Are you ready to empower your life and your yoga practice? Soul Shine Yoga School creates the space for you to discover what it truly means to LIVE WITH INTENTION + SHINE FROM WITHIN!

About Our Training

Soul Shine Yoga School’s 200 Hour Yoga Alliance Certified Teacher Training is open to dedicated yoga practitioners who desire to inspire and be inspired in his or her life through the transformative practice of yoga on and off of the yoga mat. 200 Hour Yoga Alliance Certified Teacher Training will deepen your knowledge and understanding of yoga and yoga asana, taking you to a new level in your yoga practice and in your life. This training will transform your way of being, change your relationship with yourself and others, and make a profound impact on your life through the application of yoga philosophy, svadyaya (self discovery), dhyana (meditation), study of asana (poses), biomechanics & anatomy, and more.

While the desire to teach yoga is not required, graduates of Soul Shine Yoga School’s 200 Hour Yoga Alliance Certified Teacher Training will have the skills to guide students through a powerful yoga practice that educates, inspires and effects change.

Upon completion of the 200 Hour Yoga Alliance Certified Teacher Training you will be a Certified Vinyasa Yoga Teacher and are eligible to apply to become a Yoga Alliance 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT). 

Students should be in good physical condition, have a consistent vinyasa yoga practice and be able to practice in a heated room.

Space is limited to no more than 20 students to ensure you receive personal attention and have the opportunity to grow in community with your classmates. 

Registration closes June 30, 2018. 

2018 - 2019 Curriculum includes:

LIVE WITH INTENTION //Personal Discovery & Development + Communication Skills

ALIGN + REFINE //Asana + Alignment + Modifications + Assisting + Sequencing

THE SEAT OF THE TEACHER //Teaching Methodology + Ethics + Practice Teaching + Coaching

THE YOGA BODY //Anatomy + Physiology + Biomechanics + Chakras & Energy Systems

SHINE FROM WITHIN //Meditation + Yoga History + Philosophy + 8 Limbs + Pranayama

THE SOUL SHINE LIFE // Yoga Lifestyle + Business of Yoga + Yoga Ethics + Wellbeing

2018-2019 Training Schedule:

Participants in the 200 Hour Yoga Alliance Certified Teacher Training will attend class one weekend a month on the following dates:

August 10, 11, 12 // September 14, 15, 16 // October 19, 20, 21 // November 9, 10, 11 // December 7, 8, 9 // January 11, 12, 13 // February 8, 9, 10 // March 15, 16, 17 // April 12, 13, 14 // May 10, 11, 12

 While schedules may vary slightly, a typical weekend is Friday 6pm-9pm, Saturday 9am-5pm, Sunday 9am-5pm.

100% participation is required in the 200 Hour Yoga Alliance Certified Teacher Training. In certain circumstances, any hours that must be missed may be made up at an additional cost of $50 per hour.

Meet the Leaders

The 2018 - 2019 programs are led by Emily Sommerville, Joy Larsen, Jamie Ullock and Rebecca Washburn. 

Emily Sommerville is the founder of Soul Shine Yoga and the Lead Trainer for the 200 hour training. She is a Yoga Alliance E-RYT 200 Certified Yoga Teacher, Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider, Teacher Trainer and Certified Health Coach. Emily has completed over 500 hours of yoga training. She is currently studying to become an Urban Zen Integrative Therapist under Pamela Hunter in Naperville, IL. She has also earned a Mastery of Empowered Leadership certification, a 100 hour intensive training with GreenMonkey Yoga in Naples, Florida. In 2014, Emily studied Baptiste Yoga under Baron Baptiste at a 3 day intensive in Colorado. She has pursued additional studies with Kiersten Mooney, Rodney Yee and Colleen Yee. Emily began practicing yoga in the late 1990’s. Over the years, as she moved from Atlanta to London and then New York, her practice was “consistently inconsistent.” In 2012, Emily committed to her practice and enrolled in teacher training seeking a better way to manage stress and develop her personal practice. A CPA and business consultant, Emily left the corporate world after 15 years and opened Soul Shine Yoga in downtown Fairhope in 2014. Soul Shine exists to support and encourage the development of teachers and students in the eight limbs of yoga and to build community along the Eastern Shore. Soul Shine has grown to over twenty teachers with thousands of hours of training seeking to inspire students and contribute to the community. 

Joy Larsen is a Yoga Alliance E-RYT 200 Certified Yoga Teacher. She completed her 200 hour training in 2012 with Yoga Birds. Her continuing education includes an intensive immersion with Baron Baptiste in Estes Park, Colorado and Baptiste’s Art of Assisting at Big Fish Yoga in Jacksonville, Florida. She has taught Hot Power Vinyasa, Vinyasa flow, Kids Yoga, individual private yoga and has created and taught workshops including Kids Art and Yoga, Nurture You and Inversion Immersion with fellow teacher Jamie Ullock. Before teaching yoga, Joy taught German to kindergarten through seventh grade in magnet schools in the Atlanta area. After relocating to Fairhope, she taught homebound students in Baldwin County and also worked with individual students throughout the county teaching English as a Second Language. She recently completed Mindfulness Fundamentals with Mindful Schools.  She homeschooled her three children and is currently teaching her 17-year-old daughter.  Joy is married to sculptor Bruce Larsen and tends to the business aspects of Bruce Larsen Art. Besides yoga, she enjoys swimming, horseback riding and tie dying. She keeps chickens, a bunny, a mini horse and assorted rescue cats and dogs.  

Rebecca Washburn is a passionate student and teacher of yoga and spirituality. She is a RYT 200 Certified Yoga Teacher and a Licensed Professional Counselor. Rebecca approaches her work through a holistic lens of integrating the mind, body, emotion and spirit. She studies and teaches about the principles of energy, creative visualization and the anatomy of  the soul through the chakra system. Throughout her life Rebecca has explored and cultivated many avenues of creativity including art, dance, personal growth, meditation and yoga. She uses this blend in her practice of healing and self-discovery. Rebecca teaches and guides others with what has helped her in the ever-evolving journey of discovering her authentic self.


200 Hour Yoga Alliance Certified Teacher Training

  • Tuition is $2,749

  • $500 non-refundable deposit paid at time of application submission (applies to tuition)

  • After May 31, there are no discounts on tuition and tuition must be paid in full by July 31.

  • Full refund, less deposit, up to 30 days prior to first session; no refund after.

  • If you do not complete the program for any reason other than cancellation of the program by Soul Shine Yoga School, you will not be entitled to any refund of tuition.

  • We do not offer payment plans.

How to Apply

Please click the button below to fill out our online application. Once you've submitted your application, please submit your deposit here: and select "Soul Shine Yoga School Deposit."

Once your deposit is submitted, we will review your application. Each application will be evaluated on an individual basis.