Tami Ellis School of Yoga (CYA-RYS Gold Member)

  • E-mail: twofeetoneworld@gmail.com
  • Phone: 406-871-1751
  • Address: Cypress County, AB
  • Location: Medicine Hat, Alberta Canada
  • Website: Pending
  • Service Offered: Traditional inspired teaching school with University inspired teaching in both mental and physical health
  • Type of Certification Granted: RYT200, Anatomy and injury prevention modules
  • Years in Operation: School 3
  • Date Joined: July 29, 2020

School Info

Welcome to Tami Ellis School of Yoga, located globally and in Canada at the beautiful Ellis Ranch. The Ellis ranch is a historical, working ranch that has been in the Ellis family for 126 years. Located between the cutbanks of the South Saskatchewan river and the rolling hills of the vast, Alberta plains yields a refreshing and
peaceful place for immersive learning..

Our faculty is University educated with over 20,000 direct contact, University hours in the fields of mental health, kinesiology and Physical Therapy. The instructors have advanced study in nutrition, injury prevention, rehabilitation, mental health and Chinese Medicine and acupuncture. As well as 500 hour RYT certifications. The school has been a grass roots initiative forged in the wake of tragedy and fatal consequences. Due to the commitment of our instructors, incredible students that have walked through our doors, we have been building and flourishing since the original studio inception in 2017. Our instructors have decades of yoga experience, have taught several International retreats in Costa Rica and Indonesia and now building our gold standard school. We look forward to sharing our information.

Course Outline

Techniques, Training and Practice (100 hours)

Topics: asanas, pranayamas, kriyas, chanting, mantra, meditation and other traditional yoga techniques.

1) analytical training in how to teach and practice the techniques, and

2) guided practice of the techniques themselves.

The Five Categories of Asana: The trainee will practice and learn the key poses in each category of asana (standing poses, forward bends, backbends, twists, and inversions) and will begin to develop a relationship to both the form and the function of these different categories.

Maps of Alignment: Trainees will achieve comprehension of the alignment maps for each of the five categories of asanas, inherent in Hatha practice through observation and experience of how the poses in each category share a common foundation, and how to build upon this foundation . In addition, we will be teaching the philosophical nuances within the asanas.

Principles of Demonstrating Asanas: Discuss how effective demonstrations in class can help emphasize an alignment or other focus for the specific pose or sequence of poses.

Learning Modalities: identifying your dominant style, and learning how to teach based on other learning styles.

Use of Language and Voice: Lecture and discussion on active vs. passive language and the effective use of each; positive and conscious communication, and habitual speech and communication patterns.

Teaching Methodology (25 hours) Contact

Communication skills such as group dynamics, time management, and the establishment of priorities and boundaries.

How to address the specific needs of individuals and special populations, to the degree possible in a group setting.

Principles of demonstration, observation, assisting and correcting.
Teaching styles.
Qualities of a teacher.

Anatomy, Physiology, Prevention of Injuries and Chinese Medicine (40 hours) Contact


Human physical anatomy and physiology (bodily systems, organs, etc.)
energy anatomy and physiology (chakras, nadis, chi etc.). *Includes both the study of anatomy and physiology along with its application to yoga practice (benefits, contraindications, healthy movement patterns, etc.).

Specific to this training: A basic understanding of the Yin and Yang of Chinese Medicine, energy systems and how this applies to health and disease as well as yoga teaching.

Specific to this training, a strong emphasis and basic understanding on prevention of injuries, knowledge and contradictions of specific injuries that may occur as a result of yoga and utilizing yoga to assist licensed professionals to facilitate rehabilitation.

Yoga Philosophy, Lifestyle and Ethics (30 hours) Contact


*The study of yoga philosophies and traditional texts
*Yoga lifestyle, such as the precept of non-violence (ahimsa), Fostering truth and trust, The influence of deception to self and others, concepts of dharma and karma.
*Ethics for yoga teachers, such as those involving teacher student relationships and community.
*Understanding the value of teaching yoga as a service and being of service to others (seva)..
*Mental health as it relates to yoga with exposure to trauma informed yoga, compassion fatigue for teachers, common mental health issues and disorders in the yoga population.

Practicum 10 hours (contact)

Practice teaching as the lead instructor (does not include assisting, observing or giving feedback).*
Receiving and giving feedback.
Observing others teaching.
Assisting students while someone else is teaching.

Additional Information:

Specific Movies, films and reading materials forms additional (non contact) hours


Mason Blackmore (Class of 2020)
Kristine De Blois (Class of 2022)
Michelle Deminick (Class of 2022)
Alicia Dvorak (Class of 2020)
Kirby Eresman (Class of 2020)
Renee Gaudreault (Class of 2022)
Hannah Beth Kusler (Class of 2020)
Denise Paradis (Class of 2020)
Sherri Stevens (Class of 2020)
Katherine Valenzuela (Class of 2020)
Amanda Yake-Kovitch (Class of 2020)
Shannon Yeast (Class of 2022)