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500-Hour Yoga Teacher Training


  • RYT-500 Hour

AUM’s 500-Hour Yoga Teacher Training, with a focus on the therapeutic benefits of yoga, expands professional development for certified yoga teachers and prepares them to use yoga to increase health and well-being in a wide range of settings.

Enrollment open until December 10 for Winter Semester, beginning January 13, 2018.

Space is limited—reserve yours now!

Modules A and B can be taken in either order. Students who complete both modules receive a Yoga Alliance 300-Hour certificate. RYT-200 certified students who successfully complete both levels are eligible to apply for Yoga Alliance RYT-500 certification. Graduates receive a certificate from AUM hOMe Shala. After completing 75% of the Module A and B courses, enrolled students are eligible to participate in AUM’s Yoga Therapy Clinical Practicum, accredited by the International Association of Yoga Therapists, which certifies yoga therapists.

What participants say …

“Each weekend is packed with so much learning and growth!”

“Every teacher has so much to offer. I love the fact that we get one-on-one mentoring to learn more and get all our questions answered. This program has also helped me on a personal level to create routines and feel better in body and mind.”

“You will expand beyond expectation and grow into a more authentic individual and teacher.”

Module A

The focus of Module A is yoga for the musculoskeletal system. Students are required to complete take-home case studies and an Ayurveda assignment.

Module B

Module B focuses on other systems of the body, including the cardiovascular, digestive, endocrine, nervous, respiratory, and reproductive, as well the mind/body connection. Students are required to write a research paper.

Students who complete one or both modules are equipped to teach in multiple settings, with diverse populations, and to offer yoga with a focus on therapeutic benefits alongside medical specialists, physical therapists, chiropractors and osteopaths.

Download a 500-Hour Yoga Teacher Training application.

Please note: The yoga therapy components of our course are based on IAYT accreditation, not derived from our status as an RYS® with Yoga Alliance Registry.

Course requirements, schedules, and tuition are subject to change, and additional fees may be incurred for books and materials. In the event of under-enrollment, we reserve the right to reschedule a program.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the prerequisites? How much is the tuition?


For enrollment in either Module A or B, the student must have documented completion of a 200-hour yoga teacher training course.

Application Fee

A nonrefundable application fee of $100 must be submitted with your initial application.


Tuition for Module A: $4,500

Tuition for Module B: $4,500

There is a discount of $150 when you sign up for both modules together.

Clinical Practicum Tuition: $5,200

Bridge Program Tuition:

  • Through April 30: $4,800
  • Between May 1 and June 30: $5,000
  • After July 1: $5,200

Tuition covers instruction; additional fees may be required for course materials not included in tuition. Tuition is payable by check, money order, Visa, or MasterCard; cash payment is not accepted. Tuition and fees are subject to change.

Please note: Some weekend yoga therapy workshops are open to the general public as well as to our teachers-in-training. If you enroll in the training program after attending a weekend workshop, you will receive credit toward the training once you complete all assignments for that workshop. Credit will be granted for up to two weekend workshops before enrollment in the full course is required in order to receive additional credits.

Is there a discount for early registration? Is there a discount for taking both programs simultaneously?

We typically offer an early-bird discount of $100 for early enrollment; deadlines for early-bird discounts will be announced on our website according to our rolling enrollment dates. Tuition must be paid in full to receive the discount.

There is a discount of $150 when you sign up for both modules together.

Is there a payment plan available?

AUM hOMe Shala offers a variety of payment plans for the modules, which include service fees.

Payment plan agreements are activated when an initial down payment is received. Students will then leave a postdated check or credit card number, to be automatically processed on the agreed payment dates. A service fee of $50 will apply should a credit card be declined or check returned.

  • Terms for 2-payment plan are 50% to start ($2,350); balance of $2,350 due the 1st of the fourth month after course begins. There is a service fee of $200 included.
  • 4-Payment Plan Terms: 25% to start ($1,225). Payments of $1,225 are due the 1st day of the third, sixth, and ninth month after course begins. There is a service fee of $400 included.
  • 6-Payment Plan Terms: $850 to start, with additional payments of $850 to be paid on the first day of every other month after course start. There is a service fee of $600 included.
Are there any additional costs outside of tuition?
  • 300/500-Hour Module students and Bridge Program students must purchase a pair of CEAL Blue Scrubs and have our logo embroidered, as well as their name, or purchase a name tag separately. These are to be worn in clinic. Cost is variable according to the style you choose; average price with embroidery is $40. Students are responsible for purchasing their own scrubs. We recommend that students have a professional head shot taken wearing their scrubs.
  • Students will be required to purchase two manuals from faculty members, at $25 each.
  • Clinical students must purchase a lab jacket in a style of their choosing, with logo and embroidered name (or name tag). These are to be worn in clinic, and average $40 with embroidery. Additionally, clinical students must wear Shala yoga pants/shorts/shirt under their jacket. Cost is $25/shirt; $35/pants or shorts. Students must have a professional head shot taken wearing their jacket.
Is there an enrollment deadline?

Next enrollment dates for Modules A and B are January 1 and June 1, 2018. A minimum of 5 students is required to make a class, and our maximum enrollment is 16.

Do you offer refunds?

A full refund is available anytime before the first day of class. You may withdraw from the course after the first weekend and receive a refund minus $350. No refunds will be issued after the second weekend of classes.

A minimum of five (5) participants are required in order to make the modules available as offered. In the event that participation does not reach the minimum of five (5) students, AUM Home Shala reserves the right to cancel the program and refund tuition in full to participants who have enrolled provided they have not already started the course. In the event that they have stared the course, they will be given the option of refund of tuition minus $425 per course taken, up to three (3) courses; or they may continue to be enrolled in the course until the class is made.

What is required to obtain certification?

Modules A and B can be taken in either order. Students must attend the required number of classes, with documented attendance of 300 contact hours, and turn in course assignments. Graduates of both modules receive a certificate, and are eligible to be registered as 300- or 500-Hour Yoga Teacher as designated by the Yoga Alliance.

Those who complete both modules are eligible to enroll in AUM’s Yoga Therapy Clinical Practicum, accredited by the International Association of Yoga Therapists.

Clinical Practicum

For the Clinical Practicum course, a student must attend the required number of classes, with documented attendance of 150-hour practicum, and additional contact and non-contact hours totaling 800 hours, and turn in course assignments. Once the course is completed and assignments reviewed, a Clinical Yoga Therapy certificate will be issued.

Mentorship component (required only for those planning to enroll in Clinical Yoga Therapy certification)

Module A students spend up to 5 hours with a faculty mentor(s) of their choice. (The mentorship must take place in person or by telephone or Skype, etc; not via e-mail). The student is responsible for scheduling with the mentor(s). Each mentored hour is $100 and the student pays the tuition directly to the faculty member.

Module B students spend up to 6 hours with a faculty mentor(s) of their choice. The mentorship must take place ‘real-time’ (via face to face contact; telephone; Skype, etc). (The mentorship must take place in person or by telephone or Skype, etc; not via e-mail). The student is responsible for scheduling with the mentor(s). Each mentored hour is $100 and the student pays the tuition directly to the faculty member.

105-Hour Specialty Training Component (required only for those planning to enroll in Clinical Yoga Therapy certification)

Determined according to the student’s interests, this component may be fulfilled by a specialty training or a combination of specialty trainings ( i.e., Prenatal Yoga; Yoga for veterans, etc.), and must be in line with the Shala’s curriculum and considered therapeutic from a yogic and/or Ayurvedic perspective. Although we offer some of these specialty programs at the Shala, students can attend these courses at any credentialed yoga studio/school or through online yoga training programs. Documented advanced programs that a candidate has taken in the past may be eligible for transfer.



After graduating, will I be eligible for designation as a yoga therapist with the Yoga Alliance?

Graduates of both modules are eligible for either a 300-Hour or 500-Hour Yoga Alliance designation, depending on the number of contact hours reflected in the student’s 200-hour yoga teacher certification and/or other trainings that meet Yoga Alliance standards.



What is the weekend schedule like?

Classes typically include lecture, discussion, and yoga protocol for area of focus. Classes are held on Saturdays (10:00 am to 6:00 pm) and Sundays (10:00 am to 5:00 pm). There is a working lunch from 1:00 to 2:00pm; students are encouraged to bring their lunch or arrange for takeout or delivery. There are two 15-minute breaks each day.

There are many local restaurants within walking distance and/or students may bring their lunch and enjoy the garden areas of the Shala.

How much homework is required?

Recommended homework time is approximately 5 hours per week. A syllabus including homework assignments is provided prior to each class meeting.

What are the required and suggested reading materials?

There are three required readings:

  • The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali: Commentary on the Raja Yoga Sutras by Sri. Swami Satchidananda. Yogaville: Integral Yoga Publications.
  • The Living Gita: the Complete Bhagavad Gita: A Commentary for Modern Readers
Yogaville: Integral Yoga Publications.
  • Michael J. Fox’s autobiography, Always Looking Up.

Please see course syllabus for a list of suggested readings.

What accommodations are available near AUM Home Shala?

There are many hotels in the area. Contact us for a list of hotels within walking distance of the Shala. Occasionally, accommodations are available at the Shala for a nominal charge. Arrangements must be made in advance as space is limited.

Who teaches the program and what is the schedule?

Teachers and schedule are subject to change. Please check our website calendar for updates.

What is your cancellation policy?

If you cancel three weeks prior to the program, you will receive a full refund minus a $100 nonrefundable processing fee. If you cancel between 3 weeks and 1 week prior to the program, you will receive a refund of half the tuition, minus the $100 non-refundable processing fee. Cancellations less than 1 week prior to the program are nonrefundable.

Payment Options

Nonrefundable application fee (required for either module)
$100 USD
nonrefundable deposit for modules
nonrefundable deposit for modules
Price: 100.00 USD
Modules A & B - Full Tuition (save $150)
$8,850 USD
Tuition both modules w/discount
Price: 8850.00 USD
Module A - Full Tuition
$4,500 USD
Full Tuition Mod A
Price: 4500.00 USD
Module A - 2-Payment Plan
$2,350 USD
Mod A 2-payment
Price: 2350.00 USD
Module A - 4-Payment Plan
$1,225 USD
Mod A 4-Payment
Price: 1225.00 USD
Module A - 6-Payment Plan
$850 USD
Mod A 6-Payment Plan
Price: 850.00 USD
Module B - Full Tuition
$4,500 USD
Mod B full tuition
Price: 4500.00 USD
Module B - 2-Payment Plan
$2,350 USD
Mod B 2-payment
Price: 2350.00 USD
Module B - 4-Payment Plan
$1,225 USD
Mod B 4-payment
Price: 1225.00 USD
Module B - 6-Payment Plan
$850 USD
mod B 6-payment
Price: 850.00 USD
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