The main requirement is to have a desire to help others and guide them on their yoga journey. All applicants to this program must have a 200-hour certification from Dharma Yoga or a Yoga Alliance approved 200-hour certification that is recognized by Dharma Yoga. All applicants are required to have had at least 50 hours of Dharma Yoga instruction. To the extent possible, such instruction should consist of attending classes with Sri Dharma Mittra, retreats or workshops with him, or classes with Dharma Yoga Registered Teachers (DYRTs) who have extensive training under him. If necessary, you can satisfy this requirement by independent study using Sri Dharma Mittra’s Maha Sadhana DVDs or online classes on AloMoves.com, YogaJournal.com, YogaVibes.com or Vimeo On Demand. Please note that the DY LOAY 500-hour TT is an advanced training immersion expressly for serious seekers and dedicated aspirants.
At the 500-hour level, the emphasis is on taking one’s personal practice to the next level and on mastering and learning the mechanics of sharing the Dharma II and III class series. Also covered at the 500-hour level are: physical anatomy, Self Knowledge, Pranayama (breathing exercises — both practice and teaching), guiding Deep Healing Relaxation, practice and guiding meditation, assisting and adjusting and yoga philosophy.
The 500-hour program is conducted over two eight-day modules with two months between them. Be prepared to spend each day at the DYC with one meal break and only short pauses throughout the day. Days typically begin at 7 a.m. and end between 9 and 9:30 p.m. This training is an intensive immersion and a lot of material will be covered in a condensed period. The process will allow for a lot of change, but you must be sure to eat and rest accordingly. There will be little or no time for outside activities — most of your waking hours will be devoted to the training, focused on Dharma Yoga.
Each eight-day module consists of at least 130 contact hours spent with Sri Dharma Mittra and his faculty. Additionally, you will will be responsible for independent work completing assignments in reading, writing, initiated home programs in breathing, meditation, Ahimsa (non-violence), diet, self-practice of Dharma II and III, teaching in your home community and Karma Yoga-Selfless Dharma Yoga Community Service.
Cost of the Course: $4995 (60-days before, add $200; 30-days before, add $300; 15-days before, add $500)
Application Fee: $150 (non-refundable); 30-days prior or less: $200; 200-hour DYRTs: $100 (must call to make payment)
Cost of Books and Supplies: $200 (15% discount through our shop at least 30-days in advance if you order all materials or 10% off any four or more items ordered/purchased together 15-days before the program begins)