Teacher Training

Format & Dates:

The successful completion of all 3 Modules is required for TT students to qualify as an RYT-200 with the Yoga Alliance.

Spring 2018 Dates:

Module 1:   March 9-18, 2018 

Module 2:   April 20-29, 2018

These two modules include morning practices of mantra, meditation, pranayama and Mysore or led asana.  Students will be assigned some days to assist the lead teacher in the practice room.  The day typically starts at 6:30 or 7am and ends at 5pm with some breaks in the day.

Afternoon sessions are a combination of lecture and practical workshops followed by a late afternoon seated practice.  Some evenings have a restorative asana practice scheduled.

Module 3:  Flexible Dates

Module 3 includes pre-course assignments, practical teaching hours, observation and assessments.  Pre-course assignments and readings should be completed prior to the course start date on the students own time.

Practical hours are scheduled according to the students availability either between Modules 1 and 2 or in the weeks immediately following Module 2. A certificate of completion will only be issued when all hours are successfully completed.

Teaching and content assessments will take place throughout each of the 3 Modules.

Content Syllabus:


Asana practices are a combination of led Ashtanga Vinyasa classes and teacher-assisted self practice in the Mysore Method.  Asana clinics cover the movements of yoga and detailed exploration of the postures of the Ashtanga Primary Series, some Intermediate and additional therapeutic asanas. 


We are very fortunate to have the knowledge base and practice experience to correctly teach classical Pranayama.  This has been learned directly from one of the last living masters - Sri O.P. TiwariPaul's one-on-one studentship with Tiwari has made him an authority in the practice, which he has in turn, along with Tiwari, taught Arielle.  Students will practice classical pranayama, recieve a personal prescription according to their needs and learn how to teach basic breath regulation.  This type of training is not found anywhere else in North America.

Yoga Kriyas:

Students will be introduced to and have the opportunity to practice classical yoga kriyas under the teachers' guidance.


Different forms of meditation will be practiced and teaching methods discussed including mantra recitation.  

Yoga Philosophy:

With a primary focus on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, yogic texts and Samkhya will be discussed as they pertain to modern life.  As a sister science of yoga, students will introduced to Ayurveda and how it applies to lifestyle and teaching. This portion of the course is primarily taught by Paul Dallaghan.

Western Anatomy & Physiology:

A detailed study of the musculoskeletal system and the biomechanics in yoga, along with an introduction to fascia, ensures participants understand how to teach asana and understand how the body works.  Beyond muscles and bones, we look at the physiology behind our body processes as it pertains to the yoga practices. This portion of the course is primarily taught by Arielle Nash.

Practical Teaching:

Practicing cueing, adjusting and holding space are crucial to developing the confidence required to teach.  Students will assist  during live asana classes in addition to practicing in small groups.

The Art of Adjusting:

During the asana clinics, students will be taught effective and safe adjustment techniques for poses and practice them on fellow students.  The ethics of contact with students will also be covered.

Preparing to Teach:

With a focus on how to hold space, communicate correctly and assist safely, students leave the course confident teaching all levels of students up to their own.

Module 1:  Anatomy, Ayurveda & Asana

Friday March 9

6-8:30p: Meet and Greet, Introduction to the course material and meditation practice.

Saturday & Sunday March 10 & 11

7:00-10:30a: Morning Practices 

12:30-6:00p:  Anatomy Sessions & Asana Clinics

Monday - Friday March 12-16

6:30-7:30a: Meditation & Pranayama

7:30a: Mysore Asana Practice & Assisting

12:30p - Practical hours

1:30-5p: Afternoon Sesions & Mantra Practice

7:15p: Restorative Practice (select evenings)

Saturday & Sunday March 17 & 18

7:00-10:30a: Morning Practices                      

12:30-6p: Ayurveda & Workshop Sessions & Q&A

Module 2: Therapeutic Asana & Philosophy


Friday April 20

6-8:30p: Review, Q&A & Meditation Practice

Saturday & Sunday April 20 & 21

7:00-10:30a: Meditation, Pranayama & Asana practice

12:30-6:00p:  Yoga Philosophy Discussions

Monday - Friday April 22 - 27

6:30-7:30a: Meditation & Pranayama

7:30a: Mysore Asana Practice (evening also available)

12:00p: Class audit/ Assisting/ Assessment

1:30-5p: Afternoon Sessions / Assessment

Saturday & Sunday April 28 & 29

7:00-10:30a: Contemplation, Pranayama & Asana practice

12:30-6p: Afternoon Sessions   

Early Bird $2950 Until January 15th

AYVic Members $2750 Until January 30th