300 Hour Advanced / Bridge Program


Program Completion Requirements

Any and all sessions or modules are open to the public, however we encourage participants to have at least a 200 hour certificate so a foundation of understanding is in place prior to any module. Any module taken can be applied to continuing education with Yoga Alliance. To receive credit towards the 500 Hour Certificate or our professional KC Yoga Therapy Certificate, one must apply and be admitted into the program. Once the first 300 hours of the Advanced training is complete, including the Ayurveda Yoga Specialist program, all teachers are eligible to register with Yoga Alliance for the 500-hour Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) designation. Yoga Alliance is not a certification body, it is a registration body so your choice to register is at your discretion. The IIYS is the certification school and body. We recommend that modules must be completed within 3 years to earn the IIYS Advanced Interdisciplinary Yoga Teacher Certificate.

Retake & Audit Requirements

All teachers currently enrolled, or graduate students of any IIYS program can retake a module. To clarify, you have completed the module in it's entirety once, you desire to repeat the coursework, and you are in good standing with the IIYS. For graduate students who have not taken the course before, full tuition is required for continuing education and for credit in the KC Yoga Therapy Professional program. Register to Retake & Audit for any course, click here. 

Program Content

ૐIntroduction to Yoga Philosophy

ૐIn-depth study of Patañjali’s Yoga Sūtra text

ૐĀsana practice

ૐIntroduction to the Great Yoga Wall

ૐThe Art & Science of Sequencing (Vinyasa Krama)

ૐPrinciples of Compensation and Adapting for the student

ૐSystems of Relaxation

ૐHuman Energy System

ૐPrāṇāyāma: Various techniques

ૐChanting and Mantra

ૐMantra Initiation and Japa Practice: Meditation transformed

ૐSacred Contracts - Inner transformation and Archetypal Insights

ૐCreation and development of an integrated personal practice

ૐTeaching Methodology and Ethics: group, private & specific class demographics

ૐCommunication and teaching skills

ૐApplication of yoga methodologies in different teaching contexts

ૐAyurveda: Ayurveda Yoga Specialist Program

Content Areas by Session 

Course Name: Spine Module

Session !: Asana, Ayurveda, Yoga Philosophy & Focus on the Spine

  • Review of Yoga Philosophy – Vedanta, Map of the Mind

  • Āsana and the rehab using the Great Yoga Wall

  • Anatomy: fundamentals of movement & Fascia (Spine Focus)

  • Great Yoga Wall - Level 1

  • Structural Yoga Therapy concepts

  • Postural Assessment

  • Muscle Testing and how to use in therapy and self-transformation

  • Ayurveda: The Ayurvedic Clock, the Dinacharyas, Dosha Assessment

  • Clinic - assessment, postural analysis and creating sustainable practices for each client

  • Yoga Nidra and the use of Sankalpa in yoga therapy

Course Name: Neck & Shoulders Module - 50 Contact hours

Session 2: Energy Anatomy, Pranayama, Ayurveda & Focus on Neck & Shoulders

  • Spine Session Review

  • Prāṇāyāma as taught by Swami Rama

  • The Chakras: The Human Energy System

  • Bandhas and Kriyās

  • Joint Freeing Series & ROM

  • Bandha Yoga Concepts

  • Seven Systems of Indian Philosophy

  • Anatomy and Yoga Therapies for Neck and Shoulders

  • Clinic - assessment, postural analysis and creating sustainable practices for each client

Course Name:Hips, Knees & Feet Module - 50 contact hours

Session 3: Meditation, Mantra, Philosophy, Ayurveda and Focus on Hip & Feet

  • Introduction to Meditation, Systematic Relaxation & The Yoga Nidra

  • Teaching Prāṇāyāma, Bandhas, Kriyās & the Dinacharyas

  • Samkhya Yoga Philosophy – the Map of the Mind

  • Integrating Chanting, Meditation, Japa and Sound into a Personal Practice

  • Feet, Knees and Hip Focus

  • Ethics

  • Review Sacred Contracts material integrating with various Yoga Philosophies

  • Clinic - assessment, postural analysis and creating sustainable practices for each client

Course Name: Assessment, Documentation & Comprehensive Evaluations - 50 contact hours

Session 4: Wrapping it up, how to assess, document and evaluate

  • Chakra Model, Self-Inquiry: how to use with a client or in small group

  • Archetypes, useful language to work with client and in small yoga therapy groups

  • Teaching Sound, Meditation and individualizing for the client, how to give a mantra for japa practice

  • Advanced Teaching Methods, Documentation, Assessment 

  • The Business of Yoga & Ethical Considerations & Privacy Issues

  • Yoga Philosophy Revisited

  • Comprehensive Review of materials including written and practical evaluation

  • Clinic - assessment, postural analysis and creating sustainable practices for each client

Sacred Contracts Module - 40 distance learning hours

  • Sacred Contracts by Caroline Myss is a book utilized in the IIYS program to frame discussions about patterns of social and emotional behavior using archetypes originally proposed that we all possess as having a human experience by Joseph J. Campbell. Caroline found that the language and the patterns of the archetypes assisted her in her medical intuitives readings that she performed, documented by Norm Shealy, MD. Caroline has been found to be 99% accurate when asked to do a reading.This module is not intended to create or replace any standing religious belief systems, but provides a language that is has been found to be non-judgemental and non-threatening when working with clients that have manifested pain in the physical, mental and spiritual body. The aim of the module is to provide a language that can help standardized the vocabulary of emotional patterns found when working with a client, and pair those patterns with the presenting physical, emotional and mental condition while integrating the chakra system. Following yogic philosophy, (Yoga Sutra !.1) we are now ready to truly study once teachings applied to one's life and one has an  experience, from this, one gains the direct experience found within the teachings. To get a little peek into Caroline's style and why we suggest purchasing the optional supporting materials on Audible, please watch this powerful clip of Caroline here about Choices that can Change Your Life. 

  • This module is self-directed, ia forty (40) hour independent study and is mentored by Christy Harris, RYT500 who can be reached here for any questions. 

  • Required materials: Books: Sacred Contracts by Caroline Myss and Power vs Force, by Dr. David Hawkins. 

  • Optional materials: Advanced Energy Anatomy by Caroline Myss on Audible. 

  • This module contains homework assignments and mentoring to help you identify the archetypes that are functioning in your life, how your react to them and to introduce you to the concept of muscle testing theory and practice. This module is the most important module within this program as it prepares you to have a unique understanding of yourself and how you function in relationship to yourself and others. This knowledge is invaluable as you start to process the yoga philosophies presented in this program and your identification with "chitta" your unique sub-conscious mind. 

  • After completion of this module, you will be able to construct an archetype chart not only for yourself, but for your private clients as well to assist in their healing journey. 

  • This module can be taken any time, however it is recommended as soon as admission is processed. Completion of this module consists of all homework assignments turned in, creating your own unique archetype chart with the assistance of one of our teachers/mentors and finishing a final project. 

  • The lead teacher for this module is Christy Harris, ERYT200, RYT500, YACEP. For question regarding this module, please contact Christy directly here

  • To register for this module click here. 


The Ayurveda Yoga Specialist (AYS) certificate is offered jointly with the Himalayan Institute - 60 contact hours, 20 distance learning hours

  • Unit 1: The Macrocosm and Microcosm of Ayurveda and Yoga

  • Unit 2: The Psychology of Ayurveda and The Physiology of Yoga (Online)

  • Unit 3: Ayurvedic Cooking and Recipes—Improving Our Digestion of Food, Thoughts, and Actions

  • Unit 4: The Clinical Use of Ayurveda and Yoga

For detailed information about this module click here. 


More Information


The IIYS Advanced Program (300 hour) consists of the above four Sessions in a residential five-day format. Each Session includes lectures, yoga practices focused on session content, teaching demonstrations, small group work, yoga therapy clinic and guided independent study. We start Wednesday at 10:00 am and end Sunday at 1:00 pm. Each module provides 40 hours of program, 10 hours of mentored clinic, and 10 hours of mentored independent study via examination. 

Travel & Lodging:

Sessions 1-4 are held at Lifepoint Yoga Center, 2020 Racoon Rd, Robinson, Kansas which is a 90 minute drive from the airport. Flight arrangements into MCI for arrival, should be on the Tuesday before, returning the Sunday late afternoon, following the session. There are numerous AirBnB's and VRBO's in the area that are really nice for a very reasonable price. 

The Venue for Sessions 1-4: Lifepoint Yoga Center

Lifepoint Yoga Center is located on Geiger Farm, an organic farm owned by Jack and Deborah Geiger and children. Chickens, cows, cats, and one farm dog on are on the grounds of this truly enchanting place. This center gives you a chance to step away from your busy life, and truly appreciate our heartland and eat food grown on the grounds. It is transformational. 

Ayurveda Specialist Program @ Maya Yoga, downtown KC

The AYS program consists of three weekend modules (all day Friday, Saturday & Sunday) for Units 1, 3, and 4 and Unit 2 is online. Each Session includes lectures, yoga practices focused on session content, teaching demonstrations, small group work, ayurveda yoga therapy clinic during Unit 4 and guided independent study. All Sessions are spaced approximately three to six months apart to allow time for integration of the material through personal practice, home study assignments, and telephone calls with mentors.The AYS program will start at 8:30 AM Friday-Sunday and end at 4:30 pm each day. Arrangements for arrival should be on the Thursday before, returning the Sunday evening following the session. More information regarding curriculum and weekend format of the AYS program are found here. 


Mentoring and consultation are important aspects of the development of the this program. Each student develops an ongoing relationship with an experienced faculty mentor to guide their development in personal practice and skills. Mentoring includes homework review and consultation at each program session, plus telephone meetings between sessions. More extensive individual mentoring is available over the course of the program and on an ongoing basis after certification. Additional fees will apply.

Requirement for Certification - IIYS Interdisciplinary Yoga Teacher 500 Level, Yoga Alliance RYT-500 eligible

  • Attend Sessions 1, 2, 3 and 4 of the IIYS Advance Yoga Teacher Training Program and complete all assigned home study. 200 hours.

  • Complete the Sacred Contracts Module. 40 Hours (online & mentored).

  • Attend and complete Units 1-4 of the Ayurveda Yoga Specialist program.  80 hours. 

  • Complete a final project (develop, teach and evaluate a class series) 8 hours.

  • Attend one BandhaYoga Workshop (included in tuition for 2019 admissions).

  • Upon completion of the 300 Hour Advanced/Bridge hour program, you are eligible to enter the KC Yoga Therapy Professional Training Program.

2018 - 19 Tuition Payment Information and Registration

  • $575 per Session. 
  • $399 per Unit for the Ayurveda Yoga Specialist program, and a one time $50 application and materials fee. Discounts are given if all four units are paid for in advance ($1396). After completion of entire program, you will receive a certificate from the Himalayan Institute. 
  • Cancellation policy: the tuition is returned minus a $250 administration fee. 
  • Payment Plans: if you are interested in a payment plan, please email here. 
  • Lodging & Meals: Not included in tuition. 

Session Dates - Lifepoint yoga center, 2020 Racoon Rd, robinson, kansas. 

Session 1: May 30-June 3, 2018 (This must be completed in it's entirety or audited in 2018, to attend the Bryan Legere Workshop, October 2018).

Session 2: September 12-16, 2018

Session 3: April 10-14, 2019

Session 4: May 15-19, 2019 (Final Exam & Graduation)

AYS Dates - sessions 1 & 4 will be held at Maya yoga,215 W. 18th Street, Kansas City, Missouri. Venue for session 3 will be in a commercial kitchen tBA

Unit 1: July 13-15, 2018 with Kathryn Templeton

Unit 2: online, access after July 16, 2018

Unit 3: October 26-28, 2018 with Sarah Guglielmi

Unit 4: January 11-13, 2019 with Kathryn Templeton




Admission REquirements

The minimum admission requirement for our training program is a 200-hour teacher training from a Yoga Alliance registered school (RYS 200) or the equivalent. In addition to the 200-hour teacher training requirement, students must be able to document one year of teaching experience and one year of personal practice (which can be accomplished concurrently). There is a $250 application fee to be processed with your documents. To apply for this program click here. 


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