200-Hour Fundamentals of Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training Program

Since opening our doors in 1997, our focus has been to inspire and encourage students in a lifelong practice that is sustainable, enjoyable, and representative of a holistic yoga experience. Our 200-hour Fundamentals of Vinyasa Yoga allows you to deepen your practice and take the first steps in becoming a yoga teacher.

  • Learn how to cultivate and sustain a holistic practice, which includes: meditation, pranayama and asana.
  • Understand the key components of asana, including the purpose of the postures, anatomy and subtle anatomy, and how to find the poses in your own body.
  • Begin the process of reading bodies and the practical skills to teach a one-hour class.
  • Embrace yoga’s roots and the ethical considerations of the yama and niyama.
  • Learn yoga history, philosophy and tradition and understand how to apply them to today’s times.
  • Develop an understanding of anatomy and how it integrates with movement
  • Develop a basic understanding of restorative yoga and meditation
  • Practice teach to your group; give and receive constructive feedback

Fundamentals of Vinyasa Yoga Program Components:

Techniques, Training and Practice

  • Understand asanas (standing poses, forward bends, backbends, twists and inversions) and begin to develop a relationship to both the form and the function of the poses
  • Experience alignment, effects and common foundations of poses in your own body
  • Develop a discerning eye for injuries, benefits of poses, contraindications and healthy movement patterns
  • Begin to teach, sequence and combine asanas to develop a well-balanced Vinyasa class

Anatomy and Physiology

  • Develop a foundational understanding of physical anatomy and how it applies to movement
  • Understand the skeletal body, including bones, the types of joints and the major muscles involved in asana
  • Explore subtle anatomy of the different energy systems in the body, such as chakras, nadis, koshas, etc.
  • Understand biomechanics and their relation to asanas
  • Understand the nervous system, stress response and the overall mind-body connection

Yoga Philosophy, Lifestyle and Ethics for Yoga Teachers

  • Study seminal philosophy texts such as Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, the Upanishads and the Bhagavad Gita
  • Approach yoga as a lifestyle, incorporating Ayurveda and the principles of yama and niyama
  • Learn chants and the reasons behind chanting
  • Understand yoga history and tradition, including dates and key ideas
  • Develop a framework for boundaries in teacher-student relationships
  • Apply ethical practices and increase equity in yoga
  • Learn about the history of oppression and understand key terms such as racism, anti-racism, diversity and inclusion in wellness spaces

Professional Essentials

  • Understand the business landscape, including: insurance, pay rates, taxes and expenses
  • Develop a workshop to apply your knowledge (see Homework and Assignments)
  • Understand marketing and promotion principles
  • Develop a toolkit to teach online and in-person classes

Restorative Yoga, Meditation and Pranayama

  • Develop an understanding of restorative yoga practices and how it relates to the parasympathetic nervous system
  • Understand breath techniques and their applications
  • Understand key meditation terms and lineage
  • Integrate meditation, pranayama and restorative practices into your daily life

Practice Teaching

  • Practice teach in pairs and in groups
  • Receive and give constructive feedback
  • Structure classes based on themes and effects
  • Learn accessibility cues, sequencing and pacing
  • Understand the use of props
  • Learn to address the specific needs of individuals and special populations to the degree possible in a group setting

Personal Practice + Observation

  • Attend a minimum of 40 classes in order to receive certification
  • Observe a minimum of 5 classes in order to receive certification
  • Assist a minimum of 5 classes in order to receive certification (if available)

Homework + Assignments

  • Complete a 500-word philosophy essay on a topic of yoga
  • Develop a workshop and present the workshop idea to your peers
  • Complete mini exams with a passing mark
  • Complete a final exam with a passing mark

2021 Schedule

Please note that our programs are only currently offered via live stream. If government guidelines allow us to meet in person, we will offer both in-studio and live stream options.

Our program is held three times a year: Spring (February to May), Summer (July and August) and Fall (September to December). See confirmed dates below.

Summer: July 6, 2021 – August 28, 2021

The Intensive format consists of:
Pre-recorded sessions (to start once accepted into the program).

Tuesdays and Thursdays: 6 PM – 8:30 PM; Saturdays 8:30 AM – 2:30 PM:

  • July 6, July 8 and July 10
  • July 13, July 15 and July 17
  • July 20, July 22 and July 24

Week-long Intensive from 6 – 8 PM:

  • July 26, July 27, July 28, July 29, July 30
  • August 16, August 17, August 18, August 19, August 20

Tuesdays and Thursdays: 6 PM – 8:30 PM; Saturdays 8:30 AM – 2:30 PM:

  • August 3, August 5 and August 7
  • August 10, August 12 and August 14
  • August 17, August 19 and August 21
  • August 24, August 26 and August 28

Fall: September 24, 2021 – December 12, 2021

The weekend format consists of Friday evenings, Saturdays and Sundays:

Times TBD

  • September 24 – 26, 2021
  • October 1 – 3, 2021
  • October 15 – 17, 2021
  • October 22-24, 2021
  • November 12 – 14, 2021
  • November 19 – 21, 2021
  • December 3 – 5, 2021
  • December 10 – 12, 2021

Tuition + Payment Plans

Tuition for the 200-hour program is $3,500 + HST or $3,000 + HST if paid in full at least one month prior to the start of the program.

Tuition includes required textbooks for the training.

The $50 application fee is removed from the total tuition, once accepted into the program.

A non-refundable deposit of $450 + HST is required to reserve your spot into the program.

The balance payment of $3,000 + HST can be broken into 2 to 4 monthly payment plans.