500-hour Teacher Training


500Gain the wisdom and the knowledge that will mold you into a credible leader who will inspire and help shape the yoga community.

Inner Fire Yoga appreciates your interest in the Inner Fire Yoga Teacher Training 300-hour Advanced Teacher Training program.

For those who have already earned a 200-hour teacher training certificate, this program will build on your training, allowing you to earn a 300 hour certificate spanning one to three years that will earn qualification for a 500 hour RYT with the Yoga Alliance. The Inner Fire Yoga Advanced Teacher Training sessions will empower you with the knowledge and tools to work with students in a group or individual setting with more a more advanced skill set of yogic practices established in the system of Classic Yoga. This training will build on any style of yoga that you are teaching; it is not “style-specific”.

The Advanced Teacher Training program is also appropriate for those yoga students who desire to gain specific knowledge and wisdom, but who are not currently certified at the 200 hour level, or who do not desire a 500-hour RYT certificate from the Yoga Alliance. The program has been designed to be flexible and allow for individual design of a curriculum that focuses on personal goals. Weekend trainings can be taken one at a time, or planned out with the Director of Teacher Training with a specific goal in mind.

Curriculum Highlights

  • Ayurveda: be trained in the practices of Ayurveda in order to enhance your skills in a group teaching situation and/or in individual/therapeutic sessions.
  • Therapeutics: learn the tools to become an effective and knowledgeable provider of private yoga/yoga therapeutics.
  • Anatomy and Kinesiology: understand the comprehensive application of anatomy for the alignment and movement of yoga poses.
  • Sanskrit and Chanting: learn basic Sanskrit, mantra and chanting to further your own eight limb practice and to incorporate in teaching yoga classes.
  • Advanced Asana: study hands on assists, advanced pose alignment and sequencing techniques to become a more effective teacher.
  • Pranayama: learn to effectively teach intermediate and advanced yogic breathing techniques.
  • Ancient Texts: study the Hatha Yoga Pradipika, Yoga Sutras, and Bhagavad Gita.
  • Esoteric Body: learn to teach the cultivation of the subtle energies such as chakras, bandhas, and mudras.

Program Features

  • A modular program with a flexible design featuring ongoing weekend training modules. The program is suitable for yoga teachers and yoga students (those who are not necessarily interested in teaching, but wish to deepen their knowledge of specific yoga subjects) alike. For yoga teachers to qualify for a 500-Hour Yoga Alliance certification that will supplement an already existing 200-Hour Certification, you will be required to attend ten weekends within a span of three years. The program allows for flexibility – students can design their own curriculum, a combination of required modules and elective modules, with the assistance of the Program Director.
  • A multidisciplinary approach: design your own curriculum allowing freedom to focus study in your areas of interest.
  • Recognized leaders of the yoga industry include:
    » Max Strom, author of There is no App for Happiness and A Life Worth Breathing
    » Nicholai Bachman, well known expert of Sanskrit, Chanting and Mantra
    » Theresa Murphy, Senior Prajna Yoga and advanced asana expert
    » Himalayan Foundation Guest Teacher, Ancient Texts and Meditation
    » Inner Fire Yoga expert instructors include Joan Bliefernicht, Program Director and ERYT-500 Yoga Therapist; David Lincecum, Certified Ayurveda Practitioner and owner of Puja Wellness ayurveda clinic; medical school graduate and anatomy expert Lauren Werner.
  • Held at a beautiful century old farm house, perched overlooking a gorgeous valley, just ten miles west of Madison.
  • Overnight accommodations are available for guests attending the program.

Nicolai Bachman
Joan Bliefernicht
David Lincecum
Theresa Murphy
Marit Sathrum
Max Strom
Lauren Werner

Dates and presenters are subject to change. Please check back regularly for updates.

To qualify for a 500-hour Yoga Alliance credential, you must be currently credentialed at the Yoga Alliance 200 hour RYT level, and receive certificates of completion for all ten weekends of our Advanced Teacher Training Program at the 300+ hour level. Yoga Alliance credentials can be applied for through the Yoga Alliance website.

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300-hour catalog and application


Inner Fire Yoga reserves the right to modify fees.

Tuition + $50 Administrative Fee = $490 each weekend
Administrative Fee ($50) is non-refundable

Graduates of the Inner Fire Yoga 200-hour teacher training program receive a $44 (10%) discount from tuition. Please inquire with Inner Fire Yoga management to receive the discount.
100% of fees are due two weeks prior to the start date. Place in training is reserved when 100% of fees are paid in full.

Visiting teachers have unique requirements. Therefore, these fees are stated as estimates.
Tuition +$50 Administrative fee = $590 each weekend
Administrative Fee ($50) is non-refundable

Graduates of the Inner Fire Yoga 200-hour teacher training program receive a $54 (10%) discount from tuition. Please inquire with Inner Fire Yoga management to receive the discount.
100% of fees are due two weeks prior to the start date. Place in training is reserved when 100% of fees are paid in full.

January 2-4, 2015Theresa MurphyAdvanced Subtle BodyYesYes tuition
February 13-14Nicholai BachmanSanskrit, Chanting, and MantraYes tuition
March 20-22Himalayan Institute PresenterClassic Yoga Texts, MeditationYesTBD tuition
March 26-29Max StromFinding Your Inner AxisYes tuition
May 29-31Joan Bliefernicht & staffEthics, Business and Applied TheoryYes
September 11-13Theresa MurphyTBAYesYes
June 20-22Joan BliefernichtThe Essentials of Advanced TeachingYes
August 7-9David LincecumAyurveda Principles, Cooking and Self CareYes
October 16-18Joan BliefernichtThe Heart of Teaching and TherapeuticsYes
November 20-22David LincecumAyurvedic Balance: Asana, Pranayama, MeditationYes
December 11-13 Joan BliefernichtPranayama, Restorative, Yoga Nidra: The Subtle Arts of Teaching YogaYes

RYS-300-AROUND-orangeInner Fire Yoga is a Registered Yoga School (“RYS”) with the Yoga Alliance (www.yogaalliance.org). Inner Fire Yoga is licensed by the Wisconsin Educational Approval Board, 30 West Mifflin Street, 9th Floor, P.O. Box 8696, Madison, WI 53708. Any comments, questions, or concerns about this school’s license should be directed to http://eab.state.wi.us/ or (608) 266-1996.