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Mantra Yoga Teacher Training

Fall 2016 – Spring 2017
200 HR RYT Teacher Training
This transformational experience is for those aspiring to teach yoga as well as those simply looking to deepen their practice as modern day yogis.
Designed to align with your demanding schedule, this teacher training will root you in both the art and science of yoga.
With the completion of this 200 in-class hours course you’ll not only be ready and well prepared to teach yoga, but also live a more fulfilling, rewarding life.

Mantra Yoga Teacher Training

Over the course of this 200 hr Mantra Yoga Teacher Training you will explore:
  • Asanas — Yoga Postures, how to modify, postural alignment and injury prevention.
  • Anatomy and Kinsiology — as it applies to a holistic yoga practice.
  • Energetics and Subtle Body — Chakras, Nadis, Bundhas and Mudras.
  • Philosophy — Through the study of various texts, The eight limbed path
  • Pranayama — breath techniques for desired results
  • Teaching Methodology — finding your authentic voice, creating & holding space, effective cueing, observation and hands-on assists.
  • Sequencing — Effective and dynamic sequences for desired results.
  • Ayurveda — An overview of the yogas sister science of health for well being.
  • Meditation — Various technique to teach and apply it in daily life.
  • Yin Yoga & Restorative Yoga — An overview in addition to this Vinyasa teacher training.
  • Teaching for Special Circumstances­ — Prenatal and injury modifications.
  • The Business of Yoga — The ethics and responsibility of teaching and how to thrive while teaching what you love.

+ Real teaching experience at Mantra Yoga
+ Continued support through feedback, mentoring and opportunities to teach at Mantra Yoga.

Mantra Teacher Training

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Format: Saturday’s & Sunday’s : 8am – 5Pm

Upcoming schedule:

Sept 17th & 18th

Oct 22nd & 23rd

Nov 19th & 20th

Dec 10th & 11th

Jan 21st & 22nd

Feb 18th & 19th

Mar 11th & 12th

April 8th & 9th

May 6th & 7th

May 20th & 21st

June 3rd & 4th

Tuition: $500 non refundable deposit is due at the time of application to hold your spot in the training. Should your application not be accepted your deposit will be refunded in full.

$2800 : Early Bird (paid in full by August 15th)

$3100: Paid in full by start of training

$3300: with payment plan of 7 automatic payments via credit card (after initial deposit).

(above investment includes $500 deposit at time of application)

Payment plan available upon request.

  • Tuition includes a 10 class pass for use during your training and unlimited classes with both Marlena and Deana.
  • All applicants must attend at least 1 class with Marlena prior to application.
  • Application to this program does not guarantee acceptance. Our program is more then just a teacher training it is a mentoring relationship that is ongoing into your new teaching career.
  • Mantra 200HR Teacher Training graduates will have the ability to attend future Mantra 200HR Teacher Trainings at no additional fee to ensure our teachers are well informed and vibrant leaders in the yoga community (with prior approval and provided there is room in the training).
  • Acceptance and completion of this training is not a guarantee of a teaching position at Mantra Yoga.
  • Mantra Yoga 200 HR Teacher Training is recognized by the Yoga Alliance and adheres to its guidelines. In order to receive a certificate of completion participants must complete the minimum requirements of in-class hours. Students who miss in-class hours may be required to make up the hours privately with the lead teacher at an additional expense in addition to the fee of this program or may be required to make up the work studied (depending on the topic missed). Students who miss multiple days of training may be subject to retake the course in it’s entirety with the additional program tuition fee.

Tuition does not include the costs of books required for this training. Reading list will be provided upon acceptance into the training.

A journey of a thousand miles begins with the first stepLao Tzu

Join Marlena and Deana with special guest teachers in discovering your personal path to a deeper yogic experience. Marlena and Deana both have a unique down to earth approach making this journey not only a transformational experience but one of life’s milestone to forever treasure and draw from in your future teaching and personal practice.

Marlena Bruno

Marlena Bruno

Marlena’s journey began in 1999 after many years of fitness routines with repetitive movements her joints had suffered. Her physical pain caused her to reevaluate her approach to wellness and explore yoga. She found the Vinyasa practices to be both dynamic and physically challenging however, what she ultimately found was a pathway to the benefits of yoga on a deeper level.

Her personal practice not only helped her body, it allowed her to peel back the many energetic layers to reveal the work required to resolve her PTSD. Through her practice she was able to control panic attacks, reprogram her nervous system and open her heart. Her practice saved her when she felt broken, changing her life for the better. She recognized that many others suffer quietly and is deeply committed to be of service to others in sharing the benefits of yoga.

Marlena’s practice is one of continual study and growth. She continues to explore the depths of the practice physically, mentally and spiritually. She fills her time with study in trainings and intensives with many teachers and styles of practice. She currently holds certifications in: PranaVayu II with David Magone, Yin Yoga I with Josh Summers, Core Strength Vinyasa with Sadie Nardini, Balanced Athlete I with Johnny Gillespie.

Additionally she has completed 300 hrs of Advanced Teacher Training with Jacqui Bonwell with a focus in western science and movement modality and another 300 hrs with Raghunath Cappo with a focus on yogic philosophy, Ayurveda and advanced asana.

She is fortunate to have studied in-depth through intensives with David Vendetti, Shiva Rea and Beryl Bender Birch in addition to the many talented local teachers.

Marlena’s classes combine the science of modern movement modalities with ancient eastern wisdom and philosophy Her classes are designed for all levels of practitioner with emphasis in cultivation of breath and mindful movement while remaining challenging and strong. She firmly believes that we can’t rush subtle energetics throughout our body nor the many benefits resulting from a regular practice; we must settle in, be patient and do our work to fully experience yoga. Her classes feature playful sequencing, contemporary music and close with deeply relaxing guided meditations. Her multi-faceted approach results in a well balanced physical practice, higher state of consciousness and joyful being.

In 2013 she founded Mantra Yoga in Danvers, MA. a home for all levels of practitioners and a place to explore their practice while being supported within a welcoming community. Where physical fitness is a benefit of practice and not the only goal. Where balance through variety of styles, movement and techniques work to restore our body. Where sweat comes from work of breath, building internal fire, rather then coming from a heating vent. Where philosophy is gently offered rather then forced. A home most importantly, where community is the nectar from which we all grow and feed our souls.


Deana Bacon

Deana Bacon

Deana entered into the journey of yoga through her enthusiasm for physical, and emotional wellness. As a Holistic Psychotherapist, she embraces the relationship between the mind, body and spirit. Deana’s practice has increased her sense of connection with total being, breath, and movement. The yoga style she teaches is uncomplicated; most influenced by Vinyasa, and Anusara. Students can expect to sweat, and have fun through creative sequences, and deep core work.
Deana completed the 200-hour Teacher Training at South Boston Yoga, under the tutelage of David Vendetti and Todd Skoglund, in May 2012. In June of 2014, Deana received her 500-hour Certificate in Advanced Vinyasa Training, led by Jacqui Bonwell, Rolf Gates and influenced by David Vendetti. Deana credits all of her teachers with helping her love and passion for yoga take root. She cannot express the magnitude of appreciation for what yoga has done for her life.


David Vendetti

Yoga allows me to be who I am without struggle. To notice, breathe, remember and enjoy this body, this moment. I love returning to my yoga mat to play in the body awakening, breathe into a heart wide open and find gratitude for the infinite that I forgot was me. Classes integrate a clear foundation in anatomy with intelligent alignment, hands on adjustments and ever evolving flows to heal the body. Students are encouraged to cultivate a deep passion for self examination, light hearted exploration and drop everything in order to find out that when we hold on to nothing, what is left, is all we truly need. It has been an incredible gift to have studied and trained in yoga, structural bodywork and meditation. I have been honored to meet and practice with so many talented and amazing teachers whose work I cherish and share now as I teach. Thank you Patricia Walden, Ana Forrest, Tom Myers, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Lynne Begier, David Magone, Andrew Cohen, Bo Forbes, Sundara, Pamela Wilson, Arthur Kilmurray, Sri Louise, Byron Katie and Glenn Black for reflecting the limitless. David co-owns South Boston Yoga with his partner, Todd Skoglund. David won 2005 Best of Boston Yoga Teacher for Boston magazine and along with Todd was the 2009 Boston Prudential Lulumon Ambassador.


Marlena Bruno


Raghunath is…
Ex-punk, ex-monk, husband, father of five, inversion ambassador, bent on Bhakti, detox junkie, evolution assistant, coalesced by kirtan, cacao consumer, puranic story teller, reciter of Gita, potential excavator, beyond birth and death. He is prana hunter, animal friendly, transcendence in training, born to give – to live today; full contact fighter, devours durians, loves to chant, likes a challenge, servant of the servants, harmonium hugger, conscious of Krishna.

Raghunath born Ray Cappo was a Lower East Side hardcore-punk singer songwriter icon, touring the globe in his teens. In a decadent music scene infested with hard drugs, negativity and intoxication he was an anomaly and a light propounding clean living, positive attitude and vegetarian lifestyle, inspiring tens of thousands of fans internationally. Since his youth he was fascinated with Eastern thought and took his inspiration from Emerson, Ghandi, Thoreau, The Buddhist Sutras, The Bible and the Bhagavad Gita. He started practicing yoga in NYC in 1987 with the esteemed Sri Dharma Mittra as well as Shivananada Yoga. The pettiness of the business of music and the untimely death of his father led him to India in 1988 where he dove deeper into the lifestyle and spirituality of India. He became a celibate monk at a Krishna Bhakti Ashram for 6 years where he intensely studied, meditated and lived the ancient yogic texts. In 1991 in the sacred village of Vrindavan he was awarded the name Raghunath and two years later in that same holy town awarded diksha or the sacred thread, for his study. Now, 23 years later, he’s an accomplished yogi in many styles, and married with five children. He leads retreats, workshops and yoga teacher trainings around the world. He is an expert at taking the esoteric yoga philosophy and making it understandable and practical for the contemporary world.

Recent press includes Details, Rolling Stone, the New York Times & New York Magazine, Yoga Journal Italy & Germany, Modern Day Dads as well as Time Out New York. 

Deana Bacon

Greg McGowan

As far as Greg is concerned he is still relatively new to yoga he is continually surprised and motivated by the intense physical, mental, and spiritual benefits of practicing yoga. Sharing these benefits with beginners and experienced yogis alike fuels his passion for teaching.

Since his first yoga encounter, Greg has filled his time with classes from more than a dozen local studios. He continues to soak up as much instruction as time permits and from as many different teachers as he can.

Greg has been certified to teach Ashtanga yoga by the great David Swenson, Yin Yoga from our local guru Josh Summers, Anusara inspired certified by Marc St. Pierre and also an additional 300 hrs with the one and only Raghunath. Although he continues to lean toward Ashtanga, Greg pursues his interest in those styles and many other forms of yoga including, but not limited to, PranaVayu and Forrest.  A variety of styles influence his instruction, keeping his classes fresh and challenging. He has studied with Desiree Rumbaugh,  Shiva Rea, Richard Freeman, Tias Little, Anna Forrest, Natasha Rizopoulos, and Dominic Corigliano just to name a few!

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