Advanced Yoga Teacher Training
We have been a registered school with the National Yoga Alliance since 1999. Through our programs, you can be recognized at the 200RYT and 500RYT levels, and receive CEUs. We also have an affiliate school, Jane’s House Studio in St Charles, MO. at the 200 hour level. Our Yoga Therapy program is certified by the International Association of Yoga Therapy (IAYT).
We Train Teachers
We have conducted over 10,000 hours of teacher training in Arkansas, Missouri, Mexico and Ohio. As a result, we’ve had the privilege of developing teachers who are seen as the most competent in their markets, and have evolved a program that is equaled by none: there is a difference between training someone to be a teacher, and training someone to be an instructor. We train teachers.
Become an Advanced CYS Teacher
East Meets West
Our advanced teacher program consists of 300 hours, at the end of which you are granted a 500 RYT recognition by the Yoga Alliance. This program also accomplishes Year 1 of our Yoga Therapy program, certified by the IAYT. Graduates from this program may continue onward to Year 2 of Yoga Therapy, if they choose to.
This program is currently offered in (2) locations:
Circle Yoga Shala, Jasper, AR., and
Jane's House, St. Charles, MO.
This program lays the foundations of ‘Chikitsa’ (or therapy) by marrying Eastern philosophy with Western medicine. The program advances the students’ knowledge of biomechanics as well as subtle anatomy, both of which are taught through the lens of compensation and adaptation. The result is a consistent worldview that enables students to make elegant and effective sequencing choices that access the body’s own healing powers. Graduates from this program gain incredible versatility as teachers and are further freed into a creative process of exploration of movement in their body and their mind. This program has a strong self-assessment component which anticipates the individual assessments taught in Year 2 of Yoga Therapy.
By the end of the program you will have gained:
The ability to marry Eastern and Western philosophies into a coherent worldview that informs your choices as a teacher;
A library of therapeutically-oriented practices, fit for groups or privates;
The ability to scale practices for any capacity and interest;
An elegance in your sequencing choices informed by evolutionary anatomy, Ayurveda and liberation philosophies.
The philosophical models taught in this training include: the Pancha Maya, Ayurveda’s model of health, the 5 Vayus, Samadhi, Avidya and Kleshas.
The evolutionary anatomy and evolutionary psychology elements layered in the training include: the cephalo-caudal trend (CCT), the role of movement, cross-patterns and core development, gut-heart-head, adaptive strategies including self-deception.
Anatomy and physiology lessons include: fascia and soft tissue, breathing mechanics, core activation, functional movement and motor control.
Ayurveda elements taught include the law of like and unlike, the 20 qualities, brahmana & langhana, doshas and vayus.
The practices that you will learn include the Evolutionary Namaskar, envelope breath practices, Mc-Gill inspired corework, the Big 4, founders, multiplane movement such as the Turkish Getup, the wall stand practice, the vayu meditation, the toe touch practice, handstand and hanging techniques.
The performance-oriented tools included in his program are: the 5 capacities, the performance pyramid, the technique of ‘bracing’, spirals and torque, flow-state theory and the advanced gate.
Personal development tools include Inquiry, Self-Observation, Self-Remembering, Intro to the Enneagram of Fixation and contemplation
Be sure to read below for full curriculum descriptions, program dates and locations, application & enrollment process and FAQs (frequently asked questions).
Cutting Edge Training
Neuroscience, Evolutionary Biology and Integrative Psychology
Intensive 1: Water
Chikitsa begins with a model of health as well as disease that is embodied by the Pancha Maya model. The Pancha Maya serves as the context for all strategies that the student learn throughout the program. However, in this first intensive, the strategies are focused at the level of Anamaya, or the gross body. Informed by the principles development set by the cephalo-caudal trend, we study mobility and motor-control phases of infants, which then are experienced through a sequence we call the Evolutionary Namaskar. Additional fascia anatomy and soft tissue strategies are taught to support the return through infant-like movement. The hypermobility of infants and the water origin of all life is where this intensive draws its name.
Intensive 2: Earth
This intensive introduces the Ayurvedic model of health in order to broaden the range of tools at our disposal to be used in personalizing intervention and harmonizing the system. This intensive too, looks at the body (Anamaya) but from the perspective of the 5 elements of nature (mahabhutas), the Ayurvedic theory of dosha and Brahmana/Langhana. In parallel to the discussion on doshas, this intensive also teaches the forces that stabilize the core. While the focus of intensive 1 was mobility, the focus of this intensive is activation and motor control, or “stability” (or earth). Students will be provided with anatomical and developmental knowledge about the core and spine, as well as postures, breathing patterns and practices designed around these principles.
Intensive 3: Air
This intensive is focused on movement (air). The material progresses the knowledge and application of Ayurveda by introducing the 5 Vayus (winds). The Vayu theory is applied into a guided meditation that embodies the stages of transformation that unfold as meditative absorption. The movement standard is progressed to upright position re-creating actions found in walking, stepping, and squatting. Multiplane movement is explicitly identified through the teaching of “6 degrees of freedom” and the practices explored offer a wide range of complexity, suitable for chikitsa but also anticipating a more rigorous practice.
Intensive 4: Fire
The purpose of this intensive is two-fold: we take a brief tour through the historical arc of development along which modern yoga-posture practice seems to have moved. From this we connect intense and complex physical experiences to meditative states of absorption and the kind of learning and transformation which these experiences potentially offer. This connection is fleshed out via a comparison between the characteristics of traditional Yogic notions of Samadhi, Nirodha, Samapatti, and the more recent findings from the field of Positive Psychology, also known as “Flow Psychology”.
This intensive also defines levels of intensity expressed through the “Waving Intensity” which provides a guide for reaching long-term goals, the 5 capacities for assessing appropriate asana foundations and the “Performance Pyramid” for working toward mobility, motor control (stability), capacity or skill.
Intensive 5: Space
Any holistic system of therapeutic intervention does two primary kinds of work: first it provides clarity about the nature of our imbalances. Second, it provides a map of our inherent potentials and the direction and nature of our development when primary imbalances have been harmonized. In this broad sense, chikitsa is not only a path away from instability and pain, but also a direction in which to go based on deeper self-understanding, purpose, and relationship. Meditation and contemplation are two of the key developmental milestones in this process of transformation and actualization. Using the teaching of the Avidya, the Kleshas, the Enneagram, as well as evolutionary theories for self-deception, we explore contemplative techniques for self-remembering and self-observation.
A World Class Program
You get much more than a training. You get a network of support and the opportunity of a lifetime relationship.
Your teachers: C-IAYT recognized, master teachers as your primary teachers
A mentor: A graduate from the program will be your mentor during this year of learning.
A network of teachers: Access to our network of CYS graduates
A private training site: The site provides you with access to your manual, video lectures, full length practices, peer reviewed sequences and an extensive bibliography for further reading and self-study. The site is also used for homework assignments, and being in touch with the program faculty. This resource also allows you to continue growing your knowledge via the digital platform even after your training.
A post-graduation relationship: Upon graduation, teachers gain the privilege of returning to audit the course free of charge. Graduates may further continue their relationship with the shala by becoming mentors to teachers-in-training. Graduates may retain paid access to the Private Training Site after graduation at only $50/year.
Advance Your Knowledge and Teaching Skills
Leave daily distractions and interruptions by immersing into accelerate learning
Four days of immersion in advanced yoga teacher training in a nourishing and beautiful environment that supports the learning experience.
Current Program - CYS
Intensive One: WATER, October 18th - 21st, 2018
Intensive Two: EARTH, February 7th - 10th, 2019 **(Inclement Weather Makeup Dates: March 21st - 24th)
Intensive Three: AIR, May 23rd - 26th, 2019
Intensive Four: FIRE, August 1st - 4th, 2019
Intensive Five: SPACE, November 7th - 10th, 2019
2019-2020 Program - CYS
Intensive One: WATER, September 12th - 15th, 2019
Intensive Two: EARTH, December 5th - 8th, 2019
Intensive Three: AIR, March 5th - 8th, 2020 **(Inclement Weather Makeup Dates April 9th-12th, 2020)
Intensive Four: FIRE, June 4th - 7th, 2020
Intensive Five: SPACE, September 24th -27th, 2020
2019-2020 Program - Jane’s House, St Charles, MO
Intensive One: WATER, November 14th - 17th, 2019
Intensive Two: EARTH, February 6th - 9th, 2020
Intensive Three: AIR, May 14th - 17th, 2020
Intensive Four: FIRE, July 23rd - 26th 2020
Intensive Five: SPACE, October 1st - 4th, 2020
2020-2021 Program - CYS
Intensive One: WATER, April 2nd - 5th, 2020
Intensive Two: EARTH, July 30th - August 2nd, 2020
Intensive Three: AIR, November 5th - 9th, 2020
Intensive Four: FIRE, March 4th - 7th, 2021 **(Inclement Weather Makeup Dates March 18-21st, 2021)
Intensive Five: SPACE, June 3rd - 6th, 2021
Hear From Others
As a 500 hr. graduate, I highly recommend this training! Yes, the teaching is life changing and supportive in living a healthy life with purpose. In addition, the terminology and techniques are very much in line with current academic research and other therapeutic modalities.
Brandy Molloy, RYT500
Application & Enrollment
Applicant must be 18+ yrs of age
Applicant must have at least one (1) year of yoga teaching experience
Applicant must have at least one (1) year of personal practice
Applicant must have completed a 200YTT
Applicants who graduated from a 200YTT at a school other than Circle Yoga Shala or Jane’s House of Well-Being are required to take the Prerequisite Course outlining the principles of Vinyasa Krama. The course includes a 10 minute sequencing assignment.
This requirement is waived if a student has graduated from a 200h program where Vinyasa Krama is taught. Students must provide documentation of program completion, and show Vinyasa Krama specific course material work.
Once accepted, sign the Enrollment Agreement.
Within 10 days of acceptance, pay $200 deposit. If the program is scheduled to begin within 15 days of acceptance, full tuition payment is required instead.
Pay tuition in full 15 days before the start of the program.
Tuition per Intensive: $704 per intensives 1-4, $504 intensive 5 (excludes deposit)
Tuition One and Done: $3,250
Accommodations are extremely reasonable and are separate from tuition fees. They can be paid upon arrival. Fees are per intensive.
The barn offers three beautiful, eco-friendly lodging options. Please bring your own linens.
Upstairs dorm space (6 beds) 4 nights $30 = $120
Downstairs dorm space (4 beds) 4 nights $35 = $140
Private space (3 room) 4 nights $50 = $200 Private spaces are on a first come basis.
We serve 3 delicious meals per day prepared for you daily from our organic gardens. We accommodate vegan, vegetarian and omnivore diets. Any additional diet needs/restrictions require a different meal price.
Four days, (3) meals a day @ $37/day = $148
Special Diet Rate: Four days, (3) meals a day @ $50/day = $200
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I still join the CYS advanced teacher program if I completed my YTT200 somewhere other than the shala?
If you're interested in applying to the advanced program (YTT500) and haven't completed your YTT200 at the shala, we ask that you complete an online pre-requisite that serves as a bridge between your training and ours. It is about 6-8 hours long and it includes lectures and practices. The cost is $45, which you can add to the regular application fee. The topic is the Vinyasa Krama, a fundamental concept to how we sequence.
Is there a deadline for my application to the advanced training program?
There is no deadline. However, we do recommend applying with enough time to fill any pre-requisites, complete the on-boarding steps and complete the pre-Intensive homework.
What books will I need to purchase for this program?
It is required that you read the following 5 books during the course of this program. You may acquire any edition and any format (print, digital, audibles). The books are required in the order listed.
“Move Your DNA” by Kate Bowman
“Yoga and Ayurveda: Self Healing and Self Realization” by David Frawley
“The Rise of Superman: Decoding the Science of Ultimate Human Performance” by Steven Kotler
“Self Observation” by Red Hawk
“From Fixation to Freedom” by Eli Jaxon Bear
I would like to join your advanced teacher program, but I can’t make the first intensive. Can I join your training starting with the second intensive?
We encourage all our students to start with the first intensive because all the material in the advanced training layers on the concepts introduced during the first intensive.
What are the hours of training during the mini-intensives?
During the mini-intensives at CYS, we usually go from 8AM to 5:30PM (Thursday-Saturday) and 8AM - 3PM on Sunday. We take a 2 hour lunch. The hours vary a bit when the training is offered at other locations.
Why do you refer to the advanced training at both “300 hour” and “500 hour”?
The training itself is 300 hours long, split across 5 intensives and the homework in between intensives. When adding these 300 hours of advanced training to the 200 hours of initial training, you get a total of 500 hours.
Is there a set amount of time for me to complete all 5 intensives?
Yes, all 5 intensives must be completed in the time-span of 2 years, or 2 training cycles.
If I can’t attend an intensive due to conflict, may I complete the same intensive at another location where the program is offered?
As much as possible, we encourage our teachers in training to complete all intensives with the same group and at the same location. However, we allow teachers to complete up to 2 of the 5 intensives at a different location. Additional financial obligations may apply, as described in the Enrollment Agreement.