200 Hour - Foundation Program
TAYS has been certifying qualified and inspiring yoga teachers since 2002. Our 200-hour program is based on both the traditional yoga and meditation practices of the east combined with the biomechanical approach of the west. Upon completion of the 200-hour program, you will have the skills you need to teach public hatha yoga classes along with the inspiration to share the benefits of yoga. For more information and some advice regarding some Frequently Asked Questions please see our web page.
Ytt 200 hour course Options
1. Weekends Program - September through June - Yearly
This program runs over a 10 month period starting in September and ending in June. Each weekend is 18 hours and amounts to 180 direct hours at the end of the course. These weekend sessions generally occur the last weekend of each month and run Friday night, all day Saturday and all day Sunday. We are accepting applications for upcoming training programs that are posted. Generally 2 months prior is sufficient time to apply, although we accept people first come first served and we always fill our programs with a maximum of 18 people.
Times for each session are:
Friday evenings: 7:00pm - 9:30pm; Saturdays: 8:30am - 5:30pm; Sundays 8:30 - 5:00pm
We teach these weekends from two Halifax Locations:
TAYS, 6156 Quinpool Road, Halifax - Friday night and Sunday sessions
1531 Grafton Suite 306 - Saturday Sessions in Downtown Halifax
These dates are still to be determined but usually occur on the final weekend of each month...except for the December and June sessions which happen mid-month.
2. The Yoga Barn, Centreville Nova Scotia
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Here at TAYS, we are dedicated to the ongoing professional and personal development of yoga teachers through in-depth yoga education. Yoga education involves both a careful study of yoga practices from eastern and western perspectives as well as the practical application of theories and teaching methodology presented. We have designed our program to facilitate your growth as a teacher in a way that informs your teaching and also empowers your independence as a yoga educator.
Techniques - 100 hours
We learn 100’s of postures and various modifications and variations of these poses. We practice teaching from day 1, allowing our teachers to be extremely comfortable and skilled in teaching students during and following the program. We have a focus on meditation and believe a strong meditation practice positively influences and affects our personal practice and our teaching ability. The following is a breakdown of topics based on our full 200-hour YTT program.
Teaching Methodology – 20 hours
Participants will understand the sequencing of classes, the kinesiological approach to preparing the body for safe and effective exercise and be able to develop and offer solid yoga classes to the general public. Regular postures clinics will provide demonstration and opportunity for practicing verbal teaching and physical assisting of yoga poses. You will learn how to structure a safe an effective yoga class allowing your students to feel properly taken care of and individually benefited. We learn pranayama techniques and its effects on the body as well as learning how to incorporate these techniques into your teaching and practice.
Anatomy/Physiology – 25 hours
Our team is skilled in offering anatomy and physiology thank you to our health backgrounds. You will learn not only the structural anatomy and physiology of the body but you will also learn how to apply this information to yoga. You will learn common misalignment problems and how to manage these issues. You will learn common medical and surgical conditions such as arthritis, herniated disc, high/low blood pressure, hyper/hypo thyroid function, pregnancy, etc, their affect on the human body and how this information applies to yoga and is managed through a yoga class with a “therapeutic approach”. You will learn how to sequence classes and you will learn conditioning poses that will prepare the body for deeper poses thereby providing safety.
Philosophy, Ethics, and Lifestyle – 40 hours
You will learn and discuss the idea of union; Union of mind, body, and breath. You will discuss the Yamas and Niyamas, which are moral and ethical observances for the practicing yogi. You will explore concepts and ideas such as relative and absolute truth, chakras and nadis, therapeutic applications of yoga,
Written exam and practical class
At the end of the program participants will complete a written exam that tests individuals’ knowledge of the entire course content. The pass mark is 70%, however, all individuals are given a passing grade, if and when they understand the information presented in the course. A practical test class, in which public participants are invited, is examined and critiqued. This allows the graduating teacher to provide safe, effective and enjoyable yoga classes during and following the course.
20 Indirect hours: elective and practice teaching hours
In addition to 180 direct contact hours obtained during the training program, participants are required to log/journal 10 hours of practice teaching on their own. Additionally, 10 hours of approved electives are required
Must be 18 years of age or older.
Must have a commitment to learn and attend a comprehensive yoga-filled program.
Participants must have a minimum of 2 years experience in yoga study and practice. For those who live in an area where there is no yoga available please contact email@example.com to determine if your application requirements will be suitable.
Application process/ Fees
Please fill out our application form and submit with your deposit. The deposit will not be cashed until you are accepted in the program. For a copy of the application form or to register please visit our registration webpage.
Frequently asked questions:
How is your program different than other programs around?
Answer: Our program is taught mainly by 2 health professionals. Mike is a physiotherapist and Maxine has degrees in Occupational therapy and Kinesiology, as well she is in her 3rd year Osteopathy. Mike and Maxine strive to offer an up-to-date physical approach towards yoga and exercise. They have the skill and background to modify poses for different populations. Their backgrounds in Iyengar yoga, as well as their university studies backgrounds, help them to address various physical issues and needs with our western population.
With our program, we start teaching from day one. Additionally, we learn and teach physical assists and learn how to incorporate them into our teaching. Individuals can benefit incredibly from an assist where words may not properly covey our intent or may not be interpreted in exactly the right way.
This year we added free classes at our studio during the duration of the training so that deeper, experiential learning can happen with our student teachers. We create excellent teachers. If you would like to find out the quality of our teachers here at TAYS I would suggest you come to a class with me, Mike or any of our teachers at TAYS. All of our teachers trained with Mike and I and I am very proud to have them teach at our studio.
Any way we can help?
For those coming from out of town or are not familiar with the Halifax area, we have directions from the airport, local places to stay and general tourism information. Please call 1-866-429-3303 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and we would be pleased to answer any questions or help in any way that we can.