Designed to be taken in portions of 50-75 hours at a time, with no set endpoint, it is intended for those already teaching or that have completed an approved Basic training or Foundations program, though it does not have to have been here at The Bhaktishop. You can apply to begin at anytime, as there is something being offered each and every season.  Please see the requirements for the program at the bottom of the page in the “fine print” section. You may start the program at anytime, and if you have questions about how to get going, please email weloveyou@thebhaktishop.com.

If you are seeking an Advanced Study Certificate,  please email for an application form and return it to us to get started.

Statement on the Yoga Alliance

We deeply object to the Yoga Alliance. The Bhaktishop has dissolved our relationship with the Yoga Alliance and their registration service as of 2019. I had personally been a member of YA since 1999, and found absolutely no utility to the entity of the Yoga Alliance and its "governing body" over these 13+ years as a registered school, other than in name only. I am deeply concerned that they lack ethical oversight, compliance enforcement or accountability protocol for their schools or teachers, as well as their business-based way of furthering the appropriation of the teachings of yoga from their source by cheapening "standards" for yoga teachers so they can make money. Thus we do not feel they represent a significant source of credibility in the teaching of yoga. I am concerned about their effect on the seperation of yoga from its roots and origins as an indigenous Indian tradition by way of watering down any requirements and qualifications that they deem necessary for teaching these practices.

According to the Yoga Alliance, no specific curriculum is required, nor is there any required assessment of a registered teacher’s skill. Ever. And there are no known plans to change that. It is this massive omission that has gotten us where we are with modern yoga yoga right now-- trainings with arbitrary curriculum being taught to prospective teachers who don’t know any better by underqualified teachers that cannot answer basic questions about yoga history, philosophy or lineage; this situation was borne of and is propelled forward by Yoga Alliance.

There is always the question: How do you regulate yoga? It has always been a wild practice, and it appears in many different forms through many different traditions and lineages. Yoga Alliance simply requires that a certain number of hours be spent covering each of five areas of study that they designate as important, with no specificity given on how to fill those hours, nor any follow-up on whether or not a school, once registered, ever actually sticks to that curriculum. As listed on their website, a registered 200-hour training (the level that 85% of their 90K+ registered yoga teachers hold) must include 100 hours of yoga practice, 25 hours of teaching methodology, 20 hours of anatomy, 30 hours of philosophy and ethics, and 10 hours of practice teaching. But, the content of each area of study is left up to the school and once submitted (in the loosest possible terms, believe me, these applications have no oversight) that is the last you hear of them except to tell you that your dues are up and you have to pay them fees again for another year. As a school with source connection, extremely high integrity, and high bar and a threshold of 300+ hour of entry-level Foundational training (which still is not enough!) we have always insisted on more than 200 hours in our basic training, a focus on safety, equity/inclusion, and a strong basis in the lineage and philosophy of yoga. We also require ongoing continuing education and advanced study for our teachers rather than simply the easily-bought ERYT500 stamp from the YA.

We realize that this can be controversial, and might cost us some potential trainees/students, but as they are simply an online registration body/directory and have offered little else since their inception, they continue to offer nothing other than a logo after one's name or school with no real follow-through or follow up on curriculum, compliance enforcement of standards, ethics and beyond. But someone, somewhere, has to break the iron fist that this organization has around the throats of yoga, and not simply go along with them simply because "they are the only thing available."

All of that is to say that when you finish your study here, you will receive a certificate from us stating your Advanced Study happened here and was over 300 hours of live, in-person study and contact time with teachers. You may do whatever you wish with it.

Here is a very well-stated piece on leaving Yoga Alliance by Josh Schrei, if you are interested in another angle on this.

Here is another excellent piece on "metaregulators" like Yoga Alliance, from across the pond: "Practitioners who (in lieu of having an identifiable commercial product to sell) may join a metaregulator and become part of the metaregulator's income-generating inventory, touting the metaregulator's membership insignia they become a product of the metaregulator, no matter what the training style, individual experience or knowledge gains they may offer as human beings." Read more here.

We work hard to make this program an embodiment of integrity, ethics and high teaching standards, as well as respect for the tradition. If you have any questions about or wish to comment on how this might affect you or your decision to study here, please do be in touch at weloveyou@thebhaktishop.com


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