Advancing the Art of Teaching

Suited for any style of yoga practice, Downward Dog Yoga Centre's 300-hour program will give you the skills to effectively lead a dynamic, informative, and well-integrated yoga class. Effective teaching is a function of personal practice and study over time and occurs when we teach from the experience of our bodies and our lives. Once the basic foundations of personal practice have been mastered, the transformative effects of yoga can be shared with others. Enhance and explore your capacity as a teacher. Drawing from the foundation of your personal practice, this program is designed to foster your knowledge and voice as an effective teacher.

Our program is flexible and comprehensive! With our modular structure, you may choose to spread the program over one year (must be completed by the end of 2020) or complete it sooner, as your schedule allows. The required core courses are offered once annually and taught by Ron Reid, Marla Meenakshi Joy, and Pat Harada Linfoot. They provide the building blocks necessary to become an inspiring, knowledgeable yoga teacher, no matter what style of yoga you wish to teach. Elective courses are available throughout the year, subject to change, and are taught by Downward Dog Yoga Centre faculty and international guest teachers. You can broaden your field of learning through your choice of electives which also includes our annual immersion course in Costa Rica.

Please see the Program Objectives for an overview of the areas of study and what you can expect to learn.

The Downward Dog 300-hour Teacher Training program is a Certified Yoga Alliance Program.

To receive the Yoga Alliance RYS-300 certification, you must complete 180 hours of required core courses, 60 hours of elective courses, 30 hours of personal Mysore practice, and 30 hours on non-contact activity (eg. assisting, journaling, homework assignments, class prep, etc.).  In total, you can expect to pay a minimum of $5050 to complete this training with us.


To receive the Yoga Alliance RYS-500 certification, you must complete a 200-hour and a 300 hour training with a Yoga Alliance registered school in addition to 100 hours of teaching yoga.

The Downward Dog Teacher 300-Hour Teacher Training program is accredited by the federal government.
Official tuition income tax receipts will be issued in February for all payments made in the previous calendar year.

Submit an application for RYS-300


If you completed your 200-hour teacher training with another school, please apply now.

Graduates of the Downward Dog 200-hour  program should contact our program advisor to enrol.

Program Objectives

To ignite a passion for learning and a genuine curiosity about life and our place in it.

To place the physical practice of yoga within the context of a bigger picture; Patanjali’s 8 limbs as a guide for ethical living.



Meet our experienced, knowledgeable team of teachers.


Tuition & Payment Options

Core Courses may be paid for individually as they are taken or paid in full all at once. Elective courses are paid for individually.


Core Courses

Modern Day Asana: Enriching the Relationship between Science and Tradition
with Pat Harada Linfoot, Jen Helland, Cecily Milne

Sequencing & The Art of Teaching
with Ron and Marla

Yoga Assists & Injury Prevention
with Ron and Marla

Sanskrit, Chanting & Yoga Philosophy
with Marla Joy

Advanced Anatomy
with Chris Kummer


Elective Courses

Elective courses are subject to change and we continually schedule more. Please check back here periodically or visit our Workshops and Events page for current offerings, descriptions, and costs.


Personal Practice

Continued study and development of one's own personal practice is key to becoming a gifted teacher. A minimum of 30 hours of Mysore practice will be required to complete the program. See our Class Schedule for Mysore practice times.

Observing the practice of others and assisting teachers with their classes are essential ingredients in developing one's own teaching style.  Ten hours of assisting in regularly scheduled classes will also be required.