Yoga Alliance Teacher Training Program Information


Yoga Alliance 200 Hour Teacher Training 2021-2022


500 Hour Training Information available on request 

8-Month Program, Graduates April 10th, 2022

Now Expanding in South Texas (Rio Grand Valley/ Harlingen, Texas area)!!!

Contact Michelle for next Yoga Alliance Teacher Training application!  361-779-0183



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 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, Crossroads Yoga, or Whole Life Wellness Center & Aum Yoga Studio 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-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 at Whole Life Wellness Center & Aum Yoga Studio located at 401 E. Fillmore Ave, Harlingen, Texas 78550.  

Kaeli Hernandez Kaeli, Co-Lead Trainer, born in Honolulu, Hawaii grew up in Corpus Christi, Texas. First introduced to yoga in 2013 while getting B.S degree at The University of Texas at Austin in Health and Kinesiology. She completed her 200- Hour and 500- Hour Yoga alliance training with Michelle Acebo & Gretchen Weber in December of 2017, and January of 2019. Kaeli graduated from TAMUCC receiving her Masters in Kinesiology. During this time, Kaeli was introduced to reiki, a form of energy healing, and became a certified practitioner herself through Karen Wilson Healing LLC. Some of her interests are cooking, painting, various forms of holistic healing, and supporting her community. Kaeli’s ultimate passion in life is to work with people of all ages and share with them the tools and knowledge she has learned, to enhance their quality of life. She is a student of life and continuously self-studies Ayurveda, herbalism, and anatomy. Specifically, Kaeli believes we have the ability to heal our own bodies in every aspect, physically, mentally, spiritually, and emotionally. 


As the facilitator of the training, Michelle Acebo (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.  

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 Dates 2021-2022

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

#1 September 17-19, 2021


#2 October 8-10, 2021 Merge With 200/500 Mentor Groups.  


#3 November 5-7, 2021


#4 December 3-5, 2021


#5 December 17-19, 2021 200 Hour level Graduation Weekend for mentor group


#6- January 14-16th, 2022


#7.  February 18th-20th, 2022


#8 March 10th-13th, 2022


#9 April 8th -10th, 2022 Graduation Weekend for 200- and 2021 500-Hour level!!!! 


Investment for the program $3,100.00 (Save $100, early bird discount, if paid prior to August 15, 2021)~ Price $3,000. 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 Aum Yoga 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 $3,100 investment.  We can then get you prepared to go on this incredible journey!!!

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

There is an application process before admission to training.  Please submit the application with a $500 non-refundable deposit ASAP for consideration.

Dates for the 500 Hour TT are available upon request.

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

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

Kaeli Hernandez, RYT-500 Co-Teacher Trainer- South Texas/Rio Grande Valley 

​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 Studio of Corpus Christi

Update 2021:***


Yoga Alliance 200 Hour Teacher Training Scholarship!!!

Applications now being accepted for the September, 2021 session

E-mail to get application ($3,100 Value)


Applications now being accepted for the September, 2021 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 ($3,100 Value)

Yoga Studio of Corpus Christi’s Teacher Training leverages yoga for social impact and fosters an expansive, accessible, and equitable yoga community.

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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