Build upon your 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training with Global Presenter Banyan Gallagher!

 This 300-Hour Yoga Teacher Training is designed to bring you into a deeper study of advanced asana techniques, structural anatomy, physiology, hands-on adjustments and empower you to progress both personally and professionally into the transformative power of yoga.

Every student who has scratched at the yoga tradition knows that one can never learn everything there is to know in this beautiful synthesis of movement, philosophy, bliss, and breath. There simply isn’t enough time. In fact, even if one were to devote a lifetime of study to just one aspect of yoga—pranayama, for example—she might find herself still wondering what she neglected to learn.  

And so we leave our 200-hour trainings inspired but adrift. What now? “Practice, and all is coming,” said Patthabi Jois. But which practice? Which postures, which breathwork, which mantra, which meditation? Which is best for me, and which is best for my students?

In this Advanced Level 2 / 500 hour Yoga Teacher Training with Banyan Gallagher, we will dive deeper into every limb of yoga than ever before. The style of yoga will focus on the creativity of Vinyasa flow, the precision of Iyengar, and the energetic focus of Tantra. Some practices will be restorative in nature; some will challenge the very limits of your strength.  

With the successful completion of all the requirements of the program, including contact hours, reading and written assignments, you will receive a 300-Hour Certificate from Warrior 1 Yoga. This certificate, in combination with your 200-Hour Certificate, entitles you to register with the Yoga Alliance ( at the RYT-500 level (Registered Yoga Teacher 500).

We will first immerse ourselves inward, into the Art of Skillful Practice. Not every practitioner is a teacher, but every teacher is first and foremost a student. We will practice every level of asana, breath work, mantra, energy locks, and meditation. For this inward journey we will voyage into self-observation, of our strengths, weaknesses, biases, and overall awesomeness.

The second major component of this Advanced Training will be the Art of Enlightened Teaching, in which we will hone the skills of passing the gift of yoga to others. A central theme of Enlightened Teaching is observation: recognising the unique aspects of the being in front of you. This course endeavours to embody the message of Krishnamacharya: Yoga is not a one-size-fits-all form. Every moment we practice or teach is an opportunity to listen more closely to others and to ourselves.

Part I - The Art of Skillful Practice


Also known as the Power of Play, this module is designed to shift the focus away from the skills of teaching and return our focus towards that which is most important: our own practice. While not every practitioner is a teacher, every teacher must be first and foremost a practitioner and student. The Art of Skillful Practice is inherently a journey inward, in which we examine ourselves: our strengths, weaknesses, biases and overall awesomeness.


A great challenge for making a self-practice effective is simply making it regular; ensuring that the ritual of self-care and self-love is as natural as taking a meal. Therefore this training will address the largest obstacles to regularity, and how we can make our practice not just beneficial, but also creative enough to keep us entertained.


Banyan’s background in circus and performance come through in all trainings, but especially this one. Expect a hearty dose of laughter, improvisational exercises, and AcroYoga to bring a splash of joy, pleasure, and unexpected depth into your self-practice.

Part II  - The Art of Enlightened Teaching


At the center of every altar lies a flame. No matter whether you’re in a church, mosque, or temple, the candle stands, wavering but patient, illuminating the space around it with its warmth of prayer.


Why is it that some yoga classes fill us with inspiration, and others are just ok? Why do we leave certain classes feeling exhausted, and others exhilarated? How can we maximize our impact on our students in the small amount of time we are together?


In this part we will focus on that which enlightens us and those around us: the flame. Known by many names: Agni, Kundalini, Shakti. Living fire is what enlightens us and wakes us up. The basics here are simple: if we understand how the fire works, we hope to use it to illuminate the lives of others: our students, our partners, and our family members.


A central theme of the Art of Enlightened Teaching is observation: recognizing the unique aspects of the being in front of you. This module endeavors to embody Krishnamacharya’s message: bring yoga to the student, rather than pushing the student towards yoga. We will resist the urge to oversimplify and practice a one-size-fits-all form, and instead see every moment we practice or teach as an opportunity to listen more closely to others and ourselves.

Banyan Gallagher 500hr Yoga Teacher Training


– Enlightened Action and the Bhagavad Gita

– Selflessness and Devotion

– Tridosha – How Practice, Diet, and Daily Habit Affect your Constitution

– Creating a practice and daily ritual appropriate for you

– Mauna Yoga – the Power of Silence

– Advaita Vedanta, non-dualism and Ramana Maharishi

– Employing the Chakra System

– The Energetics of Prana – Life-Force Energy

– The Art and Joy of Contemplation

– Unraveling the Mystery of Anatomy and Form

– Employing the Guna – Inertia, Passion, and Harmony

– Desires of the Soul

– Kosha – Peeling the Onion of the Individual to Reach Every Layer

– Vital Essences – Maximize for Longevity and Balance

– Creating the Perfect Playlist for Practice or Teaching

– Business Skills Every Teacher Needs

– Developing and Executing an Effective Theme

– Sharing the Art of Meditation

– Adjustments – Advanced Dynamics and Details


Start: Monday, October 9th
Full days off: Sundays, October 15,22,29
Closing ceremony: Saturday, November 4th
> 27 days in total

There will be 2 *half days* each Thursday where we wrap up by 1pm, but those 2 days are subject to change.



8-10 am: Asana and Meditation

10:30 am - 1230 pm: Practice Teaching, Alignment, Adjustments, Anatomy

12:30 - 1:30 pm: Lunch Break

1:30-4:30 pm: Yoga Philosophy, Mantra, Meditation, Breathwork, and Gentle Practice

Banyan Gallagher Downward Dog Adjustment 300hr YTT


Advanced Teaching Techniques – Recognize the Individual; Employ the Intention (126 hours)

  • Asanas: Standing & balancing poses, backbends, core, arm balances, inversions, hip openers, twists, forward bends, reclined and seated. More emphasis on inversions and advanced asanas, making them approachable for all levels.
  • “Bring yoga to the student,” - T. Krishnamacharya. Effective and creative use of props
  • Benefits of postures on levels physical, mental, and energetic. Relationships between asana, chakra, guna, and dosha
  • Modifications & variations for injuries, conditions, and body presentations
  • The art of skillful, advanced adjustments: observe, approach, adjust, and exit with skill and confidence
  • The Laboratory of Form: observe perfection in every body, and discover appropriate variations for each asana in time and space
  • Injury prevention, prehab and rehab
  • Master skillful, effective communication to demonstrate confidence and clarity

Teaching Methodology (25 hours)

  • “Enlightened Teaching” : Recognition of individual (body shape, guna, dosha, etc) and environmental (season, stress, atmosphere) factors, which ask for distinct methods. Safe and effective teaching methods which emphasize the individual perfection in all of us
  • Qualities of a Yoga Teacher – Expectations and Realities
  • Observation skills – “The quest for symmetry is bound to fail, but balance is here for the taking.” Recognition of breath, facial expression, and tissue presentation as signs of effective or ineffective practice techniques
  • Alignment principles – no two bodies are the same; no two poses are the same. Learn quick and easy ‘tricks‘ to discern how to most efficiently develop a student’s practice in short moments
  • The Art of Demonstration – how, and when to demonstrate effectively. Learn when demonstration is dangerous for teacher, and potentially harmful to student, and how to avoid potential harm

Effective, Advanced Sequencing – More than Movement (20 hours)

  • “ Brown Yoga” vs. Vinyasa Krama and Intelligent Sequencing: why most yoga classes fail
  • Templates for making your practices more effective
  • Thematic use of readings, music, lighting and class orientation for effect
  • Bandha, Breath, and Sound: the missing elements of efficient practice
  • The Power of Play: making your practice fill you with joy
  • Teaching all levels, in a single room

Anatomy and Physiology (32 Hours)

  • Unraveling the Mystery of Anatomy and Form: lessons from human dissection about interconnectivity, perfection in form, and a healthy agnostic view to the brilliance of anatomy
  • “What You Need To Know”: the most important principles of clear alignment and sequences
  • Physiological and energetic effects of asana, pranayama, meditation
  • Benefits & contraindications of asana, pranayama
  • In-depth, advanced exploration of subtle anatomy - chakras, koshas, bhandas, vayus
  • Employing the nervous system to affect direction of life: a nuanced perspective of the sympathetic and parasympathetic systems, and specific breathing techniques to “reset” your stress levels
  • When to Say When: injuries in yogic practices
  • Personalizing practice, for injury, chronic pain, and form, through use of props and variations


Pranayama (12 hours)

  • Myths and misunderstandings of efficient breathing
  • The signature of the breath, and its reflection on samskaras and the history of the soul
  • Diaphragmatic exercises and the nervous system/respiratory system link
  • Beauty and Anatomy of the Magnificent Lungs
  • Learn advanced pranayama techniques to attain your goal

Meditation (12 hours)

  • Basic to advanced meditation exercises from Yogic, Buddhist, and Vedantic traditions
  • Svadhyaya - reflection through meditation and journaling
  • Selflessness and the Joy of Listening
  • Japa Meditation
  • Who Am I?
  • Bliss Meditation
  • Mantra – the Tantric yogi’s friend: practice, theory, and power
  • Teaching Meditation to all levels


History & Philosophy (26 hours)

  • Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras: mantra, meaning, and more
  • Bhagavad Gita, and the principle of Selfless Action
  • Tantra and living your yoga all day long
  • States of the Soul and Soul Desires
  • Mauna Yoga and the Power of Silence (this training will include at least one day in silence)

Live your Yoga (10 hours)

  • Ayurveda and the Daily Routine: listening to Nature and Self for direction
  • Seva and the role of service. Prison Yoga Project and more.
  • The mat is not the end: practicing yamas and niyamas with every breath
  • Tantra, awakening, and residing in the yogic state all day long

Career Development (5 hours)

  • Business Development: marketing, branding, etc.
  • Ethics and troubleshooting
  • Student first, teacher second: continued education
  • Insurance, Registration and Accreditation
  • Expanding your reach through social media
  • Teach What You Know: reaching your niche and remaining in passion and confidence
  • Private Instruction: mechanics, benefits and risks


Practicum (32 hours)

  • “To Master Something, Teach It.”-Yogi Bhajan. How teaching is the best way to learn 
  • Practice teaching in small groups – alignment principles, adjustments, and observations
  •  Constructive Feedback: self, group, and Banyan’s personalized feedback on your teaching in a safe, supportive environment
  • Teach the whole group multiple times throughout course and receive constructive feedback each time
  • Exercises in Distraction: managing disruptive elements in class
  • Advanced, Secret, and FUN Exercises in Instruction: challenging the teacher to do more with less


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Banyan Gallager Profile Yoga Teacher


Banyan Gallagher dreams of living in a world where people laugh more. As a past semi-pro athlete, Banyan's fascination with all things movement-related led him to in-depth studies of martial arts, firedance, circus clown, ballet, motorcycle racing, human dissection, philosophy, mystical poetry, and meditation, the ultimate movement of stillness.

Somehow Banyan manages to synthesize these diverse interests into a lesson for all of us — that happiness and awakening are ours for the taking.  Through the platform of yoga and awareness, Banyan spreads his love of life throughout the world in three to five Yoga Alliance-certified trainings a year at the 200 and 300 hour level, as well as assorted trainings and workshops at leading yoga studios and resorts such as Anamaya Retreats in Costa Rica and Floating Leaf in Bali.

Long before I discovered yoga, sport was my true passion, and wrestling was the form that I chose. I competed nationwide representing the University of Missouri, and had the opportunity to compete with some of the very best athletes in the world, day to day. After retirement (yes, you can retire at age 21 if you’re an athlete!) I found myself with a whole lot of extra time, and nothing to invest it in. So I hit the road. I picked the furthest spot I could find on a map and lived in Australia for almost a year. Here I discovered two new passions to invest in: travel and the art of dancing with fire.

Those two themes have carried me around the world more times than I can count. Passports fill and need replacing. Four shows a night in Las Vegas: check! Cirque Du Soleil: check! Clown school: check! Backpacks get lighter. Dreadlocks come and go.  And somewhere along the way, I find myself in Triangle Pose, experiencing a sensation in my fingertips like nothing I’d ever felt before. 

From the very start of my interest in yoga, I’ve had the pleasure of working with some of the world’s most renowned teachers, from Tias Little to Andrey Lappa, Shiva Rea to Ana Forrest, Eddie Modestini to Nicki Doane, Jim Bennitt to Rod Stryker and T.K.V. Desikachar. To continually enrich my practice, I’ve intensely studied everything from Sufi mystical poetry to human dissection and anatomy. I’ve spent the bulk of the last ten years traveling the world and learning from a variety of masters both East and West. 

My goal is to pass the tradition of T. Krishnamacharya forward, prescribing different yogas for different individuals. Some people require alignment and focus, others movement and dance, still others just need to smile more. My multidisciplinary and global studies have facilitated this process well. In my classes, I blend traditional teachings with modern analogies in the interest of giving the Western practitioner direction, stillness, and balance—and maybe a laugh here and there!



“Banyan has wonderful and precious knowledge to share; he swings seamlessly from the detailed, anatomic, and structural asana breakdown to a full submersion in yoga’s spiritual roots. From years of yoga practice and deep studies, and a humble, eloquent, and playful personality, he can distill workshops full of ease, thought provoking debates, and lots of smiles.” – Andrea, Studio Owner

“I had some of the deepest experiences in classes taught by Banyan. He has such a clear and deep understanding of tantric philosophy and presents it in very inspiring and authentic ways, so everybody gets it. I left the retreat feeling inspired as a yoga teacher, and I can’t wait to study with him again. He is a person with integrity and honesty who manages to keep lecture and class light and full of joy.”– Dagmar Spremberg, Montezuma Yoga Studio Owner and Yoga Teacher in Costa Rica

“Banyan is not just another yoga teacher. He is THE yoga teacher of the performance art community and a world class performer, and he understands how to teach and inspire artists.”– Nick Woolsey, Dance Teacher, Costa Rica

“I have an extensive movement background. I was raised in a yoga community & studied yoga & dance from the age of 5. I’ve dabbled in the martial arts, studied pilates & am a certified yoga instructor myself. To this day, I’m yet to meet a yoga instructor of Banyan’s high caliber. His insight into the body is profound. Though it may have developed over years of studying various movement forms, one feels that he is guided by an instinctive wisdom more powerful than the knowledge gleaned from those experiences alone. It is for this reason and from having personally reaped the benefits of his teachings that I am confident in his mastery and in recommending Banyan to anyone interested in studying yoga or deepening their connection with life.”- Srikanta Barefoot, Cirque Du Soleil artist and choreographer

“Banyan knows how to teach you with a balance of wisdom and play. He sees your potential and works to bring it out. He makes yoga fun and challenging. Overall, Banyan is simply an amazing teacher. I feel so blessed to have been taught by him. I picture him as a wise old sage on the inside with a playful fun streak. I have learned so much and felt so cared for. Thank you! Keep doing what you do...” - Nettie

“I have learned to truly follow my body as my guide and listen to my inner voice that was grown progressively stronger with every week here. I have learned to focus my mind here, and Banyan has really proven to me that just as things are the hardest is when everything begins to fall into place. So perseverance has been a huge lesson, and learning to cultivate that inner strength through our practice has been vital and poignant. As well as personal lessons I have stepped outside of myself, guided by our philosophical lectures and discussion to re-evaluate the effect I have on this world, our environment, and communities I am a part of. While cultivating my inner strength and tackling personal problems, I have also learned and am still learning how to step outside of the self and the ego. BALANCE has been another huge lesson, understanding different energies that make us up as human beings, and how they can affect us when out of proportion has been very clarifying, inspiring me to look after my personal balance so that I am a source of light, and love to contribute to this world. Thanks so so much Banyan, it has been above and beyond.” -Hallie

“Banyan is an awe-inspiring teacher—not only physically incredible but he really glows –his heart is there as a teacher and with yoga. You truly appreciate the time you get to spend with him and value his feedback. My practice is forever changed for the best and I will cherish the memories and grateful feeling that comes with participating in his classes.” Sarah Ackley, Sept 2013 YTT

“Banyan sees the beauty in your tight hips and shoulders. He will not allow you to be inhibited by these special features of yours. My poses look quite different from the magazines and now I feel lovely in them. As long as your spine is happy, Banyan is happy. He humbly and generously shares his amazing experiences with you, including his world travels, clown school education, but most importantly, he taught us how to play. “ Cassi Heale, TT Participant, West Sacramento

“Anamaya, Banyan, the staff, our group far exceeded any expectations I previously had. This opportunity has expanded my view on yoga, wellbeing, spirituality in a way I only hoped I could have for myself. Whether I teach or only practice for myself. I have discovered the door to a lifelong journey of self-realization and empowerment. “ Carly Jack

“Wow, where to start? Banyan is an old soul that resides in the fountain of youth. His class is a perfect balance of playfulness and tradition, innovative practice and ancient knowledge. Somehow he manages to balance on a revolving atlas, whilst juggling firesticks and reciting potent mantras. His energy and enthusiasm constantly brings you higher, and makes you realize everything is possible with consistency, dedication and focus...and everything is worthwhile when it is punctuated with laughter, humility, kindness, and an open heart. Banyan is a wonderful teacher –a deep source of knowledge, life experience and a truly open loving spirit. Thank you for this gift! ”

"My experience with Banyan has been nothing short of life-changing.  He’s inspired me more than words could ever express, but I’m going to try! So, having gained an extensive movement background and becoming a trainer myself, I have to say that my standards for an instructor are quite lofty.  That said, to this day, I’ve yet to meet a yoga instructor of Banyan’s caliber. 

Banyan is not just another yoga teacher. His deep yet playful approach is a huge differentiator.  It’s one thing to be a knowledgeable instructor, but Banyan is so much more.  His humble, eloquent, and playful personality really makes classes feel light and full of joy.  He’s able to strike this perfect balance of wisdom and play that makes even the most challenging lessons...well, fun!  That’s the key...when you feel like you’re deepening your connection with yourself, while advancing your own ability to teach yoga in an inspiringly joyful way.  

My life can be fast-paced, and I face difficult times like anyone else.  With his teachings, I’ve learned to focus my mind, and Banyan has really proven to me that just as things are the hardest is when everything begins to fall into place.  So, perseverance has been a huge lesson, and learning to cultivate that inner strength through our practice has been vital and poignant. He stresses consistency in practice, and it’s truly not hard for me to achieve that with him as my teacher.  His energy and enthusiasm constantly brings you higher, and makes you realize everything is possible with consistency, dedication and focus.  Everything is worthwhile when it is punctuated with laughter, humility, kindness, and an open heart.  Those qualities make him a wonderful teacher. 

Apart from the fact that Banyan makes yoga fun and challenging, his insight into the body is profound. Though his knowledge may have developed over years of studying anatomy, dissection, and various movement forms, one feels that he is guided by an instinctive wisdom more powerful than the knowledge gleaned from those experiences alone.

Even with a deep wealth of knowledge, Banyan remains humble and teaches in such a way that I always feel safe and supported, both physically and emotionally.  I have learned so much and felt so cared for.  I’m 100% compelled to recommend this course to anyone who is trying to improve themselves (mind, body, soul), their practice, and their teaching skills!" - Graduate



13,000 AED [January 1 - April 10] - EARLY BIRD RATE 
13,800 AED [April 10 -June 10 ]
14,500 AED [June 10 - October 6]

Secure the early bird rate of 13,000 AED with a non refundable deposit of 3,500AED and remaining balance to be settled 1 month prior to the training. 
Rate includes your comprehensive 300hr manual, bonus complimentary access to Yoga Anatomy [leading platform and online interactive anatomy resource for yoga teachers, homeworks, certificate of completion. Does not include your pre requisite readings [see below]. 


Yoga mat - Strap - 2 Blocks - Bolster

Any other props required to support any injuries or physical concerns

Notebook and pen for note taking


Change of clothes - as we *may* sweat, a little…


Prepare for the course now by reading the following books below. Please bring David Keil’s anatomy book to the training: 

-      The Heart of Yoga, TKV Desikachar

-      Perfect Health, Deepak Chopra

-      Bhagavad Gita for Beginner’s, Edward Viljoen

-      Functional Anatomy of Yoga, David Keil

-      The Art of Enlightened Teaching: an Advanced TT Manual by Banyan Gallagher and Friends



-      The Gift by Hafiz, renderings by Daniel Ladinski

-      Kundalini Tantra by Swami Satyananda Saraswati

-      Light on Yoga by B.K.S Iyengar

-      Autobiography of a Yogi by Parahamsa Yogananda

-      Tantric Quest by Daniel Odier


For the group process to move forward at an advanced pace, we ask every student to come with a minimum of one completed 200-hour Teacher Training, and a minimum of 100 recorded hours of practice with a teacher. Group classes, workshops, and special events all apply. If you have any questions regarding these requirements, please ask!

This 300-hour training is an advanced program and most students will already have completed a 200-hour Teacher Training. YOU can participate in this training without having done a 200-hour training before, if you are an advanced student looking to deepen your practice. However, according to Yoga Alliance standards, you would not be able to register yourself as an RYT 500. 

Your level of strength and flexibility in asana are not necessary prerequisites for this course; your interest in unraveling the ancient foundation and modern contributions of yoga are. All you need is an open mind!

Please note: Injuries or weaknesses are not obstacles to success in this program. We encourage yogis with all body types and physical challenges to consider this training. Each “limitation” is an opportunity for you to grow, to gently and methodically heal yourself, and perhaps to help others be better prepared to work with injuries or special conditions.


How ‘advanced’ is this course?

Every course is a reflection of the students who arrive. By “Advanced Teacher Training” we assume that everyone in the room has intensely studied the yoga tradition for a minimum of 200 hours. We will build upon that foundation for deeper understandings of anatomy, adjustments, philosophy, Ayurveda, class design, personalization of practice, and more. The practices we do are welcome to all levels but more advanced options will be offered for those who are ready.


What style does Banyan teach?

That depends on the day! Expect the flow and creativity of Vinyasa, the precision of Iyengar, and the energetic focus of Tantra. Some practices will be restorative in nature; some will challenge the very limits of your strength. Banyan has extensively studied with the masters of many lineages, and, like any artist, paints with whatever color is appropriate to the painting.


Do I need to be a teacher?

Absolutely not. While a great portion of the course will be spent developing teaching skills, these exercises are enormously beneficial to every student. That is, through learning to teach the practice more effectively, we recognize more about each asana and what makes us unique, and we teach ourselves.


Do I get a certificate?

With the successful completion of all the requirements of the program, including contact hours, reading and written assignments, you will receive a 300-Hour Certificate from Warrior 1 Yoga. This certificate, in combination with your 200-Hour Certificate, entitles you to register with the Yoga Alliance ( at the RYT-500 level (Registered Yoga Teacher 500).


Need a place to stay during the training within 12 minute walking distance? Please let us know upon submitting interest. 


The spacious and sunny space of Voyoga Studio :

Directions: i-Rise Tower, 31st Executive Floor, Tecom, Dubai, UAE
You will spot Carrefour, Biorganics shop, Taqado and NAR restaurant on the ground level.
For Google map directions: click here