Shamanic Yoga Institute

500 Yoga Teacher Training
500 Yoga Teacher Training

This program supports practitioners as they grow their capacity for leadership and increase their conviction about the yoga they wish to carry out into the world.

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SYI offers a 500-hour RYT stream embedded within the Shamanic Yoga Teacher Training. This is an opportunity for returning students to strengthen connection to their mesas by walking through the four gates of the Medicine Wheel, and to look closer at their personal practice and pedagogy. A core element of this certification is self-directed inquiry that invites practitioners to deepen their understanding of source texts of the Tantric and Bhakti traditions. Students will receive continuous feedback from our faculty on assignments, sequencing, and practicum components. This program supports practitioners as they grow their capacity for leadership and increase their conviction about the yoga they wish to carry out into the world.

Here is a look at 500 Hour Assignments from Previous Years

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Submit one of the following in the South:

  • Please read the Upanishads and summarize what you learned, what inspired you and what touched you about it.
  • Please read the Devi Mahatmyam and give a summary on what you learned, what inspired you and what touched you about it.
  • Submit one of the following in the West:

    1. Please write a book report on the Bhagavad Gita summarizing each chapter and discuss the concept of dharma and what it means to you. We recommend you read two or more versions (but only one report) to deepen your own personal understanding.
      1. Please pick ONE of the following for Karma Yoga and the Bhagavad Gita: 

        A) In the Bhagavad Gita Krishna advocates karma yoga as a path to achieve Self-Realization.  In essay form, explain the concept and practice of karma yoga.  According to Krishna what defines an act of karma yoga?

    B) In your own life, have you practiced karma yoga?  If so describe the experience(s).  If not, explore karma yoga in your everyday life and describe.  How do you see the practice of karma yoga fitting on your life path?

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    C) Seva Project Plan: Using the concept of karma yoga as well as other ideas explored within the Shamanic Yoga Teacher Training devise and outline a seva project that will engage others and benefit your community.  The project plan may be in point form and must answer the following questions:

    • Why? –  Why have you chosen this project?  What is the intended purpose?  What is the problem or issue addressed by the project?  
    • What? – What is the work that will be performed on the project? What are the major goals? 
    • Who? – Who will be involved and what will be their responsibilities within the project? How will they be organized?  Who may this project serve? 
    • When? – What is the project timeline and when will particularly meaningful points be complete? 
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    Submit one of the following in the North:

    Write out two sequences for each direction (south, west, north, east). Demonstrate how you would teach the concepts of Shamanic Yoga in a public class and how you would use the asana, pranayama, mantra and mudra to help support, embody and integrate your theme.

    Submit one of the following in the East:

    Summarize your daily practice journal reflecting on how committing to daily practice has impacted your life.