2716 Bent Creek Drive
Kennesaw, GA 30152

Teacher Training

The purpose in offering a Yoga Teacher Training program from a Christian perspective is to equip those who are Believers in Jesus Christ who want to teach yoga or want to deepen their practice of yoga without compromising their faith.  This training adheres to the national standards of Yoga Alliance and, more importantly, to the truth found in the Holy Bible.

200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training

Location of Teacher Training

New Day Yoga Studio
2716 Bent Creek Drive
Kennesaw, GA 30152

 Dayna Gelinas, E-RYT 500
 Dayna has been teaching yoga, fitness, and/or education classes since 1982.  A gifted teacher with a passion  for truth, she passes along accurate information with clarity, precision, a positive energy, and heart. She  currently teaches weekly classes in the metro-Atlanta area, conducts seminars and workshops and leads  annual retreats and directs and teaches the 300-Hour Advanced Yoga Teacher Training with New Day Yoga.
Dates of 2016 Training (200-Hour Course includes all 10 weekends):
Weekend 1: March 18-20 Weekend 6: August 6-7
Weekend 2: April 16-17 Weekend 7: September 10-11
Weekend 3: May 14-15 Weekend 8: October 1-2
Weekend 4: June 11-12 Weekend 9: October 22-23
Weekend 5: July 16-17 Weekend 10: November 12-13

Beginning and Ending Times of Weekend Training
Friday:      3:00pm – 6:30pm (First weekend only)
Saturday:  8:00am – 6:30pm (All ten weekends)
Sunday:    8:00am – 6:30pm (All ten weekends)
Financial Information: Make checks payable to New Day Yoga.
Application Fee:           $55  
Teacher Training Fee:  $2800 
Required Texts

The Key Poses of Yoga by Ray Long

Hatha Yoga Illustrated by Martin Kirk, Brooke Boon, Daniel DiTuro

New Day Yoga Teacher Training Notebook

Download the Application Here


What to Expect from NDY Teacher Training...


  • Jesus - Jesus, as well as the Father and the Holy Spirit, will be honored as the One True God, Creator and Lord of ALL.  Learn how Jesus is present in all aspects of yoga from the postures to the breath to the mind to the heart.
  • Asana - 52 foundational postures will be studied with emphasis on how to approach the pose, how to hold the pose, and how to come out of the pose, as well as modifications and contraindications for each one.  A Cue Sheets Assignemt accompanies the learning of the postures.
  • Human Anatomy & Physiology - Major muscles and bones used in each posture will be addressed.  
  • Pranayama - Learn various breathing techniques and how the breath enhances or hinders the practice of yoga.
  • Energy Anatomy & Physiology - One of the key factors that makes the New Day Yoga Teacher Training unique is the study of the chakras, the energy centers in the body.  Learn what the Bible has to say about this energetic anatomy and how to use your energy to accomplish all that God has called you to do and be.
  • Chanting - Experience the power of chant in English using Scriptures and teachings from the Bible.


  • Traditional Yoga Philosophy & Yoga from a Christian Perspective - These views will be compared and contrasted so that you will understand the beginnings and origin of yoga, yet you will be absolutely sure of the Christian Believer's value in practicing and teaching yoga from a Christian perspective.  The New Day Yoga Teacher Training encourages boldness and fearlessness coupled with humility and grace. 
  • Meditation/Prayer/Contemplation - Learn the difference between these three holy practices of a Believer.  Apply each one to your life and yoga practice.
  • Mantra and the Power of the Word - The discipline of the mind will be addressed and Biblical methods of renewing the mind will be taught.
  • Yoga Lifestyle/Lifestyle of a Believer - Find out how can one reinforce the other.
  • Yamas/Niyamas & Hatha Yoga Styles - These topics will be the subjects of two presentations assigned during the training.
  • Principles of Demonstration - Apply these principles to the teaching of your yoga classes and individual postures and keep your students safe.  One proper demonstration can clarify your teaching and omit the need for many words!

  • Principles of Movement - Learn, apply, and demonstrate the 8 principles of movement common to all yoga postures.


  • Principles of Alignment - Learn, apply, and demonstrate the 5 principles of alignment common to all yoga postures, and watch the transformation of your yoga practice as you explore the potential in your body and mind.  
  • Ethics for Yoga Teachers and Believers - Discuss the motivation behind the ethics, and, from the heart, apply them to your life and teaching.  
  • Assisting/Correcting Students - Learn when and how to give hands-on adjustments and verbal cues to guide your students into an optimum yoga experience.
  • Practice Teaching - Including four 20-Minute Teaching Sessions, one 75-Minute Session, and one 30-Minute Final Teaching Test.  These six opportunities to teach and receive immediate feedback will begin Weekend 2.  Once you have completed your final Practice Teaching Weekend 10, you will feel comfortable and confident in leading a basic yoga class for all levels.  These teaching practicums are another one of the key factors tht makes the New Day Yoga Teacher Training unique and valuable for someone learning to teach for the first time.

  • Teaching Styles - Discover your own teaching style as we consider some of the major types of Hatha Yoga, including Iyengar, Viniyoga, and Anusara. 


  • Teaching Voice - Find your own unique voice as a teacher by realizing the core value of your life and then applying that to the teaching of yoga.
  • Qualities of a Teacher - Find out what makes a good teacher good and learn how to apply that information to your teaching.  
  • A Student’s Process of Learning - Learn the different learning styles and types of yoga students and how those differences need to be addressed in a yoga class.
  • Business Aspects of Teaching Yoga - Dayna will share her personal experiences of teaching yoga from a Christian perspective in different settings, providing you with the tools you will need to begin your own classes at a studio, gym, or church. 

300 Hour Advanced Yoga Teacher Training

The New Day Yoga 300-Hour Advanced Yoga Teacher Training is designed 1) for those who have completed a 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training registered with Yoga Alliance and 2) for serious yoga students who desire to deepen their personal study of yoga.



The course is comprised of 6 Modules with each beginning on a Monday at 3pm and ending on a Saturday at 2pm. Each Module provides you with 45 contact hours of instruction and practice and 5 non-contact hours of personal study. 


Dates for the Modules

Module 1: April 25-30, 2016

Module 2: August 13-18, 2016

Module 3: December 5-10, 2016

Module 4: May 8-13, 2017

Module 5: August 21-26, 2017

Module 6: November 27-December 2, 2017


Daily Schedule


     6:30         Silent Personal Practice 

     7:45         Silent Breakfast

     9:00         Morning Devotion

     10:30       Asana/Physical Anatomy


     12:30       Lunch 

     1:30         Philosophy/Sutras/Chakras/Ayurveda 

     4:00         Teaching Practicum

     5:15         Vespers/Dinner

     6:30         Free Time

     8:00         Worship & Testimony

     9:00         Grand Silence


To receive the 300-Hour Advanced Yoga Teacher Training Certification, all modules must be completed within a 4-year period. (If you do not desire the certification, you may take as long as you like to complete them.) The Modules may be taken in any order. Each one is a separate study of a specific chakra, its corresponding anatomy, asana, energy, psychology, physiology, philosophy and spirituality. As with all New Day Yoga trainings, classes, and courses, this one is from a Christian perspective. Although traditional concepts and yoga philosophy are included, it is the Bible that remains the authoritative final word on the topics studied. 


Module Topics

All Modules will include the study and practice of 1) asana, 2) principles of alignment, 3) pranayama, 4) chant, and 5) meditation, as well as 6) Ayurveda, 7) yoga philosophy, 8) the study of traditional yogic texts and the Holy Bible.   For each Module, participants will be required to 1) teach a 75-minute class from the asana studied, 2) to research and make two brief presentations--one on anatomy and one on spirituality, and 3) to complete reading, study and discussion assignments. 


The unique energetic, anatomical and asana foci for each Module is as follows:

Module 1: Chakra 1;  Anatomy of the Feet, Ankles, Knees, Legs & Pelvis;  Standing Poses & Vinyasa Flow

Module 2: Chakra 2;  Anatomy of the Pelvic Girdle;  Hip Openers & Forward Bends

Module 3: Chakra 3;  Anatomy of the Trunk;  The Psoas;  Core Awareness & Activation

Module 4: Chakra 4;  Anatomy of the Spine; Backbends & Pranayama

Module 5: Chakra 5;  Anatomy of the Shoulder Girdle, Neck & Head;  Arm Balances & Inversions 

Module 6: Chakras 6 & 7;  Anatomy of the Mind;  Restorative Asana


Benedictine Sisters Retreat Center, 916 Convent Road, NE, Cullman, AL 35055.  The Retreat Center is two hours north of Birmingham and three hours west of Atlanta. Our group will be staying in St. Joseph's Retreat House.  Each participant will have a private bedroom and bath. Each cozy room has a closet, dresser, desk chair, desk, lamp, and rocker.  St. Joseph's also has a spacious kitchen and common room, and a front porch overlooking the tranquil grounds of the monestary.




Cost: Training and Accommodations

The cost of each Module is $1275. A non-refundable $350 deposit is required at registration. The cost includes fifty hours of instruction, a manual for the Module, lodging for five nights and all meals from the arrival night dinner to departure day lunch.  Our group will also have use of the new retreat chapel, a separate meeting room for our yoga practices, the outdoor labyrinth, and a private dining area. Space is limited to 12 participants.




Download 300 AYTT Registration Form Here

Download 300 AYTT Application Here

Please fill out these forms and mail the Registration Form and Application along with your deposit to New Day Yoga 2716 Bent Creek Drive Kennesaw, GA 30152. Registration for any Module should be done six weeks prior to the start date of the Module you are hoping to attend. Once your registration and deposit has been received and approved, you will be sent a packet of reading assignments and questions to be completed before the beginning of the Module. 




(pictured from left to right: Lori Smith, E-RYT 200, RYT 500, Dayna Gelinas, E-RYT 500, and Donna Cross, E-RYT 200, RYT 500)


Dayna Gelinas, E-RYT 500 (Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher at the 500-hour level), is director of the New Day Yoga Teacher Training programs and has been teaching yoga, fitness, and/or education classes since 1982. With beginnings as a high school English teacher, she remains a gifted teacher with a passion for truth as she passes along accurate information with clarity, precision, a positive energy, and heart.

    Her biggest contribution to the New Day Yoga Teacher Training curriculum is in the study of the ancient texts of both the Bible and the Yoga Sutras and the study of our energetic anatomy, known as the chakras. She currently teaches weekly classes at two locations in the metro-Atlanta area, conducts seminars and workshops and leads retreats, as well as a 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training Course through New Day Yoga. 

    Dayna completed her 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training at Peachtree Yoga Center in January of 2002. In March of 2003 she founded New Day Yoga: Yoga from a Christian Perspective. In November of 2006 the first group of students graduated from New Day Yoga’s 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training School, and the 200-Hour course has been offered each year since. The 300-Hour Advanced Yoga Teacher Training was begun in August of 2011 and has already graduated three teachers with three more planning to graduate by December of 2015.

    Because she feels that the best teachers are also students, Dayna continues to work on her own yoga practice with qualified teachers. She completed the requirements for her 500-Hour Certification in December of 2009 and currently attends weekly classes and advanced workshops whenever her schedule allows. Her background covers Vinyasa, Viniyoga, Iyengar, and Anusara styles of yoga. Dayna has taught over 6000 classes and holds the status of an E-RYT 500 with Yoga Alliance. She does all she does so that she can teach others with excellence. Her dream is to see Christians take hold of all that God has provided for them through Christ—including health of body, soul, and spirit—and to train and teach other yoga teachers to do the same for their students. For more on Dayna, go to www.newdayyoga.com.

Lori Smith, E-RYT 200, RYT 500 After a successful career in engineering with NASA, Lori began practicing yoga in 2004 and through her yoga practice she began to experience an awareness of the Holy Spirit within her, and her relationship with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ grew in a  new way. Moving in an attitude of prayer and worship during the physical postures and breath work, her yoga practice fostered a quieting of her mind leading her into deeper intimacy with God and helping her find healing for the anxiety she had struggled with throughout her life.

    In 2006 Lori completed New Day Yoga’s first 200 Hour Teacher Training, and in May of 2013 Lori also successfully completed the New Day Yoga, Inc. 300 Hour Teacher Training Program. To remain connected with other practitioners and teachers of yoga from a Christian perspective, Lori has attended various retreats and classes at monasteries and Christian retreat centers in New Jersey, New York, Atlanta, and Cullman, Alabama.

    She has a passion to share this gift with others and is currently teaching weekly classes in churches and leading workshops and retreats in the Huntsville, Alabama, area. Lori contributes to the New Day Yoga Teacher Training curriculum as the anatomy “engineer,” inspiring others with her detailed knowledge and powerful application of physical anatomy to the teaching of yoga from a Christian perspective.

Donna Cross, E-RYT 200, RYT 500, is also a Certified Music Practitioner CMP (Harp), and an RN. Donna, who had always been athletic and enjoyed many different types of physical activity, felt that an element was missing in these activities, so she began practicing yoga in 2007. Meanwhile, she had been researching the brain and the effect of our thoughts and words, and was drawn towards this new kind of movement that yoga offered to help her experience a stillness in her mind, body and spirit and find a resting in God.

    She began communicating with Dayna online and attended the New Day Yoga 12-Hour Introduction to Yoga from a Christian Perspective course and then the 200-Hour Teacher Training in 2008. Traveling once a month and driving from Pennsylvania to Atlanta over nine consecutive months was no small feat.

    Upon graduating, Donna began teaching yoga classes and taught for 4 1/2 years, teaching up to seven classes per week. She also attended various retreats and workshops at monasteries and lead workshops on the brain and the Creative Call. The next two years she lived abroad with her husband and traveled, while still managing to make it back to Georgia to complete her 500-Hour Teacher Training with New Day Yoga, Inc. She now she currently lives in Pennsylvania where she plans to begin a series of classes in her local area as she strengthens the New Day Yoga curriculum with her expertise on the mind, its thoughts, and the neuroplasticityof the brain.

    Her passions are yoga, study of the brain and thoughts, God's Truths, music and playing the harp. These passions unite to help her to love others and assist them to think, speak, hear, and move—in a very clear way—in God's Truth and for His Kingdom! 

Doraine Bennett, RYT 500, currently lives in Columbus, Georgia. She grew up in a Christian home and gave her heart to the Lord at age seven. She loved school and from an early age had a deep desire to be a wife and mother. In college she studied English with the intention of becoming a teacher.

    When she met and married her husband, Cliff, plans changed. She postponed her teaching career and began a family. She raised four children, homeschooling them for thirteen years. All four are now happily married, walking with God and raising their own families. Together, she and Cliff left the traditional church to be on the staff of a non-denominational church. From there they decided to plant a church in the rural community where they lived. During that time, Doraine led Bible studies, prayer groups and women’s retreats.

    After years of pastoring, God led them to entrust the church into the hands of another loving couple and pursue the passion of their hearts, teaching and counseling. Doraine often participates with Cliff in counseling sessions when a feminine presence is vitally important. They both have a deep passion to see the body of Christ live in emotional wholeness. Doraine’s personal journey into wholeness has helped direct her to focus on foundational issues that arise from the lack of a nurturing mother.

    Chronic low back issues brought her to yoga in 2003. She began teaching in 2012 and opened her own studio, Yoga Inpsired, in 2014. She completed the Advanced Teacher Training with New Day Yoga in 2015. Cliff and Doraine are in the process of building a new facility that will house both the counseling practice and the yoga studio in one location.

    Doraine’s teaching style is thorough, fun, sometimes quirky, and always nurturing. She focuses on alignment and meeting the needs of the individual student.

    For more about Doraine, visit www.ColumbusYogaInspired.com.


Sharon Green, E-RYT 200, RYT 500

 “It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”  —Albus Dumbledore

When she walked into her first yoga class 10 years ago, Sharon was stressed out, tired of the gym scene, and not sure if yoga was worthy of all the hype she’d heard. But once she finished that first class, she felt like she had come home. She left invigorated, much less stressed, and calmer than she had been in a long time. After beginning a consistent practice, she discovered that yoga is about more than just the physical activity—it’s about drawing inward to find a connection between body, mind and the Holy Spirit so that we can become all that God created us to be. It’s about making the choice to come to the mat every day, and meeting our bodies where they are, far more than achieving certain poses (she may never get her chest to the floor in dragonfly, and she’s learning to be okay with that!)  It’s about learning new ways of responding to life’s challenges off the mat as well.

     She received her 200 hour teacher certification through New Day Yoga in 2013 and completed her 300 hour training with New Day Yoga in 2015.  She is also trained in Sadie Nardini’s Core Strength Vinyasa Flow style, which blends strong alignment foundations with cutting-edge movement theory.  By moving in this way, she and her students build strength in the body while freeing the joints of much of the compression that daily life can cause.

      It is her hope that everyone who attends her yin or alignment-based vinyasa flow classes finds a supportive and comfortable place to explore, regardless of shape, ability or experience. She hopes that Christ meets you where you are and encourages you to become a better version of yourself than you were yesterday. We are fearfully and wonderfully made!

      When she is not practicing or teaching yoga, she enjoys hiking (especially in the Smokies), standup paddle boarding, reading a good book (especially young adult literature), or cuddling with her Rottweiler.  She lives and teaches in the Chattanooga, TN area; to find out more about her, visit www.LivingGraceYoga.com.

Required Texts

For All Modules: 1) Holy Bible (any translation), 2) Key Muscles of Yoga by Ray Long, 3) The Heart of Yoga by T.K.V. Desikachar, 4) New Day Yoga Notebook for each Module 

For Module 1: Anatomy for Vinyasa Flow and Standing Poses by Ray Long

For Module 2: Anatomy for Hip Openers and Forward Bends by Ray Long

For Module 3: The Psoas Book by Liz Koch

For Module 4: Anatomy for Backbends and Twists by Ray Long

For Module 5: Anatomy for Arm Balances and Inversions by Ray Long

For Module 6:  Relax and Renew by Judith Lasater


Pre-requisites and Requirements

For those who have completed a 200-hour YTT and wish to earn credit toward their 300-Hour Advanced YTT:

  1. You must have completed your 200-Hour Certification (or its equivalent) at a Registered Yoga School with Yoga Alliance.
  2. You must have a current, established yoga practice.
  3. You will be required to complete a practice teaching assignment during the week.
  4. You will be required to complete written and reading assignments before attending the Module and other assignments during the week.
  5. You will be required to attend all scheduled sessions for the week.
  6. You will be required to complete a take-home project.


For serious yoga students who desire to deepen their personal study of yoga and wish to attend for personal growth:

  1. You must have practiced yoga consistently with a teacher for at least two years at the experienced 1/2 Level. This experience is not for beginners, nor for those who do not feel confident in a personal practice.
  2. You must be familiar with all basic yoga poses by name (English and/or Sanskrit) and through experience, including backbends and inversions such as handstand, shoulderstand, and headstand. You do not have to be a master at these postures, but you should be working toward them in your practice unless there are physical reasons why you would not be.
  3. You must complete a registration and/or application.
  4. Attendance at the scheduled sessions for the week is highly encouraged but is optional.


One Final Note:

Although the Modules will be comprehensive, detailed, thorough, and structured, they will also provide you with an ashram experience of sorts. The secluded location at the Benedictine Sisters Retreat Center at Sacred Heart Monastery in North Alabama invites introspection, peace, and rest. As with all classes and trainings and workshops of New Day Yoga, the Holy Spirit is always the honored and respected Guest who is invited to guide and direct us. You can expect God to touch you in a special way as we seek to understand more fully how "fearfully and wonderfully" we are made through the practice and study of Yoga from a Christian perspective.

Introduction to Yoga from a Christian Perspective

New Day Yoga offers an "Introduction to Yoga from a Christian Perspective" course every January. This course is designed for two groups of yogis and yoginis:


  1. Those who have already acquired their yoga teacher certification but want to know how to integrate their Christian faith into their practice and teaching of yoga
  2. Those who have been practicing yoga regularly for at least a year who want to learn about the following topics



Possible topics to be Covered
  • Biblical Discernment and Wisdom for Yoga from a Christian Perspective 
  • Using Yoga to Enhance Christian Faith and Disciplines 
  • The Five Components of the Human Being from a Christian Perspective 
  • Patanjali's Eight-Fold Path from a Christian Perspective 
  • The Chakras from a Christian Perspective 
  • Christian Approaches in Teaching Yoga to Others  
  • Materials will be provided for your use after the course, and a certificate will be presented.


Friday      3:00pm - 7:00pm

Saturday   10:00am - 6:00pm

Both days will include a full yoga practice.  Saturday will include lunch.   




New Day Yoga Studio
2716 Bent Creek Drive
Kennesaw,GA 30152


Cost:  $310 

Dates:  Jan. 15-16, 2016

Deadline for Registration and Application:  Jan. 10, 2016


This in-depth intro course is the best place to begin a more serious study of yoga from a Christian perspective. It is offered just once per year and typically fills up fast, so be sure to register earlier than later to save your spot!
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All courses taught by Dayna Gelinas of New Day Yoga are registered with Yoga Alliance and can be used towards Continuing Education Units.


Upcoming Classes

Tue Oct 25 @ 6:30PM - 08:00PM
Relax and Renew
Wed Oct 26 @10:30AM - 12:00PM
Level 1/2
Fri Oct 28 @ 9:45AM - 11:15AM
Level 1
Mon Oct 31 @ 6:00PM - 07:30PM
Level 1/2
Tue Nov 01 @ 6:30PM - 08:00PM
Relax and Renew
Wed Nov 02 @10:30AM - 12:00PM
Level 1/2
Fri Nov 04 @ 9:45AM - 11:15AM
Level 1
Mon Nov 07 @ 6:00PM - 07:30PM
Level 1/2
Tue Nov 08 @ 6:30PM - 08:00PM
Relax and Renew
Wed Nov 09 @10:30AM - 12:00PM
Level 1/2