Plasha Yoga Workshops and Teacher Trainings

Want To Become A Yoga Or Meditation Teacher?

I provide convenient and professional trainings in the Erie area for you to become registered as RYT 200 or RYT 500 teachers. My meditation teacher training is also approved by Yoga Alliance and the NASW for 30 CEs. The next Meditation Teacher Training will begin on January 28 from 11 to 4. Learn how to adapt mindfulness and meditation for PTSD, ADD, Hospice, Mental Health Afflictions, Faith Based Religious Groups, Children, Class Rooms, 12 Step Groups and those in Recovery. Learn how to apply Mindfulness in Therapy for Yourself and Your Clients. Enjoy deepening your own practice with the support of a like-minded community! See details below.

I have trained or mentored over 80 Yoga and Meditation teachers in the area and many more teachers nationwide as an assistant in trainings and as a presenter at teacher’s conferences. I am the only teacher from PA to present at both Yoga Alliance teachers conferences. I serve on the Yoga Alliance advisory committee for recommending standards for teachers and schools. You can be assured my trainings will meet the highest standards.

Over 1,000 hours of training and over 40 years of experience will support you to become a skillful teacher. Go to my About page for my credentials. When choosing a teacher trainer, experience, and depth of training matters. We will be sourcing the most effective teaching strategies from several Yoga schools and lineages. This integrative approach supports you in developing a teaching methodology that honors you!

A testimonial: “I want to thank Michael Plasha and recognize what happens at Plasha Yoga that is unique in the yoga and wellness industry. Michael provides inspiration and guidance that strengthens each of us as individuals but also as collaborators. So often you have teachers, mentors and those operating within a shared community who are in competition with one another and hold back from collaborating and teaching the secrets of the trade in fear of others growing in competency and becoming the competition, which can result in a loss for the community and limits action and change! My experiences at Plasha Yoga have been the exception to this rule… Michael’s encouragement for collaboration and inspiration of how each of us can take his lessons into the world and inspire change and grow more successful personally are commendable.” – Nadine 


Meditation Teacher Training

Meditation Teacher Training

RYS 300 Training

Plasha Yoga Integrative Yoga Advanced Training 

Are you ready to become an RYT 500 level teacher with Yoga Alliance? Would you like a convenient way to earn this important registry? If you are already an RYT 200 or E-RYT 200 or will be by January 2016, you can apply. I serve on the Yoga Alliance advisory committee for recommending standards for teachers and schools. You can be assured my RYS 300 training will meet the highest standards. However, if you want to do this for self-growth or to become certified in this advanced training without being registered with Yoga Alliance you may still qualify. To apply, contact me at Include your resume and your intentions for teaching Yoga and taking this training. Your resume must include your teaching history.

This training is designed to strengthen and deepen your knowledge of the full range of Yoga teachings and how to apply them to individuals and class formats. Employers have many teachers to choose from now and this training might give you an advantage when applying for new job opportunities. In addition, it will provide the context for self-growth.

Learn how to adapt Yoga to specific specialty groups like children, seniors and pregnant women and those with chronic health conditions like back pain, cancer, and heart disease. In addition, there will be tracks on how to teach Chair Yoga, Multi-Level Flow Yoga, Yin Yoga, Restorative Yoga; and intermediate and advanced asana, pranayama and meditation practices including integrating mindfulness into yoga classes. You will practice teaching in the group and participate in a mentoring program including teaching in classes.

Learn different approaches to teaching Hatha including applying Ayurveda, Raja, Tantra, Jnana, Karma and Bhakti to the components of a class such as chanting, asana, pranayama, deep relaxation, and meditation. Attend weekly classes (included in your tuition) to better absorb this methodology. If you live outside of Erie, make arrangements with me to approve of a teacher in your area.

Learn functional anatomy as it relates to the postures. Gain a deeper understanding of the contraindications of all yoga practices and know when a modification is appropriate or not. Learn to recognize who is not ready to practice Yoga and who to refer them to such as a therapist, MD or chiropractor. In addition, gain a deeper understanding of how the systems of the body work in the Hatha practices. 

We will be studying timeless classics about Jnana, Raja, Bhakti, Karma and Tantra Yoga as well as books on asana, pranayama, and meditation. 

There will be opportunities to teach while being mentored. Feedback will address the trainee’s ability to apply the learned theory in this training. Several Karma Yoga classes will also be included to give you more experience at teaching different levels and groups.

Learning Objectives: To support trainees in becoming more skillful at serving individuals and groups with specific needs. To gain confidence and skill at adapting Yoga to individual needs in a group setting. You will deepen your knowledge of giving assists and using props. Learn the skill of choosing which method is most effective for serving an individual in a private lesson or a general class format.

Gain a better understanding and skill at recommending specific yoga practices for physical limitations and chronic health or physical conditions. Create a safer class environment by recommending modifications based on contraindications. The training will support self-growth as well as ethical and spiritual maturity.

Explore many ways to develop spiritual themes in classes and how to ground one’s teachings in the psychological, philosophical and spiritual roots of Classical Yoga. Foster a greater understanding of the differences in non-dualistic and dualistic philosophies and then apply this understanding in-class themes. Skillfully assess the specific needs of any class or individual in order to adapt the practices. You will gain confidence with teaching at a more advanced level.


The total non-refundable tuition is $3,750 or $3,500 if paid in full by the start of training. Non-refundable payment plans: $500 a month or $750 every other month until the $3,750 is paid in full. Optional payment plans are available. Books, travel expenses and meals are extra.

A book list will be provided with your deposit. You will be able to receive a 40% discount when ordering from Integral Yoga Distribution when you mention my training. There will be written assignments and book reports during the training. You will receive a schedule of each weekend and any assignments due prior to the next weekend. You can miss up to two days due to emergencies.



RYS 200 Training

My Yoga trainings are registered with the Yoga Alliance as RYS 200 and RYS 300 schools and my school is the first Yoga school in the history of Erie!

My next RYT 200 training will be tentatively offered to start Summer 2017.  Contact me if you are interested.


The curriculum includes the following: Emphasis on the cultural poses that support optimum functioning of all systems in the body
Physiological, psychological and spiritual aspects of asana, pranayama, deep relaxation, and meditation.
Anatomy and physiology of the physical body and subtle energy body.
History and philosophy of Classical and Contemporary Yoga through the study of ancient and modern yogic texts.
Principles of Precise Verbal Cueing, Demonstration, Observation, Teaching Styles and Assists
The art of modifications and sequencing
Adapting Yoga according to contraindications
Monitored teaching practice, practice teaching sessions, observing and assisting classes
Sanskrit for Teachers
Classes in Yogic lifestyle
Meditation workshops focusing on a variety of effective meditation techniques
Instruction and practice in chanting – both for personal practice and teaching
An in-depth course in Classical Yoga including Raja Yoga and Vedanta

Additional study and practice of Ayurveda, Jnana Yoga, Bhakti Yoga and Karma Yoga.

Non-Contact homework assignments for the week: Practice teaching, reading and writing assignments. Begin a regular, daily home practice of Hatha, pranayama, and meditation according to your level and attend one of my classes per week(exceptions will be considered due to travel). The weekly classes are included in the tuition. Students are required to maintain a daily spiritual diary to turn in weekly.

Prerequisites and Registration

Applicants should be practitioners of Hatha Yoga for at least 6 months, preferably one year with me. The non-refundable tuition is $2,500 prior to the training. Please inquire about payment plan options. No more than two days can be missed in order to be certified per my review. A complete schedule/outline and reading list will be provided, once you register. The dates can be provided prior to payment.

At the end of the course, graduates will receive a diploma certifying them to teach Plasha Integrative Yoga. You can then register with the Yoga Alliance as a 200-hour level teacher.

Meditation TT

Meditation Teacher Training with Michael Plasha E-RYT500

The next Meditation Teacher Training will tentatively begin in the fall. Interested? Contact me at 

Tuition: A $50 non-refundable deposit applied to your total tuition amount is recommended by January 14 to hold your space. A $600 non-refundable payment is due by January 28 if there are still spots available; optional payment plan: $200 non-refundable deposits due January 28, February 18th and March 18.

Other payment plans can be arranged with me.

Call 814-864-1114 or contact me at to be placed on a contact list or to register. Once you have registered, I will send you a book list and reading assignments. The cost of books will be extra but I can get you a 40% discount!


This training has been approved by the NASW-PA Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers and Yoga Alliance. Earn 30 CEs and enhance your professional skills. Yoga Alliance registered teachers are required to earn 30 CEs every three years. In addition, Social Workers, School Teachers, Marriage and Family Therapists, Massage Therapists and Professional Counselors can earn 30 CEs.

This meditation teacher training is for anyone who wants to learn how to meditate, deepen their existing meditation practice or share their love for meditation in teaching others how to meditate. On completion of the course, you will feel confident to teach meditation to different types of groups.

If you are a Yoga teacher, you will learn how to integrate it into your classes or teach meditation programs. Mental health professionals, health care providers, doctors, nurses, teachers, healers, meditators, therapists, addiction specialists, Yoga teachers and those in ministry or hospice who are called to teach meditation or apply mindfulness meditation principles in their professions will be given the tools to start.

Upon completion of the program, you will receive a certificate to teach meditation.


Tentative Curriculum
(The curriculum will be adapted to the needs of the group.)

Theory of Meditation: Misconceptions, Myths, and Mysteries
How to Teach Meditation and Practice Sessions
Ecumenical and Universal Approaches
Principal Techniques and Practice Sessions
Developing a Personal Meditation Routine
The Ayurvedic and Classical Yoga Support Strategies
Hatha Yoga and Breathwork in Relation to Meditation and Teaching Meditation in Hatha Yoga Classes
Learn how to adapt meditation for PTSD, ADD, Hospice, Mental Health Afflictions, Faith Based Religious Groups, Children, 12 Step Groups and those in Recovery.
Applying Mindfulness in Yoga classes, Therapy for Yourself and Your Clients
Overcoming Obstacles in Meditation
Answering Questions about Yoga and Meditation
Deepening and Refining Your Own Practice
Integrating Meditation in Daily Life
Maintaining a Spiritual Diary



I began a regular meditation practice in 1971 and has studied and practiced with the following yoga and meditation masters: Swami Chidvilasananda, Swami Satchidananda, Roshi Phillip Kapleau, Roshi John Daido Lorri, the Venerable Henepola Gunaratana, Swami Dayananda, Dr. David Frawley, Sally Kempton and T.K.V. Desikachar. I co-founded the Kensho Meditation Center in 1982 and co-led the Erie Siddha Yoga Meditation Center from 1984-1992.

I include the mindfulness-based stress reduction practices that come from my practice of meditation at the Rochester Zen Center, Zen Mountain Monastery, San Francisco Zen Center, Green Gulch Monastery Tassajara Zen Mountain Center and the Bhavana Society. The practices popularized by Jon Kabbat-Zinn, Ph.D., as secular mindfulness have been shown to be effective in reducing suffering related to chronic pain, anxiety, addictions, depression, and stress.

I am a senior teacher of Integral Yoga and have assisted in several teacher trainings in the US. My training and experience have exceeded the standards set by Yoga Alliance. I was the only teacher from PA to present at the Yoga Alliance’s Leadership Conference in 2011 (my topic was how to integrate meditation into Hatha and Flow classes) and I was one of only 10 teachers selected to lead a practice session at this conference in 2012. I am invited to offer workshops and trainings nationwide. I started the first registered Yoga School in Erie.

“You teach mindfulness very well,” said the Venerable Henepola Gunaratana, the founder of the Bhavana Society and the author of Mindfulness in Plain English after a Hatha yoga class Plasha taught for a group of Theravadan Buddhist Monks.


“Michael is an amazing teacher. He has done many workshops for us as a part of our Samayama Yoga Teacher Training program.” – Director Lucinda LaRee

“Michael has been an integral part of our philosophy module within our 200-hour teacher training. He draws from his rich history of over 40 years of practice and study and teaching for over 14 years at his studio. He presents Yoga’s history and philosophy in a clear and creative way that engages students. Expect an interactive session that includes movement, discussion, and the proper amount of space for full absorption.” – Debra Perlson-Mishalove, director Flow Yoga Center

Michael’s Integrative Plasha Teacher Training is very comprehensive and inspiring. This teacher has every right to be training others to teach as he has studied, practiced and applied the yogic tradition to his life for years. Not only does he present the asanas in a way that makes them safe and manageable to pass on to others, but he infuses his knowledge of yogic history and philosophy every step of the way. One completes the course ready to teach a comprehensive beginner’s class while understanding the rich legacy of yogic wisdom passed down through the centuries and it’s relevance for the present. 

Michael brings the material to life, by including a practical application for not only physical health but mental, emotional and spiritual heath as well. Michael’s teacher training class naturally creates a friendly, close-knit community in which students learn, practice and support each other. 

Michael has an evolved sense of fun and humor to keep the classes energized and fun. – Tia

Making the decision to take Michael Plasha’s Integrative Yoga teacher training was one of the best decisions of my life. Throughout this training, I have gained so much confidence in myself and in my practice. Michael’s warm and welcoming personality made each and every class exciting and incredibly informative. In addition to breaking down the poses and learning proper technique, I learned how to embody the teachings of yoga into my daily life. I am so grateful for Michael’s spiritual guidance and I will continue to practice and share his teachings to my future students. – Shraddha

The Teacher Training was an amazing experience.  I grew in ways that I never thought possible.  Having the time to go delve into my yoga practice, guided by a fantastic teacher, was a powerful combination.  I recommend it to anyone wanting to grow personally and spiritually, in addition to getting a yoga teacher certification. – Kim

When I saw Michael was going to offer a yoga teacher training program, I jumped at the chance.  Our training was wonderful. Our group became so close.  Not only did I learn the proper technique for poses and how to help others find the postures, but the class gave me something I hadn’t expected: inner growth.  Every day, Michael would gather us in a circle and we would “check in”.  We would each share what was going on in our lives and good or bad, the rest of the group would listen, offer insight, give hugs, laugh, cry, and sometimes all of the above.  When I started the teacher training I expected to become an expert at yoga.  What I learned was far beyond being able to do a handstand or crow pose.  I learned powerful life lessons and made life-long friends. It opened my eyes to the changes I needed to make.  I now feel contentment deep within me.  Thank you, Michael. – Madhura 

Overall, I am happy that I decided to take this training and I feel like I’m a new and improved version of me.  I am so thankful that I met everyone in the group and plan to continue with those friendships in the future.   Thank you, Michael, for offering your time and support in this training. – Jennifer

“I completed Michael Plasha’s Integrative Yoga teacher training in the summer of 2013. Throughout this training, I appreciated Michael’s precise attention to detail and organized structure combined with a spirit of caring and a playful sense of humor. His explanations of the philosophical concepts, as well as the physical postures of Hatha Yoga, were clear and relevant to our daily experiences. He facilitated a group environment of support and trust and offered valuable guidance with compassion. By the end of the training, I not only felt prepared to pass the teaching exams, I felt I had gained unexpected wisdom about how to apply the core concepts of yoga into my whole life.” – Jyoti

“When choosing a yoga teacher training, I thought a lot about the kind of teacher I wanted to be. I knew that I wanted to be an inviting, impassioned teacher with whom students would feel safe and welcomed. This made training with Michael Plasha an easy decision.

In addition to learning about the poses and anatomical requirements of each, I gained an education in the soul. I was part of a group dynamic that was accepting and open. I was in a space that not only allowed my own asana practice to deepen but provided an outlet for me to connect with all that yoga has to offer. As I fostered these qualities within myself, I found the confidence necessary to guide others on their journeys in yoga.

The effects of this training can be felt physically, mentally, and spiritually. My view of myself and the world was opened up and I know I will continue to enjoy these effects all the days of my life.” – Karuna

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