Open Doors Yoga Teacher Training

Boston Area & South Shore

200 Hour Yoga Alliance Nationally Registered
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The Open Doors Yoga Teacher Training has both six month intensive and an eight or 12 month schedule depending upon location. Our 200 hour experiential teacher training program has a strong focus on teaching skills.

The program meets all core Yoga Alliance competencies including:​

  • designing your own class for all levels of students

  • analysis of each posture with a focus on alignment and modifications

  • hands on adjustment techniques

  • both physical and energetic anatomy and physiology

  • yoga philosophy and ethics

  • other yoga practice modalities are also offered

Upon full completion of this program students will be able to establish themselves as full or part time instructors in a variety of setting. Interested candidates must have at least 6 months of dedicated yoga practice of any style.

Graduates will receive Yoga Teacher Certification through Open Doors Yoga Studios, a registered Yoga Alliance program. Registration also inclueds a lifetime membership to our Open Doors Teacher Training Resource Center, an online library of videos and materials specifically designed for the yoga teacher. 

To register: 

1. Complete our easy online application.

2. Secure your space by paying your deposit online or mail check as per instructions on registration form.


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NEW ENRICHMENT STUDY PROGRAM OPTION: For those who want to study & explore the world of yoga, but aren't necessarily interested in teaching. We now offer an Audit Only Yoga Teacher Training. Visit our Enrichment Yoga Study Program page for details.
What our recent graduates have to say...

"Yoga is something that makes me feel good all over, inside and out. Before signing up for the 200 hr Open Doors Yoga Teacher Training, I was a yoga novice. I had a lot to learn about the art of yoga, but what I did know was that being on my mat gave me a unique sense of self and a feeling of freedom that is hard to find elsewhere. I signed up because I was craving growth in my personal practice, but through the Open Doors Yoga Teacher Training, I gained so much more than I could have imagined. The program gave me a chance to explore and grow in a safe space that garnered not only education but also community and kinship with my fellow students and teachers. The program is an investment in every sense of the word - but it is one that is worth every second and every penny. The friendships you hope to gain and the knowledge you wish to attain are all part of the process. Soon after graduating I began teaching at one of their locations and am so grateful to be a part of the Open Doors family. Sending love and light to all those who may be considering Open Doors for their yoga journey." -Erica Hermanson, Summer Intensive 2018

"I am extremely grateful for my experience in the Summer Intensive program. I made new friendships with a wonderful group of individuals which grew deep roots. We spent hours per week learning, laughing and occasionally crying. 

We got to watch each other, ourselves and our practices grow almost before our eyes. Such an experience would not be possible without the Open Doors’ faculty. The instructors injected every session with the gentleness and compassion.

My yoga practice and life shifted in an extremely positive direction. This would not have been possible without the full immersive experience of the Summer Intensive program." -Tom Riesenberg, Summer Intensive Class of 2018

Upcoming 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Trainings 2021

Winter * 12 Month Program (14 Weekends) * Taunton, MA

Starts January 16, 2021 through December 12, 2021 | Pre-Register by January 10, 2021
Early Bird Registration Deadline: December 16, 2020

Application and Deposit required to hold your place in the program. Tuition includes a lifetime membership to our Teacher Training Resource Center.


Dates & Times: 

Saturdays & Sundays: 12 PM to 6 PM

Dates: January 16th and 17th, Feb 13th and 14th, March 13th and 14th, March 27th and 28th, April 10th and 11th,  May 1 and 2nd,  May 22nd and 23rd, June 19th and 20th, July 10th and 11th, August 7th and 8th, September 11th and 12th, October 9th and 10th, November 6th and 7th, December 11th and 12th

(no classes on public holidays/school vacations during school year)



$500 deposit to hold your space

Early Bird Registration: $2,800. paid in full by 12/16/2020

Standard Tuition: $3,000 paid in full by the start of the program

Payment Plan: $3,200 paid in payments* 

*Payment plan available: deposit of $500, plus 3 payments of $900 due the 1st of February, March, and April 2021.

Payment by cash, check or credit card.


Tuition is refundable prior to the third class less a $150 administrative fee. 

For further questions, please contact Marissa Delisle at 781-850-5132.




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Program Instructors


I discovered yoga 20 years ago leading me on a journey of self discovery and deep spiritual growth. I invite yoga students to unearth their true self through creative expression in their yoga practice. I believe yoga is in each moment, each breath, both on and off the mat. I have received by 500 hour Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance and have been certified in Marma Nadi Chakra Yoga and Trance Dance by Shiva Rea. I also hold a certification with YogaMedics, a modality that works with those challenged with chronic pain and other serious health issues.



I am first and foremost a humble healer, a Massage Therapist trained in many modalities, from Swedish Massage to Deep Tissue Sports Massage and a Yoga Instructor since 2008. I have been blessed to be a Massage Therapist for over 20 years. In those twenty years I have been honored to work on thousands of clients, priding myself in creating a sanctuary for real and lasting healing to occur.

Being a Massage Therapist led me to the study of Yoga. I became a Yoga instructor in 2008 having completed a 200 hour teacher training with Richard Lanza and the amazing teachers at Open Doors Yoga Studios. I have since studied with Shiva Rea in Trance Dance Yoga, Cameron Shayne in Budokon a fusion of Yoga and Martial Arts and Don and Amba Stapelton from The Nosara Yoga Institute in Costa Rica.

My interest in yoga began as a teenager reading anything I could get on eastern philosophy.  What resonates with me and my love of yoga is that yoga is a question, an inquiry,......Who Am I.

 In addition to teaching yoga classes I also teach in our 200 hr program.     



Yoga is breath, movement, and stillness used to allow us to uncover our own truth.  It promises us nothing short of a radical transformation if we are willing to do the work.  My journey with yoga began many years ago and I am still in the process of that discovery.  I want to provide my students a safe space to explore movement, stillness and breath, so they can discover their own truth,  I have been teaching classes focused on breath and alignment for over 15 years.  In addition to my regular classes, I teach in the 200 and 300 hour teacher training programs here at Open Doors.  I am also available for private yoga therapy sessions to help with pain reduction, low energy, or for those who want to understand how their bodies move in their practice .  You can reach me at .  I also teach certifications for Yoga and Mood Regulation and Yin Yoga.



I am forever thankful to the dear friend that introduced me to yoga decades ago. The journey started slowly but eventually led me to the Open Doors Teacher Training program in 2006 led by Richard Lanza and Shawn Cornelison. I entered the program with absolutely no intention to actually teach yoga asana, but as life sometimes goes I have not stopped teaching since completing my 200hr. As a vinyasa lover I teach a very breath centered class. My intention as a teacher is for students to find their own way through the postures with breath and lightness, maybe a little bit of laughter and a challenge along the way. The practice of yoga is constantly changing for me and I have been extremely fortunate that the right teachers have come into my life at the right time. I am so so grateful for these teachers and this practice that has changed my life and intend to keep it going, with teachers new and old for years to come.



Hi, my name is Radhika.  Since you’re reading this, I’m going to guess we already have a lot in common, specifically, the practice of yoga.  My own formal training comes from Open Doors, where I completed both my 200 and 300-hr certifications with wonderful, supportive teachers.  I offer support and guidance in several styles of yoga, including Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Yin, Power, Restorative, Gentle, Hatha and one-on-one rehabilitative sessions.  I hold weekly corporate classes and also serve on the faculty of the 200-hr Yoga Teacher Training here at Open Doors.  


Enough about me, though.  I’m more interested in you.  Maybe we can practice together?  Hope to see you soon!



Slava Kolpakov, originally from Siberia, Russia, is a fiction writer, marathon runner, Thai massage master, and a yoga philosophy teacher in the Vedanta tradition of Swami Satchidananda.

Slava has been a yoga teacher since 2002, completing several Integral Yoga certifications, and the 750-hour Structural Yoga Therapy training in 2005. He started teaching Hatha Yoga at the Integral Yoga Institute in New York City in 2002, under the guidance of the late Yoga Master Swami Satchidananda. 


Since then, Slava has taught yoga, the Yoga Sutras, and Vedanta philosophy at multiple Yoga Teacher Trainings in Boston, MA, and San Diego, CA. In 2017, he wrote a book of inspiring stories and practical applications of Yogic principles: Threads of Light (available on Amazon). He is currently working on a historical novel. 

In addition to teaching yoga, Slava has been a Thai Massage therapist since 2004, and has taught Thai Massage since 2009. He had owned two sports massage centers in Boston for 11 years, certified hundreds of massage therapists around the country in the art of Thai massage, and has worked with thousands of professional and recreational athletes to treat and prevent athletic injuries.  


Recently relocated to San Diego, Slava is happy to be back on the West coast.

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