300 Hour Advanced Teacher Training

Befriending Yoga Therapy

Have you been teaching at the 200hr level for a while? Are you ready to go on a transformational journey to tap into your greatest potential as a teacher? If so, consider a 300 hour Advanced Teacher Training coming this February to Art of Balance Yoga. Upon completion of all requirements, trainees will be eligible to register with Yoga Alliance as a RYT500.

Art of Balance Yoga’s lead teachers have been carrying the teachings of Beloved Yoga so when it came time to launch a 300 hr Advance Teacher Training and Befriending Yoga Therapy program it felt right to carry on the tradition. We are proud to have joined the teaching team of Beloved Yoga and we are now an official Beloved Yoga 300 hr Registered Yoga School. Beloved Yoga is one of the highly respected yoga schools in the Washington Metropolitan area and we believe this merger will help us bring to this region of Virginia intelligent and wise teachings that have been time tested and honor the Krishnamacharya lineage of modern vinyasa yoga.

This 300-hour Advanced Teacher Training builds upon the foundation of your 200-hour program. In this program, you will spend time refining your teaching tools, expanding your skills in teaching group classes, working in one-on-one settings, and learning to develop workshop and semi-private series courses. You will gain a clearer understanding of Yoga philosophy, anatomy, and continue to advance and embody your personal practice. We have created this program to guide you through the nuts and bolts of advanced teaching, to refine your own inner wisdom, and deepen an understanding of the seat of the teacher.

We embrace creative and physically challenging sequences as well as breath-centric therapeutic practices that focus on allowing room for the individual to explore. Our training will help you navigate how to hold space for all types of practices, imbalances, and students.


Art of Balance Yoga Team: Lili Robins, Jen Martins, Lauren Rogers

Beloved Yoga Team:  Jafar Alexander, Maryam Ovissi


Beloved Yoga Philosophy

Beloved Yoga is devoted to sharing the teachings of modern Yoga, as outlined through Sri Krishnamacharya’s teachings. The essence of these teachings recognizes that Yoga is a personal practice, not a one-size-fits-all method. With Beloved Yoga’s focus on safety and accessibility (trauma-informed methodology), we feel there is an intelligent way to enter into ourselves.

We do not believe in forcing the mind or the body to “shut down.” Instead, we invite ourselves to “soften in.” What you will get out of this training? We believe the first step to advanced practice and teaching is to get intimately connected with yourself through the transformative power of Yoga. Advanced teaching requires more nuanced experiences within your personal practice.

From there, you will refine your knowledge, proficiency, and teaching skills, which will empower you to embody the seat of the teacher and enhance your group teaching and work with private clients.

The 300-hour program is built around these core concepts and learning objectives:

  • Personal transformation

  • Introduction to the therapeutic use of Yoga

  • Art of teaching privates and working with individuals

  • Refining teaching methodologies for group teaching

  • The attributes of the Gunas (Ayurvedic Framework)

  • The Pancha Maya framework for working with your students as a whole person

  • An overview of Samkhya, Raja, and Tantra philosophies and Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras

  • An overview of all the systems of the body with a focus on the nervous system and endocrine system

  • The art of transitions

  • The difference between complex and advanced asanas and how to keep the Yoga in the asana

  • How to practice and teach arm balances, inversions and complex backbends

  • Beloved Yoga’s intelligent sequencing format

  • Languaging and advanced cueing

  • How to incorporate Yogic concepts and philosophy into asana classes

  • How to confidently customize yoga practices to the individual

  • Pranayama techniques

  • Concentration practices

  • The art of offering space for subtle practices

  • The tool of Samyama

  • The concept of Samadhi

We are honored to guide you into a deeper understanding. We welcome all serious and curious practitioners and teachers from all lineages to embark on this year-long, in-depth journey of self-discovery and learning.

Bonus Certifications with the Beloved Yoga team

You will obtain three certifications during our training program. We will open these up to area Yoga teachers as space permits. These areas of focus will provide you with powerful tools that will increase your teaching opportunities. Go to our workshops page to learn more.

Trauma-Informed Yoga Certification

30-hour Beloved Yoga Trauma-Informed Yoga: This certification is a one-of-a-kind training blending the ancient wisdom of Yoga with the modern science of trauma and recovery. We will share evidence-based science that confirms the necessity of befriending our whole being to achieve peace. Learn Yogic tools to guide the journey into wholeness for all people! Choose to earn 20 CEU’s or complete additional work for the 30 hour Certification.

Yin Yoga Certification

25-hour Beloved Yoga Yin Yoga: This certification offers a unique perspective on Yin Yoga that is grounded in the principles of Yoga. Rather than focus on traditional Chinese medicine, the Yin Certification helps you refine the tools of silence and stillness necessary for deepening your practice. Choose to earn 18 CEU’s or complete additional work for the 25 hour Certification.

Pranayama Certification

25-hour Beloved Yoga Pranayama: This certification will enhance your overall understanding of the power and necessity of breath. The various techniques of Pranayama will be explored and given depth through the philosophy that spawned them. (This will be held off-site at Beloved Yoga, Reston.) Choose to earn 18 CEU’s or complete additional work for the 25 hour Certification.


February 8-9

March 7-8

March 21-22:  Anatomy Immersion weekend with Mary

April 3-4-5: Pranayama Certification at Beloved Yoga

April 25-26

May 15-16-17: Trauma Certification at AoBY with Beloved Staff

June 6-7

June 26-27-28: Yin Certification at AoBY with Beloved Staff

September 12-13

Oct 3-4

Nov  7-8

Dec 5-6


$500 Non-refundable deposit with approved application
$3,490 - Pay full amount before December 1, 2019 = $3990 total tuition
$3,690 - Pay full amount by January 31, 2020 = $4190 total tuition with optional 12 monthly auto drafts (307.50/month January 2020—Dec2020)


To apply kindly submit your online application from the link below. Send a copy of your 200 Certificate to info@artofbalanceyoga.com. Lili will contact you within 48 hours of receiving your application to set up an interview. 


Book List:


“Yoga for Wellness” Gary Kraftsow

“The Pocket Guide to the Polyvagal Theory: The Transformative Power of Feeling Safe” Stephen W. Porges

”The Complete Guide to Yin Yoga: The Philosophy and Practice of Yin Yoga” by Bernie Clark

“Upanishads” Eknath Easwaren

“The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali” Edwin F. Bryant

“Yoga for Body, Breath, and Mind” A.G. Mohan

“Therapeutic Wisdom of Yoga: Volume 2 (Applications)” Doug Keller (We will have copies of these books available for purchase)