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The Whole Yogi:200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training at VIDA Fitness

Welcome to the next step in your yoga journey.  VIDA’s 200 hour Yoga Alliance Registered Teacher Training will enrich and enliven your life.

Join the company of DC’s finest teachers in this exploration of your personal practice of yoga on and off the mat. By the end of training, you’ll feel confident leading students one on one, or in a group class in physical practice, breathwork, and meditation. You’ll graduate ready to teach a set sequence, as well as able to design your own intelligent, well-rounded classes.

Structured around the 5 layers of being central to yogic philosophy (the pancamayakosha model) and practice, we will explore how the practices of yoga – from posture, to breath, to meditation, among others – connect you to an integrated sense of self, and ultimately, your most natural teacher, within.

VIDA’s Yoga Teacher Training is led by Chris Parkison and Julia Romano and Christine Kontra and designed for both the aspiring teacher and those just looking to deepen their knowledge of yoga.



December 8th


January 10th

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Program Dates

Starts January 11th and ends May 3rd, 2020

Training will be held two weekends a month, Saturdays and Sundays from 9am-6pm; we will meet once a month at the VIDA U street location, and once a month at the VIDA Yards location.

January 11, 12
January 25, 26
February 8, 9

February 22, 23
March 7, 8
March 28, 29

April 18, 19
April 25, 26
May 2, 3

Chris Parkison

Yoga Alliance E-RYT 200

Chris teaches and practices many different styles of yoga from the external (Power Yoga, Yin, Vinyasa, Restorative, and Rocket) to the internal (Karma, Bhakti, Jnana, and Raja).  Chris believes in yoga as a practical way to strengthen and tone the muscles of both the body and mind. Chris is creator and host of the DC Yoga Podcast (iTunes | soundcloud)

He teaches Yoga, Pilates, and Group Fitness full time and is the Group Fitness Manager at VIDA Yards

Julia Romano

Yoga Alliance RYT 500

Julia is the founder of EmPower Yoga and Wellness (, a Washington, DC based yoga, meditation, and yoga-as-therapy practice, and leader of yoga and meditation retreats around the world. A Masters level Certified Yoga Therapist, Julia believes in yoga as therapy for mind, body and Spirit. Yoga is a process of continual refinement: poses are not achieved, but rather infinite opportunities, joyfully explored.

Christine Kontra

Yoga Alliance E-RYT 200 | Certified Personal Trainer

Christine Kontra is a yoga teacher, personal trainer, health coach, and martial artist in Washington, DC.  Since completing her yoga teacher training in 2012, she has taught classes, led workshops and trainings, and incorporated yoga into programs for her personal training clients. Christine is also a Master Trainer at VIDA Fitness U Street, where she is passionate about helping each client reach their potential, while prioritizing mental fitness as an essential part of building physical fitness and overall wellbeing.