ZenLife proudly offers the Maka Yoga Teacher Training Programs



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Meet your teacher....

Melisa Casses

Director of Yoga Teacher Training
E-RYT 500 Yoga Alliance
RYS-200 Yoga Alliance, Yoga for Health & Fitness

She studied Ashtanga Primary Series at Yoga Hawaii and received her 200-hour yoga teacher training certification in Ashtanga Primary Series with an emphasis on Aruyveda under Ashtanga teachers Anthony "Prem" Carlisi and Rupali. Melisa completed her 500-hour teacher training certification at the Baptiste Inspired SID Yoga Center. Along with attending as many workshops as possible with yogis such as: David Swenson, Seane Corne, Jill Miller, Beryl Bender Birch, David Lynch, and more, she studies, reads, practices and observes. She specializes in private yoga for individuals based on their unique bodies, abilities and stages. "Yoga is not one-size fits all. It takes continual adjustment, evaluation, observation, and tweaking to see what asanas are right for which person on any given day."  Melisa has also been a part of the University of Maryland's School of Integrative Health's 300-hour Yoga Teacher Training. 

Melisa founded MaKa Movement to help teach others to be healthy, conscious and to create a sense of community. MaKa's mission is to use movement-based activities to increase self-esteem, physical strength, emotional balance and to help people feel good about themselves. 

Once training and requirements are completed, graduates will receive a certificate of completion and eligible to apply with Yoga Alliance as an RYT-200. Lead trainer, Melisa Deane Casses, E-RYT has more than 15 years of teaching experience. She believes yoga should be accessible to every body, and that yoga is a way to feed the body and soul.

What Others Are Saying...

"My experience with Maka was intense, challenging, and emotional. However, I would not have changed a thing about it! Melisa pushed me beyond my comfort zone, and towards my inner spirit. She created a comfortable space for all to learn, share, and contemplate. What started as a great opportunity to study, evolved into a powerful exploration of yoga-inspired philosophy. I bonded with the passionate, like-minded people sitting beside me on the mat and made lifelong friends. This program provided the foundations of how to teach yoga, and taught me more than I thought possible marking the beginning of a life-long journey."
Susan S.

Whether you are looking do become a full time yoga teacher or simply deepen your own practice this is the training for you! Melisa's approach to training is simple and effective. Her passion for yoga is obvious, and she truly cares about the students experience! I finished training with a knowledge of yoga that has opened my eyes to true nature of the practice, one I was unaware of when I started!!

Billy D.

"This was truly an exceptional experience. The teacher, possesses a depth of knowledge, level of skill and thoroughness of teaching yoga that is incredible. Ashtanga yoga’s primary series was taught. It was a true immersion with, the readings, discussions, presentations and classes. We were given a 360 degree view of yoga. The histories, it’s roots, the different styles, the philosophy and the many possibilities needed to be a yoga teacher as well as a student. If you’re interested in further learning and growing as a yogi, this would be The perfect teacher." Lloyd K.

Why Should You Train?

Learn what modifications are right for your body, how to tailor any class to fit your needs and how to teach beginner and intermediate students.

We know everyone's bodies are unique and special and MaKa instructors are taught to honor those differences. This course will prepare you to teach Vinyasa Yoga classes.

So, whether you want to teach or not, work on your personal practice, learn alignment, gain deeper insight to yourself, yoga philosophy, or find out what gives you that amazing feeling after you've been on your mat, this course provides students with guidance, encouragement, support and lots of fun!


PREREQUISITES: Consistent yoga practice for a minimum of one year and strong desire to learn, 100% commitment and willingness to be open.

Participants meet for six weekend intensives. Students are required to practice a minimum of four times per week. Home practices are acceptable and encouraged. Expect approximately 5-hours/week of homework.

your investment: $2,500 plus books and classes


See You On The Mat!

200 HOUR YTT - 2017 DATES - 

May 26-28
June 23-25
Aug 18-20
Sept. 29-Oct.1
Oct. 27-29
NOV 10-12

Weekend Intensives include:

Fridays 5-10pm
Saturdays 10:30am-8pm
Sundays 10:30am-8pm