Sheryl Hoo, Eugene Poku

Teacher’s Training

A Balanced Approach –  

Professional Hatha Yoga Certification Program

(250 Hour Basic Certification and 150 hour Advanced Apprenticeship Certification)

with the directors and senior staff of Ashtanga Yoga Montreal – Allison Ulan, Jeanne Mudie, Joanna Abbatt, Julien Gagnon and Robin Golt.

Since 2002, Ashtanga Yoga Montreal has certified over 300 teachers through this intensive program accredited though The Yoga Alliance of North America.  We are proud of how our graduates have become leaders in their chosen fields of expertise from restorative yoga teachers to body alignment specialists to meditation teachers.  All of our teachers at AYM are graduates of our teacher training programs.

2016 Training Dates:

Part One – May 24th to June 5th, 2016

Part Two – June 7th to June 19th, 2016

Join the directors of AYM for this in-depth professional training to study, practice and integrate the ancient techniques of Yoga in the Krishnamacharya traditions infused with contemporary techniques refining the world of Yoga.  This training focuses Ashtanga and Hatha Yoga through the principles of Ayurveda to develop balance and steadiness in the yogi(ni).  The principles covered are the Yogic 5 Element Anatomy, the 3 Dosha system, the 5 Vayu system, The Kosha System, Western Anatomy & Physiology, Vipassana Meditation and East/West Philosophy.  In 2016, our guest teachers will be Joanna Abbatt, alignment/kineisiology guru and Robin Golt, philosophy teacher.

A Balanced Approach 2016 Schedule                                                                                

The training will be divided into three parts to allow more time for participation, integration and discernment. Participants can either partake in part 1 one year.  Then do Part 2 the following year.  Or participants may do part 1 and 2 in the same year.

Part 1 Abhyasa and Vairagya – Deepening One’s Personal Practice  

May 24th to June 5th, 2016

In this two week section you will deepen your own personal understanding of yoga through yoga asana, pranayama and meditation.  Plus investigation of the history and philosophy of the ancient yogis will be introduced.  In-depth anatomy and physiology labs will support understanding of alignment and compassion. The principles in Hatha Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga will be focused through the lens of Ayurveda.  (125 hour Training)

Fee: $1450 if paid by April 10th, 2016  – $1600 is paid after April 10th, 2016

Daily Schedule in Part One is Tuesdays to Fridays from 7 am to 4 pm and Saturdays and Sundays from 8 am to 4 pm.

Part 2 –  Mudita, Karuna and Upekkha – Cultivating the Heart and Wisdom of a Teacher

June 7th to June 19th, 2016

June 21st to September 23rd, 2016 – Take Home Exam

In the second two week section, the techniques of teaching will be studied, practised and refined.  The methodology of teaching, the art of sequencing, the techniques of assisting and short term/long term lesson planning will be studied.  There will be in-depth study of philosophy through the ancient texts of The Bhagavad Gita and The Yoga Sutras. More detailed work in Ayurveda will be undertaken to cultivate a teacher’s perspective of long term change for students. (125 hour Training) To complete and be rewarded a certification from this program, all participants will complete a 50 question take home exam that needs to be handed in by September 23rd, 2016. A passing mark is 75% with no obvious weaknesses in understanding the core course material and the application of the material.

Fee: $1450 if paid by April 17th, 2016   – $1600 is paid after April 17th, 2016

Daily Schedule in part two is Tuesdays to Fridays from 7 am to 4 pm and Saturdays and Sundays from 8 am to 4 pm.

When all parts of the this course are completed, the trainee will be awarded a certification as a Hatha Yoga Instructor through Ashtanga Yoga Montreal. This training fullfills and exceeds the standards of the Yoga Alliance 200 hour yoga teacher certification.  This training is accredited as a  200 hour base certification through The Yoga Alliance of North America.

Part 3 – Sati – Taking the Seat of the Teacher

Apprenticeship with one of the the directors of the course over a 5 – 9 month period. This third part of the course is voluntary and can be completed anytime after parts 1 & 2. The apprentice and teacher will work together over an intensive period agreed apon together.  The apprentice will attend and assist 20 classes. They will be guided through methods of observation, assessment, how to assist postures, how to plan classes, verbal skills, presentation skills and teach sections of the classes under the supervision of the guiding teacher. At the end of the apprenticeship, the apprentice will teach 4 public classes. When the apprenticeship material is completed sufficiently, the student will be awarded a 150 hour advanced training certificate.

Fee – $800 plus applicable taxes paid to the director the student apprentices with.

*** If you are interested in this next training, please read through this page of material and then download the application, fill it out and send it to us at Ashtanga Yoga Montreal (372 St. Catherine Street West, Suite 118, Montreal, Quebec, H3B 1A2) with a $300 non refundable deposit. We will be happy to review your application and see if your experience level suits our program.  If your application is accepted, we will then deposit your cheque to secure and reserve your place in the training.

Who is this training designed for?

* This training is for the experienced yoga student who wants to deepen their personal yoga practice and understand yoga from it’s ancient origins. 
* This training will provide a strong base for the person who wants to teach yoga as a career.
* This course is beneficial for current teachers of other forms of Yoga to understand the principles of Yoga from the Ayurvedic perspective and how to present to these techniques skillfully to customize yoga routines for whole being healing of a student.  
* It is highly recommended that to participate in this course, an interested student should have a minimum of 3 – 5 years of dedicated yoga study/practice already “under their yogic belt” and prospective trainees should be able to practice the primary series of Ashtanga yoga with confidence and ease within their abilities.
* All trainings at AYM are recognized and certified through The Yoga Alliance of North America.

More Information:                                                                                                                                  

A Balanced Approach Application Form
Reading List

Course Curriculum:

*  The 5 element theory
*  The koshas
*  The 3 doshas principle
*  Theory and practice of Yoga (includes Asanas, Pranayamas, Kriyas, Bhandas and Chanting) pertaining to the 3 doshas and seasonal changes.
*  Anatomy and Physiology from the Western and Eastern Perspectives (Principles covered will be “grounded” femurs, extension/traction of spine, balanced body alignment for the individual, the dynamics of breathing, the dynamics of energy and progressive sequencing programs to intelligently support mind/body/spirit integration.)
*  Anatomical understanding of The 5 Vayu Theory.
*  Ayurveda 101 – Diet and Lifestyle from a Yogic Perspective.
*  Physical Education and Yoga – How Yoga’s ancient system supports developing various components of fitness.
*  Stress and Emotions – Yoga as a practical methodology in management of stress and increasing equanimity with emotional states.  Yoga provides a system to skillfully learn ways to channel emotional energy towards greater creativity, better time management and increased productivity.
*  Vipassana Meditation –  its various forms and benefits as tools for mental clarity and emotional resilience.  The elements of meditation that support developing the mind, memory, concentration, comprehension and positive discipline will be studied.
*  Yoga Philosophy – Texts to be studied will be The Bhagavad Gita, Hatha Yoga Pradipika and Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, plus excerpts from various classical texts on Yoga, Samkhya, Vedanta and buddhist teachings.
*  Study of the four paths of Yoga and the eight limb approach. 
*  Yoga practices as prevention and cure for stress and stress related problems such as anxiety, depression, hypertension, migraines, fatigue, asthma and chronic pain.
*  Teaching Methodology – how to teach classes to relax, educate, elucidate and inspire.
*  Assists and Adjustment Methodology for respect and safety of both student and teacher.
The course is limited to 24 participants, so if interested, register as soon as possible. Contact AYM by e-mail or phone us, 514-875-9642.  We will be happy to answer any questions about this training or help you begin your application process. (Payment plans are available.  Simply speak to the director of the course to make payment plan arrangements.  There is one work-study position available for this training.)

Be Well and Be Yoga,
Allison Ulan
Director of A Balanced Approach Teacher Training Program at AYM