300-Hour Advanced (RYT 500)

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Who this experience is for…

This immersion is for you if you have already completed a 200-hour or foundational yoga teacher training course in any format, lineage or tradition. We invite you to continue your journey with us and explore all that the Lakshmi Rising kula has to offer.

Some of our students have years of teaching under their belts while others have never taught. Some have taken an on-line training and are looking for an in-person experience, while others are trained in a style of yoga other than vinyasa and want to explore something new. We also have students who are ready to develop their own yoga teacher training and want a successful and effective model to inspire them. A mixed-level cohort is a true representation of the world outside of the training. The more variety and perspectives we have, the more all of us learn. Within our group it is helpful to have various levels of physical fitness, different physical limitations and all manner of experience so that we can understand together how to adapt the practice in such a way that it meets the needs of each unique individual. An open mind is the only requirement!

We have been producing the Lakshmi Rising yoga teacher training course since 2014. Our diverse community has over 1000 graduates from around the world of various ages (17-70!), shapes, sizes, colors, abilities, experience and gender identities. Everyone is welcome!

This training is for you if you want to:

  • 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 & life-long friends.

Our RYT500 upgrade is a 21-day intensive that covers foundational and complex concepts in vinyasa yoga while diving deep into meditation, pranayama, mantra, working with private clients, having an on-line presence, hosting retreats and trainings, community outreach, ayurveda, hands-on adjustments, anatomy (physical and energetic), yoga sutras, refining your teaching skills and professional development. This enriching certification is an opportunity to nourish and up-level your personal practice. 

Hear what some of our graduates say…

“Liz is incredibly knowledgeable and authentic in her yoga teaching—both spiritual and asana techniques. I so enjoyed my immersive 300-hr training and could not recommend the school and Liz enough!” -Leah Ost

“Deep dive and life changing. Teaches you from the heart and LR makes sure that you’ll be able to make it your own.” -Sanne Jacobs

Full-spectrum Exploration

Evolve, Elevate, Empower

This living yoga immersion prioritizes and supports the development of holistic lifestyle habits aligned with the principles of yoga. We hold the space for you to eat, sleep, talk, breathe and practice yoga 24/7 for 21-days. Our non-compartmentalized approach emphasizes the integration of your yoga into all aspects of everyday life, not just the physical art we practice on the mat. 

“The success of Yoga does not lie in the ability to perform postures but in how it positively changes the way we live our life and our relationships.” -TKV Desikachar

Our next-level yoga teacher training is woven into Lakshmi Rising’s 200-hour foundational training with an expanded schedule (more hours, advanced curriculum), different text books, higher expectations and unique projects. This provides an opportunity to refresh your foundational understanding while delving deeper into very complex and multi-faceted yogic concepts. There will be a mixed group of students, some taking a 200-hour teacher training for the first time, and students like you who are continuing their education with a 300-hour training. There will be some overlap in many of the classes, and some classes will be exclusively for the higher level students.

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Step 1 - Pick

Choose your dates and which amazing location you’d like to explore.

Step 2 - Purchase

Pay-in-full upon registration (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! Once we receive your registration we will send you a welcome email with all of the info you need about how to best prepare.

Our All-inclusive Rates start at just $3999

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UPCOMING PROGRAMS
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2024
FEB 4 – 24 SANCTUARY SANTA ANA, COSTA RICA (SOLD OUT-WAITLIST ONLY)
MARCH 3 – 23 SANCTUARY SANTA ANA, COSTA RICA  
APRIL 7 – 27 SANCTUARY SANTA ANA, COSTA RICA 
JUNE 25 – JULY 15 VERONA, ITALY (Early-Bird ends Mar 27th)
JULY 22 – AUGUST 11 VERONA, ITALY (Early-Bird ends Apr 23rd)
AUGUST 15 – SEPT 4 VERONA, ITALY (Early-Bird ends May 17th)

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 propertiesincluding gardens, 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

Yoga is huge and merits a lifetime of study.  There are many limitations as to what can be taught in 200 or 300 or 500 hours. When we look at the 200-hour and 300-hour RYT training credential, there is no way to know how much experience practicing yoga that someone has, or what they know about yoga. There is much variety in the curriculum of any YTT. A lot of what gets covered is commonly forgotten because there is so much going on and the entire experience can be incredibly rich, intense and eye-opening. Because some of the foundational sessions during our training are mixed-level with 200-hour students, you will have the opportunity to hear some profound concepts from a new voice, in a new context; or perhaps for the first time. If you are familiar with some of the topics we cover, it is an opportunity to explore them on a deeper level and from a new perspective. Most likely, you are now a bit wiser than you were when you took your last training and will understand these timeless and valuable concepts differently. 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. 

We will meet you where you are so that you get the most from this experience.
You will be encouraged to try new things and make mistakes.
You will be challenged to teach outside of your comfort zone.

You will be supported throughout the learning process.

Breakout sessions unique to the 300-hour curriculum include:

  • Hands on Adjustments
  • Working One-on-One with Private Clients
  • Having an On-line Presence
  • Hosting Retreats & Trainings
  • Anatomy
  • Ayurveda
  • Yoga Sutras
  • Meditation
  • Pranayama
  • Chanting & Mantra
  • Teaching Methods
  • Community Outreach

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 30-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.
  • Practice hands-on adjustments during an asana class that someone else is teaching
  • Come up with a community outreach project and design the steps to bring it to life.
  • Write a letter of recommendation for another 300-hour student. You will also receive a letter of recommendation written by a fellow student.

Curriculum Shared with 200-hour Students:

  • Alignment for lots of different asana (yoga poses) and how to modify them
  • 4 different sun salutations and how to modify them
  • How to sequence a Lakshmi Rising vinyasa class
  • Restorative vinyasa
  • Intro to Ayurveda
  • Yoga Nidra
  • 9 different styles of Meditation
  • Meditation techniques & benefits
  • How to make and use mala beads
  • 10 different mantras
  • 10 different types of pranayama (breathing exercises), their benefits & contraindications
  • Intro to the chakra system
  • Intro to the energy body (prana circulation, nadis, bandhas, marma points)
  • Skillful teaching methodologies
  • Patanjali’s 8-Limbs of Yoga
  • Brief history of yoga focused on the past 150 years and the legacy of Krishnamacharya
  • Simple anatomy of the nervous system & respiratory system
  • Anatomy of pelvis, shoulders, core & spine
  • Cacao Ceremony
  • Ecstatic dance
  • Intro to Sanskrit
  • Cultural Appropriation
  • Business of Yoga

 

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? 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.

Meditation Practicum
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.

Asana Lab
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
2 hours
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.

Ayurveda
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.

Living Yoga
100+ hours
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.

GROW WITH US

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.”

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