Balance Yoga Advanced 300-Hour Teacher Training (for 500-Hour YA Teacher Certificate)

by Jessica on August 23, 2017

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Cultivate Your Wisdom And Sharpen Your Teaching Skills

Have you completed a teacher training?

Are you astonished at how much you love helping your students transform?

In your 200-hour training, you learned about yoga’s philosophy and history. You dipped your fingers into the deep pool of yoga’s wisdom. You’re comfortable teaching a basic yoga class and developing a simple sequence.

Now, what’s next?

Are you ready to stand out from your peers?

To develop the confidence to work with students in unique situations?

Have you become fascinated by more advanced yoga postures?

Our 300-Hour advanced teacher training helps you cultivate your own wisdom and develop the skills to discern what paths are best for you, your practice, and your students.

From Cookie Cutter to Diamond Cutter

To become an excellent yoga teacher, you need to find the jewel within yourself to share with others.

To stand out by cutting through the yoga clichés and leading students with depth, skill, and confidence.

With our guidance, you’ll develop your professional skills, teaching language, asana vocabulary, and current philosophy to build a diverse yoga acumen.

You Benefit From The Power of Three

Your teachers, AJ, Jessica, and Mikhayla are committed to sharing their love of yoga. They honor transparency. They are relatable and upfront about their level of knowledge and areas of expertise and will not presume to teach you what they don’t know.

The 300-hour program is the culmination of four combined decades of practice, learning, and teaching. Jessica, Mikhayla and AJ deliver depth of knowledge coupled with humility. They teach in a safe way that is nurturing to each individual and encourage every student to practice and live in a healthy and intelligent way.

  • AJ’s eclectic teaching style makes each class a fun and enlightening experience for all types of students. AJ is developing a program called “Yoga Mat-side,” an individualized approach to yoga care based on his unique apprenticeship experience with Gabriel Halpern at Yoga Circle in Chicago.
  • Mikhayla, an Anusara-inspired yoga teacher, has taught for more than fifteen years. She shares her extensive experience in the fields of education and art by teaching trainees how to sequence, plan, and execute classes in creative, compelling, and intelligent ways.
  • Jessica is a registered dietician, Ayurvedic practitioner, and Authorized Level 2 Ashtanga teacher (by KPJAYI, the official Ashtanga institute). She has also studied extensively with Sri O.P. Tiwari, the world’s foremost teacher of pranayama.

Having three voices creates a safe system of accountability and checks and balances. Jessica, Mikhayla and AJ respect one another’s points of view and encourage an open dialogue between students and teachers.

We’re confident in our teaching skills and points-of-view, yet we encourage constant questioning and accountability. Rather than using a dogmatic approach to yoga, we encourage you to question, contemplate, and develop strong discernment skills.


What Will You Learn?

  • Effective teaching: You’ll receive critical feedback on your teaching skills and professionalism and benefit from a safe space for accountability. We’ll help you up your teaching game and show you ways to improve your skills.
  • Excellent teaching: You’ll discover how to build a safe yet inspired sequence that drives students to their personal best in a collaborative and supportive class environment.
  • Yoga professionalism: You’ll learn how to think of yoga professionally and manage your finances.
  • Effective marketing: Discover how to stand out from the crowd of yoga teachers with a unique bio and a skillful approach to networking.
  • Develop an eagle eye: In the Yoga Anatomy Observation module with David Keil, you will learn to use tools to see what a student is doing and/or not doing. Seeing makes all the difference in the adjustments or cues you give to a student in a particular pose. You’ll refine verbal cues and hands-on adjustments because they will be based on observations that are less biased, more detailed, and generally more informed.
  • Functional Yoga Therapy with Bea Doyle: Learn to address issues of performance, mobility, and pain in the body using a variety of yoga postures, corrective exercises, self-massage techniques, experiential anatomy, and pranayama.
  • Hone your teaching skills with Ayurveda: Develop a balancing, Ayurvedic-informed sequence based on the season.
  • In-depth pranayama instruction and accountability: Learn how to practice to calm basic imbalances in the doshas. Discover how to apply breathing exercises therapeutically.
  • Clinical yoga experience: Learn to teach students according to their needs, including injuries, trauma, breathing difficulties, and more.
  • Advanced asana: Discover how to unpack, practice, and teach advanced yoga asana. Teach and walk students through a broad selection of advanced postures with confidence and the ability to offer options for all levels.  
  • Teach the Ashtanga Primary Series: Discover a foundation from which to teach Ashtanga or general vinyasa classes and the beginning of the Intermediate Series. Learn the basics of teaching Mysore-style Ashtanga.

Sound like a lot?

The 300-hour yoga teacher training is taught over one year, so you have plenty of time to get a firm grasp of the material and integrate it into your teaching practice.

We kick off with an opening retreat, including lots of time with the teachers in practice and discussion. Each week you’ll meet with one of the teachers, and there will be a few longer immersions during the year with visiting teachers.

The program is broken into bite-sized weekly commitments — frequent without an overwhelming amount of information at once.

Of course, life sometimes intervenes. You may miss an afternoon or a weekend. This is okay because we record all the sessions. So you won’t miss any valuable learning.

What qualification does the training give me?

At the end of the training, you’ll be eligible for the 500-Hour Yoga Teacher Yoga Alliance certification. This is an internationally recognized certificate.

What’s included in the 300-hour training

  • Introductory retreat weekend at Flowering Lotus in Mississippi – January 5-7, 2018
  • Unlimited yoga at Balance Yoga starting the day of your training until December 31, 2018
  • Mentorship with senior teachers, Jessica, Mikhayla and AJ
  • Three immersion weekends with visiting teachers David Keil, Bea Doyle, and Sudhir Tiwari
  • Immersion weekend with AJ, Mikhayla, and Jessica, September 2018

Important Details

  • Training starts January 5-7, 2018 with a retreat at Flowering Lotus and finishes December 2018 with a closing ceremony.
  • Training sessions meet Mondays 5:30-8:30pm starting in January, 2018
  • Summer break July-August, 2018
  • Observation with David Keil April 13-15th, 2018
  • Functional Yoga Therapy with Bea Doyle, October 19-21, 2018
  • Classical Yoga with Sudhir Tiwari March 10-11, 2018
  • Training cost:
    • $3900 early bird price if deposit paid by November 1, 2017
      $4200 If deposit paid after November 1, 2017
      Balance Yoga 200-hour TT graduates receive $200 discount
    • The early bird price is valid until November 1, 2017. You must deposit $500 towards the training to be eligible for the early bird price. The deposit is non-refundable.
    • We offer a flexible payment plan of monthly installments.
    • Unlimited yoga for the duration of the training is included in the cost. 

Hours of training

20 hours David Keil
20 hours Bea Doyle
16 hours Sudhir Tiwari
24 hours at Flowering Lotus
24 hours immersion weekend, August 31-September 1st
135 hours – 45 weeks @4 hours per week
Total 239 Contact Hours

Additional Hours

Extra mentorship meetings once per month
Class observation
Group projects


Email jessica [at] or mikhayla [at]

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