You have a lot of questions about the program and I’ll try to answer some of them here. If you have more questions, please get in touch!
From the first day, you’ll dive deeply into your own practice. Prepare to challenge yourself in the practice and in the philosophy and history of yoga.
After 200 hours of training, you’ll be prepared to teach yoga to a variety of students. Expect to be practice-teaching on the very first day of the program. Teaching is daunting and harder than your favourite teachers make it look! But by teaching your classmates right away, you will curate your skills and develop confidence.
- Prepare yoga teachers to lead safe, well-rounded yoga classes
- Ensure understanding of yoga’s history and evolving nature
- Use collaborative learning to develop a unique teaching style
- (instruction) be equipped to instruct 75 minute community classes
- (business) be able to strategize for marketing your teaching
- (history) know Patanjali’s eight-limbed path of yoga
- (evolution) be familiar with different types of yoga including raja, bhakti, jnana, karma and hatha
- (evolution) envision your own contribution to the lineage of yoga
- (asana) know English and Sanskrit names for at least 30 poses
- (asana) understand benefits of doing standing, seated and balancing poses
- (anatomy)be familiar with contraindications and modifications for poses
- (anatomy) be able to describe anatomy in terms of chakras, prana, nadis and koshas. Understand these terms from a homeopathic medical point of view (as opposed to allopathic).
- (meditation) have a robust personal meditation practice
- (methodology) understand how to sequence a yoga class, including adjustments/assists
- (therapy) know the context of yoga as therapy. Be confident in offering suggestions for yoga to specific populations (athletes, pregnant women, injured students, and those struggling with from depression, insomnia, obesity and back pain)
You will learn to teach yoga through face-to-face instruction, practice teaching, collaborative discussion and practical application of seva (community service).
100 Techniques, Training and Practice
25 Teaching Methodology
20 Anatomy and Physiology
30 Yoga Philosophy, lifestyle, ethics
- ongoing peer evaluation (three separate opportunities to be evaluated)
- final teaching evaluation – 60minutes
- one-page paper (topic TBD)
- one book review (from textbook bibliography)
Seva (community service)
Important to the program will be participation in seva (community service). Attendance at seva sessions will be mandatory.
Seva will include participation in garbage pickup around your town.
Community service is a part of selfless karma yoga and exemplifies the connection between all beings.
- 200-hours of teaching and collaborative learning
- Yoga Alliance certificate
Beautiful Taiga Yoga Studio is the primary venue. Some activities may be outside or at other locations in Yellowknife. Some events will be outside, weather permitting! For the online program the venue is anywhere you want it it be.
Do I have to be an expert at yoga?
No, you don’t have to be an expert yogi, but I do recommend that you have been practicing for at least a year. If you have some knowledge of the practice and, more importantly, what the practice means to you, you’ll have more to gain from the program than if you’ve never practiced at all! That being said, if you’re an enthusiastic beginner, then you are welcome to register.
Do I have to attend every class?
Yes! Attendance at all classes, outings and community service events (seva) is mandatory. I understand that life can get in the way but missing more than two hours total of class time will prevent you from graduating. Pre-approved absences are allowed but missed content will have to be made up before you are permitted to graduate.
This is strict but part of the program is about developing a disciplined practice. Honour your commitment to the program and step into the fire. You will learn a lot about yourself and about yoga by doing whatever it takes to get to all 200 hours of training. For the online program, attendance at all real time chats is mandatory, but the schedule will be flexible.
Do you offer a scholarship?
Yes I do. I don’t want finances to be a barrier to practicing yoga. I’ve developed a scholarship application and will award an 80% scholarship to one applicant.
Application details here
Will I be able to teach as soon as I graduate?
Upon graduation, you will be certified as a 200-hour Yoga Teacher with the Yoga Alliance. There are options for teaching, such as yoga studios, gyms, schools and private yoga. It is up to you to decide who you want to teach and how often. Many yoga teachers start their career by volunteering to teach at a local YMCA or other organization. Upon graduation from the program, you will have the skills to start teaching yoga, but the confidence and direction will have to come from you!
What if I don’t want to teach? Is this program still applicable?
A lot of yoga students want to develop their personal practice through deep immersion-style programs like this one. Even if you don’t want to teach right away (or ever!), this program will provide insight into your personal practice and offer tools to lead a fulfilling life.
Am I too old/too young/too fit/too fat/too flexible/too stiff?
Nope:) You’re perfect the way you are. Yoga teaches you to meet yourself exactly as you are. This teacher training will elaborate on that premise by encouraging you to critically examine your relationship to yourself through the lens of yoga. As Pattabhi Jois said: “Anyone can practice. Young man can practice. Old man can practice. Man who is sick can practice. Man who doesn’t have strength can practice. Except lazy people; lazy people can’t practice yoga.”
This program is for all ages, all abilities, all levels.
What is the Yoga Alliance?
Yoga Alliance registers students and schools who have adhered to educational standards. Their mission is to lead the yoga community, set standards, foster integrity, provide resources, and uphold the teachings of yoga. Although registration with the Yoga Alliance is not legally required for teaching yoga, most studios and fitness centers will require teachers to be registered with the Yoga Alliance.
What is Seva?
Community service. Seva is selfless service to others. Part of the curriculum is to spend two evenings giving back to the community. Our selfless and simple contribution will be garbage pickup around town.
What is Satsang?
Sitting with “true people.” As part of the training, we will sit in satsang together. Sitting with each other and practicing music, mantra or simply conversation is an opportunity to sit as equals. In Sanskrit, satsang means “gathering for the truth.” The truth behind yoga reveals itself in unexpected ways and is constantly changing. By sitting together, we will explore what yoga means in an honest and non-judgemental setting. If possible, wear white for each evening’s Satsang.