Soma Yoga Institute

Soma Yoga Institute offers 200-hour and 300-hour yoga teacher training, retreats, and continuing education for yoga teachers and students worldwide.

Instructors 2

Liz Heffernan

Liz Heffernan, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT is an international yoga teacher and Integrative Yoga Therapist. She draws from over two decades of personal yoga practice, 22 years of teaching and extensive training in the Hatha yoga systems of Kripalu, Ashtanga, and Anusara. She currently directs and leads Yoga teacher trainings and workshops worldwide, provides unique one-to-one mentoring for yoga teachers, instructs daily yoga classes and offers private therapeutic sessions. Additionally, Liz serves as a mentor/faculty for the Kripalu School of Integrative Yoga Therapy Professional Yoga Therapy program.

International Association of Yoga Therapists (Kripalu Yoga)

Yoga Alliance E-RYT 200 (Vinyasa Yoga)

Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500 (Alignment Yoga)

Yoga Alliance RYT 200 (Kripalu Yoga)

Yoga Alliance RYT 500 (Anusara Yoga)

Molly Masaoka

Innately perceptive beyond her years and wildly passionate about everything in her path, Molly applies a level of determination and delight that is truly one of a kind. Her unique teaching style is both intense and focused but lightened with creativity, compassion, and humor. She believes that this balance of effort and surrender is the key to unlocking the awareness of one's true nature. A student of yoga since the age of 16, Molly has studied intensely with Chuck Miller and completed teacher training with Annie Carpenter and Don Stapelton.

Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500 (Yoga)

Reviews 10

Megan Goldberg

from United States, April 2018

"Everything and more!"

This YTT was one of the most incredible experiences of my life - I literally liked every, single, thing. Since I had only been practicing yoga for one year, this experience was a game changer for me. It not only enhanced my personal practice and knowledge, it has prepared me to teach - and right away, no less. I absolutely loved everything about the program.

The two instructors (Liz and Molly) were beyond knowledgeable, enjoyable, attentive to the array of students they had, and fun! The coursework was incredible - I can't believe how much I didn't know about yoga. Now I feel confident about alignment principles, vinyasa techniques, asana fundamentals, chanting, pranayama, meditation techniques, how to sequence, how to teach, the history of yoga, anatomy & physiology, ethics when teaching, and the icing on the cake - the business of yoga. The yoga classes throughout the program were insanely good - we literally took next level yoga classes to understand the art of vinyasa sequencing, yin, restorative, senior, beginner, and therapeutic yoga. The therapeutics and restorative coursework was invaluable as I now understand ways to help my family and friends feel better and live healthier lives.

Last, but certainly not least, the Kalani Oceanside Retreat accommodation was beyond. Doing a YTT on the big island of Hawaii, in a rain forest, next to the ocean, only a few miles away from an active volcano was EVERYTHING!

Jessica Card

from Canada, February 2018

"Great Experience! Highly Recommended!"

Liz and Peggy were extremely positive and energetic. They are very knowledgeable and eager to share their love of yoga. Their style of yoga and background were exactly what I was looking for (I thoroughly researched various schools and instructors before deciding this course might be the best fit for me).

Although I felt info overload after the first 3 days (it is an intensive afterall), their constant reassurance and ability to put it to practice during the rest of the course made it stick. By the end of the course, I felt capable of building on the principles I had learned and teaching my own yoga classes. I loved all the people I met best of all! It really was a supportive and engaging community and team learning environment. Travelling in the area was easy and felt safe this time of year (January and I speak Spanish).

Alyssa Martinez

from United States, January 2018

" Amazing experience"

I loved everything. The people i met was the most amazing part of this trip

Betty Peel

from United States, January 2018

"Amazing!"

The total immersion experience was the key to this YTT. Liz and Peggy are such knowledgeable and caring instructors who were very aware of and responsive to group and individual needs. This experience created an awareness that yoga is so much more than practicing asanas (although that was fun, too!). The rainforest setting, delicious food, and wonderful group made for a totally moving and memorable experience; I can't imagine completing my yoga teacher training any better way.

Testimonials 5

Wendy R. Vermont

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Soma Yoga Institute brilliantly marries the therapeutic asana, pranayama, meditation and philosophy to create a training that not only takes teachers deeper, it evolves their own being. Our lead instructor Liz is gracious, humble, patient, compassionate, insightful and so loving. Inspirational as a teacher and human. She is the perfect leader for this Advanced Yoga Teacher Training course. If you are truly willing to evolve, if you are ready to be shaped and see your true potential, dive in.

Christopher G., New Hampshire

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Liz is a true yogi, she lives the yoga philosophy, which has brought her a deep knowledge about the entire science of yoga. I most enjoyed learning about alignment principles and pose analysis; how to maximize the effectiveness of the pose and minimize the risk for injury. Liz explained these concepts very clearly and graciously offered personalized attention to all of our poses. This training deepened my understanding of yoga as a comprehensive system of liberation. I feel empowered to apply this science to enrich all aspects of my life and now I feel I posses the practical and experience knowledge to thrive as an instructor.

Elizabeth Ziff

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I loved all of the 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training with Soma Yoga Institute; the compassion, the asanas, the people and the teachings. The alignment we learned was a game changer. I feel that my continued yoga practice throughout my life will now be therapeutic.

Sandy G. Pennsylvania

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I thought this was the best YTT I had attended (and, I have done many). Students became confident teachers. After this training for only 200 hours many students taught classes that were professional, classes as good as many I have attended. The quality of the yoga instruction was outstanding; the alignment was beautifully taught. The instruction in meditation got me started to mediated successfully after years of trying. The kula (community) we created was stellar.

Yuna K. Japan

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I am super happy that I could learn and study yoga with Soma Yoga Institute. I now treasure myself more than before I came here. I felt a lot of love from the teachers. Studying the philosophy and Patajanli was/is very helpful to my relationships, thinking and daily life. My body has also changed gradually through the three weeks of practices. I am very impressed that I am able to use muscles and energy in new ways to support my practice. Before I came I feared my future, job and relationships but now I feel like I will enjoy my life.

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