500 Hour Requirements 

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200 hour yoga teacher training from a registered Yoga Alliance school or approval of the Director, Lori Gaspar


Program Structure

The core courses of the training are offered in modules which can be taken in any order. Additional required and elective courses are outlined below. 

All courses may be taken without pursuing a certificate.


Program Requirements 

4 Core Course Modules 

Advanced Anatomy

The Art of Teaching Therapeutics

Elective Courses 

Not a 200 Hour Prairie Yoga graduate? Prairie Yoga has a very strong emphasis on alignment and anatomy. To aid in your understanding, Fundamentals of Yoga Anatomy with Marinda Stopforth is highly recommended (but not required). This Course does not count toward your advanced certification but it may fill in some missing holes if your previous training was not with us. See our website under the workshops tab for schedule options.


500 Hour Certification

  • Submit the Advanced Training application for approval to follow the full coursework toward 500 hour certification.
  • You are required to review and sign the trainee agreement provided.
  • We will provide you with a checklist to keep track of your courses and requirements as you go through the program. The teacher of each course must confirm that you “passed” with 90% and above attendance and your full and active participation in the course.
  • You will be assigned an advisor for guidance on your requirements.
  • All contact certification requirements must be completed by December 18, 2020 and all non-contact hours by August 31, 2021



Our core courses meet on Tuesdays or Weekends. Choose the schedule that works best for you. You may enroll in each module individually or enroll in the entire program and save. View schedules, tuition and register for Advanced Training modules here


Teaching Skills, Sequencing and The Teacher/Student Relationship 

45 hours
Required Book: (purchase on your own)
Theme Weaver by Michelle Berman Marchildon
• The yoga teacher training manual is included in your tuition

Yoga Philosophy, Yoga History and Meditation 

36 hours 
Required Books: (purchase on your own)
Light on Life by B.K.S Iyengar
Hatha Yoga Pradipika by Swami Muktibodhananda
The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, any translation you prefer. Edwin Bryant is recommended.
The Bhagavad Gita translated by Eknath Easwaran or Graham Schweig
The Upanishads translated by Eknath Easwaran
• The yoga teacher training manual is included in your tuition

Energetics, Pranayama and Ayurveda   
45 hours 
Required Books:
(purchase on your own)
Light on Pranayama by B.K.S. Iyengar
Hatha Yoga Pradipika by Swami Muktibodhananda
The Hidden Secret of Ayurveda by Dr. Robert E. Svoboda
• The yoga teacher training manual is included in your tuition

Adaptation: Common Conditions and Special Populations 

54 hours 
Required Book:
• The yoga teacher training manual is included in your tuition


24 Hours of Advanced Anatomy with Marinda Stopforth $475
12 Hours of The Art of Teaching Therapeutics with Linda Troutman, $275


Choose 2 out of the 3 options, totaling 48 contact hours:

24 Hours of Tantric Hatha Yoga Advanced Training (1st two weekends of ParaYoga Master Training Tantra Shakti) with Tricia Fiske (24 hours) $475
24 Hours of Therapeutics Apprenticeship with Linda Troutman, free
24 Hours of Workshops/Specialty Classes at Prairie Yoga, cost of workshops vary



  • 3 hours of community service donating your time to a cause or purpose you support.
  • Complete all homework assignments and pass any quizzes provided in each course. 
  • Certification Bundle of 3 items below: $275 
    • Video Review: Teach with a group of your peers and receive feedback – 6 contact hours
    • Final Culmination Teaching Project: Research, develop, market and teach 9 hours of a specialty yoga topic of your own interest as approved by the Director – 40 non-contact hours 
    • Teach 5 private lessons and write 1-2 page overview of each - 10 non-contact hours 

You have the option to pay for each item separately as you go (see price of each module here)
or pre-pay for all 4 core courses + certification bundle = $3700*  (save $355)

Due 4 weeks prior to first core course.

Prices stated are for cash or check only.  4.5% transaction fee added to online and credit card payments. Save by paying by by cash or check!

*Fees for required and elective courses are not included in tuition.


Refunds are limited. Fees below are per course.
Per core course module:
$100 fee for refunds one month or more before first class.
$200 fee for refunds less than one month before first class.
$300 fee for refund requests on first day of class. 
No refunds after first class day.  


Application »

Upon acceptance into the 500 hour program, you are required to read and sign the Trainee Agreement provided.