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 almost half century of practice and teaching.


Dharma Yoga Life of a Yogi 500-hour Teacher Training program: 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, in addition to meeting the program entrance requirements listed in the entry above for the 200-hour program. Please note that the DY LOAY 500-hour TT is an advanced training immersion expressly for serious seekers and dedicated aspirants.

Topics Covered/What to Expect

The emphasis here is on taking one’s personal practice to the next level and on mastering and learning the mechanics of sharing the Dharma II and Dharma III series.

Graduation Requirements

In order to achieve certification, you must 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-training 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.

Between the contact hour modules of the advanced teacher training immersions, you will have daily assignments in Asana (postures), diet, Pranayama (breathing exercises), Dharana/Dhyana (concentration/meditiation), journaling and actual teaching assignments to complete. During the actual contact hours of the DY LOAY TT, you will be exposed to the full range of classical Yogic techniques and will be expected to participate fully in all aspects of the program. The post-training internships for all programs include teaching, taking class, being observed while teaching  and Karma Yoga (selfless service) components that will be explained in detail towards the conclusion of the relevant DY LOAY TT contact hours.


500-hour program in NYC Application Fee (Non-Refundable)
Program Tuition

Full tuition for the 500-Hour Teacher Training is $4,995. Please note the schedule of fees below that get added to the base tuition. Deadlines regarding these fees are non-negotiable.



61+ days before the start of the training

60 days before the start of the training – add $200

30 days before the start of the training – add $300

14 days before the start of the training – add $500





 Application Fee: $150

Application Fee for DY LOAY TT graduates: $100 (can’t be made online, please phone the DYC with your payment)

Late Application (less than 30 days prior): $200

Note: Reservation subject to cancellation if full tuition is not paid at least 30 days in advance

Financial Assistance

Financial Assistance is available for qualified candidates who demonstrate financial need, an earnest desire to help spread the teachings of Yogi 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-served basis up to 60 days 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 at all based on a variety of factors, it will only cover a small percentage of the overall tuition.

For assistance with any scholarship related questions, please contact Melanie at melanie@dharmayogacenter.com.


Discount: 15% off when you purchase the entire package of required books, DVDs and other items from us if ordered at least 30 days before the start of program.

Discount: 10% off when you purchase a minimum of 4 required items from us if ordered at least 15 days before the start of program.

Payment Information

Applications are processed on a first-come, first-serve basis. DY LOAY Teacher Trainings fill quickly, so 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.
  • Reservation Deposits and Tuition cannot be made online. Applicants should contact the Dharma Yoga Center at 212 889 8160.
  • LOAY Reservation Deposit and Tuition payments may also be made by check to Dharma Yoga Corp, or by Visa and MasterCard via telephone or in person at the Dharma Yoga Center.
  • To order books and other supplies, please contact Joann Stekler at joann@dharmayogacenter.com.
  • The LOAY offices are open Monday through Friday 10:00am – 6:00pm to call in or to make payments in person.
Upcoming LOAY 500-hour TT dates

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

Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Credit

One facet to the re-certification process mandated for Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teachers includes 30 “Training Hours”, consisting of both contact hours (10 hours) and non-contact hours (20 hours). Please note that all of the daily course offerings available at the Dharma Yoga Center, the workshops, retreats and clinics offered by Yogi Sri Dharma Mittra and his senior teaching staff, and the Dharma Yoga “Life of a Yogi” Teacher Training Immersion programs would allow one to fulfill the contact hour area of requirement. Viewing, studying and practicing with the Maha Sadhana Level I and II DVD’s would allow one to fulfill the non-contact hour of requirement.

For information regarding the courses, workshops, teacher training immersions and clinics offered by the Dharma Yoga Centers, both in Manhattan and beyond, please visit the relevant areas of this website. The Maha Sadhana DVD’s are available through the Shop, or may be purchased in person at the shops at the Dharma Yoga Center. Additionally, there are other books available in our physical shops which could be used to fulfill the non-contact hours area of requirement. For more information about Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Credits, click here.

Apply online
Application deadline:

14 days prior to the start of the training

“There is a glowing light emanating from the Dharma Yoga Center in the form of the teacher there. His name is Dharma Mittra. He’s a living saint among us. Thousands have felt the same emotions as you from his presence and teachings. So don’t worry, you are not alone. If your aim is to become a yoga teacher, I can tell you there is no better place to learn than at the Dharma Yoga Center, where you will learn Dharma Mittra Yoga. It’s pure yoga as it has been taught over centuries by Sri Dharma’s lineage of gurus.”