Dig Deeper Yoga Studies 500 Training

Advancing the Teacher

DIG DEEPER YOGA STUDIES 500 is a 300-hour Yoga Alliance® Registered Level II training for teachers who have completed a 200-hour teacher training program and are interested in honing and refining their teaching skills. The Advanced Teacher Training schedule is divided into NINE weekend modules, FIVE asana intensives, ONE Meditation Immersion, EIGHT online/teleconference calls, plus Electives. All hours and modules must be completed in order to qualify for 300-hour Yoga Alliance certification. We recommend taking the nine modules sequentially. The asana intensives can be taken throughout the training as offered. Electives hours can begin counting as soon as you're enrolled! 

The course includes the exploration of advanced asana practice; the energetics of optimally aligned asanas; applied biomechanics and hands-on adjustments; skillful and advanced teaching techniques for asana, pranayama and meditation; sequencing skills; working with special populations; business and marketing; and polishing all of the Art of Teaching tools. Completion of this program qualifies teachers to register for 300-hour RYT certification from DIG YOGA and Yoga Alliance.  A DDYS 500 manual will given to you at the start of Module One, along with individual module handouts to be added to your course notebook each month. There will not be monthly homework assignments but a book presentation is due no later than Module 9 (reading list given at Module one). 

The full DDYS 500 course curriculum requires 270 contact hours which is divided into two parts:

  • 200 hours of Level 2 Advanced Teacher Training (DDYS 500 program) with Naime Jezzeny & Sue Elkind

  • 70 hours of Electives*

It also requires 30 non-contact hours which will includes auditing 3 classes, assisting 3 classes, and teaching 21 hours of public or private yoga classes using DDYS Self Evaluation Forms (to be given at the start of Module One).

*Electives are courses taught by both guest and DDYS faculty that cover a full spectrum of yoga practices (i.e asana, breath, chanting, meditation, philosophy). One of our DIG faculty can help you chart out the trajectory of your elective studies and answer any questions you have along the way.

Once enrolled in DDYS 500, you will be required to track your hours on a DDYS 500 Tracking spreadsheet as you freely customize your Electives & Practicums to best serve your interests and fit into your schedule and life. All hours can be accrued over a period of two & half years from the date of your enrollment into DDYS 500. 

Weekend Modules (18hrs each) 

MODULE 1: The Art of Seeing & Speaking
At the end of this weekend, you will expand your ability to: 
• expand your strengths as a teacher and to improve upon your weaknesses
• observe bodies and verbally adjust more skillfully
• inspire your students with effective use of voice
• sequence instruction with more clarity and confidence
• plan and instruct public classes with greater ease
• and more! 

MODULE 2: Teaching Practicum & Methodology - Teaching Effective Public Classes & Workshops
At the end of this weekend, you will deepen your ability to: 
• skillfully teach different levels of classes - beginners, mixed level, intermediate, advanced
• teach stages and modifications of poses
• creatively compose class sequences
• plan specialty workshops
• appropriately address challenging students
• and more! 

MODULE 3: Creating Relevant Classes from Ancient Stories & Philosophy
At the end of this weekend, you will deepen your ability to: 
• inspire students with theming and relatable philosophy • articulate different philosophical vantage points
• distill foundational teachings from classic texts like the Ramayana & Gita into your classes
• learn to sync thematic content with suitable postures
• and more! 

MODULE 4: Anatomy, Kinesiology and Human Movement Science
At the end of this weekend, you will deepen your ability to: 
• learn & refine your understanding of the anatomy of bones, joints and muscles • cultivate a proficiency of kinesiological and biomechanical principles • apply current human movement science to the modern postural yoga practice

MODULE 5: Biomechanical Assessment & Corrective Exercise Strategies
At the end of this weekend, you will deepen your ability to: 
• learn static and dynamic postural assessment techniques
• learn corrective exercise protocol sequencing
• create personal corrective exercise programs to restore proper postural function
• build deeper trust with your students
• work with private clients 

MODULE 6: Sequencing Strategies
At the end of this weekend, you will:
• learn to sequence classes from a variety of approaches including: biomechanical/kinesiological, philosophical/ thematic, and postural classification/apex pose • remedy or address postural disfunction through proper sequencing • and more! 

MODULE 7: Teaching Pranayama, Restorative Yoga & Meditation
At the end of this weekend, you will:
• better understand the different pranayama practices and when they are best taught to your students
• feel confident in your ability to lead pranayama and breathing practices in a public class
• expand your awareness of the different meditation traditions and the meaning behind the practices • apply the koshas more fluently into your language
• feel confident in your ability to teach a meditation class • sequence restorative yoga practices that support going deeper into pranayama and meditation  

MODULE 8: Expanding your Audience: Learning to Specialize 
At the end of this weekend, you will deepen your understanding of: 
• gentle & seniors yoga • restorative yoga
• prenatal & postnatal yoga support
• chair yoga / wall yoga / modifications

MODULE 9: Final Teaching Practicum, & the Business of Yoga
At the end of this weekend, you will:
• feel more confident in your teaching skills
• receive valuable constructive feedback while teaching your peers
• demonstrate your knowledge of sequencing
• present your book report to the group
• finalize your mission statement, new bio & brand, and set clear goals for yoga teaching and career

year-long Meditation immersion-  monday's 6:30-8:30pm with Sue

MEDITATION IMMERSION: designed to establish, or renew, your meditation practice and commit to optimalizing your health!  Once a month, for twelve months, on Monday evenings from 6:30-8:30pm, we will journey into the science, health benefits, techniques, and practices of meditation. Each meeting will include an inspirational talk, light asana, breathwork & meditation practices, sprinkled with some chanting, mantra and even restoratives along the way!  After each class, tea will be served so we can take our time and enjoy some community love. 

2020: May 4, June 1, July 6, August 3, September 14, October 5, November 2, December 7, 2021: January 4, February 1, March 1, March 29

three-hour Asana intensives

2021: dates to be announced
Asana Intensives are designed to help you deepen your personal practice (five are required). Friday Intensives will be held from 11AM-2PM. Saturday Intensives will be held from 12noon-3PM. 



Upcoming Schedule

Schedule for Module Weekends:     Friday's 6:00PM-9:00PM, Saturday's 10AM-11:30AM (asana class) & 12Noon-6PM, Sunday's 9-10:30am OR 10:30-Noon (asana class) 12:30-5:30PM.

2020 Module Dates: 

• MODULE 1: April 3-5, 2020
• MODULE 2: May 1-3, 2020
• MODULE 3: June 5-7, 2020
• MODULE 4: July 10-12, 2020
• MODULE 5: Aug 7-9, 2020
• MODULE 6: Sept 11-13, 2020
• MODULE 7: Oct 16-18, 2020 • MODULE 8: Nov 6-8. 2020 • MODULE 9: Dec 4-6, 2020  

Meditation dates: Monday's: 6:30PM-8:30PM (recorded)

2020: May 4, June 1, July 6, August 3, September 14, October 5, November 2, December 7, 2021: January 4, February 1, March 1, March 29


Online teleConference Dates:  Wednesday's: 12noon-1:00PM (recorded)

• TELECONFERENCE 1: April 29, 2020
• TELECONFERENCE 2: May 20, 2020
• TELECONFERENCE 3: June 10, 2020
• TELECONFERENCE 4: July 15, 2020
• TELECONFERENCE 5: August 12, 2020
• TELECONFERENCE 6: Sept 23, 2020 • TELECONFERENCE 7: Oct 28, 2020 • TELECONFERENCE 8: Nov 18, 2020

500 hour Level Tuition

DDYS 500 Tuition Early Payment: $4,500 paid in full by Febuary 21, 2020. 

DDYS 500 Tuition One Time Payment: $4,800 paid in full by March 27, 2020. 

DDYS 500 Tuition Payment Plan: $5,000- 12 monthly payments of $417   

TUITION includes: 9 modules, 5 asana intensives, year-long meditation immersion, 8 teleconference classes, PLUS 70 hours of electives that can be taken with either guest teachers at Dig Yoga or other workshops with Sue & Naime.

Please call studio for further information or to fill out an application.  You can also email Sue with any questions directly at sue@digyoga.com.  

Deposit of $1000 holds your space once accepted in the program.  50% non-refundable. No refunds will be available once the training modules have started.

Continuing Education:

Modules may be taken individually for teachers wishing to continue their education, theses hours will count towards Yoga Alliance annual CEU's. 

Payment per Module: $425