Level 1 Workshop & Certification

Dive deeper into your yoga practice, or get certified to teach Gentle and Level 1 Yoga classes!

Next Class Begins Winter 2024!

Learn the fundamentals of yoga in an interactive learning environment. Whether you’re brand new to yoga or a seasoned practitioner, this workshop and certification course will help you build or rebuild your personal practice from the ground-up. It will also equip you to confidently and safely teach Gentle or Level 1 yoga classes in your community if you pursue the certification.

Join us and discover the healing and transformational power of yoga!

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What Can You Expect from the Level 1 Yoga Workshop & Certification

Safe & Active Environment

This workshop and certification course provides a safe and interactive learning environment to grow in your understanding of yoga fundamentals.

It also provides an opportunity to dive deeper into your yoga practice and will prepare you to teach Gentle and Level 1 yoga classes if you are interested in getting certified to teach.

Successful completion will earn you a Level 1 Yoga Certification (L1CYT) and will enable you to teach Gentle and Level 1 yoga classes and get fitness insurance.

Join us this Winter 2024!

Now Offering Hybrid Option
Get Certified In-Person or Online!

Join us live in Chandler, Arizona, participate remotely via Zoom, or get trained in a self-paced format (with individual mentoring). 

Learn your own way, at your own pace, and at your convenience.

Join us for the journey of a lifetime!

In-Person Location
2950 W Ray Rd.
Chandler, AZ 85224

Sample Schedule for In-Person Option


1:00 PM to 6:30 PM


9:00 AM to 6:00 PM


9:00 AM to 6:00 PM


1:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Times are MST.
Attend in-person, remotely via Zoom, or self-paced by recording at your

Dawn Hopkins

Founder & President of Inspiritus Yoga

Meet Your Trainer

Dawn Hopkins is the Founder and President of Inspiritus Yoga: Wholistic Wellness & Training Centers. Dawn is an E-RYT 500 Master Yoga Instructor and Trainer, Certified Yoga Therapist, Thai Yoga Massage and Reiki Practitioner, and Licensed Am I Hungry? Mindful Eating Facilitator. Dawn also holds BA and MA degrees from UIUC.

Dawn has been helping people take charge of their health and wellness since 2002, when she owned and operated a women’s fitness center. As a trauma survivor who also navigated an eating disorder in her teens, Dawn discovered the healing power of yoga and mindful eating in 2004. She became a certified yoga instructor and licensed mindful eating facilitator in 2006. Since then, Dawn has used yoga and its various modalities to help her with her own healing, including two breast cancer journeys. Through yoga, she has come home to herself and has tapped into her own innate wholeness.

She believes it is her life’s calling to help others do the same.

“I remember the first yoga class I ever took. Truth be told, I didn’t really enjoy it. My body didn’t want to bend into the postures, it was too slow, and I couldn’t turn off my busy brain. As a former athlete, “sports” had come fairly naturally to me growing up. Yoga did not. I couldn’t do what the teacher and other students were doing. I felt stupid and uncoordinated. Mind you, yoga is not supposed to be competitive. However, my competitive nature kept me coming back for more. I was determined to understand why my friends were raving about all of the benefits they were receiving from the practice.

Then, one day, I was introduced to a style of yoga that resonated for me. When I tell you that everything changed, I’m not exaggerating. I couldn’t get enough! I started taking as many classes as I could. Less than a year later, I signed up for yoga teacher training.

I had NO intention to ever teach yoga. I just wanted to learn. After a 6 month journey, I completed my first yoga teacher training in April of 2006.

I put my hand up to sub for my teacher when she went on maternity leave and I have been teaching ever since! That one decision changed me in ways that I can’t even describe…and changed the direction of my life. Through yoga, I have found healing, hope, and connection. I have tapped into the peace that transcends all understanding. I have come home to myself. And it’s the gift that keeps on giving because I have the honor and privilege of sharing this powerful practice with others.”

What Others Are Saying

I had a wonderful experience with Inspiritus Level 1 Yoga training. Dawn’s teaching style is one of patience, grace, and kindness. She encourages student success regardless of fitness level or yoga experience. She also builds a strong sense of community, friendship, and camaraderie. I can’t think of anyone better suited to teach future yoga instructors!

~ Dianne M.

The Level One workshop and certification with Inspiritus Yoga was life changing! I met some phenomenal like-minded classmates in a welcoming and open environment. It did not matter my skill level or previous experience with my yoga practice. I was able to start where I was, and expand my practice from there. The workshop deepened my knowledge and understanding on both a physical and a spiritual level, and inspired me to make yoga a lifelong practice! Dawn is an inspirational and transformative leader who is kind, knowledgable, and has a special aura about her. She has a unique ability with her warmness to make you feel like you have known her your whole life! I would highly recommend this workshop, and I am so glad I signed up and completed the certification!

~ Sara F

I am so grateful for Dawn and Inspiritus Yoga. The level one certificate class gave me everything I needed to start me on my journey towards becoming a certified yoga instructor. I gained confidence along with a deeper knowledge of the poses and made some new friends along the way. It took my practice to a whole new level. I am thankful that I got off the fence and jumped right in. I only wish I had done it sooner.

~ Wendy F

Suitable for the novice as well as the experienced yoga enthusiast, this workshop set participants up for success. The learning format engaged the body and mind in a challenging yet completely supportive environment. Dawn’s generosity in sharing her vast knowledge provided participants with the tools necessary to begin or enrich their own yoga practice in a personal and relevant way. I am so glad that I chose the Inspiritus Yoga Level 1 Workshop. ~ Janice S.

I cannot say enough good things about Dawn, both as a yoga teacher trainer and as a human being. She’s genuine, kind, caring and makes every student feel special, both on and off the mat. The Level 1-2 yoga training program is thorough, well-paced and provides the knowledge and practical skills necessary to ensure that a new yoga teacher is ready to instruct a safe, effective and meaningful class. Additionally, Dawn does a great job building community with each yoga training cohort. I made a whole set of new friends through the course, which was an added bonus. I’ll definitely continue to expand my personal and teaching practice through taking additional courses with Dawn.

~ Cindy E