The world of yoga has many fascinating areas that can leave the practitioner awestruck at the idea of creation, personal dharma (purpose), and innate potential. The 500-hour certification program is perfect for students that already have a 200-hour foundation and are looking to develop in their own way.
By adding 300 additional hours to your 200-hour designation you are eligible for a 500-hour advanced certification through the Yoga Alliance. 200+300= 500 hour RYT (registered yoga teacher.)
This program can be customized to suit each teacher’s interests and needs. There are required courses that everyone must do in order to receive the 500-hour RYT certification. The rest is a choose your own adventure!
This pathway is perfect for students that want to educate themselves within their own time frame. After enrolment, participants have three years to complete their hours. Modules are offered monthly. For the student that wants to create a more layered experience and gain more knowledge in areas like Yin Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Sound Healing, Prenatal Yoga, and Yoga Nidra. Pick the courses that interest you, and add up hours as time goes.
Students that have already completed a 200-hour training can be eligible for a 500-hour advanced teaching certification. 300 hours in our modular courses, over three years allows for a more leisure learning experience that is customized to how you want to teach. The following courses are required courses in order to receive certification. The rest can be added to make 300 hours, based on each student’s interest levels.
Q) I didn’t do my 200 hour training through MA Yoga, am I still eligible to do my advanced training with you?
A) Yes. As long as you did your program through a yoga alliance accredited 200 hour program, you are eligible to do 300 additional hours with MA to become a 500 hour certified RYT (registered yoga teacher.)
Q) My practice is not “advanced,” can I still do the program?
A) Absolutely! Yoga is not about your physical practice. Every time you step on your mat to practice, you are working with your own body. An advanced practice is not about headstands, it is about awareness and personal dedication.
Q) I have injuries, and I have to move slowly. Can I still do the programs?
A) Yes. Our teachers are highly trained to work with you. Being able to understand the function and foundation of a technique does not require you yourself to do it.
Q) I’m not interested in the required courses. Do I have to do them?
A) Yes. These courses are universal in helping you to be a well rounded teacher.
Q) I am looking to do the condensed 4 week module. It is 200 hours. How do I earn an additional 100 hours for certification?
A) In order to earn a 500 hour RYT certification, you must complete the required courses. This will give 85 additional hours. The extra 15 hours can be done with any module of your choice as an elective.
Q) I am facing financial barriers, is it possible to do a payment plan?
A) Yes. We can set up personal payment plans that meet individual needs.
Q) Do you offer scholarships?
A) If you are South Asian, BIPOC, or a member of the trans community, spots have been allotted for you to receive a partial scholarship in every training. Fill out the application here.
Q) What kind of support can I receive to further my teaching?
A) The internship program is perfect for students that are working to get more individual attention. Read more about the Internship program below.
Q) Do I receive a discount on classes while I am in a program?
A) Most of the programs don’t allow you to practice much outside of the teachings. However, while you are taking a program, you do receive a 50% discount off passes that are not intro passes.
Q) How do I apply through yoga alliance?
A) After program completion, you can apply your certificate into the Yoga Alliance database and the school will approve your course completion. For more information, check out https://www.yogaalliance.org/.
This 200-hour module is perfect for teachers that are focused on vinyasa and Hatha teaching primarily.
Perhaps the most common comment we hear from students after they finish the 200-hour program is that they really miss having their classes evaluated. It is not too often you get a lot of feedback on your classes after you go out into the world and start teaching. For this reason, we have created a 4-week teacher training intensive that provides a lot of direct teaching opportunities, feedback, and support in refining your teaching skills.
This annual course is a perfect accelerated track for students who are looking to improve as vinyasa teachers. Students of this course must be prepared to teach and be evaluated in a safe and supportive environment.
In this learning-intensive, students come to the course prepared with ideas and sequencing structures that our instructors can work with. Daily presentations allow participants to get used to being seen.
This is a teaching boot camp of sorts where students are constantly developing their presentations with our master teachers, being supported in their ideas, and given ample opportunity to teach the daily assignments.
Students that are looking to obtain a 500-hour RYT certificate are still required to complete the following required courses outside of this training:
Find your voice, let yourself be seen, and learn to love all aspects of teaching.
Students must have completed a 200 hour yoga teacher training in vinyasa or Hatha yoga. To be eligible for the 4 week Advanced Vinyasa Training.
Why, how it adds value, relating abstract concepts, weaving in philosophy.
Elements of theming: body, breath, mantra, philosophy, music, mudra, chakras / energetics
• Posture or Anatomy Based
• Philosophy or Life Lesson Based
• Why touch, kinds of touch, consent culture
• The need to be seen/witnessed
• Types of seeing: eyesight, hearing, feeling
• Foundations of seeing -building ground up
• Personal conduct: sex, alcohol, etc.
• Care for the studio as though it’s your own
• Business Immersion -Crafting your personal narrative & bio
• Photography session for headshots/action shots (5 edited images)
• Create an audition sequence with music
• Specialize & diversify
Have you completed your 200-hour yoga teacher training? Are you looking to expand your skills? Further your education with the Internship program at MĀ Yoga!
The internship program is an invaluable learning opportunity that allows students that have already completed a 200-hour program a role of leadership within a 14-week preliminary yoga teacher training. It is designed to help teachers refine their skills as yoga teachers and facilitators. With a flexible schedule and one on one support, this training opportunity is like no other.