Wake Up Yoga’s Comprehensive Foundational Teacher Training Program

Enter the Sacred Fire and Transform Your Life!

Taught by Corina Benner, and assisted by highly esteemed Wake Up Yoga teachers.


Dates for the 2017 – 2018 program are currently being set and will be posted in this space when they are.

Want to learn more? Join Corina Benner for a FREE Info Session for the 2017 – 2018 program:

Tuesday, July 18th * 7:30 – 9pm @ Wake Up Yoga Rittenhouse…NEW DATE

Thursday, July 20th * 7:30 – 9pm @ Wake Up Yoga South

Tuesday, August 15th * 7:30 – 9pm @ Wake Up Yoga Rittenhouse

Please RSVP to Alane if you plan to attend.


This program has been carefully designed to train you, step-by-step, to create safe, intelligent and inspiring vinyasa yoga classes, find and cultivate your own voice, explore in depth the craft of teaching yoga to prepare you to skillfully navigate this role, while instilling in you an abiding reverence and respect for the practice of yoga.

We study 50 asana through the lens of alignment actions within the pose, hands-on adjustments, transitions into and out of the poses, and the benefits of each one. You begin teaching practice the first weekend! Each student practices ‘opening a class,’ ‘leading the OM,’ teaching a kriya, and teaching an opening vinyasa of their own design. As the training program develops, each student observes classes, offers ‘hands-on-adjustments’ to classmates and other students, and assists a teacher.

The program culminates in each student designing a comprehensive, 90-minute vinyasa yoga class, and then teaching that class 3 times before graduation, receiving feedback and encouragement at every turn. Rather than giving you a class plan and script to teach, we teach you how and why to make sequencing choices, and encourage you to find your own language to authentically transmit your understanding of yoga. To enhance the classroom learning, students are required to practice yoga 4 times a week (unlimited classes at Wake Up Yoga are included in tuition), keep a practice journal, and begin to cultivate a home practice.


During this training you will be introduced to the language of Sanskrit, including correct pronunciation and why that is important, and learn to write and eventually even read Devanagri script. We’ll apply the precision of Sanskrit sounds to a study of the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali, chanting the first 2 chapters of this text, and moving toward a deeper understanding of the path of yoga. You’ll learn ancient and powerful mantras, and be introduced to the Gods and Goddesses in the Hindu Pantheon so that you can relate to them as symbols of your own grace, goodness, and light.

We study Physical and Energetic Anatomy, Pranayama, Ayurveda, Meditation, and Nada Yoga, the yoga of sound. There are books to read, essays and responses to submit, and small group meetings for teaching practice and fostering friendship and community. Each of our TT students is matched up with a mentor who has been through the program and is currently teaching yoga. This relationship becomes another way to reinforce the learning, and provides additional support and encouragement for what can be a very challenging program. At the end of the training, you will have a solid foundation on which to build a lifelong relationship with the path and practice of yoga. You will have the confidence to teach, and the competence to do that well. You will feel yourself connected to a warm and vibrant cOMmUNITY, and you will be closer to knowing the Truth of who you really are.

Application process:
* Submit your application to Corina in person or by email (click to view the application)

* Submit your $250 deposit
* Deposit will be returned to students who are not accepted into the program
* The deposit will be applied to the total tuition for those who are accepted into the program

* If you have not already done so, practice vinyasa yoga with Corina.
Corina teachers on Mondays at Fairmount, Tuesdays at Rittenhouse & Thursdays at South, 6pm – 7:15pm

Tuition: $2500 
* Includes unlimited yoga classes at Wake Up Yoga during the program

Payments plans are available. There is a $200 processing fee if you chose the payment plan option, bringing the total tuition to $2700. The standard plan involves 7 payments of $350 (plus the $250 application deposit), but a plan can be customized for you if this will make the program more accessible to you.

If you’re interested in learning more about this training, please email Alane@wakeupyoga.com for more information.

Required Reading

The Wisdom of No Escape by Pema Chodron

Path Is the Goal by Chogyam Trumpa

The Path of Yoga by Georg Fergstein

The Science of Breath by Swami Rama, Rudolph Ballentine

Yoga and the Quest for the True Self by Stephen Cope

Wheels of Life by Anodea Judith

The Key Muscles of Yoga by Ray Long


Corina Benner
Felicia Graham Comisar
Laura Edoff
Stephanie Berliner
Michael Carroll
Tina DiChiara