500HR Yoga Teacher Training

Taking your teaching to the next level!

 Join us at Thrive Yoga Fruita, Colorado and Academy of Yoga for our 12 weekend Yoga Teacher Training Course with certified E-RYT 500HR instructor, Monica Cullinane and 200HR instructor, studio owner and founder of Prana-Preneurs, Brittany Phelps.

Why become a teacher?

Teaching any technique or knowledge that uplifts mankind is the most rewarding work possible. Teaching yoga with a clear and systematic approach is exciting because it allows you to help people improve their lives. The Hatha Yoga system is dynamic and scientific, based on precision and alignment of the human skeleton in order to bring harmony and balance to the body, breath and mind. Academy of Yoga training puts you at the forefront of the revolution now taking place in the health industry. Yoga is becoming more popular than aerobics, and the demand for quality, trained teachers has never been higher. Our system is based on the ethical and moral principles of Classical Yoga and is the most practiced style worldwide.


You will learn: 

o Posture and breathing practices 

o Structuring class and content 

o Presenting classes 

o How to adjust students o Use of props 

o Dealing with student injuries 

o Yogic philosophy 

o Basic Sanskrit


Dates and Times: 

Friday evenings: 6:00-9:00pm Saturdays & Sundays: 8:45-11:15am & 1-6pm 

Weekend 1: Setting Stage 

Weekend 2: Standing Poses 

Weekend 3: Sitting Poses 

Weekend 4: Twisting Poses 

Weekend 5: Supine & Prone Poses Weekend 6: Inversions 

Weekend 7: Balancing Poses 

Weekend 8: Back-bending 

Weekend 9: Jumping 

Weekend 10: Hands on Adjust Weekend 11: Therapeutics 

Weekend 12: Summary

You will be required to assist in 36 classes (3 per month) in addition to the training weekends. During the course it is recommended that teacher trainees conserve their energy and focus on completing the work required.


Teacher trainees who successfully complete the course are able to register with the Yoga Alliance ( and use the registry mark (500HR) in addition to the letters R.Y.T. (Registered Yoga Teacher) after their name. Successful teacher trainees will also be awarded a teaching "Certificate of Attainment" from the Academy of Yoga. Otherwise a "Certificate of Attendance" will be given. 


Entry Standard:

Teacher trainees need to complete a 200-hr course before attending. This is a practical, hands on course and you need to be fit, experienced and motivated to complete it. 



A $500 deposit is required to secure your place. The total course fee is $4,550. If paid in full by first week of July, a discount of $500 will be given, making the total cost only $4,050. 

Bring a friend and receive 10% off the second full priced tuition when paid in full prior to the first week of July. 

Payment plans are available. 


Required Books 

1. Yoga the Iyengar Way, Silva, Mira & Mehta 

2. Light on Yoga, BKS Iyengar 

3. Light on Pranayama, BKS Iyengar 

4. Light on Life, BKS Iyengar 

5. Cool Yoga Tricks, Miriam Austin 

6. Yoga Sutras of Patanjali (any translation) 

7. Chakra Balancing, Anodea Judith

8. Anatomy & Asana, Susi H. Aldous

9. Tree of Yoga, BKS Iyengar 

10. Jivamukti Yoga, Gannon & Life 

11. Yogi in the Kitchen, Elaine Gavala 

12. A Gem for Women, Geeta Iyengar 

13. Supplements to A&A, Susi H. Aldous 

a. Knees b. Sacroiliac Joint c. Shoulder 



Weekend Training Dates

August 16-18 

September 13-15 

October 18-20 

November 15-17 

December 6-8 

January 10-12 

February 7-9 

February 21-23 

March 13-15 

April 5-7
May 3-5 

May 31-June 2 

The course will observe: 

  • Understanding the postures 
  • Developing your potential as a teacher 
  • Developing stability, maturity & clarity of mind 
  • Sharpness on observation & correction 
  • Clarity of instruction 
  • Performance in demonstrating 
  • Control of the class


To become a 300/500 hour Registered Yoga Teacher takes decisive action. Please join our training today by completing the online registration form and making your deposit.

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