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Become a Certified Yoga Teacher in just 13 weeks – IT’S POSSIBLE!

IAM is committed to nurturing the the growth of aspiring yoga teachers and dedicated practitioners. Our community of teacher training alumni, faculty and studio staff will ensure you are supported, every step of the way.

IAM Yoga’s in-person 200hr Yoga Teacher Training Program is coming back this January 2023. Don’t miss your opportunity to develop your practice, find your voice and make this life changing commitment.

If you have ever considered becoming a yoga teacher, or simply want to deepen your existing practice, our IAM Yoga YTT program is for you! Our comprehensive, 200hr program is Yoga Alliance Certified which means upon successful completion you can qualify for RYT-200 (registered yoga teacher 200 hour) status and begin teaching.

Our Weekend & Evening format makes our training more accessible for those navigating regular working hours during the week. Every trainee also receives unlimited access to public classes for the duration of the program, which means lots of practice time and easy integration into our IAM yoga community.

IAM Yoga’s teaching philosophy is rooted in the deep Eastern tradition, infused with important modern ideas that have evolved the practice to be approachable and accessible.

Become a Certified Yoga Teacher in just 13 weeks – IT’S POSSIBLE!

Our programming has been successful year after year and designed for success; whatever that might look like to you. With such an amazing alumni, faculty and studio staff you are sure to be supported every step of the way.

IAM Yoga’s in-person 200hr Yoga Teacher Training Program is coming back this January 2023. Don’t miss your opportunity to develop your practice, find your voice and make this life changing commitment.

If you have ever considered becoming a yoga teacher, or simply want to deepen your existing practice, our IAM Yoga YTT program is for you!

Our comprehensive, 200hr program is Yoga Alliance Certified which means upon successful completion you can qualify for RYT-200 (registered yoga teacher 200 hour) status and begin teaching.

Our Weekend & Evening format makes our training more accessible for those navigating regular working hours during the week. Every trainee also receives unlimited access to public classes for the duration of the program, which means lots of practice time and easy integration into our IAM yoga community.

IAM Yoga’s teaching philosophy is rooted in the deep Eastern tradition, infused with important modern ideas that have evolved the practice to be approachable and accessible.

Over the course of 13 weeks, our knowledgeable and skilled faculty will guide students through a variety of modules, beginning with the Fundamentals of Yoga (including yoga asanas; the poses), Introduction to Yoga Anatomy, Yoga Philosophy, Pranayama (breathing techniques), Meditation and more.

WHEN

January 7th – April 16th 2023
Our 13-Week Yoga Teacher Training is mainly an Evening and Weekend format

Wednesdays 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm (7 sessions in total)
Saturdays 10:00 am – 6:30pm
Sundays 10:00 am – 6:30 pm

Two weekends off – Family Day (February 18&19) and Easter (April 8&9)
*while this schedule is subject to change, this is the general outline 

WHAT IS INCLUDED

200 Hours of in Class Training
20 Public Classes –  These can be done at your convenience, over the course of the 13 weeks.
10 Yoga Labs – Self-directed practice with faculty teacher who is present for 1:1 coaching.
5 Observation Classes – Attendance at faculty teachers’ classes for a more critical look into how an in-person class is brought to life.
5 Assist Classes – Attendance at faculty teachers’ classes for help with basic hands-on and verbal cue adjustments of practicing students.
*Unlimited access to IAM’s public classes for the duration of your YTT

Click Here for Payment Information

+ - YOGA ANATOMY with KARUSIA NIRMALA WROBLEWSKI

This session is great for anatomy newbies and will introduce some key yoga anatomy concepts, including:

  • The Systems of your body (musculoskeletal, fascial, respiratory, cardiovascular, digestive, endocrine and nervous systems)
  • How these systems interact with one another
  • The effects of Yoga practices on anatomy and physiology
  • Sensitivity to anatomical differences in individuals and how this translates into healthy alignment and movement patterns for yourself and your students
+ - 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):

  • Namaskars (salutations)
  • Hip openers
  • Chest openers
  • Back bends
  • Inversions
+ - ART OF YOGA with 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 with 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 with 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 with KARUSIA NIRMALA WROBLEWSKI
In this module, you will learn:
  • Some of the latest discoveries in neuroscience and neurobiology on how trauma affects individuals and society.
  • How to recognize symptoms and understand triggers of trauma.
  • The best yoga practices for self-regulation and self-resourcing.
  • How to create a safe and inclusive space for individuals and populations who are healing.
  • How to choose inclusive language in your classes.
  • What a trauma informed yoga class looks like.
+ - DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION IN YOGA with 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 of 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 with COURTNEY MILNER & 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 10 yoga lab classes, using the provided IAM Core Flow sequence to practice 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.

Over the course of 13 weeks, our knowledgeable and skilled faculty will guide students through a variety of modules; beginning with the Fundamentals of Yoga (including yoga asanas; the poses), Introduction to Yoga Anatomy, Yoga Philosophy, Pranayama (breathing techniques), Meditation and more.

WHEN

January 7th – April 16th 2023
Our 13-Week Yoga Teacher Training is mainly an Evening and Weekend format

Wednesdays 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm (7 sessions in total)
Saturdays 10:00 am – 6:30pm
Sundays 10:00 am – 6:30 pm

Two weekend off – Family Day (February 18&19) and Easter (April 8&9)
*while this schedule is subject to change, this is the general outline 

WHAT IS INCLUDED

200 Hours of in Class Training
20 Public Classes –  can be done at your convenience over the course of the 13 weeks.
10 Yoga Labs – self-directed practice with faculty teacher who is present for 1:1 coaching
5 Observation Classes – attendance at faculty teachers’ classes for a more critical look into how an in-person class is brought to life
5 Assist Classes – attendance at faculty teachers’ classes for help with basic hands-on and verbal cue adjustments of practicing students
*Unlimited  access to IAM public classes for the duration of your YTT

Click Here for Payment Information

+ - YOGA ANATOMY with KARUSIA NIRMALA WROBLEWSKI

This session is great for anatomy newbies and will introduce some key yoga anatomy concepts, including:

  • The Systems of your body (musculoskeletal, fascial, respiratory, cardiovascular, digestive, endocrine and nervous systems)
  • How these systems interact with one another
  • The effects of Yoga practices on anatomy and physiology
  • Sensitivity to anatomical differences in individuals and how this translates into healthy alignment and movement patterns for yourself and your students
+ - 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
+ - ART OF YOGA with 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 with 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 with 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 with KARUSIA NIRMALA WROBLEWSKI
In this module, you will learn:
  • About some of the latest discoveries in neuroscience and neurobiology on how trauma affects individuals and society
  • How to recognize symptoms and understand triggers of trauma
  • The best yoga practices for self-regulation and self-resourcing
  • How to create a safe and inclusive space for individuals and populations who are healing
  • How to choose inclusive language in your classes
  • What a trauma informed yoga class looks like
+ - DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION IN YOGA with 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 with COURTNEY MILNER & 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 10 yoga lab classes, using the provided IAM Core Flow sequence to practice 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.

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Lyndsey’s love for yoga began when she started practicing in the late 1990’s. 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 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.

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Georgia Mamakis 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.

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Karusia Nirmala Wroblewski is a certified Yoga Therapist, Living Somatics Movement Teacher, and a registered Yoga Educator. She holds an Honours BFA in Modern Dance from York University, and is Toronto born and bred. A lifelong learner, Karusia is also certified in QiGong and Reiki. Yoga has been a major part of her life for over 55 years. She began with asana practice as a young girl, and was initiated into the inner practices of Yoga (pranayama, meditation and philosophy) by her beloved guru Baba Hari Dass in 1998. Yoga continues to teach and inform everything she does. Over the last 21 years, Karusia has written and delivered curriculum in countless Yoga Teacher Trainings (YTT’s). Her topics have included Experiential Anatomy, Yoga Philosophy and Psychology, and Introduction to Yoga Therapy. Karusia is delighted to join the faculty of IAM Yoga to share Anatomy and Trauma Informed Yoga.

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Teri-Ann 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.

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Nicky’s 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.

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Hassan 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.

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Diana (she/her) is a mother, a student, a teacher and a long term advocate of yoga accessibility for every body. Identifying as queer and a melanated person and recently a RYT500 graduate she hopes to spark curiosity and thoughtful intention when it comes to sharing yoga asana and yoga practice in a way that is meaningful for you and our community.

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Courtney 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. With close to 10 years teaching many yoga styles, Courtney draws inspiration from her extensive training to provide students with the tools needed to cultivate connections to their true Self, in an energetic and fun atmosphere.

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  • $ 500

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    Secure your spot with a non-refundable deposit.
    Remaining balance due January prior to program commencing.

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+ - WHAT HAPPENS IF I MISS A SESSION?

We understand that life takes priority sometimes and we will never say that you need to attend EVERY session. This is however an intensive course which means that each session covers a lot of topics. Connect with your facilitator if you know that you will miss a session. Depending on the material, you may need to make up time one-on-one and they may allow you to catch up by sharing notes from someone else and submitting a summary of what was missed.

+ - WHERE ARE THE SESSIONS BEING HELD?

At IAM Yoga Studio space located at 680 Yonge St. (just south of Yonge and Bloor) Some sessions will take place on via zoom and a link will be provided prior.

+ - IS IAM YOGA REGISTERED WITH THE YOGA ALLIANCE?

IAM Yoga is a registered school with the North American organization and the Yoga Alliance. This training meets the requirements for a 200-hour teacher training certification.

+ - DO I HAVE TO HAVE AN ADVANCED PRACTICE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE TRAINING?

No. Our training is accessible for all levels- we will be covering all content from beginner level to advanced. There is no level requirement.

+ - WHAT IS REQUIRED TO GRADUATE FROM THE PROGRAM?

In order to obtain your certification, you need to attend all the lectures, complete all the assignments, and pass all assessments. In addition,There is a separate required practice component to complete within the duration of the program.

  • 30 public classes at IAM Yoga
  • 10 self-directed IAM Yoga lab classes
  • Observe 5 faculty-led classes
  • Assist 5 faculty-led classes
+ - HOW DO I REGISTER FOR THE IAM YOGA TEACHER TRAINING PROGRAM?

Follow this LINK to the application form; once completed you can pay for your deposit or whatever payment plan works best for you.

+ - WILL I BE ABLE TO PRACTICE AT IAM YOGA DURING THE TRAINING?

Of course! All trainees will have access to IAM Yoga’s public classes for the duration of your training! If you are a trade you will not have to participate in the energy exchange program during this time. If you are currently a member, your membership will be on hold, and if you have a package we will extend the expiry. We want to ensure that practicing is accessible to you during this time; so explore to your hearts content!

Drop us a few lines below or email teachertraining@iamyoga.ca if our FAQ
didn’t answer your question.

 

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