The Stellium Effect (CYA-RYS 200 Member)

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  • Phone: 519-878-9191
  • Address: 23209 Nairn Road, R.R. #4
  • Location: Komoka, Ontario Canada
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  • Service Offered: Multi-Disciplinary - Hatha 200-250 Hrs. Training
  • Type of Certification Granted: 200-250 Hr. Beginners Yoga Teacher
  • Years in Operation: 10
  • Date Joined: May 23, 2008

School Info

The School is based on small training classes allowing for more individual attention 1 - 5 students at a time. The training is taught by the Director, Anne VanDurmen - RYT 500 hours with her assistant Elizabeth Dejaegher - RYT 200 hours. First started training in 1989.

Course Outline

Objectives: To provide each student with an in-depth experience of Yoga and the personal consciousness it fosters. To create a group environment conducive to the sustained practice of Yoga. To have students learn the basic asanas and other yogic practices through direct experience and personal practice. To allow students to learn and understand the Yoga teaching methodology and develop confidence as Yoga teachers. To provide students with an opportunity to develop the ability to competently and safely teach a beginner Yoga class. To make students aware of the basic skills needed to start a professional Yoga practice.

Course Outline: 1. Anatomy& Physiology -30 Hours - Physical anatomy & physiology - teaching bodily systems, organs, glandular system, skeletal system, muscle groups, digestive, circulatory, nervous & respiratory systems.

2. Study of Asanas - 100 Hours:
Principles of asana practice - 27 poses. Benefits of warm-ups and guidelines for leading warm-ups. Teaching and guiding a new posture to beginners - also include modifications and props for poses. Attend workshops i.e., core, hips, shoulders, etc. Centering a group, chanting and mantras. Principles of coordinating breath and movement. Action words for guiding postures. The purpose of relaxation. Relaxation teaching methodology. Corpse Pose and types of relaxation. Contraindications & precautions for each asana.

3. Study of Pranayama - 25 Hours:
Teaching basic pranayama techniques, such as, Ujjayi, Dirgha Pranayama, Nadi Shodana, Kapalabhati, Alternate Nostril Kapalabhati. Process of breathing & anatomy of breathing. Instructing breathing process. Linking pranayama with asanas. Awareness of prana - an exercise in spiritual attunement. Meditation and its purpose, benefits, process and prerequisites. Physical & mental preparation; contraindications & precautions for meditation; techniques of meditation.

4. Study of Energy Systems - 10 Hours: Chakras and Nadis, Koshas, Mudras, Bandhas.

5. Study of Energy Bodies - 10 Hours: The 5 sheaths & Yoga - Food Sheath, Breath Sheath, Mental Sheath, Intellect Sheath, Bliss Sheath.

6. Yoga Philosophy - 25 Hours:
Yamas & Niyamas, Patanjali's Yoga Sutras and how it applies to one's everyday lifestyle. The types of Yoga. The inter-relatedness of Yogic philosophy and practice. Diet & Nutrition - introduction to Ayurveda.

7. Teaching Methodology - 30 Hours: Multi-disciplinary teaching methodology. Creating sacred space. Creating psychological safety. Methodology for developing awareness, such as, awareness for the body, awareness of support and awareness of the Self. Teaching aphorisms. The student's process of learning, such as, hearing, seeing and/or feeling. Principles of demonstration, observation, assisting/correcting, instruction, teaching styles. Maintain a journal or log book of above. Lesson planning, guidelines, designing a workshop or lecture demonstration, principles of promotion, publicizing your yoga class.

8. Other - 20 to 30 hours practicum. In the presence of a qualified Yoga Teacher must teach different components of a yoga class.


Janet Chong (Class of 2001)
Elizabeth Dejaegher (Class of 1989)
Wendy Hollingsworth (Class of 2008)
J.P. Malik (Class of 2001)
Grace Thompson (Class of 2001)
Lynn Vanneste (Class of 2002)
Doug Varty (Class of 2003)