MĀ Wellness
200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Program

Downtown Victoria Yoga Studio & Wellness Clinic

Experience Transformation with our 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training in Victoria BC

MĀ Wellness and Yoga’s 200 hour yoga teacher training education system brings the theory and practices together beautifully. We’ve brought together the most inspiring group of educators that have a passion for the practices of yoga and how they can present them authentically for our 200 hour yoga teacher training.

Students of all ages, interest levels, and abilities find their home here with our expert faculty. We offer you different styles and perspectives while nurturing your individual expression. We’ve spent over ten years developing our 200 hour yoga teacher training curriculum to deliver you the highest standard in yoga education.

Learn to be a certified yoga teacher

  • Various schedules and study options that fit your needs
  • Leading experts in the field of yoga education and global master teachers
  • Internationally recognized certification with Yoga Alliance
  • An opportunity to explore your personal power and refine your skills
  • Ongoing support both during training and after graduation
  • Free pass to our studio while enrolled in our 200-hour program.

As leaders in the field of yoga education, we have graduated hundreds of students in our 200 hour yoga teacher training over the last decade.

Why Choose MĀ Wellness and Yoga for Your Yoga Teacher Training in Victoria?

Blending the sacred traditional teachings of yoga and the perspective of the modern practitioner, students are able to see that the questions that were being asked about the nature of existence are truly timeless. Why am I here? Where did I come from? What am I meant to do? What is my body saying “yes” to and what is it resisting? These are important reflections as we navigate our lives.

We are not here to provide answers in all cases, but we can introduce you to the philosophical framework that invites you to explore yourself, your body, your being, the world, and the nature of experience. Expect to question your notions about what yoga means and to engage with your peers in respectful discussions about the teachings.

In this accelerated learning environment, you are not only a student, but alive in the teachings. You will learn to discover what is true for you each day in your body and that your perspective is something that is trusted and respected within the teachings of the school.

Learn to Teach Yoga

We offer a Spring and Fall 14 week 200 hour yoga teacher training program that includes morning and weekends as well as a summer 5 week intensive. Working with small groups we’ve been able to create a hands on curriculum, offering valuable classroom teaching experience and mentoring.

MĀ Wellness and Yoga Teacher Training

Welcome to MĀ Wellness and Yoga, your journey towards becoming a certified yoga teacher starts here. Our 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training Program in Victoria BC is designed to equip you with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to teach yoga to others while deepening your own practice.

Why Choose Our 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Program?

MĀ Wellness and Yoga’s 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training Program is Yoga Alliance certified, promising a high standard of quality and professionalism. We provide a comprehensive curriculum, covering Yoga philosophy, Asanas (postures), Pranayama (breathing techniques), Meditation, Anatomy and Physiology, and Teaching Methodology. With small class sizes, our program ensures personalized attention and a supportive learning environment.

What You’ll Learn

We’ve designed our curriculum to provide a strong foundation in the art of teaching Yoga. You’ll delve deep into Yoga philosophy, study human anatomy relevant to Yoga, master traditional Asanas, and learn effective teaching strategies. By the end of the program, you’ll be well-equipped to confidently lead your own Yoga classes.

Experience Yoga in Victoria BC

Our yoga studio is nestled in the heart of Victoria BC, a city known for its vibrant culture and stunning natural beauty. Training here means you can enjoy a peaceful environment that’s conducive to deep learning and inner transformation. The local yoga community is warm and welcoming, providing plenty of opportunities for connection and growth.

Meet Our Expert Instructors

We have a team of expert instructors brings a wealth of knowledge and years of teaching experience to the program. Passionate and dedicated, they are committed to guiding you on your path to becoming a skilled yoga teacher.

Start Your Journey with MĀ Wellness and Yoga in Victoria BC

Embrace the opportunity to transform your life and the lives of others. Enroll in our 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training Program in Victoria BC. For enrollment details and further inquiries, email: info@mawellnessandyoga.ca.
We look forward to welcoming you to our community.

Students will explore various topics including

  1. Certification in Vinyasa Yoga (flow)
  2. Sound healing
  3. Yoga history
  4. Chanting and Mantra
  5. Pranayama Techniques (breath)
  6. Meditation techniques
  7. Yoga lifestyle
  8. Personal development
  9. Ayurvedic principles
  10. Anatomy and Physiology
  11. Trauma-Informed Teachings
  12. Trans Inclusivity
  13. Cultural Awareness in Yoga

Vinyasa Yoga, Anatomy, Sound Healing, Trauma Informed Teaching

A key component of our training program involves learning how to teach yoga in a trauma-sensitive fashion. This addition will give a deeper understanding of the physiological and mental implications of trauma and how this may show up in your classroom. Having this perspective can also serve teachers to work with both marginalized populations (those living with addictions, mental health challenges, etc), as well as with students who may be recovering from physical or emotional trauma, grief or loss. This is a perfect first step for teachers who are interested in doing yoga outreach or work with individuals in specialized settings.

200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Curriculum

Yoga Techniques

75 hours – Asana, Pranayama, Meditation, Mantra, Chanting, and Sacred Sound

If you appreciate the unique offerings that are created at MĀ Wellness and Yoga, our 200 hour program gives students the opportunity to learn what we are passionate about.

Vinyasa yoga, passive practices (yin and restorative) with sacred sound, Meditation, Chanting, with a trauma informed lens.
This is where we will focus the majority of the curriculum. Daily Sadhana (ritual) gives the student an opportunity to be truly impacted by the practices. It is here where we are learning to stay with ourselves. Some days we may feel focused and clear and other days, harder aspects of ourselves can arise that can be more difficult to face. Students are encouraged to explore their varied experiences through movement, breath, sound, and stillness. Early morning classes are a combination of the MĀ Yoga Vinyasa series that will be your first template into the teaching experience. Meditation and mantra chanting are always included in the morning practices.

Sacred sound work in the form of crystal bowls, gongs, vocal toning and other instruments are uniquely taught within yin and restorative practices as a specialty at MĀ Yoga. This is a unique offering that we pass on to our students in our 200 hour training. An introduction to these delicate instruments as well as an introduction to yin and restorative allow our graduates to carry on our work.

MĀ Wellness and Yoga Teaching Method

30 Hours – Personal Development

Each of us have a unique reason for being here and we contribute the most to the world when we are able to drop into a space of authenticity. The structure of our 200 hour yoga teacher training allows students to engage in a strong template of practice, while exploring our own creative nature. Truly, the most vital thing you bring to the program is yourself. Our teaching methods aim to organically reach a range of learning styles. Students feel their own individual experience through movement and practice. Theory is built up with our lively philosophical discussions and hands on Anatomy and Physiology classes. You will build confidence with many teaching opportunities and check ins. In the end, what emerges is teachers who share from a space of knowing the practice themselves. Our staff is here to support you in finding an authentic voice in your teaching while honouring the cultural richness of the origins of the South Indian traditions where yogic practice originated.

Applied Anatomy & Biomechanics

25 hours – Anatomy and hands on assists

Our Anatomy and Physiology classes are taught by Dr. Carrie Watkins ND. Her blend of teaching goes far beyond muscles and bones. You will learn how to functionally prep the body in movements and creatively cue postures to effectively recruit the body. You will also dabble into the ideas of the nervous system and how safety in a students overall experience has so many contributing factors. By instructing innovative ways of cueing and structuring classes, teachers can empower the student. We will also explore ways in which we can offer hands on adjustments that are respectful, safe, and useful.

Yoga Philosophy & Ethics

30 Hours – Raja Yoga, Tantra, & History/strong>

In the MĀ Wellness and Yoga 200 hour yoga teacher training program, we will explore philosophy through mythology, story, and diving into the history of yoga. So many works of literature and teachings have emerged throughout India that have provided a strong map to living a more connected life.The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, The Vedas, The Upanishads, Bhagavad Gita, and the Vijnana Bhairava all have been important works that have influenced and reflected cultural changes and shifts. As we reflect on the teachings, we understand what was happening at that time in history. What made these ideas come alive? Students are guided through homework and group discussions about how the teachings emerge in their own life. Weekly journal exercises and observations help us to make the philosophies learned alive and relevant.


20 Hours – Practice teaching, feedback, one on one support

Teaching in the program is a gradual process. For this reason, we take more hours than is required by designation to refine your skills. You will start in a small group, then move to a larger group, gradually move up to teaching a class and meditation as your final practicum. Trust the process. We understand that at some point during the program you will be out of your comfort zone. This is an amazing place for deep learning. You will be supported by staff, interns, and your classmates who will become like family during your training. Even if you don’t plan to teach, we encourage this challenge anyway. Learning to coexist with your nerves allows for unbelievable expansion and personal growth.

Trauma Informed Teaching

15 Hours – Stress Physiology & The Human Trauma Response

As yoga teachers you’re learning a form of body work, where often what comes through can be unexpected. This component of the training helps students understand the physiological, mental, and emotional implications of trauma that can have devastating effects on an individuals well being. We will also learn how body based therapies can help to expand resiliency and empower the practitioner.

Dr. Carrie Watkins (ND) shares from her large body of work and experience on the topic of somatic practice and trauma informed care. This course is relevant for body workers, but you may find that more knowledge in how trauma impacts mood and behaviour can make larger connections of your understanding of the world we share.

Gender diversity is a course included in our 200 hour program.

Ayurvedic Techniques

10 Hours – Holistic Lifestyle Development/strong>

Our course is so much more than a teacher training. Each student is unique, and we value these differences in one another. We want you to find change deep within yourself that chisels out who you are at your core! This familiarity with yourself can expand out to everything you do. The framework of Ayurveda learned within our 200 hour yoga teacher training course can be transformational in the ways you uniquely feed yourself, how you shape a daily routine, and how to engage with seasonal changes. It may explain why you have some preferences and do better without certain influences. You will see that you have a choice in building up your health through these practices and that your most vital self is your most balanced self. We even provide cooking demonstrations that teach you how to prepare some Ayurvedic staples.

This course is taught by Sarada Pranav Jagannath, who is completing her training as an Ayurvedic doctor and holds a masters in psychology and social work. Emmy Chahal will be deconstructing the ideas of colonization within the practices of yoga and how we may create more cultural This course is so much more than a teacher training. Each student is unique, and we value these differences in one another. We want you to find change deep within yourself that chisels out who you are at your core! This familiarity with yourself can expand out to everything you do. The framework of Ayurveda learned within our 200 hour yoga teacher training course can be transformational in the ways you uniquely feed yourself, how you shape a daily routine, and how to engage with seasonal changes. It may explain why you have some preferences and do better without certain influences. You will see that you have a choice in building up your health through these practices and that your most vital self is your most balanced self. We even provide cooking demonstrations that teach you how to prepare some Ayurvedic staples.

Yoga Teacher Training Scholarship

MĀ Wellness and Yoga is actively engaging in the conversations around inclusivity within the field of yoga. We have allotted two spaces per training for our 200-hour program and intensive 500-hour program, and one space per 500-hour module for a 50% reduction in cost.

If you are South Asian, a member of the BIPOC community, or trans, you are eligible for a scholarship.

Our Teachers


My story with yoga began unexpectedly in the basement of a worn down church when I was a teenager. The building was partially abandoned and surely condemned.

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I was driven there 10% out of curiosity and 90% to make my devout Christian mother uncomfortable.

Ten minutes later I found myself surrounded by people dressed in white, feeling light headed as the room panted, chanted, and rolled around like animals writhing in pain. My delicate adolescent psyche could barely withstand the “uncoolness” of it all. I began to ask myself if the pale look of terror I would receive from my mother when I told her I had joined a religious cult was worth it.

Two hours later I’m speedwalking to my vehicle trying to put distance between myself and what I had just encountered. I felt loopy, famished, and had just mustered all the dignity I had left “recreating” my own birth. The level of bizarre activity was something I had no intention of speaking of again and needless to say, I would not be returning.

The next day, however, I awoke with a lightness in my body and a freedom of movement through my spine that, at that point in my life, was an unparalleled sensation. To my surprise, I did go the following week, and the week after that. Before I knew it, these practices became a regular thing for me. I continued to explore other practices and I was struck by how different I continued to feel. Yoga became an invaluable companion to me through my early teens and twenties that drastically altered my life.

I became interested in teaching and apprenticed my first teacher in 2006 studying hatha yoga. I moved to India shortly after and began intense study in Ashtanga Yoga and philosophy, Chanting/Sound Yoga, and traditional Hatha with Lalit Kumar and Vinay Kumar as well as study in Ayurvedic Practices.

Inspired by Ayurveda, wellness, and movement I began to lead Ayurvedic retreats in Nicaragua for part of the year and took a position as a senior yoga instructor for the Himalaya Yoga Valley Teacher Training School in Goa and Dharamsala, India for the other part.
In 2011 I moved back to Victoria, BC to embark on the study of Chinese Medicine at Pacific Rim College and my perspective on yoga became rocked with the influence of Taoism.

In 2012 I established the Brahmanda School of Yoga. Since then, my fellow teachers and I have graduated hundreds of professionals in the practices of Yoga. The teacher training program has taught me so much about how to show up everyday, no matter what is happening, and how to hold space for people who are working hard to show up for themselves.

Opening the MĀ Institute has been a culmination of inspirations that have taken place on and off the mat. I am inspired by our ability to change forms in unpredictable ways and the grace that practicing yoga can give us in transitions. I am passionate about providing education that empowers the student and gets them to the place where they are asking the big questions about themselves. I believe in “straight talk” when it comes to learning about yoga and want to bring the teachers that are embodying the practices.

Ultimately, the fruit of the practices show up in our authenticity: in who we are, our clarity in how we approach our world, how we communicate who we are, and in our ability to love. I am struck every day by what a tremendous blessing it was to have walked through the doors of that rented church years ago with no intention at all of altering my world views. I guess you never know when a small act will veer you into a new course, and it’s exciting to now hold a space that could have similar implications for someone else.


Carrie Watkins works with yoga to encourage students to cultivate a deeper awareness of possibility through building strength and balance.

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She loves working with vinyasa flow sequences to deepen connection with the present moment through focus and breath. Carrie has completed several yoga teacher training programs including Sivanada Teacher Training in Kerala India and Ashtanga Vinyasa training with the Yoga Sanctuary in Toronto.

Carrie holds faculty positions at the Pacific Rim College where she teaches anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology as well as nutrition courses with the Holistic Nutrition program. In addition to working with yoga, Dr Carrie is an experienced and licensed Naturopathic Physician.


Pilar Munoz is inspired by the deep connections we humans can have with the world. Not just the physical of what our eyes see, but also what lives on an energetic plane, on this earth and beyond.

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Pilar practices and teaches with sound vibrations to connect to that energetic plane of life. She believes that what we desire the most is to see our wholeness and to connect intimately with one another in this world – to see each other fully. She believes it begins first with yourself.

Pilar teaches from a place of curiosity and humour. You are encouraged and challenged physically, mentally and emotionally to showing up fully! Pilar’s gentle and mindful guidance through postures creates safety for each and every student to intimately connect with their breath. This is the ultimate experience of life. She encourages students not to miss out on any part of their lives: the light and the dark and all the spaces in between.

She is joined on this journey by her two beautiful children who are both her teachers and allies.

Pilar’s trainings include: Modo Level 1 (2011), Yin Yoga (2014), Vinyasa Flow (2014) and Sound Healing Training (2018 and 2019.)


Sarada Pranav Jagannath is a yoga teacher, an Ayurvedic Wellness practitioner and holds a Master’s degree in counselling psychology and social work.

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Sarada is currently completing her training as an Ayurvedic doctor. She was raised in the Ayurvedic tradition and educated by her grandfather, an Ayurvedic doctor who taught her yogic and Ayurvedic practices, and influenced her life’s path with his wisdom, philosophy and teaching.

She went on to study extensively at the Sivanada Yoga and Vedanta Ashram, Kerala, India and at Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana in Bangalore, India and has since taught in India, the USA and Canada. She has been offering Ayurvedic Workshops for the past 8 years in India, USA and now in Canada.
Sarada also offers private Ayurvedic Consultations, teaches Ayurvedic cooking classes,workshops and Marma Kriya.

Sarada is a co-owner of MĀ Yoga and Wellness and can be found teaching yoga and various workshops as well as in the clinic as an Ayurvedic practitioner.


I found a Yoga practice during a time in my life where I felt lost. Yoga helped guide me back to myself. My yoga mat was my safe space to feel into my body and emotions in a way I couldn’t anywhere else.

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My practice profoundly shifted my perception of my physical body and helped guide me to my first stages of Eating Disorder recovery. This shift of perception expanded beyond the freedom to live in my body, I learned to approach myself without expectation or judgement and how to let myself just be. That just being how ever you are is enough.

I gained so much healing from the teachers I practiced with and my doing my Teacher Training peeled back many new layers of self-acceptance, bravery and confidence that I didn’t know were there. I found my voice. Upon completion of my YTT I knew I wanted to give back and offer the healing I had received from yoga. I consider myself a lifelong student of yoga and will forever be looking to deepen my knowledge of this beautiful tradition.

My teaching takes inspiration from all the teachers I have learned from and lineages I have been lucky enough to study which include Ashtanga, Iyengar, Traditional Hatha, Trauma Sensitive, Yin and Restorative yoga. Off the mat I am a Facial Reflexologist and Chinese Medicine Face Reader, I have studied the Lymphatic System and how to build Immunity through touch and movement, these things often flow into my yoga teaching.


Adele Worobey was first introduced to yoga as a young girl and the physical and spiritual practice has woven in, out and through her life since.

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She has studied many different styles with many teachers. The richness that yoga brought to her life inspired her to share with others, leading her to complete her teacher training in 2005.

She was on the faculty of a Teacher Training Program from 2008-2020. Adele’s training and 25 years as a Counsellor and Therapist with extensive experience in trauma, depression and anxiety bring depth, compassion and warmth to her teaching.

Adele’s classes blend mindfulness, relaxation, body awareness and detailed alignment to find strength and space students may otherwise not have known was available to them, while always maintaining safety and comfort for people of all abilities.

Yoga Teacher Training Schedule

Full-time Yoga Trainings

(5 week intensive)


July 2024 Dates TBD
Monday – Friday 9:00am-5:00pm

Investment: $3000 + GST

*Payment plans available

Email chantelle@mawellnessandyoga.ca for more info on deposits and payment plans.

Full-time Yoga Trainings

Extended Training
(perfect for 9-5 job schedules)

March 22- June 30, 2024


Tuesday and Thursday: 6-8 am
Friday: 5:30-8:30pm
Saturday and Sunday: 9:30 am – 3:30 pm

Selected Weekend Schedule:

March 15-17

March 22-24

March 29-31

April 12-14

April 26-28

May 3-5

May 17-19

May 31-June 2

June 14-16

June 21-23

June 28-30

Price $3000+GST

Payment Plans Available

*Partial Scholarships Available to South Asian People, BIPOC, and members of the trans community.

What Our Students Have To Say

Robin M
{MA is the best yoga studio I've ever been to. They honour the tradition from which yoga comes from, which, unfortunately, is quite are these days. I say this as a Hindu Indian who feels their culture is grossly appropriated. Má offer an array of classes that meet the needs of anyone from beginners to the most experienced. The space itself is beautiful and facilitates a powerful, healing experience I was fortunate enough to receive a scholarship for South Asians to take their teacher training, and it was a profound experience. I both learned a lot and grew. Victoria is unbelievably lucky to have this studio. It does a tremendous amount for his city, in providing a space for people to heal and recover from the trials of daily life.
Grace Davies
{Personally I've studied yoga in multiple locations in Canada as well as India and l can promise you that this is more than your average 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training. New teachers learn more than just physical asana, they create relationships each other, with mantra, sound and various lineages of teachings. The instructors are skilled and dedicated to a genuine sharing of yogic philosophy. If you want more than a cookie cutter experience of yoga in the west, I'd suggest you check out this course and similar offerings.
Sherry Vahamaki
{I took the 200 hr teacher training with Katyanna this winter and it was the greatest experience I could've asked fox l went into the training unsure in life and looking for some guidance and knowledge about yoga and the yogic lifestyle. I can honestly say I came out of this a different person, it was a truely enlightening experience. Katyanna is an amazing teacher and person. She is understanding and patient but will also push you past your barriers and show you the better person you can be. This training will change you for the better, I would recommend it to anyone and everyone, even to those who have no interest in teaching or know nothing about yoga. Thank you Katyanna for a truely inspiring experience. I look forward to learning and teaching with you in the future.
Joseph K
{Amazing yoga teacher training program. I did the 200 hour program there in the spring of 2015 and it was one of the best experiences of my life. Fantastic, knowledgable teachers, great inclusive community, and a range of experiences in yoga, this program helped me come into who l am as a person.
Katie Saurer
{When I think about the teachers who have made a solid impact on my life, they are the ones who made my favourite characters from the greatest movie come to life. They are the ones who spark a light in my own creative self, and leave me hungry for more education. This is EXACTLY what I experienced. I went into this yoga teacher training not knowing a single person and I left with knowledge, passionate friends, and great memories that I will carry with me for a lifetime. The intensive course can be demanding both physically and mentally but the adventure through all of the philosophy, sound work, mythology, Ayurveda, anatomy, meditation, and practice of yoga is worth every dime. Katyanna and her team are incredibly knowledgable and truly amazing at what they do so I highly recommend this teacher training for any person looking to further their yoga journey. I left this training feeling confident and full of education. I'm so excited to go back one day and learn more! Summer 2019