500 Hour Advanced Vinyasa Teacher Training

500 hour advanced vinyasa teacher training

CY500 is an ongoing program that may be complete within three years of enrollment. The course includes fifteen weekends (required and elective) and individual sessions with a CITYOGA mentor. The mentorship aspect of the program allows students to explore deeper dimensions of their personal learning goals and creates a friendly accountability relationship.

500 hour Advanced Teacher Training

This course is taught by an outstanding staff of teachers and experts, with Marsha Pappas as primary facilitator and Dave Sims as program manager. Local and nationally recognized guest teachers Rolf Gates, Kino MacGregor, Laurie Searles, Manoj Chalam, Eve Earley DC, CST, RYT, Carol Tharp-perrin just to name a few will deliver portions of the training based on availability and subject matter.

Along with becoming a more skillful yoga teacher, you will examine how you "show up" as a teacher today versus how you want to grow, evolve, and "show up" as a teacher tomorrow. It is important to embody this work, so committing to your own daily practice will be a big part of this training experience.

Program Description:
"The Conversation Goes Deeper..." Advanced teacher training will delve deep into specific aspects of yoga as well as review the principles and skills learned in the 200 hour teacher training program.

We will focus on the following areas:

  • Yoga philosophy and its practical applications for your daily life and teaching
  • Effectively creating themes and language for classes by interweaving ancient yogic wisdom into subtle contemporary language
  • Teaching special populations
  • Finding your own unique voice, vision, and calling as a teacher
  • Advanced asana, pranayama, kriyas, chanting, mantra, meditation techniques and methodologies
  • Physical and Energy anatomy taught by experts in the field and practical applications
  • Daily practice and journaling throughout training
  • Advanced Vinyasa sequencing
  • Ayurveda, nutrition, and much, much more.

We look forward to embarking on this journey with you!

Blessings, Marsha, Nikki and Dave

Through yoga, we learn to bring our attention to a particular area in our bodies, or in our lives, and keep it there - and the results are nothing short of miraculous. The only thing that seems certain is that we cannot imagine the power of a mind, a will, and a body refined by yoga. We must experience such transformation for ourselves."
– Rolf Gates


Lead Trainers:
Marsha Pappas E-RYT500

Program Manager
Dave Sims, E-RYT 500

Additional trainers and experts in their field may include, but are not limited to:
Nikki Myers E-RYT500 MBA, Yoga Therapist
Laurie Searles E-RYT500, RPYT, RCYT
Ann Collins MD, double board certified Family Physician & Integrative Medicine, RYT500 (Ayurveda)
Carol Tharp-Perin, E-RYT 500 (Ashtanga)
Dave Sims E-RYT500 (Meditation)
Eve Earley DC, CST, RYT, Cranial Sacral Therapist, (Energy healing)
Kino MacGregor Ashtanga yoga expert (Mudras, Bandas & Pranayama)
Rolf Gates E-RYT500, Author, Advanced Vinyasa
Master Teacher (Theming, Cuing, and Sequencing)

Required Reading List

If students have completed their 200 hour training outside of CITYOGA please read the following prior to the beginning of training;
Living Your Yoga
By Judith Lasater
Heart of Yoga
By t.k.v. desikachar

Required books for CY500:

Inside The Yoga Sutras
By Reverend Jaganath Carrera
Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
By Sri Swami Satchidananda
Teaching Yoga: Essential Foundations and Techniques
By Mark Stephens
Bhagavad Gita: A New Translation
By Stephen Mitchell
Functional Anatomy of Yoga: A Guide for Practitioners and Teachers
By David Keil

Recommended reading:

Yoga Sequencing: Designing Transformative Yoga Classes
By Mark Stephens
The Yoga-Sutra of Patanjali: A New Translation with Commentary
By Chip Hartranft
Hatha yoga Pradipika
By Swami Muktibodhananda
Meditations from the Mat: Daily Reflections on the Path of Yoga
By Rolf Gates
Meditations on Intentions + Being
By Rolf Gates
Yoga Adjustments: Philosophy, Principles, and Techniques
By Mark Stephens

Course Fee

Course Fee: $3900 + Books & Materials

$3,700 if paid in full at the start of training ($200 discount)
$400 deposit due upon registration
Flexible payment plans available


Weekend: June 17 - 19
Physical Body, Asana & The Art of Alignment (Annamaya kosha)

Weekend: July 15 – 17
Pratayhara and Sequencing(Annamaya kosha)

Weekend: September 23 – 25
Energy Body, Pranayama Explore Somatics & Yoga Nidra (Pranamaya kosha)
Yoga of Sensation
(core curriculum)

Weekend: October 14 - 16
Mind Body, Thinking (thoughts & emotions)
Yoga & Myth: Archetypes of Yogic Deities (Form & Formless) (Manomaya kosha)
(core curriculum)

Weekend: November 18 - 20
Ashtanga Yoga: Exploration of a traditional yoga path

Weekend: December 2 - 4
Gita Weekend – Wisdom, Character, Mantra, Meditation (Vijnanamaya Kosha)
(core curriculum)

Weekend: January 13, 14, 15, 2017
Advanced Postures Weekend
(core curriculum)

Weekend: February 17, 18, 19, 2017
Sequencing to Various Levels and Populations
(core curriculum)

Weekend: March 3 - 5, 2017
Working with Special Populations Emersion Weekend
with Chelsea Roff , internationally-recognized author, speaker, and the Founder and Director of Eat Breathe Thrive.

Weekend: March 10 - 12, 2017
Ashtanga: Exploring a Traditional Practice
Including Advanced Postures, Philosophy and Technique
with Kino MacGregor, international teacher, author, writer, world traveler, co-founder of Miami Life Center

Weekend: April 7 - 9, 2017
Jivamukti Immersion

Weekend: May 19 - 21, 2017
Ayurveda: Discovering the more than 3,000-year-old system of natural healing
(core curriculum)

Weekend: June 23 -25, 2017
How to Bring Yoga into Everyday Life
Includes Meditation on the run, Pratyahara on the go and much more
(core curriculum)

Weekend: August TBD, 2017
Meditation Weekend

Weekend: August TBD, 2017
Intro to Adjusting , Advanced Postures and Sequencing
(core curriculum)

Weekend: September 22 – 24, 2017
Yoga of Sensation: In depth experiential weekend looking at the subtle energy body, Pranayama, Somatics & Yoga Nidra (Pranamaya Kosha)
(core curriculum)

Apply Now
CLICK HERE to download the 500 Hour Advanced Teacher Training Application (PDF) For more information contact info@cityoga.biz 317.920.9642