300 Hour Advanced Functional
Yoga Certification

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About the Training

There are many different approaches to yoga and each exists for good and valid reasons. Our advanced teacher training focuses on the balancing principles of Yin and Yang, the two fundamental and complementary primary forces of the Universe. Yang is characterized by strength, rhythm and repetition, Yin by softness, stillness and ease.

A truly fulfilling life contains a healthy balance of both Yin and Yang; too much Yang can lead to rigidity and aggression where too much Yin may result in weakness or depression. A benefit to the practice of yoga is to develop the intuition and the wisdom to know what we need and when we need it. Some people are more drawn to yin, others to yang, but everybody needs a balance of both energies. The practice of yoga asana is simply a stepping stone toward greater harmony. As the mind calms and the body opens, a well of vibrant energy emerges, allowing us to explore our full potential as human beings


Advanced certification is achieved when six 50 hour modules and a successful final practice teach project have been completed.

This training cannot be combined with any other courses taken from another RYS to qualify as a 300 hour certification. All modules must be taken from Exalt Yoga & Wellness.

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How it Works

To achieve a 300 hour certification with Exalt Yoga, all students must complete the four core modules (in any order desired) and two of the four elective modules (in any order desired). You can choose if you would like to have a balanced Yin & Vinyasa learning experience or specialize in just one!

 

All courses have three to five hours of learning requirements outside of the scheduled time in live training. This will take form in recorded materials, reading and homework assignments. Please factor this in when considering your time commitment prior to applying.

Core Modules

The following four modules are required for all students participating in the advanced certification program:

50hr - Yin Foundations and Lower Body Anatomy

Sliding Scale

$525-$675

Description:

This course is the prerequisite for the Yin-Yang Qi Cultivation & Fascia, Myofascial Release modules

Dives deep into the primary principles of Yin yoga theory, asana, teaching methodology and sequencing, the functional approach to Yin asana, lower body anatomy (feet to pelvis) and the four foundations of mindfulness. 

Lead Teacher : Michelle Finch

50hr - Functional Vinyasa Foundations and Lower Body Anatomy

Sliding Scale

$525-$675

Description:

This course is the prerequisite for both the Functional Vinyasa Twists & Backbends and the Vinyasa Inversions & Arm Balances modules

Foundations of the functional approach to Vinyasa yoga, most fundamental hatha asana (standing, seated & supine postures related to the hips & legs) and lower body anatomy (hips to feet)

Lead Teacher : Michelle Finch / Ahna Hoke

50hr - Tantric Philosophy, Chakras and Brain/Spinal Cord Anatomy

 

Sliding Scale

$525-$675

Description:

In depth look into Tantric philosophy, tools and techniques (chakras, mantras and mudras), Bhagavad Gita, Karma, Dharma, Tatvas, Gunas, Koshas, Yamas and Niyamas, brain and spinal cord anatomy.

Lead Teacher : Ahna Hoke

50hr - Meditation and Pranayama Training with

Silent Retreat

$1,125 (in-person)*

Description:

Comprehensive study of several different approaches to meditation durived from both Buddhist and Tantric teachings in addition to various pranayama practices. This module is held over two weekends. The first weekend will cover the philosophies that drive meditation and pranayama and how to teach both in a public setting. The second weekend will be held in a silent residential retreat format to give participants to opporunity to dive deep into the experience of meditation & pranayama. 

Lead Teacher : Michelle Finch / Ahna Hoke

*Registration fee for the Meditation & Pranayama Retreat includes accommodations & meals Thursday April 28 (dinner) thru Sunday May 1 (breakfast). All students will stay in single rooms. Students are invited to suspend all communcation with others (both verbal & non-verbal) throughout the residential retreat.

Elective Vinyasa Modules

50hr - Functional Vinyasa - Twists, Backbends and Torso Anatomy

Sliding Scale

$525-$675

Description:

Expanding on the functional approach to Vinyasa yoga with hatha yoga backbends, twists and lateral folds postures and torso anatomy (tail to neck). 

Prerequisite: Functional Vinyasa Foundations and Lower Body Anatomy 

Lead Teacher : Michelle Finch / Ahna Hoke

50hr - Functional Vinyasa - Inversions, Arm Balances and Upper Body Anatomy

Sliding Scale

$525-$675

Description:

Expanding on the functional approach to Vinyasa yoga with hatha yoga inversions and arm balances and upper body anatomy (shoulders to hands).

Prerequisite: Functional Vinyasa Foundations and Lower Body Anatomy 

Lead Teacher : Michelle Finch / Ahna Hoke

Elective Yin Modules

50hr - Yin-Yang Qi Cultivation and Torso Anatomy

Sliding Scale

$525-$675

Description:

Fundamentals of the Traditional Chinese Medicine meridian theory, location of energy sinews & their connection to Yin Yoga, Taoist Yang Flows (as taught by Paul & Suzee Grilley), Qi cultivation mediations and torso anatomy.

Prerequisite: Yin Foundations & Lower Body Anatomy

Lead Teacher : Michelle Finch

50hr -  Fascia, Myofascial Release and Upper Body Anatomy

Sliding Scale

$525-$675

Description:

In depth fascia study in relation to Yin Yoga, location & function major trigger & acupressure points, applying self-myofascial release both within and along side a Yin Yoga practice, upper body anatomy (shoulder to hands) and Chakra meditation.

Prerequisite: Yin Foundations & Lower Body Anatomy

Lead Teacher : Michelle Finch

*This module includes a full self-myofascial release kit mailed directly to your home.

Final Practice Teach Project

Within six months of the completion of the full 300 hours of training, all students are subject to a final practice teach project. In this project, students are required to teach a 75 minute class that includes 60 minutes of asana practice (style depends on chosen elective path) and 10 minutes of pranayama and meditation. Included with this portion of the course is one 60 minute mentoring session with Michelle and/or Ahna to offer any guidance desired to ensure a successful final teach project is completed.

NOTE: Full requirements will be covered with the student at least one month prior to the execution of the final practice teach project. Students are expected to display proficiency in all required areas in order to receive their certificate of completion for the program. If the students skills are not initially deemed sufficient, each student may re-submit their final teach project one time for an additional fee of $150.

Upcoming Training Courses

2021

Fascia, Myofascial Release & Upper Body Anatomy

Tantric Philosophy, Chakras & Brain/Spinal Cord Anatomy

Yin Foundations & Lower Body Anatomy

2022

Yin-Yang Qi Cultivation and Spine Anatomy

Functional Vinyasa Foundations & Lower Body Anatomy

Meditation Training & Silent Retreat

Yin Foundations & Lower Body Anatomy

Functional Vinyasa Foundations & Lower Body Anatomy

Fascia, Myofascial Release & Upper Body Anatomy

Functional Vinyasa Twists, Backbends & Torso Anatomy

Tantric Philosophy, Chakras & Brain/Spinal Cord Anatomy

Yin Foundations & Lower Body Anatomy

September 17-19 & 24-26, 2021

October 22-24 & November 6 & 7, 2021

December 1-5, 2021

January 7-9 & 14-16, 2022

March 11-13 & 18-20, 2022

April 9-10 & 28-April 1, 2022

June 3-5 & 10-12, 2022

August 10-14, 2022

September 14-18, 2022

October 7-9 & 14-16, 2022

November 4-6 & 11-13, 2022

December 7-11, 2022

Virtual or In-Studio

Yin Foundations & Lower Body Anatomy

July 23-25 & 30-August 1, 2021

 

Sample Time Tables

Five Day Intensives

Wednesday thru Sunday

Daily 9:00a-6:00p EST

 

9:00-10:15 – Meditation & Lecture

        10:15-10:30 - Break 

10:30-1:00 – Asana Breakdown & Asana Practice

        1:00-2:00 - Lunch

2:00-4:00 – Anatomy & Compression Tests

        4:00-4:15 - Break

4:15-6:00 – Lecture & Group Teaching Activites

In each asana module, practices teach opportunities will take place on Sunday morning (11:30-1:00) and afternoon (2:30-4:00)

Two Weekend Intensives

Friday thru Sunday

Fridays 5:30p-9:30p, Saturdays & Sundays 9:00a-6:00p

Fridays

5:30-7:15 – Meditation & Lecture (Yin)/Asana Practice (Vinyasa)

        10:15-10:30 - Break 

8:00-9:30 – Asana Practice (Yin)/Meditation & Lecture (Vinyasa)

Saturdays & Sundays

9:00-10:15 – Meditation & Lecture

        10:15-10:30 - Break 

10:30-1:00 – Asana Breakdown & Asana Practice

        1:00-2:00 - Lunch

2:00-4:00 – Anatomy & Compression Tests

        4:00-4:15 - Break

4:15-6:00 – Lecture & Group Teaching Activites

In each asana module, practices teach opportunities will take place on the second Sunday morning (11:30-1:00) and afternoon (2:30-4:00)

Time table and scheduled teaching matter is subject to change at any time at the sole discretion of the teacher(s).

 

How to Apply

Students are welcome to participate in individual modules and may apply to those via the links provided above. However, if you are interested in obtaining your full 300hr certification, we as that you apply to the program. We will then advise and mentor you throughout the process of achiveing your certification. With this said, you do not have to apply to the 300hr program prior to attending your first training (or two or three). Simply submit your application when you're ready to let your intention to complete the program be known. 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

What style of yoga is this advanced training? What will I learn? 

Michelle Finch and Ahna Hoke have partnered up to bring you an inspiring and balanced advanced training. Our training integrates the two complimentary practices of Yin and Yang (in the form of Vinyasa), the fundamental primary forces of the Universe. Yang is characterized by strength, rhythm, and repetition, Yin by softness, stillness and ease. 

A truly fulfilling life contains a healthy balance of both Yin and Yang; too much Yang can lead to rigidity and aggression where too much Yin may result in weakness or depression. A benefit to the practice of yoga is to develop the intuition and the wisdom to know what we need and when we need it. Some people are more drawn to yin, others to yang, but everybody needs a balance of both energies. The practice of yoga asana is simply a stepping-stone toward greater harmony. As the mind calms and the body opens, a well of vibrant energy emerges, allowing us to explore our full potential as human beings.

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What is functional yoga? 

The functional approach to yoga is an approach where we prioritize what a pose should do over how it looks. We are all unique: our skeletal structure, muscular flexibility, emotional response, mental organization and psychological inclination is all unique to each of us. Our practice should express this individuality. Instead of trying to perform a pose from the outside, copying a shape, we strive to understand what the purpose of the pose is and then adapt it's shape to our unique needs and abilities.

What will I learn?

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Anatomy

Garner indepth knowledge of fundamental anatomical principles in order to teach and adapt many of the primary yoga poses to suit every student

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Asana

Understand the function of the both Yin and Vinyasa poses and how to practice them to open the way to a long-lasting, effective and fulfilling practice

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Meditation

 Dive deep into the practices of mindfulness, meditation and open awareness drawn from Tantric, Taoist and Buddhist psychological teachings

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Philosophy

Yoga philosophy can be immensely helpful on our road to disentangle ourselves from our unconscious behaviour patterns and supports development and growth from within.

Where is the training held? What is the format of the training? What is the schedule?

 

Location: For the foreseeable future, this certification program will be offered in a hybrid setting with both virtual and non-virtual participation options. If in-person attendance is desired, we are located on the northeast side of Indianapolis, IN USA. All of offerings are 90% live (in-person or via Zoom) and accompanied by pre-recorded or other self-led material for the other 10%. 

Format: All of our trainings vary between a two weekend and a five day intensive format. You can choose the format the suits the needs of your schedule! Note: The format for which a training is offered generally alternates from year to year. Meaning, if one is being offered as a five day intensive this year, it will be offered as a two weekend course next year (and vice versa). 

Schedule: You can find our most up to date schedule by clicking here.

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Do I have to be a teacher to attend the training modules? 

No, you do not have to be a teacher. Everyone is welcome in the Yin & Vinyasa foundations training courses as well as the meditation & philosophy modules. These modules are designed to deepen your knowledge and experience of yoga as a practitioner, to gain a deeper understanding of your unique body, and align with its needs to create an enhanced experience of strength and ease. Any practitioner will benefit immensely from these modules.

With this said, non-teachers must have at least two years of committed practice experience with vinyasa and/or Yin yoga to attend a training. 

The meditation and pranayama module offers an extensive look at the subtle and transformational practices of meditation, pranayama, kriya and techniques to help balance a modern day busy mind, creating a sense of ease and peacefulness. The philosophy module presents insights, practices, and opportunities to connect with yourself at a deeper level, to recognize your obstacles that keep you from living your best and most joyful and fulfilling life, to build your inner radiance through the integration of the practices, and to develop your ability to make positive and long lasting changes.

You must have completed the Yin Foundations module to attend the Yin-Yang Qi Cultivation or Fascia & Myofascia release courses. 

You must have completed the Vinyasa Foundations module to attend the Intermediate or Advanced Vinyasa modules.

Note: Any modules taken prior to completing a 200hr training, cannot be applied toward a 300hr certification, per Yoga Alliance guidelines.

How/where do I apply? How/where do I sign up for the modules? 

You can sign up online. The general application for the overall 300hr program can be found by clicking here. Once you complete this application, we will notify you within 14 days of your acceptance status.

Once accepted, you may then proceed to apply to the training course you wish to attend first. Note that there are separate applications for the Yin, Vinyasa, Philosophy and Meditation modules. Once we receive the correlating application for each training, we will send you registration information for enrollment. In order to guarantee your place in any desired training courses, you will need to register for that specific module, and pay in full online, via the link provided in your acceptance letter. 

Do I need to take the modules in any specific order?

 

Yes and no. You are required to take the two core foundations asana courses prior to attending the related elective courses (i.e. Yin Foundations must be taken prior to either of the Yin electives and the Vinyasa Foundations must be taken prior to either of the Vinyasa electives, but you do not need to take both prior to moving into electives.)

The Tantric Philosophy and Meditation Training/Retreat can be taken at any time through the course of the training. 

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How long will it take to complete the program? 

A unique aspect to our training is that you can complete this training in one year or five! The timeline is completely up to you. There is no forcing your life to fit a particular schedule or straining your budget to meet the requirements of this program. You may take the modules at any location that works best for you. At this time, registration is open for all of 2021 modules; 2022 registration will open on or before September 1, 2021.

Are there any prerequisites before applying for the training? 

This advanced certification is available to any yoga teacher who has completed a 200hr yoga teacher training and has at least two years of dedicated practice in Yin and/or Yang (e.g. vinyasa, hatha, ashtanga, etc.) styles of yoga. If you do not have experience with Vinyasa yoga, you will be required to participate in the two hour recorded Introduction to Vinyasa Yoga course led by Ahna Hoke, prior to attending the Functional Vinyasa Foundations training.

What is Exalt Yoga’s Teacher Training refund and cancellation policy?

If you have been accepted into a training but are no longer able to attend, cancellations must be made in writing to exaltyinyoga@gmail.com

For cancellations on courses within the continental United States more than 90 days prior to the training, we will refund whatever you have paid minus a $100 processing fee. For cancellations 90-31 days prior to the onset of training, refunds will issued minus a $250 processing fee. For cancellations less than 31 days prior to the onset of training, refunds will only be possible if we are able to fill your place from our waiting list. Please be aware that there is no guarantee that we will be able to fill your place, since as time goes by, people from the waiting list often times make other commitments for the training dates. No refunds will be given for failure to attend or failure to complete the training.

For cancellations on courses outside of the continental United States more than 120 days prior to the training, we will refund whatever you have paid minus a $100 processing fee. For cancellations 120-60 days prior to the onset of training, refunds will issued minus a $250 processing fee. For cancellations less than 60 days prior to the onset of training, refunds will only be possible if we are able to fill your place from our waiting list. Please be aware that there is no guarantee that we will be able to fill your place, since as time goes by, people from the waiting list often times make other commitments for the training dates. No refunds will be given for failure to attend or failure to complete the training.

Do you help organize accommodations for traveling students? 

No, we do not. However, we do highly recommend Airbnb for cost effective accommodations. There are many Airbnb options very near to all locations Exalt offers training courses. 

What is the cost of the training and what is included in the price of this investment? 

All of our courses are offered on a sliding scale basis to make a high quality yogic education available to as many people as possible. Below are the pricing options:

 

50 hour modules are currently:

Sustainer Rate: $675

Supporter Rate: $600

Community Rate: $525

 

The Meditation & Pranayama Training (Indianapolis or Virtual) & Residential Silent Retreat (New Harmony, Indiana) is $1,125 and includes accommodations and meals for the duration of the residential retreat portion of this module.

How many students are enrolled in each module at one time?

We embrace smaller learning environments as we want you to feel you receive a personalized learning experience. Therefore, all courses are limited to the first 10-15 registered students.

What is the attendance and class make up policy?

You are required to attend 100% all sessions in order to receive your certificate. With this said, we understand that life happens and may require you to miss some time.

Virtual Trainings: Let the trainer know at least 48 hours in advance. The course will be recorded and made available to you for exactly seven calendar days to view any material missed. Homework may be assigned, at the discretion of the trainer, to make up time as well.

In-person Trainings: If time is missed and make-up work is required, an additional fee may be assessed. Note: Make up work is only available if you miss a half day or less. If six or more hours are missed, the missed hours must be made up through attendance in a future training covering similar teaching points to what was missed (at no additional cost).