ADVANCED YOGA TEACHER
TRAINING PROGRAM [300 HOURS]
Next Training: March 1-Aug. 3, Fridays, 5:30-8:30 PM PST + Saturdays, 9:00-5:00 PM PST
[March 1 + 2, March 29+30, May 3 + 4, May 31 + June 1, July 12 + 13, Aug, 2 + 3]
2025 Training: Feb, 28-Aug. 2, Fridays, 5:30-9:30 PM PST + Saturdays, 9:00-5:00 PM PST
[Feb. 28 + March 1, Apr. 4 + 5, May 2 +3, June 6 _ 7, July 11 + 12, Aug, + 2]
This is an official, multi-accredited certification.
Internationally Accredited 300 Hour through the Yoga Alliance (300-HOUR RYS)
Board Certificated through The American Association of Natural Wellness Practitioners (AANWP)
Board Certification by the AADP (American Association of Drugless Practitioners)
Course is a part of the 1000 HOURS Holistic Health Practitioner Program but can be taken a separate certification
Programas de certificacion disponible en español.
Course can be completed in studio or live online via zoom.
The training is limited to a set number of students to ensure your educational experience is supported fully.
The advanced yoga teacher training is designed for a previously registered 200-hour yoga teacher who is looking to bring their personal practice and offerings as a teacher to the next level. The course involves a deep study of Hatha Yoga and Karma Yoga on various advanced levels seeing yoga as more than asana and understanding how to allow the yoga’s sacred philosophy to live on in today’s modern society.
The coursework will foster an enhanced understanding and experience as compared to the content of the RYS 200 training. It goes above the understanding of foundational techniques, training and practice sessions. The enrollee should have a strong understanding on the 200-hour level concepts but also a great dedication to expand and advance in the field of yoga. This 300(plus)-hour journey is a diverse and advanced mix of analytical training in how to teach and practice the techniques of yoga, while providing guided teachings and experiences for the enrollee’s own healing and growth as a human, and internship and mentorship practicums in which the enrollee provides an opportunity to embody and practice the concepts discussed in the conscious lecture portion of the training to diverse and specialized populations.
200-HOUR Yoga Teacher Training Certificate from an accredited institution
Special note: The advanced yoga teacher does not need to yet be able to complete or practice advanced yoga nor teach at the advanced level. The training is providing the foundation to be able to do this competently upon graduation.
The advanced yoga teacher training program is comprised of four parts: (1) coursework (2) internship experience (3) mentorship facilitation program (4) the business of yoga
The program is a 7 month journey in which the enrollee meets one weekend a month for 7 months to complete the coursework. During the 7 month period. the internship, mentorship + business of yoga are completed at the enrollee's chosen time(s).
Part 1: Coursework: In these courses you will dive deep into yoga philosophy. Course study includes deep and advanced study of the sacred yoga texts (Hatha Yoga Pradipika, The Yoga Sutras + The Bhagavad Gita), advanced study of yoga mythology in relation to the asana and other yogic concepts, advanced understanding of yoga’s diverse history and understanding your part in yoga’s present to lead the ground for the future of yoga, chanting, advanced asana, breathwork and meditation. Coursework does not relate heavily on the postures of yoga [this was to be learned in the 200-Hour] but focues on the philopshy + sacredness of the ancient practice. The coursework stretches your mind, spriuituality and emotions as opposed to your physical body.
Part 2: Internship Experience: You will intern at the Yoga With Shawna in studio (either in person or online) leading an "advanced" yoga class that you create and implement the studies and wisdom gathered in the training and demonstrate your understanding of it through teaching a class that provides an example of living the teachings. This provides a real life opportunity to speak about the concepts you are learning and help your students embody them further advancing their practice. This class can be targeted to a diverse or specialized group of students as well. The commitment is 24 classes.
Part 3: Mentorship Facilitation Program: Part of being an advanced yoga teacher is being a leader. In this 300-Hour Yoga Teacher Training program you will be paired up with a novice yoga teacher or teacher in training and work as a mentor to them or a new yoga student who needs assistance and help them with the practice. You will help them with their questions and experiences. Roles of this experience may include: for new teachers: taking their classes and providing feedback, helping them plan classes or facilitate in tasks needed to a run class in a successful yoga studio, teaching them concepts on how to live the yoga off the mat and be an example to the public, helping refine their knowledge of the asana, cueing, sequencing, adjusting and 200-hour level yoga philosophy and/or providing insight and inspiration to their career or role as a yoga teacher; for students: leading one-on-ones that break down the yoga practice and create a practice effective for the new student. The mentorship helps raise scholarship money. Commitment is 30 hours.
Part 4: The Business of Yoga: During the training you will create and/or refine your yoga business plan, set goals for yourself and your business and develop the tapas necessary to take your business to the level you intend. There will be a monthly projection plan along with a portion of the weekly courses dedicated to the business of yoga.
YOGA PHILOSOPHY, LIFESTYLE + ETHICS FOR YOGA TEACHERS: 30 HOURS
ANATOMY + PHILOSOPHY: 25 HOURS
TEACHING METHODOLOGY: 25 HOURS
TECHNIQUES, TRAINING, + PRACTICE : 50 Hours
MENTORSHIP: 30 HOURS
INTERNSHIP: 50 HOURS
ANALYSIS + UNDERSTANDING OF SACRED YOGA TEXTS: 50 HOURS
THE BHAGAVAD GITA: Includes dissecting and meditating on this powerful text, sharing its wisdom with others in an applicable way and using its teachings to practice and teach Karma Yoga and connect with the symbolic lessons of this epic text.
THE YOGA PRADPIKA: Includes deep study of this text and applying its teachings to your practice and your offerings including advanced level asana, pranayama, mudra and meditation.
THE YOGA SUTRAS: Includes vast comparison of various translations of this work along with translating the text to your interpretation and applying its teachings to your every day life.
THE MYTHOLOGY OF YOGA: Includes advanced understanding of various mythology provided in yoga to elevate the practice.
THE ADVANCED HISTORY OF YOGA:15 HOURS Includes understanding how and where yoga came from and how it has evolved including the history of the asanas while understanding how to preserve the teachings of yoga to invest in yoga's future.
CHANTING 10 HOURS:
Includes learning various chants for your personal practice to expand your frequency and understanding ways to teach these chants to your students in an applicable way.
THE BUSINESS OF YOGA 15 HOURS:
Includes creating and maintaining monthly goals to build and sustain your current yoga career, resume writing, 101 on starting and maintaining a business, licensing, permits, insurance, marketing, etc.
ABOUT THE INSTITUTION + COURSE FACILITATOR
Yoga With Shawna (The Holistic Health School of San Diego) is a 5 star rated
accredited institution offering various programs + certifications in the science of
holistic health. The school was founded in 2012 and has certified thousands of
students locally, nationally and internationally. The institution provides accreditation
internationally recognized through the Yoga Alliance + board ceritifcations through
The American Association of Natural Wellness Practitioners (AANWP) + Board
Certification by the AADP (American Association of Drugless Practitioners)
accreditation through the International Association of Reiki Professional (IARP).
What is unique about this institution is it is also a community center and yoga studio
offering the opportunity for the school's graduates to intern to gain real life
experience. Dependent on the program, the student's education will be fostered +
supported through interning either during and/or after the completion of the
program(s). We learn from doing and this institute provides the space to do.
You will be learning directly from the founder, writer, and creator of the curriculum,
Shawna Schenk. While many other schools hire others to teach programs they have
created, Shawna, the founder, both writes + teaches the programs. Aside from
having thousands of hours + certifications + diplomas in various holistic health
modules, has a BA in Education, BA in Sociology + MA in Rhetoric + Curriculum
Development. Shawna has been an educator since 2006. Prior to opening her own
school, community center, and yoga studio, she was a post secondary professor at 10 different colleges in universities
online + on the east + west coast for 7 years. Shawna has experience in understanding teaching pedagogy and understanding learning styles and human interactions to teach all levels of students. She has certified students with various learning disorders, physical disabilities and PTSD along with certifying students as young at 12 and "old" as 76. She is a published author of over 12 books, workbooks + manuals.
The main thing about Shawna is she will always be genuine with you. She started this work on her own journey of finding health and wellness after battling anxiety and depression + being medicated for it for many years. Through holistic health
she has found her peace and restored her health. She cares deeply about passing this on to others and believes it is a priceless tool that saves lives and that it is everyone's birthright to feel peace + happiness.
Different from many institutions, as a student in these programs you will work with the person who created the curriculum. Shawna is lead [and sole] instructor in every program offered at the school. She feels this is very important because she wrote the program, and she knows the program. This school focuses on nurturing and enriching your education with a
highly competent instructor. With this, Shawna is also the founder of San Diego Yoga Festival + the co-owner of the yoga retreat center in Twentynine Palms, CA, Desert Dimension which provides students the unique opportunity to be a part of these successful projects through interning or working there.
$4999 + plus cost of learning materials
$500 deposit reserves your spot + is applied to full payment.
$1,000 scholarship opportunities
Payment plans available
Extra fees include learning materials of 3 manuals
Certification processing fee: waived for students who complete the training by due dates and do not need an extension.
Course is non-refundable + nontransferable. Students are required to complete coursework by required due dates + fulfill all requirements to earn the certificate. One extension may be requested in writing. If approved, students will have to pay an additional $99 certification processing fee. Failure to complete the course results in failure to earn
Space is limited.