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500 hr Teacher Training

500 hr Advance Teaching Training & The Art of Privates

This 300 hour advanced training builds upon the foundation of the 200 hour program. Combined with the 200 hour training, trainees will be eligible to register with Yoga Alliance as a RYT 500.


12001 Sunrise Valley DR, Reston VA, US 20191
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Type of Event

  • Teacher Training


Jan 28
10:00 amto17:00 pm

Jan 2017 – Dec 2017
1 weekend a month



Full Description

Lead Teachers: Maryam Ovissi, Jafar Alexander and Heather Hagaman
Guest Teacher: Dr. Ganesh Mohan and others

Interviews can be done in person or over skype

Jan 2017 – Dec 2017
1 weekend a month

Jan 28 & 29
Feb 10-12 Contemplative Yoga Certification
Feb 24, 25 & 26 Trauma Informed Yoga Certification
Mar 9 – 13 ( 5 day Svastha Yoga Module 2)
April 22 & 23
May 5, 6 & 7 Yin Yoga Certification
June 3 & 4
July 8 & 9
~ Aug off ~
Sept 9 & 10
Oct 14 & 15
Nov 11 & 12
Dec 2 & 3 (Final Self Examination & Graduation)

You have been practicing, teaching and sharing your passion for Yoga. Now is the time to open to Yoga’s diverse tools and their purposeful application in your practice and teaching. At BelovedYoga, we believe the first step is for you to get intimately connected with yourself through the transformative power of yoga. From there, you will learn to refine your knowledge, proficiency and teaching skills which will empower you to take the seat of the teacher, in a group or in an individual setting.

We use the Pancha Maya, Ayurveda & Svastha models as the foundation of our teacher training. In taking time with each of these models, you will enrich your understanding of the Intelligent system found in the Darshan of Yoga. We will enhance your group teaching and your work with private clients.

This 300 hour program is designed to help you take the next step on your professional path as a yoga teacher, and your personal path toward integration of yoga into your life. We have created this program to guide you from the nuts and bolts of advanced teaching, to the refinement of your own inner wisdom, and finally to a deeper understanding of the seat of the teacher.

BelovedYoga is devoted to the teachings of Modern Yoga as outlined to us through Sri Krishnamacharya. As students of & Indra Mohan, Dr. Ganesh Mohan, Viniyoga, Ashtanga and Iyengar, we pass the knowledge forth in a way that adapts to the here and now. The essence of the teachings is in the recognition of a personal practice and not a one size fits all method.

Our asana teaching is based on vinyasa, or the art of sequential movement linked by breath. We embrace creative and physically challenging sequences as well as breath-centric therapeutic practices that focus on allowing room for the individual to explore. Our philosophical foundation is based on Sankyha, Raja and Tantra. Our main philosophy text is Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras.

The 300-hour program is built around these core subjects:
• 1) Personal Transformation
• 2) Basics of Ayurveda
• 3) The Svastha Framework
• 4) Art of Privates and working with Individuals
• 5) Intro to Therapeutic Use of Yoga and application to common imbalances: Depression, Structural Imbalances, Stress, Anxiety, Sleep Disorders, Cancer & Chronic Pain
• 6) Refining Teaching Methodologies for Group Teaching: Languaging, Incorporating Yogic Concepts and Philosophy into classes, expanding ideas of alignment and anatomy, the art of offering space for subtle practices: Breath Work & Meditation
• Pancha Maya – Framework for Yoga & Ayurveda
• Overview of Samkhya and Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras
• Learn how to utilize the tools of Yoga in designing a practice for Individuals
• Overview of all the systems with focus on Nervous System and Endocrine System
• The art of transitions
• Keeping the Yoga in the Asana
• Complex vs. Advance Asanas
• Exploring Arm Balances, Inversions and Complex Back Bends
• BelovedYoga’s Intelligent Sequencing Format
• Exploring Pranayama: Dirgha, Ujjayi, Bastrika, Anuloma Viloma, Brahmari & Nadi Shodana
• Concentration Practices weaving: Pranayama (Breath Work) ~ Pratyahara (repurposing the sense) ~ Dharana (focus)
• Tool of Samyama
• Understanding subtle concepts: Vahita, Prajna, Viveka & Dhyana
• Exploring Samadhi

Yoga is inherently a therapeutic process. It was intended to be a personal practice, designed for the individual. We will be utilizing several frameworks, the most important are derived from the Yoga Sutras:
Kriya Yoga
Ashtanga Yoga
Samyama Yoga

You will learn the Pancha Maya Framework which will provide you with a holistic lens to work with individuals and see the whole person. You will also refine your tools as a teacher: languaging, working with weaving Yogic Concepts into group classes, and teaching complex (advance) postures.

Incorporated into our program is Svastha Yoga, the direct teachings of Sri Krishnamacharya through the Mohans. A powerfully simple approach that keeps the Yoga in the practice of Asana, Breathwork and Meditation.

The Yogins have known what Science is now confirming: ease, silence and stillness is a powerful gateway for transformation. These tools allow a person on the journey with any imbalance to transform the imbalance into a Teacher.

You will also obtain three certifications in our program:
30 hour BelovedYoga Trauma-Informed Yoga Certification
25 hour BelovedYoga Yin Yoga Certification
20 hour BelovedYoga Contemplative Yoga: Essential Yoga Texts and Practices to bring them to life

These areas of focus will provide you with powerful tools to support your journey in working in complimentary and integrated settings that invite Yoga.

The BelovedYoga Trauma-Informed Yoga Program is a one of a kind training blending the ancient wisdom of Yoga and Suffering with the modern science of Trauma and Recovery. Developed by Heather Hagaman and Maryam Ovissi, we will shared evidence based science that confirms the necessity of befriending all the layers of our being to achieve peace in this life- the essence of Yoga. The greatest path to healing from Trauma is through the process of befriending the whole being! Learn Yogic Tools to Guide the Journey into Wholeness for all People!

The Yin Certification is unique in staying grounded in the principles of Yoga. We do not base the Yin practice on Traditional Chinese Medicine concepts. Yin is natural part of Yoga, the Yin Certification program will refine the tools of silence and stillness that is necessary in the practice. The Contemplative Yoga: Essential Yoga Texts & Practices Certification will give each practitioner a powerful immersion to foundational philosophy and the subtle practices offered in the intelligent system of Yoga.

You will learn to hold space for the subtlest layer of the practice. With BelovedYoga’s focus on safety and accessibility, we feel there is an intelligent way to enter into ourselves. We do not believe in forcing the mind or body to “Shut Down” instead we invite ourselves to “Soften In”. The tools of thoughtful concentration, steady and stable breath work, and stability of the body are all important on the path of Yoga. The 8 limb path is embraced and acknowledged as codified in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. Jafar and Maryam will share the method of Contemplative Yoga that they have created at BelovedYoga and share in the community.

We welcome all serious and curious practitioners and Teachers to embark on a year long in depth journey.