Refine Your Yoga Teacher Skills
Maintain Your Yoga Teacher Status with The Yoga Alliance
The Yoga Sanctuary offers modules from various lineages and aspects of the philosophy and practice of yoga. Our Continuing Education courses range from philosophy to advanced asana. Refine your teaching skills, while developing your own practice and then utilizing this new growth with your students.It is a Yoga Alliance Requirement that in order to maintain your status as a registered yoga teacher (RYT), you are required to do a minimum of 30 continuing education hours every three years.
These courses are offered to help you deepen your practice and refine your teaching skills. The extensive curriculum will support you in your personal development on the mat, as well as your evolution as an inspiring yoga teacher! The Yoga Sanctuary is proud to have esteemed faculty, from within our own community in Toronto who are strong masterful teachers. We also offer modules with teachers from around the globe are included in The Yoga Sanctuary programs to bring a different perspective on yoga and in-depth learning. All of our continuing education programs qualify as electives in our Advanced 300 hr Yoga Teacher Training Program.
Our 300 Hour Yoga Teacher Training is module based, enabling existing Yoga teachers certified at the 200hr level to add specialized skills to build to the 500hr certification level.
• Create your own timeline and your own learning stream.
• Complete your 300hr training in as little as 9 months or take up to 5 years.
• Tailor made studies! Take the modules you are drawn to, as your lifestyle and finances allow.
• We offer convenient payment plans.
The Yoga Sanctuary is a Private Educational Institute and this flexible study teacher training is federally recognized by the ESDC (formerly HRSDC) as well as by the Yoga Alliance of the United States.
Words cannot begin to express the gratitude that I feel towards Cynthia Funk and the Toronto Yoga Sanctuary. I began my Yoga Teachers Training in 2004 and went on to do the Advanced Teachers Training 2 years later and have nothing but the highest regard and respect for the quality and level of training which I received during both of these training’s.Deborah W.
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.
Do you offer teacher training information sessions?
Who is yoga teacher training for?
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?
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?
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?
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?
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?
What style of Yoga or lineage does the 250 Hour Program follow?
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?
How much time should I expect to spend on homework?
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?
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?
You may fill out an application form for the program you’re interested in online, scroll to the bottom of the training page you select and click on the ‘register now’ option. 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?
What if I miss a class?
When I graduate from The Yoga Sanctuary 250 Hour Teacher Training program will I 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?
What is the HRSDC?
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?
Are payment plans available?
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?
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.