200+ Hour Mindful Yoga Teacher
Dual Certification Program

Eligible Participants will receive
1. Mindful Yoga Teacher Certificate &
2. SMART (Stress Management & Resiliency Techniques) for Educators & Helping Professionals Certificate

Have you been impacted by infusing yoga and mindfulness into your life?
Are you inspired to share what you have learned with others?

This course is specifically designed for those who have a strong interest in sharing mindfulness and yoga practice, including mindfulness facilitators, school teachers, or health care providers, giving you the tools to empower yourself and your participants.
The course merges the two wisdom streams of Hatha Yoga and Mindfulness. As a Mindfulness Everyday Yoga Teacher graduate, you leave our 200+ hour training with the skills you need to lead safe, encouraging and contemplative Mindful Yoga classes as well as facilitating Mindfulness groups in community, educational and professional settings.

The approach is secular, trauma-informed and inclusive, accommodating all body types.

SMART (Stress Management and Resiliency Techniques) 9-session curriculum trains participants to better manage work-related and personal stress, in order to cultivate emotional balance, compassion, and enhanced relationship to self and others, as well as incorporating mindfulness into yoga instruction.

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.

No prior experience in yoga or mindfulness necessary.
We will differentiate instruction to meet the needs of all levels of students.

10 Weekend Trainingbegins February 2023

Date and Times:  Saturdays 8:30 am—5 pm | Sundays 9 am—5 pm 

February 25-26, March 25-26, April 22-23,  May 13-14, June 10-11, 2023
(No classes for July and August)
September 16-17, October 14-15,  November 4-5, December 2-3, 2023
January 27-28, 2024

Location:  Online and in-person
The Latvian Centre
, 4 Credit Union Dr, North York, ON M4A 2N8

Fee: $3,500 plus $200 materials fee

If you have questions about the course, please contact:

Learning Outcomes

Yoga Curriculum: 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 Patanjali’s Eight Limbs of Yoga, the Chakra system and Buddhist Philosophy — that which is relevant to secular contexts.

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, including:

• Balancing between verbal instruction, demonstration, and hands-on assisting students.

• How to design safe, systematic sequencing for a variety of needs, ages, body types and physical limitations.

• Mindful Movement: yoga from the inside out — 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”.

SMART Curriculum: The scaffolding curriculum is built on Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, Self–Compassion and Emotional Balance, providing the practices and techniques for embedding mindfulness into your life, both personally and professionally helping you to:

• Manage stress through a greater understanding of emotions

• Employ self-care techniques to cultivate personal and professional resilience.

• Create effective strategies for relating to challenging situations.

• Enhance concentration and executive function (planning, decision-making, and impulse control).

• Revitalize purpose, personally and professionally Improve your overall mental and physical health

• Promote happiness through healthy habits of the mind Integrate mindful awareness into a Yoga class


Meet Your Facilitators

Natalia Fister






NATALIA FISTER is a yoga and mindfulness teacher. She has been teaching Hath Yoga since 2002 and Mindfulness since 2012. She was formerly a high school English teacher.

Natalia pioneered a CREDITED yoga and mindfulness course in high school for the York Region District School Board. She taught a Grade 11 “Mindful Yoga and the Art of Happiness” course 6 years in a row and Grade 12 “Mindful Yoga and the Philosophy of Wellness” course for 4 years.

She is a certified facilitator for SMART: Stress Management and Resiliency Techniques. She teaches a 10 week mindfulness program called “The Mindful Edge” to high school students. She has facilitated numerous professional development workshops for educators on mindfulness in the classroom, including the annual “Bridging Hearts and Minds” conference in San Diego for educators and health care providers. She is on staff at the University of Toronto Continuing Education Department, teaching a course on “Mindfulness in Education” twice a year.

Natalia currently teaches a 200 hour Mindful Yoga Teacher Training, uniquely applying the attitudes of Mindfulness to the teaching of hatha yoga.

Natalia 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






HEIDI BORNSTEIN, R.P., founder and acting executive director of Mindfulness Everyday, a register Canadian charity, has an extensive background in mindfulness, yoga and meditation. Heidi is trained as a Hatha yoga and meditation teacher, and received intensive training at the International Meditation Institute while living in India. She is a certified MBSR (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction) Level 1 teacher, Hatha Yoga Teacher, Meditation and Level 2 SMARTeducation – Stress Managements and Resiliency Techniques for Educators (SMART) Facilitator and an Instructor for University of Toronto, School of Continuing Studies.

Heidi is certified in Yoga Ed for Elementary Schools, High Schools, and for Working with Those At-Risk; Mindfulness for Kids at Risk with Vinnie Ferraro; Street Yoga training for Kids at Risk; Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program for Teens: Interventions and Strategies to Use in Clinical Practice with Gina Biegel, MA LMFT and has completed the Certification in Applied Mindfulness Program at the University of Toronto Factor Inwentash School of Social Work.

Heidi is on the steering committee for Mindfulness Toronto, a community of professionals dedicated to the principles and practice of mindfulness in all sectors of society and Discover Mindfulness, a volunteer organization helping to create communities, tools and awareness to bring mindfulness, well-being and mental health to Canadian schools, supporting yoga, meditation, and mindfulness programs for children, youth, teens, and adults in Toronto since 2002.