Yoga Teacher Training
March & April 2018
Full Training: $3250**
This spring, join us for our yoga teacher training. With over 200 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 practices, detailed asana clinics, Mysore assisting, yoga philosophy and functional anatomy.
**$1,000 deposit required. Payment plans available. 10% Members discount applicable.
What you need to know
Our Yoga Teacher Training is conveniently separated into 3 Modules. Modules 1 and 2 are 10 days each, comprised of contact hours with our lead teachers. Significant time is also spent on going deeper into your personal practices with meditation, mantra recitation, pranayama and asana.
Module 3 includes required exams, practical hours and assignments 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 9-18, 2018
Module 2: April 20-29, 2018
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 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.
Module 1: Anatomy, Ayurveda & Asana
Friday March 9
6:00–8:30 p.m.: Meet and Greet / Intro. to Course & Meditation Practice
Saturday & Sunday March 10 & 11
7:00–10:30 a.m.: Morning Practice
12:30–6:00 p.m.: Anatomy Sessions & Asana Clinics
Monday–Friday March 12–16
6:30–7:30 a.m.: Meditation & Pranayama
7:30 a.m.: Mysore Asana Practice & Assisting
12:30 p.m.: Practical Hours or Chanting
1:30–5:00 p.m.: Afternoon Sessions & Mantra Practice
7:15 p.m.: Restorative Practice (Select Evenings)
Saturday & Sunday March 17 & 18
7:00-10:30 a.m.: Morning Practices
12:30-6:00 p.m.: Ayurveda & Workshop Sessions / Q&A
Module 2: Therapeutic Asana & Philosophy
Friday April 20
6:00-8:30 p.m.: Review / Q&A / Meditation Practice
Saturday & Sunday April 20 & 21
7:00–10:30 a.m.: Meditation / Pranayama & Asana Practice
12:30-6:00 p.m.: Yoga Philosophy Discussions
Monday–Friday April 22–27
6:30–7:30 a.m.: Meditation & Pranayama
7:30 a.m.: Mysore Asana Practice (Also Available Evenings)
12:00 p.m.: Assisting / Assessments / Chanting
1:30–5:00 p.m.: Afternoon Sessions / Assessment
Saturday & Sunday April 28 & 29
7:00–10:30 a.m.: Contemplation / Pranayama & Asana Practice
12:30–6:00 p.m.: Afternoon Sessions
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. Our 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 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. 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. 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. 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.
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. 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 beginning. (request application form)
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.