Yoga Soul is the premier school for Centered City Yoga studios
Taught by Salt Lake’s highly qualified and experienced teachers
We are pleased to offer a beautiful and carefully designed, 200-hour foundational yoga teacher mentorship & training program in Salt Lake City, Utah. Serious students of yoga wishing to deepen their understanding and practice of yoga will appreciate the transformational experience and instruction. Yoga practitioners with the intention to become teachers are guaranteed to improve their own practice, while learning to teach safe, balanced and inspiring classes.
- Yoga Alliance certified
- Small, intimate classes
- Four intensive weekends
- 1-on-1 mentors
- Unlimited studio classes
- Community seva practice
Founder of Yoga Soul Teacher Training, Owner of Centered City Yoga
Rachel dedicated herself to yoga at the age of 18 while attending the University of Utah. Practicing Ashtanga yoga, she studies under Manju Jois, son of the founder of Ashtanga yoga. Other insightful yoga teachers of hers include Sondra Fraleigh, Jeff Silverstein, Stephen Brown, Peter Francyk, and D’ana Baptiste.
Rachel, along with husband Eric Martin, created the Yoga Soul yoga teacher training program over 10 years ago at their studio in St. George Utah and have since brought it up to Centered City Yoga in Salt Lake City. Inspired by authenticity, philosophy and lineage, Rachel introduces the traditional lineages of yoga for her students to explore and experience throughout the program. She is also a firm believer in her mentorship program, offering students access to experienced teachers and opportunities to assist in yoga studio classes.
Rachel is registered with the Yoga Alliance as a 500-hour E-RYT. She holds a B.S. in Exercise Sport Science from the University of Utah. She is an elite runner, cyclist and endurance coach, as well as a certified Pilates instructor and licensed massage therapist.
Founder of Yoga Soul Teacher Training, Owner of Centered City Yoga
Eric Martin proves the delicate balance of being a successful businessman and living a balanced yogic lifestyle is possible. He holds a B.S. in computer science, with an MBA in business finance and administration and has spent almost 25 years assisting the turnaround of distressed businesses. Although fully employed in the business world, Eric loves coaching clients for running and cycling and assisting his wife Rachel managing their two yoga studios, Centered City Yoga in Salt Lake City and Yoga Soul in St. George, Utah.
Yoga “found” Eric and restored his health after two separate motorcycle accidents, relieving him of severe and chronic pain after 15 years. Although starting with gym yoga, which slightly subsided the pain, he felt the need to find a deeper practice. He was exposed to a plethora of styles and teachers, but chose Ashtanga yoga after meeting Manju Jois in 2003. The residual back pain was gone and Eric had found his teacher.
Eric stays close to his Ashtanga roots with amazing adjustments and a humble, yet empowering voice. While Eric is currently not teaching any weekly studio classes, he will be an integral part of the Yoga Soul Teacher Training Program at Centered City.
Maria Radloff specializes in practicing and teaching Astanga Yoga and Sanskrit. Following in the footsteps of her teachers Dave Oliver and Cheryl Hall Oliver in Scottsdale, Arizona, she has traveled around the world studying Astanga with various teachers, including Richard Freeman and David Williams. Maria brings more than just asana to her classes. Her classes always include chanting, Sanskrit and tips and stories from Vedic philosophy and Ayurveda.
Maria is a scholar in Ayurveda, Yoga Philosophy and Sanskrit. She is currently enrolled in Philosophy classes through the Scottsdale’s School of Practical Philosophy, headquartered in New York City, and for the last five years has studied Sanskrit directly with Nicolai Bachman.
Erin Meyer earned a PhD in pharmacology from Georgetown University in 1998. She has a Bachelor’s of Arts in Biology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She completed a six-year postdoctoral fellowship in Neuroscience and Genetics at the University of Utah and she was a research assistant professor at the University of Utah from 2004 to 2011. Erin has been practicing yoga for more than 30 years. She completed the 1000 hour Yoga Therapy Certification with D’ana Baptiste at Inbody Academy and has been teaching Yoga (including classes and private sessions in Yamas, Niyamas, Asana, Pranayama, Pratyahara, Dharana and Dhyana) since 2006. She has also studied with Rolf Gates, Christie Burnette and Anodea Judith and at the Hearth Math Institute. She is trained in Chakra Healing and is a certified Heart Math practitioner. Erin teaches science, pranayama, subtle anatomy and teaching styles for Inbody Academy. She has designed a “yoga relevant” science curriculum for Inbody Academy that includes cell biology, neuroscience, quantum physics and physiology. Her curriculum includes the science of cellular breathing and yoga from the perspective of a cell.
Adam Ballenger is a renowned instructor of yoga and therapeutic alignment. He travels nationally and internationally teaching and presenting. Adam was introduced to yoga in his early 20’s after a motorcycle accident in college. After Adam earned his degree in Exercise Science with an emphasis in Kinesiology and Physiology, he continued studying yoga and working in the fitness industry. In the late 90’s Adam traveled the US teaching specialized programs in the fitness industry with focuses on movement and alignment as well as teaching yoga when he wasn’t traveling.
Adam’s almost two and a half decades of practice and study, combined with his persistent attention to present-day Kinesiology findings and studies has given him a unique understanding and unique skills for modern day yoga asana. Adam’s over two decades of yoga philosophy study and meditation practices also give him a strong background in classical philosophy to weave into modern day application. He is an ERYT 500 Yoga Instructor, and a certified Anusara Yoga Teacher.
Adam holds a number of certifications. He is a Senior Anusara Certified instructor who is also an Advanced Teacher Trainer in the Anusara community. Adam is also regularly invited to teach outside of the Ansuara style, most often because of his unique trainings regarding anatomy, kinesiology and modern-day Asana practice.
J. Scheffres, MA, CMHC
Guruprasad Singh, MA, CMHC, is a native of Chicago’s North Shore. He graduated from Brandeis University with a B.A. and Highest Honors in English and American Literature and then went on to gain a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology at Lesley University in Cambridge, MA. As a young man he joined the wave of interest in yoga and meditation which swept fully into the public consciousness in the 1980’s and began to bring mind-body approaches into his work as a psychotherapist. He met his wife Kellie in 1991 who introduced him to the teachings of Yogi Bhajan and to one of the world’s masters of Kundalini Yoga, Gurucharan Singh Khalsa, Ph.D. Guruprasad has been an innovator in bringing together Eastern and Western models of psychology and spirituality. He has almost 30 years’ experience in teaching and counseling individuals, couples, families, and groups throughout the country and has developed programs and approaches to address addictions, intimate relationship problems, trauma, and mood and anxiety disorders. A KRI-certified Kundalini Yoga Instructor and a teacher trainer with the Aquarian Academy, Guruprasad Singh has been teaching Kundalini Yoga as taught byYogi Bhajan since 1996. His approach is deeply transformative, combining yogic philosophy and instruction with depth psychology to maximize students’ understanding of themselves and the psycho-spiritual path they are walking.