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"The longest journey of any person is the journey inward."

500 Hour Yoga Teacher Training


This Yoga Alliance Certified 500 hour Yoga Teacher Training program is advanced training for an already 200 hour trained teacher. It steeps the teacher in personal experience by encouraging a re-commitment to their daily practice and by opening the doors of various sacred teachings to reveal greater understanding than before.


This Yoga teacher course in Batavia, IL, is taught in 3 Modules comprised of related teachings and tools, grouped together in support of Right Living – for your daily physical, mental and spiritual health and fulfillment, Shakti Sadhana – for your personal advancement and scope of practice and Advanced Teaching Skills – for a refinement and expansion of your teaching tools and personal capacity.  


Wise Yoga Teachers recognize that we will always be students. The breadth and depth of this most sacred practice and its teachings continually reveal new layers to the practitioner. This keeps our interest high and our desire strong. As a qualified yoga teacher, it is our duty to stay committed to our own practice. Our nourishment and inner fulfillment flow over into our lives and positively affects our students. We then teach from a place of experience and truth as opposed to intellectual knowledge. The tools and techniques of this training polish your inner diamond and unveil your distinct contribution that only your light can manifest.

Taking the Fox Valley's 500 hr Yoga Teacher Training requires that you have already completed a 200 hr Yoga Teacher Training Program and have at least 1 year of teaching experience. Due to the variances in program content, those who have not taken their 200 hr YTT with us, may need to take an additional 15 hr Teacher Training Foundational Class*.

This requirement is meant to serve you so that you do not feel behind on concepts or techniques that you may not have received through your prior training. You may request a review of your teacher training program or test out of the necessity of this prerequisite.

 - Hatha Yoga's 7-limbs

 - Energetics of Sequencing

 - Vinyasa Krama

 - Establishing a meditation practice

 - Establishing a Mantra practice

Topics Covered Include:

 - Patanjali's 8-limbs

 - The Kosha Model

 - Classical Categories of Asana

 - Pranayama

 - 3 Main Nadis

*only if required


500hrtt Batavia, IL

Wise Yoga teachers recognize that we will

always be students. 

Program Costs:

New Program Special Rate $4300 ($350 savings)

15 hr Teacher Training Foundation Class - $225 (paid in full only)

Module 1 - Right Living $1550

Module 2 - Shakti Sadhana $1550

Module 3 - Advanced Teaching Skills $1550


Total Program Cost - $4650


New Program Special Rate $4300 ($350 savings)

$200 deposit to hold your spot is applied to your total (PayPal Link)

Payment Option 1: $4,300 in full

Payment Option 2 (For the full training): $200 * deposit for registration/application (applied toward total tuition) holds your space for the 3 training modules. 8 payments of $512.50 due Jan 21st, Feb 1st, Mar 1st, Apr 1st, May 1st, June 1st , Sept 1st, Oct 1st. (additional payment plans available upon request and based on individual needs)

Payment Option 3 (Per Module $1,367): $200 * deposit for registration/application (applied toward total tuition) holds your space for all 3 training modules. Module 1 - 3 payments of $455.55 due Jan 21st, Feb 1st, and Mar 1st, Module 2 - 3 payments of $455.55 due Apr 1st, May 1st, and June 1st , Module 3 - 3 payments of $455.55 due Sept 1st, Oct 1st and Nov 1st (additional payment plans available upon request and based on individual needs)


Dates & Details

New 500 Training Begins Sept 30, 2020!

Module 1 - Right Living - 11 weeks

Fridays 9 - 3 pm Oct 2nd - Dec 18th 2019

(no class 11/27)

Module 2 -Jan 8th - April 16th

(no class 4/2)

Module 3 Aug 20 - Nov 19th



The Garaj-Mahal Studios

270 Ozier Dr. Batavia, IL

  • Module 1 -Right Living

    Right Living focuses on establishing a personal Yogic Lifestyle aligned with the principals of nature according to Ayurveda for the body, the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali for the mind, worldly & spiritual fulfillment with Purushartha and the Bhagavad Gita for Dharma and Right Action. This module acknowledges that the work done in practice can be embodied more fully and its results consolidated to a greater degree when we live Yoga off the mat as much as on.

    Right Living satisfies the Yoga Alliance standards of Yoga Philosophy, Lifestyle and Ethics for Yoga Teachers and goes above and beyond these standards to bring out the highest and best Self of each teacher on a personal level. We firmly believe that when a teacher is established in absolute awareness on and off the mat they have a greater influence within their teaching and sharing their unique contribution to the world Dharma.

    Learning Objective:

    You walk away from this module with a firm understanding of the basic Samkhya philosophy and how it relates to the process of Yoga as a practice. We review and root the applications of Patanjali’s Sutras, Kriya Yoga, 7 Stages of Spiritual Development, 7 Stages of Spiritual Discernment and the practice of Vichara for enhancing personal practice and as focal points for in-class theming. A significant time is spent in review and discussion on the lifestyle principals and the Karma, Jnana and Bhakti Yoga approach as outlined in the Bhagavad Gita. You are encouraged to apply these principals of right conduct to your daily life. Right alignment begins with daily morning, evening and seasonal routines of an Ayurveda lifestyle and the intricacies of these are understood and to be applied by the students. Finally, you work to uncover your unique Dharma in accordance with the Purushartha methodology by the process of the Four Desires as taught by Rod Stryker, gaining clarity and discernment to move forward in a way that truly honors your path and what right action means to you.


    Session 1 – Samkhya Philosophy

    Required reading – The Seven Systems of Indian Philosophy by Pandit Rajmani Tiguniat PhD

    Learn Samkhya Philosophy and how it relates to the Yoga School. Topics include history of the Vedas and Samkhya, Tattvas, 8 fold Prakriti and 16 fold Purusha, 3 forms of Ahamkara, Jnana Indriyas, Karma Indriyas, Tanmatras and Maha Bhutas, 3 Bodies and the Tattvas and Tattvas and Koshas.


    Session 2 – Applying Patanjali Yoga

    Required reading – The Practice of Yoga Sutras book 1 & 2 by Pandit Rajmani Tiguniat PhD

    We review and root the applications of Patanjali’s Sutras. Beginning with History, biography of Patanjali, Patanjali's view of the mind, Purusha and Prakriti, Kleshas, Vichara Practice, Samadhi, Joy, Abhyasa and Vairagyam, 4 stages of Vairagya, Kriya Yoga, Astanga - 8-limbs, Samyama, Viyoga verses Samyoga, Karma, Preserving Prana with the 3 Vital Essences, Practices of Refinement, 7 Stages of Spiritual Development, 7 Stages of Viveka, Mantra, Faith and Patience.


    Session 3 – Purushartha

    Required reading – The Four Desires by Rod Stryker

    You begin to utilize the knowledge of Purushartha by learning about Svadharma and Santana Dharma according to the Yogic teachings of Purushartha. Topics include Dharma verses Adharma, how to work with Desire, The Four Desires, Rod Stryker's methodologies as expounded upon in his Four Desires book including Dharma code, Sankalpa, Vikalpa, the creation equation, Shakti, departure point, Yoga Nidra, Preya verses Shreya and right action in the world. As you uncover your individual Dharma you serve the world with your unique set of traits and talents and reduce your limitations creating the possibility for total fulfillment both materially and spiritually.


    Sesson 4 – Ayurvedic Routines

    Required Reading – A Life of Balance by Maya Twiari

    Learn the details of varous Ayurvedic Parichara techniques. This includes, Dinacharya - daily routine, Raitucharya - evening routine, and Ritucharya - seasonal routine. In order to serve as a balanced teacher, you must maintain a state of health. This session provides you with time-tested, daily and seasonal tools that help you maintain your stability so that you serve from fulfillment.


    Session 5 – Bhagavad Gita

    Reading – Bhagavad Gita by Ecknath Eshwarn

    This session covers the teachings of the Bhagavad Gita. This includes both the historical and symbolic discourses. In detail, we discuss the various chapters, verses and how the Yogi is to apply them physically, mentally and spiritually. We cover the various teachings of Karma, Jnana and Bhakti Yoga as outlined in this sacred text. You walk away with the knowledge of these teachings presented in a way that impacts your daily choices. Using the wisdom of the Gita, you can perform your actions in the world within right alignment of your Dharma and Santana Dharma. Living in such a way frees you from creating unhelpful or painful situations that may have been prevented. With the correct mental and spiritual intention and detachment, life becomes a joyful expression of devotion and service.

  • Module 2 Shakti Sadhana

    As modern-day Yoga teachers with busy schedules, Shakti Sadhana offers a condensed, powerful and energetic approach to personal practice for those who have already laid a sufficient foundation in personal health, mental stability and spiritual connection. Building upon the actions taken in the Right Living module, Shakti Sadhana is primarily an experiential training. It was created with the understanding that time must be set aside for the continuation of our personal advancement if we wish to be the most effective transmitters of this ancient wisdom.

    This module precedes the Advanced Teaching Skills because it provides a well of personal experience from which to draw on in our classes. Shakti Sadhana satisfies the Yoga Alliance standards of Techniques, Training & Practice, Teaching Methodology, Practicum and Yoga Philosophy, Lifestyle & Ethics for Yoga Teachers and goes above and beyond these standards to bring out the highest and best Self of each teacher on a personal level.

    Session 1 – Shakti Sadhana

    Shakti Sadhana takes a deeper look at personal practice, how to strengthen our commitment and how to utilize the best techniques for the most effective and efficient practice. Shakti Sadhana covers Tantra’s 6 Svadharmas or life practices for living the best of your life, Tantra’s Ways to Strengthen Your Capacity and Resolve, 7 Factors of Practical Practice, Gheranda Samhita's Sapta Sadhana Approach to Practice, the Role of Hatha Yoga, Assessing the Koshas, Ayurveda for Yogic Growth including Rejuvination and Tonification Practices, A Deeper Look at the Role of Ojas, Tejas and Prana, Shatkarmas and Asana for Increasing Tapas & Fire, Reducing Avidya & Tamas, Abhyasa and Vairagyam, Moon, Sun, Fire, Granthis, Bandha, and Mudra


    Session 2 – Prana Shakti & Pranayama

    Reading: Prana & Pranayama by Swami Nirjnananda Saraswati

    Prana Shakti & Pranayama takes a deeper look at the cultivation and skillful use of Prana for the purpose of expanding the student's capacity. This module covered Prana Shakti, Physiology of breath, Swara, Prana & Pranayama Physiology, Ratios, Prana Vidya, Prana and Manas Shakti, Pranayama Practice, Pranayama and how it related to the Subtle Body of the Koshas, Vayus, & Chakras, Pranayama and Mantra, Pranayama Practice,Kaya Stirah, Stages of Pranayama, Methodology of Practice & Cautions, Kumbhaka, Psychic: Br, passage, centers, a committed Nadi Shodhana Practice in Stages, Agni Bhava


    Session 3 – Meditation

    Reading - Meditation from the Tantras by Swami Satyananda Saraswati

    This approach to Meditation is to offer a solid foundation and step by step process for incorporating successful meditation into an existing personal practice. Students learn the Science of the Meditating Brain, Benefits of Meditation, Delve Deeper into Pratyahara, Dharana & Dhyana, 5 Stages of Consciousness of the Meditating Yogi, Explore Tantric Meditation, Chakra Meditation Technique, Tattva Shuddhi Technique, Kriya Techniques, and Other Tantric Meditations


    Session 4 – Mantra

    Reading - The Language of Yoga by Nicolai Bachman

    Mantra is the foundational practice for personal development and spiritual growth. This session covers Mantra in detail and includes, Nada & Bindu, Mantra Science, Mantra Sadhana & 6 Limbs, 6 Virtues that seal the holes in the mind, 6 Categories of Mantra, 4 Types of Japa, Swami Rama's 5 steps to Japa, Suggested Rules, Japa Ansusthana, Ajapa Japa, Mantra Technique and Specific Mantras


    Session 5 – Yoga Nidra

    Yoga Nidra is Yogic sleep where the intention during the practice is to stay awake but reach deep relaxation so one feels like they are resting between the waking and dreaming state or the state of deep conscious relaxation.  Yoga Nidra is so restful that it is said to compensate for sleep, that a half hour of Yoga Nidra is equivalent to three hours of sleep.  It can be used as a tool to regroup our energy so that we live a life of refined choices.  Yoga Nidra can be done as your meditation practice or in addition to meditation. Students learn 8 Components of Yoga Nidra as taught by Swami Rama including Internalization, Samkalpa, Rotation of Consciousness, Breath Awareness, Manifestation of opposites, Creative Visualization, Samkalpa, and Externalization.

  • Module 3 - Advanced Teaching Skills

    Advanced Teaching Skills is for Yoga teachers who want to move their students beyond a purely physical experience to accelerate their growth. The knowledge and skill to do this comes from personal experience. After the completion of the Right Living Module and Shakti Sadhana Module, the teacher is ready for this course which reviews the physical and energetic impact of the 7 main Asana categories and refines and deepens the practice of Vinyasa Krama (intelligent sequencing) and appropriate themeing. An emphasis is placed on the mindful addition and integration of deeper and subtler Yogic techniques into class content to build student’s awareness, personal sensitivity and ability to focus. These include practices centered around awareness of Koshas, Gunas, Vayus, and Chakras. Applications of advanced techniques include Bandha, Mudra, Pranayama, Meditation, Mantra and Savasana.  Teachers learn discernment with adjustments and props for the purpose of creating comfort and for opening energetic lines.  Specialty classes and populations are addressed with regard to Restorative Yoga, Prenatal Yoga and Plus Size Yoga.Advanced Teaching Skills satisfies the Yoga Alliance standards of Techniques, Training & Practice, Teaching Methodologyand Practicum and goes above and beyond these standards to bring out the highest and best Self of each teacher on a personal level.


    Session 1 - Anatomy & Physiology 2

    Reading - Anatomy of Hatha Yoga - David Coulter

    Working intimately with bodies requires a firm foundation in traditional Western Anatomy and Physiology. This session takes your existing A & P training into further detail. Students walk away from this session learning how the structural, muscular and nervous system are stimulated in each posture.


    Session 2 - Vinyasa Krama

    This section reviews the basic physical and energetic impact of the 7 main classical Asana categories and refines and deepens the practice of Vinyasa Krama (intelligent sequencing) including the capacity checks, the use of Apex poses and safe Pratikriya. We teach how to develop awareness so students can feel the appropriate use of muscular verses organic energy, Sthiram & Sukham, and how intention setting, themeing and Manas Prana can direct, connect and motivate change through intention, focus and visualization. Students walk away with a firm understanding of safe and effective sequencing on a physical, mental and energetic level. They learn how to construct a class that quiets the mind and allows space for their students to develop deeper awareness, which gives the ability to feel the difference of muscular and organic energy and Sthiram and Sukham. They learn intention setting techniques and how to apply them both as a teacher and how to teach students to develop this capacity themselves.


    Session 3 - Applications of Advanced Techniques

    This section teaches the skill of how, why and when they can add deeper elements to their classes including Pranyama within Asana class, Bandha and Mudra within Asana class, Meditation within Asana class, Mantra within Asana class and deepening the students Savasana experience.


    Session 4 - Yoga Psychology

    Reading - Yoga and Psychotherapy by Swami Rama, Rudolph Ballentine, Swami Ajaya

    This session explores Yoga and the mind. Yoga psychology is a powerful tool to understand how to create positive new behaviors and patters that lead to more joy and fulfillment in your life and how to transform repetitive negative patterns that cause suffering. Students walk away with a firm understanding of Yoga as a tool to work, not just with the body but also with the mind.


    Session 5 - Specialty Populations & Modifications

    Reading - The Yoga of Wellness by Gary Kraftsow

    Practice was always intended to be structured to an individual's needs. This session explores the safe and effective use of adjustments & props and how to tune the eye, open the lines of energy and how to watch the body breathe to gain understanding of the student's actual experience verses what they may think you want to hear. Specializing class according to needs and special populations is a rich subject. This session gives students a general guidline to working with some speciality populations that show up in general classes. If a teacher is drawn to a particular population, further specialized training is recommened and resources are given. Our speciality class instruction includes Restorative Practices, Asanas and their props, length of time in postures, guided relaxation, Prenatal Yoga, general guidelines for 1st - 3rd Trimester – physiological changes, Asanas to avoid, use and modify, safe breathing techniques. Yoga for Bigger Bodies - this part of training educates students about teaching larger bodied students and the limitations it may create in certain yoga asanas this includes how to teach your students to give themselves PERMISSION, Learn how to welcome and retain plus size yoga students in your classes, Learn how to master the anatomical yoga modifications for larger bodies, Tools and techniques to create safe, positive body affirming classes that invites students to show up fully as they are. With these tools you will be able to create a yoga experience that is inclusive, accessible and enriching for students of many abilities, shapes and sizes.

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