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300-Hour Yoga Teacher Training Program

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Take your yoga practice to the next level with the study of this ancient system from India of understanding the mind, body and consciousness. Building upon a 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher completion, this program (4 courses) fulfills the Yoga Alliance requirements for a 500-hour Registered Yoga Teacher. Developed with the distance learner and busy yogi in mind, this hybrid program empowers you to become qualified to train Yoga teachers! Wednesday evening didactics are followed by two weekend intensives each term on Friday evenings and Saturdays.

The Program

This year long program builds upon the 200-hour Ayurvedic Yoga Health Advisor program and consists of four, 75-hour courses (one course/term). When a student has completed all modules they can be a 500-hour Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance –as long as they stay current with continuing education requirements and fees.

This program prepares yoga teachers to train other teachers! Based on the Rama Jyoti Vernon style of yoga, this course features a combination of didactic and experiential teachings closely woven with an understanding of the Samkhya philosophy.

This program covers Teaching Methodology, Techniques, Training and Practice, Anatomy & Physiology, Yoga Philosophy, Lifestyle, Ethics and Practicum.

Throughout each term, students will take live-streamed, online classes on Wednesdays from 6 – 8:30pm. Students will also attend two 18-hour weekend immersions (Friday, Saturday and Sunday morning).

Areas of focus
Summer – Yogic Management of Gastro-Intestinal System
  • Differentiate yoga postures for the upper, middle and lower digestive tract.
  • Advanced study of back bends, forward folds and twists.
  • Analyze the adverse effects of obstacles (Kleshas) on proper digestion. Besides the gut/brain connection, experience the benefits of healthy lung/brain connection.
Fall – Yoga and Body Balance
  • Correlate functions of organs with respect to Yogic theory
  • Understand core texts of Yoga Sutras by Patanjali on the practices of yoga
  • Explain Yogic perspectives of health and balance of mind, body, consciousness
Winter – Yoga and Asana for Mental Focus
  • In depth understanding of yoga sequencing for mental relaxation, focus and Yoga Nidra.
  • Explain the role of the mind in management of health and balance.
  • Understand Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras on the mind (Chapter One). Plan referral management.
Spring – Daily Lifestyle, Yoga and Ethics
  • Able to sequence yoga classes, and incorporate adjustment techniques. Able to teach breathing practices, Mudra and Bandha.
  • Apply concepts of Kleshas to current concepts of equity, inclusion, social justice and conflict resolution.
  • Understand Koshas and individual approach to understand Parush and Prakriti.
Who should enroll?

Current or aspiring healthcare practitioners, including massage therapists, nurses and nurse practitioners, nutritionists, homeopaths, naturopaths, chiropractors, medical doctors, acupuncturists, physician assistants, medical assistants, cranio-sacral practitioners, fitness professionals, and others. *Practitioners who need PACE credits from the National Ayurvedic Medical Association to maintain their credentials.

The Investment
Prerequisite:
  • Completion of 200-hour Yoga Alliance program at PCC or submit certificate/proof of completion of a 200-hour Yoga Alliance program elsewhere.
Time:
  • Program: 1 year (4 terms), consisting of 4 modules (1 module per 11-week term)
  • Meets live, online Wednesdays, 6:00 – 8:30pm Pacific Time (join from anywhere!)
  • Meets two weekends/term online on Fridays (2-6:30pm), Saturdays (8am-6pm) and Sundays (9am to 11:30)
  • A minimum of 5.5 hours of out-of-class preparation and practice each term
  • Each term students will earn 75 hours of credit toward the 300-hour program
  • Additionally, the program will have two weekend workshops scheduled as follows:
    • Friday:
      • 2-3pm: Pre-recorded weekend overview
      • 3:15-4:15pm: Pre-recorded guest lecture
      • 4:30-5:30pm: Live Yoga
      • 5:30-6:30pm: Live Lecture
    • Saturday:
      • 8-9am: Pre-recorded session
      • 9-10am: Live yoga and meditation
      • 10-11:30am: Live guest lecture
      • 11:45am-1:45pm: Lunch assignment (seasonal, outdoor walk, journaling)
      • 2-3pm: Live lecture
      • 3-4:30pm: Pre-recorded session
      • 4:30-6pm: Pre-recorded session
    • Sunday:
      • 9-10:15am: Live Yoga
      • 10:30-11:30am: Live Lecture Conclusion
Tuition:
  • $1099 per module/term
  • Does not include required books, supplies and fees (fees range approx. $50 per term)
  • Because the program is a non-credit college program (not a for-credit degree or certificate), no scholarships or financial aid are available. Upon registration, a student can make arrangements for payments through the Student Accounts Office.
Lab Fees:
  • $20 towards supplies, including food, tea, herbs, oils, etc. that are utilized throughout the course. (Note: no lab fee for remote program)
Books:
  • Books specific to the 300-Hour Yoga Teacher Training Program are: Yoga: The Practice of Myth & Sacred Geometry, by Rama Vernon Yoga Anatomy, by Leslie Kaminoff Anatomy & Asana, by Susi Hately Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras*: Chapter 1 & 2 Recommended (not required) for 300 Hour Yoga Program: Anatomy of Hatha Yoga by H. David Coulter *We recommend the Yoga Sutras translated by Rama Vernon, but if students can use any version that they may already have.
The Instructors
Ann Wagoner
Ann Wagoner

MA, CAP, E-RYT-500, Yoga Therapist, has taught yoga for over 25 years and is a certified practitioner of Ayurveda. She researched protocols and herbs for the prevention of cancer recurrence and is a NAMA presenter. She is also a student of Rama Jyoti Vernon and publishes yoga books. Read more about her path to Ayurveda.

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Mary Harju

MFA, E-RYT 500, YACEP has been practicing yoga for over 20 years, and is a specialist in ayurvedic yoga, anatomy, and philosophy. Certified in classical hatha yoga in the Himalayan tradition, she completed her advanced studies in ayurvedic yoga under Ed Zadlo (Acharya Premanand) and Shiva Das in Philadelphia, PA at Yoga On Main, the city’s oldest yoga center. With more than 2500 hours experience teaching hatha yoga, vinyasa, and yin yoga, she has led numerous workshops and yoga teacher trainings in Philadelphia, PA and in Portland, OR.

Jeevani Eigen

MA, CST, AHP will present Doshic theory. She trained at the highly regarded school of Dr. Vasant Lad, The Ayurvedic Institute, in Albuquerque, NM. She has been a healing arts practitioner and teacher for 25 years.

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