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You have navigated the wide wild world of yoga this far and have arrived here. Whether your intention is to learn more about us, or perhaps you are just scrolling through, welcome! This is exactly where you are meant to be. We invite you to continue your journey with us and explore all that the Lakshmi Rising kula has to offer. Our 300-hour teacher training course is a full spectrum experience in living yoga. This RYT500 upgrade is a 21-day intensive immersion designed to nourish your practice, inspire your teaching, and expand your skill set. We share unique tools and valuable wisdom for both personal and professional development. Consistently named one of the best yoga teacher trainings around the globe, this next-level certification course draws from many traditions including modern science and emphasizes more than the physical side of Yoga.
Lakshmi Rising Hatha Vinyasa Yoga is an experiential practice accessible to all. Vinyasa is the fluid and purposeful integration of breath and movement. We move the body to still the mind. We see our practice as a metaphor to understand where we are stuck—physically, mentally, or emotionally. This therapeutic system offers space, technique and support to recognize and transform habits, patterns and conditionings that cause suffering for ourselves and others. Our holistic perspective cultivates higher consciousness, interconnection, openness, stability and strength, on and off of the mat
The living wisdom of yoga is full of insights that teach us how to observe and better understand ourselves so that we can experience the present to the fullest and step into the future with more awareness of what is possible. We view yoga as a universal gift to humanity with gratitude and great respect for its roots. In addition to a deep and timeless love for yoga, this is what we are all about and the focus of our 300hr program:
• Deepening our knowledge base of yoga, science, health & spirituality through evidence based methodology and direct experience to acquire real tools for use in personal practice and sharing what we love.
• Self-development, mental clarity, self-love, confidence & inner peace. When one cultivates & embodies these qualities they can best participate in making the world a better place.
• Creating & nurturing community.
• Giving back to those less fortunate and taking care of our sacred planet Mother Earth.
• Enjoyment of the journey and the realization that there isn’t a final destination. Be here now, this is the only time and place where yoga (and life) can happen.
Evolve, Elevate, Empower
This training prioritizes developing lifestyle habits in alignment with the principles of yoga by taking part in a living yoga immersion. We hold the space for you to eat, sleep, talk and breathe yoga for 21-days. Our non-compartmentalized approach emphasizes taking the practice into everyday life just as much as we practice the physical art of yoga on the mat. The integrated lifestyle of the Yogi is just as important as physical asana practice. This is an investment in your vocation and practice, as well as an enjoyable retreat.
This next-level yoga teacher training is woven into Lakshmi Rising’s 200-hour foundational training with an expanded schedule, advanced text books, higher expectations and different projects. This provides an opportunity to refresh your foundational understanding while delving deeper into very complex and multi-faceted yogic concepts.
Who is this program for?
This immersion is designed for those who have already taken any type of 200-hour yoga teacher training. We have participants who have taken an on-line training (their 200-hour or another 300-hour) and are looking for an in-person experience. We have students with years of teaching under their belts and those whom have never taught. Some of our students in this program have zero experience with vinyasa and have been trained in other styles of yoga, and some are ready to develop their own yoga teacher training and want a successful and effective model to inspire them. An open mind is the only requirement and will yield the best results!
Acquire innovative teaching tools & confidence.
Learn new perspectives & refresh your understanding of yoga fundamentals.
Cultivate health, wellbeing & the inspiration to share it in your community.
Advance your vision & career options; all while making new, like-minded contacts and life-long friends.
In this program we cover foundational concepts of vinyasa yoga, while diving deeper into meditation, pranayama, mantra, working with private clients, community outreach, ayurveda, hands-on adjustments, anatomy, yoga sutras, and the refinement of your teaching skills. This enriching certification upgrade is an opportunity to cultivate your own yoga & spiritual practice.
Our curriculum covers:
What alignment means and how to fit any pose to each unique person.
Creative and intelligent Lakshmi Rising vinyasa sequencing for injury prevention.
Core based strength exercises.
Sun salutations and variations.
Chanting mantras, meditation techniques, pranayama techniques.
Safe hands-on adjustments & use of props.
How to incorporate music into a class to create an impact.
How to integrate philosophical, psychological and anatomical themes into your teachings.
Working one on one with private clients.
Development of your life vision and how to grow your yoga business.
We will explore and experience classical Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine, the importance of ritual, the magic of mantra, philosophy from the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali and the Hatha Yoga Pradipika, awareness of the subtle energies within and around us, in-depth anatomy of asana and a graceful connection to Nature as our teacher.
If all of this sounds amazing, then this training is for you.
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Pay-in-full up to 3 months before start date and save $300 or make a $500 deposit to secure your spot!
Special All-Inclusive Pricing for a Limited Time
UPCOMING PROGRAM DATES
All-Inclusive prices starting at $3999 if you pay-in-full at the time of registering up to 90 Days before start date.
All-Inclusive prices starting at $4299 when you book within 90 Days of start date OR if you secure a spot with a $500 deposit.
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APRIL 16 – MAY 6 SANCTUARY SANTA ANA, COSTA RICA (@ $4299)
MAY 21 – JUNE 10 SANCTUARY SANTA ANA, COSTA RICA (@ $4299)
JUNE 28 – JULY 18 VERONA, ITALY (@ $3999)
JULY 23 – AUGUST 12 VERONA, ITALY (@ $3999)
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 in shared accommodations. (Options are available to upgrade to a private room)
- 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 properties—including 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
When we look at the 200-hour and 300-hour credential, there is no way to know how much experience practicing or teaching that someone has, or what they know about yoga. Yoga is huge and it is a lifetime study, you certainly can’t learn it all in 200 or 300 or 500 hours. If you are familiar with some of the topics we cover, this is an opportunity to explore them on a deeper level. For example, no one can say that discussing ahimsa is redundant until they are an embodiment of inner peace and we all live in a utopia. There is always more we can learn (or un-learn), discuss and share. Much of the group lecture and lab will be mixed levels. The 200 hour students will be right alongside of you, but they will be hearing much of the information for the first time. You may be hearing it for the first time, too, and that is totally ok.
Breakout sessions that go into more depth than the 200-hour curriculum include:
Hands on Adjustments
Working One-on-One with Private Clients
Chanting & Mantra
Projects that are a part of this curriculum include:
• Prepare and teach a 60 minute private yoga session to another 300 hour student. You will also receive a private lesson from a peer and be asked to give them feedback.
• Choose a topic in anatomy from a list of suggestions to learn more about. Give a 15-minute presentation on this topic to the cohort and then build this out into a 30 minute asana class as a final project. This presentation and class can be used in the future as a longer class or workshop.
• Teach a 15-30 minute presentation on one of Patanjali’s yamas or niyamas to the cohort. Incorporate this philosophical pearl, along with your anatomy topic, into your 30-minute final class project.
• Come up with a community outreach project and design the steps to bring it to life.
You will be challenged to teach outside of your comfort zone.
You will be encouraged to try new things and make mistakes.
You will be supported throughout the learning process.
Click here to see an outline of our 300-hour Advanced Curriculum
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
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.
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? What is Wellness?
2 total hours
Learning Objective: Students collectively define both yoga and wellness, and draw connections between them. A brief cultural history of yoga and classical definitions of Yoga are discussed. Concepts like Samkhya and kleshas are introduced.
Daily Morning Sadhana
30 total hours
Learning Objective: These two-hour 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.
26 total hours
Learning Objective: Students actively practice loving kindness, japa, trataka, japa mala, mindfulness, sound healing, yoga nidra, mantra, and nyasm styles of meditation twice daily to directly experience the benefits and challenges. Students will note the effects of a consistent daily meditation practice for 21 days in a row.
Sequencing Concepts and Techniques
18 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.
Structure 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.
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.
Roots of Alignment: Defining Asana and Intro to Yoga Anatomy
2.5 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.
Anatomy of Asana Families
3 total hours
Learning Objective: 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.
25 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.
Hands-on Adjustments 101
5 total hours
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.
How to Offer a Private Session
5 total hours
Learning Objective: To refine ones offerings as a teacher by providing effective and authentic one-on-one sessions.
Community Outreach Project: Karma Yoga
Learning Objective: To fine tune your craft and to give back through the vehicle of yoga.
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.
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.
Yoga in the World Today: The Legacy of Krishnamacharya
1 total hour
Learning Objective: Students discuss the similarities and differences between yoga and exercise. The global influence of Krishnamacharya and his students are discussed, as well as other popular styles of yoga.
Patanjali and the Eight Limbs of Yoga
1 total hour
Learning Objective: This is an introduction to yoga as a philosophy and lifestyle that encompasses more than just the physical postures.
Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
10 total hours
300-hour students will have the opportunity to guide a group discussion about Patanjali’s yamas and niyamas.
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.
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.
Meditation Defined: Pratyahara, Dharana, Dhyana and Samadhi
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
8 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.
Mauna: Practicing Silence
29 total hours
Learning Objective: Students learn about the benefits of silence by refraining from speech and technology during silent breakfasts and on Saturdays for half the day.
Sahaja Vinyasa: Lakshmi Rising Conscious Dance
2 total Hours
Learning Objective: Students practice meditation in motion, ritual, and a new way of experiencing asana, to break habits and patterns that block their flow of awareness.
Yoga Philosophy: Samskara, Karma, Klesha & Pratyahara
1 total hour
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.
Mantra: Tools for the Mind
10 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.
4 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
2 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.
Chakras, Nadis, Koshas: Energetic Anatomy of the Human Experience
2.5 total hours
Learning Objective: This module gives students an overview of the energy-body through the lens of yoga.
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.
Quiz and Review
4 total hours
Learning Objective: In two quizzes—at the beginning of weeks two and three—students have 30 minutes to take each quiz and 30 minutes to go over the quiz as a group. This emphasizes important course content and gives students a gauge of their strengths and weaknesses.
Yogic concepts applied to daily life.
MOVEMENT AS MEDITATION
Approach to Asana
Our asana practice is a specific method of therapeutic vinyasa yoga developed by Dr Liz Lindh over 25 years of informed practice. The Lakshmi Rising technique has intentional sequencing principles to guide the body and mind through safe and challenging movements into a gentle catharsis. This relationship with yoga asana is not a performance art, nor a competitive sport. Lakshmi Rising is an internal experience to promote optimal wellbeing. It is not a traditional approach to yoga, but it is directly influenced by the classical yoga of Krishnamacharya passed down by his son and students. There are also elements of traditional Chinese medicine meridian theory, acupressure, restorative and yin principles, Pilates inspired core work, fluid tai-chi type movements and ecstatic dance infused into the method. You will learn Lakshmi Rising sequencing and how to thoughtfully put a vinyasa, restorative vinyasa, or power class together following the LR map.
Each morning our daily routine includes a 90-minute asana practice specifically created for the yoga teacher training container. There is tremendous intention behind the approach, and everything that is part of the practice is there for a specific reason. We emphasize injury prevention and adapting the practice to the person. We place importance on the circulation of Prana and the development of sensitivities to feel the vital essence enlivening and revitalizing body, mind and spirit.
Our daily asana lab module is an experimental and experiential classroom where poses and kramas (short sequences) are learned and practiced. The specific anatomy and energetics of the poses, as well as benefits and contraindications, are covered together with practice in teaching. This is also a place to engage with hands-on adjusting. The 300-hour students will be in a mentorship role among 200-hour students to support their correct understanding and embodiment of each asana. The complexity of asana practiced and taught will depend upon the fitness level of the group as a collective. This training does not emphasize perfecting the handstand, although we understand how much fun that can be.
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It’s All About the Journey
Our 300 hour yoga teacher training experience is a synthesis of numerous years teaching studio classes and private sessions, as well as attending many 200 and 300 hour yoga programs and workshops, and more than 25 years of personal practice and study; together with over a decade of leading yoga teacher training certification courses.
From our program director Liz Lindh,“I’ve witnessed the evolution of Yoga’s presence in the world over the years since I began teaching in 1999. It is a beautiful thing to observe the mainstream popularity of yoga, because yoga gives us tools to manage life and the more people with tools, the more adept our communities will be at solving problems and easing suffering. This training will provide you with valuable tools that you will be able to use in your own life and also to share with others.”