Learn with us from October 2021-April 2022
225-hr Yoga Teacher Certification
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.
Our comprehensive and transformative 225 hour Yoga Teacher Training starts October 20, 2021. Deepen your practice, learn to teach yoga with our highly skilled and experienced faculty members, and become a part of our growing community!
Kim McBean, Taryn Diamond, Rose Mina Munjee, Liz Coucean, Madeleine Shen, Erin Wilbur, Indu Vashist, Jennifer Snowdon
Curriculum Overview & Requirements
The curriculum far exceeds what is required by the Yoga Alliance (over 225 contact hours) and provides a solid foundation for teaching yoga professionally. Union Yoga + Wellness’s Yoga Teacher Training is a Registered Yoga School (200 Hour designation) with the Yoga Alliance (US), and has received the online teacher training exemption.
Embedded within the training is a Mentorship program in which each trainee will be paired with a Union Yoga teacher for the duration of the course for support and guidance. Info below reflects our 2021 curriculum:
PART ONE: Theory and Applied Foundations (ONLINE)
— Yoga History
— Yoga Philosophy
— Pranayama + The Science of Breath
— Embodied Mindfulness Meditation
— Subtle Anatomy – including the chakras, koshas, vayus, doshas, and mantra
— Essential qualities of a teacher
— Communication skills
— Boundaries and self-care
• BONUS all day training: Embodying Trauma-informed Foundations
PART TWO: Experiential and Embodiment (ONLINE and In-Studio options)
— Human anatomy, physiology, and biomechanics
— Foundational yoga asana (postures)
— How sequence and theme yoga classes
— How to teach to beginners and offer accessible classes
— Diversity and inclusion in yoga
— Business of yoga
— Class observation (minimum 5 classes)
— Teaching practicum (includes learning Union’s template for classes and teaching a 30 min class)
• BONUS all day training: Embodying Restorative Yoga
— Attendance is mandatory at all sessions.
— Attendance is mandatory at all sessions with cameras on.
— Attend 36 teacher-lead classes (at Union and/or elsewhere).
— Observe and reflect on five teacher-lead classes at Union.
— Record a complete 30-minute hatha or flow yoga class to be reviewed by faculty, demonstrating
proficiency in teaching standing, reclined, and seated poses.
— Successful completion of homework assignments and tests
— Attendance at Group Practice sessions (Wednesday evenings).
— Minimum of 2 hours of homework per week, in addition to class attendance.
Note: At times divergent views will be presented. For example, faculty have varying perspectives on use of Sanskrit. It will be used by some to honour faculty's specific lineage, and not used by others.
Past program graduates who were interested in teaching professionally have gone on to teach for Union and other established studios in the GTA.
A Note on Accessibility:
While we touch on all eight limbs of yoga (philosophy, subtle anatomy, meditation, pranayama, trauma informed yoga) this is primarily an embodied asana based training, all trainees must have a consistent and robust practice that includes familiarity with standing, seated, and reclined poses. Trainees are expected to know how to adapt their asana practice for their specific needs.
Our training program takes place on weeknights and weekends between October 2021 and April 2022. There are 11 weekends (Saturdays and Sundays 9:30 am – 5 pm with one hour lunch break), and 21 Wednesday evenings (7 pm – 9 pm, however 8 Wednesday evenings will be shorter for group practice sessions or scheduled quizzes).
NEW – Join for Part 1 only! Trainees seeking an immersive yoga experience, but who do not necessarily want to learn teaching skills, may choose to only participate in Part 1.
PART ONE: Theory and Applied Foundations (ONLINE)
90 hours (75 contact hours, 15 non-contact hours for reading, homework and test*)
*Test is optional for those only participating in Part One
Opening night: Wednesday October 20 (6 pm - 9:30 pm)
Wednesdays 7-9 pm:October 27, November 3, 10, 17, 24, December 1, 8*
Weekend 1: October 23, 24
Weekend 2: November 6, 7
Weekend 3: November 20, 21
Weekend 4: December 11, 12
PART TWO: Experiential and Embodiment (ONLINE and In-Studio options*)
135 hours (115 contact hours, 20 non-contact hours for reading, homework and tests*, home practice)
Wednesdays (7-pm - 9 pm): January 5*, 12, 19, 26, February 2, 9, 16, 23, March 2, 9, 16, 30*, April 27
Weekend 5: January 8, 9
Weekend 6: January 22, 23
Weekend 7: February 5, 6
Weekend 8: February 26, 27
Weekend 9: March 12, 13
Weekend 10: March 26, 27
Weekend 11: April 23, 24
Personal practice: 36 classes (online or in-studio at Union and/or elsewhere)
Overall contact hours: 225 hrs + including mentorship meetings and class observations.
*Note: In studio options are not guaranteed - they will only be available for a few weekends in part 2 in accordance with government health directives (if permitted). Online options will always be available for those who cannot attend in person.
Tuition & Scholarships
Please pay what you can. Paying more supports our ability to offer scholarships and supports the participation of those with more limited financial means. Not sure where you fall on the sliding scale? See this helpful graphic. Full certification tuition may be claimed for the purpose of tax credits.
Full Training October 2021 – April 2022 (PART 1 + PART 2)
Sliding scale 1: $3850 + HST
Sliding scale 2: $3600 + HST
Sliding scale 3: $3300 + HST
PART 1 ONLY TUITION
Deepen your practice October – December 2021 (PART 1 only)
Sliding scale 1: $1750 + HST
Sliding scale 2: $1550 + HST
Sliding scale 3: $1350 + HST
Tuition includes the Union Yoga 225 Hour Yoga Teacher Training manual (digital PDF or pick-up hard copy), 6 month unlimited online class pass* to practice at the studio, and access to our Virtual Studio (on-demand classes). Payment plans available. Textbooks not included.
Discounts are available to current Union Yoga Annual and Monthly* Members (*legacy memberships). Please email us to inquire.
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.
*Trainees who participate in Part 1 only will receive a 3 month unlimited online pass
Union’s leadership is engaged in a process of learning about, and addressing, systems of power that perpetuate racism and privilege whiteness. We further believe that education must be matched with real action, and we have taken steps to de-centre whiteness, including providing scholarships for people of colour.
We are currently offering one 50% scholarship for Part 1: Theory and Applied Foundation (online only, October - December), and two 50% scholarships for our full 2020-2021 program (October – April). We are collecting scholarship applications until August 30th and will inform recipients by September 15, 2021.
These scholarships are an effort to encourage the participation of folx made most marginalized, and to foster more inclusive spaces, for now and for the future. We will prioritize Black, Indigenous, and People of colour applicants, in recognition of the long history of underrepresentation of people of colour in western Yoga spaces. To learn more about Union’s anti-oppression values and practices, see here.
To apply for a scholarship, please:
The Union Advantage
Study with us and benefit from core faculty with combined 3000+ hours of yoga education and 65+ years teaching experience, ONLINE* 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, discounted studio membership in perpetuity, opportunities to teach at Union once graduated, training in Mindfulness Meditation, Trauma informed yoga, Restorative yoga, and much much more! New in 2021: monthly BIOIC affinity practice meetings, and white awareness meetings.
*Note that in part 2, some weekends may be offered as a hybrid of in-person and online learning. Online learning will be available for the whole program for those who cannot attend in person.
Union Yoga + Wellness is recognized as a leader in the international yoga community and won the Top Choice Award for Top Yoga Studio Toronto in 2016, 2017, and 2021. Graduates of our program have gone on to teach at Union and other studios and workplaces around the city, and integrate yoga into their professional careers as occupational therapists, social workers, massage therapists, and more.
Interested in speaking with past program graduates? Let us know and we can e-introduce you!
Enroll Now (Application + Interview)
Ideal applicants are those with a passion for yoga who would like to delve deeper into their personal practice and path of self-discovery. Applicants may also wish to teach yoga professionally, either in their communities, workplaces, or studios.
Ideal applicants are those with a passion for yoga who would like to delve deeper into their personal practice and path of self-discovery. Applicants may also wish to teach yoga professionally, either in studios, workplaces or their community.
Yoga Teacher Training can be physically and emotionally demanding. Candidates should be prepared and willing to work hard throughout the duration of the program; be able to put in extra time outside of scheduled sessions for self-practice, studying, assignments; demonstrate emotional maturity and willingness to participate in group discussions and interactive learning sessions, and to support their peers. Given the deep nature of Yoga training, intensive education programs such as ours are not advised for individuals with recent traumas. Training is not a substitute for therapy or professional coaching programs.
Interested applicants should have a minimum 2-year regular yoga practice, and be at least 18 years of age. Applicants must have access to reliable internet, a computer or tablet with a video camera and built-in microphone, and private space to participate in training.
Applicants must also attend at least 2 classes with Union Yoga teaching faculty (can be attended after the application form has been submitted). We invite interested applicants of all genders, religious and ethnic backgrounds, races, sexual orientations, and body sizes to apply.
Enrollment is open for our upcoming training. Interested applicants should download and complete an application form, and send to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please do not submit in person. Download Application Form
Please allow a minimum of 5 business days for us to process your application. You will receive an email to let you know if your application has been conditionally accepted, and schedule a time for a 15 minute virtual interview. Within two-weeks of final acceptance, a non-refundable deposit of $500 + HST is required to guarantee admission.
Questions or concerns? Please email our director of teacher training, Kim.
“I would highly recommend Unions YTT. The studio alone is unlike any other yoga studio I have been to and the teacher training is no different. The amount of care and consideration for creating a safe inclusive space is what drew me to the program. They aren’t just going through the motions and pumping out yoga teachers. I appreciate the efforts to continue to strive to break down barriers and have important conversations that aren’t being had in every YTT program to support new teachers to think critically about their impact on students and the yoga community as a whole. I came to the program for these reasons and stayed for a million more. I found the most supportive group of peers and mentors and knew that I chose the right place for me. Forever grateful for this studio.” – SG, 2019
“This training was immense and really empowered me to be as curious as a student, confident as a teacher, and humbled to be both. Anatomy was something I was afraid of it was made accessible and VERY! EXCITING! Kim’s approach to asana and gentle encouragement of seeing each and every single body was profound because rather than approaching teaching as an expert we were reminded that the bodies in the room are the real teachers. Erin’s passion for vinyasa was clear from jump and this made learning about vinyasa that much more enjoyable. We can learn about anatomy, asana, sequencing techniques but learning about the ‘why we show up’ each and every day and what we bring with us, that’s the piece that I don’t think is offered anywhere else. And that’s probably the thing I always go back to as a new teacher. The facilitators were also very honest and open to any feedback from the group and I felt heard and valued. Thank you thank you thank you!” – Natasha Griarte, 2019
“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)