Yoga Teacher Training

March - April 2019

This spring, join our incredible faculty for the most in-depth yoga teacher training on Vancouver Island.  With over 250 hours of training, this course is designed for students aspiring to teach, as well as teachers eager to expand their understanding of traditional Ashtanga yoga through daily asana, pranayama and meditation practices, detailed asana clinics, hands-on assisting, yoga psychology and philosophy and western functional anatomy.  Our faculty has over 40 years of teaching experience.

What you need to know


Our Yoga Teacher Training is conveniently separated into 3 Modules. Modules 1 and 2 are 10-12 consecutive days each, comprised of contact hours with our lead teachers. Significant time is spent on going deeper into your personal practices with meditation, mantra recitation, pranayama and asana. It is possible to enroll in Module 1 on it’s own and participate in Module 2 on another course, this however, must be completed within 2 years to qualify for certification.

Module 3 is a combination of self-study with assignments, required exams and practical hours to satisfy the requirements for Yoga Alliance RYT-200. Many of these hours are flexible, making it easier to complete the training based on your schedule. We recommended our out-of-town students remain in Victoria for a portion of the time between Modules 1 and 2 to complete practical hours.


Module 1: March 1-10, 2019
Module 2: April 5-17, 2019

These two modules include morning practices of mantra, meditation, pranayama, and Mysore or led asana. You will be assigned some days to assist the lead teacher in the practice room. The day typically starts at 6:30 or 7:00 a.m. and ends at 5:00 or 6:00 p.m. 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 your own time.

Practical hours are scheduled per your 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.  All exams and practical hours must be completed within 1 year of the course start date.


The following is a sample schedule and is subject to change.

Module 1:  Anatomy, Asana & Sanskrit
Friday March 1
6:00–8:30 p.m.: Meet and Greet / Intro. to Course & Meditation Practice

Saturday & Sunday March 2 & 3
7:00–10:30 a.m.: Morning Practice
12:30–6:00 p.m.: Anatomy Sessions & Asana Clinics

Monday–Friday March 4-8
6:30–7:30 a.m.: Meditation & Pranayama
7:30 a.m.: Asana Practice & Assisting
12:30 p.m.: Practical Hours or Chanting
1:30–6:00 p.m.: Afternoon Sessions & Mantra Practice
7:15 p.m.: Restorative Practice (Select Evenings)

Saturday & Sunday March 9 & 10
7:00-10:30 a.m.: Morning Practices
12:30-6:00 p.m.: Anatomy, Explorative Movement, Asana Clinics

Module 2: Philosophy, Auyrveda & Therapeutic Asana
Friday April 5
6:00-8:30 p.m.: Review / Q&A / Meditation Practice

Saturday & Sunday April 6 & 7
7:00–10:30 a.m.: Meditation / Pranayama & Asana Practice
12:30-5:30 p.m.: Auyrveda, Philodophy & Asana Clinic

Monday–Friday April 8-12
6:30–8:00 a.m.: Meditation & Pranayama
8:00 a.m.:  Asana Practice
12:00 p.m.: Assisting / Assessments / Chanting
1:30–5:30 p.m.: Afternoon Sessions / Assessment

Saturday & Sunday April 13 & 14
7:00–10:30 a.m.: Contemplation / Pranayama & Movement Practice
12:30–5:30 p.m.: Philosophy Discussions

Monday – Wednesday April 15-17

7:00–10:30 a.m.: Contemplation / Pranayama & Asana Practice
12:30–4 p.m.: Afternoon Sessions & Exams


Combining more than 40 years practicing Ashtanga, Pranayama and teaching thousands of students around the world, Arielle Nash and Paul Dallaghan’s level of education and experience is unrivaled.  They have led over 25 trainings together, in addition to their own advanced and 200 Hr trainings and academic accomplishments.  Anthea Grimason has worked both with Paul and Arielle over the years and leads the Ayurveda section of the training.

Arielle Nash is the director of Ashtanga Yoga Victoria and has been teaching Vinyasa and Ashtanga for 15 years.  She specializes in anatomy and physiology and their application to yoga practices and has a special interest in fascia’s role in movement and healing. She is a certified kinesiologist and has extensive experience in training functional movement and human performance.  Arielle teaches concepts that can be difficult in a clear, relative and easy to understand manner.

Paul Dallaghan is the founder of Centered Yoga and has been leading trainings since 2003.Paul’s teaching focus on this training is pranayama and yoga philosophy.  He is a senior teacher of Pranayama and Asana and is the only one in the world to be personally certified to teach both by his teachers, Sri K Pattabhi Jois (Ashtanga Vinyasa) and Sri OP Tiwari . Paul is currently conducting his PhD research on the yoga practices and neural activity. One of his main gifts is to be able to relate the teachings in a very down-to-earth way for the modern seeker.

Anthea Grimason has been practicing Ashtanga for 11 years and teaching for 9 and is a health coach specializing in Ayurveda for modern day. She has worked with Paul and Arielle for several years.  Based in San Fransisco, Anthea is a certified Health Coach & Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant through New York’s prestigious Institute for Integrated Nutrition.


Our yoga teacher training syllabus exceeds Yoga Alliance’s 200-hour standards, including from asana and pranayama to meditation and mantra, anatomy and physiology—even live adjusting experience.

Asana: 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.

Pranayama: We are very fortunate to have the knowledge base and practice experience to correctly teach classical Pranayama. Our knowledge was acquired directly from one of the last living masters, Sri. O. P. Tiwari. Paul’s one-on-one studentship with Tiwari has made him an authority in the practice, which he, in turn, has taught Arielle alongside Tiwari. You will practice classical pranayama, receive a personal prescription according to your needs, and learn how to teach basic breath regulation. This type of training is not found anywhere else in North America.

Yoga Kriyas: You will be introduced, and have the opportunity, to practice classical yoga kriyas under our teachers’ guidance.

Meditation: 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, we will discuss yogic texts and Samkhya as they pertain to modern life. You will also be introduced to yoga’s sister science, Ayurveda and how it applies to lifestyle and teaching. This portion of the course is primarily taught by Paul Dallaghan.

Western Anatomy & Physiology: An introduction to fascia and it’s role in asana and a detailed study of the musculoskeletal system and the biomechanics at play in yoga will help you understand how to teach asana and how the body works. Beyond muscles and bones, we look at the physiology behind our body processes as it applies to our yoga practice.  Somatic movements are used to bring the anatomy to life so students experience the body from the inside out.  Fascial lines will be explored through movement. This portion of the course is primarily taught by Kinesiologist and Lead Trainer Arielle Nash.

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

The Art of Adjusting: During the asana clinics, you will learn effective and safe adjustment techniques for poses and practice them on fellow students. Some time is spent on assessing movement in order to identify faulty patterns in students. We will also cover the ethics of contacting students.

Preparing to Teach: With a focus on how to hold space, communicate clearly, and assist safely, you will leave the course confident teaching all levels of students up to your own.

Assessment: As a measurement that each student has remained attentive and absorbed pertinent information, this course has several assessment parameters including written and oral testing, teaching and participation.

View Full Syllabus on Yoga Alliance


Because space is limited in this training, you must apply for consideration. You must have a solid foundation in asana practice and a desire to learn. If you are unsure if you qualify, please contact us with any questions. Pre-course assignments must be submitted before training begins, so we recommend you submit at least 6 weeks in advance. Many participants take the training for personal development and never intend to teach.  Others, are inspired to begin teaching after the training and some intend to teach from the beginning. Becoming a yoga teacher requires much more then taking a course and getting letters beside your name; it requires authentic study, discipline and continued education. This is the start. (application form at bottom of page).


All contact hours take place on Vancouver Island in Victoria, British Columbia. Victoria has an international airport, as well as ferry connections to Vancouver, BC and Port Angeles, WA. Local students will find the training is conveniently scheduled around other life commitments. Visiting students often take the opportunity between modules and training hours to tour Canada’s West Coast, including Tofino, Vancouver, Whistler, and the Canadian Rockies.

There is one residential one-bedroom suite available for rental for trainees. Please contact us for details.


Full Training: $3450+gst
*$1,000 deposit required. Payment plans available. Must be paid in full by Jan 1, 2019. AYVic Members discount applicable, please connect for details.

Module 1 only: $1800+gst (not available online, must be approved by Arielle)

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