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Orange Coast College

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2701 Fairview Road

Costa Mesa, CA, United States

Types of Yoga Taught

Flow Yoga

Gentle Yoga

Specialty Yoga

Trainings Formats

Part-time
spread out over time

Languages

English

About Orange Coast College

Become a 200-hour certified yoga teacher with Ashley Mckeachie in a college environment! Orange Coast College’s Yoga Instructor 200-hour certification training is a Career and Technical Education (CTE) program which provides students with the skills required to teach yoga...

Become a 200-hour certified yoga teacher with Ashley Mckeachie in a college environment!

Orange Coast College’s Yoga Instructor 200-hour certification training is a Career and Technical Education (CTE) program which provides students with the skills required to teach yoga to a variety of levels and abilities.  This program meets the requirements for Yoga Alliance, a professional membership and trade association, to become a registered yoga teacher (RYT).  The OCC Yoga Instructor Training program features an inclusive curriculum that focuses on philosophy, anatomy, theory, personal practice, teaching the three stages of life, sequencing, theming and the business of yoga.

Once completed, the student is prepared for employment in health clubs, spas, yoga/dance studios, hospitals, the health industry, and self-employment as private yoga instructor.

The 200-hour OCC Yoga Teacher Training is offered each year since the Fall 2017.  The certificate program consists of four 3-unit classes, and one 1-unit practice class.  Students are strongly encouraged to take Hatha Yoga Level 1 before enrolling in the course.

Classes
Fall semester
3 units: Yoga Methodology 1 (M/W 6:45pm – 9:15pm) 
1 unit: Hatha Yoga Level 2 (M/W 5:30pm – 6:30pm) 

3 units: Theory of Yoga (Tuesday evenings 6-9:10pm) 

Spring semester
3 units: Yoga Practicum (M/W 6:45pm – 9:15pm) 
3 units: Yoga Methodology 2 (Tuesday evenings 6-9:10pm)

Yoga Methodology 1 will be the first teaching module and students will learn how to safely teach an all levels yoga class that focuses on linking breath to movement.  Hatha Yoga Level 2 fulfills practice hours in the certificate program where students will need to practice yoga techniques and postures. The Theory of Yoga class will explore the history and philosophy of yoga, and how we can apply these core components to lead healthier and happier lives. Yoga Methodology 2 will explore teaching the three stages of life, and the Yoga Practicum class will help students design safe and creative yoga classes that they can use when they are teaching in the public.

The style of the training is Vinyasa/Flow, but my experience will greatly influence the program. Students will learn how to confidently apply the tools of yoga to decrease physical, mental, and emotional discomfort. The ideal student will have already taken Hatha Yoga Level 1 at OCC or have six months of constant yoga practice.

Students are encouraged to enroll in all three classes in the fall and continue on with completing the last two classes in the Spring. If students can only take 1 or 2 classes in the fall, they will have to wait until the next fall to complete the other classes. At this time, classes will only be offered one time per year. Completion of the first three classes are required before moving on to the final two classes in the Spring. The program follows a cohort format.

Once the student takes the classes that make up all of the hours, they will earn a 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training Certification, which certifies them to teach yoga, and a continuing education certificate.  They can also join Yoga Alliance for a small fee, which is the largest professional organization for yoga teachers. There will be two yoga manuals to purchase for the entire training and some recommended texts for further engagement.

This training is not only for students who want to teach yoga or deepen their practice of yoga.  It is also highly recommended for students who are thinking about pursuing careers in the health and wellness industry.

Ashley McKeachie is the lead trainer for the OCC Yoga Teacher Training program. She spent the last year of her Masters in Yoga Studies at Loyola Marymount University creating this program in order to provide community college students with an affordable alternative to a private yoga studio training. A typical studio will charge anywhere between $2500-$3500, whereas at OCC, students pay less than $650 to receive their certification to teach yoga.

First Registered March 2017

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  • 5 out of 5
    By: Emily Schneiders Jun 23, 2022

    The Yoga Teacher Training Program at Orange Coast College exceeded my expectations. As someone who had just started practicing Yoga, I came into this training with very little knowledge and was unsure if I even wanted to teach. By the end of the nine-month program, I gained an amazing foundation in Yoga Philosophy, learned how to teach intelligent sequences to people of different ages and abilities, and so much more. I was challenged, empowered, and became more confident in who I am. I also gained an incredible community/sangha and built deep, authentic relationships. I am now excited to continue my journey with Yoga and feel empowered and prepared to teach. I am so grateful for this program!

    • General Comments

      The Yoga Teacher Training Program at Orange Coast College exceeded my expectations. As someone who had just started practicing Yoga, I came into this training with very little knowledge and was unsure if I even wanted to teach. By the end of the nine-month program, I gained an amazing foundation in Yoga Philosophy, learned how to teach intelligent sequences to people of different ages and abilities, and so much more. I was challenged, empowered, and became more confident in who I am. I also gained an incredible community/sangha and built deep, authentic relationships. I am now excited to continue my journey with Yoga and feel empowered and prepared to teach. I am so grateful for this program!
  • 4.5 out of 5
    By: Charlie Shmavonian Jun 11, 2022

  • 5 out of 5
    By: Lisa Williams May 31, 2022

    I am so grateful to have found this option for my certification! The program with Ashley McKeachie is amazing! I enjoyed having 9 months to learn, practice, soak in the lessons and be a part of a Sangha. Also, the program is less expensive than one you would find in a yoga studio which makes it more accessible for those that cannot afford the $2-3,000.00 price tag that many studios charge. I would recommend this program to anyone looking to get their certification! I am just hoping they add a 300 Hour Certification in the near future!

    • General Comments

      I am so grateful to have found this option for my certification! The program with Ashley McKeachie is amazing! I enjoyed having 9 months to learn, practice, soak in the lessons and be a part of a Sangha. Also, the program is less expensive than one you would find in a yoga studio which makes it more accessible for those that cannot afford the $2-3,000.00 price tag that many studios charge. I would recommend this program to anyone looking to get their certification! I am just hoping they add a 300 Hour Certification in the near future!
  • 5 out of 5
    By: Cassie Becker May 30, 2022

    I feel really lucky to have attended OCC's yoga teacher training program. I learned so many teaching tools and techniques that help me create classes that are inclusive and supportive. My overall experience was wonderful and I would absolutely recommend it to someone looking for a well-rounded program that also provides insight into ayurveda and yoga therapy.

    • General Comments

      I feel really lucky to have attended OCC's yoga teacher training program. I learned so many teaching tools and techniques that help me create classes that are inclusive and supportive. My overall experience was wonderful and I would absolutely recommend it to someone looking for a well-rounded program that also provides insight into ayurveda and yoga therapy.
  • 4.5 out of 5
    By: Claudia Grandez Apr 27, 2022
    Training Program held on Aug 26, 2019—May 21, 2020

    Ashley was an amazing instructor. She was extremely supportive, kind and knowledgable in the field. I am very happy to have completed her yoga teaching program.

    • General Comments

      Ashley was an amazing instructor. She was extremely supportive, kind and knowledgable in the field. I am very happy to have completed her yoga teaching program.
  • 5 out of 5
    By: Tracy Flores Sep 18, 2021

    Beautiful experience, affordable and accessible, inspiring and encouraging teacher.

    • General Comments

      Beautiful experience, affordable and accessible, inspiring and encouraging teacher.
  • 5 out of 5
    By: Merilee Piper Sep 08, 2021

    My training was incredible. I would definitely recommend it to others.

    • General Comments

      My training was incredible. I would definitely recommend it to others.
  • 5 out of 5
    By: Asana with Jen Sep 06, 2021

  • 5 out of 5
    By: Kitty Ramsey Jun 27, 2021

    I really loved going through this program! I learned that yoga is so much more than just asanas and that it truly is life changing. I feel like this program has led me on the path to be my best, most authentic self. I highly recommend!

    • General Comments

      I really loved going through this program! I learned that yoga is so much more than just asanas and that it truly is life changing. I feel like this program has led me on the path to be my best, most authentic self. I highly recommend!
  • 5 out of 5
    By: BRENDA MINTER Jun 24, 2021

    My experience was great, I would recommend this program to anyone wanting to get a 200 HR CYT

    • General Comments

      My experience was great, I would recommend this program to anyone wanting to get a 200 HR CYT
First Registered March 2017

School Reviews

Total Reviews: 56

By Emily Schneiders RYT® 200

Jun 23, 2022

The Yoga Teacher Training Program at Orange Coast College exceeded my expectations. As someone who had just started practicing Yoga, I came into this training with very little knowledge and was unsure if I even wanted to teach. By the end of the nine-month program, I gained an amazing foundation in Yoga Philosophy, learned how to teach intelligent sequences to people of different ages and abilities, and so much more. I was challenged, empowered, and became more confident in who I am. I also gained an incredible community/sangha and built deep, authentic relationships. I am now excited to continue my journey with Yoga and feel empowered and prepared to teach. I am so grateful for this program! Full Review

By Charlie Shmavonian RYT® 200

Jun 11, 2022

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E-RYT® 200

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