Evolution Learning Institute

Illuminate. Inspire. Uplift.


To provide adult learning opportunities through the comprehensive exploration of yoga
To Illuminate the power in each person to inspire and uplift the power in others

Our Method.

We believe:

  • in learning by doing
  • in the power of depth and specialization
  • in creating integrated, layered learning environments that allow all levels of discovery to happen in one space
  • in using measurable moments as markers of progress and opportunities for feedback
  • that a sustainable, thriving community is driven by the unique and ongoing development of each individual


Learning is a Path, not a Destination. Experience the Difference. Immerse yourself in real-world leadership practice as you dig deep into the issues that matter. Evolution Learning Institute offers comprehensive learning opportunities, through the tools of yoga – asana, meditation and inquiry – to individuals committed to sustainable personal, professional and community enrichment.  Our students are yoga teachers, business leaders, and community shapers looking to make a difference.

Since 2001, we have cultivated an unparalleled adult learning environment.  April 2017 will mark our 19th 200-hour teacher training. 
Through rigorous study and responsible practice, our students build connections and expose opportunity while engaging in extensive, real-life, experiential self-discovery.

Developed by Lisa Taylor, and rooted in the Baptiste Yoga Methodology, our training programs systematically create access to deep learning and rich discovery at every stage of development.
Taylor believes if other professions require 1000+ hours of practice to become certified, then the same should hold true in the world of Yoga Teacher Training. In its entirety, Evolution Learning Institute will offer 5 training programs, ACCESS (250-hour Teacher Training), EMPOWER (300-hour Teacher Training), OUTREACH (Leadership Development), ADAPTATION (Advanced Teaching), and LEADERSHIP (Professional Development); together creating an in-depth, one of a kind 1250 hour program

Commit fully. Engage purposefully. Experience a powerful period of personal and professional transformation. Step upon the Path.

Evolution Learning Institute is a registered Yoga Alliance Program. The credential earned is issued by Evolution Power Yoga. All Evolution Power Yoga instructors have successfully completed our ACCESS 250-Hour Teacher Training Program.

ELI Core Programs

Evolution Learning Institute

ACCESS is the first step in revealing and unleashing your talents. The program is intense. The coursework is rigorous. The results are up to you.

About the Program:

The ACCESS core curriculum builds a solid understanding of the tools of yoga – asana, meditation, and self-inquiry. The goal is to give students a firm grasp of broad-based fundamentals as the foundation for developing awareness.

Through rigorous practice, persistent self-reflection and insightful discussion, ACCESS engages students in an in-depth experience and exploration of the Baptiste Yoga Methodology. Beyond cultivating the skills to teach and assist yoga, students practice teamwork, participate in personal leadership activities, and study anatomy.

ACCESS brings theory, practice, experience, and talent into focus, into action, offering the student an opportunity for deep learning.

Training Schedule:

ACCESS is offered 3 times a year in 2 formats – Classic: 8-weekend training that meets 1 weekend/month offered every Fall and every Spring Condensed: 3 month Summer training

Weekend Schedules: Friday 5:00-9:00 PM, Saturday 8:00 AM-5:00 PM, Sunday 8:00 AM-4:00 PM

Trainee Benefits:

  • Unlimited yoga classes for the duration of the training at all studio locations (Lancaster, York, Harrisburg, Lititz)
  • A one of a kind curriculum and training manual written by a world class yoga teacher and Baptiste Faculty member


ACCESS includes the following Classroom learning:

  • Instruction on Anatomy, the Baptiste Methodology, the Asanas and Meditation
  • Personal reflection, conceptual exploration, and group discussion
  • Scored Evaluation

Anatomy Component:

  • ACCESS includes our breakout Anatomy of Yoga Course; an accredited Continuing Education Course also available to take individually.
  • CEU’s offered:
  • Athletics and Fitness Association of America: 15 CEU 
    National Academy of Sports Medicine: 1.9 CEU 
    Physical Therapy: 24 CEU

ACCESS includes the following Practice Learning:

  • Practice teaching
  • Leading meditation
  • Observing, practicing, and assisting public classes
  • Video recording and self-evaluation
  • Practicum evaluation

ACCESS includes the following Group Learning:

  • Peer evaluation and feedback
  • Small group learning sessions
  • Large group event planning

The ACCESS Learning Manual serves as your guide to the Core Curriculum. *cost is not included in tuition

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ACCESS is a credentialed Yoga Alliance 200 RYT (registered yoga teacher) Teacher Training program

Upcoming Training Schedules

Spring 2020 | Cycle 26

Lititz Studio & Virtual

Week 1: May 29, 30, 31
Week 2: June 26, 27, 28 
 Week 3: July 24, 25, 26
 Week 4: August 21, 22, 23
Week 5: September 18, 19, 20
Week 6: October 16, 17, 18
Week 7: November 13, 14, 15 
 Week 8: December 11, 12, 13

Summer 2020 | Cycle 27

Harrisburg Studio

Week 1: May 15, 16, 17

Week 2: May 22, 23, 24

Week 3: June 5, 6, 7

Week 4: June 12, 13, 14

Week 5: July 10, 11, 12

Week 6: July 17, 18, 19

Week 7: July 31 – August 1, 2

Week 8: August 7, 8, 9

Fall 2020 | Cycle 28

York Studio

Week 1: October 9, 10, 11

Week 2: November 6, 7, 8

Week 3: December 4, 5, 6

Week 4: January 8, 9, 10

Week 5: February 5, 6, 7

Week 6: March 5, 6, 7

Week 7: March 26, 27, 28

Week 8: April 23, 24, 25

Spring 2021 | Cycle 29

Lancaster Studio

Week 1: April 16, 17, 18

Week 2: May 14, 15, 16

Week 3: June 11, 12, 13

Week 4: July 9, 10, 11

Week 5: August 6, 7, 8

Week 6: September 10, 11, 12

Week 7: October 8, 9, 10

Week 8: November 5, 6, 7

Evolution Learning Institute

Now is your time to rise. EMPOWER is the next step in the journey of the self-actualized leader. Advanced learning. Deep impact. Unlimited potential.

About the Program

The EMPOWER Core Curriculum is delivered through a highly specialized module based learning system that integrates the functional understanding of ACCESS into a comprehensive awareness of the total yoga experience. Through deeper and more specific study, students sharpen leadership tools, expand awareness, illuminate personal power and cultivate opportunities to inspire and uplift.

Led by experts in their respective domains, each module explores a distinct aspect of yoga. Modules include anatomy, meditation, assisting, personal development, and advanced teaching.

Offered once a year, the 300 hour EMPOWER Teacher Training program is complete in 9 months. Graduating students can apply for Yoga Alliance 500 RYT status at the conclusion of the program.

Evolution Learning Institute

Cost: $3995.00
Special Combo Offer (ACCESS and EMPOWER): $6495

*Custom payment plans are available


EMPOWER includes the following Asana, Meditation, Inquiry modules:

Advanced Anatomy  |  Philomena Behmer, MS MEd

  • 100 hours Led by Philomena Behmer, MS MEd, of Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences
  • An in-depth exploration of yoga through the lens of the science of anatomy and physiology. The focus of the series is on how the musculoskeletal system, nervous system and respiratory system relates to yoga. The program includes discussions, learning activities and projects to help students better understand the significance of anatomy and yoga. Students are encouraged to use their previous experiences to contribute to their understanding of anatomy and yoga. In addition to anatomy-related activities, each weekend includes an anatomy focused yoga class as well as other movement exercises to enhance understanding through embodied learning. This training is for anyone who is interested in deepening their understanding of yoga and how it relates to their body.

Advanced Teaching | Lisa Taylor

  • 100 hours led by Lisa Taylor, Master Instructor, and Baptiste faculty Member
  • Elevate your teaching to the next level. An exploration of Baptiste methodology and specified teaching techniques to master the art of generating inspiration through delivery and bring power to the practice.

Advanced Assisting

  • Hands-on learning of manipulation of the body to create access, alignment, and integration in movement and posture.
  • 100 hours total
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The 100 hour Outreach program is designed to foster leadership by using the tools of yoga throughout our community to reduce conflict and build authentic connections. This is an opportunity to explore beyond a 200-hour teacher training and for anyone in a career that is connection and communication based: Education, Coaching, Guidance counselors, Public relations and more!

This training will evaluate patterns within oneself, uncover filters that subconsciously develop, and bring conscious awareness to the roles that you play. Through leading an outreach program you are given an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others through connection, listening, and language. We will work to soften fixed points of view in ourselves in order to nurture the same willingness in our students, encouraging them to see their own potential.

Outreach training will leave you with the tools to relate to the person, not the situation


Evolution Learning Institute

Join Debra and Nick Dower for a unique advanced 300-Hour teacher certification course; ADAPTATION. Built upon over 30 years of combined experience in the holistic health field, this training will give you an understanding of how the body functions and moves, and what influences these functions and movements so that you can apply that knowledge to the practice and teaching of yoga.

These perspectives will illuminate the full potential of each yoga pose ultimately expanding and deepening any yoga practice.    
Flow with the rhythm of nature.
Uncover inner authenticity. 
Be inspired.
What to expect:
  • Build confidence in customizing yoga classes for every level of student.
  • Adapt yoga instruction to meet the needs of each student for a safer space and a more balanced movement practice.
  • Develop a keen eye for balanced body mechanics in order to perpetuate a healthy & consistent yoga practice along with preventing injury.
  • Cultivate an experience that feels genuine for both teacher and student.
  • Uphold and enrich your current teaching philosophy to develop a new lens to view movement and wellness.
    To achieve this, the Dowers will help participants observe the physical, energetic, and emotional connections within the human body using a variety of perspectives including:
      • Yoga philosophy and poses
      • Myofascial lines of connection
      • foundational Chinese medicine theories
      • Various styles of meditation
      • Body mechanics
      • Seasonal energetics influencing movement

      2020 Program | Lancaster Studio

      Friday 5-9 PM | Saturday 8 AM – 5 PM | Sunday 8 AM – 4 PM

      Session 1: August 28th – 30th

      Session 2: September 18th – 20th

      Session 3: October 16th – 18th

      Session 4: November 13th – 15th

      Session 5: January 8th – 10th, 2021

      Session 6: January 29th – 31st

      Session 7: February 19th – 21st

      Session 8: March 12th – 14th

      Session 9: April 9th – 11th

      Session 10: April 30th – May 2nd

      Session 11: May 21st – 23rd

      Session 12: June 25th – 27th

      Tuition: $3995.00
      A $1000 non-refundable deposit is due at the time of enrollment. Successful completion of a 200-Hour Teacher Training program is required to apply for this training.

      *Custom payment plans are available

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      Custom payment plans are available for all ELI Programs