Fusion Yoga Studio’s Teacher Training Program with Lori McCormick

Our 200-hour yoga certification course (recognized by Yoga Alliance), is open to those who want to teach yoga, but may also be taken by those who are not necessarily intending to become yoga instructors. Many students pursue teacher training not because they want to teach, but because they love yoga and want to learn more. Teacher Training is a beautiful way to deepen your practice and take it to a new level!

While some programs train teachers in less time than ours, we feel that a more extended program allows student-teachers to integrate what they’ve learned. (There is no substitute for having the time to put into practice what you are learning!) Our program is structured in a way that allows students to complete their training while accommodating career and family commitments. (Make-up options are available).

In Our Program You’ll Learn…

  • Yoga philosophy and lifestyle
  • Meditation, Pranayama (breathing exercises), and relaxation techniques
  • Chakras and energy
  • How to teach (with your words, your voice, your hands, and through demonstration)
  • Appropriate touch and making physical adjustments
  • Sequencing postures (gradient approaches to positions and modeling postures in stages), safely prepare muscle groups for specific poses and gain the ability to teach beginners, intermediate safely, and mixed level classes
  • Basic human anatomy (muscles, bones) in relationship to asanas and principles of alignment
  • Working with injuries/illness, prop usage, proper alignment, offering modifications
  • How to structure a class, create effective lesson plans, and how to manage your classroom and time
  • Dynamics of the student-teacher relationship, building rapport, developing confidence as a teacher
  • Practice teaching, assisting, and observing (in a safe setting to help you gain confidence as a teacher)
  • The business of yoga – marketing your services, teaching to special populations, teaching virtually & more
  • Ethics – group discussion on being an ethical, quality instructor with integrity
  • On-going mentoring, even after the program ends
  • Fusion’s Yoga Teacher Training Manual


Teacher Training Program – $2,700 

Discounts are available as follows (please note due dates):

  • Pay by CASH (the cold, hard kind & save $200) ……………. $2,500
  • Early-Bird, paid in full by December 1 (save $250)……….… $2,450
  • Early-Bird & CASH, paid in full by December 1 (save $350).… $2,350
  • SUPER Early-Bird, paid in full by November 1 (save $400)…. $2,300
  • SUPER Early-Bird & CASH, paid in full November 1 (save $450!)…$2,250

Early application and payment-in-full secures your spot in the program.

Please note that class size is intentionally kept small so that Lori can provide quality attention, support, and mentorship to each student teacher. As such, space is limited.

Cash, check, or credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, or Discover) are accepted. Payment arrangements *may* be considered for those paying the full tuition amount.  (Speak to Lori to find out more about this option.)

*  Please be aware that there are no refunds once the program starts – no exceptions.


Although anyone has the potential to be a great yoga teacher, having a regular yoga practice and general familiarity and knowledge of yoga will significantly help and accelerate your learning on the teaching path. If you’re planning on teaching, it’s recommended that;

1)  Applicants have a regular, consistent practice for a minimum of 1-2 years

2)  Ideally, have taken at least a couple of classes with Lori (to make sure you’re a good match for each other), and

3)  A willingness and dedication to commit to self-study/home-study. 

If you want to learn more (and not teach), there are no prerequisites other than a willingness to learn.

Procedure for Applying

To apply for our Teacher Training course, please complete an Application Form available at the studio or on our website (or click here). You will be notified of your acceptance within a week of our receiving your application. An application fee of $100 must be included with a completed application form (payable to “Fusion Yoga Studio”), which will be deducted from full tuition upon acceptance of the application. If your application is unsuccessful, there will be no charge, and your deposit will be refunded. 

Want to get started RIGHT AWAY…?

If you’re accepted into our program, and you’re motivated and inspired to get a jump start, you can use the time between now and the official start date of January 1 to begin your required reading assignments (and possibly some of the homework assignments too). Getting started early is an option for those that are interested in doing so — it is NOT necessary or required.

About Lori McCormick

ERYT 500, CIAYT, Owner/Director of Fusion Yoga, Teacher Trainer

Lori McCormick (formerly Lori Moore) is the director and owner of Fusion Yoga Studio Sacramento, Inc. Teaching yoga and running a successful yoga studio has been Lori’s passion and full-time career since 2004. She has more than 15,000 hours of actual teaching experience and well over 1,000 hours of continuing education from various programs and workshops.

Formally trained in the Ashtanga yoga tradition, Lori has studied with Ashtanga yoga master David Swenson, Seane Corn and Shannon Wells. She has completed an Advanced Yoga Teacher program at White Lotus with Ganga White and Tracey Rich, as well as with Nancy Wile of Yoga Education Institute. Lori is also a certified Somatic Yoga teacher and was trained by founder Eleanor Criswell (a one-year therapeutic program) and is a Certified Yoga Therapist through the International Association of Yoga Therapists.

Through her participation in various intensives, she continues to be inspired by many remarkable teachers including Gary Kraftsow (therapeutics), Judith Lasater, Doug Swenson, Shiva Rea, Ana Forrest, Erich Schiffmann, Trina Altman, and many others*. She prides herself on learning and understanding the body’s dynamics having studied anatomy under Mark Uridel, Peter Ehlers (Tom Myers Anatomy Trains), Joe Barnett, and Jason Crandell.  Additionally, she is an avid reader and has read several hundred yoga, anatomy, and meditation books, as well as relatable books on psychology, trauma, PTSD, depression, pregnancy, relationships, spirituality, and more that correspond to her students’ needs.

Lori strives to be the teacher that she would want to learn from. While she has trained with many outstanding teachers, she has also learned through years of experience from her own personal practice. To this day, she maintains a consistent personal practice and believes it’s an integral part of her overall well-being. She finds it also serves as a source of inspiration for her teaching.

Lori blends her teaching experience, personal practice experience, her knowledge and passion for teaching into a non-dogmatic style that’s supportive and nurturing to ALL physical levels and abilities. She is proficient at teaching mixed level classes, where she is able to challenge the most advanced student while modifying the practice for those with injuries or who are less familiar with yoga. She enjoys teaching classes that are energetic, playful, and exploratory, yet she emphasizes being mindful and using proper alignment and form in order to avoid injury. She applies principles of anatomy and function to her teaching so that each student learns how to practice safely for their unique body and abilities. Her intention is to help students use the practice primarily as a healing art (rather than as a workout) – teaching them to practice safely so that they will be able to continue practicing yoga for a lifetime. She creates a space that is safe for exploration and growth and gently guides her students to trust their inner teacher while supporting them on their journey.

For more than ten years, Lori has been training yoga teachers (training some of the best yoga instructors in the greater Sacramento area) and emphasizes developing teachers who are able to safely and effectively teach, not just lead, a yoga class. As a trainer, she works to help new teachers develop and share their own unique expression and interpretation of the practice, and continues mentoring them throughout their career as needed.

Besides being a certified yoga therapist (C-IAYT through the International Association of Yoga Therapists), she is also a registered yoga teacher (E-RYT  500 through Yoga Alliance), and is a certified Transformation Meditation teacher. She teaches on-going classes at Fusion and also leads workshops and international yoga retreats. She teaches students privately at the studio and/or in their homes (specializing in working with those with injuries and special health conditions, including stroke, auto-immune diseases, cancer, etc.). She’s taught on-going semi-private classes for Worker’s Comp patients that have been injured on the job in order to rehabilitate them so they can return to employment, as well as to athletes, including high school varsity football and baseball teams. She also teaches in corporate settings, and gives talks on the benefits and history of yoga.

In her spare time, she LOVES to travel, enjoys creating art, reading tarot, working out, golfing, music/concerts, playing the piano, wine tasting, cooking, practicing yoga, dabbling in essential oils, reading, dancing, serving her community, adventure, working hard, having fun, and spending time with her family, friends, 3 cats, 1 dog, and loved ones.

* Lori has more than 15,000 hours of actual teaching experience, 1,000+ hours of continuing education from various programs and workshops, and over 30,000 hours of experience in operating a successful studio. She is the former owner of My Yoga Lounge in Sacramento (2004-2009) as well as the owner and director of Fusion Yoga Studio Sacramento, Inc. (2009 to present), a single venue which houses three separate studios and healing room, and offers over 35 classes per week.

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