You are invited on a sacred journey of self discovery, expansion, learning, and growth. 


Through our eight weekends together, you will not only deepen your connection to your inner-guidance system, but you will also have the opportunity to cultivate a new and profound relationship with your physicality. 

You will receive the tools to share this practice in a way that is unique, safe, and authentic to you and your body.

  What lights you up about yoga, and how can we magnify that light?  

How can you be a catalyst for others to connect to their own inner-guidance system?

Why Choose Root To Rise

This training is unique in that each immersive weekend centers thematically around a specific chakra.  Through our eight weekends together, we will work our way from the Root to the Crown as we learn our energetic and physical anatomy, pranayama (breathwork), poses that center around the specific chakra, and so much more.  The intention of this training is to assist you in planting a firm foundation through your daily sadhana (spiritual practice), and to awaken you to YOGA (aka union) in all aspects of life.  When we begin to live our lives through the lens of yoga, everything shifts.


A note about the "style" of this training: The asana (posture) style of this training could be described as slow flow, rather than vinyasa.  There is a heavy emphasis on the breath (pranayama) and linking movement with breath, but this is not primarily a vinyasa training. Students will learn the traditional "sun salutation" form, but are encouraged to create sequences that focus on breath, meditation, balancing the basic elements of physicality,

and SLOWING DOWN.  The emphasis of the asana aspect of this training is understanding how to balance the body, and making yoga accessible to ALL bodies.

We have an incredible staff of senior teachers who are so excited and passionate about sharing their yoga knowledge with YOU! Each teacher brings their own unique essence and beliefs about what yoga means.  This creates a beautiful opportunity for you to explore many aspects and vibrations of yoga and decide how your yoga wants to be expressed. 

 Not only do we offer you the opportunity to dive deep into the many aspects that make up the yogic tradition, but you will also get to experience many out-of-the-box breakthrough exercises to connect you to yourself, your voice, and your power in a profound way.  Whether you decide to teach or not, this experience will change the way you look at, and move through the world.

The intimacy of a small group (9 people max) is such a beautiful gift.  By the end of the training, you will truly feel like you have a new soul family. 

The training will include:

  • Anchoring In Your Sadhana For Transformation (daily spiritual practice)

  • Teaching Methodology: posture breakdowns,                                 sequencing, languaging, etc.

  • Anatomy/ Kinesiology - including a visit to the Colorado Learning Center of Human Anatomy 

  • Chakras/ Energetics

  • Philosophy: The Eight Limbs of Yoga & Tantra 

  • History of Yoga 

  • Being Trauma Informed & Understanding The Nervous System

  • Yoga & Social Justice - Stepping off the Mat & Advocating for UNION

  • Adjustments/Touch

  • Meditation

  • Intro to Ayurveda

  • Pranayama and Be Free Breathwork

  • Basic Prenatal and Yoga Postures for Disabilities 

  • Expanding the WHAT IS of Yoga

  • Lifestyle/ Nutrition

  • The Business of Yoga

  • Ecstatic Dance

  • Experiences of multiple styles of yoga including: Yoga Nidra, Kundalini, Para Yoga, Yin, and Partner.


Your Teachers

Melanie Lighthouser

Lead Instuctor

Anatomy & Kinesiology

Transformational Experiences

Pose Breakdowns

...and much more


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Abhi Lijo

Yoga History

Yoga Philosophy

Joe Somodi

Master Class Teacher

Stoking the Internal Fire

The Art of Meditation


Ange Stopperan

Master Class Teacher

The Business of Yoga: Marketing, Etc.

Hannah Levin

Introduction to Ayurveda


Dr. Corrine Duel-Gentile

Anatomy Breakdown: The Energetics of the Spinal Column


Faith Brandt

Master Class Teacher

Yin Yoga


Alexandra Jenkins

Master Class Teacher

Understanding Trauma & Nervous System Regulation


Dana Ripley

Master Class Teacher

Yoga Nidra

The training will consist of 8 full weekend immersions


2022 Weekend Dates:

Jan 7-9

Feb 4-6

March 4-6

April 1-3

May 6-8

June 3-5

July 8-10

Aug 12-14- testing


Fridays:  6-9pm

Sat: 9am-5pm

Sun 9am-5pm



The Be Free Healing Center

1006 Spring Creek lane

Ft Collins CO 80526


In addition to our eight weekends together, students will be asked to take a certain number of outside yoga classes throughout the training; to maintain a regular home practice; to write several papers; to keep up with required reading; and to complete both a written final and final teaching presentation.

In order to receive your 200hr certification, you must complete all required work and demonstrate your competence in your final exams.

More Information:

Please contact Melanie if you are have any questions!


or text/call Melanie@ 970-286-4447

Self- Investment Pricing: 

Total Price of Course:


Holiday Discount : $500 OFF if you register before Dec 31st! 


Are You A Minority?

BIPOC and LGBTQ+ partial scholarships available! 

$500 deposit required to hold your spot.

Is money the sticking point?

We are dedicated to making this program as available as possible! 

8-12 month extended payment plans available.

Please reach out to discuss.  Call Melanie @ 970-286-4447

The History of Root To Rise

2021 brings the 7th graduating class of Root to Rise!

Root To Rise was created in 2015 by Melanie Lighthouser and Sohalia (Nicole) Hussain. With over 20 years of combined yoga teaching experience, the two women set out to create a training that was unique and offered students the opportunity to dive deep within and (re)discover their inner teacher.  In 2017 Sohalia moved away and Melanie decided to continue the Root to Rise tradition with the help of several incredible guest teachers. To date, Root To Rise has certified 54 amazing beings to "go forth and share their light".  We are so proud of each of these humans!


“When I registered for YTT, I immediately retracted the following day--armed with countless reasons why I couldn't do this training. Melanie took the time to explore and offer the many reasons why this training could help me; and help me in a way that extended well beyond my yoga mat. Prior to YTT, I had a very simplistic understanding of yoga related to physical practice and fitness. I too, like so many others, had fallen prey to Western yoga culture and learned in my training that yoga is a deeply sacred and rich practice; and I am so much more aware of ways I can contribute and celebrate the authentic practice of this ancient tradition. Following the completion of my training, I am humble, grateful, and eager to continue to grow and expand in Yoga ethics, philosophy and practice. Essentially, what I have learned from Melanie, and by extension The Be Free Healing Center, is that when there are relationally safe people and spaces, the body-mind-soul connection can integrate fully and wholeheartedly. Be Free’s classes, workshops, teachers, presenters are diverse and inclusive souls who share the universal purpose of encouraging a deeper connection within; as well as creating comunidad, community. In our corner of the world of Fort Collins, Melanie has created a warm, heart-filled, nurturing space for everyone to feel seen, held, and free. She has and will remain a tremendous influence and figure as mi maestra, curandera, hermana, and amiga in my life. I am in such deep gratitude to know Melanie, as I continue to be an active supporter and participant of The Be Free Healing Center.” Con mucho cariño/With great affection, Sofia​

"I raved about this class to my family and friends for the entire 5 months. I found so much learning, love, and expansion each weekend. Melanie has my great respect. She walks her talk. She is a teacher who is always learning and growing in her own understanding of yoga. She prioritizes the learning and honoring of yoga's roots and the 8 limbs of yoga. She is working hard to be inclusive and to honor the lineages and teachers that have come before us. She invites in speakers with a wide range of skills to expand our understanding. She structures and paces the classes beautifully. She has an incredible depth of knowledge and wide skill set! Melanie is a most remarkable YTT trainer. I feel sure that no one is more competent, compassionate, supportive, collaborative, humble, ethical and qualified for offering 200 hour YTT. This training has impacted my life to a degree that I never anticipated. Thank you Melanie. Much love and appreciation." - Kathy D

I loved Root to Rise. It was probably the best, fullest, most encouraging and deepest challenge to my person growth that I have experienced outside of marriage and parent/grandparenthood. It certainly provided the depth I was looking for to help me explore yoga in its fullest and most rooted expression. And there was so much more to discover and question and receive. I love how the training is centered around the chakras. Melanie has truly developed an amazing training.  She is  also personally very gifted as a teacher, in the physicality of yoga, the anatomy of the human body and in the realms of the spiritual. My hopes for my experience in yoga teacher training were met beyond my imaginings and then there was so much more to drink in. I am profoundly grateful to Melanie and Roots to Rise and all of the teachers that she brought into the mix." - Wendy L

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