Advanced Yoga Teacher Training ॐ Yoga Alliance RYT 300 creating RYT 500

Yoga and Ayurveda Specialist

500+ hours over 12 months

Now accepting applications for 2020-2021

Here is the application

Our advanced yoga + ayurveda specialist training prepares you to confidently work in natural health care:

  • Explore the rich traditions of Ayurveda and Yoga as taught in the ancient sanskrit texts.

  • Anchor into strong daily, weekly, monthly, and seasonal routines with yoga, breathing, and self care practices. 

  • Receive 1 on 1 guidance, as well as community support, as you blossom into a more confident version of your Self. 

  • Gain confidence in customizing yoga 1 on 1 sessions, group classes, and workshops that support the expansion of each individual.

  • Learn excellent hands-on posture assists that draw from the wisdom of Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine.

  • Weekend modules are designed for luminous learning, personal self care "gardening", and soul expansion. 

  • Includes a group weekend meditation retreat,

  • Includes a facilitated Ayurveda home detox (panchakarma)

  • Includes optional group field trips (Hindu temple, outdoor yoga events, international workshops) to explore curriculum in more depth.

  • For students who transfer into our program, you will be required to make up any education gaps to match our foundation level 1 training.  This can be done concurrently with your advanced program. See our transfer page.

Mentorship and instruction from master teachers

Shiela Dimof, our lead advanced trainer, has over 20 years in yoga ashram life. She is a certified E-RYT 500 yoga teacher trainer and a certified Ayurveda Panchakarma Therapist, trained in India by Dr. Vasant Lad.

Pierre Couvillion mentors each of our advanced teacher trainees, offering personal feedback from a deep and broad background in natural health care, including Ayurveda Practitioner, E-RYT500 Yoga Trainer, and NCBTMB massage teacher. This personal mentorship is our guarantee that you will have the support required to become an accomplished, confident professional.

5 main emphases of our advanced teacher training:

Yoga + Ayurveda Specialist

1) Inner development: advancement in yoga is most importantly in the nervous system; therefore we emphasize the practice and teaching of breathing techniques and meditation

2) Strengthen a broad skill set, including teaching workshops:  it takes a variety of skills to teach others: touch (bodywork, anatomy), communication (NVC), understanding (yoga sutras, sanskrit) and assessment. Become confident teaching workshops by doing them onsite, with feedback.

3) Develop one-on-one teaching skills:  for whom and when is a yoga tool indicated?, how do I design a realistic home/office practice for someone? How do I work with pain, or special needs? Your monthly class covers 15 different topics:

  1. Assessment of individual patterns

  2. Hips + lower back

  3. Shoulder + neck

  4. Joint pain, arthritis, and hyper-mobility

  5. Knee, ankle + foot

  6. Pregnancy

  7. Senior adaptation (chair, etc)

  8. Scoliosis + asymmetry

  9. Heart, breathing + the nervous system

  10. Grief, relationship loss, + NVC

  11. Headaches

  12. At work

  13. Athletic recovery

  14. Subtle anatomy, chakra system, koshas, + yoga nidra

  15. 5 vayus (inner winds, or how stuff moves inside me)

4) Develop a new group class format build from our accessible yoga 1 class to a next format (more athletic, more restorative, inner techniques, hot yoga, etc) of your own inclination with a practicum that includes feedback and supervision.

5) Ayurveda teaches for whom and when something is indicated. This “science of life” is the superset of yoga and includes

  1. 5 elements, 3 organizations and 20 qualities of human gardening

  2. dinacarya - daily routine

  3. prakrti - body types

  4. vikrti - signs and symptoms of disorders

  5. staying healthy with seasons, age, time of day

  6. female healthy monthly routine

  7. shad-rasa - 6 tastes and how they affect body types

  8. agni and aama - digestive fire and signs of stagnation

  9. abhyanga (oil massage and dry brushing by body type)

  10. subtle anatomy (cakra, nadi, bija mantra)

  11. 5 subtypes of vata (5 ways stuff moves inside me)

  12. 5 subtypes of pitta (5 types of inner transformation)

  13. 5 subtypes of kapha (5 types of lubrication+building)

  14. dhaatus (7 body tissues), upadhaatus (secondary tissues) and malas (byproducts)

  15. srotamsi (body channels)

  16. cooking and food preparation

  17. diet for body types and healthy vegetarian cooking

  18. neti pot, nasya (sinus and throat care)

  19. karna purana + hair treatments (ear and head care)

  20. facial wash + beauty treatments

  21. external bastis (oil baths for painful areas)

  22. shirodhara (nervous system oil application to the head)

  23. pulse, tongue, eye diagnosis

  24. sweat chambers

  25. marma points (acupressure or energy points)

  26. basic herbal remedies and the science behind creating them

  27. prana, tejas, ojas (vital breath, spark of life, nectar)

  28. digestion and elimination

  29. samprapti (treatment overview)

  30. panchakarma - deep cleanse (at home version)

Evaluating your current teaching skills

We have regular, weekly, teaching lab classes where trainees learn on-the-job, in a live classroom setting. You can attend this live training class and ask questions during the feedback session that follows. Once you decide to work with us, your teaching skills can be evaluated at that class. If you need to work on a few things (verbal cues, physical adjustments, for example), you can work on gaining confidence, over time, at this weekly class.


Refunds:  deposits and installment payments are non-refundable, only payment upfront in full is refundable.  See our refund policy for tuition paid upfront here.   


How do I start?   You can apply today. Once you are accepted, you can pay a deposit and begin any make-up work required. You can even come observe our training before you commit.

How long does it take?   RYT 300 is a 12 month program, teaching how to live with the seasons. We then have 3 added months for completing homework and practicums. We can extend for those with special circumstances.

What are the dates?  Each week you will have one class to attend, amongst these:

  • Weekend intensives (3 days of workshops) happen 11 times each year, once a month, 2020 dates here

  • Yoga 1-on-1 is one Saturday of each month (not during weekend intensive)

  • On the other weeks (not either of the above), you attend a group class of one of your peers, and there is feedback and check-in after class. These dates are determined each year with the incoming group.


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