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500 hour Yoga Teacher TRaining coupled with our Yoga Therapy program

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500 Hour Yoga teacher training coupled with our Yoga Therapy program June 17-JULY 2 and Oct 3-11
Category: Yoga Teacher, Yoga Studio/Center, Yoga School/Institute
Full Address: POB 1091, Boulder, Colorado, United States, 80306
Geographical Area: North America
Phone: 303-499-2910 Fax:

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the Rocky Mountain Institute of Yoga and Ayurveda is honored to present:
Yoga Teacher Training Program

26 days of training offered in two training segments,
daily 6:30-10:30 and 12:30-6:30

Professional training which is:
genuine in its traditions,
sound in its teaching methodology
broad in its perspective
Taught by ERYT-500s and established senior Yoga teachers who are experts in their fields.
Grounded in the classical traditions of the six main Yogas and Ayurveda as well as in modern anatomically- based Yogas
Designed to train already- certified or registered 200-hr Yoga teachers

A training which is designed to develop skill in:

Understanding Where we Come From: the History of Yoga in Depth
Asana, Musculo-skeletal anatomy, and Ayurveda
Ayurvedic Assessment of Students, and Yogic and Ayurvedic Lifestyle Recommendations
Structural Yoga : Reading and Adjusting the Body in Yoga Asana
Adjustment, safety, alignment, and use of props
Restorative Yoga, Stress Response, Deep Relaxation and Yoga Nidra Training
Advanced poses, advanced classical vinys, and modern Ashtanga vinyasa styles
Intermediate- and advanced- level training in classical Hatha Yoga pranayama, mudra, and shat kriya practices
Ashtanga (Raja) Yoga Pranayama and Intermediate and Advanced Hatha Yoga Pranayama and Mudra
Teaching methodology for Yoga classes and for guiding students individually in sadhana practice
The Yoga Sutras: Books I and II, including practices of pranayama and meditation, III and IV overview
Theory and Practices from Jnana Yoga, Tantra Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, and Karma Yogas(Bhagavad-gita)
Vedic roots of Yoga, Sanskrit, and Chanting of Vedic Mantras for Peace

Yoga Therapy Certification Option
This Training is 25 days long, divided into two sessions of 16 and 9 days, respectively. It is open to all 200-hr certified or registered Yoga Teachers. The first session of this training, comprising approximately 120 hours, also applies toward RMIYA’s 300 hour Yoga Therapy Professional Certification program. Both certificates may be earned concurrently, if desired. Please check the schedules for each training.

Schedule and Content of Training

Morning Sessions
The morning sessions will focus on the practices of practices of asana, pranayama, shat kriya, Hatha Yoga mudra, and relaxation. On most days, the first two hours of the morning session will be spent in asana practice, teaching methodology, and practicum in asana teaching, with teachers Jamie Elmer and Derik Purna Eselius.

Asana training will encompass both classical and modern methods, methodology and practicum. Use of props, adjustment, and modern methods such as Structural/Iyengar and Ashtanga Vinyasa styles of practice will be complemented by triputi: slow classical vinyasa to attain the union of body, breath, and mind. More advanced poses will be taught and mastered slowly, according to the student’s capacity, with safety in mind. In the last session of the training, advanced classical method of asana with breath retention will be taught.

Similarly, on most days, following a break after the asana session, the remainder of the morning session will focus on the theory and practice of pranayama, Hatha Yoga mudra, and meditation. We will review the entire classical Hatha Yoga system, and cover in the first session the nine classical types of Hatha Yoga pranayama, reviewing beginning methods and learning intermediate ones. In the second session, we will learn additional advanced Hatha Yoga breath methods and Raja Yoga pranayamas, which were practiced at the time of Patanjali. A variety of meditation methods will be presented, from Ashtanga Yoga, Hatha Yoga, and Tantra.

Students in the 500-hr YTT program will, in addition, attend 1) morning sessions from 6:30-10:30am, during both sessions of the Yoga Therapy program, and 2) an additional one-week training in advanced topics in Yoga. The morning sessions will include training in the following: pranayama review, intermediate pranayama and meditation, Hatha Yoga mudras, shat karma practices, advanced classical asana, Ashtanga vinyasa, use of props, sequencing, and teaching methodology. The last week of the training will cover philosophy, sanskrit, and additional practices of the six classical Yogas.

Afternoon sessions
Afternoon sessions will focus on a particular topic, and can include Yoga theory/philosophy, special practices, or teaching methodology. Afternoon session topics are as follows:

Session 1:

The History of Yoga & Yoga Therapy (Sarasvati Buhrman, Ph.D., E-RYT500)
Ayurveda :the Anatomy/Physiology System of Ancient India (Sarasvati Buhrman, Ph.D.)
Shat Kriya morning practice session (Sarasvati Buhrman, Ph.D., E-RYT500)
Reading and Adjusting the Body in Asana Therapy (Mangala Warner, M.S, ERYT-500.)
Yoga Psychology (Sarasvati Buhrman, Ph.D., E-RYT500)
Healing Dynamics of Breath (Sarasvati Buhrman, Ph.D., E-RYT500)
Restorative Yoga (Patricia Hansen, M.A., E-RYT-500)
The Stress Response and Yoga: Deep Relaxation (Sarasvati Buhrman, Ph.D., E-RYT500)

Teaching Yoga Nidra (Swami Brahmananda and Swami Dharmavati)

Session 2:

Sanskrit (Renay Oshop)
Vedic Origins of Yoga (Sarasvati Buhrman, Ph.D., and Sita Sharan, pujarini)
Bhakti Yoga (Sita Sharan, pujarini)
Yoga Practices from the Tantric Tradition (Sarasvati Buhrman, Ph.D., E-RYT500)
Jnana Yoga (Sarasvati Buhrman, Ph.D., E-RYT500)
Yoga of The Bhagavad-gita (Sarasvati Buhrman, Ph.D., E-RYT500)
Yoga Sutras (Sarasvati Buhrman, Ph.D., E-RYT500), and closing ceremony

Texts for the training:
Training Manual
A History of Modern Yoga, Elizabeth de Michaelis
Ashtanga Yoga Primer, Baba Hari Dass
Structural Yoga Therapy, Mukunda Stiles
The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali—A Study Guide to Books I and II, Baba Hari Dass
The Mahabharata (any lengthy version)
The Bhagavad-Gita, trans.Barbara Stoller Miller (or any verse-only version)
The Yoga Yajnavalkya (any version)
The Hatha Pradipika (Kaivalyadham version preferred)
The Gherandha Samhita (Kaivalyadham version preferred)
The Yoga Vaishishtha, Swami Venkatesananda
The Holy Vedas, Bibek and Dipavali Bebroy
The Kulanarva Tantra (any version)

Required Work Outside of Class

There will, in general, be one short assignment for each topic unit in session I, which will be evaluated by the faculty member teaching the session. No credit will be given without completion of the assignment.

Evaluated Interim projects
Written reports for each of the following are required, hard-copy only:

1) Daily Practice of Sanskrit prayers, pranayama, meditation, asana, and deep relaxation a minimum of five days per week for the three month interim period. You will be provided with worksheet checklists to hand in, and will be expected to write up a short report on your experience with the practices learned to hand in for the October session.

2) Reading Texts 1) Read the Mahabharata (any version except the radically shortened abridgments is acceptable). Choose a character who typifies Dharmic issues in some way (either negatively or positively). Write a short paper on this character to be presented in the Bhagavad-gita class. What did you learn about ethics, dharma, and Vedic world view from the stories you chose? 2) Pick one story from the Yoga Vaishishta to present in class on the day we study Jnana Yoga. What does the story illustrate?

3) Practice Teaching Meet individually with one very sincere and committed intermediate Yoga student who wishes to advance on the spiritual path. Assess the person Ayurvedically and structurally and ask about their goals and beliefs. Choose and teach an appropriate asana, relaxation, pranayama and meditation daily practice to that person., explaining your reasons for each choice. Follow up with that person several times; spending at least five hours total working with them. Write a brief report on your assessments, your choice of practices, and the person’s experience and progress.

Additional Evaluated Projects

Attend at least one full day of a retreat with a recognised spiritual master from a Yoga tradition (eg. Baba Hari Dass, Sri Karunamayi, Ammachi, Anandi Ma, Swami VedaBharati, Swami Satyananda, etc.), if you have never done so before. How did the experience shape your understanding of Yoga and how will it affect your approach to teaching? (Students who wish to instead attend a retreat in a different spiritual tradition should contact the senior faculty member for the training).

Daily practice for one week of one of the two Bhakti Yoga methods presented in the Bhakti Yoga portion
of the second session.


Certificates will be granted when:
All sessions have been attended and/or any missed sessions have been made up to the satisfaction of the supervising faculty member
Students have demonstrated to the satisfaction of their teachers their ability to correctly perform and teach the practices taught in the training
The projects described above have been completed
Grades have been turned in for each segment of the training, so that transcripts may be maintained for the student’s future use.

Sarasvati Buhrman, Ph.D. ERYT-500
Mangala Warner, M.S. ERYT-500
Jamie Elmer, ERYT-500
Derik Purna Eselius E-RYT500
Patricia Hansen, M.A., ERYT-500
Swami Brahmananda
Swami Dharmavati
Sita Sharan, pujarini
Renay Oshop

The Rocky Mountain Institute of Yoga and Ayurveda, founded in 1990, is a not-for-profit educational institution dedicated to the purity and preservation of the ancient teachings and an exploration of their application to modern life. We are Colorado’s oldest school of Yoga and Ayurveda, and we are recognised by the Yoga Alliance, the World Council of Yoga of the International Yoga Federation, The National Ayurvedic Medical Association, and the International Association of Yoga Therapists.
Yoga Styles
Classical Yoga, Jnana Yoga, Karma Yoga, Patanjali Ashtanga Yoga, Tantric Yoga, Pre/Post-Natal Yoga, Other, Pranayama, Yoga Therapy, Meditation, Ayurveda, Mantra Chanting, Yoga Philosophy/Theory, Bhajans/Singing, Seva

Class Level
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

500 hour Yoga Teacher TRaining coupled with our Yoga Therapy program, Boulder, Colorado

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