Our 500 Hour RYT Yogi Training program is designed to further what students have learned in their first 200 Hour training program, and focus on both more inward depth and outward teaching application. Like all genuine Yoga, this program emphasizes Self-Application of practices, while helping students see how through that Self-Work they are gaining valuable first hand Knowledge to teach from.
Most students who enroll in the 500 Hour program have at least some interest in teaching Yoga in the future, if they are not already. However a desire to teach is not required to enroll in this course. For those who are interested in teaching, the 500 Hour certification can make them not only more prepared to responsibly share the teachings of Yoga, but also increase their competitive edge for getting hired, since fewer Yoga Teachers have this additional training.
We aim to provide students in the 500 hours program with as much potential for actual teaching practice as possible. As part of our program you will have the opportunity to teach to other students in our “master classes” which are great environments for getting more comfortable teaching. We also try to extend to students subbing and workshop opportunities at the studio.
As with our 200 hour training program, we try to make the schedule of the 500 hour program as flexible as possible for our students to accommodate varying schedules. The course is centered around “weekend intensives” which meet approximately every 3rd weekend. We encourage our students to miss as few of those as possible, but there are ways to make those up if missed. (See below for more detailed schedule information)
If you have any questions or if you’re ready to enroll, let us know in person or by filling out this form.
The 300 hour course (RYT 500) runs 9 months, though you can take as long as you need to finish your hours. It’s important to us that students take this course at their own pace, in a way that fits with their schedules, in order to get the most out of it. The 500 program hours consist of:
The heart of the course revolves around “weekend intensives” which meet approximately every third weekend on Saturday and Sunday from 12:45pm to 5:15pm. These courses are only open to students enrolled in the program.
In addition to the required weekend intensives, students earn hours towards the program by choosing from a wide range of workshop topics that they find interesting. Those workshops are held on Saturday’s and Sunday’s from 1-4pm.
Yoga & Meditation classes (from our regular schedule) that the student attends at St. Petersburg Yoga Students will count towards their 500-hour certification as well.
These are hours that the student spends on their Yoga practice outside of the studio. It includes things like self-study, journaling, home practices, and classes at other studios.
For those in the 500 hour program who wish to teach, there will be opportunities to use the studio to hold classes of your own for other trainees.
January 2020 session dates
Weekend intensives are scheduled for the following Saturdays and Sundays from 12:45pm – 5:15pm.
Note: The 500 hour program is modular, and can be started at a number of dates throughout the program. The bolded dates below are the dates you can enter/begin the program. Those are the start dates for each new module/subject.
- February 1
- February 2
- February 22
- February 23
- March 21
- March 22
- April 18
- April 19
- May 30
- May 31
- June 27
- June 28
- July 11
- July 12
- August 1
- August 2
- August 29
- August 30
- October 3
- October 4
- November 7
- November 8
- December 5
- December 6
The RYT 500 Hour Certificate requires a 200 Yoga Alliance certificate and is 300 additional hours. The design here is to further what was gained from the earlier self practice and focus on more inward depth and more outward application. Program topics include:
Use of Yoga’s Ancient Techniques
- Asanas: Explore Techniques & Methodology
- Styles: Hatha, Restorative, Power, Ashtanga, Classic Yoga, Dharma, Meditation, Yogi Life Coaching, Yoga Mind Therapy, Yoga Body Therapy, One-on-One Teaching, and more…
- Pranayama/Breath: Techniques & Applications
- Mantra/Chant: Techniques & Applications
Anatomy & Physiology
- Physical Body
- Subtle Body
- Sheaths of Self
Applied Scriptures & Philosophy
- The Lost Fundamentals / Body of Yoga
- Yoga Sutras / Limbs of Yoga
- Bhagavad Gita
- Being Your Own 1st Student
- Therapeutic Applications
- Sequencing of Asanas
Tuition can be either paid in full upfront, or spread into payments over the course of the program:
$2799 — Early Bird Tuition
Save $200 when you put your $500 deposit down early!
$2999 — Regular Cost
$500 deposit required for enrollment.
$2499 — St. Petersburg Yoga 200-hour Graduate
Students who received their 200-hour certificate from us, save $500 off the cost of the 500-hour tuition.
Payment plans available.
The faculty of the St. Petersburg Yoga 500 hour training program is taught by a group of dedicated E-RYT Yogi’s who have all graduated through this program, and who continue to be ongoing students of the study of transformational Yoga. Each came into Yoga for different reasons, but share in common that they have used their own unique mind/body/life challenges as paths towards Awakening. You can learn more about each of them on our instructors page.
Will I have unlimited classes at your studio during the training?
Yes, up to 200 hours. This includes intensives, workshops and general classes. After you complete the first 200 hours, you receive a discount on workshops and classes!
Do you need yoga experience to join the program?
The prerequisite for joining the 500-hour program is a 200 hour certificate.
Is it okay if I got my 200-hour certificate from another school?
Yes. As long as you have a certified Yoga Alliance 200-hour certificate from any qualified school, you can join this program.
Is the program appropriate if I have no intention of teaching?
Yes! Many of our students come into the program with no desire to teach, but rather to learn more about how Yoga can help them with their mind/body/life challenges. This is actually a great way to come into the program, and often these students get the most out of it. (they also often end up wanting to teach after falling in love with the practice!)
Can I spread my training over multiple sessions?
Yes. We have students who start one session and finish in the next, if it works better for their schedule. In general we try to be as flexible as we can in working with students unique schedules.
Do I need to finish my hours within the 9-month time frame?
No. Many students take their time to finish their hours if they aren’t in a hurry. There is no need to rush at our Studio as we’ll give you as much time as needed to complete your hours.
Does completing the course give me the certification I need to teach?
Yes! With the successful completion of all the requirements of the program, you will receive your Letter of Certification evidencing your training at the 500-Hour Level. For those who wish to teach, you may then register with the Yoga Alliance at the RYT-500 level (Registered Yoga Teacher 500).
— Yoga Alliance Certification
— Flexible Schedule
— Payment Plans Available
— Taught by All 500 Level Instructors
— 25 Years of Experience
— Florida’s Largest Yoga School
To enroll in this program students must have completed their 200 Hour Training either here, or at another school.
Gain mastery in:
— Yoga for Body Dispositions
— Teaching Power / Ashtanga
— Teaching Classic Yoga
— Teaching Meditation
— Private One-on-One Teaching
— Yoga for Mind Challenges
— Aerial Yoga
— Creating Yoga Workshops
— Assisting in Yoga
— Functional Anatomy
— & More
St. Petersburg Yoga instilled in me the importance of teaching the deeper, Yoga fundamentals through everything I did. "How is this teaching balancing for the student? Who might it not be balancing for?" The weekly meditation classes took as deeper in our understanding of the different branches of the tree of yoga, often serving as a springboard for fruitful discussions about applying the tools of yoga in our own lives. Every teacher has been, in any given moment, genuinely interested, engaged and extraordinarily helpful, always encouraging more questions and feedback. I just relocated to Idaho, having post poned the move for a year and a half so I could complete the 500RYT program specifically at St. Petersburg Yoga. It was well worth the wait; I'm so glad I stayed in town to learn from Chris Acosta and his school.Jeremiah
I joined the teacher/training program at St. Petersburg Yoga motivated by my fitness goals and a desire to expand my repertoire of fitness expertise. What I have gained in return has, literally, stunned me. The training has been so much more than I could ever have imagined. It has taught me to be kind and gentle to myself, physically, emotionally and spiritually. Being a mother of five children, St. Petersburg Yoga has been the most relaxing, life-giving, safe place for me to grow and become more balanced in my daily life.Dawn Wilder
All of the teachers embody what they are teaching. I didn’t “just learn yoga”. I was given the support and direction to experience what the union of my body and spirit truly is. In addition to transforming my body from pain to ease, this training has given me practical tools for my personal and professional life. I am deeply grateful the staff at St. Petersburg Yoga – thank you!Cindy Black
I love everything about SPY -- the classes and also the TT programs -- basically all of you and everything.
I was scared to death about teaching my first class this past weekend. I'm so grateful that you push us into the deep end of teaching so quickly which makes us think so critically about all the little pieces that make up a class. It was really hard and I'm looking forward to doing more. It gave me an even more massive appreciation of how amazing you all are at what you do and how easy you make it all look.
It was so great to be in a room with so many supportive people that are all going through the same thing. It was so wonderful to have such great facilitators to give us meaningful feedback that is valuable no matter who it's being given to.Kerry
St Pete Yoga is by far the best studio I’ve learned in. I have practiced yoga in Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio, Tennessee, Iowa, Illinois, The Netherlands (for 2 years) and Mexico. I’ve learned from many teachers…and found Chris Acosta and his teaching team to be the most grounded in true Yoga – mind, body, spirit -and willing to help in my own discovery and journey. I will enroll in the St Pete 500 Hour program in January after teaching this summer, and look forward to continuing the journey of awakening and finding balance.Lois Lukens
"When the student is ready the teacher will come"Bob Watts
I have know about St. Petersburg Yoga since shortly after I moved to the area over 20 years ago. While I had attended classes and workshops at the studio over the years I was unaware and perhaps more accurately uninterested in the transformational changes possible through the authentic practice of Yoga.
This Teacher Training program is so much more than any other class or training I have ever done. It has been a journey of self-discovery and self-awareness. "Yoga is hard, but not how you might expect" shared owner, Chris Acosta.
Chris and his dedicated staff understand the importance of this journey and further understand that there are no shortcuts. I entered the program ready for change. I was on the precipice of a major career change and feeling overwhelmed, out of control and beginning to have health consequences related to my inability to manage this stress.
Through my training and with the help of the staff I was able to identify where my imbalances were and implement practices to move me in a balancing direction. A mantra I developed during my time at St. Petersburg Yoga goes like this "Transformational change takes time; I am moving in the right direction".
Armed with what I have learned and my experience with my first student, I graduated confident with my ability to share what I have learned with others; inviting them to take a look within and do the required work to find balance. As I reflect back on my experience over the last 22 months I am present to the fact that this, while an important milestone, is only beginning.
On a final note I also want to commend St. Petersburg Yoga for effectively transitioning their Teacher Training program, in response to the global pandemic, to include virtual and online classes.