The 500-Hour Certified Programme consists of 300-hours additional advanced training in a modular format that allows for deep study and personal immersion. The aim is to elevate students’ teaching skills and personal practice to a new level through a curriculum that balances experiential ‘on the mat’ learning with lectures, practicums, personal study, group process and personal mentoring.
Students who have completed their 200-hour Yoga Alliance Certified teacher training (with The YogaRoom or another Yoga Alliance accredited school) are eligible for the 300 hours of Advanced training. The 300-hours of additional training is formatted into Four Core Modules which are taken over one academic year (September to April), and four Advanced Intensives (2 to 3 days each) which can be taken in the same year, or within 12 months of the core modules. See this year’s dates below. Admission to the 500-Hour programme is open to students who have completed an approved 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training Programme according to the standards of Yoga Alliance (www.yogaalliance.org).
Techniques and Training Practices The 500-Hour Programme is designed to help students build on their learning from their 200-Hour programme and their practice and teaching skills to date. The emphasis will be on developing a stronger technical practice, a more in-depth awareness of physical and subtle body alignment and finding their unique teaching voice. Students will learn to integrate the spiritual and philosophical aspects of yoga into their practice and teaching. There is equal emphasis on asana, pranayama and meditation practices to allow a deeper understanding of working with the subtle body through the breath, the chakra system, the bandhas and the koshas.
The lineage of Krishnamacharya offers a deep well of inspiration to draw from to develop different ways of sequencing, pacing and designing classes safely, mindfully and compassionately. Subjects studied will include; advanced class sequencing; yoga therapeutics and injury management; safe adjustments and modifications; embodying spiritual leadership, conscious communication and the role of ‘teacher’; incorporating spiritual themes and dimensions into the teaching style.
Anatomy and Physiology
The advanced anatomy and physiology section of the course affords a more in depth look at the systems of the physical and the subtle body. In addition therapeutic ways of working with physical limitations, injury and the subtle body including an in depth exploration of working energetically, the chakra system, the nadis, koshas, mudras and bandhas.
The Philosophy section of the 300-hour training will explore The Yoga Sutras, The Hatha Yoga Pradapika, The Upanishads and the Bhagavad Gita with the aim of deepening our relationship with their seminal wisdom and incorporating their teachings into our life and work. There will be a special focus on the non-dualistic teachings of Tantra and Buddhist philosophy. Facilitated group work will help you consider how you can life our yoga ‘off the mat’ full alive to your practice and the opportunities of present moment awareness; thereby inspiring others to do the same.
The YogaRoom has assembled a faculty of leaders in their field of yoga. All are faculty are ERYT500 level and together their experience amounts to hundreds of hours and decades living and teaching yoga.
Founder of the YogaRoom, Ciara is Teacher Training Director and an ERYT500 accredited yoga teacher. A yoga teacher for over fifteen years and a practising mindfulness-based psychotherapist, Ciara has trained over 200 yoga teachers. She particularly enjoys sharing her knowledge of advanced asana, mindfulness meditation, pranayama subtle body anatomy and somatic developmental movement perspectives.
Eithne is certified at the Advanced 500-hour level (ERYT500) and has been a senior tutor YogaRoom 200-hour and 500-hour teacher training programmes for six years. She teaches regular classes in the Dublin area and also teaches yoga holidays in Ireland and abroad. Eithne holds an ITEC diploma in Diet & Nutrition and is practicing kinesiologist and Quantam Touch practitioner since August 2007, having trained in Ireland and abroad.
A teacher trainer for over thirty years, Michael has studied the ancient yogic texts in depth since the 1970s. He is widely considered to be Ireland’s preeminent yoga philosopher. His satsangs, meditation, pranayama and philosophy teachings offer a wellspring of wisdom and heart-centred experiential learning on the ancient teachings.
An ERYT500 Aisling has led the 200 and 500-hour trainings at the YogaRoom for several years. She’s a yoga practitioner of over 20 years experience and has been a full time yoga teacher since completing her 200-hour training in 2010. Her passion is safe, alignment based yoga, that draws on the precision of Iyengar yoga and ashtanga systems. Carefully constructing the building blocks of the practice, Aisling’s incredible knowledge of the body and her compassionate presence provide a safe and inspirational space to explore the more challenging aspects of yoga practice and theory.
A registered nurse and yoga therapist, Connie has over two thousand hours of yoga training. Her work offers compassionate, therapeutic insight into working with injuries and guiding emotional and physical trauma back into wholeness and alignment.
Sanskrit scholar and spiritual yogi, Rutger has many years experience teaching Sanskrit in an academic environment and living as a yogi in India. His teachings bring to life this ancient, spiritual language. What our graduating students say Just completed my second 5 day module of my 500 hour yoga teacher training… had an incredible few days with the most wonderful group of people, full of learning and lots of fun playing with inversions and arm balances. Absolutely exhausted … in every sense.. but so happy I decided to take the leap and do this. Jenny F
Friday 16th to Tuesday 20th September 2022
Friday 11th to Tuesday 15th November 2022
Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th January 2023
Friday 17th to Tuesday 21st February 2023
Friday 21st to Tuesday 25th April 2023
All days run 8am – 5pm.
Friday 17th to Tuesday 21st September 2021
Friday 12th to Tuesday 16th November 2021
Saturday January 22nd and Sunday January 23rd 2021
Friday 11th to Tuesday 15th February 2022
Friday 1st to Tuesday 6th April 2022
Yoga Nidra Teacher Training, 6th & 7th January 2022, 10am – 5pm
Restorative Yoga Teacher Training, February 24th, 25th & 26th 2022. 10am – 5pm
Yoga Nidra Training, Thursday April 7th and Friday April 8th 2022, 10am – 5pm
Trauma-Sensitive Yoga Training, Tuesday May 17th to Friday May 20th, 10am-5pm
Advanced Meditation and Pranayama Intensive, tbc September 2022.
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Early Bird Rate: €2,900; payable two months prior to commencing. Includes Four Core Modules and all Intensives. Standard Rate: €3,240 Deposit: Places are secured with a deposit of €500 deductable from fees. Payment Plans: Four Core Modules: €2,400 payable one-month before Module One, Includes Anatomy Intensive. Three Intensives between €220 and €280 each payable one month prior to each start date. Four Core Modules Installment Plan: €1,250 payable no later than one month prior to Module One and two months prior to Module Three. YogaRoom 200-Hour Graduates avail of 10% discount off fees. Additional Costs: Registration with Yoga Alliance (currently USD$85 annually) plus course textbooks. Students may attend classes at The YogaRoom at a discounted rate.
Application forms should be emailed to [email protected] or posted to:
Ciara Cronin, Teacher Training Programme Director, The YogaRoom, 262 Merrion Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, Ireland.
"Thanks Ciara, Tony and Jodie for all your help, wisdom and support. It's been a huge eight months and I have learnt so much. Thank you and loads of love." — Eithne
"Thank you all. You've enlightened my mind, heart and body with your teachings and wisdom." — Jessica
"Thank you all from the bottom of my heart. Your guidance and support have been amazing. I've learnt so much on my journey here. Thanks for showing me the way." — Emma
"Thank you all for your super instruction and guidance throughout the course. It's been fantastic." — Dawn