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500-Hour Teacher Training

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 3 majors consisting of Core Studies and Electives totaling more than 500 hours of hands on training. Our electives are broken down into categories, so 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 50-hour Advanced Core Studies is a requirement under all majors.


  • Once you’ve finished your 200-hour foundational training you will likely come to the realization that teaching Hatha Yoga is far bigger and more nuanced than most people realize. In this major you will have the opportunity to build on the knowledge and skills you acquired in your foundational training by taking a deep dive into alignment, sequencing, anatomy and physiology.

    Best of all, with our robust catalog of training options, you can pick and choose coursework that speaks to the aspects of yoga that you feel most passionate about teaching. Whether you want to teach more dynamic flow-based yoga, want to refine your knowledge and eye for alignment or you want to offer gentle and restorative yoga to your students, this major is the perfect place to land.

    The 50-hour Advanced Core Studies is a requirement under all majors.

    Mentors: Korie Franciscus, Laurie Sleep, Matt Champoux, Jessica Kung Dreyfus, Gabby Yates, Mik Richardson, Estee Fletter, Elise Marie Collins, Ericka Montana, Mik Richardson, David Cho, Leila Swenson

    TRAININGTEACHERDATES
    Lighting the Path: Morning Yoga & Meditation IntensivesPete GuinossoDec 3-4, 2016sign up
    Lighting the Path: Morning Yoga & Meditation IntensivesPete GuinossoDec 10-11, 2016sign up
    New Year's Eve Yoga
    Celebration & Groove Party
    Mark MorfordDec 31, 2016sign up
    Refresh: Yoga Into the New YearJanet StoneDec 31–Jan 28, 2017sign up
    Sankalpa: Awaken Intention Janet StoneJan 1, 2017sign up
    Lighting the Path: Morning Yoga & Meditation IntensivesPete GuinossoJan 7-8, 2017sign up
    The Art & Skill of PracticeNikki EstradaJan 20-22, 2017sign up
    Lighting the Path: Morning Yoga & Meditation IntensivesPete GuinossoJan 21-22, 2017sign up
    Build a Healthy and Strong Body for a Vibrant Life (5 Sessions)Stacey RosenbergJan 29, 2017
    Feb 26, 2017
    Mar 26, 2017
    Apr 23, 2017
    May 21, 2017
    sign up
    Healthy and Strong Hips, Legs and Lower BackStacey RosenbergJan 29, 2017sign up
    Lighting the Path: Morning Yoga & Meditation IntensivesPete GuinossoFeb 4-5, 2017sign up
    Roll-ief:
    Self-Massage with
    Yoga Tune® Up Therapy Balls
    Stacey RosenbergFeb 5, 2017sign up
    The Art of SequencingPete GuinossoFeb 11, 2017sign up
    The Art of Intention SettingPete GuinossoFeb 12, 2017sign up
    Lighting the Path: Morning Yoga & Meditation IntensivesPete GuinossoFeb 18-19, 2017sign up
    Lighting the Path: Morning Yoga & Meditation IntensivesPete GuinossoFeb 25-26, 2017sign up
    Healthy and Strong HandstandsStacey RosenbergFeb 26, 2017sign up
    Mama Tree Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training: Level 1Jane AustinMar 1-5, 2017sign up
    The Art of the Emotional BodyPete GuinossoMar 5, 2017sign up
    Healthy and Strong BackbendsStacey RosenbergMar 26, 2017sign up
    Ayurveda Wellness Counselor Program: Level 1James BaileyApr 4-9, 2017
    May 2-7, 2017
    sign up
    Advanced Core Studies (Weeklong)Jason BowmanApr 10-15, 2017sign up
    Healthy and Strong Arm BalancesStacey RosenbergApr 23, 2017sign up
    Roll-ief:
    Self-Massage with
    Yoga Tune® Up Therapy Balls
    Stacey RosenbergMay 7, 2017sign up
    Healthy and Strong HeadstandsStacey RosenbergMay 21, 2017sign up
    50-Hour Advanced Weekend TrainingStacey RosenbergJuly 15-16, 2017
    Aug 12-13, 2017
    Sept 16-17, 2017
    sign up
    Next Generation Yoga™ Advanced Teacher TrainingJodi KomitorJuly 21-23, 2017sign up
    *This training will take place at a YogaWorks location.
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    Mama Tree Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training: Level 2Jane AustinAug 2-6, 2017sign up
    Roll-ief:
    Self-Massage with
    Yoga Tune® Up Therapy Balls
    Stacey RosenbergSept 10, 2017sign up
    Mama Tree Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training: Level 1Jane AustinOct 11-15, 2017sign up
    Roll-ief:
    Self-Massage with
    Yoga Tune® Up Therapy Balls
    Stacey RosenbergNov 5, 2017sign up
  • For thousands of years, yogis have explored the vastness of the human mind through the practice of yoga and meditation. Likewise, modern psychology has also explored the human psyche and arrived at many of the same truths as ancient yogis.

    In this major you will have the opportunity to explore the intersection of ancient practices like yoga and meditation with modern psychology. Perfect for those trained in psychology and those wanting to work in tandem with psychology professionals, this major gives you a broad array of coursework to understand how yoga, meditation and Pranayama can help students live more mindfully. When indicated, this major is a perfect complement to more modern approaches to mental health and wellness.

    The 50-hour Advanced Core Studies is a requirement under all majors.

    Mentors: Darren Main, Gabby Yates, Estee Fletter, Elise Marie Collins, Korie Franciscus, Marissa Nasca, Jeremy McManus

    TRAININGTEACHERDATES
    Posing the Anatomy QuestionsHarvey DeutchDec 4, 2016sign up
    Take the Afternoon OffHarvey DeutchDec 14, 2016sign up
    Transform Open to the New YearDina AmsterdamDec 31, 2016sign up
    Prime of Life Yoga: Level 1 CertificationLarry PayneJan 5-8, 2017sign up
    Next Generation Yoga® Teacher Training: Ages 2-7Jodi KomitorJan 27-29, 2017sign up
    Next Generation Yoga® Teacher Training: Ages 8-13Jodi KomitorJan 30-Feb 1, 2017sign up
    Hypnotic Restorative Yoga:
    Depth Hypnosis &
    Restorative Yoga
    Britt Fohrman &
    Rachel Yellin
    Feb 5, 2017sign up
    100-Hour Yoga Therapeutics TrainingHarvey DeutchFeb 10–Oct 15, 2017sign up
    Improve Your Relationship to StressMarissa NascaFeb 12, 2017sign up
    Yoga & HIVDarren MainFeb 18-19, 2017sign up
    Mama Tree Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training: Level 1Jane AustinMar 1-5, 2017sign up
    Yoga for Cancer Teacher TrainingIngrid Yang, M.D.Mar 10-12, 2017sign up
    Ayurveda Wellness Counselor Program: Level 1James BaileyApr 4-9, 2017
    May 2-7, 2017
    sign up
    Advanced Core Studies
    (Weeklong)
    Jason BowmanApr 10-15, 2017sign up
    Hypnotic Restorative Yoga:
    Depth Hypnosis &
    Restorative Yoga
    Britt Fohrman &
    Rachel Yellin
    Apr 16, 2017sign up
    50–Hour Advanced Therapeutics TrainingHarvey DeutchApr 28–Jul 9, 2017sign up
    Pranayama Intensive:
    The Practice & Science of
    Modern Yogic Breathing
    Darren MainApr 29-30, 2017sign up
    Deep Release:
    Gentle and Restorative Yoga
    For Unwinding Tension &
    Cultivating Ease
    Britt FohrmanJune 4, 2017sign up
    Meditation Teacher Training:
    A Modern Approach to Mindfulness
    Darren MainJuly 8-9, 2017sign up
    50-Hour Advanced Weekend TrainingStacey RosenbergJuly 15-16, 2017
    Aug 12-13, 2017
    Sept 16-17, 2017
    sign up
    Deep Release:
    Gentle and Restorative Yoga
    For Unwinding Tension &
    Cultivating Ease
    Britt FohrmanJuly 16, 2017sign up
    Next Generation Yoga™ Advanced Teacher TrainingJodi KomitorJuly 21-23, 2017sign up
    Mama Tree Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training: Level 2Jane AustinAug 2-6, 2017sign up
    Hypnotic Restorative Yoga:
    Depth Hypnosis &
    Restorative Yoga
    Britt Fohrman &
    Rachel Yellin
    Aug 20, 2017sign up
    Deep Release:
    Gentle and Restorative Yoga
    For Unwinding Tension &
    Cultivating Ease
    Britt FohrmanSept 24, 2017sign up
    Mama Tree Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training: Level 1Jane AustinOct 11-15, 2017sign up
    Hypnotic Restorative Yoga:
    Depth Hypnosis &
    Restorative Yoga
    Britt Fohrman &
    Rachel Yellin
    Oct 22, 2017sign up
    Restorative Yoga Intensive:
    Exploring the Art & Science of Deep Relaxation
    Darren MainNov 4-5, 2017sign up
    Deep Release:
    Gentle and Restorative Yoga
    For Unwinding Tension &
    Cultivating Ease
    Britt FohrmanNov 18, 2017sign up
    Deep Release:
    Gentle and Restorative Yoga
    For Unwinding Tension &
    Cultivating Ease
    Britt FohrmanDec 10, 2017sign up
  • Scientists, doctors and insurance providers are all in agreement—Yoga and meditation are good for you. Yoga is perfectly designed to promote overall wellness in the body and to complement other modalities within western medicine. If you have a passion for health and wellness, or you want to work with students and their healthcare providers, this major is for you.

    In this major you will have the opportunity to explore everything from advanced anatomy to yoga and meditation techniques that support health and wellness in the face of a number of common conditions. For those that work with other healthcare providers, you will learn about the latest research and how yoga practices can be complementary.

    Whether you want to work in a doctor’s office, at an HMO or simply support your students more fully in the quest for health and wellness, you will find both knowledge and inspiration in this major.

    The 50-hour Advanced Core Studies is a requirement under all majors.

    Mentors: Ericka Montana, Mik Richardson, Gabby Yates, Mik Richardson, Estee Fletter, Elise Marie Collins, Darren Main

    TRAININGTEACHERDATES
    Take the Afternoon OffHarvey DeutchNov 9, 2016sign up
    Hang With Us! Yoga Ropes IntensivesHarvey DeutchDec 3, 2016sign up
    Posing the Anatomy QuestionsHarvey DeutchDec 4, 2016sign up
    Take the Afternoon OffHarvey DeutchDec 14, 2016sign up
    Transform Open to the New YearDina AmsterdamDec 31, 2016sign up
    Prime of Life Yoga: Level 1 CertificationLarry PayneJan 5-8, 2017sign up
    Roll-ief:
    Self-Massage with
    Yoga Tune® Up Therapy Balls
    Stacey RosenbergFeb 5, 2017sign up
    Hypnotic Restorative Yoga:
    Depth Hypnosis &
    Restorative Yoga
    Britt Fohrman &
    Rachel Yellin
    Feb 5, 2017sign up
    100-Hour Yoga Therapeutics TrainingHarvey DeutchFeb 10–Oct 15, 2017sign up
    Yoga & HIVDarren MainFeb 18-19, 2017sign up
    Mama Tree Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training: Level 1Jane AustinMar 1-5, 2017sign up
    Yoga for Cancer Teacher TrainingIngrid Yang, M.D.Mar 10-12, 2017sign up
    Ayurveda Wellness Counselor Program: Level 1James BaileyApr 4-9, 2017
    May 2-7, 2017
    sign up
    Advanced Core Studies (Weeklong)Jason BowmanApr 10-15, 2017sign up
    Hypnotic Restorative Yoga:
    Depth Hypnosis &
    Restorative Yoga
    Britt Fohrman &
    Rachel Yellin
    Apr 16, 2017sign up
    50–Hour Advanced Therapeutics TrainingHarvey DeutchApr 28–July 9, 2017sign up
    Pranayama Intensive:
    The Practice & Science of
    Modern Yogic Breathing
    Darren MainApr 29-30, 2017sign up
    Roll-ief:
    Self-Massage with
    Yoga Tune® Up Therapy Balls
    Stacey RosenbergMay 7, 2017sign up
    Deep Release:
    Gentle and Restorative Yoga
    For Unwinding Tension &
    Cultivating Ease
    Britt FohrmanJune 4, 2017sign up
    Meditation Teacher Training:
    A Modern Approach to Mindfulness
    Darren MainJuly 8-9, 2017sign up
    50-Hour Advanced Weekend TrainingStacey RosenbergJuly 15-16, 2017
    Aug 12-13, 2017
    Sept 16-17, 2017
    sign up
    Deep Release:
    Gentle and Restorative Yoga
    For Unwinding Tension &
    Cultivating Ease
    Britt FohrmanJuly 16, 2017sign up
    Next Generation Yoga™ Advanced Teacher TrainingJodi KomitorJuly 21-23, 2017sign up
    Mama Tree Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training: Level 2Jane AustinAug 2-6, 2017sign up
    Hypnotic Restorative Yoga:
    Depth Hypnosis &
    Restorative Yoga
    Britt Fohrman &
    Rachel Yellin
    Aug 20, 2017sign up
    Roll-ief:
    Self-Massage with
    Yoga Tune® Up Therapy Balls
    Stacey RosenbergSept 10, 2017sign up
    Deep Release:
    Gentle and Restorative Yoga
    For Unwinding Tension &
    Cultivating Ease
    Britt FohrmanSept 24, 2017sign up
    Mama Tree Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training: Level 1Jane AustinOct 11-15, 2017sign up
    Hypnotic Restorative Yoga:
    Depth Hypnosis &
    Restorative Yoga
    Britt Fohrman &
    Rachel Yellin
    Oct 22, 2017sign up
    Restorative Yoga Intensive:
    Exploring the Art & Science of Deep Relaxation
    Darren MainNov 4-5, 2017sign up
    Roll-ief:
    Self-Massage with
    Yoga Tune® Up Therapy Balls
    Stacey RosenbergNov 5, 2017sign up
    Deep Release:
    Gentle and Restorative Yoga
    For Unwinding Tension &
    Cultivating Ease
    Britt FohrmanNov 18, 2017sign up
    Deep Release:
    Gentle and Restorative Yoga
    For Unwinding Tension &
    Cultivating Ease
    Britt FohrmanDec 10, 2017sign up


  • Breakdown of the Hours

    CERTIFICATION
    HOURSNOTES
    Basic Certification (Prerequisite)200From Yoga Tree or an Yoga Alliance approved program.
    Advanced Core Studies50Required course for all advanced Teacher Training students.
    Karma Yoga Project0-50This 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/Coaching0-100This optional program will allow you to get credit for up to 100 hours of mentoring and coaching with one of our senior yoga instructors. Learn more here.
    Major Electives150-250At least 150 of your elective hours must be in the major in which you are specializing.
    General Electives0-100Up to 100 hours can be in any category you choose.
    TOTAL:
    500
  • Prerequisites

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

  • 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, know that you are a professional, highly educated and skilled teacher.