Are you ready to “go deep” and explore the very essence of Yoga… the idea of “union”? Then welcome home.
Soul of Yoga Institute’s 500-Hour Advanced Studies Program is designed especially for 200-Hour Registered Yoga Teachers who wish to pursue a 500-Hour Yoga Alliance Certification. Soul of Yoga Advanced Training is also open to any individual who would like to deepen their knowledge of Yoga and their practice for spiritual living.
You’ll learn a broad array of valuable teaching and healing resources for every individual. A well balanced offering of required courses as well as specialty electives provides a unique combination of therapeutic application and spiritual exploration.
Whether learning about alignment, anatomy, philosophy and therapy or delving deep into your spirituality, our Advanced Studies students will receive the best instruction available from some of the most acclaimed instructors in the world.
One of the most valuable offerings of the Soul of Yoga Institute is our celebrated faculty, which includes many highly acclaimed and world-renowned Master Teachers. Each instructor provides varied educational and experiential teachings that blend together to form a rich amalgam of learning opportunities for every student to enjoy and be enriched by. This makes for a dynamic, passionate, comprehensive program that fosters inspired and knowledgeable RYT 500 hour trained teachers.
General Information on the 500 Hour Training Programs
Students are required to take:
Students then have the option of taking the additional 150 hours of study through their choice of elective tracks:
Successful completion of a 200-hour Yoga teacher training
Non-Local Training Tuition
300hr = $3900
500hr (200 and 300 hour programs combined) = $5400
Yoga Therapy = $10,500
Local Training Tuition ($83/month for unlimited yoga)
300hr = $4900 includes one year unlimited yoga classes
500hr = $6645 includes 15 months unlimited yoga classes
Yoga Therapy = $12, 492 includes with two years unlimited yoga classes
$250 off by paying in full before the start of your first module
$400 Early Bird discount – valid up to 1 months before the start of your first module.
20% discount military and senior (not to be combined with any other discount)
$100 discount if you refer a friend to the program
Soul of Yoga Institute 200 Hour Alumni Discounts:
$900 if within 45 days of graduation – may not be combined with any other discount
$200 anytime 45 days after graduation – can be combined with any other discount
Registration is easy!
Option 1: Apply Online
1. Download and complete an application in its entirety.
2. Soul of Yoga will review your application. Once accepted, you shall receive a Welcome Packet that includes an introductory letter, payment plan options, and essential Advanced Program details.
3. Provide an $700 non-refundable/transferable deposit via check or credit card within five business days of acceptance to guarantee your space in Soul of Yoga Institute. Checks should be made to “Soul of Yoga.”
We welcome your questions and comments and would love to help you further your glorious yoga journey. Please feel free to contact the Sundara Admissions Department at 760.943.7685 or via email at Sundara@SoulofYoga.com with any questions.
Leslie Kaminoff – Yoga Anatomy
Leslie Kaminoff is a Yoga educator inspired by the tradition of T.K.V. Desikachar. He is an internationally recognized specialist with 30 years of experience in the fields of Yoga, breath anatomy, and bodywork. He has led workshops for many of the leading Yoga associations, schools, and training programs in America. Leslie currently practices in New York City and Great Barrington, Massachusetts. He is the founder of the Yoga blog, “e-Sutra,” and “The Breathing Project,” a New York City Yoga studio dedicated to the teaching of individualized, breath-centered Yoga. Leslie teaches The Breathing Project’s unique yearlong course in Yoga anatomy, and is the co-author with Amy Matthews of the bestselling book, “Yoga Anatomy” published by Human Kinetics.
Nischala Joy Devi – The Energy Bodies Yoga Sutras
NISCHALA JOY DEVI is a master teacher and healer. For over 30 years she has been highly respected as an international advocate for her innovative way of expressing Yoga and its subtle uses for spiritual growth and complete healing. She was a monastic student of the world renowned Yogiraj Sri Swami Satchidananda and offered her expertise in developing the yoga portion of The Dean Ornish Program for Reversing Heart Disease and the Commonweal Cancer Help Program.
With her knowledge of yoga and her experience in assisting those with life-threatening diseases, she created The Healing Path of Yoga, and the “Abundant Well-Being Series” CD’s. Yoga of the Heart, a training and certification program for Yoga teachers and health professionals designed to adapt Yoga practices to the special needs of that population.
Nischala Devi is now directing her energies to bringing the feminine heart perspective back into spirituality and the scriptures in her new book, The Secret Power of Yoga, a woman’s guide to the heart and spirit of the Yoga Sutras and The Secret Power of Yoga audio book (Nautilus Book Award Winner).
Durga Leela BA, CAS, PKS, Yoga Acharya
Durga Leela BA, CAS, PKS, Yoga Acharya, is the founder of Yoga of Recovery. She is a Certified Yoga Teacher E-RYT 500 through the Sivananda lineage and extensively trained in Meditation and Vedanta. A Clinical Ayurvedic and Pancha Karma Specialist, Durga trained both in the US and India and has served as the Director of the Ayurveda Programs at the Yoga Farm in California since 2003. She is a professional member and speaker for the National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA) and International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT), also a member of Yoga Alliance. Durga has worked on her own path of recovery and has been a grateful member of 12 step fellowship for over 14 years.
Richard C. Miller, PhD – iRest
Richard C. Miller, is a clinical psychologist, author, researcher, yogic scholar and spiritual teacher. For over 40 years, Richard Miller has devoted his life and work to integrating the nondual wisdom teachings of Yoga, Tantra, Advaita, Taoism and Buddhism with Western psychology. Among his mentors were Jean Klein, T.K.V. Desikachar and Stephen Chang.
Richard is the founding president and CEO of the Integrative Restoration Institute, co-founder of The International Association of Yoga Therapy and founding editor of the professional Journal of IAYT. He is also a founding member and past president of the Institute for Spirituality and Psychology and a senior advisor for the Baumann Foundation for the study of Awareness and its impact on well-being.
Author of Yoga Nidra: The Meditative Heart of Yoga, Richard serves as a research consultant studying the iRest Yoga Nidra protocol that he has developed (Integrative Restoration ~ iRest, a modern adaptation of the ancient nondual meditation practice of Yoga Nidra) researching its efficacy on health, healing and well-being with diverse populations including active-duty soldiers, veterans, college students, children, seniors, the homeless, the incarcerated, and people experiencing issues such as sleep disorders, PTSD, chemical dependency, chronic pain, and related disorders.
Laura Plumb – Vedic Astrology
Laura Plum is an internationally recognized expert teacher of Ayurveda, Yoga, and Jyotish. As Cofounder of the Deep Yoga School of Healing Arts, she writes, teaches, and leads retreats and workshops on healing, wellness and self-empowerment worldwide. She also consults with major medical universities and develops programs for wellness in body, mind and spirit.
Laura is a graduate of the prestigious Kerala Ayurveda Academy and American Institute of Vedic Studies. She is certified as an Advanced Yoga and Ayurveda Educator, an Ayurvedic Wellness Counselor, Jyotish Practitioner and Shamanic Healer in the U.S. and India. Formerly the General Manager of The Discovery Channel-Europe, she has studied and documented the world’s great wisdom traditions for more than four decades. She is highly regarded as a leader in the global movement of honoring the Divine Feminine, preserving ancient wisdom traditions, and ensuring that this wisdom is carried forth into our modern lives in an accessible, practical and transformative way.
Tom Kelly – Spiritual Studies
Tom Kelly, at the age of 24, entered the Self-Realization Fellowship (SRF) Monastic Order in California. Founded by Paramahansa Yogananda, SRF has roots that trace back to the ancient lineage of Swamis from India. After taking vows of simplicity, chastity, obedience, and loyalty, he spent the next 25 years as a monk deeply involved in meditation and humanitarian service.
As an inspirational speaker, workshop, and retreat leader, Tom has traveled around the world to teach the sacred art of Raja Yoga. In the fall of 1999, Tom left the monastic life in order to expand his life learning, as well as share the fruits of his self-transformation and direct experience of Yoga with all. Whether Tom is teaching a Yoga class, giving an inspirational talk, or leading a seminar or retreat, his passion for communicating the joy of spiritual living is highly contagious.
Trisha Kelly – Metaphysics & Lightwork
Trisha Kelly has been living the yogic lifestyle for almost 30 years. She has spent many happy years meditating, learning, and serving at the international headquarters of Paramahansa Yogananda’s spiritual organization, Self-Realization Fellowship. After relocating to Encinitas, Trisha began a more intensive practice of Hatha Yoga, the third of the eight Patanjali steps.
In addition to co-founding the Soul Center with Tom Kelly, Trisha has studied with many notable teachers, including Erich Shiffmann, Gurumukh Kaur Khalsa, and Judith Lasater. Trisha’s continued love and study of metaphysics, sound, vibration, light, and healing has led to her certification in many modalities, including Soul Memory Discovery, Reiki, and Spiritual Healing of Indigo Children, so that she now combinesher learning with intuitive knowing for private counseling and healing sessions.
Brian Dorfman – Yoga Therapy
Brian Dorfman has been practicing Yoga, healing patients, and teaching for over 25 years. Influenced by TVK Desikachar, Brian’s instruction focuses on helping the student develop a personalized, balanced practice. He incorporates asana, pranayama, sound, and meditation to create an environment for the student’s innate wisdom to develop. Brian has extensive knowledge and instructional ability in the art and philosophy of Yoga, as well as in the areas of kinesiology, anatomy, physiology, and the biomechanics of movement.
Brian holds a Bachelor of Science degree in kinesiology from UCLA and is certified in Yoga therapy, Chinese herbal medicine, massage therapy, and cranio-sacral therapy, as well as other forms of holistic medicine. Since 1985, Brian has maintained his own injury rehabilitation clinic and is an internationally recognized healer.
Larry Payne, PhD – Prime of Life Yoga
Larry Payne, Ph.D. is an internationally prominent Yoga teacher, author and workshop leader on mid-life wellness and back care. He is the founding president of International Association of Yoga Therapists and co-author of the new revised “Yoga for Dummies,” “Yoga Rx,” and “The Business of Teaching Yoga.” Payne is featured in both the Yoga Therapy Rx and Prime of Life Yoga DVD series. The Los Angeles Times named Payne “One of America’s most respected Yoga teachers.” He is also co-founder of the Yoga curriculum at the UCLA School of Medicine, and director of the Yoga Therapy Rx certification program at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. Larry was a charter member of the original ViniYoga America and a student of TKV Desikachar since1980.
Guru Meher Khalsa -Kundalini Yoga
Guru Meher Khalsa began studying under Yogi Bhajan in 1980, and has been teaching Kundalini Yoga ever since. He created and for 15 years lead the Teacher Training program at Yoga West, Yogi Bhajan’s original studio in Los Angeles. He now travels to train teachers in Level 1 and 2 programs internationally, teaches workshops and leads yogic adventures in India, and works with the Aquarian Academy to train the next generation of teacher trainers. As a professional Life Coach, he helps people identify and transform personal blocks to enjoy more happiness and fulfillment with “Emotional Liberation”, a yoga-based method to find the power and peace our thoughts and feelings can bring. GuruMeher, which means “compassionate teacher”, brings passion for the teachings into inspiring learning experiences.
Flossie Park – Prenatal & Restorative
Always considering herself as a student of life, Flossie has studied with numerous teachers throughout her lifetime. Flossie has dedicated her life to empowering herself and others through yoga, meditations, workshops, retreats, Crystal Bowl sound therapy and numerous other modalities. She has been actively involved in the wellness field for over 25 years developing programs that reach out to all walks of life.
For the past ten years Flossie owned a yoga studio on the east coast where she developed and directed a successful School of Yoga. Through her Yoga Teacher Training programs and certifications, she has lovingly guided hundreds of students to step into living their passions. At long last Flossie is delighted to join forces with her sister Trisha Kelly to create a Yoga Teacher Training that is enriched with experience, wisdom and love.
Sherry Zak Morris – Yoga for Seniors
Sherry Zak Morris is owner of the Yoga Vista Studio in Vista, California and studied under the tutelage of octogenarian yoga teacher, Mary Cavanaugh, who studied with octogenarian Indra Devi. As a corporate marketing road warrior for 25 years, Sherry experienced first-hand the ravages of stress and found relief through gentle and chair yoga. In 2004, she founded Yoga Journey Productions, a company that specializes in gentle, senior and chair yoga videos and DVDs. In 2005, she bought her local neighborhood yoga studio that continues to serve thousands of baby boomers and seniors in the San Diego area with creative and specialty offerings. As Co-Director of the Yoga Vista Academy, Sherry has a proven track record for empowering and igniting passion for 50+ yoga and wellness and has presented for 3 consecutive years at the annual Yoga Alliance Conference, the professional and trade association of the yoga world.
Vijaya Stern – Ayurvedic Studies
Vijaya Stern is a highly recognized teacher and practitioner of Ayurveda who has served as a Board of Directors for the California Association of Ayurvedic Medicine.
She is a highly recognized teacher and practitioner of Ayurveda. She has practiced in California, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada and New York. A graduate of Clayton College of Naturopathic Medicine in 1993, she has devoted her main course of study to Ayurvedic Medicine with Dr. Vasant Lad at the Ayurvedic Institute in Albuquerque, NM since 1982. Vijaya has also studied with Dr. Sunil Joshi, Dr. Ranade, Lopsong Rapgay, Deepak Chopra and Vajra Ma & Nita Rubio,(Sacred Dance), Parvathi Nanda Nath (MahaVidya Wisdom), Hart deFouw (Jyotisha and Vastu Shastra) along with advanced Ayurvedic studies in India. Vijaya has taught Ayurveda and PanchaKarma (ayurvedic rejuvenation) at several Yoga Studios, Massage Schools, New England Institute of Ayurvedic Medicine and the Northwest Institute of Ayurveda. Other areas of study include Emotional Breathwork, Sanskrit Chanting, Tantric Mysticism and several forms of Yoga. She is the originator of Shakti Marga Tantric Movement Therapy, which incorporates Ayurveda, Tantra, Yoga and Breathwork into a form of self-healing.
Monique Lonner, RYT-E 500, Yoga Therapist
Monique has been teaching yoga for more than 13 years both in New York and California. She is the founder and Director of both the Advanced Yoga Teacher Training and Yoga Therapy programs at Soul of Yoga. She has a deep reverence for the beautiful miracle of the human body and loves teaching Anatomy and Physiology in 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training program.
Monique’s most profound teaching gifts lie in her ability to apply asana as a therapeutic tool for healing. She is especially intuitive with students who have movement restrictions or injuries and has helped many people move out of their pain and into the enjoyment of life again.
All of her classes, be they gentle or vinyasa flow, are designed to help your body feel better, be stronger and move more freely. She is a devoted student of Yogic Philosophy and delights in weaving the wisdom of the teachings into her classes so that it feels relevant, supportive and inspiring to her students through life’s challenges and joys.
Monique has more than 2000 hours of training; a dedicated student of some of the best therapeutic teachers in the field including Brian Dorfman, Leslie Kaminoff, Nischala Joy Devi and Mukunda Styles.
Her Teaching Style:
Leaning most closely towards the therapeutic philosophy of T.K.V Desikchar’s Viniyoga, Monique’s teaching style is ultimately a “yogic quilt” woven by all the varied and wonderful teachers she’s studied with and can best be described as a flowing breath-centered vinyasa married to anatomical alignment principles.
Slow flowing asana that aligns the breath, frees the body, clears the mind, and centers one in their heart.
Comments from her Students:
“You always know just what to do to help my body feel better”
“The best vinyasa class I’ve taken in 10 years”
“The most fun I’ve ever had in Warrior I”
“Nothing has helped my back pain like your classes”
“The best sequenced class I’ve ever taken – and I’ve taken a lot of classes!”
“I didn’t even know peace like that was possible”
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Guru Rhattana – Kundalini Yoga
Kundalini is known as the technology for Happiness. Kundalini Yoga is a Science which works on the seven chakras, the arc line and the aura (the Eighth Chakra). It works directly on the total energy, and that flow of energy has one simple way: either you sway it or it sways you. Either you are above the energy and ride it, or you go below the energy and it rides you. That is where Kundalini Yoga fits in: you will learn to ride your energy, to experience it and penetrate any given situation to attain a balance.
What is kundalini actually? It is your creative potential. You experience it when the energy of the glandular system combines with the energy of the nervous system to create such sensitivity that the totality of the brain receives signals and integrates them. Then you become totally and wholly aware, and your creative potential becomes available to you.
Justine Shelton, E-RYT 500 and CYT – Program Mentor
Justine Shelton, E-RYT 500 and CYT, is a graduate of Soul of Yoga’s 200 hour training and a four year training program with Gary Kraftsow of the American Viniyoga Institute. She is a 500 hour AVI Certified Yoga Teacher and a 500 hour AVI Certified Yoga Therapist. Justine specializes in structural yoga therapy, specifically spinal disc injuries, back pain management, structural instability, as well as shoulder and knee therapy. She is Co-Founder of Yoga Vista Academy and runs the cancer recovery Yoga program at Yoga Vista Studio. Many people know her through her video “Gentle Yoga for a Healthy Low Back” by Yoga Journey Productions. Her passion is working with people who have different forms of catastrophic disease, helping them to manage their condition, minimize and cope with pain and, most importantly, helping them to realize they are not their condition. She is a Reiki Master and student of Shamanism. Learn more at www.yogawithjustine.com
Dimitri Moriatis – Spiritual Arts
Dimitri Moraitis is cofounder and executive director of Spiritual Arts Institute. He is an accomplished teacher, healer and is coauthor of Karma and Reincarnation, The Healing Power of Your Aura and Change Your Aura, Change Your Life.
Originally trained in Film/TV, Dimitri redirected his life’s work early to pursue the path of metaphysics. Having worked with Barbara Y. Martin and metaphysics for over 26 years, Dimitri has been instrumental in organizing the teaching material and bringing Spiritual Arts Institute to the place it is today. He is an eloquent speaker on a wide variety of spiritual topics. He has lectured across the country and, with Barbara, teaches workshops and classes offered at the Institute.
Meherbani Kaur Khalsa – Kundalini Yoga
Meherbani Kaur Khalsa has practiced and taught Kundalini Yoga most of her adult life. Besides being a KRI certified Kundalini Yoga teacher and a Kundalini Yoga teacher trainer, Meherbani also practices and teaches Yogi Bhajan’s healing art of Sat Nam Rasayan®. She is one of a handful of practitioners that have been designated by Guru Dev Singh, founder of the School of Sat Nam Rasayan® as teachers of this modality. Meherbani and and her husband founded the Kundalini Yoga Center in San Diego in 1994 and she trains teachers in Kundalini Yoga both in the United States and in Mexico as well as teaches a weekly Sat Nam Rasayan® class. She has been married for 30 years, has three grown children and three amazing grandchildren.
Barbara Martin – Spiritual Arts
Because of her exceptional spiritual talents, Barbara is affectionately known as “the Mozart of Metaphysics.” Born with the gift of seeing the aura in all its subtleties, Barbara was one of the first to lecture in-depth on the human energy field and is one of the foremost clairvoyants and metaphysical teachers working today. Her seminal book The Healing Power of Your Aura has been endorsed by medical luminaries C. Norman Shealy and Dr. Richard Gerber, and the award-winning Change Your Aura, Change Your Life is now being published in 30 countries. She lectures extensively throughout the country and in Japan, appeared on national television, and has counseled numerous celebrities. She cofounded Spiritual Arts Institute, a non-profit spiritual teaching and publishing organization based in Los Angeles. Barbara has taught literally thousands of people how to better their lives by working with the aura and spiritual energy.
Blanca Noel – Energy Healing
Blanca Noel has been a healing arts practitioner for over 25 years. She holds a degree in Sociology from the University of Missouri and has worked as a mental health for a number of years. She has studied with many Master healers and has developed a unique style in which she uses her intuition to tap into the different planes and tapestries of energy which are fundamental to the healing process. Calling on both her Eastern and Western medical backgrounds she merges the ancient and the modern as well as the intuitive and scientific into her powerful healing approach.
Amy Weintraub – Yoga for Depression
Amy Weintraub is the author of the ground-breaking Yoga for Depression and Yoga Skills for Therapists. She is a pioneer in the field of yoga and mental health and has been teaching yoga for more than 20 years. Amy is the founding director of the LifeForce Yoga Healing Institute, which offers professional certification trainings in LifeForce Yoga for Depression and Anxiety. Amy speaks at medical and psychological conferences internationally and consults on yoga and depression studies at major research institutions.
What our graduates say…
The Soul of Yoga Institute teacher training absolutely transformed me on many levels. I came into it desperately needing clarity and healing in my life, and came out of it with a deeply renewed faith in myself and a solid sense of inner strength. This training is beyond learning to become a yoga teacher—it is about getting into the heart, truly healing and reconnecting with our Divine Essence, and learning to lead a life of love and devotion.
Soul of Yoga Institute is an incredibly rich, transformative, unconditionally loving and supportive experience! You’ll never be the same again! You’ll stretch both internally and externally, you’ll love and be loved, and you’ll discover brothers and sisters you never knew you had. Soul of Yoga teacher training is an experience you’ll treasure all your life!
Soul of Yoga Institute gave me a stage to unlock and hone my soul’s expression within a safe, sacred, and supportive environment. Soul of Yoga teacher training is a doorway into soul-centered living. The rewards are immeasurable!
Soul of Yoga teacher training for me was a spiritual awakening. My life and my passion for yoga has propelled into a desire for greater connection to Source and Spirit. I would recommend it to anyone seeking a deeper spiritual awareness!
I am (beyond words) appreciative of my training that i received from you and the rest of the team at Sundara. The experience on every level prepared me to just dive in here! i didn’t realise that i was going to get thrown into the high-speed lane with my teaching here and if i had done my training anywhere else… i wouldn’t have been prepared for it!
All of the technical training and studies were profound and also being exposed to so many different teaching modalities from the master teachers their at Soul was invaluable. But truly, the biggest thing that prepared me was how the Sundara training turned me inside-out… allowed me to face my deepest darkest parts of myself and transmute the energy to walk at a level of love & light (and hold it!) that wasn’t available to me prior to my training with you! i am eternally grateful to you that i am able to live my life’s purpose at a whole new level!