Beyond Yoga Studio & Wellness Centre (CYA-RYS 500 Member)

School Info

We offer a variety of certification programs to support your yoga/life journey. Providing practices of self-discovery, self-inquiry and self-care through the brilliant teachings of yoga, we develop habits that harmonize our unique nature so that we become a guiding light for those we share our life with. As a life science and art, traditional yoga practices enhance our energy, vitality and radiance. Our teacher training programs awaken our potential to keep moving forward with confidence and ease.

Whether you want to further develop your practice for personal growth and well-being, or because you want to teach, our experienced teachers will provide you with the guidance you need.

Join Us

If you’re curious about the science and wisdom of yoga and you want to learn how this practice can be included in your day-to-day so that you can feel energized and have more focus and calm even in the midst chaos, join us. If you want to strengthen and revitalize your body while improving your overall health, join us. If you want to enhance your sense of purpose so that your life represents your truth and passions allowing you to share your unique strengths and gifts, join us. And, if you want to learn how to share this powerful practice with others, join us.

Your CommUnity

About 50% of students take the Beyond Certification Programs for personal development while the other half is preparing to teach. As the program unfolds, this ratio changes.

The Inner Teacher: We are all students and teachers and being a great teacher is as much about providing guidance as it is about getting out of the way to allow for personal experiences.

Our programs provide a balance between guidance and space to deepen your intuition while learning how to do the same for others; a quality that enhances all aspects of our life.

Certification Programs Include:

Meditation; Yin Yoga; Pre and Postnatal Yoga; Yoga for Children; Yoga for Active Aging and the 200-Hour Hatha Yoga Teacher Training certification program as well as the advanced 300-Hour HathaYoga Teacher Training certification program (coming soon).

About our Facility

Located at 66 Hearst Way in Kanata (right off the Eagleson/March Rd exit), Beyond is pleased to offer over 7,000 sq. ft. of spacious yoga studios, wellness facilities, change rooms, a yoga product store and a member lounge where you can relax, rejuvenate and enjoy our yoga community. Our new state of the art facility is the first in Ottawa to have a dedicated space specifically designed for Yoga Teacher Training. We have ample parking and are steps away from the Eagleson Rd Park and Ride.

If you have questions, contact Sylvie Gouin at:

Course Outline

Beyond Yoga 
300-hour Hatha Yoga Teacher Training Certification Program
Embark on a life-enhancing experiential journey designed to bring physical vitality, mental clarity, emotional contentment, *worldly prosperity and spiritual fulfilment. This comprehensive and integrative program will provide the tools and support you need to continue to embody and share this powerful practice. 

About You:
You have completed a 200-hour yoga teacher training certification program, maybe it’s recent or maybe it’s been a few years. You may be a full-or part-time yoga teacher, or you are not teaching at all, but you know it’s time to explore the deeper dimensions of yoga that lead to self- and Self-inquiry leading to growth and fulfilment. You want to enhance mental clarity/awakening, keep learning about asanas, pranayamas, meditation, philosophy, anatomy, nutrition, and Ayurveda, and you want to embark on this journey with teachers who are rooted in the teachings. You have come to the right place. 

You’re an RYT 500 or even an E-RYT 500 but you have not studied these particular topics. Join us for one, two, or all three modules. 

Our Program 
For the 300-hour certification accreditation that leads to the 500-hour certification (must have completed a 200-hour program), the program requires 270 contact (in-class) hours. The remaining hours are home study. 

Offered as three 90-hour modules that include:
The Marriage of Yoga and Ayurveda;
The Kundalini in my Hatha; and
Sharira Ananda/ Body Bliss Yoga.

* Worldly prosperity: As we feed gratitude we embody prosperity as a state of mind.

Module 1: The Marriage of Yoga and Ayurveda
As two branches of the same Vedic tree, yoga and Ayurveda provide important and unique practices that enhance each other. 

You will learn about:
The philosophical and spiritual foundation of Ayurveda in relation to yoga;
How to identify doshas and how they are impacted by the gunas;
Overview of the sub doshas, the five elements, five sense organs, five motor organs, five-sensory potential;
How to sequence yoga classes for specific doshas;
Principles of yoga/Ayurveda and food; 
A look at the three pillars of health;
The vital essence of Prana, Tejas and Ojas and how to ignite them with asana, pranayama and meditation;
Marma points and an associated meditation/relaxation;
The powerful play of opposites (i.e., reducing/increasing, fullness/emptiness, cleansing/nourishing...) and how they manifest in yoga practice; 
Agni yoga and Agni Ayurveda; and
How to apply the basics of Ayurvedic astrology in the context of the days of the week and the cycles of the moon.

Upon completion of this module, you will: 
Have a clear understanding of your unique constitution and how yoga practice can harmonize your dosha;
Know how to align your practice and intentions with the cycles of the day, week and moon;
Have the ability to guide your students, to receive the utmost benefit from these practices; 
Have the tools to offer harmonizing classes and workshops; and
Know how to personalize asana, pranayama, mantra, and meditation practices.

This course includes: 
The Marriage of Yoga and Ayurveda manual
A variety of handouts
Regular group emails to support your study and integration

List of required books provided upon registration - Approximate fee of $60

Dates and Times: 
Times: 9:00-5:30PM 
Dates: September 19 & 20, 2020 - October 24 & 25, 2020 - November 21 & 22, 2020 - Dec 5 & 6, 2020 - 
January 16 & 17, 2021 & February 27 & 28, 2021

Fee: $1897 + HST (Marriage of Yoga and Ayurveda Module)
Early Bird $1697 + HST paid in full by July 19, 2020
Save Your Space: A non-refundable $200 + HST deposit is required to save your space.

Refund Policy: Refunds are available up to August 19, 2020, minus $200 administration fee. As of August 20, 2020, no refunds for any reasons.

Registration opens January 10, 2020.

Module 2: The Kundalini in my Hatha
As our asana practice matures we experience the subtle body; Understanding the interconnectedness of mind, emotions, spirit and body brings integrative and awakening experiences. 

You will learn about:
Kundalini rising, the chakras (traditional yoga), the nadis, shakti and specific mantras and traditional meditations practices beyond your 200-hour program; 
The subtle body in relation to asana, pranayama and meditation;
Sequencing and cueing with the subtle body in mind;
The nervous, endocrine and respiratory systems in the context of asana and meditation practice;
Yoga Nidra as a pathway to samadhi and manifestation; 
Pratyahara as a way of life;
Purashcharana (next step forward with meditation); 
The 10 Yamas and the 10 Niyamas;
Sanskrit studies; 
Journalling and self-study;
The four aims of life and how to harmonize and embody our optimal expression; and
Quality of a teacher, holding space & voice projection.

Upon completion of this module you will:
Experience the power within the subtle and gain the confidence to share these practices with your students; 
Have a deeper understanding of yoga nidra and the confidence to lead integrative sessions; 
Further your knowledge of the endocrine, nervous and respiratory systems relevant to yoga practice; and
Have the expertise to teach meditation classes and workshops for beginners and experienced students.

This course includes: 
The Kundalini in my Hatha manual
A variety of handouts
Regular group emails to support your study and integration

List of required books provided upon registration - Approximate fee of $80

Dates and Times: 
Times: 9:00-5:30PM 
Dates: March 27 & 28, 2021 - April 17 & 18, 2021 - May 22 & 23, 2021 - June 19 & 20 2021,  July 24 & 25, 2021 & August 21 & 22, 2021

Fee: $1897 + HST (Kundalini in my Hatha Module)
Early bird $1697 + HST paid in full by January 27, 2021
Save Your Space: A non-refundable $200 + HST deposit is required to save your space.

Refund Policy: Refunds are available up to February 27, 2021 minus $200 administration fee. As of February 28, 2021, no refunds for any reasons. 

Registration opens July 4, 2020.

Module 3: Sharira Ananda/Body Bliss Yoga
Bliss is always available. Learning to feel, contain and direct this bliss is blissful. 

You will learn about:
Fascia, muscles, bones, with a focus on releasing the iliopsoas;
The digestive system in relation to yoga;
Restorative yoga; 
“Strong and Light”- Asanas and pranayamas for strength, vitality and energy through all phases of life;
The mind-body connection and how to use pranayama, affirmation, and mantras in asana practice to release tension and holding patterns and experience stability and ease; 
The deeper dimensions of krama vinyasa/gradual unfolding; 
Principles of demonstration; and
Assisting and correcting with specific, gentle and effective hands-on adjustments to support mind-body connection.

Upon completion of this module you will:
Refine your relationship with your physical and subtle body in movement;
Experience release of physical and emotional holding patterns and learn how to do the same for your students; 
Increase strength, flexibility and mobility;
Gain greater knowledge of the art and science of how to sequence asanas for optimal experiences;
Gain confidence in your ability to support your students in developing their mind-body connection;
Teach physically effective and spiritual gentle and strong flow classes and workshops; 
Know how to teach classes/workshops that harmonize the iliopsoas and the digestive system. 

This course includes: 
The Sharira Ananda Yoga manual
A variety of handouts
Regular group emails to support your study and integration

List of required books provided upon registration - Approx. fee of $80

Dates and Times: 
Times: 9:00-5:30PM 
Dates: September 18 & 19, 2021 - October 23 & 24, 2021 - November 13 & 14, 2021 - Dec 4 & 5, 2021 - January 15 & 16, 2022 & February 12 & 13, 2022. 

Fee: $1897 + HST (Marriage of Yoga and Ayurveda Module)
Early Bird $1697 + HST paid in full by July 18, 2021
Save Your Space: A non-refundable $200 + HST deposit is required to save your space.

Refund Policy: Refunds are available up to August 18, 2021, minus $200 administration fee. As of August 19, 2021, no refunds for any reasons. 

Registration opens January 28, 2021.

Each weekend includes practice (asana, pranayama, meditation and chanting), as well as lectures, group work and presentations. Each module requires a practicum and a final exam. You will be well guided and supported in the practicum and exam process. The main traditional text includes Patanjali Yoga Sutras chapter 2 and 3, the Vijñāna Bhairava, the Shandilya Upanishad, the Haṭha Yoga Pradīpikā and the Yoga Yajnavalkya. We will also use contemporary teachings and books.

Module Certificate of Completion – Requirements:
Full attendance and participation in the entire program (you can miss one weekend and Sylvie will help you make up the time, any additional time missed will incur a fee - speak to Sylvie for details)
Completion of each final exam - one exam per module (take home for optimal integration)
Full payment of fees

As you know, the integration process is gradual. Practice and study bring experience and just as our own yoga journey unfolds in a unique manner, the way we share this beautiful practice is also unique. Our intention is to provide the space and knowledge we all need to further experience the richness of yoga and therefore, the richness of what we can individually share. 

The journey is the goal and we have arrived!
The way we see it, yoga is not about becoming or transforming, it’s about remembering and embodying. 

In a nutshell
Our program is as much about you the practitioner as it is about you the teacher.

Although traditional in its essence, the program is designed for the householder and offers modern teachings in relations to anatomical principles and in terms of the gradual development of asana practices as well as by offering realistic, practical and integrative implementation techniques for an optimal experience.

Your Teachers
Sylvie Gouin: Program Director and Lead Teacher
With over 20 years of experience teaching, consulting and presenting on the subject of yoga for holistic well being, Sylvie Gouin is established in the practice of yoga and well-prepared to assist you on your journey. She has been leading yoga teacher training programs since 2007 and as of 2019 has lead 17 recognized certification programs. Her extensive knowledge, experience and enthusiasm to continue and develop her offerings, combined with her dedication to the practice and her students is inspiring and contagious.

Her credentials include E-RYT 500, certified yoga therapist, certified Ayurvedic lifestyle consultant, reiki master and registered holistic nutritionist. She has a degree in Holistic Theology and is a member of the Academy of Naturopaths and Naturotherapists of Canada. She is the author of two books on the subject of yoga, a teacher of teachers and a yoga therapist working in private settings (

Kimberly Mantas – ERYT-500
Kimberly Mantas is a Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT) and a Yoga Alliance (E-RYT 500) certified yoga teacher, specializing in individual yoga therapy, meditation, restorative, nidra, philosophy and ayurveda, and hatha yoga.

As a full-time yoga therapist, teacher, and yoga teacher trainer, Kimberly works with the vast tools of yoga to improve wellbeing and ease physically, emotionally, and mentally through movement, breath, and stillness. She works with a wide range of individuals including those with pain, injury recovery, stress and anxiety recovery, brain injuries, autoimmune disease and issues, nervous systems conditions, and sports performance improvement.

Charlotte Beaudoin Ph.D. - ERYT-500
Charlotte's expertise in all thing movement includes years as a competitive athlete and professor in the Human Kinetics department at the University of Ottawa. Her yoga journey both as a student and teacher have furthered her experience and ability to integrate and share the power of mind-body connection in a harmonious and energizing way.

As a massage and Trager therapist, Charlotte's devotion to helping her clients and students release tension and holding patterns and embody ease and potential bring joy to many. Aside from her studies in Hatha yoga, Charlotte is also a certified yin yoga teacher and has over 200-hour of studies in Chakra yoga.