500hrs yoga teacher training

500 hours yoga teacher training outline:

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The 500hrs yoga teacher training course is designed to:

  • Develop a deeper understanding into asana, looking at advanced posture work.
  • Develop a greater knowledge of the authenitic yogic scriptures of Ancient India, studying them, reflecting and discussing their meanings (particularly Bhagavadgita, Mahabharata, Hatha Yoga pratipika, Yoga vashishta Vijnana Bhairava Tantra, Geruda Samhita and the Yoga sutras of Patanjali).
  • Examining Yoga as a therapy to re-store balance and health in the human body. Looking at studies and research work done within the yoga therapy field. Includes assistive yoga therapy posture work as well as prescriptive self practice yoga work based on previous successful research studies undertaken at the Independent Centre for Yoga Education and Research (ICYER), S India
  • Studying and practicing advanced pranayama’s
  • Studying and practicing pratyahara, Dharana and Dyana techniques.
  • Developing teaching skills working with specialist groups/individuals and other forms of yoga teaching other than a class setting.
  • Gain a greater understanding of the Chakras and kundalini according to the ancient Rishis.
  • Anatomy and physiology, modern medical comparisons with ancient yogic perspective
  • Further study and practice of chanting, bhajans and mantras.
  • Studying sanskrit language, alphabet, sounds and authentic descriptions used for asana



  • 8 advanced modules which are in four day blocks – approx 46 hours per module (over two years therefore one will be scheduled approx every 3 months)




Note: Each MODULE is a residential 4 – day block



Main theme: Therapeutic asana work
Hatha Yoga ·      Gentle hatha yoga, assistance, working with those with limited mobility or range of movement

·      Sun salutations (Aruna, rishikesh and progressive vinyasa)

·      Vashistha Tapsya series or side balancing

Yoga Chikitsa ·      Preparing for therapy

·      Pallavini kriyas

·      Chair assisted yoga (1)

·      Shoulder work

·      Isometric exercises

·      Assisted breathing

Yoga Sutras chapter 1 Chanting and In-depth Study.
Study of scriptures Yoga Vashishtha- A beautiful scripture on dialogue between Lord Rama and Sage Vashishtha. In this scripture Vashishtha describes ways of freeing mind and attaining enlightenment with many contemplative stories and examples. There are many stories on how various men and women master their minds.
Advanced Pranayamas ·      Nadi Shuddi

·      Nadi Shodhana

Satsanga ·      Applied Yoga as Holistic Therapy

·      An introduction into the Sanskrit language and alphabet (part 1)



Main theme: The Hatha Yoga Pradipika and Gheranda Samhita, Cleansing practices, asanas, mudras and pranayamas as tool for self-development and yoga therapy
Hatha Yoga Cleansing practices:

·      Shanka Prakshalana- This is intensive process of cleansing our intestinal system with drinking saline water and flushing through the digestive tract with use of four yogic kriyas.

·      Jala neti- Cleansing our nostrils with use of saline water. This enables to free open the nostrils and cleanses naris.

·      Nauli kriya- Intense churning of abdominal muscles for further cleansing and activating Manipur chakra.

·      Head Stand Series


Yoga Chikitsa ·      Bhujanga Kriya,

·      Dhanura Kriya

·      Matsya Kriya

·      Back walk

·      Foot Walk

·      Nari-Sathilya Kriyas


Yoga Sutras Yoga-Sutras Chapter 1 continued – Chanting, and In-depth study.


Study of scriptures The Hatha Yoga Pradipika and Gheranda Samhita
Advanced Pranayamas ·      Eka Dasi – This is eleven- day intensive pranayama to cleanse or refine our memory and release accumulated physical, mental and emotional traumas.

·      Bandhas and use of Bandhas in various Asanas


Satsanga The Shat Karmas, cleansing and purification in Yoga philosophy



Main theme: SUN-SALUTATIONS- variations from various traditions

·      Aruna

·      Rishikesh (1 Gitananda tradition)

·      Rishikesh (2 Nath tradition)

·      Maha Sauri

·      Vedic Surya Namaskar

·      Shiva

·      Surya mantras

Yoga Chikitsa ·      Shakti Loma viloma Kriyas

·      Nari Sathilya Kriyas in Shavasana

Yoga Sutras Yoga-Sutras Chapter 2- Chanting, and In-depth study.
Study of scriptures Bhagavata Gita- Most useful spiritual scripture in our modern life. It is talk beween Arjuna and Lord Krishna at the beginning of Mahabharata. Here lord Krishna explains Arjuna on Bhakti Yoga, Raja Yoga, Karma Yoga, Jnana Yoga, Dhyana Yoga, etc.


Advanced Pranayamas ·      Pancha Sahita Pranayama

·      Ujjayi Pranayama

Satsanga ·      Bhagavad Gita and Yoga

·      Sanskrit (2)




Hatha Yoga Yoga Postures for 7 chakras

Oli Mudras

Yoga Chikitsa ·      Chakra sounds

·      Colour visualisations

·      Chakra yoga therapy

·      Trataka

Yoga Sutras Yoga-Sutras Chapter-2- Chanting, and In-depth study.


Study of scriptures Yoga Upanishad- detailed study of chakras.


Advanced Pranayamas ·      Mandala Dharanas

·      Chakra pranayamas


Satsanga Kundalini Yoga and Chakras



Main theme: Key sequences in the Ashtanga Rishi-culture tradition
Hatha Yoga ·      Hathenas

·      Loma viloma

·      Pelvic Looseners

·      Hand Balancing series

Yoga Chikitsa Teaching to specialist groups and yoga adptations


Yoga Sutras Yoga Sutras: Chanting, and In-depth study Chapter-3
Study of scriptures Yoga Upanishad- detailed study of chakras.


Advanced Pranayamas  

Swara Yoga- A detailed study of Breath, Prana and life forces.


Satsanga Importance Hatha Yoga in Modern times and yogapathy



Main theme: The 84 Classical Asanas
Hatha Yoga ·      Advanced asana and assisting

·      Modified Asanas and Assisting

Yoga Chikitsa Assisted Yoga and helping hands

Chair yoga (2)

Yoga Sutras Chanting, and In-depth study Yoga Sutra chapter-3
Study of scriptures Vijnana Bhairava Tantra- A most intensive and detailed scripture on tantra yoga describing many techniques on meditation.
Advanced Pranayamas ·      Bhastrika

·      Kapalbhati Pranayamas


Satsanga ·      Dharna and Dhyana (concentration and meditation)

·      Sanskrit (3)



Main theme: Yantra: the yogic science of number, name and form
Hatha Yoga ·      Kshatrian Kriyas

·      84 Classical Postures and assisting

·      Modified or adapted postures and assisting

Yoga Chikitsa Yoga for prevention of dis-ease and management
Yoga Sutras Chanting, and In-depth study Yoga Sutra chapter -4
Study of scriptures Gitananda Tradition and some of the key scriptures by Swami Gitananda Giriji, Ammaji Meenakshi Devi and Dr Ananada Balayogi Bhavanani
Advanced Pranayamas Ujjayi Pranayama

Shitali and Shitakari Pranayama

Kaki Pranayama

Satsanga Gitananda Tradition and Guru



Main theme: Course completion
Hatha Yoga students lead sessions under observation
Yoga Chikitsa students lead sessions under observation
Yoga Sutras Chanting, and In-depth study Yoga Sutra chapter-4
Study of scriptures Students presentations on chosen scripture and how they can help us or be applied in our daily life.
Advanced Pranayamas students lead sessions under observation
Satsanga Yoga and Evolution



Additional sessions:

  • We will have atleast two presentations over the course with our phisiotherapist on working with the body in a therapeutic way and a look into various health conditions and their affect on the human body and how it may affect our ability to assist.
  • Guest Teachers, specialist in their area will also be invited to come and teach on the course.


TYPICAL SCHEDULE (schedules A and B alternate over the 4 day block)

Schedule A

Subject Time Contact hours
Hatha Yoga session 1 6:30 – 8am 1.5
Satsanga 9:30 – 11am 1.5
Pranayama 11 – 12:30 1.5
Karma Yoga 13:30 – 14:30 1
Yoga Sutras 14:30 – 15:30 1
Hatha Yoga session 2 16:00 – 17:00 1
Yoga chikitsa 17:00 – 18:00 1
Satsanga 19:30 – 21:00 1.5
Total: 10


Schedule B

Subject Time Contact hours
Hatha Yoga session 1 6:30 – 8am 1.5
Satsanga 9:30 – 11am 1.5
Pranayama 11 – 12:30 1.5
Yoga Chikitsa 14:00 – 16:00 2
Hatha Yoga session 2 16:00 – 17:00 1
Study of scriptures 17:00 – 18:00 1
Satsanga 19:30 – 21:00 1.5
Total: 10

NB: physiotherapist will be coming in to talks approx. 9 hours over the course contact time.

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