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Dharma Yoga 500-hour Life of a Yogi Teacher Training

The Dharma Yoga Life of a Yogi (DY LOAY) 500-hour Teacher Training is an opportunity for certified teachers to take an in-depth look at the entire sacred science of yoga through the lens of Yogi Sri Dharma Mittra’s experience with his guru and his half-century of practice and teaching. Areas of focus include the Dharma II and III class series.

“If you have a little spiritual knowledge, you should share it. This is the highest form of charity.” ~Sri Dharma Mittra

COVID-19 Announcement:

As the global situation continues to evolve, we continue to try and adapt to it with your safety and that of our staff foremost in mind. While it is our strong feeling that the 2020 500 hour Dharma Yoga Life of a Yogi teacher training will most likely be offered online, we plan to delay making a final determination for another week or two.


Sri Dhamra Mittra 200 Hour


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, YogaVibes, OmStars, or Vimeo. Please note that the DY LOAY 500-hour TT is an advanced training immersion expressly for serious seekers and dedicated aspirants.


Topics Covered

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.


Daily Schedule

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)

TOTAL: $5395

Upcoming DY LOAY 500-hour TT dates

August 9 – 16, 2020 & October 18 – 25, 2020 (two modules)

COVID-19 Announcement: We are currently still planning to offer this training in person as scheduled however this may change rather quickly depending on how things begin to progress over the new few weeks. Please feel free to proceed with your application and we will certainly be in touch as more information comes available.

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  • Payment information

    Applications are processed in the order received. We recommended that you apply early. Payment of the Application Fee can be made online. Please note that the final application deadline is 14 days prior to the start date of any offered DY LOAY TT.

    For payment of DY LOAY TT tuition, applicants should contact the Dharma Yoga Center at 212 889 8160 ext. 304. LOAY Reservation Deposits and Tuition payments can’t be made online, but may be made by check to Dharma Yoga Corp 1, in person at the Dharma Yoga Center or by Visa and Master Card via telephone.

  • Books/supplies

    To order books and other supplies, please contact Joann Stekler at or at 212 889 8160 ext. 304. The LOAY offices are open Monday through Friday 10:00am – 5:00pm to call in or to make payments in person.

  • Graduation requirements

    In order to achieve certification, you must to our satisfaction complete and submit all pre-training homework assignments, attend every session of the contact hours during the actual immersion program, achieve a passing grade on both the written and oral exams given during the contact hours of the training, complete all of the assignments given during the training where applicable, and complete and submit all supporting documentation and assignments relating to the post-immersion internship. Please note that in addition to assignments in reading and writing prior to your training, you will be expected to begin shifting over to a vegetarian diet and you will be asked to keep a vegan diet during the onsite immersion.

  • Financial assistance

    Financial Assistance is available for qualified candidates who demonstrate financial need, an earnest desire to help spread the teachings of Sri Dharma Mittra and have been connected in some way to the larger Dharma Yoga community prior to application. Meeting the eligibility guidelines for the DY work-study scholarship is not a guarantee that you will receive one. Financial Aid is determined based on the degree of need, annual household income, the ratio of worthy applicants to resources devoted to Financial Aid and the applicant’s sincere desire to become a Certified Dharma Yoga Instructor (DYRT).

  • Application process for financial aid

    Candidates must apply for, be accepted into the Dharma Yoga Life of a Yogi Teacher Training program and pay the $2,000 reservation deposit to secure a place in the training before applying for Financial Aid. To apply for Financial Aid, request the DY LOAY TT Scholarship Application Form from us. Applications are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis up to 10 weeks before the start date of each training. Please note that the Dharma Yoga Center is not a non-profit, has no endowment fund and receives no federal or state funding for its programs. Most often if financial aid is awarded based on a variety of factors, it will only cover a percentage (15-20%) of the overall tuition.

    Please email your completed application form to as a Word document. For assistance with any scholarship related questions, please contact Adam at or at 212 889 8160  ext 308.

If your aim is to become a
yoga teacher, I can tell you

there is no better place to learn than at the DYC. It’s pure yoga as it
has been taught over the centuries by Sri Dharma’s lineage of

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