500 Hour Teacher Training
The New Day Yoga 500-Hour Teacher Training is designed 1) for those who have completed a 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training registered with Yoga Alliance and 2) for serious yoga students who desire to deepen their personal study of yoga.
The course is comprised of 6 Modules with each beginning on a Monday at 3pm and ending on a Saturday at 2pm. Each Module provides you with 45 contact hours of instruction and practice and 5 non-contact hours of personal study.
Dates for the Modules are as follows:
Module 1: May 19 - 24, 2014
Module 2: August 4 - 9, 2014
Module 3: December 8 - 13, 2014
Module 4: May 4 - 9, 2015
Module 5: September 7 - 12, 2015
Module 6: November 30 - December 5, 2015
6:30 Personal Practice
7:15 Pranayama and Meditation
9:00 Morning Devotion
9:30 Study Hall
10:30 Asana Workshop
2:30 Ayurveda/Chakra Workshop
4:30 Practice Teaching
9:00 Quiet Reflection and Study
To receive the 500-Hour Yoga Teacher Training Certification, all modules must be completed within a 4-year period. (If you do not desire the certification, you may take as long as you like to complete them.) The Modules may be taken in any order. Each one is a separate study of a specific chakra, its corresponding anatomy, asana, energy, psychology, physiology, philosophy and spirituality. As with all New Day Yoga trainings, classes, and courses, this one is from a Christian perspective. Although traditional concepts and yoga philosophy are included, it is the Bible that remains the authoritative final word on the topics studied.
All Modules will include the study and practice of 1) asana, 2) principles of alignment, 3) pranayama, 4) chant, and 5) meditation, as well as 6) Ayurveda, 7) yoga philosophy, 8) the study of traditional yogic texts and the Holy Bible. For each Module, participants will be required to 1) teach a 75-minute class from the asana studied, 2) to research and make two brief presentations--one on anatomy and one on spirituality, and 3) to complete reading, study and discussion assignments.
The unique energetic, anatomical and asana foci for each Module is as follows:
Module 1: Chakra 1; Anatomy of the Feet, Ankles, Knees, Legs and Pelvis; Standing Poses and Vinyasa Flow
Module 2: Chakra 2; Anatomy of the Pelvic Girdle; Hip Openers and Forward Bends
Module 3: Chakra 3; Anatomy of the Trunk; The Psoas; Core Awareness and Activation
Module 4: Chakra 4; Anatomy of the Arms, Elbows, Wrists, Hands and Shoulders; Backbends and Twists
Module 5: Chakra 5; Anatomy of the Shoulder Girdle, Neck and Head; Arm Balances and Inversions
Module 6: Chakras 6 & 7; Anatomy of the Mind; Restorative Asana
Benedictine Sisters Retreat Center, 916 Convent Road, NE, Cullman, AL 35055. The Retreat Center is two hours north of Birmingham and three hours west of Atlanta. Our group will be staying in Benet Hall. Each participant will have a private bedroom and will share a bath with one or two other yoginis. Each cozy room has a closet, a dresser, a desk chair, desk, lamp, and a rocker. Benet Hall also has a small kitchen, a common room, and a front porch overlooking a tranquil pond.
Cost: Training and Accommodations
The cost of each Module is $935. A non-refundable $250 deposit is required at registration. The cost includes fifty hours of instruction, a notebook for the Module, lodging for five nights and all meals from Monday night dinner to Saturday lunch. Our group will also have use of the new retreat chapel, a separate meeting room for our yoga practices, the outdoor labyrinth, and a private dining area. Space is limited to 11 participants.
Dayna Gelinas, E-RYT 500, is the instructor for the 500-Hour Training. For more information about her, please visit About Dayna.
For All Modules: 1) Holy Bible (any translation), 2) Key Muscles of Yoga by Ray Long, 3) The Heart of Yoga by T.K.V. Desikachar, 4) New Day Yoga Notebook for each Module
For Module 1: Anatomy for Vinyasa Flow and Standing Poses by Ray Long
For Module 2: Anatomy for Hip Openers and Forward Bends by Ray Long
For Module 3: The Psoas Book by Liz Koch
For Module 4: Anatomy for Backbends and Twists by Ray Long
For Module 5: Anatomy for Arm Balances and Inversions by Ray Long
For Module 6: Relax and Renew by Judith Lasater
Pre-requisites and Requirements
For those who have completed a 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training and wish to earn credit toward their 500-hour YTT:
- You must have completed your 200-hr Certification (or its equivalent) at a Registered Yoga School with Yoga Alliance.
- You must have a current, established yoga practice.
- You will be required to complete a practice teaching assignment during the week.
- You will be required to complete written and reading assignments before attending the Module and other assignments during the week.
- You will be required to attend all scheduled sessions for the week.
- You will be required to complete a take-home project.
For serious yoga students who desire to deepen their personal study of yoga and wish to attend for personal growth:
- You must have practiced yoga consistently with a teacher for at least two years at the experienced 1/2 Level. This experience is not for beginners, nor for those who do not feel confident in a personal practice.
- You must be familiar with all basic yoga poses by name (English and/or Sanskrit) and through experience, including backbends and inversions such as handstand, shoulderstand, and headstand. You do not have to be a master at these postures, but you should be working toward them in your practice unless there are physical reasons why you would not be.
- You must complete a registration and/or application.
- Attendance at the scheduled sessions for the week is highly encouraged but is optional.
One Final Note:
Although the Modules will be comprehensive, detailed, thorough, and structured, they will also provide you with an ashram experience of sorts. The secluded location at the Benedictine Sisters Retreat Center at Sacred Heart Monastery in North Alabama invites introspection, peace, and rest. As with all classes and trainings and workshops of New Day Yoga, the Holy Spirit is always the honored and respected Guest who is invited to guide and direct us. You can expect God to touch you in a special way as we seek to understand more fully how "fearfully and wonderfully" we are made through the practice and study of Yoga from a Christian perspective.