Teacher’s Training

Svadyaya: Yoga Teacher Training and Development

Our next Yoga Teacher Training will begin around January 2019

 If you are interested please contact us at: info@ahimsa.ca or fill out the application below.

We believe in a long gestation period to allow you to transition from Yoga practitioner to Yoga Instructor. Our Yoga Teacher Training Program spans an 18 month period, graduating at 600 hours, and covers such diverse subjects as Anatomy, philosophy, Ayurveda, energy medicine like the chakras and nadis and of course, the actual safe practice of Yoga. We focus a tremendous amount of time on safe and deep assists plus effective language, lesson plans and injury prevention and recovery. You will be expected to do an apprenticeship by assisting in studio classes plus you will have 2 opportunities to run class series, one for 6 weeks and the next for 10. By accomplishing this, the majority of your concerns and questions will be addressed in the program and you will come away as a strong, confident and very safe teacher.



Ahimsa’s Yoga Teacher Training Curriculum

The format is one weekend per month, dates to be decided as the group builds.

Friday: 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm Yoga and check in
Saturday: 9:30 am to 1:30 pm Core teaching 3:30 to 5:30 pm Yoga practice and practical application (assisting, workshop on asanas, pranayama etc)
Sunday: 9:30 am to 1:30 pm Core teaching 2 to 4 pm Yoga, pranayama and meditation
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The weekend topics are as follows:
  1. The ground, the breath and the spine. A history of Yoga and an introduction to this specific style and the program itself.
  2. Navigating the Body. Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology
  3. The Energetics of Touch. Assisting techniques, ethics and an introduction to touch.
  4. The Story Line. An introduction to lesson plans and the construction of Vinyasa Yoga
  5. Our roots. Anatomy of feet, legs and hips.
  6. The Thread. An examination of the philosophy behind the Yoga Sutras and the Upanishads.
  7. The Central Axis. The anatomy of the spine.
  8. Ayurveda, an introduction. A look at the doshas and their makeup, how they inform our lives, behaviours and our Yoga practice!
  9. Bhagavad Gita.
  10. Our branches. Anatomy of shoulders, neck and head.
  11. The Business of Yoga
  12. The anatomy of organs and systems of the body (endocrine, respiratory, circulatory etc)
  13. Prenatal, post natal and kids’ Yoga
  14. The anatomy of injury. How to prevent injuries and how to heal them!
  15. The energetic systems of the body: chakras, koshas and nadis.
  16. Ayurveda revisited and personalized for you.
  17. Assisting, one step further
  18. Yoga and the seasons of your life, Ayurveda and your yoga practice.
  19. & 20. In the final 2 weekends, we do not schedule anything. This is a time for you to tell us what you need to complete your training. We will look at any holes in your knowledge base that we can fill and discuss with you how to take you to your next adventure, life as a Yoga teacher.
  • Attendance at all intensives
  • One weekly class of assisting and one weekly class attending (72 of each). These classes will rotate through the training so that you will have experience in many levels and specialties. This apprenticeship is a unique aspect to our training where you will get concrete hands-on tips for being with clients.
  • A daily Yoga and meditation practice is encouraged and it is an asset if you already have that in place prior to the training.
  • Scripts of specific postures will be due for each intensive. The scripts are brief (3-5 minutes max). This will help to refine your language to be efficient yet poetic and descriptive.
  • Required reading appropriate for each topic.
  • One book review is required on a book that covers the technical aspects of Yoga. Choose a book that interests you so that it helps you to grow along your unique path.
  • A second book review on a book that covers the more philosophical or esoteric aspect of Yoga. Some graduates have covered books on Yoga and Trauma, for example. Again, choose a book that feeds you.
  • One 6-week class of service. This class is free to a group chosen by the student and is intended to ease the student into teaching.
  • A 10-week class for which the student charges money. This helps the student get accustomed to charging money for something that they love to do.
  • A weekly journal entry will be reviewed from time to time. The journal will include notes on the student’s Yoga practice as well as anything else that they want to write about. This practice journal helps us to see how you are doing in your own path as a Yoga student. Include any questions you have about the postures and how to teach them. It can be a discussion between us.

Full certification will be awarded when all assignments and hour requirements are fulfilled and when fees are paid in full. * specific time line will be indicated at the beginning of the course

YTT Tuition * subject to change

Tuition: $6000.00 + HST for the 600 hr program

Includes all weekend intensives , the classes that comprise the apprenticeship, unlimited monthly Yoga classes for all months within the program, homework follow-up and discussion meetings.

A $500 non-refundable/non-transferable deposit is required to hold your spot. (included in the $6000 fee)

Please note:

Quarterly payment plans are available. (approximately $1375 + administration fee + HST.) (based on $500 non-refundable deposit already being paid)  OR

Monthly payment plans are available (approximately $275 + HST + administration fee/month over 20 months) (based on $500 non-refundable deposit already being paid).

Cancellation Fee: 2 months notice including payments


Textbooks required:

*Esther Myers: Yoga and You **available at Amazon.ca

*Vanda Scaravelli: Awakening the Spine

David Keil: Functional Anatomy of Yoga, Lotus Publishing

Esther Myers: The Ground, the Breath and the Spine – Will be provided by Ahimsa

Allie Chisholm-Smith: The Handbook for Assisting

Bhagavad Ghita: any version: although Ghandi’s translation is very well done Any version of the Sutras

* Will be required when the program starts All of these are readily available at any bookstore unless otherwise stated.

Two book reports are required as well as translations of the Sutras and the Bhagavad Gita. The translations can be chosen by the student themselves.

Approximate total cost of books $150-200

Why is this program so long?

It is the inevitable question as many studios offer month long trainings. It is our belief and experience that a longer program is far more powerful both for the healing process of the students and the strength of their teaching. There is a moment in each training where the majority of the students have to release old ways of being in the world. Often there is a crisis within the student’s life, brought on by the readings/practice or coincidentally just by life itself. Since the program is so long, there is then a re-build with support of peers and instructors. A new self emerges from the old. It is a beautiful process that can only happen when we have time. On a more concrete level, we have a deep program of learning. We cover far more topics than most programs, let alone the fact that we focus v ery strongly on spinal safety and general anatomical knowledge. Most students gravitate toward different aspects of the program – some love the anatomy and some love the chakras or Ayurveda – and so, with so many choices, they can define who they are as instructors. Our apprenticeship program and the fact that students teach while still in the program, ensures that our teachers come out confident, safe and well-versed.