200-Hour Holistic Leaders Yoga Teacher Training

Accredited by Yoga Alliance 


The main aim of this empowering training is to create a small and supportive group learning experience to practice yoga. Yoga includes the physical postures, breathing exercises and relaxation techniques as well as the philosophy & lifestyle practices to enrich the quality of life for students in the program. It is believed that this personal transformation through living a yogic lifestyle will carry over to impact the lives of others, particularly through the opportunity to share these practices as teachers. Successful completion of this program results in certification at the 200 hour level by Yoga Alliance standards. More importantly, everyone will walk away with their own personal story of transformation. In the holistic leaders program, we believe the process of learning to live a yogic lifestyle can awaken one’s self to greater possibilities for their life, including how to help others.

9 month program from Fall - Early Summer with 4 semesters which meet once a week on an evening for approximately 2.5 hours plus weekend retreats 10am - 4 pm on 1-2 Saturdays or Sundays per month.



September 22-June 22

Class Meets:

• Every Thursday, 6-8:30 p.m. 

• One weekend day each month, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

•  Class Participants will determine which weekend day works best for the class.


Four Semesters

Fall Semester: Philosophy & Yoga Foundations

•  September-November (8-10 weeks)

Winter Semester 1: Hatha Yoga Techniques, Practice and Anatomy

•  November-January (8-10 weeks)

Winter Break, Self-Study and Retreat: Near the end of January or start of February (4 Weeks)

Winter 2/Spring Semester: Pranayama, Mindfulness, Meditation & Group Teaching

•  February-April (8-10 weeks)

Summer Semester: Teaching Methods and Practicum

•  April-June (8-10 weeks)



•  Early-Bird Pricing: March 1 - June 1: 15% Off

•  June 2 - July 30: 10% Off

•  Members discount pricing available


Please contact Kevin Karas at kevinjameskaras@gmail.com or call 330-592-0530 to find out more about this program. To sign up directly, please call the JCC at 330-867-7850.

Develop a Yogic Lifestyle  Experiential Learning  Holistic Pedagogy • Transformational Process  Service-Oriented  Diversity & Inclusion • Build Connections in the Local Yoga & Conscious Community  Social Justice  Small Group Experience  Student-Centered Process  Flexible Program  Special Topics Covered

Please contact Kevin Karas at kevinjameskaras@gmail.com or call 330-592-0530 to find out more about this program. To sign up directly, please call the JCC at 330-867-7850.



What experience level do I have to have to participate in this program?

Kevin James Karas, MA, E-RYT 500, likes to make the program accessible to people of all backgrounds and experience levels by teaching comprehensive course starting with the foundational knowledge and practices and then building upon that content with more advanced information and experiences. 


What if I have to miss class? Will I still graduate?

We recognize that life happens, something comes up on your schedule, maybe you have to miss a class, etc. If this is the case, know that you can absolutely make it up by either attending online via zoom and/or by meeting with a peer in your group to cover notes. Further, each class will review content covered in the previous sessions to help deepen learning as well as support those who may miss a class here and there.


How much does this program cost?

The program investment:

$3500 for Non Members of the JCC

$3200 for Members of the JCC

Please also see additional discounts and promotions available.



Are payment plans available?

Yes, for both members and non-members of the JCC. This can be arranged with the Fitness Department at the Shaw JCC.  Please call 330-835-0042. A $350 deposit is required. The balance will be split into 9 even payments that will be drafted from a card or checking account by the 2nd of each month. Drafts will occur October 2022 through June 2023. Please arrange this with the JCC before the start of your first semester.


Kevin James Karas MA, E-RYT 500

Kevin works in credentialing and membership at Yoga Alliance, the largest yoga nonprofit association in the world which sets the global standards with over 110,000 members. He is Executive Director of Elevate Akron, a yoga nonprofit that has partnered with over 150 local businesses to bring Yoga programming, like their famous annual festival, to over 15,000 people in Akron, Ohio. He certifies yoga teachers at 200 hour level, leads yoga retreats locally & internationally, and has made the practice of meditation accessible to thousands through his guidedsoundjourney.com meditations with SEER music. He’s founder and owner of House of Big Intentions, an urban intentional living community built around communication based in the city of Akron, OH.


Lastly, his graduate studies included conducting a 4-year research project on the contemplative practices and teaching methods of master yoga and meditation teachers.

  • Fitness Director

    Interested in learning more about our fitness programs? Contact Lynn Satow our Fitness Director!

    330-835-0058 or email