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
- 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 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
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.
Fall 2022: October 14 – December 18, 2022 (in person)
The weekend format consists of Friday evenings, Saturdays and Sundays:
Fridays: 6 – 9 PM
Saturdays: 8:30- 10:30 AM Self-Practice (recommended), 11 AM – 6:00 PM
Sundays: 9:30 AM – 6:00 PM
- October 14 – 16, 2022
- October 21 – 23, 2022
- October 28 – 30, 2022
- November 11 – 13, 2022
- November 18 – 20, 2022
- November 25 – 27, 2022
- December 8 – 10, 2022
- December 16 – 18, 2022
Weeks off: November 4 – 6 and December 2 – 4, 2022
Module 2: 50 hours of workshops, community class, observations, assisting – flexibly scheduled
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.
A non-refundable deposit of $450 + HST is required to reserve your spot into the program.
The balance payment of $3,050 + HST can be broken into 2 to 4 monthly payment plans.