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 'Traditional Yoga Instructor' Certification

(Level 1) 200 HOUR & (Level 2)  300 HOUR Programs

in conjunction with


NEXT SESSION:     (Level 2)  300 Hours    April 15, 2023 - April 13, 2024

  • For Anyone who has completed Level 1 200HR study and desires to deepen personal practice​​​

  • For Current CYT200 Teachers who desire additional Certifications, or simply to dive deeper​​​

  • For Current RYT200 on the path to RYT500

SAVE $500 on Tuition when you pay in FULL

- OR -

For Payment Plans, SAVE $356 with EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION

12th Installment is FREE if you register by January 5, 2023

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Definition of Yoga by Sage Patañjali

योग: चित्त-वृत्ति निरोध:  (yogāḥ citta-vṛtti-nirodhāḥ) - Yoga Sutras 1.2

Yoga occurs when the movements of consciousness cease to fluctuate


The meaning of Yoga is understood as ‘Union’. Embracing this Union is accomplished by the practice of Nirodha (mental control).  Hence, the goal of Yoga is the perfection of that process. Yoga (union) implies ‘Duality’, as in the joining of 2 things or principles. The result of Yoga is the ’Non-Dual’ state - the union of the Lower Self and Higher Self. This non-dual state is characterized by "absence of individuality" promoting peace, pure love, Self-Realization, or Liberation.


As Yoga Teachers, or those who share Yoga knowledge, we must strive to protect and share the true and traditional practice, maintaining the integrity and sacredness gifted to humanity through the elevated consciousness of the great Sages & Seers of India.  We have a responsibility and duty of care when embracing this knowledge for ourselves and when sharing this gift with our community.


The Sattvic Sage Ayurveda & Yoga 300 Hour Program is for those whom wish to dive deeper - For those who have completed YTT200 and wish to deepen their understanding of traditional Yoga Principles and practical teaching skills, or for those who wish to  personally explore their understanding and practice of Yoga for a healthy and balanced life.


This course allows each individual to experience the true essence and meaning of Yoga through a unique and holistic synthesis, harmonized amongst the teachings of ageless wisdom of ancient scriptures and philosophy applied in a contemporary context that students can grasp and thus begin to put into practice in their daily lives. Yoga is not something we ‘Do’, but something we ‘Realize’.

This is a path of Self-Discovery and Self-Realization.


Students will learn the integral foundations of Yoga, ensuring all participants can practice safely, teach safely, understand the breath and the mind and learn to connect to other human beings compassionately. This experience is a wonderful odyssey on your path to greater self-awareness and understanding. By incorporating Yoga in its totality, all will learn to teach and practice through their own experiences and deepened knowledge.


The course is designed to provide a comprehensive foundation for teaching yoga skillfully & intelligently, while realizing the connection of Āsana to Nirodha (Mental Control) and Prāṇa.  This course intends to possess more depth and breadth of the true Yoga teachings, understanding the Śhiva / Śhakīi Principle, with a deep connection to heart.

Graduates of this program can become Registered Yoga Teachers (RYT500) with Yoga Alliance when they apply for registration with Yoga Alliance directly.  An RYT designation is a symbol of a minimum level of knowledge, training, and experience - based on standards recognized by Yoga Alliance.  Possessing this designation enhances your credibility as a teacher - but many components of this course offer higher-than-required knowledge for Yoga Alliance registration. 


The Sattvic Sage Ayurveda & Yoga program also incorporates added ability to understand basic concepts in Ayurveda and its critical relationship to Yoga. Yoga & Ayurveda are inseparable.  Ayurveda itself is a form of Yoga.


You will learn the benefits and teaching of various styles of Asana (Refinement of Hatha, Vinyasa) – but also receive Certification in Yin, Restorative & Chair, as well as Meditation, Yoga Nidrā, Pranayama, Chanting of Mantras and the use of Mudras. No other special  certifications in each style will be necessary (nor the expense of such courses). You will be prepared to offer your light and energy in each of these spaces, with the goal of sharing your knowledge for health & healing of yourself and your community.

~ Program Overview~

Techniques, Training & Practice*:

​Traditional Yogāsana Śastrā


  • Historical Context

  • Sukhasana to Savasana

  • Anatomical & Alignment Principles & Contraindications

  • Biomechanics & Joint Protection

Pranayama & Subtle Body

  • Historical Context, Effects on Anatomy & Subtle Body

  • Breath Awareness, Sectional Breathing

  • Safe Pranayama Sequencing with Precautions, Alternatives & Adaptations

  • Pūraka, Recaka, Antar & Bāhya Kumbhaka

  • Ujjayi, Nadī Śodāna, Bhāstrika, Śitkari, Śitali, Suryabhedana & Chandrabhedana

  • Understanding authentic Kapalbhatī w/ Contraindications

  • Mindfulness & Living a Holistic Life


  • States of Consciousness

  • Types of Meditation

  • Centering a Group

  • Teaching Relaxation

  • Knowledge of Pratyahara, Dharana, Dhyana, Samadhi


Yoga Nidrā

  • Sankalpā, Jagrat, Swapna, Suśupti, Turīya

  • Understanding the True Purpose & Proper time of Day



  • 6 Purification Kriyas (Actions)


*These hours include (with substantial emphasis):

  • How to address the specific needs of individuals / special populations

  • Theoretical & Analytical Understanding with training in how to teach and practice techniques

  • Guided practice of the techniques themselves



Teaching Methodologies:

Teaching Methodology

  • Sequencing: Refinement of Hatha / Vinyasa

  • Sequencing: Certification in YIN, Restorative, Chair & Yoga Nidrā

  • Important Factors/Changes during Menstruation

  • Āsana for Special Populations / Conditions

  • Essentials of a Good Lesson Plan

  • The Classroom:  Pace, Environment, Music (or not)

  • Class Management & Atmosphere

  • Class & Workshop Structure for Beginners, Intermediate & Advanced Practitioners

  • Theme-Oriented Classes – What is the Message? (We offer Yoga, not solely physical fitness)

  • Cueing - Cueing - Cueing (Refine Verbal, Visual, Physical)

  • Use of Language & Annotation

  • Avoiding cues that may unintentionally create fear or exclusion

  • Trauma-Informed Speech / Discussion awareness



Professional Development:

  • Personal Yoga Sadhna & Self-Ability to Practice Meditation (Log Requirement)

  • Attendance of additional area yoga classes, with written observation (Teacher Sign-off Required)

  • Communication skills, time management & establishment of priorities and boundaries

  • Yoga-Related Professional Organizations, including Yoga Alliance & IYAT

  • Credentialing Process & Continuing Education

  • General Professionalism, Marketing & Promotion

  • Sole Prop Vs. LLC: Explanation of Entity, Documents, Taxes

  • Understanding Liability Insurance

  • Understand Waivers / Disclaimers / Music Copyright



Anatomy & Physiology:

​Anatomy:  Structure

Skeletal System

  • Major Bones, Types of Joints

  • Planes of Movement

  • Major Muscles involved in Āsana, Types of Muscle Contraction


Physiology:  Functional Systems

Nervous System

  • ‘Fight/Flight’ & ‘Freeze’ Stress Response

  • Vagus Nerve

  • Overall Mind/Body Connection

Cardiovascular/Circulatory, Endocrine, Digestive Systems as they relate to Yoga Āsana

  • Expulsion of Metabolic Wastes, Catalyzing Processes

Respiratory System

  • Muscles that control breathing, Voluntary/Involuntary breath, Importance of Kumbhaka​


  • Types of Joint Movements, Joint Stabilization

  • Safe Movement as it pertains to Balancing, Stretching, Awareness, Trauma/Injury

  • Contraindications, Misalignments, Adaptations

  • Loops & Spirals


Yoga Philosophy, Lifestyle & Ethics:

History & ​Philosophy

  • Definition, Dates, Etiology & Key Terms

  • Objectives of Sat Darshana; Branches of Indian Philosophy

  • Yoga Darśanā Philosophies & Classical Texts

  • Sānkhya Philosophy; Concepts of Puruśa / Prakrti

  • Relationship between Āsana, Pranayama and Meditation

  • Introduction to Vedas and Upanishads

  • Key Ideas of Vedas, Upanishads, Vedanta, Hatha

  • Objectives and Misconceptions

  • Elements of Yoga in Buddhism

  • Kriṣnamaćarya Lineage, Style & Methodology

  • Yoga Traditions of Swami Vivekananda

  • Yoga Sutras of Patañjali (196 Shloka)

  • Bhagavad Gita (In-Depth)

  • Gheranda Samhita

  • Hatha Yoga Pradpika​​

Yoga Lifestyle With Deeper Understanding

  • Yamas & Niyamas

  • Understanding the value of teaching yoga as a service & being of service to others (Karma Yoga & Seva)

  • SHIVA / SHAKTI Principle

  • Types of Tantras

  • Sankalpā, Sadhana, Dharma, Karma & Seva

  • ŚuddiKriyas

  • Bandhas:  Jivha Bandha, Jālandhara Bandha, Uddiyāna Bandha, Mula Bandha, Maha Bandha

  • Mantra Chanting

  • Mudra

  • Use of Japa Mala

  • Introduction to Sanskrit


  • Awareness of Yoga Sutras and similar yogic ethical Buddhist precepts

  • Scope of Practice

  • Code of Conduct: Comprehension & Responsibility

  • Self-reflection on how yoga ethics relate to practice and teaching

  • Ethics as a Teacher in the Age of Social Media



  • Practice Teaching (does not include assisting, observing or giving feedback)

  • Receiving and giving feedback

  • Observing others teaching**

  • Assisting students while someone else is teaching.

  • Hosting free (Supervised) Community Yoga Classes as Karma Yoga

  • Mentorship / Apprenticeship

  • Observing Others Teaching, Receiving & Giving Feedback

  • 5 Hours Acting as Lead Teacher, displaying competencies (integrated into class sessions)

  • Assessments:  Homework Assignments, Group Discussion, Feedback

 *These hours include (with substantial emphasis):

  • How to address the specific needs of individuals / special populations

  • Theoretical & Analytical Understanding with training in how to teach and practice techniques

  • Guided practice of the techniques themselves

  • Specific Use of Language, with awareness of Trauma & All-Inclusion

  • Each trainee must spend a minimum of 5 Contact Hours actively practice teaching as the lead instructor

*Teaching Competence and Proficiency

Students must demonstrate command of the skills necessary to safely and competently teach a Yoga class. Participation in all practice-teaching sessions is mandatory for certification. During these sessions & throughout training, you must demonstrate the ability to teach Yoga using the methodology presented in the training as noted below:


  • Demonstrate knowledge, embodiment and modeling of Āsana, including modifications, intuitive and evidence-based benefits, contraindications, and alignment principles for all intended demographics

  • Demonstrate understanding and use of effective, conscious communication skills

  • Demonstrate ability to lead Āsana, Pranayama, Guided Meditation and Relaxation.

  • Demonstrate fundamental knowledge of basic anatomy and physiology—muscles, bones, and systems

  • Demonstrate knowledge of Yoga History, Philosophy and Methodology


These skills will be evaluated during session Teachbacks. 

A minimum of 5 hours is required teaching as the Lead Instructor and will be incorporated into class training sessions.

You will conduct classes live as lead instructor amongst classmates and offer Community Yoga Classes.

Classmates will provide feedback to each other on each class offered.



Students will be given a series of assessments designed to support integration of content. The assignments include Homework on studied texts, Summaries/analyzation of specific documentaries, self-reflective based journaling, lesson reviews, and practice teaching exercises. The successful completion of these assessments is required for certification. All documentation be collected/reviewed in hardcopy or via email and will be reviewed by the Lead Trainer.


At-Home Assignments

Students attending training will be given assignments to complete between segments. These assignment will account for Non-Contact Hours.  These assignments will include attending personal yoga classes, Observing others teaching in a classroom setting, and developing Class Designs.  Students must satisfactorily complete and submit all assignments in hardcopy or email to receive certification. These assignments will be provided by the Lead Trainer In-Person or via email. All documentation be collected/reviewed in hardcopy or via email and will be reviewed by the Lead Trainer.




Yoga Anatomy & Physiology

Anatomy: 3 Bodies

  • Sthūla Śarira, Sūkṣma Śarira, Karaṇa Śarira

Anatomy: 5 Sheaths~ Panćakoṣa:

  • Annamaya Koṣa, Prāṇamaya Koṣa, Manomaya Koṣa, Vijñānamaya Koṣa, Ānandamaya Koṣa  

Physiology: Ćakras, Nadīs & Marmāmi

Physiology: Paṅca Vayus

  • 5 Subdoṣas of Vata / Directional Pranic Flow

  • Prana Vayu, Udāna Vayu, Samāna Vayu, Vyāna Vayu, Apana Vayu

Āsana for Ćakra Balancing


Ayurveda For Self Care

IMPORTANT: This portion of training does not offer certification to practice Ayurveda in any capacity.

You will NOT be certified to practice with the public, but will attain deep knowledge for Self-Care.

This training is not intended to teach trainees how to treat or diagnose mental or physical medical conditions.

Introduction to Ayurveda

  • Origins / History / Texts

  • Causes of Disease

  • Sānkhya Philosophy & Intro to Maha Guna (Psychology)

  • Paṇcamābhūtās: Elemental Qualities in Nature

  • Doṣas & Subdoṣas Explained

  • Prakṛti vs Vikṛtī

  • What’s Your Prakṛti?


Doṣa Cycles in Life & Nature

  • Dinaćarya: Doṣa Day (Ayurveda Circadian Rhythm)

  • Ritućarya:  Doṣa Seasons

  • Doṣa Lifecycle

  • Doṣa Moon Cycles

  • Daily Routines for Self-Care/Hormone Balance

  • Seasonal Routines & Home-based Cleansing


Ayurveda (& Yoga) Psychology & Behavior:  Vihara / Vichaar

  • The Vedic Perspective on Emotions

  • Introduction to Sānkhya Philosophy

  • Doṣa Guna Recap: Vata, Pitta, Kapha

  • Anxiety, Anger & Depression

  • Paṅca Koṣa: 5 Fields / 3 Bodies

  • Doṣa Cycles related to the way we feel

  • Prana, Tejas, Ojas Explained

  • Deeper Maha Guna: Our Mental/Emotional State

  • Convergence:  Vata, Pitta, Kapha in Sattva, Rajas & Tamas

  • Specific Practice & Steps to Take to Process & Balance

       ~Ayurveda 5 Sense Practices

       ~Ayurveda Foods to Support a Healthy Body, Specific Yoga, Specific Meditation


Ayurveda Anatomy, Physiology & Pathways

  • Introduction to 7 Dhatus (Tissues)

  • Understanding Prana (Energy) Transference

  • Introduction to Srotas (‘Channels’ & Physiology)

  • Understanding Root Causes

  • Ayurveda Pathology of ‘Nutrition’

  • Nidana Pañcaka/ Hetu:  Understanding Root Causes

  • Ayurveda Saṁprāpti Lite (Stages/Pathology of Imbalances)


Ahara (Food As Medicine)

  • Recap of Doṣa Guna

  • Ahara Rasa: Food As Medicine

  • Doṣic Digestion

  • The Ayurveda 6 Tastes

  • Rasa Karma:  Actions/Functions of Taste

  • Eating for your Doṣa (Mental & Emotional Balancing)

  • Ideal & Improper Food Combinations

  • Ayurvedic Eating Guidelines: WHAT, but also WHEN & HOW


Ayurveda Spices & Plants

  • Dravyaguṇakarma: Difference from Western Spices & Plants

  • The 7 Energetic Expressions of Nature Wellness

  • Karmic Actions of Nature Wellness


Clinical Cleansing / Panćakarma

  • Recap:  Why Do We Need to Cleanse? Types of Ama

  • Prana Transference / Cause of Ama Accumulation

  • Deeper Discussion on Pathways / Stages of Imbalance

  • Praśama: The Doṣa Overflow

  • Panćakarma for Wellness

  • Energy: Intro to Ćakras (More in Module 6)


Subtle Sense / Sūkṣma Ćikitsā

  • Asatmyendriyartha Samyoga: Feeding of the Senses

  • Tantmātrās:  5 Subtle Elements

  • Gandha Cikitsā:  Sense of Smell 

  • Rasa Cikitsā:  Sense of Taste 

  • Rupa Cikitsā:  Sense of Sight 

  • Sparśa Cikitsā:  Sense of Touch

  • Sabda Cikitsā:  Sense of Hearing


Yoga Śāstra I:  Philosophy & Beyond the Physical

  • Yoga Definition, Etymology, Origins & History

  • Yoga in America

  • The 5 Points of Yoga

  • The 7 Types of Yoga

  • True Meaning & Practice of Hatha

  • The Aṣtāṅga Yoga (8 Limbs)

  • - OUTER: Yamas, Niyamas, Āsana

  • - INNER: Pranayama, Pratyahara, Dhyana, Dharana, Samadhi

  • Traditional Pranayama Sadhna

  • Sankalpā (Intention)

  • Sadhana (Practice of Sacredness)

  • Savasana (The Aim)


Yoga Śāstra II:  Yoga For Your Doṣa

  • Ayurveda & Yoga Relationship

  • The 3rd Limb: The Role, Importance & Practice of Āsana

  • Asana per Doṣa Vikṛtī

  • Suggested Sequencing to Balance Vata, Pitta & Kapha

  • Vata Subdoṣas: The Paṅca Prana Vayus

  • Directional Flows of Prāṇic Energy

  • Suggested Āsana per Prāṇa Vayu


Deeper Knowledge & Balancing Practices Per Doṣa

  • The 4th Limb:  Prāṇāyāma (Breath Expansion)

  • Stages & 8 Types of Classical Prāṇāyāma Practice

  • The 7th Limb:  Dhyāna (Meditation) Per Doṣa

  • Mantra (Vibrational Chant) Per Doṣa

  • Mudra (The ‘Seal’) & Relationship to Pañcamahābhūta

  • Ćakras:  Additional Sūkṣma Ćikitsā  

       ~Relationship to Both Physical & Emotional States

       ~Relationship to Prana Vayu & Balancing Doṣa


Breakdown of Hours

Choose the Class Model that is Right For You!  Classes are Available as Follows:

  1.   In-Person at Sattvic Sage Ayurveda in Buckeye, AZ (with Hybrid Online Option)

  2.   In-Person at Soderworld Wellness Center in in Willowbrook IL (with Hybrid Online Option)

  3.   FULLY ONLINE from anywhere in the Country

  4.   HYBRID of both In-Person & Online when needed


Requirements for Completion:

Completion & Attendance of All Session Hours & Any Needed Make Up Hours

All Assigned Homework / 40-Class Attendance Log / Meditation Journal Sharing / Student Survey

20 Class Observations / Complimentary Community Class Offerings



Completion of YTT200HR Program - Transcript or Certification Proof Required

It is suggested that each student has previous experience by way of attending classes, lectures, inquiry or has engaged in self-awareness practices for at least 6 months.


Upon Completion:

When course requirements are met, a “Certificate of Completion” is issued.

You are considered a Certified Yoga Instructor: CYT500

This program not offer Job Placement Opportunities


Registration with Yoga Alliance:

To become a Registered Yoga Instructor (RYT500), the registration process is completed directly with Yoga Alliance.

This program is a YA RYS Registered School and may be included in the path to RYT500. 

This process is also explained in the Professional Development portion of the program.


Current CYT200 & RYT200:

The completion of hours and Certificate of Completion may be added to experiential hours for the path of CYT500 / RYT500.

If RYT500 is desired, Yoga Alliance will recognize your additional training hours through this program.


Academic Requirement:

  • Applicants must possess a high school diploma or GED and must attain 18 years of age prior to start of classes

  • Applicants should have English language fluency, as all classes will be taught in English

  • Applicants will have already completed a Level 1 - 200HR Program in any capacity


Recommended Reading / Books:

Detailed Book List Provided Upon Enrollment


Steps in the Application Process & Enrollment Registration:

  1. Emailed Request and /or Submission of Enrollment Form to

  2. Reply Email will contain Program Handbook / Class Schedule

  3. Phone Interview with Prospective Student by Lead Trainer / Confirmation of Acceptance

  4. Payment of $500.00 SEAT RESERVATION (Applied to Tuition) or Tuition Payment in Full (BELOW)

  5. Potential student signs and returns the 'Attestation & Acknowledgement' of Program Policies

All Policies, Attestation, Acknowledgement & Waiver HERE

Tuition Includes:

  • 300 Hours In Person & Online LIVE Sessions, Professional Presentations & Equipment

  • Full-Color Binder/Training Manual with Syllabus Overview, Class Schedule, Course Handbook, Class Notes / Handouts, Meditation Journal, Class Design Templates, Class Observation Templates and Personal Class Attendance Log

  • NOTE: PART 1 & 2 Handouts are printed and contained within binder

       - Subsequent Handouts are provided Electronically to print at student's discretion​

  • 7 E-Books:

'Yoga Anatomy' by Leslie Kaminoff

'The Bhagavad Gita' Explained

‘The Gheranda Samhita’

‘The Hatha Yoga Pradpika’

‘Raja Yoga’ by Swami Vivekananda

'Karma Yoga' by Swami Vivekananda

'Yin Yoga: Essential Poses and Sequences for Balanced Energy' by Diane Taylor 


Additional Required Books are not included and are at Student Expense.

Complete Book List Provided Upon Enrollment  ~ Does not exceed $100.





Classes include practice of Āsana, Pranayama,& Meditation, as well as coursework, practical experience / excursions to witness Yoga in its truest form - beyond the physical.

Many YTT Training programs offer just a scratch of the surface of the true Yoga practice by focusing only on physical postures, while missing any real focus on 7 other components of the 8-Fold Path – the most powerful pieces on the healing journey.  I wish to offer and share understanding of tradition, history, integrity and cultural (and yes, the PHYSICAL) pieces of this life-altering knowledge.



- History / Origins / Ṣatdarśana

- Immersion in the 8 Limbs of the Aṣtāṅga Path

- Contemplations of verses of Patanjali Yoga Sutras

- Sankya Philosophy

- Lineage of Krishnamacharya

- Hatha Pradpika / Bhagavad Gita

- Study of ŚuddiKriyas

- Introduction to the beauty of Sanskrit

- What is Tāntra, really?


Heavy in both Western & Yogic/Ayurvedic understandings of Anatomy, Physiology & Injury Prevention –

As well as the Subtle Energy body and modalities of Prana, Cakras, Nadīs and Marmas.



CHICAGO:  Visiting the Hindu Temple of Greater Chicago in Lemont, IL 

*** Meeting organizers and Swamis, experiencing Yoga Practice in its truest form


No other special weekend certification courses (or the added expense of those courses) in each style will be necessary.  Many YTT programs only certify with focus on Hatha & Vinyasa - then requiring special attendance of weekend workshops in all other styles that are typically $250-$350 each.   Here you will be prepared to offer each style - All included in Asana Study and Delivery – Including Prana Flow, Benefits, Sequencing and Teaching Skills. This is a huge cost savings.



Introduction to Ayurveda & Understanding Doṣas

The 6 Tastes of Ayurveda  Food & Plants

The Yoga & Ayurveda Relationship

Yoga Asana, Pranayama, Dhyana for balancing Vata, Pitta & Kapha

The movement of 5 Parana Vayus within Āsana.


I will guide you in understanding Code of Ethics, Scope of Practice, Legal Documents necessary for State or County, Waivers & Disclaimer Language, Music Suggestions as well as Copyright adherence, and much more!  Learn your practice options available as an employee or independent practitioner, tax rules, payment gateways and the best ways to share your offerings both in-person or ONLINE.



The aim & goal is setting forth Yoga Instructors with sincere quality & depth of understanding in both personal and public practice, and who are empowered with tradition - as well as knowledge, on how to offer and share yoga as a lifestyle, not just a ‘class’.  Yoga is not something we ‘do’, but what we ‘realize’.


Offering Guidance & Instruction in this sacred practice goes beyond “HOW”….but also “WHY”.

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