Expand Your Practice with Yoga Teacher Training

Training the lovers of yoga to become teachers since 2001.

The Yoga Sanctuary continues to be a Toronto community leader in the realm of teacher training, pushing the envelop of training to new excellence. The Yoga Sanctuary became a “Certified Private Educational Institute” with the Federal Government of Canada in 2008. We are the first yoga studios in Ontario to achieve this status.

250 Hour

Deepen your practice and learn to guide.

Foundational Teacher Training

300 Hour

Yoga Therapeutics: Living Your Guidance

Advanced Teacher Training

Continuing Education

Define Your Skills.

On-going Teacher Training

When I did my teacher training program with the Yoga Sanctuary I didn’t know what to expect. Not only did I have an incredible time, I truly did deepen my practice and my understanding of yoga. I also grew tremendously in my personal life and feel as though it has changed my life in a huge way. Thank you so much to all the teachers and friends that made that experience what it was and still is.
If you are considering a teacher training program I would highly recommend this one! Ernest G.

Certified Financial Educational Institute
Established Teacher Training since 2001.

The Yoga Sanctuary was the first studio in Ontario to be recognized by the Federal Government as an accredited professional educational program providing students with the skills to enable them to work in a recognized occupation.

The Yoga Sanctuary continues to be a Toronto community leader in the realm of teacher training, pushing the envelop of training to new excellence.

The Yoga Sanctuary became a “Certified Private Educational Institute” with the Federal Government of Canada in 2008. We are the first yoga studio in Ontario to achieve this status.

While The Yoga Sanctuary is a fully accredited Yoga Teacher Training Institute we also have all of our Teacher Training Programs registered and recognized by Canadian Yoga Alliance CYT (Certified Yoga Teacher), Yoga Alliance of the United States RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher).

The Yoga Sanctuary is the Premier Destination for Advanced Studies, offering 300-hour and 500-hour Yoga Alliance® registered Teacher Trainings and Continuing Education with Senior Faculty designed to help you develop into a unique and successful instructor.

Our comprehensive training programs offer the flexibility to develop your unique style and passion. Whether you are a student wanting to deepen your practice or you dream of helping others heal and grow through the practice of yoga or you are already teaching yoga and wish to continue your education with exceptional faculty, The Yoga Sanctuary Teacher Training programs offer you the tools you will need to take the next steps on your journey.

Financial Benefits for Our Students:
  • Successful graduates will receive an official Tuition Fee Receipt (T2202A) for Income Tax purposes for any of our Yoga Teacher Training Programs.
  • Students will also receive an official Education and Textbook credit for courses more than 3 consecutive weeks in length, with at least 12 hours of instruction each month. Not all courses qualify for this credit.

If you want further information, please visit the CRA website and see the Information for Students from Canada Revenue Agency about Tuition, Education, and Textbook amounts.

FAQs

Do you offer teacher training information sessions?

We regularly hold teacher training information sessions at all our studios. This is a great opportunity to meet some of our faculty, find out more about teacher training and ask any questions that you may have.

Who is yoga teacher training for?

Yoga Teacher Training is for everyone! It is a great choice for people who want to deepen their practice and learn to guide. Whether you have been to only a few classes and feel drawn to teach, or have a seasoned practice this course will set the foundation for your physical practice, deepen your awareness of philosophy, anatomy and yoga as therapy.

How proficient in yoga do you have to be to participate in the training program?

At The Yoga Sanctuary we believe yoga is for everybody. We accept students regardless of their ability, age or experience. We feel a wide range of students is beneficial in each course, as this will be most representative of what you will experience while teaching public classes. Our eldest graduate is 72 and our youngest graduate is 17 years old. Almost all our public classes will have students with different skill levels, body types and personalities much like the diverse lineages of yoga. A few of our recent graduates had only experienced as few as 4 classes before enrolling, while others have had a personal practice for more than a year or two. It is for anyone who has a desire that comes from the heart.

 

Each weekend will include a large amount of time devoted to both the study and practice of asanas (postures) as well as practice teaching your fellow students. We recommend that you start to attend classes as soon as you can, if you don’t already have a consistent practice. You will be required to fulfill a certain amount of practical hours for each course.

Do I need to be interested in teaching?

We have many students who enroll in a teacher-training program solely for their own personal development. The skills you will be learning during any program will enable you to gain greater fulfillment from your own yoga practice and your life.

Should anyone taking the program for the purpose of deepening his or her practice decide to teach, our 250-hour program will qualify you to be an inspiring, safe and effective teacher.

How long is each program? What are the schedules like?

Both of The Yoga Sanctuary 250 Hour programs cover the same comprehensive curriculum. We offer part time program, from September – April each year, as well as a full time intensive course over three months, April-June. Each training is held at our 95 Danforth Ave location.

You will learn about asana poses involved in the Ashtanga Primary Series, Hatha and Vinyasa styles of yoga, meditation, pranayama, anatomy, history, philosophy and yoga therapy. The main factors to consider are: where you would like to undertake the training, whether you learn better in an intensive format, or prefer a more gradual approach to accumulating knowledge and skills; and, of course, which format works best for your lifestyle and free time.

The 250 Hour Part-Time 8 Month Training offered at our Danforth location, is designed to work with your busy schedules in mind. Dive deeply into the study and practice of yoga while still being able to maintain your commitments to your work, family, schooling and other activities. We meet for 16 weekends, over an 8 month period every other weekend, offering 10 hours of faculty instruction per weekend

For the schedule of our next training Part Time Training at 95 Danforth Ave in Toronto click here.

The 250 Hour Full Time Fast Track Teacher Training gives you the chance to immerse yourself in an excellent intensive (full time) training. The course runs for 12 consecutive weekends, offering 14 hours per weekend of faculty instruction and is perfect for students who learn best while studying intensively between scheduled course sessions. The course requires a class practice approximately 4-5 days a week depending on your scheduling of required classes. For the schedule of our next Full TIme training at 95 Danforth Ave in Toronto click here.

What are the requirements of your 300 Hour Advanced Teacher Training?

Our 300-hour Advanced Yoga Teacher Training (AYTT) Allows you to advance your practice, refine your guidance and increase your skills set. This is a modules based flexible study course, modules can be taken part-time over 9 months or take up to 5 years to complete.

 

You have the option to take modules when you are able~ Create your own schedule and pick the courses that most interest you, to suit your lifestyle and budget.

To qualify for this program, you must have completed a minimum of 200 (or 250 hour) YTT program certification before enrolling in the 300 hour AYTT training. Enhance your teaching skills by choosing from a wide variety of modules offered in our Advanced Yoga Teacher Training Course: Yin, Prenatal, Kids to Teens, Restorative, Yoga as Therapy, The Art of Assisting, Experiential Anatomy, Seniors Yoga, Yoga for Bigger Bodies and Arm and Hand Balancing, modules with Master Guest teachers, to reach your 500 hour teaching qualification.

For more information about our Advanced Yoga Teacher Training 300-hour modules click here.

What is included in the Training?

What’s included in the tuition varies on the training you choose.

The 250 Hour Part Time Teacher Training includes:

  • Unlimited classes at both locations of The Yoga Sanctuary for the full length of the course.
  • A comprehensive manual and binder of supplementary materials.
  • 15% discount off products, clothes and accessories of either of The Yoga Sanctuary locations.

The 250 Hour Full Time Fast Track Teacher Training includes:

  • Unlimited classes at both locations of The Yoga Sanctuary for the duration of the course and 5 extra months of unlimited practice after the last faculty led weekend.
  • A comprehensive manual and binder of supplementary materials.

The Advanced Yoga Teacher Training courses include:

  • Handouts or a manual will be given for each of the individual modules of teacher training courses taken.
  • A certificate will be granted upon successful completion of the requirements of each module.

A 300 hour Advanced Yoga Teacher Training certificate will be awarded to each participant, after the completion of all requirements are received in a satisfactory manner. This 300-hour training is registered with HRSDC and Yoga Alliance.

Do I have to purchase books?

There are textbooks that will need to be purchased. We offer the books at a discounted rate to our members. The cost is approximately $100. We offer a 20% discount for YTT students to purchase books. This cost will be part of the Text Book credit that you receive from the HRSDC (Human Resources and Skills Development Canada).

What style of Yoga or lineage does the 250 Hour Program follow?

The 250-hour program is primarily an Ashtanga Vinyasa based course. We also explore the styles of Hatha, and Vinyasa Power Flow.

 

At The Yoga Sanctuary we recognize that the main styles of yoga practiced at the studio are from the lineage of T. Krishnamacharya, but we don’t follow this single lineage, style or approach, as we do offer ongoing public classes in Zen Stretch, Pilates and Qigong. We pride ourselves on having a diverse teaching staff with different backgrounds so that you can gain a well-rounded view of all styles.

Through the training and your teaching practice, we want you to find your own voice and a teaching method that is authentic to you.

Who is on the faculty teaching staff?

All The Yoga Sanctuary Training Institute faculty are Yoga Alliance Certified at the 250-hour, 500-hour level, or E500 level. All of our faculty are committed to continuing their own studies, to share with you their latest inspirations from their practice to your classroom. All members of our faculty participate in workshops and courses from various traditions of yoga and are committed to your higher learning. Assistant teachers may be a part of your trainings and they too are from our current roster of teachers at The Yoga Sanctuary and hold a Yoga Alliance 200, 300 and 500 level certification. For more information on our teacher-training faculty, please visit our Faculty and Assistant Faculty page. To meet some of our faculty members, attend an Information Session.

How much time should I expect to spend on homework?

250 Hour Part Time Training – Expect a minimum 5 or more hours of home study plus an additional 1-2 classes per week during the scheduled training times, in addition to the faculty led weekend hours at The Yoga Sanctuary.

 

250 Hour Full Time Fast Track Training – Expect a minimum 10 hours or more of home study plus an additional 3-4 classes per week during the scheduled training times, in addition to the faculty led weekend hours at our Danforth location.

300 Hour Advanced Yoga Teacher Training – Home study times vary from one to ten hours of home study per module, depending on the particular AYTT course taken.

Is there a limit to the number of students accepted to The Yoga Sanctuary teacher training programs?

Our Danforth location hosts the vast majority of our yoga teacher training programs. The group size is limited to 40, with one Assistant faculty member to keep our student teacher ratio low.

 

The Yoga Sanctuary is committed to your process in becoming the best teacher possible and faculty feedback is an important part of this learning process. Larger group sizes allow for practice teaching opportunities that better mimic true teaching situations because of the diversity of students in our groups. The number of faculty and assistants is adjusted to allow optimal individual attention whether you are in a small or larger group. Due to the limited class size, we encourage you to sign up well in advance in order to secure your place in the training.

How do I register for a Program?

To register for a teacher training we require a completed application form and a registration fee.

 

You may fill out an application form for the program you’re interested but filling out the form here. For teenage applicants, please expect an interview to be conducted with your parent(s) and a Faculty member to ensure you are fully aware of the scheduled times and commitment.

You can reserve your place by paying the non-refundable registration fee of $500. To pay your registration fee, please stop by any of our locations, contact us by phone or pay online.

To pay online go to Mind Body Online and scroll down to find the training you are interested in taking. If you do not have a user id and password with us, please set one up. If you already have a user id and password with us, you can pay immediately online by logging into your account.

When will I find out if I have been accepted into the program?

After you submit your completed Teacher Training Application and registration fee, you will be contacted via email within one week to confirm that you have been accepted onto the course.

What if I miss a class?

100% attendance is required for all of The Yoga Sanctuary training programs. On occasion we may be able to make a special arrangement for a missed class for the 250-hour training. Please ensure that any such requests arising from scheduling conflicts are communicated to The Yoga Sanctuary prior to the training, so that we can discuss whether a special arrangement will be possible. There will usually be an additional charge for such arrangement (for example, private sessions are charged at $100/hour and the cost may be shared by others if they missed the same class). There are also other faculty-approved courses or workshops that can be taken to make up missed class time. These courses or workshops are purchased at the YTT student discount.

When I graduate from The Yoga Sanctuary 250 Hour Teacher Training program will I be ready to teach?

Yes! You will be ready to teach!

 

Upon successful completion of our 250-hour program, you will have the necessary cornerstone foundation to teach and begin your teaching career! You will receive your diploma and if and when you need to, you may also register with the Yoga Alliance at the RYT-200 level (Registered Yoga Teacher 200). Graduates of the 200-hour program usually begin teaching in small studios, gyms and with friends and family.

Your ability to teach will also be influenced by how long you have been practicing yoga, your dedication to your practice in combination with the program, and your comfort level with teaching.

At The Yoga Sanctuary, we continue to support our graduates offer them the opportunity to teach our New Grad classes, offered at each location, as well as assist classes with a teacher on our current roster of classes. There are also volunteer assisting and or teaching opportunities at various events The Yoga Sanctuary is involved in.

While in the midst of starting to teach, many new teachers decide to continue their Teacher Training with The Yoga Sanctuary, adding on to the 250-hour foundation course with our Advanced Yoga Teacher Training 300 hour course and eventually working up to the 500-hour certification. These Advanced Yoga Teacher Training modules contribute to your skills set as a teacher in your continuing education credits.

Who is The Yoga Sanctuary registered with?

Yoga Alliance is a United States organization that registers both individual yoga teachers and yoga teacher training programs (schools) who have complied with educational standards established by the organization. Their mission is to lead the yoga community, set standards, foster integrity, provide resources, and uphold the teachings of yoga. Although registration with the Yoga Alliance is not legally required for teaching yoga, most studios and fitness centers will require teachers to be registered with the Yoga Alliance. The Yoga Sanctuary is also a registered school with the Canadian Yoga Alliance, All of The Yoga Sanctuary Yoga Teacher Training graduates are automatically eligible for Yoga Alliance registration.

What is the HRSDC?

The Yoga Sanctuary is proud to have become the first Private Educational Institute for yoga, in Ontario in 2008, when we registered with the Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC), now rebranded as Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC).

 

It is the regulatory agency for private training institutions across Canada. The ESDC helps to ensure your educational experience is a good one by requiring quality standards in schools – from contracts and refunds to course records as well as official income tax receipts. For more information please visit ESDC comprehensive website www.esdc.gc.ca/

What is Continuing Education?

It is a Yoga Alliance requirement that in order to maintain your status as a registered yoga teacher you must participate in continuing education. The Yoga Sanctuary has lots to offer! Our Continuing Education courses cover various aspects of yoga from philosophy to advanced asana. Refine your teaching skills, and develop a creative edge for your own practice and your students.

Are payment plans available?

Yes! Finances should never be the limiting factor when embarking on a journey that you are passionate about. Please choose the payment plan that best fits with your current lifestyle needs.

Contact our Education Program Advisor at our Wood Studio at 416-928-3236 to discuss the training and payment options.


What happens if I have to cancel my place on the Training?

Please see our refund policy.

Do you offer accommodation?

For teacher trainings in Toronto, you are responsible for finding your own accommodation. Both of our studios are conveniently located just a few minutes walk from a subway station. Both have inexpensive parking lots close by.

 

Here are a few recommendations from us for places to check out that are in the area: * airbnb.com

Previous students have also found lodging at Kijiji or at Craigslist.

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