500-hr Advanced Yoga Teacher Training (RYT500)
+ BBY® Yoga Teacher Certification (CYT)
10 Wknds / 300 Hrs

Our 500-hour Advanced Yoga Teacher Training is designed for those students who are already registered at the 200-hour level with Yoga Alliance who wish to deepen their practice and want to teach more advanced classes. This training is a quality, comprehensive training that will deepen your practice and prepare you to teach with both confidence and compassion... all while intertwining Jenny Otto's knowledge of yoga therapeutics that incorporates present day wellness and medical research.

Honoring the richness of all lineages, our 500-hour program draws on multiple teachers from many traditions, disciplines and perspectives to expand your horizons. There is tremendous value hearing multiple voices — each coming at the same topic from obscure, obtuse and challenging angles. World-class teachers go beyond simple rhetoric and text book content. They share their personal discoveries. Over the centuries, yoga has re-affirmed one thing — the entire system is designed so that the student surpasses the teacher. Each generation adds a new dimension to what they were taught while maintaining a deep respect and honoring of those who have paved the way. Our RYT500-hour program is designed to foster a strong sense of community across all traditions. Over the course of a year, you will navigate your way through this program with a collection of seekers like yourself.

General Curriculum

  • FREE YOGA CLASSES at Body Balance Yoga for the duration of the program
  • CPR Certification Training
  • Yoga Therapy Intake Assessment & Strategy
  • Teaching Postures
  • Advanced Asanas: Practice, Teaching & Adjustments in Level II, II/III & beyond
  • The Mechanics of Teaching Advanced Poses
  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Meditation
  • Philosophy & The History of Yoga
  • The Chakra System & Energy Body
  • Pranayama
  • Ayurveda & Nutrition
  • Assisting & Adjusting
  • The Art of Sequencing
  • The Mechanics of Teaching
  • Sanskrit: Pronunciation and Chanting
  • Teaching Special Groups & Populations
  • Further Study of Classical Yoga Texts: Yoga Sutras, Bhagavad Gita, Hatha Yoga Pradipika
  • Yoga Ethics
  • The Business of Yoga

Program Format

Our 500-hour Body Balance Yoga Teacher Training consists of a flexible, one-weekend per month schedule which enables participants to travel from further distances to attend as well. Each session generally includes handouts and materials, lectures, film/video clips, presentation materials, yoga practice, asana sequences and partner or small group work. Between each session, students are given reading homework assignments.

Requirements for Graduation & CYT Certification

  • Must attend every weekend
  • Complete Required Reading and all homework assignments given for each weekend
  • Each student will keep a personal workbook for homework assignments, asana practice, meditation, prayer, thoughts and feelings
  • Students will have homework assignments for each weekend
  • A paper will be due on a topic specific to yoga and a paper will be due on yoga therapy
  • Apprentice in Jenny's class or approved teacher for a total of 24 hours
  • It is recommended that you are enrolled in a Level 1/2, 2 or above class throughout the year (either at BBY or elsewhere)
  • There will be a midterm open workbook exam
  • Teach a one-hour class to the group as part of your teaching requirement. This will be done every weekend. The group will alternate teaching.
  • To qualify for Yoga Alliance membership and for Body Balance Yoga graduation, any weekends, full days or hours that are missed must be made up during the next 500-hr Advanced Yoga Teacher Training on the appropriate weekend if offered OR at a similar workshop that has been approved by Jenny. If hours are missed (not entire days or weekends), specific assignments will be assigned to complete in order to graduate with a signed certificate. There will be a charge for make-up weekends/days to cover administrative costs, guest costs and the cost of materials.
  • Upon successful completion of all requirements, graduates will receive a 500-hour Yoga Teacher Training certificate and a Certified Body Balance Yoga® Teacher certificate. Graduates will be eligible to apply for the RYT500 registration with Yoga Alliance.

Our Faculty

Our primary faculty is Jenny Otto who teaches and oversees the entire program. Our faculty also includes many accomplished BODY BALANCE YOGA TEACHERS who teach several of our special programs and training modules: Melinda Frisch, Linda Howard, Janelle Jones, Sandy Moore, Lorna Nafzinger, Gina Sager.

Body Balance Yoga is unique in that it honors the richness of all yogic lineages and draws on multiple teachers from many traditions, disciplines and perspectives to expand our student's horizons. Other renowned teachers are often invited to teach in their specialty at our trainings and workshops. Visiting GUEST TEACHERS IN THE PAST have included: Stan Andrzejewski, Mary Bond, Manoj Chalam, Rixie Dennison, Arthur Kilmurray, Judy Lazarus, Natalie Miller, Matthew Remski, Olga Rodriguez Rasmussen.

Class Size

The limited class size of 30 will ensure that each student receives individualized support and attention.


This program is taught at our Annapolis, Maryland location.

Upcoming Dates

  • DATE T.B.D.
    Plus... YOGA ETHICS with Sandy Moore

    Includes AYURVEDA YOGASHOP with Lorna Nafziger ...includes an Ayurvedic Lunch

  • DATE T.B.D.
    Yoga Therapy Workshop: FEET


  • DATE T.B.D.
    Yoga Therapy Workshop: PELVIS

  • DATE T.B.D.
    Yoga Therapy Workshop: SHOULDERS

  • DATE T.B.D.
    Yoga Therapy Workshop: DIAPHRAGM

    Includes ANATOMY OF BREATHING YOGASHOP with Janelle Jones

  • DATE T.B.D.
    Yoga Therapy Workshop: SOUND


  • DATE T.B.D.
    Yoga Therapy Workshop:

    Includes Prenatal Yoga YOGAshop ("Prenatal Women Need Space & Post-Natal Women Need to Reclaim Their Center") with Natalie Miller
    Includes YOGA FOR 12 STEPS YOGASHOP with Rixie Dennison

  • DATE T.B.D.
    YOGA ETHICS with Sandy Moore

    Includes PHILOSOPHY YOGASHOP ("Bhagavad Gita & Its Relevance Today") with Olga Rodriguez Rasmussen

  • DATE T.B.D.

  • DATE T.B.D.
    (3-Day MLK Weekend)

  • DATE T.B.D.
    (3-Day Presidents Day Weekend)


SATURDAYS: 9:00am - 7:00pm AND 7:30pm - 10:00pm
SUNDAYS: 9:00am - 7:00pm

MONDAYS (on 3-Day Weekends): 9:00am - 2:00pm

Tuition: $4,800 upfront

Payment IN FULL due with submission of application by March 1, 2016

If you have attended a BBY teacher training within the last 2 years, you'll receive $600 OFF

Tuition includes $180+ in material fees but does not include books for required reading

OR Tuition Payment Plan:

$500 deposit with application
by March 1, 2016
+ 10 payments of $515.00
= $5,150

Payments are due on the first day of each of the first 10 weekends. All payments must be paid when due. While we offer missed weekends to be made up the following year as a courtesy to our students, all payments for those missed weekends must be paid when due and not carried over to the following year.

Tuition includes $180+ in material fees but does not include books for required reading

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into the Program

Open to yoga teachers of any lineage. Applicants must have current RYT200 standing through Yoga Alliance and should have a minimum of 2 years continuous study and practice of yoga as well as have a regular home practice. TO APPLY, COMPLETE THIS APPLICATION and mail to:

Body Balance Yoga - School of Yoga Therapy
Attn: Jenny Otto
203 Ridgely Avenue
Annapolis, MD 21401

All applications must be accompanied by tuition in full or a $500 deposit for the tuition payment plan along with a copy of your RYT200 registration card from Yoga Alliance. Applications will not be reviewed if payment in full or the $500 deposit is missing.

Once an application is accepted, the teacher packet and complete required reading list will be sent. Any applicant who is not accepted into the program at the discretion of Jenny Otto will have their payment/deposit returned.

Cancellation Policy

The student has the right to withdraw from the program at any time. If the student decides he/she can no longer complete the program, the student may request a refund from the program director. The amount refunded is based on the date of when the student requests the refund; not on how many hours the student has attended. The refund amount is given according to the following schedule: before the first weekend, 100%, and prior to the fourth weekend, 25%. There are no refunds given after the fourth weekend. There is a $200 non-refundable administrative fee.

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Body Balance Yoga - School of Yoga Therapy   //   203 Ridgely Avenue   //   Annapolis, Maryland 21401, USA
Phone: 301.717.9729   //   Email:

(The yoga therapy components of our courses are based on founder Jenny Otto's work and studies with master teachers, osteopaths, chiropractors, structural integrators, Rolfers, dancers and movement educators;
not derived from our status as an RYS with Yoga Alliance Registry.)