300 Hr Yoga Alliance Registered Course
S01-YA-SCHOOL-RYS-300 300 Hour Module Completes Yoga East's 500 Hour Certification 

If you are a Yoga Alliance RYT 200 teacher these classes count for RYT 500 registration with Yoga Alliance.  An application is needed if you have not studied at Yoga East so that we can learn more about your background and practice. You are invited to phone Laura Spaulding for an appointment and she will meet with you to review your 200 hour certificate, talk to you personally about your goals, give you the course syllabus, and answer your questions.  

The classes are also open to all Yoga East students who want to deepen their practice. We recommend that you have a minimum of two years of yoga class experience if you are not a yoga teacher.

hone Laura Spaulding for more information: 502-585-9642. Phone during business hours, 9:00-5:00, Monday through Friday.

Yoga East's 300 Hour Course is registered with Yoga alliance, a non-profit organization that has established uniform standards and credentialing for yoga schools. Go to the Yoga Aliance website for e description of the subjects and the applicable standards.

Yoga East Alumni (graduates of our previous teacher training courses) do not need to apply.  
Go online and register for the classes you want to take.

If you are not a Yoga East 200 Hour graduate, please download and fill out the application so that we know more about you and your practice and experience. Then go online to register for the classes you want to take.  All classes are pay-as-you-go.

Download the Application
Complete it and mail to:
Yoga East, Inc.
1232 E Broadway
Louisville, KY 40204

Download the Yoga East Syllabus of Postures

This is a chart of postures taught at Yoga East. If you have not attended Yoga East classes prior to applying for teacher training, you may be asked about your experience with postures on the syllabus. We are here to help you improve your practice. 
Tuition and Fees
The cost of the entire Course can vary depending on the classes and workshops you choose to take. See the estimates below.
The 300 Course classes are ongoing and new classes are constantly being added. Check the website frequently for new offerings. 
If you need a teaching internship to fulfill your Practicum hours, you can arrange it with Susan Reid.  See her at class to schedule an appointment. Internships are assigned. Dates will be coordinated with your schedule.
Fee Estimate:

Techniques: Mysore membership, $96 per month, 8 months $768
Teaching Methodology, 50 hours required, $20 per hour
(class lengths will vary)
Anatomy & Physiology, 8 classes, 2.5 hours each $400
Philosophy & Ethics, 48 classes, most are 1.25 hour classes $480
Practice Teaching, 8 classes, 10 hours, supervision fee $400
Two Workshops, 20 hours total $360
Hours Needed for Certification
Yoga Alliance requires that a certain number of hours be in classes with the lead trainer (Laura Spaulding - if there is an asterisk *, it means there is no specific requirement.). More details about requirements are shown on the course syllabus which will be given to you when you are accepted into the program. Total with
Techniques, Training and Practice  120 55
Teaching Methodology  60 *
Anatomy & Physiology  20 *
Yoga Philosophy, Lifestyle and Ethics 60 *
Practice teaching under supervision   10 5
Texts and Materials Needed
Always bring a notebook and pen to class.
Recommended Props for Home Practice: Yoga sticky mat, two 4" blocks, 10' D-ring yoga strap, rectangular bolster, two cotton blankets (Props are available at Yoga East. Yoga East members get discounts.) 
Recommended  Texts: Light on Yoga by BKS Iyengar, Relax and Renew by Judith Lasater, Back Care Basics by Mary Pullig Schatz.
Certified Graduates of Yoga East are given a certificate that shows the hours you have completed. This certificate allows you to register with Yoga Alliance as an RYT 500.
Information and Links
Continuing Yoga Education
Most classes on this page are registered with Yoga Alliance
for Continuing Education Credit

300 Hour Level Techniques
Intermediate Class with Laura Spaulding

Laura - Urdhva KukkuttasanaIntermediate students need to have maintained a daily yoga practice for at least two years. You should have no trouble with Caturanga Dandasana, shoulder-stand and headstand; have no limiting injuries and know how to modify postures for your level of practice. 

If you have doubts about your ability to handle this class, talk to a senior teacher before you attend. 

Saturdays, 8:30-9:45 am, East End

Intermediate Inversions

2013-01-06 13.53.06This class practices holding Headstand and Shoulderstand and incorporating variations.
Not currently on the schedule.

This sequence builds a lot of strength and endurance that carries over into your other postures. This sequence is recommended by Sharath Jois and Darren Rhodes to create a stronger, deeper practice. Sharath also says practicing inversions reverses aging. 

We strongly recommend that you be able to hold headstand away from a wall for 3 minutes before trying this practice. You should have no limiting injuries or at least know how to modify postures appropriately for your restrictions.

Photo at left shows Susan Reid in Niralambha Shirshasana.

Rope Wall Class

Class uses the rope wall, chairs and other props to hold postures longer for deeper opening and effect.  We work progressively on the postures. This class is not suitable for pregnant women, for anyone who has active back pain, who cannot hang upside down or do deep backbends. You should have at least two years of yoga experience for this class and plan to attend on a regular basis. Class ends with pranayama, mudras and bandhas.

Rope Wall Class (Yoga for Pain) 

Chair_Backbend_SomerClass uses the rope wall, chairs and other props to hold postures longer for deeper opening and effect.  We work progressively on the postures. This class is not suitable for pregnant women, for anyone who has active back pain, who cannot hang upside down or do deep backbends. You should have at least two years of yoga experience for this class and plan to attend on a regular basis. Class ends with pranayama, mudras and bandhas.

Pranayama Update

September 23, 2017, 2:30-5:00 pm
How to practice and teach fundamental pranayama techniques: Ujjayi, Viloma, Anuloma, Pratiloma, Nadi Shodhana (alternate nostril breathing), Bhastrika and Kapalabhati and commonly-practiced variations. 
Class will explain, demonstrate and practice each technique so that teachers clearly understand each one.
The class will introduce Coherent Breathing and discuss recent research on the effects of specific breathing patterns on trauma, PTSD, auto-immune disorders, stress and injuries.
Fee: $30 - member discounts apply.

300 Hour Level Teaching Methodology
Yoga Nidra Training

October 21, 2017, 2:30-5:00 pm
Learn about the origins of Yoga Nidra, the theory and research behind it, the components of a Yoga Nidra class and how to design both short and long Yoga Nidra sessions for different purposes. Taking a Yoga Nidra class prior to the seminar is strongly recommended.

Fee: $50

Suggestions for Teaching Ashtanga Yoga
in a Non-Mysore Class

Sunday September 3, 2017, 10:30-2:30 pm

Laura will clarify how Ashtanga teaching methods differ between Mysore and non-Mysore classes as taught at Yoga East. This class will show how to make Ashtanga Yoga accessible to new Ashtanga students at all levels of ability and experience.

This is a closed CYE for Yoga East Teachers who are currently teaching on our schedule. There is no fee.

300 Hour Level Anatomy
User-Friendly Anatomy with Andrea Rothgerber

Andrea Rothgerber RYT-500, is a licensed physical therapist.

Saturdays, 1:00-3:30 pm
St Matthews Studio
$50 per class

See the online schedule for dates and registration. Please register online before class so Andrea can prepare your handouts.

300 Hour Level Philosophy
Sanskrit Club

Introduction to Sanskrit transliteration (writing Sanskrit using English alphabet), writing and reading Devanagari alphabet, learning asana names and pronunciation, beginning vocabulary, verbs and pronouns.

Saturdays, August 19-December 30, 2017, 11:45-12:45 pm, St Matthews.
Bring a notebook and pen. Handouts provided if you register in advance.

Suggested text: Yogavataranam, Zoe Slatoff-Ponte, buy from Amazon and Amazon donates to Yoga East

Fee: donations support our ability to offer these classes.
The Yoga Sutras, Pada 3 and 4

Class discusses current scholarship of the history of the Yoga Sutras and what is known of Patanjali; correct pronunciation of the sutras; the meaning of each sutra with authoritative (traditional) commentaries. Goal of the class is for practitioners to experience Patanjali’s teaching in one’s own practice, understanding and realization of Yoga.

This class reviews Padas 1 and 2 and discuss Vibhuti Pada 3 and Kaivalya Pada 4.

Meets Fridays, January 5 - March 23, 2018, 5:30-6:30 pm, Ky St.  Donations. accepted.
The Shiva Sutras

This class will discuss the Shiva Sutras, a text from the Kashmir Shaiva tradition.
First class Jan 6 will introduce the Shiva Sutrani (Maheshvara Sutras), a different text by Panini often called by the same name.
Next class on Jan 13 will give an introduction to terms and concepts from the Kashmir Saiva tradition, as an introduction to The Shiva Sutras.
Fridays, January-June, 2017, 5:30-6:30 pm, Highlands/Kentucky Street Studio.
Open to all interested yoga students.

Recommended Texts: Shiva Sutras, Jaideva Singh; Shiva Sutras, Swami Lakshman Joo. Many others are available online for free download or viewing.
The Pratyabhijna Hrdayam
by Ksemaraja

This class will discuss the Pratyabhijna Hrdayam, a late 10th to early 11th century text  from the Kashmir Shaiva tradition.  This short text is only 20 sutras and is intended to explain the tenets of Shaivism in an easy, non-scholarly format. 

Fridays, July, 2017, 5:30-6:30 pm, Highlands/Kentucky Street Studio.
Open to all interested yoga students.

Recommended Texts: The Doctrine of Recognition by Jaideva Singh; The Splendor of Recognition by Swami Shantananda.  Buy from Amazon and Amazon donates to Yoga East. Handouts will also be available. 
The Bhagavad Gita

The Bhagavad Gita is part of the Mahabharata, a vast poetic epic that is one of the world's oldest literary works. The Bhagavad Gita is a conversation between the warrior-prince Arjuna and his charioteer, Krishna, and takes place on the battlefield. The topic is how to use the wisdom of yoga to navigate the obstacles and challenges one encounters in life and remain true to one's moral and ethical principles. The teachings of the Bhagavad Gita are relevant and essential in the tumultuous modern age. Krishna shows Arjuna how to face difficult situations with courage, compassion, objectivity and joyfulness.

Method of study will take the traditional form of chanting the text followed by contemplation, discussion and meditation.

Fridays, March 30 - June 29, 2018, 5:30-6:30 pm, Ky St.

We have a limited number of texts. If you have your own copy with Sanskrit transliteration, please bring it with you. Recommended text: The Bhagavad Gita, translated by Swami Dayananda, $12.00. Available from Arsha Vidya Bookstore, arshavidya.org ISBN 9788190363686.


Chanting is recommended by the teachers of our tradition, especially the Jois family, for dissolving negative states of mind and for cultivating positive states of mind.

Monday, 8:30-9:30 am, Shiva Mahimna Stotram, Shiva Manasa Puja.
Wednesday, 8:30-9:30 am, Vishnu Sahasranama.
Friday, 7:30-8:30 am, Shri Rudram/Chamakam, Shiva Arati and Kundalini Stavah.
Sunday, 9:15-10:15 am, Shri Guru Gita.Verses from the Skanda Purana describe the Guru-Disciple relationship. (not included in YA Hours)