with DIANE MALASPINA, M.S.Ed., Ph.D, e-RYT500 

The Sadhana 300-hr Advanced Teacher Training explores the depths of the 8-limbs of the philosophy & practice of yoga and develops the skills of a teacher as a leader in the community. It is designed to take your practice and teaching to new levels of effectiveness and power. The Sadhana 300-hr Advanced Teacher Training is an integrative and innovative program that combines the latest research on anatomy and physiology as it relates to yoga interventions, teaching methodology, eastern philosophy, and in-depth training in yoga styles beyond vinyasa flow. The training is designed for teachers to emerge as more confident leaders; knowledgeable, compassionate, and connected to service in the field of teaching yoga.


The program is led and developed by Diane Malaspina, Ph.D. psychologist and senior teacher with Yoga Medicine. Additional faculty members and guest presenters will be woven into select modules over the course of the program. There is an optional elective module to apprentice under a Yoga Source Mentor at Yoga Source in Richmond, VA. 


Each module is experiential, hands-on, in-depth, and emphasizes new techniques to add to your teaching repertoire. Modern science in biomechanics and somatic studies will be blended with the ancient wisdom and practices of yoga. Students will gain direct experience with the material and explore the deeper dimensions of what it means to be a teacher and to serve as leaders and teachers of teachers in the community. 

This training can be taken from start to finish for yoga teachers pursuing the 300-hr track of advanced training. And, for 200-hr yoga teachers and serious students wanting to continue their education, you will have the option to attend modules a la carte. A Continuing Education certificate will be issued after the completion of each module (+ homework assignment) for those wanting CEUs which can be submitted to the National Yoga Alliance for credit. The same process applies for those working towards the 300-hr certification requirements. 


Upon completion of the training, teachers will have the skills to teach group classes, privates, workshops, and trainings that are artfully sequenced, full of expertise on the body and healing, and that move people to find their optimal state of wellness in body, mind, and spirit.




  • Anatomical Connections: 

in-depth anatomy content and its direct applicability to the yoga practice

  • Psychological Underpinnings: 

studies of psychology and mind-body connection as it relates to well-being 

  • Teacher as Leader: 

advanced teaching methods to extend the sphere of influence as community leaders

  • Philosophical Depth: 

an authentic understanding of yoga philosophy through in-depth study and practice of meditation, pranayama, and yoga texts



This training is for graduates of a 200-hr yoga teacher training program pursuing the 300-hr track of advanced training. It is also for 200-hr yoga teachers, specialists in their field, and serious students wanting to continue their education.



Weds, 11:00-3:00 pm 

Fri, 11:00-3:00 pm 

Mon, 11:00-3:00 pm

Weds, 11:00-3:00 pm 

*see schedule for specific dates per Module 

Note: Digital manual and Zoom link course information will be emailed to students one day prior to event date. 



Friday, 4-9 pm

Saturday, 12-7pm

Sunday, 12-5pm

In-person modules are presented over a long weekend format with homework and assignments to combine to 20 – 25 hours each module. Module content is presented in a way to deepen participants’ understanding and learn the tools to think for themselves and problem-solve in a way that supports others through the practice of yoga.


Note: Digital color manual for each module including anatomy, asana, cueing, modifications, and more + 3-hrs HW and 8hrs of HW for Anatomy Modules.


Module 1 - September 27 - 29: Psychology, Mental Health, and Yoga

Module 2 - November 22 - 24: Mobility & Stability of the Spine



Module 3 - January 10 - 12: Meditation & Pranayama

Module 4 - Mobility & Stability of the Hips - rescheduled to virtual format!

NEW DATES - June 17, 19, 22, 24 from 11:00-3:00 pm 

Module 5 - Myofascial Release - rescheduled to virtual format!

NEW DATES - May 27, 29, June 1, 3 from 11:00-3:00 pm 

Module 6 - August 21 - 23: Yin Yoga 

Module 7 - October 2 - 4: Teaching Skills: Business & Leadership


2021 SCHEDULE (In-person dates TBA)

Module 8 - January: Mobility & Stability of the Shoulders

Module 9 - March: Subtle Body Studies

Module 10 - May: Yoga for Trauma

Module 11 - August: Restorative Yoga

Module 12 - October: Yoga Nidra


  •  Bridging the Practice of Yoga & Modern Medicine with Jessica Johnson, MD, RYT (5-hrs)

  • Women’s Health & Yoga with Teresa Biggs, AP, DOM (10-hrs)

  • Ayurveda - 10 hours (4 weeks x 2 hours + hw)

  • Philosophy - 10 hours (4 weeks x 2 hours + hw)

  • Mentorship (online w/Diane Malaspina) (10-hrs) 


Diane Malaspina Kassir (Ph.D.) is an experienced, 500-hour registered yoga teacher (e-RYT 500), an applied psychologist, and a Senior Faculty member of Yoga Medicine©. Combining yoga tradition and modern science, she teaches evidenced-based methods for healing, stress prevention, and sustainable well-being through yoga sessions, workshops, and teacher trainings - both locally and across the globe. A wife, rescue dog mom to Prana, and a vegetarian based in Virginia Beach, VA, she’s up for anything that’s outside. Preferably in warmer climates with the sun shining and the sea nearby. To learn more about Diane’s offerings, visit: To discuss details, email:





  • $275 - Early bird Tuition (see Training page for schedule)

  • $350 - Full Tuition (in-person)

Note: A 300-hr application & module homework must be completed to obtain CEUs for each module. See F.A.Q’s for attendance and make-up policy. 








Yoga Source 

3122 W. Cary St. Ste. 220 

Richmond, VA 23221 

Tel: 804-359-9642



*Modules will be offered by Diane Malaspina at various locations and studios throughout the region, to increase accessibility and allow for make-ups for trainees in the 300-hr program. For a list of alternate locations, click here.




Required Reading: 

  • Light on Yoga by BKS Iyengar

  • Science of Yoga by Ann Swanson (Modules: Mobility + Stability of the Spine, Shoulder + Hips)

  • The Yoga of Breath: A Step by Step Guide to Pranayama by Richard Rosen (Pranayama Module)

  • Insight Yoga by Sarah Powers (Yin Module)

  • The Untethered Soul by Michael Singer (Meditation Module)

  • Bhagavad Gita: the Beloved Lord’s Secret Love Song by Graham Schweig (Philosophy Module)

  Suggested Reading: 

  • Iyengar: The Path to Holisitic Health by BKS Iyengar 

  • Zen Mind, Beginners Mind by Suzuki Roshi

  • Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics by Dan Harris

  • The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali by Chip Hartranft

  • Core of the Yoga Sutras by BKS Iyengar


We encourage all of our students to strive for 100% attendance. A maximum of 1 hr can be missed within a module for required contact hrs. Missed hrs/ make up assignments must be completed prior to turning in homework and certification. Arrangements must be made by Diane Malaspina (Program Director) for makeup hrs. In some instances, additional fees may be incurred for tutoring hrs on content by one of the Sadhana YTT teachers. Students can make up hrs at locations outside of Yoga Source when the same module content is being offered at no extra charge. 


3122 West Cary Street Suite 220 | Richmond, Va 23221

Tel: (804) 359-9642


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