Meeting Monthly, January - October 2019

The right of your lifetime is awakening to the truth of who you are. Yoga offers a path to claim your Authentic Self. By claiming YES to a deeper self-exploration, you divinely manifest the greater good not only for yourself, but for the world.
— Lily Kessler, Founder, Lead Trainer


September 7, October 5

SATURDAYS, 11:30-12:30pm

November 2, December 7, January 4



We rarely see a school this strong.
— Yoga Alliance Representative
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The practice of Yoga has been growing rapidly in the West for the past decade. This expansion and its focus primarily on the physical practice (asana) has left many wondering - is Yoga a workout? Meditation?

Something very important is being lost in translation; the history of yoga is not being taught. The why, the who, and the how, is being forgotten. In response, our school honors and teaches this living Tradition by honoring and teaching yoga’s Vedic roots, embodying many world religions and philosophies that explore the soul’s worth. 

Welcome to the History & Art of Living Yoga, our celebrated program comprised of both our 200 and 300-hour yoga teacher trainings. Certified by Yoga Alliance, this introductory, holistic experience will guide you in learning, embodying, and understanding traditional yogic concepts in relationship to your daily life.



There aren’t words that can express the way this training has impacted my life. It was as perfect as each of us are already – and the magic is the realization of that. 
— Sandy B.

Our homegrown, 10 month, wide-spectrum program - totaling 180 hours - is designed to reveal your pure potential so you will be capable to teach safe and inspiring yoga classes. Your unique gifts, spirit, and voice will be cultivated through traditional and artistic experiences to expand your understanding of yoga in today’s world, and you will understand how the Tradition unfolded.

Blooming Life is a registered 200 & 300 hour school with Yoga Alliance, and this is a certified 200-hour program. The program's seminal text is 400 page textbook The Story & Art of Living Yoga: Humanity’s Quest for Nourishment developed and written by Lily Kessler, lead teacher, BLY founder, and The Energy Codes Certified Master Trainer.

The first of ten immersion weekends intentionally begins in winter, the time of hibernation and self-reflection. Like the growth stages of a human being in utero, you will graduate in the harvest period of autumn, ready for the deep self-integration in winter, preparing for a radiant beginning of a new year.



  • Homegrown curriculum, unique in our area

  • Welcoming all faiths

  • Injuries & stiffness OK

  • Full attendance required for certification, contract-sealed

  • Full group participation & willingness to try something new

  • Opportunity to teach weekly at Blooming Life

  • Practicum: teach a 75-minute public yoga class

  • Welcoming out-of-state students

people join because they are called to self-explore. many don’t know if they will teach upon entering, yet most decide to do so, as confidence and skill are authentically honed. We are honored that Blooming life graduates are sought after in our yoga studio community.



Anyone can teach a yoga class. Yet a true teacher has gone through their own trials and transformations and has lived to tell the tale with grace. There is no spiritual bypassing; there is the embrace of the nitty-gritty. I’m interested in working with people who are ready to examine their life and culture with the willingness to change... everything.
— Lily Kessler


  • Link universal concepts and traditional yogic wisdoms within your daily living

  • Learn the jargon and make it accessible to all people

  • Understand the history & evolution of yoga on & off the mat

    • The Roots: Pre-Vedic & Vedic Civilization: Sanskrit, Ayurveda

    • Perception & Reality: Samkhya Philosophy

    • Source & Self: Upanishadic Era, Atman & Brahman, Om/AUM

    • Your Hero's Journey: Bhakti Yoga, Bhagavad Gita, Branches of Yoga

    • Balanced Living: Buddhism, Four Noble Truths, Eight-fold Path

    • Classical Yoga: Patanjali's Yoga Sutras, Kleshas

    • Embracing Emotions: Deities as faces of Source & Self, Mythologies within Asanas

    • Energy Centers: Tantric Era, Shiva & Shakti, Chakras, Nadis, Koshas

    • Hatha Yoga Era: Mudras, Bandhas, asana beginnings

    • Modern Yoga in the West: Key Contributors, New Lineages



  • Cultivation of class ambiance

  • Sacred space & self-care routines

  • Pacing, themes, & basic voicing

  • Ethical guidelines & holding space

  • Defining details

  • Yoga & Trauma

  • Honoring & serving the community

  • Business of Yoga

  • Responsibilities of the evolution of the Tradition


  • How to plan a holistic class experience

  • Intelligent sequencing of the 'arc' of moving energy

  • How to teach poses confidently

  • Pacing, themes, & basic voicing

  • Pranayama (breath work): 5 pranic movements

  • Hatha Yoga Asana (yoga poses)

    • Form & alignment

    • Functional anatomy & understanding of poses

    • Psychological & physical benefits

    • Pose principles: standing, inversion, backbends, forward bends, twists

    • Dristi placement

    • Sanskrit exposure

      • Sanskrit memorization of poses on your own

  • Safe Touch & Adjustments: visual, verbal, physical

  • Sample additional styles of contemporary yoga: Yin, Nidra, Restorative

  • Pose modifications 'to whom & when'

  • Understanding personal body type (dosha)


Blooming Life’s dedicated teaching staff will serve as facilitators and mentors.

Our programs are based on this:
The Universe loves me so much it does things for me not to me.
Coming home to the Self requires great faith, and faith can feel like free-falling into the Great Unknown.
It’s freedom, Baby.
— Lily Kessler

Lead teacher and Blooming Life founder, Lily Kessler, ERYT-500, MA, ED.S., Master Trainer of The Energy Codes, Lead Teacher of BodyAwake Yoga. Lily is fascinated by the facets of the ancient, living Yoga Lineage. Travel and teaching define her heart, as spiritual places have inspired her to create Story & Art of Living Yoga, a yoga teacher training manual based on Vedic and universal principles. These concepts support authentic manifestation of personal potential.

It is the mission of Blooming Life to make yoga’s vast and tangled roots accessible and recognizable in everyday life. Concepts are taught in unique, down-to-earth, and experiential manners with the support of master guest teachers who contribute their expertise and experiences. Additionally, Lily facilitates Dr. Sue Morter’s online BodyAwake Yoga Training, catering to a global student-base. She is a guest teacher with other schools including Passion Yoga School in Costa Rica, Sterling Hot Yoga Works in Mexico, and Indy’s locally-based The Hot Room.

Lily’s book, lectures, and trainings are empowering, holistic explorations into the history and evolution of yoga and into the inquiry of Self. Lily believes each moment is pregnant with grace; grace to claim vitality, a new perspective, and embrace a blooming life.


Is this a purchased/canned program?

No. Uniquely, this is a homegrown program with a 400+ page textbook written by Lily Kessler. Yoga Alliance said, “We rarely see a school this strong.” All concepts are derived and solidified from direct experience, as Lily and all guest teachers are life-long students in continual personal education so you benefit.

I don’t know if I want to teach.

Then you are perfect for the program! Your willingness to embark on the journey to explore yourself is key. Most people choose to teach afterward, but all benefit from the transformative processes that are offered.


We are a certified school with yoga alliance and we uphold the responsibilities that we are charged with with great integrity. We require our students to be fully prepared and present in our shared time together. We expect our students to have the responsibility to note and honor the full times and dates of each module and plan accordingly around work and home life. This program demands dedication, which is the foundation of the yoga tradition. All group activities, homework, and other assignments are not voluntary. if you do not complete our fair expectations, you are not eligible to receive a yoga certificate.



Blooming Life Yoga: 30 South Elm Street, Zionsville, IN 46077

Friday 5-9pm, Saturday 11:30-7:30pm, Sunday 9:30-3:30pm

  • Module 1: January 24, 25, 26

  • Module 2: February 21, 22, 23

  • Module 3: March 20, 21, 22

  • Module 4: April 17, 18, 19

  • Module 5: May 15, 16, 17

  • Module 6: June 12, 13, 14

  • Module 7: July 10, 11, 12

  • Module 8: August 7, 8, 9

  • Module 9: September 11, 12, 13

  • Module 10: October 9, 10, 11 & Graduation



    • $500 deposit / $100 non-refundable

    • Full deposit non-refundable December 15 & beyond

    • $1500 due both on January 24 & May 15

    • Manual Included

    • 5 additional books will be required

  • BEFORE YOU REGISTER we must connect to see if we're a good fit!

    • Full attendance is required to receive a Yoga Alliance certificate.

    • FREE 2019 INFO SESSION DATES, SATURDAYS, 11:30-12:30

      • September 7, October 5, November 2, December 7, January 4

    • Or email to schedule a time to talk.



There aren’t words that can express the way this training has impacted my (our) lives. It was as perfect as each of us are already – and the magic is the realization of that.  - Sandy B.

Blooming Life Yoga Studio + School far surpassed my expectations- and my expectations were high. Lily Kessler, owner of BLY & 200 Hour YTT program creator & leader, holds this ancient teaching sacred and her energy shines through her teachings bringing her students full confidence this was the correct program choice for them. Her course work is literally life changing. This shala is pure magic and creates the safest space for you to be your true Authentic self. Do not pass up any opportunity to study at this studio!  - Acacia D.

I wanted to have all of the knowledge possible to make yoga a serious part of my life and a serious commitment forever. I feel fully enriched and I feel my life is changed. I recommend it to everyone. - Christian C.

The program has changed me and my perception of life. I am totally joyful, loving, accepting, blessing and grateful to be a part of this wonderful community. Lily is a true gift to anyone she meets. A wonderful and engaging teacher.  - Ross S.

Lily, Michael, and all faculty associated with the YTT were phenomenal. All are deeply knowledgeable and worked tirelessly to support each individual in the program. The YTT at Blooming Life Yoga Studio + School was deeply rooted in the lineages, history and philosophy of yoga. Studying the Eight Limbed Path of yoga allowed each participant to look deep within and learn that yoga is more than physical postures on the mat. - Heather T.

Training at Blooming Life Yoga was the best professional choice I have ever made. I knew as soon as I walked in the door that I was going to invest. My investment was not just financial. It was mental, physical, emotional, spiritual. I was choosing to spend hours away from my family and work life so I wanted to make the best choice possible. I investigated several other programs in the country and made the choice to commit to Blooming Life. The teachers and students make Blooming Life a place of welcome, joy, and solace. While in training at Blooming Life I uncovered potential that had been lying dormant all of my life. Not just through asana practice, but through the yoga sutras, Samkhya philosophy, the Gita, the Hero's Journey and more, I gained deeper understanding of self and illusion. This allowed me to observe my actions and understand points of my life that were holding me back from seeing Divinity in myself and in others. I would recommend Blooming Life to anyone and would wish them the greatest of adventures--life is waiting for you to answer the call. Namaste.  - Theresa L.

This training program was the absolute perfect fit for me! The environment was transformative. Blooming Life Yoga Studio and School knows the intentional and organic ways to build community. I began my journey not knowing what to expect. Nervous and full of fear, the team of instructors that Lily assembled instantly made me feel like I had a place, could hold space and would make an impact/contribution in the yoga world and beyond. This is ease and empowerment through knowledge. The nine-month program was the perfect time frame. Allowing me to be a mother to a young one and further my education. We took our time and in doing so I had time to truly begin to absorb the entirety of the information provided to us. The assignments and suggested readings were relevant, manageable and essential to the program. I met life-long encouragement partners and friends. I embarked on experiential learning in a brave and safe space. I was given the opportunity to co-teach and teach preparing me to launch into leading a class directly after graduation. We covered pranayama techniques, mantras, the history of yoga thoroughly, alignment, anatomy, the business of yoga, sequencing, crafting a class, and so much more. I have endless amount of knowledge and an even more endless amount of curiosity to learn more because of this program. It is a true honor to be a graduate of this program and a part of this community. Lily and Michael have a truly magical energy and I would highly recommend this program to anyone that is looking for a deep dive into not only teaching yoga but honoring and living yoga!  - Jennifer A.

The effort and heart put into the training was beyond expectation. - Cristal G.

This training was life-altering! Lily and Michael have put their heart and soul into creating an in-depth program that is thorough, experiential, and led from a space of lovingkindness. I would recommend this studio and program to anyone who is on a path of self-discovery and searching for deeper meaning in life. By strengthening my yoga practice through gaining knowledge of its history, philosophy, and spirituality, I feel better suited to navigate my way through life's challenges on a daily basis. I completed the program feeling adequately prepared to teach from the heart, and also eager to learn and grow ever more!  - Emily C.

Blooming Life Yoga is a amazing studio and school. The Yoga Teacher Training is one of the most amazing journey's and educational experiences I have been on. The Teachers that teach there are very informed and in tuned to the students they teach and their environment they live in. Beautiful unity space for everyone of all walks of life.  - Jane H.


My training could not have been more perfect. - Jenny T.

Blooming Life Yoga is a amazing studio and school. The Yoga Teacher Training is one of the most amazing journey's and educational experiences I have been on. The teachers are very informed and in tuned to the students they teach and their environment they live in. Beautiful unity space for everyone of all walks of life.  - Jane H.

Lily is an amazing teacher. It truly was the experience of a lifetime and the beginning of a lifelong study. I am so glad I wandered into that studio 120 miles from home and decided to embark upon this journey. I couldn't have asked for a better experience or better guide. I learned so much and made such amazing connections with other like-minded students. It truly was the experience of a lifetime and the beginning of a lifelong study. I am so glad I wandered into that studio 120 miles from home and decided to embark upon this journey. I couldn't have asked for a better experience or better guide. Namaste.  - Kerry B.

Lily Kessler pours her heart and soul into teaching and is supportive of students during and outside of formal classroom hours. Yoga teacher training at Blooming Life is great because the Kessler's are passionate about helping future teachers appreciate all aspects of yoga (far beyond just the asanas). - Jane M.

It was a struggle for me at times but in the end viewing the entire experience I realize how much I’ve grown – thank you! I appreciate all of the hard work that went into the program and you have a vast amount of knowledge and experiences to pull from and your communication style creates warmth and safety and desire for learning.  - Katherine E.

The lead teacher of the program, Lily, was always accessible to the students in the program. Even outside of training dates she went above and beyond to make each individual student feel heard. I felt that this was a place that I could always speak my truth. She continually asked for feedback about what we would like to learn on top of the robust holistic curriculum she already provided. Making sure we walked away feeling prepared to confidently teach. She is a true educator. This program prepares you to start teaching while encouraging you to continue your education, always learning, always growing.  - Jen A.

Blooming Life's 200 hour teacher training was a strong well rounded program. It provided me with more than I ever imagined and a really solid foundation in asana and yoga philosophy. This diverse program gave me great insight into other areas that I can't wait to dive deeper into. Lily was so involved and is a wealth of knowledge to her students, I feel so grateful to have trained with her. This program has changed me and all aspects of my life in the most wonderful way. - Kate C.