The first principal of true teaching is that nothing can be taught, for the teacher is not an instructor, but rather a helper and a guide. Her role is to suggest and not impose. She does not actually train the pupil’s mind, but only shows them how to perfect their instruments of knowledge and helps and encourages them in the process. She does not impart knowledge, but shows how knowledge can be unfolded within oneself...
— Sri Aurobindo

Yoga Teacher Training

Current & Upcoming Trainings:

Teacher Training Courses at Yoga Space, Toronto

Restorative Yoga Teacher Training
with Hali Schwartz

Saturdays, 11:30 – 7pm
September 14, 21, 28; October 5

30 hours – $750

In our modern world, we are all too often encouraged to do more, have more, and achieve more, while our innate skill for inner awareness and peace of mind falls by the wayside as a result. Restorative Yoga has been called the 'yoga for the 21st century because It’s practice helps to restore wellness, balance, ease and harmony in a system that has become overloaded and hyper stimulated. The restorative yoga practice adapts all of the fundamental postures of hatha yoga and generates their healing properties by utilizing various supports (props), as well as the force of gravity. Practiced predominantly in a reclined, or seated position, the postures of restorative yoga aims to transport the practitioner into a state of deep rest and inner quiet where the body and the mind can release accumulated tension. In this course, students will acquire and develop the skills and qualities required to lead effective restorative yoga classes for varying populations.

Learn:

  • The full body of work that comprises the restorative yoga practice as originally developed by BKS Iyengar.

  • How to create and develop intelligently crafted restorative yoga sequences for various settings and circumstances.

  • The specific use of the many yoga props that are used to support and sustain long held postures.

  • How to use these props to adapt and modify each posture in the curriculum for every level of student and varying circumstances.

  • Common injuries and chronic conditions that relate to the muscular/skeletal system and the nervous system.

  • The postures that are both indicated and counter-indicated for the above conditions.

  • All aspects of how to create a restorative yoga practice that fosters meditative inner awareness.

  • How the breath can be used to bring about physical and mental balance and well-being.

  • How to interweave the key elements of yoga philosophy, as it pertains to restorative yoga, into your teaching.

  • How to use language effectively to both instruct and impart the more subtle and meditative practice that is restorative yoga.

  • How to safely and respectfully perform physical assistance that will deepen your students understanding and experience.

  • Basic set up, full execution, modifications, assists, communication, language, vocal quality, demonstration and timing of each pose and full sequences.

Advanced Yoga Philosophy Studies
with Hali Schwartz

Sundays, 11:30 – 7pm
September 15, 22, 29; October 6

30 hours – $750

I am delighted to be offering this course as part of the 300 hour continuing studies program at Yoga Space Toronto.

This course will be about deepening our understanding of yoga philosophy by taking a look at some of its most important and timeless themes. We will then learn how to apply these teachings into our own sādhana, as well as into our classes as yoga educators.

We will learn the specific techniques of how to teach yoga philosophy in hatha yoga based classes, as well as how to set curriculum for teaching it in pre- registered courses as well as workshops.

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These courses are part of the 300 Hour Advanced Yoga Teacher Training program at Yoga Space, Toronto. 

The individual course price listed here is for part time students not enrolled in the full program, who wish to work towards their 300 hour certification on a part time basis. There are limited spots available in each course for part time students. This course can also be used as Yoga Alliance Continuing Education course.

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I am proud to be working alongside the wonderful Kathryn Beet as assistant director, co-coordinator and co-teacher for Yoga Space: Toronto's 200 hr and 300 hr Yoga Alliance registered teacher training and personal development programs.

I am also the director of philosophical studies at Yoga Space, and responsible in this role for creating, organizing and teaching the yoga history and scripture study curriculum for all yoga teacher training and personal development programs at the school. I am the creator of the Restorative Yoga training program at Yoga Space, and the instructor.  

My primary teacher training expertise is in:

  • yoga history

  • yoga philosophy

  • Indian religious traditions

  • Indian mythology

  • yoga scripture study (especially, but not exclusively where it pertains to the yoga tradition);

  • chanting

  • meditation

  • Sanskrit studies

  • classical hatha yoga, vinyasa and restorative yoga.