500-Hour Yoga Training

Evolve from a yoga instructor to a master yoga teacher

If you have completed a 200-hour training program, we have continuing education opportunities to take your education and teaching practice to the next level! In our 500-hour training modules, you'll learn to develop your own style, master the techniques of skillful, experienced teaching, and further your own practice of yoga with mindfulness.


You must be a current 200-hour Yoga Alliance certified yoga instructor. If your training was not through Yoga for Life, you must submit a syllabus from the training program that certified you. Additionally, you must interview or audition to ensure eligibility criteria.

TUITION: Each module is priced at $1100 only. Registration fee is $750 due within seven days of acceptance in the program. $250 of the registration fee applies towards the tuition of each module.


Advanced Training Modules

Module 1: The majority of time spent in this module is designed to educate you on Universal Yoga lineage and principles that will also prepare you for training with Dorje Andrey Lappa. Whether you choose to do so or not, your yoga knowledge will dramatically increase and you will be eligible to move forward towards Yoga Alliance certifications in the future. 

    • CREDITS: 100 
    • SCHEDULE: Fridays 5-8PM, Saturday & Sunday 8:30AM to 4PM
    • DATES: Jan 5-7, 12-14, 19-21. Feb 2-4, 9-11 (Subject to change.)
      • Segmentation and categorization of yoga asanas, including reconstruction of complex asanas with anatomical understanding
      • Advanced Vinyasa sequencing principles based on complexity of postures and logical progression
      • Deep Stretching asanas based on human ranges of mobility as described in Universal Yoga
      • Foundations of Universal Yoga and sub-styles of asanas
      • Principles and applications of adjustments based on alignments and energetics
      • Sequencing techniques based on orientation on mat and developing psychic-energetic states in practitioners
      • Pranayamas and breath techniques based on Himalayan Yoga
      • Practicum and 20 hours of internship under a mentor

    Module 2: 

      • CREDITS: 100.
      • DATES: TBA
        • Mastering advanced Hatha postures: backbends, and arm balances for personal practice and teaching
        • Ayurveda in Himalayan Yoga, techniques of practices based on Gunas
        • Incorporating Pranayamas and Bandhas, according to Universal Yoga
        • Alignment based Hatha Yoga technique and practicum
        • Advanced Yoga philosophy and decoding cornerstone Yoga texts
        • Cultivation of Chakras and Rasas
        • Introduction to teaching meditation

      Module 3: 

      • CREDITS: 100.
      • DATES: TBA
        • Mastering Posture Design – laboratory for creating intelligent postures
        • Integrated Spirituality: Teaching Yogic Truths across all belief systems
        • How to design and teach successful Yoga Workshops
        • Defining your true-self: Modalities of Ayurveda, Archetypes, Astrology to self-identify
        • Serving as Mentor to modern Yoga Communities


      To step into the yoga profession with real-world experience, a yoga apprenticeship is one of the unique features of Yoga for Life’s 500-hour program. 

      • After Module 1, you will work on a project under a mentor. Projects may include PR, publications, effective networking, events coordination, network expansion, operations management, mentorship, etc., on a studio-related project. Apprenticeship in subsequent modules will focus on developing yourself as an established teacher in the yoga community. 
      • After Module 2, you will work independently on a project to establish yourself as an experienced teacher in the yoga community through media outreach.
      • After Module 3, an example apprenticeship opportunity offers participants to participate in our foundation teacher training program as assisting teacher, and mentoring new teachers.

      500-Hour Program Leaders


      Raj Patra, Yoga for Life Co-Founder

      Raj’s yoga journey started in Kolkata, India at the age of seven at Ghosh’s Yoga College which was established in 1923 by Bishnu Ghosh, younger brother of Sri Paramhansa Yogananda, the author of “Autobiography of a Yogi”. Yoga involved not only physical exercises, pranayama, and meditation, but a prescription of lifestyle, in close association with Hatha Yoga Pradipika. Incidentally, Raj grew up on the same street, blocks away from the birthplace and house of Swami Vivekananda, the personality responsible for introducing Yoga and Hinduism to the United States in 1893. Immersing in the philosophies of Bhakti yoga and Kriya yoga at Belur Math, Dakshineswar, and Ramakrishna Mission Institute, where Raj’s mother recently received ‘diksha’ (indoctrination), was a regular event in his spiritually inclined and academically strict family.

      With BS in Physics and in Mathematics and more than a decade of corporate high-tech experience, Raj returned to yoga seriously with the mindset of an educator and reformer of the narrowing and increasingly segmented “ownership” of the practice of yoga that is otherwise prevalent in the West. His current guru is the Father of Universal Yoga, a Vajrayana Lama Dorje, Andrey Lappa, a member of the clan of Free Yogis.

      Raj’s yoga practice and teaching is grounded by the fundamental belief that stress through the rat-race of material success is the biggest contributor to the unhappiness and increasing health issues in the world. Yoga helps in not only rebalancing our lives, but also in raising an intellectual awareness that we are all connected beings living off of the same quantum mechanical resources. This is further reinforced by stalwarts in the world of Tantric Hinduism and Buddhism such as Andrey Lappa and A.G. Mohan, who similarly believe that this cannot happen if the potential of yoga is handicapped to limit itself as a narrow physical practice of asana shapes. Raj's current mission is to educate yoga practitioners and teachers about Yoga in its authentic and universal way, enriched by centuries of lineage.


      Kelly Suttell, Yoga for Life Co-Founder

      Kelly is co-founder of Hot Yoga for Life, creator of the KinetiKTM Yoga style, and designer of Hatha Yoga series, exclusive to HYFL. Behind her compassionate presence lurks a fierce student of the practice, philosophy, and non-physical gifts of yoga. And, through Hot Yoga for Life, Kelly hopes to offer an entrance into yoga for the beginner and a place to grow for the more experienced practitioner.

      Kelly started practicing yoga in 2003, after she started experiencing more chronic and acute neck and back pain due the combination of spondylolisthesis to a more sedentary professional life. After countless MRIs, physical therapy, acupuncture, and other rehabilitative modalities, Kelly turned to hot yoga. Since then, a holistic yoga practice is a key contributor towards strengthening and stretching muscles, preventing her chronic pain.

      When not in the studio and business-planning, Kelly is constantly reading about yoga and attending workshops, classes, and lectures from leading teachers, including A.G. Mohan, Ana Forrest, Rod Stryker, and Zander Remete. Kelly has practiced a variety of styles and systems of yoga, including Ashtanga, Hatha, Iyengar, Mysore, Vinyasa, Universal, Yoga Nidra, and Yin/Tha yoga, but primarily teaches Vinyasa, Universal, and Yin/Tha. She aims for a teaching style that is heart-felt, compassionate, and caring, yet focused on anatomy, rehabilitative, and meditative. Kelly is an E-RYT-500.