PŪR MINDFUL YOGA is now proudly offering, 500 hour and 300 hour teaching certification programs certified by Yoga Alliance.
We use an interdisciplinary method of training and an authentic presentation of yoga.
Our students benefit from a diverse, innovative top-quality program which teaches you about Raja and Hatha Yoga, Yin Yoga, Restorative Yoga and Meditation, Ashtanga, Vinyasa Krama, and alignment principles that are accessible to all levels and abilities. You will develop a self-practice that suits you and allows you to tailor your teachings to the specific needs of your students.
INVESTING IN YOUR EDUCATION IS ONE OF THE BEST WAYS TO SPEND YOUR TIME AND ENERGY, AS YOU ARE TRULY INVESTING IN YOURSELF.
Students must demonstrate maturity, including the capacity to ethically and responsibly manage professional boundaries.
This Teacher Training demands discipline, diligence and commitment. A minimum one year of yoga practice is required. A willingness to learn is essential.
Teaching Yoga is about caring and mindful concern for your students and passing on your knowledge. You must ensure to teach in an alert and attentive manner that will never harm your students. Student safety is number one priority and recognizing their needs, abilities and limitations is critical to being a caring teacher.
Yoga is a path of self-realization that allows us to be present, to practice, and to observe ourselves from within. Each day is a new day with many new realizations that make our teaching and personal practice better. Enjoy and Be Happy.
This course consists of a curriculum of instruction in the classroom/studio and outside of classroom time including reading, assignments and self-practice. Complete attendance of all in-class hours are mandatory to attain Mindful Teaching Certification and registration with Yoga Alliance.
Information and practices that you will learn in this training are both fundamental and advanced. 200hr certified teachers from other registered schools are welcome to join our 300hr teacher training program to achieve their complete 500hr designation. Please note that Yoga teacher registration is done through Yoga Alliance, which is a third party, independent registrar.
The registration fee of $500.00 (non-refundable) is required to begin processing your application.
Payment can be made in full or in 3 installments: August 1st, September 1st, and on the start date.
If you require a payment plan, please contact the studio to discuss how to best set up your individual plan option.
Program start date: September 2018
Tuition (Weekend training + Mandatory practice hours):
300-hours teacher training (Includes three months of studio unlimited membership):
$ 4,350 + HST
500-hours teacher training (Includes nine months of studio unlimited membership)
$ 5,950 + HST
The 500 hour program is structured as a foundation and advanced program. Modules will teach you about Raja and Hatha Yoga, Ashtanga, Vinyasa Krama, and alignment principles that are accessible to all levels and abilities. You will develop a self-practice that suits you and will learn about Yin Yoga, Restorative Yoga Meditation and Mantras, as well as developing teaching skills to suit individual needs and limitations. Mandatory practice hours are required as part of the 500 hour program. Unlimited yoga is provided for the 9 months of the program.
The 300 hour program is structured along the same base as the 500 hour program. It also teaches beyond the foundations of yoga by focusing on the understanding and application of yoga philosophy, meditation, and strengthening the understanding of asanas, alignment and anatomy. Mandatory practice hours are not required as part of the 500 hour program although 3 months of unlimited yoga is provided as part of the program.
Our Continuing Education program allows you to complete hours towards the 500 or 300 hour programs with PŪR Mindful Yoga over an extended period of time. Or it can help you to stay certified with Yoga Alliance as part of your 30 hour training you are required to do to maintain your registered status every three years.
Vinyasa Krama System and Hatha Yoga
Principles of Asana and Alignment with Yazdan
Regular personal practice is the core of great yoga teaching and the link to innate wisdom. This allows the expression of truth from the heart. Daily practice should explore traditional yoga postures through creative sequencing techniques as taught by various classical and modern yoga schools. Excellent teaching is founded in dedicated practice over a long period of time with consistent attention to daily asana (postures) practice. In this module, students gain a working understanding of the postures and sequence. By the end of the program, students have a solid personal practice based on their needs and their lifestyle. Teachers in training acquire the skills to design and modify transformative teaching sequences to share teachings from direct experience.
The Art and Science of Alignment and Prop Integration with Yazdan
This module will build upon knowledge of Asanas to explore the concept of alignment energetically as well as anatomically. It will explore the mechanism of breath movement in the body based on the Vinyasa Krama system and the movement mechanisms of life-force based on the Ayurveda system. Students learn the practical use of Bandhas to control the circulation of energy as well as learning how to withdraw the senses to cultivate an internal focus on movement. Also, the use of props to enhance alignment and steadiness of the asanas will be outlined and how to effectively cue for enhanced alignment.
Adjustments and Hands on Assists with Yazdan
Yoga teachers, guide, assist and educate their students verbally, visually and through adjustments. This module enhances the ability of assisting students, offering creative and knowledgeable modifications with variations for all levels. Understanding touch as one of the most powerful tools a Yoga teacher has. Teachers in training learn about the quality of the touch, directive, affirming or therapeutic, and develop safe and effective skills to communicate with their students. Understanding various modifications and individual anatomy in relationship to asana largely increases the ability to appeal to students who are looking for more challenge in their practice, and to assist those who have limitations or injuries.
Advanced Asanas (Poses) with Tia
How do you move to more advanced poses efficiently, with care and safety? Can you find poses that open, prepare the body for asanas that you wish to learn and can you counter pose them? What are the key factors in learning more advanced asanas? Your teacher Tia Sallinen will go through some of the more advanced poses with you and help you find a way to work with an open, curious, concentrated mind. We are also adding the language of the chakras, anatomy and some physiology to the mixing bowl while we break the walls of fear and doubt. With Thai yoga massage we will release the stress that may build up as the result of working hard and have a fun ending at the end of each day!
Cultivating a regular meditation practice is essential for any individual in search of long term happiness, health and success. Through this practice, the relationship with the self and with others will be transformed. As yoga teachers, this is where students find their roots.
In this module students learn the connection between the Breath, Body, and Mind. This connection is the most helpful tool for serious yoga practitioners and teachers. Students gain the ability align with the law of nature through appreciation of the subtlest realities of existence. This training invites a deeper look into the inner life and empowers students to integrate these practices into their daily routine and ultimately into their teaching environments.
Strengthening the “Inner Eye” of Asana with Sheila
This clinic weekend with Sheila Gill will explore an alignment and mindfulness-based approach to asana practice that is significantly informed by the legacy of B.K.S. Iyengar. We will survey all classes of pose, using a sampling of functional anatomy cues as focal points (dharana) for a series of inward journeys. Here the poses serve as invitations to initiate and experience specific key actions inside the body—and in the process, to improve communication with parts of ourselves that are shut down, injured, typically inactive or overactive. Since this inner communication is ultimately neurological (and thus, energetic and holistic) the potential for students' improved wellness (“healing”, “wholeness,” yoking, “yoging” the mind and body) over time, is great. This training includes: Introduction, Standing Poses, Intro to Inversions, Twists/Forward Folds, Q&A/Discussion, Backbends and Inner Body Explorations: Pranayama.
Movement as Medicine with Rachel
During this course Rachel will be discussing how movement is medicine, and she will be helping students to create Sadhana (daily practice) for better health. Rachel will examine the following topics with students:
- Self-Care- how do we nourish ourselves?
- Intuition, knowing and understanding our bodies
- The Sacred Spine and the Nervous System
- Yoga and Psychology: psychosomatics and exploring the unconscious on our mats
- Creating ritual and exploring an esoteric practice
- The art of teaching (and living) yoga history and philosophy
- The Eight Limbs of Yoga by Patanjali and how to apply them in daily life
- Balancing the three Gunas and a daily journal-writing practice to get in touch with our physical, mental, emotional states Body Intelligence- exploring different forms of movement
- Tantra Vinyasa- working with the Elements
- Exploring Pranayama and Kundalini exercises to get in touch with the energy body
- Discovering the pause- Kumbhaka Breathing
- Break Free- exploring a non-linear yoga practice, avoiding straight lines and injury
- Getting out of your own way- working through our fear of inversions and other advanced asanas
Physically Passive Approach to the Practice of Asanas
Yin practice enables an experience of deep release both in body and mind. It is calming and meditative for all levels and practiced regularly can release stress and assist in meditation. In this module students learn the benefits, contraindications, modifications, hands-on adjustments, prop utilization, sequencing for health benefits, and the application of Yin and Restorative Yoga poses. Teachers in training also learn about the physical and emotional releases that may be experienced by students during a practice. Yin and Restorative Yoga helps to achieve a sense of oneness and stillness through the breath. It opens the practitioner to new states of physical and emotional awareness through the release of deep connective tissues while gently increasing the body’s range of motion from those tension and stress-impacted states. Passive yin and restorative poses are held for five minutes or more at a time. This enhances the awareness of breath by bringing increased attention to inhales and exhales within this practice, allowing the body to open and relax into the deepest and most dense areas, targeting the thick spider webs of fascia.
Yin Yoga & Mantra Meditation with Caitlan
Caitlan Carver will explain the philosophy and physiology of Yin Yoga and its benefit to practitioners. Through a hands-on interactive study of fascia landmarks and joint range-of-motion, Caitlan will lead you to appreciate natural anatomical variances and how they should inform you as a yoga teacher in adapting postures for different people. She will also guide us in yin and restorative yoga as a way to open our body's energy chakras for therapy in motion. Caitlan specializes in mantra meditation. Using vibration and sound healing to connect to yoga on a deeper more spiritual level. Chanting yoga is a special space to create for students as they realign their energy with the Universe and find the true meaning of yoga, Union & Connection to heart. It can be transforming for students in the midst of yin and restorative yoga classes.
Yin Yoga & Energy-based Mindfulness with Cheryl
During this course Cheryl will be discussing and practicing Yin Yoga by approaching the practice from an energy-based foundation. Mindfulness meditation will be discussed, practiced and incorporated as an essential part of this practice as well as the overall Yin Yoga philosophy alongside its spiritual components. We will establish awareness and develop inner wisdom through understanding of the relationship between our body and energy and will practice Yin Yoga sequences specifically to combat stress, anxiety and other dis-eases while learning how the functions of the breath can be used to identify those specific conditions within your practice. Teachers in training will also be introduced to alternative forms of holistic healing that can complement the yin yoga practice.
Life & Wisdom
In this module, the aim is to establish awareness and to nurture living wisdom through an understanding of Oneness, Dharma and the Art of Liberation. Sharing circles and open discussions empower participants to express their insights and intuition in a safe and comfortable environment. In the discourses, the art of living, existence and liberation will be discussed through the eyes of different stages, philosophers, schools, and cultures. Also, teachings of liberated mystics will be decoded to enlighten the universal and non-sectarian aspects of the practice. In depth studies of the Eight-Fold Path and Buddha’s discourses (Suttas) as well as direct exploration of mind and matter phenomenon are parts of this module.
Yoga Anatomy and Physiology
"How does yoga work?" is the question answered by looking at functional anatomy within the practice of yoga to understand its effects from the outermost layer of the body to its most subtle realm. In this module, students research human physical anatomy and physiology, as well as energy anatomy and physiology (Chakras, Nadis, Bandha and Koshas). This training will increase understanding of the musculoskeletal system; tissue types; connective tissue; muscles and bones and joint/ligament complex alongside other bodily systems, and the relevance of these systems to yoga. Teachers in training explore what the Yoga tradition describes as seven subtle energy centers in the human body called Chakras, the mind-body characteristics of each Chakra and their application in life. In this module students learn the most essential Kriyas (Cleansing techniques) to include into the daily practice. Bandhas and their functions are also explained with more details.
Pilates and Functional Fitness to strengthen your Asana Practice with Melissa
Explore Pilates and functional fitness exercises to help strengthen your Yoga practice with Melissa Macchione. It is becoming more common that many yogis are recognizing that Pilates is a rewarding complement to Yoga practice. It is becoming more common in many studios to offer Pilates/Yoga combined classes as they become increasingly popular.
When practicing Pilates, the emphasis is on using the breath to channel core energy into the center of the body and out to the limbs. Pilates teaches the practitioner how to consciously tap into their “Powerhouse” (the body's center of gravity composed of the muscles of the lower abdomen, lower back, buttocks and pelvic floor) to create greater core strength, stability, efficiency and better alignment. The deeper awareness of your core that you gain through Pilates will give you greater control over your movements that will allow you to glide in and out of your poses with precision and fluidity. This system of physical and mental conditioning can give yogis a new found body awareness of their strengths and weaknesses and give them insight into how the body moves.
By focusing on targeted movements that develop core strength, Pilates can help yogis build a stable center, lengthen the side body, increase awareness of alignment and sometimes even help them advance into poses that they hadn't previously felt were possible; all of which will strengthen their Yoga practice.
Muscles, Movement and Martial Arts with Megan
In order to go deeply within, we must journey through our physical bodies. The deepest principles of Hatha Yoga are based on an appreciation of how the musculoskeletal system is constructed, connected and balanced. Using a detailed presentation of anatomy to explore our own physical bodies, this module with Megan Evans will give you the tools to deepen your understanding of the relationships between muscles and movement.
We will bring this learning into real life with a fun, hands-on and interactive visualization of the muscles, demonstrating muscle attachment sites, size of the muscle bellies, and then the action of the muscle as it goes through lengthening and contraction. In this module, you will also kick and punch your way to a healthier you, followed by a period of stretching at the end. You will learn basic Kickboxing techniques as well as strength and endurance training. With this full body Martial Arts workout, you will feel how to isolate muscle contractions as well as how to activate multiple layers of muscles for efficient joint movement as they work together through the kinetic chains. This will build your stability, strength, and core and help you become in-tuned with a balanced body, supporting your yoga practice. Then, to relax and lengthen your muscles after a tough workout and to maintain healthy muscles every day, you will be guided through a full body range of motion and stretching routine.
Yoga Philosophy, Mythology and Yogic Scripture
Studying and working with Yoga philosophy is a means to visualize the innermost being, as well as to create a method of living in this world. This module is a detailed study of the origins and development of Yoga. Students investigate the ideas of Vedanta and Samkhya and the teachings of Yoga found in the Upanishads, Bhagavad-gita, and Yoga Sutras as well as a thorough review of the Tantric roots of Hatha Yoga practice. This course gives a detailed understanding of the principles upon which the practice of Yoga is based, and the ways it has developed during the millennia. Teachers in training get an in-depth view of its social, religious and cultural connotations and impact. The objective is to assist the practitioner in using philosophy to foster an awareness of the self as an individual being intimately connected to the unified whole of creation.
Pranayama, Yoga Nidra and Mantra
Pranayama, the practice of ancient yogic breathing techniques, consciously controls the flow of energy in the body. A regular, balanced Pranayama practice increases Prana (life energy), thereby inviting greater mental clarity, heightened healing potential and deeper self-understanding. This training invites a richer look into being through the practice of Pranayama techniques, and their solid integration into the daily practice and ultimately, into the teaching environment. Yoga Nidra draws upon the ancient practice of Pratyahara (withdrawal of the senses) in which the state of relaxation is reached by turning inwards, away from outer experiences towards Dharana (concentration). Yoga Nidra helps people to release chronic patterns of stress, to boost immune systems and overall health, to sleep better, and to lead more contented lives. In this module teachers in training practice and learn how to facilitate a transformative in-depth Yoga Nidra journey. Students also learn to chant various mantras with their meaning to re-align their mental structures and to share a sense of well-being, gratitude and oneness, to generate loving kindness for themselves, for their students and for all beings.
Yoga and the Subtle Body
Whatever in this world is excellent
and glows with intelligence or beauty--
be sure that it has its source
in a fragment of my divine splendor.
(Bhagavad Gita, 10.41, S. Mitchell, trans.)
Building on trainees’ deepening yogic reverence for the human body, this module explores teachings on its subtler nature. First we encounter the subtle nature of all things as described within the unitary consciousness of select eastern texts, poets and mystics (eastern and western alike). Next we map the subtle layers of the body itself, with reference to the yoga tradition (koshas, nadis, chakra theory), and to complementary western studies of human energy fields. Practice work in the body will begin to attune students to the qualities of their own energy centers. Finally, and most importantly, we will explore implications of these concepts for our work as Hatha yoga teachers. Teacher trainees will begin to ask themselves what practices, what poses--and ways of instructing them--will have beneficial, balancing effects on the mind/bodies of their students.
The Art of Sequencing
Sequencing helps to maximize the benefits of the yogic practice for stress relief, pain management, anxiety and a myriad of physical and mental diseases. Teachers in training learn how to intelligently design a Yoga sequence that profoundly creates restoration and inward transformation on a cellular, muscular, energetic and physical level while increasing blood flow through the body. They learn to target the nature of their students need. Teachers in training learn principles of how they can sequence a combination of passive and active Asanas, Meditation, Pranayama, Nidra, Kriyas, Bandhas and Mantras and Philosophy for different groups of practitioners based on their needs. With learning right sequencing they will be able to bring calmness to the mind, body and spirit of their students in a manner that is simpler for their students to follow.
Yogic Lifestyle and Ayurveda
From ancient traditional Yogic diets to modern nutrition, one theme remains: Nutrition IS Yoga. Right food is essential to balanced and vital living. In this module, students learn about Nutrition and its function based on the principles of Ayurveda, Yoga and Tantra. Students discuss different diets, as well as juicing and ways to detox. Teachers in training gain confidence and knowledge to establish a healthier lifestyle, and learn how to decide what diet and nutrition for themselves, and what to encourage in the diets and habits of their own students on the Yogic journey. Historical and modern methods of Holistic living will be explored too. A Holistic approach towards each individual’s lifestyle is the way to achieve the best mind-body health. Based on the concept of Ahimsa (non-harming) students will gain an in-depth understanding of a conscious, well-intentioned approach to eating and living in harmony with nature.
During this module Paula will be guiding students through a Dynamic Flow Yoga class that is intuitively personalized for each individual. She loves blending many different styles of Yoga with emphasis on strong and graceful movements, grounding sequences, centering, cleansing of the inner and outer body, balancing of chakras, and breathe work. This is an active form of meditation which penetrates the body on all levels, as well as, the very important final relaxation to leave you feeling grounded and restored. This is a class offered to regenerate oneself.
Raw Vegan Cooking with Paula
When Paula first started on her path to live foods, she was amazed by the enormous potential. There are so many things a person can do with raw fruits and vegetables. Her recipes are very simple, and students will discover how easy they are to prepare. The goal is to empower people of all ages to integrate new, delicious, and nutritious recipes into their diets while being playful and creative at the same time. You will begin your cooking class with a 15 minute guided meditation in honour of Mother Earth and our Ancestors. Secondly, students will prepare the food with love using all senses. This stage is all about playing around with the flavour, texture, and colour! Preparing raw living food is one of the most beautiful contributions that you a persona give to themselves and the world. Thirdly, everyone will spend time to consciously eat the yummy creations. There will be lots to take home!
Intuitive Art with Paula
Intuitive Art is the practice of meditating with a brush in your hand. It is a powerful and creative, spiritual practice that requires fierce devotion and trust. Students will learn how to let go of things that get in the way of their full creative expression like perfectionism, comparison, and the need for external approval. Students will be encouraged to devote themselves to the practice of entering into intimate communion with the inner world of their heart, your mind, and spirit. The objective is to trust and surrender to one’s own creative genius, energy, and aliveness.
Kids Yoga with Yazdan
In this module, students learn how to facilitate classes for kids that helps them to be more aware of their bodies and stay attuned to their feelings. Yoga can help kids to gain self-knowledge from an early age, and develop access to their natural abilities and talents when an opportunity that supports their curiosity and creativity is provided to them. There are exercises and games based on age groups. Kids Yoga is all about having fun while helping children to stay healthy and peaceful. Children will be more comfortable socially and communicate effectively. This fun training includes yoga poses, breathing, movement, mindfulness practices, games, music, art, and always, relaxation. Teachers in training will learn tools to support children gain more confidence and learn how to express and be more attuned to their nature within.
Teen/Youth Yoga with Angela
In this training, we will learn how we can help young yogis navigate through the teen years with a greater sense of self and body. This training will offer new teachers a blueprint for creating a positive, engaging and meaningful experience for their teen students. Expect discussion around how we can use our yoga practice to deal with anxiety and peer pressure, build strength in body and mind and support one another through sharing, connecting and listening, instead of competing~ all this while building an atmosphere of safety, trust and fun. Focus will be on appropriate asana and philosophy, meditation and breathing techniques as well as class structure and planning. Teachers will move through a teen yoga class that they will create together. Our goal: for your future teen students to fall in love with yoga and feel supported and strengthened in their lives through their practice~~both on the mat and off!
Prenatal Yoga with Cedar
The practice of prenatal yoga during pregnancy is so very beneficial for the expectant mom. Physically it helps to maintain strength as well as promote opening and flexibility during a time that your body is rapidly changing and almost doesn't feel like your own. Emotionally it helps to keep you feeling grounded and calm. Pregnancy can be a very emotional and stressful time, even in the best of circumstances and the practice of yoga can help to ease stress and help to promote feelings of well-being and peace. During your two day training with Cedar you will develop a good understanding of the changes that occur in the body during pregnancy and the Yoga Asanas (poses) that can be used to support these changes. We will work on Pranayama (breathing exercises) that will be helpful not only during pregnancy but can be used during labour and birth. We will also work with mantras and meditations to help mom stay focused, connected and grounded during this life altering time. Upon completion you will feel comfortable leading a prenatal class or giving modifications to pregnant women who attend your regular yoga class.
Mindful Teaching Methodology and Class Management
This module provides an overview of how to design various styles of classes, considerations for the physical environment where a class may be held, establishing protocols, the use of music, physical safety considerations, dealing with class dynamics, being present, alert and attentive, as well as the power of words and phrases that create the right experience in a class.
Business and Ethics of Yoga
In this module teachers in training learn how to grow a career in yoga teaching, remaining anchored with integrity and in the reality of an abundant and competitive industry. They learn tools for effective and creative use of social media; explore branding and practical tools for the day-to-day management of a yoga business. Students are provided with the foundation to build quickly, with or without a physical location, and with or without funding. The ethical considerations of teaching yoga are also discussed. This involves the student-teacher relationship and its complexities, the Code of Conduct for yoga teachers, the roles and responsibilities of yoga teachers towards their students and also towards themselves.
Finding Your Voice and Teaching Practice with Sheila and Yazdan
In this module, teachers in training learn how to lead an effective, joyful and safe yoga class. Students learn how to assess and shift group dynamics using communication skills, time management, reflective listening with the understanding of bio-mechanics, optimal alignment and verbal and physical adjustments. "What makes a good teacher" is the wisdom that is cultivated and expressed through each individual’s unique humour, language, and perception. Teachers in training develop the skills and confidence to engage, inspire and guide their own students on the path.