Agni Moksha 200 Hr Teacher Training Program

200 Hour YTT Program

Agni Moksha (fire of liberation) is a 200 hour yoga teacher training program led by senior teachers Erica Taxin Bleznak, and assisted by Michelle Baldino and Lori McAlister. Rooted in the Krishnamacharya lineage, this yoga teacher training program includes comprehensive asana study, intelligent sequencing, and refinement of communication skills. There will be an in-depth focus on anatomy as it corresponds to creating safe, effective and informed class sequences.  Guest teacher Julie Pogachefsky will facilitate modules that delve deep into the practice and teaching of pranayama and the Yoga Sutras.

This training is not only about imparting the wisdom, knowledge, and skills that are critical for teaching competency, but in assisting trainees to discover their own voice, presence and personal teaching style.

Included in the Agni Moksha 200 Hour Program:

  • Learn Asana, Yoga Philosophy, Adjustments, and Intelligent/Informed Sequencing
  • Anatomy and Physiology related to the Asana Practice
  • Accessing your authentic voice as a teacher
  • Designing class plans for various populations
  • Teaching Meditation and Pranayama Practice
  • Professional Responsibilities and Ethics as a yoga teacher
  • Unlimited yoga classes at Main Line Yoga Shala (September 6, 2019 – June 7, 2020)


  • Meditation for the Love of It: Enjoying Your Own Deepest Experience by Sally Kempton
  • Pranayama: A Path to Healing and Freedom by Allison Gemmel Laframboise and Yoganand Michael Carroll
  • Yoga & the Quest for the True Self by Stephen Cope
  • Heart of Yoga: Developing a Personal Practice by TKV Desikachar
  • The Tree of Yoga by BKS Iyengar
  • The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali by Sri Swami Satchidananda
  • The Bhagavad Gita by Eknath Easwaran
  • The Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching by Thich Nhat Hanh
  • 30 Essential Yoga Poses by Judith Hanson Lasater
  • Anatomy of Hatha Yoga by H. David Coulter
  • The Key Muscles of Yoga by Ray Long
  • Relax & Renew by Judith Hanson Lasater
  • Yoga and the Path of the Urban Mystic by Darren Main
  • The Radiance Sutras by Lorin Roche
  • Light on Yoga by BKS Iyengar
  • Light on Pranayama by BKS Iyengar
  • Asanas : 608 Yoga Poses by Dharma Mitra
  • Yoga of the Subtle Body by Tias Little
  • Eastern Mind Western Body by Anodea Judith


September 6  6-9pm

September 7  11am-6pm

September 8  12-6pm

September 9  7-9:30pm

September 23  7- 9:30pm

October 4  6-9pm

October 5  11am-6pm

October 6  12-6pm

October 7   7-9:30pm

October 21  7-9:30pm

November 22  6-9pm

November 23  11am-6pm

November 24  12-6pm

November 11  7-9:30pm

November 18  7-9:30pm

January 10  6-9pm

January 11  11-6pm

January 12  12-6pm

January 13  7-9:30pm

January 27  7-9:30pm

February 7  6-9pm

February 8  11am-6pm

February 9  12-6pm

February 10  7-9:30pm

February 24  7-9:30pm

March 16  7-9:30pm

March 27  6-9pm

March 28  11am-6pm

March 29  12-6pm

March 30  7-9:30pm

April 17  6-9pm

April 18  11am-6pm

April 19  12-6pm

April 20  7-9:30pm

April 27 7-9:30pm

May 1  6-9pm

May 2  11am-6pm

May 3  12-6pm

May 4   7-9:30pm

May 18  7-9:30pm

June 5   6-9pm

June 6  11am-6pm

June 7  12-6pm



Main Line Yoga Shala, Narberth, PA


$3100 Full Payment May 15

$3200 Payment Plan:

$1067 May 15

$1067 June 15

$1066 August 15

*Tuition includes manual and unlimited yoga classes at Main Line Yoga Shala September 6, 2019 – June 7, 2020.

**Tuition does not include $100 non-refundable application fee.


One full scholarship is available. If you are interested in applying, please submit in typed written format your circumstances for requiring a scholarship in addition to your completed application and $100 non-refundable application fee. Scholarship Deadline: May 5

Erica Taxin Bleznak (E-RYT 200, MSW) began her yoga practice in 1995 in the Ashtanga yoga tradition, after suffering an injury while training for a marathon. That injury, unbeknownst at the time, was a gift that led her to the path of Yoga. In 2005, Erica met her primary teacher Yoganand Michael Carroll and completed the Pranakriya Yoga Teacher Training. She has been teaching classes and private yoga for over 11 years, and is continually amazed at the transformative aspects of the Practice. Erica believes that with patience, awareness, breath, and sincerity each asana becomes an invitation to know who we truly are.

Erica is deeply grateful for her teachers who have always guided her back to herself-to find the answers within- and continue to support her on this incredible journey: Her primary teacher Yoganand Michael Carroll, Connie Beaudoin, Paul Hedderman and Adyashanti.

Lori McAlister (E-RYT 500, YACEP) has been teaching yoga since 2004, but her practice began almost a decade earlier in college where she studied modern dance and choreography. Her classes draw upon these 20 plus years of experience studying with everyone in New York City she could. Stand out teachers include Dharma Mitra, Sharon Gannon and David Life, Alan Finger, Cyndi Lee, Twee Merrigan, Coral Brown, Shiva Rea, Rodney Yee, Colleen Saidman, Kaustaub Desikachar, Schuyler Grant, Alex Auder, Nikki Villela, David Regellin, Allison West, Elena Brower and countless other vinyasa teacher colleagues.

Having now taught all over the globe, Lori loves being a yoga educator. In 2012, Lori created Sequencology, a yoga teacher training that combines intelligent sequences along with subtle body support to effectively transport the practitioner into homeostasis.

Lori’s classes focus on the power of breath, anatomical alignment, and subtle body energetic awareness. The combination of these elements can open a portal for self-healing by calming the central nervous system and resetting the rest and digest function.


Michelle Baldino (RYT 200) has been teaching yoga since 2013 but her practice started many years before that when her mother took her to a friends house for a private yoga class. As a college student at the time, she found yoga to be a great way to manage stress and find strength and flexibility in her body. She continued to practice regularly and in 2012 decided to take a 200-hr teacher training program at Verge Yoga Center. Once certified, Michelle began teaching several classes a week and over time, became involved with teacher training as a facilitator at Verge. Along wither her 200-hr training, Michelle has completed a Wall Vinyasa teacher training with Erica Taxin Bleznak from Main Line Yoga Shala, Yin Yoga teacher training with Corina Benner from Wake Up Yoga, Yoga Tune Up training with Dinneen Viggiano from Yoga Works Soho, and has taken several training modules with Yoganand Michael Carroll from the Pranakriya School of Yoga.


She is currently wrapping up her 300-hr Agni Moksha teacher training with Erica Taxin Bleznak, Julie Pogachefsky, and Lori McAlister. Michelle likes to teach creative vinyasa classes that incorporate props, breathing techniques, both fluid movement and deeper holds, and alignment cues to keep her students safe. She believes that all of these techniques experienced on the mat can be doorways to experiencing each and every situation in life with an steady mind and open heart.


Guest Presenters:


Julie Pogachefsky (E-RYT 500) has been teaching yoga since 2001. Her first yoga teacher training was with Baron Baptiste. She received her 200 hour teaching certification from Corina Benner at Wake Up Yoga and her 300 hour Pranakriya teaching certification from Yoganand/Michael Carroll. Julie is also certified to teach Yin Yoga and Restorative Yoga.

Julie has been studying the ancient yoga texts for over 15 years. She enjoys finding the every day usefulness within their sacred wisdom. Julie’s approach is to teach students yoga philosophy while actively engaging them in yoga postures, meditations, breath work and chanting. In her classes, Julie challenges your perceived physical and emotional limitations in order for you to find more space and freedom in all aspects of your life.


Kristin Leigh Frederick (E-RYT 500) has completed 900+ hours of training and is well versed in various styles of yoga, and more importantly, can attest to the positive benefits of yoga. Specifically, she is a CYT 200 in Power Yoga and a CYT 500 with YogaWorks. Her focus is on making yoga accessible and sustainable for all. Kristin is well versed in injury prevention and management. Her classes are breath centered and emphasize anatomy and alignment, in an effort to promote both mindfulness and body awareness.

Kristin has devoted hour after hour to her practice and teaching because she believes yoga can be transforming. Like many do, she came to her first yoga class feeling disconnected from herself and beat up by life. She felt that the world owed her something because of her pain. As Kristin developed a regular practice, her outlook began to change, and over time yoga helped her to not only to build a better relationship with herself, but with others. Whether it be in her class or someone else’s, Kristin truly hopes that you give yoga a try and reap the positive benefits that accompany the practice.