Category: 300 Hour Yoga Teacher Training

300 Hour Module // The Psoas & SI Joint, and How They Affect Yoga

300 / 500 Hour Yoga Teacher Training (YTT)300 Hour Module: The Psoas & SI Joint, and How They Affect Yoga

The Psoas, sometimes referred to as the seat of the soul, is a critical and sometimes overlooked muscle in yoga asana. This module will focus heavily on the function of the psoas muscle and SI joint in the body and how they are fundamental in the yoga asana practice.

Students will learn how to identify proper movement techniques to support and strengthen these deep anatomical structures, as well as learn how to teach yoga asana in relation to them.

The content in this module will be comprised of lecture/discussion/guided practice/peer teaching.

This module will be taught by Jay MacDonald and Leigh-Ann Renz. To learn more about them, click here.  

THIS MODULE HAS NOT YET BEEN SCHEDULED. ONCE IT HAS BEEN ADDED TO THE CALENDAR, IT WILL BE MOVED TO THIS PAGE… if you’d like to be added to an email list and receive an alert once it’s been scheduled, please email that request to ytt@waynesvilleyogacenter.com


Anyone is welcome to take modules a la carte, without enrolling in the 300/500 YTT program. Gain knowledge, deepen your practice, and attend only what interests you! You may register for this module below without the application or administrative fees.

However, if you want this module to count for CEs and/or towards a 300/500 hour RYT with Yoga Alliance, you need to be enrolled in our program. Click here to confirm your status – or contact us for more details: ytt@waynesvilleyogacenter.com // 828.246.6570

300 Hour Module // Yoga for Special Considerations

300 / 500 Hour Yoga Teacher Training (YTT)300 Hour Module: Yoga for Special Considerations

Our role as yoga instructors is not to treat or diagnose any medical condition or illness, but rather to mindfully assist our students in our classes in and out of yoga poses with awareness of any issues they may have shared with us. We can do this with props, alignment principles and knowledge of these special considerations.

These include – but aren’t limited to: pregnancy, recent injuries, psychiatric disorders, high blood pressure, migraines, and more. This module will outline the techniques and methods that can best serve instructors when special considerations are known in a yoga class.

This module will be taught by Jay MacDonald and Anna Ferguson-Robas. To learn more about them, click here.  

THIS MODULE HAS NOT YET BEEN SCHEDULED. ONCE IT HAS BEEN ADDED TO THE CALENDAR, IT WILL BE MOVED TO THIS PAGE… if you’d like to be added to an email list and receive an alert once it’s been scheduled, please email that request to ytt@waynesvilleyogacenter.com


Anyone is welcome to take modules a la carte, without enrolling in the 300/500 YTT program. Gain knowledge, deepen your practice, and attend only what interests you! You may register for this module below without the application or administrative fees.

However, if you want this module to count for CEs and/or towards a 300/500 hour RYT with Yoga Alliance, you need to be enrolled in our program. Click here to confirm your status – or contact us for more details: ytt@waynesvilleyogacenter.com // 828.246.6570

300 Hour Module // The Ayurvedic Principles in Relation to Yoga

300 / 500 Hour Yoga Teacher Training (YTT)300 Hour Module: The Ayurvedic Principles in Relation to Yoga

Ayurveda is an ancient system of medicine with an emphasis on individual’s patterns of energy and practices. This module will be a deep dive into the main principles that comprise Ayurveda.

Students will learn about the doshas and how to assess and work with the elements involved. The content of this module will be comprised of lecture and discussion. Four educational categories will be included: Techniques, Training; and Practice, Teaching Methodology; Anatomy and Physiology; and Yoga; Philosophy; Lifestyle; and Ethics. 

This module will be taught by Candra Smith. To learn more about her, click here.  

THIS MODULE HAS NOT YET BEEN SCHEDULED. ONCE IT HAS BEEN ADDED TO THE CALENDAR, IT WILL BE MOVED TO THIS PAGE… if you’d like to be added to an email list and receive an alert once it’s been scheduled, please email that request to ytt@waynesvilleyogacenter.com


Anyone is welcome to take modules a la carte, without enrolling in the 300/500 YTT program. Gain knowledge, deepen your practice, and attend only what interests you! You may register for this module below without the application or administrative fees.

However, if you want this module to count for CEs and/or towards a 300/500 hour RYT with Yoga Alliance, you need to be enrolled in our program. Click here to confirm your status – or contact us for more details: ytt@waynesvilleyogacenter.com // 828.246.6570

300 Hour Module // Yoga for Hypermobility

300 / 500 Hour Yoga Teacher Training (YTT)300 Hour Module: Yoga for Hypermobility

Many people with hypermobility are attracted to yoga because of their flexibility and ease in many asanas; however, often students don’t have the information needed to protect their bodies and can seriously injure themselves in practice.

To ensure safe classes for all students, Yoga teachers must become more aware of the prevalence of hypermobility in students, the tendency of people with it to be drawn to Yoga, and how they as instructors can foster safe practice for their students (and perhaps themselves).

The purpose of this module is to provide students with proper techniques and practices to facilitate proper alignment and movement for individuals who live with hypermobility. Students in this module will be better prepared to write sequences, provide good assists/adjustments, and helpful cues to ensure the strength and safety of class attendees.

The content of this module will be comprised of lecture/discussion/guided practice/peer teaching. This module will be taught by Leigh-Ann Renz. To learn more about her, click here.  

THIS MODULE HAS NOT YET BEEN SCHEDULED. ONCE IT HAS BEEN ADDED TO THE CALENDAR, IT WILL BE MOVED TO THIS PAGE… if you’d like to be added to an email list and receive an alert once it’s been scheduled, please email that request to ytt@waynesvilleyogacenter.com


Anyone is welcome to take modules a la carte, without enrolling in the 300/500 YTT program. Gain knowledge, deepen your practice, and attend only what interests you! You may register for this module below without the application or administrative fees.

However, if you want this module to count for CEs and/or towards a 300/500 hour RYT with Yoga Alliance, you need to be enrolled in our program. Click here to confirm your status – or contact us for more details: ytt@waynesvilleyogacenter.com // 828.246.6570

300 Hour Module // Yoga for Hormone Health

300 / 500 Hour Yoga Teacher Training (YTT)300 Hour Module: Yoga for Hormone Health

Hormones rule the world, and our bodies! Hormones; “a regulatory substance produced in an organism and transported in tissue fluids such as blood or sap to stimulate specific cells or tissues into action.” (Definition from Oxford Languages) “Hormones are required for the correct development of both animals and plants as they regulate physiology and/or behavior.” (Wikipedia)

Endocrine glands produce hormones and the major glands are; pituitary, pineal, thymus, thyroid, adrenal glands, testes for men and ovaries for women. These hormones affect; growth and development, metabolism and absorption of nutrients for energy, sexual function, reproduction and mood.

As you can see, hormones are powerful and the slightest changes in our hormones can have an enormous impact on our health, happiness and overall well-being. We will explore how certain yoga poses can support hormone health and how the nervous system can affect our hormones which can also be supported by certain styles of yoga and meditation.

This module will be taught by Jay MacDonald and Leigh-Ann Renz. To learn more about them, click here.  

THIS MODULE HAS NOT YET BEEN SCHEDULED. ONCE IT HAS BEEN ADDED TO THE CALENDAR, IT WILL BE MOVED TO THIS PAGE… if you’d like to be added to an email list and receive an alert once it’s been scheduled, please email that request to ytt@waynesvilleyogacenter.com


Anyone is welcome to take modules a la carte, without enrolling in the 300/500 YTT program. Gain knowledge, deepen your practice, and attend only what interests you! You may register for this module below without the application or administrative fees.

However, if you want this module to count for CEs and/or towards a 300/500 hour RYT with Yoga Alliance, you need to be enrolled in our program. Click here to confirm your status – or contact us for more details: ytt@waynesvilleyogacenter.com // 828.246.6570

300 Hour Module // Yoga to Facilitate Rest & Yoga Nidra

300 / 500 Hour Yoga Teacher Training (YTT)300 Hour Module: Yoga to Facilitate Rest & Yoga Nidra

Yoga for Better Sleep & Yoga Nidra places an emphasis on the importance of the ability to unwind, reset, and sleep soundly. Practices and techniques will be reviewed under a main principle of good sleep and its support of several psychological benefits as well, including stress reduction, mood improvement, clear thinking, and alertness.

Students will be taught the basic tenets of Yoga for Better Sleep as well as Yoga Nidra. Students will learn how to structure a session (Yoga for Sleep or Yoga Nidra), including what language to use in writing and leading a yoga class for promoting better sleep and Yoga Nidra.

After this module, students will know how to create, prepare, and teach yoga asana, meditation, and yoga Nidra scripts through thorough practice leading these types of classes.

This module will be taught by Jay MacDonald and Renee Alpert. To learn more about them, click here.  

THIS MODULE HAS NOT YET BEEN SCHEDULED. ONCE IT HAS BEEN ADDED TO THE CALENDAR, IT WILL BE MOVED TO THIS PAGE… if you’d like to be added to an email list and receive an alert once it’s been scheduled, please email that request to ytt@waynesvilleyogacenter.com


Anyone is welcome to take modules a la carte, without enrolling in the 300/500 YTT program. Gain knowledge, deepen your practice, and attend only what interests you! You may register for this module below without the application or administrative fees.

However, if you want this module to count for CEs and/or towards a 300/500 hour RYT with Yoga Alliance, you need to be enrolled in our program. Click here to confirm your status – or contact us for more details: ytt@waynesvilleyogacenter.com // 828.246.6570

300 Hour Module // Yoga for Aging Gracefully

300 / 500 Hour Yoga Teacher Training (YTT)300 Hour Module: Yoga for Aging Gracefully

In this module, we will discuss how our bodies age and specifically how yoga can improve and preserve our strength, mobility and flexibility as we age so that we can stay as active and productive as possible in our later years.

There are so many ways we can assist our senior population in our yoga classes as instructors, so they feel safe, supported and comfortable enough to move their bodies and practice yoga at any age.

Aging usually brings many changes and alterations in our lives and yoga can help ease these transitions softening our resistance to these changes in circumstances. Teachers will learn how to adapt and modify class designs and outlines for this population in addition to learning how to specifically offer props and modifications for this population’s comfort and stability.

This module will be taught by Jay MacDonald and Lynda Saffell. To learn more about them, click here.  

THIS MODULE HAS NOT YET BEEN SCHEDULED. ONCE IT HAS BEEN ADDED TO THE CALENDAR, IT WILL BE MOVED TO THIS PAGE… if you’d like to be added to an email list and receive an alert once it’s been scheduled, please email that request to ytt@waynesvilleyogacenter.com


Anyone is welcome to take modules a la carte, without enrolling in the 300/500 YTT program. Gain knowledge, deepen your practice, and attend only what interests you! You may register for this module below without the application or administrative fees.

However, if you want this module to count for CEs and/or towards a 300/500 hour RYT with Yoga Alliance, you need to be enrolled in our program. Click here to confirm your status – or contact us for more details: ytt@waynesvilleyogacenter.com // 828.246.6570

300 Hour Module // Yamas & Niyamas

300 / 500 Hour Yoga Teacher Training (YTT)300 Hour Module: Yamas & Niyamas

This module will give students a thorough understanding of the Yamas & Niyamas; their history in relationship to Yoga; and how they can be applied to modern, everyday life.

Due to the philosophical nature of the topic, the information will be mostly analytical learning; however, there will be exploration about how these principles can be applied to the practice of Yoga, both as a student and as a teacher.

This module will be taught by Leigh-Ann Renz. To learn more about her, click here.  

THIS MODULE HAS NOT YET BEEN SCHEDULED. ONCE IT HAS BEEN ADDED TO THE CALENDAR, IT WILL BE MOVED TO THIS PAGE… if you’d like to be added to an email list and receive an alert once it’s been scheduled, please email that request to ytt@waynesvilleyogacenter.com


Anyone is welcome to take modules a la carte, without enrolling in the 300/500 YTT program. Gain knowledge, deepen your practice, and attend only what interests you! You may register for this module below without the application or administrative fees.

However, if you want this module to count for CEs and/or towards a 300/500 hour RYT with Yoga Alliance, you need to be enrolled in our program. Click here to confirm your status – or contact us for more details: ytt@waynesvilleyogacenter.com // 828.246.6570

300 Hour Module // Sequencing Magic

300 / 500 Hour Yoga Teacher Training (YTT)300 Hour Module: Sequencing Magic

This module will cover many techniques and tools that can be implemented to create a yoga asana sequence. Students will learn about guidelines from certain lineages of yoga (e.g., Power, Ashtanga, Yin, etc.), as well as how to explore creative techniques and approaches to cultivate a unique style of class and sequence.

During this module, students will be provided with guidance and prompts to discover their unique and authentic sequencing style, as well as direction on self-confidence support to develop creative teaching skills.

Students will discover what sets them apart and how to infuse sequences and design them in a way that feels fresh and exhilarating and embraces their own sense of style. The content of this module will be comprised of lecture/discussion/guided practice/peer teaching.

This module will be taught by Leigh-Ann Renz. To learn more about her, click here.  

THIS MODULE HAS NOT YET BEEN SCHEDULED. ONCE IT HAS BEEN ADDED TO THE CALENDAR, IT WILL BE MOVED TO THIS PAGE… if you’d like to be added to an email list and receive an alert once it’s been scheduled, please email that request to ytt@waynesvilleyogacenter.com


Anyone is welcome to take modules a la carte, without enrolling in the 300/500 YTT program. Gain knowledge, deepen your practice, and attend only what interests you! You may register for this module below without the application or administrative fees.

However, if you want this module to count for CEs and/or towards a 300/500 hour RYT with Yoga Alliance, you need to be enrolled in our program. Click here to confirm your status – or contact us for more details: ytt@waynesvilleyogacenter.com // 828.246.6570

300 Hour Module // Proper Ethical Boundaries in Yoga

300 / 500 Hour Yoga Teacher Training (YTT)300 Hour Module: Proper Ethical Boundaries in Yoga

This module will review in depth the scope of our practice as yoga teachers and why it is so important to respect those boundaries for ourselves and our students.

There is a sacred trust that should be preserved and protected with the reception of confidential information from our students which we will discuss and dissect.

We will discuss a variety of situations and scenarios that may arise in our yoga classes and how best to handle those situations while staying in the ethical boundaries designed to protect the safety and sanctity of the relationship between teacher and student.

We will go over specific techniques for handling emotional releases and outbursts in a classroom setting in addition to a variety of probable and possible scenarios that may test boundaries and limitations of individual yoga instructors. Acknowledging our own limitations as yoga teachers can help us better serve our yoga students and their needs in a safe and supportive environment.

This module will be taught by Jay MacDonald. To learn more about her, click here.  

THIS MODULE HAS NOT YET BEEN SCHEDULED. ONCE IT HAS BEEN ADDED TO THE CALENDAR, IT WILL BE MOVED TO THIS PAGE… if you’d like to be added to an email list and receive an alert once it’s been scheduled, please email that request to ytt@waynesvilleyogacenter.com


Anyone is welcome to take modules a la carte, without enrolling in the 300/500 YTT program. Gain knowledge, deepen your practice, and attend only what interests you! You may register for this module below without the application or administrative fees.

However, if you want this module to count for CEs and/or towards a 300/500 hour RYT with Yoga Alliance, you need to be enrolled in our program. Click here to confirm your status – or contact us for more details: ytt@waynesvilleyogacenter.com // 828.246.6570

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