The School of Yoga

The 300-Hour Yoga Professional Course
A complete professional path for Yoga Teachers

The School of Yoga (SOY)’s 300-Hour Professional Course is a path for inspiring yogis who want to deepen their understanding of the yoga practice and take their teaching to the next level. You will be guided and mentored by highly experienced teachers from all around the globe. The School of Yoga’s Faculty is composed of teachers and trainers that have more than twenty years of experience in teaching yoga, building communities and are authentic modern day yogis.


    • Led by Joan Hyman; learn how to make Yoga teaching a sustainable, enriching and rewarding vocation and/or profession.
    • For dedicated students who want to sharpen their confidence, competence and skills necessary to begin a formal yoga teaching career; 
    • For teachers who want to learn from those who have come before and shorten the learning curve in making Yoga teaching a sustainable, manageable and long-lasting profession.

Joan Hyman leads the School of Yoga and has collaborated with Cristina Holopainen who has been an amazing business mentor to many yoga teachers and wellness professional over the years. Joan has practiced Ashtanga yoga and the Iyengar method for well-over twenty years, and is passionate about spreading the benefits of this ancient practice and wants yoga teachers to find their authentic path.

Joan has diligently selected a line up of teachers who have their own unique style of teaching and are leaders in the world of yoga including Annie Carpenter, Marla Apt and Jeanne Heileman.

Joan’s intention is to create a level of excellence that helps to raise the bar and maintain a high level of quality in the yoga world. She believes this will create a more authentic place for students to grow their paths as teachers and for their own practice to continue to evolve.

In this modern day age, a professional perspective is needed to thrive as both a yoga teacher and entrepreneur. Cristina Holopainen will be leading the business of yoga modules and offering mentorships along with Joan. Johanna JP Cox will be leading the perinatal modules from her teachings and experience with Birthlight Yoga.

You will have the flexibility to learn at your own pace and choose courses that you would like to specialize in and that work best for your schedule. For the remainder of 2020, you can take as much of it online and we will ensure continuity of the training as things shift and as requirements change. 

Please click on the SCHEDULE of courses and modules that are available for this year and next along with the required classes and mentorships. We recommend that you keep track of all of your training hours, which needs to be validated by the teachers for the modules you choose to take.

Please email Joan or Cristina with any questions you may have and if you are interested to join our international community

Meet Your Teachers

Joan Hyman | Lead Trainer

Joan Hyman’s grounded teaching style seamlessly supports her students as they emerge from their practice with the rich and bright energy that yoga has to offer. Joan’s teachings come from an organic and intuitive place, as she draws upon the combined studies of Ashtanga and Iyengar yoga as well as Ayurveda and meditation. An authentic modern-day yogi, Joan’s love and devotion show up in her practice and throughout her teaching, you will leave her class feeling transformed and deeply aligned.

Annie Carpenter

The creator of SmartFLOW Yoga, Annie is an international Yoga teacher based in Northern California. Known as a “teacher’s teacher” she has created a well-respected system of Yoga practice and Teaching methodology. Annie’s playful personality and focused intelligence bring depth, clarity and exuberance to her classes. A committed student, Annie continues to bring her passion and curiosity, love of anatomy, evolutionary movement, meditation and classical philosophy into her teachings.

Jeanne Heileman

Jeanne specializes in discovering the needs of an individual and gently guides each student to their own grace and balance. She creates a safe haven for students to dive deep, find their edge, and transform. Jeanne teaches with sensitivity, generosity of spirit and a good dose of humor. Founder of Tantra Yoga Flow, Jeanne brings together her years of studies and teaching skills into a style of yoga inclusive of asana, Ayurveda, mindfulness, with the added focus of the poses’ energy.

Marla Apt

Based in Los Angeles, Marla Apt is a Senior level Iyengar Yoga teacher who was highlighted by Yoga Journal magazine as one of twenty-one young yoga teachers helping to shape the future of yoga. She has been involved with medical research studies at UCLA on yoga for depression, anxiety and IBS, and created the first yoga therapy content to be incorporated into the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine’s curriculum. She is a writer/contributor for Yoga Journal and Yoga International magazines.

Maricar Cristina Holopainen

Cristina has been teaching Yoga and managing a yoga school and studios for the last 10 years. She co-founded Urban Ashram Yoga in 2011 and the School of Yoga in the Philippines while managing them remotely from New Zealand since 2017. She was responsible for seamless transition to Urban Ashram’s virtual platform which now provides 40 wellness classes online for Filipinos all over the world. She is the resident yoga teacher, retreat facilitator and General Manager of Maruia River Retreat, New Zealand’s nature and wellbeing destination. She has mentored new teachers and yoga professionals and continues to teach and develop programs for older adults in retirement homes, beginner yoga courses and wellbeing retreats. She was a graduate of the 200-hour YogaWorks teacher training under Joan Hyman in 2011 and has completed her 300-hour program with Annie Carpenter under SmartFLOW in 2021.

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Johanna JP Cox

Johanna is a Co-Founder and Faculty Director of Urban Ashram Yoga, mentoring and leading our team of over 40 certified yoga, meditation and breathwork teachers for the last 5 years. She is an E-RYT500 registered teacher and is also the first Filipino trainer certified by YogaWorks for our 200-hour and has assisted Joan Hyman in the 300-hour teacher training program. She was responsible for setting up the Kids Yoga Program in Urban Ashram. As a mother of 3, she recognises the value and amazing benefits of perinatal yoga and continues to lead workshops and private sessions for regular and sensitive pregnancies under the Birthlight Yoga program.