Eligibility
“One should practice yoga for the purification of the self.”
∼ Bhagavad Gita VI. 12
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Education in Yoga: Continuing Education Training Courses

Centered Yoga 1100-hour and Yoga Alliance 500-hour accredited

Eligibility

The courses are open to all sincere students. Those who are not concerned about receiving credit hours may simply send in a reservation form. If, however, you are already a teacher with a 200-hour qualification, and you would like to raise your qualification to the next level (500-hour or higher) then the information on this page is for you.

The continuing education training modules are residential, and take place over a period of either one or two weeks. Successfully completed, each module earns credit of either 50 or 100 hours.

Centered Yoga Foundation Level (200-hour) graduates

A minimum of three 100-hour continuing education training modules post foundation training are required to apply for the 500-hour-level qualification. One of these modules must be Advanced Anatomy. The other two modules can be in philosophy, prenatal, Pranayama, or advanced Asana.

The student must successfully complete all three of these modules, which means attending all sessions, continuing to practice, and participating in the teaching/assisting sessions.

The student can complete more than three modules and continue to rise toward the Centered Yoga 1100-hour level.

For the 500-hour level, the modules need to be completed within a five-year period after graduating from the 200-hour course, or they can be completed within a three-year period from the date of taking the first advanced module.

For graduates of other programs

The student must first complete an application form for 500-hour eligibility, and send it in with a copy of a graduation certificate from the 200-hour program. We will then determine the student's qualifying level.

If the 200-hour course the student graduated from meets standards similar to those of Centered Yoga in both Asana and Pranayama, then a minimum of four continuing education training modules are required for the Yoga Alliance 500-hour-level qualification. One of these modules must be Advanced Anatomy.

Working within the Ashtanga Vinyasa system, Centered Yoga takes a thorough, methodical approach to Asana. Its training in Pranayama is likewise precise and of exceptionally high standards, in the tradition of Kuvalyananda/Tiwari. As such, students from other basic-training courses often feel a step behind those who graduated from Centered Yoga's 200-hour program. We therefore require a minimum of four continuing education training modules, with one being Advanced Anatomy.

Yoga Alliance qualification is universal, and its 500-hour level can be satisfied in the above way. Centered Yoga has much more specific requirements; as such, completion and certifying under Centered Yoga 500- and 1100-hour level is at the directors' discretion.

For both Yoga Alliance and Centered Yoga, the necessary modules for the 500-hour level need to be completed within a three-year period from the date of taking the first advanced module.