500HR Yoga Teacher Training (Now 300HR with Yoga Alliance)


Download 500HR YTT Application Here!

Deadline, MAY 17th!



The Halifax Yoga 500 Hour Teacher Training (*300HR) Certification Program is designed to offer teachers at the 200-hour level or beyond a powerful training experience and effective professional development.

Strengthen your foundation, refine your skills in communication, leadership, and instruction, while also moving deeper into the powerful study of yogic philosophy and anatomy. We will study this comprehensive curriculum with an emphasis on building powerful and healthy communities and deepening our commitment to the path of a teacher with honor and confidence.

With an emphasis on mentoring, innovation, and integrity, master teacher Sherry Zak will provide a combination of courses and elective modules lead by an amazing team of Instructors, based on faculty specialties and Yoga Alliance content requirements.

Halifax Yoga 300 Hour Teacher Training modules will be scheduled throughout the next 2 years. A variety of in-depth studies will be offered from which you may select trainings based on your availability and interests.

Application Requirements:

Graduate of Halifax Yoga 200 Hour Teacher Training or other approved 200 Hour Training Certification.

Here is an example guideline of the 300HR AYTT and what you will need in order to get certified. You can use this guideline to make your choices in Modules!

1. Techniques, Training and Practice: 50 hours
Minimum contact hours: 25 hours
Minimum contact hours w/ Lead Trainer(s): 25 hours

Topics in this category could include, but would not be limited to: asanas, pranayamas, kriyas, chanting, mantra, meditation and other traditional yoga techniques.

Modules (*can be subject to change):
1. Kundalini Yoga
2. Power Vinyasa Yoga Sequencing
3. Advanced Classes ~ How To Teach Intermediate Asana
4. How to Reach and Teach Beginners
5. Restorative Yoga – Sequencing Gentle & Slow Flow Classes
6. Prenatal Yoga
7. Therapeutic Yoga & Special Needs Populations
8. Teaching Kids & Teens Yoga
9. Yin Yoga
10. Empowerment & Goal Setting
2. Teaching Methodology: 5 hours
Minimum contact hours: 5 hours
Minimum contact hours w/ Lead Trainer(s): 5 hours

Topics in this category could include, but may not be limited to:
• Communication skills such as group dynamics, time management, and the establishment of priorities and boundaries
• How to address the specific needs of individuals and special populations, to the degree possible in a group setting
• Principles of demonstration, observation, assisting and correcting
• Teaching styles
• Qualities of a teacher
• The student learning process
• Business aspects of teaching yoga
Modules(*can be subject to change):
1. Speaking the Architecture of Asana: How to Teach the Alignment of Vinyasa
2. Finding Your Voice
3. Navigating the Business of Yoga
4. Building Powerful Community & Being of Service
5. How to Design, Market, & Teach Yoga Workshops & Retreats
6. Sanskrit
3. Anatomy and Physiology: 15 hours
Minimum contact hours: 10 hours
Minimum contact hours w/ Lead Trainer(s): 0 hours

Topics in this category could include, but would not be limited to: human physical anatomy and physiology (bodily systems, organs, etc.) and may also include energy anatomy and physiology (chakras, nadis, etc.). Includes both the study of the subject and application of its principles to yoga practice (benefits, contraindications, healthy movement patterns, etc).

1. Anatomy & Physiology
4. Yoga Philosophy, Lifestyle and Ethics for Yoga Teachers: 30 hours
Minimum contact hours: 25 hours
Minimum contact hours w/ Lead Trainer(s): 0 hours

Topics in this category could include, but would not be limited to:
• The study of yoga philosophies and traditional texts, such as the Yoga Sutras and Hatha Yoga Pradipika
• Yoga lifestyle, such as the precept of non-violence (ahimsa), and the concepts of dharma and karma
• Ethics for yoga teachers, such as those involving teacher – student relationships and community
• Understanding the value of teaching yoga as a service and being of service to others through yoga (seva)
Modules(*can be subject to change):
1. Swadhyaya (Self Study)
2. Yoga Philosophy, Lifestyle and Ethics
5. Practicum: 30 hours
Minimum contact hours: 15 hours
Minimum contact hours w/ Lead Trainer(s): 5 hours

Special Requirements: Each trainee must spend a minimum of 5 contact hours of practice teaching as the lead instructor. Practice teaching practice does not include assisting, observing or giving feedback.
Topics in this category could include, but would not be limited to:
• Practice teaching
• Receiving and giving feedback
• Observing others teaching
• Assisting students while someone else is teaching

1. Feedback and Development Module
Remaining Contact Hours and Elective Hours
The requirements detailed above ensure that all trainees of a RYS receive training and instruction in five educational categories for a minimum number of designated hours. The remaining contact hours (190 hours) and elective hours (170 hours, either contact or non-contact) are to be distributed among the five educational categories, but the hours may be allocated at the discretion of each RYS based on their program’s focus.

TOTAL HOURS: 300 hours
Total minimum contact hours: 270 hours

To register for our Advanced Yoga Teacher Training Program: Please complete and submit the registration form attached by email to sherry@halifaxyoga.com and submit your processing fee of $75.

Your application form will be reviewed immediately and you will be notified of approval within 3-5 business days. Please submit your application early to ensure a spot in the program.

500HR Advanced Modules:

Advanced Modules are weekend trainings that specialize in specific areas. They are an opportunity to delve deep into an area of yoga study that you are passionate about.

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