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:

Restorative Yoga Teacher Training

With Hali Schwartz
Saturdays, January 26 – February 16, 2019
11:30 – 7pm
45 hours – $950

This course is 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.

To register, visit Yoga Space.

Course Description
In our modern world, we are encouraged to do more, have more and achieve more, while our innate skill for inner awareness and letting go, too often, falls by the wayside. Restorative yoga has been called the yoga for the 21st century. It’s practice restores wellness, balance, ease and harmony in a system that has become overloaded and hyper stimulated. The restorative practice adapts all of the fundamental postures of hatha yoga and generates their healing properties through the force of gravity. Practiced predominantly in a reclined position with the support of props to achieve varying effects, 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.

We will 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.

Course format:

  • Lecture,

  • Demonstration

  • Practice Teaching (Observe 2 and Assist 8 classes)

  • Pedagogy and analysis

  • Creating a Personal Restorative Yoga Booklet with photo’s and descriptions of the set-up and assists for each pose along with documentation of fundamental sequences.

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Advanced Yoga Philosophy                                                        

With Hali Schwartz
Sundays, January 27 – February 17, 2019
11:30am – 7pm
30 hours – $650

This course is also a 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.

To register, visit Yoga Space.

Course description
Yoga philosophy is not just a subject that we study in order to better understand the rich and vast history of the yoga tradition, but a doorway into a deeper understanding of ourselves and the world in which we live. As yoga practitioners our aim is to unfold a sense of balance within our entire system – be it within the physical body, the mind or in our own inner selves. When we are able to personally draw upon the wisdom that yoga philosophy offers us, this can then help us to be more effective and sensitive communicators when we are imparting these practices and their teachings to others. This course picks up where our 200 hour training left off, delving deeper into the study of the principal scriptures of the yoga tradition, but with a special focus on how to apply this directly into our teaching. 

What we will learn:

  • Sanskrit vocabulary of the main philosophical systems of yoga.

  • How to apply the teaching of yoga’s 5 main philosophical schools into our lives and our teaching.

  • The key verses from yoga’s most important texts.

  • To understand the philosophical and esoteric teachings of tantra (chakras, and kundalini) – which formed the basis for hatha yoga.

  • The specific techniques for imparting these teachings into asana based classes.

  • How to teach meditation.

  • Pedagogy – how to teach others using language, voice and imagery

Course format:

  • Lecture, and discussion

  • Sanskrit studies

  • Scripture study

  • Chanting

  • Regular reading homework

  • Project developing philosophical themes for sequences and classes.


To register, visit Yoga Space.


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.  

I am also a guest lecturer in the teacher training programs held at Octopus Garden Yoga Center, and I AM Yoga, both eminent Toronto yoga institutions. 

Yoga Space, Toronto

Restorative Yoga Teacher Training (30 hours)

Deepening Your Understanding of Yoga Philosophy:  Philosophy in Everyday Life (30 hours)

Octopus Garden Yoga, Toronto

As a member of the guest faculty of philosophic studies in both the 200 hour and 300 hour program.

IAM Yoga, Toronto

Introduction to the History and Practice of Yoga Philosophy, as part of the 200 hour teacher training program. This 21 hour course is open to the public as well as participants in the teacher training program.

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.