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250hr Yoga Teacher Training Module Overview – 12 week program


IAM Sequence – Core Asanas (poses)

This module will leverage a specially designed IAM Yoga sequence to help you learn and apply the fundamental asanas (poses) needed to build and teach a class. This will include insight around benefit, alignment, and function of each of these poses as well as how to intelligently integrate the various categories of poses and vinyasas (flows) for a well-balanced and accessible class. Key categories we will explore (but not limited to), include:

  • Namaskars (salutations)
  • Hip openers
  • Chest openers
  • Back bends
  • Inversions


Yoga Anatomy (Chris Kummer)

This module is based on an understanding of the modern fascia-based movement anatomy. In recent years there has been much progress in developing and understanding the dynamic movements of the body. This course helps you take advantage of these new findings and go beyond the old anatomical model of relying on just muscles, bones and levers for movement.

During the 25 hours of this interactive, hands-on course, you will learn about:

  • The unique movement requirements for each body
  • Fascia as a moving and living tissue
  • How to make fascia your best friend
  • Why (and how) tensegrity saves you from getting old
  • Joints and movement potential in different body regions
  • Muscles and muscle actions to help postures
  • The different ways to build stronger bones
  • Building foundations: foot structure, movements, and muscle engagements
  • Knee joint structure, function and hyperextension
  • Thigh muscles for three-dimensional movement


Art of Yoga (Nicky Poole)

This is a 45-hour immersion to help refine your understanding of the subtle art of yoga, and learn how to deliver impactful classes.

Elemental Yoga: Creative sequencing of classes through an elemental yoga framework: Stable Roots (earth), Fluid Power (water), Heart Fire (fire), and Ephemerality (Air). For each element, students will learn elemental namaskars, and theme sequences using different posture families that create connections between the microcosm and macrocosm, merging our innate embodied wisdom with the environment around us.

    • Practical teaching skills: through a supportive process of guided exercises and peer feedback students will enhance their toolkit of teaching skills.
    • Verbal teaching skills: three-part cueing for yoga postures, vocal cadence and intonation, storytelling, opening and closing classes with intentions and meditations, impactful and inclusive language.
    • Hands on teaching skills: physical assists and enhancements, consent.
    • Classroom management: demonstrations, use of props and modifications, room set up, teaching with music, sequence notation, and skills for delivering online classes.

The Visual Arts of Yoga: Understand the roots of yoga by examining the visual and material culture of yoga. We will trace a chronological path through the history of the traditions by discussing examples from the Indus Valley Civilization, Vedic ideas and practice, ascetic traditions including Buddhism, tantric lineages of practice, Hatha yoga during the medieval period, colonialism, the 20th century gurus from India, and modern postural yoga practice traditions including the evolution of sun salutations.


Yoga Philosophy (Lyndsey Bishop & Georgia Mamakis)

These sessions will take you beyond the mat and the physical aspects of the yoga practice and into a deeper understanding of the long history of yoga and its rich Eastern roots. We will explore some of the key texts that belong to the wisdom tradition of yoga, as passed down from the ancient sages and rishis and contemplate how these revelations can be applied to living a mindful and purposeful life.

As part of this module we will also explore the subtle yoga body, with integral practices that will enable you to fully integrate the fulsome body, breath and mind experience, including:

Mediation: You might be surprised to know that the original purpose of physical yoga was to move energy and prepare the body for stillness. This place of stillness and presence is known as meditation. In this training you will learn some simple and effective techniques to bring you into a more calm, clear and connected state of being. Stillness is a super-power that once cultivated enables you to show-up more present and available for yourself and all those around you.

Pranayama: In Sanskrit (the sacred language of yoga), “prana” means life energy and “yama” means control. We will explore breathing techniques that help balance the energy channels of the body and help promote vitality in the system. You will also learn how pranayama helps bridge the body-mind connection and supports your meditation practice.

Chanting (sound healing): Sanskrit, the sacred language of yoga is a vibrational language that opens-up the more subtle channels of the body. We will learn to chant some of the key verses from the primary yoga texts and explore how this method is an integral part of your yoga meditation toolbox.


The Subtle Body – Chakras (Teri-Ann Carty)

This module will explore the aspect of the subtle body pertaining to the 7 most commonly known chakras, or main energy centres of the subtle body. Through chakra flow practice, you will be encouraged to explore these chakras within your own body and how key asanas can provide a means to activate and connect to these vital powers. You will also have the opportunity to sit in community with other trainees to discuss your experience, meditate on the effects and even practice teach some key asanas from this perspective.


Trauma-Informed Yoga (Amanda Stokes)

A trauma-informed yoga practice is a holistic approach that takes into consideration the total effect of trauma on the entire mind-body system. This session will introduce key concepts around this topic, including:

  • What is Trauma and how are the effects stored in the body?
  • What is trauma-informed yoga?
  • How can we use our practice to help regulate a body that has been trauma-triggered using sensitive language to make classes more accessible and inclusive?
  • As a teacher, what self-care techniques can we leverage to support ourselves while working in emotional environments?


Diversity and Inclusion in Yoga (Diana Ghant)

The very heart of yoga is rooted in universal connection. While this can sound very big and even somewhat esoteric, its foundation is community. Understanding complexities around accessibility and inclusion for all races, body types, ages, gender and orientations will help broaden your perspective and expand your understanding of what it means to live in alignment with core yogic ethics and values.

This session will take a deeper look into two huge barriers to yoga for all: social inclusion and diversity. Diana will share researched and published topics and invite sharing amongst trainees, using the power of collective experience to arm ourselves with a better opportunity to, as students and teachers of yoga, take steps forward towards a safer, inviting, inclusive practice.

This session will introduce key concepts around this topic and provide you with guidance for cultivating a more inclusive yoga practice, including:

  • How you can be more mindful, using representative language in your classes.
  • Promoting inclusive culture within classes.
  • Opportunities to make yoga more accessible by teaching beyond the traditional classroom.


Yoga Labs (Courtney Milner and Hassan Harake)

Yoga labs are an opportunity to take what you are learning in the classroom and apply it through self-directed practice. As part of the teacher training requirements, you will take 20 yoga lab classes, using the provided IAM Core Flow sequence to practice to fundamental asanas (poses). These one-hour sessions are supported by IAM faculty teachers who will be available to provide one-to-one guidance, answering any questions you have about the various poses and what you are learning.

WHEN: September 10 to December 4 2022

WHAT:  250 hours of training

COST: early bird special – $3,500; after August 15 – $3,900


Lyndsey Bishop - Senior Faculty and Lead Trainer, Yoga Asanas (poses), Philosophy, Pranayama and Meditation

Lyndsey’s (BA, ERYT-200, RYT-500) love for yoga began when she started practicing in the late 1990s. What started out as enjoyment for the physical benefits of yoga, quickly expanded into a deeper appreciation for the truly transformational aspects of the practice. Lyndsey completed her first yoga teacher training in 2007 and has since studied with teachers in Canada, the U.S. and India, becoming certified in several different modalities, including Hatha Yoga and Meditation. Through her mentors and teachers Lyndsey’s continues to cultivate deeper understanding of the traditional Eastern roots of yoga, focusing on Sanskrit, traditional chanting, meditation, pranayama and intense study of the traditional yoga scriptures.

Georgia Mamakis - Senior Faculty and Lead Trainer, Yoga Asanas (poses), Yoga Philosophy, Pranayama and Meditation

Georgia Mamakis (BA, ERYT-200, RYT-500) is a 500 RYT Toronto-based Yoga and Meditation teacher who believes that Yoga is the “path to freedom”. Every moment is our opportunity for Sadhana (practice) and the ultimate goal is liberation. She has been immersed in the yoga community for over 20 years, beginning her teaching journey in 2010. Her physical practice of Hatha, Vinyasa and Restorative has undoubtedly inspired her journey to the metaphysical, giving her many opportunities to share her knowledge and become an authority in yoga philosophy and meditation practices. Her goal is to hold a space of purity and authenticity and continue to teach as a student on her endless journey, bringing stillness to the mind.

Chris Kummer - Senior Faculty, Yoga Anatomy

Chris (BHS., Adv.Dip.Nat., Adv.Dip.Herb., Adv.Dip.Nut., Dip.Hom. E-RYT, YACEP) brings over 20 years of experience as a yoga instructor and naturopath, and sees the solutions and answers to movement and posture questions in fascia-based anatomy. Having helped thousands of students in over 150 in-person yoga teacher trainings become good friends with their more functional bodies, Chris also offers online trainings and yoga anatomy courses. Chris’ fascination with the moving body began after being diagnosed with scoliosis in primary school. Unsuccessfully trying various medical approaches, his back was straightened-out and strengthened through regular yoga practice, which prompted a curiosity for movement and healthy training approaches, leading Chris to study medicine. He then became a naturopath to create a better understanding of treatment for the person as a whole. Chris believes that the times of learning terminology and rehearsing textbooks that focus on muscles and bones are over; instead his classes provide an easy-to-follow educational environment that is instructional, humorous and practical to help students better understand and appreciate the relationships and interconnections between muscles and tissues, which are connected and influenced by the nervous system and breath.

Nicky Poole - Senior Faculty, Creative Sequencing

Nicky’s (BA, E-RYT 500, RCYT, RPYT, YACEP) embodied movement is rooted in the prana flow system created by Shiva Rea, which she has studied since 2006. She brings more than two decades of yoga practice and extensive training in multiple lineages such as Ashtanga, restorative, natal, Yin, and Pilates, to name a few.

Nicky has owned and operated studios in Vietnam and Canada since 2004, and has developed and delivered 200 and 300 hr trainings, as well as pre and post-natal teacher trainings for fifteen years. In 2002, she completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Asian Art, with a focus on the visual roots of yoga, as part of the Yogic Studies Certificate (2019) at SOAS, University of London, England. She continues to study Sanskrit language, and textual studies of various yoga traditions through Yogic Studies in California.

In an effort to share her love of yoga, she established a vibrant online digital yoga subscription service called Leelapod in 2020.  She now serves her local community as a yoga teacher and mentor to new teachers in Toronto, runs teacher trainings and workshops, and is a yoga consultant across Canada.

Teri-Ann Carty - Senior Faculty, Chakras and the Subtle Body

Teri-Ann (RYT-500) has been teaching yoga since 2015 and practicing since being introduced by her movement teacher in theatre school in 1997. She took her 200 and 300 hr, Yin/Bhakti, Kundalini/Chakra teacher training at Yandara yoga Institute in Baja, Mexico, and teaches Vinyasa, Yin and has cultivated a very popular Chakra Flow practice, leading weekly classes focusing on specific chakras. Teri-Ann has continued to expand her practice gaining experience from around the world, expanding her community to include India, Bali, the United States, Thailand, Australia, the UK and of course Canada. When she’s not on the mat, she also offers vegan and substance-free yoga wellness retreats, and has focused on living a life of sobriety for 10 years. Her flows are not only physically challenging but spiritually transformational.

Hassan Harake - Supporting Faculty, Yoga Labs and Core Asanas

Hassan (ERYT-200) was convinced to join a friend for his first yoga class in 2007 and hasn’t looked back since. Having suffered with chronic back and sleep issues for as long as he could remember, he quickly saw the benefits and relief from the practice. In 2013, he decided to take his practice to the next level and completed a ERYT-200 certified teacher training. Since then, he has taught hundreds of classes while maintaining his own commitment to practice. Hassan’s direct approach to the physical practice focusses on alignment, balance and controlled movement to challenge the body while maintaining steadiness of breath and intention. His goal is to create an environment where students can develop at their own pace, discovering new abilities by adding elements of strength and enjoying a playful practice.

Courtney Miller - Supporting Faculty, Yoga Lab & Asanas

Courtney (YAC-200) has trained intensively completing 100 hrs of study at Shambhala Yoga studio in Thailand and then went on to Cambodia where she completed another 200 hr student program at Hariharalaya retreat.  Upon returning home, Courtney completed another 250 hrs YTT in Toronto and continues to draw inspiration from her extensive training to provide students with the tools needed to cultivate connections to their true Self, all in an energetic deameanour within a fun atmosphere.

Amanda Stokes - Guest Faculty, Trauma-Informed Yoga

Amanda (ERYT-200, CPRO Psychotherapist) is an experienced yoga instructor and Registered Psychotherapist; after years of studying Hatha and Vinyasa yoga, her interest landed on energetic and emotional shifts, where she investigates the psyche outside of yoga practice.  Amanda studied Spiritual Psychotherapy and focusses on childhood developmental trauma, anxiety, depression, and relationship issues, weaving yoga philosophy and mind-body connections into sessions.

Diana Ghent - Guest Faculty, Inclusion & Diversity

Diana (ERYT-500) is a mother, a student, a teacher a long term advocate of yoga accessibility for every body, and has been practicing for almost 20 years. Identifying as queer and a melanated person and recently a ERYT-500 graduate she hopes to spark curiosity and thoughtful intention when it comes to sharing yoga asanas and yoga practice in a way that is meaningful for students and the communities they share.


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