Yoga Teacher Training

225 Hr Yoga Teacher Training – February to June 2018

Apply now! Early bird tuition until November 30, 2017.

Our comprehensive and transformative 225 hour Yoga Teacher Training with Kim McBean, Ruby Knafo, Taryn Diamond, Erin Wilbur,  Audrey Gentile and guest faculty begins again in February 2018.  Don’t miss this opportunity to change your life!

Deepen your practice, learn to teach yoga with our highly skilled and experienced faculty members and esteemed guest teachers, and become a part of our growing community. Union Yoga’s 225 Hour Teacher Training program is an enriching program designed for those looking to embark on a path of self-discovery through yoga, and equips students with the tools and confidence to teach yoga professionally. Unique in Toronto for our intensive small group learning (max group size 14 participants) and many extra topics included that are typically only covered in continuing education.

 OPEN HOUSE

Join us for an information session on our upcoming 225 Hour Yoga Teacher Training program! Ask your questions, meet with faculty and past program graduates, and get a tour of our beautiful studio.

To be notified when our next Open House date is listed, please email us.


Curriculum overview and program requirements

Learn foundational yoga asana (postures), human anatomy and physiology, principles of sequencing for hatha and vinyasa classes, how to teach to beginners and special populations, yoga history and philosophy, pranayama, mantra and mudras, subtle anatomy including the chakras and koshas, essential qualities of a teacher, communication skills,  and EXTRAS like intro to yoga for mental health,  workshops in pelvic floor health and anatomy, voice coaching, and full day trainings in trauma-informed yoga, and restorative yoga,  and much more. The curriculum far exceeds what is required by the Yoga Alliance and provides a solid foundation for teaching yoga professionally.

Embedded within the training are a Mentorship program in which each trainee will paired with a Union Yoga teacher for the duration of the course for support, and a 6-week Embodied Mindfulness Meditation program with Ruby Knafo, registered Occupational Therapist, yoga teacher, and meditation coach.

Program requirements:

Attendance is mandatory at all sessions. Trainees will also be required to attend a minimum of two classes per week during the training (at Union and/or elsewhere), to assist or observe four classes, and to practice teach a complete yoga class to their peers at the end of the training. There will be opportunities to teach Karma classes for continued practice after program completion, and this is strongly encouraged.

Successful completion of homework assignments and tests is required for certification. Students can expect 1-2 hours of homework per week.

Past program graduates who were interested in teaching professionally have gone on to teach for Union and other established studios in the GTA.

Union’s YTT program surpasses the standards of a 200 hour training as required by the Yoga Alliance (U.S.), and tuition is tax deductible as Union Yoga is a Certified Educational Institution with the government of Ontario.


Program Schedule

Our training program takes place mostly over evenings and weekends to be accessible to those who work or study during the week.

10 weekends February – June 2018 (Fridays 7:15 – 9:30 pm, Saturdays 9 am – 6 pm, Sundays 9 am – 5 pm)

February 9, 10, 11
February 23, 24, 25

March 9, 10, 11
March 23, 24, 25

April 13, 14, 15
April 27, 28, 29

May 11, 12, 13
May 25, 26, 27

June 8, 9, 10
June 22, 23, 24

13 Thursday evenings, 7:45 – 9:45 pm

All sessions will take place at Union Yoga + Wellness, or another central Toronto location. Attendance at all sessions is mandatory.


Tuition

  • Early Bird (Before November 30): $3250 + HST
  • Regular Rate: $3450 + HST

Tuition includes the Union Yoga 225 Hour Yoga Teacher Training manual, and a 6 month unlimited class pass to practice at the studio. Payment plans available.  Textbooks and other required reading not included.

Union Yoga + Wellness is a certified educational institution, approved by the Minister of Employment and Social Development under the Income Tax Act. Trainees in our 225 hour Yoga Teacher Training may claim tuition for the purpose of tax credits.


The Union Yoga Advantage

Study with us and benefit from small group learning (our maximum group size is 14), core faculty with combined 2000+ hours  of yoga education and 35 + years teaching experience, weekend and evening format so that you can live your life while in training, access to teachers through the mentorship program, an unlimited pass to practice at Union for the duration of the training, opportunities to teach at Union once graduated, training in mindfulness meditation, trauma informed yoga, restorative yoga, and much much more!

Union Yoga is recognized as a leader in the yoga community and has won the Top Choice Award for Top Yoga Studio Toronto in 2016 and 2017, and nominated again in 2018.  Graduates of our program have gone on to teach at Union and other studios and workplaces around the city.

Interested in speaking with past program graduates? Let us know and we can e-introduce you!


Applying

Ideal applicants are those with a passion for yoga and mindful living, those interested in teaching yoga professionally or have a deeply transformative life experience, and busy professionals who would like to learn to incorporate yoga and meditation into their current careers. Must be willing to work and play hard, take risks, and have fun! Note that this training program is open to all, and you do not have to be an experienced yogi to apply!

Requirements: Interested applicants should have at least 1 year regular yoga practice, and be at least 18 years of age. Applicants must also attend at least 2 classes with Union Yoga teaching faculty (can be attended after the application form has been submitted).

Enrollment is open! Interested applicants should complete an application form and submit a non-refundable $50 application fee. Application forms can be sent to teachertraining@unionyogastudio.ca.

Please allow 1 week for us to process your application. You will receive an email to let you know that you application has been received, and we will contact you within 5 business days to let you know if you have been accepted. At the time of acceptance, the a deposit of $500 + HST is required to guarantee admission.

Visit our team page to learn more about the faculty.

Questions or concerns? Please email our director of teacher training.


Testimonials

“The quality of instruction, the depth and breadth of the material covered, and the kind support of the teachers were beyond my expectations. The program is challenging – as it should be – but we were guided with skill, kindness and encouragement. It was one of the best learning experiences I’ve ever had.

How would I pitch the program to someone on the fence about it? If your interest in and practice of yoga are important to you, then this program will help nurture and grow your practice while preparing you to help others develop theirs. You will experience your body with new insight and understanding; you will make friends with your body in new ways, which will enable you to help others do the same. Your knowledge and understanding of the history and eight-limbed path of which yoga is a part, will be greatly expanded.

There were some important takeaways for me from the Union YTT program. I was introduced to the term “metta” (loving kindness). We were reminded to be gentle with ourselves. We so often push ourselves to do well, focusing on “results” instead of being present with our experiences, especially in a new course of study, that it was refreshing and comforting to be reminded to practice loving kindness with ourselves and others, especially if one felt overwhelmed by…you know, life!”

– Dwayne (2017 YTT graduate)

 

“Union Yoga’s YTT program opened me up to so many yoga modalities and ways of thinking. Their warm and supportive faculty helped accelerate my self-exploration and understanding of key concepts. I am really grateful for the diversity of thought, inclusiveness and hands-on approach at Union YTT – it’s truly a first class learning experience!”

– Rachelle (2017 YTT graduate)

“The Union YTT program is more then just a teacher training program. After years of wondering how I could apply yoga to my professional world as a social worker I took the plunge to start the program. One if the reasons I was attracted to the program was the attention spent on special populations, but I quickly learned that it was so much more than that. It was a journey that lets anyone who is interested in teaching in the future or interested in the education and knowledge of gaining a deeper understanding of yoga explore in a safe and welcoming studio. The studio becomes a second home that welcomes you back no matter where you land with your practice.

Learning yoga is a life long journey and I would encourage anyone who is contemplating the program to try and put no expectations or pressure of doing nothing more then showing up and giving your efforts and the rest will come.”

–  Jenn (2016 YTT graduate)

I went into Union’s Teacher Training Program eager to learn and fairly new to the practice. My yoga knowledge prior to participating in the training was limited but I knew that I absolutely loved the way that yoga made me feel and that I enjoyed being a part of the community that Union has cultivated. I was drawn to the human anatomy and physiology portion of this course. The content was very in-depth and has helped me have a greater understanding of why we have certain alignments in asanas and how to keep your body (and your student’s bodies) safe.The program prepares you to work with all different kinds of people and body types. I loved learning all about the history of yoga and how it has become what we know it as today. I came out of this program wide-eyed and with a whole new appreciation for my practice. The teachers are all incredible and each bring a different strength and basket of knowledge to the program. I’m grateful for the knowledge, tools, courage and friends that I have gained from this training.”

– A.S. (2016 YTT Graduate)