Join our Yoga Alliance Registered 300-Hour Yoga Teacher Certification!
Soul Strong Yoga is here to support all yoga teachers in elevating their personal practice and professional teaching!
Attention all heart-centered yoga teachers! Are you ready for an incredible journey of transformation, expanding your knowledge of yoga philosophy and refining your teaching skills? If you hold a deep belief that yoga is for everyone and are ready to dive into the art of teaching yoga, your search ends here.
Welcome to Soul Strong Yoga, a vibrant yoga school nestled near Austin in Round Rock, Texas. As a community-based and laughter-filled studio, we are dedicated to providing a nurturing environment where you can expand your knowledge, enhance your teaching skills, and truly nourish yourself.
Our comprehensive 300-hour program is designed to take your passion for yoga to new heights. Our training program is designed specifically for certified 200-hour yoga teachers who are seeking to advance their practice and become exceptional yoga instructors.
Discover what sets Soul Strong Yoga’s 300-Hour Teacher Training apart and how it can empower you to become an even more amazing yoga instructor with a focus on trauma-informed yoga teaching and inclusivity for all bodies.
Here’s what you can expect:
Our highly experienced and passionate teachers are committed to providing you with a rich and immersive learning experience. They bring a wealth of knowledge from various yoga traditions and have trained with the best yoga teachers in the country, enabling you to explore different styles, techniques, and philosophies, with a special emphasis on trauma-informed yoga teaching.
Dive deep into advanced asanas, sequencing principles, anatomy, physiology, yoga philosophy, meditation, pranayama, and much more. Our curriculum goes beyond the fundamentals, ensuring you develop a well-rounded, meaningful understanding of yoga, including the tools and skills needed to teach yoga to all people and create a safe space for all.
Our intimate class sizes ensure personalized attention, fostering a supportive learning environment. This allows for ample interaction, individualized feedback, and a stronger sense of community among participants, where you can learn from and support one another.
Upon successful completion of the program, you will receive a 300-hour certification recognized by Yoga Alliance. This credential not only demonstrates your commitment to excellence but also opens doors to teaching opportunities worldwide.
As part of our program, you will also receive additional certifications to enhance your expertise, including Trauma-Informed Yoga Teacher Certification, Pranayama and Meditation Foundations Certification, Mindfulness Foundations Certification, and Adaptive Yoga Certification. These certifications equip you with valuable skills to serve a diverse range of individuals and promote inclusivity.
Enroll in our 300-Hour Teacher Training and receive a complimentary annual pass to Soul Strong Yoga. Immerse yourself in unlimited yoga classes, workshops, and community events, allowing you to deepen your practice and continue growing long after the training ends.
At Soul Strong Yoga, we believe that yoga is a transformative journey of self-discovery, healing, and growth. Join us in unlocking your full potential as a trauma-informed and inclusive yoga teacher. Secure your spot today as spaces are limited. Contact us now to learn more about our 300-Hour Yoga Teacher Training and how we can support you on this remarkable path.
300-Hour Training Schedule and Curriculum
We offer both the option to pay in full or pay a deposit to secure your spot. Either way, you’ll receive a free Unlimited Annual Membership to Soul Strong Yoga!
Note – Below are the scheduled times for the training dates:
Our 2024 300-Hour Teacher Training Weekends Include:
Trauma-informed yoga creates a safe space for individuals to explore their experiences and sensations, acknowledging the impact of trauma on the body. By modifying traditional practices, yoga teachers can empower individuals, foster resilience, and promote a sense of safety and agency. Teaching trauma-informed yoga not only benefits recovery settings but also promotes safety, compassion, and the practice of ahimsa (non-harming) in yoga communities.
WHAT THIS MODULE INCLUDES
- Meaning and overview of trauma and evidence-based holistic practices to help survivors
- Introduction to the neurobiology of trauma
- Trauma-informed best practices including creating safe spaces, integrating choices, using invitational language, and providing empowering experiences for diverse people
- Uses of pranayama and meditation for survivors
- Yoga sequencing and cueing for survivors
- A certification in Teaching Trauma-Informed Yoga from Soul Strong Yoga
Study the best practices in teaching Restorative Yoga with Jessica Cross, who brings her extensive training and expertise under the guidance of Dr. Judith Hanson Lasater, the leading Restorative Yoga teacher in the world, ensuring a comprehensive understanding of both the science and authentic techniques of this healing practice.
Dive deep into the intricate workings of the human body and explore its profound connection to yoga practice. Led by seasoned anatomy expert, Kelly Oakes, Anatomy for Yoga Teachers offers an immersive learning experience that empowers yoga teachers with comprehensive knowledge of anatomical principles relevant to asana, alignment, and injury prevention. Through a combination of interactive lectures, hands-on demonstrations, and practical exercises, participants will gain a thorough understanding of musculoskeletal structures, joint dynamics, and the interplay between breath, movement, and anatomy in yoga. This enriching module equips yoga teachers with invaluable insights and skills to enhance their teaching practice, ensuring the safety, effectiveness, and holistic development of their students.
Uncover the profound energetic systems that underlie our existence, including the chakra system and the intricate pancha kosha system. Gain a comprehensive understanding of the subtle energy centers, their characteristics, and how they influence our physical, mental, and spiritual well-being. Learn practical techniques to balance and activate these energetic systems, enabling you to guide your students towards a deeper connection with their inner selves.
Learn key Yin Yoga postures and how the practice of Yin can help stimulate energetic channels in the body and positively contribute to fascia health. Kelly Oakes leads this training is based on the groundbreaking work of Bernie Clark’s The Complete Guide to Yin Yoga: The Philosophy and Practice of Yin Yoga. Based on Kelly’s incredible knowledge of anatomy, somatic therapy, and trauma-informed yoga, participants will have the opportunity to study the emotional, physical, and mental benefits of Yin Yoga from the best. Get ready to discover the benefits of many Yin postures including Caterpillar, Shoelace, Dragon, Deer, Frog, Saddle, Swan, and more.
Learn to teach yoga nidra in a trauma-sensitive environment for all people. Yoga nidra is the ancient practice of deep meditation where the mind is guided into a restorative state between wakefulness and sleeping. Stacy Wooster is a certified yoga nidra teacher with the iRest Institute and has been teaching this powerful technique for over 15 years. You will also discuss the incredible healing benefits of yoga nidra concerning trauma recovery, managing stress, pain relief, boosting health, and more. Please purchase Tracee Stanley’s Radiant Rest: Yoga Nidra for Deep Relaxation and Awakened Clarity before attending this training.
Immerse yourself in the transformative world of Ayurveda through our comprehensive introduction course tailored specifically for yoga teachers. Gain a deeper understanding of this ancient healing system, which complements and enhances the principles of yoga. Explore the fundamental principles and concepts of Ayurveda, including the doshas (Vata, Pitta, and Kapha), the five elements (ether, air, fire, water, and earth), and the interconnectedness of mind, body, and spirit. Discover how Ayurveda can be seamlessly integrated into your yoga teaching, allowing you to provide personalized and holistic guidance to your students. Engage in practical exercises and discussions that will empower you to apply Ayurvedic principles in creating balanced yoga sequences and recommending lifestyle modifications to support overall well-being.
Deepen your understanding of the power of breath and learn various Pranayama techniques to enhance vitality and inner harmony. Explore the profound practice of Mantra Meditation, harnessing the vibrational energy of sacred sounds to calm the mind and deepen spiritual awareness. Gain practical skills and teaching tools to incorporate Pranayama and Mantra Meditation seamlessly into your classes, empowering your students to experience profound relaxation and inner balance. Expand your own practice and enhance your ability to guide others on their path to holistic well-being through the art of breath and sound.
This course is taught by a true experts! Julie Afsahi is a seasoned yogi and trainer who lives with a neuromuscular disease, balance issues, and chronic vertigo. Learn to teach quality yoga to every unique person who attends your classes. This training will cover trauma-informed teaching techniques for a variety of populations, including chronic illness warriors, older yogis, folks using fabulous yoga props (blocks, chairs, the wall, etc.), and more! We will discuss adaptive yoga in terms of both sequencing and individual postures.
Are you interested in injecting creativity, passion, and new ideas into your teaching and practice? This training is full of innovation and inspiration! Stacy Wooster will introduce you to the world of sequencing asana based on astrology, the phases of the moon, and more. She will also teach you how to visually organize your sequences. Julie will dive deep into the ancient, powerful practice of using mudras for personal evolution and health. Using the text, Mudras for Healing and Transformation, we will practice and discuss theming asana practices with the integration of mudras to awaken chakras and boost the energetic power inherent in a posture. You will investigate the subtle body systems and how to use mudras for a holistic yoga practice.
Ready to teach everyone who comes to your classes, including the prenatal and postnatal students in the room? Stacy Wooster has served pregnant women and young families in Texas since 2002 and opened the first prenatal yoga certification program in Texas. This intensive weekend is perfect for teaching all-levels, diverse group classes that are not exclusive to prenatal or postnatal students. This module will not result in becoming a Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher (RPYT).
Embark on an exhilarating exploration into the profound, time-honored heritage of yoga and Samkhya philosophy. Traverse through the ages, delving into the lives of influential figures in the modern history of yoga, while also acquainting yourself with significant philosophical texts.
The Mindfulness Foundations Certification course is for anyone who wants to learn more about mindfulness for their own journey towards better health but also for those seeking to integrate mindfulness into professional settings, such as educators, business leaders, wellness providers, and more. Taking a deeper dive into the practical applications of mindfulness can help in every arena of our lives, from relationships to parenting to work.
Mindfulness practices, such as taking moments during the day to notice our surroundings without judgement or to practice a 3 minute meditation, have been scientifically proven to reduce stress and improve brain health. The research around the health benefits are exciting and will be part of the Mindfulness Foundations Course. Attendees will also leave with a toolkit of methods to practice mindfulness in both formal and informal ways.
Join us for a comprehensive two-part introductory training in sound healing. In this training, you’ll gain the skills to seamlessly incorporate singing bowls and therapeutic gongs into your group teaching repertoire. Learn the art of playing singing bowls from Jessica, the expert behind Sound for Stress. Through interactive sessions, Jessica will teach you various techniques for playing the bowls while also sharing the scientific underpinnings of sound healing. Additionally, Julie, a Certified Gong Therapist, will guide you in exploring the world of gong playing. Discover multiple techniques for using meditative and therapeutic gongs in group settings under Julie’s expert instruction. Expand your teaching offerings and unlock the transformative power of sound healing with this immersive training.
Collaborate individually with a lead trainer to develop and present your capstone project, in order to obtain your 300-Hour Yoga Teacher Certification. The capstone project is incredibly flexible, allowing participants to immerse themselves in a specific area of great personal interest.
300-Hour YTT Pricing – FREE Annual Pass to Soul Strong Yoga Included!
300 Hour Payment Options (Free Annual Pass Included!):
We have two payment options for our 300 Hour Yoga Teacher Training and work with Coach Financing if you’d like to pay over a longer period of time.
- Pay $4100 prior to February 9, 2024.
- Or, you can place a $450 deposit today to secure your spot! (The remaining $3650 will be automatically charged to your credit card on file on February 9, 2024.)
Want to pay over a longer period? Check out our partnership with Coach Financing!
All 300-Hour trainees will receive a free annual pass to Soul Strong Yoga that begins on February 9, 2024. After the program has started, there are no refunds on tuition.
Active duty and military veterans may receive 10% off their tuition after verifying their military affiliation. Please email or call us for details.
300 Hour YTT Required Yoga Texts
- Radiant Rest: Yoga Nidra for Deep Relaxation and Awakened Clarity by Tracee Stanley
- Yoga Toolbox for Teachers and Students, 4th Edition by Joseph and Lilian Le Page (Available at SSY for $65.00)
- You Are Here: Discovering the Magic of the Present Moment by Thich Nhat Hanh
Older editions of these texts will work fine, too!
Our FREE Gift to Our 300 Hour Trainees!
- FREE TEXT – All 300-Hour Students will receive a copy of Mudras for Healing and Transformation by Joseph and Lilian Le Page as a special thank you for being a part of our community. This text is a $34.95 value.
You won’t want to miss these advanced yoga topics:
* Creative Sequencing * Trauma-Informed Yoga * Sequencing with the Chakra System * Adaptive Yoga * Applied Yoga Anatomy * Pre & Postnatal * Sound Healing * Yoga Nidra * Yoga Sutras by Patanjali * Restorative Yoga * Yin Yoga * Mindfulness * Mantra * Meditation * Pranayama * Ayurveda * Ayurvedic Cooking * Creative Sequencing * Trauma-Informed Yoga * Sequencing with the Chakra System * Adaptive Yoga * Applied Yoga Anatomy * Pre & Postnatal * Sound Healing * Yoga Nidra * Yoga Sutras by Patanjali * Restorative Yoga * Yin Yoga * Mindfulness * Mantra * Meditation * Pranayama * Ayurveda * Ayurvedic Cooking *
Learn from the Best Yoga Trainers
Julie Afsahi, ERYT-500, MAT, Certified Trauma-Informed Yoga Teacher, Certified Meditation Teacher, Gong Practitioner Lead Trainer
Julie is the owner and co-founder of Soul Strong Yoga (Soul Strong). Soul Strong is one of the rare locally-owned fitness providers to remain in business through the pandemic due to a large client base and quick creation of virtual content. Her company has become a pillar of downtown Round Rock and provides over 40 in-person yoga classes a week, virtual live and pre-recorded yoga classes, Yoga Alliance Registered teacher training programs, and recently released a self-paced online yoga teacher certification at www.teachyogaforall.com.
Julie holds a MA in Teaching and Curriculum Design. She created the 300-Hour program based on her deep knowledge of curriculum design and yoga to offer the best advanced yoga teacher training available.
Julie is also passionate about sharing practical business skills and tools to increase profitability for heart-centered entrepreneurs.
Kelly Bonanni, CZB, RYT, MTI, LMT
Kelly has a background in dance and came to her yoga practice in her late twenties as part of her quest to find relief from chronic pain and anxiety. Kelly became a yoga teacher in hopes to provide the same healing space for others. She attended Vinyasa and Meditation Teacher Training at Sukha Yoga Austin, and she is also a Licensed Massage Therapist and Massage Therapy Instructor. She is especially passionate about working with the recovery and trauma populations, and owns her own business, Regulate Yoga and Bodywork.
Jessica Cross, E-RYT-500, Sound Practitioner, Level 1 Relax & Renew ® Restorative Yoga, Meditation Teacher
Jessica Cross, ERYT 500, is a sound practitioner and creator of Sound for Stress, a heart-centered business that helps stressed souls come home to themselves through the power of sound, yoga, and mediation.
Jessica first stumbled into her first yoga class in 2008 as a young professional seeking stress relief from her corporate job. Jessica has since practiced, taught and trained for thousands of hours in Hatha, Vinyasa, Restorative, Meditation, and Sound Therapy. She is also the sound practitioner trainer for the Sound Certification Training Retreats and in other Soul Strong Yoga Teacher Trainings.
Stacy Wooster, TIYT, C-IAYT, Overcome Facilitator, Certified Level 1 & 2 iRest ®
Stacy Wooster has maintained a holistic wellness practice since 2002. She is a certified yoga therapist and offers trauma informed teaching. She continuously deepens her studies in massage and yoga therapy, personal training, apothecary and astrology. She’s served as a K-12 educator, created the first registered prenatal yoga school in Texas, and utilizes her knowledge as a national teacher and speaker. Stacy loves to see her students’ eyes light up in self-realization. She believes in the power of yoga to support us through life’s ups and downs and to help us integrate who we really are.
Note from lead 300 hour trainer, Julie Afsahi
I am so honored that you are considering our 300-hour advanced teacher training! We are a program rooted in the philosophical roots of Pantajali’s Yoga Sutras and trauma-informed yoga. A common thread throughout all of our curriculum is that one always work towards finding a balance of steadiness and comfort, based on the sutra 2.46, “sthira sukham asanam.” We also discuss the evolution of asana using both traditional perspectives, mostly from the lineage of Krishmacharya and his students, but we also include modern yoga asana research, too! We honor the roots of yoga, but find much inspiration from modern social justice movements in yoga!
Soul Strong Yoga’s trainings and business model are founded on trauma-informed, accessible yoga. In this 300-hour program, we will consistently teach through the lens of accessible yoga for all people. This does not mean that we limit our program to one form of yoga or another! Rather it is the opposite! We study many forms of asana, including various forms of Vinyasa (Power, Gentle, Heated, etc.), Restorative, and Yin, and work on how to offer group classes to fit the needs of diverse people. In addition, we work on tailoring asana to the individual practitioner as well seeking a one-on-one experience.
Our 300-hour program is a very interactive experience, meaning you will be actively collaborating and teaching. It is a high-quality collaborative program, in which we cheer one another on to take risks, co-create new practices, lean on one another, and grow together. You will be challenged to teach and offer feedback to one another in a safe, loving environment.
Can’t wait to meet you! Reach out to me or our studio manager, Maddie, if you have questions or want to set up tea/call.
Julie, 500 E-RYT