Once you’ve completed an RYT 200 Teacher Training, you have the opportunity to continue your training at the 500-hour level. This requires an additional 300 hours of training through a Yoga Alliance-approved Registered Yoga School. Jaya Yoga TT is an RYS.
We created a program that can be completed within a couple/few years or over ten years. You can attend any number of our week-long Intensives as you feel inspired to learn and grow as a practitioner and teacher.
The One Week Intensive format has proven to be an amazing opportunity for growth, connection, and transformation. Taking some real time away from everyday life to create a “pattern interrupt” creates the space to discover the essence of who you truly are. Community and travel to sacred locations are also a great benefit of our RYT 500 Program.
We offer week-long intensives throughout the year that can be applied towards your RYT500. There are also some shorter (1, 2 and 3 day) Northwest trainings that can apply, if you are wanting to train more locally. Email Stephanie at email@example.com for details about what would qualify for the advanced teacher training requirements that is currently scheduled.
As a prerequisite, attendees must have a foundational yoga teacher training completed (RYT 200 or equivalent training) AND we prefer that you take our 3-Day Foundations Training or one of Pushti’s Sustainable Vinyasa Yoga workshops (these hours count toward your overall 300 hours), so that you have a solid understanding of sacred energy flow, bandhas and aligning the body to help prevent yoga injury.
We will be delving deep into the true heart of yoga. Personally, you will be invited to know yourself and all that you really are from the perspective of Yoga. As a teacher, you will have the opportunity to advance your teaching in a way that you may have never expected…you will learn to recognize your teaching strengths and to authentically and comfortably create connection, unity…Yoga… in your classes.
We offer both local and international intensives. For a list of our currently scheduled workshops please visit our Master Event Calendar. We also love to hear feedback an suggestions on local and international places you would like to train! Please contact Stephanie at the address below to share your suggestions.
Jaya Yoga 500 Hr Training Highlights:
~ We practice and explore advanced asana/postures/modifications from an alignment, kinesiology, and energetic perspective. Kinesiology is the study of movement, performance, and function by applying the sciences of biomechanics, anatomy, physiology, and psychology. From a yogic perspective, we look deeply into the poses and apply the ancient science of bandhas (energetic seals/locks) with modern functional strength/muscle balancing.
~ We learn to further recognize where modifications and options are appropriate and for whom from a physically therapeutic perspective. Discussion of common yoga injuries and how to prevent them through progression, modifications, and options. Therapeutically and kinesthetically, we further explore backbends, forward bends, twists, arm balances and inversions.
~ We deepen our understanding of common yoga injuries (and those who may be more or less prone to them) and how to prevent them through progression and options. Anatomy & Asana: Preventing Yoga Injuries, by Susi Hately Aldous required. Some have said our physical asana focus at the 500-hour level is a therapeutic approach. My friend Chrys Kub expressed my feelings about this well in saying “Yoga Therapy? Yoga IS therapy!” (btw, she IS a yoga therapist). If we teach asana with progressions and options and we teach the heart of yoga with asana (YS 1:1, 1:2), we are teaching a practice that is empowered and focused on comfort(YS 2:46). This is a practice that heals and transforms.
~ Additionally, we take into consideration skeletal anatomy and develop an understanding of the physiology of stretching to “see” both the benefits and limitations of asana to balance the physical body.
~ In developing an understanding of the subtle energy body: koshas, chakras, and nadis, we understand the benefit of pranayama, kriya, mudra, and asana to connect with the inherent vital energy that we are.
~ Kriya – Over 20 new kriyas (50 total in Jaya Yoga program will be shared), many unique to Jaya Yoga. Kriyas are mental and physical actions that bring us into a flow state. Focus on understanding and incorporating kriyas into your classes and your practice. Kriyas are not well known or understood in the West, yet are a primary practice in India, where yoga began.
~ We delve deep into the heart of the Radiance Sutras. The Radiance Sutras by Lorin Roche.
~ We continue to discover the core of who we are through the wisdom of ancient texts applied to our every day experience (Vedic, Vedantic, Sutras, Upanishads, readings from other spiritual traditions and practical tools like The Hatha Yoga Pradipika), as presented and discussed for modern day application in: Bringing Yoga to Life by Donna Farhi, The Yoga Tradition by Georg Feurstein, The Living Gita by Sri Swami Satchidananda, and Yoga and Kriya by Swami Satyananda Saraswati.
~ Further practice of Sanskrit through teaching, chanting and satsang.
~ Tibetan Tantra Yoga, including The Six Realms, Tibetan Prana Yoga, Tibetan Seed Syllables, The Five Wisdom Qualities and how you can know yourself better (and those you are in relationship with).
~ Insight into the development of yoga, historically, and its similarities and comparison to religion and philosophies of the world.
~ We practice the sacred, energetic, and physical practices of mantra and mudra daily.
~ Meditation and pratyahara (sense withdrawal) will be a daily practice using a variety of techniques, including traditional “special” techniques.
~ Adjustments – learning to connect individually and energetically with students first, and, secondly, through visual, verbal, and touch. Physical adjustments are an advanced teaching technique that should be applied with experience once a teacher has become comfortable with teaching technique and creating connection. They will be an emphasis of all 500-hour level intensives.
~ Teaching an advanced integrated Master Class at one or more Intensives in order to receive valuable and detailed feedback to take your teaching to a whole new level.
~ Researching a subject you are inspired to teach. For example, three students have presented the following: mantra and leading kirtan interactively; the deities and the inspiration of story-telling to teach yogic universal principles; and asana and physical therapy to align, sustain, and energize the body.
Required Reading/Texts: Please ensure that the anatomy training you took in your RYT 200 level training included biomechanics of yoga and emphasized how muscles move joints, so that you can better understand the advanced training here. If not, email Steph so she can point you to readings or workshops.
Our RYT 500 Semi-Annual Intensives
This sacred retreat to the birthplace of Yoga can be attended by yoga teachers or sincere yoga students as a week-long Intensive. In addition to daily yogasana, puja, meditation, and satsang, group activities may include: a visit to Vasistha’s Cave on the Ganges, Kirtan at a local ashram, sunrise at the Shakti Temple overlooking the Himalayas followed by an optional hike back down to Rishikesh, and attendance at a sacred puja ceremony on the Ganges.
The HeartGate is a place where kindred souls may gather and fully engage in the true art and disciplines of spiritual awakening. A magnificent 10,000 sq. ft. renovated schoolhouse, circa 1910, located just above the beautiful Columbia River town of Hood River, Oregon. Mt. Hood and Mt. Adams stand as sentinels to the south and north, and the area abounds in rivers, lakes, and wilderness. This One Week Intensive is specifically for Yoga Teachers and can be attended for Yoga Alliance CEs or hours toward a 500 RYT with Jaya Yoga.