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SOMA - Science Of Mindful Awareness: 
200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training- Online!

Transcend boundaries, come together with Master Teachers and immerse yourself in the art, science, history, and practice of yoga with Dr. Deborah Norris and Jessie Norris Taylor of  The Mindfulness Center. 

Now in a convenient online format, with Live instruction
– join us from anywhere!

become a certified 200-Hr yoga teacher

*2024- Online Special Rate: $1499

Explore The Modern Science and Ancient Foundations of Hatha and Vinyasa Yoga.

  • Unique program focus explores the scientific, evidence basis for the therapeutic benefits and health applications of yoga and related mind-body practices.
  • Rolling Admission and online format allows you the flexibility to start any time from anywhere!
  • Co-Sponsored by the National Association of Social Workers, providing CEs for some mental health workers.
  • Community Service project provides the opportunity to work with special needs groups.
  • One on one mentorship calls with faculty provide guidance and support whenever needed.
  • Now available online! Live virtual instruction allows you to join our training from anywhere! Experience the convenience of an online training with a small and intimate group size.

*Standard rate is $2950

Lead Transformational Classes

supportive, community-oriented environment with our dedicated master teachers

 Our original 200 HR YTT, offered as a convenient, intimate and experiential online training. With in-person mini-retreats coming soon! Classes offered on evenings and weekends. Complete your training within nine months. 

Transcend boundaries, come together with Master Teachers and immerse yourself in the art, science, history, and practice of yoga with Dr. Deborah Norris and JessieTaylor of The Mindfulness Center.  

Explore the ancient foundations of Hatha and Vinyasa yoga as well as the modern science of yoga for social and emotional well-being.

The Mindfulness Center promotes well-being and self-healing for individuals and the community. Our teacher training program preserves the ancient wisdom and traditions of yoga while honoring and cultivating the journey of the modern teacher. 

This program is Co-Sponsored by the National Association of Social Workers. CE’s are available to social workers, psychologists and other
mental-health care providers.    

What Students Are Saying...

"I am very glad for choosing The mindfulness Center for my Yoga Teacher Training program. I instantly fell in love with the program and the instructors. The program has rolling admission which is very convenient and each session is conveniently scheduled. The program gears the students towards gaining thorough knowledge of the theory and how to apply the learned principles into practice. I received adequate opportunity to practice the principles during every session which has given me confidence to become a successful instructor. The program focused on Mindfulness practice and holistic approach which is very attractive and something that I have been looking for. My love for yoga has grown multifold ever since I enrolled in the program at TMC. The program included many interesting and important workshops that increased my understanding about Yoga and Mindfulness practice. Huge thanks to Dr. Debbie Norris and Jessie Norris for beautifully formatting this program to make me LOVE and understand yoga even more.Their lectures and trainings were mesmerizing. I am astound by their knowledge and my respect for them have grown multi-fold. I will very highly recommend this program to anyone out there looking to do a Yoga teacher training." 

C.V. - Student

"The YTT program at TMC was one of the best experiences of my life. I learned so much from two exceptional teachers, Jessie and Debbie. I couldn't wait for the next month's classes. The whole program, the teachers and TMC were professional, knowledgeable, supportive and accepting. I feel very confident as a new yoga instructor that I was given the tools to guide others in their yoga practice. I'm so happy I chose TMC! I will recommend it to everyone." 

D.V. - Student

"Dr. Norris is brilliant. The way that she explains the science behind the practices that we've learned makes everything make sense. The practices and the way we've learned to teach is based on the concepts of moving energy/prana. As a Neuroscientist she has done research on all of these things using modern medical technology, and has proven that what the ancients were doing works, and how it works."

V.S. - Student

"Debbie and Jessie are the two most amazing yoga teachers I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. The program is efficient and appropriate to subject matter. The expertise offered by both are perfect for the style of teaching and emphasis that they choose. The energy of the studio is also a wonderful one. Couldn't have asked for a better place to go." 

L.B - Student

"The Mindfulness Center's Yoga Teacher Training was an incredible experience for me. The program prepared me to be a confident yoga instructor not just at the technical level, but also at a deeper energetic level. I am more prepared to teach than I could have imagined when I started this program. Both Dr. Norris and Jessie have a wealth of knowledge to share with their students and do so in an engaging and joy-filled manner. This program is a fit for anyone who wants to deepen their personal practice and learn how to actually teach yoga at the energetic level with evidence based techniques. I am so grateful for TMC and staff for the knowledge and wisdom they pass on to their students. Thank you!" -B.H

B.H. - Student

"I have thoroughly enjoyed this learning experience,  and particularly the companionship and the community of my new friends in this training. It has changed my outlook and perspective on life. It has been truly transformative." 

J.J. - Student

"My gratitude for The Mindfulness Center and my teachers is endless. Lauren Richardson embodies the true spirit of yoga and it's philosophy. It was a privilege to study with her. Jessie Norris's knowledge of yoga, anatomy and aromatherapy is such a gift to the program. Debbie Norris contributions to our training and the community through her study and support of mindfulness benefits cannot be overemphasized. These three women collaborated beautifully. I am leaving the program confident and excited to share my love of yoga with my students." -S.S

S.S. - Student

Dr. Norris is brilliant.  The way that she explains the science behind the practices that we've learned makes everything make sense. The practices and the way we've learned to teach is based on the concepts of moving energy/prana. As a Neuroscientist she has done research on all of these things using modern medical technology, and has proven that what the ancients were doing works, and how it works.

I have thoroughly enjoyed this learning experience, and particularly the companionship and the community of my new friends in this training. It has changed my outlook and perspective on life. It has been truly transformative. 
I'm looking forward to teaching others about all that I have learned, and hopefully continuing in TMC'S more advanced Professional Yoga Therapy training. 

N.L. - Student

I'm looking forward to teaching others about all that I have learned, and hopefully continuing in TMC'S more advanced Professional Yoga Therapy training. 

S.W. - Student

"The Mindfulness Center is a place for all level students from beginning to teach and those that are more comfortable and versed in practice. Where students are allowed to be teachers and teachers allow themselves to be students. They also were very understanding to some of my health challenges that I faced during the course."

B.G. - Student

"Jessie, Debbie, and everyone else at The Mindfulness Center truly made this 200 hour training a life changing experience! I am forever grateful for all I have learned!" 

K.B. - Student

"The Mindfulness Center has definitely been one of those place where I've been able to make huge life changing shifts. All of the teachers hold space very well and are very knowledgeable when it come to guiding you or allowing you to guide yourself in the flow of present awareness. There are so many thing I've learned along the way :). I would definitely recommend The Mindfulness Center to Yogis of all levels and ages." 

B.M. - Student

"I learned so much from this program. The teachers shared their love and appreciation for yoga and its therapeutic benefits. They are truly committed to sharing and teaching yoga, I would certainly recommend this training to others." 

S.G. - Student



Dr. Deborah Norris- LEad Trainer

Deborah Norris, Ph.D. – Founder of The Mindfulness Center™, based in Washington, D.C., & author of In the Flow: Bridging the Science and Practice of Mindfulness, and Editor-in-Chief of Dr Norris is Psychologist-in-Residence and Director of the Psychobiology of Healing Program at American University, and past professor at Georgetown University Medical School. Renowned for her online meditation teacher training program, SOMA, The Science of Mindful Awareness, Dr. Norris is an internationally recognized speaker and educator on mindfulness, yoga, and integrative mind-body medicine. A health scientist with over 40 years of experience ranging from traditional medical and psychotherapeutic practices to integrative therapies and lifestyle practices, she teaches and conducts research in mindfulness, behavioral medicine and other holistic approaches to happiness and well-being.

Jessie Taylor- Program Director

Jessie Taylor is Co-Founder and Director of Education at The Mindfulness Center (TMC) as well as a yoga and meditation instructor. She is 200-Hour ERYT with Yoga Alliance and for over a decade has studied a number of yoga  traditions, as well as meditation with the Washington Center for Consciousness Studies and the Gestalt Psychotherapy Center of Washington, DC and Trauma-Informed Mind-Body practices with the YogaHOPE organization. Jessie has developed and conducted wellness programs for numerous area corporations, hospitals, schools, the military and government agencies. Jessie is Director of The Mindfulness Center’s Yoga and Meditation Teacher Training programs and oversees program and staff development. Jessie recognizes the ability of yoga and meditation to balance and enhance all aspects of our lives and to cultivate optimal wellness of mind, body and spirit. Her background includes training in the arts, sustainable design and feng shui, which brings a unique awareness of the flow of energy in and around us to her work. Through her work and teachings with TMC Jessie hopes to create an environment of healing and wellness which you take with you throughout life.

Join anytime with Rolling Admissions

2024 Dates Coming Soon!


  • Thursdays and Fridays: 6 – 8:30 p.m.
    Saturdays: 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Sundays: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • (Daily schedule may vary. All times are in U.S. Eastern Time)

Total Yoga Teacher Training Program Cost Includes:

  • Eight four-day training modules 
  • Online course platform provides convenient “home base” for all your program content, resources, study guides, links to live sessions are recordings of past sessions and more!
  • Training in the science of yoga research. 
  • Training in meditation and mindfulness practices.
  • Mentorship & practicum.
  • Introduction to principles of Ayurveda and the history and philosophies of yoga.
  • Learn to work with special populations.
  • Digital download of YTT 200 training manual 

Additional Costs and Expenses (not included in program cost):

  • Textbooks and hard copy of training manual. 
  • Yoga equipment such as mats, cushions, etc.

Yoga Teacher Training (200-Hours) Program

*$1499 rate includes discount for online program. Regular rate is $2950.
$ 1499 - Special Online Rate*
  • Payment Plans Available
  • Scholarships Available
  • Open Enrollment

Become A Certified 200-Hour Yoga Teacher​

Enroll Anytime With Rolling Admission!

Have a Question Regarding Our 200-Hour Yoga tEACHER tRAINING?


Should you have any additional questions please feel free to reach out to our registrar Jessie Taylor –

A minimum of one year of yoga practice is required before admission to the Yoga Teacher Training program. Most students who enter the 200-hr program have engaged in some form of yoga for more than a year, and are looking to take their practice to the next level, to deepen their personal practice and perhaps to teach yoga to others. Every individual comes to yoga in his or her own way. Therefore, rather than any other specific prerequisites, the Director of Education, who makes the final admission decision, reviews each application individually.

This training provides students with a solid foundation in the principles and practice of Hatha and Vinyasa yoga. As part of the SOMA, Science of Mindful Awareness series of training programs, the YTT200 is grounded in evidence-based scientific practice and theory as well as the ancient cultures of yoga philosophy and perspective. Graduates are well rounded in their ability to teach the tools of the trade, including asana, pranayama, nidra and seva, and in their knowledge of the history of yoga, anatomy and physiology, chakra systems, Sanskrit, and the business and ethics of yoga practice.

  • Science-based

  • Focus on the tools of empowerment, awareness, and transformation.

  • The Science of Mindful Awareness (SOMA): Yoga Teacher Training featuring Professor Deborah Norris, Ph.D., is unique from other programs in its evidence-based approach to yoga and related mind-body practices. Dr. Norris has been teaching mind-body medicine and related neurobehavioral sciences for nearly four decades at American University (AU) and also at Georgetown University Medical School. She has received awards at AU and elsewhere for her teaching. An author and research scientist, students travel from all over the world to study with Dr. Norris as undergraduate, graduate, and post-doctoral students and apprentices. She is an acclaimed and adored professor, for her ability to make all level of concepts understandable and practical, and her ability to teach the process and energetics of mind-body-spirit transformation.

  • Senior faculty Jessie Taylor and James Foulkes are both acclaimed and respected teachers, with a world-wide following for their retreats and workshops. Jessie is Co-Founder, and Director of Education at The Mindfulness Center. Mr. Foulkes, a certified yoga therapist, cranial sacral therapist, and Wudang Longmen (Dragon’s Gate) – 19th Generation Adept, is the author of Yoga Therapy.

To complete the YTT200 training program, students must attend 8 monthly modules plus 15 hours of electives and complete 1o hours Seva/community service.

  • Every month, one of the modules is offered over a four-day weekend, including Thursday and Friday evenings, and Saturday and Sunday. Students who attend all classes every month could potentially complete the training in 8-9 months. Students are allowed 18 months from registration to complete the training so that those who miss a weekend module or parts thereof can attend the module at another time. Students who do not complete the YTT200 training within 18 months may reapply. There is an additional administrative fee of $49 per makeup module. 

  • We understand that life happens, and that while you have made the decision to devote yourself to the study of yoga, work, weddings, birthdays, illnesses and all sorts of obligations may interfere with your best intentions. Our modules are planned so that you can join the program at any time through our rolling admission, and complete the modules in any order. We do prefer that you attend an entire weekend when you do attend, but even then, with notice, we can accommodate your absence.

The Mindfulness Center’s YTT program is comprised of 8 monthly weekend sessions. You have 18 months to complete the training. If you missed an entire session or a large portion of a session you may need to make it up the next time it is offered. Each session is offered twice within the 18 months.

Yes. Yoga Alliance has accredited and recognized The Mindfulness Center SOMA 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training Program. Completion of this training also fulfills the prerequisites for the SOMA 300-hour Advanced Yoga Teacher Training and SOMA 800-hour Professional Yoga Therapy Training program. (Accredited by the International Association of Yoga Therapists) The National Association of Social Workers, MD Chapter, also cosponsors up to 24 hours of continuing education for some mental health professionals.

Yes, we have payment plan options. You have the option to pay in full when you register. Or you may choose to make a deposit at the time of registration, and then make monthly payments over eight months.

The cost of the training includes the 200 hours of training plus a digital copy of SOMA: YTT200 training manual. A hard copy may be purchased for an additional fee. The required textbooks may be purchased new on Amazon for approximately $95. Some of these texts can be bought used. Students should also have their own mats and related yoga equipment.