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 (12 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 

  • 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 Sheck

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


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:




(save $600 if deposit is paid by Oct 1st)

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. 

The History of Root To Rise

2020 brings the 6th 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 46 amazing beings to "go forth and share their light".  We are so proud of each of these humans!

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