Yoga Therapists of Alaska & Deha Yoga present:

Integrated Being:   200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training

September 2019 - March 2020

Taught by Margo Sorum, Shelley Christopherson & Megan Piersma

Approved by the Yoga Alliance


Our 200-Hour Integrated Being Yoga Teacher Training is a unique opportunity to gain a well-rounded foundation to teaching yoga. We will focus on establishing the yogi in teaching methodologies of asana, pranayama, meditation, and Sanskrit chanting.

This training is not only for those who aspire to teach, but also for those ready to delve into the many limbs of what yoga has to offer. Throughout this training, there is an emphasis on sadhana (personal practice), and sangha (sacred community).

Through the many modules offered within this 200-hour training, teacher trainees will receive a thorough and diverse education from three of Alaska's most established yoga trainers. Margo, Shelley and Megan have a combined total of 60 years of practicing and 44 years of teaching! Read more about these talented trainers below!



This training is for the yogi interested in:

  • developing a personal practice
  • fostering connection to a spiritual community
  • making space for the sacred
  • exploring yoga beyond the postures
  • cultivating a healthy relationship with self
  • teaching yoga to others… or not!
  • totally geeking out on all things yoga

What will I learn?

  • 50+ traditional asanas (postures)
  • Yoga Nidra & Meditation
  • Sanskrit pronunciation
  • Several Sanskrit mantras & chants
  • Subtle Body System (breathwork, prana, chakras, nadis)
  • The Panchamaya Model for therapeutic application
  • Restorative Yoga, Kundalini Yoga, Hatha Yoga
  • Ayurveda & the Gunas
  • Creative & Intelligent sequencing
  • Developing the eye of the teacher

How to Apply:

  • Read more about this training by clicking HERE (you will be redirected to the Teacher Training page in MindBody, our online registration system)
  • CLICK HERE to be redirected to our online store, where you can pay your $75 non-refundable Application Fee. You will also find this link in the MindBody TT page (see previous bullet).
  • Once we receive your Application Fee, the online application will be sent to you via email (please allow up to 2 business days to receive this link). This application is in Google Forms and will be automatically submitted to the teacher trainers once complete.
  • We will reach out to you within 10 business days to inform you of your next steps!

PS: We are waiting to be approved at the 300- and 500-hour level as well. As soon as we are, you will see the option to continue your studies and receive certification at the 500-hour level! Tentative dates for our 300-hour training are September 2020-May 2021.


Shelley Christopherson

Co-Founder of Yoga Therapists of Alaska


Shelley has been practicing yoga for nearly 2 decades, and has been teaching since 2005. She initially immersed herself in Iyengar and Ashtanga styles of yoga and she began teaching yoga when she lived in the small Alaskan community of Hope, Alaska. The range of yoga students, from ages 5 to 95, taught her that yoga is for every 'body', and dedicated herself to finding adaptable ways to incorporate yoga practice into a broad range of people's lives, at what ever capacity it was welcomed.


In 2007 she discovered the power of Sanskrit and Vedic chanting from her teacher, Dr. Katy Jane. She has focused the past 10 years on refining her Sanskrit pronunciation, meditation practice, and knowledge of Eastern philosophy.


In 2017, she became a certified yoga therapist with IAYT, and enjoys teaching Sanskrit chanting, yoga for cancer survivors, Parkinson's Disease, and 12- Step Recovery.

Margo Sorum

Co-Founder of Yoga Therapists of Alaska


Margo has been practicing and teaching yoga for over 2 decades. Her most influential teachers have been Gary Krafstow, Jean Couch, Lynne Minton, and Swami Nirmalanda. The motivating part of her practice has been to incorporate the wisdom of the yoga tradition into every facet of life: how to move, how to breathe, how to integrate, and how to be in relationship.


Margo is best known for her trademarked style of yoga, “Spinal Floss.” She is the Adjunct Instructor of Yoga at UAA, the Director of Yoga at Anchorage Radiation Therapy and co-owner of Yoga Therapists of Alaska, LLC. Margo has worked with thousands of students who have been touched by her passion for yoga and how to integrate the tools of yoga into every day living on and off the mat.

Megan Piersma

Founder of Deha Yoga


Megan has been practicing yoga since 2003 and has been teaching full-time since 2011. She is passionate about developing and supporting other teachers as they realize their full potential.

Megan is certified in vinyasa, yin, restorative, kundalini and pre-natal yoga. She has studied yoga philosophy, sanskrit and anatomy. She has taken trainings in meditation, pranayama and ayurveda. Her advanced teacher training program was through Semperviva Yoga College in Vancouver, BC where she had the immense honor of training with international yoga masters such as Gurmukh, Sally Kempton, Gloria Latham, Bernie Clark and Anodea Judith. Megan is currently training with Gary Kraftsow, Tiffany Cruikshank, Tias Little and Alexandria Crow.