Joyflow Yoga Teacher Training 

Joyflow Yoga 200 Hour Teacher Training has been accredited by the Yoga Alliance since 2001 and has certified 22 classes of teachers. It was the first registered training in Mississippi and has inspired new teachers all over the Southeast.

Joyflow 2021 Training is about to start and registration is now open! I'm also excited to say that the Yoga Alliance has given approval to continue offering this via live-zoom. So if you are interested in this experience but you don't live in Jackson, Mississippi, this is your chance! 

This training consists of Tuesday and Thursday evenings and 6 three day weekend intensives, and private sessions / practicum feedback, as needed. The Joyflow training is unique in that it reflects the 30 year background of my experience in a variety of styles and traditions. My teaching style is playful, nurturing and generous in its scope. I strive to cultivate confidence and self-awareness in all those I mentor.


Some participants have a strong desire to teach professionally and some are interested in a deep dive into a personal yoga experience, and this training is designed for either or both goals. Therefore we will have two tracks, and my mentorship, and requirements, will be based on which track you prefer: professional Flow Class Instructor or Inspired Guide. Many students have taken the experience of this training and have merged it with their profession, such as counselors, massage therapists, nurses and social workers. In short, the world needs more awakened yogis and not just in traditional classes.

Requirements are: emotional and spiritual maturity, at least 2 years in some kind of yoga or spiritual practice, and general knowledge of alignment in the basic poses. For those without a solid background in some lineage of Hatha Yoga, several private lessons are required with me before the program begins.

Location: From my computer to yours! You need a 

Computer, Internet, Quiet Space to practice and join 

discussions, Mat & Props. I will supply book list upon

registration (both required and suggested).

Tuesday and Thursday Evenings 7:00-8:15

6 Weekends:

Friday evenings 6:00-8:00pm

Saturday 9:00-11:00 / 1:00-4:00

Sunday 10:00-12:00 / 1:00-4:00

2021 Weekend dates:  

1. February 5-7

February 13 Partner Yoga Workshop 

2. March 5-7

3. March 19-21

4. April 2-4

5. April 16-18

6. May 7-9

Practicum consists of practice teaching classes; I will observe at least two of them and give feedback.

If you are interested in this training, please email me at to receive a registration questionnaire.


Topics covered:

History and Philosophy of Yoga, Sutras and Bhagavad-Gita

Principles of Postural Alignment

Modern Styles of Yoga from Relaxing to Vigorous

Understanding yourself through the Enneagram

Creative and Effective Sequencing

Familiarity with Sanscrit

How to Modify Postures for all Abilities

Yoga oriented Anatomy and Physiology

Energy Anatomy, Chakras, Prana

Safe Hands-on Adjustments (we call them Enhancements)

Techniques for Instructing students with variety of needs

Pranayama and Meditation

Guided Visualization, Yoga Nidra, Journeying 

Mantra, Yantra, Mudra, Kriyas, Bhakti Yoga

Health and Nutrition

Ethics in the Yoga World of Business

Creating a Healing Class Environment

The Business of Yoga

Learn to teach:

Beginner Basics, Flow, Chair, Restorative, and Meditation

Your investment in this program is $2,000 if paid in full,

OR 5 Monthly  payments of $425, due at the first of each month Jan-May, and paid in full by May 1st.

Checks / Venmo / CashApp preferred, but PayPal is fine as well. 

        Venmo:  Debi Saraswati Lewis @joyflow9

        CashApp: Debora Lewis $debidesigns


To make a payment:                             To pay in full:                                    


Here's what some of the Joyflow Teacher Training Alumni had to say:

"An excellent program, extremely versed in yoga philosophy and dedicated to maintaining a tradition of honoring both the history and future of Yoga. The program was very personable. Instructor is accessible and committed to the students." Jason Lee (Now teaching in Flowood, and rocking his Singing Bowl Sound Baths)

"Joyflow Yoga provided me with an awareness of not only the asanas but also the history of yoga. I found myself on a path of learning more about myself as well as how my yoga practice can help others."  Jamie Coon (now teaching fellow teachers and 7th grade art students in Clinton, MS.)

"JoyFlow Yoga TT was amazing! The teaching manual, handouts, reading assignments and recommended books, class teamwork assignments, workshops and additional study tools and handouts provided by Debi were very detailed, thorough and helped me in the learning process through this journey!!!"  Ashley Dixon Scarbrough (Now teaching yoga in Pucket, and Flowood MS.)

"The Joyflow Teacher Training program is wonderful and I highly recommend it (in fact I have steered potential students towards it already). It gave me a very well-rounded body of knowledge that not only included how to teach yoga asanas to a class, but also the history and evolution of yoga and how to make it part of our lives off the mat. Coming from an Astanga-style practice, I gained a new understanding and respect for different types of yoga, especially restorative and chair yoga. Our cohort was very diverse and I appreciated how Debi worked individually with each of us to help us develop our own personal style of teaching that worked best with our unique personalities. Debi has a great reputation within the Mississippi yoga community and I've heard nothing but positive things about her from people who ask me who I trained with. Overall, I left the training feeling confident and ready to begin my teaching career."  Elizabyth Harrington (Now teaching around Clinton & Jackson, MS, and has in-home studio TeaHouse Yoga)

"Not only did we extensively cover all of the learning objectives from the course. We built an incredible network and friendships within our class. We all grew very close and will remain in touch and collaboration in the future. It's nice to have a group of peers that I can bounce ideas off of and share experiences. Our teacher facilitated and encourages this network greatly! Yoga Teacher Training is one of the best things I've ever done!" Christina Estrada  (Now teaching, exploring and adventuring all over the globe!)

"I could not have asked for a better yoga teacher training experience! It was awesome! Debi is an amazing teacher and, now friend. She has a huge heart, and she is super knowledgeable about ALL things yoga. Debi did an excellent job in preparing me to go out into the world and share the love of yoga through teaching. I recommend Joyflow Yoga to anyone looking to broaden their knowledge and experience of yoga!"  Ashley Allen (Now teaching in Meridian, MS)

"This teacher training program was an enjoyable experience for me. The resource materials were excellent as was the training format and overall atmosphere in the studio. The program content was inclusive of the history, philosophy, ethics and techniques, and so many other aspects of yoga that has helped me in my personal practice as well as an instructor. The knowledge and life long experience of our Training Instructor was a tremendous asset to the success of this program." Kathleen Jennings (Now teaching in Flowood, MS, with a touch of Tai Chi too!)