300 Hour Yoga Teacher Training
300 Hour Advanced Level Program Overview
Our advanced level program is a special treat! Students get to choose their area(s) of specialization while accumulatively earning their hours. Students may take up to 5 years in order to complete their choice of modules and earn their 300 additional hours of study to become a Yoga Alliance 300 RYT.
The Mahatma Within module is the only required unit where students will dive deep into meditation, mantra, and mudra, identify their core beliefs and spiritual practice path as well as explore the science behind yoga in much more depth than the foundational course allows for.
Other electives include:
- Slow Motion: A Yin Yoga, MyoFascial Release & Functional Anatomy
- Chakra Flow: Moving in Mindfulness & Mysticism, A Vinyasa Sequencing Journey
- Yoga Touch: Artful Adjustments and Assists
- Restore, Dream, Restore: Restorative Yoga & Vedanta Yoga Nidra
And several more options are currently in the works:
- Mantra & Mythology: Storytelling and Song to Deepen Your Practice
- The Anatomy & Science of Yoga: Deepening Western Studies on an Ancient Practice
This level of programming is ideal for those looking to really find a niche in the yoga field and dive deep into their particular area of study.
What Will You Learn?
We believe in empowering our students to hear and trust the voice within!
With a strong focus on encouraging experiential learning, deep Self-Study and lots of time to practice the offered skills, students will dive into their personal areas of special interest including options in Yin, MyoFascial Release, Functional Anatomy, Mantra, Meditation, the Science of Yoga, Sequencing, Subtle Body, Assist and Adjusts, Ethics, Scope of Practice and more!
Caribe Yoga Academy students receive 30 hours of instruction above and beyond the Yoga Alliance Standard for the Advanced Level certification.
The 300 hour Caribe Yoga Academy advanced level training gives you the skills you need to build on to your existing foundation and carve out a place for yourself in the wellness field as a person with deep experience.
The curriculum for 300 Level Programming is:
- 50 hours: Techniques, Training & Practice: Teaching Advanced Asana, Methodology for Guiding Pranayama, Encouraging Mindful Living, Teaching Pranayama, Guiding Mudra & Mantra
- 5 hours: Teaching Methodology: Voice, Communication, Sequencing, Special Populations & more
- 15 hours: Anatomy & Physiology: Advanced Anatomy and Physiology for Yoga Teachers
- 30 hours: Philosophy, Lifestyle & Ethics: Core Beliefs, Living Your Yoga, Honing Your Spiritual Practice, Finding Your Voice, Mythology, the Sutras, Bhagavad Gita, RamaYana & Mahabharata, Upanishads
- 30 hours: Practicum: Practice Teaching, Live Class Assisting, Live Guiding Meditation, Live Guiding Asana, full class offering
- 190 hours: Electives: Yoga Nidra, Restorative Yoga, Yin Yoga, Assists & Adjustments, Functional Anatomy, MFR, Chakra Anatomy, Vinyasa Sequencing and more!
Sample Daily Schedule
6:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. : Morning Sadhana
8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. : Silent Breakfast
9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. : History, Philosophy, Teaching Methodology, Anatomy etc.
11:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. : History, Philosophy, Teaching Methodology, Anatomy etc.
12:45 p.m. : Lunch
12:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. : Afternoon break, study and leisure
4:45 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. : Teaching Practice and Techniques, Alignment, Sequencing, Sadhana etc.
6:45 p.m. : Dinner
7:30 to 9:00 p.m. : Evening Practice, Meditation, play shop, Review Session or film
Why Should You Choose Caribe Yoga Academy?
We support students from all over the globe in graduating with an understanding of the foundations of yoga and in-depth studies on their niche of choice! Graduates of our programs can be found in most corners of the world and in a variety of different settings!
- The coupling of modern science’ findings with a depth of spiritual practice
- Functional alignment practices
- Inclusivity, safety, accessibility, and approachable sequencing
- A grounded, well-rounded and in-depth program
- An 8 limbs approach to the practice
- Encouragement, on-going communication and mentorship structures
- Exploration of what yoga off-the-mat and out in the world looks like
- Time for Self-Study
Testimonials From 300 Hour Students
Avani and the incredible team at OM at Cashew Hill create an unforgettable journey of self discovery and empowerment, that happens to also prepare you to be a kick ass 200 RYT. I had no idea how much growth and self discovery I would experience on this training, and the family I would gain. It is so much more than an education in becoming a teacher, the OM team instills the values of being compassionate, aware, and present as a teacher and human being, and I am honored to say I received my training in such a grounded, special place. I would recommend it 10X over to anyone looking to do their training here.
This training was been above and beyond what I would have ever imagined. There’s so much love in Cashew Hill. There are wonderful angels protecting this place. [Avani] embodies the definition of a mother helping others connect to their higher self and unveil layers of conditioning to re-connect and rise together!
This YTT somehow transformed me. During the YTT, I have experienced and received so much love from everyone around the world… I felt genuine kindness and positivity from everyone everywhere. In addition, I had chances to release. I’ve never felt stronger emotionally. I was not really a spiritual person but this YTT has opened my views to things I was constantly in denial of. I am glad I participated. It has offered me more than what I came for and a chance to see my life differently.
300 Hour Training Schedule & Cost
See all available trainings for both the 300-Hour Training and 250-Hour Foundational Training programs at our Trainings Schedule page.
2020 Training Dates:
Contact us for more information.
May 4 to May 14 – The Mahatma Within: Mantra, Mudra, Meditation & the Mind (100 hours)
May 15 to May 22 – Rest, Dream, Restore: Vedanta Yoga Nidra and Therapeutic Restorative (75 hours)
- $1499 USD (all of the 7 night modules)
- $1799 USD (the 10 night Mahatma Within module)
- Accommodation from 1st scheduled date until check out on last scheduled date
- 3 vegetarian meals daily
- CYA bag
- Professional manual and workbook
2021 Training Dates:
Frequently Asked Questions
What is your cancellation policy?
All deposits are non-refundable within three months of any training. With cancellation 6 weeks in advance the deposit may be transferable to another CYA training. This is on a case-by-case basis to be discussed with Avani. Final payments on all programs are due 21 days in advance upon arrival and are therefore non-refundable.
Do you offer scholarships or work exchange?
On occasion (not often) partial work-trades are offered for marketing, videography and photography. We do offer a few scholarship spots per program which you can read about and apply for here.
What’s included in the training price?
Opening dinner, three meals a day, departure day breakfast, your shared accommodation for 23 nights (upgrades for housing may be available for some programs at an additional fee), an in-depth workbook and manual, expert incoming support, mentorship groups, built-in experiences and adventures of the area, frequent communication, on-going support post graduation and an incredible faculty.
What if I need to miss some of the training?
An attendance policy will be covered for each training. There are usually a few built in times that are acceptable to rest or miss while still gaining certification. Missing more than what is allotted will result in failure to complete the standards and you will not receive your certificate of completion. Make up hours are not offered.
Where can I learn more about the faculty?
Please follow this link to read the faculty bios.
What makes Caribe Yoga Academy different?
At Caribe Yoga Academy we have a commitment to exploring our inner nature through exploring and developing a relationship with the exotic nature all around us in the Caribbean jungles of Costa Rica. We commit to not hi-jacking your own inner experience and your unique authentic truth through false claims of having all the answers or being the “healer” that you need. We are all here to dive deep into yoga as explorers and seekers…TOGETHER. We believe that each person’s greatest teacher is their deepest, inner Divine Self and we commit to journeying and excavating with you to reveal that in your own time and without force. We respect that personal transformational practices are just that…personal. We honor that each student has their own voice and our hope is for you to emerge as a teacher wiling to share from your own truth and experience rather than as replicates of our faculty or cookie cutters of the CYA system.
We offer a variety of learning tools to suit the reality that varied learning styles and types of intelligence exist. You will experience lecture, group work, mentorship, art, movement, breath, asana, space for meditation and contemplation as well as rests for stillness and restoration. You will also receive verbal and written feedback, regular assessment and projects that are not founded in the need for short-term memorization, but rather a true connection with the material and also your ability to lean into your resources and your kula when needed.
The CYA training is supported by:
- Karuna: Compassion and Ahimsa: Non-Violence
- Connection to Nature
- Yoga, Ayurveda and Bhakti
- Traditional Hindu mythology and modern Archetypes
- Western science’s contributions to the the Spiritual practices of the East.
- A deep comprehension of functional anatomy and acceptance that bodies and bones are shaped differently and therefore the practice of modification and adaption is vital for optimizing the yoga practice experience to fit different shapes.
What are the room/housing options?
All pricing is based on standard shared housing. This means anywhere from 3 to 6 people per house. Some houses are 1 bedroom / 1 bath, some are 2 bed / 2 bath. On occasion we have the option for upgrades to single or double room at an additional cost. These will be announced via email and availability depends on the size of each program.
I took my 200 hour training elsewhere, can I still join your 300hr training?
YES! And we love having students with different backgrounds and perspectives join in our advanced level training!
How “advanced” do I have to be to join?
What is most important for the incoming students is that there is a sincere desire to deepen their study of the practice of yoga. We look for serious students and seekers who are here to train seriously and work hard. This includes focus on history, philosophy, spirituality, anatomy, teaching methodology and more…not only asana (poses). However, it is very helpful to have at least one year of steady asana practice experience beforehand.
What is the average age of participants?
The majority of participants fall between 25 and 40 years of age though we have trained with students as young as 18 and up to 65 years of age. It is important to keep in mind that independent international travel is required to participate in our programs and so we request a high level of maturity, a willingness to work hard and somewhat of a sense of worldliness.
What are the class sizes?
250 hour trainings are usually 24 to 28 students. The advanced level modules tend to be a bit smaller at 12 to 18 students per course.
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