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Mindful Yoga Teacher Training Registration 2019-2020

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No previous training, flexibility or regular yoga practice required.

Date and Times:
Saturdays 8:30 am -5 pm Sundays 9 am - 5 pm
2019: Sept. 21-22, Oct. 19-20, Nov. 9-10; Dec. 7-8;
2020: J
an. 25-26; Feb. 22-23; March 28-29; April 18-19; May 9-10; June 6-7
Provisions will be made for missed classes

Fees: $2,850 includes $100 materials fee

Materials Required:

Materials Supplied:

Location: Blue Heron Studio (Gerrard and Woodbine in the Beaches), 57 Devon Rd,
Toronto, ON M4E 1X8

For more information, please contact Natalia Fister
natalia.fister@mindfulnesseveryday.org or call (416) 402-4963

Required Reading List

Mindfulness Yoga: The Awakened Union of Breath, Body, and Mind
Frank Jude Boccio

Mindfulness: An Eight-Week Plan for Finding Peace in a Frantic World
Mark Williams and Danny Penman

The Yamas and Niyamas: Exploring Yoga's Ethical Practice Deborah Adele

Yoga Anatomy-2nd Edition: your illustrated guide to postures, movements and breathing techniques, Leslie Kaminoff (Author),‎ Amy Matthews (Author)

Suggested Reading List

Buddha’s Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of happiness, wisdom & love, Rick Hanson

Yoga for Dummies, Larry Payne and Georg Feuerstein

Further Deeper Reading


The Key Muscles of Yoga: Scientific Keys, Volume I
Ray Long (Author),‎ Chris Macivor (Illustrator)

Yoga for Anxiety: meditations and practices for calming the body and mind, Mary NurrieStearns, LCSW, RYT, and Rick Nurrie Stearns

Yoga Body, Buddha Mind, Cyndi Lee

Yoga from the Inside Out, Christina Sell (Foreward by John Friend)

Yoga for Kids

Best Practices for Yoga in Schools Editors: Traci Childress, MA | Jennifer Cohen Harper, MA

Little Flower Yoga for Kids: A Yoga and Mindfulness Program to Help Your Child Improve Attention and Emotional Balance, Jennifer Cohen Harper

Teaching Yoga for Life: Preparing Children and Teens for Healthy, Balanced Living Teaching Yoga for Life: Preparing Children and Teens for Healthy, Balanced Living, Nanette E. Tummers

Yoga Calm for Children: Educating Heart, Mind, and Body, Lynea Gillen MS & Jim Gillen RYT

Yoga Philosophy

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, Sri Swami Satchidananda

Patanjali Yog Darshan, Swami Shyam

One Without a Second: The Seeds of Yoga Philospohy from Root to Sprout, Hali Shwartz


Wherever You Go, There You Are, Jon Kabat-Zinn

Mindfulness in Education

Mindfulness For Teachers

Mindful Teaching and Teaching Mindfulness: A Guide for Anyone Who Teaches Anything, Deborah Schoeberlein

Mindfulness for Teachers: Simple Skills for Peace and Productivity in the Classroom, Patricia A. Jennings

Mindfulness to Teens

The Mindful Teen: Powerful Skills to Help You Handle Stress One Moment at a Time, Dzung X. Vo

Be Mindful and Stress Less: 50 Ways to Deal with Your (Crazy) Life, Gina Biegel



200+hour Mindful Yoga Teacher Certification

Program Description

Explore and deepen your knowledge of Yoga philosophy and history, anatomy and physiology, yoga ethics/lifestyle, teaching methodology, mindfulness meditation, and breath work through hands-on instruction, independent study, and assignments. This comprehensive program blends the best of mindfulness and yoga practices so that you can teach safely and with confidence. Our teachers have a long history of teaching yoga and meditation in a variety of settings.

Who Should Attend

For post-secondary educators and counsellors wishing to offer student and faculty wellness programs, this course will give you the skillset to create your own individualized program or compliment an existing program.

For high school teachers desiring to have this course offered as a grade 11 and/or 12 inter-disciplinary credit, we will help you write a proposal to present to your principal, a course outline, rubrics, and a student course pack.

For elementary school teachers, we will have special sessions on how to teach yoga and mindfulness to children.

For mindfulness facilitators, we will provide movement flows that compliment the themes of Mindfulness-based interventions (MBSR, MBCT, SMART). This course will provide you with the training and information required to guide mindful movement/yoga practices safely and authentically.

I know that taking a course to become a yoga teacher 20 years ago changed and enriched my life immeasurably and continues to do so today.
It is my deepest belief that it will do the same for you.
~Natalia Fister, Yoga Teacher and Secondary School Teacher

Overview of the 200+ Hour Mindful Yoga Teacher Training:

This course is specifically designed for elementary, high school, post-secondary and mindfulness educators, giving you the tools to empower your students and yourself on your journey in personal growth. We will differentiate instruction to meet the needs of all levels of students.

The course merges the two wisdom streams of Hatha Yoga and Mindfulness. As a Mindfulness Everyday Yoga graduate, you leave our 200+ hour training with the skills you need to lead safe, encouraging and contemplative Mindful Yoga classes.

You will learn how to offer modifications, posture options, clarification of contraindications, and create a complete series of classes with progressive levels of difficulty.

The course will provide information on the business practicalities of yoga teaching. It will address how to earn a supplemental income teaching in studios, community centres and private students.

Specific Learning outcomes:

  • Upon completion of this program, students will have gained knowledge in the following areas:
    Anatomy: An introduction to Functional Anatomy to understand the wide scope of needs for different levels of students.
  • Philosophy: An introduction to Yoga Philosophy and Ethics, focusing on the Patanjali’s Eight Limbs of Yoga, as well as the Chakra system and Buddhist Philosophy.
  • Pranayama: an introduction to the experience of mind-body-breath integration through yogic breathing and how to incorporate various breathing techniques into posture sequencing.
  • Asana: Practical skills necessary for teaching a Yoga Class, including:
    - Balance between verbal instruction, demonstration, assisting students.
    - How and when to use props and modifications while maintaining the flow of a class.
    - How to design safe, systematic sequencing for a variety of needs, ages, body types and physical limitations.
  • Restorative yoga: respecting the body’s need to sometimes do less, not more, in order to heal and integrate.
  • Deepening one’s personal practice over time while respecting the cycles of change and the “aging body”.
  • Deep Relaxation: gain skills to cultivate healing properties of the body by consciously activate the parasympathetic nervous system.
  • Mindfulness: how to integrate the attitudes of mindfulness on and off the yoga mat.
    Mindfulness meditation: develop a personal meditation practice by learning various techniques.
  • Mindful games & activities: engaging skill-based activities that
    develop resilience, focus, concentration, emotion regulation, and relationship building.
  • The Business of Yoga: understanding the ethical professional
    obligations, as well as tax benefits and implications.

  • Typical Day Format

    Gentle yoga /yoga/consciousness movement

    4:00—5:00pm <

    8:00—8:30 am

    Group check-in, centering and building intention for the day



    10:30--11 am

    Asana /posture lab




    Communal Lunch


    Anatomy/Practice Teaching Sessions




    Asana / posture lab

    Gentle yoga /yoga/consciousness movement
    The schedule will be adapted to accommodate breaks and evolving needs.

    Summary of Requirements

  • In-class component: 140hrs
    Supervised practice teaching sessions with constructive feedback
  • Personal Practice: 40hrs
    (external classes — may include DVD’s, online classes, etc.)
  • Self-Study/Homework: 15hrs
    includes reading texts, journal assignments and self-directed culminating activity
  • An independent study /research project: 5hrs
    pertaining to your own specialized area of interest co-developed with the Staff
  • Please note that competing the above training components does not guarantee certification.
    Additional training and or mentoring may be recommended.

    Mindful Yoga Program Lead Teachers

    Natalia Fister, B.English, B.Education YRDSB High School Teacher, Hatha Yoga Teacher Associate Mindfulness Facilitator

    NATALIA FISTER has been teaching in high schools since 1990 and Hatha Yoga since 2002. Natalia has studied yoga and meditation locally and internationally, travelling to India several times, Kripalu in Massachusetts to continue her yoga teacher training, Nosara, Costa Rica and Lake Atitlan Guatemala to attend yoga retreats, and most recently, to Vallecitos, New Mexico to attend a 5 day silent retreat for educators. Natalia pioneered a credited yoga and mindfulness course in high school for the York Region District School Board (YRDSB). She currently teaches a grade 11/IDC3O “Mindful Yoga and the Art of Happiness” course and a grade 12/IDC4U “Mindful Yoga and the Philosophy of Wellness” course. She is a certified facilitator for SMART: Stress Management and Resiliency Techniques. She has facilitated numerous professional development workshops for educators on mindfulness in the classroom, including the annual “Bridging Hearts and Minds” conference on Mindfulness for Educators and Health Care Providers in San Diego. She embeds mindfulness practices not only in her yoga course but all her English courses. She is committed to sharing the benefits of mindfulness and yoga to students and teachers alike in the conviction that it will transform their lives as much as it has hers.

    Heidi Bornstein, Founder Mindfulness Everyday, Director SMART Ontario, MBSR & SMART Facilitator, Mindful Movement & Yoga Teacher

    Heidi iBornstein s a Hatha yoga and meditation teacher, who received intensive training at the International Meditation Institute while living in India. She is a certified instructor in Hatha Yoga, Yoga Science, and Yoga Ed for Elementary Schools, High Schools, and For Working with Those At-Risk. She trained as an MBSR teacher under the direction of Roy Hintsa, MBSR Toronto, and Dr. Diane Reibel, the Director of the Stress Reduction Program at Jefferson University’s Myrna Brind Center of Integrative Medicine. She participated in the 7-Day Professional Training in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction in Mind-Body Medicine under the direction of Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn and Dr. Saki Santorelli. Heidi trained in Mindfulness for Kids at Risk with Vinnie Ferraro, Street Yoga training for Kids at Risk as well as smartEducation™ (Stress Management and Resiliency Techniques) with Linda Wallace. 
    Heidi is the co-creator (with Heather Elson) of the Yoda-Yoga Program for kids, a program specifically designed for use in the 20 minute DPA (Daily Physical Activity) in elementary schools. Heidi is the co-creator and teacher for The Mindful Edge® – Stress Reduction and Life Strategies for Teens program in high schools. Heidi is on staff of Yoga Community Toronto, and is on the steering committee for Mindfulness Toronto. She has been teaching yoga and meditation in Toronto since 2002 and continues to support yoga, meditation, and mindfulness programs for children, youth, teens, and adults.