The ReFlex RYT 500 program is a comprehensive 300 hour advanced training program for yoga teachers who have already received their RYT-200 certification and are now looking to dive deeper into yoga theory and philosophy, as well as work to refine their communication and information base to enhance their teaching skills. This training also employs karma yoga as a path to self-actualization and evolved yogic sensibilities. Many RYT 500 programs are a reinforcement of the 200 hour training with exploring advanced poses or a deeper analysis of chakra’s or energy systems at the forefront of their material, but the ReFlex program includes unique approaches to expanding our intellectual and physical understanding of yoga, so we encourage people to consider the format and projects involved to determine whether this coursework will serve their goals to become advanced yoga teachers.
The ReFlex program includes subjects beyond the foundational material offered in the 200 hour yoga teacher’s training so participants develop a wider range of skills preparing them to bring yoga to special populations including: yoga therapy, chair yoga, an 20 hour prenatal yoga course(full certification is available at 50% discount on tuition for RYT 500 students – the YA certification takes a full 85 hours so we cannot fit the full program into the 500 hour format) and Ayurveda yoga theory and practices. (Those students who have not received their 200 hour training at ReFlex will be invited to join the aerial yoga certification & reiki level one certification we provide to our RYT-200 students to establish these foundational skills as well.)
Advanced trainees learn how to employ therapeutic techniques to deepen the yoga practice without injury and we study the science of yoga to examine joint alignment, myofascial engagement and its effect on postural mechanics. Basic knowledge of Ayurveda gives us a holistic view of disease prevention and proper lifestyle choices as well as a complete understand of subtle anatomy and its relationship to the cosmos. We learn how the mind influences the body structure and to “body read” to identify myofascial imbalances. Mudras and advanced positions are explored. Since this level of training is specifically designed for yoga teachers rather than individuals who may just be exploring yoga teacher’s training for the purposes of self-growth, students who do not have applicable teaching experience to draw from will be provided opportunity to teach within our program to gain more hands on experience and to refine their communication & teaching skills.
As part of the teaching practicum element, RYT-500 students will instruct select classes with strong themes to RYT-200 students or the general population to test and apply what they are learning while refining their communication and material organization skills and presentation. The teaching practicum may include participation in an outreach program (designed and implemented by the course participants) to share yoga with those who may not otherwise have the opportunity, such as a complimentary 12 week yoga session for residents in a retirement facility, handicap program, cancer facility, prison, or other off-site location that the students will each take a turn instructing. We later share and evaluate our experiences to consider the effect of yoga on students who perhaps would never come to a studio with mat in hand.
In addition to our monthly on-site sessions covering anatomy, physiology, skill development, and energy work, a deeper understanding of yoga philosophy will be explored and how a world view based on sutra concepts can be applied to modern life for greater emotional health, personal contentment and to aid the world at large. Our RYT-500 book club requires the students read an assigned book each month to provoke thought and introspection about the challenges and conflicts pertinent to living an authentic and self-actualized life in our complicated cultural and social climate today. The books assigned will include topics on yoga history, intellectual discovery, philosophy, and our relationship with the environment or other individuals to explore cultural challenges and norms that are often obstacles to living a balanced, healthy life. Open discussions center on how the subjects relate to (or can be solved by) yoga attitudes or belief systems and how changing our actions or thoughts can shift our personal paths so we act with integrity and conscientiousness. Discussions center on how we can contribute to the world and people we come into contact with, rather than drain energy and resources. The book club exercise helps each teacher question and reinforce their personal beliefs and encourages them to contemplate how they can share yoga with students struggling with the challenges and inner conflicts present in our culture today.
The year of training and personal studies culminate in a substantial joint karma yoga project designed to spread yoga to the community, while also stretching each participant’s horizons as a yoga teacher. The group will help to organize and present an outdoor yoga festival to the community in the fall (date to be announced). Each teacher will have a research project they will work on independently throughout the course, which will develop into a lecture, workshop or specialty class they will offer to the public at the yoga festival as part of their graduation requirement. All proceeds from the festival (after expenses) will be allocated to a scholarship fund to support future ReFlex yoga trainees and arts education opportunities for disadvantaged youth.
The Advanced 500-hour RYT Training is held over a 12 month period with sessions on the 1st weekend of each month (with the exception of the months of Sept. and June when we meet on the third weekend.) Sept. 21-23, Oct. 4-6, Nov. 1-3, Dec. 6-8, Jan. 3-5, Feb. 7-9, March 7-9, April 4-6, May 3-5, June 24 -26, July 5-7, August 2-4, September 2014: (date TBA) Yoga Festival and Graduation. Course fee – 3,000.00 (if paid in full.) Convenient payment plan: A deposit of 600.00 and monthly payments of 225.00 for twelve months. (Taking advantage of the payment plan makes the course 3,300.) Students who elect the payment plan will be responsible for the full tuition whether they finish the course or not, however we have a generous, flexible policy that allows students to take a sabbatical and finish the course the follow season if necessary.
The book list and text books required will be listed closer to the course starting date. For more information visit our website www.ReFlexarts.com