Yoga Alliance Teacher Training Program Information


Yoga Alliance 200 Hour Teacher Training 2022-2023 Corpus Christi


500 Hour Training Information available on request for Corpus Christi and Harlingen area. 

9-Month Program 2022-2023

Serving South Texas (Rio Grand Valley/ Harlingen, Texas area)!!!

Contact Michelle for next Yoga Alliance Teacher Training application!  361-779-0183 Please specify Corpus or Harlingen location.

Soon to be announced Decatur, Texas Location



Why Choose the Yoga Studio of Corpus Christi?


The Yoga Studio of Corpus Christi has been operating since January of 2005. It has been the premier teaching institution of South Texas. We have offered many teacher trainings throughout the years at the studio. We are excited to share our years of experience with new and experienced teachers. The training offers a look at many different lineages and techniques. We have formed an alliance with two of the most respected studios in South Texas.  Join Michelle Acebo and Gretchen Weber for this unique opportunity to be mentored on your journey. The purpose of this Teacher Training course is to educate the Yoga Teacher in different areas that will awaken their inner knowledge and teach them to be able to tap into their own power and self-confidence so that they may be of the greatest service to the community which they serve.  We start your teaching journey early into your training in order for you to develop the skills to be a successful and confident teacher after completion of this training.   

In order for a teacher to be skilled, they must have a foundational understanding of yoga philosophy, yoga history, understanding the science of asana practice (which includes but is not limited to asana alignment, biomechanics of the body, when and where modifications are needed, when to use verbal cues and when to use hands on adjustments, understanding the importance of breath, understanding the importance of sequencing, and working with injuries) understanding the importance of having a personal practice, understanding the importance of being a good and respectful student yourself. The aim is being authentic and always having the purest and highest intentions to embrace and empower all students. A great teacher meets the students where they are and encourages them from that point. The teachers who are trained in this program will learn to guide the student to recognize and walk their edge while respecting their boundaries. The teacher will be authentic. They will say what they mean and mean what they say. The only way that we can teach others to get into alignment is by personally experiencing alignment. Alignment may be in the body form but it is also being aligned in the way we live. It is from personal knowledge that the teacher teaches. Teacher training is a transformational experience where you develop a deeper understanding of your body, mind and heart through yoga.


We are excited to merge our Corpus Christi, Texas training with the Rio Grande Valley area.  We are happy to make the training more accessible for those who are interested in deepening their own yoga practices and exploring a yogic lifestyle.  You can expect to spend time with all our lead trainers at some point of your training.  It is rare to experience this level of teachers in such a personal way.  Our training is limited to small numbers therefore giving you access to grow in ways that you have never dreamed possible.  Are you ready for this life changing experience?

The teacher training fees do not include suggested books, special retreats  or outside classes. We have several copies of the books suggested and will be happy to loan these to the students enrolled in the course. Each student is required to teach 10 karma hours representing one or all the following areas: Yoga Studio of Corpus Christi’s training, to the general public, Somos Yoga (CC), Karnal Soul Living (Harlingen) prior to graduation and if necessary, after graduation.  

As co-teacher of the training and lead director of the 500 Hour Program, Gretchen Weber (co-founder of Crossroads Yoga) will share her rich lineage from the Iyengar Tradition. She has studied extensively in the Anusara Tradition as well as studying with Christina Sell since 2008. She shares her extensive study in Sanskrit Studies under Manorama D’Alvia. Gretchen and Michelle have studied under the guidance of Manorama for many years. Manorama is the founder of both the Sanskrit Studies Method™ and the Luminous Soul Method™.  Gretchen is one of South Texas’ hidden gems.  Her knowledge of all thing’s yoga is unparalleled.  


As co-Lead Teacher of the training, Rio Grande Valley Area, Pyarvin Abbasova, MD, RYT-500.  Pyarvin was trained as a psychiatrist in her home Russia. While in medical school she started practicing yoga and soon took her first yoga teacher training in Siberia. She is trained in various schools of yoga such as: Hatha yoga, Iyengar Yoga, Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, Tri Yoga, Yoga-therapy and got her 500 RYT training from Yoga Studio of Corpus Christi. She has more than 10 years of teaching experience; she has taught group and private classes ranging from strong vinyasa flow yoga to restorative and prenatal. Throughout her career she organized numerous yoga, meditation and spiritual retreats in both Russia and upstate New York and is passionate about sharing her love for teachings of yoga and helping people to find balance and harmony in their mind and body. Pyarvin lives in Rio-Grande Valley with her family where she teaches yoga classes and workshops, cooks plant-based meals for friends and family and serves in her community by volunteering in free clinics. The Valley area teacher training will be held as karuna Soul Living in  Harlingen, Texas 78550.  

As Co-Teacher Trainer, Ana Maria Villegas, JD, RMT, RYT-500 Co-Teacher Trainer - Owner of Karuna Soul Living, Rio Grande Valley/Harlingen Area

Ana Maria has been a student of yoga since 2004 when she turned to yoga to help her manage the stresses of law school. She believes that through yoga, pranayama, meditation, and the eight limbs of yoga, one can get in touch with what makes us, and all beings, connected to each other and to the Divine. She is a 300-Hour Certified Jivamukti Yoga Teacher in the yoga lineage of Jivamukti Yoga Method founded by Sharon Gannon and David Life.  She's also a Yoga Alliance Registered 500-Hour Yoga Teacher (RYT). She trained at the Yoga Studio of Corpus Christi and Crossroads Yoga Studio under the teachings of Michelle Acebo (Certified Jivamukti Yoga Teacher) and the lineage of Christina Sell/Living the Light of Yoga, Manorama/Sanskrit Studies and Luminous Shabda through the teachings of Gretchen Weber respectively.   Ana is also a certified Usui Reiki Master Teacher, Advanced Crystal Master, and a trained Quantum Healing Hypnosis Technique (QHHT) practitioner.  She is a practicing immigration law attorney and a Licensed Master Social Worker in the State of Texas. 

As the facilitator of the training, Michelle Acebo, E-RYT 500 (Founder and C.E.O. of the Yoga Studio of Corpus Christi and the School of Yoga) will be sharing her rich lineage from Jivamukti Yoga and various other styles from which she has had the privilege to study. The Jivamukti Yoga lineage is a physical, ethical, and spiritual practice. As a Jivamukti Yoga Teacher we operate through 5 tenets of yoga philosophy which include: Ahimsa (non-harming), Bhakti (devotion), Nada (music and/or sound), dhyana (meditation) and shastra (study of ancient scriptures). The teacher trainee will learn to teach from the heart with reverence to tradition. We always honor our teachers and those who came before them. We honor those who have helped us on our path.  You will also receive information on trauma sensitive teaching.  Michelle and Gretchen have completed Trauma Sensitive Yoga Trainings.  Michelle also facilitates mindfulness teaching to at-risk youth.  You will be introduced to this concept in the 200-hour training and will dive much deeper into this subject during the 500 hour advanced yoga teacher training.  Michelle is currently preparing a very special retreat center located in  Decatur, Texas.  It will be a facility where students can obtain CEUs for continuing education or use the hours towards obtaining a 200 or 500 hour certification  

We will happily share the names and numbers of the numerous students which have been through this program. We believe that references are extremely important. You are encouraged to reach out to our past students as well as checking out our reviews on the Yoga Alliance Website.

This is a unique opportunity to study with two of the largest and first yoga studio owners in South Texas. We can offer a unique insight into creating a community of support, friendship, networking, and growth.

The 200-hour program is a one-weekend per month training. It is 9 months long. The 500-hour program is also a one-weekend (includes Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday) per month, training.  It is 12 months long. We feel that it is important to introduce topics, allow the students to work with the new information and support their questions as they develop their teaching skills. Meeting once a month has been the student’s favorite method of training so far!  We are an in-person training program.  We can convert to an online, zoom format, if the state requires or if safety is in question.  We are an authorized on-line school through the Yoga Alliance. 

Yoga Alliance Teacher Training 200 Hour Information 2022

Fridays: 5:00pm-9:00pm
Saturdays and Sundays: 9am-6pm

Investment for the program $3,200.00. The investment for the 500 Hour Program is $5,000.00.  Students who have graduated from past 200 Hour Teacher Training Programs through the Yoga Studio of Corpus Christi or from our sister Studio in Harlingen, Texas will be offered a special discount ($2,000.00 credit) towards the advanced 500 Hour Training Program.  This program is non-refundable for any reason.  The program must be paid in full prior to commencement. 

If not now, then when?


How can I get started?  Fill out an application and submit with a $500 Deposit.  This will secure your spot in the training.  The $500 deposit will be applied to the $3,200 investment.  We can then get you prepared to go on this incredible journey!!!

Registration is now ongoing.  For more information, please call 361-779-0183 or e-mail us at

There is an application process before admission to training.  Once you see the incredible value of an in person training, please submit the application with a $500 non-refundable deposit, which will be applied to tuition, ASAP for consideration.

Teacher Training Dates Corpus Christi

#1 August 12-14, 2022

#2 September 16-18, 2022

#3 October 14-16, 2022

#4 November 4-6, 2022

#5 December 2-4, 2022

#6January 13-15, 2023

#7 February 10-12. 2023

# 8 March 10-12, 2023 

#9. April 14-16 Graduation

Teacher Training Dates for Rio Grande Valley

#1.  September 16-18, 2022


#2.  October 7-9, 2022


#3.  November 4-6, 2022


#4.  December 2-4, 2022


#5.  January 6-8, 2023


#6.  February 10-12, 2023


#7.  March 10-12, 2023


#8.  April 14-16, 2023


#9.  May 5-7, 2023

Limited enrollment.  Applications must be approved prior to registration.

Teacher Training Staff: 

Gretchen Weber, RYT-500 Co-Teacher Trainer- Owner of Crossroads Yoga, Corpus Christi

Pyarvin Abbasova, MD, RYT-500, Co-Teacher Trainer- Rio Grande Valley/Harlingen Area

Ana Maria Villegas, JD, RMT, RYT-500 Co-Teacher Trainer - Owner of Karuna Soul Living, Rio Grande Valley/Harlingen Area

Corena Hammer, E-RYT-500 Co-Teacher Trainer-National Region/Education Development 


​Om Shantih,

Michelle Acebo, Lead Trainer, Director, E-RYT 500, Registered Jivamukti Teacher 300 Hours, Director Yoga Studio of Corpus Christi Teacher Training

Corpus Christi, Texas





Yoga Alliance 200 Hour Teacher Training Scholarship!!!

E-mail to get application ($3,200 Value)


Applications now being accepted for the September, 2022 Yoga Teacher Training, Corpus Christi Location Only! The scholarship is NOT available for the Harlingen, Texas location at this time.

E-mail to get application ($3,200 Value)

Yoga Studio of Corpus Christi’s Teacher Training leverages yoga for social impact and fosters an expansive, accessible, and equitable yoga community.  We will consider all requests for sliding scale consideration.

Requirements: CORPUS CHRISTI RESIDENTS ONLY. Be prepared to answer a questionnaire

Eligibility: Yoga Studio of Corpus Christi’s Teacher Training scholarships ask you to have a couple of years of personal yoga practice and the intention of finishing a 200-hour yoga teacher training program. You must be a resident of Corpus Christi, Texas.

There is zero standardized testing and minimal requirements for this yoga scholarship. Just fill out a short questionnaire style application and agree to the terms and conditions of the program.

Note, that travel, accommodations, and meals aren’t included and should be budgeted for appropriately.



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