300-Hour Advanced (RYT 500)

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Our 300-hour (RYT 500) advanced program is a 21-day yoga intensive designed to nourish your practice, inspire your teaching, and expand your skill set. This immersion provides unique tools and valuable wisdom for both self-development and sharing with your community. 

This advanced yoga teacher training runs alongside Lakshmi Rising’s 3-week, 200-hour foundational training, with a slightly different, expanded schedule. 

Full-spectrum Exploration

Evolve, Elevate, Empower

The advanced yoga training will refresh student’s foundational understanding but also delve deeper into yoga philosophy, asana theory and lab, physical and energetic anatomy, and advanced sequencing topics. Advanced students will gain deeper insight and perspective than students receiving this information for the first time.

One can never return to the same river, because it is ever flowing and changing. Our practice mirrors this truth: each time a student of yoga returns to these timeless concepts, their context and understanding evolve. Overlap in the curriculum provides the opportunity, especially for Lakshmi Rising graduates, to elevate their experience to the next level.

Special All-Inclusive Pricing for a Limited Time

UPCOMING PROGRAM DATES

$3999 (All-Inclusive) if you pay-in-full at the time of registering up to 3 months (90 Days) before start date.
$4299 (All-Inclusive) when you book within 3 months (90 Days) of start date OR if you secure a spot with a $500 deposit.

2021
NOVEMBER 28 – DECEMBER 18 COSTA RICA (SOLD OUT-WAITLIST ONLY)

2022
MAY 1 – 21 COSTA RICA (SOLD OUT-WAITLIST ONLY)
AUGUST 28 – SEPTEMBER 17 SOUTH OF FRANCE (@ $3999)
SEPTEMBER 24 – OCTOBER 14 VERONA, ITALY (@ $3999)
OCTOBER 23 – NOVEMBER 12 BARCELONA, SPAIN (@ $3999)

 

 

 

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Step 1 - Pick

Pick which amazing location you wish to train at.

Step 2 - Purchase

Pay-in-full up to 3 months before start date and save $300 or make a $500 deposit to secure your spot!

Step 3 - Plan

Secure flights and start packing!

WHAT DOES MY ALL-INCLUSIVE PAYMENT COVER?

  • 500-Hour RYT Yoga Alliance certification eligibility upon successful completion of the course
  • 600+ pages of invaluable knowledge in your Lakshmi Rising YTT Manual
  • 20 nights in luxury accommodations
  • 3 incredible, organic Gaia Gourmet vegetarian or vegan meals each on-site day (except on arrival, departure, and excursion days)
  • Unlimited coffee, an assortment of teas and fresh fruit for snacks
  • Weekly housekeeping and laundry service or self-serve laundry (depending on location)
  • Full access to magical private propertiesincluding gardens, trails, swimming pools, and more
  • Options to participate in organized group excursions (at additional cost)
  • All applicable taxes
  • 3 weeks making friends for life with like-minded souls from around the world!
Course of Study

Curriculum

Advanced students start the day with meditation and chanting an hour before foundational students. Our 1.5-hour asana practice and subsequent discussion is collective. Philosophy modules and asana lab are also concurrent with the 200-hour training. However, advanced students have different textbooks, reading assignments, and in-class projects. Saturday and Sunday sessions do not overlap with foundational content.

Click here to see an outline of our 300-hour Advanced Curriculum

Sample Schedule
Below is a sample schedule subject to slight changes depending upon the location & excursions if applicable, i.e. in Europe everything shifts one hour later. This will give you a general idea of what your three weeks will look like while enjoying your training!

Typical Daily Schedule (subject to change)
6:00am-7:00am: Pranayama, meditation & chanting
7:30am-9:00am: Sadhana: Asana, Pranayama & Mantra
9:00am-10:00am: Silent Hour / Breakfast
11:00am-2:00pm: Classroom Training Session
2:00pm-3:00pm: Gaia Gourmet Lunch
3:00pm-4 or 5:00pm: Living Yoga: Taking the practice off the mat, self-care, exploration, time to work on assignments & projects
4 or 5:00pm-7:00pm: Classroom Training Session
7:00pm-8:00pm: Gaia Gourmet Dinner with Gratitude Practice

Required Texts
The books you will need to purchase, read before the training (if possible), and bring with you are:
Prakriti: Your Ayurvedic Constitution by Dr. Robert Svoboda
Yoga of the Subtle Body by Tias Little
Science of Yoga by Ann Swanson
Your Body, Your Yoga: Learn Alignment Cues That Are Skillful, Safe, and Best Suited to You by Bernie Clark
All are available as ebooks.

Course Overview
What is Lakshmi Rising?
3 total hours
Learning Objective: During our opening circle, we discuss the course overview, introduce the power of intention and ritual, share collective introductions among the kula (community), and explain the Lakshmi Rising concept. We also go over the course requirements.

What is Yoga?
2 total hours
Learning Objective: Students collectively define yoga. A brief cultural history of yoga and classical definitions of Yoga are discussed. Concepts like Samkhya philosophy and the Vedic tradition of India are introduced. 

Art of Shape Shifting
2 total hours
Learning Objective: For this photography project, students are given a list of asanas that are a part of the Lakshmi Rising curriculum. With a partner or small group, students photographically document their understanding of these poses on the first and last days of the training program. This illustrates their growth and transformation during the yoga teacher certification course, and their understanding of the physical and energetic alignment of each asana.

The Legacy of Krishnamacharya
1 total hour
Learning Objective: The global influence of Krishnamacharya and his primary students, their stories and contributions to modern yoga are introduced. Other popular styles of yoga are also discussed.

Patanjali, the Eight Limbs of Yoga and Selected Yoga Sutras
2 total hours
Learning Objective: This is an introduction to yoga as a philosophy and lifestyle that encompasses more than just the physical postures.

Yoga v/s Exercise
1 total hour
Students discuss the similarities and differences between yoga and exercise.

Yoga Philosophy: Intro to Classical Tantra, Mantra, and Ritual
9 total hours
Learning Objective: Students will learn the core principles of what Classical Tantra is and is not. How to create sacred space, how to work in harmony with the five elements, and how to select specific mantras and energies to align with will all be discussed.

Yoga Philosophy: Samskara, Karma, Klesha & Pratyahara
2 total hours
Learning Objective: This discussion is designed to spark insight into what we believe and why. Students are invited to identify patterns in themselves, their relationships, and society that can be shifted through diligent self-study (svadhyaya) and through the practice of yoga.

Intro to Meditation
2 total hours
Learning Objective: Meditation as one of Patanjali’s eight limbs is defined and discussed. Modern research and classical perspectives are included in the discussion, in addition to the benefits and physiological process. Different styles and approaches are explained.

Meditation Techniques Explained
7.5 total hours
Learning Objective: Nyasm, lovingkindness, japa, japa mala, mindfulness, sound healing, yoga nidra, mantra, and trataka are explained in depth, so that each student has clear instruction on how to practice each of these techniques. Benefits of, variations on, and contraindications for each are also discussed.

Daily Meditation Sadhana
30 total hours
Learning Objective: Students actively practice lovingkindness, japa, trataka, japa mala, mindfulness, sound healing, silence, yoga nidra, mantra, and nyasm styles of meditation to directly experience the benefits and challenges. Students will note the effects of a consistent daily meditation practice for 21 days in a row.

Hanuman Chalisa
19 total hours
Learning Objective: Students learn this traditional chant to cultivate strength of body and mind, stamina, and vibrant health, and to ground excess Vata.

Daily Morning Asana Sadhana
30 total hours
Learning Objective: These 90 minute daily modules include asana, pranayama, mantra, kriya, and mudra. They are designed to stretch, tone, and heal the body. Lakshmi Rising specialty yoga master classes not only move the body, but also stir the heart and mind. They weave classical yogic concepts with modern anatomical intelligence, inspiration for self-observation, and spiritual wisdom.

Sequencing Concepts and Techniques
13 total hours
Learning Objective: In this 90-minute daily module following the morning sadhana, the instructor explains the preceding practice. Our morning yoga classes are based on the Lakshmi Rising Hatha Vinyasa method of building a sequence around a cohesive theme and variations on that theme—physically, and often mentally, emotionally, and spiritually as well. In each of these break-down sessions, an asana (the peak pose of the day) is explained in detail including benefits and effects, modifications and variations, anatomical alignment details, and contraindications.

The entire class is collectively discussed and written down. This provides students with a library of intentional, versatile sequences to reference for inspiration when putting together their own classes. This session also serves as a Q&A about any part of the morning practice. Students gain experiential perspective on designing and teaching a yoga class and clarification about the class elements.

Building Blocks of a Vinyasa Class
3 total hours
Learning Objective: Basic and advanced concepts specific to hatha vinyasa yoga in the lineage of Sri Krishnamacharya are defined, as well as elements unique to Lakshmi Rising. This gives students a map to follow regarding what to include in vinyasa-style classes, and why. Concepts such as surya namaskar (sun salutations), vinyasa krama (flows), kriya (repetitive movements), and connecting vinyasa (linking sequences) are explored. Different categories of asana are defined. Regions of the body are identified. Muscles, bones, nerves, organs, and connective tissues are explained in relation to different types of postures and positions. Cautions and contraindications, range of motion, and general benefits of posture groupings are explained.

The Art of Intelligent Sequencing
5 total hours
Learning Objective: Students will gain a solid understanding of how to sequence a vinyasa class using the Lakshmi Rising method. Concepts such as theme and variation in asana, peak pose, vinyasa krama, connecting vinyasa, music, philosophical themes, and timing are covered. Students work in small groups to design a class and receive feedback.

Intro to Yoga Anatomy:  Defining Asana and Alignment
3 total hours
Learning Objective: This module includes Krishmacharya’s and Patanjali’s definition of asana. Students working together in partners or small groups to perform a postural analysis, and an overview of common alignment mistakes is presented.

Asana Teaching Lab
24 total hours
Learning Objective: Different asanas are explained and demonstrated. The anatomy of each asana is discussed, as well as variations, modifications, benefits, contraindications, and hands-on assists, adjustments, and enhancements. Students work in pairs or small groups to practice teaching asana and mini-sequences.

Pranayama Teaching Lab
9 total hours
Learning Objective: Students will practice teaching box breathing, alternate nostril breathing, kapalabhati, bhastrika, bumble bee breath and sitali pranayama to acquire the understanding of how to share these techniques.

Practicum
6 total hours
Learning Objective: Students will design and teach a 2-hour workshop (in pairs or a group of three) to the larger group. They will receive feedback from their teachers and peers. They will be required to submit the workshop plan in written form.

Hands-on Adjustments 101
1 total hour
Learning Objective: Ethical, energetic and anatomical aspects of touching yoga students are discussed. Options for student and teacher safety are explored. Similarities and differences between adjusting, assisting and enhancing asana are considered. Contraindications are explained. Verbal and energetic assists are also explained.

Yoga Sutra Discussion: Yama and Niyama
4 total hours
Learning Objective: Students learn the ethical aspects of relating to self and others in this exploration of the yamas and niyamas. Different translations of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras are referenced, as well as current application of these ancient and timeless guidelines to living a yogic lifestyle.

Pranayama Defined: May the Force be with You
2 total hours
Learning Objective: Pranayama as one of Patanjali’s eight limbs is defined and discussed. The anatomy of the respiratory system is explained. Concepts such as sama vritti(even breath), visama vritti (uneven breath), kumbhaka (breath retention), and vayu (wind) are defined. Benefits and contraindications are also explained.

Koshas: Energetic Anatomy of the Human Experience
1.5 total hours
Learning Objective: An overview of the yogic perspective on the multi-dimensional complexity of the human being. Physical body, energetic body, the mind, the intuition and personality and also the “bliss body” will be discussed and explained in the context of the panacha maya koshas.

Secrets of the Bandhas
2 total hours
Learning Objective: Students receive theoretical and experiential information about hasta, pada, mula, uddiyana, jalandhara and maha bandhas. We discuss benefits, contraindications, and physical and energetic anatomy, and explore several different techniques for teaching and self-practice.

Mantra: Tools for the Mind
1 total hour
Learning Objective: Different chants are explained and practiced to expose students to this ancient form of yoga.

Stepping into the Role of Teacher
5 total hours
Learning Objective: The concept of lineage is defined. Students reflect on their own lineage and identify their strengths and weaknesses as a teacher. We discuss what it means to be a teacher, yoga teacher, educator, guide, and leader.

Creating Sacred Space
6 hours
Learning Objective: Students will have the opportunity to create an altar and explain their concept to the group. They will also lead a group dinner blessing. When each student holds the role of sacred space holder, they will also assist the lead instructor in any area where help is necessary. This is important to understand that there is more to teaching yoga than just showing up for a class.

Ayurveda
3 total hours
Learning Objective: Students will be introduced to Ayurveda as a sister science to yoga: yoga being a path to purify the mind and Ayurveda a path to purify the body. An overview of the five elements, three doshas, dinacharya (daily routine) guidelines, and living in harmony with our environment are given.

Dynamic Use of Language and Music
6 total hours
Learning Objectives: Creative and conscious verbal guidance is one key to skillful teaching. In this module, we explore different approaches to public speaking, various approaches to cuing alignment, filler words, and creative use of verbs and metaphors. There is also discussion about how to effectively use music.

Jyotisha: Vedic Astrology
6 total hours
Learning Objective: This module serves as an introduction to the classical science of Vedic astrology. The relationship of the celestial bodies with each of us as individuals has a profound impact on who we are, where our strengths and weaknesses lie, and how to take the best course of action to make the most of this human lifetime. Students’ individual charts will be analyzed to give an overview of general concepts. 

Vaastu: Creating Heaven on Earth
3 total hours
Learning Objective: Vaastu is the Vedic science of creating a harmonious environment, similar to the better-known approach from China, feng shui. Parallels will be drawn between Vaastu and both Jyotisha and Ayurveda. Students learn another way to cultivate a yogic lifestyle, by living in harmony with our environment.

What Next? The Business of Teaching Yoga
3 total Hours
Learning Objective: Students will learn how and why to register with Yoga Alliance. We discuss teaching options and possibilities; how to find teaching opportunities and what to expect; continuing education; mentorship and higher-level trainings; hosting and attending workshops, retreats, and special events; marketing alliances; social media; and how to write a bio, resume, and mission statement.

Concepts in Ahimsa: Plant Based Nutrition for the Health of the Whole
38 total hours
Learning Objective: Students will explore one of Patanjali’s eight limbs of yoga, yama. The first of these ethical observances is ahimsa, non-harming of self and others. We apply this principle to our yogic lifestyle by adhering to a lacto-ovo vegetarian diet for 21 days. Our mealtimes are not only an opportunity to practice mindful eating, but also a time to educate students about plant-based nutrition. Students gain first-hand experience of the benefits of a vegetarian lifestyle in harmony with Ayurvedic principles.

Living Yoga
40+ total hours
Learning Objective: This is the beauty of an immersive training. We encourage you to experience life through the lens of yoga. Conversation, excursions, self-care time…applying the principles of yogic lifestyle off the mat is the true practice. Every hour of our time together is a part of the training. There is no compartmentalization. 

Quiz and Review
3 total hours
Learning Objective: In two quizzes—at the beginning of weeks two and three—students have 45 minutes to take each quiz and 45 minutes to go over the quiz as a group. This emphasizes important course content and gives students a gauge of their strengths and weaknesses. 

Yoga-Related Film
4 total hours
Learning Objective: Students will get a recap and summary of course content by watching a documentary and several short videos on YouTube.

Non-Contact Hours:

Reading Assignments, Self-Study and Related Projects
20+ total hours
Learning Objective: Students will learn multiple perspectives on the general course content by reading the course manual and textbooks.

Total Contact Hours: 302

Recommended (not required) projects to complete at home:
3+ hours to research and write 1000-word essay
10+ hours teaching community classes
10+ hours of community service
6 hours to plan one ayurvedic meal specific to your vikruti; shop or grow, cook, eat, and clean up

 

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