300 hr Advanced Teaching Training & Intro to Befriending Yoga Therapy


This Training will be offered as an hybrid format. You have the option to participate in the program online (zoom) or in-person, or a combination of both formats. The times we will meet will all be in Eastern Standard Time (USA).

 INFO SESSION: Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at 6 p.m. online.

Advance your teaching and your personal practice

Beloved Yoga’s 300-hour Advanced Teacher Training builds upon the foundation of your 200-hour program. In this program, you will spend time refining your teaching tools, expanding your skills in teaching group classes, working in one-on-one settings, and learning to develop workshops and semi-private series courses. You will gain a clearer understanding of Yoga philosophy, anatomy, and continue to advance and embody your personal practice.

Upon completion of all requirements, trainees will be eligible to register with Yoga Alliance as an RYT-500.

Beloved Yoga’s 300-hour Advanced Teacher Training is designed to take you to the next step toward integrating Yoga into your life and progress your professional path as a Yoga teacher. We have created this program to guide you through the nuts and bolts of advanced teaching, to refine your own inner wisdom, and to deepen an understanding of the seat of the teacher.

At Beloved Yoga, we embrace creative and physically challenging sequences as well as breath-centric therapeutic practices that focus on allowing room for the individual to explore. Our training will help you navigate how to hold space for all types of practices, imbalances, and students.

Beloved Yoga Philosophy

Beloved Yoga is devoted to sharing the teachings of modern Yoga, as outlined through Sri Krishnamacharya’s teachings. The essence of these teachings recognizes that Yoga is a personal practice, not a one-size-fits-all method. With Beloved Yoga’s focus on safety and accessibility (trauma-informed methodology), we feel there is an intelligent way to enter into ourselves.

We do not believe in forcing the mind or the body to “shut down.” Instead, we invite ourselves to “soften in.” What you will get out of this training? We believe the first step to advanced practice and teaching is to get intimately connected with yourself through the transformative power of Yoga. Advanced teaching requires more nuanced experiences within your personal practice.

From there, you will refine your knowledge, proficiency, and teaching skills, which will empower you to embody the seat of the teacher and enhance your group teaching and work with private clients.

The 300-hour program is built around these core concepts and learning objectives:

  • Personal transformation
  • Introduction to the therapeutic use of Yoga
  • An overview and incorporation of Ayurvedic principles that support habits and therapeutic application
  • Art of teaching privates and working with individuals
  • Refining teaching methodologies for group teaching
  • The attributes of the Gunas (Ayurvedic Framework)
  • The PanchaMaya framework for working with your students as a whole person
  • An overview of Sankhya, Raja, and Tantra philosophies and Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras
  • An overview of all the systems of the body with a focus on the nervous system and endocrine system
  • The art of transitions
  • The difference between complex and advanced asanas and how to keep the Yoga in the asana
  • How to practice and teach arm balances, inversions and complex backbends
  • Beloved Yoga’s intelligent sequencing format
  • Languaging and advanced cueing
  • How to incorporate Yogic concepts and philosophy into asana classes
  • How to confidently customize yoga practices to the individual
  • Refinement of anatomy knowledge, understanding categories of imbalances and how to approach them with the yoga therapy lens
  • Pranayama techniques
  • Concentration practices
  • The art of offering space for subtle practices
  • The tool of Samyama
  • The concept of Samadhi

We are honored to guide you into a deeper understanding. We welcome all serious and curious practitioners and teachers from all lineages to embark on this year-long, in-depth journey of self-discovery and learning.

As part of your 300 hr program you will receive 40 hours of online learning from Yoga International:

20 hours - History and Philosophy with Doug Keller

20 hours - Anatomy with Tiffany Cruikshank

2 hours -  Yamas and Niyamas with Deborah Adele

Bonus Certifications:

You will obtain three certifications throughout our program:

 Beloved Yoga Trauma-Informed Yoga Certification (led by Heather Hagaman & Maryam Ovissi)
 Beloved Yoga Yin Yoga Certification (led by Maryam Ovissi, Emily Steiner & Susan Kilday)
 Beloved Yoga Pranayama Certification (led by Doug Keller)

These areas of focus will provide you with powerful tools that will increase your teaching opportunities.

Trauma-Informed Yoga Certification

This certification is a one-of-a-kind training blending the ancient wisdom of Yoga with the modern science of trauma and recovery. We will share evidence-based science that confirms the necessity of befriending our whole being to achieve peace. Learn Yogic tools to guide the journey into wholeness for all people!

Yin Yoga Certification

This certification offers a unique perspective on Yin Yoga that is grounded in the principles of Yoga. Rather than focus on traditional Chinese medicine, the Yin Certification helps you refine the tools of silence and stillness necessary for deepening your practice. 

Pranayama Certification

This certification is a powerful dive into understanding and expanding your knowledge of Prana and Pranayama.  The weekend will enhance your overall understanding of the anatomy of the breath, the power of the breath and the necessity of the breath. The various techniques of Pranayama will be explored and given depth through practice.

Teaching Team

Maryam Ovissi, Heather Hagaman,  Joelle Van Over,  Doug Keller, Jamilee Wagenseil, Susan Muir, Susan Knoblauch, Susan Kilday, Emily Steiner and Ileana Gonzalez

(please see their bios here)

To apply kindly submit your online application below. Maryam will contact you within 48 hours of receiving your application to set up an interview. Interviews may be done in-person or online. Feel free to ask any questions at admin@belovedyoga.com 

2021 Training Weekends & Dates 

Weekends will be offered live online and in-person in Reston, VA
Hours: 9 am - 4 pm (Times may vary some weekends)

February 27 - 28
March 6-7 Ayurveda  with Ileana
April 17-18
May 15-16
June 12-13- Trauma- Informed Yoga Certification Mod. 1 with Heather & Maryam 
June 26-27 Pranayama Certification with Doug Keller
Sept 24-26 Yin Training with Emily, Susan & Maryam 
Oct 23-24  Tantra, Vijnana Bhairava & Art of Subtle with Doug Keller
Nov 13-14
Dec 11-12
In addition, we will have monthly online special topic and group mentoring sessions on Thursdays, 8:30 - 10:30 am: March 18, April 29, May 20,  July 1,  July 15,  August 12, September 16, October 14, and November 18 


$30 non-refundable application fee
$3990 Pay full amount before Feb 1, 2021
$4200 Payment Plan

The training fee includes a teacher training manual, mentoring, a 10-class pass, and access to the online courses at Yoga International.

Payment plans are available! Scholarships are available! Please submit a letter speaking to why you would like and need a scholarship and share what you are able to pay or offer as barter. Kindly send your letter to maryam@belovedyoga.com. We will follow up upon receipt of your letter. 

Book List:

"Yoga Therapy: Foundations, Methods and Practices for Common Ailments" by Mark Stephens 

“The Pocket Guide to the Polyvagal Theory: The Transformative Power of Feeling Safe” by Stephen W. Porges
“Upanishads” by Eknath Easwaren
“The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali” by Edwin F. Bryant or “Unadorned Thread of Yoga” by Salvatore Zambito

"Vijnanabhairava" translated by Jaideva Singh