Cleveland, OH: 200-Hour Yoga and Meditation Teacher Training

Cleveland, OH, USA

Sara Syed
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33 reviews
Nov 12, 2023 - Mar 31, 2024
Group size: 8 - 40
Cleveland, OH: 200-Hour Yoga and Meditation Teacher Training
Cleveland, OH, USA

Sara Syed
  • Email address verified
33 reviews

Nov 12, 2023 - Mar 31, 2024
Group size: 8 - 40

About this trip

Satya Meditation and Yoga School is delighted to offer our internationally acclaimed and accredited  200-hour yoga and meditation teacher training in collaboration with The Studio Cleveland in downtown Cleveland, Ohio.

Come for healing, personal development, professional development, and overall growth and transformation in your life. 

Meet like-minded people from the area with an interest in spirituality, healing and yoga. 

Satya means truth.  Connect to your own inner truth through this sacred container for spiritual exploration.

This top-rated and highly acclaimed 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training offers true and effective immersive learning. 

Upon completion of this 200 hour professional certification, will be eligible to register with the Yoga Alliance as an internationally recognized 200 hour yoga and meditation instructor. 

This course is  equally appropriate for this who wish to teach yoga as well as for those who just want to deepen their practice and understanding of yoga and meditation.   


This is so much more than a teacher certification course... this is a:

  • Personal development course 
  • Spiritual education course 
  • Container for healing & transformation 
  • Professional development course 
  • Safe space to make mistakes during the learning and transformational processes that yoga and meditation bring 
  • Time-tested program that is sure to give beneficial and life-long results to those that show up and give their best effort 
  • Place to experience spirituality and spiritual practices first-hand

The exploration of yoga with most schools in the West starts and ends with the postures and breath awareness.  This is a great first step on the journey towards peace and happiness, but postures and mindful breathing alone are not enough to bring about the total spiritual transformation which most students of yoga seek.  

This program is different from most in that there is a predominant emphasis on the inner journey and the more subtle and spiritual aspects of this ancient and time-tested path.  

The ancient sages have provided us a system to develop inner peace and happiness, which is honored, shared and revered throughout this yoga and meditation teacher training.  

Students will not only learn postures, how to teach the postures, how to sequence a meaningful and impactful yoga class; students will also:

  • Be provided opportunities and tools to help access and process repressed traumas & insecurities.
  • Learn about themselves on a deeper level with knowledge of the subtle energy systems (chakras, nadis, koshas).
  • Meditate an hour together daily to clear the subconscious mind and improve one's ability to focus & concentrate (which are essential skills to develop if we wish to truly live a meaningful life).
  • Study ancient yogic philosophies, sutras and ethical guidelines to live a life that is more aligned and attuned with nature and our true essence. 
  • Learn how to create sacred spaces and offer, safe, impactful, and transformational classes with the option to offer consensual hands-on adjustments.
  • Practice and teach various breathing exercises (pranayama) and meditations.
  • Learn about regulating the nervous system to create a more secure and harmonious inner life. 
  • Learn about different modalities and healing practices within the wide scope of the ancient Vedic sciences and holistic healing, including kundalini, Ayurveda, astrology, prenatal yoga, kids yoga, and more. 
  • Learn from the most talented, experienced and dedicated teachers in Northeast Ohio
  • Make life-long friendships and bonds with students that have similar spiritual and healthy interests.
  • Learn the essentials of business 101 for those wishing to eventually do what they are passionate about for a living.
  • Enjoy free yoga classes from during the duration of this program (11/12-3/31) at The Studio Cleveland and at Lakewood Yoga

About this Program

This internationally acclaimed and accredited 200-Hour yoga and meditation teacher training is curated for the dedicated, spiritual, and open-minded human wishing to learn more about themselves, spirituality, yoga, and the help others along the way.

This  program doubles as both a teacher certification course, as well as an in-depth personal development, self-healing and quantum growth course.  

The  Satya Meditation and Yoga Teacher Training goes above and beyond to ensure all students have a working understanding and knowledge of the ancient sciences of both meditation and yoga in practical and applicable ways.  

This teacher training program offers some of  the most inclusive, accessible, extensive and authentic information  available on this side of the globe.  Inspiration from this course has been taken from the lineages of Hatha Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga, Vipassana  Meditation, with content brought directly from India and Costa Rica.  This course heavily focuses on the yin and yang aspects of the yogic  practices, as well as philosophy and the experience living as a  spiritual human on a spiritual journey in our modern society.

This training offers a proper foundation for teaching yoga and meditation safely, confidently and knowledgeably with its comprehensive and  hands-on curriculum.  You will gain the tools and experiences needed to carry the torch of yoga into the world. 

Upon completion of the training, you will  earn a 200-hour certificate and you will be eligible to register with the Yoga Alliance, the international yoga accreditation board for yoga teachers.  This training is presented in the traditions of Hatha/Vinyasa yoga.  

Read on to learn more about Satya Meditation and Yoga School's 200-hour curriculum and requirements for registration.

Course Dates & Location

Classes meet on Sundays from 8am - 5pm 

at The Studio Cleveland:

Class Meeting Dates:

November  - 12, 19

December - 3, 10, 17

January - 14, 21, 28
February - 4, 11, 18, 25

March -3, 10, 17, 24, 31

Lunch break from 10:45-12:30pm 


The Studio Cleveland

1395 W. 10th St. 

Cleveland, OH 44113

Yoga Alliance Approved Curriculum

Yoga Philosophy, Yoga Lifestyle and Ethics 

  • In-depth study of the Yamas & Niyamas, the ethical guidelines for living a healthy and more peaceful life
  • Study and learn how to incorporate the philosophy of India's medical system, Ayurveda, into your life and teaching
  • Create a diet and lifestyle that will create optimal health in your life based on the gunas and Ayurveda 
  • Study the Yoga Sutras by Patanjali, the founder of modern yoga (2,500 BC)  
  • Discuss ethics of being a yoga teacher, including the teacher's role as a community leader, the value of selfless service, and practicing honesty and non-harm
  • Learn how to live a healthy, vibrant, and spiritually-aligned life that benefits yourself and the relationship in your life 

Techniques, Training, & Practice

  • Safely practice and teach yoga postures (asanas)
  • Learn the therapeutic and healing benefits of the various asanas 
  • Explore modifications for poses and the use of props to make yoga safe & accessible to all students 
  • Identify and cue proper alignment
  • Offer safe and consentual hands-on adjustments and assistance
  • Practice and teach various breathing exercises (pranayama) and meditation 
  • Create balanced, safe, fun and meaningful class sequences that emphasize your talents 

Teaching Methods & Styles

  • Experience various styles of yogic practices through experience: Hatha, Ashtanga Primary Series, Kundalini, Yin, Restorative, Pranayama, Yoga Nidra, and Meditation
  • Teaching yoga for children, pre / post natal students.
  • Find your voice; practice articulation, word choice, and mindful communication  
  • Customize your teaching to serve special niches or population of choice 
  • Practice savasana massage 
  • Hold space for a class and others; learn how to be the best teacher you can be

Anatomy & Physiology

  • Explore the subtle body energy systems in-depth including the chakra systems, nadis, masculine/feminine energy and more
  • Study anatomy and physiology of the physical body 
  • Learn how to be enhance your teaching with an understanding of the unseen body and how it works 
  • Therapeutics of yoga: learn how to work with pain, injuries, and many health conditions


  • Practice structuring, sequencing, and teaching yoga classes
  • Give and receive constructive feedback to and from peers (in the program and outside of program) to enhance your teaching awareness and ability 
  • Receive personalized feedback from lead instructor on how to teach your best class 
  • Plenty of practice teaching! 

The Spiritual Entrepreneur - The Business of Yoga

  • Legal requirements as a yoga teacher 
  • Basic tax information related to yoga teaching income 
  • Learn marketing techniques, business exploration and more to help start a spiritually-focused and conscientious business model  
  • Learn about the Yoga Alliance registry and membership 

Beyond the Yoga Alliance - Additional Areas of Study: 

  • Teaching silent and guided meditation (Anapana)
  • Basics of Sanskrit & Sanskrit names of asanas
  • Astrology 101 and how to incorporate moon cycles, retrogrades and eclipses into your teaching
  • Sound Healing Mini-Course 
  • Seva - Selfless Service 
  • Create a sadhana that supports your life and practice


Option 1

$2,950 - Normal Rate - Register and pay in-full before November 12, 2023 (first day of class)

  • Pay in-full with cash, check or Venmo (@thestudiocleveland)
  • $500 Deposit (non-refundable; goes towards balance) 
  • Seven payments of $350 
  • To be paid in-full prior to the course start date (November 12, 2023) 

Option 2

$3,300 - Payment Plan - Register and pay in-full before March 31, 2024 (graduation day)

  • $500 Deposit (non-refundable; goes towards balance) 
  • Seven payments of $400 
  • To be paid in-full prior to graduation (March 31, 2024) 
  • You may be removed from course if monthly payments are not received.

***You can register directly on this website****

Requirements for Participation

Being a yoga teacher is a commitment to living the yogi lifestyle (with best effort).  It's a commitment to continuous learning, practicing daily healthy habits, increasing your awareness and consciousness, practicing seva (selfless service) and so much more.  

Being a yoga teacher requires a strong commitment to your own practice, growth and wellness so you have experiential knowledge and wisdom to pass down to your students.   

If you are inspired and guided to take this course, please be mindful of our requirements for serious students:

  • You have experienced the healing and transformative benefits of yoga and meditation first-hand in your own life.
  • You can work diligently and be self-directed.  Although you will be guided throughout this program, it is up to each individual student to show up and do the work.  You will get out of this program what you put into this program.  It is an investment in yourself.
  • Make sure this is the right program for you! Read about our yoga teacher training and see if it resonates with you.  Read about the lead teacher, Sara Syed; meet and speak with Sara.  Make sure everything fits with you, including the time commitment to yourself and this program.  
  • Be open-minded.  If we are lucky, not everything will go according to plan throughout this yoga teacher training.  Our human plan can not compare to the Divine plan in store for us.
  • You can communicate effectively.  As the old adage goes, "ask and you shall receive."  It is only when we communicate our needs, challenges, and intent that change and transformation can occur.  The teacher can help you along your journey, but you must meet the teacher halfway.  
  • Read as many of the books from the text list as you can.  Take as many yoga classes as you can, with as many different instructors and varieties as possible.  This will help you on your journey of becoming a yoga teacher. 

Book List

Please bring these books to the training either in physical or electronic form.  We recommend reading these books as early as you can to start preparing for the training.  You will also receive a 350+ page digital copy of our 200 hour teacher training manual.  This manual will be sent to you via email before the course begins.  You will have the option to print the manual via FedEx (or any printing service).

  • The Yamas & Niyamas - Exploring Yoga’s Ethical Practice - Deborah Adele 
  • Yoga Sutras of Patanjali – Swami Satchidananda
  • Yoga Sequencing - Designing Transformative Yoga Classes - Mark Stephens
  • The Key Muscles of Yoga - Ray Long 

Recommended Books:
(To be read during this lifetime)

  • Teaching Yoga - Mark Stephens
  • Light on Yoga - BKS Iyengar 
  • The Yogi Entrepreneur: A Guide to Earning a Mindful Living through Yoga - Darren Main
  • The Subtle Body Coloring Book - Cyndi Dale & Richard Wehrman
  • The Bhagavad Gita - Introduction and Translated - Eknath Easwaran
  • The Art and Business of Teaching Yoga - Amy Ippoliti & Taro Smith  
  • Yoga Body - Judith Hanson Lasater, Ph.D., P.T.
  • Jivamukti Yoga: Practices for Liberating Body and Soul - Sharon Gannon & David Life
  • Yogi Assignment - Kino Macgregor 
  • You Can Heal Your Life - Louise Hay
  • The Alchemist - Paulo Coehlo
  • The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success - Deepak Chopra 
  • The Celestine Prophecy - James Redfield 
  • Myths of the Asanas - Alanna Kaivalya & Arjuna van Der Kooji 
  • Ayurveda The Science of Self Healing - Dr. Vasant Lad 
  • Yoga & Ayurveda - Dr. David Frawley 
  • Eatern Mind, Western Body - Anodea Judith 
  • A Course in Miracles

Attendance & Participation

  • Students are required to attend all of the scheduled class meeting dates.  If an emergency arises or a pre-planned event is interfering with a specific date, please discuss make-up options with the lead teacher, Sara Syed.
  • Phone usage should be limited to break periods so that you can remain focused and aware on the content and practices during our time together.
  • Students should arrive on-time for classes.  
  • This is an interactive course and students are expected to participate in discussions.
  • Homework will be given periodically to review the content previously studied.  
  • Students will be required to track and record 100 practice hours (any style of yoga, including asana, meditation, seva, kirtan, jnana, pranayama, etc.). 100 Practice hours can be completed at our studio free of cost, or at a studio of your choice (you would be responsible for paying for out-of-studio costs), or at home.  The practice hours are for YOU and to improve your practice, which will improve your teaching. These hours are not tracked, but are on an honor system. 
  • **Although 100% attendance is strongly recommended, we understand that life is real and things happen;  If there are any scheduling conflicts that arise during the course, discuss with the lead instructor, Sara Syed, as soon as possible to discuss modifications.  If you are running late, you are expected to inform Sara as soon as possible..   


To qualify for graduation, students will: 

  • Attend all classes (unless when there is a permitted, excused absence)
  • Be punctual for classes (unless when there is a permitted, excused tardy)
  • Complete the final exam  
  • Teach a yoga class 
  • Balance paid in full prior to graduation

Cancellation Policy

  • We can refund your payment 100% up to one month prior to the course start date.  One month prior to the scheduled course start date, there will be no refunds issued.  
  • If for some reason you cannot complete the course, we can roll your payment over to be used for a future teaching training course at The Studio Cleveland 
  • **Please email with any questions and inquiries or call/text Sara at 440-429-6914

About the Lead Teacher - Sara Nadia Syed

About Sara 

Sara started her yoga practice during high school in 2008, while struggling with narcotic & alcohol addiction, debilitating anxiety & depression, eating-disorders, and even a close BPD  diagnosis. She blacked out every single night for several years until she was around 20 years of age (2012).  Luckily, she found herself at a rock-bottom early on and was able to pick herself back up at a young age using the ancient techniques of yoga and meditation. 

Since 2012, Sara has been studying the chakras from a psycho-analytical perspective to help her unpack deeply repressed trauma from her childhood.  Through study of the chakras, Sara learned how to access the root cause of her addiction and mental disorders that were causing her to suffer and want to escape. Now she uses the knowledge of the chakras to keep all aspects of her life in harmony.

Sara's interest in yoga eventually led her to complete her first 200-hour yoga teacher training in Cahuita, Costa Rica, in 2014.  After, she taught yoga without charge for a solid year to the students and staff at The University of Akron as a way to practice teaching, share, and give back to her community.  

Since then, Sara has spent thousands of hours teaching yoga and meditation at elementary schools, high schools, universities, fitness centers, local festivals, and at yoga studios. Her most meaningful experience has been teaching under-served populations such as in inner city schools in Akron and in Cleveland, at juvenile detention centers, drug and alcohol treatment centers, and at mental health facilities.   

Sara has traveled to over 20+ countries with the intention to learn, grow and give back whenever possible.  Between jobs, Sara spent her free time volunteering with children in third-world countries such as Nicaragua, teaching English, volunteering with animal rehabilitation sanctuaries, and of course, teaching yoga. 

In 2016, Sara left for a three-month solo journey to India where she completed an advanced 300-hour yoga teaching training program at Yogadarshanam Ashtanga/Hatha yoga school in Mysore, India. Sara also studied at the K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute under Saraswathi Jois. She spent the rest of her time in India studying the culture and practicing her ability to surrender to the divine.   

In 2017, Sara's spiritual development took a whole new route when she started practicing Vipassana meditation in the lineage of the Buddha as taught by S.N Goenka. These courses require its students to practice silent meditation from 4:30am - 9pm, with few breaks throughout the day. This is a completely silent course with the last meal being at 11:00am. Sara lived like a partial monk at these retreats. Since, she has completed five 10-day courses, one 8-day Satipatthana Suta course, and she has selflessly served for two 10-day course, spending a total of over 70 days of her life in complete silence, introspection and meditation (in this practice alone).   

Sara purchased The Studio Cleveland, a wellness center located in the heart of Downtown Cleveland, in September, 2018.  Sara's goal was to extend The Studio Cleveland's reach so more people could benefit from its spiritual and healing offerings. Sara strives to make The Studio Cleveland an inclusive and authentic resource for any human seeking inner peace.  

Sara started hosting 200 hour yoga and meditation teacher trainings in April 2019. Since then, her trainings continue to grow and evolve with each cohort. She now offers a 50 meditation intensive and teacher training continuing education program as well as various other workshops & events throughout the year. Sara has a special place in her heart for traveling so she honors that by hosting regular, semi-annual wellness retreats both locally and internationally.   

In 2022, Sara was approved to  host 300-hour yoga and meditation teacher trainings via the Yoga Alliance, and purchased her second yoga studio - Lakewood Yoga.

Sara has also grown and developed an accessible, donation-based yoga for every BODY beach yoga offering throughout the summer months in Cleveland, Ohio, where thousands of students receive donation-based teachings outside in nature in the most beautiful parks throughout Cleveland, where Sara lives.


  • 1000+ Hour Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher, Since 2014
  • Owner, Lakewood Yoga - Yoga Studio, Lakewood, Ohio, 2022
  • 300 Hour Registered Yoga School Lead Instructor, 2022 
  • 200 Hour Registered Yoga School Lead Instructor, 2018
  • Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider - YACEP, 2018
  • Owner, The Studio Cleveland - Yoga Studio & Wellness Center, Cleveland, Ohio, 2018 
  • Completed seven, 10-day silent Vipassana meditation retreats since 2017
  • 300 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Graduate - Yoga Darshanam, Mysore, India, 2016
  • Master's of Science in Education; Curriculum & Instruction - The University of Akron, 2016
  • 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Graduate - Costa Rica, 2014 
  • Bachelor's of Science in Psychology - John Carroll University, 2013
  • From addiction to liberation: Alcohol & narcotic-free since 2012 <3   

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What’s included

  • Comprehensive Curriculum
    200 Hour Yoga and Meditation Teacher Training Education
  • Teacher Training Manual
    350+ page 200-Hour Yoga and Meditation Teacher Training Manual
  • 200 Hour Certificate
    200-Hour Yoga Alliance Certification
  • Unlimited Yoga Classes
    Unlimited Access to Yoga Classes at The Studio Cleveland & Lakewood Yoga for the Duration of the Course
  • T-Shirt
  • Lifelong Memories
    Create Unforgettable Memories and make Lifelong Friendships with Like-Minded People.
  • Healing
    You will leave this program feeling lighter than when you started due to all of the meditation, chakra study, yoga asana practice and spiritual self-exploration we practice throughout the course.
  • Mentorship
    Sara Syed, E-RYT 700, lead teacher of this program, will be available for your professional and spiritual guidance for as long as you need her post-graduation.

What’s not included

  • Books
    See required books listed above

Available Packages

Standard - Pay In-Full by 11/12/23

$3,000 - Normal Rate - Register and pay in-full before November 12, 2023 (first day of class)

  • Pay in-full with cash or Venmo (@thestudiocleveland) OR
  • $500 Deposit (non-refundable; goes towards balance) 
  • Seven payments of $350 
  • To be paid in-full prior to the course start date (November 12, 2023) 
Deposit: $550
Payment Plan - Pay In-Full by 3/31/24

$3,300 - Payment Plan - Register and pay in-full before March 31, 2024 (graduation day)

  • $500 Deposit (non-refundable; goes towards balance) 
  • Seven payments of $400 
  • To be paid in-full prior to graduation (March 31, 2024) 
  • You may be removed from course if monthly payments are not received.
Deposit: $500
Pre-paid Student

This option is for students that have paid via cash/check/Venmo (@thestudiocleveland). 

After you have made your payment, please select this option to create an account and complete your registration. 

Thank you! 


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Sara Syed
33 reviews
Sara has been studying and practicing yoga since 2008, and completed dedicated her life to the spiritual path around 2012. Sara is a 500+ E-RYT instructor and Yoga School - an RYS200 & RYS300 accredited school through Yoga Alliance. Sara also holds her M.S in Education, B.S. in Psychology, and attends 10-day silent meditation retreats annually to continue her personal development. Sara has had over 500 students attend her trainings and retreats since 2019. She believes in honoring ancient wisdom to improve our modern living.


Embarking on a Yoga Teacher Training journey is a profound choice, transcending mere physical poses and ancient philosophies. It's an odyssey of self-discovery, vulnerability, and profound transformation. At The Studio Cleveland, under Sara's guidance, this journey becomes a sacred passage, marked by humility, kindness, and boundless wisdom. Sara's nurturing presence fosters an environment where growth flourishes, and barriers dissolve. With an open heart and mind, she curates an enriching curriculum, inviting esteemed guest speakers to illuminate the multifaceted dimensions of yoga. Each encounter becomes a stepping stone, guiding practitioners toward deeper understanding and personal evolution. Choosing Sara's YTT isn't just about learning; it's about manifesting a profound shift in your life's trajectory. Through this immersive experience, you'll forge connections with extraordinary individuals and unearth profound insights into your own existence. So, if you're contemplating this transformative journey, trust in the power of manifestation and let Sara's wisdom illuminate your path forward.
By Michelle B for Cleveland, OH: 200-Hour Yoga and Meditation Teacher Training on Apr 12, 2024
This was such an amazing experience! This course really took me into a deeper understanding of yoga, its philosophies, and other branches that connect to it. We had guest teachers that took us through very informative sessions, and Sara was of course very knowledgeable and cared a lot about the students. She made everyone feel welcome and made yoga accessible. I met some wonderful people in the process and got to participate in some amazing discussions. I highly recommend this to anyone who is thinking about obtaining their yoga certification. This was an unforgettable experience that gave me the confidence to teach classes without losing my own personality. Thank you, Sara and your team!
By Vanessa M for Cleveland, OH: 200-Hour Yoga and Meditation Teacher Training on Apr 09, 2024
This was a great experience! Sara was excellent, constantly teaching nuances of meditation without using esoteric language. The hatha yoga sessions were great, but might be a bit fast paced for someone unfamiliar with the basic postures. The facilities were located in a beautiful setting, the staff was excellent, and the food was absolutely wonderful. Being silent for a few days was an interesting experience!
By Edward H for Southern Ohio: Fall Healing Silent Meditation & Yoga Nature Retreat on Nov 15, 2023
Sara hosted a fantastic retreat! It exceeded my expectations in every way and was exactly what I needed to hit the "reset button." The lodging was spacious and extremely comfortable. The food was incredible. The Yoga & Meditation sessions were super insightful and accessible to even the newest meditators. I would highly recommend to anyone looking for an experience like this. Thanks again Sara!
By Joshua S for Southern Ohio: Fall Healing Silent Meditation & Yoga Nature Retreat on Oct 18, 2023
Amazing trip, and very well lead. Sara did a great job of leading us in meditations and yoga. The location itself was beautiful and just what was needed for a very introspective weekend. The food was AMAZING!!!! Chef Blake killed it, the whole retreat was great, but the food was probably my favorite part. Highly recommend for anyone who is looking for a nice detox from the digital world and looking for a nice reset.
By Dalton R for Southern Ohio: Fall Healing Silent Meditation & Yoga Nature Retreat on Oct 18, 2023
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