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MIndful Yoga Teacher Training Registration

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No previous training, flexibility or regular yoga practice required.

Dates: 10-weekend training Saturdays & Sundays | 9am - 5pm

2018: Sept. 22-23 / Oct. 20-21 / Nov. 17-18 / Dec. 8-9
2019: Jan. 12-13 / Feb. 9-10 / March 23-24 / April 13-14 /
May 11-12 / June 8-9

Fees: $2,750 plus $100 materials fee

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

For more information, please contact Heidi Bornstein
eidi@mindfulnesseveryday.org or call (416) 267-4707

To Register: www.mindfulnesseveryday.org/schedule.html#CoursesForEducators

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

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

Yoga Anatomy-2nd Edition
Leslie Kaminoff (Author),‎ Amy Matthews (Author)

Suggested Reading List

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

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

Full Catastrophe Living: using the wisdom of your body and mind to face stress, pain, and illness, Jon Kabat-Zinn

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


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 couse 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


    9:00—9:30 am

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


    Asana (physical practice and techniques of postures)




    Communal Lunch


    Anatomy/Practice Teaching Sessions




    Restorative Yoga or Guest lecturer

    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.