Head to Heart 200hr Yoga Teacher Training


at Body Temple Yoga™ School’s


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“Heart Based Personal Transformational Program meets a high level 200hr yoga teacher training. It’s a unique personal growth and yoga education that if not offered anywhere else. In addition to learning how to teach detailed internal alignment, and become a highly trained yoga teacher, there is a HUGE opportunity built into this training around personal development. And it’s on the level of the Heart. So regardless if you teach in the end or not, it is a Rite of Passage into who you really are. It would be our honor to help you walk to the other side.” Daniella Ambika Cotreau E-RYT500, YACEP

CEO and Founder of Body Temple Yoga™ School

Schedule a 30 minute Connection Call and connect with Daniella

Head to Heart 200hr Yoga Teacher Training is a comprehensive and high quality program that is founded and directed by ERYT-500 senior yoga instructor of 16 years Daniella Ambika Cotreau and is offered yearly in San Jose CA.


In addition to becoming a highly trained 200hr level yoga teacher, you will be guided to make the journey from your Head to your Heart and apply it to your  life. You will learn what that means, how to do it in every aspect of your life and ultimately, be aligned on your path that is based in your heart. You will know how to live and teach from your authenticity and know why you are here with confidence, clarity and joy.

This training is a big opportunity to be your true empowered self.

This is a deeply immersive 9 MONTH program. We meet one weekend per month.

Head to Heart 200hr Yoga Teacher Training

Head To Heart 200hr Yoga Teacher Training MEETS ONE WEEKEND PER MONTH for 9 months!!

9 MONTH program

Saturday’s 11-7pm
Sunday’s 10-6pm

September 28, 29
October 19, 20
November 2, 3
December 7, 8
January 25, 26
February 29, Mar 1
March 28, 29
April 25, 26
May 30/ 31 – graduation!

Includes courses in:


  • Yoga Philosophy – What is true yoga?
  • History and Roots of Yoga
  • Heart Wisdom Teachings™
  • Bhakti Yoga
  • Pranayama Practices
  • Meditation Practices
  • Sound Healing
  • Functional Muscular-Skeletal Anatomy
  • Ayurveda – The Sister Science to Yoga
  • Yoga Laws & Business/Ethics
  • EMPOWER yourself.
  • KNOW the roots of yoga, the basis from which your practice is born.
  • DEEPEN your asana practice with highly skilled alignment-based knowledge.
  • TRANSFORM your life.
  • HEAL your body and your relationship to it.
  • CHANGE the way you view and interact with the world in a more positive way.
  • MEET your tribe.
  • ESTABLISH an unprecedented connection to your Heart and Intuition.
  • LEARN the philosophy and teachings of yoga.
  • ACQUIRE the tools to empower yourself in all relations.
  • UNDERSTAND what it means to truly live from the Heart.

Know how to speak from your power, your Heart and your authentic voice.

Be connected to your intuition and heart.

Have excellent communication skills.

Be able to accurately read bodies.

Know how to hold space.

Skillfully and confidently work the classroom.

Give excellent verbal alignment instruction.

Bring Heart-centered wisdom to your teachings.

Give safe and effective hands-on adjustments.

Speak clearly and succinctly.

Know what you want and how to ask for it.

Be skilled to teach without needing to demo an entire class.

Get clarity on the design of  your own home practice.

Know how to create strong healthy boundaries.


It is recommended that you have a basic knowledge of yoga and some practice experience and exposure under your belt. All body types and those with physical challenges are welcome to this program. At the heart of the practice, yoga is a practice of meeting the body where it is, and working with the body to slowly and respectfully move deeper and heal. Through the course of the training you will only become stronger, a more compassionate and wise human being and a more skilled teacher/leader.


The Head To Heart 200hr Yoga Teacher Training is a full commitment training program. To get the most out of your training experience full attendance is of course the best, however, we understand that life circumstances arise. You can miss up to 2 full weekends of the training and still be able to make up the work and complete the course.


255 North Market. Street, Suite 270, San Jose, CA. (Near San Pedro Square)

EASY AND FREE PARKING: We have our own parking lot right outside the building and free street parking in a quiet section of town.


Schedule a 30 minute Connection Call and connect with Daniella


  1. Stand out from the crowd: Be a well trained, sought after yoga teacher because of the high quality training you received from BTYS.
  2. Immediately be able to teach your own class at Body Temple Yoga™ School and Samadhi Studio in San Jose.
  3. Apply for the Mentorship Program post graduation and get mentored as a new teacher in a real class enviroment.
  4. Apply for the 300hr Advanced Teacher Training to continue with your studies with the option to take courses and teach in gorgeous San Diego!
  5. Be part of a warm, supportive, loving, and growing tribe who believe in heart-based living and join our annual BTY Alumni Gatherings!

Meet Your Guest Teachers!!!



Yoga Philosophy, Yoga Law and Ethics

Gary’s Philosophy Background: Gary was introduced to Eastern philosophy in college when he discovered the writings of Alan Watts which led to studies in Zen and Zen-inspired poetry. Gary found yoga in 2000 as a way to recover from back trauma and has been studying and practicing yoga since that time. Gary has a Certificate of Yoga Philosophy from the California Institute of Integral Studies. He has studied yoga at Esalen Institute, Big Sur California, Parmarth Niketan Ashram, Rishikesh, India and Satchidananda Ashram-Yogaville, Virginia. Gary has photographed many spiritual sites and experiences in his travels throughout Asia. After four years of study and writing, he recently published his first book entitled: “The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali- Illuminations Through Image, Commentary and Design.” The book provides a new and inviting approach to studying and living the Yoga Sutras by using imagery, poetry and quotation to illuminate the heart of the Sutras. After Gary’s book on the Yoga Sutras was published, he began to get speaking invitations and now teaches workshops on the yoga philosophy, ethics and law for Yoga teacher training programs including being a faculty member of Body Temple Yoga School™. Gary was on a Yoga Alliance Committee that wrote a new Code of Conduct and is on the Board of Directors of the Integral Yoga Institute-San Francisco. Gary’s Law Background: Gary Kissiah has practiced corporate and business law for over 20 years. He has been a corporate partner with Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, a large international law firm, and a Senior Attorney with Microsoft. Gary recently taught a series of five Webinars on yoga law through Yoga Alliance. These covered the top ten things you need to know about the law, independent contractors and employees, liability, Internet laws, and opening a yoga studio. Gary currently represents yoga studios, teachers and wellness businesses.Gary has a Certificate of Yoga Philosophy from the California Institute of Integral Studies, is a RYT 200 and teaches yoga philosophy and law for teacher training programs in the Bay Area. In 2012 Gary published his first book, “The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali – Illuminations through Image, Commentary and Design.” He recently published “Light on Law: A Path to Legal Wellness for Yoga Teachers and Studios.” This book explores the legal issues relating to the business of yoga and contains over 35 legal forms for yoga businesses. Vist Gary’s website HERE


Introduction to Ayurveda

Kayla Miller is an Ayurvedic Health Counselor and RYT-200 Yoga instructor practicing and educating her community in San Jose and the South Bay Area. Kayla has always had a passion for holistic health and healing, and discovered Ayurveda through Body Temple Yoga™ School during her formal 200hr Yoga Teacher Training with her teacher, Daniella Cotreau, which she completed in December 2016. It was during this time that Kayla had the profound realization that to be able to transcend her own imbalances, she first had to become aware of them. She recognized that before she could go out and heal others, she must first learn how to heal herself. Kayla went on to study Ayurveda at The California College of Ayurveda, which soon confirmed that she was on the right path, and that Ayurveda was meant to be her area of study and practice. Kayla is honored to educate and share this beautiful, ancient wisdom with her community, and to raise the vibration of our world through the practices of Yoga and Ayurveda. Kayla wishes to serve clients who are open-minded, passionate, and motivated to dive deeper and learn more about themselves, fostering the ability to make lasting changes in their lives. Kayla hopes to be a guiding light for others as they step onto their path towards health and healing, and to serve her clients with an utmost passion and dedication to them meeting and going beyond their desired health goals.
Amy Fowlkes

Amy Fowlkes

Applied Musculo Skeletal Anatomy

Amy is a physical therapist and manual therapy specialist with over 20 years of practice. She has both a Master of Science degree in Exercise Physiology, as well as a Master’s of Physical Therapy Degree. She is a Board Certified Orthopedic Certified Specialist (OCS) through the American Physical Therapy Association. She has well over 500 hours of Orthopedic Manual Therapy (OMT) post-graduate education with various leaders in the field. OMT includes skilled, hands on techniques to help diagnose and treat soft tissue and joint structure pathology. Most recently she has been focusing on the scientific approach to rehabilitation, as taught by the Ola Grimsby Institute. Treatment with Amy consists of patient education regarding functional anatomy, injury pathomechanics, and effective body mechanics; manual therapy techniques, neuromuscular facilitation and re-education techniques; muscular and joint flexibility exercises; exercises to increase muscular endurance and proximal stabilization; movement assessment. Amy’s distinct blend of exercise science, extensive manual therapy skills and yoga training makes her rehabilitation style innovative and fun. She has been teaching yoga in the Bay Area since 2008 and was initially certified through the Anusara school of yoga. She is registered with Yoga Alliance as an E-RYT 500 and integrates yoga into her physical therapy practice daily, offers private yoga sessions, and teaches therapeutic yoga and anatomy in workshops.

“I stumbled into one of Daniella’s Body Temple Yoga classes quite by accident in 2015 and life has never been quite the same! During the class I was impressed not only by her teaching style but the love and care that she showed for all of her students – by the time we came to Shavasana I was in tears! As a result of this unique experience I continued taking classes with her and then discovered that she offered Yoga Teacher Training – something I had considered in the past but never found the right program. My decision to sign up the training in 2017 was based on many factors – the quality of the teaching offered, the difference Body Temple Yoga had already made to my life and the realization that Daniella was a “very special human being” who is totally authentic and embodies all that she teaches. Moreover, my own personal life had become increasingly stressful and I realized that I needed more tools in the toolkit in order to cope – what I did not realize at that time was that I was going to get several new toolkits. I had come to realize how out of touch with my emotions I was and welcomed the heart-opening & heart themed approach to teaching yoga along with the detailed alignment which afforded greater exploration with safety. Talking to other Body Temple YTT graduates was also key – they promised life-changing transformation and I am glad that I listened because they were right. My experience has been exemplary – the course content is unlike any other in its depth and breadth – I have talked to other teachers about yoga teaching programs and their reaction when I tell them about this teaching has been “Oh, you picked really well….that is so much more than the teaching I had”. The yoga philosophy was of particular interest to me and the meditation practices have led me to a more peaceful grounded place. I was able to go deeper with my own yoga practice – using the alignment principles and find greater opening and space within my body – which translated to many aspects of my life. I was not fully committed to teaching yoga before I started the program – but now have a strong passion to share these teachings with others so they can benefit in the same way that I have. Daniella as a teacher is there with you every step of the way, she creates a safe container for learning, exploration and opening up whether this be the body, mind or the heart. She is passionate about her practice and will challenge you in the best possible way with a loving heart to achieve more than you had ever thought possible supporting you to succeed. She will give you 100% if not more. I am now committed to continuing with these teachings and have decided to take a mentoring program with Daniella – to learn and grow more myself and support others as a mentor on the 200 hour Head to Heart program. If you are even considering this program – don’t hesitate sign up – my only wish is that I had taken it sooner!”

Pam S.

Campbell, CA. , July 2017 graduate

“Daniella’s body temple yoga teacher training is a life changing and empowering course that teaches you how to be the best version of your self. Her work and teachings are truly transformative – I can’t believe that I’m lucky to have discovered her and learned all that I did. I took this course to get a better understanding of yoga and its philosophy. Instead I learned way more – what I got out of it was a better understanding of my self, and a “yoga toolkit” on how to navigate this world for the rest of my life with grace and happiness.”

Rashmi S.

San Jose, CA. July 2017 graduate

“When I began my yoga teacher training with Daniella, I had no idea what to expect. I certainly had no idea that what I was getting myself into was going to be a life-changing, drastically transformational journey. I took the training at a very transitional period in my life…I was finishing my last six months of graduate school, holding multiple jobs at once, and healing from many physical and emotional ailments that had built up over the years. I truly do not know how I would have gotten through this chaotic period of my life without the grounding energy that I received from our training. Every weekend that we met, I was showered with feelings of acceptance, empathy, love, and companionship from Daniella and the fellow students. I never felt alone or uneasy on those weekends, not even for one second. I learned everything about yoga (and more) that I could have expected to learn from the training. Now that it is over, I am still figuring out if I would like to teach yoga to the public. I initially took the training because I wanted to deepen my own practice and make sure I was in proper alignment so that I would not continue to hurt myself (as I had been in the past), and could begin to heal from my injuries. I easily received those aspects of the training; now I feel MUCH more confident in my ability to practice asana safely and teach it to others if I choose to do so. But the training did so much more for me than just teach me about yoga. Daniella’s training helped me to truly be comfortable being vulnerable, alone, and honest with myself about aspects of my life that I had been avoiding. I now know how to speak up for myself and ask for what I need in ways I never previously had, and I have a deep-rooted sense of ease and hope that everything is going to be okay, no matter what life chooses to throw at me. One of the weekends that we met, Daniella could tell that my energy had shifted in some way, and she asked me what was on my mind….I replied, “I feel like for the first time in my life, I finally am not chasing after anything. I feel at ease and at peace in this moment…finally.” I am now more present, confident, brave, and truly happier than I have ever been in my life. I am forever grateful that I had the opportunity to be part of such a wonderful experience that will continue to stick with me for the rest of my life.”

Sarah L.

San Jose, CA. July 2017 Graduate

“I had been doing yoga for a few years when I found Ambika Daniella’s Body Temple Yoga class. I was really enjoying yoga, but also felt a lot of the classes I was attending (mostly Vinyasa) were missing something. Body Temple Yoga™ was different. I felt empowered in my yoga poses when I followed and made the alignment adjustments that are core to the Body Temple Yoga™ practice. When I use alignment to set the foundation of my poses I can do yoga pain free!! And that is the way yoga should be. Ambika Daniella also has the amazing gift of giving me the tools to open my heart and unlock the joy that was hidden beneath layers of old ‘stuff’. Although I started yoga to pursue a physical practice, what I eventually learned, through the Body Temple Yoga™ Teacher Training, was the physical practice is simply a tool to help unlock and let flow the energeticsof the body. It has been an amazing personal transformation. I have completely evolved my personal yoga practice. I approach asana as a tool and play with many different poses depending upon the energetic work I need to do with my ‘Self’. I feel empowered in my own personal practice and I feel very confident as a yoga teacher. I now have the tools to teach appropriate and meaningful yoga classes. I cannot say enough about Ambika Daniella and how grateful I am for all the tools she has given me as a student. If you are ready to transform your life I recommend highly making the commitment to Body Temple Yoga and Ambika Daniella. She works hard to bring you the very best of what yoga has to offer. She is worth it!! Thank you much and Pranams.

Shauna G.

San Jose, Ca. July 2016 graduate

“I have the highest regard for Ambika Daniella and Body Temple Yoga™ Teacher Training. Ambika is incredibly thorough and rigorous. I learned so much about myself, my personal practice, proper alignment, living from my heart and yoga philosophy. Her training changed my life. I would recommend it with great enthusiasm to anyone.”

Jocelyn L.

Bay Area, CA. February 2016 graduate

“I stumbled upon Daniella’s Body Temple Yoga class just as I was beginning to think about adding yoga to my skill set as a group fitness instructor and personal trainer. Her clear method of instruction, the strength of her expertise, and the passion with which she relayed her reflections about the practice and our inner worlds touched me right away. I knew that it was synchronistic that I found her when I did. I began teaching while I was going through the BTY Teacher Training. I was immediately able to apply the principles that Daniella taught us AND infuse my classes with the elements of yoga philosophy, as well as the spiritual and emotional values I was learning. My students noticed the change in my teaching style and commented regularly that they love it more with every class they take! The greater shift I experienced and continue to experience is becoming more of who I truly am. At some point in our lives, we lose the parts of ourselves that are the most unique and valuable. I entered into the training with the intention of becoming more vulnerable, of finding and expressing my voice, and of loving more. I got all that and then some. If you’re looking for a comprehensive training, one that is has a basis in spiritual philosophy, biological science, and real time practice, where you are supported and hugged every step of the way, I highly recommend BTYTT. I am forever grateful to Daniella and my cohort for supporting me as I went through one of the greatest transformations of my life :)”

Nadia S.

San Jose, CA. February 2016 graduate

“In 2013, I had been seeking a yoga training course for a couple of years. When I started taking Daniella’s classes regularly I knew that this was the right fit for me. It has been one of my life’s most enriching experiences! I feel as if this is the foundation to my life that I’ve been searching for. I thoroughly enjoyed learning about yoga philosophy, Ayruveda, pranayama, anatomy and much more. I have been gifted the tools, and now I intend to cultivate what I have been given. Daniella’s teaching style is clear, and precise, emphasizing alignment and form. All that, accompanied with her compassionate yogic wisdom and playful sense of humor. Daniella is truly an amazing role model for me. She embraces life, embodies gratitude, grace and love! I look forward to continuing my yoga path, having confidence that she will always be there for me. Many thanks to Daniella’s vast knowledge and unending loving support throughout my 200 hour Body Temple Yoga Training.”

Karen K.

San Jose, Ca. February 2014 graduate

“I had an amazing experience with the Body Temple Yoga School! Daniella has so much knowledge of anatomy, alignment, yoga philosophy, concise and loving communication, living from heart, and so on. It is not just her knowledge that makes her training incredible, but also her dedication to supporting her trainees and working so closely with them to transform them into the best possible teachers they can be. Daniella creates a community that fosters deep knowledge, love, and compassion because she embodies all these qualities. Other than my family, I have never felt more loved and supported by a group of people. I cannot imagine a 200 hour program that would make me feel more knowledgeable or confident in my abilities to teach than Body Temple Yoga School. Whenever I think about this training, I will always feel gratitude.”

Sara H.

San Jose, CA. , July 2017 graduate

“The first time I saw Daniella’s YTT training advertised, I was immediately intrigued – the name Body Temple told me my relationship with my body would change through this training and that is exactly what I wanted. However, I knew I needed more than just a body experience and just intuitively felt that Body Temple was going to provide a Body, Mind, and Spiritual experience – a whole life shift. I went into the training already certified with my first 200 hrs required and teaching sporadically throughout the Bay Area. However, I came into Daniella’s class already a teacher but had some major gaps in my teacher’s tool belt and I just knew that Daniella’s knowledge and passion would help fill those gaps in. Two of the major area’s I needed to grow in were: 1) having confidence teaching off the mat and owning my voice as a teacher, 2) the knowledge of anatomy and alignment. I had been teaching for a few months and just did not feel good about where I was as a teacher – I knew I wanted to offer my students more. Daniella’s deep knowledge of alignment and anatomy plus her Heart-Wisdom Teachings and her deep spiritual presence created the perfect space for me to grow and stretch my teacher wings. I am only half way through the program and I am already 100% a better teacher. In three months, I am able to teach a yoga class off the mat! I never thought I’d be confident enough to do this – my mind always told me it was too hard and that it’d take YEARS of teaching to get there. And teaching off the mat has given me, and my students, so much more than I could have imagined – because I’m not stuck on my mat modeling the poses, I can be present with my students and their needs, I feel more connected to my class, and most definitely feel more confident in my teacher voice and creating a container of transformation for my students. Daniella has created a training that is filled with loads of yoga and asana wisdom as well as being safe, fun, warm, loving – the perfect container of transformation for her me and because I trusted that she was the right teacher for me, I can create the same experience for my yoga students now. So deeply grateful for this heart-based training and this woman – who has shown me that what my Mind denied, my Heart knew was completely possible for me to grow into and and I can’t wait to learn more with her.”

Kat. D

San Jose, CA. Soon-to-be February 2018 Graduate!

“When I picked my YTT school, I was fixated on ensuring it was a place that facilitated safe space, helped me understand what yoga is + its roots, taught me to internalize why we do what we do in our yoga practice, and led by a strong heart-based leader. Daniella’s BTY YTT went beyond my expectations and I’m immensely grateful that it turned out to be the experience that not only gave me what I was looking for but helped me build a strong anchor for myself. I was at a point in my life where I had so many aspirations brewing in mind yet was surrounded by a lot of chaos and hitting one rock bottom after another. It’s natural. We all got baggage and this YTT really taught me to reclaim myself again and again. When my personal triggers or issues weren’t done with me, this YTT helped me work through it and allowed me to be very comfortable in taking more introspective plunges as I deepened my yoga practice. It helped me get better at parking my ego at the door, trusting my gut, and really listening to what I felt. Not being intimidated by the self-destructive chatter that can overtake me sometimes. I owe all this to Daniella for teaching and giving me so much through this program. She’s a wonderful instructor who really keeps your best interests at heart and has so much to give when it comes to life lessons. She always held safe space for me and continues to do so today as I join her BTY mentorship program. The funny thing about this is at one point, I dropped out midway into the YTT program and found myself coming full circle to finish it. I didn’t only come back to finish my YTT. It became more of a personal anchor where it was me doing this for myself and my sanity through my life circumstances. The foundation of our group was so heartfelt and safe that I felt comfortable going at my pace. No matter what my life threw at me, this practice really helped me own it and own myself each time. ”

Kim G.

San Jose, CA. July 2017 graduate

“I felt a calling to Daniella Ambika’s training last March in 2016. I am so glad I listened to my heart and went through with the training because I am the best version of myself I have ever been. Daniella Ambika’s authentic guidance helps you find your own path in this world by directing you back to yourself and your heart. The quality of her training gave me a well rounded base to feel confident enough to start teaching right after my 200 hours were completed. We went over anatomy, yoga philosophy, Ayurveda, Bhakti yoga, alignment-based asana, pranayama, and so much more. Plus, the people who are called to her training are gems in this world! My classmates and I have a bond that I have never experienced before. I feel the most grounded I have ever felt and wouldn’t have gotten to this point without Daniella Ambika. I urge anyone reading this who is even slightly interested to come take her class or go to an info session for her trainings. You won’t regret it! <3”

Gina N.

Silicon Valley, CA. December 2016 graduate

“Body Temple Yoga™ School’s 200hr Teacher Training is an amazing, life-changing program. The word that kept coming to all of our minds was “depth” — depth of the practice, depth of understanding alignment, depth of community, depth of the philosophy, depth of bhakti, depth of understanding anatomy, ayurveda, jyotish, and so much more. I feel so deeply grateful to have participated in the experience.”

Juliet R.

San Francisco, CA. December 2016 graduate

“I felt a calling to Daniella Ambika’s training last March in 2016. I am so glad I listened to my heart and went through with the training because I am the best version of myself I have ever been. Daniella Ambika’s authentic guidance helps you find your own path in this world by directing you back to yourself and your heart. The quality of her training gave me a well rounded base to feel confident enough to start teaching right after my 200 hours were completed. We went over anatomy, yoga philosophy, Ayurveda, Bhakti yoga, alignment-based asana, pranayama, and so much more. Plus, the people who are called to her training are gems in this world! My classmates and I have a bond that I have never experienced before. I feel the most grounded I have ever felt and wouldn’t have gotten to this point without Daniella Ambika. I urge anyone reading this who is even slightly interested to come take her class or go to an info session for her trainings. You won’t regret it! <3”

Gina N.

Silicon Valley, CA. December 2016 graduate

“Daniella deepened my knowledge of yoga and alignment in a truly meaningful way. The personal growth throughout the training was a blessing, and I feel confident and ready to share my knowledge of yoga with students of my own.”

Susanna W.

Bay Area, CA. July 2016 graduate

“Miss Ambika Daniella Cotreau is by far one of the most amazing yoga instructors, as well as human beings, that I have ever had the pleasure to meet in my life. As a newer practitioner to yoga only having had a very consistent practice for the last year, both Daniella’s Body Temple Yoga classes as well as her 200-hour teacher training have completely transformed my practice and my idea about what yoga really is. Her detailed alignment instruction has enabled me to feel into my body in a deeper way than I ever thought possible, and has also changed the relationship that I have with certain asana postures significantly. Daniella is a prime example of a teacher who truly lives their practice both on and off the mat, which is what drew me to her from the beginning. Her use of alignment, heart-centered teachings, astrology, and intuitive insight empowers people to cultivate a relationship with the highest aspects of themselves, teaches them how to tune in to their gut instincts and intuition, and truly live from their heart. Daniella’s BTY 200-hour yoga teacher training completely transformed my life, and I am forever in gratitude for everything she has taught me so far. Whether you are new to yoga or you have been practicing for a decade or more, I cannot recommend Daniella highly enough. She is amazing!”

Kayla M.

San Jose, Ca. December 2016 graduate