Are you ready for IAM Yoga's Teacher Training experience?
Become a Certified Yoga Teacher in just 12 weeks!
IAM Yoga’s in-person 250hr Yoga Teacher Training Program
If you have ever considered becoming a yoga teacher, or simply want to deepen your existing practice, our program is for you. Our comprehensive, 250hr 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. In addition to the 200 Yoga Alliance certified hours, students of this program will also receive an additional 50 hrs of training. This intensive format ensures students receive the practical and in-depth skills needed to leave the program confident and ready to teach. What’s more, our weekend and evening format makes this training accessible for those navigating regular working hours during the week.
Our 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 12 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) and meditation.
WHEN: January 2023
WHAT IS INCLUDED
250 hours of in class training
20 public classes – participation mandatory
20 yoga labs – self-directed practice, hosted by a 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
Details to follow soon! Space is limited
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MEET YOUR INSTRUCTORS
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 committment 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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