The ZSI 500

The ZenSpot Institute's 500-Hour Advanced Study Program is recognized by the Yoga Alliance and is offered through five focused modules at domestic and international locations. The modules do not have to be taken in order and participants can start whenever they would like. The typical length of time to complete all five modules is three to five years. Upon completion of all five modules the designation of RYT-500 will be granted.

Content Overview:

The ZenSpot Institute's 500-hr advanced yoga studies program takes you to the next level by combining philosophical inquiry and advanced application for the purposes of spiritual advancement. Grounded in the core principles of living fearlessly, celebrating the self and other living beings, learning to love, cultivating positive energy, and living in balance with the environment students will gain a depth of understanding into what it means to live a truly yogic lifestyle in a modern world.

Course Emphasis

Take your yoga journey to the next level of spiritual development.

  • Module 1: Be Fearless

    Dates: 2022 Dates TBA
    Location: Delhi, Agra, Kurushetra, Ranthambore, Jaipur, Haridwar & Rishikesh, India

    Description: Be part of the adventure of a lifetime. Join us as we tour the land where yoga originated and experience the sites, sounds, smells and colors of India’s beauty and ancient history. Visit Delhi, Agra, Ranthambore, Jaipur, Rishikesh and Hardidwar in this 18-day study and experiential practice of what true yoga is.

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    Module 2: Celebrate the Self & Other Living Beings: The Sacred Medicine of Yin Yoga + Qigong

    Dates: Tuesdays, 11/3 – 3/9, excepting 11/24, 12/22, 12/29.
    Times: 6:00pm-8:30pm MST
    Location: Boise, ID


    In this course you will learn the underlying concepts of Qi, Yin and Yang, Meridians, Extraordinary Vessels and the 5 Elements and learn to apply the Taoist practices of Yin Yoga and Qigong for health, wellness and happiness.

    Yin Yoga represents a counter to the more dominant yang world and general fitness. Characteristic of Yin Yoga is a slower, inwardly focused and meditative approach, whereby the practitioner moves gradually and deliberately, holding postures, allowing for whatever may arise and observing its appearance and then moving onward.

    Qigong is an ancient Chinese holistic yogic system of healing that integrates a posture whether moving or stationary; breathing techniques; self-massage and mental focus to facilitate the flow of energy. By establishing a balanced flow of energy, you produce your own internal medicine. Qigong can be done by anyone, and it is intended to be practiced daily. You do not need equipment or a large practice space.

    Your course instructors are Daoshi Dr. Michael Bittner, Ph.D. and Yogini Ms. Libby Cunningham, E-RYT 500.

    As an experiential class, come ready to move with each class. It is recommended that you do not have a heavy meal in advance. Textbooks will be provided. All participants will receive a Yin endorsement for their Advanced YTT and credit towards the Way of the Tao.

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  • Module 3: Learn to Love

    Date: March 20, 2021 - March 28 2021
    Location: Ocho Rios, Jamaica

    Description: Understanding the Bhakti Yoga path is essential for those studying yoga. Take a deep dive into the texts and experiences of this path and emerge with a whole new perspective on love. Perspectives from both Taoist and Vedic teachings will be incorporated to cultivate a greater sense of the idea and application of care, compassion and love and the relationship this has to the self.

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  • Module 4: Cultivate Positive Energy: Philosophy of Ayurveda & Lifestyle

    Dates: 2021 TBA
    Location: TBA

    Description: Want to learn more about Ayurveda beyond the doshas? Learn the principles of Ayurveda and its impact on both the gross and subtle body including the systems from Nervous to Reproductive. Explore the subdoshas, dhatus, marmas, and the chakras. Participants will learn about the connection between the brain and the gut for better balance.

    This training is part of ZenSpot's Annual Fall Back Into Rhythm Ayurveda Retreat.

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    Module 5: Living in Balance with the Environment:  Starting From the Ground Up

    Date: Wednesdays, September 9 - October 14, 2020: 6pm-8pm
    Location: Boise, ID

    Description: Starting from the Ground Up is an awareness building and activist orientated class that responds to this crisis and educates all that are interested in the direction of our planet and species. In this course students will discover that human health is directly linked to the health of our soil, and that we can do something about it. It will examine the importance of the microbiome in human health, the history of how our soil became depleted, the use of genetically modified organisms in our food system, and different ways we can all make an impact on the future health of our soil and our bodies.

    This introduction will open the door for how we can lead a life that is more in tune with nature, and how we can heal the body, mind, and spirit using the power within. Movement, Traditional Indian Medicine (TIM) and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) concepts will be incorporated into the program to emphasize the connection between our inner and outer eco-system and our inseparableness with nature.

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