Advanced Certification

“The Advanced Teacher Training Program at World Peace Yoga was a dynamic program that provided an opportunity to become a more knowledgeable, well-rounded, and confident yoga instructor. I attended workshops on trauma yoga, yoga nidra, yoga as a business, anatomy, public speaking, and the positive impact of plant-based eating, all of which provided a wealth of knowledge. I had the opportunity to practice and learn from renowned yoga practitioners including Doug Swenson and Julie Kirkpatrick, and from all the incredible people that attended teacher training with me. The training creates a beautifully supportive space to learn, grow, practice, question, and reveal inner strengths and abilities.” –Lexi Sheets

About the Program

This program offers a path to deepen and evolve your spiritual growth. Whether having taught yoga for a number of years or a having recently graduated from a yoga training, one may realize that they are still in the early stages of inculcating the vast amount of new information and experiences that were presented in their 200/300-hour training. Here is where this Advanced 350-hour training comes in. This training accelerates that assimilation in width, breadth and depth, enhancing both the teachers’ own yoga knowledge and personal practice as well as their ability to guide others. This program is structured in a way that one’s practice continues to spiritualize every aspect of their life leading to the realization of the goals of yoga: such as more compassion, deeper intuition, and profound bliss.

This advanced training assists with more wholly integrating the full spectrum of yoga into the students’ daily life, thus enhancing one’s ability to teach asana, pranayama, meditation, and philosophy in a more natural, organic way.  The fabulous nationally and internationally respected guest presenters, self-directed assignments, and teacher satsang are highly instrumental in the learning process.

Come together as One Student, One Teacher, and One Community. Unite and deepen in spiritual community, satsang amongst great yogis with the courage to take the practices of yoga to another level. This is a very special opportunity to connect more deeply with our intuition, deepen the multi-faceted aspects of our spiritual lifestyle, and refine our abilities to listen, communicate, share, teach, envision and more deeply experience touch, taste, and smell. Embark on this conscious spiritual evolution on a journey to deep ahimsa and peace.

The World Peace Yoga Teacher Training is designed for those who have completed a program that meets or exceeds 200 hours of training.  This training provides an additional 350 hours of training to deepen personal practice and advance teaching skills.

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This Program Includes

  • Advanced Yoga Basics, Vinyasa Yoga, and Yin-Restorative Yoga
  • Practice and Teaching of Intermediate and Advanced Asanas
  • Posture Succession Sequencing based on the Chakras
  • Creating Spiritual Themes for Classes, Workshops, and Lectures/Dialogues
  • Hands-On Class Instruction, Posture Assists, and Teaching Methodology
  • Developing and Facilitation of Workshops
  • Practical tips on maintaining a daily spiritual practice
  • The balancing act of teaching and personal practice, avoiding “burnout”
  • Advanced Meditation and Pranayama, including Yoga Nidra
  • Anatomy and Physiology, including Injuries in Asana Practice
  • Subtle Body, Yoga as an Energetic Practice
  • Healing Modalities and Yoga as Therapy
  • Yoga Philosophy, including Yoga Sutras, Ascended Masters, and more
  • Stories and myths that assist with understanding the practices and experience of yoga
  • Sustainable Lifestyle and Values
  • Spiritual Education and Karma Yoga
  • Music, Quotes, Readings, Chants, and Mantras for enhancing a state of peace
  • Yoga as a Business, includes a Private Consultation
  • Ahimsic, All Loving Food Preparation with an emphasis on Live Cuisine
  • Focused Study with a Mentor (optional)
  • Fabulous Guest Teachers
  • World Peace Yoga Training Manual and Advanced Certificate
  • And more…

The World Peace Yoga certification is dedicated to passing on the yoga tradition of peace, oneness, and understanding our interconnectedness. We encourage and assist students to achieve “living yoga” through our many educational and hands-on techniques.

“I feel very grateful for the World Peace Yoga Advanced Teacher Training. I also experienced the WPY Foundational Teacher Training, which was amazing and transformational and gave me a beautiful start to my yoga journey. The advanced teacher training, however, has allowed me to expand my knowledge, understanding and practice in both depth and breadth. Both my spiritual practice and my teaching have been greatly enhanced by the self directed assignments and all the inspiring, heart-centered, experienced teachers.  Thank you!” –Betsi Heithaus

What is World Peace Yoga?

World Peace Yoga is a holistic, courageous and practical approach to yoga that incorporates practices both on and off the mat, from philosophy and ethics, to physical postures, breathing techniques and meditation, to kitchenasana.  World Peace Yoga as a Hatha Yoga style is a practice where we focus on the ancient yogic tradition of ahimsa. Ahimsa is Sanskrit for “non harming” and implies practicing kindness to one’s self, to others, to all living beings, and to the earth. From practicing yoga asana (the postures, which is what many people see as “yoga”), meditation, satsang (gathering in spiritual community) and pranayama (breathing exercises), we have a healthier life with less stress, anxiety, and tension. We encourage the greater development of intuition to make healthier and wiser choices in life.  World Peace Yoga is a practice that incorporates physical wellness with spiritual living. It is a style of yoga that touches more than just one aspect of life and motivates a positive transformation in individual and collective lives.

Seven Aspects of a World Peace Yoga Practice:

  1. Intention: having sincere intention to connect with your authentic self
  2. Connect to Earth: asana is a pose, seat, or connection to the earth
  3. Conscious Breathing: the regulation of life force energy through pranayama
  4. Intuition: connecting with one’s innate intelligence or sixth sense
  5. Compassion: cultivate love for one’s self and all beings
  6. Service: being of service to one’s self so one may be of better service to the world
  7. Meditation: peace of mind

World Peace Yoga asana classes are taught in three main formats, Yoga Basics, Vinyasa Yoga, and Yin-Restorative Yoga.  Sequencing is designed to harmonize the chakras, while incorporating the six other aspects in some way, shape, or form.

“Yoga, an ancient but perfect science, deals with the evolution of humanity. This evolution includes all aspects of ones being, from bodily health to self realization.” – B.K.S. Iyengar
“…which is all great if one is self-motivated and consistent in the practice. Alone is tough, and so that’s where community comes in. My time spent in World Peace Yoga Advanced Teacher Training has and continues to feed my soul, my practice, and my evolution. The more I teach and practice, the more I feel I have to learn, and that’s why I choose to be at World Peace Yoga. To be challenged in the practice, to be nurtured toward loving all beings and self, to be inspired to create peace on all levels…let’s just say my time well spent.” –Mary Geibel

The three main World Peace Yoga asana formats defined:

Yoga Basics
Learn the foundational yoga postures typically practiced in a yoga-asana sequence learning precise alignment.  There are 5 different class structures you will learn for Basics.  This is a wonderful practice for those new to yoga or for those that are established in their practice & want to refine their alignment. Learn the basics of asana (posture) alignment, breath, intention, and relaxation.

Vinyasa Yoga
A vinyasa practice links breath with movement and intention.  There are two basic class structures you will learn for the vinyasa practice: beginner and intermediate/advanced with focus on a variety of posture themes.  In both practices you will flow through a balanced stream of postures including sun salutations, standing postures, backbends, forward bends, twists, inversions, relaxation and more.  These are active practices that encourage focused intention, meditation, relaxation and spiritual growth through asana.

Yin-Restorative Yoga
This class is designed to progress from small movements like an infant on the floor to holding passive yin postures and restorative postures with props against the wall and on the floor. Great for balance, flexibility and circulation; relief of stress, stiff muscles and aching joints. This is a safe and slow moving class fit for beginner students new to physical activity, senior citizens and for those recovering from injury or illness. This is also a great class for those that are really active and would like to restore their body.

Course Prerequisites

Completion of a Yoga Certification program that meets or exceeds 200 hours of training.

“When I participated in the World Peace Yoga Foundational Yoga Teacher Training, I was still really a beginner in many ways in what I knew about yoga. With teacher training, everything felt new and wonderful. And the knowledge learned in the program, I have shared teaching others. While I have taught yoga for a number of years, I was intuitively aware that I needed to learn more about the deeper paths of the practice of yoga. Advanced Teacher Training (ATT) built on what I studied in foundational training and took me to a more mindful level of practice and with stronger teaching skills. The knowledge I now share in greater peace and confidence bringing a kinder practice to others and inner calm to me. Whether your initial teacher training was with World Peace Yoga or another studio, you may share a deeper sense of goodness for all and expand your “yoga mind” through the World Peace Yoga ATT.” -Lori Reidel

Program Tuition

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The program tuition is $3900. An $800 deposit must be paid to reserve your spot in the training two weeks prior to the first scheduled date. There are no refunds issued for this program. All tuition payments are non-refundable. If you decide to discontinue the training at any time, the course fees will not be refunded and, if on a payment plan, you will be billed for the remaining course fees and expected to pay the balance in full. This training begins when you sign up. You receive unlimited classes and are invited to join special events from the time you sign up through the end of the course.

Tuition includes, and is not limited to; all hours associated with the training, unlimited classes on our weekly class schedule, a manual and binder used for journaling and coursework, food preparation and cooking classes, and an Advanced World Peace Yoga Certificate.

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Our next Advanced Yoga Teacher Training monthly-weekend program begins May 2018.

Monthly-Weekend Program: Meets approximately one weekend each month for 13 months.

Saturdays, 9:00 am-6:00 pm
Sundays, 9:00 am-6:00 pm
Note:  There may also be meeting dates on the Fridays of some of these weekends that are TBA.

May 19-20, 2018
June 23-24, 2018
July 21-22, 2018
August 18-19, 2018
September 22-23, 2018
October 20-21, 2018
November 17-18, 2018
December 15-16, 2018
January 19-20, 2019
February 16-17, 2019
March 23-24, 2019
April 13-14, 2019
May 18-19, 2019
June 22-23, 2019

Required Materials

There are approximately 11 books required for this course on a variety of subjects.  A World Peace Yoga Book and Binder will be provided on the first day of class, along with a list of the required materials. Some materials may be available at the studio at a discounted price.

Course Intentions

  1. To provide each student with an in-depth experience of World Peace Yoga, deepening the personal consciousness and inner self-awareness the yoga practice fosters.
  2. To grow, share, learn, and unite as one yoga teacher community. Since we are the living, breathing role models for the yogic lifestyle, it is imperative that we come together to join hands, hearts, and teachings.
  3. Share teaching strategies, tips, and commonly asked student questions.
  4. To emphasize safe, effective, and inspiring teaching methods.
  5. To give instruction on the practice and teaching of intermediate and advanced asanas.
  6. To offer excellent training in teaching skills, organizational skills, communication skills, planning, presentation, evaluation, structure, and incorporation of a theme into an asana class or workshop.
  7. To share how to facilitate group discussion and workshops.
  8. To offer instruction and knowledge in how to live the yogic lifestyle, enhancing spiritual health and centeredness through yoga.
  9. To show how our lifestyle affects the planet and how we are able preserve the environment and nature for future generations through the ancient wisdom of yoga.
  10. To give a solid foundation in the philosophies of World Peace Yoga and their application to daily life.
  11. To provide a non-competitive environment to practice and learn from each other.
  12. To provide the skills to prepare healthy and nourishing meals.
  13. To embrace spiritual education and peace in action.
  14. To embrace the ahimsic lifestyle and share the message of peace with others.
  15. To give guidance on how to establish your profession as a yoga teacher and increase prosperity (yoga as a business).
  16. To step out of your comfort zone, open to new experiences and into a deeper place of union.

Coursework and Review

To benefit and enhance your teaching skills, this training requires a series of assignments to be completed. These assignments include, yet are not limited to; reading books, writing out essays, scripts and charts, journaling, oral presentations, book reports, practice teaching and so on. All coursework must be submitted for review before certification is received. A CPR course is recommended if you plan on teaching yoga full time, but is not required for certification. Prior to certification we require two reviews (written and practical) to be taken.

Makeup Hours

This training requires attendance for all scheduled hours. Two days may be made up by attending another teacher training group’s class at World Peach Yoga.  Anything beyond two days, there is a charge of $135 per day for makeup.  In the event there is not an available teacher training day for make up, you may arrange a private lesson at a price of $75 per hour missed. It is your responsibility to keep track of makeup hours by documenting the date, length of time, and teacher with whom you worked with.

Time Limit

You have 18 months from the start date of the program to complete these requirements. Extensions will be given at an additional charge of $20 per month. Additional assignments may be given as seen necessary (extra time will be allowed to complete these assignments without penalty).

Final Certification Details

Once all hours are completed, coursework is turned in, and all tuition associated with the training is paid, you will receive your certificate. Extra copies of your certificate may be purchased at an additional cost of $18.00 per certificate. Upon Certification you receive:

  • An Advanced World Peace Yoga 350-hour Certificate stating your ability to teach multiple styles of Hatha Yoga, pranayama, meditation, and philosophy.
  • The ability to use the class titles such as World Peace Yoga and other aspects of yoga when teaching

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Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

Q:  Are there any requirements for participating in this program?
A:  Yes, completion of a Yoga Certification program of 200 hours or more, as well as a sincere interest to be present and show up.

Q:  How is the World Peace Yoga Advanced program different from the Foundational program?
A:  The foundational program you might say is dipping your big toe in the water and the advanced program is a full on plunge.  In the foundational program there is only so much time to introduce topics, techniques, philosophy, and so on.  The advanced program takes both practice and teaching to a deeper level with more variety of techniques in asana, meditation, pranayama, cooking, and more.  We also explore more profoundly the philosophy of yoga and other spiritual teachings, as well as taking on a greater leadership role in whatever one may choose to do in life.

Q:  How does the World Peace Yoga Advanced program differ from the Foundational program in regard to teaching yoga?
A:  The foundational program trains participants in how to teach yoga.  The advanced program trains participants how to teach others to teach yoga.  The advanced program is highly recommended to those interested in teaching yoga on a weekly basis, opening their own studio, conducting workshops, or training teachers.

Q:  Does one have to be interested in teaching to take this program?
A:  No, many participate in the program for their own personal growth and deepening their spiritual practice or to embellish their line of work or whatever endeavor they are involved in.  Some have the intention to teach and some do not.

Q:  Am I too young?  Am I too old?
A:  No, we’ve had people ranging from the ages of 13-70 take the program.  It is diverse and a great experience for all.

Q:  Do I have to be vegetarian/vegan to participate in this program?
A:  No, while the benefits of a plant-based lifestyle are discussed in the course of the program, it is not required to be vegetarian/vegan to participate in or graduate from this program.

Q:  Are classes at the studio included in addition to participating in the program?
A:  Yes, from the time you sign up with your deposit through the length of time you are in the program, you receive unlimited classes on our regular weekly schedule.

Q:  Do you have payment plan options/work with those on limited budgets?
A:  Yes, please email for more information or come to the studio and talk with us personally.

Q:  How many students are typically in each group?
A:  The size of the group enrolled in the program generally ranges from 12-22 students.

Q:  Are graduates fully prepared to teach a variety of asana, meditation, and pranayama techniques, as well as workshops, etc. at the completion of the program?
A:  Yes, once all hours associated with the program, along with coursework, and practicum hours have been completed we feel students are prepared to teach.  That being said, you get as much out of the training as you put into it.  We encourage students, to show up and be present, not only for the program, but also to take classes and experience a variety of teachers while in training.

Q:  What are the approximate time and coursework requirements?
A:  In addition to scheduled times the program meets, it is also required that a minimum of 20 hours of classes be taken at World Peace Yoga and 20 hours of Karma Yoga/service. Plus, there are assigned books to read, coursework based on the readings and class lecture/discussion, and personal study which is around 60+ hours.  Depending on which format of the training you take, some of the hours may be included into the program itself, rather than separate.

Q:  Where do I purchase the books required for the course?
A:  Some books are available for purchase at the studio, others may be purchased online or even at discount book stores.

Q:  Who are the teachers?
A:  The teaching staff includes local teachers Anna Ferguson, Mary Geibel, Besti Heithaus, and Mark Stroud as well as guest teachers from around the world that visit. Some visiting teachers from past trainings include, Julie Kirkpatrick, Doug Swenson, Marni Task, Shelli Carpenter, and Kali Ray. Expect a diverse group of teachers to inspire you!

Q:  What do I receive upon completion of this program?
A:  You receive a 300-hour certificate from World Peace Yoga.  And you may refer to yourself as a “350-hour ACYT” for 350-hour Advanced Certified Yoga Teacher.

Q: What is Yoga Alliance and what does “RYT” mean?
A: Yoga Alliance is a registrar. They recognize teachers on their website as “registered” or “RYT” for Registered Yoga Teacher. Yoga Alliance does not certify, accredit, or validate yoga teachers or yoga schools.

Q: Am I able to receive “RYT” through Yoga Alliance?
A: Yes. While World Peace Yoga does not believe that affiliation with Yoga Alliance adds value to certification and training, we do understand that some may desire the registration. For those that have completed certification at World Peace Yoga that are interested in registration with Yoga Alliance, there is an additional tuition payment of $150. This payment assists with the costs involved with renewing our “RYS” or Registered Yoga School with Yoga Alliance. Graduates are then personally responsible for submitting their World Peace Yoga certificate to Yoga Alliance and paying their yearly dues to be registered.

If more questions came up for you in reading our Q and A, please give us a call, email us, or set up a time to meet in person.