Lotus Yoga Studio (CYA-RYS 200 Member)

  • E-mail: mary@lotusyogastudio.ca
  • Phone: 9054522072
  • Address: 29 Jeffrey Drive
  • Location: Guelph, ON Canada
  • Website: lotusyogastudio.ca
  • Service Offered: Yoga Teacher Training and Energy Healing
  • Type of Certification Granted: 200 + Hatha and Self-Transformation Certification
  • Years in Operation: 6
  • Date Joined: July 04, 2012

School Info

Our 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training program is a comprehensive and transforming experience. It allows the student the flexibility of completing the course in anywhere from six months to a year so that other obligations can be met. Upon completion of the course you will become a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) certified by The Canadian Yoga Alliance (CYA).

The program involves a combination of Hatha Yoga and Vinyasa. Hatha is a combination of Ansas (physical movement and posture). Pranayama another element of this program is (controlled breathing) which helps to balance the body and increase strength and flexibility. We take pride in this program and look forward to your participation.

The Yoga City Teacher Training program provides each student with an opportunity to deepen their practice as well as begin a deeper journey into self-discovery and self-transformation.

Course Outline

Technique: 100 hrs
Includes asanas, pranayamas, kriyas, chanting, mantra, meditation, and other traditional yoga techniques. Hours include both training in the techniques and practice of them

Philosophy/Ethics/Lifestyle: 20 hrs
Study of yoga scriptures (Yoga Sutras, etc.) ethics for yoga teachers, "living the life of a yogi", History of Hatha Yoga and Hinduism.

Anatomy and Physiology: 30 hrs
The Study of Physical Anatomy, Physiology and Kinesiology. Energy anatomy (chakras and nadis etc..)

Teaching Methodology: 30 hrs
Principles of demonstration, observation, assisting/ correcting, instruction, teaching styles, qualities of a teacher, and the students process of learning.

Practicum: 20 hrs
Includes student teaching as well as observing and assisting in classes taught by others. Hours may be a combination of supervised and unsupervised.

Nutrition: 15 hrs
Learning basic principles of nutrition, the role of nutrition in the health care environment.

Meet Our Faculty:

Mary Vivilecchia
Program Director, Yoga Asana, Teaching Methodology, Subtle Energy System and Meditation
Mary’s knowledge of yoga has been developed for over a decade. She began her Teacher Training program 5 years ago and truly enjoys teaching students and being a part of their yogic journey to self-transformation. Mary’s knowledge of the subtle energy system, Bhagavad Gita and philosophy of yoga weave their way through her entire training program. Her strong knowledge of class sequencing pair with her understanding of anatomy and physiology provides an excellent foundation for each student. It is her hope that each student will complete their training feeling confident to teach a yoga class, as well as provide assists and modifications at the end of their training. Coupled with this training Mary also covers the business of teaching Yoga, class planning and Sanskrit. The Yoga City Teacher Training program provides each student with an opportunity to deepen their practice as well as begin a deeper journey into self-discovery and self-transformation.

Sofia Jambor: Yoga Anatomy
Sofia has been a Yoga Teacher and significant contributor to the GTA yoga community for the past 11 years. She has completed 1000+ hours in advanced training in Anusara, Hatha, and Restorative Yoga. She has an undergraduate degree in Physiology and a Masters Diploma in Manipulative Osteopathic Sciences. Her unique education and passion for studying healthy structural relationships infuses her work both with patients and students. In teaching functional anatomy, Sofia draws from her classroom and clinical experiences to give new teachers a strong practical knowledge base and the confidence to offer their students a safe experiential journey into their own divine being.
Manual Osteopathic Therapist & Yoga Teacher BSc., M.OMSc.

Donny Day: Pranayama
Donny Day (Deepak), founder of Physiyoga & yoga house (in Toronto, Canada), has studied Yoga since 1993. His background includes experience in Hatha, Ashtanga, Vinyasa and Kundalin Yoga traditions. Most recently, he was teaching yoga in Chengdu, China (2007-2012), followed by teaching Kundalini and Gentle Hatha in Xiamen, China (2013) and just this past winter, physiyoga to students at Kaivalyadham. He's now based out of Toronto after 7 years of travelling, training and teaching in Asia and South East Asia. Donny also studies 8-Step Mantis Style Gong Fu, Taiji and Qi Gong in China for 5 years and is a certified 2nd grade black belt. Other training includes conducting workshops yoga Swathi lyengar, Devananda Giri and attending classes conducted by Uma Inder in Bali. Donny has also participated in 2 Panchakarma's and enjoys the many aspects of Ayurveda.

Morgan Story: Meditation and Ayurveda
Morgan fell in love with Yoga back in 2010 when she began attending yoga classes with her Mom at a local community centre. Right away she knew yoga was something that meant more than just the practice itself. She decided to become an instructor and took her 200h YTT at Blue Heron Yoga Studio in Guelph Ontario. She was so inspired by the program that she decided to expand her knowledge and completed her 500h YTT in 2015. This was followed by obtaining a certification in Seniors Yoga. She has been instructing since 2014 and absolutely loves helping others to deepen their personal yoga practice. Morgan is also the founder and owner of Karma Yoga Studio in Guelph!
Tim Smith: Alignment, Adjustments and Assisting
Tim started his yoga journey in 2003 with books and through self-instruction he developed a consistent home Hatha practice. In 2011 after 8 years of home practice he took his first yoga class and quickly gravitated to Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga where he eventually met Ron Reid at Downward Dog Yoga Centre in Toronto. Through Ron's training Tim deepened his understanding of body movement within Ashtanga's first series and the beginning of second series. In 2015 Tim furthered his yoga studies by making his first trip to Mysore, India to study with Sharath Jois, the director of the Shri K Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute and the grandson of the institute founder Pattabhi Jois. Tim continues to practice Ashtanga daily under the capable instruction of KPJAYI Authorized Level 2 teacher Anna Muzzin of Steeltown Ashtanga and has completed second series with Anna's guidance. Tim now blends tradition with evolution to support growth and understanding of the practice of yoga in a non-harmful way which involves an open dialogue between student and teacher.


Elia Aujlia (Class of 2015)
Katherine Boggs (Class of 2015)
Courtney Bruce (Class of 2015)
Lucy Cavar (Class of 2016)
Michelle Ganley (Class of 2015)
Diana Kopp (Class of 2014)
Stephenie Kullman (Class of 2014)
Sarah McCartney (Class of 2014)
Jessica Neal (Class of 2014)
Juliette Nunes (Class of 2014)
Debbie Stephenson (Class of 2016)
Vivian Turajlic (Class of 2016)
Lina Zalloum (Class of 2015)