Professional Development Courses

Svadyaya: Current Yoga Teacher Professional Development Courses


Please note that both Practical and Curious Yogi include yoga practices during the weekend to help digest the material.

PRACTICAL – Anatomy, hands on, assisting

$350 + HST/weekend or 2 weekends for $325 + HST/weekend or 3 weekends for $300 +HST/weekend

May 11-13, 2018: Prenatal, Post Natal and Kids’ Yoga and the Senior Years.  As a teacher it can be daunting to have a pregnant woman to walk into a class but the safety is actually quite simple.  In this workshop, we will explore what it is like to do yoga with a pregnant belly, how to prepare for labor and then the world after birth. In addition we will explore the world of both yoga with children and yoga in a senior’s body.

CURIOUS YOGI – Deepening Your Understanding of Philosophy, Energetics and Ayurveda

$250 + HST/topic or 2 or more for $225 + HST/each topic

March 24-25, 2018 – Bhagavad GitaAn Exploration. The Bhagavad Gita is but one chapter of the epic poem, the Mahabarata.  In the Gita we read as Arjuna, a great warrior, struggles with right action, dharma, karma and the necessity of death and detachment.  This text always inspires multi-layered discussions that will leave you with life questions answered and unanswered as you filter through what is true for you.  A familiarity with the text is an asset but not a requirement.  Each day will end with a deep yoga practice.

April 21-22, 2018 – The Energetic Systems of the Body – Weaving together the Chakras, Nadis and Koshas. Take a tour of this energetic template where disease and imbalance are said to originate.  The more we understand how to balance and nourish this realm, the healthier we are on the psychological and physical realms.  The three bodies – physical, subtle and causal – are all interconnected and synergistic.  When we balance our chakras, we affect our endocrine system.  When we learn about the koshas or sheaths, we learn proper nourishment of all tissues of the body, mind and energy.

Learn how to shape a workshop or class around the chakras, nadis and koshas. Understand the balance of masculine and feminine/passive and active energies and its role in your lesson plan. Learn the relationship between seasons and chakras to bolster the effectiveness of your classes. Learn the relationship between disease and energy and Yoga’s potential curative force . Discover the most important principles behind overall health

 Allie Chisholm-Smith, MES, E-RYT, B.A. Honoursahimsa - feb 18

Allie has been teaching Yoga for almost 20 years and teacher training for over half of those years. She relishes in the deeper study that professional development brings, both as teachers and students. She is grateful to her students who consistently take her further down the path of understanding and self-growth. True healing comes from self-knowledge. To consistently challenge ourselves to learn and grow on and off the mat, we are chiseled into the beings that we were born to be. Allie has earned a Masters degree and is consistently studying Ayurvedic Medicine, Counseling and various forms of bodywork and energy work.

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Wendy Martin, E-RYT

Wendy’s teaching style is intimate and inclusive leaving you with an invitation to begin where you are in your body and allow the journey to unravel from the inside out. Wendy weaves a multi layered tapestry of teaching styles; based in practical guidance, subtle details, precise verbal cues, and hands on assisting. This synergy and deep meditative guidance allows teachers to discover and refine their own teaching style that is unique to themselves. Wendy’s teaching career spans over 13 years which includes extensive training in Prenatal and post-natal yoga, yoga for kids and teens, Vinyasa and working the hypermobile body to ensure the productive alignment, strength and freedom that keeps the flexible body free of injury.

Allie Chisholm-Smith and Wendy Martin bring between them over 3 decades of Yoga teaching and Yoga Teacher Training. Their styles are deeply complimentary and yet distinct enough that they offer a well-rounded experience to learn from. Together their enthusiasm for the power of the practice is palpable and contagious. Wendy is drawn to the issues surrounding hyper-mobility where Allie is focused more on fascial release and yet between the two absolutely honour the others contribution. They are pleased to welcome Monica Larade who will be supporting the anatomy portion of the program:

Monica Larade, RMT, RYT 

As a graduate of Sutherland-Chan School of Massage Therapy, Monica has over 15 years of experience with massage in Ontario and Nova Scotia. She’s worked in a variety of clinical settings including work as a Physiotherapy Assistant and a Rehabilitative & Aquatic Exercise Therapist. Over the years she has attended a variety of post graduate courses; most recently courses on the Biodynamic Tradition of Cranial Sacral Therapy. In addition, Monica is an Ahimsa Yoga Studio certified Yoga Teacher having been trained by Allie .

It is this combination of yoga, hands on massage experience and anatomy knowledge which give Monica a unique approach to her yoga classes, as a facilitator of our YTT program and and a Registered Massage Therapist.