Training Bodies Intelligently
with Carissa Kniss and Khristen Pahler
Sept. 8-10 and 15-17
Participants will explore a variety of postures in the Aerial Yoga Manual Vol. 1 on the low fabric sling or hammock. The course focuses on progressions, alignment, sequencing, and verbal/physical cues. Rigging and inspection of equipment for your specific space will be covered. The training culminates in a sample class, methods, a rigging assessment, and practice teaching.
All participants MUST be an RYT-200 or higher to enroll. A suggested 10 classes of Aerial Yoga is beneficial but not required.
Level 1.1 – $400
Level 1.2 – $400
Textbooks – $112 +shipping
Certificate Program – $325
purchase both books at AerialDancing.com.
For full Level 1 certification you must complete all 30 hours.
Level 1.1 (15 hours) – $400
Friday 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Saturday and Sunday 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Level 1.2 (15 hours)
Friday 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Saturday and Sunday 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
After completing a 30-hour live training, enroll, online or in person, in the certificate program to begin the 20-hour practicum.
Click here to visit Born to Fly™ for a full detailed layout of the certificate process.
Phone: (940) 514-1170
Address: 709 S Elm St, Denton, TX 76201
The Twisted Bodies 200 Hour In-Depth Yoga Teacher Training Program will prepare you for a wildly inspiring adventure in the world of yoga. Twisted Bodies is dedicated to sharing intelligent, effective, and efficient fitness programming with the community. One way of sharing our love of fitness is to pass that on to quality instructors with exceptional integrity.
150 hours in class study, 50 hours of guided practice and student teaching.
Monday – Saturday 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM (In Class Study) 5:00 – 9:00 PM (Observation and Practice)
Breaks provided for lunch and snacks
Student Observation & Practice Hours
Twisted Bodies is open to all certification students for class/training session observation.
Your payment for courses also includes personal practice time in the studio. Please contact the studio for availability and a list of study group sessions.
$100 non-refundable application fee at time of submission. Application and Admission Fee due prior to acceptance into the program. All taxes and fees applied at payment processing.
A refund will be issued in the event of non-acceptance into the program.
Payment plan options available
Payments can be split into 3 equal parts. Payments must be made in full on the first of each month before the beginning of the monthly modules.
Other Related Fees
Variable costs for required reading materials depending on place of purchase. Optional yet suggested workshops, retreats, and courses.
If a student cancels their workshop or course enrollment less than 14 days prior to the start date of the workshop or course, there will be no refund of monies paid. When the student cancels their enrollment with greater than 14 days notice an administration fee of 20% of the total course fee will apply.
• Receive 200 credit hours that may be submitted to Yoga Alliance for designation of a Registered Yoga Teacher and listing in the nation wide registry
• Gain the foundation and tools needed to develop effective and intelligent group and private training programs
• Understand yoga postures and asana from beginner to basic and how to build from one level to the next
• Further personal knowledge of human anatomy and physiology of movement
• Learn to integrate props and other accessories needed to modify or challenge the program for each client
• Enhance communication and observational skills
• Understand the modifications for specific body types, postural issues and conditions
• Utilize the theory and practice of postural analysis
• Begin to understand and gain a deeper knowledge of yoga philosophy
Recommended Pre-Requisites: (contact studio should you have any concerns about your readiness)
• Working knowledge of functional anatomy
• Minimum 30 hours yoga classes/workouts
• Three-plus years teaching movement or fitness (not required)
Kristina was certified to teach yoga at the Integral Yoga Institute of New York (IYINY). She completed her 200 hour Level I certification in 2013 and her Level II certification in 2014. During that time, she has also completed additional training in children’s yoga at both Kidding Around Yoga and Karma Kids Yoga, and is also certified to teach prenatal and postpartum yoga. Originally from Pennsylvania, Kristina has recently moved to Texas after nine years in NYC. Through working with children and teaching yoga, she finds joy helping them learn about themselves and their bodies. As a teacher, she strives to help her students on their way to living happy, healthy lives. By offering a safe environment and providing care, patience, and understanding, she hopes children will develop these skills for life.
Loagan first began practicing yoga and adopted a plant-based diet at the age of 14 to develop a physically and emotionally healthy lifestyle. Yoga provided Loagan an avenue for building strength, trust, and confidence in her own body, as well as a deep appreciation and love for the diversity and resilience of the human body. Her personal journey through yoga, practicing Ashtanga and Kundalini yoga, inspired her to pursue a 200 hour yoga teaching certificate. Aside from teaching yoga, Loagan received her degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of North Texas to teach mathematics grades 4th through 8th- she will nerd out if you ask her about maths. Her passions extending beyond yoga and mathematics include supporting local business, musicians, visual arts and environmental sustainability.
Tami began dancing in the 1997 when she was 7 years old at a local school club in Brazil. There she studied jazz, ballet and contemporary dance. It was her dream to become a professional dancer, and she continued training for another 7 years. In 2004, Tami began studying ballroom dance and instantly fell in love, soon becoming an instructor. Tami is proficient in all classic dance modalities, and ballroom styles such as Samba, Forró, Waltz, Bolero, Tango, Rock, Salsaw and Zouk rhythms. Additionally, Tami is also certified in all levels of pole. Tami obtained her pole certification in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from the esteemed Grazzy Brugner school. In 2009 she completed her professional dance certificate from the Ministry of Dance of São Paulo. In the same year Tami started working as a professional dancer with Theo & Monica Company of Brazil, and teaching classes. In year 2011 Tami was contracted directly by the Cia Costa Cruises for a European season where she worked until 2014. During this time, when not cruising the open seas and dancing, Tami opened her own school for dance, pole and Zumba. Luckily for Twisted Bodies she relocated to Texas and found the pink palace to share her dance expertise and love.
ElevatED Pole Fitness
Born to Fly Aerial Yoga, Aerial Silks and Lyra Hoop
Deborah Campbell-Greene received her B.A. from Texas A&M University in 2008. Her enthusiasm for wellness and health led her to be a certified massage therapist while living in College Station, TX. After a back injury that left her in a lot of pain and with reduced mobility, Deborah turned to yoga and pilates to rebuild her core and her strength.
A gymnast since her youth, Deborah brings a unique blend of athletic conditioning, flexibility and high energy to her classes and training. She is thrilled to be a full-time instructor at Twisted Bodies and is eager to continue her certifications and training in all areas. In her spare time, she loves to read everything from autobiographies to young adult fiction and loves to listen to Broadway Cast Recordings. She is an advocate for the LGBT community and believes fitness should be an exciting and fun component of a well-rounded life.
Kayla began her love for dance at the age of 5 with ballet and jazz in Southern California. As she grew, so did her love for dance. She began to expand her dance horizons with tap, lyrical, and hip hop. Kayla was a part of her high school dance team, the Panther Dancers, as well as a Teachers Assistant under the Dance Director at the high school and the dance studio she attended. Kayla continued to study ballet after high school, maturing her as a dancer. Several years later, Kayla made her move to Texas where she eventually found Twisted Bodies. She quickly fell in love with pole dancing and has studied Pilates, Yoga, and Pole Fitness under Khristen and Carissa. In November 2014, Kayla joined the Twisted Bodies Team as an Instructor. She received her Total Barre certification in November 2014, RYT 200 in July 2015, and is currently working on four other certifications. Kayla is also a performer and competitor for Twisted Bodies. She has performed at the International Pole Convention in 2015 and will be performing there once more in 2016, along with competitions in Chicago and Atlanta May and June 2016.
Stott Pilates trained
Pink Ribbon Pilates Certified trainer
Certifications in Pound
Total Barre ElevatED Pole Level 1
Born to Fly Certified in Aerial yoga, Lyra hoop and Silks
Khristen Pahler is a mother of two who is devoted to a fit and healthy lifestyle. She began practicing yoga and Pilates shortly after her second child was born in 2004 to alleviate the effects of excessive weight gain. After experiencing the many benefits of these fitness modalities she set out to obtain her certifications in 2008.
Together with her dance and creative movement background she’s been able to infuse her choreography with powerful dynamic movement which many of the studio performers have utilized in their own competition pieces. In addition to her work at Twisted Bodies, Khristen was previously a Special Education Aide at Argyle High School and trains various high school sports teams for strength and conditioning. She is an advocate for womens health and donates her time and services to Susan G. Komen by way of Therapeutic Pilates Training for those pre and post-op mastectomy. She believes that your fitness routine should be fun and elevate your mind, body and soul.
Carissa Laitinen-Kniss received a BA in Dance Kinesiology from Texas Woman’s University in 2003 and a M. Ed. from Southwestern Assemblies of God University in 2009. As a professional dancer, she began studying yoga and Pilates in 1989 under the direction of Susan Marquis Friday. In 2002 Carissa received her yoga teacher certification from the Yoga Institute of Houston. For over 15 years she has taught Dance, Yoga, and Pilates to all ages and abilities. In 2008 Carissa began teaching Yoga to high school cheer, dance, and football teams; as well as other athletes and students with disabilities and/or special needs. In addition Mrs. Kniss has also collaborated with management staff at several corporations to educate employees on a healthy lifestyle and exercises for the office, as well as medical personnel for hospital fitness and fitness for seniors age 65 and older. She began her Pilates teacher training in 2002 while studying at TWU, and holds a full Stott Pilates Certification. Wanting to explore her dance career further, Carissa began studying aerial arts and pole dance fitness in 2005. Under the direction of Julianna Hane, Carissa has become certified to teach Aerial Yoga, Aerial Silks, and Lyra; through the Born to Fly method. Ms. Kniss regularly attends continuing education courses to increase her knowledge and stay up to date on the most cutting edge research. Additionally, Carissa is an active sponsor and participant in multiple professional organizations and provides workshops around the world for students and peers. With a passion for family, students, dance and martial arts Carissa has an innate ability to individualize instruction to meet the needs of every student and conform lessons to enhance a student’s abilities in their specific art, sport, or area of need.