2019-2020 | yoga alliance certified


Directors: Keli Lalita and Heather Dacus

Faculty: Ann Biasetti, Nini Gridley, and Edwin Bryant

Whether you are looking to deepen your personal practice or be of service to others, Yoga Teacher Training is a journey of inner healing and empowerment. Find your voice and unique teaching style while deepening your understanding of anatomy, intelligent sequencing, and yogic philosophy. Empower yourself to move beyond comfort zones, toward a deeper sense of authenticity. Become a Certified Yoga Teacher!


Eight empowering weekends, September 2019 – February 2020

SEPT 20-22 — What is Yoga? Salutations to the Sun 

OCT 11-13 — The Ritual of Teaching & Standing Postures 

NOV 1-3 — Principles of Sequencing & Backbends/Twists 

NOV 15-17 — The Beauty of Sound & Forward Bends 

DEC 6-8 — The Art of Sequencing 

JAN 3-5 — Meditation, Pranayama & the Chakra System 

JAN 24-26 — Yoga Philosophy Focus 

FEB 7-9 — Putting it All Together/Graduation

200 hour training includes:

  • Understand the biomechanics of forward bends, back bends, twists, hips openers, inversions, and arm balances. Learn the functions and benefits of the asana families, as well as the functional anatomy of the body.

  • Embody and then teach classical asana alignments. Deeply connect to the physical, spiritual and emotional function and benefit of each pose.

  • Receive the tools to create a safe, open and conscious environment in which your students feel completely supported and cared for on their yoga journey.

  • Explore the potency of connection to the breath in both movement and stillness.

  • Learn a variety of sun salutations and the art of dynamic vinyasa flow, becoming adept at how to sequence classes according to the classical system of "Vinyasa Krama", or intelligent pose progression.

  • Become confident in verbal alignment cues, guiding student's bodies and minds through postures in a safe, protected and sacred environment.

  • Learn the Chakra System from Nini Gridley, our area’s premiere teacher of this subtle body system.

  • Develop empathy and compassion for your students, and learn how to address their needs both physically and emotionally as Ann Biasetti, Ph.D leads you through an introduction into the embodied foundations of mindfulness practices.

  • Meditation, pranayama, mantra and kirtan will be part of every weekend. In this way you will develop your own spiritual strength and create a repertoire to share with your students.

  • Yoga Mandali offers the unique chance to study Yogic texts such as the Bhagavad Gita with one of the foremost scholars in the field of Yoga Philosophy, Edwin Bryant, Ph.D. Edwin Bryant received his Ph.D in Indic Languages and cultures from Columbia University. He taught Hinduism at Harvard University for 3 years and is presently the professor of Hinduism at Rutgers University. He has been a practitioner of yoga for over 35 years.

self-investment includes:

  • 200 hours of training with several experienced instructors—

    • Directed by: Keli Lalita, ERYT-500 and Heather Dacus, DO, MPH, ERYT-500;

    • Assisted by: Ann Biasetti, PhD, ERYT-500, C-IAYT; Nini Gridley, MEd; and Edwin Bryant, PhD (Harvard/Rutgers Professor).

  • Yoga Alliance certification

  • In-depth manual, including class sequences, mantras and philosophy

  • Discounted classes during period of study

  • A healthy meal on Friday nights and snacks available throughout weekend


Sept. 2019 - Feb. 2020
(Eight long weekends):

  • September 20-22

  • October 11-13

  • November 1-3

  • November 15-17

  • December 6-8

  • January 3-5

  • January 24-26

  • February 7-9

Class Times:


7:30am - 5:00pm

7:30am - 4:00pm


EARLY BIRD—$3,050 (paid in full by July 31)

AFTER JUL 31—$3,250 (with $500 deposit)

  • $500 due 7/31

  • $1000 due 8/31

  • $1000 due 10/12

  • $750 due 11/16


Download your application form here
or pick one up at the studio. Class size is limited to 20 people.


Contact the Studio:


454 Broadway
Saratoga Springs, NY

meet the teachers:


KELI LALITA REDDY, ERYT-500; Certified CE Provider; Columnist for Mantra Magazine and Thrive; Owner of Mantralogy Records; was first introduced to yoga at age seven by her mother, who studied with the disciples of Sri Rama Krishna at the Vivikananda Vedanta Vihar, an ashram in the foothills of the Catskill mountains. She has been teaching yoga asana for over 14 years, although her dedicated study of Bhakti Yoga began when she was still a teenager. Keli is a student of Ayurvedic Body Work at Kripalu and works with Edwin Bryant, PhD, translator of Yoga Sutras, and Professor of Hinduism at Rutgers University. Keli has lead and assisted retreats here in the US, in Costa Rica, and in India, including a retreat with Robert Thurman and Krishna das. Keli’s students describe her as, “filled with knowledge, love, compassion and joy.” Her teaching specialty is yoga philosophy, though she is well loved as a teacher of Yin Yoga and Vinyasa flow as well. 


HEATHER DACUS, DO; MPH; ERYT-500; has been teaching Vinyasa and Ashtanga Yoga since 2002. She has been with Yoga Mandali since its beginnings with Gopi Kinnicutt in 2005. She is a 500-hour Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance and has spent much time acquiring additional training with Seane Corn and Richard Freeman in the areas of Vinyasa and Ashtanga Yoga. Heather’s teaching style has often been described as inclusive, as she ensures all students feel welcome and at ease despite their level of experience. Heather encourages students to be attentive to the breath as the underlying thread of the posture practice and the means by which one calms the mind and eventually finds focus both on and off the mat. Off the mat, Heather is a board-certified, preventive medicine physician licensed with the State of New York. She is the Director of the Bureau of Cancer Prevention and Control at the New York State Department of Health. 


ANN SAFFI BIASETTI, PhD; LCSW-R; ERYT-500; C-IAYT; is a Registered Yoga Teacher, a practicing Psychotherapist specializing in embodied/somatic psychotherapy, author of Befriending Your Body: A Self-Compassionate Approach to Freeing Yourself From Disordered Eating, as well our resident IAYT Certified Yoga Therapist. After receiving her 200-hour Yoga Alliance certification, Ann became a certified Yoga Therapist through Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy in 2011. She is also certified in Restorative Yoga and Restorative Yoga Therapeutics through master teacher Judith Hanson Lasater, and offers An Embodied Life Restorative Yoga Teacher Training programs annually at Yoga Mandali. As a practicing Psychotherapist for over 27 years, she holds a PhD in Transpersonal Psychology and specializes in working with those with disordered eating, trauma, life transitions, and helping people reach their highest potential.


NINI GRIDLEY, ERYT-500; MS Ed; BFRP; is a Professional Level Kripalu Yoga Teacher with over 500 hours of training, and a dynamic workshop leader who has been teaching workshops on the chakras and healing through her private practice, Full Spectrum Healing™, since 1995. She is a founding faculty member of Sacred Centers, the premier training program on the chakras developed by Anodea Judith PhD, and has assisted Anodea with teaching the entire curriculum at national holistic learning centers, including Kripalu Center, Omega, Crossings (Austin, TX) and Pura Vida in Costa Rica. Nini is passionate about the chakras and how they help us recognize the unfolding process of the true Self. A trained healer and teacher, her intuitive guidance helps people understand the healing process and manage the openings that arise from practicing yoga. “The chakra system is a path to the soul that takes us to deeper understanding of our life path on all levels, including healing the body physically.”


EDWIN BRYANT received his PhD in Indic languages and Cultures from Columbia University. He taught Hinduism at Harvard University for three years, and is presently the professor of Hinduism at Rutgers University. He has received numerous awards and fellowships, published eight books, and authored a number of articles on Vedic history, yoga, and the Krishna tradition. As a personal practitioner of yoga for 40 years—a number of them spent in India studying with traditional teachers, where he returns yearly—Edwin strives to combine academic scholarship and rigor with sensitivity towards traditional knowledge systems. His books, Yoga Sutras of Patanjali and Bhakti Yoga: Tales and Teachings from the Bhagavata Purana,  contribute to the growing body of literature on yoga by providing insights from the major pre-modern commentaries on the text with a view to grounding the teachings in their traditional context. In addition to his academic course load, Edwin teaches workshops on the Yoga Sutras, Bhagavad Gita, and Hindu Philosophy at yoga studios and teacher training courses throughout the country.