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:

Deepening All Aspects of Practice: The Foundation of Advanced Teaching Skills

with Hali Schwartz & Yosh Maeda

Sundays, 11:30am – 7:30pm
September 9, 16, 23, 30
October 7, (5 Sundays, 8 hours per day)
40 hours – $1000 +hst

Hali Schwartz and Yosh Maeda have been working and studying together for the last 20 years. Although they started out as teacher/student, they are now colleagues who are both passionate about bringing the true depth of the yoga practice to as many people's lives as they can. Together, they have delved into the world of advanced hatha yoga asana, meditation and pranayam, as well as yoga philosophy, history and scripture study. 

This 40 hour course, which is the final part of YogaSpace Toronto's 300 hour teacher training and personal development program, will be focused on honing our skills as teachers and communicators of this ancient science, which has been growing as a system for the past 4000 years. We will have the opportunity to develop our own understanding of the more complex hatha yoga asanas, as well as learning specific techniques on how to offer meditation and pranayam to our students. We will spend several hours of this course guiding you on how to offer physical assists with safety and integrity. We will explore the many ways in which to seamlessly interweave yoga philosophy teachings into your classes. Finally, we will learn how to use our language as a powerful tool for compassionate communication so that our students are left with the experience of being cared for as well as transformed. 


Restorative Yoga & Advanced Yoga Philosophy Teacher Training at Yoga Space Toronto.

Four weekends: Saturdays and Sundays 11:30am-7pm; 60 hrs.
2018 Dates: January 27,28
February 3,4; 17,18
March 3,4

When we begin to see how the physical aspect of yoga practice merges beautifully and seamlessly with yoga's rich philosophic history, something about our teaching changes forever. Nowhere is this more apparent then in the practice of restorative yoga, which is by its nature a practice that leads us to the unfolding of a meditative inner awareness, deepening our sense of who we are in truth. 

Join me in this transformational sixty hours, where we will learn the body of work that is the restorative yoga practice, as well as moving deeper into our understanding of yoga philosophy; meditation; Sanskrit scripture study and chanting. Together we will discover how these two aspects of the yoga tradition blend perfectly together, deepening our own sādhana as well as bringing our teaching to the next level of depth and excellence.  


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.