200 Hour Teacher Training

Our 200 hour yoga teacher training is designed to take your personal practice and understanding of yoga to a whole new level and provide you with the skillset to offer students an intelligent, dynamic and inspiring yoga class. Our courses are ideal for serious students and aspiring teachers. This teacher training program is designed to provide an in-depth exploration into the practice, process and science of yoga.

Topics covered include:

  • Detailed, alignment-based posture clinics of more than 50 postures
  • Multiple methods of sequencing a Vinyasa class
  • Meditation
  • Philosophy of yoga
  • Physical and energetic anatomy
  • Heat management
  • Daily physical practice in a heated room

Hot Asana Yoga University offers a wide range of formats and locations to make 200 hour training available to everyone.

Weekend Format

  • 8 weekends
  • Hours of each weekend: Friday 5-9pm, Saturday 8am-8pm & Sunday 8am-6pm
  • Locations: Hot Asana Yoga Studios

Intensive Format

  • 2 ten-day sessions
  • Hours of each session: First Friday 4-9pm , Saturday - Saturday 8am-8pm & Final Sunday of 8am-1pm
  • Locations: Hot Asana Yoga Studios

Immersion Format

  • 21 consecutive days
  • Locations: Domestic & International destinations

Click on the individual training posters to see the upcoming trainings.

200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training at Love More Hot  Yoga in Covington, LA

200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training at Love More Hot Yoga in Covington, LA

  • 7 Weekend Sessions: Six weekend sessions and 3 Saturdays make up this training: Aug 11-13, Sat Aug 26, Sept 1-3, Sept 15-17, Sat Sept 23rd, Oct 20-22, Nov 3-5, Sat Nov 11th, Nov 17-19, 2023.
  • With: Virginia Gallagher, Dominic Luke & Jo Ellen Luke
  • Hours: Fridays 5-9pm, Saturdays 8am-8pm & Sundays 8am-4pm. 

  • At: Love More Hot Yoga in Covington, LA
200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training in 8 weekends  | Southern Pines

200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training in 8 weekends | Southern Pines

  • Dates: Aug 18-20, Sept 22-24, Oct 6-8, Nov 3-5, & Dec 1-3 of 2023, and Jan 5-7, Feb 2-4, & March 1-3 of 2024
  • Times: Fri 5-9pm, Sat 8am-8pm & Sun 8am-4pm
  • Location: Hot Asana Southern Pines - 10 Camelia Way
  • Teachers: Virginia Gallagher


Virginia Gallagher

Virginia Gallagher

Studio Founder/Owner, E-RYT 500, RCYT, YACEP, Certified Yin Yoga Instructor, Hot Asana Yoga University Founder/Owner, Certified Mindfulness Meditation Teacher

We are all on our own personal journey. I would like to share a little bit about my yoga journey with you…

I attended my first Hot Yoga Class in this very studio on August 12, 2007 and fell in love with the mental and physical connection I felt. I began practicing 3 – 6 times a week, shed 40 pounds in 4 months, and was able to discontinue the use of all of my prescription medications. I began to feel healthier and stronger than ever. Convinced of the benefits of yoga, I continued my daily practice and began to deepen my dedication to and knowledge of yoga.

I began my teacher training in 2008 and since then have completed multiple 200 and 500 hour certifications, Yin Yoga training and Mindfulness Meditation Vipasana. My trainings have been diverse but my teaching style has been primarily influenced by Grace and MyLinda Morales, Jimmy Barkan, Rolf Gates, Chris & John Yax , Deepak Chopra, Bryan Kest and Paul Grilley. I fundamentally believe that anyone can change their body and their life. I believe we can in fact, grow younger and stronger. I would love to show you how Hot Asana can be a part of that change. It doesn’t matter when or in what condition you start…JUST START. Your best YOU may very well be yet to come.

Paula Gilligan

Paula Gilligan

Hampstead, NH and Newburyport, MA Studio Owner,

RYT 500 , Certified Yin Yoga Instructor, Hot Asana Online Instructor, Hot Asana Yoga University Faculty

This yoga journey has been quite an amazing ride for me. I started taking classes in 2006 because it was a good “workout.” I did not know what was in store for me. Yoga has woven its way into all aspects of my life, and I don’t know what I would do without it. Although the physical piece is what lured me into the hot room, it is the spiritual, mind, body connection that keeps me there. Since 2006 life has been a crazy roller coaster for me, as it is for everyone. The great thing about yoga is it gives you the tools to make it through those ups and downs a little more gracefully. Every time you practice you learn something about yourself that you take with you and use out in the world, in your life. Yoga guru BKS Iyengar said, “Yoga uses the body as a tool to touch the soul.” This, to me, is the bottom line of yoga. This is what drives me, what motivates me to teach. One of the biggest lessons I have learned through yoga is to trust the process, have faith in yourself, have faith in God, have faith in the Universe, breathe through the fear, trust your intuition, connect to your voice. These are not just words, or thoughts. They are actions that you have to have the courage to follow through with. Life is not easy. Do the work.

Opening the first studio in Hampstead could not have happened without the gracious assistance of my dear friend Virginia Gallagher, the creator of Hot Asana Yoga Studios. She has forged the path for studio owners to be successful. Hampstead was a great surprise to me. Newburyport is a dream come true for me. Derry is on the way, and is something I have been working on for YEARS!! Please join me and my dynamic teachers on this amazing journey. We never could have grown this much if it wasn’t for this amazing community! It is with a grateful heart that I thank you all, and look forward to what is to come!!

Julie Myers

Julie Myers

CYT 500, Certified Hot Asana Assist

Julie completed her first yoga training in 2012, but she feels she has been studying yoga her whole life. She has always found movement to be a nurturing, powerful force in her life. Always up for a new experience, she went to her first yoga class on a whim and fell in love with the expansive feeling that asana practice gave her. The encouraging and nurturing community that yoga creates has inspired her to grow and expand in ways she never imagined. It is this experience she hopes to share with her students. She aims to inspire students to deepen their practice and realize their potential through all yoga has to offer.

Julie trained with Siva Power Yoga in Wichita, KS where she earned her 200 hour certification and has continued her education through Corepower Yoga. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science at Wichita State University and Associates Degree in Physical Therapy from Kansas City Kansas Community College. She has been working in the field of health and fitness for 10 years with experience in personal and group training, yoga, athletic performance, and rehabilitation.

Sarah Spence

Sarah Spence

Studio Owner, ERYT-200, Hot Asana Certified Hands On Assist, Certified Restorative & Meditation Instructor, Reiki Master Practitioner, Hot Asana Yoga University Faculty

I began practicing yoga at home in 2012. I quickly became hooked on the movement, breath, and the way I felt after my practice. Since taking my first in-studio class in 2014, my practice grew exponentially and I fell in love with the shared breath and energy of practicing yoga in a hot room. It was then that I knew I wanted to embark on the journey of becoming a yoga teacher. I trained for my 200 hour certification under Virginia Gallagher and Angela Hsu in Danville, Virginia and am currently working towards my 500 hour certification through Hot Asana Yoga University. It’s a privilege to lead others through yoga and I love what I do! It’s my hope that through this practice, I can help others in the way it’s helped me with my journey of freedom, healing, and self-discovery.

When I’m not teaching yoga, I’m taking reiki and tarot clients, reading, roller skating or biking around town, hiking, or studying to become a certified astrologist. I’m also the mom of two fur babies and more plants than I can count.

Liza Anderson

Liza Anderson

E-RYT 200

"Yoga is not for the flexible; it is for the willing."

As a child growing up in North Carolina I spent my afternoons and summers living the sedentary/antisocial life. I didn't participate in any sports and preferred the indoors to out. As an adult I didn't like working out at the gym but I didn't have the motivation to work out at home and I struggled with depression and anxiety. My yoga journey began in 2010 and the physical benefits aside, I quickly felt more focused, more confident, and more motivated. I became friends with my body, after years of not feeling good enough. I am now willing to keep my mind and heart open to all possibilities. In an effort to inspire the willing I attended Hot Asana Yoga University in March 2015 and under the great tutelage of Virginia Gallagher and Lisa Rischitelli earned my 200 hour teacher training certificate. Since then I have taught over 1,600 hours of classes to earn my "E-RYT" designation. Currently I am working on completing my 300 hour certification with Hot Asana Yoga University while I teach at the Hot Asana Colorado Springs location. In my classes I encourage and challenge all levels through creative sequencing and safe alignment. Ultimately, my desire as a yoga teacher is for you to walk off your mat aware of your power, potential, and progress.

Sarah Martin

Sarah Martin

CYT 200, Hot Asana Online Instructor, Hot Asana Yoga University Faculty

Yoga has played a consistent role in Sarah's life for the past ten years. After a few years of practicing, she realized yoga had helped slow down her mind so that she could focus on what she was doing, especially in her school studies. The practice became a strong complement to her spiritual life in a way that brought physicality to her spiritual growth.

She has had the opportunity to teach yoga in several unique settings, including the university campus she attended and a drug and alcohol treatment facility. This practice changes lives, builds community, and facilitates the type of growth our planet desperately needs. She teaches with an underlying message of connectivity. As we come to recognize our lives are not composed of little, unrelated moments but rather a tapestry of connection, we can step in the direction of taking radical accountability and empowering ourselves to live the lives we want.

Kai Salang

Kai Salang

ERYT200, Certified Hot Asana Assist, Hot Asana Yoga University Faculty

Serving others through teaching yoga is a passion of mine. It is fulfilling on many levels to help others connect with the calm, authentic, peaceful outlet that lies within each of us. I am so grateful for my incredible partner and two children, but being a mother is simultaneously the most rewarding and most challenging thing in life; with that being said, I often need my own practice of yoga, meditation, and self care. To be connected to my own practice of yoga and to teach yoga, go hand in hand. Life is a beautiful whirlwind of change and challenge, and to practice yoga and meditation is to walk through life with a clearer mindset, present moment awareness and a grateful heart. I hope to share space with you on the mat!

Tali Sessions

Tali Sessions

ERYT 500, Hot Asana Yoga University Faculty, Certified Yin Yoga Instructor, Certified Assist, Certified Pre & Postnatal Yoga Instructor, Reiki Master

My name is Tali. I have been working for Hot Asana since 2015, so some of you may recognize my face. My practice began in 2012 when I had to pick a physical education class to satisfy my college graduation requirements. I picked Yoga 101, and quickly fell in love with the movement aspect of practice. In 2017 I had the opportunity to sign up for a 200hr teacher training with Hot Asana. It was during those months that I found a better part of me hiding in the safest most buried spaces inside. Through my practice, on and off the mat, I continually find fragments, slivers, and glimmers of her.