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Iam Yoga 300-Hour Advanced Yoga Teacher Training

With a rigorous focus on connecting the Science of Mindfulness to the Philosophy, History, Spirituality and Contemporary Practice of Yoga, you will study and practice through the lenses of Neuroscience and Anatomy, Cognitive Science and Psychology as a means toward locating the historic practice of yoga as a tool to live productively in the modern world.

March 10 – April 9, 2019

Kalani Resort – Hawaii Island


To understand the future of Yoga, you first have to become deeply intimate with not only an advanced understanding of its origins, but also a critical understanding of the present state of the tradition and how this will influence the future of this rich practice. As a result this training begins with an in-depth study of Yoga History & Philosophy. You will critically examine how Yoga relates to modern issues of oppression, sexuality, power structures, meaning structures, psychological stability, and mental health. You will study neuro-anatomy as it relates to mindfulness practices like Yoga and Meditation, which will encourage you to deeply explore the role of yoga in developing and maintaining optimal mental health. You will also explore Trauma Sensitive Yoga protocols as well as “Mindfulness Studies” as they relate to the development of meaning in life, flow states, and “enlightenment.”

This training will provide you with a contemporary “Operating Manual” for the relationship between your mind and body; you will emerge from this training with a new perspective on what it means to practice and teach yoga in the modern world. You will explore advanced sequencing techniques, advanced anatomy, as well as the role of the Yoga Teacher, and you will be provided with the necessary experiential and research-based tools and education that will foster the spiritual and moral growth that is critical in the development of any serious student or teacher.


  • Cognitive Science and Mindfulness
  • Neurological Anatomy of Yoga
  • Yogic texts in Historical and Philosophical Context
  • Multi-Dimensional Sequencing
  • The Yoga Tradition & the Modern World
  • Yoga and the Subtle Body
  • Advanced Physical and Energetic Anatomy
  • Trauma-Sensitive Yoga
  • Yoga Nidra; Restorative and Yin Yoga
  • Teaching to all levels
  • Meditation and Pranayama For Optimal Mental Health
  • Ayurveda and Asana Sequencing
  • Pre- and Post-Natal Yoga
  • The Flow State
  • Cultivation of your Yoga Brand and Business
  • Affecting & Directing Energetic Shifts
  • Injury Identification and Prevention
  • Developing Powerful Intentions


We have brought together experts in yoga, trauma, neuroscience, meditation, mindfulness, and exercise to create a cross-disciplinary training that is unlike any other training in the world. Our curriculum weaves together the disparate threads of contemporary yoga and science research in a way that applies to every aspect of your practice and your life.


Nicky Poole

Nicky Poole, a mother of two originally from New Zealand has been enmeshed in the study of yoga and meditation since 1999. She founded the first yoga studio in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam in 2004 and cultivated a unique community on the banks of the Saigon River until moving to Canada in 2009. Calling Toronto home, Nicky has established herself as a highly sought after teacher trainer, and pre and post natal specialist. She developed and led the prestigious 889 Living Yoga Program for seven years. Nicky now shares her knowledge through teacher training collaborations by invitation both in Toronto, and internationally. Nicky’s current movement based practice ranges from deep study in Kalarippayat – a martial art from South India, to Classical Ballet. Her yoga methodology draws from a variety of lineages, but her primary source of inspiration and connection for the past ten years is Prana Flow Yoga with her teacher Shiva Rea who she continues to assist on retreats worldwide. Nicky draws on extensive study of Ayurveda to inform her teachings, and enhances her care and support for her student with her offerings as a Birth Doula and a Thai Yoga Massage practitioner.

Juliana Belinko

Over her 15 years of teaching, Juliana has had the privilege of deepening her practice with the help of Eileen Mur, Rodney Yee, John Friend, Richard Freeman, Cyndi Lee, Dharma Mittra, Eddie Stern, David Robson, Chip Hartranft, Edwin Bryant, and Vipassana meditation. Juliana’s classes aim to bring peace, health, and joy to all through physical movement and awakening consciousness. Her teaching is influenced by her interest in Eastern philosophy and her academic background in contemporary psychology. She believes that by cultivating one’s own health and awareness throughout daily life one becomes more able to engage with the world in a constructive and loving manner. Juliana has been on the faculty of Iam Yoga’s Teacher Training since its inaugural year focusing on asana alignment, assisting and adjusting, pranayama, meditation, and psychology. She feels honoured to support others on their journey toward embodying the eight limbs of yoga and inspiring others through example.

Hali Schwartz

Yoga History and Philosophy


Matthew Remski

Ayurveda & Contemporary Critical Yogic Theory & Application


Blake Martin

Neuroscience and Yoga


John Vervaeke

Cognitive Science and Mindfulness


Linda Malone

Business and Branding


Aaron Moore

Mental Health, Trauma, and Stigma & Integration of Yoga


Lisa Kitteringham

Advanced Physical and Energetic Anatomy


with special guest lecturer

David Emerson

Trauma-Sensitive Yoga



Yoga Teacher Training is a transformative experience that can bring up many emotions, both energizing and challenging. On magical Hawaii Island, surrounded by ocean and sky, your mind and practice can expand in a safe, welcoming environment. With the support of our experienced faculty and with the luxurious amenities provided by Kalani, you can take loving care of your body and mind as you learn and grow. Kalani’s on-site amenities include pools, massage treatments and other bodywork, luxurious and tranquil accommodations, and one of the most beautiful and harmonious natural habitats in the world. Nourish your body with local, organic food; swim in the ocean or relax in a gently swaying hammock; get on your mat and practice to the sound of the surf. Kalani offers an unparalleled experience for healing, growth, and change.


I never had the intention to teach. I wanted to learn about why I was feeling this shift in Mind, Body and Soul. I wanted to deepen my personal practice and I had the time. If you’ve ever contemplated taking a Yoga Teacher Training program to deepen your practice, to improve your skills as a professional yoga teacher or as part of a continuing education program on this Journey of Life. Do it! It will change Mind, Body and Soul!!

Cam Kjeldgaard

I have been going to Iam yoga six months from the date it was opened. I had no idea how that tiny decision would have changed my life forever. My favourite part was philosophy. Learning about the Sutras and Vedas blew my mind and sparked my interest even more. Then, there was mediation. Juliana did not disappoint. Her knowledge and ability to transfer that insight concisely was impressive. (It even sparked my interest to go to India that same year).

Rovana Adjodha

I had no idea I was ever going to teach yoga. I am, first, and foremost, a student. I joined the Teacher Training in 2016 solely to deepen my practice. But the training transformed me. With the support of my wonderful mentors and my beloved Iam Yoga community of many years, I was able to develop my own teaching voice, and finally, after all these years of practice, I can now share the bene- fits of this life-changing practice with others. I am a living example of the positive effects it has wrought on my mind, body, and (yes!) soul. Lokah samastah sukhino bhavantu: may all beings everywhere be happy and free!

Charmaine Pang

SAMPLE SCHEDULE (every Sunday is a day off )

This is a sample daily schedule, however we have integrated daily breaks for time alone, beach time, and the integration of the teachings.


6:30am – 8:30am Yoga Practice
8:30am – 9:30am Breakfast
9:30am – 12:30pm Lecture
12:30pm – 2:00pm Lunch
2:00pm – 4:00pm Lecture
4:00pm – 6:00pm Practicum
6:00pm – 7:00pm Dinner
7:00pm – 9:00pm Group Discussion


Monday, September 11 through Sunday, September 17
Menu subject to change based on availability. Meals include salad bar & drinks. Dinner includes dessert.
Note: Consuming raw or uncooked meats, shellfish or eggs may increase the risk of food-borne illness.

Monday, Sept 11
Dion Okray
To be announced
Cameron Nagashima
    • Soup of the Day
    • Fresh Catch or Organic Tofu with Ginger Shitake Cream Sauce
    • Organic Steamed Rice
    • Vegetable of the Day
Tuesday, Sept 12
Nikindra Hungerholt
    • Soup of the day
    • Local Pumpkin & Garbanzo Tagine
    • Ratatouille
    • Organic Rice Pilaf
    • Vegetable of the Day
Dion Okray
    • Soup of the Day
    • Organic Chicken Fricassee
    • Organic Tempeh “Fricassee”
    • Roasted Local Root Veggies
    • Vegetable of the Day
Wednesday, Sept 13
Jared Paul
    • Soup of the day
    • Pasta Bar with Local Grass-Fed Beef
    • Bolognese
    • Marinara Sauce
    • Regular & Gluten-Free Pasta
    • Arugula Salad
Nikindra Hungerholt
    • Local Ulu Chowder
    • Organic Black Bean Fritters
    • Organic Steamed Rice
    • Local Asian Cabbage Slaw
Thursday, Sept 14
Nikindra Hungerholt
    • Soup of the day
    • Mediterranean Style Organic Chicken Breasts
    • Organic Garbanzo Hummus
    • Organic Quinoa Tabbouleh
    • Greek Salad
    • Pitas
Dion Okray
    • Local Kabocha Pumpkin Soup
    • Fresh Catch with Basil Aioli
    • Roasted Organic Tofu
    • Mushroom Risotto & Vegan Kine
    • Vegetable of the Day
Friday, Sept 15
Lilly Dietz
    • Soup of the day
    • Local Ahi Salad
    • Three Bean Salad with Local Green Beans
    • Organic Pearl Barley Salad
    • House-Baked Focaccia
Dion Okray
    • Soup of the Day
    • Shepherd’s Pie with Local Grass-Fed Beef
    • Vegan Shepherd’s Pie
    • Salad of Local Greens
Saturday, Sept 16
Jared Paul
    • Soup of the day
    • Buddha Bowls with Local Pumpkin, Local Greens, Roasted Chick Peas,
      Brown Rice
    • Tahini Dressing
Nikindra Hungerholt
    • Soup of the Day
    • Kalua Pork
    • Organic Tofu Poke
    • Mashed Local Purple Potatoes
    • Organic Hapa Rice
    • Local Cabbage
Sunday, Sept 17
Dion Okray
    • Soup of the day
    • French Dips with Local Grass-Fed Beef
    • Organic Tempeh Dips
    • Organic Quinoa
    • Local Kale Salad
Jared Paul
    • Red Lentil Soup
    • Veggie Lasagna
    • Vegan & Gluten-Free Lasagna
    • Antipasto Salad
    • Garlic Bread


Early Bird Pricing beginning at $3900 USD (30 days)
Accommodation Including Meals for 30 Days Beginning at $2800 USD


If booked in advance flights to Hawaii don’t have to be very expensive. Flights can range in price from $600-$1500 CAD to USD if booked in advance. Final Destination is Hilo Hawaii where we can organize shuttle pick up should you choose that will take you to Kalani. You may choose to fly into Maui or any other island first and then you would book a connecting flight to Hilo with Hawaiian Airlines.

Participants are responsible for booking and purchasing their own travel arrangements.


The most economical option is to plan for shared accommodation. If you have a roommate(s) in mind indicate that on your application with their names. If you don’t have a roommate(s) in mind we have provided a space on the application to describe yourself so that we can match you with the right person(s). Past Trainees have made life long friendships with the people they have met and shared accommodation with at Kalani and this could be a beautiful way to minimize your costs and create strong new supports and relationships at the same time!

Accommodation/Meal costs are directly from Kalani Resort. Participants are responsible for booking and purchasing accommodation through

Cottage Triple $3915 ($135/night)
Tree House Triple $3625 ($125/night)
Tree House Single $6235 ($215/night)
Bungalow Single $5655 ($195/night)
Lodge Triple Private Bath $3045 ($105/night)
Lodge Double Private Bath $3625 ($125/night)
Lodge Triple Shared Bath $2581 ($89/night)
Lodge Double Shared Bath $2871 ($99/night)
Lodge Single Shared Bath $3915 ($135/night)

Accommodation/Meal costs are directly from Kalani Resort. Participants are responsible for booking and purchasing accommodation through


200-Hour Yoga Teacher Certification or Equivalent: email elizabeth [at] to inquire about qualifying equivalencies.

All instruction will be in English; participants must be fluent and comfortable learning in English.

Prerequisite knowledge will include basic anatomy, familiarity with yogic texts including Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, the Upanishads, and the Bhagavad Gita, and a basic understanding of Ayurvedic concepts.


Ready to get Started?

Let’s get the ball rolling! If you have specific questions use this form to send them to us. If you would like an application let us know and we will make sure to include that as well!

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