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2013 Sebastopol Program

200 hour Viniyoga Wellness Instructor


Eight weekends, each held Friday through Sunday

  • Jan 11 - 13
  • Feb 1 - 3
  • Mar 1 - 3
  • Apr 12 - 14
  • May 10 - 12
  • Jun 14 - 16
  • Jul 12 - 14
  • Aug 16 - 18

Fridays 9am - 5pm
Saturdays 9am - 5pm
Sundays 10:30am - 5pm


Westside Yoga Studio, Sebastopol, CA


SALE: $3300.00
Save $200 when you register/pay in full by 12/29.

Regular Tuition: $3500

Payment Plan: 9 payments of $388 each.
Start payments in advance with recurring payments on a monthly basis. Pay at least 30% in advance.

Students who don’t finish certification requirements with within 4 months of the final training date must pay an AVI re-entry fee of $75 and $40/hour to the lead teacher or faculty assistant for mentoring calls, review of home-study, final project review and any additional mentoring.

Sebastopol Inn is within walking distance of restaurants and Westside Yoga Studio.

Mirka Scalco Kraftsow, E-RYT
Lead Teacher

Mirka has been a health practitioner and educator since 1974 and a Yoga teacher in the Viniyoga™ methodology since 1981 and a Yoga Therapist since 1988. Over the years Mirka has helped hundreds of individuals develop and maintain a personal practice and manage challenging personal and therapeutic conditions.

Born and raised in Italy, Mirka traveled and studied different modalities of dance, movement, psychology and meditation in India, Europe and the United States.

Mirka's vision to train and support Yoga teachers has been fundamental to the growth and development of the American Viniyoga Institute. Mirka has a unique ability to develop quality Yoga teachers and support them in their personal and professional growth.

An experienced presenter with a personal touch, Mirka guides participants through deep experiences with all the tools of Yoga. She masterfully weaves a tapestry of the teachings of Yoga, with special focus on the kosha-s and the eight-limbed path of Patanjali. Using the artistry of language and the science of Yoga, Mirka's workshops connect students to their inner Self while deepening understanding of the ancient teachings.

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