What started out as a method to stay healthy turned into a way of life for Jes.

Yoga created space for stillness and joy during a hectic life in New York City. After a few years of practice, Jes pursued first training with Sonic Yoga (2013) and then continued to follow the path of study both privately and in advanced trainings, and was fortunate to study with Lisa Benner, Elizabeth Rossa and many other shining lights.

She's excited to serve those exploring the path of yoga - namely with playfulness and joy as we dive deeper into self study and tap back into the innate vibrancy we all hold.

Jes is the Director of Metta Yoga's 200 Hour  Teacher Training - let her know if you have questions or are looking to join the exploration! Jessica@NewMettaYoga.com


How much time should I put aside for study?

We recommend suiting this training to your current life. The lecture hours are locked and anything outside of the lectures can move around your personal schedule. Planning to practice asana 3-5 times per week is a great idea to advance your physical practice. As we get deeper into training you’ll be expected to have read books we’re discussing, practice techniques that we’re exploring, write journals focused on self-study, and take quizzes.

Is there a deadline for certification?

We set the goal of all teacher trainees planning on certification to be completed 6 months from the date of that last lecture. This helps set the path and drive those who need assistance towards completion. Exceptions are made, so please don’t let this recommendation keep you from signing up.

Can I miss a lecture?

We allow for make-up hours and recommend that this be no more than 10 hours out of the entire program. These need to be shared with our director in advance and planned for.

Are there payment plans?

Our goal is to have students paid before the start of training, if you need a different arrangement, please request what you’re looking for and we’ll see if we can accommodate. (We do not give out certificates until payment has been made in full)

Do I need a membership?

We include unlimited classes during training and for 2 months after the final lecture (total of 6 months of unlimited classes)

Do you offer work-study?

We love to help support those in need as they continue their journey in yoga. If you’d like to work out an exchange please reach out so that we explore the possibilities.

Do I need to buy books?

Yes! We include a manual and a set of mala beads with the training, however, once you sign up, we’ll send you the titles of the 4 books you need in addition. (Roughly an additional $65, but this will vary based on how you purchase)

Have more questions? Email Jessica at Jessica@newmettayoga.com 

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Take your yoga practice to the next level!
Metta is proud to announce our Yoga Alliance Certified 200-hour
yoga teacher training will start again in fall 2020.


Email us for detailed info about certification, pricing and modules HERE.

Lorilee is the owner and operator of Moksha Ayurveda in Phoenix, Arizona. She fell into Ayurveda during her Yoga Teacher Training at At One Yoga in 2007. A natural evolution stemming from 15 years as a bodyworker and the forever passion for using food as medicine.

After finishing her certification from Kerala Ayurvedic Academy and graduating as valedictorian she was honored to study tantra and Ayurveda with Dr. David Frawley (PanditVamadeva Shastri) in the Himalayas. She has continued her studies at The Sivananda Ashram with Dr. MarcHalpern and currently studies with Dr. Vasant Lad at the Ayurvedic Institute in New Mexico.

Lorilee has continued to further her yoga education studying under her ashtanga teacher Tim Miller and has completed both his Primary and second series teacher training. She has also completed an advanced 100-hour teacher training with Srivasta Ramaswami the only living student of Sri Krishnamacharya.

Yoga and Ayurveda is her passion and Lorilee will forever be a student of both these sciences. She lives in Phoenix with her son, husband, and pug.

Zuzana is living proof of how yoga can change your life. 15 years ago, she was building her corporate career in the airspace industry, and now she owns and manages Metta Yoga studios in Phoenix and Scottsdale. She has lived and worked in Europe, Asia, Africa, and South America, and has now settled with her husband and dogs in Phoenix, Arizona. 

She was originally introduced to yoga by her grandmother in the Czech Republic, where she was born. Later, while living in Mongolia, she was being groomed for a professional career in gymnastics, but by her late teens, suffered severe lower back and knee pain from years of intense training. Zuzana returned to yoga to rehabilitate and heal, and redesigned her life’s career into sharing the power of yoga with others.

Detailed attention to alignment, healing, and therapeutics became a major element of her further yoga education, reflecting in her unique teaching approach. Her smooth sequencing and careful choreography have also been inspired by her gymnast years.

For the past 15 years Zuzana has been teaching over 10 classes per week, has published a 5-star rated DVD on (available on Amazon and elsewhere), made several TV appearances, and has hosted an international yoga retreat with a renowned chef.  

She is currently preparing a new book & video program, and is very excited about sharing her knowledge & passion with her students in the Metta Yoga Teacher Training program.

different modules avaiLable: yoga teacher training​ ​​fall 2020 

zuzana kolinkova 

5 star rated yoga Instructor

Owner of metta yoga studios

lorilee gillmore  

master yoga teacher

ayurvedic therapist

Jessica tehan  

metta yoga

teacher training director

Come join us! It is with great excitement that we announce the launch of our next Yoga Teacher Training (YTT) class. Amidst the chaos and challenge of the current day we have developed a very flexible and meaningful way to embrace YTT. For the first time, we are offering individual training modules that can be combined to achieve your personal goals…whether it’s taking a deeper dive into restorative or flow, or brushing up on best practices for alignment and injury prevention, or moving all the way to attaining your teaching certificate. 

Our new YTT program is offered in a hybrid format, with both in-person physical practice and on-line streaming options. So no matter where you are physically, mentally, or spiritually there has never been a better time to embrace YTT. This next class is set to be a very special one…we have heard so many inspiring stories from students who, amidst volatility and uncertainty, have chosen to focus their energy (and in many cases their new found availability) to bring their yoga practice to a new level -- demonstrating once again that from adversity comes strength. 


September 12th 2020 through April 4th 2021

We’ll meet regularly for both lecture/discussion and practices together,

exact dates available upon request: Jessica@NewMettaYoga.com


Metta Yoga Teacher Training is a Yoga Alliance Certified RYS designed to guide practitioners towards a deeper understanding of the practice and themselves. We’ll explore the different aspects of the yoga practice and how all of the different pieces come together to help you become your most vibrant self! Below are just a few details of what we’ll study:

Asana (active & restorative)
Philosophy (stemming from the 8 Limbs)
Special Populations
And more!

While we’ll do a great deal of studying together, trainees will also be expected to complete a number of non-contact hours including personal practices, quizzes, readings and more:

Karma Yoga Project
Sequencing Assignments (4 Individual sequences – 2 active & 2 restorative)
Bhagavad Gita Journal
Yoga Sutras Journal (4 – 1 for each pada)
Meditation Practice (including journal)
Mantra Practice (including journal)
Pranayama Practice (including journal)

You’ll also study intimately with teacher trainers completing a number of other explorations…

Observations (including journal)
Assisting (including journal)
Practice Teaching
And Practicum! (where you show off what you’ve learned in real time)

Metta's master level teachers Zuzana, Jes and Lorilee will lead your exploration into all the different forms and expressions yoga can manifest. Practitioners will immerse in yogic principles, history, anatomy, mantra, meditation, asana deconstruction, Ayurveda, sequencing and above all, personal development. Yoga is essentially a practice of self-study, so be prepared to go deep!