Advanced Teacher Training
* Build Precision In Asana, Alignment, Anatomy, And Assisting * Find Bliss *
Tranquil Space is proud to bring you our advanced teacher training (ATT) for students and teachers of yoga. ATT is a dynamic program which delves into yoga teaching methodology, yoga philosophy, anatomy & physiology, psychology, ayurveda, therapeutics, and much more. ATT is led by our teaching faculty and internationally recognized guest teachers.
Teachers of yoga certified at the 200-hour level are invited to apply to 500-hour certification. Students may elect to complete the whole 500-hour certification in one year or two years. There are four required modules in the training: Surya (solar asanas, pranayama, anatomy), Chandra (lunar, yin, philosophy, restorative), mandala (integration, sequencing, therapeutics), and mindfulness, ethics, and psychology.
Certification includes over 260 contact hours, plus an additional 40 non-contact hours. More information on certification requirements
Students are welcome to enroll for a workshop, a weekend, or the entire training. ATT is open to everyone wishing to deepen their understanding and practice of yoga. Continuing education credits (CE) for yoga teachers are available. See our website for upcoming trainings and workshops.
Graduates receive listing under our Tranquil Space-trained teacher page plus 15% off classes and tranquility boutique shopping at all Tranquil Space studios.
What you'll study
Asana & Pranayama
Assists & Alignment
Anatomy & Physiology
Sequencing for Vinyasa
Psychology & Energetics
Ethics & Empowerment
Business of Yoga
Our Teaching Faculty
Kimberly Wilson, MA, E-RYT, RYT 500
Creative Director, Yoga Teacher Trainer
Kevin Waldorf-Cruz, MSW, E-RYT, LMT
Yoga Teacher Training Director
Anne Thiel, PhD, E-RYT 500, LMT
Yoga Teacher Trainer, Registered Yoga Alliance Prenatal Specialist
Siobhan Troy-Carranza, E-RYT
Yoga Teacher Trainer
Carol Collins, MA Ed, E-RYT
Yoga Teacher Trainer, Teaching Assistant Director
Danielle Polen, E-RYT, RYT 500
Yoga Teacher Trainer, Yin Yoga Specialist
Dave Kidney, E-RYT, RYT 500
Yoga Teacher Trainer
Our Guest Teacher Trainers
Gina Sager, MD, RYT
Kristin Leal, E-RYT
Jane Banheman, MS, E-RYT500
Megan Davis, E-RYT, MPH, PhD
Hari Kirtana Dasa
Jill Abelson, E-RYT500
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Surya I - September 14-16: Welcome Weekend|
Surya II - October 26-28: Business & Anatomy
Surya III - November 16-18**: Mantra & Pranayama
Chandra I - December 7-9: Sutras & Ethics
Mandala I - Jan 4-6: Anatomy & Assisting
Chandra II - Jan 25-27: Energetics, Anatomy & Assisting
Mandala II - February 22-24: Kirtan & Assisting
Mindfulness, Ethics, Psychology I - March 8-10: Business, Therapeutics & Psychology
Mindfulness, Ethics, Psychology II - April 19-21: Mindfulness, Therapeutics & Yin
Mindfulness, Ethics, Psychology III - May 10-12: Therapeutics, Asana & Yoga Thesis
Mandala III, Vinyasa & Assisting- May 31-June 2: Therapeutics & Psychology
Final Weekend- June 28-30: Final Teaching & Exams
Hours of training
Fridays 6-10pm, Saturdays 11-8pm, Sundays 10am-6pm
Hours are subject to change - students will be informed in advance
Updated schedule with dates, times, teachers, and topics will be posted here.
500-hour Program Admission Requirements*
Successful completion of a 200-hour level yoga teacher training program.
Regular and ongoing yoga practice.
Expressed interest and sincere passion for living and learning yoga.
(see link below for application)
*No admissions requirements for non-certificate seeking students
Required Reading List
- The Heart of Yoga: Developing a Personal Practice by T.K.V. Desikachar
- Ashtanga Yoga: Practice and Philosophy by Gregor Maehle
- Yin Yoga: An Outline of a Quiet Practice with Paul Grilley
- Insight Yoga with Sarah Powers
- Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras translation by Shyam Ranganathan
- Gita Wisdom by Joshua Greene
- The Yoga of Kirtan by Steven Rosen
- The Language of Yoga by Nicolai Bachman
- Yoga Pradikipa (Bihar edition)
- Prakriti by Robert Svoboda
Anatomy & Physiology
- Yogabody: Anatomy, Kinesiology and Asana by Judith Hanson Lasater
- Yoga Anatomy by Leslie Kaminoff
Lifestyle, Ethics & Business
- Teaching Yoga by Donna Farhi
- Tranquilista by Kimberly Wilson
- The E-Myth by Michael Gerber
- Light on Pranayama by B.K.S. Iyengar
- The Breathing Book by Donna Farhi
- Yoga Postures, Adjustments & Assisting by Stephanie Pappas
- Extra Love: The Art of Hands on Assists by Jill Abelson
$4000 for total training
$360/weekend for most training weekends*
*when weekends purchased individually, certification fee shall apply for final yoga synthesis and certification
500-hour certification requirements
ATT-500 certification includes an additional 300+ contact hours and 40+ non-contact hours for teachers for 200-hour certified teachers.
305+ Contact Hours
235 hours through 12-weekend modules
+ TT apprenticeship
70+ hours or more hours in non-weekend contact work (assisting classes, observing E-RYT, mentoring, pre/post-natal electives, and/or self-selected teaching electives)
40+ Non-Contact Hours
20+ non-contact hours in karma teaching project
10+ yoga thesis project
10+ non-contact hours in Om-work
30 Minimum Classes at Tranquil Space (during the year cycle)
Additional Contact Hour Requirements
In addition to the weekend classroom requirements, the following are non-classroom requirements for contact hours. These are hours spent with an experience teacher learning technique, philosophy, or teaching methodology. These are opportunities to practice technique or learn specific new tools. The student can decide which areas to elect for additional contact. Work with ATT Director and mentor to develop your plan.
Teacher Training Apprenticeship
Participate as an apprentice for our TT1, TT200, pre-natal, or post-natal training programs. Learn how to hold the seat of a teacher while teaching teachers. Shadow and assist master teachers and E-RYT level teachers as they teach yoga philosophy, asana, pranayama, assisting, teaching circles, and specialty topics. Learn how to take the seat of teacher by leading and planning trainings and workshops. A special observed teaching project shall conclude your journey. Hours can be scheduled during the first weekend of ATT for fall, and the last fall weekend for the spring. 20 Contact Hours required.
Assist a Tranquil Space yoga class with a senior E-RYT level teacher. Become a Teaching Assistant (TA) for a minimum of 30 Tranquil Space classes (37.5 hours). Develop your physical assists and teaching style by working with a senior teacher. Note: All TA’s must audition with the TA director prior to engaging in class commitment. Also, as a benefit, receive a free class for every class you assist. 37.5 Contact Hours required.
On-going mentoring shall be required of all students in the ATT program. Mentors will be lead teachers and graduates of the 500-hour program. You will work together to deepen their understanding of the following: assisting, teaching practicum, sequencing, anatomy, and ethics. 10 Contact Hours required.
As teachers of yoga, we all gravitate towards certain teachers and styles. This elective has been created to allow students to find teachers with whom they resonate and learn more directly from them. Teacher trainees 1) may attend master workshops, 2) create a supervised teaching assistant apprenticeship, 3) undergo individual mentoring, or 4) mix these options to create their ideal learning path. Elective plans must be reviewed and approved by the Teacher Training Director prior to the start of a plan. 10 Contact Hours required, more hours optional, with a maximum of 20 Contact Hours.
Prenatal and Postnatal Elective
ATT students may decide to register for the pre- and/or post-natal teacher trainings at Tranquil Space. Learn how to support the needs of mothers to be and/or new mothers through specialized yoga. A separate registration fee is required for this elective. See the website for more information and upcoming training dates. 15-30 Contact Hours are encouraged.
Daily yoga and meditation practice required. Take a minimum of 30 vinyasa classes taken at Tranquil Space during the ATT year. Teachers receive a 15% discount on class passes or may become a Teaching Assistant to get class credits in trade (see above). You are also encouraged to take classes outside of Tranquil Space in a variety of styles. 37.5 Contact Hours minimum.
Final Teaching-Yoga Thesis
Upon completion of all ATT requirements, students will teach a final class for certification and peer review. Classes shall reflect the advanced components and teaching modalities of the training. Students are expected to demonstrate an advanced integration of teaching methods, physical assists, philosophy, and ethics. An oral interview will also follow with lead teachers, this includes a review of the students final thesis project. Required 10 hours of teaching and observation.
Final Yoga Thesis Certification Fee
For students who purchase weekends individually and who wish to receive the 500-hour yoga alliance certification, an additional certification fee will be charged. This fee includes review of the student's thesis project, review of final teaching, and 500-hour diploma. This fee is only charged upon completion of all program requirements and before a student's final yoga synthesis. This fee does not apply to students who purchase the entire training package. The final yoga synthesis certification fee is $350.
Tranquil Space's ATT program constantly inspired and challenged me. I left each intensive weekend excited to teach the next day, full of fresh perspectives, tools, and knowledge. The wide range of teachers, my supportive peers, and the diverse topics of study fulfilled exactly what I was craving more of in my quest to continue this path of learning so that I may be a more well-rounded teacher. I felt I owed that to the students who attend my classes, and to myself. I gained confidence and have been able to tap in deeper to my authentic voice and teaching style. I liked that the program includes different points of view, so that, ultimately, it is up to us as teachers (and students!) to decide what resonates within and teach from that place. I am deeply grateful to all of my teachers and peers for making this experience so fulfilling. - Alice, 2012 ATT graduate