Become a 500hr Yoga Teacher in New Jersey


Yoga Impact 500 hour Yoga Teacher Training – Application

A La Carte Intensive – Anatomy, Physiology, Neuroscience and Biomechanics for Yoga Teachers – sign up

In New Jersey: February-December, Tuesday mornings in Rockaway. Starts February 21


  • 200 hour YTT training
  • Recommended: Yoga Teacher Refresher
  • A minimum of 50 hours of teaching yoga and/or 1 year of teaching Yoga
  • Memorisation of the major bones and muscles from the anatomy vocabulary list. Supporting Materials: The Key Muscles of Yoga: Scientific Keys, Volume Iby Ray Long and Chris MacIvor

     Investment and due dates


    Investment per person: $3500

    Payment Due Dates: $800 non-refundable deposit to reserve your space

    Early bird registration Nov 15th: $200 off your tuiton

    Remainder of payment due the first day of class

    Payment plans can be negotiated

    Other Expenses: Although you are encouraged to develop a yoga resource book library, you are welcome to borrow some of your required reading materials available at the training.


RYS200and500_CMYK_300dpi_3inchAt the heart of the Yoga Impact (YI) 500 hour YTT Training is the knowledge and experience of director and yoga therapist Nancy Candea . This advanced training has been created by distilling 30 years of personal yoga practice and 20 years of teaching yoga. Nancy works as the director of Yoga Impact, a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to empowering vulnerable populations with yoga skills . This has the benefit of adding a different and powerful dimension to her teaching by working with a variety of demographics and different populations. The YI 500 Level Yoga Teacher Training gives you the tools to work with a wider range of clientele and offers a deeper learning of working with advanced practices of asana, pranayama meditation and restorative yoga. A strong foundation will also be taught in other yoga modalities, including philosophy, biomedical foundations and teaching methodology for specialized classes and privates. This will include yoga for stress, anxiety, depression and trauma. Through this training,you will build the confidence and business skills to work with a wider range of people on a deeper level, allowing trainees to specialize and find their niche in a crowded market. This month long intensive training will help to joyfully awaken you on your spiritual path, feel the support of your yoga community and reach your full potential as a yoga teacher, mobilizing you to serve with a full heart.


The Yoga Impact 500 hour Yoga Teacher Training curriculum has six courses: Biomedical Foundations, Yoga Practices, Mind/Body Integration, Teaching Methodology, Yoga Philosophy and The Business of Yoga.

Course 1: Biomedical Foundations

The course provides a practical understanding of the relationship that yoga has with physical anatomy, focusing on brain anatomy, pelvic anatomy, joint anatomy, all major systems of the body and biomechanics.

Learning Objectives:

•      Understand basic human anatomy and physiology, including all major systems of the body and their interrelationships, as relevant to the work of an advanced   yoga teacher.

•      Understand basic concepts of biomechanics and movement as they relate to the practice of yoga and the work of a yoga teacher.

Required Reading: Trail Guide To the Body by Andrew Biel


Course 2: Yoga Practices

  • Learn to teach mindfulness in Asana, Pranayama and life.
  • Learn to teach simple body scans.
  • Learn to teach simple breathing practices and Pranayama’s to calm the mind and engage the parasympathetic nervous system.
  • Learn to teach simple yoga asana practices to address postural issues.
  • Understand the role of postural alignment in emotional healing.
  • Learn to guide clients in simple dietary concepts.
  • Learn the use of simple teas and herbs that aid in digestion.
  • Provide adaptive yoga, chair yoga, bed yoga
  • Teaching advanced level asana and pranayama
  • Injury prevention in yoga classes.
  • Hands-on adjustments
  • Creating guided meditations
  • Learn therapeutic aspects of restorative yoga poses and how to adapt them
  • Introduction to Ayurveda

Required Reading: Yoga Impact 500 hour Manual

Course 3: Mind/Body Integration

This course introduces the mind/body connection, and concepts of self-awareness and self-responsibility. It creates a firm foundation of therapeutic yoga modalities and lifestyle practices that enhance this awareness. We will focus on yoga modalities relating to the Koshas; how to utilise asana, pranayama, meditation, bhāvana, mantra and dietary concepts to facilitate physical, mental, emotional and spiritual growth for the yogi.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the importance of taking care of the mind and how it relates to taking care of the body.
  • Learn to help clients understand how their mind processes information, and help them let go of obstacles to finding focus.
  • Understand how the mind is effected by the practice of the Purusārthas.
  • Understand yoga perspectives on the structure, states, functioning, and conditions of the mind as expressed by Patañjali.
  • Understand the yoga perspective on distracted/disturbed conditions of mind and their expressions, by referencing Patañjali’s Yoga Sutras and the Bhagavad Gita.
  • Demonstrate the ability to articulate yoga philosophical understandings of the mind and include them in a therapeutic teaching relationship.
  • Gain an understanding of some of the scientific research that has been done on the workings of the mind.

Required Reading: Yoga Impact 500 hour manual


Course 4: Teaching Methodology for Classes, Privates and Workshops and specialised populations

This module will teach the trainee how to build class plans for all levels of yoga students. This will include sequencing, presentation skills, theming, adapting classes, and interacting with students.


  • Understand the commitment that a yoga teacher needs to have to their own practice in in order to teach.
  • Teaching advanced level asana, pranayama and meditation along with chanting and mudras
  • Learn to design, implement and evaluate group programs focused on clients who are new to yoga and/or “deconditioned.” (A deconditioned client is one who is not able to do a pose like downward dog because of lack of muscle tone), and those working to practice advanced level yoga modalities.
  • Learn to work with those how are challenged with stress, anxiety, depression and/or trauma
  • Learn hands-on assists
  • Plan group classes that improve well-being, rather than just lead clients through asanas and other yoga modalities.
  • Learn how to teach to avoid common yoga injuries
  • Learn to build one-on-one relationships within a group setting.
  • Learn to address individual issues during class
  • Learn to plan and implement workshops
  • Learn to structure a private session


Course 5: Yoga Philosophy and Spirituality

This module introduces philosophical teachings of some the major writings handed down in yoga tradition. This course also fosters an understanding of the Sanskrit alphabet, proper Sanskrit pronunciation, and includes discussion of the history of yoga. Trainees will dive into the deeper understanding of how the practice of yoga modalities creates a path for spiritual growth.

  • Study of Sanskrit
  • In-depth study of Patanjali’s yoga sutras
  • Understanding of the Vayus
  • In-depth study of the Bhagavad Gita
  • Familiarity with the Upanishads, Vedas and tantric studies
  • In-depth Understanding of the Chakras

Required Reading: A copy of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, Bhagavad Gita, Vedas, Upanishads

Course 6: The Yoga of Business

In this course well will set the foundation for a becoming a productive yoga professional and conduct a healthy yoga business.

  • The ethics of a yoga professional based on the yamas and niyamas.
  • Developing your business growth, network and marketing plans.
  • Discover your niche and learn how to work in this specialised area.
  • Heart centred marketing
  • Alternative methods of income within your field.
  • Learn how to avoid burnout.

500 Level Yoga Teacher Assessments

In order to gain certification of the 500 Level RYT training, you must be able to demonstrate the following skills and competencies:


  • The ability to teach yoga modalities on at least two different levels. For example:
  • Intro level and intermediate/advanced level Asana classes, and/or meditation and pranayama.
  • Intermediate level yoga classes and workshops.
  • Creation of class plans, workshop outlines, and workshop handouts.
  • An understanding of the history of yoga.
  • An understanding of the anatomy of the joints and the major systems of the body.
  • The ability to teach a safe asana practice based on awareness of anatomy and safe alignment principles.
  • Teach classes, workshops and privates that include understanding of the Yamas and Niyamas.
  • An understanding of how of work with students who have minor injuries, or with someone in recovery whose doctor has given them a release to exercise.
  • An asana practice that maintains integrity of alignment.
  • Knowledge of a variety of Pranayama’s, and the ability to use them in a daily practice and teach them.
  • The ability to lead meditation practices that are based in an understanding of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras.
  • A basic understanding of yoga philosophy, and familiarity with its classical texts, including the Vedas, the Upanishads, Pantajali’s Yoga Sutras and the Bhagavad Gita.
  • Respect for the religions and philosophies of all their clients (provided that they are non-violent), and the ability to adapt yoga teaching as needed.
  • The necessary social marketing and business skills to pursue desired career goals.

500 level yoga teachers must feel very comfortable with the following teaching competencies:


  • Room readiness
  • Personal introduction
  • Lesson plan prep
  • Helping students to feel comfortable and settled


  • Appropriate level of voice (loud, soft)
  • Tone and quality of voice (kind, motivating, relaxing)
  • Rate of speech (too fast, too slow, varied)
  • Looking students in the eye
  • Speaking with authority
  • Ending class on time
  • Modeling correct posture in poses

Teaching breath and mindfulness:

  • Provides enough time to make breathing accessible
  • Encourages contemplation and mindfulness

Teaching Asana:

  • Verbally explain asana execution appropriate to the students ability
  • Offered safety cues
  • Reminded students to breath evenly
  • Encouraged students
  • Gave instructions based on what the students were doing in class

Teaching Relaxation:

  • Left time for counter poses and relaxation
  • Presented a guided meditation in Savasana
  • Created space for students to leave class in a relaxed, but alert state of mind.

Advanced teaching skills

  • Offered a clear theme for class.
  • Taught a lesson rather than just guiding an exercise sequence.
  • Walked around class and gave verbal individualised cues for posture.
  • Confidently helped clients adapt poses.
  • Gave appropriate hands-on adjustments.
  • Taught meditation techniques.
  • Wove theme into whole class.
  • Modeled correct posture .
  • Ended class personally relaxed and centred.

Assessments will include: completion of short written assignments to demonstrate understanding of material presented, written class, private and workshop plans to show understanding of teaching methodology, demonstration of techniques learned during the training, and participate in peer evaluations. Trainees will be expected to participate fully during the training, taking minimal time of for possible health issues, complete all assignments and participate in demonstrations. Trainees will be expected to conduction themselves professionally during the training, observing the Yamas and Niyamas in their daily interactions.

Faculty Bios:

Nancy Candea, C-IAYT, E-RYT 500, RCYT
IMG_4369Nancy has been practicing yoga and meditation since 1986 and teaching since 1997.   She is the director of the International Yoga Therapy Institute, a 1000 hour yoga therapy education school. Her style of teaching reflects what she has learned from many senior-level teachers in the Iyengar, Ashtanga, Anusara and Integral styles of yoga, along with her study of Ayurveda. She is also the founder and director of Yoga Impact and a former Training Director for Kula for Karma. Through these not-for-profit organisations, Nancy has taught yoga and meditation in jails, shelters, and cancer treatment centres, and brought yoga to the under-served: inmates, war veterans, the chronically ill, at-risk youth, the homeless, victims of abuse, those confined to wheelchairs and addicts. She is an Adjunct Professor of Yoga at the College of St. Elizabeth in New Jersey, teaching yoga to young inner city women and yoga for nurses and teaches yoga therapy in the Women’s Trauma Unit for the Veterans Administration. After owning a yoga studio in Hawaii for five years, Nancy moved to Boulder, Colorado and taught yoga to professional athletes. She currently directs her basic and advanced yoga teacher trainings and yoga therapist trainings in Greece, Metro-Detroit, Northern New Jersey and Boulder, Colorado and Hawaii. Her work has been featured in the Huffington Post, Yoga Therapy Today, Boulder Magazine, and Natural Awakenings.