Become a modern yogi rooted in the Integrated Science of Hatha, Tantra, and Ayurveda. This advanced teacher training program is designed to greatly enhance your understanding of ISHTA Yoga and refine your skills as a teacher.
The 300-Hour program is for students who have successfully completed a 200-Hour program and wish to pursue a career in teaching yoga. There are three modules included in this program: personal study, apprenticeship, and in-training studies. Please note that a significant commitment outside the advertised meeting times is required for certification, which can all now, be completed virtually. Modules are available to be done individually to deepen your learning, or you can complete the whole training for Yoga Alliance certification
Our 300-Hour programs are all taught under the guidance of Yogiraj Alan Finger and his senior teaching staff. Trainers include Yogiraj Mona Anand, Yogiraj Sarah Finger, Yogiraj Peter Ferko & Senior Teacher Kelly Eudailey.
The curriculum includes
- Advanced asana, posture and spotting labs
- Chakras and the glandular system
- Ayurveda and asana
- Yoga and the brain
- Yoga Nidra
- Advanced meditation and pranayama
- Advanced sequencing
300-Hour Reading List
- Tantra: The Path of Ecstasy – Feuerstein, Ph.D., George
- Yoga Anatomy – Kaminoff, Leslie
- Tantra of the Yoga Sutras – Newton, Wendy and Alan Finger
- The Bhagavad Gita – As translated by Eknath Easwaran
- ISHTA 300-Hour Advanced Teacher Training Manual – Will be provided on your first day of training
If have you completed a 200-Hour training outside of the ISHTA lineage and wish to participate in 300-Hour training, please inquire about our ISHTA Immersion / Bridge Program, which can be done via audio file.
We have specially curated our world-renowned Teacher Training program to accommodate our non-local community or those who need a more intensive, weekday approach. Starting in October, 2018, we began offering our 300-Hour training in three, 1-2 week-long modules: October, February, and June. Each module consists of 60 hours of contact learning (180 hours total), categorized by three different areas of study: The Physical Body, Art of Touch*, and Philosophy and The Subtle Body. The additional, required 120 hours of assisting, mentor meetings, class requirements and teaching practices will be completed either at our New York City headquarters, or by assisting your local ISHTA Senior teacher in your hometown. This program is designed for people coming from outside of New York, but we welcome New Yorkers too! If you desire to become an ISHTA 500-Hour trained teacher but have been unable to make the long term commitment, this program is perfect for you. Deepen your practice and enhance your knowledge by learning directly from the source.
*Due to COVID 19, our Art of Touch Module is on hold. We will be supplementing this module with our ISHTA Master’s Program, now available for the first time for our 300 Hour Trainees.
ISHTA Masters Module: February 8 – 12, 2021
Rates: Early Bird: $600 through February 1st. Regular Rate: $750.
The Physical Body: Dates TBA
For more details click here.
Rates: Early Bird: $1000 per module through October 7th. Regular Rate: $1200 per module.
Note: You can enroll in the modular training any time, and start and finish with any module.
ISHTA reserves the right to cancel any Teacher Training program due to low enrollment up to two weeks prior to the start date of the Training. Full refunds will be issued to the applicant if the training cancelled.
What is the 300-Hour Program? What does the curriculum offer? Our 300-Hour Advanced Teacher Training Program is for those students who have successfully completed a 200-Hour program, wish to deepen their knowledge, and are serious about a career in teaching yoga.
The 300-Hour program consists of two major contact modules (In-Training Hours and Apprenticeship) and one non-contact module (Personal Teaching/Study).
- The In-Training Hours include approximately 180 hours of learning and practicing with your training group; thorough asana, posture, and spotting labs; and application of advanced techniques in asana, pranayama, and meditation. In addition, the In-Training curriculum includes advanced study in chakras and the glandular system, Ayurveda and asana, yoga and neurophysiology, Yoga Nidra, and more.
- The Apprenticeship is an eight-month, 120-hour course consisting of: weekly class assisting (an incredible opportunity to learn from and assist our senior teachers), mentor meetings (small monthly groups to refine your skills in teaching advanced techniques and get personalized feedback and attention from mentors and peers), One-on-Ones (where your skills in teaching individual students are developed), and In-Class Privates (to fine-tune your abilities in hands-on assisting and personal adjustments).
- The Personal Teaching and Study module consists of your out-of-training study and preparation, including reading, homework, additional techniques and teaching practice, and completion of a required research project on an advanced topic of your choice. While a minimum of 30 hours is required in this module, most committed students exceed this significantly!
What makes the ISHTA 300-Hour advanced program unique? ISHTA teacher training is the gateway to become a modern yogi in an ancient lineage. Our 300-Hour program provides a contemporary, individualized, and integrated approach to the ancient science of yoga. Designed under the guidance of Yogiraj Alan Finger, the program offers many advanced techniques not taught elsewhere, especially in the areas of kriya, pranayama, and meditation. Advanced ISHTA training truly roots the teacher in the ISHTA perspective, guiding them to a seamless practice of technique, understanding, and joy.
I have already completed a 200-Hour Training. Why do I need this program? We believe the art and science of yoga is a lifetime study. We never stop learning, and there is always room to refine your teaching. In our experience, most 200-Hour certified trainees are not yet fully prepared to teach as they have not yet learned or refined all their skills. Even experienced teachers are always looking for new insights, tools, and techniques. The ISHTA program in particular offers a wealth of knowledge on all aspects of yoga that we truly feel is unique!
Who may apply to the 300-Hour program? The advanced program is a significant commitment of time and energy. Any serious student who has successfully completed a 200-Hour Yoga Alliance-registered program and is committed to yoga as a career and/or way of life is encouraged to apply. Space in the program is limited and all applicants are subject to review and/or mentor approval.
My 200-Hour certification is from another school. Can I take the 300-Hour ISHTA training? Yes! We invite you to explore the path of ISHTA. Trainees who have not completed the ISHTA 200-Hour program must enroll in the ISHTA Bridge Program. Bridge students attend approximately 26 hours of lectures in the 200-Hour Program, covering fundamental ISHTA material. The Bridge Program tuition is $500 for the audio files or as a stand alone training. If enrolling in combination with our 300-Hour Teacher Training, tuition is $350, in which case the $500 non-refundable, non-transferrable deposit for 300-Hour TT is also due for a total of $850. The Bridge Program includes a full 200-Hour manual.
I am a serious practitioner, but am not able to do all advanced postures. Can I apply? Absolutely. Yoga is an individual practice and the path takes many physical forms. We expect and welcome different levels of physical ability. Your commitment to deepening your yoga is the true requirement.
Is attendance at all the sessions mandatory to receive ISHTA certification and to register with Yoga Alliance as a certified teacher? What if I have to miss a session? Yes, 100% attendance is required to successfully complete your training. If you know in advance you will have to miss a session and you would like to receive certification, makeup options are available, though some do incur added cost. Exceptional emergency circumstances are evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Detailed makeup procedures are provided upon enrollment; ask us if you have questions.
How do I receive my certification and register with Yoga Alliance? Once you have successfully completed all requirements of the training (100% In-Training attendance or completed make-ups, 100% completion of Apprenticeship module, 100% completion and passing grade on Personal Study module requirements, successful evaluation on final practical exam), you will receive a graduation certificate and the necessary paperwork to register with Yoga Alliance. Please note that 100 hours of logged teaching time are required by Yoga Alliance in conjunction with your 300-Hour certificate in order to register at the 500-Hour level.
Can I teach at ISHTA Yoga after completing the 300-Hour training? While all trainees progress at their own rate given their experience and understanding, community classes may be offered to 300-hour trainees at the appropriate point during or after their Advanced Training, as determined by their mentors and Senior ISHTA Teachers. We do require all our teachers to be 500-Hour certified in ISHTA Yoga.
Are scholarships or work-study positions available? One work-study position is available for each training program for a 50% tuition discount. This trainee serves as the InTraining Assistant (ITA) for his/her training program, performing vital organizational and administrative tasks such as tracking attendance, collecting and tracking homework, and various other duties as assigned. This student must be responsible, organized, and have a strong competency in Microsoft Word and Excel. Those interested in the ITA (InTraining Assistant) position must have the schedule flexibility to include 2-5 hours per week in addition to the regular teacher training curriculum. To apply for the ITA work-study position, please email Sarah Finger separately (email@example.com), and include a resume with all relevant office/administrative experience, as well as general hours of availability. Additionally, from time to time, other work-study options become available for partial tuition trades.
What are the payment and refund policies for the ISHTA Teacher Training? A $500 non-refundable deposit is due upon acceptance. Remaining tuition is due no later than two weeks prior to the training start date. In extenuating circumstances, a payment plan may be arranged. Cancellations more than four weeks before the training start date receive a full tuition refund, less the $500 deposit. Cancellations between two and four weeks before training start receive a 50% tuition refund, less the $500 deposit. In the two weeks prior to the start of training or after training begins, no refunds are available.
Do trainees receive any discounts or specials? Yes! Trainees receive 10% off all studio retail and workshops from the time tuition is paid in full until the close of the training session.
Do I need to take the modules in a certain order? No, you can start from any module, and end with any module! Each module will begin with an introduction and end with a graduation to those who have completed all modules and requirements.
How long can I take to complete my 300 hour training? It is advisable to complete all the modules and requirements within a calendar year from the first module. Extended plans are available, but they need to be planned in advance with the teacher training department.
I am only interested in one module – can I sign up independently? Yes, you can sign up for just one or two modules. This way you get to learn the Advanced ISHTA Techniques but will not be certified unless you complete all the requirements.
I do not have a 200 hour certificate – can I still take modules? Yes. The ISHTA Immersion Program is required in order to enroll in each individual module. The Immersion Program is available via audio files at a discounted rate if you sign up for individual Modules or the full 300-Hour program. See more on our Immersion Program, here. However, you will not be Yoga Alliance Certified as an ISHTA Teacher if you have not completed a 200-Hour Program and the full 300-Hour Program.
What other requirements are there outside of the modules? The requirements for the modular 300 hour training are the same as for the weekend format. You will assist your mentors 50 hours, assist a workshop, do In Class Privates and One on one’s, do a Svadhyaya (self-study) research program and attend 6 mentor meetings online. Please see more information on requirements here.
What if I do not feel up to taking class? You are not required to physically participate in all asana practices. However, it is important that you continue to attend and observe in order to fulfill your requirements. Observing practice is an incredible way to see the whole room, watch spotting and learn from senior teachers.
When can I begin teaching at ISHTA Yoga? There is a very specific path towards teaching at ISHTA Yoga. This will be addressed in detail at the What’s Next Teaser, which is part of the training. We do require all our teachers to be 500-hour certified in ISHTA Yoga.
What about insurance? When you teach at ISHTA Yoga, you are covered under an umbrella liability policy. Should you decide to teach on your own, we strongly recommend that you get a separate individual policy. Consult Yoga Alliance and Yoga Journal for suggestions.
What is Yoga Alliance? Yoga Alliance is a registry of schools and teachers who meet their minimum standard requirements. We are a registered school of Yoga Alliance. Once you complete our program you can submit your certificate to Yoga Alliance (along with the fee) and be individually registered. The most complete and current information is available at www.yogaalliance.org.
“I waited almost 15 years to take my 300 hour training and jumped at the chance when ISHTA introduced the modular training. The flexible format allowed me to study the lineage under the tutelage of my beloved teachers while still running my studio on the other side of the country in Oregon. Being in community and developing an ISHTA family from all over the world has filled my heart, deepened my practice and supported my professional goals. It was worth the wait and I’m so grateful for the dedication of Alan, Sarah and Mona for making it possible to dive into this deep practice with authenticity and grace.”Christen Allsop, 300 Hour Modular Training Graduate
“Completing Ishta’s modular 300 hour TT was the best investment I have ever made. The master teachers of the Tantric practices have created an atmosphere of unconditional love and acceptance. The leadership truly honors the uniqueness of an individual’s path. I’ve yet to find a place more affirming. That alone was transformational. Add to that, an expanded awareness of my energetic body- and my whole life, my entire experience of my self and the world- grew to a greater fullness, to an experience of wholeness. Now when I teach yoga, I no longer feel like an imposter. Completing an ISHTA training, you don’t just become a teacher, you become part of a lineage.”
Kaitlin Dougherty, 300 Hour Modular Training Graduate
“When I began to seek out a program to complete my 300 hour certification, Ishta was at the top of my list. First and foremost for the rich lineage behind it, secondly, the convenience of the modular schedule. It allowed me to dive deeply into the curricula and practice, allowing the space and time around the modules to complete the necessary classroom hours. Throughout the nine months I always felt connected to the studio. The support and guidance I received throughout was unparalleled! I highly recommend this unique training program!”
Dana C Halsted Moss, 300-Hour Graduate
“Embarking on the 300-Hour ISHTA Yoga Teacher Training in 2017 was one of the most life-enriching decisions I ever made. ISHTA has a sacred atmosphere and a refined caliber of learning that remains unparalleled in New York City. Training at ISHTA feels like earning a special express PhD in spiritual life and practice. Students intimately evolve alongside peers of every path, shepherded by true masters of authentic yoga in what is essentially a modern urban ashram. The community at ISHTA is rich, warm, welcoming, supportive, intelligent, and diverse. The practices, passed down with great integrity from a great lineage, are nourishing to mind, body and spirit. What you learn and develop in teacher training stays with you for life, and goes oceans deeper than anything you might glimpse from a regular class practice. I met some of the most significant people in my life through my 300-hour training. My personal health underwent a miraculous recovery, and then my creative career began to take off after what felt like a decade of stagnancy. Whether you intend to teach downward facing dog to others, or just enjoy pondering your own incredible presence in this world, the exceptional ISHTA training programs provide an undeniably transformative experience-of-a-lifetime.”
Lindsay Sanwald, 300-Hour Graduate
“ISHTA is an incredible yoga studio, and a fantastic place to learn. ISHTA explores all aspects of yoga, and explores each aspect in depth. The wealth of knowledge and experience from the senior teaching staff is boundless, and I couldn’t be more grateful that ISHTA is where I chose to train.”Dana Delaski, 300-Hour Graduate
“The depth and skill of senior trainers at ISHTA is exceptional. I found the mentor structure for assistant teaching, observed one-on-ones, and completing a svadyaya project to be very enriching.”Mei Lan Low, 300-Hour Graduate