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April 21 - April 23

Join Beryl Bender Birch of The Hard & The Soft Yoga Institute and Amy Webb of Sruti Yoga Center on your continuing education path of classical yoga, beginning Fall 2016 and completing in June 2017.

The 500 Hour Advanced Certification Course is for those students and teachers who have already received a 200 Hour Certification from any Registered Yoga School, including ours. After graduation from our 300 Hour program, teachers are certified at the 500 Hour Level through The Hard & The Soft Yoga Institute and eligible for registration with Yoga Alliance at the 500 hour level.

Our programs offer a unique opportunity to study with, not only Beryl, but with a variety of our senior faculty members, all of whom are outstanding 500 or 1000-hour graduates of The Hard & The Soft Yoga Institute. Many of our staff teachers have been teaching and practicing yoga for over 20 years and all have a strong foundation in the study of non-dual classical yoga (with Beryl) and are renowned in their respective fields. As all of us here at The Hard & The Soft, they continue to grow and study individually and bring to every session, a wide diversity of specialized knowledge and skills.

The program offers an extraordinary opportunity for complete immersion into yoga and all it’s dimensions, as well as the yoga lifestyle. Surround yourself with like-minded individuals and follow your dream to become an accomplished yoga practitioner and teacher. This program will provide you with the skill, knowledge and confidence to begin teaching yoga, and the weekend format makes it easy to participate. The course is also appropriate for those who may not be interested in teaching but simply wish to advance their training in the study of yoga.

Beryl Bender Birch is the author of four books on yoga, including the best selling, Power Yoga, and her most recent book soon to be released by Sounds True (Oct 2014), Yoga for Warriors. She has been teaching yoga and meditation for 40 years. She is also the Director/Founder of the Give Back Yoga Foundation, which supports yoga teachers in developing service projects in under-served areas of their communities. For the past two years she has focused on developing resources for veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.

Amy Webb is the owner & director of Sruti Yoga Center, a practicioner since 1997 and teacher since 2001. Aside from her study & practice predominently with Richard Freeman and in Vipassana meditation, Amy has a background in Wilderness Leadership and Therapy, Studio Arts, English and entrepreneurship. She has been in the Berkshires since 2007, and opened Sruti in 2010 as a teacher and steward of a welcoming and diverse community center.

Topics include:
Leadership Development
Practice and observation of yoga techniques and methodology
Training in a variety of rajasic (active) asana styles such as Vinyasa flow, Power, Astanga, and more
Safe, experienced, and appropriate hands on assistance and adjustments
Posture modifications and variations
Pranayama and meditation– daily practices and benefits
General Philosophy and lifestyle
Study of the 8 limbs and the Yoga Sutras
Anatomy, physiology, and correct posture alignment
Yoga Therapy & Energy Medicine

Advanced 500 Hour Additional Topics:
The art of sequencing asana, pranayama, and meditation for all levels
Increased emphasis on application of yoga practices for special conditions
Study of research based application of yoga
Anatomy & Physiology II (Brain & Neural Network)
Nutrition, Ayurveda, and Wellness

Friday 6pm – 9pm
Saturday 9am – 6pm
Sunday 9am – 5pm

Oct 21 – 23
Nov 18 – 20
Dec 9 – 11
Jan 6 – 8
Jan 27 – 29
Feb 24 – 26
Mar 24 – 26
Apr 21 – 23
May 26 – 28
Closing Week:
June 23 – 30

Tuition: $4600

A $500 non-refundable downpayment on full tuition cost is required to reserve your space. Due by September 20, 2016.

Lodging and food not included. We do our best to reach out to community members happy to host students from out of town.

Please contact Amy for more information, payment plan information and scholarship applications:


April 21
April 23
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