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
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.



We welcome you as you are, supporting people who 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.

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.





Become a CERTIFIED yoga teacher or AUDIT the program to deepen self-study

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.




  • Psychological & emotional steps to embody the Tradition
  • Meditation: traditional & passive techniques in daily living
  • Self-awareness of conditioned behaviors
  • Emotional release, healing & forgiveness
  • Conscious choice 
  • Finding your Voice
    • Mantra: Traditional Vedic Voices
    • Song: Invoking the Succulent Within
  • Light on trauma
  • Transformative power of somatics & dance 
  • Connection the five elements to mind, body, & spirit



  • Linking universal concepts within your daily living
  • Styles of contemporary yoga: Yin, Nidra, Restorative, Ashtanga, Kundalini
  • History & evolution of yoga on & off the mat
    • Pre-Vedic & Vedic Civilization: Sanskrit, Ayurveda
    • Samkhya Philosophy: Perception & Reality
    • Upanishadic Era: Atman & Brahman, Om/AUM
    • Bhagavad Gita: Branches of Yoga, Hero's Journey
    • Bhakti: Kirtan experience
    • 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



  • 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


  • Pranayama (breath work): 5 pranic movements 
  • Asana (yoga poses)
    • Name, form & alignment 
    • Psychological & physical benefits
  • Functional anatomy & therapeutic understanding of poses
  • Modifications 'to whom & when'
  • Adjustments: visual, verbal, & safe-touch
  • Pose principles: standing, inversion, backbends, forward bends, twists 
  • Dristi placement

LOCATION, TIMES, DATES for 2019 - Deposits Accepted Now

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

Friday 5-9pm, Saturday 11-7pm, Sunday 9-5pm / full attendance is required for certificate

  • 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 6, 7, 8


  • No prior teaching or asana experience required
  • Injuries & stiffness OK
  • You must be present during all scheduled times to receive Yoga Alliance 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 


  • $3200 TOTAL / $500 deposit 
  • After deposit, $1350 due by February & $1350 due by April


Lily Kessler, ERYT-500, ED.S., is fascinated by the facets of the ancient, living Yoga Lineage. She 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, and she teaches locally and abroad 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.