300 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Upgrade

RYS300 - Registered Yoga Teacher Training SchoolYou don’t have to travel to India to find an authentic immersion training. SOYA’s masterful, highly trained faculty offer a uniquely individualized, deeply transformative, safe and intimate teacher training.

The SOYA 300 hour Yoga Teacher Training Upgrade Immersion is rich with daily practice in pranayama, asana, meditation and philosophy study while expanding and developing teaching skills! The immersions are delivered in TWO 12 day modules in lovely secluded locations free from distractions. Entry to the program can be in either module.

This program is for those who have completed their RYT200 hour training and wish to immerse themselves in the traditional yoga lifestyle while upgrading to RYT500.


Each module for the teacher training immersions includes detailed instruction and practice in various styles of Hatha Yoga such as Ashtanga, Sivananda, Flow and Yin. We enjoy a variety of daily morning and evening meditations, mantra, chanting, and pranayama. SOYA is known forLetters from the Masters its in-depth study of yogic philosophy, along with group review and discussion to shed light on the written philosophical assignments. You will learn many teachings from the yoga Masters of the past, through Mugs’ book Letters From The Yoga Masters: Teachings Revealed through Correspondence from Paramhansa Yogananda, Ramana Maharshi, Swami Sivananda and others. 

Sessions include explorations in the anatomy of movement in asana, modifications with and without props, developing alignment cues, hands-on assists, creating themes in asana classes, sequencing for advanced asanas, leading meditation, mantra and japa, hand and body mudras, explorations of essentials in prenatal and yoga for kids, and so much more.  Students develop their teaching skills throughout the entire program.

Upon completion of the second module there is a written exam and practical exam.  Graduates will receive a 500 hour certificate and be eligible for registration with Yoga Alliance as a RYT500 (Registered Yoga Teacher – 500 Hr).   All SOYA 500 hour graduates are eligible to apply for Full Teaching Membership with the International Yoga Teachers’ Association.

300 Hour Course Curriculum

  • The Energy Body: Chakras, Koshas & Vayus
  • Advanced Pranayama Practice
  • Refining verbal cues
  • Modifications with and without props
  • Hands-on Assists
  • Restorative Yoga with Dariel Vogel
  • Essentials in Prenatal Yoga with Natasha Scott
  • Creative ideas for leading Yoga for Kids with Natasha Scott
  • Anatomy of Movement
  • Leading Meditation, Mantras and Japa
  • Leading Pranayama
  • Hand and Body Mudras
  • Sequencing into Advanced Asanas
  • Building Themes into Yoga Classes
  • Refining your teaching skills and designing a themed 1.5 hour class
  • Sanskrit Pronunciation & Writing
  • Understanding Karma & Reincarnation
  • The Hatha Yoga Pradipika: the source of Hatha Yoga
  • The Upanishads: Gems from the Vedas
  • Review of the Bhagavad Gita & Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras
  • Ongoing support after graduation as you advance your skills as a teacher
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300 Hour Homework

Students must complete 12 philosophy assignments as well as research and write a Specialty Research Project.  Topics chosen range from Prenatal Yoga to Yoga for PTSD and more. Students should keep a record of all the hours of their teaching experience- in order to register with Yoga Alliance as RYT500 graduates must have 100 hours of teaching experience.

If you do not feel you have a strong foundation in Anatomy and Asana we will offer some instruction in the Anatomy of movement, but we encourage you to deepen your understanding with this online program below:

“Online Anatomy with Martin Kirk”. This course is perfect for those who do not have any background in Anatomy and want to learn it in relation to Yoga and asana.  This is an online pre-recorded 15 hour webinar format.  Work at your own pace and register at any time.  Students will have access to all of Martin’s webinars (spine, shoulder, pelvis, leg/knee/ankle/foot, arm/elbow/wrist/hand) and Martin’s anatomy slides.  As well, students have access to an exclusive Facebook group where Martin addresses any questions, and where there are some really lively anatomy and yoga discussions taking place.   The recordings are always available to you, even after completion.   Go to kirkyoga.com and look for the online training in Anatomy.  The discounted price for students registered in the SOYA Teacher Training  is $100.00US (regularly $300.00 US)  Please email SOYA for the Student Discount Code as soon as you have registered for the SOYA 300 Hour Upgrade.

Please register as early as possible prior to the program to give yourself time to receive the manual and books and to complete assignments.  Textbooks and a Manual will be sent to you upon registration.

A Sample Day during the Immersion

Day 6  will be a 1/2 day ending at noon.

  • 6am morning kriyas, meditation, mantra & pranayama
  • 7:00am asana class
  • 8:30am breakfast
  • 9am philosophy session
  • 12:00pm  lunch and questions and answers
  • 1:00pm Sessions on Teaching skills, Mudras, Anatomy and Asana, Restorative Yoga, and more
  • 4:30pm asana class
  • 6:00pm pranayama practice
  • 6:30pm dinner
  • 7:30pm meditation, mantra and chanting
  • 8:30pm close for the day
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