University of New Mexico–Taos 200 Hour
Yoga Teacher Training Program:
Yoga aspirants can now study the ancient tradition in
the heart of the Southwest
Taos, New Mexico—The University of New Mexico–Taos
branch is now offering a comprehensive 200 hour level
Yoga teacher training certification in asana, pranayama,
anatomy, mantra, chanting, Ayurveda, Yoga sutras, and
complimentary holistic health disciplines.
On October 5, 2009, UNM-Taos became a Yoga
Alliance-approved Yoga Training
School, offering its first 200+ hour Yoga teacher
training program for Yoga aspirants who wish to teach or
deepen their studies and knowledge.
The courses are offered through the Holistic and Healing
Arts Program at UNM-Taos and presented in weekend
intensives and 8 & 16 week course formats, which can be
taken at the student’s desired pace over the course of
one to two years, with sufficient time for reflection
and integration. Most courses are held at Santosha Yoga
of Taos in order to provide a Yoga studio environment
Because the Yoga teacher program is being taught through
an institution of higher learning, UNM-Taos can offer
the training in a flexible, low cost, yet high contact
hours format to both in-state and out-of-state students.
Total Contact Hours for the program equal 210 hours, and
the entire program costs less than $1100. Financial aid
is available through UNM-Taos.
UNM-Taos is located in northern New Mexico, an area
known for its high desert beauty and sacred traditions.
Taos is home to the Sangre de Christo Mountains, Rio
Grande Gorge, and the Taos Pueblo, the only living
Native American community designated both a World
Heritage Site by UNESCO and a National Historic
For Yoga program details visit: www.taos.unm.edu/academies/YogaTeacherTrainingProgram.html
The faculty includes:
Monique Parker, MFA, ERYT-200 is the Yoga Program
Coordinator at UNM-Taos, where she also teaches English
Composition and Creative Writing. She has been studying
Yoga for fifteen years and teaching since 2001. A
personal student of A.G. and Indra Mohan of Chennai,
India, long-time private students of Sri T.
Krishnamacharya, Monique’s aims to transmit the
teachings of Yoga in a way that honors the individual
needs of the aspirant, while adhering to Yoga's ancient
and authentic principles. www.classicYogaofindia.com
Kirstie Segarra, MA, LMT, has been practicing Yoga for
fifteen years. She directs and teaches in the
Integrative Massage Therapy Program at UNM-Taos. Her
Yoga studies started with her Balinese Traditional
Massage trainings in Bali, Indonesia.
Her teaching incorporates her knowledge of structural
bodywork, specifically Myofascial meridians with
modified ashtanga vinyasa. She also utilizes energy
work, Tantra, traditional Chinese medicine and Buddhists
Michele Marien, R.N., B.S., E-RYT began studying with
Satanada in 1989 and completed her Yoga teacher training
in 1994. Michele has been teaching Hatha Yoga classes at
Taos Spa and Tennis Club for the last seventeen years.
She has trained with "Yoga of the Heart,” Children’s
Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Rama Joyti Vernon, Richard
Freeman and Nischala Joy Devi. She serves the Taos
community as an RN at Holy Cross Hospital utilizing both
her allopathic and holistic knowledge in direct patient
Patrick Shaw is a graduate of the Ayurvedic Institute in
Albuquerque, NM where he studied with Dr. Vasant Lad for
two years. He offers a combination of advanced bodywork
modalities: Thai Massage, Cranial Sacral Therapy and
fascial-release techniques. He has been practicing
therapeutic bodywork since 1991 as a graduate of the
National Holistic Institute in CA. He has specialized in
Traditional Thai Massage for over fifteen years.