Studio Spotlight: Yoga Farm Ithaca Review


aily stressors, life changes, and a rapidly evolving world can make it tough to stay healthy and happy, but places like Yoga Farm Ithaca are dedicated to making it a little bit easier. Whether you’re a complete yoga beginner, a yoga teacher looking for continuing education, or you’re looking for some guidance or courses in other areas of your life. Yoga Farm Ithaca is worth exploring.

Yoga Farm Ithaca is an educational nonprofit that offers yoga courses, teacher certifications, and other life education courses with the goal of supporting their students’ physical, mental, and spiritual wellbeing. People can make a one-time donation or become members for a monthly cost with exclusive access to certain courses and events.

If you’re looking to take a course or get involved with Yoga Farm Ithaca, we’ve got all the info you need covering down below. Keep reading for more details about Yoga Farm Ithaca and the different yoga classes and certifications they offer.

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About Yoga Farm Ithaca

Yoga Farm Ithaca is a nonprofit 501c organization that provides a variety of courses in yoga, meditation, ayurvedic techniques, and many more. They also provide courses on relationships, connection, spiritual awareness, and other aspects of self-care and self-awareness. 

Their goal is to provide educational curriculums that allow people to practice more healthy lives and therefore fight against common negative experiences like loneliness, anxiety, and depression. Every course is geared towards individuals that are looking for more ways to create more fulfilling lives.

According to Yoga Farm’s website, the mission of providing these yoga classes and other courses is “teaching skills, tools and healing techniques for body and mind so that students can bring their very best self home to their work, relationships, and service work.”

Located in Ithaca, NY, this 65-acre farm provides a safe and serene environment for the different classes, events, and courses. The farm event space itself is closed, but there are plans to expand the event centers in the future, which is quite exciting.

Since their facility is closed, all classes and live events are being held online. For many members of the yoga community, online classes have become increasingly popular. Yoga Farm Ithaca yoga courses and certifications allow yogis to grow deeper in their practice and still connect with others without having to leave the comfort of their own homes.

Let’s dive deeper into the different yoga courses they provide and what you can expect.

Who are the founders?

Yoga Farm Ithaca is an education and retreat center founded by Christopher Grant and Daniela Hess. Christopher and Daniela are experienced yoga teachers who have been practicing and teaching yoga for over a decade. They are committed to sharing the transformative power of yoga with their students and creating a supportive community of practitioners who can support each other on their yoga journey.

Yoga Certifications Offered

Yoga certifications are the best first step for anyone looking to grow deeper in their yoga practice and learn how to teach yoga to others. There’s a lot to learn when it comes to teaching yoga to others, which is why a certain number of certified hours are required if you plan to teach in a yoga studio or elsewhere.

There are quite a few different certification options available. Beginner 200-hour courses are often where most aspiring yoga teachers start. But it’s also important to note that continuing education courses can be a requirement to update or renew your yoga teacher certification after a certain amount of time has passed. This makes continuing education certifications a vital element in maintaining your yoga teacher certification status.

Yoga Farm Ithaca provides a few different yoga certification courses to meet their students’ specific needs. There are beginner and advanced courses, so if you’re feeling intimidated or like your current yoga practice isn’t consistent enough yet, you might be perfect for taking a certification course.

Here are the main certification courses you can sign up for:

  1. 200-hour Radiant Warrior yoga teacher training: This course focuses on teaching vinyasa, Hatha, and mindfulness.
  2. 300-hour advanced yoga teacher training: This course builds off the foundational knowledge of the 200-hour course and focuses on how to teach Kundalini, Ayurveda, and Enneagram.
  3. 200-hour Kundalini Warrior yoga teacher training: This course will teach teachers how to teach Kundalini yoga specifically.

There are all sorts of classes like a prenatal yoga instructor certification online, yoga nidra certification online, children’s yoga certification online, and much more. To learn more about the specific curriculum of each class, you can visit their certifications page here. You can also see who is teaching that specific course when the class meets over zoom and what other resources you’ll have access to during and after the course has ended. All of Yoga Farm Ithaca’s certification courses are registered under Yoga Alliance as well.

Online Yoga Teacher Training Certifications

Many of us lead extremely busy lives, and while a yoga teacher certification is a great way to grow in your yoga career, they often require a time commitment. This can be made much easier and more accessible when you can take a certification course completely online.

Yoga Farm Ithaca makes yoga teacher training as accessible as possible while still providing a strong community and resource for yoga teachers by consistently providing teacher trainings all year round and completely online. You can also sign up for various payment plans and options for aspiring yoga teachers to begin their journey as soon as they want.

You can check out the long list of course and payment options at Yoga Farm Ithaca.

Along with their numerous other training certification online courses, Yoga Farm Ithaca offers a few specialized continuing education certifications. Continuing education courses are a great way to maintain your teacher certification and learn more deeply about specific aspects or types of yoga you may not have had time to delve into during your foundational courses.

Here are a few of the courses they’re offering right now and in the near future:

  1. Evolution of the Pose
  2. How to Teach Breathwork to Students
  3. Kundalini Summer of Love CE course
  4. How to teach chair yoga for everybody (self-paces)

Not only can you get your foundational yoga certifications completed at Yoga Farm Ithaca, but you also have a consistent place to return to for continuing education courses.

There are plenty of options out there to become a certified yoga instructor. But Yoga Farm Ithaca ensures that once you become a part of the community, you always have classes and resources to tap into, regardless of your schedule, budget, or location.

Looking at all the different course and certification options can get daunting. Along with their free offerings, Yoga Farm Ithaca makes it even easier to decide if a certification course might be the right option for you. You can sign up for what is essentially a free 7-day trial of their 200-hour training course.

With this free peek into their foundational teacher training course, completely online, you can find out firsthand what it would be like to take a certification course through Yoga Farm Ithaca. This is the perfect way to give the course a chance and see if you truly want to move forward.

Check out this page here to learn more.

Yoga Classes Offered

Beyond their certification courses, Yoga Farm Ithaca also has plenty of individual yoga classes available to members and to the public.

Individual yoga classes are a great way to create a consistent yoga practice and get those health benefits from practicing mindfulness and physical wellness each day. There are various classes offered by Yoga Farm Ithaca so that you can grab that mat and start your practice whenever you need.

The different types of classes offered include:

  1. Live yoga classes you can tune into via zoom
  2. Self-paced yoga classes you can start and replay whenever you need
  3. Workshops and in-person yoga classes (available when the facility opens again)

Now, since Yoga Farm Ithaca is a nonprofit organization, they run these yoga classes and other courses on charitable donations, monthly membership payments, certification courses, fundraisers, and with the help of volunteers.

While donations are always welcome, and you can still get access to free yoga classes online, becoming a monthly membership gives you access to an even wider variety of yoga classes (over 100 classes total!), workshops and events, as well as access to different parts of their course materials.

The membership payments themselves are also on a sliding scale. You can become a member for between $9 and $39 per month. This means that no matter what your budget looks like, you can be a part of the Yoga Farm Ithaca community and contribute what you can to the organization.

Many people find that they become more involved, take more classes, participate in a course, or take a workshop. They want to support the organization so that they can continue to provide these amazing yoga classes to anyone that wants to join.

However, if you’re budget is too tight, or you don’t feel ready to become a monthly member, there are also a variety of free classes and offerings that you can take part in.  

Some of the free yoga classes include:

  1. Daily yoga classes on Facebook live
  2. Sacred Sunday: Weekly schedule of yoga classes, guided meditations, breathwork classes, and others.
  3. Free online yoga teacher training sample

There really are so many classes to pick from. Yoga Farm Ithaca yoga classes and schedules encourage students to be part of the community and not only practice yoga but connect with other students and teachers in meaningful and fulfilling ways.

Practicing yoga is an individual act, but it can be made even better when you can meet other people who are passionate about yoga and deepening your practice.

All yoga classes are online, but they’re usually live taught with recordings made available for replay if you can’t make it to the live class. This gives students the ability to choose what works for them.

Do you prefer to go to a live class and participate alongside the instructor and others tuning into the class live? Or do you prefer to take a yoga class on your schedule but still want to follow the instructor and take a new class each time?

With the yoga classes taught by Yoga Farm Ithaca instructors, you can make your yoga practice work for you.

How did Yoga Farm Ithaca get started?

Yoga Farm Ithaca was founded in 2013 by Christopher Grant and Daniela Hess. They started the center as a way to share their love of yoga with others and create a space where people could come together to deepen their practice and connect with each other. Over the years, Yoga Farm Ithaca has grown to become a thriving community of yoga practitioners and teachers, offering a wide range of programs and retreats.

Where can I learn more about Yoga Farm Ithaca?

To learn more about Yoga Farm Ithaca and their programs, you can visit their website at They offer a variety of programs, including yoga teacher training, self-paced courses, workshops, and retreats, all of which are designed to provide a comprehensive and immersive learning experience. You can also connect with them on social media or reach out to their support team for any questions or concerns you may have.

Final Thoughts on Yoga Farm Ithaca

Yoga Farm Ithaca has so much to offer the yoga community. Their nonprofit structure also makes it a great place to get started with free classes or with a monthly membership where you know your money is being put towards their goals and mission.

If you’re in the Ithaca, NY area, you also want to stay up to date with their new facility and when they plan to open it back up to the public.

But for now, with plenty of online classes, courses, and other events, you can still stay very active in the yoga community.

Make sure to check out Yoga Farm Ithaca. No matter where you are in your yoga journey, they have a class, certification course, or event that will fit perfectly within your budget, schedule, and goals.

Caleb Sharbono is a writer, bio-hacker, wellness advocate, and yogi. Caleb, who grew up on a small Montana ranch, joined the Navy at 17 to study cryptology. He later graduated from the US Naval Academy with a Minor in Mandarin, a Bachelor's in General Engineering, and a Major in English Literature. Caleb's interests and career cover diverse industries and disciplines. Caleb lives in San Antonio and is a Certified Yoga Instructor. He is also studying Zen Buddhism, practicing Holistic Psychology, and working towards his 300-hour yoga teacher training.


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