300 hour Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga teacher training
300-Hour Yoga Teacher Training
The Vancouver Island Yoga School is pleased to announce its new 300-hour yoga teacher training program that gives students an authentic experience of traditionally taught classical yoga.
The course curriculum is based on the Ashtanga Vinyasa Method and Patanjali Sutras. The objective for students is to signiﬁcantly deepen their personal practice and knowledge of practical yoga philosophy and allow this to inform their future teaching.
On the mat: Students will improve their functional breathing techniques, posture alignment, variations, use of props, and the "assisted self-practice" Mysore-style model. Through practicums, you will practice teaching and adjusting students early in the program in a fun, supportive manner.
Off the mat: Students will be inspired to further their studies of this perennial wisdom and apply it to their everyday life and interpersonal relationships.
Teaching pathway: Students are guided in led classes and the traditional Mysore style of learning. In keeping with the tradition of the student-teacher relationship, you are given postures as your body/mind is ready to receive them. This personal experience of overall growth and steadiness of practice will cultivate excellence in teaching going forward.
This training offers a departure from modern yoga classes, where students are often thrown into classes where advanced postures are given without the foundation and readiness of the student.
Cultivation of a deep spiritual practise requires mastery of breath, mind, and posture, one step at a time.
Students will learn the Ashtanga Primary series, increasing their knowledge of each individual posture. Daily classes will be dedicated to speciﬁc themes such as hip opening, back bending, arm balancing, and inversion sequences. Deepening and developing your personal practice will be a priority in this training.
This 300-Hour Canadian Yoga Alliance Certiﬁcation course is perfect for yoga teachers with 200-hour certiﬁcates to increase their skill, conﬁdence, and success in starting their own teaching business or working for an established studio.
Your Faculty Guides
Geoff MacKenzie, Director of First Light Yoga, Vancouver (https://firstlightyoga.ca)
I have been practicing yoga for over 25 years since beginning on a forest floor in France in 1996. I began teaching classes in 2004 after completing a YTT in Victoria, BC. My guidance is informed by extensive studies with R. Sharath Jois and his family in Mysore, India, combined with input from innovative Western practitioners. Modern approaches to strength, mobility, and breathwork training feature in my own practice too.
My students consider me a reliable, steady presence in the classroom. You can count on me to apply the Ashtanga Vinyasa method in a way that will challenge you while still respecting where you're starting from and what your intentions are. Ultimately, I want you to breathe well, move well, and focus your mind on what you're doing.
Deborah Carruthers, Director of Vancouver Island Yoga School, Duncan (https://viyogaschool.com)
I have 13 years of teaching experience in the Ashtanga method. As the Director of Harmony Yoga and Wellness Center, I facilitated eight teacher training programs and four retreats to Kerala, India. I honour my teachers along the way in the Mysore method with Geoff MacKenzie, Rolf and Marcia Naujokat (Goa), Sharmila Desi (Goa), David Swensen, Kino Macgregor, and Tim Feldman (Miami). I hold a Master's Degree in Counselling Psychology and a Level One Ayurveda Practitioner Certiﬁcation.
The curriculum will include:
Advanced Yoga Asana
Level II Adjustments
Yoga Philosophy ( Sutras, Bhagavad Gita, Tantra, Goddess)
The Energetic Body
Yoga Business Development
Teacher Communication Skills
Circle time, inquiry, and reﬂection
The course will be delivered in a series of weekend modules starting Oct 21/22 and delivered in modules of one and two weekends per month, over five months.
Location of training modules: 718 E 20th Ave, Vancouver BC.
Cost for 300-hour program certification: $3800 plus GST
The deposit required to hold your place is $300. You may pay in two or three equal installment payments. We accept debit and credit cards. Applicants withdrawing 30 days before the start date are subject to a 50% administration fee.
Thank you for your interest in the VI Yoga School Teacher Training Program. As part of your application for our program, please reply to the following questions. Your responses will help us define areas of focus for you and help us get to know you better. Feel free to write more information on the back of these sheets as needed.
Please return your survey answers, contact information, and $300 deposit.
Deborah & Geoff