Universal Yoga Teacher Training

Level 1: TBA

Level 2: TBA

Level 3: TBA

with Andrey Lappa and Sheri Baemmert

Approaches to yoga are as diverse as its practitioners, and so are the skills needed to master the art and science of teaching. Universal Yoga studies all systems of yoga, empowering teachers with the confidence and skills necessary to meet the needs and abilities of their students.

This program is designed for all yoga practitioners who seek a deeper understanding of the ancient path of yoga, regardless of their background or practice style. Participants will come away with a profound understanding of their personal practice, as well as the skills required to effectively teach a wide array of students through both hatha and vinyasa sub-styles.

The Level 1 (first 100 hours of a 300 hour program) and Level 2 (second 100 hours of a 300 hour program) is led by teacher Andrey Lappa and Sheri Baemmert, delivering the full range of the yoga tradition and the practical modern methods for sharing this ancient practice with others. This program compresses a vast array of yoga subjects and styles into a highly intensive course, offering the most diverse training possible in the shortest amount of time. This intensive study includes physical practice, lectures, theory, posture clinics and teaching methodology.

  • Daily sessions begin with 45 minutes of Shiva Nata (Dance of Shiva) practice, a special dynamic moving meditation aimed to develop focus and coordination.
  • Asana practices give an experiential understanding of different sub-styles of yoga practice. For example: strengthening, stretching, static, dynamic, hatha, vinyasa (flow), kundalini, pranayama, meditation, and partner yoga, to name a few. These classes are mixed-level, accessible to all healthy yoga practitioners with a prior regular yoga practice (regardless of previous practice style background). Classes will offer new insights to novice practitioners, while presenting challenges to even the most seasoned yogis.
  • Lecture/Theory explore the science of yoga through lectures on yoga philosophy, 8 limbs of yoga study, breakdown of sub-styles by intention, creative sequencing for various aspirations, as well as a practical understanding of asana (poses), pranayama (breathing techniques), mudras (consciousness control), bandhas (energy control), kriyas (purification techniques), meditation techniques for mental focus and peace of mind, as well as teaching methods for sharing yoga with others.

Completing Level 1 and Level 2 meets the Yoga Alliance 200-RYT requirements for professional yoga teaching hours, yet far exceeds the requirements in subject and course content. If you already hold a 200-RYT completing Level 1, 2, and 3 qualifies you for apply for the 500-RYT.) Ideal for yoga practitioners who wish to deepen their understanding/practice of yoga, serious students who are committed to the study of yoga and wish to become professional yoga teachers, and current teachers who seek to expand their teaching beyond their sub-style (ability to teach multiple sub-styles for deeper understanding and greater marketability, and accumulating additional hours for 500 E-RYT certification).

Universal Yoga

Founded by Andrey Lappa, Universal Yoga is a logical, multi-faceted system that can be used by anyone living in the modern world, regardless of their level of asana practice. This system provides all the techniques for excellent physical health and the attainment of high spiritual aspirations.

“Andrey’s Universal Yoga is to yoga practice what Bruce Lee’s Jeet Kune Do is to martial arts – a style without style, or better said a style of all styles. Unlike more traditional schools of yoga, Universal Yoga is not fixed or patterned. The focus is to develop free yogis, by offering a philosophy of guiding thoughts and various techniques to open each practitioner to their own unique style, and giving them the tools to be spontaneous and adapt to any and all situations they might find in life and in their students. ©Universal Yoga empowers yogis to “Be like water” in their practice and their teaching.” — Copper Crow, Andrey Lappa’s assistant teacher in Singapore

Exam and Certification

Universal Yoga 200 hour certification will be given to those who successfully attend the Level 1 & 2 full program and pass the written exam. This is the first 2 parts of a 300 hour program that is an internationally recognized certification, qualifying graduates for professional yoga teaching and rights to use the Universal Yoga name. Certification of participation will also be given upon 100% attendance for those who do not opt to take the exam, but this does not qualify for teaching and is not recognized by Yoga Alliance.


Want to know more? Attend a class with Sheri Baemmert at Prajna, or email sheri@baemmert.com


  • TBA

Tentative Daily Schedule (subject to slightly change daily based on topics being covered):

  • 8:15 – 9:00am – Shiva Nata Practice
  • 9:15 – 12:15pm – Asana Practice
  • 12:15 – 1:15pm – Lunch Break
  • 1:15 – 6:15pm – Lecture

Asana Practice

The Asana practice are where Universal Yoga techniques are learned, skills are sharpened and the fire of transformation is fueled. This part of the program is open to students who desire a life-affirming shift, but are not participating in the full program (space permitting). The commitment to practice with the same group of yogis over an extended period of time has enormous power. The program includes asanas, vinyasas, and in-depth study of basic pranayamas, mantras and deep meditation. The morning intensives are suitable for students, teachers, former trainees and those wishing to obtain Universal Yoga certification.

Shiva Nata Practice

Dance of Shiva – Dynamic Yoga, consciousness control and liberation. An ancient practice re-discovered by Andrey in Himalayas and introduced to the modern world.

The Shiva Nata – Dance of Shiva is a type of Yantra Yoga – the system visualizations and body movements, aiming at developing the practitioner’s complete consciousness control, coordination and reaction during the body practice, and ultimately peace & equanimity at the end of this practice. The movements of the Dance of Shiva form the basis of majority of the Asian martial arts and dance forms.


This course is suitable for all dedicated students, aspiring yoga teachers, and current teachers seeking advanced certification. This program is very demanding, both emotionally and physically. Commitment, determination and good health are basic requisites. Students must be prepared to make personal sacrifices in order to achieve 100% course attendance.

Students seeking teacher certification must:

  • Have a minimum of one year of yoga practice experience (any style).
  • A minimum of two months of Universal Yoga practice experience (recommended).
  • Have a passion to learn and to explore the deeper dimensions of yoga.
  • Be free of major injuries going into the program (students with minor but recurring injuries must inform the teacher of their condition).
  • Be fully committed to 100% attendance.
  • Be willing and able to forego most of their personal and professional commitments during the course.


Level 2 – SUBJECT to change as teacher sees fit

  • Himalayan Vinyasa — history of appearing
  • Essence of Vinyasa method
  • Reasons for Vinyasa’s popularity in modern society
  • Energetic Vinyasas
  • Vinyasas changing of support
  • Preparatory Vinyasas
  • Psycho-energetic Mandala – Principal Longitudinal, Transverse and Twisting Vinyasas
  • Vinyasas – Links and Circular Vinyasas
  • Specialised non-Maximum and Maximum Vinyasas
  • Interlevel Single-directional and Multi-directional Vinyasas
  • Interlevel Circular and Twirling Vinyasas
  • Levels of Vinyasas complexity
  • Realization of existing Vinyasas and creation of new Vinyasas
  • Naming of new Vinyasas in Sanskrit
  • Use of ©Shiva Nata movements as Vinyasas linking Asanas
  • Preparatory Pranayamas
  • Pranayamas based on characteristics of the breath
  • Pranayamas based on the secondary factors of the breath
  • Pranayamas combinations
  • Hierarchy of Pranayamas complexity
  • Ties between Pranayamas, Vinyasas, levels of complexity, Rasas and state of consciousness
  • Energetic balancing making influence at Marmas with Asanas
  • Schemes of training sequences
  • Multi-dimensional models of training sequences
  • Digital balancing of training sequences
  • Mandala Yoga method
  • Sama Vritti and Visama Vritti Vyanayamas
  • Examples of training sequences, based on physical body structure, psycho-energetic structure, elemental qualities of Chakras, Kundalini movement, law of perception and consciousness reactions
  • Creation of training sequences based on interrelations between groups of muscles. Minimum time – maximum effectiveness
  • Exercise groups for training sequences alternation
  • Ancient aims of Yoga and modern methods of their achievements. Provocation of needed changes through control on self-acting body reactions
  • Bandhas and Mudras, energy micro-orbits and macro-orbits
  • Goals of Asana practice in Tantric Hatha-Yoga
  • Asanas as Mudras, generating complex psycho-energetic conditions
  • Pratyahara, Dharana, Dhyana and Samadhi practice
  • ©Universal Yoga sub-styles
  • Use of knowledge about structure of human beings for creating individual training programs, harmoniously supporting and compensating social activities.
  • Methods of training sequences creation – individual orders of mini-sequances examples
  • Choice of Asanas for individual practice
  • Correspondence of the yogic moral rules – Yama and personal discipline rules – Niyama with human shells
  • Hierarchy of the sentient beings
  • Goals of life of the regular man and yogi
  • Karma explanation
  • Similarity and differences between Hindu’s and Buddhist’s yoga
  • God and Emptiness
  • Moksha and Dharma — methods of spiritual liberation
  • Cultural differences between Eastern and Western countries
  • Role of the teacher in Yoga for the success in personal practice
  • Examples of Passive-Active and Active-Active partner practices
  • Vayus – types and functions of the main and secondary energies.
  • Psychic-energetic Mandala & Introduction to Rasas for teaching and practice
  • Classes:  Static Passive-Active restorative Partner Yoga; Static, Balancing-Strengthening-Coordination sequence; Static-Dynamic, Authentic Sama Vitti Mandala; Static Active-Active Partner Yoga; Tantric Hatha Yoga – Asana-like Mudras; Psycho-energetic Partner Yoga; Static-Dynamic, Authentic Visama Vitti Mandala; Self-teaching, Static-Dynamic 4 square repetition Mandala; Static-Dynamic, Creative Combinations Mandala
  • ©Shiva Nata — ©Dance of Shiva explanation of 2nd level techniques


Andrey Lappa

Andrey Lappa is one of the most influential yoga masters of the post-Soviet countries. All his life he has lived and travelled in eastern countries: India, Nepal, Tibet, China and Mongolia. During his travels, he developed his skills with world-famous teachers such as Sri B.K.S. Iyengar and Sri Pattabhi Jois, as well as learning from some lesser-known but unusually vigorous teachers in the East. Now Andrey is a follower of the Karma Kagyu lineage of Buddhism and a disciple of the venerable Choje Lama Phuntsok. After devoting a lifetime of exploration to the most esoteric and challenging practices of yoga in Hindu ashrams and Buddhist monasteries, Andrey developed the powerful and effective Universal Yoga. It is a systematic approach to spiritual evolution based on the key principles of classical yoga, creativity in practice and personal spiritual freedom. Andrey is the keeper of Shiva Nata™ (Dance of Shiva), a system of consciousness control and liberation. He is also the author of the book “Yoga: Tradition of Unification,” 48 yoga DVDs in English and Russian, and nine computer yoga-training programs. www.universal-yoga.com

Sheri Baemmert

Sheri Baemmert is the owner and senior teacher at PRAJNA. She has been studying and teaching yoga since 1995. Sheri met Andrey Lappa in 2011 and has been studying extensively with him to learn the full Universal Yoga system. She has completed multiple rounds of his teacher training programs and is dedicated to spreading the wealth of knowledge contained in this authentic yoga system. Sheri holds the highest qualification possible with Yoga Alliance, E-RYT 500. You can learn more about Sheri at www.loveprajna.com


Universal Yoga Teacher Training Program

  • Level 2 Full Program: $1800 (20% Early Bird Price $1620 paid in full)
  • Exam for Certification: $100 (Payment due first day of program)
  • Special Discount for Returning UY Graduates (with valid certificate): $1350
  • $300 Deposit reserves your spot.

Shiva Nata Only Practice:

  • Daily Shiva Nata Practice: $400

Asana Only Practice (Space Permitting):

  • Drop-In: $70/day based on availability

Contact & Inquiries

For inquiries, please email sheri@baemmert.com

The Teacher Training Program will be held at PRAJNA, 705 S. Barstow St., Eau Claire, WI 54701