Yoga Teacher Training

200-Hr: Starts Feb 2021

Early in 2021, join our incredible faculty for the most in-depth yoga teacher training on Vancouver Island.  With over 220 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 and Sanskrit.  Our faculty has over 40 years of teaching experience.   More details below….


What you need to know


Our Winter-Spring 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training is conveniently separated into a series of live weekends and online classes spanning over 4 months. This format allows for attendees to continue their other life commitments while studying. Over the period of the course, students will complete self-study assignments, classroom hours, exams and all practicum hours. A fully virtual training is available.

Most weekends are full days Saturday and Sunday, some dates include a few hours on Thursday and Friday. Students are expected to maintain their practice and complete self-study assignments between classroom dates.  All sessions are mandatory and required for course completion.

Each weekend, significant time is spent on going deeper into your personal practice with meditation, mantra recitation, pranayama and asana, along with lectures, practice teaching and peer reviews.


2021 Next Training Dates TBA

Winter-Spring 2021

These weekends 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  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 on Sundays. Some evenings have a restorative asana practice scheduled.

Pre-course assignments and readings should be completed prior to the course start date on your own time.

A certificate of completion will only be issued when all hours are successfully completed. Teaching and content assessments will take place throughout the five months.


The following is a sample, the order of events may vary slightly throughout the course.  Times may vary by an hour start or finish.

Each participant will receive a detailed schedule at the beginning of the course

Saturdays & Sundays
7:00–10:30 a.m.: Morning Practices/ Assisting

10:45 – 12:30 Chanting/ Lecture/ Asana Clinic

12:30-1:45pm  Break

1:45–6:00 p.m.: Lecture, Clinics, Practice Teaching

Fridays : Select Fridays TBD 7:30 or  4:30-6:00pm

The graduation event will be held on the last Sunday in the evening.  Out of town students should plan to stay in Victoria until Monday.


Combining more than 40 years practicing Ashtanga, Pranayama and teaching thousands of students around the world, Arielle Nash and Jeff Lichty’s level of education and experience is rarely found together.  Arielle is the lead trainer in Victoria, where Jeff visits to teach philosophy workshops included in this training. Arielle and Jeff first met in 2005, when Jeff was an assistant teacher and Arielle was a student in Centered Yoga’s Foundational Training. Since then, Arielle has led over 20 trainings, in addition to assisting several more and leading workshops alongside her academic accomplishments.  Jeff has also lead his own intensives in India, Victoria and Calgary. Anthea Grimason has worked with Arielle over the past 7 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 nearly 20 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 complex concepts in a clear, relative and easy to understand manner.  As a Masters student in Exercise Science and long term Ashtanga teacher and practitioner, she offers a practical, informed authentic mix of East meets West.

Visiting Teachers:

Jeff Lichty’s sixteen years as a critical care paramedic along with his pre-existing existential inclinations led him to the practice of Ashtanga Yoga and the direct study with Sri K Pattabhi Jois and Sri R Sharath Jois.  He has traveled to India over 17 times to study directly with the masters of Ashtanga Yoga. Former co-founder and director of Ashtanga Yoga Victoria, he now provides a space for a thriving community of practitioners at his Calgary Ashtanga Yoga School.  Jeff is approachable and practical in his teachings. He has a real talent for expanding the ordinary definitions of yoga beyond the reach of our current body centric-culture and revealing how these practices powerfully penetrate into all areas of life.

Anthea Grimason has been practicing Ashtanga for 12 years and teaching for 10 and is a health coach specializing in Ayurveda for modern day.  Based in San Fransisco, where she teaches, 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 asana and pranayama, 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 functional movements.

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 and his primary student, Paul Dallaghan.  Paul’s one-on-one studentship with Tiwari as well as his PhD studies have made him an authority in the practice, which he, in turn, has taught Arielle alongside Tiwari.  Jeff has also learned the practice directly from Tiwari and taught it for the past 15 years.  You will practice classical pranayama, receive a 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 the 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 Jeff Lichty.

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 (dynamic style) and a desire to learn. If you are unsure if you qualify, please contact us with any questions or check out our FAQ. Students who do not have a background in Ashtanga Vinyasa will be asked to become familiar with the first half of primary series before the training commences.

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 classroom 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 weekend training hours to remain in Victoria to practice or 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. We may be able to assist students in finding suitable accommodations within our community. Please contact us for details.


Early Bird Rate: $3150 (until Dec 15, 2020)

Regular Rate: $3650+gst

*$1,000 deposit required. Payment plans available.

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Please note that these rates do not include regular studio membership, food, accommodations or travel expenses. Students must arrange this on their own.

AYVic Members receive 10% discount.