RYT500 Advanced Wellness Yoga Teacher Training Program
A 300 Hour Training
Coming in 2020
The Subtle® Yoga RYT500 Advanced Wellness Yoga Teacher Training Program offers you the opportunity to engage in a systematic, comprehensive, co-creative process which is modeled on Yoga Alliance and the International Association of Yoga Therapy guidelines. In facilitating a profound learning experience for you as a health professional, this program will also offer you a personal transformational journey. This dual process will help you transform your life, your work, your community and your world.
The Subtle® Yoga RYT500 Advanced Wellness Yoga Teacher Training Program is a unique opportunity to deepen your understanding of the ancient art-science of yoga. The values, principles, teaching techniques and knowledge base have been discerned from a critical analysis of the yoga tradition and frontier sciences. They constitute an integral whole and have a veracity that is essential in the field of health care.
The Subtle® Yoga RYT500 Advanced Wellness Yoga Teacher Training Program weaves the knowledge base of public and behavioral health and other professions into yoga philosophy and practice thereby creating a transdisciplinary and holistic health framework. This weaving involves learning from a continuum of vantage points – instinctual, intellectual, intuitional, and ultimately, inspirational – the knowing which comes from the compassionate openness and surrender of the heart.
This course will be held over 10, three day weekend modules beginning
Please be sure that you can attend most of the weekends. You will be able to miss up to 30 hours and still graduate (see Requirements for Certification below). As in all Subtle® Yoga Trainings, you will be asked to commit to a daily meditation and asana practice. There will also be reading, homework and case studies. It is important to consider the amount of time you have to dedicate to this program – the more you put in, the more you’ll get out.
Registration with Yoga Alliance
This program meets the Yoga Alliance standards for becoming a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT500) at the 500 hour level. Many employers are now requiring yoga instructors to meet this standard. Subtle® Yoga also offers RYT200 trainings and trainings specifically for mental/behavioral health professionals.
This program is a 300 hour training for those who have already completed 200 hours of yoga teacher training (Subtle® Yoga Training or another) and wish to pursue a therapeutic understanding of the application of yoga and RYT500 status.
Please read this page in its entirety and if you have any questions please contact our training coordinator, Stacey MacDonagh firstname.lastname@example.org
Registration & Cost
What is Subtle® Yoga?
Subtle® Yoga is a broadly applicable, person-centered approach to yoga practice which can be tailored to differing body types/physical abilities and various contexts – from mental illness to public health. Subtle® Yoga incorporates six key processes: mindful movement, breathing practices, meditation, awareness of values/ethical engagement, spiritual development and service. Together these practices promote attention, mindfulness, body awareness, self-regulation, resiliency, self-actualization and pro-social behavior. Subtle® Yoga calms the nervous system, improves breathing, increases the body-mind connection, and is trauma-informed. It is a holistic intervention which can complement and enhance traditional healthcare approaches through health promotion, prevention, treatment or aftercare/recovery, from the individual through the population health level.
Subtle® Yoga is therapeutic and balancing with postures that are accessible, adaptable, and help:
- Improve circulation, flexibility, and mobility
- Establish better body mechanics to prevent injuries
- Correct maladaptive or dysfunctional movement patterns that cause discomfort or pain
- Release emotionally-charged patterns lodged in the body
- Balance your physical, mental, and emotional energy levels to improve overall health
The Subtle® Yoga system is distinguished by:
- A unique conceptual framework
- Explicit values and principles
- A community development approach
- A public health orientation
- An on-going reference to research and new knowledge development
- A continuous Quality Improvement process
Traditionally, revered yoga instructors were those who taught by example – their lives were an embodiment of the principles of yoga – wisdom, clarity, intuition, serenity, courage and a commitment to service. They often worked individually with students. They came from all walks of life and careers. The Subtle® Yoga Training and Personal Transformation Program offers you the opportunity to become this kind of teacher, formally or informally – to exemplify and to learn to share yoga with others from the deepest part of your being. The program will help you balance knowing and being, balance external and internal learning, and develop an explicit understanding of a learning process which you can use for the rest of your life.
The world needs yoga teachers who possess a deep self-knowledge and radiate a commitment to service. During this program you will unveil the depths of your spirit in order to authentically hold and transmit this ancient wisdom tradition.
1) Introduction to Yoga Therapeutics
- Introduction to the tools of Subtle Yoga: nervous system regulation including asanas, sequencing, pranayama, meditation, ethical engagement, service, operationalizing spiritual assets
- Big Picture – Yoga Philosophy and Worldview in Health
- Pathogenesis vs. Salutogenesis
- The Kośa Model
- Integrating Yoga into Public and Population Health
- Introduction to Research
- Scribing Practices for Clients
2) Mental Health + Chronic Diseases 1
- Neurobiology of Yoga and Mental health
- Yogic Perspective on Depression and Anxiety
- Yoga for Reducing Depression and Anxiety
- Yoga and Integrated Care
- Yoga for Improving Heart Health
- Ayurveda and Yoga Therapeutics
- Gunas, Doshas, Tattvas
- Diagnostics and Application
- The Therapeutic Relationship
- Introduction to Sanskrit
4) Prana and Therapeutics
- Role of the Vital Force in Health and Healing
- Vayu Assessment
- Application of Practices: asana, pranayama, meditation
5) Structural Therapy 1
- Refining Assessment Skills
- Anatomy, Physiology and Kinesiology
- Hands-on Assessment Skills
- Asana practices for Lower back, Hip and Knee Issues
6) Mental Health + Chronic Diseases 2
- Neurobiology of Yoga, Trauma and Addiction recovery
- Substance Use Disorders and Process Addictions
- Yoga for Trauma Recovery and Resilience Building
- Yoga for Addiction Recovery
- Public health: obesity and diabetes considerations
7) Structural Therapy 2
- Refining Assessment Skills
- Anatomy, Physiology and Kinesiology
- Hands-on Assessment Skills
- Asana practices for Neck, Shoulder and Upper Back Issues
- Working in Chairs
- Yoga Nidra
8) Subtle Body Therapeutics
- Tantric Subtle Anatomy and Yoga Psychology
- The Neurobiologic Correlates of the Subtle Body
- Jungian mythology and the Chakra System
- A Gestalt Dialogue with the Chakras
- Assessemnt and application
9) Therapeutics Integration + Business of Yoga
- Review and integration
- Spirituality considerations
- Supervised Clinic 1
- The Business of Yoga
- Integrating Therapeutic Yoga in Local Health Care
10) Project Presentations + Practicum
- Supervised Clinic 2
- Project Presentations
- Case Studies
Registration With Yoga Alliance
This program fulfills the Yoga Alliance standards for becoming a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) at the 500 hour level. This is the basic level of training required by Yoga Alliance and garners an RYT500 qualification. Many employers are now requiring yoga instructors to meet this standard.
See What Past Participants Are Saying!
Thank you!. I have learned so much from you and because of you; the training you give us lasts far longer than the time we get to spend with you. That part of the program is beyond price. Om Shanti with all my heart.Rebecca Caudill, Greenville, SC, Subtle Yoga RYT200 and RYT500 grad
This program has taught me more practical tools for my own life, and for my clients that I ever could have imagined! I learned more in this program than I did from an elite liberal arts education. This program was the most productive, valuable, practical and magical year of my academic life.Cait Klein, Subtle Yoga RYT500, Davidson, NC
This training has awakened something truer in me than I ever knew, even with all of the self-studies and introspective work I’ve done throughout my life…I begin to embark on a clearer, more authentic path- wherever it leads me. I’ve sunk into my bones, and I’m more grounded in who I am.Lisa Rough, Subtle Yoga RYT200 grad, Asheville, NC
Kristine’s professional insights and knowledge of the therapeutic application of yoga principles and practices is vast and compelling. She is able to skillfully convey the information in a way that is both engaging and informative as well as thought provoking. I’ve learned so much about yoga as prevention for disease of all kinds and feel that yoga is (once again) the new medicine for mind/body and spirit. This training is comprehensive and based on current best evidence as well as progressive with an eye on future trends in public healthcare. I am inspired by the Subtle Yoga Therapeutic Yoga Teacher Training. I feel confident, well-prepared and highly enthusiastic to take my training into the world to serve those who need it most and might not otherwise step into a yoga studio.Margaret Kirshner, Asheville, NC
I loved all the different aspects of yoga that were covered. I felt that this program really went in depth in areas that were not covered in my basic trainings – specifically the chakra weekend, the philosophy and theories, ayurveda, special conditions and mental health – I loved all the information on addiction, mental health and public health.Robin Fann-Costanza
Over the time spent in the classroom environment, in homework, personal practice, or teaching students, I have become more physically fit, and also more mentally fit. I have also learned that my prior yoga experience since 1998 was solely focused on the asana aspect of Yoga, with very little attention to or even knowledge of the larger body that is Yoga. My own knowledge of the broader aspects of Yoga has grown considerably. I now understand that Mind/Body connections can be strengthened, or built with the more subtle parts of Yoga, in particular, meditation and visualization.JD Clayton
RYT200, Knoxville, TN
This program is incredibly beneficial and I feel I can flourish with its knowledge. I now have a comprehensive understanding of both the subtle and physical ways that yoga therapy works holistically. I am deeply grateful.Margaret Kirschner
Overall, I am a very body-oriented teacher. I geek out on anatomy and physiology, and so I love to help people find the version of the physical pose that works best for them. But now I can do this with so much more knowledge than just some anatomy. And I honestly feel like they leave feeling more confident than when they arrived. It’s like the trust in their own bodies grows, and I can see it happening, and they come to me and are so excited to tell me how they’ve taken their practice off the mat and into the garden, or the grocery store. This part makes me so incredibly happy. Hearing a student tell me that they are less afraid, less timid, more confident, more trusting in themselves – that’s the part that keeps me teaching and wanting to learn.Katie Burrus
RYT500, Huntsville, AL
I am very comfortable with what I have to offer — whether in a class setting or working with individuals. While I will continue to deepen my understanding and my education,knowledge, I am more confident that the ways in which I do what I do will help heal those who are interested.Diane McCabe
C-IAYT, e-RYT500, Virginia Beach, VA
The way I see yoga, as a lifestyle, has been transformative. The changes I have made as a result of what I have learned through SY have been subtle (no pun intended) and cumulative over time. This means the changes are lasting. Ayurvedic concepts have helped me understand my physical and energetic needs and expressions in a way that made me a truer expert on myself. When you own that kind of personal knowledge you can facilitate others’ quest for the same understanding of self.Charla Suggs
LCSW, RYT200, UNC Pembroke
Kristine Kaoverii Weber
Committed to the widespread adoption of yoga as a population health strategy, Kristine Kaoverii Weber, MA, C-IAYT, eRYT500, YACEP has been studying yoga and holistic healing for nearly 30 years, advocating, speaking and teaching about yoga since 1995, and training educators since 2003. Her organization, Subtle®Health, LLC, provides holistic, mind-body trainings, education, and clinical services with the mission of enhancing community health infrastructure.
Marek Sawicki BA. CAyu. LMBT (NC #7858) eRYT500 is currently co – director of Living Alchemy Healthcare. He is a graduate of the Ayurvedic Institute and has completed a two year clinical internship in Pancha karma and internal medicine under Dr. Alekananda Devi. Marek’s 18 years of combined yoga therapy, bodywork, and Ayurvedic medical experience invoke deeply transformational workshops that touch the true heart of healing and inspire students to carry on the living art of Ayurveda in their daily lives.
Eric Seiler is a teacher for the 500 hour Subtle® Yoga Therapeutic Certification Program. He teaches weekly classes, personal yoga training, and basic and advanced-level yoga teacher-training programs and workshops in and around Asheville, North Carolina. Eric Seiler began practicing yoga in 1995.
General Class Information
Awareness of Time
Please arrive 5-10 minutes early for class so that we can start on time. This also applies to class breaks and lunch breaks. Arriving late can significantly disrupt the group process. There is much to be learned and we need every minute!
Please dress appropriately
Feel free to wear comfortable clothing and bring layers. This is a therapeutic training that branches out of typical yoga culture and addresses the needs of population health. It is not a fitness-based or workout yoga teacher training.
Let Us Know Your Concerns
If you have had a recent injury or illness, please let us know about it. We want you to be comfortable and safe.
Please Eat Light
It is difficult to concentrate with a heavy meal in your belly (let alone move into a challenging yoga pose!) Please plan your meals with the understanding that movement activities are an important part of this training. Feel free to bring snacks for yourself or to share.
Other Aspects of the Program
A signature of all Subtle® Yoga programs is our commitment to consciously fostering an effective group process. Satsaunga, the Sanskrit word for “life affirming, supportive community”, is considered essential for learning and personal growth by both the yogic tradition and by western educational researchers.
You may hear things from trainers or members of the group that you disagree with. Please come with an open mind and sense of respect. Refrain from taking statements you disagree with personally. Be aware of your own issues and limit yourself from projecting on to fellow students or trainers. Trainers may discuss the yoga tradition – they do not expect you to adopt any beliefs or practices that you feel in some way contradict your belief system. Your personal and emotional safety is of our utmost concern. Please support your fellow students in their personal growth experience.
The knowledge base of this program is derived from many sources of the yoga tradition. It is not affiliated with any religion or religious set of beliefs. However, Bhakti or devotional yoga is an element of all our programs. An increasing capacity to love is essential to achieving “union”, which is the meaning of the word yoga. There may be some discussion around your personal relationship with a transpersonal Source (Spirit or Divine). How that Source presents itself to you is an entirely personal matter and we encourage you to protect that and respect it in others. We will practice meditation and kirtan, or devotional singing/chanting together, and although your presence is required, we respect your right to refrain from participation.
Yoga is for everyone. No restrictions will be made on the grounds of race, creed, color, occupation, religious or political affiliation, age, gender, body size, and/or ability. We promote and uphold equal opportunity for all.
Code of Ethics and Disclaimers
The Ethics of Yoga are the beginning of all yogic practice. We ask that you read and sign the code and disclaimers before the beginning of the program.