Teacher’s Training

Svadyaya: Yoga Teacher Training and Development

We don’t believe that lasting change can happen quickly.

Yoga Teacher Training Program at Ahimsa, Muskoka

Running Jan., 2019 to Jan., 2020

Safe          Thorough      Deep

A slow seep, a deep immersion, a radical shift in perspective and understanding is what is needed

to become an exceptional Yoga Teacher living a life of purpose.

JOIN US for this life shaping experience, like no other.

In our teacher training program, you will gain a thorough understanding of the following topics:

  • Anatomy
  • Philosophy
  • Ayurveda
  • Assisting
  • Energy medicine – chakras, koshas and nadis
  • Integration of practical Yoga business strategies with the larger vision of Dharma
  • and of course, the actual safe practice of Yoga postures for all levels, life stages and abilities

We focus a tremendous amount of time on:

  • safe and deep assists
  • effective language and lesson plans
  • injury prevention and recovery

You will participate in an apprenticeship program where you will assist in studio classes as well as teach your own classes under our supervision.

Through this curriculum, 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.

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

Ahimsa’s Yoga Teacher Training Curriculum

Please note that our upcoming YTT will be 12 months in duration and will be a combination of Weekends and  three 5 day blocks of intensive training.

The weekend format is as follows:

Friday: 2 pm to 8:30 pm Yoga and check in
Saturday: 8:30 am to 3 pm Core teaching 3 to 6 pm Yoga practice and practical application (assisting, workshop on asanas, pranayama etc)
Sunday: 10 am to 1:30 pm Core teaching 1:30 to 4 pm Yoga, pranayama and meditation

The 5 day format is as follows:

Friday: 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm – Yoga and check in

Saturday to Wednesday – 8:30 am to 12:30 pm – Core Teaching 1:30 to 3 pm – Core and/or practice teaching 3:00 to 6:00 pm – Yoga

Online Application
  1. History of Yoga
  2. In-depth breakdown of anatomy working through sections of the body and their effective application in postures. Also included is a section on organs and systems of the body plus working with and prevention of injury.
  3. Pre and post natal Yoga
  4. Restorative Yoga
  5. Kid’s and Senior’s Yoga
  6. Hands-on Assisting
  7. Philosophy including a study of Sutras, Upanishads and the Bhagavad Gita
  8. Chakras, Nadis and Koshas
  9. A glimpse at the influence and relationship of Yoga and its sister science, Ayurveda.
  10. Ethical and effective business structures and practices in a Yoga context.
  • Attendance at all intensives
  • One weekly class of assisting and one weekly class attending (52 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:

Monthly payments can be arranged with an additional administration fee of $5 +hst/payment.

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 & Wendy Martin: Fundamentals of Yoga Assists: The Necessity of Touch

Bhagavad Gita: 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 training. 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 very 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.