Elective Format 500-Level Training

About the Program

Yoga Teacher Training at The Yoga Space is all about transformation; taking you on a personal journey that will inspire you, challenge you, and empower you in all aspects of your life.  Our highly acclaimed 500 hr weekend program is strongly recommended for building close community with the same family of yogis during the duration of your course.

For students needing more flexibility in their schedules, might be traveling from abroad, and wanting to focus on intensive elective modules with Michele, Ian, or guest teachers, our 18 month (or less) elective base format based on 20-100 hr modules is a wonderful way to self pace and earn your 500 hr Yoga Alliance Certification.  

You must currently hold a 200 hr. Yoga Alliance Certification to register.  An initial registration deposit of  $500 is required prior to taking your first course.   Courses can be taken Online or In-Person and are offered ongoing.  


1.  "Yoga Philosophy, to inspire & embody"

2.  "The Art Of Alignment"

3.  "Anatomy For Yogis"

4.  "Advanced Teaching Skills"

5.  "Super Sequencing"

Elective modules will be offered regularly for students to choose from that will complete their remaining hours in courses such as "Restorative & Yin"; The Subtle Body, Pranayama & Kriya; Yoga Nidra; Hands on Assists; & Meditation.

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  • "Anatomy For Yogis" with Ian Lemasters Online Self Study course with Added Teacher Livestreams & Mentoring

    Coming Soon:
    In this module Ian will cover anatomy and kinesiology as it applies to the yoga practices. Teachers will learn anatomical language, major bones, joints and ligaments, muscles and their primary functions within particular yoga postures, common yoga injuries and how to avoid them, mechanics of pranayama as well as sequencing for muscle groups. Once the foundation has been laid, we will then learn how to apply this knowledge and convey it in a way that is practical and easy to understand for your students. If you have been looking for a yoga anatomy training to supplement your teachings, look no further."  
    This is a required 50 hour module for the 500 hr elective course.  


    Ian will utilize livestream & in person sessions, recorded interactive videos, a self-study homework guide, zoom sessions if needed to bring the anatomy alive.  Students are welcome to participate remotely via Zoom for all modules, or be with Ian in person as is allowed.   


    More Info and Booking
    "Anatomy For Yogis" with Ian Lemasters Online Self Study course with Added Teacher Livestreams & Mentoring
  • Blue Spirit Costa Rica 100 Hr Intensive July 30-August 13, 2022


    Transform, Reset, Renew, Empower yourself to be live in the light of your original blissful nature.

    JULY 30-AUGUST 13, 2022


    Take A Deeply Embodied Spiritual Journey in Paradise with inspirational & transformational yogini Michele Loew. This 2 week yoga asana intensive will transform your practice, bring deep insight, and plant seeds that will manifest in the most beautiful ways ongoing. This course will include 2 sessions of asana daily with hands on assists and Michele’s eyes and expert therapeutic assists. We will work with alignment of physical form, but through the understanding of how energy moves and flows within our channels, winds and drops. Along our intensive yoga asana practices, we will study philosophy, chant, meditate, and enjoy the beautiful beach and energy of this sacred land in Costa Rica. The teachings will be inspired by the inner traditions of yoga that have shined a light on our luminous infinite perfect nature. Join us for 14 days and nights of shared practice in community inspired by the power of the great Pacific Ocean, the joy & kindness of the Costa Rican people, the nurturing of an extraordinary retreat center, and daily physical practice combined with mindfulness teachings in the beauty nature.

    Prices include 14 nights accommodations, meals, and daily practices with Michele

    PAYMENT PLANS AVAILABLE, Please contact us if you want to start a monthly savings program to cover this investment in you!

    Daily Schedule: Early morning coffee, fruit, juice.

    6:30-8:30am Morning Yoga Asana & Pranayama//// 8:30-9:30am Breakfast//// 10-noon Asana Technique

    12-1:30pm Lunch//// 1:30-3:30pm Free Time//// 3:30-5pm Vajra Yoga Practice, subtle body, asana.

    5-6pm Sunset Celebration//// 6-7:30pm Dinner//// 7:30-8:45pm Yoga Nidra & Philosophy


    To reserve your spot today:


    During this retreat we have the special privilege to offer students the opportunity to accumulate hours for Yoga Alliance Teacher certification.

    While deepening your practice in the sanctuary of Blue Spirit and Sangha, you will accumulate 100hrs that can count towards your 200 hr or 300+ yoga teacher certification as part of our 500hr elective format. If you’re interested in taking part in this rare opportunity, please contact Michele and michele@theyogaspace.com



    Blue Spirit Costa Rica is one of our favorite places on the planet! Rated by Yoga Journal in 2017 as one of the world’s “best yoga escapes,” it provides an extraordinary setting to all who are dedicated to spiritual transformation, personal development, and environmental sustainability. Perched on a hilltop that overlooks the Pacific Ocean and a three-mile long white sand beach that is protected as a turtle refuge – Blue Spirit offers an extraordinarily beautiful and natural setting on one of Costa Rica’s renowned beaches.

    Your stay at Blue Spirit offers you a comfortable and elegant accommodation of your choice, delicious gourmet vegetarian cuisine, a salt-water infinity pool, koi pond, café, gift shop, spa and longevity services, outdoor excursions, and complimentary wireless service.




    Please note that in order to be eligible for the per person double occupancy rate, you will need to have 2 paying adults in the room.  Once you have made your reservation in a double occupancy room, please send an email to info@theyogasapce.com to notify us of the name of your roommate.  And, even if you think you could never, ever imagine cancelling your participation in this amazing retreat, please scroll down to read our cancellation policy (purchasing trip insurance is strongly recommended, see cancellation policy for more information).

    The following are located in the main building: Superior Ocean View Rooms, Ocean View Rooms, Mountain View Rooms and Hermitage Rooms.

    Nature Suites, Eco Cottages, Pacifico Cottages and Tent Platforms are down the hill from the main building, accessed by beautiful sets of stairs that wind through the jungle.

    In other words: If you have mobility issues, be sure to check the location of your room before booking. Many room options will have a long flight of steps to reach our reception desk. The dining and pool will be on different levels, sometimes several flights of stairs away from your room. Because the additional accommodations beyond the main building are built along a hill, outdoor exploring around will involve walking on steps. There is an elevator in the main building.

    Arrival Day and Departure Day:
    The retreat starts after dinner on Saturday, July 30, and will be your travel day and day to check in at Blue Spirit, enjoy dinner and then gather as a group.
    The retreat ends on  Saturday morning at 8am August 13th, after morning asana practice. August 13th will be your day to check out from Blue Spirit, enjoy breakfast and then travel home.

    Your package price includes:
    14 nights of accommodations, starting Saturday, July 30th.
    3 gourmet and organic meals per day, served buffet style, starting with dinner on Saturday the 30th, and ending with breakfast on Saturday the 13th. .
    Scheduled practices

    6:30-8am Yoga Asana- 8-9am Breakfast- 10-noon Asana technique practice lab 12-1pm. Lunch-

    3-5pm Tibetan trulkhors, Vajra Yoga, philosophy or Yoga Nidra- 5:30pm Sunset- 6-7:30pm Dinner 7:30-8:30pm Yoga Nidra, philosophy, chanting.


    More Info and Booking
    Blue Spirit Costa Rica 100 Hr Intensive July 30-August 13, 2022

Other Trainings

The Yoga Space offers teacher training programs in other locations around the world, including the retreat center Menla in the Catskils in Upstate New York.  Check below for current offerings and Yoga Alliance Continuing Education courses, including the 300 hr. Vajra Yoga Training with Robert Thurman.

  • Vajrayoga 300-Level Teacher Training

    Intensive Studies & Yoga Alliance 300 hr. Teacher Training With Robert Thurman & Michele Loew

    Menla Retreat & Dewa Spa | Catskills Forest, New York

    This is a 300-plus (500 hr. Yoga Alliance Certification Course). To receive official YA certification, you must currently hold a Yoga Alliance 200 hr. from another program. Participants wishing to attend regardless of YA certification, are welcome.  

    • MODULE 1: Starts October 20, 2022

    Join us for this totally unique yoga teacher training, exploring the philosophical and experiential interface between Hatha Yoga and Indo-Tibetan Vajra Yoga traditions in the pristine hidden mountain valley of Menla—a Medicine Buddha land.

    OUR  ONLINE VERSION IS $700/ Term and Available ongoing for Purchase here:  Start anytime and learn at your own pace or join live-streams scheduled weekly or watch replay.

    Pricing Options HERE

    This will be an intensive immersion designed for students and teachers of Indian and Tibetan yogas wishing to take their practice and teaching to a deeper level. A principal of the approach is to move the context of the yogas into the domain of the mahasiddhas—their trans-denominational Indic spiritual sciences (adhyatmavidya–nangi rigpa). 

    This is a rare opportunity to study intimately and extensively, in the context of a yoga training, with Professor Emeritus, Padma Shri Robert “Tenzin” Thurman—Vajracharya in the lineage of H. H. the Dalai Lama, world renowned scholar & authority on Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Science, Indic spirituality, and world philosophy. He will elucidate the Buddha’s teachings and offer inner scientific, philosophical, and spiritual inspiration for our yoga practices. 

    Michele Loew—in the Hatha yoga lineage of Krishnamacharya and Richard Freeman and also Kalachakra and Tibetan Trulkhor yoga practitioner—has trained thousands of yoga teachers in her long-established Yoga Alliance certification courses and 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 yoga practices will be built mindfully and progressively from the ground up with deep attention to physical and subtle body alignment.


    • Daily practice of yoga asana (harmonizing Hatha, Vajrayana, Kalachakra, and Tibetan Trulkhor yogas), meditation, pranayama, chanting, instruction, contemplation, discussion, and yoga nidra will be offered to create a deeply transformational journey of self-discovery. 

    • We will also gain a strong foundation in yoga teaching methodology, practicum, & technique as well as applied anatomy and physiology that will empower those aiming to teach yoga in a universalist and science-based setting to do so with confidence and poise. 

    • The course is for those who wish to advance their knowledge and experience of yoga, whether they choose to teach or not. All serious students welcome to participate.

    • This course includes study and contemplation of traditional texts and practices from Indian and Tibetan traditions, including but not limited to:

      • The Yoga Sutras of Patañjali and selected Pali Suttas, such as the Samaññaphala

      • The Mahasatipatthana, and the Aggañña Suttas

      • The Yoga Vasishta and the Vimalakirti and Flower Ornament Sutras

      • The Bhagavad Gita and the Lalitavistara Sutra

      • Shankaracharya’s Yogataravali and Shantideva’s Bodhisattvas Career

      • The Hatha Yoga Pradipika and the Mañjushri-nama-samgiti

      • The Tibetan Book of the Dead

      • Various works by Jey Tsong Khapa and the Dalai Lama on Deity Yoga and on the Inner Science of the Esoteric Community and the Kalachakra.


    6:30 – 7am:  Meditation

    7 – 9am:  Pranayama & Asana Practice

    9 – 10am:  Breakfast

    10:30am – 1pm:  Asana Technique, Assists, Applied Anatomy & Physiology

    1:00 – 2:00pm: Lunch

    2:00 – 4pm:  Free Time, Self Study

    4pm – 6pm:  Chanting, Meditation, Philosophy

    6:00 – 7:15pm: Dinner 

    7:30 – 9:00pm: Philosophy discussion, Yoga Nidra, Restorative or Yin sessions


    This intensive-studies program is taught in three 10-day 100 hr. immersions. For those seeking a 300 hr. certification, all 3 modules must be completed. Each 10-day immersion is a unique and complete course, so they do not need to be taken in order. Course completion could take place the following year or two. Students wishing to just take one or two of the modules are welcome to do so. 

    MODULE 1:  Foundations in Mind and Body Yogic Practice: The Free Void Womb of Compassion 

    • Yoga Asana:  Standing Poses / Core / Forward Folds

    • Tibetan NeJang Yoga

    • Introducing the Philosophies of Yoga, Dualist and Non-Dualist

    • Shiva and Kalachakra Yogas

    MODULE 2:  The Creative Art of Re-envisioning Mind and Body – Mandala as Empowering Space of Practice

    • Visualizations

    • Mantras

    • Pranayama

    • Yoga Asana: Mirroring Subtle Body Fluency

    • Back Bends, Hip Joint / Spine Twists

    • Yin Yoga

    • Tantric Trulkhor Yogas

    • Kalachakra Yoga

    MODULE 3:  Expansion into the Perfect Stages

    • Moving Inner Energies within the Subtle Body

    • Inner Fire

    • Sleep and Dream Yogas Intensified

    • Pranayama Practices Deepened

    • Yoga Asana: Inversions, Shoulders / Head / Neck

    • Kalachakra Yoga 

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