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 - foundation level Yoga Teacher Training

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 20 people.


Weekends YTT 2019 - 2020 Halifax

Weekends Program: September 2019 to June 2020

All sessions are at our Halifax studio: TAYS, 6156 Quinpool Road in Suite 202.

Times for each session are:

Friday evenings: 7:00pm - 9:30pm; Saturdays: 12:30pm - 5:30pm and Saturday night 6:30pm - 9:00pm; Sundays 8:30 - 5:00pm


Weekends YTT at the Yoga Barn 2019 - 2020 Centreville, NS

Weekends Program at The Yoga Barn: September 2019 to June 2020


Monthlong YTT in Stratford PEI

Monthlong Program Contact Information here.


. . . Coming soon: Weekends YTT 2020 - 2021 Halifax

Weekends Program: September 2020 to June 2021

All sessions are at our Halifax studio: TAYS, 6156 Quinpool Road in Suite 202.

Times for each session are:

Friday evenings: 7:00pm-9:30pm;   Saturdays: 12:30pm-5:30pm and Saturday night 6:30pm-9:00pm; Sundays 8:30-5:00pm




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/hypothyroid function, pregnancy, etc, their effect 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 of experience in yoga study and practice. For those who live in an area where there is no yoga available please contact maxineyoga@yogastudio.ns.ca to determine if your application requirements will be suitable.


YTT Faculty can be found here.


Other Information

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.

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 anne-marie@yogastudio.ns.ca and we would be pleased to answer any questions or help in any way that we can.


200 Hour Schedule

Title Date(s) Category Location
Our current YTT: 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training "Weekends" Program: 2019 - 2020
Sep 27, '19 7:00pm to Jun 14, '20 5:00pm
yoga teacher training
200 Hour
All Sessions at TAYS. Friday evenings: 7:00pm-9:30pm; Saturdays: 12:30pm-5:30pm and Saturday night 6:30pm-9:00pm; Sundays 8:30am-5:00pm
TAYS YTT at Reactive Health and Wellness, PEI
Aug 2, '20 8:30am to Aug 28, '20 5:00pm
yoga teacher training
200 Hour
Reactive Health and Wellness, Stratford, PEI
Upcoming YTT: 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training "Weekends" Program: 2020 - 2021
Sep 25, '20 7:00pm to Jun 13, '21 5:00pm
yoga teacher training
200 Hour
All Sessions at TAYS. Friday evenings: 7:00pm-9:30pm; Saturdays: 12:30pm-5:30pm and Saturday night 6:30pm-9:00pm; Sundays 8:30am-5:00pm
May 29, '15 7:00pm to Jun 21, '15 5:00pm
Friday and Sunday: TAYS, 6156 Quinpool; Saturdays: Leslie's Yoga Shed, 1043 Tower Rd

this is our current program:

"weekends" program:
September 2014 until June 2015

Jul 5, '15 9:00am to Jul 31, '15 5:00pm
TAYS, 202-6156 Quinpool Road

JULY 2014 - 200 HOUR YTT

We are very excited to announce our month-long YTT that will run from the month of July each year (exact dates below).

Sep 25, '15 7:00pm to Jun 12, '16 5:00pm
Friday and Sunday: TAYS, 6156 Quinpool; Saturdays: Shambhala School Dojo, 5450 Russell Street (Gottigen entrance)


"weekends" program:
September 2015 until June 2016

Oct 30, '15
3:00pm to 5:00pm
TAYS, 202-6156 Quinpool Road

The TAYS Teaching Clinic Series

Dec 18, '15 6:30pm to Dec 19, '15 5:30pm
Friday and Saturday: THe Yoga Barn, Centreville NS