500-Level Teacher Training

Upcoming Training Dates

This course is currently underway. Upon its completion we will post future training dates.

We do have other Yoga Alliance Certified Continuing Education Hours available through our Weekend Workshops.

Our 500 hr (300 plus) Yoga Alliance Certification Weekend Format started on April 1, 2022. This course can be taken in person at our studio in Portland, Oregon or online Zoom live-stream.  This year's course is incorporating a July 30-August 13th 100 Hr  Intensive closing retreat in Costa Rica for those that can attend. Those that cannot will have the option of completing an additional 100 hrs online or through other YS elective modules. The Costa Rica closing retreat is highly recommened.  Michele is adding this incredible opportunity to gather in community, within nature at the perfect location, to study intensely because of how essential it is to have hands-on training, expert close-up observation and assists, and the energy of intimate community as part of the transformational path of yoga and becoming a teacher.

Weekend sessions will be held with a mix of in-person or livestream.  Friday night philosophy sessions with Michele will be livestreamed for all participants. Tuition prices differ based on in person or online participation. All sessions will be filmed and stored on our learning platform for students review for 1 year. In-person sessions will be held at The Yoga Space NW in Portland, Oregon and In Nosara, Costa Rica.

About the Program

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 and will provide you with expert level education and teaching skills in Vinyasa yoga, methodology, injury prevention & support, alignment based asana, pranayama, comparative philosophy & 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 teach from within & that yoga which we have deeply integrated. 


$3500-  In Person (limited to 20 students)

$2500- Livestream Only-- Purchase Here

$4400-6999- In Person or Livestream with Costa Rica 2 weeks at Blue Spirit Retreat Center.

There is a $500 non-refundable deposit to hold a spot in this year's course.  To inquire regarding online only tuition, please contact Michele.

Cost of 500 hr Course Tution with add-on of Costa Rica 2 week's at Blue Spirit including Room & Board:  $4400-$7000 depending on Room Selection.  To register for the Training with Costa Rica, please email Michele or go to:  https://www.micheleloew.com/retreats

Training Staff

Michele Loew will teach this course with support from Yoga Space teachers Ian LeMasters, Russ Dodge, and Yoga Space staff.  Based on Michele's longtime personal study of yoga in the lineage of Krishnamacharya- Iyengar, Ashtanga & Vinyasa yoga, and her long time study with her primary Hatha Yoga asana teacher Richard Freeman, this course will utilize the deep investigation of yoga from a classical lineage perspective to build an intelligent foundation that can be applied to any style of yoga. The practice will be built mindfully and progressively from the ground up with deep attention to physical and subtle body alignment. We will learn to give intelligent classical assists, & deeply explore yoga philosophy, comparative Buddhist philosophy, meditation  & mindfulness practices, Yoga Nidra, and Hatha Yoga.

There will be an online platform for additional support via teaching videos, homework, and student community forum.  

Schedule Overview

Session times Pacific Standard/Daily 

Friday Night Philosophy, Meditation, Pranayama:   Livestream 6-8:30pm PST/PDT

Saturdays 11-1:30pm. 2:30-4:15pm.  4:30-6pm.  IN-PERSON or Zoom Livestream*.  

Sundays 11-1:30pm.  2:30-4:15pm.  4:30-6pm.  IN-Person or Zoom livestream*.  

*Zoom sessions will be put up to study and re-watch on our online platform.                                                                                                 

Weekend 1:  April 1-3, 2022.  Foundations of the Middle Path;  Standing Poses and Suryanamaskar;  Tantra/Ashtanga Vinyasa & Trishtana;  Kena, Katha, & selected Upanishads;  Meditation training.  Basic Sanskrit & chanting.  

Weekend 2: April 8-10, 2022.  Forward Bends;  Yoga Sutras; Meditation Training. 

Weekend 3: April 22-24, 2022. The Hip and lotus family; the 3 granthis; Yoga Sutras; Meditation Training

Weekend 4:  April 29-May 1, 2022. The Fine Art of Assiting Weekend, & Twisting & The Marichyasana family;  Bhagavad Gita "The Middle Path of Love";  Meditation Training

ELECTIVE WEEK: May 9-16- “A Mahasiddha Reunion-Vajra Yoga with Robert Svoboda, Krishna Das, Nina Rao, Richard Freeman, Mary Taylor, Robert Thurman, Michele Loew (60 hours), Online zoom.

Weekend 5:  May 20-22, 2022.   The Fine Art of Assisting Weekend, Inversions, Backbends, Restoratives.  Bhagavad Gita;  Meditation Training

Weekend 6:  5 DAY INTENSIVE  May 26-30, 2022.   Subtle Body & Yoga Nidra Intensive

Weekend 7: June 10-12, 2022. Sirsasana & Sarvangasana; Finishing Poses; Jalandhara Bandha;  Bhagavad Gita & comparative Buddhist philosophy;  Meditation Training

Weekend 8:  June 24-26, 2022. Backbending;  The Hatha Yoga Pradipika & Introducing Pranayama;  Meditation Training

Weekend 9:  July 8-10, 2022.  The Art of Inversions:  Handstand, Forearm Balance; Pranayama; Hatha Yoga Pradipika; Tantric Philosophy; Chakras, Nadis;  Meditation Training.

Weekend 10:  July 15-17, 2022. Arm Balancing; Rotator Cuff and Shoulder Therapeutics; Vijnana Bhairava & Tantra Philosophy;  Yoga Nidra;  Meditation Training.

Closing 100 Hr 2 Week In-Person Retreat Blue Spirit Retreat Center Nosara, Costa Rica.