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200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training










The 2023-24 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training begins September, 14 2023.

Application, reference forms, and Catalog are available at the bottom of this page.

The Fond du Lac Center for Spirituality and Healing (The Center) has been hosting the Himalayan Institute Teachers Association’s (HITA’s) 200-hour Yoga Teacher Certification Program since September 2000 when The Center opened its doors.  The Center began to use the curriculum of HITA until September 2016, when it developed its own curriculum under its own certifying authority through the State of Wisconsin Educational Approval Program.


Yoga is an integral part of The Center’s mission of “serving people of diverse faiths and backgrounds by offering programs and services that support the continuous discovery of our oneness in the Source of Life and that nurture wholeness of body, mind and spirit.”


The Center’s 200-hour program draws from traditional yoga theory and practice as well as modern knowledge of the body and mind. This program will maximize your effectiveness as a yoga teacher and yoga student by teaching time-tested tools for self-discovery.

Dates: 10 weekends, 8am–5pm both days with one-hour break for lunch - plus a class on Thursday evening before each weekend from 6:30-8:30pm.  The Thursday classes will also be open to the public. 

September 2023: 14, 16-17; October 2023: 5, 7-8; 19, 21-22; November 2023: 2, 5-5; 16, 18-19; December 2023: 7, 9-10;

January 2024: 18, 20-21; February 2024:  2, 4-5; March 2024: 7, 9-10; 21, 23-24; April 2024: 11, 13-14; May 2024: 27.


Program Overview

· Asana practice & teaching methods

· Meditation practice & instruction

· Pranayama practice & instruction

· Relaxation techniques & instruction

· Hatha yoga practices of shat kriya & bandha

· Class structure & sequencing

· Yoga philosophy & psychology

· Introduction to Restorative Yoga

· The eight limbs of Raja Yoga

· Stress management tools

· Anatomy & physiology

· Introduction to Sanskrit

· Breath training

· Study of the Bhagavad Gita & Yoga Sutra

· Introduction to Ayurveda

· Yoga’s Healing Potential


Participants who successfully complete the program receive Yoga Teacher Certification from the Fond du Lac Center for Spirituality and Healing (The Center), and are eligible to apply for the 200-hour level of registration (RYT) with Yoga Alliance. Certification requirements include: full attendance in the training, completion of required readings, exams and written assignments.  Most participants complete their certification requirements within a few months after the training.


Application Deposit…….$108

(Send with application)


(Includes course manual, one-year special partnership with The Center and 10% discount on all course material purchased at The Center.)


Payment options and scholarships are available.

Contact Michael at:

Payment options:

* Each Semester— $1450  cash or check; $1498 credit card

                Due: Sept 15, 2023 and Jan 19, 2024

* Per Week of Training-- $295 cash/check; $300 credit card

                Due: on the Thursday of each class week (see schedule)

* Per Month --$325 cash/check; $335 credit card

            Due: the 10th of each month from September 2022 to May 2023

* Pay in Full -- $2,891 cash/check; $2,899 credit card

Click on the document link for the Yoga School Catalog, which includes the application and references at the end of the catalog.

Click to download the course catalog & application

Yoga Teacher Training Faculty:

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Randy Nellessen, E-RYT-500

A Registered Experienced Yoga Teacher at the 500-Hour  Level and 500-Hour Certified Yoga Teacher and Instructor through the Himalayan Institute, Honesdale, PA.  Randy has been teaching yoga at the Center since his certification in 2010.   He was certified to teach the Himalayan Institute 200-hour Teacher Training  curriculum in Nov 2015 and the 500-hour level in 2017.


Kelsey Beine, RYT 500

A graduate of The Center’s 200-hour yoga teacher training program (2019), 500 hr certification (2022)Kelsey brings a vibrant and calming spirit to the practice of yoga. She believes strongly that every person is full of light and peace at their core, and seeks to guide them to experience this serenity through various postures and breathing techniques


Luke Ketterhagen, E-RYT-500

Luke Ketterhagen graduated magna cum laude from Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI with a degree in Biomedical Sciences. After receiving his yoga teacher certification from the Himalayan Institute, Ketterhagen joined their permanent staff. He authored the Asana Basics column for Yoga International magazine from December 2003 to December 2004. Luke appeared as a model in numerous editions of the 16-year-old publication as well as in the best-selling book, Yoga: Mastering the Basics. Former owner and director of Uptown Yoga in Dallas, TX, Ketterhagen was Director of Programming and principal teacher at East West Yoga in Manhattan during its relaunch.


Michael Ketterhagen, Ph.D., Spiritual Director 

Michael holds a doctorate in Spirituality and Healing from The Union Institute and University of Cincinnati, Ohio. Dr. Ketterhagen is a retired Theology Professor at Marian University, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. Michael used his dream for the FDL Center for Spirituality and Healing as the basis of his doctoral thesis, which opened in the Fall of 2000. Michael is also one of the Centers Certified Yoga Instructors, having received his training through the Himalayan Institute in Honesdale, Pennsylvania. Michael’s lifelong commitment to his own spiritual growth and healing, his vast knowledge on holistic living and his strong desire to serve, allow him to direct the Center in ways to better serve you and the community. He has taught yoga since 1978 and was certified by the Himalayan Institute as a 200-Hour teacher in 1995.  Michael is the program director for this training.

Jeff Stieg, B.S., RYT 200

As an enthusiastic proponent of whole health and personal growth, Jeff lives his passion for well and sustainable living professionally and personally. Jeff’s knowledge base is deeply rooted in personal practice, formal education and work experience. He holds a B.S. in Kinesiology and Health from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and also received yoga teacher certification from the Himalayan Institute. In addition, Jeff is a certified Reiki Master practicing in the Usui tradition. Currently, he works as a wellness specialist in a corporate setting and teaches regular yoga classes. His teaching style is mindful and holistic and is set in a light, fun, and energetic atmosphere.

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