One Yoga Academy (CYA–RYS Gold Member)

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  • Address: 4481 Montrose Avenue
  • Location: Westmount, Quebec Canada
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  • Service Offered: Hatha,Kundalini,Vinyasa Krama
  • Type of Certification Granted: Teacher Training & Vedanta Philosophy
  • Years in Operation: 5
  • Date Joined: March 19, 2014

School Info

I founded the Shiva Shakti Academy with my amazing brother and teacher Dr.Jeremy Howick. Jeremy and I arrived at Yoga from very different paths, and superficially we have very different styles of Yoga teaching and practice. However we share the same holistic traditional Yoga philosophy. We created the Academy to share our teaching with others.
This unique certification program offers an approach to living yoga while preserving the essence of traditional yoga teacher training.

Course Outline

1. What is the Shiva Shakti 200-hour Teacher Training Course?

This individualized course explores the philosophy and practice traditional Yoga, and helps you share this practice with others. The training sessions are once per week (5 hours each session) , and the course lasts four months. During this time , we encourage you to attend our yoga classes each week which is included in the cost of the course. Through direct experience, and led by the guidance of the Gurus, each student will be encouraged to discover their own style and approach to practicing and teaching Yoga. The number of students is limited which makes the teaching individualized. We are passionate about Yoga, while remaining light hearted and fun.

2. Who is the course for?

This creative synthesis is for the self motivated yoga practitioner seeking to evolve and integrate the diversity of their life experience and delve into lifes great mysteries.

Everyone who completes the course will be comfortable delivering Yoga classes, many people who take Yoga teacher training simply to deepen their own spiritual practice. Contact Jeremy or Samantha with any questions about whether the course is for you, and how you might benefit personally.

The Shiva Shakti method seeks to merge Yoga and Life. We seek to empower teachers with a broad and deep base of the many rivers of yoga Exploring Tantra Vedanta . Raja Kundalini, Vinyasa, the Dr. Bali Method, Yoga Nidra , Nada Yoga & Bhakti Yoga and more.

Our Unique program offers a dynamic and individualized approach to the art of living and embodying yoga. In addition to completing our TTC module matrix, we have created an network to encourage those seeking to teach yoga .

.Understanding that life is not separate from Yoga and Yoga not separate from life. We seek to be a grounding force for teachers to develop a body of integrated knowledge while inspiring freedom for each individual to follow their path.

What we study is taught as a means rather than an end in itself.

3. Will I get a certificate?

If you attend each class, arriving on time and remaining for the duration of all sessions, complete all homework and requirements and if we feel you have earned it, you will receive a certificate of completion from the Shiva Shakti Yoga Academy. Just remember, by attending this training you are not buying a certificate. You are buying an experience. This is not a certificate mill.

4. Teaching aims and objectives

The main aim of our 200-hour teacher training course is to give students the required theoretical and practical background to be able to design and teach their own Yoga courses. They will learn to draw on their own practice, intuition, discipline, and increased awareness to impart the Yoga experience to others. It is also an enlightening and profound experience for those wishing to deepen their knowledge of the Self and our place in the universe. Upon successful completion of the course students will be awarded a Diploma. The Shiva Shakti Academy is certified by Yoga Alliance Canada, and is taught by the brother and sister team of Jeremy and Samantha Howick.

You will leave this course with a deeper understanding and experience of the Self , tools to move forward in peace and understanding. Greater comprehension of the classical texts and Vedanta philosophy. Feel confident in organizing and teaching yoga classes and preparing workshops.

We believe that a good Yoga teacher must do more than be able to convey information. A Yoga teacher must also be on a Yogi path himself or herself. This doesnt mean you need to be a Saint (we arent!), but that your inner compass is pointing in the right direction. A large part of our Teacher Training Course therefore involves introspection and self-practice. The material for this course is centered around the eight limbs of Yoga.

The specific aims of the course are:

To deepen the students knowledge of all eight limbs of Yoga. Often Yoga today focuses on just two aspects: asana (poses) and pranayama (breathing). In this course we cover asana and pranayama, and you will also learn how to practice and teach the other limbs: Yama (morality), Niyama (personal cleansing), Pratyahara (control of the senses), Dharana (concentration), Dyana (meditation), and Samadhi (Union).

To familiarize students with the principles of teaching Yoga. abc

To allow the students to develop their teaching in a safe and comfortable environment.

To encourage an attitude of lifelong learning. We are here to help you.

To enjoy! Yoga is a science of life, and you were born to be happy.

Learn to live with the fluctuations of life in a more peaceful way.

Shed light where there is darkness

Promote awareness,love and compassion.Expand the sense of self and lift our own veil to see through the luminosity of who we truly are

Bring the ancient knowledge of yoga into the light of the present day through experience

Encourage each student to formulate their own yogic practice and spiritual lifestyle

Provide each student with knowledge and tools found within yogic science and technology to support their life journey.

5. Teaching Methods

This teacher training is individualized and limits the number of students , and follows the traditional Guru-shishya paramparya. An atmosphere of trust and sharing between teacher and fellow students is required to transfer the ancient wisdom of Yoga to new generations. Parampara means an uninterrupted tradition, and is sometimes referred to as the golden chain linking past with current teachers. In the past this knowledge was not written down (although the ancient teachers knew how to write) because the wrong people would read the words and misinterpret them. Our philosophy at Shiva Shakti is that teaching is about the students, which is why we limit our numbers.

The sessions are divided between lecturing, questions, and Yoga practice. Students will also be required to do reading, reflective self-practice, and teaching in their own time. This will be divided into roughly 120 contact hours (of which 25 hours are practice hours) and self-study hours.

The sessions led by the teachers will involve theory and practice (roughly divided in half). Students will be expected to provide constructive and helpful feedback to their peers in an open and safe environment.

Course Information

Students will meet the teacher for 5 hour sessions on Fridays from 9-2 pm. Students will be expected to prepare questions and do required readings. If there is a class that has been missed alongside the podcast or video, students are expected to get in touch with fellow students. You will have a complimentary drop in access to a limited number of classes with your guiding teacher. Alongside which you are encouraged to follow the prescribed library of online teachings daily.

6. Required reading (we suggest all students obtain copies of these books)

Reading Yoga books is different from reading other books. The goal is to internalize the knowledge. Listen to what the readings are trying to say. Think about what experiences you may have had that might confirm what the readings are about. Give yourself time to reflect on the information offered in the readings. Take your time, and get into a kind of conversation with them. This means read a few pages slowly. Ask questions of the book. Contemplate what you have learned, and only then move on. You neednt always read the book from cover to cover, and you can come back to it. It took me (Jeremy) over a year to read The Eternities in this way! And, of course, if you have any questions about the readings bring the questions to class!

Coulter HD (2001). Anatomy of Hatha Yoga. Body and Breath Inc, Marlboro VT. ISBN 097070061X

Gharote ML and Ganguly SK (1988). Teaching methods for Yogic practices. Kaivalyadhama, Pune, India. ISBN: 8189485245

Johari H (2000). Chakras: energy centres for transformation. Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont. ISBN: 978-089281760-3

Iyengar BKS (1965). Light on Yoga. Harper Collins, London. ISBN: 0-00-710700-S

Nesse M and Young E (2000). Evolutionary Origins and Functions of the Stress Response. Encyclopedia of Stress, volume 2. Available for free viewing here:

Parthasarathy A (1978) The Eternities: Vedanta Treatise. Stratford Library. ISBN-10: 818711178X

Swami Vivekananda (1956). Raja Yoga. Ramakrishna-Vivekananda Centre, New York NY. ISBN: 978-0911206234

Additional reading (for students wishing to delve deeper)

Eliade M (1969). Yoga: Immortality and Freedom. Translated from French by Willard R. Trask. Princeton: Princeton University Press. ISBN: 9780691142036

De Luca D (ed) (2003). Pathways to Joy: The Master Vivekananda on the Four Yoga Paths to God. Novato, California: New World Library. ISBN: 978-1-930722-67-5


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