Yoga 200-Hour Teacher Training Certificate

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  • Become a Registered Yoga Teacher and share your love of yoga.
  • Learn to teach with skill, confidence and authenticity.
  • Deepen your own personal yoga practice and knowledge.

The Yoga 200-Hour Teacher Training certificate program at Santa Rosa Junior College prepares students to teach Hatha yoga classes in yoga studios, health clubs, gyms, spas, tourism and recreation destinations, community and senior centers, and corporate and medical settings. Students may also choose to take this program for personal development and a deeper understanding of yoga, an ancient system for personal transformation and skillful living.

Classes are offered at the Petaluma Campus Wednesday evenings and one weekend a month for two semesters. Upon completion of this 10-unit program, students will meet the eligibility requirements to register with Yoga Alliance as a 200-Hour Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT 200), an internationally recognized credential for yoga teachers. Topics of study in this skills certificate include: yoga techniques including asana, pranayama and meditation; teaching methodology, anatomy and physiology, the business of yoga, and yoga philosophy, lifestyle and ethics.

Students will also develop their teaching skills through a 50-hour teaching practicum that can be completed at the College or in an internship with an industry partner. All classes emphasize hands-on, practical, experiential activities and are facilitated by faculty with professional and academic credentials in both yoga and kinesiology.


Tuition and fees for 10 units ($46/unit as of 2021), textbooks, and costs associated with attending weekly yoga classes by enrolling in an SRJC yoga class or taking classes in the community.

Required Courses

  • KINES 70 Yoga Techniques, Training, and Practice I (3 Units)
  • KINES 71 Yoga Techniques, Training, and Practice II (2 Units)
  • KINES 72 Yoga Teaching Methodology (1 Unit)
  • KINES 73 Anatomy and Physiology for Yoga Teachers (1 Unit)
  • KINES 74 Yoga Philosophy, Lifestyle, and Ethics (1.5 Units)
  • KINES 50 Teaching Aide or WEOC 991 Occupational Work Experience Internship (1.5 Units)


Tara Jacobson, M.S., ACSM EP-C, E- RYT 500

Kinesiology Instructor and Yoga 200-hour Teacher Training Program Co-Founder and Coordinator

Tara has a Bachelor's degree in Kinesiology (emphasis Fitness, Nutrition, and Health) and a Master's degree in Exercise Physiology from San Diego State University and teaches a variety of lecture and activity courses full-time at SRJC. She is certified through ACSM (American College of Sports Medicine) as an Exercise Physiologist, Balanced Body as a Comprehensive Pilates Instructor, and NSHC (National Society of Health Coaches) as a Health Coach. Tara earned her 200-hour RYT in June 2010, after completing a 10 month, 200-hour YTT in Integrative Yoga Therapy locally at Bodyworks Yoga Studio w/Jean Grant-Sutton in Petaluma (moved to POST Wellness by Design now).  She completed her 300 hour advanced YTT (Shamanic Awakening) with Kula Collective in the Sacred Valley of Peru August 2018 as a month long intensive.  Tara is also the program coordinator for the  Certificate Program for Fitness, Nutrition, and Health for students wanting to become fitness instructors or personal trainers.  She has a passion for making her classes inclusive and accessible for all levels and bodies, emphasizing proper body mechanics, modifications for injuries, and most importantly to have fun while enjoying a safe, effective, and therapeutic practice.

Andrea Thomas,  M.S., ACSM EP-C, E- RYT 500

Kinesiology Instructor and Yoga 200-hour Teacher Training Program Co-Founder and Instructor

Andrea Thomas has a Master’s degree in Exercise Science from The George Washington University an associate Kinesiology Instructor at Santa Rosa Junior College. Andrea appreciates yoga’s gifts of physical comfort and challenge, self-awareness, community and tools for working with the mind. She began practicing yoga in 1998 as a way to manage stress and connect with one of her closest friends. Having taught group exercise classes since she was a college student in Minnesota, after several years of taking classes and home practice she decided to share her love of yoga and enrolled in Asheville Yoga Center’s 200-hour teacher training program. After teaching hundreds of classes in colleges, studios, fitness centers and to recreational and professional athletes, Andrea completed a 500-hour advanced teacher training through Body Balance Yoga. Considering herself a lifelong student, she has continued her studies with trainings in yin yoga, restorative yoga, meditation, Buti yoga, the chakra system, yoga philosophy and Ayurveda.

Claire Ameya Bela (she/her), M.A., E-RYT 500

Kinesiology Instructor and Yoga 200-hour Teacher Training Program Instructor

Ameya Bela arrived to SRJC as tenure track Kinesiology Professor to help head up the SRJC 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training Program and also to guide students through the Certificate Program in Fitness, Nutrition, and Health. Ameya earned her Master’s degree in Kinesiology from Fresno State University, where she competed on the Track & Field team as a multi-event athlete in the heptathlon. She then went on to coach University and College Track & Field, and has been a Kinesiology instructor at the College and University levels for 20 years. Ameya is an experienced 500-hour advanced yoga teacher trainer (E-RYT 500) who trained in both San Diego and Bali. Although she loves all styles of yoga, she has come to really appreciate active styles of yoga like Anusara and Ashaya which empower students to bring awareness into every part of the body and move with grace and control. 

Venona Orr, M.A., E- RYT 200

Kinesiology Instructor and Yoga 200-hour Teacher Training Program Instructor

Venona Orr is a Kinesiology instructor who teaches in both the 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Certificate and Fitness, Nutrition and Health Certificate programs at Santa Rosa Junior College.  She received her Bachelor’s degree in Exercise & Nutrition from California State University Hayward and her Master’s Degree in Kinesiology from Sonoma State University. Venona has taught fitness classes ranging from dance to weight training and currently teaches a variety of activity classes for SRJC including Yoga, Pilates Mat, Body Conditioning, Weight Training and Barre.  As  part of the YTT program, she  teaches the Anatomy and Physiology for Yoga Teachers class. Venona completed her 200 Hr teacher training through YogaFit and is finishing up her advanced 500-hour advanced teacher training through Mark Stephens Yoga in Santa Cruz.  Ayurveda, the Chakra system  and Trauma Sensitive Yoga are some of the areas Venona is most interested in and continues to study. One of her greatest joys is helping new yoga students discover stress relief and many other benefits of yoga.

Jen Latourette, MA, CPI, E-RYT 500, YACEP

Kinesiology Instructor and Yoga 200-hour Teacher Training Program Instructor

Jen Latourette is a Kinesiology instructor who teaches in the 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Certificate Program and in the Kinesiology Department. She received her master's degree in Kinesiology (with an emphasis in lifetime fitness) from Sonoma State University. She is currently a Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500, YACEP Registered Yoga Teacher and Yoga Alliance Approved Continuing Education Provider. In addition to her passion for yoga, Jen also loves to teach Pilates for all ability levels and ages. She is a Comprehensively Certified Pilates Teacher with Balanced Body which includes Pilates Mat, Reformer, and all Apparatus. At SRJC she teaches Yoga Techniques and Training, Advanced Yoga Techniques and Training, Introduction to Yoga, Beginning Yoga, Intermediate Yoga, Kinesiology 1, and has also provided instruction for Mat Pilates, and Pilates Yoga Fusion. Jen has also worked in the Health & Fitness industry for over 20 years extensively as a Fitness Director, personal trainer, group exercise instructor, and is an Ironman Certified Endurance Sports Coach. She is an accomplished triathlete having competed at all distances from sprint to ironman distance over the past 20 years and is a 15-time Ironman Triathlon Finisher, Multiple time Age-Group Nationals Qualifier, has 17 full marathon finishes, and ran a Boston Marathon Qualifier as a master's athlete. Jen has also competed in ultra-distance cycling like the Davis Double Century and Terrible 200k and more recently enjoys trail running and races at the 10k to 50k distances. She has a passion for the grounding and health benefits a healthy, active, lifestyle can bring and is passionate about helping students be successful in their own health, fitness, and wellness journeys wherever it may lead them.

Questions? Contact Tara Jacobson: . (707) 778-4116