YogaLondon 500-Hour Course FAQ

You've completed your 200-hour training - it's time to advance your game.

  • Recognised qualification: 500-hour Yoga Alliance certificate (RYT-500). Teach worldwide.
  • Course fees: Core Modules £750; CPD Courses £199
  • Email us here or call us at 020 3286 2534

Q: What is a 500-hour Advanced Teacher Training course?

A: Yoga Alliance recognises two levels of qualification for yoga teachers. The common, entry-level qualification for yoga teachers is a 200-hour certificate. A 500-hour certificate consists of 300-hours of additional, advanced level training. You can think of it like topping up a Degree to a Masters level qualification. You may complete these additional hours by completing the three Core Modules and an additional 10 CPD courses of your choosing.

Q: What are the entry requirements to the training?

A: All applicants should have a recognised 200-hour certificate or equivalent. If you're not sure if your 200-hour training qualifies, contact us to find out.

Q: How long does it take to qualify?

A: That really depends on you. Our Core Modules and CPD courses are offered throughout the year and may be taken in any order. All coursework must be completed within three years. If all courses and modules are taken back-to-back, it is possible to complete the training within 1 year.

Q: The format for the Advanced Training changed at the end of 2016. What if I have already completed certain modules? How do I merge my completed module training with the new format?

A: This will depend on the modules you’ve previously completed. Please get in touch with us and we will come up with a specific plan for you.

Q: May I complete my 500-hours with various workshops from different Teacher Training Schools?

A: No, all advanced training hours must be completed with the same institution.

Q: Why isn’t it possible to complete a 500-hour training with different schools?

A: The reason is that every school has a different syllabus requirement. You're likely to encounter this guideline at nearly any training institution. At YogaLondon, we've determined that every possible combination of CPD courses, combined with our Core Modules, will provide you with the most well rounded advanced training possible.

Q: How many weekends will the Core Modules last?

A: Each Core Module takes three weekends, which are spread across three months.

Q: I noticed that the Apprentice Module isn’t listed as a Core Module, is it still possible to take this module as part of my 500-hour training?

A: Absolutely! The Apprentice Module is a favorite of students and teachers, and a valuable tool in advanced training. The Apprentice Module will count toward your 500-hour training. Contact us to learn more.

Q: Can I do all 500 hours at once?

A: Yes. You can choose to enrol in all 500-hour from the start. Additionally, if the hours don't clash with your existing training, you can also do your 500-hour training at the same time as your 200-hour training. Check the dates of our upcoming courses to see if this works for you.

Q: What material is covered in the advanced courses?

A: We strongly believe that a 500-hour training should include higher level, non-repetitive training, completely different from what you learned on your 200-hour training. Our Core Modules delve beyond teaching asana classes, and into the realms of pranayama, meditation, leading workshops and retreats, and much more. We also put substantial emphasis on getting off the mat and living as an authentic yogi.

Q: May I continue to take classes even after I complete my 500-hours?

A: Absolutely. Training and education should continue forever. You may also begin to work towards a 1,000-hour certification if you so desire.

Q: What style of yoga do you teach in?

A: The yoga classes on our teacher trainings are offered in the dynamic Vinyasa Flow style. Ideally, applicants should have experience practicing Vinyasa Flow Yoga, Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, Power Yoga or an equivalent style. If you are unsure if your style of yoga fits, feel free to call us on 020 3286 2534 or contact us.

Q: Does it matter if I did my 200-hours at a different yoga school?

A: The YogaLondon Advanced Level training follows on from our rigorous 200-hour level Teacher Training. If you are joining us from a different training school you may feel 'behind' in certain areas. We are fully supportive of integrating students from other schools into our courses, and will be there to offer additional assistance along the way. Course materials such as The YogaLondon Training Manual (200-hour level) can be purchased for your personal study.

Q: What are days like on the Core Modules?

A: The courses are intensive and we pack in a lot to our days. A typical day on the course would be:

  • 9.00 -11.00am Yoga Class
  • 11.00-11.15am Break
  • 11.15-13.00pm Theory Class (e.g. advanced anatomy)
  • 13.00-14.00pm Enjoy lunch
  • 14.00-16.00pm Theory Class
  • 16.00-16.15pm Break (time for a cup of tea and cake)
  • 16.00-17.30pm Teaching Methodology/Practice

Q: What is the format for the CPD courses?

A: The weekend CPD course takes place Saturday, 9am – 6pm, and Sunday, 9am – 4pm. This allows you to complete 14 contact hours in total. The evening CPD courses take place on weekday evenings, from 6:30 – 8:30pm. These courses run for seven weeks.

Q: Is there homework to do between weekends?

A: Yes. Our Core Modules demand more than just the "minimum required" study hours. All students must be prepared to complete homework assignments outside of class hours, and delve deeply into all the topic areas.

Q: Will there be an exam for my 500-hour course?

A: Yes, each of the core modules has an examination. The Asana Module has a practical exam, the Philosophy Module has an oral exam, and the Anatomy Module has a written exam. Also, for CPD courses to count towards the 500-hour certificate, students will need to complete a short online test. Final certification at the 500-hour level is at the discretion of the director of teacher training.

Q: What is the Payment Policy?

A: To secure your place on a Core Module you will need to pay a non-refundable deposit of £250. The balance is payable in 2 monthly payments of £250. CPD and Evening Courses must be paid in full when you book. Please ring us at 020 3286 2534 or see price and payments for more details.

Q: Do you offer accommodation?

A: Our venue in Bermondsey offers dormitory accommodation at a minimal price. This has greatly helped past students coming in from around the UK or abroad. For more information about staying in the centre visit our accommodations page.

Q: Can I visit your centre?

A: We frequently run Try Us Evenings where prospective students may test our Vinyasa Flow style and meet the YogaLondon team. Visit the Try Us Evening page for more details.

Q: Whom is YogaLondon accredited by?

A: We are accredited by one of the largest governing bodies for yoga worldwide. Yoga Alliance International regulates standards for both teachers and training schools. Our qualifications are recognised internationally, which allows our graduates to teach anywhere in the world.

Q: How do I change my Yoga Alliance status after the course?

A: To take part in the YogaLondon teacher training you should already hold a Yoga Alliance 200-hour certificate or equivalent. Once you have graduated from the course, you may submit your 500-hour certificate to YA to upgrade your teacher status. You will then be eligible to use RYT-500 after your name, and be able to use the Yoga Alliance symbol on all of your correspondence.

Questions? Call us on 020 3286 2534 or Contact us.