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Advance your Practice and Teaching
300 Hour Yoga Teacher Training
Advance your practice and knowledge of yoga so that you are living and breathing the teachings with every thought, word, and deed. Expand into the Higher Self as a teacher, speaking from the heart, and illuminate the path for others.
Experience Asheville Yoga Center
Many yoga training programs can have a “one size fits all” approach to educating teachers. We at the Asheville Yoga Center believe that building a strong foundation for your own practice and teaching is key to sharing your yoga with others.
Whether you are a teacher, studio owner, practitioner or wellness advocate, your desire to bring healing to others is what unites us all as yogis. We live our practice and ground our programs in the roots of yoga while sharing a diversity of perspectives and backgrounds with our robust teaching faculty.
We think of our program as a “graduate university” for students who wish to immerse themselves in their yoga practice and learn how to help others on their yoga path. Our graduates have gone on to become studio owners, lead teacher training programs, work in the alternative wellness world and more. We are so proud of all their hard work and the ways that they continue to share yoga with the world.
300 Hour Structure: Overview
AYC’s 300-hour program is an intensive-study course with 120 hours of core curriculum that goes deep into asana, pranayama, meditation, anatomy, philosophy and more.
The 120 hours of core curriculum is combined with 30 hours of homework assignments to help you learn how to apply these teachings to your own teaching path and receive feedback to grow your skills. The remaining 120 hours of the program come from the elective courses we offer with a wide range of topics from our expert teaching faculty.
AYC’s elective topics include: philosophy, yoga for recovery, kids yoga, advanced teaching and practices, neuroscience, Yin, Power Yoga, Hatha, Bhakti, Ayurveda, Yoga for mental health and so much more…
We are here to support your evolution as a teacher, empowering you to practice Self Reliance and teach from the heart. We believe that when we speak and teach from the heart we can be true conduits of the teachings, fulfilling our dharma, and illuminating the path for all.
The Core Journey (120 Hours)
The journey of our 150 Core Curriculum is one of deep transformation that takes you through all the koshas (layers of your being). You will be guided through various stages of development: arriving, ripening, releasing, stillness, and sharing the way whilst exploring the koshas so you can feel the teachings on every level. These stages will expand your capacity as a teacher and yogi helping you embody the teachings and deepen your knowledge.
The Core Curriculum Includes:
- YTT booklet, (3) 300 hour sequence charts, pranayama, & meditation charts
- A digital library featuring 12+ hour long videos from our teaching staff including faculty from The Ayurvedic Institute & Dr. Vasant Lad.
- Open Office Hours
- 1:1 Training with Instructors
- Reputable Guest instructors
- 3-Week Immersion and 6-Weekend schedule options, with hybrid flexibility
- 6 month digital access to online library post training
This core curriculum is designed to expand your awareness and knowledge of the Self as a teacher and yogi as you go through each stage, tapping into deeper aspects of the mind, breath, physiology, wisdom, intuitive knowledge, and joy. Your daily practice will grow, teaching skills will be advanced, and you will be supported every step of the way.
Elective Courses (150 Hours Chosen by You)
When you enroll in the 300-hour program, you will receive an exclusive 20% discount on ALL 300-hour eligible elective workshops.
Why You Should Come Train With Us
Not all training programs are made the same, our 300 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Qualification is based on advancing your knowledge as a yogi and teacher so you can lead authentically, fulfilling your dharma in your life and on the mat. This personal journey of growth is held in a compassionate community that will enable you to learn, grow, and discover the path awaiting you!
Join us at Asheville Yoga Center - Where All Paths Lead To One Truth - Come Discover Yours!
What’s special about our programs
Learn Your Own Way Online or In Person
Our 300 hour Yoga Teacher Training is offered both online and in person – this hybrid flexibility means you can work with the programs coordinator to move between the 2 formats when needed so that you can attend online, in person, or a mixture of both!
Many programs can only offer a single training a year but due to our robust roster of teachers and the support of a rigorous training program, we are able to offer more trainings throughout the year so you don’t have to wait to get started on your teaching journey.
Variety of topics for personal and professional development
After 25 years, we have dialed in and elevated our offerings to cover all the essentials and basics of becoming a teacher while also offering classes that expand your horizons, deepen your personal practice, and set you up for success as a professional yoga teacher. Here are some examples of the exciting topics you will study:
- (3) 300 Hour Foundational Sequences
- The 5 Koshas
- Yamas & Niyamas
- Alignment & Assists
- Yoga Nidra
- Power of the Mind
- Karma Yoga
- Advanced Pranayama
- Gunas and Yogic Diet
- 5 Acts of Yoga
- Yoga Philosophy
- Small group teaching
- Sharing the journey on and off the mat
- …and so much more!
We share our campus with The Ayurvedic Institute – the oldest Ayurvedic school in the U.S. which has been training healers since 1984 and is directed by world-renowned Ayurvedic physician and author, Vasant Lad, BAM&S, MASc. In this training you will be exposed to Ayurvedic philosophy, nutrition doshas, cooking demonstrations, and basic principles of Ayurveda to give you a holistic approach to healing.
Learn from professional yoga teachers who live their practice day-in and day-out. Yoga philosophy, the concept of dharma, and the spiritual path are a big part of what we teach and live at Asheville Yoga Center. In this training, you will dive into the 8 Limbs of Yoga and other philosophical concepts around your yoga practice by those who have embraced these concepts in their lives. We focus on teaching yoga not just on the mat, but off that mat as well to incorporate yoga in your everyday life.
Through our parent company, AyurPrana, we have access to an incredible amount of resources that our students can benefit from. As mentioned we share a campus with The Ayurvedic Institute – with communal lounge spaces and a library. You will also have access to all the public classes at our yoga studio and can attend music and live shows at The AyurPrana Listening Room!
With a vibrant art, food, and music scene, Asheville is a special gem nestled in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains! Asheville offers the perfect backdrop to our 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training programs, allowing our students to explore a myriad of wellness and lifestyle experiences all over this vibrant city and the surrounding when not on their mat.
We’re Yogis First and Teachers Second
Our curriculum is built by a faculty with a mixture of different backgrounds, lineages, and training styles. We have a core faculty of teacher trainers who guide you throughout the 300-hour Yoga Teacher Training program, as well as special guest instructors that share different perspectives on their particular niche.
Our core faculty includes instructors from Dharma Yoga in NYC, Anusara, Kaiut, our very own Asheville Yoga Center, and more. We are also proud to have shared faculty with The Ayurvedic Institute, the premier Ayurvedic school in the west, led by Dr. Vasant Lad.
Yoga Alliance certified 300-Hour Training
Once you graduate from our program you are able to become an accredited Registered Yoga Teacher 300 – with Yoga Alliance. This would complete your certification as a 500RYT.
What You Get
Our course is resource rich and filled with useful learning aids and support materials that will enable you to get the most out of your training and set you up to begin your teaching journey!
Inspired by Ayurveda, you will be introduced to 3 unique AYC sequences (based on the elements of earth, water, and fire) that meet different body needs and types. You will experience these sequences through different teachers with different yoga lineages and perspectives. This form of instruction is rare in the yoga teacher training space – but enables you to graduate the program with a variety of sequences to enrich your personal practice and to guide your early teaching.
Our digital library features 12+ hour long videos from our teaching staff including faculty from The Ayurvedic Institute & Dr. Vasat Lad. These videos will present in depth information on different topics related to the training. You will have access to this digital library for up to 6 months after your training ends so that you can refer back to the content even after the course is finished.
Open Office Hours with Instructors
Interact with our team of instructors in between sessions and post training to get your questions answered. We want to nurture your teaching and help build your confidence as a teacher and practitioner.
1-on-1 training with instructors
You’ll get to experience 1 to 1 instruction with experienced teachers who can provide personalized feedback to you to help empower your teaching skills. Our teacher to student ratio means that you can benefit from more instruction and get to experience different feedback from various instructors, creating a well-rounded learning experience.
Respected & specialized guest teachers
Our program connects instructors from all over the Asheville yoga community, so you’ll enjoy learning from different local & visiting instructors who bring a wealth of knowledge, experience and perspectives.
Expand your offerings as a teacher
Our 300 hour Training program will give you ample opportunity to master teaching, but more than that, we will help you explore your own voice, passions, and interests so that your light can illuminate others on their yoga journey and can offer you the reward of teaching from the heart.
Get Your Questions Answered!
If you have questions about yoga teacher training, please reach out to our Yoga Training Ambassador!
300-Hour Yoga Teacher Training FAQ
Just like our 200-Hour Yoga Alliance Certification Programs, we offer our students a taste of as many lineages as possible for the most well-rounded approach. We consider our programs to be non-biased, eclectic, and inspiring, offering the “greatest hits” from the best lineages. Our staff is certified in a variety of yoga schools, including Vinyasa, Iyengar, Ashtanga, Anusara, Jivamukti, and Viniyoga, among others. By presenting different lineages of yoga, our hope is that students realize that many paths lead to the same truth, and they can then decide what resonates most with them. Our educational goal is to help release the student of their conditioned educational expectations. We are not here to indoctrinate our students. This is a noncompetitive, open-hearted educational environment with an emphasis on personal growth, taught by exceptional leaders in the yoga field.
1. To be eligible for the 300 Hour Yoga Alliance Certification, you will need to have already obtained a 200-Hour Yoga Alliance Certification. Your 200-Hour education can be from any approved school, not just the Asheville Yoga Center (more info on Yoga Alliance).
2. Have an established daily yoga practice (recommended: 30–90 minutes, 5-6 days a week). You will not be required to provide documentation, just work through the honor system. More explanation in your Welcome and Information Packet upon registration.
3. Payment (see below “Financial Information”).
4. Interview (book your interview here).
5. A willingness to grow. A ready heart to receive and an open mind to blossom!
We try to make it as simple as possible! After reading as much as you can from this website, if you still have questions please contact our yoga teacher training ambassador, Suzanne at email@example.com or (828)772-0518.
You must complete the program within 2 years.
– Pay your $150 deposit to begin your 300-hour program
150 hours = core curriculum (120 contact hours & 30 hours of homework and assignments)
150 hours = elective courses
Total = 300 hours
– Submit your completed “Track Your Progress” document.
– Pay the $50 Completion fee
When you’ve completed all 300 hours, you will submit your “Track Your Progress” document for us to verify. Once we’ve confirmed that all of your requirements have been met, we’ll send you the link for the $50 Completion Fee. You will receive your Graduation Packet, which includes Yoga Alliance instructions and the Asheville Yoga Center 300-Hour Certificate. Please allow 10 business days for graduation processing.
Our courses average 10–45 people per event. Often the average is 20, which can seem like a cozy room, full of people and yoga props, but our instructors give ample Q&A time — as well as small peer group teaching time — so you leave each course with the confidence to apply what you have learned.
You will be sent a tracking grid upon registration to keep a record of your credits.
To track your credits yourself, your account should be current in our system (Union). If you have any past credits prior to December 2022, you can contact our Programs Coordinator to retrieve this information for you.
Please contact our 300 Hour Program Coordinator, with any questions.
Core Curriculum Reading Requirements
- Self-Knowledge/Atmabodha- Swami Nikhilananda
- The Dhammapada: The Buddha’s Path of Wisdom
- Science of Self Healing by Dr. Lad
- Philosophy of The Bhagavadgītā by Dr. Keya Maitra
- Light on Prãnãyãma: The Yogic Art of Breathing by BKS Iyengar
- I AM THAT by Nisargadatta Maharaj
- Breath: The New Science of A Lost Art by James Nestor
- Developing a Home by Alison Leighton and Joe Taft
- The Miracle of Mindfulness by Thick Nhat Hanh
- Tantra Illuminated by Christopher Wallis (as reference)
- Bhagavadgītā by Swami Nikhilananda
You will be informed upon registering for each individual course as to whether or not it is recommended that you bring your book(s) with you.
The 300-hour core curriculum costs $2999 full price, with early bird discount it costs $2599. Early bird is open until 1 month prior to core curriculum start date.
All electives are priced based on contact hours, and price varies from elective to elective. As a student, you will receive a 20% discount on all elective workshops to complete your program requirements.
*Cost does not include books, housing, or meals.
Please see our full cancellation and transfer policy for more details on fees. For individual module refunds, please fill out a cancellation or transfer request form.
No. According to Yoga Alliance guidelines, no outside transfer credits are allowed in any 300-Hour program. All courses must be completed through Asheville Yoga Center.
All students are eligible for a 20% discount on all class packs.