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Austin Yoga Institute at Energies Balanced
500 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Course
After completion of our program you are eligible to registered through Yoga Alliance as a 500 Hour RYT
Why choose our program?
9 out of 10 people who have been certified to teach yoga do not feel confident enough to teach due to lack of actual teaching experience in their program. Our unique 500 hour yoga training/apprenticeship advanced studies program offers students an extensive knowledge of how to teach yoga asana with success and confidence. From the beginning of your training with us you will be teaching yoga asana to your fellow classmates and slowly progressing to having your own class of 10 - 20 students at a public event.
Along with over 100 hours of anatomy and physiology, and hands on training during your module training weekends and separate Energies Balanced yoga class apprenticeship sessions, you will be teaching at Energies Balanced Yoga Studio and events before graduating our program.
You will be taught therapeutic alignment principles in your asana training, along with prenatal instruction, misalignment issues such as scoliosis, joint issues, and other structural and visceral conditions.
We understand that Yoga is much more than the asana, so we have incorporated a full yoga philosophy and pranayama course into our program. Our program also includes a 3-day immersion, where students will spend hours together training with their instructors in an all inclusive weekend in the Texas Hill Country.
Our program provides students with many opportunities to teach the public in order to ensure wisdom and confidence in their teaching skills before graduating. After graduation, your program instructors will still be available to you through extended apprenticeships and mentorships. We also offer select students the ability to continue to teach with Energies Balanced after they graduate.
We provide you with the knowledge to have a sound Yoga teaching practice after you graduate from our program through our business side of our curriculum. Our business program will allow you to develop the skills to organize your own yoga classes, yoga retreats, yoga workshops, and other events. You will even have the knowledge to open up your own yoga studio if desired. For those of you who are not quite interested in teaching after graduating, this is still a very good way to deepen your yoga practice from all levels.
This course is hands on with the majority time spent with your instructors. Our program requires a large amount of commitment and a strong dedication to learning. You must be teachable and able to understand and use constructive criticism. Our curriculum is high in intensity and does require you to spend time away from the class room performing such tasks as homework, volunteer activities and more, in order to keep up with certain program requirements. Please see the list below for program enrollment prerequisites.
Program enrollment prerequisites:
1. Attend yoga classes with Lisa Johnson before enrollment.
2. Already certified teachers must fill out our placement discovery questionnaire below.
About Your Instructors
Lisa Jay Johnson
Lisa has over 10,000 hours of teaching experience with the majority of that time spent studying and teaching therapeutic alignment principles. She has lead multiple yoga retreats and workshops. Lisa believes that effort, hard work, efficiency, and an interest in learning will allow her students to thrive in their teaching practice and in their lives. She is a life long mentor to all her students and supports each and everyone's individual growth and development on and off the mat. Lisa holds an Iyengar Introductory Level 1 and 2 certification, and continues to educate herself in her field in order for her students to get the most out her teaching.
has a 17 year full time back ground in massage and therapeutic body work. Todd has studied and practiced therapeutic alignment in asana for over 10 years. Todd is dedicated to finding the most efficient and beneficial techniques to teach to his students. He believes that yoga asana is primary medicine as it teaches one to be able to heal themselves rather than relying on others to facilitate the body's healing process. Todd is dedicated to his student's success and well being through this program and beyond.
Peggy is the founder of the Austin Yoga Institute. She began her study of Yoga in the late 60’s in Cambridge, Massachusetts, having since studied with Senior Yoga teachers in Europe, Canada, and the US. In India, Peggy has studied with B.K.S., Geeta, and Prashant Iyengar, and other Yoga masters.
She began teaching yoga in British Columbia over 30 years ago and has taught in Mexico, Europe, and the southwest United States. She was a founding member of the Iyengar Yoga Association of the US and served from 1990-1994.
She is certified to teach and to recommend teachers for certification. In addition to her yoga training, Peggy has studied insight Meditation with Rodney Smith and Ayurveda with Bri. Maya Tiwari, David Frawley and The American Institute of Ayurveda, where she received her certificate in 2003.
Devon holds a B.A. in anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania, an M.A. in geography from the University of New Mexico, and is nationally certified to teach in the Iyengar tradition. Devon began formal practice of Iyengar Yoga in 1978, and since then has studied with senior-level Iyengar teachers both here and abroad, as well as with Mr. Iyengar, his son Prashant and his daughter Geeta in Pune. She has taught since 1980 in New Mexico, Africa, and Texas, and opened Clear Spring Studio in Austin in the spring of 1990, inviting all Iyengar teachers to join in the first dedicated yoga studio in Austin.
Devon has also worked with Peggy Kelley and other teachers on Iyengar teacher training projects for over twenty years, and recently rewrote the Austin Iyengar Yoga teacher training curriculum. She also likes art and craftwork.
1. Can I take a partial program?
No, the 500 hour training must be taken for 16 months.
2. What if I have to miss a module or part of a module?
No problem, you will still receive your syllabus for that module along with everything we went over for the weekend stored in our cloud service. You can make up the module weekend hours through the module homework, extra apprenticeship hours. You will still be charged for your missed module via your payment plan.
3. Will I need a computer or hand held device to take this program.
Yes, your module syllabus and any materials will be provided once to you. If you lose any hand outs including the syllabus they will be conveniently stored in our cloud storage system. We will also be posting all media from the module weekends, including important audio and film of what we went over during the module weekend.
4. What if I miss a payment, or my payment is declined?
All payments will be set up to recurring during the duration of your payment plan. If you need to miss a payment, you need to give us 14 days notice before the payment is due, and then reschedule the payment missed for another date. If your payment is declined, you will be asked to make it up within 3 business days of your payment being declined.
5. What if I can not attend the 2 mandatory classes per week with an Energies Balanced instructor?
2 classes per week is mandatory. If you have to miss a class on any given week, you can make those up during the duration of your program.
6. What will my certification be in?
Your will be certified for 500 hours in Traditional Hatha Yoga with a strong foundation in therapeutic alignment principles.
How often do we meet?
Students meet once a month for 15 hours for their 14 module training weekends. 4 hours on Friday evenings from 6 pm-10 pm. 6 hours on Saturday from 10:45 am to 4:45 pm. 5 hours on Sunday from 10:30 am to 3:30 pm. There are no regular weekend training modules in the months of July and December, however, weekly class attendance and monthly apprenticeship requirements are still in place for July and December.
Students will also be required to attend a 3 day/30 contact hour immersion training in November.
Program duration: 16 months with 2 months off during the program in July and December. Mandatory classes and apprenticeships are still expected to be completed during July and December.
Students are required to attend 2 classes a week and 2 apprenticeship classes a month with your course instructors at Energies Balanced for the duration of the program.
Students are required to attend 2 Yoga retreats during the course and work 10 hours during each retreat.
Program Content Hours:
210 Module Weekend Training Hours
192 EB Yoga Class Attendance Hours
30 Hour Yoga Immersion Intensive Weekend
48 Apprenticeship Hours
20 Business Hours
Over 70 Asanas Asana Adjustment
Pranayama Teaching & Demonstration Protocol
Anatomy & Physiology Group Practice
Yoga Philosophy Yoga Anatomy
Business of Yoga Apprenticeship
Teaching to the public
Tuition costs & mandatory requirements:
We offer very reasonable tuition fees so that our students have the ability to do more with their money and time with us.
500 Hour Program:
No previous yoga training is needed for the 500 hour training.
16 Month Teacher Training Program Tuition Cost: $4,500.00.
Upon registration there is a NON-REFUNDABLE $1,500.00 down payment due.
Students may pay all their tuition and class fees upfront.
Installment Options: For options 2-5, once you pay the down payment you will be set up on a recurring payment plan through our Mind Body merchant system.
Option 1: You can pay your entire course tuition upfront with a 3% discount off the total. This option is $4,365.00.
Option 2: After $1,500.00 program registration down payment, 14 payments total of: $214.29 per month.
Option 3: After $1,500.00 program registration down payment, 16 payments total of: $187.50 per month.
Option 4: After $1,500.00 program registration down payment, you can pay half the remaining balance ($1,500.00) upon program start date and the other remaining balance ($1,500.00) due 8 months after program start date.
Option 5: After $1,500.00 program registration down payment, you make 4 installments ($750.00) towards the remainder of the tuition until your program date is finished. Payments would be made every 4 months from program start date for a total of 4 tuition payments.
Once accepted applicants are required to submit their credit card information upon registration in order to set up a recurring tuition payment schedule based on one of the 4 installment options above for the duration of the teacher training program.
$1,500 Down Payment
Full Tuition Cost With 3% Discount
Mandatory requirements & other costs:
-All interested applicants must apply and be approved in order to be registered into the program.
-2 Yoga Classes with any approved Energies Balanced Program Instructors at Energies Balanced Yoga Studio at least 2 times per week. We encourage you to attend our classes more than twice a week, and you can do so at a $5.00 class fee.
-2 Yoga Class Apprenticeships with approved Energies Balanced yoga teachers - included in tuition fee.
-Attendance of 2 Energies Balanced Retreats per year with 10 hours work/trade for each retreat - $175.00 per retreat - cost not included in tuition.
-Attendance of 10 hours of approved yoga workshops during the duration of your training.
- Program course manual, text books, and apps aprox. $150.00 - not included in tuition fee.