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500 Hour Yoga Teacher Certification

April 17, 2020 - August 28, 2021


500 Hour Application

As an experienced yoga teacher, you desire a trusted space to turn for further training, inspiration, and the next step in your professional journey and personal practice. Our 500-hour teacher certification program offers yoga teachers from all traditions an avenue to further deepen their personal practice and teaching. This program includes studies in advanced teaching methods, sequencing, verbal and hands-on assists, subtle body anatomy, pranayama, mantra meditation, therapeutic applications of yoga, and the study of sacred yoga texts. This is a fully integrated program designed to help students explore yoga in depth, and to address the individual needs of participants.

This program is offered in a 15 weekend format between September 2019 – January 2021. Over the 15 weekends the following topics will be covered Advanced Teaching Methods, Awakening Vital Energy, and Yoga as a Healing Art. In order to receive certification, participants must complete the 15 weekend course hours, and submit a teaching log of 100 hours taught from the time of their 200-hour certification.

Download an application here: 500 Hour Application

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Weekend Schedule: Friday 4:00pm – 8:00pm, Saturday 11:30am – 7pm, Sunday 11am – 6:30pm

Prerequisite: 200-hour teacher certification from a YA accredited yoga school

Tuition: $4,499  ***Early bird special- register by June 1st and receive $200 off of your initial deposit***

Payment Plan Details:
• Initial Deposit Regular Tuition: $789
reserves your seat and covers the tuition for Weekend 1
• 14 Monthly Payments due at the beginning of Weekends 2-15: $265

One weekend a month format:

1st Segment – Advanced Teaching Methods: Exploring the Heart of Yoga Technique and Philosophy

This segment of our teacher training course will focus on:

  • Refining your ability to deliver effective, efficient, and elegant verbal instruction
  • Developing your skills of observation and intuitive sensitivity to students’ needs
  • Understanding the deeper dimensions of yogic breathing for nervous system balance and as a support for deeper spiritual practices
  • Learning to offer students guided, systematic relaxations that increase prana and prepare students for meditation
  • Practicing traditional yogic meditation techniques
  • Participating in an in-depth study of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra that will make this ancient text come alive as a support for your practice and teaching
  • Developing the subtle aspects of yoga, including breathing, sense withdrawal, and meditation
  • Enhancing your credibility as a yoga teacher by skillfully incorporating Sanskrit into your teaching, and learn a set of traditional Sanskrit prayers and chants.

Dates for 1st segment: Sept 20-23, 2019, October 11-13, 2019, December 6-8, 2019, Jan 3-5, 2020, February 7-9, 2020

2nd Segment- Awakening Vital Energy: Chakras, Pranayama, and Sacred Yogic Texts

In this segment of our teacher training course, you will:

  • Refine your understanding of chakras as doorways to pure consciousness, and integrate this knowledge into the practice of asana with a chakra focus
  • Develop or deepen your personal practice of pranayama, and learn how to offer these potent practices to students in a balanced and practical way
  • Learn more about the five prana vayus in relation to breathing, prana, and pranayama
  • Refine your skills of effective and powerful class sequencing
  • Participate in an in-depth study of the Bhagavad Gita as a foundation for understanding the four paths of yoga, dharma, and the wheel of karma
  • Practice time tested yogic meditation techniques to develop or deepen your personal meditation practice, and teach meditation fundamentals to your students
  • Enhance your credibility as a yoga teacher by skillfully incorporating Sanskrit into your teaching, and learn a set of traditional Sanskrit prayers and chants

Dates for 2nd segment: March 20-22, 2020, April 17-20, 2020, May 15-17, 2020, June 19-21, 2020, August 14-16, 2020

3rd Segment- Yoga as a Healing Art: Physical and Psychological Strategies for Cultivating Peace and Health

This segment of our teacher training course will teach you to:

  • Understand prana as a powerful healing force, and as a pillar that supports the body and the mind
  • Use the practice of asana to become aware of habits and imbalances in the body and to establish new, helpful patterns of pranic flow
  • Deepen your understanding of the nervous system and how chronic stress sets the stage for disease and imbalance
  • Learn how yoga psychology and philosophy can support mental and emotional health
  • Develop a set of practical strategies and practices for coping with pain and suffering
  • Become more familiar with common structural and physiological problems and understand how the holistic science of yoga can help
  • Discover how a basic understanding of ayurveda can support the practices of yoga by enhancing overall vitality and balance

Dates for 3rd segment: Sept 18-20, 2020, October 9-11, 2020, November 20-22, 2020, December 4-6, 2020, Jan 8-10, 2021

For more information contact the Himalayan Institute of Pittsburgh! www.hipyoga.org,
call: (412) 344-7434

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