You And The Mat 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training ← Back to YOGA TEACHER TRAINING

Yoga is a universal language for so many people. It connects the body, breath, and mind, all while being a technical adventure. Our 200-Hour Teacher Training Program starts with your own curiosity and willingness to learn more. Whether you’re seeking to teach or deepen your own practice, prepare to embark on a journey of self-discovery and personal development in the You and the Mat 200-hour Teacher Training Program. In our comprehensive program, you will learn the principles of leading accessible classes with safe instruction, study yoga humanities & anatomy, and further develop your personal practice and style. Discover the joy of being a beacon of light and sharing the ancient practice of Yoga with the support of a community rooted in loving-kindness.


 You and the Mat 200-hour Teacher Training Program is proudly Yoga Alliance Approved.



A Curriculum Rooted in Alignment & Art

At You and the Mat we believe learning should be fun and accessible. That is why we have carefully curated the training schedule to be well balanced and engaging for all students. Infusing the ancient spirituality of Yoga with the modern day principles of alignment, our curriculum  is designed to prepare you to teach through self-discovery.  Be prepared to blossom on the path of your Yogic Journey.


The Training Includes:
  • Asana, Pranayama, and Meditation Practices
  • Posture Labs and Pose Workshops
  • Experiential Anatomy Lectures
  • Yogic Philosophy and Subtle Body Discussions
  • Ethical Entrepreneurship and the Business of Yoga Lectures
  • Practice Teaching Sessions
  • Speciality Topic Workshops: Prenatal Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Yin Yoga, and much more
The Breakdown:
  • 75+ hours of Teaching Techniques and Asana Practice
  • 30+ hours of Anatomy & Physiology
  • 30+ hours of Yoga Humanities
  • 60+ hours of Professional Development

Pre-requisites: 2+ years of a consistent Yoga practice


A History Rooted in Yoga Education

You and the Mat was founded in 2012 as a sanctuary for students and teachers to deepen their practice and continue their education. With the largest studio space in all of Orange County, we invite all students to experience our beautiful studio that creates calm and inspires thought.  At You and the Mat, Yoga is far more than just poses, but instead a practice dedicated to the higher pursuit of lifelong learning and growth.

Over the past 9 years, You and the Mat has earned the recognition of becoming the Premier Center for Yoga Education in Orange County, hosting numerous workshops and trainings with globally recognized Master Teachers, as well as its very own hand-picked instructors.


Attend one of our complimentary information sessions for a sample training practice, an in-depth review of the program, and Q&A with your trainers!

  • Saturday, October 16th – 1:30-3:30pm
  • Thursday, November 18th – 6:30-8:30pm
  • Saturday, December 11th – 1:30-3:30pm


Dates for the 3 Month Program (Includes Hybrid In-Person & Virtual)

DATES: 3 Month Program | Hybrid In-Person & Virtual

In-Person Weekends:

  • March 11-13 (3 day weekend), 19-20, 26-27
  • April 2-3, 9-10, 23-24, 30
  • May 1, 7-8, 14-15, 20-22 (3 day weekend)
    *off April 16-17 for easter
    *All dates 2022



Saturday 12pm – 7:30pm
Sunday 12pm – 7:30pm
Friday (3/11 & 5/20 only) 12pm – 7:30pm

*30 minute lunch break daily


Virtual Lectures:

  • March 17th – April 14th | Weekly (10 in total)

Thursdays 5:30pm-8:30pm



  • $2,950 by November 28th, 2021
  • $3,200 after November 28th, 2021
  • Payment plans available

Program includes an unlimited You and the Mat membership for the duration of the training.



Meet Your Trainers

This training will be taught by Lead Trainers Sonny Ali & Samantha Saldivar. With Guest Presenters Nicolette David, Gian Shakti, and featuring a weekend workshop led by Master Teacher Gary Kraftsow.


Sonny Ali
Sonny (E-RYT® 500, YACEP®) with a deep love for learning has studied under many Master Teachers in order to create a greater depth of knowledge, wisdom, and language to allow him to relate to his students.The most notable and influential was his time spent studying SmartFlow under the tutelage of Annie Carpenter, where he developed his nuanced approach to teaching.


Strong, playful, and mindful, Sonny’s classes seek to bridge the gaps between the body, mind, and spirit with humor, style, and grace. Using a keen eye for detail, he teaches people not poses, so that ultimately students feel empowered, buoyant, and enlivened.

Always listening, reading, and studying how people move and relate to their surroundings and to themselves, he pours everything he learns back into his classes so the students may feel the delight in each moment.




Samantha Saldivar

Samantha Saldivar

Samantha (E-RYT® 200, RYT® 500, YACEP®) has extensive Restorative Yoga, Yin Yoga, and Gentle Yoga training with a focus on anatomy and spirituality.  With her background in the relaxing and introspective Yoga lineages, Samantha teaches from a place of deep empathy. She believes the greatest gift we can give our students is our radical presence and compassion.


Having managed Yoga studios since 2014, Samantha has an intimate knowledge of the inner workings of the Yoga industry. In her training and mentorship programs she shares with you the tools and techniques needed to accelerate your professional development.  Samantha’s goal is to provide you with an inside edge to navigate the competitive world of teaching Yoga.


In all aspects of life, Samantha strives for continuous personal growth and exploration, to better herself and try new things. When not on her mat she enjoys travel, spending time outdoors, cooking & eating good food, and loving on her husband and two fur babies.


Learn more at


Pranayama Unlocked a weekend workshop led by Master Teacher Gary Kraftsow
Anatomy of the Pelvis lecture led by guest presenter Nicolette David
Gong Sound Bath practice led by guest presenter Gian Shakti