Advanced Level Yoga Teacher Certification

and Module 1 of the Yoga Therapy for Outreach Certification

New Jersey: Fall 2019 - weekends or weekdays - 10 months TBA

Advanced Level Yoga Teacher Training

and Module 1 of the Yoga Therapy for Outreach Training

Outcome: After 300 hours of education and a competency review, you will receive a certificate and you will quality to register with the Yoga Alliance as a 500hr RYT.  You will also receive a YI Meditation Facilitator Certificate and YI Whole Life Practitioner Certificate. This training is Module 1 or the Yoga Therapy for Outreach Certificate. Along with the immersion hours, trainees will be expected to do homework and practicums. Module 2 of the Yoga Therapy training will be offered in New Jersey in the fall of 2019 or online.

Prerequisite: 200 training and a minimum 100 hours of teaching over one or more year.

Fall 2019 Schedule of training dates and objectives at Underhill in Rockaway, NJ

Ten weekends 9-5 both days OR 3 Tuesdays a month 9-2:30 plus 3 classes with Nancy/month. Description of learning objectives for each month are below the application form. Each weekend includes classes, discussion, and practice teaching. Please fill out the Application Form below.

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October, Nov, Dec TBA Whole life Practitioner

This course teaches advanced practices to incorporate into yoga lifestyle practices and to utilize in teaching yoga.

Learning Objectives:

•       Learn to teach mindfulness in Asana, Pranayama and life.

•       Learn to teach simple body scans.

•       Learn to teach simple breathing practices and Pranayama's to calm the mind   and engage the parasympathetic nervous system.

•       Learn to teach simple yoga asana practices to address postural issues.

•       Understand the role of postural alignment in emotional healing.

•       Learn to guide clients in simple dietary concepts.

•       Learn the use of simple teas and herbs that aid in digestion.

•       Learn therapeutic aspects of restorative yoga poses and how to adapt them

•       Introduction to Ayurveda

Required Reading: YI Advanced manual


Nov, Dec TBA : Anatomy of the Joints

The course provides a practical understanding of the relationship that yoga has with physical anatomy, focusing on brain anatomy, pelvic anatomy, joint anatomy, all major systems of the body and biomechanics.

Prerequisite: Basic Anatomy Vocabulary (contact Nancy for a brush up home study)

Learning Objectives:

•      Understand basic human anatomy and physiology, including all major systems of the body and their interrelationships, as relevant to the work of an advanced yoga teacher.

•      Understand basic concepts of biomechanics and movement as they relate to the practice of yoga and the work of a yoga teacher.

Required Reading: Keys to Yoga Anatomy by Ray Long, Trail Guide To the Body by Andrew Biel


January TBA: Teaching beginning level students/ chair/mat/ restorative/ Assists

This course will teach the trainee how to build class plans for beginning level yoga students and is a base for therapeutic yoga. It will include sequencing, presentation skills, theming, adapting classes, and interacting with students.

Learning objectives:

•       Understand the commitment that a yoga teacher needs, to have to their own practice, in order to teach.

•       Teaching advanced level asana, pranayama and meditation along with chanting and mudras

•       Learn to design, implement and evaluate group programs focused on clients who are new to yoga and/or “deconditioned.” (A deconditioned client is one who is not able to do a pose like downward dog because of lack of muscle tone), and those working to practice advanced level yoga modalities.

•       Learn to work with those how are challenged with stress, anxiety, depression and/or trauma

•       Learn hands-on assists

•       Plan group classes that improve well-being, rather than just lead clients through asanas and other yoga modalities.


February TBA: Meditation Facilitator Training, Teaching Pranayama, Practice Teaching beginning level classes

Learning Objectives:

·      Learn to teach a comprehensive, ongoing meditation class

·      Learn to practice and teach a variety of pranayama practices

·      Get feedback on teaching a beginning level class


March TBA: Neuroscience of Yoga, Yoga for Mental Health and Trauma Sensitive Teaching Methodology

Learning the science of the brain and how to bring yoga to those who suffer from trauma is one of the keys to diversify yoga and helping those who suffer from PTSD, trauma, mental health issues, chronic illness, chronic pain and addiction.

Learning objectives:

·      Study neuroscience that relates to yoga

·      Learn best practices for working with mental health issues, trauma and addiction

·      Learn to adapt lesson plans for working with a variety of populations

·      Learn to work with those how are challenged with stress, anxiety, depression and/or trauma

TBA Spring: Pranayama early morning webinar course


April TBA: Yoga Philosophy and Spirituality: Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras and Beyond

This course introduces philosophical teachings of some the major writings handed down in yoga tradition. This course also fosters an understanding of the Sanskrit alphabet, proper Sanskrit pronunciation, and includes discussion of the history of yoga. Trainees will dive into the deeper understanding of how the practice of yoga modalities creates a path for spiritual growth.

Learning objectives:

•       In-depth study of Patanjali’s yoga sutras

•       Understanding of the Vayus

•       In-depth study of the Bhagavad Gita

•       Familiarity with the Upanishads, Vedas and tantric studies

•       In-depth Understanding of the Chakras 

Required Reading:  A copy of Patañjali’s Yoga Sutras, Bhagavad Gita, Vedas, Upanishads


May TBA: Advanced Level techniques, Injury Prevention and Assists

This course will teach the trainee how to build class plans for more advanced yoga students. This will include sequencing, presentation skills, theming, adapting classes, and interacting with students.

Learning Objectives:

•       Understand the commitment that a yoga teacher needs, to have to their own practice, in order to teach.

•       Teaching advanced level asana, pranayama and meditation along with chanting and mudras

•       Learn to design, implement and evaluate group programs focused on advanced level yoga asana

•       Learn hands-on assists

•       Plan group classes that improve well-being, rather than just lead clients through asanas and other yoga modalities.

•       Learn how to teach to avoid common yoga injuries


June TBA: Diving in to Dharma: Bhagavad Gita

This course introduces philosophical teachings of one of the major writings handed down in yoga tradition. Trainees will dive into the deeper understanding of how the dharma creates a path for spiritual growth.

Learning objectives:

·      Be able to articulate an understanding of dharma

·      Be able to articulate some of the key concepts from the Gita


June TBA: Business of Yoga and Designing Workshops

In this course we will set the foundation for a becoming a productive yoga professional and conduct a healthy yoga business.  Learn to design 2+ hour yoga workshops.

Learning objectives:

•       The ethics of a yoga professional based on the yamas and niyamas.

•       Developing your business growth, network and marketing plans.

•       Discover your niche and learn how to work in this specialized area.

•       Heart centered marketing

•       Alternative methods of income within your field.

•       Learn how to avoid burnout.


August: Individual meetings with Nancy, Sanskrit Studies


September 14-15: Teaching Workshops

Two Week Intensive Overview:

Advanced Advanced Yoga Teacher Trainings: Yoga Therapy Foundations and Advanced MethodologyThe Advanced Level Yoga Teacher Training begins with a two week in-person intensive in Rockaway, Practicum work, home study, one-on-one support from Nancy is to be completed upon your return home.

Intensive: Summer 2019

Each week-long training is 6 days - Monday -Saturday, 8 hours

.Location: Rockaway, NJ

These contact hours include -

  • Week 1: yoga therapy foundations; therapeutic use of yoga for stress, trauma, depression, chronic pain, anxiety, addiction, includes anatomy of joints and foundations for healing centered teaching techniques.

  • Week two, there will be advanced teaching methodology and philosophy studies; methodology of advanced poses, injury prevention, hands-on alignment techniques, Ayurveda, Patanjali's yoga sutras and Bhagavad- Gita.

Long distance hours required (a detailed description of the program will be emailed to you:

  • 65 hours of logged yoga techniques including pranayama, meditation, asana, chanting, teaching methodology for beginning level students (classes, at home practice, Nancy’s free online classes) We will need to design a way to show that you have increase your teaching skills.

•       100 hours of home study and online classes (Whole Life Practitioner studies and homework in the YII Manual, Business Practicum, pranayama practice, Sanskrit studies)

•       70 hours of Practicums

Intensive Daily Schedule overview (may change according to need)

6:30-7:00 Meditation and Pranayama

7:00-9:00 Asana

9:00-10:30 Breakfast and Break

10:30-13:00 Morning Session

13:00-15:00 Break

15:00-18:30 Afternoon Session

16:30-20:00 Dinner

20:00-21:00 Evening Session (as needed) week 1 anatomy study, week 2 restorative yoga 

Advanced Level Training Session topics

Week 1

1a Biomedical Foundations- Increase your ability to teach asana safely, help clients with injury and give sophisticated cueing for asana. We will learn anatomy of the foot and ankle, knee, hips, pelvic floor, spine, rib cage, shoulders and neck.

1.     Reading, bones and muscles

2.     Reading Muscles and asana

3.     Legs

4.     Hips and Pelvis

5.     Spine

6.     Shoulders

Evening: review and study

Study Material: Keys to Yoga Anatomy by Ray Long, Recommended Home for home study: Trail Guide to the Body by Andrew Biel 

1b: How to make Yoga Asana, Meditation and Pranayama accessible to all – Hone your teaching methodology to include a variety of demographics. This section includes how to teach gentle yoga, chair yoga, wheelchair yoga, and restorative yoga.

1.     Corridor of strength, chair yoga, teaching peeps to breath

2.     Chair yoga, design a joint freeing series, standing poses in a chair, body scan

3.     Restorative yoga

4.     Restorative yoga

5.     Guided meditations, developing ego strength, metta, yoga nidra scripts

6.     Designing restorative classes and teaching

7. Healing-centered cueing

 Week 2

2a Mind/Body Integration, Yoga Philosophy – The study of yoga philosophy gives yoga teachers a time-tested foundation for understanding the mind. In this course we will develop the critical thinking skills to teach yoga techniques to help in the healing process of stress, depression, anxiety and trauma.

1.     Gita – guidance for mental health

2.     Patanjali

3.     Patanjali

4.     Mental health issues - neuroscience

5.     Healing centered yoga methodology

6.     Ayurveda for healing

Evening: teach restorative classes

Study Material: Copy of Patanjali's Yoga Sutras (Iyengar's translation recommended), Eknath Easwarn's translation of the Bhagavad Gita, Ayurveda: The Science of Self-healing by Dr Lad

2b Advanced Teaching Methodology – Become a teacher’s teacher. Learn effective techniques and queuing to teach advanced poses, to give hands-on alignment and to prevent injury.

1.     Injury prevention and standing poses, arm balances

2.     Teaching backbends/forward bends and sun salutations

3.     Teaching twists and hands-on

4.     Inversions and hands-on

5.     Teaching advanced classes

6.     Teaching advanced classes 

Cost includes training, 1 year long post-intensive support. $3,800

Secure your space: $800 deposit (non-refundable)

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Nancy, I want to express to you how happy I am with your Yoga Therapy course! Each week I learn something new that can be put to use in the yoga I practice now; both my personal practice and my work with clients. I am excited to watch my yoga career open up as I move through this course and beyond – this work is so important and I am grateful for your compassion and knowledge, and your heartfelt generosity as you present the materials. I am also grateful for the wonderful people you chose to present some of the materials to us. I value their
education and intuition and look forward to more of the same! Thank you again, Nancy. Yoga Therapy is a vital part of our total health care and I feel honored to be learning how to share it with others.
— Jeannette Howard, Yoga Therapist


“I feel lucky, because I had the opportunity to know a great yoga therapist and an inspired teacher, Nancy Candea. I loved her opened mind, I loved her experience, I admire her teaching method and the best of all is that Nancy is near everyone of her student even when the training has end. Meeting her made my dreams of yoga therapy all my thoughts and my fillings became true. Her training was valuable. I now run a yoga therapist studio in Athens, Greece. I recommend Nancy’s training to every one who loves yoga who needs an inspired teacher and wants to give love and yoga therapy to people on the mat, to people on the chair, to people on the bed. Nancy thank you so much.”


“I am currently enrolled in Nancy Candea’s Yoga Therapy Training. She has provided her student’s with her own manual on the Five Points of Wellness. She has also provided us with an overview of anatomy and physiology, mental health issues, Ayurveda practices, understanding sanskrit, and mindful meditation. Nancy is a dedicated and experienced practitioner who truly cares about her clients and students.”

— Carol R., New Jersey

**The yoga therapy components of our trainings are based on our C-IAYT credentials, not derived from our status as a RYS with Yoga Alliance Registry.” 

Yoga Impact Institute Certified Yoga Therapy for Outreach Program

July 1, 2019 Cyprus

Fall 2019 New Jersey

“I have been a physical therapist for over 20 years and have held board certifications in both orthopedics and the upper extremity. Nancy Candea’s knowledge of anatomy and alignment is impressive. That combined with her extensive knowledge and experience in yoga makes her an absolute gem as a yoga therapist.”

— Carol Anne Paterson, PT, RYT, RMT

The Yoga Therapy for Outreach Certification Program** is given in two modules and offered in North American and Europe.

Module 1: Foundations for Yoga includes all 300 education hours needed to become a  500 hr Yoga Teacher. Module 1 can be designed to fit your schedule. Prerequisite: 200hr Yoga Teacher certificate

Module 2: Yoga Therapy Applications for Injury, Illness and Mental Health prepares you to teach yoga therapy classes and to do private instruction. Prerequisite: Module 1 courses on Yoga Lifestyle, Anatomy  and teaching beginning level students.

  • Module 2 in New Jersey starts October 2019

  • Module 2 in Europe starts Spring/Summer 2020

500 Level Yoga Teacher Assessments

In order to gain certification of the 500 Level RYT training, you must be able to demonstrate the following skills and competencies:

 •       The ability to teach yoga modalities on at least two different levels. For example: Intro level and intermediate/advanced level Asana classes, and/or             meditation and pranayama or Intermediate level yoga classes and workshops.

•       Creation of class plans, workshop outlines, and workshop handouts.

•       An understanding of the history of yoga.

•       An understanding of the anatomy of the joints and the major systems of the body.

•       The ability to teach a safe asana practice based on awareness of anatomy and safe alignment principles.

•       Teach classes, workshops and privates that include understanding of the Yamas and Niyamas.

•       An understanding of how of work with students who have minor injuries, or with someone in recovery whose doctor has given them a release to exercise.

•       An asana practice that maintains integrity of alignment.

•       Knowledge of a variety of Pranayama's, and the ability to use them in a daily practice and teach them.

•       The ability to lead meditation practices that are based in an understanding of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras.

•       A basic understanding of yoga philosophy, and familiarity with its classical texts, including the Vedas, the Upanishads, Patañjali’s Yoga Sutras and the Bhagavad Gita. 

•       Respect for the religions and philosophies of all their clients (provided that they are non-violent), and the ability to adapt yoga teaching as needed.

•       The necessary social marketing and business skills to pursue desired career goals.

Assessments will include: completion of short written assignments to demonstrate understanding of material presented, written class, private and workshop plans to show understanding of teaching methodology, demonstration of techniques learned during the training, and participate in peer evaluations.  Trainees will be expected to participate fully during the training, taking minimal time of for possible health issues, complete all assignments and participate in demonstrations. Trainees will be expected to conduction themselves professionally during the training, observing the Yamas and Niyamas in their daily interactions.