Advanced Studies

Since 1988, The Yoga Room has helped people deepen their practice with its Advanced Studies Program.  The Yoga Room’s Advanced Studies Program runs from September to June and is a flexible, modular program that can be adapted to suit your individual needs and interests. The program features in-depth classes on the practice and theory of the asanas, as well as courses in anatomy and kinesiology, pranayama, and yoga philosophy. To be eligible for the first year, the Personal Practice Year, students should have had one year of yoga experience. After the second year, the Teacher Training Year, students will have earned a 500-hr certificate. Continuing Education courses are also offered for certified teachers on the practice and theory of the asanas.

For information or to register please contact Dorinda Nyberg, at 925-838-7028 or She will be happy to discuss the requirements and advantages of the program in relation to your needs

Statement of Purpose

Founded in 1978, The Yoga Room is dedi- cated to the practice of hatha yoga as taught by B.K.S. Iyengar, author of Light on Yoga and Light on Pranayama. As a multi-generational community, we are concerned with encourag- ing proper alignment in the poses, maintain- ing a balance between strength and flexibility, and making yoga available to people of all ages and abilities.

Advanced Studies Program

The Advanced Studies Program (created in 1988 by Donald Moyer and Mary Lou We- prin) is a flexible, modular program that can be adapted to suit your individual needs and interests.

Year 1: Personal Practice Year

The Personal Practice Year focuses on deepen- ing your understanding of yoga and develop- ing a home practice. Special Studies Classes and Personal Practice Classes are available

on a series-only basis, no drop-ins allowed. One year of yoga experience is required. (See page 2.)

Year 2: Teacher Training Year

The Teacher Training Year emphasizes basic teaching skills and practice teaching classes. Students who successfully complete this year will be awarded a Yoga Room teaching certifi- cate and will be eligible to join Yoga Alliance at the 500-hour level. (See page 3.)

Year 3: Continuing Education

We offer a wide variety of Continuing Educa- tion classes, workshops, and intensives for certified teachers. (See page 4.)

Admission to Personal Practice Year

To be eligible, students should have had one year of yoga experience. There will be a brief phone interview and a one-time application fee of $50.

Admission to Teacher Training Year

To be eligible for the Teacher Training Year, students should have successfully completed all Special Studies classes and Personal Practice classes and attended their weekly ongoing class on a regular basis. In addition, students should have an established home practice.

Prior to joining the Teacher Training Year, you must have the recommendation of your primary or ongoing teacher and have completed all classes in the Personal Practice Year.

Fees and Registration

Tuition for Advanced Studies classes are noted on pages 2 and 3 in the course descriptions. There may be an additional charge for handouts. Fees are due at the first class of the series. Register at least two weeks in advance.

Students are required to attend a weekly class, level 2-4 or 3-5 with an ASP graduate or faculty member. Cost to attend these classes is not included in course tuition amounts.

Total tuition for the Advanced Studies Program, including ongoing classes, is approximately $2,950 for the first year and $3,070 for the second year—or about $6,020 for the program. For those who want to ease this financial burden, we offer a work-study program.

Credit for Courses

Students who wish to receive credit for courses must attend all classes and submit all written papers and assignments required.  Students who miss class due to illness or other emergency are required to complete all missed assignments and written papers as prescribed and at the discretion of the faculty member teaching the course.  The make-up work must be completed within 1 week of the last meeting of class.

Length of Study

The Teacher Training Program is a two-year program, but students may extend the time to meet their personal needs. The Program runs from September–June each year, with a two-month break in July–August. Students may take up to 7 years to complete all requirements for certification.


The Yoga Room will certify students who successfully complete all elements of the program. Graduates are eligible to join the Yoga Alliance at the 500-hour level.

Certification Requirements:
  • Successful completion of all 20 courses
  • 10 month apprenticeship
  • 4 month practice teaching
  • 30 hours of workshops taken at The Yoga Room
  • Home practice 5 times a week
  • Practicing weekly in a level 2-4 or 3-5 asana class with an ASP graduate or faculty member

Year 1 – Personal Practice Year

September–October 2017

with Gay White & Bonnie Maeda
Mon, 5:45–7:15pm, 9/11–10/23 | 7 classes, $192

Each class will begin with supported and restorative poses to relax the pelvis and open the chest. We’ll then practice breathing awareness and some basic pranayama. There will be time for questions and discussion.

with Debbie Gilman
Mon, 7:30–9pm, 9/11–10/23 | 7 classes, $192

This class will help you develop and sustain a home yoga practice. We’ll explore obstacles to practicing, sequencing poses, and how to create a nourishing, well-balanced practice.


October–December 2017

with Bonnie Maeda
Mon, 5:45–7:15pm, 10/30–12/18 | 8 classes, $220

Anatomy I will study the structure of the body, including the axial and appendicular skeleton, as well as joint characteristics and range of motion.

with Dorinda Nyberg
Mon, 7:30–9:00pm, 10/30–12/18 | 8 classes, $220

The standing poses strengthen the legs, improve the mobility of the hip joints, and create a firm and steady base for the elongation of the spine. In this course, we will explore proper alignment, sequencing of poses, and the use of props.

January–February 2018

with Phid Simons
Mon, 5:45–7:15pm, 1/8–2/26 | 8 classes, $220

This course will introduce the principles and common themes of Indian philosophy, as taught in the Yoga Sutras and the Bhagavad Gita. We’ll apply the wisdom of these ancient teachings as a guide to self-understanding, more effective practice, and greater happiness.

with Gay White
Mon, 7:30–9:00pm, 1/8–2/26 | 8 classes, $220

This class will focus on the practice of headstand, shoulderstand, handstand, and elbow balance. We will explore different ways to practice inverted poses in terms of sequence, modifications, and alternatives for those with injury and limitation.

March–April 2018

with Shari Ser
Mon, 5:45–7:15pm, 3/5–4/23 | 8 classes, $220

We will study the major muscles of the spine, shoulders, arms and hands, pelvis, legs and feet. Prerequisite: Yoga Anatomy I.

with Debbie Gilman
6 Mondays: 3/5, 3/12, 3/19, 4/9, 4/16, 4/23 | 7:30–9p
1 Sunday: 3/25 | 12–3p
6 classes & 1 workshop, $220

This course will focus on sequencing and practicing seated forward bends. We will also learn how to modify poses to deal with limitations and injuries. Students will be asked to keep a journal of observations and insights.

May–June 2018

with Gay White
Mon, 5:45–7:15pm, 4/30–6/25 (not 5/28) 8 classes | $220

Pranayama is the practice of yogic breathing exercises, which are intended to increase your vitality and improve the quality of your breath. Required text: Light on Pranayama, by B.K.S. Iyenager. Pre-requisite: Breathing Awareness

with Dorinda Nyberg
Mon, 7:30–9:00pm, 4/30–6/25 (not 5/28) 8 classes | $220

Backbends restore a normal spinal curve and strengthen the back muscles. They open the chest, stimulate the nervous system and increase vitality. This class is meant to deepen our understanding of backbends and explore different ways of practicing them.

Year 2 – Teacher Training Year

September–October 2017

with Mary Lou Weprin
Tues, 5:45–7:15pm, 9/5–10/24 | 8 classes, $220

This asana class will examine the basic prin-ciples of movement and alignment, and the spiritual and philosophical values inherent in the Iyengar method of hatha yoga.

with Gay White
Wed, 5:45–7:15pm, 9/6–10/25 | 8 classes, $220

This series is an introduction to assisting in an asana class. We will practice basic manual adjustments—developing our sense of touch to convey clear directions in a respectful way.

October–December 2017

with Mary Lou Weprin
Tues, 5:45–7:15pm, 10/31–12/19 | 8 classes, $220

This class will focus on the sequencing of the standing poses and their relationship to each other. We will learn how to adjust standing poses for particular needs using props and variations of the poses.

with Ada Lusardi
Wed, 5:45–7:15pm, 11/1–12/20 | 8 classes, $220

We will consider the fundamental skills required to teach a safe and effective class for beginners, including verbal instructions, manual adjustments, and managing a class.

January–February 2018

with Mary Lou Weprin
Tues, 5:45–7:15pm, 1/2–2/20 | 8 classes, $220

This class will explore proper sequencing and preparation for inverted poses, how to determine when a student is ready to practice an inversion, and various ways to prop and modify these poses for special needs.

with Debbie Gilman
Wed, 5:45–7:15pm, 1/3–2/21 | 8 classes, $220

Each week a different apprentice will teach an hour-length class. Written feedback will be requested from all class participants, and assessed by the teacher moderating the class. There will be time for discussion.

March–April 2018

with Mary Lou Weprin
Tues, 5:45–7:15pm, 2/27–4/17 | 8 classes, $220

Starting with a basic understanding of movement theory in relation to backbends, we will explore when and how to introduce various poses, including special preparations, and the use of props and adjustments.

with Gay White
Wed, 5:45–7:15 pm, 3/7–4/25 | 8 classes, $220

Each week a different apprentice will teach an hour-length class. Written feedback will be requested from all class participants, and assessed by the teacher moderating the class. There will be time for discussion.

May–June 2018

with Mary Lou Weprin
Tues, 5:45–7:15pm, 5/1–6/19 | 8 classes, $220

This course will explore safe ways to teach seated forward bends, using preparatory exercises, props, and manual adjustments. We will practice both working dynamically for proper alignment and holding the poses longer for their restorative power.

with Shari Ser
Wed, 5:45–7:15pm, 5/2–6/20 | 8 classes, $220

This class will focus on the basic principles of movement of the major muscles and joints, especially the knees, hips, pelvis, spine, and shoulders.