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The Yoga Connection NC Smithfield and Goldsboro

Benefits of Additional 300 Hour Yoga Teacher Training

Now that you have finished your 200 hour yoga teacher training, you may wonder what’s next. You’ve benefited from deepening your own practice and learning a lot about improving physical strength, body awareness, stress reduction, and the business side of being a yoga teacher. But you may find it hard to get a regular teaching position due to the number of other teachers with 200 hours of training in your area. Or you may wish to specialize your classes to focus on a specific population or type of yoga. We offer a 300 hour Teacher Training that will give you a 500RYT Yoga Alliance certification and help you take your practice and teaching to a more advanced level.

The Difference Between 200 and 300 Hour Yoga Teacher Training

The 300 hour training program is an advanced study that is done after getting your 200 hour yoga teacher training. It is the second piece towards getting a 500RYT certification from Yoga Alliance. Some studios and training centers do offer a full 500 hour Yoga Teacher Training as one course, but at The Yoga Connection we offer the 300 hours as continuing education after your 200 hour training.

During your 200 hour training you’ve learned yoga poses, asanas, pranamaya, and how to teach them safely to your students. In the additional 300 hours, you will deepen your understanding of how to work individually with your yoga students and learn how to modify the poses and adjust your practice to the unique needs of their bodies. You will learn how to work with different populations such as seniors, pregnant women, and people with injuries or common medical conditions like arthritis, back pain, knee pain and more. With the additional practice, education, and training provided, you’ll develop the functional skills needed to use yoga as a therapeutic modality and gain a greater confidence in working with your students.

Yoga Therapy Focused Training

What sets our 300 hour training apart is the focus on Yoga Therapy. Our training draws upon the philosophy and therapeutic methods used in the traditions of Krishnamacharya (the basis of Viniyoga).

To gain a fuller skillset for doing yoga therapeutically, we teach you to go beyond your asana and pranayama training received in your first 200 hours to include the yamas, niyamas, meditation, and guided relaxation. You’ll learn about guiding students at any level to use their yoga practice to manage their emotional or physical health conditions. This includes learning how to sequence, modify, and adjust the practice for your clients.

Why Choose The Yoga Connection

Martha Catz, who conducts the trainings, has a Master’s in Health Psychology, has the 800 hour Yoga Therapy certification, and has training in Therapeutic Senior Yoga.

The Yoga Connection is approved member school with the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT), which focuses on having yoga recognized and respected as therapy.

Our 300 hour training is approved school curriculum for Surya Chandra Healing Yoga therapy certification’s 900 hour training. If you would like to specialize your skills, you can continue on to train with the Surya Chandra Healing School to become a Yoga Therapist. The additional 600 hours of training beyond our course will meet and exceed the minimum requirements set by IAYT of 1000 hours training to become a Yoga Therapist.

To learn more about deepening your yoga practice and education with us, visit our 300 hour Yoga Teacher Training page.


Though introduced to yoga over 30 years ago, Martha has been teaching yoga since 2001. She received her 200 hour yoga training in 2003 and is now an E-RYT 500. Additional education: M.S. in Health Psychology, Integrative Health Coach and Mindful Awareness Meditation instructor (Duke Integrative Medicine), and over 800 hours of Yoga Therapy training. She has a school for 200 hour and beginning in the winter of 2014, a 300 hour advanced yoga certification which will award a cumulative 500 hour teacher training in compliance with Yoga Alliance. Martha's envisions yoga as a form of health, healing and well being for all people. Her students range from health professionals to yoga practitioners seeking a deeper understanding of the benefits of yoga. See all of our yoga classes.

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