300-Hour Program

 

This is for students who have completed a 200-Hour training program with Prajna Yoga or another studio.

You can apply and register here.

PATHWAY 2:

Go Deeper

Now it is time to take the plunge. Expand what you know and go deeper. Through penetrating practice, scientific rigor, and profound contemplation, take your dedicated practice to a whole other level. Make your practice and teaching be about constant discovery and surprise.

The Prajna 300-Hour Yoga Teacher Training will hone your teaching skills to become an expert leader in mindfulness, somatic awareness, and yoga therapy. Gain the confidence and knowledge to offer creative, multi-faceted classes that include therapeutic posture work and manual assists. Learn how to help students get grounded…and help them to fly.

Our 300-Hour Yoga Teacher Training is a professional training to become a highly skilled yoga teacher, designed to round out and solidify a teacher’s education. This training consists of 300 hours of Yoga Alliance-approved content within sessions and in-depth studies that are designed to advance your practice and enhance your teaching skills and repertoire.

This program is for students who wish to become a Yoga Alliance 500-Hour Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT500), a Certified 500-Hour Prajna Yoga Teacher, or for devoted practitioners who wish to deepen their practice and study to “cultivate insight” or “prajna.”

OVERVIEW OF PATHWAY 2 (300 Hours) CONTENT:

THREE MODULES (CAN BE TAKEN IN ANY ORDER)

Hands-On Adjustments and The Art of Sequencing:
Session 4

  • 45 hours
  • Early Bird $1,255.50
  • Regular Price $1,395

Cultivating the Mindful Teacher:
Session 5

  • 45 hours
  • Early Bird $1,255.50
  • Regular Price $1,395

The Art of Healing | Yoga Therapy:
Session 6

  • 45 hours
  • Early Bird $1,255.50
  • Regular Price $1,395

HANDS-ON ADJUSTMENTS:

Session 4

The body compensates with pulls, rotations, shifts, and torques. To see the body’s asymmetries and strain patterns under your hands is an art. Knowing how to use your hands to adjust and guide students is an essential skill for any class setting or private instruction. This course helps you to develop a discriminating eye and skillful touch when directing students toward greater opening. Throughout this session, Tias refers to his training in massage and deep tissue work to cover the principles of myofascial release work within yoga postures.

Course of Study

  • Identify postural dynamics in the legs, pelvis, shoulders, and spine, and recognize strain patterns through visual assessment
  • Gain confidence in your touch to support, guide, and release the body through manual assist
  • Study fundamentals of applying pressure and force in more than one direction at a time
  • Learn to guide students deeper into twisting poses, back-bends, and side-bends
  • Practice techniques to adjust students in restorative poses, as well as how to “adjust” them with the use of props
  • Review the essentials of therapeutic touch, including a special session on the use of tuning forks and pressure point release

THE ART OF SEQUENCING:

Session 4

The body compensates with pulls, rotations, shifts, and torques. To see the body’s asymmetries and strain patterns under your hands is an art. Knowing how to use your hands to adjust and guide students is an essential skill for any class setting or private instruction. This course helps you to develop a discriminating eye and skillful touch when directing students toward greater opening. Throughout this session, Tias refers to his training in massage and deep tissue work to cover the principles of myofascial release work within yoga postures.

Early Bird $1,255.50 + tax;

Regular Price $1,395 + tax

Course of Study

  • Design intelligent sequences involving themed classes, pose combinations, class pacing, and duration of holds
  • Master the “Entry and Exit,” learning how to open and close a class by weaving together mindfulness, meditation, and restorative yoga
  • Use props
  • Avoid posture combinations that cause strain and aggravation
  • Teach with a theme and design classes for the hip joints, shoulders, low back, etc.
  • Combine symmetrical and asymmetrical postures
  • Integrate the “Central Axis” – sequencing toward and away from the midline of the body

Hands-On Adjustments and The Art of Sequencing: Session 4 is a requirement for students completing the 300-Hour Prajna Yoga Teacher Training.

If you’ve completed this course before, you are eligible for an additional 15% off of the Early Bird Price! Email prajnaoffice@gmail.com to access this discount.

Hands-On Adjustments and the Art of Sequencing is a prerequisite for students assisting Tias or other Prajna Teachers in workshops, trainings, and conferences.

CULTIVATING THE MINDFUL TEACHER:

Session 5

The aim of this session is to provide the student with the practical skills and creativity to teach a well organized, clear and inspiring class. We help teachers who are already teaching bring greater depth and variety to their classes.What makes Prajna Yoga unique is how Prajna instructors weave together asana, mindfulness, internal alignment and wisdom. We help teachers develop the skills to teach a class that is not simply a physical workout but a class that is multi-layered. This session provides you with the practical skills and creativity to teach in a way that is physically rewarding, mindful, and spiritually uplifting.

Early Bird $1,255.50 + tax;

Regular Price $1,395 + tax

Cultivating the Mindful Teacher: Session 5 is a requirement for students completing the 300-Hour Prajna Yoga Teacher Training.

If you’ve completed this course before, you are eligible for an additional 15% off of the Early Bird Price! Email prajnaoffice@gmail.com to access this discount.

Course of Study

  • Skillful language: learn to guide students with verbal clarity
  • The power of metta: teaching from kindness, tolerance and acceptance How to teach a well organized, clear and inspiring class Learning to “hold the space” within a classroom
  • Coping with challenge: how to address conflict in the classroom
  • It’s not only about asana: learning to skillfully integrate meditation, chanting, dharma wisdom, sutras, and somatic awareness into your classes.

When teaching guided classes, we encourage teachers to command a class through both intensity and gentleness. Considerable time is spent on teacher practicum and for trainees to receive feedback on how to use clear and precise language, to teach through tone of voice and to “hold the space” within a classroom. We provide the foundation for how to integrate anatomical study into the classroom setting, including how to use anatomical images and how to teach living anatomy. In addition, we cover the ways a teacher can integrate sutras, poetry, chant and teachings from the yoga tradition and buddha dharma into the classroom experience.

The ART OF HEALING | YOGA THERAPY:

Session 6

The Art of Healing: Yoga Therapy is an in-depth training on how to modify the poses to address the limitations of your students. In the first half of the course, we cover principles of how to adapt poses for beginners. We will address how to work with inflexible students, elderly students, and beginning students with structural limitations. The second part of this course covers how to use the poses therapeutically.

Our aim is to review the most common afflictions that a teacher will be confronted within the classroom namely lower back pain, knee pain, sciatic pain, high blood pressure, chronic fatigue, GI tract dysfunction, migraines, insomnia, cancer, and surgery.

As every case is different, we will emphasize the principles of healing through yoga and SATYA movements–using traction, compression, inversion, “rinsing” tissue, etc. Throughout the course we will be using actual case-studies (beginners and individuals with special needs) in order to authenticate the application of the work.

The emphasis in this training is to show that correct positioning of the body– for a duration of time, and within a specific sequence of related poses– can result in profound physiological changes. Students will learn how to use props effectively to boost parts of the body in order to effect the flow of blood, lymph, and nerve impulse. Included in this course on yoga chikitsa (yoga remedy) is the practice of specific meditations to help heal the emotional body and purify negative emotion.

Early Bird $1,255.50 + tax;

Regular Price $1,395 + tax

The Art of Healing | Yoga Therapy is a requirement for students completing the 300-Hour Prajna Yoga Teacher Training.

Because this training involves manually assisting the body while in posture, we recommend that you first take Hands-On Adjustments and The Art of Sequencing: Session 4.

If you’ve completed this course before, you are eligible for an additional 15% off of the Early Bird Price! Email prajnaoffice@gmail.com to access this discount.

Prerequisites to Become a Certified 500-Hour Prajna Yoga Teacher:

To become a Certified 500-Hour Prajna Yoga Teacher, you are required to attend Sessions 1, 2, and 3 from the 200-Hour Prajna Yoga Teacher Training even if you have a 200-Hour certification from another Yoga Alliance-approved school.

Requirements to Become a Yoga Alliance 500-Hour Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT500):

To become a Yoga Alliance 500-Hour Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT500), you can combine any 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training with the 300-Hour Prajna Yoga Teacher Training.

LOG REQUIREMENTS:

All students seeking certification with Prajna Yoga are responsible for keeping track of their course work and hours completed. It is advised that students download (and print out) a Certification Log and keep it updated. Upon completion of all requirements, please send this log along with any other supporting documentation indicated above to the Prajna Yoga office at prajnaoffice@gmail.com.

NOTE: Sessions taken outside of Prajna Yoga in Santa Fe, New Mexico, are shorter and give fewer hours. In this case, additional course hours will need to be completed to arrive at the number of hours necessary to receive certification.

Requirements to Become a Certified 500-Hour Prajna Yoga Teacher:

1. Have a 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training certification.
2. Have completed Sessions 1, 2, and 3 of the 200-Hour Prajna Yoga Teacher Training.
3. Apply for and be accepted to the 300-Hour Prajna Yoga Teacher Training.
4. Complete the following courses:
a. Hands-On Adjustments and The Art of Sequencing: Session 4
b. Cultivating the Mindful Teacher: Session 5
c. The Art of Healing: Yoga Therapy: Session 6
5. Attend 2 silent meditation retreats in Vipassana, Zen, Dzogchen traditions, or Prajna Yoga. Total time for the retreats is a minimum of six days.
a. One retreat must be attended at Prajna Yoga.
b. To ensure that silent retreat hours not at Prajna Yoga are eligible for training hours, please contact the Prajna Yoga office to get pre-approval.
6. Complete the remaining 165 hours. This can be accomplished by a combination of the following:
a. Take Prajna Yoga Advanced Studies courses (ex: The Art of Self Practice, Anatomy of the Chakras, Anatomy of the Vayus, etc.)
b. Attend any Prajna Yoga sponsored workshop, teacher training, class or retreat offered in US, Europe & Asia. (Please note: for 300-Hour candidates, up to 20 hours can be applied for workshops given by Prajna Yoga Teachers and can include hours received from Prajna Yoga Silent Retreats.)
c. Private sessions with Surya or Tias
d. Participate in the Mentorship Program with Tias
e. Dharma Talks at Mountain Cloud or Upaya Zen Center in Santa Fe, NM
7. Participate in the Apprenticeship Program with Tias.
8. Have 150 hours of teaching experience.
9. Provide one 2″ x 2″ color photo headshot in digital format.
10. Video Assessment. A 1-hr minimum all-levels DVD video of you teaching a yoga class. See Video requirements.
11. Pass the Prajna Yoga take-home final exam.

OUR STUDENTS

“The trainings at Prajna Yoga are exceptionally valuable for professional yoga teachers, while simultaneously providing time for personal practice, retreat, and renewal. Tias and Surya are truly generous with their teachings, time, and energy. I plan to return again and again to study with these masters.”

– Keith Porteous | New Orleans, LA