500 Hour Teacher Training

Ashtanga Yoga Worldwide 500 hr Teacher Training

Our Next Teacher Training: Module 1 begins Jan. 29, 2023


All other intensive modules are in person.

This 500 hr training will guide you in deepening your practice and teaching skills. It is geared towards experienced practitioners and yoga professionals and has an eye towards standards that support the forward growth of yoga as a profession. The training focuses on a student centered approach to Ashtanga Yoga.

After the initial 200 hrs, trainees will:

Know how to count the full primary series with Sanskrit vinyasa count and asana names

Have a foundation in the history of yoga philosophy and practice

Know the foundations of the ashtanga yoga practice: tristana, vinyasa and bandha

Know the different learning environments

APAF Practice and Teaching Methodology

Lead the opening and closing chants

Know how to guide a simple breathing practice

Know how to guided a progressive relaxation

Be assessed on teaching online classes

Be assessed on teaching an ashtanga flow

Know how to count a full primary series, 

Know how to work with beginners

Be prepared to join the 300hr Teacher Training

Ashtanga Yoga Worldwide is 500hr Registered Yoga School with Yoga Alliance. Completion of this course will qualify you to become an RYT 500 with Yoga Alliance.

The Ashtanga Yoga Worldwide 500hr Teacher Training has both in person modules and online courses. Module 1, 2, and 3 are foundational skills for new teachers and advanced practitioners. Modules 4-7 join in with the trainees from the 300 hr Teacher Training for advanced work. All graduates from Ashtanga Yoga Worldwide schools graduate with eligibility for a 500hr Yoga Alliance certification. Ashtanga Yoga Worldwide does not offer a 200hr teacher training. Modules 1-3 must be completed before joining the 300 hr training. Each module is offered every year. You can take up to 2 years to complete the 3 foundational modules (module 1-3) and you have 2 years additional years to finish modules 4-7.

2022 -2023 in person module dates:

Mod. 1 –   Jan 29 – Feb 3, 2023

Mod 2 – July 16-21, 2023

Mod 3 – Jul 23-28, 2023

Mod 4 – Dates TBD

Module 5- Dates TBD

Module 6 – Dates TBD

Module 7- Dates TBD

In addition to the modules the following online courses must be completed as part of your foundational course before you are eligible join the 300 hr training

Anatomy and Physiology (20hrs) – Dates TBD

Yoga and Ayurveda (2hrs.) – Dates TBD

Yoga Philosophy – (6 hrs) Dates TBD

Bhagavad Gita – (8 hrs) – Dates TBD

Bhagavad Gita through an anti-racist lens (2 hrs.) – Dates TBD

Trans Affirming Yoga (2 hrs.); Fat Affirming Yoga (2 hrs.); Affirming Yoga Practice (1hr.) – Dates TBD

Teachers as Space Holders (2 hrs) – Dates TBD

Deconstructing Safer Spaces (2hrs) – Dates TBD

6 Group mentoring sessions – (1hr)

6 online practice sessions – (90 min)

The cost of the program is $5500.

Early Bird registration is $5000

After you submit your application, you will be contacted to set up a phone interview. When you are accepted into the program a $500 dollar deposit will hold your spot. The full amount is due in order to begin your course work.

The application process will favor those who plan to become yoga professionals and there will be writing assignements and competency assessments throughout the training process.


Trainees will be provided support from teachers who are knowledgeable and recognized for their expertise. All trainees can expect support from staff in meeting the course requirements. We will also provide forums for peer to peer support.

Greg Nardi, 500 E-RYT, your lead trainer spent 23 years specializing in the Ashtanga yoga system and spent more than 15 years studying annually in Mysore, India. He was formerly an authorized level 2 teacher at the KPJAYI, but resigned his authorization to work on developing the practitioner centered approach to teaching asthanga yoga that you will learn in this course.

Anisha Durve, Ayurveda specialist

Allé K, is a queer, fat, trans masc activist, educator and certified Yoga Instructor

Wambui Njuguna, BIPOC Wellness Advocate

Shanna Small, E-RYT 200, YACEP Yoga and Restorative Justice specialist

Amy Baldacci, E-RYT 500, Trainee mentor and support