Soul School

Soul School

Next Session: October 2016 - April 2017.

Our 200 Hour Teacher Training Program

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“The best teachers teach from the heart.”

Applications now available at front desk of both uptown and downtown studio before or after classes. Due on Friday September 16th.

Soul School is an annual one-of-a-kind interdisciplinary teacher training program facilitated by Sean Johnson and Mitchel Bleier that offers depth, fun, community, and an opportunity to transform your life through committed practice in yoga and teaching. The program is designed for dedicated yoga students who wish to enhance their connection to yoga and spirituality, aspiring yoga teachers, as well as current teachers who are seeking to bring more depth to their practice and teaching through continued study. Soul School creates an opportunity for trainees to deepen their spiritual path through self-exploration and build a strong foundation for teaching yoga in a soulful, imaginative, and integrative way. We will explore the connections between yoga, art, mythology, poetry, music, philosophy, and the world’s spiritual traditions with a strong emphasis on Bhakti, Tantra, and Vinyasa yoga.

“Soul School positively changes the way you see yourself and others. Along the way, old ways of thinking and moving are set free, setting the stage to welcome new opportunities and even the unknown, and you learn to teach that which has inspired and taught you, in your own voice and in your own way. ” – Priya, Class of ’13

Please email if you have any questions, and scroll down for the dates and more details of our 2016-2017 Soul School session.

“The soul school community is one filled with the most incredible teachers and students; a group of people who helped me find happiness and harmony with not just my yoga practice, but my entire world. Truly a life changing experience that i am SO GRATEFUL to have been a part of.” -Becky, Class of ’12

“So magical, life-changing, heart-opening, worldview-expanding. Those 7-8 months taught me so much, and I’m grateful every day that I was somehow guided to take this training.” – Lisa, Class of ’13

If you didn’t make it to the August 28th Info Meeting, to get a feel for Soul School you can also watch these informal videos (1-4) of The Fall 2013 Soul School Information Meeting.  

The first half of the training is called “Ignite Your Soul” and includes 100+ hours of spiritual practice, self-exploration, meditation; pranayama; mantra and chanting; harmonium; play; dance; mythology; poetry; yoga’s history: Veda, Buddhism, Bhakti, and Tantra; anatomy and kinesiology; and study in the alignment and forms of over 60 asanas. The second half of the training is called “Share Your Passion” and includes 100 + hours of practice and study in: Teaching Skills, Art of Teaching, Language, Constructing and Sequencing Classes, Adjustments, Sanskrit for Yoga Teachers, and more.

Graduates who fulfill all requirements of the program will receive a certificate and be eligible to register at the 200 hour level as a yoga teacher with The Yoga Alliance, the national education and support organization for yoga in the United States.

Soul School Class of 2015:

Soul School 2014-2015 Group Shot

Soul School Facilitators

Mitchel Bleier is known for his immense knowledge on all yoga topics, especially asana, philosophy, therapeutics, and adjustments. He teaches with passion and offers a kind, generous, humorous, easy, and sophisticated approach. Mitchel’s classes are an inspiring vinyasa flow incorporating clear alignment direction, deep breathing, and a playful narrative of Indian philosophy and myth. Mitchel integrates years of his studies
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Schedule and Tuition

To get a feel for the approach to yoga that Soul School inspires, we highly recommend that you take classes with Sean. Other Soul School graduates on Wild Lotus’s teaching staff include: AC, Farah, Andra, Vera, Natalia, Lauren Best-Shapiro, Lauren Sloan, Jessica, Tamarin, Libby, Kelley, Roger, Charlotte, Nichol, Karen, Martin, Zach, Madeleine, Coleen, and Aubree. Current Soul School apprentice teachers include Amalie, Bryn, Celeste, Christina, Colin, Dena, Jamie, Kerrie, Kevlin, Rocky, and Stephanie.

2016-2017 Soul School Schedule

Opening Weekend: Residential Retreat at Flowering Lotus Meditation Center, Magnolia, MS,  Friday morning October 21st – Sunday afternoon October 23rd.

Regular Weekend Sessions:  Nov 4-6 / Dec 9-11 / Jan 13-15 / Feb 3-5 / Feb 17-19 / March 24-26 / April 7-9

Meeting Times: *Friday nights 6:30-9:30pm, Saturdays 9:30am-6pm with lunch break, Sundays 9:30am-4pm with lunch break. (*Please note: on the last Friday April 7th, we will meet 9:30am-6pm, instead of 6:30-9:30pm.) All sessions will be held at Wild Lotus Yoga Downtown in The New Orleans Healing Center, 2372 St Claude Ave at St Roch.

Enrollment in a minimum of 2-3 yoga classes a week, completion of 6-12 hours of homework each week, 100% attendance at all sessions, and completion of take home, open book final exam is required to receive certificate.

Tuition: $3600 includes retreat, all weekend training sessions, teacher training manual, and unlimited classes at Wild Lotus Yoga over the duration of the training. A $500 non-refundable deposit is due upon acceptance in the program and full tuition is due by Mon. Oct 6th Email soul If you are interested in a payment plan consisting of deposit with automated payments over course of program, on contract, email  Cash, check, and credit cards accepted.


    “Soul School has added a new and essential dimension to my practice, my teaching and my life. Anyone who is making yoga part of their life will benefit deeply from this experience!” – Stuart LeBlanc, 2012 “Soul School is a special and sacred experience for anyone looking to broaden their horizons in asana,philosophy,art, music, and life in general.
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    What are the upcoming dates for Soul School 2016-2017? Information Meeting: Sunday, August 28th. 2-3:30pm. Downtown. Applications due September 16th, 2016. We will meet on the following weekends. Please note that the first and the last weekend are 3 full days, and start in the morning on Friday. Opening Retreat: Oct 21-23 Weekend 2: Nov 4-6 Weekend 3:
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