MĀ Wellness

Yoga Teacher Training

Downtown Victoria Yoga Studio

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

Upcoming Yoga Teacher Trainings

March 15th – June 30th, 2024

Extended Training

(perfect for 9-5 job schedules)

Schedule:

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

July 8th – August 9th, 2024

(5 week intensive)

Schedule:

Monday to Friday: 9-5pm

September 20th-December 1st, 2024

Extended Training

(perfect for 9-5 job schedules)

Schedule:

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

Selected Weekend Schedule:

September 20-22
September 27-29
October 4-6
October 11-12
October 18-20
October 25-27th
November 1-3
November 8-10th
November 15-17th
November 22-24th
November 29th-December 1

Sign up for Yoga Teacher Training

Investment: $3000+GST

*Payment plans available
Email katyanna@mawellnessandyoga.ca for more info on deposits and payment plans.

Yoga Teacher Training

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.

How to find the best yoga teacher training program for you!

Embarking on a yoga teacher training journey is a pivotal step in deepening your practice and stepping into the role of an instructor. In one of our yoga teacher training blogs, we feature a thoughtful guide titled, “How to Find the Best Yoga Teacher Training Program for You.” This comprehensive article is designed to assist you in navigating the myriad of choices available in the yoga teacher training world. It provides 14 key questions to consider when selecting a program, covering aspects from the curriculum and training structure to post-graduation opportunities and personal alignment with the program’s ethos. Whether you’re seeking to transform your practice or aspire to guide others, this guide offers valuable insights to help you make an informed and heart-aligned decision. Delve deeper into this enriching guide and begin your journey towards finding a yoga teacher training program that resonates with you.

    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.

    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

    200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Curriculum

    Yoga Techniques

    75 Hours – Core Yoga Practices

    If you appreciate the unique offerings at MĀ Wellness and Yoga, our 200-hour program delves deep into what we are passionate about. This includes Vinyasa yoga, passive practices (yin and restorative) combined with sacred sound, meditation, chanting, and a trauma-informed approach.

    Daily Sadhana: Embracing Ritual and Practice

    This is where we focus the majority of the curriculum. Daily Sadhana (ritual) provides an opportunity for profound personal impact through the practices. It is a journey of staying with oneself through varied experiences of clarity, focus, and facing more challenging aspects of the self. Students explore these experiences through movement, breath, sound, and stillness.

    MĀ Yoga Vinyasa Series: Your Teaching Template

    Early morning classes incorporate the MĀ Yoga Vinyasa series, forming your first template into the teaching experience. These sessions always include meditation and mantra chanting as integral parts of the morning practices.

    Sacred Sound Integration in Yin and Restorative Yoga

    Unique to MĀ Yoga is our sacred sound work, involving crystal bowls, gongs, vocal toning, and other instruments. These are taught within yin and restorative practices as a specialty. This module offers an introduction to these delicate instruments and practices, enabling our graduates to carry forward our unique approach in their teaching careers.

    MĀ Wellness and Yoga Teaching Method

    30 Hours – Personal Development

    In our 200-hour yoga teacher training program, we emphasize the importance of authenticity and personal growth. Each individual brings a unique presence to the world, and our training is designed to help you tap into your authentic self.

    Embracing Individuality and Creativity

    The structure of our program encourages you to engage in strong yoga practices while exploring your own creative nature. We believe that the most vital aspect you bring to the program is your unique self. Our teaching methods are crafted to cater to a diverse range of learning styles, allowing students to fully immerse in their individual experiences.

    Interactive Learning: Philosophy, Anatomy, and Physiology

    Our approach to theory involves lively philosophical discussions and hands-on anatomy and physiology classes. These interactive sessions ensure a comprehensive understanding of yoga beyond the physical practice.

    Building Confidence through Teaching Practice

    With multiple teaching opportunities and regular check-ins, our program is designed to build your confidence as an instructor. You’ll have the chance to share and grow in a supportive environment, developing an authentic voice in your teaching.

    Honoring Yoga’s Cultural Roots

    While finding your unique teaching style, we also emphasize honoring the cultural richness of the South Indian traditions where yoga originated. Our staff is dedicated to supporting you in this journey, ensuring a deep respect and understanding of yoga’s roots.

    Applied Anatomy & Biomechanics

    25 Hours – Anatomy and Hands-On Assists

    Our Anatomy and Physiology classes in the 200-hour yoga teacher training are expertly guided by Dr. Carrie Watkins ND. These classes offer an immersive experience that goes beyond the basic understanding of muscles and bones.

    Innovative Approach to Anatomy and Physiology

    Dr. Watkins’ teaching approach extends to functional body movements and creative posture cueing to effectively engage the body. This comprehensive understanding is vital for yoga teachers to assist their students in safe and effective practice.

    Understanding the Nervous System and Student Safety

    The course also explores the intricacies of the nervous system and the importance of safety in a student’s overall yoga experience. These insights are crucial in creating a secure and nurturing environment for students.

    Empowering through Cueing and Class Structure

    Learn innovative cueing techniques and class structuring to empower students in their yoga journey. These skills are essential for teachers to guide their students effectively and foster a supportive learning environment.

    Mastering Hands-On Adjustments

    Our training emphasizes the art of hands-on adjustments, ensuring they are respectful, safe, and beneficial for students. This module equips you with the skills to provide physical guidance that enhances the yoga experience.

    Yoga Philosophy & Ethics

    30 Hours – Raja Yoga, Tantra, & History

    In the MĀ Wellness and Yoga 200-hour yoga teacher training program, we delve into the rich philosophy of yoga through the lenses of mythology, story, and historical context.

    Exploring Yoga through Mythology and History

    Our journey includes an exploration of significant works and teachings from India that have shaped the path of yoga. We study the context and emergence of pivotal texts like The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, The Vedas, The Upanishads, Bhagavad Gita, and the Vijnana Bhairava.

    Understanding Cultural Context and Evolution

    By reflecting on these teachings, we gain insights into the historical periods they emerged from. This understanding helps us appreciate the cultural shifts and the relevance of these ideas in their time.

    Integration of Teachings into Personal Experience

    Through homework, group discussions, and weekly journal exercises, students are encouraged to discover how these ancient teachings resonate in their own lives. These reflective practices bring the philosophies to life, making them relevant and applicable to modern-day living.

    Practicum

    20 Hours – Practice Teaching, Feedback, One on One Support

    Our 200-hour yoga teacher training program embraces a gradual approach to teaching. We dedicate more hours than the standard requirement to meticulously refine your teaching skills.

    Step-by-Step Teaching Progression

    The teaching journey begins in a small group setting, gradually transitioning to larger groups. This culminates in the final practicum where you will lead a complete class and meditation session. Trusting this process is key to your development.

    Embracing Challenges Beyond Comfort Zones

    We recognize that stepping out of your comfort zone is a part of the learning process. This challenge is an opportunity for profound personal growth and learning.

    Supportive Learning Environment

    You will be supported every step of the way by our staff, interns, and your peers, who will become like family during your training. This nurturing environment is conducive to both personal and professional growth, regardless of whether you plan to teach after the program.

    Personal Growth through Teaching

    Even for those who do not intend to teach professionally, we encourage embracing the challenge of teaching. Learning to coexist with nerves and uncertainty leads to significant personal expansion and growth.

    Trauma Informed Teaching

    15 Hours – Stress Physiology & The Human Trauma Response

    In this crucial module of our 200-hour yoga teacher training, we delve into the complex relationship between yoga, stress physiology, and trauma response. As future yoga teachers, understanding these aspects is essential for creating a safe and supportive environment.

    Understanding Trauma in Body Work

    Yoga is a form of body work that often brings unexpected responses. This training component equips students with knowledge about the physiological, mental, and emotional aspects of trauma and its profound effects on individual well-being.

    Role of Body-Based Therapies in Resilience

    We explore how body-based therapies, such as yoga, can foster resilience and empower individuals. This understanding is key in guiding students through their yoga journey with sensitivity and awareness.

    Expert Insights from Dr. Carrie Watkins (ND)

    Dr. Carrie Watkins (ND) shares her extensive experience and knowledge on somatic practice and trauma-informed care. Her contributions offer deep insights into this specialized area, enhancing the learning experience for our trainees.

    Broader Perspectives on Trauma and Society

    This course goes beyond the yoga mat, providing a broader understanding of how trauma impacts mood and behavior. Such knowledge enriches your perspective on the world and the diverse experiences of individuals within it.

    Inclusive Approaches: Gender Diversity

    Included in our training is a course on gender diversity, ensuring our teachers are equipped to create inclusive and respectful spaces for all practitioners, regardless of their gender identity.

    Ayurvedic Techniques

    10 Hours – Holistic Lifestyle Development

    Our 200-hour yoga teacher training transcends traditional teaching, focusing on each student’s unique journey towards holistic lifestyle development. We emphasize deep personal transformation that aligns with your innermost self, influencing every aspect of life.

    Personal Transformation and Growth

    Recognizing the uniqueness of each individual, our course is designed to foster personal growth and self-awareness. This transformative journey is at the heart of our teaching philosophy, aiming to sculpt the essence of who you are at your core.

    Ayurveda: A Path to Personalized Well-Being

    Guided by Sarada Pranav Jagannath, who brings expertise from her ongoing training as an Ayurvedic doctor and a background in psychology and social work, the course delves into Ayurvedic practices. These teachings provide transformative insights into nutrition, daily routines, and adapting to seasonal changes, offering a personalized approach to health and well-being.

    Empowerment through Ayurvedic Knowledge

    Learn to make informed choices for your health, emphasizing balance and holistic well-being. The program includes practical elements like cooking demonstrations, where you’ll learn to prepare Ayurvedic staples, integrating these health principles into your daily life.

    Building a Balanced and Healthy Lifestyle

    This module goes beyond the yoga mat, encouraging you to build a lifestyle that reflects your most balanced and vital self. It’s about understanding preferences, adapting to changes, and making choices that enhance your overall health and well-being.

    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

    KATYANNA RYAN (SHE/HER)

    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.

    DR. CARRIE WATKINS (SHE/HER) ND

    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 MUÑOZ (SHE/HER)

    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 (SHE/HER)

    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.

    CARLEY DE GOEDE (SHE/HER)

    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

    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.

    What Our Students Have To Say

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    {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.
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    Robin M
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    {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.
    5
    Grace Davies
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    {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.
    5
    Sherry Vahamaki
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    {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.
    5
    Joseph K
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    {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
    5
    Katie Saurer