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

Yoga and Ayurveda Specialist

500+ hours over 15 months

Now accepting applications for 2020-2021

Here is the application

Our advanced training prepares you to confidently work in natural health care

For students who originate with us, this reflects 1200 hours between our foundation level 1 training + our advanced second level training.  

You will be confident in 1-on-1 private sessions, in group settings, leading workshops, and in doing ayurveda “knowledge of life” basic treatments.

For students who transfer into our program, you will be required to make up any work to match our foundation level 1 training.  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) Choose a major.  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 schedule a teaching class for you to show us what you do (similar to our foundation level 1 class).  You may need to work on a few things (verbal cues, physical adjustments, for example) to pass.  If there are things to work on, you will have an apprentice class that you teach weekly to work on those things.  You are not paid for those classes, it is a part of your training, which is included as a free addition to your 300 hour program.  If you do apprentice teach, you will receive feedback and clear instructions on what skills are still needing to be formed.


RYT 300 (advanced 532 hour program for current teachers)  depth, specialization, thorough, a great value at $3420

RYT 500 (basic + advanced, 1200 hour program for new students), save $215 by signing up for both - $6400

What kind of payment options exist?   You can pay in full upfront using a credit card or check., or by deposit and monthly installments

  • RYT 300 installment check pay = $3600, with $240 deposit and 14 monthly installments of $240 with pre-dated checks

  • RYT 300 installment credit pay = $3800, with $440 deposit and 14 monthly installments of $240 with credit card saved to our software

  • RYT 500 installment check pay = $6600, with $300 deposit and 21 monthly installments of $300 with pre-dated checks

  • RYT 500 installment credit pay = $6800, with $500 deposit and 21 monthly installments of $300 with credit card saved to our software

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?   We have open enrollment - you can apply today, and if accepted you can start next month. You graduate 15 months after your start date.  You can even come observe our training before you commit.

How long does it take?   RYT 300 finishes 15 months from your enrollment date. We can extend for those with special circumstances. RYT 500 requires graduating from RYT 200 and then RYT 300, and is between 24-30 months from enrollment date.

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

  • Yoga 1-on-1 is the second Saturday of each month from 1230-3p

  • Weekend intensives (3 days of workshops) happen 10 times each year, once a month, they are listed here

  • 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 fluctuate so that each trainee (including you) receives feedback on teaching. Video attendance is accepted.


Contact us at santosha.school@gmail.com, or use the form at bottom of page for any questions

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