp stove. You can also arrange accommodation nearby in Saxapahaw through AirBnB.

Reading List:

Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras – Translated by Edwin Bryant

Hatha Yoga Pradipika – Translated by Swami Muktibodhananda

The Bhagavad Gita – Translated by Winthrop Sergeant

Bhagavata Purana – Translated by Edwin Bryant or Kamala Subramaniam

The Ramayana – William Buck or Sanjay Patel

Yoga of Heart by Mark Whitwell

Heart of Yoga School Chant Book


Final Exam:

A 10-15 minute teaching from the texts, recite and write the Sanskrit alphabet, look up a word in the Sanskrit dictionary.

Eligible Participants:

* Yoga Teacher Track affiliated with Yoga Alliance; 100% attendance necessary to receive certificate. If you know ahead before registration that you need to miss time, let me know and we can probably work something out. It’s preferable that you’ve completed 200 hours of yoga teacher training already, but if you haven’t, you may choose to take this course and receive a certificate, however you will not learn the necessary skills to teach a yoga asana class. This course assumes you already know how to sequence the postures together.

*Practitioner Track (not a yoga teacher); Sincere Vedic and Yogic enthusiasts will glean much from this course! You can miss time here and there when needed and not feel that you need to make it up.


The intention is to help you deepen your knowledge, understanding, and ability to communicate so that you might share these ancient teachings and practices in evolved and authentic ways.

The focus is obviously on the philosophical underpinnings of an asana practice, but every day you’ll have a two hour class and a one hour kirtan. There won’t be any instruction on how to teach asana, but there will be detailed information about how to deepen your own relationship to the breath and how to inspire others to breathe more deeply and in more consciousness. The breath is the actual foundation of the body’s aliveness, and the vehicle through which we come to yoga, or union. The focus is more on breath, less on body. The subtle body will also be explored and studied.

I’ve tried to balance time and space for practice, discussion, and lecture, and have eliminated dogma. I want you to find and practice YOUR yoga as a total joy.

Tuition and Details:

I need a minimum of 4 people for the training to take place.

The course is sliding scale $3500 to $5000 and monthly payment plans are available. The course must be paid for in full by June 28, 2020 in order to receive your certificate on graduation day. I prefer payment plans to last for the duration of the course and not go beyond your final weekend. Payments can be in person when we meet or through Venmo or PayPal.

Pay in full and take $200 off the total cost of the training.

$200 deposit goes towards the total cost.

Those who participated in the 230 hour Veda Vinyasa Teacher Training will not need to fill out an application, just the financial agreement.

Those who attended a different 200 hour training will need to fill out both the application and financial agreement and send in a copy of your 200 hour certificate. If you are on the Practitioner Track you will not need to send a copy of a certificate.

Contact Allison with questions. ombluesky@gmail.com or 919 929 8961.


AYTT Testimonials:

Everyone enters into a yoga teacher training with different intentions. I entered with the desire to reconnect to a spiritual backbone and ground myself in practices that could help me find stability during, what I knew, was going to be a fairly rigorous and demanding year. Also, although I had taken a break from teaching, I knew that whatever I learned would ultimately help me to become a better teacher when the time arose. The training definitely surpassed my expectations. What I appreciated most about AYTT was the exposure to so many new experiences, and re-exposure to topics of utmost importance and relevance. Never in my life would I have necessarily practiced extensive meditation, a weekend of chanting, a full day of pranayama practices, Indian scales on the harmonium, or deep exploration of Sanskrit in texts like the Bhagavad Gita. All of these practices opened up my mind and my heart to the richness and depth of what “yoga” is and can be. Considering how rigid and isolated the perception of yoga is in this country, the expansion of practices felt deeply rewarding. Allison showed up every single weekend with a cheerful, kind spirit and immense dedication to sharing all of the wisdom she has gained. Her embodiment of a lifelong yogi, as well as her ability to share with us the enormous gift of her authentic and diverse teachers, such as K. Sridhar, Edwin Bryant, and Prem Sadasivananda, were of immense value. Throughout AYTT, I felt like I was going back in time – to a time when teachers sat in satsang with their students, teaching through stories and experience and relationship. I feel so grateful for everything I have learned, and for the tradition of yoga that I got to experience through the vehicle of Allison’s teachings. ~ Rita Silver


HOYS Advanced Teacher Training was a beautifully transformational experience. Taking a deep dive into yoga philosophy from various lenses–all based in the traditional texts–has infused my practice and my teaching with a power and authenticity that extends far beyond performing a series of physical postures. This course gave me the tools to come into a deeper relationship with myself and others, and provided a beautiful space and supportive community for intensive study and practice. Allison is a passionate and dedicated lifelong student of yoga, who is able to clearly communicate complex topics and hold the necessary space for her students to integrate these ancient teachings in a way that works best for each individual. This is the best program I can imagine for yoga teachers who sincerely want to learn about the yoga from the roots up. ~ Holly Schmidt


My heart and mind have been opened to possibilities that I didn’t consider before this AYTT.  It’s such a joy to learn from Allison, who is a dedicated practitioner and student herself.  I look forward to continuing my journey alongside the shining lights at Heart of Yoga School! ~ Pam Padden


I came into the advanced training itching to go deeper, learn more, and to refine my understanding of the philosophy and practice of yoga. I got all of those things; we were guided deeper into practice, we read more texts, we asked questions and taught each other what we’d learned. We were led by world-class teachers and shared sacred space together. What I could not have predicted was the gentle unfolding I experienced even on the weekends I arrived exhausted, or how my experience of challenge and resistance was held with the kind of genuine compassion that permits and supports tremendous growth. To say I have been deeply transformed is an understatement, but I don’t have any other words to express how this experience has shaped and continues to shape me. If you are considering this or any other training with Allison, know that though you are ultimately the sculptor of your own journey, in my humble opinion you could not choose a more confident, gentle guide, or a sweeter community to learn, grow and practice in. – Ros Schwartz


2016-04-03 16.04.52This training has been the doorway into my heart, a transcendence of consciousness. Allison’s authentic devotion has taught me what real discipline is. She eased the tension of separateness, she encouraged me, she supported me, refining my love for sharing Yoga again! If you are ready to learn the blueprint of Yoga, if you are ready to surrender to reality, if you are ready to make a shift, then I highly recommend this life changing experience. ~ Sandy Delgado


My AYTT teacher, Allison Dennis is/was AMAZING! We studied/trained hard, philosophy, physiology, practice intensives, practicum, understanding the classic treatises, kirtan, playing the harmonium, Meditation I have completed other training programs since the early 1990s–but all are paled in comparison. I feel as if I have become a really good teacher–I attribute it all to God and Allison…With Gratitude. ~ Anita LeVeaux


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Studying under Allison’s guidance has been such a rewarding experience. Her Veda Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training offers structured insight into the 4 main bodies of texts (Upanishads, Bhagavad Gita, Hatha Yoga Pradipika, Yoga Sutras). I now have a much better understanding of the science of yoga and a foundation for further study. In addition Allison offered me a safe and nurturing space to develop my practice as a bhakta. No words can express the meaningfulness of adding devotion and song to my life. My great thanks and love to her for opening her school to me. ~ Bret Batman


The heart of yoga 300 hour training offers a one on one aspect of working with a teacher, alongside group time, which helps define personal practice and became an excellent chance for me to chant with Allison. ~ Benjamin Parrish


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If you want to go deeper into your understanding of yoga philosophy and meditation, this is the course to take. You will discover a deepening connection with your breath through movement, meditation, and self-study. ~ Lindsey Berutti

A journey I would take again and again. ~ Danny Depuy

My relationships with myself and the Infinite have grown by leaps and bounds, and this year has been one of the most transformative healing processes of my life. ~ Erica Davis