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Be Shri Yoga


Please join Be Shri Yoga*, in collaboration with Sama Yoga, for our 2016-2017 200HR RYT Teacher Training and In-Depth Study Program.



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All sessions will be held at Sama Yoga Studio at 45 Grove Street in New Canaan.



*Be Shri Yoga is a Yoga Alliance Registered School

Graduates will receive a 200 hour RYT designation and Certificate of Completion!


If you are looking for a program to deepen your practice and knowledge of yoga or aspire to teach yoga, this comprehensive program is for you! Program director, Karen Rider, E-RYT 500 has been leading teacher trainings in the area for over 7 years. This will be her 5th 200 hour and previously she taught the Anusara Teacher Training Immersions. She is thrilled to partner up with Sama Yoga this year! Yoga is a transformative practice and this program will offer you an opportunity to immerse yourself in the full in depth study of yoga in a vibrant, nurturing and supportive environment. You will receive the knowledge and skills to enhance both your practice and how to offer your gifts as a teacher with confidence and clarity. Along with Karen, this program will include specialty guest teachers and mentors to offer you one of the most comprehensive programs in our area.  The program will be spread out over nine months to allow for assimilation of all the incredible teachings.


– Study the history and philosophy of yoga
– Understand Ayurveda principles
– Learn meditation and pranayama techniques
– Understand alignment as a path to safety and healing
– Gain therapeutic tools
– Discover your authentic voice and unique gifts
– Explore the power of subtle energy
– Practice the art of skillful manual and verbal adjustment
– Develop creative and effective sequencing patterns
– Learn how to teach with themes and to the heart
– Grasp the business of yoga
– Choose electives, practice yoga, and practice teaching!
– Enjoy mentor meetings, class observations and homework!


2016-2017 Teacher Training Dates:

October 1-2

November 12-13

December 3-4

January 7-8

February 4-5

March 4-5

April 1-2

April 29-30

May 6-7


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Our Training Staff



Karen Rider, E-RYT 500, Director



Ellen Saltonstall, E-RYT 500



Terry Coe, Philosophy, Sanskrit
and Meditation Scholar



Rebekah Jacobs, Mentor, Guest Lecture,
Owner Sama Yoga



Cost of the program: $3200 by September 15th, $3500 after.  $500 deposit guarantees your spot at the lower rate.  Due by August 15th.


Download: Teacher Training Application

Please email for any additional questions or concerns


Testimonials from recent and previous graduates:

I was sad when my journey of teacher training ended this past April, at Be Shri Yoga. Each month I looked forward to a new adventure with Karen and our great group of trainees. Karen’s passion definitely inspired us to learn as much as we could. Being in the fitness field I have attended many teacher trainings over the years and Karen’s was by far one of the best! Karen has a gift for encouraging students to be the best that they can be. She presents the material in a clear format and her guest speakers are top notch in the field. I also enjoyed all of the workshops at Be Shri that were offered to us during the training. They weren’t mandatory but they really enhanced our training. I look forward to attending the 300 hour with Karen at Be Shri some day. Joyce Generoso, 2016 Graduate



Karen Rider is a brilliant teacher and beautiful person! Her knowledge, compassion and rigor literally changed my life. I was new to Yoga but passionate about yoga’s positive influence over my mind, body and physical awareness. I decided to take the Be Shri Teacher Training course for enrichment. I found that the Sanskrit and philosophy coupled with the alignment and anatomy to be a perfect combination for a mind/ body experience. The pacing of the course was manageable with my busy lifestyle yet the course was completely packed with fulfilling knowledge. I would recommend anyone with a passion for yoga or the therapeutic aspects that yoga offers for physical or emotional stress management repair. No longer did my back or shoulders ache and no longer was I quick to be ruled by my thoughts or emotions.  Karen’s teacher training course prepares students to become teachers with a wealth of knowledge and with compassion. This is a “well worth it” course for anyone interested in teaching or gaining a deeper understanding about yoga and its benefits for life. Lisa Warren, 2016 Graduate



I came into the Be Shri teacher training program hoping for not just a positive learning experience but a caring community as well, and that’s exactly what I found! Karen is an outstanding teacher and her expertise was complimented by a broad array of visiting instructors. Whether your goal is to become a yoga instructor or simply to enhance your own yoga practice, I would highly recommend the Yoga Teacher Training course at Be Shri. Thanks so much, Karen! Patrice Morley, 2016 Graduate




Karen Rider’s 200 RYT Teacher Training Program is extensive and intelligently informative. Her excellent choice of guest lecturers over the 8 month period are in line with her style and approach to yoga, and beautifully enhanced the program. Karen has an impressive knowledge of alignment and anatomy and combined with her sweet demeanor makes her an excellent choice to take you through the journey of teaching! Karen Blair, 2016 Graduate




Karen Rider has tremendous knowledge and training as a yoga teacher trainer. She manages to convey very clearly how to articulate the craft of teaching, an aspect everyone should learn in order to teach.
She has a beautiful practice and personal nature which makes this experience so much more fulfilling when learning so much material.The way Karen breaks out the sessions monthly give the students a great window to pause, digest and reflect before absorbing the next influx of information. This was a great experience and the bonds made were a perfect take-a-way! Shari Michael, 2016 Graduate


My experience in the Be Shri Teacher Training was incredibly educational. I left the program with a deep understanding of anatomy, alignment, and the teaching practices of yoga. We also spent a considerable amount of time on philosophy and the Sanskrit language, because Karen brought in experts in these fields. Karen was a wonderful and patient teacher. While she is a seasoned teacher, she really brought the lessons to a level that all of us students could understand. Karen imparted her wisdom on how to language and teach yoga safely. I am so glad I had the chance to participate in this training. It was a wonderful experience that I will never forget. Grace Ann Sweeney, 2015 Graduate


Teacher training at Be Shri Yoga was an amazing journey and was beyond my expectations. Karen Rider is a dedicated student of yoga and anatomy with an extraordinary ability to share her knowledge. Her teachings are augmented with mentoring, workshops and and renowned guest teachers. My time in teacher training was the most transformational experience of my life. It has been an awakening that makes me want to learn more. Mel Mannion, 2015 Graduate


“Holding my RTY Certificate, I finished the Be Shri Teacher Training with a desire to learn more. It was an evolving journey that I recommend to anyone who would like to grow and delve deeply into the rewards of yoga. The syllabus covered various topics, with renowned guest speakers and instructors, bringing a cohesiveness to the boundless world of yoga. Through Karen’s inspiration and guidance she gives the the opportunity to allow the potential in every student to flourish” Colleen McCourtney, 2014 Graduate


“I feel deeply grateful for the opportunity to have participated in the Teacher Training at Be Shri Yoga. I would recommend it in a heartbeat to anyone interested in teaching yoga or simply looking to deepen her/his personal knowledge of yoga. Thank you Karen, along with mentors Rita and Nancy for your professional, nurturing and extremely informative yoga training. I am so lucky that I had you as my teachers and mentors, working with me and sharing your knowledge and experience. You have inspired me in so many ways and taught me more than I could have ever imagined possible. There was a wonderful sense of community within our teacher-training group. We all supported and helped each other, creating a positive and fun atmosphere where we could learn and grow in a healthy way. Forever grateful, Barbara Petuck, 2014 Graduate
This training was so inclusive! We had excellent world renowned guests, mentors and a taste of amazing workshops from chakras, prenatal ,mini teaching sessions, more than I expected.  I have spoken to many other teachers and came to realize how incredibly fortunate I was to have had Karen as my first “rock” of a teacher. Karen makes her teachers feel confident and gives support while keeping the classes simple and straight forward. Karen also included so much more than the average training I came to learn from conversations with others throughout the tri state area. Karen is a gifted and extremely knowledgeable instructor who is beyond generous!  Our class was a group of accomplished, thoughtful individuals that were integral in our learning to one another as well. Giving support, intelligent critiques and bringing a variety of backgrounds together to share and learn from, was so inspiring. What I came away with was a new inspiration for my careeer and a thirst for more information and learning more specific areas of Yoga. I highly recommend Karen’s training program at Be Shri Yoga”. Kellie Norrgard, 2014 Graduate


“The 200 Hour Teacher Training at Be Shri was a great experience! Karen and the guest teachers had so much knowledge and experience to share. Over the 9 month program, I received a varied education in the many aspects of teaching and practicing yoga. We had many opportunities to practice teaching in a supportive and nurturing environment, and I felt prepared to step into the world of teaching yoga. I also greatly enriched my own practice. The pacing of the program was very manageable and I would recommend it to anyone looking to teach or simply deepen their own yoga experience”.
Liz Arredondo, 2014 Graduate


“I am so happy I decided to take part in the Be Shri Teacher Training program. I have two small boys and was worried I would not be able to find the time to fit everything in, but because the program was spread out over 8 months it was very manageable. The longer time period also allowed the time for everything we learned to really seep in and stick! Karen provides nurturing leadership while sharing all of her experience and knowledge with her trainees. Workshops with renown yogis coupled with extensive anatomy and philosophy segments added further depth to really make the whole experience rich!”
Kat Jacobs, 2013 Graduate


“The Be Shri teacher training program was inspiring, enlightening, and transformative. It gives you the opportunity to immerse yourself in the philosophical, anatomical, and methodological facets of yoga in a highly nurturing and knowledgeable environment. It will enhance and heighten your own yoga practice while simultaneously developing your confidence and experience to safely share yoga with others.” Morgan Mazza, 2013 Graduate


“Karen is so knowledgeable about the teaching of yoga and therapeutics.I really felt I learned a lot from her.  The Be Shri teacher training allowed me to hone my teaching skills and gain confidence as a teacher”. Deb Brennon, 2013 Graduate


“The Be Shri Training combines an extraordinary knowledge base with a nurturing and accessible approach to instruction. I move on confident in, and excited about, my abilities as an instructor. The studio and connections made during the training will be a tremendous resource in my practice for years to come”. ~Jen Cavanaugh, 2013 Graduate