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300-Hour Advanced Yoga Teacher Training Program

Continue your journey with SCHYS' 300-Hour Advanced Yoga Teacher Training Program. This program is for teachers with a 200-hour certificate (or equivalent study and training) who want to delve further into the rich knowledge that yoga has to offer.

We will take a deep dive into sequencing, western anatomy, the subtle body, pranayama, yogic philosophy, ayurveda, and more! Our Faculty will give you the tools to take your yoga off the mat and into the world.

This 300-hour program is also the beginning step of our Yoga Therapy Training Program.  Graduates of this 300-hour program may continue their journey on to Steps 2 and 3 to complete their Yoga Therapy Certification (C-IAYT).  The Yoga Therapy Program is an Accredited Program with the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT).


We are now accepting applications for the program to be held at SCHYS's Orange, VA location - program starts March 2019! Email barb@schys.yoga for more information and to apply (.docx). Learn more about the admission process here. Your application must include a non-refundable $80 application fee.


Yoga Alliance

SCHYS is a Yoga Alliance Registered School. Graduates of this program may apply to Yoga Alliance for a RYT-500.

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topics in our 300-hour yoga teacher training curriculum

This 11-month program takes place with program modules (meets one weekend per month of hands-on study with faculty), online classes, practicum (internship with faculty and externship or teaching on your own), private sessions with faculty for self-study and improvement, and administrative sessions with faculty for questions and answer sessions. plus you’ll enjoy one five-day retreat with JJ Gormley.

  • Yoga Foundations: Introduction to T. Krishnamachary tradition, Introduction to the Bhagavad Gita, Relating to Arjuna’s despondence, Introduction to the Yoga Sutras, Introduction to kleshas and antarayas, Relating kleshas to practice, States of mind (ahamkara-citta-buddhi-pratyaya-sattva), Introduction to the Upanishads, The pancha maya model, The pancha vayu model, Introduction to mudras, mantras, nadis, marmas, Introduction to ayurveda, The chakra model, The guna model, prakriti/vikriti, ama/agni, prakopas, The vyuha model for healing, Chakra model as bio-psycho-social-spiritual model, Comparison (Western vs Eastern) of models.

  • Teaching Methodology & Skills: The Ashramas (life cycles), Vinyasa krama for course planning, Upayam of yoga, Brahmana, langhana, & samana in Course Planning, Time management, Developing a pranayama practice, Teaching mantra, The role of pratyhara in our practice, Establishing boundaries and priorities, Teaching meditation, Teaching a therapeutic-based workshop, Characteristics of a yoga teacher and yoga therapist, Teaching pranayama to students, Yamas & niyamas for Students, Developing relationship skills.

  • Bio-Psycho-Social Foundations: General anatomy, Anatomy of the spinal column, Anatomy and alignment of the lower body, Anatomy and alignment of the upper body, Women’s issues, Anatomy of the diaphragms, Endocrine system, Contraindications for common issues, Anatomy of stress and the HPA-axis, Anatomy of the energetic body, Anatomy of bandhas, Introduction to mental health, Anatomy of anxiety & depression, Anatomy of grief and the multidimensional human being.

  • Application of Skills: Applying assessment skills to group settings, Developing lesson plans, Demonstrations and verbal instruction, Communication and inclusive language in practice, Helping those with back pain, scoliosis and other structural issues, Adjustments and modifications for asana and pranayama, Developing a practice toward bandhas, Integrating body, mind & spirit, Integrating the physical and the energetic bodies, Practicing skills learned, Selecting appropriate upayam, Helping students achieve emotional balance.

  • Professional Development: Svadhyaya for teachers, Ethical standards from the Bhagavad Gita, Issues for professional development, Establishing your business: insurance, taxes, and more.

  • In addition to the above curriculum in the Program Modules, students will also enjoy Practicum under faculty guidance (externship and internship), online classes to supplement the material learned in the program modules, one retreat with JJ Gormley, and much more.


This 300-hr program is offered over 12 weekends we call Program Modules. These modules generally meet once per month on Saturday and Sunday. In addition to attending the Program Modules, students complete online classes, complete assigned reading (.pdf), engage in our Faculty-Mentorship program, observe and/or assist Faculty in their classes, take part in practical application of acquired knowledge, be involved in discussion of course material (both online and in class), and join JJ and faculty on a SCHYS yoga therapy retreat. Finally, students must complete online quizzes, submit a 5-7 page research paper, and take the open-book final exam.  This is all done in the spirit of helping you integrate yogic teachings into your own life, and being able to more confidently offer yoga to your students.

Steps for Enrollment

This 300-Hour Program has the following fees and steps for enrollment:

  1. Download an applications (.docx) for this program at our Orange, VA location. Your application must include a non-refundable $80 application fee. Once we are in receipt of both, please allow 2-4 weeks for processing.

  2. You will receive written notification informing you of your acceptance or declining your enrollment. If accepted, you will receive an Enrollment Agreement that you must submit with your initial payment or non-refundable deposit of $1,008.

  3. Click her to see tuition options.

  4. Once SCHYS receives your Enrollment Agreement with payment, you’ll receive an official Welcome letter with information about the program and how to access materials and the online classes. This will include the access code to the class on Schoology.com. All students will need to register on schoology.com with their own username and password. From this point forward, all communication to students will be through Schoology.com.

Become part of a community, cultivate new friendships, enjoy an enhanced learning experience, deepen your knowledge of yoga, and receive guidance for a sustainable and transformational personal practice.