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, Lead Trainer, Owner

FREE INFO SESSIONS, 11:30-12:30, 9/22, 10/13, 11/10, 12/8, 1/12 REGISTER HERE


We welcome people who are ready to enter the courageous pilgrimage within. You may or may not choose to teach yoga after completion of the program. No physical yoga (asana) experience is needed to qualify you as a program participant, yet you must have an open mind and a dedicated heart in the quest to understand your Self. Your commitment is essential to all involved and you will leave the program hungry for more.

BLY offers true teachings of yoga, focusing on the history and philosophy. This helped me to establish a sound foundation and commitment for my own practice and teaching. Technique, safety, and language were important. It was obvious a lot of thought and passion went into developing this well-rounded curriculum.



9 immersion weekends in 9 months - totaling 180 hours - merge the logical mind with the intuitive heart, the historical with the esoteric, and ancient wisdoms with universal insights to better reveal your pure potential. Your unique gifts, spirit, and voice will be  cultivated through traditional and artistic experiences. 

This wide-spectrum, experiential program is designed to strengthen and sophisticate your understanding of Self so you will be capable to teach safe and inspiring yoga classes.

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 The History & Art of Yoga, developed and written by lead teacher and BLY founder, Lily Kessler.

This 9 month program 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 early harvest period of autumn, ready for the deep self-integration in winter, preparing for a radiant beginning of a new year.





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

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

    • Pre-Vedic & Vedic Civilization: Sanskrit, Ayurveda

    • Samkhya Philosophy: Perception & Reality

    • Upanishadic Era: Atman & Brahman, Om/AUM, Creative Soup

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

    • Buddhism: Four Noble Truths, Eight-fold Path

    • Classical Yoga: Patanjali's Yoga Sutras, Kleshas

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

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

    • Hatha Yoga Era: Mudras, Bandhas

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


  • Pranayama (breath work): 5 pranic movements

  • Hatha Yoga Asana (yoga poses)

    • Form & alignment

    • Psychological & physical benefits

    • Sanskrit exposure

      • Sanskrit memorization on your own

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

  • Functional anatomy & understanding of poses

  • Modifications 'to whom & when'

  • Adjustments: visual, verbal, & safe-touch

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

  • Dristi placement


  • Yoga & Trauma

  • Honoring & serving community

  • Cultivation of ambiance

  • How to plan a holistic class experience

  • How to teach poses confidently

  • Intelligent sequencing of the 'arc'

  • Pacing, themes, & basic voicing

  • Ethical guidelines & holding space

  • Business of Yoga

  • Responsibilities of the evolution of the Tradition




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

Friday 5-9pm, Saturday 11-7pm, Sunday 9-5pm

  • Module 1: January 25, 26, 27

  • Module 2: February 22, 23, 24

  • Module 3: March 22, 23, 24

  • Module 4: April 12, 13, 14

  • Module 5: May 17, 18, 19

  • Module 6: June 7, 8, 9

  • Module 7: July 12, 13, 14

  • Module 8: August 9, 10, 11

  • Module 9: September 13, 14, 15


  • No prior teaching or asana experience required

  • Injuries & stiffness OK

  • Full attendance required for certification

  • Full group participation & willingness to try something new

  • Giving & receiving feedback

  • Weekly yoga class encouraged & self-directed meditation participation

  • Welcoming out-of-state students



    • $500 non-refundable deposit for Teacher Training

    • $1500 due January 26 & $1500 due April 13

    • Manual Included & 5 additional books will be required

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

    • Attend a free Info Session to meet in person. REGISTER HERE.

      • 11:30-12:30, 9/22, 10/13, 11/10, 12/8, 1/12

    • Or email to schedule a time to talk.



Lead teacher and Blooming Life founder, Lily Kessler, ERYT-500, ED.S., is fascinated by the facets of the ancient, living Yoga Lineage. Travel and teaching defines her heart. Lily leads tours to magnificent India and Peru, she regularly teaches philosophy in Costa Rica and Mexico, and creates personal pilgrimages to Egypt and other lands around the planet to explore Source and Self. These spiritual places have inspired her to create Story & Art of Yoga, a yoga teacher training manual based on Vedic Principles. Ultimately, Lily sees how this vast Lineage supports authentic manifestation of each person's potential. It is Lily's life's calling to make Yoga's vast and tangled roots accessible and recognizable in everyday life, which she teaches in her unique down-to-earth manner. Additionally, Lily has partnered with Dr. Sue Morter for their online BodyAwake Yoga Training and yearly BodyAwake Retreat. Her book, lectures, and trainings are empowering, holistic explorations into the history 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.

A host of supporting & master teachers will contribute their expertise during each Module.