The Yoga Space 500-Hour Advanced Studies program is a 300-hr plus Yoga Alliance Certified completion program which requires students to have graduated from a 200 hr. Yoga Alliance certification program such as ours or an approved course. Upon completion you will receive a 500-hr. Yoga Alliance Certification. 

The course builds on your 200-hr. foundational course with advanced study in teaching skills, methodology, yoga as therapy, asana, pranayama, and meditation. It is designed to polish your teaching to the next level of brilliance. In 200-hr. trainings we learn the basics to teach and begin our self study, here we will learn who we are as teachers and learn to shine from our centers. 

The 7-month course is based on intensive weekend trainings with lead teacher Michele Loew, and will include a highly recommended option to practice morning "Mysore" style self-practice with Michele Sundays & Tuesdays weekly. This year’s course will also include a 4 day Teacher Training Intensive with world renowned Yoga Therapist, Doug Keller. www.doyoga.com

This course will be a synthesis of Michele’s study of yoga and meditation since 1998 and especially her longtime personal study and practice of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga with her teacher Richard Freeman.   This course will utilize the deep investigation of yoga via the lineage of Ashtanga Vinyasa, but not limited to Ashtanga.  We will also explore other lineages and modern sequencing and therapeutic methods.  Students coming from other lineages need not have previous experience in Ashtanga to take this course. The practices will be built mindfully and progressively from the ground up with deep attention to physical and subtle body alignment. Michele has studied for many years with senior Iyengar teachers, completing Aadil Pahlkivla's Yoga Therapy course,  as well as 16 years with Doug Keller, renowned yoga therapist. This will inform how we move in both Mysore style Ashtanga practice and led flow classes. We will also explore different styles of teaching Vinyasa based yoga and therapeutic work with students. Michele will also be giving Yoga Nidra sessions each weekend and there is a large emphasis on meditation and philosophy study and practice. Upon completion of this course students will have a strong personal practice that will be a foundation that will endlessly inform whatever style of yoga they are invited to teach. Anatomy + physiology study will be taught by Michele & guest teacher and Anatomy-Trains-certified anatomist, Shelly Stephenson. Doug Keller's Yoga As Therapy manuals will also be studied. 

We take a maximum of 26 students.

Our next course will begin April 19, 2019.  Applications are currently being accepted. Please contact Michele if you have more detailed questions about this course.


Location:   NW studio.    Weekend trainings will take place at our NW studio Friday evenings from 6:15-9:15pm,  Saturdays from 12- 8:00pm,  and Sundays from 11-7pm

2019 program runs April 19-September 29th. For exact dates, please see www.theyogaspace.com/500-level

General glimpse of some topics covered: 

Weekend 1:   Intro weekend, focus down dog, neutral standing poses, middle path alignment-uniting opposing patterns, Kena & Katha Upanishads, anatomy study: feet + legs

Weekend 2:  Suryanamaskar, Tristhana, Theory and Art of Vinyasa, Externally rotated standing poses, Anatomy study:  Spine, pelvis.    Sankhya philosophy, Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

Weekend 3:  Forward bends, anatomy study psoas, Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, The Art of Assisting.

Weekend 4:   Hips and knees, lotus family poses, 3 granthis, meditation technique, anatomy knees & hips joint. Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

Weekend 5:  Twists, anatomy study spinal muscles & sacrum, Bhagavad Gita.

Weekend 6:  Backbending, anatomy study head/ neck/ eye reflex and shoulders, Bhagavad Gita.

Weekend 7:  Sirsasana & Sarvangasana, Bandha, Kriya, Pranayama, anatomy study shoulders, Bhagavad Gita.

Weekend 8:  Inversions, Pranayama, meditation, Hatha Yoga Pradipika, Pancha Kosha Model, Yoga Nidra, Anatomy study diaphragm & breathing structures.

Weekend 9:  Arm Balancing, Shoulder and wrist therapeutics, Restorative yoga, Pranayama, Meditation Tantra philosophy illuminated,

Weekend 10:  Introduction to Intermediate Series, Backbending, Advaita Vedanta, comparative Buddhist Studies, Pranayama, Meditation.

Weekend 11:  Low Back Therapeutics, Basic Ayurveda, Siva Samhita, Pranayama, Meditation.

Weekend 12:  Knee Therapeutics, Vijnana Bhairava, Pranayama, Meditation.

Weekend 13:  Advanced asana, Subtle Body, Gheranda Samhita, Pranayama, Meditation.

Weekend 14:  4 day Teacher Training 11-6pm Thursday- Sunday with Doug Keller, and Sunday night Closing Party and Graduation.