USP Yoga Teacher Supplemental Training Course

Calling all yoga teachers: USP is hiring!

THE MAT with Nicole Katz @ USP
Motherhood is a marathon. And, just like with any marathon, physical and mental preparation make all the difference. The yoga programming at Union Square Play seeks to both empower and support mothers from pregnancy onward. Utilizing the strength based approach created by Director of Wellness Nicole Katz, our set weekly sequence classes will focus on building strength, integrating functional movement and creating mental practices that prepare us for the challenges, help us change our perspective and transform experiences so we can get (and give) the most JOY.
We are looking for candidates who...
  • are excited about working with pre/postnatal women
  • love the idea of blending on the mat physical work with off the mat mental/emotional philosophies
  • like working within a solid structure
  • are excited about learning more about anatomy, kinesiology and range of motion
  • want to be part of a team trying to create something really special to support mamas everywhere
  • Already have a 200hr Yoga Alliance recognized certification
  • Pre/postnatal training certification
  • Basic understanding of anatomy and physiology
Email your resume to by November 1.


Trainees can expect to learn…

  1. Overview of the concepts of eyeballing for range of motion, valves and joint freedom
  2. General understanding of importance of strength and functional movements in preparation for labor and motherhood
  3. General understanding of breath practices to support pregnancy, labor and recovery
  4. Understanding of the Yoga 216 BME Sequencing Method and how it supports pre/post natal women
  5. How to lead a USP-style pre/postnatal yoga class


    Nicole Katz SYT, IAYT, E-RYT 500, Pronatal Certified

    Nicole began her practice more than 20 years ago in the Iyengar tradition in San Diego CA where she was born and raised. 

    In 2012 Nicole opened Yoga 216. New York City’s only semi private yoga studio with no more than 6 yogi’s in a class. For 7 years Yoga 216 served it’s community as a warm welcoming place where the personal attention of a private session and the satsang of a group class studio converged. While open Nicole served Yoga 216 as operator, artistic director, group class instructor, private instructor and co- wrote and lead several Yoga Alliance Certified trainings including: Level 1 and Level 2 Teacher Trainings, and a series on Deepening Your Practice and Functional Anatomy for Yoga Teachers.

    It was also during her time at Yoga 216 that Nicole created the 216 Flow and BME sequences that combine vigorous flow, thoughtful functional anatomy, and a mindful application of normal ranges of motion into a vinyasa class that is very challenging and yet still safe for a wide population of students. 

    In 2016 Nicole became a mother and welcomed the first of her two daughters. Her own journey of trying to become pregnant, loss, pregnancy, home birth and getting back into a body that is fiercer than before led Nicole to devote herself to pre and postnatal care. Nicole profoundly shares the philosophy that pregnancy, birth and labor are strength based actions and if we prepare for the marathon of motherhood we get to be present to it and enjoy it so much more! 

    Nicole currently serves as the Director of Wellness for Union Square Play where she is also thrilled to host moms groups. She sees clients privately in her yoga therapy practice and makes a custom yoga therapy practice accessible to all on her site 

    • Applications are due 11/1
    • Interviews will be held virtually on 11/3 and 11/4
    • Final applicants will be notified by 11/5
    • Two-day training workshop will occur in the East Village on Saturday 11/13 and Sunday 11/14, both from 10am - 4pm
    • Trainees will be paid for the training
    • New trainees will be scheduled to teach yoga classes for USP based on availability
    • Based on experience, new trainees may be asked to teach community classes
    • In-person teaching will begin in our physical spaces in late fall
    • Nicole will host ongoing monthly workshops for all new educators

    Please email your resume to by November 1.