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Yoga Tree Teacher Training

500-Hour Advanced Certification

At Yoga Tree we believe in setting the bar high for our advanced students while at the same time allowing them to specialize in the areas of yoga that are of most interest to them.

The Yoga Tree Advanced Teacher Training Program will provide you with the skills you need to flourish as a teacher while qualifying you to register with the Yoga Alliance at the 500 RYT level. The Advanced Training is broken down into 8 majors consisting of Core Studies and Electives totaling more than 500 hours of hands on training. Because our electives are broken down into categories, you will graduate from our program as a highly specialized yoga teacher uniquely qualified to work with the students you feel drawn to serve.


  • The Yoga Advanced Teacher Training Alignment-Based major is an ideal for teachers who want dive deep into the anatomy, bio-mechanics and symmetry of the body. This course of study helps teachers to develop and refine the vision to see and observe both balance and imbalance so that a much richer, safer and more rewarding experience can be achieved.

    The various trainings and intensives in this major will cover the use of props and wall ropes, postural analysis, alignment principles and modifications for students with unique needs and limitations.

    Suggested Mentors

    Stacey Rosenberg
    Sean Haleen

  • In our fast paced world, there has never been a greater need for gentle and nurturing yoga. The Yoga Tree Advanced Teacher Training Gentle and Restorative major allows teachers to go deep into the art of relaxation through the mastery of gentle yoga postures and sequencing, restorative poses, yin yoga and deep breathing techniques.

  • Vinyasa or Flow Yoga-Based yoga is so much more than getting sweaty. A well designed and intentional sequence can transform the body, bring calm to the mind and release long-held tensions in the nervous-system. The Yoga Tree Advanced Teacher Training Vinyasa is designed to help teachers plan and execute dynamic and powerful sequences of poses that are connected by conscious breathing.

    The various trainings and intensives in this major will explore every facet of Vinyasa yoga—sequencing, assisting, alignment and breathing. We offer coursework that will help you to develop both gentle and dynamic sequences for a wide variety of students. You will also learn about safety in the context of vinyasa yoga as it pertains to modifications, advanced poses and the use of external heat.

    Suggested Mentors

    Janet Stone
    Mark Morford
    Jeremi McManus
    Danni Pomplun
    Pete Guinosso

  • For thousands of years yogis and ayurvedic practitioners have been using yoga to promote health and wellbeing. It has long been known that yogic practices can greatly complement traditional western medicine by helping the body to find it’s natural ability to heal. The Yoga Tree Advanced Teacher Training Therapeutic major is designed to help teachers gain the skills necessary to work with other healthcare providers in developing safe, effective and responsible yoga sequences that complement care given by doctors, physical therapists and other healthcare providers.

    The various trainings and intensives in this major will explore the ways in which yoga can benefit a wide variety of injuries and medical conditions all with a scope of practice appropriate for a yoga teacher. Students will have the opportunity to focus on specifice conditions and injuries as well as to take a broader view of yogic healing. All course work is rooted in both scientific literature as well as thousands of years of tradition.

    Note: Yoga is not a replacement for proper medical or psychiatric care. Yoga teachers never diagnoses or offer a prognosis or give advice about medical or psychiatric conditions. This training is designed for teachers who want to work in conjunction with other professionals only.

    Suggested Mentors

    Harvey Deutch

  • Although yoga is often taught and practiced for its physical benefits, yoga was originally designed to explore and balance the mind. The Yoga Tree Advanced Teacher Training Psychology and Yoga major is designed to bridge the gap between modern western psychology and the ancient yoga psychology outlined in texts such as the Yoga Sutras.

    Because yoga, meditation and other practices are not a replacement for the work offered by psychologists, psychiatrists and other professions, the various trainings and intensives in this major will explore the ways in which yoga can complement and augment western psychology and medicine. You will have the opportunity to better understand mental and emotional health and wellness. Whether you want to better understand addiction, trauma, mental illness or somatic psychology more broadly, this major is a great way to better understand the mind-body connection and how we, as yoga teacher, can best support our students.

    Note: Yoga is not a replacement for proper medical or psychiatric care. Yoga teachers never diagnoses or offer a prognosis or give advice about medical or psychiatric conditions. This training is designed for teachers who want to work in conjunction with other professionals only.

  • While yoga is beneficial for women and men alike, there are a number of ways in which yoga can support women specifically. The Yoga Tree Advanced Teacher Training Women and Yoga major is designed to address the unique needs of women in every stage of life.

    The various trainings and intensives in this major will explore everything from yoga in the childbearing years, to menopause and yoga in latter part of life. You will also have the opportunity to better understand the role of yoga in addressing issues that disproportionately affect women such as body dysmorphia, domestic violence and certain forms of trauma.

    Suggested Mentors

    Jane Austin
    Chrisandra Fox
    Britt Forman

    Suggested Karma Yoga

    Women Inc.




  • Breakdown of the Hours

    Breakdown of 500 Hour Certification HOURS NOTES
    Basic Certification (Prerequisite) 200 From Yoga Tree or an Yoga Alliance approved program.
    Advanced Core Studies 50 Required one week intensive for all advanced Teacher Training students.
    Karma Yoga Project 0-50 This optional program will allow you to get credit for up to 50-hours of volunteer work as a yoga teacher in an approved nonprofit.
    Mentoring/Coaching 0-100 This optional program will allow you to get credit for up to 100 hours of mentoring and coaching with one of our senior yoga instructors.
    Major Electives 150-250 At least 150 of your elective hours must be in the major in which you are specializing.
    General Electives 0-100 Up to 100 hours can be in any category you choose.
    Total Hours: 500
  • Yoga Alliance

    Yoga Tree is a member of the Yoga Alliance, making your certificate recognizable all over the world. Once you graduate from our program you will be eligible to join the Yoga Alliance at the 500-RYT level. Becoming a member of the Yoga Alliance is a great way to let gyms and yoga studios at which you wish to teach that you are a professional, highly educated and skilled teacher.

  • Prerequisites

    To participate in the Yoga Tree 300-hour advanced program, you must have completed a Yoga Alliance Registered 200-hour program.



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