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200-hour Advanced Studies Program


This 200-hour course is designed to help committed practitioners of yoga take another step along their path to deepen their own practice. To align with Yoga Alliance’s Registered Yoga School (RYS) Core Curriculum, we will cover four major areas:

  1. Techniques, Training, and Practice: learn the fundamentals of each yoga pose and how to teach it, including variations, modifications, and support using props.

  2. Anatomy, Physiology, and Biomechanics: take a deep dive into how the body works to deepen your awareness of breathing practices (pranayama) and postures (asana).

  3. Yoga Humanities: investigate the philosophical tradition of yoga, dating back 4,000 years. Includes study of the Yoga Sutra by Patanjali and a guest lecture by Michelle Cassandra Johnson on Skill in Action.

  4. Professional Essentials: learn the basics of teaching, along with a personalized project suited to your interests. 


While part of the content will develop your capacity to become a yoga teacher if you desire, the main objective of the course is to offer you a deep dive into the practice and study of yoga. 


  • Next cohort: September 2023 - May 2024

  • One weekend per month

  • Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday approximately 9am - 5pm



April Oquenda (PhD, E-RYT 200, RYT 500) is co-owner of CVY and is certified in Vinyasa Flow, Yin, and Prenatal Yoga. She is a registered E-RYT 500 through Yoga Alliance. April also holds a PhD in English and brings depth of knowledge in yoga philosophy and spirituality.

Bridget Galli (E-RYT 200, RYT 500) is co-owner of CVY and is certified in Alignment-based, Restorative, and Ropes Yoga. She is also certified in Yoga for Healthy Aging and Accessible Yoga. Bridget specializes in anatomy, alignment, and biomechanics.

Kavita Patel (E-RYT 200, RYT 500) is certified in Alignment-based, Prenatal, Restorative, and Kids Yoga. Kavita loves to teach because it allows her to share her practice and passion for yoga as a way of life. 


First, select the tier below that best aligns with your financial resources.


Second, determine if you'd like to pay in full or sign up for 9 monthly installments:

  • $4,000 in full or $445/month (supporting tier)

  • $3,500 in full or $390/month (sustaining tier)

  • $3,000 in full or $335/month (supported tier)

About our Tiers
  • Supporting: you can comfortably afford food, housing, healthcare, and some financial savings. You can generally afford leisure activities.

  • Sustaining: you may stress about your basic needs, but can usually meet them. Although sometimes stressful, you have some expendable income after meeting your monthly expenses.

  • Supported: with less expendable income, you could use extra community support to access the benefits of yoga with a lessened barrier of cost.

Join us!

Scholarships &

Optional 50% BIPOC Discount

Castro Valley Yoga offers several opportunities for scholarships and work study. Please be sure to contact us if cost is prohibitive in any way to your pursuit of advanced studies. CVY is committed to making yoga equitable and accessible to all in our community! Send us an email to inquire:

At CVY we believe yoga is for EVERY BODY. In addition to our commitment to foster an inclusive community that honors all body shapes, sizes, ages, and abilities, we also have a responsibility to make yoga more accessible to communities of color that have historically been underrepresented in wellness spaces and have more often been impacted financially by systemic racism. This is why we offer an optional 50% reduction in cost for students who identify as Black, Indigenous, and People of Color without assuming that all who identify as BIPOC require or want financial support for this program. Use code WELLNESS at checkout.


2021 Graduate

April and Bridget put on an amazing ASP. Even though things didn't go as planned (thanks pandemic), they were quick to pivot to an online platform for our meetings and made sure to follow-up with every student to see how we were doing emotionally, mentally, and physically. I have learned so much not only about Yoga (the philosophy, the alignment of postures, and the teaching theories) but also about myself during the course of this program. They fostered a true sense of community with all of the ASP students, and I am honored to have been part of it. If you're thinking of deepening your yoga understanding or have a desire to teach someday, I cannot recommend this program enough! 

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