Yoga Teacher Training (YTT) - Online Option Now Available

Introduction

In-Depth Yoga Education - Discover the Yoga Teacher Within!

Here at TAYS, we are dedicated to the ongoing professional and personal development of yoga teachers through in-depth yoga education involving eastern and western perspectives as well as practical theory and teaching methodology.

We provide a 200 and a 500 hour program designed to certify students who are interested in teaching a hatha vinyasa style of yoga. Students can complete a foundation 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training course, with the option to build on these fundamentals to complete a 500 hour certification (300 additional hours). For registration, tuition, dates and other relevant information please see our registration page of our website.

Most yoga studios and fitness facilities require yoga teachers to have a basic 200 hour training from a registered yoga school. When you graduate from TAYS' 200 hour YTT, you will have the skills required to develop, structure and teach public yoga classes.  Our program meets and exceeds these requirements outlined by Yoga Alliance. Both our 200 and 500 hour programs are registered with Yoga Alliance.

The TAYS 500 hour program consists of two segments. The first segment is the 200 hour foundation program followed by an additional 300 hours. These first 200 hours can be achieved through attending our "10 weekends program" (200 hour YTT) based in Halifax.

Teacher Training Yoga Education Mike Munro Halifax Physiotherapy

Our backgrounds in Physiotherapy, Occupational therapy, Kinesiology and Osteopathy help to keep our program focused and clear. Our YTT teachers Mike Munro, Maxine Jeffrey, Andrea Andriopoulos and Helen Fong have different educational backgrounds, yoga and life experience and skill-set. A frequent comment following our teacher training weekends is about the appreciation of our teachers and how we all work together to make the program informative and complete.

Our program is a highly regarded program that graduates excellent yoga teachers with the skills, confidence and knowledge to teach yoga.

If you would like some reading suggestions prior to or during your TAYS' YTT.

Mike Recommends:
Patanjalis Yoga Sutras - Translation by Chip Hartranft
Hatha Yoga Illustrated - Kirk. Boon. Dituro.

Maxine Recommends:
The Woman's Yoga Book, Bobby Clennell
Relax and Renew, Judith Lasater
Moving into Stillness, Erich Shiffmann

For detailed information on our Foundational, 200 Hour program click here.

For detailed information on our Professional Level, 500 Hour program click here.

 

Frequently Asked Questions:

 

Q. Is your Yin/Restore weekend a "certification training"?

A. Yes, we can provide you a certificate regarding your hours in the training. You will feel ready to offer Yin classes following the weekend course. You will also feel ready to offer yoga to those needing more props, modifications and wanting a more "therapeutic style".

The whole training is part of our YTT 500 hour program.

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Q. How is your teacher training program different than other YTT programs offered?

We at TAYS, teach teachers how to teach right from the start, day one. You will also learn how to develop classes, based on themes or poses. We teach people how to sequence a class to a target pose (i.e. full wheel) or a general category of poses (deep backbends) to include the right kind of conditioning (or warm up) poses to prepare the required areas of the body and then how to cool down the body and bring the body back into balance.

Our training includes many modifications and options for props allowing for different bodies with different abilities.

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Q. It says on the website that we graduate as Hatha Vinyasa Yoga Teachers. Can you explain what that means?

"Hatha Yoga" is an umbrella term that describes many styles of yoga.  You will find that our style of yoga, Hatha Vinyasa, can be a gentle flow for beginners or seniors or can incorporate more of a workout. Vinyasa is a flowing style of yoga that incorporates alignment and safety therefore allowing people to be able to maintain a yoga practice throughout their lives without being at unnecessary risk for injury. Through our Yoga Teacher Training and through our studio (TAYS) students know and learn how to modify the postures at various times and stages of their lives to be able to continue this yoga journey throughout their lives.

Our backgrounds in Occupational therapy, Physiotherapy, Kinesiology and now Osteopathy, as well as our backgrounds with Iyengar, Ashtanga, Baptiste and Bikram Yoga and developmental yoga, provide the balanced practice from which everyone can enjoy and benefit.

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Q. Are we going to be taught how to lead a class?

Yes. You will be very comfortable with teaching a beginner to intermediate level class by the end of the program. Practice teaching sessions will start on day one. You will ease into teaching early on and have a lot of practice and experience in this area. You will learn how to sequence a class and you will learn how to progress and develop your teaching to help your students learn optimally.

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Q. Are we going to be given information regarding opening a yoga studio?

Yes one of the talks during the YTT will be about "where to go from here", target populations, how to advertise, how to open a studio, etc.

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Q. Will the training teach us to assist and adjust students in poses?

Absolutely. We pride ourselves on this. You will gain a lot of hands on experience with adjusting and "seeing" your students. The 200 hour YTT starts students off gradually and comfortably so that you can see your students and learn basic assists for everyone. But we go beyond these standard assists and teach you skillful and artful hands-on techniques. Our 500 hour YTT contains more advanced courses in this area, if you choose to continue with our trainings.

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Q. I am interested in a yoga teacher training program but I do not want to approach yoga from a spiritual standpoint. I do it for the relaxation and stress reduction. Can you talk a bit about your approach in this regard?

We approach our YTT from a therapeutic perspective or from a physical perspective. Our backgrounds in Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Osteopathy and Kinesiology reflect this approach. You will find our physical approach to be approachable and concrete. We do incorporate daily meditation sessions - usually for 10 minutes at the beginning of each day - to help to ground us and bring us on the same level energetically. It is a helpful technique to bring focus and stability to all involved. Our Yoga teacher training and classes focus on strengthening and stretching and coordination of breath and movement. Definitely stress reduction, relaxation and health are our main objectives during class instruction.

 

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Q. What does maintaining a YTT certification entail?

Maintaining a YTT certificate requires nothing. Staying as a well informed quality teacher does. To stay competitive in the yoga teacher world you can continue taking classes and workshops. You can continue training at the YTT 500 hour level. This qualifies people to be a "professional level" yoga teacher which is far above the industry standard of 200 hours.

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Q. I will need to miss one full weekend during the 200 hour training. What do I do?

We can video the sessions so that they are available at a later date at your convenience.

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