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This 200 hour Yoga Alliance Certification will provide you with a comprehensive study of the yogic arts.  Led by Kristi Murrin, 500 ERYT and other guest teachers from the Crested Butte Community Yoga Coop.  Click here to see Teacher Bios

Our modules are designed to offer a retreat experience for anyone interested in the study and practice of Yoga and Meditation.  The 4 modules together are designed to incorporate a complete 200hr Yoga Teacher Training Certification with Yoga Alliance Registration School.  Students must participate in all 4 modules to receive a certification.

Every module will contain studies and practices to help support the process of growing awareness in physical, mental, and emotional states of well-being.  Content of retreats will include comprehensive studies in Vinyasa Flow, Restorative Yoga, Pranayama, Meditation, Yoga Nidra and Ayurveda.

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200 hr training will include:

  • Vinyasa / Hatha Flow

  • Yoga History & Philosophy

  • Yoga Anatomy & Physiology

  • Pranayama

  • Meditation

  • Alignment & Adjustment Skills

  • Sequencing

  • Ayurveda

  • Energetic Anatomy

  • Injury Prevention

  • Kirtan Mantra & Hindu Deities

  • Yoga Sutras & Bhagavad Gita

  • Yoga Ethics and Business

Retreat Schedule:

There will be a yoga practice everyday consisting of Pranayama and Yoga. Thursday - Sunday Mornings will have 1hr of Pranayama and a 1hr 15min Yoga Class.

Fresh plant based protein based meals are included to make the experience stress free and nutritional.


1:00pm-2:30pm Yoga Practice

2:30-5:30pm Class Room

5:30pm-7:00pm Dinner

7:30pm-9:30pm Class Room

Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays:

7:00am-9:30am Yoga Practice

9:30am-10:30am Breakfast

10:30am-1:30pm Class Room

1:30pm-3:00pm Lunch

3:00pm-7:30pm Class Room

7:30pm-8:30pm Dinner


7:00am-9:30am Yoga Practice

9:30am-10:30am Breakfast

10:30am-1:30pm Class Room

1:30pm-2:00pm Lunch

2:00pm-4:30pm Class Room

Kristi Murrin 500 E-RYT    Kristi's Bio

Kristi Murrin 500 E-RYT Kristi's Bio

Kristi Murrin 500 E-RYT, lead instructor has studied yoga for over 20 years and has 10 years of studying, training and teaching yoga.  She is also trained in Homeopathy and Ayurveda and has an ongoing Wellness Clinic in Crested Butte.  Along with guest teachers from the Crested Butte Community Yoga Coop, this program is designed to encourage a personal practice and a thorough study of the yogic arts that can be offered back to our local community. 



The training with the CBCYC was, quite simply, spectacular. It was incredibly special to be a part of the very first class with such an inspiring group of people. Kristi has such a vast array of knowledge and experience and was always willing to share as much information as possible with us, while still leaving plenty of space for us to form our own opinions. She made the whole experience totally unique and unlike any other training I’ve come across, including building a covered outdoor platform in the heart of the mountains for us to practice and study in! It was magical. I love that we incorporated yogic philosophy, the Ayurvedic tradition, and a variety of yoga styles and felt that there was a perfect balance of practice, lecture, rumination, and implementation. On top of that, I felt completely comfortable and confident to begin teaching immediately upon graduating and am so appreciative to have been provided with the opportunity to teach with the CBCYC! I cannot recommend this training highly enough, and now have a huge expanse of resources to use as a launching pad to further my continuous yogic studies. Thank you Kristi and everyone in the CBCYC, I am forever grateful.
— Tessa Jonson Graduate 2017
Class of 2017 in the Tent Studio.

Class of 2017 in the Tent Studio.

Teaching Practicum

Teaching Practicum

Such a great experience! Thank you CBCYCo-op! Love and Light!
— Stacy Straub Graduate 2017
Kirtan Class with Nick Flulwiler

Kirtan Class with Nick Flulwiler

Application Form:

Please take some time to fill out this form.  The ancient teachings of yoga not only challenge the physical body but mental & emotional transformation is inevitable.  Our teachers all have a profound backgrounds in the practice of Yoga & Meditation and are mindful of the shifts and changes that may occur during your time with us.  It is important to be honest with your responses to our questions so that we can start to get to know you from the very beginning.  Please respect the responsibility as a student of this process and we ask that you acknowledge the obligation of self awareness with your personal growth and how you contribute to the group as a whole.  By turning in this form and accepting acceptance to the CBCYC Yoga Teacher Training, you have agreed to fulfill all requirements of this training.  It must be understood that tuition is payed in full before the beginning of the training as listed in the three payment options and that full payment of tuition does not guarantee certification with CB Community Yoga Coop Teacher Training. 

Along with your application, you will need to provide one letter of recommendation from a yoga teacher you have attended classes with for a extended period of time.  Please ask them to write a statement on behalf of your yoga practice, your level of appreciation and strengths that would benefit your learning and participation in a Teacher Training program.  Please have them describe their background in teaching yoga, if they are teaching presently and what styles of practice do they teach.  They can email me directly at  

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During the first 2-3 modules our training will be on Kristi Murrin's property at Irwin, Colorado. Just 15 minutes into the mountains outside of Crested Butte at 10,500ft we will be practicing yoga and studying Yoga art among the majestic beauty of the Rocky Mountains. This property is up against National Forest and has many opportunities for walking and seated meditation. The mushroom season at this time is at it's peak, so be ready to find Chanterelles and King Boletes every day! You may camp on the property during your stay and utilize the facilities of the main house.

During the first 2-3 modules our training will be on Kristi Murrin's property at Irwin, Colorado. Just 15 minutes into the mountains outside of Crested Butte at 10,500ft we will be practicing yoga and studying Yoga art among the majestic beauty of the Rocky Mountains. This property is up against National Forest and has many opportunities for walking and seated meditation. The mushroom season at this time is at it's peak, so be ready to find Chanterelles and King Boletes every day! You may camp on the property during your stay and utilize the facilities of the main house.

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Yoga Teacher Training Module Course Content

4 Module Course Content

Yoga Teacher Training Module Course Content

4 Module Course Content

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The Roots of Meditation and Yoga

August 14th - 18th

This retreat will incorporate studies in meditation, yoga and practices to encourage a deeper understanding of how to bring these techniques into the classroom and daily life.

We will start every morning with a 2 hour practice. Each practice will share different aspects of sequencing and will be discussed during sequencing workshops.

Topics of study include:

·       The history and growth of Yoga from ancient times to the modern day.

·       How to use Sanskrit language when teaching yoga; what is the relevance of using the traditional names as opposed to the English translations.

·       The 5 categories of Asana: Forward Standing Poses, Side Standing Poses, Forward Bends, Back Bends, Twists & Inversions. 

·       We will go over the 5 energetic Vayus of the body. The objective is to help students understand subtle alignment in each asana pose. This will help encourage the student to identify alignment issues in practice.

·       The yoga sutras of Patanjali and how they represent Yoga as a wholesome practice. Class time will be spent exploring the wisdom of the 8 limbs and how these are practical to daily life.

·       Students will learn the practices of 7 Pranayamas and the benefits of Pranayama in the body's physiology.   These practices are from the teachings of Dr. Vasant Lad, founder of The Ayurvedic Institute, graciously offers to the Western World.

·       Special emphasis will be placed on the limitations between different body types in poses. Understanding this will help students become aware of injury prevention during practice.

. An introduction to Yoga Nidra will be covered during this module.  Yoga Nidra is a type of practice teachers can use at the end of their class to help encourage true resting potential in the body.  It is a great way to enhance the Savasana experience at the end of class.

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Yoga Foundations and Alignment

September 11th - 15th

This retreat focus on foundations of yoga poses, how to cue poses and how to create a healthy well rounded practice.

For teachers who already have their 200hr certification, this module is designed to help teachers strengthen their skills in sequencing and practicing teaching others.         

We will also cover an introduction to the Bhagavad Gita and Yoga Nidra.

Topics of study include:

·  Families of Asana                                                                          

·       What are the different families of Asana and how can this knowledge be beneficial to creating your own sequences. Students will work with each other and present a family of poses in a sequence. Poses that work together when moving from one to the other. We will also discuss how each pose can have several different variations that build onto one another to a final peak pose. 

·       Asana Clinic

·       Students will break down key poses and identify the proper alignment of each pose.

·       The art of sequencing.  Wave Sequencing.
Students will begin to develop a sequence consisting of 3 Asanas. Scripting a way to move from one pose to the next using the understanding of the 5 types of asana; where the hips align and creating a beginning middle and end of a movement: Left and Right sides. 

·       Adjustments, Assists & Props                                                     
Students will work on different techniques of offering support during a movement yoga class. Small sequences will be shown where the teacher can move from one assist to the next as the student moves from one pose to the next.  We will focus on how to come into someone else's space and how to properly offer adjustments with or without touching.   Students will work on how to use props effectively and prevent injury.     

·       The philosophy of Kirtan & how it relates to yoga. Students will experience the practice of singing mantra and utilizing sound bowls as a tool to help relieve tension and clear the mind.  Emphasis will be placed on personal expression and the sound of our voice as we teach.

·       Introduction to the Bhagavad Gita, Ch.1&2 & Meditation

·       "The war within and Self Realization." Students will begin to study the first two chapters of the Bhagavad Gita. The objective is to introduce students to one of the most important stories in Hindu mythology. The story represents the human being's potential and how to attain purpose.

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Yoga & Ayurveda

 October 16th - 20th

We will continue studying topics in Meditation, philosophy, anatomy and asana practice with an emphasis in the Ayurvedic Science.

As an individual retreat, this module is designed to introduce Ayurveda and how to incorporate the science into our daily lives, our yoga practice and our eating habits.

Topics of study include:

·      The Science of Life: An Ayurvedic Perspective.   This helps students begin to understand the concept of Ayurvedic Dosha Types.  Students will begin to identify the 20 different qualities or “gunas” in the physical body, personalities, foods, time of the day, time of the season etc.

·      There will be emphasis on how to incorporate Ayurveda into a daily routine called the Dinacharya.

·      A brief look at the way Ayurveda recognizes imbalance in each dosha and how we can identify imbalance early in order to maintain a healthy well-being.  

·      Students will begin to explore the energetic qualities of foods and spices with the gunas in mind.  Individual constitutions will be discussed on how to find balance in our daily lives.

·      Chakras and Energetic Anatomy                

·      Learning Asanas that are specific for maintaining good health and flow of chi            and Prana.

·      How to Use the 5 energetic Vayus to understand the true nature of a pose and how the pose can target different organ systems.

·      Students will continue to study the way energy moves through the body and how to maintain balance between the 5 vayus.  What poses are best for Ayurvedic Doshic imbalance.

·      Using the Vayus in practice.

·      Chandra & Surya Namaskar                                                           

·      Students will learn the Chandra Namaskar and the Mantra to each 16 aspects of the Moon and 12 Aspects of the Sun. 

·      Yogic Philosophy & Meditation- we will continue studying the story of the Bhagavad Gita Ch. 6-7

·      Students will study the principle of selfless action and the importance of practicing meditation. Students will work on journaling and spending time in meditation.          

·      Restorative Yoga                                                      

·      How to set up the space for restoration and relaxation.
Students will spend time working on different restorative poses and how they benefit the joints, muscles and balance within the body. We will cover the contraindications of the poses and how to prevent injury.

·      An introduction to the energetic body and Ayurvedic Marma Points.
This is an introduction the Subtle body and Energetic Anatomy. Students will learn the basic Marma points to offer during Savasana.

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Advanced Yoga & Teaching Techniques

November 6th - 10th

This module will be focused on the practice teaching in a yoga in our local communities. This is the final module of a 4 part teacher training and students will practice teaching a full class and receive constructive feedback from their peers.

As an individual retreat, this module is designed to encourage confidence in in the classroom and connecting to a personal purpose of what we want to offer our local community.

This is an excellent retreat for yoga teachers to deepen their personal practice and dial in their teaching techniques.

Topics of study include:

·      Working on the first full class sequence               

·      Students will start to work on a full class sequence. We will work on how to write out a sequence on paper so others can follow. Emphasis in this class is to help students pick a peak pose and create sequencing that can properly prepare the body for the pose.

·      The Asana Map
Students will work on creating an asana map from the 4 styles of yoga taught during teacher training. Attention to alignment will be the main focus.

·      Cueing and Assisting                                                           

·      Students will continue working through short sequences offering assists and practicing cuing with each other.

·      Ashtanga Yoga and the personal practice

·      This discussion begins with the basic background of Ashtanga and how the sequencing is designed to help student’s build up to harder poses.  The class focus will be on creating a home practice with simple sequences, the challenges of maintaining a personal practice and ways to organize our day with yoga in mind.

·      Bhagavad Gita                                  
Attainment:  This is the final series of discussions on Hindu Philosophies. These chapters in the BG discuss the attainment of a consistent practice. The discussion will be based on what does it take to integrate a consistent practice into the every day life.

·      Ethics of a Teacher & the Business Aspect Students will discuss the many aspects of Yoga business in the modern western world locally and globally. We will discuss the importance of maintaining proper ethics within the classroom and how to establish a good relationship between student and teacher. There will be further discussion on the proper ways of offering adjustments and assists. Making sure students understand the boundaries between student and teacher.   

·      Yoga Anatomy                                                          

·      Exploring further the bodies anatomy and physiology and the effects yoga practices have on it; breaking down the anatomy of shoulders and knees, as well as talking about the physiology of our organs to give us a deeper understanding on how yoga can heal ailments.   

·      Sequencing Workshop & Full Class Prep              

·      Student Practice and Sequencing Workshop.
Students will finalize the details of their full class and prepare for the student led practices.

·      The Art of Teaching                                                 

·      What does it take to become an effective teacher?

·      Students will take the time to go over teaching tips, questions of style and the responsibility of teaching. 

·      What does Yoga mean to you?                                   

·      Students will spend time looking into their personal philosophy of yoga and what parts of the training have resonated with their personal life. Presentations can include excerpts from books used in the training, poems, movement expression, and mythical stories of the asanas as examples. This is to help each individual student share with their TT tribe their experience and what yoga means to them personally.          

·      Alignment Principles in Vinyasa Flow                       

·      How to acquire alignment when the body is moving from one pose to the next.
Using the full class sequence we worked on earlier, students will practice the moves in small groups and become aware of the alignment principles within each asana and how the body shifts from one pose to the next.

·      How to prepare the class and create space.
Students will explore the different ways to set up a classroom and make their students feel welcome and comfortable.        





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Payment Options

Payment Options

Payment options: 

We consider your payment as a personal investment and are committed to create a retreat and training environment that is purposeful and professional. Understand we must have straight forward cancellation policies in place so that we can run these events without a lot of last minute stresses.

If you are planning on using your credit card, you will be charged 3% in addition to the training cost.  This is the charge fee for using a credit card with paypal.  If you would like to send a check for the full amount not including the extra 3%, please send your check to:

Kristi Murrin

Po Box 2631

Crested Butte, Co 81224


There are only 8 spaces available for this Teacher Training.  Once you have made your deposit and completed your application form you will be on the list. 

A $250 deposit is required if you would like to reserve your spot in this program before July 1st, 2019.  The option is the last on the drop down menu below.

There is a $100 cancellation fee if you have decided to cancel your acceptance after July 1st, 2019.  The remaining balance will be refunded back to you.

There is a $250 cancellation fee if you have decided to cancel your acceptance to any module 1 week before starting date of the individual module.

RYT Teacher Training Options


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Teacher Bios

Teacher Bios

Teacher Bios

Teacher Bios

Kristi Murrin CHom, 500 E-RYT  Ayuryoga Wellness Consultant  Homeopathic Consultant  Certified Yoga Instructor

Kristi Murrin CHom, 500 E-RYT

Ayuryoga Wellness Consultant

Homeopathic Consultant

Certified Yoga Instructor


Lead Trainer, Kristi Murrin grew up in West Virginia and moved to Colorado in 1990.  She began her studies with healing arts when she first went to an acupuncturist in Crested Butte for chronic back pain.  She was recommended to an Iyengar yoga class and after the first week of classes she knew yoga would always be an important part of her life.

Her interest for the healing arts grew and in 1993 she moved to Boulder, Co to begin her studies in Homeopathy at the International School of Homeopathy.  There she spent four years completing a certification program for Homeopathic Consultation.  At the same time she continued her education at the University of Colorado and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology.

Her passion for adventure and travel led her to a job teaching at a traveling high school for teenagers who are advanced whitewater kayakers.  For six years she travelled around the world teaching math, science and occasionally yoga to the World Class Kayak Academy Students.  She has kayaked in Africa, China, Chile, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru and all over the US.

In 2010 she decided to travel to Indonesia and complete her first of many certifications to teach yoga.  Since then, she now has over 500hrs of training with Shiva Rea, the creator and founder of Prana Flow©, a vinyasa style of yoga that integrates natural body movement with the alignment of breath and asana.

Her most recent studies have been focused on the ancient teachings of Ayurveda, and has completed her 500hr certification as a AyuryogaÒ Wellness Consultant with Maria Garre and Dr. Vasant Lad at the Ayurvedic institute in Albuquerque New Mexico.   Ayurveda teaches the art of living in harmony with the five elements in nature.   She is also trained in Ayurvedic Marma Point Therapy and Pulse diagnosis.

In the last two years, Kristi has been invited to teach weekend seminars for Yoga Teacher Trainings on Ayurveda, Yoga Nidra, Restorative Yin Yoga and Vinyasa Flow.  She has a love of teaching and travelling; two activities she is finally meshing together to create magical trips focused on creating an environment for any adventure enthusiast who enjoys exploring the natural environment and a deeper connection to their personal self healing, growth and awareness.

Kristi is a full time resident of Crested Butte Colorado and has a Homeopathy, Ayurveda and Yoga practice available for private consultations. Her contact number is (970)596-7337 to schedule an appointment.    Or visit her web page at




Yoga Philosophy

I moved to Crested Butte in 1999 having no idea I would return for so many winters and now finally summers too! The first love of my life was dance.  Growing-up I study tap, jazz, ballet, and modern dance.  In high school I performed in the theater, with a traveling dance company and was on the high school varsity competing dance line.  While at University, I managed to fit in African and Ballroom dance classes and auditioned dance performances.  Dance was always a foundation for joy and deep connection in my life.  After college I gratefully fell into yoga.  I have since, explored deep connection and presence through yoga, meditation, NIA, and yoga trace dance.  I have been a yoga and mediation practitioner since 1994.  I earned both my 200hr yoga teacher certification (in 2009) and my 500hr advance teacher certification (in 2014) from the Sivananda Ashram.  I have returned every year to the Sivananda Ashram to study the philosophy and practical application of Raja Yoga (Ashtanga 8-limbs of yoga) and Bhakti Yoga.  These studies have included an in-depth look at the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.  I am well established in Zen Meditation and have spent 4-5 months per year for the last four years living and practicing full time at the Crestone Mountain Zen Center.



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This is the updated book list for the 2019 YTT.

Click on the book name and it will take you directly to the Amazon page.

Required Books:

Light on Life: The Yoga Journey to Wholeness, Inner Peace and Ultimate Freedom   by BKS Iyengar

Yoga Nidra  by Swami Satyananda

Bhagavad Gita As It is by Prabhuda

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali by Swami Satchidananda

Prakriti by Svaboda

Yoga Anatomy by Kaminoff

Recommended Books:

The Language of Yoga by Bachman

Ayurveda: The Science of Self Healing.  by Dr. Lad

The Heart of Yoga: Devleoping a Personal Practice by TKVDesikachar