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Take the next step in your teaching career: January 2025 - June 2026

Become an expert in teaching yoga and support others in transforming through their practice. This comprehensive training is designed for those who have already completed their foundational 200 hour training and are ready to continue their education, learn to specialize, and emerge as a leader in the field.

 

Deepen your understanding and experience within the yoga tradition while gaining a contemporary, evidence-based knowledge of movement, the nervous system, working with fascia, and more. Develop crucial new skills to become a superb teacher and craft a successful teaching career. Explore the therapeutic approach of yoga and expand your ability to teach a variety of students in all stages of their lives.

This is a training like no other in Chicago or online. Our curriculum finds the important balance between honoring the rich and holistic tradition of yoga while staying current with the newest research on movement and health.

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Learn more about Bloom's

2025 - 2026

300 hr Advanced Teacher Training 

Join our 300 hour interest list and get all the info about the training as it's released.

With our intensive in-person training format, you will benefit from an experiential learning immersion with the expert guidance and mentorship of your trainers. The deep and meaningful connections you develop with your fellow cohort members enhance your learning and build a network of colleagues for support and friendship that continues after graduation. Live, in-person teaching and observations help you refine your skills of body reading, making adjustments, and attuning to the energetic needs of your students, providing you an education you just can't get from watching on a screen.

What this training will give you:

● Specialized knowledge and training to set you apart

● The opportunity to find your niche

● New teaching and leadership opportunities

● Practice creating and delivering workshops

● Ability to teach more diverse student base

● Comfort adapting the practice for a variety of students

● Confidence and techniques to teach privates

● Enhanced self-study and personal development

Bloom is applying to be a Registered Yoga School at the 300 hour level through Yoga Alliance. Graduates of our Teacher Training Program will be eligible to become Registered Yoga Teachers at the 300-hour level through Yoga Alliance.

Curriculum

Curriculum Overview

Bloom's 300-hour Yoga Teacher Training Program follows Yoga Alliance standards. Below is an overview of our inspiring and informative program curriculum.

All modules are included in the cost of tuition!

Techniques, Training & Practice

  • Asana and Advanced Asana

  • Meditation and Energetics

  • Restorative and Gentle Yoga

  • Therapeutic Yoga

  • Adapting for different populations/conditions

Anatomy & Physiology

  • Advanced Anatomy with Linda Troutman

  • Understanding the body in movement

  • Somatics and the nervous system

  • Body reading

Teaching Methodology

  • Art of Teaching Therapeutics with Linda Troutman

  • Advanced sequencing and Teaching skills

Yoga Philosophy, Lifestyle and Ethics

  • Philosophy and History of Yoga

  • Essential business skills for yoga teachers

Practicum

  • Workshop curriculum creation and delivery

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Schedule
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Schedule

January 24, 2025 - June 14, 2026

(no class in July or Aug 2025)

Bloom's 300 hour advanced program is based around a convenient weekend intensive model that allows you to consistently immerse yourself in rich training material and build community with your fellow teachers without disrupting your weekly schedule.

 

Each month's intensive is followed by a live virtual session on select Thursdays from 6-9pm in which you'll review the material from the intensive, ask follow-up questions, and receive direct mentorship from your trainers.

 

Weekend Intensive Details

​Attend In-Person, Live on Zoom, or via Recording
Fridays 6 - 9pm

Saturdays 11am - 5:30pm

Sunday 9am - 1:30pm

2025 intensive dates

January 24 - 26

February 21 - 23

March 21 - 23

April 11 - 13

May 2 - 4

May 30 - June 1

Summer break: No weekend intensives in July or Aug

September 12 - 14

October 10 - 12

November 14 - 16

December 5 - 7

2026 intensive dates

January 9 - 11

February 6 - 8

March 6 - 8

April 10 - 12

May 15 - 17

June 12 - 14

Graduation is on June 14, 2026!

Attendance Policies

Trainees are expected to attend all scheduled training sessions as detailed above. Trainees may miss one session without requiring a make-up, and will still be eligible to receive a certification.

 

Any additional sessions missed must be made up hour-for-hour by watching the session recording and submitting a written response. The trainee may also schedule a private make-up session to receive a condensed version of missed content at a rate of $100/hour. Should the trainee miss more than 5 scheduled sessions, he/she may not be eligible to receive a certificate. Additional required participation outside the times listed above (for group work and observation of yoga classes) will be scheduled at the trainee's convenience.

Tuition

Tuition

Tuition includes:

  • Training Handbook

  • All required coursework for the 300-hour advanced program - no hidden workshop costs!


The cost of all other books is not included in the tuition. Trainees may purchase required books through Bloom at a 20% discount off the retail price.

Tuition for 2025-2026 Program

$5750, or $5500 if paid in full by December 5th

While enrolled in the program, trainees also receive:

20% discount on class packages, massage, workshops & store items from January 24, 2025 - June 14, 2026.

Enrolled trainees may enroll in an unlimited in-person yoga membership for $99/month.


Tuition is due in full by January 10th, 2025.

 

Tuition checks may be made out to Bloom Yoga Studio. Payment may also be made via credit card (we accept VISA, MasterCard, Discover or American Express).

We are pleased to offer a payment plan option as well as two scholarships for the training. 

Payment Plan Option

There is an additional $50 setup charge for the payment plan option, for a total fee of $5,800. Terms are as follows:

  • First payment of $1000 due by January 10 to initiate payment plan ($350 application deposit will be applied towards this payment)

  • 12 additional monthly payments of $400.

  • Payments to be automatically charged to credit card on file on the 10th of every month. Full tuition must be paid by January 10, 2026.

 

Please contact us with questions or to set up your payment plan.

Refund Policy


If we receive written notice of your need to withdraw from the program by January 1st, you may receive a refund minus the $350 non-refundable deposit. Credit card refunds will be subject to an additional 4% processing fee. There will be no refunds after January 10th. If you withdraw from the program for any reason afterward, you will be responsible for paying the full tuition, regardless of any partial payments that have been made to date.

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Application
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Application

How to Apply

We are currently accepting applications for our upcoming 300-hour Advanced Yoga Teacher Training Program. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance status within two weeks of receipt of their application.

Application Process

Prospective teacher trainees must have at least two years of dedicated yoga practice prior to applying, and must have completed a 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training program.

Prior to making a decision on your acceptance, we ask that you take at least one class with one of our program's Lead Trainers so we can get a sense of your experience with yoga, and you can get a sense of our style and approach to practice. This goes a long way towards making sure the program is a fit!

To apply, submit the following:

  • Application, linked below

  • Photograph (so we can put a face to your name!), email to info@bloomyogastudio.com

  • $350 non-refundable deposit to be applied towards tuition payment - may be paid via check or call us at 773-463-9642 to submit payment with credit card


*Note: Certification is not automatic upon completion of teacher training program modules. Receipt of the certificate will be based on successful completion of all required modules and assignments, attendance requirements, and lead trainer's assessment of trainee's teaching competence. Trainees must complete all required work within one year of the end date of the program in order to be eligible to receive a certificate.

Teacher Trainers

300 hour Teacher Trainers

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Jessica Gonsiorowski, Lead Trainer
E-RYT 500, YACEP

Born and raised in Germany by a German mom and American father, Jessica enjoyed a
multicultural upbringing. Her parents focused on a wholesome education and felt the
passion and importance of traveling and experiencing other countries’ cultures. This,
Jessica believes, instilled a great sense of curiosity within herself.


Jessica took her first yoga class when she was 19 years old and noticed its uniqueness from the beginning. In her late twenties, as a mother of two she found herself out of balance, which motivated her to a more intensive yoga practice. Learning to be present and to let go of thoughts and stressors, as well as finding inner strength through creating a strong body, enabled her to feel better and reconnect with herself. Getting comfortable with change and staying curious about herself is still at the heart of her practice and teachings.

Inspired by her own teacher, in 2015 she decided to enroll in  the 200-hour teacher training at Bloom Yoga Studio, followed by the 85- hour prenatal Teacher training at Bloom in 2017. To include and serve a variety of students at all stages of their life, Jessica dove deeper into her studies of yoga with a focus on the therapeutic approach. She earned her 500 hours advanced teaching certificate with Prairie Yoga in 2021 to become a Yoga Alliance registered 500 yoga teacher. She has since served as a mentor to that program and spent hundreds of hours supporting students and working Yoga Therapist Linda Troutman of Head to Toe Yoga.


Jessica has been successfully leading therapeutic Yoga workshops throughout Chicagoland since 2021 in which she serves long time yoga practitioners, yoga teachers as well as non-yoga practitioners that are curious to learn more about themselves and seeking solutions to feeling better.


In her work Jessica utilizes all aspect of the yoga practice. She strives to create a balance between honoring the ancient tradition of yoga and using the newest scientifically researched approaches on yoga, movement, and resilience. Her approach is holistic, benevolent, and professional. Her goal working with her students is to offer tools to cultivate more resilience in their life, to remain curious about themselves and hopeful for the future.


Jessica is the co-creator and a lead trainer of Bloom’s 300 advanced yoga teacher training program.

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Chelsea Brown, Lead Trainer
E-RYT 500, RCYT

Chelsea Brown is an experienced student and teacher of yoga who never stops learning. Since completing her initial teacher training with Prairie Yoga in 2010, Chelsea has continued to explore yoga under the guidance of her beloved teachers including the incomparable Gabriel Halpern, Linda Troutman, and the whole wonderful team at Prairie, where she went on to complete 500 hour training in 2021.

 

She is immersed in and has studied energetics, meditation and yoga nidra extensively through Tricia Fiske and Rod Stryker of the Parayoga tradition. She has taken on additional study of restorative yoga with Judith Lasiter, as well as Somayoga and the SATYA practices as taught by Tias Little. Chelsea’s teaching style  blends the deep innerwork of tantra with a strong alignment based asana practice rooted in the Iyengar yoga tradition and informed by therapeutics.

 

Chelsea  is a registered Children’s Yoga teacher who’s experience with children spans well over a decade. She continues to share yoga with students of all ages, including yogis as young as 18 months old and is firm in her belief that the principles of yoga offer a beautiful system for living an integrated life for all people. She believes in yoga as a way of life and finds incredible joy in sharing it with her students. Her company, Good Seeds Yoga, provides children’s yoga programming to schools and community groups throughout the Chicago area, and offers training programs and workshops to adults who seek to share the practice of yoga with children.

 

Chelsea is firm in her belief that yoga can benefit everyone, and the key to teaching effectively is to meet students where they are and then give them a reason to want to go further.

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Lucy Coloccia
E-RYT 500, RPYT

Lucy's yoga journey began in 2004 when her close friend (fellow Bloom teacher Sharon Wentz) enlisted her as a willing guinea pig for yoga teacher training practice sessions and Rodney Yee Yoga videos (if you know you know). From the beginning she was captivated by the practice, and it has since become an integral part of her life. Originally hailing from the picturesque mountains of Colorado, she brings a deep appreciation for nature and mindfulness into her teaching style. 

An enthusiastic and devoted instructor with over a decade of teaching experience, Lucy enjoys guiding students on their own yoga journey of discovery. Lucy is a Lead Trainer for Bloom’s 200-hour and Prenatal Teacher Trainings, and she is an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT® 500), a Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher (RPYT®), and a Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider (YACEP®). Lucy has undergone extensive training and her desire to continually learn and grow ensures her students receive the highest quality instruction. 

With a nurturing and inclusive approach Lucy draws inspiration from various yoga styles, incorporating elements from each to create a harmonious blend in her classes. She aims to empower her students and give them the tools needed to connect mind, body, and spirit both on and off the mat. 

Outside of the studio, Lucy enjoys spending time working in her garden, taking long walks with her dog, snowboarding, trying new recipes and spending time in nature with her family and friends, drawing inspiration from her surroundings to continually enrich her teaching. Whether you're a seasoned yogi or just beginning your journey, Lucy welcomes you to join her on the mat and discover the transformative power of yoga.

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Linda Troutman
C-IAYT, BS, E-RYT 500

Linda is the owner and President of Head to Toe Yoga, Inc.

She has practiced Hatha Yoga for over 35 years and taught yoga for 23 years. Linda believes that Yoga meets you where you are and that Yoga can be adapted for any person. Her teaching style is an eclectic mix of Therapeutic Yoga encompassing Somatics, SomaYoga, and precision of alignment. One of Linda’s strength is the ability to break a pose down to make it more accessible and then build it back up to increase functional stability. Linda completed the 1000+ hour Yoga Therapy Certification from Yoga North & The International SomaYoga Institute. She is a certified 500 CYT by Prairie Yoga. She earned a Certificate of Completion for Therapeutic Yoga for Seniors Professional Training from Duke Integrative Medicine. Linda is a certified Yoga for Healthy Aging Yoga teacher & Yoga for Strength and Stability®. Linda also teaches therapeutics and yoga adaptations to yoga teachers in the 500 hour Prairie Yoga Teacher Training programs. 

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Eurika Jankauskaite
 

Eurika’s dedication and passion for yoga has flourished over the years as she searches for
the way to fulfill her dharma by serving humanity. She continues to trust daily embodiment
practices to help sustain the balance in a stressed filled modern-day world.

Eurika’s yoga offerings are infused with novelty, diversity and variety. The intention is to
bolster natural curiosity and help build new brain connections, so we can unlearn the
habitual patterns of being and deepen a relationship with our true Self.

For her, a yoga practice has no set expectations or goals to be met, but simply is a unique
individual experience, broadening the possibilities of how we move and exist in the world.
Eurika’s teaching style is informed by classical yoga and modern movement practices,
including somatics like Feldenkrais Method®, Bartenieff and Alexander Technique. Her meditation
offerings are informed by trauma sensitive mindfulness teachings as well as The Realization
Process® technique.

Eurika currently holds additional certifications in Prenatal Yoga and Pelvic Floor YogaTM
along with a deep-rooted passion for Restorative Yoga and guided mindfulness.
She’s been teaching yoga since 2016 and continues her education seeking knowledge and
inspiration from functional movement educators, sports medicine doctors, therapists,
mature yoga and mindfulness teachers alike.

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Victoria Doobay (she/her)
Ph.D; RYT 200

Victoria has practiced yoga from a young age, but her relationship to yoga has changed over the years. At first, Victoria was drawn to the physically challenging aspects of yoga. However, in the past 5 years, she has found meaning in the stillness and expansiveness of yoga philosophy and movement practices. As a licensed clinical psychologist, Victoria focuses on encouraging individuals and communities recovering from systemic trauma to discover physical, emotional, and spiritual connection within. While we are often taught that healing should look a certain way, she believes that healing can take many forms and look different from one person to the next. Healing isn’t linear and may change over time, as Victoria’s relationship to yoga has changed.


Victoria encourages folx to find what creates ease and roots them. This led Victoria to complete her 200hr Teacher Training at Bloom to further explore the intersection between yoga, equity, and wellness. Victoria prioritizes teaching from a trauma-informed and equity focused framework that emphasizes accessibility of yoga. Anyone and everyone can and should be able to practice yoga if they would like to. She strives to support individuals in creating connection, awareness, and balance in their practice. Off the mat, Victoria deeply enjoys spending time in nature, gardening/herbalism, biking, reading, and hanging out with her pup and loved ones.

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Karen Plumley
C-IAYT

Karen started practicing yoga when she was pregnant with her first son, and has never looked back. Her practice and classes have evolved over the years to include breathwork, meditation, and hand gestures (mudra) in addition to postures. She is drawn toward a more gentle practice of yoga as she feels yoga is for every body and this style of yoga is more accessible to many students, especially those who may be recovering from injury or who are living with chronic conditions. Her goals with her students are to meet each student where they are, to create a safe place for practice, and to empower her students to find the best practice for themselves on any given day.

Karen is a Certified Yoga Therapist through the International Association of Yoga Therapists, having completed over 1000 hours of yoga therapy study. She has an additional certification in teaching Yoga for Cancer Survivors and has also completed Level 1 training in Yoga for Arthritis. She attends trainings and workshops regularly so that she can continue to grow and share what she learns with her students and clients. Karen has been practicing yoga since 1998 and teaching since 2008.

Karen is a lifelong North-sider, and enjoys exploring the city with her family, as well as escaping to nature as often as she can to take hikes and listen to the wisdom of the trees.

Book List

300-Hour Teacher Training Book List

Below are two book lists: one of required texts for the Teacher Training Program, and the second a list of recommended texts for those would like to explore additional resources.

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FAQs

Required Texts

  • Book list to be announced soon

 

Recommended Supplemental Texts

  • Book list to be announced soon

  • Where will my massage or bodywork session take place?
    Your massage or bodywork session will take place in a warm, comfortable and quiet room. Soft music may be played to help you relax. You will lie on a table specially designed for your comfort.
  • What should I wear?
    For your table massage, generally you'll undress completely or leave underwear on (with bra off). However, you should always leave on whatever makes you most comfortable and the therapist will work accordingly. You will be properly draped during the entire session according to professional massage therapy standards to keep you warm and comfortable. Thai and Shiatsu massages are performed with the client fully clothed; we recommend wearing stretchy, yoga-type clothing that is cotton for these massage sessions, as other materials can be slippery for the practitioner's hands.
  • Will the practioner be present when I disrobe?
    No, the practitioner leaves the room while you undress, leaving you enough time to get under the sheet and blanket on the massage table. The therapist will always knock before opening the door.
  • Which parts of my body will be massaged?
    A typical full-body massage therapy session will include work on your neck, shoulders, back, hips, legs, feet, arms, hands, scalp and face, and may include the abdomen. Please tell your therapist if you do not want any of these areas massaged.
  • How do I know which type of massage or bodywork is right for me?
    There are numerous types of massage and bodywork. Depending on what you are looking for, certain methods may be a better fit than others. Feel free to contact us and we can discuss which methods may be most appropriate for you.
  • What does a typical massage feel like?
    A Wellness Massage is a good baseline for clients, as it is generally a relaxing session utilizing broad, flowing strokes that help calm the nervous system and decrease muscle tension. As tension is coaxed from your body, a deeper pressure may be applied to work out specific areas of muscle tightness and/or congestion. A light oil or lotion is usually applied to allow your muscles to be massaged without causing excessive friction to the skin. This also helps hydrate your skin. You should communicate immediately if you feel any discomfort so that another approach can be taken. Massage and bodywork are most effective when your body is not resisting.
  • What should I do during the massage or bodywork session?
    Prior to the massage, feel free to ask the practitioner any questions about the technique or the upcoming session. During the massage, make yourself comfortable. The practitioner will either gently move you or tell you what is needed throughout the session (such as lifting your arm). Many people just close their eyes and completely relax, communicating if/when they need more or less pressure, another blanket, or anything else relevant to the session. If you have any questions regarding the session or about the particular technique you are receiving, feel free to ask.
  • What are the benefits of massage and bodywork?
    Massage and bodywork can help release chronic muscular tension and pain, improve circulation, increase joint flexibility, reduce mental and physical fatigue and stress, promote faster healing of injured muscular tissue, improve posture and reduce blood pressure. Massage and bodywork are also known to promote better sleep, improve concentration, boost the immune system, reduce anxiety and create an overall sense of well-being.
  • Are there any medical conditions that would make massage or bodywork advisable?
    Yes. That's why it's imperative that, before you begin your session, you inform the practitioner of any current or past injuries, health problems or medications. If you are under a doctor's care, it is strongly advised that you receive a written recommendation for massage or bodywork prior to any session. Depending on the condition, approval from your doctor may be required.
  • How will I feel after the massage or bodywork session?
    Most people feel very relaxed, while others may also experience a freedom from long-term aches and pains developed from tension or repetitive activity. After an initial period of feeling slowed down, people often experience increased energy, heightened awareness and greater productivity which can last for days. It's possible and normal to feel a bit sore after a deep-tissue massage, similar to the sore feeling that can come from working out. Drinking lots of water and icing your muscles can help. Also, taking a salt bath can help draw out any remaining toxins that can cause soreness.
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