Dragonfly Yoga & Ayurveda

300-Hour Advanced YTT

(for 500 RYT)


with Katie O’Connell, E-RYT 500, AHP, AYS and esteemed guest Faculty

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Our 9-month retreat-style program begins in September 2023!

Katie O’Connell, Director of Studies at Dragonfly, along with Dragonfly’s distinguished Faculty is pleased to offer our Advanced Yoga Teacher Training consisting of 300 additional hours of content for graduates of a 200 Hour YTT. 
To be eligible for the Advanced Studies Program/300 YTT, you must have already completed a 200-hour instructor certification and have a regular yoga practice. Once you’ve completed your 200 and Advanced YTT 300-hour, you become eligible to register with Yoga Alliance (YA) as a 500 RYT  (Registered Yoga Teacher). You do not have to be a graduate of a Yoga Alliance certified school to take this course, you do not have to be teaching yoga currently, and it is not required that you register with Yoga Alliance upon completion of this training; however, if you seek to register with YA upon completion of this training at the 500 level, both your 200 and 300 hour trainings must be registered with YA as an RYS (Registered Yoga School).

Our next 300 program begins in September 2023! We have a minimum enrollment of 10 students to run this program. 

 Advanced Studies Program at Dragonfly Yoga is for students and teachers who have already completed their 200-hour training and are interested in deepening their own practice and developing their skills as a practitioner and as a teacher. The program is designed for those who are already yoga instructors, but you do not have to be teaching currently to apply, nor does your intention need to be that you will teach post graduation from the program.

Many students participate in a foundational 200-hour yoga teacher training to both develop and deepen a personal practice but may or may not begin to teach upon completion of a 200-hour program. Whether you have decided to teach or would prefer to continue deepening your own practice, the Advanced 300-hour TT offers a continuum for those students seeking more practice, greater depth, and a broader teaching skill set, as well as the opportunity to further integrate what was offered in your 200-hour training. There are many students who choose to enroll in advanced trainings who never go on to teach, just as there are students from various schools of yoga study who come to the 300 ready to develop their asana practice, sharpen their ability to cue, assist, and mentor their students in practice. The Advanced Studies Program/300 YTT is both challenging and nurturing, allowing each student, regardless of personal intention, the support needed to become a more dedicated practitioner and helping each student to hone their ability to practice safely and diligently, communicate clearly, see each student as an individual, and to integrate the principles of the 8-limbed practice in one’s life.

The Advanced Studies Program/300 YTT serves to ignite as well as deepen one’s exploration and understanding of Yoga. Dragonfly uses the  specific categories designated by Yoga Alliance, so that those who choose to can register under the YA:

Techniques, Training, and Practice Teaching


Anatomy & Physiology

Yoga Philosophy, Lifestyle, and Ethics


In addition to the above YA standard subject areas, Dragonfly Yoga & Ayurveda systemically weaves in the study of Ayurveda as a body, mind, and spirit medicine by offering the Ayurvedic principles through lifestyle and seasonal routines, meditation, diet, yoga asana and appropriate pranayama practice for each student. Katie is an Ayurveda Health Practitioner and leads annual retreats to India, allowing her teachings to be an even more integrated part of our training. Like Yoga, Ayurveda is a way of life.

And the very cool thing is that the Dragonfly Yoga Advanced Studies Program includes entire weekend immersions in some of the most popular types of yoga including: Restorative Yoga, Yin Yoga, and a beautiful Thai Yoga Techniques module steeped in Anatomy and the Subtle Body, principles of Assisting students, and layering in of Sanskrit and Yoga Philosophy, meaning you leave the program ready to offer Restorative and Yin classes, as well as learn how to conduct private appointments with your clients and students to best serve their yoga mind, body, and spirit!

The following is a comprehensive but not exclusive list of topics covered in the Advanced Studies Program/300 YTT at Dragonfly; it is understood that all students need some level of review, as well as a way for students from different 200 Hour trainings to find common ground. We fully expect trainees to see topics here they have already studied, as well as some you may not have studied previously. In both cases, we hope to expand and deepen student awareness in all content areas. Some content may be updated or adjusted, based on faculty in any given year of the program.

  • Asana: deepening our understanding of foundational poses, adding advanced postures, variations, modifications, intelligent use of props, as well as aesthetics vs. embodiment and appropriate alignment for each body, etc. Includes how to offer private yoga sessions for individuals and special populations. 
  • Pranayama
  • Meditation: Reviewing the difference between Dharana (limb 6) and Dhyana (limb 7) and exploring mindfulness, guided practices, and Heart Based Meditation as a personal practice.
  • Bhakti Yoga, Mantras & Chanting
  • Functional Anatomy, Subtle Body Anatomy (chakras, nadis, koshas), and Nervous System
  • Art of Teaching: Finding Your Authentic Voice & “Taking Your Seat”
  • Ethics for Yoga Teachers & Practitioners
  • Art of Sequencing
  • Art of Assisting and the “no correction” method
  • Ayurveda Principles, Practice, and Self Care. Teaching Dosha-specific yoga classes. *Your lead teacher is a certified Ayurveda Health Practitioner, so this is more than just a cursory look at Ayurveda!
  • Yoga Philosophy: Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, Bhagavad Gita, Hatha Yoga Pradipika, and Sanskrit 
  • Specific Modules & Immersion weekends (some study areas subject to change w/ faculty): Heart Based Meditation, Yin Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Ayurveda immersion, Thai Yoga Techniques for Assisting & Supporting students.
  • Monthly Zoom calls to share experiences, progress, and to group mentoring. 
  • Personal Teaching Project: An opportunity for students to dive into a topic of choice, create a new workshop or class series, or deepen your studies in a specific area. Projects will be shared with peers.
Dates for the Program (subject to change)
Weekends that do not have a specific title or focus area listed below are multifaceted, incorporating: Asana, Functional Anatomy and Physiology, Subtle Body Systems, Philosophy, Pranayama, Meditation, Assisting & Adjusting, Sanskrit Study, and more.
PROGRAM DATES & SAMPLE SCHEDULE (These dates are subject to change as needed).
Modules and topics are not bound by the following dates and may be adjusted based on guest faculty.
*Sept. 7-10, 2023: Opening weekend begins Thursday evening, 5-9 pm. 
*Sept. 29 -Oct. 1: Mantra, Chanting, and Finding Your Authentic Voice
*Nov. 3-5:  The Art of Assisting  w/ T’ai Jamar Hannah
*Dec. 1-3: Yogic Lifestyle & Ayurveda Immersion
*Jan. 5-7, 2024: Meditation Immersion w /Dr. Paul Dugliss
*Feb. 2-4: Restorative Yoga Immersion 
*Mar. 22-24: Yin Immersion 
*Apr. 12-14: Practicums, Projects, Assisting 
*May: 2-5: Extended weekend of Practicums, Projects, TBA

Application Process is now underway. Space is limited to the first 14 students who apply and are accepted to the Dragonfly Yoga Advanced Studies Program.

Ready to commit? Apply now!

300-Hour Advanced Studies Application

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DYTT 300 Inquiry Form

Cost of The Program

Program Fee of $5,495 includes:  TUITION, all 9 weekends of LODGING in our beautiful dorms at Dragonfly, ALL MEALS during on-site training*, all workshops and lectures with visiting faculty and esteemed guests, 9 months of complimentary studio classes (in person and online) throughout the training, as well as training manuals. Some modules may be available to 200 Hour Teachers who want to expand their knowledge in a particular discipline. Preference is given to those who register for the complete training. Graduates of Dragonfly’s 200-hr training are eligible for $300 off our Advanced YTT. $850 non-refundable deposit due upon acceptance to hold your place in the program. Payment Plans are available and are offered once deposit is paid. There is a $25 service fee per installment payment. After deposit, the balance of the program is $4,645. You can pay this in full or use our payment plan options as described below.

  • Option 1: 1 payment of $4,645 due June 1st, 2023 ($0 finance fees)
  • Option 2: 2 payments of $2,347.50 each due: June 1st & July 1st, 2023 ($50 total finance fees inc.)
  • Option 3: 3 payments of $1,573.33 each due: June 1st, July 1st, and Aug.1st, 2023 ($75 total finance fees inc.)
  • Option 4: 4 payments of $1,186.25 each due: June 1st, July 1st,  Aug. 1st, and Sept. 1st, 2023 ($100 total finance fees included)
BONUS! Once your program is fully paid, yoga classes with Katie (reg. studio schedule–online and in person) at Dragonfly are complimentary beginning in August and during the entire YTT program. WOOHOOO!

Program fees INCLUDE:  TUITION, all 9 weekends of LODGING in our beautiful dorms at Dragonfly, ALL MEALS during on-site training*, all workshops and lectures with visiting faculty and esteemed guests, 9 months of complimentary studio classes (in person and online) throughout the training, as well as training manuals. Some modules may be available to 200 Hour Teachers who want to expand their knowledge in a particular discipline. Preference is given to those who register for the complete training.

*The Dragonfly Yoga Advanced Teacher Training is an IN PERSON program. Attendance in the program is required IN PERSON; we currently do not offer online trainings. By enrolling in this training, students agree to be present in person at Dragonfly for each module. If a student must miss a module or portion of a module due to an extenuating circumstance, the student and lead teachers will cooperate to help the student make up the material in an authentic and productive way, which may contain some recorded sessions of a module. Any hours missed are made up at the expense of the student and with permission of the faculty. 

Required and recommended reading lists will be given 2-3 months prior to training start.
Upon successful completion of the Dragonfly Yoga & Ayurveda Advanced Studies Program/300 YTT, students will be able to register with the Yoga Alliance as a 500 RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher at the 500 hour training level) if they choose. Below is an explanation of the 500 RYT designation.
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Dragonfly Yoga & Ayurveda is a Yoga Alliance registered school at both the 200 and 300 (500 RYT) level.

Completing the 300 DYATT allows candidates to register with the Yoga Alliance at the 500 Hour level.

RYT® 500

Training Requirements: ✓ Completed a 500-hour teacher training with a RYS 500, OR
✓ Completed a 200-hour teacher training with a RYS 200 AND an additional 300 hours of training with either the same RYS or a different RYS registered as a RYS 300

Teachers can register as a RYT 500 if they have successfully completed a 500-hour yoga teacher training that is registered with Yoga Alliance. The 500 hours of training can either come from one school or can be a combination of a 200-hour training plus 300 hours of advanced training from a different school. Advanced training is defined as training that requires participants to have completed a 200-hour training prior to beginning the Advanced program.

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