Byron Yoga Centre’s 500 hour residential course encompasses both the 200 hour Level 1 and the 300 hour Level 2 courses. The courses are fully accredited with Yoga Alliance, so you achieve the higher status of a RYT 500 certification with one course. You will start your yoga teaching career with many advantages, not only an elevated certification but also in your skills, knowledge and confidence.
There are two residential course options for students to achieve their 500 hour certification with one course: a 50 day or a 40 day residential intensive. The course is comprised of three parts – Parts A, B and C.
Part A is pre-residential course correspondence preparation. Part B is the 40 day residential program, however there are options for how you complete Part C:
The Premier Course: With the 50 Day Residential Intensive your Part C is included so you will gain your 500 hour certification on completion. Bonus: An additional option with the Premier Course is to undertake further online units in your own time and gain your Certificate IV in Yoga Teaching, one of the highest levels of yoga teaching qualification in Australia and internationally.
The Concise Course: If you choose the 40 Day Residential Intensive you will be required to complete the Part C as correspondence components, approx 100 hours post residential before you gain your 500 hour certification. You will leave with a Level 1 200 hour certificate.
The Premier Course: 50 Day Residential Intensive with extended practical teaching opportunities
Price from $9250 (includes all meals and 49 nights in quad (4) share room with shared bathroom. Other accommodation options subject to cost and availability)
Earlybird Price from $8950*– offer only available for bookings made more than 8 weeks prior to course commencement.
In the Premier course option you start the initial online units for the 500 hour certificate 6 weeks before the residential course. You can work through the pre-intensive assignments and practical components in your own time while being fully supported through Skype supervision.
The 50 day residential course at Byron Yoga Retreat Centre is an all inclusive experience that encompasses your Level 1 and your Level 2 trainings. While the timetable is intensive, you will be mentored by experienced trainers and benefit from the tranquillity and community of the Byron Yoga Retreat Centre.
On successful completion of the 50 day residential course you will be awarded your Level 2 – to make you a 500 hour certified yoga teacher.
Part A pre-course preparation: approx 40-55 hours
Includes online study, practising asana with Byron Yoga Centre’s DVDs and some Skype supervised sessions with our trainers. It is recommended you allow 4-6 weeks to complete these elements.
Part B the first 40 days of the residential intensive (see Course Content below).
Part C a 10 day residential intensive that offers a fantastic learning experience for those seeking a career in yoga. The units you will study include managing & marketing a business, first aid and health & safety – all valuable to those thinking of running or managing a studio or seeking private students. Participants will also have the opportunity for additional practical teaching of public classes plus enjoy additional advanced workshops and practical sessions. (see sample program below).
The Premier Course 50 day residential option is ideal for those looking for an advanced training and to receive their certification on successful completion of the residential course. By completing the Part C as part of the residential course you will be ready to start your yoga teaching career when you leave Byron Yoga Retreat Centre.
A major advantage of the Premier course is that you have the opportunity to learn additional skills for a career in the yoga world and to teach additional public classes at Byron Yoga Retreat Centre. You will also be supported in completing the Part C online, post course elements, while a resident at the Byron Yoga Retreat Centre.
We recommend the Premier Course 50 day residential as the most thorough and holistic option.
The Concise Course: 40 Day Residential Intensive with supervised correspondence components
Price from $8500 (includes all meals and 39 nights in quad (4) share room with shared bathroom, other accommodation options subject to cost and availability)
Earlybird Price $8300* – offer only available for bookings made more than 8 weeks prior to course commencement.
In this option you complete the pre-residential intensive preparation hours in your own time and can start this pre-prep 6 weeks before the residential course. You will also need to complete some components after the residential course before you achieve your Level 2 and the 500 hour certification.
The 40 day residential course at Byron Yoga Retreat Centre is an all inclusive experience that encompasses your Level 1 and your Level 2 trainings. While the timetable is intensive, you will be mentored by experienced trainers and benefit from the tranquillity and community of the eco haven on the outskirts of Byron Bay.
As this option is just 40 days you will still need to complete further practical and online elements in your own time under the Skype supervision of our trainers before being awarded you Level 2 for your 500 hour certification. You will gain your 200 hour Level 1 Certificate on successful completion of that component (approx 20 days of the residential) so you start teaching as soon as you leave Byron Yoga Retreat Centre.
Part A pre-course preparation: approx 40-55 hours
Includes online study, practicing asana with Byron Yoga Centre’s DVDs and some preparation Skype supervised sessions with our trainers. It is recommended you allow 4-6 weeks to complete this Part A.
Part B 40 day residential intensive (see Course Content below)
Part C practical and online study: approx 100 hours
Post residential course work including e-learning, Skype supervised sessions, attending classes and journaling your practice teaching experience. Or you can choose to book into one or more of our Modular Trainings and the hours can be used towards completing the required hours.
This Concise Course 40 day residential option is for those with less time for the residential intensive component. You will undertake the pre-course Part A and so arrive for the intensive fully prepared. Although you will gain your Level 1 200 hour certificate on completion of those units (approx 20 days of the residential course) you will only receive your Level 2 for your 500 hour certification on completion of Part C. In the Concise option Part C is comprised of our online study system with supervised support from our trainers, practical teaching experience and completing a journal of classes, teaching and yogic practices.
The 40 day residential course is only recommended for those who do not have the time to join the Premier 50 day program (check out the price difference and you will see we make the extra 10 days fantastic value – as we prefer you to have the Premier experience).
Each of our lead teachers have over 20 years of knowledge and expertise. Under the guidance of veteran yoga teachers, John Ogilvie and Kara Goodsell the teaching staff on this course are experienced and dedicated. You’ll be inspired by our resident and guest yoga teachers alike, who ‘walk their talk’, living the yoga lifestyle, and are all knowledgeable and passionate about their subjects. All are passionate about supporting you in your continuing yoga journey.
Other experienced teachers include:
Part A: Pre course prep
The preparation / study for the 500 hour Teacher Training Course begins at least 4-6 weeks before course commencement date. You will complete approx 40-55 hours of online and self study. This will include practising with a DVD of the Purna Yoga sequences for Level 1 and Level 2, learning the sanskrit names of poses and completing some pre course reading.
Part B: 40 day residential
The Part B residential consists of an intense 40 day program covering a broad range of fascinating subjects all aimed at deepening your understanding of not just the postures, but also philosophy and the yogic lifestyle. You will also enjoy asana, pranayama and meditation classes with senior teachers to deepen your own practice and most importantly benefit from the opportunity to teach public classes.
The course comprises of approx 20 days to complete your Level 1 200 hour qualification and then 20 days of study for your Level 2 300 hour. Students who select to stay for the 50 days will go on to complete their Part C, units designed to give students a broader knowledge base and additional skills. Participants in the Premier course also have extended practical teaching opportunities and, subject to successfully finishing assignments will gain the 300 hour qualification to become a 500 hour RYT at the end of the 50 day residential. Those on the 40 day program will need to complete the Part C in their own time before Level 2 certification.
By committing to this intensive and sustained period of study you will not only gain in-depth knowledge and extensive skills, you will also build confidence in your teaching and develop a teaching style.
Over the 40 days, practical and lecture sessions will include the following:
- Level 1 and Level 2 Asana techniques, alignment, modifications and variations
- Teaching Methodology and Language for beginner and intermediate yoga classes
- Adjusting and correcting students
- Sequencing and Advanced sequencing for classes and private students
- Applied Anatomy and Physiology: Level 1 and Level 2
- Yoga Philosophy, focus on the 8 Limbs and the Yoga Sutras
- Lifestyle & Ethics for Yoga Teachers
- Meditation and pranayama practices and teaching methods
- Teaching Practice with feedback from senior teachers
- Refining your teaching skills with ongoing practice teaching opportunities
Premier Course Part C: 10 day residential
During the additional 10 day residential intensive students will participate in the following units and also attend advanced workshops. If you choose to complete the accompanying online assessments as post residential work you will be on the way to achieving your Certificate IV plus the units are transferable within the VETAB education system. These units are:
- YGTWOR401A Work within a yoga school framework
- YGTPRC402A Perform a range of Yoga practices
- YGTTEA403A Teach a general yoga class
- HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety
- HLTAAP001 Recognise healthy body systems in a health care context
- HLTAID003 Provide first aid
- BSBSMB405 Monitor and manage small business operations
- TAEDEL401 Plan, organise and deliver group-based learning
- CHCLAH006 Coordinate planning, implementation and monitoring of leisure and health programs
- CHCCOM006 Establish and manage client relationships
Students will also enjoy sessions with senior teachers:
- Advanced workshops and practical sessions
- Asana, pranayama and meditation classes
- Additional supervised practical teaching of public classes
On successful completion of these elements and the assignments you will gain your Level 2 300 hour qualification and, combined with the Level 1 200 hour you would have already completed, will form your 500 RYT certification.
Bonus: An additional option with the Premier Course is to undertake further online units in your own time and gain your Certificate IV in Yoga Teaching, one of the highest levels of yoga teaching qualification in Australia and internationally. You will be given information on this no-extra-cost option during your final 10 days of the residential.
OR Concise Course Part C: Approx 100 hours post residential
In the 40 day Concise option Part C is undertaken in your own time. It comprises the maintaining of a personal journal of self-practice and of teaching experience plus online study units. You will gain your Level 1 certification while on the residential course but you must complete the post residential Part C before achieving your Level 2 and to achieve the 500 RYT certification.
Example of daily timetable 40 day residential
|6:00am||-||8:00am||Asanas class with senior teachers / practical teaching classes|
|9:00am||-||10:30am||Practical and Lectures|
|11:00am||-||12:30am||Practical and Lectures|
|12:30pm||-||2:00pm||Lunch and free time|
|2:00pm||-||3:30pm||Practical and Lectures|
|4:00pm||-||6:00pm||Practical and Lectures|
|7:00pm||-||8:00pm||Practical and Lectures|
Example of daily timetable for the additional 10 day residential (Premier Course)
|6:00am||-||7:30am||Practice teaching or participating in public yoga classes|
|7:30am||-||8:00am||Pranayama and Meditation|
|9:00am||-||12:00pm||Study units / Lectures|
|12:00pm||-||2:00pm||Lunch and free time
|2:00pm||-||4:00pm||Attend Special Yoga Teaching Clinics/Workshops|
|4:00pm||-||6:00pm||Practice teaching / participating in public yoga classes / study time|
|7:00pm||-||8:00pm||Practical and Lectures / study time
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A deposit of $600 is payable on registration and all bookings must be paid in full 6 weeks before course start date. However we still accept bookings up until the day of the course. We offer internet banking and credit card facilities.