500-Level Teacher Training

The Yoga Space 500-Hour Advanced Studies program is a 300 hr plus Yoga Alliance Certified completion program which requires students to have graduated from a 200 hr. Yoga Alliance certification program such as ours or an approved course.   Upon completion you will receive a 500 hr. Yoga Alliance Certification. 

The course builds on your 200 hr. foundational course with advanced study in teaching skills, methodology, yoga as therapy, asana, pranayama, and meditation.  It is designed to polish your teaching to the next level of brilliance.  In 200 hour trainings we learn the basics to teach and begin our self study, here we will learn who we are as teachers and learn to shine from our centers. 

This course is based on weekend intensives and will include a highly recommended option to practice morning "Mysore" style self-practice with Michele Sundays & Tuesdays weekly.   It will also include the 4 day teacher training intensive with World Renowned Yoga Therapeutics teacher Doug Keller.  

Attendance at all weekends or an equivalent of appropriate make-up hours is required for Yoga Alliance Certification. 

Michele Loew will teach this course with support from Yoga Space teachers, and Doug Keller.     Based on Michele's longtime personal study and practice of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga with her teacher Richard Freeman, this course will utilize the deep investigation of yoga via the lineage of Ashtanga Vinyasa, but not limited to Ashtanga.  Students coming from other lineages need not have previous experience in Ashtanga to take this course.  The practices will be built mindfully and progressively from the ground up with deep attention to physical and subtle body alignment.    Michele has studied for many years with senior Iyengar teachers, completing Aadil Pahlkivla's Yoga Therapy course,  as well as 16 years with Doug Keller, celebrated yoga therapist.  This will inform how we move in both Mysore style Ashtanga practice and led flow classes.  We will also explore different styles of teaching Vinyasa based yoga and therapeutic work with students.  Upon completion of this course students will have a strong personal practice that will be a foundation that will endlessly inform whatever style of yoga they are invited to teach.   Anatomy & Physiology study will be taught by Michele & guest teacher and Anatomy Trains certified anatomist, Shelly Stephenson.  Doug Keller's Yoga As Therapy Manuals will also be utilized during the course.  As the course progresses, we will begin exploring and teaching modern vinyasa sequencing outside of the Ashtanga lineage .  We also deeply explore yoga philosophy, comparative Buddhist philosophy, meditation and Hatha Yoga.  

We take a maximum of 26 students.

Our next course first required weekend will begin April 19th, 2019.  Applications are currently being accepted.     Please contact Michele if you have more detailed questions about this course.    http://michele@theyogaspace.com

Location:  Yoga Space NW.   Weekend trainings will take place at our NW studio Friday evenings from 6:15-9:15pm,  Saturdays 12-8pm;  Sundays 10:45-7pm

2019 Program runs April-September                                                                                                  

April 19-21  Weekend 1:  Foundations of the Middle Path:  Standing Poses and Suryanamaskar;  Trishtana; Kena, Katha, & selected Upanishads;  Meditation training

April 26-27 Weekend 2:  Forward Bends; The fine art of assisting; Yoga Sutras;  Meditation Training

May 10-12  Weekend 3: The Hip and lotus family; the 3 granthis;  Yoga Sutras:  Meditation Training

May 17-19  Weekend 4:  Twisting & The Marichiasana family;  Bhagavad Gita "The Middle Path of Love";  Meditation Training

June 7-9 Weekend 5:  Transitions, Floating, Apana & the Core Body;  Bhagavad Gita;  Meditation Training

June 14-16  Weekend 6:  Sirsasana & Sarvangasana; Finishing Poses; Jalandhara Bandha;  Bhagavad Gita & comparative Buddhist philosophy;  Meditation Training

July 19-20  Weekend 7:  Backbending;  The Hatha Yoga Pradipika & Introducing Pranayama;  Meditation Training

July 26-27   Weekend 8:  The Art of Inversions:  Handstand, Forearm Balance; Pranayama; Hatha Yoga Pradipika; Tantric Philosophy; Chakras, Nadis;  Meditation Training

August 9-11  Weekend 9:  Arm Balancing; Rotator Cuff and Shoulder Therapeutics; Vijnana Bhairava & Tantra Philosophy;  Yoga Nidra;  Meditation Training

August 16-18  Weekend 10:  Introducing Intermediate Series;  Pranayama;  Vijnana Bhairava; Heart Sutra;  Meditation Training

August 23-25  Weekend 11:  The Language of Sequencing; Practicum-Group Teaching; Yoga Therapy & Alternative Modalities (Restorative, Prenatal, Specialized practices);  Meditation Training

September 7-9  Weekend 12:  Ashtanga Vinyasa as a basis for Creative & Intelligent Sequencing in the modern integrative world; Practicum-Group Teaching;  Meditation training

September 20-22  Weekend 13:  Final Practicum Weekend, Course Summary, Yoga As Therapy Review

September 26-29  4 Day Teacher Training Intensive with Doug Keller 11-6pm Daily Thursday-Sunday/  Closing Ceremony & Party Saturday night 7pm til late....




How to apply

There is a $50 application fee to apply.  

Tuition is $3300 or $3800 if doing payment plan over 6 months.  The cancelation policy is no refunds, but studio credit is available.   

Testimonial by student & teacher:  joeybfoster@gmail.com 
"This training put together all of the missing pieces for me as a teacher and a practitioner. Never have I had a teacher who has inspired me more to reignite my personal practice. Michele is so generous with her time and so willing to pass down her teachings. I would recommend this training to anyone who is looking to find a deeper understanding of digestible philosophy, modern anatomy and the true lineage of yoga. As a result of working hard in this program, my class sizes have grown and I have so many new tools when working with private clients who need special anatomical attention. The Yoga Space 500 hour teacher training gave me more confidence and a supportive long-term community of people I love. I would recommend this program to my closest friends and I would take this training again in a heartbeat"

Michele Loew is an international yoga teacher and the founder and director of The Yoga Space in Portland, Oregon.  She is known as a teacher’s teacher and is respected for her 200 Hr & 500 Hr. Yoga Schools and her ability to combine Western knowledge of the body (Anatomy & physiology and modern kinesiology techniques) with the Eastern tradition of yoga.  

She has practiced and taught yoga since 1998, having studied extensively in the Iyengar and Ashtanga traditions as well as the Sri Vidya lineage.   She is known for her keen observation skills and her ability to guide a student towards aligning the physical and energetic body through the use of expert hands on assists and intelligent verbal cues. She brings to her teaching a warm and engaging style that reflects her own internal understanding of the practice.  

Michele is an avid student of Eastern & Western Philosophy and continues to study with her principal yoga teacher Richard Freeman with whom she has practiced with since 2000.   She has been Richard’s assistant in his teacher trainings and workshops, and has a close understanding of his brilliant middle path teaching.  She practices Tibetan Buddhism, and received several Kalachakra initiations with HH The Dalai Lama and practices Vajrayana as guided by her beloved teacher in Buddhism, Dr. Robert Thurman.  

Michele teaches regular classes and trainings in Portland, as well as retreats and workshops internationally.  For more information on Michele please visit:
www.micheleloew.com and follow her on instagram @micheleloew


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Past Modules

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