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Tibetan Online Yoga Teacher Training

Are you ready to empower your students with a method that heals the body and soothes the mind? The Five Elements of Space, Earth, Fire, Wind, and Water, and their corresponding characteristics, are the foundations of Tibetan Medicine theory and practice. When you work with their qualities, you can quickly change your body, mind, and energy. This Tibetan 5 Elements Based Practices Teacher Training Program will prepare you to teach as a certified instructor in the lineage of Tulku Lobsang Rinpoche. Whether you seek to deepen your knowledge or teach others, this program is an opportunity to learn the foundations of Tibetan Elemental Theory within the context of the traditional ancient Tibetan Buddhist self-healing practices for the body and mind.

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  • 65-hour online Tibetan yoga teacher training
  • You will receive an official certification from the international Lu Jong website, Nangten Menlang International, and ongoing organization support, information, and updates after certification
  • Minimum of 51 contact hours Minimum of 14 non-contact hours for self-study
  • Live online sessions will be held over Zoom
  • Online sessions’ time zone: New York, USA DST (GMT-6) during summer starting on March 14th and (GMT-5) after November 7th, 2021
  • Flexible duration: Training dates can be scheduled over the course of days, weeks, or months
  • One-on-one guidance
  • Live online final certification Master Class broadcasted from Europe (GMT+2)
  • At this time there is only ONE Master Class for 2021. Going forward Master Class events will take place twice a year
  • Downloadable assignments and support materials via Thinkific teaching platform

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles

7 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 2 participants
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Pre-application requirements

There are no prior requirements to participate in this program. People of all backgrounds, ages (minimum 18), experience levels, and body types are welcome. No experience with yoga or Buddhism is necessary. To be a teacher of any movement practice implies that you feel comfortable speaking in front of others (or are willing to develop that skill as needed), are articulate, do not mind demonstrating and/or repeating simple movements, enjoy interacting with others, and value personal development and ongoing learning.

All you need is a commitment to your own growth, health, and happiness, and to want the same for others! No prior Tibetan yoga experience required. The student will complete a Lu Jong New York application after payment is received. Students must also register directly with NMI organization (the sponsor) to enroll in the Teacher Education Program after payment is received.

You will need a yoga mat, props if needed for comfort (blocks, cushion, and more), study supplies (notebook, pens, and more), as well as a computer/device and access to the internet. You will also need to download the Zoom application but do not need a Zoom account to take this training.


After the certification Master Class event, you will receive an official listing as a certified teacher on the international Lu Jong website. Additionally, you will receive an official certificate confirming your certification status and permission to teach The Tibetan 5 Elements Based Practices in the lineage of Tulku Lobsang Rinpoche.

The education program is sponsored and certified by Nangten Menlang International. The NMI Certified Educator is Joelle Kelly, Lu Jong New York. You must attend the online Master Class to receive your certificate. However, please be reminded that to qualify for the September 2021 online certification, exams must be successfully completed no later than August 26th, 2021.

How the training works

You can expect a minimum of 51 contact hours, and 14 non-contact hours for self-study, which may increase based upon the specifics of your study schedule. You can format your class dates as best meets your needs to complete your studies. This will be discussed and structured directly with Joelle Kelly. All the teaching hours are live online. The private training starts at 51 hours because working directly, one-to-one, one can accomplish a lot more.

There will be written and practical exams, these exams are a part of your training and take place under the guidance of your educator, Joelle Kelly. The Zoom live sessions are not recorded and there are no pre-recorded materials to learn from given the high ratio of direct contact hours with Joelle. Joelle also has a Thinkific teaching platform where she posts reference materials and from where students can download assignments and support materials.

  • You will receive ongoing support, information, and updates and the possibility to promote yourself on the NMI Lu Jong website, where interested people search for certified teachers.
  • You will receive clear guidelines on teaching policies to preserve the quality and integrity of the practice.
  • You will also receive a personal page and official personal email address on the international website, access to, and permission to use the licensed material of NMI, including logos, advertising materials, teaching handouts, and certain images and graphics.
  • You will have ongoing and continued access to Joelle Kelly and the opportunity to continue mentoring with her in the future.

The Tibetan 5 Elements Based Practices Education Program is ongoing with the final step being a worldwide ONLINE Master Class scheduled for:

  • September 18th, 2021 (Online)

Timing of sessions (GMT-5 / GMT-6)

All times are GMT-5 and GMT-6. For this private training, the timing of sessions is to be determined by teacher and student, but the training must meet the minimum hours required for certification.

Curriculum information

The course curriculum is offered under the auspices of the Nangten Menlang International Buddhist Medical Organization, founded and directed by Tulku Lobsang. The organization, a “School of Inner Medicine”, offers many teachings in Tibetan Buddhism and Tantrayana healing wisdom with the ultimate goal being the preservation and spread of traditional Tibetan healing arts.

The Teacher Education Program has been created with an eye toward the training of high quality and motivated teachers with a positive connection with Lu Jong Tibetan Healing Yoga. The power of Lu Jong is in its gentle ability to bring healing to all levels of students whilst encouraging them to take charge of their health by learning how to tap into their innate wisdom.

What is Tibetan Lu Jong

In Tibetan, Lu means body and Jong means transformation. By combining slow, meditative movements with rhythmic breathing, you massage blocked points open to re-establish the vital flow of blood, oxygen, and energy throughout the body. Physically, Lu Jong functions on the principles of Tibetan Medicine and balances all body systems. It nurtures the spine, aligns the musculoskeletal system, improves joint mobility, and boosts organ function.

Mentally, Lu Jong cultivates a calm, focused mind, transforming volatile negative emotions into peace and equanimity. In fact, Lu Jong is part of a deep spiritual tradition that uses the body as a vehicle for self-transformation. Earth, water, wind, fire, and space are the 5 elemental energies inside each of us. When they are aligned, life is easy.

When they are not in balance life becomes challenging, we experience stress, have emotional issues, and show the signs of illness. Much healing can be had by acknowledging the elements and recognizing how much we are in touch or out of connection with these fundamental energies. There are many ways to restore the natural balance of the elements that are simple and effective, Lu Jong yoga is just one of the methods you will learn in this program.

About the Tibetan 5 Elements Based Practices teacher education

Taught by NMI certified educator Joelle Kelly, the program is designed to transpire over a minimum of 7 days, strategically scheduled to encourage a deep connection with the movements and the rich context of the teachings that support them.

Private training offers the greatest flexibility for studies as the format of study dates is organized to accommodate personal schedules. In all cases, the pace will be such as to permit time to study and practice with Joelle, and fully absorb the content in body and mind.

This training is much more than learning “choreography" and memorizing the names of movements.

Specific topics that will be covered:

  • The roots and benefits of the practices
  • An overview of Tibetan Buddhism (Tantrayana)
  • The background of Elemental Theory
  • The Lu Jong Five Elements Movements
  • Nine Breaths Exercise
  • Kum Nye Five Elements Massage
  • Five Elements Mindfulness-Based Meditation
  • Five Elements Relaxation Postures
  • Pedagogic tools and marketing guidance *The opportunity to apply for mentoring with Joelle Kelly

Steps to becoming a Lu Jong teacher:

  • Registration - Apply to study with NMI certified Tibetan 5 Elements Educator Joelle Kelly, and if accepted, register into the Teacher Education program
  • Education - Attend and complete the teacher training program
  • Exams - You are required to demonstrate a satisfactory understanding of the material by means of practical and written exams. The practical exam places focus upon the movements and your ability to share and teach the lineage clearly. The online, written exam addresses the theories and foundations of the practices (an open book online test). These exams are a part of your training and take place under the guidance of your educator, Joelle Kelly
  • Final online certification - The last step where you receive the direct transmission from Tulku Lobsang in addition to deepening your understanding of your role as a teacher. You will also receive (via mail) your teaching certificate. This is an annual online event, with a specific date, and you participate from your computer over the course of five hours in one day
  • This Master Class is not an exam but an opportunity to connect with other teachers and trainees, meet Tulku Lobsang and receive his blessing, and learn how Lu Jong and the 5 Elements Practices fits into a deeper path of true health and well-being
  • Renewals - Your teaching certificate does not have an expiration date however you are encouraged to participate in any of the annual Master Class events to stay connected with the lineage and to learn about updates and modifications to the movements. For your participation at these events, whether online or in-person, you will receive a certificate of Advanced Studies.

Exam details

Online written exam (NMI)

  • Immediate results
  • Second-chance after four weeks
  • Take exam once to attend the Master Class (even if fail)

Practical exam (LJNY)

  • Part of your training program
  • Must pass to attend Master Class

Master Class details

  • 1-day live with Tulku Lobsang Rinpoche
  • Five hours of teaching online
  • There are no exams during this event
  • Receive the direct transmission of the lineage and official certification to teach
  • Teacher’s certificates have no expiration dates and are mailed to each student by NMI
  • Condition: Must pass the online written exam


Joelle Kelly

Retreat location

This teacher training is held online. Lu Jong New York is based in New York, USA (GMT-5) and they will live stream sessions based on DST (GMT-6) during summer and GMT-5 for session/s after November 7th, 2021.

What's included

  • 65-hour Tibetan 5 Elements Based Practices Teacher Training
  • Official certification from the sponsor organization and ongoing support, information, and updates after certification
  • Minimum of 51 contact hours
  • Minimum of 14 non-contact hours for self-study
  • One-on-one guidance
  • No pre-recorded material, all live sessions
  • Live online final certification Master Class broadcasted from Europe (GMT+2)
  • Attend ONE Master Class event that will be held each year
  • Downloadable assignments and support materials via Thinkific teaching platform
  • A comprehensive Teacher's Manual in PDF format
  • All assignments and support materials
  • Written and practical exams

What's not included

  • Accommodation
  • Food
  • Program Registration & Master Class Fee - paid directly to the sponsor organization - NMI for 400 EUR
  • Yoga mats and props
  • Physical course materials (binders, pens, printed material, and more)

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.

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This online teacher training is available all year round but for a 2021 Teacher Certification, the student must finish and pass exams by August 26th, 2021.

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