Toronto Yoga Teacher Training Programme

Teacher Training Group
Become a yoga instructor

Open House for the Teacher Training Programme, October 2019-December 2020, Thursday, September 12, 6:15pm. RSVP.

NEW! There is a non-academic option for those not intending to teach.

For more information contact Tama Soble, 416 944-0838, tama@estheryoga.com.

PROGRAMME APPLICATION


Toronto’s Esther Myers Yoga Studio’s 750 Hour Teacher Training Programme provides training for

  • Yoga practitioners interested in becoming yoga instructors
  • Instructors who already teach and wish to upgrade their skills
  • Experienced students looking to deepen their practice and understanding

Our Yoga Teacher Training Programme offers practice in the poses and techniques of yoga, with a solid grounding in the organic and anatomical principles that underlie them.

Yoga teaching at the Studio is inspired by the work of Vanda Scaravelli (1908-1999) and Esther Myers (1947-2004), and is based on three principles: breathing, grounding (our connection to the earth) and spinal elongation.

What Students say about the Yoga Teacher Training Programme

Our trainees and graduates have discovered 

  • Learning to apply these principles brings greater clarity, simplicity and depth to yoga practice and teaching
  • A 16 month programme allows the time necessary to learn, practise and integrate the complex array of skills required to be a teacher of the highest standard
  • Our approach is deeply reflective and student centred
  • The confidence to respond to and instruct each student individually and well

We describe our approach as Thinking Body Yoga because it is based on an educational model that guides each practitioner toward an objective and subjective understanding of the body, the mind and their intrinsic connections.

Listen to what our yoga students think

PROGRAMME APPLICATION

For more information about Yoga Teacher Training in Toronto contact Tama Sobletama@estheryoga.com, 416-944-0838.

Esther Myers Yoga Studio is a Registered Educational Institution. Students enrolled in the Teacher Training Programme will receive an official tuition fee receipt (T2202A) which can be used when filing your personal income tax.

Our minimum requirements for admission are as follows:
  • At least two years of yoga practice
  • Regular breathing/meditation practice
  • Regular asana/posture practice
  • Completed application form
  • Attendance at 6 classes (or the equivalent in workshops/intensives) at Esther Myers Yoga Studio with Monica Voss or Tama Soble prior to the first workshop in October. These classes provide you and the faculty with an opportunity to determine whether this course is the right fit for you. Acceptance is conditional if the mandatory 6 classes are not completed before the first weekend workshop.
  • Interview in person with a member of the Teacher Training faculty
  • Payment of $70.00 application fee

The following is an outline of our Teacher Training course requirements.

Daily Practice:

  • Work up to a 15-20 minute breathing practice: 4 days/week.
  • Work up to a 45-60 minute posture practice: 4 days/week.

On-going classes:

  • A weekly personal class at your own level for a total of 140 class hours.
  • A weekly beginner class as an intern in which you observe and eventually learn to do hands on assisting for a total of 140 class hours.

The first 70 hours of personal classes and the first 70 hours of internship classes must be taken at the Studio with Teacher Training faculty only (Monica Voss and/or Tama Soble). Please discuss the class schedule with the faculty before determining which classes to attend. You may begin attending classes in September.

  • 20 full day weekend workshops, between October 2019 and December 2020
  • all workshop dates will be posted on the Studio website
  • for further clarification email or phone the Studio
  • 100% attendance required

The workshops and intensives include :

  • Postures and breathing practice
  • Experiential anatomy and spinal movement
  • Basic teaching techniques
  • Presentations and hands-on practice through supervised teaching
  • Teaching and discussion of the history, philosophy, and psychology of yoga studied in light of contemporary issues
  • Exploration of the body/mind/emotion connections and discussion of the psychology of teaching.
  • 2 retreats over the course of the Programme.  These retreats must be taken through Esther Myers Yoga Studio with faculty of the Teacher Training Programme and total at least 12 hours of yoga practice each. One of the retreats must be the Teachers’ Retreat with Tama Soble scheduled annually. Please check the website or schedule for other retreat possibilities.

The value of the assignments is to prepare you for the workshops and help you to practise communicating your thoughts clearly and simply and in your own words. As you observe, reflect and express your thoughts, you will create a personal manual, with an assessment of your own learning and the development of your students.

For the faculty, the assignments are a window into your thought processes. They assist us in understanding your strengths and weaknesses and in planning workshops to address your needs.

The deadlines for all assignments coordinate with the workshops. With written permission, extensions are possible.

A research paper on an approved topic of your choice, 15 – 20 pages double spaced, is also required after the assignments are complete. This paper will be made up of first-hand research, evidence of the direct relevance of your topic to yoga teaching, and description of your own personal experience.

Two retreats are required over the course of the Programme. These retreats must be taken through Esther Myers Yoga Studio with faculty of the Teacher Training Programme and total at least 12 hours of asana and breathing practice each. One of the retreats must be the Teachers’ Retreat offered annually. The next Teachers’ Retreat will take place November 15-17, 2019. Please check the website or schedule for other retreat possibilities.

  • Practice teaching in the Teacher Training workshops
  • Teach a minimum of 52.5 hours of yoga classes with a minimum of 3 students per class. Teaching one-on-one does not fulfill this requirement.
  • 12 hours of community service – teaching yoga as a volunteer to a group in need.  This can be part of your teaching requirement above, not in addition to it.

A minimum of one meeting is required per term with a faculty member.  These meetings are set up so that we can discuss your questions and progress in the course.  Informal meetings should take place on a regular basis with your internship teacher. You and/or your internship teacher may initiate a meeting anytime.

The faculty members assess each trainee on professionalism, including attitude toward learning and teaching, demeanour during internship classes, punctuality for all classes and workshops, and general appearance.

 There is a subjective component in our assessment of your abilities.  Certification is not given automatically.  If the faculty has questions, doubts or concerns about a trainee’s competence, additional requirements may be set on a case by case basis.

PLEASE NOTE

 Assignments are to be submitted prior to each workshop. Only complete assignments will be accepted. Your home practice log is part of each assignment.
 There will be a progress assessment on a regular basis.
 We are aware of time pressures. We want to work with you to help make the course work for you. If you have not completed the requirements as of the regular graduation date, you will have six months extra to finish the programme. All requirements must be completed by June 30 of the  year following the official December graduation date or certification will not be granted.
The Teacher Training faculty reserves the right to adjust these requirements and costs at any time.  Reasonable notice will be given, and accommodation will be made, should changes result in hardship.

You will be given a certificate upon satisfactory completion of the academic course, signed by all faculty members. We do not provide any type of written document for partial completion of the Teacher Training Programme.

The 750 hour Teacher Training Programme will cost approximately $7,560.00 CDN. This figure covers the cost of 20 workshops, an unlimited class pass from September 2018 – January 2020, meetings, handouts and the review of your papers. The fees are paid in seven installments. Books are purchased separately.

Upon acceptance, a $1,080.00 non-refundable deposit is required to secure your place. This represents your first installment.

Students enrolled in the Esther Myers Yoga Studio Teacher Training Programme will receive an official tuition fee receipt (T2202A) which can be used when filing your personal income tax. All fees for Teacher Training workshops, classes, and the yoga portion of Ontario retreats are included in the calculation.

Workshop Payment Schedule
Acceptance into programme – $1, 080.00
October 1, 2018 – $1, 080.00
November 1, 2018 – $1, 080.00
December 1, 2018 – $1, 080.00
May 1, 2019 – $1, 080.00
June 1, 2019 – $1, 080.00
July 1, 2019 – $1, 080.00

Costs include
• Unlimited classes at the Studio (September 1, 2018 to January 31, 2020)
• 20 day long Teacher Training Workshops
• Administration/ Marking/ Handouts/ Meetings
• HST

Costs do not include
• Accommodation and meals on retreat
• Books

Please note, all fees are non-refundable.

Workshops for teacher training students enrolled in the 2018 – 2019  Programme

Below are the required full day workshop dates from October, 2018 to June, 2019.
Saturdays, 10:00am-5:30pm,
Sundays, 10:30am-5:00pm (these times may be variable).

  • Sunday, October 21, 2018 – Orientation
  • Sunday, November 11, Developing and Sustaining a Personal Practice
  • Friday, November 16 – Sunday, November 18, Retreat for Yoga Teachers at Swallow’s Bridge
  • Friday, November 30 – Sunday, December 2, Anatomy for Yoga Teachers
  • Sunday, January 27, Yamas and Niyamas
  • Saturday, February 23 – Sunday, February 24, Yoga for Anxiety and Depression
  • Saturday, March 23 – Sunday, March 24, Awakening the Spine
  • Saturday, May 4 – Sunday, May 5, The Power of Touch: Hands-on Assisting
  • Saturday, June 15 – Sunday, June 16, From the Ground Up: How to Teach Beginners

For additional information please contact us.

For over 35 years, Toronto’s Esther Myers Yoga Studio has provided yoga instruction and teacher training to students from a wide variety of ages and backgrounds. Deep heartfelt thanks to Esther Myers (1947-2004) for the intelligent compassionate path of enquiry she blazed for us all.