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The ShivaShakti Advanced Yoga Teacher Training is a 300-Hour Yoga Alliance-approved course. Graduates of any 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training may take the ShivaShakti 300-Hour Advanced Yoga Teacher Training. Upon completion of the ShivaShakti 300-hour Advanced Yoga Teacher Training, graduates may register with Yoga Alliance at the 500-hour RYT level. The SAYTT offers yoga teachers and dedicated yoga practitioners an opportunity to expand the depth and breadth of their yogic knowledge and experience in a nurturing and holistic environment. Participants take a journey deep within, and through inner discovery strengthen their skills for sharing the gifts of yoga with their local communities and world. This advanced course is offered in a number of 4-day modules along with one or two 3-10 day retreat immersion(s). The modules are offered in a flexible format and can be taken in any order, allowing participants to attend the Advanced YTT at a pace that works for their lifestyles. Participants receive the Advanced Yoga Teacher Certification once all necessary modules are completed (spanning no more than 3 years from the start date of the first module attended.*) Several of these modules are also stand-alone certification courses or intensives that participants may attend without planning to complete the entire Advanced YTT. For a full list of all modules click here.
This program offers yoga teachers and practitioners the opportunity to deepen their journey on the yogic path; skills to further their teaching; and an understanding of yoga in a wide-ranging context. The various modules focus on major branches of yoga: raja yoga, bhakti yoga, jnana yoga and karma yoga. Modules include topics such as advancing one’s asana, pranayama, and meditation along with mantra and kirtan. Additional modules include topics from yogic philosophy and Sanskrit to hands-on corrections/assists to teaching to specialty populations.
The focus of the asana taught in the AYTT is two-fold. First, participants can expect to deepen their own asana knowledge through long-held postures focused on precise alignment to enhance awareness of the subtleties of the body and to create a meditative state within asana practice. Secondly, there is a strong emphasis on advanced anatomy and physiology to support a greater understanding of the body, reducing injury in yoga practice/teaching. Through an in-depth study of the musculo-skeletal system (including muscles, bones, fascia, and kinesiology) participants hone their teaching skills through safe and effective practice of anatomically correct cuing.
In addition to asana, the AYTT encourages the next level of yogic experience through in-depth study of pranayama, meditation, and yogic philosophy. Participants will not only learn how to deepen their own pranayama and meditation practices, but also how to lead others in these practices in class and retreat formats. Participants can expect to expand their knowledge of the vast world of yoga through the study of the timeless, universal teachings of yogic philosophy. This program includes study into Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, the Bhagavad Gita, and in-depth Sanskrit study. These teachings are presented in a manner through which the modern yoga practitioner can utilize these ancient teachings in today’s world.
In addition to the various training modules, the AYTT requires attendance in at least one silent yoga and meditation retreat immersion. The retreat module emphasizes entering social silence in order to recognize one’s own heart and soul. This immersion into yogic living cultivates deep sadhana and inner silence within one’s self. The safe and nurturing retreat experience often reveals a profound level of inner peace. In that field of inner silence and peace there opens a whole field of choice to embody the heart’s authentic desire.
*The 3-year time span requirement went into effect January 1, 2015. For 200-hour CYT’s/RYT’s who have completed ShivaShakti Advanced modules prior to January 1, 2015 credit still applies toward the Advanced certification, but the 3-year time span did not apply until January 1, 2015. If you are a CYT/RYT and have attended a ShivaShakti Advanced YTT module prior to January 1, 2015 and would like the hours applied toward ShivaShakti Advanced YTT certification, please contact us to make this known.