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.


Now accepting registration:

1. Weekends Program: September 2018 to June 2019

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 7:00pm - 9:00pm; Sundays 8:00 - 5:00pm



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

These dates CONFIRMED!  


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.

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.

Yoga Teacher Training Faculty:

Our program coordinator and main teacher is Mike Munro. Mike has been a Certified Interdisciplinary Yoga Teacher since 1998. He is a physiotherapist and has completed his first year of Osteopathy with the Collège d'Études Ostéopathiques (CEO), and plans on completing his osteopathy training in 2023. Mike and his YTT team strive to offer an up-to-date physical approach towards yoga and exercise. They have the skills, the passion and the backgrounds to offer yoga for different populations. Their education and various backgrounds help them to address various physical issues and needs with our western population.

Other teachers on our faculty:

- Maxine Jeffrey has been a Certified Interdisciplinary Yoga Teacher since 1997. She has science degrees in Occupational therapy and Kinesiology, as well she has completed 5 years of Osteopathy school with CEO, and is currently a thesis candidate. Maxine shares her experience with yoga sequence development, physical assisting and use of props and modifications for different populations. 

- Cléo Burke is a TAYS-trained 500Hr teacher, a TAYS teacher educator, and psychotherapist. She brings classical elements of yoga into her counseling practice. She is also trained in Trauma-Sensitive Yoga with leading experts Dr. Bessel van der Kolk and Dave Emerson of the Justice Research Institute.  She offers accessible, heartfelt classes that promote curiosity and play. Her intentional sequences will leave you empowered and balanced for life on and off the mat.

- Andrea Andiopolous has completed all 500 hours of her yoga teacher training with TAYS. She teaches and substitutes many classes per week at TAYS and offers popular and enjoyable classes. Andrea will be teaching the Friday night sessions during our upcoming YTT sessions.

- Helen Fong is an award-winning Certified Yoga Teacher who calls Halifax her home. She is a Dalhousie University Alumnus and has been teaching yoga since 2006. She has played an instrumental role in many cancer patient care and support projects, guest demos at live health & wellness shows and is a regular guest on Eastlink TV's 'The Path of Yoga' television series. She is a certified Hatha Vinyasa Yoga teacher at the 500-hour level (TAYS) and is also a Certified Yin Yoga teacher.

- Leslie Bishop has been teaching yoga for more than 15 years and with an ERYT-500 designation spends her time teaching others interested in the practice and lifestyle of the 8 Limbs of yoga.  Certified as a yoga teacher trainer and yoga life coach, Leslie leads exhilarating and unscripted Vinyasa yoga classes that are both challenging and heart pumping, while staying true to the ease and grace of the inner intention of the practice.

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 convey our intent or may not be interpreted in exactly the right way.

We have free classes at our studio during the duration of the yoga teacher 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 we would suggest you come to a class at TAYS and discover the quality of our classes. All of our teachers teaching at TAYS trained at TAYS for their YT training, and we are 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 annemarie@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
200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training "Weekends" Program: 2018 - 2019
Sep 28, '18 7:00pm to Jun 16, '19 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 8:00am - 5:00pm
Coming soon! 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
Sep 28, '12 7:00pm to Jun 16, '13 5:00pm
Friday and Sunday: TAYS, 6156 Quinpool; Saturdays: Leslie's Yoga Shed, 1043 Tower Rd

"weekends" program:
September 2012 until June 2013

Jul 7, '13 9:00am to Aug 2, '13 5:00pm
TAYS, 202-6156 Quinpool Road

JULY 2013 - 200 HOUR YTT

We are very excited to announce our month-long YTT that will run from July 7 until August 2, 2013!

Sep 27, '13 7:00pm to Jun 15, '14 5:00pm
Friday and Sunday: TAYS, 6156 Quinpool; Saturdays: Leslie's Yoga Shed, 1043 Tower Rd

Currently in progress

"weekends" program:
September 2013 until June 2014

Jul 6, '14 9:00am to Aug 1, '14 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 July 6 until August 1, 2014!

May 29, '15
2:00pm to 4:30pm
TAYS, 202-6156 Quinpool Road

The TAYS Teaching Clinic Series