If you're reading this, you're likely looking for a way to make a difference somewhere. There are many reasons that may inspire you to train as a yoga teacher:
You want to do it for yourself, to deepen your own personal practice of yoga, and create a lasting shift in your life;
You have a desire to help others experience what you have felt during yoga class;
You've known in your heart of hearts that you're meant to teach yoga, it's a calling;
You want personal growth and a deeper connection with yourself;
You wish to do your part in creating a better world;
Or something else may be motivating you...
One thing for sure is that yoga teacher training is life changing simply because of the teachings and the practices that you will engage in throughout the training. You will have an opportunity to reflect deeply on the teachings and apply them for yourself on your mat, in your life, and when you teach yoga. In yoga, there's a saying that goes 'you can only teach what you've experienced'.
For me personally, the practice of yoga and becoming a yoga teacher has helped me find safety and grounding in my own body which was impossible before due to past trauma. Yoga has made me recognize that I am so much more than a person with a body, a mind, and emotions, it has shown me that there is an infinite presence that lives within me that is filled with peace, joy, love, and abundance. Training as a yoga teacher has opened my heart fully and helped me release long-held patterns of tension and fear that were tucked away in the recesses of my body, heart, and soul. And I'm just scratching the surface as to how much of an impact yoga has had on me.
As a lead trainer, my goal is to empower you to embrace the yogic teachings so that you may embody them on and off the mat, and to support you in teaching the style of yoga that you wish to teach, if teaching yoga is what you want to do. This program will support you in finding yourself and your voice as a yoga enthusiast who wants to create a better world! So if this resonates with you, I invite you to tie your seat belt, hold onto your hat, and get ready for the ride! It's going to be great!
Get ready to take the next step of your journey!
This Yoga Alliance 5-star Ambassador Yoga Teacher Training is a 200 hour program intended for spirited individuals with a passion for yoga and a desire for living a balanced and fulfilling life! It's for people who truly want to make a difference somewhere, whether in their own personal life or in the life of others (or both!). You'll travel the path of learning to teach yoga with experienced trainers to guide you and inspire you.
Training hours are offered in four modules, each one contains fundamental elements required for your certification and registration with Yoga Alliance as a Registered Yoga Teacher 200 if you choose to do so.
Training Includes: Professional and comprehensive downloadable manuals including lesson plans, templates and detailed techniques training pages for the traditional Hatha yoga postures and meditations.
160 hours of live, in person. training with me as your lead trainer;
40 hours of recorded material on techniques training for poses, meditations, breathing practices, and yoga philosophy with the creators of the Ambassador Yoga Teacher Training program.
Concepts and Curriculum:
Yoga as a movement practice;
Yoga ethics and lifestyle guidelines;
Structural alignment for optimal physical health;
Establishing a home practice;
Effective lesson planning;
Focus, concentration, and meditation;
The timeline of yoga – a comprehensive overview;
The Chakras and energetic anatomy systems;
Breathing techniques for stress reduction and balanced emotions;
Yoga philosophy – including tools applicable to leading a modern balanced life;
Relaxation sequences and practices for overall well being;
Yoga for specialties – Children, Seniors, Expecting Mothers;
Teach Meditation and Chanting;
Yoga postures (Asana) health benefits and techniques training for each category of yoga poses;
Anatomy concepts: The Cells, The Joints, The Muscles, The Skeletal System, The Respiratory System;
Teaching methodology for confidence, teaching lesson plans provided, and creating your own lesson plans;
Business of yoga.
The Enlightened Life Module
Explore the wisdom of a Yogic lifestyle through the Yamas and Niyamas, commonly called the do’s and don'ts of yoga. These insights form the foundation of the Eight Limb Path, a series of yoga philosophies that provide useful guidelines to ground, inspire, and enlighten you. The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali will also serve as a reference to assist you in threading the truths of these ancient teachings into your modern life. (50 Hours)
Required Reading:The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali by Sri Swami Satchitananda
The Anatomy of a Healthy Life Module
Learn the technical aspects of the classical yoga postures and the human anatomy and physiology required to teach them. Advance your physical practice and become confident instructing powerful breathing techniques. Deepen your understanding of the ways yoga creates strength and balance with a complete examination of the bandhas and how modern science is used to support and demystify yogic traditions. (50 Hours)
Required Reading:The Science of Yoga by William J. Broad Recommended Reading:Yoga Anatomy by Leslie Kaminoff and Amy Matthews
Finding Calm in an Age of Speed Module
Deepen your understanding of the mind-body connection through a comprehensive study of the chakra system. Awareness of the interplay between energetic and physical anatomy will help you recognize unbalanced emotional and physical energies within and how to restore the balance. Explore the classical postures in gentle, restorative, and accessible ways and learn to teach others how to find calm through chanting and meditation. (50 Hours)
Required Reading:Living Your Yoga by Judith Hanson Lasater
The Past, Present and Future of Yoga Module
Journey into the lessons and teachings of the spiritual roots of yoga philosophy through ancient texts and engage in practical conversations so you can apply these teachings to modern life. Learn specific techniques to help remove obstacles on your path and remain present and grounded while building your yoga business. Keep your standards high as you embrace your new endeavors with integrity and a very open heart! (50 Hours)
Required Reading:The Bhagavad Gita by Eknath Easwaran
Common Questions About Yoga Teacher Training
Q: What style of yoga will I be certified to teach? A: This is a Hatha Yoga teacher training program which includes vinyasa and gentle yoga, plus tips on how to teach Restorative, Prenatal, Children, Teen and Seniors Yoga, and Yoga Nidra.
Q: Who is the Lead Trainer for this Yoga Teacher Training Program? A: It is Daniele Hart, E-RYT500. Here's some background info about me: I have been practicing yoga since 2001, and have been teaching yoga on a full time basis since 2010. I am certified at the 500-hour level in Amrit Yoga (a meditative Hatha and Flow style of yoga) and Yoga Nidra with over 4,000 hours of teaching experience. I have studied with Kim Schwartz (Kriya Yoga) and M.G. Satchidananda (1st level Babaji's Kriya Yoga). Other styles studied include Kripalu, Kundalini, Vinyasa-Flow, Restorative, and Yin. I am certified in the Integrative Amrit Method of Body Psychology, an energy-based style of yoga therapy, and training in an extensive 800-hour yoga therapy program, which means that this 200-hour yoga teacher training program will be infused with extra tips on how to help some of your yoga students who have injuries and health concerns.I have been an approved lead trainer for yoga teacher training since 2019, and I am also the Program Director for this 200-hour program.
Q: How many hours is this course? A: 200 Hours - 160 live, in person, training hours and 40 online learning hours.
Q: How do I make up missed time? A: We, the Ambassador Yoga trainers, strongly recommend that all live and online training hours are attended. If you need to miss any time, please contact me, your lead trainer, to discuss your options. Missed time may be made up by scheduling private time with me and/or receiving additional assignments to ensure that the material is understood and assimilated.
Q: Will I make money as a yoga teacher? A: We will thoroughly discuss the business of yoga in this training and opportunities for yoga teachers. Some teachers are inspired to share their knowledge through volunteering and community organizations, others create very successful businesses and teach full time.
Q: Will I be ready to teach? A: Yes! Our graduates are confident, prepared and excited to teach.
Q: Do I have to join Yoga Alliance? A: Registration with Yoga Alliance is optional. You will graduate as a Certified Yoga Teacher from a Yoga Alliance Accredited School so you can register if you choose to. We will discuss the details (pros and cons) in the training.
Q: Are there additional books and materials? A: Yes, in addition to your included manuals, each module has a required reading. These books do not have to be read prior to training. We reference the texts throughout the training and it is mandatory to have access to these books.
Q: How much homework is there? This is a complete and comprehensive 200 hour teacher training program which has 200 scheduled hours of training. Everyone works at their own pace with regards to the reviewing of course material and maintaining a personal yoga practice outside of training hours. There will be roughly 4-6 hours per module for assignments.
Q: What if I don’t want to teach? A: Many people attend this training for self-discovery, personal development, and to deepen their understanding of yoga. This program is a very rewarding journey and experience even if you don't teach. However, most people are inspired to share what they have learned in some capacity.
Q: Will I get a certificate? A: Yes, upon completion of the program, you will receive a certificate that you can save, and use to register with Yoga Alliance if you choose to, and frame.
Q: How much experience do I need to participate? A: This program is open to everyone with a serious desire to deepen their practice and experience of yoga. Some prior yoga experience is preferred but not mandatory. If applicants do not have any yoga experience, they should set up a time to meet with the Program Director to ensure that the program will be a right fit for them.
Testimonials about the Ambassador Yoga Program
To see 5-star reviews about the 200-hour Ambassador Yoga Teacher Training program on the Yoga Alliance website, the international governing body for yoga teachers and yoga schools, please click here! The link takes you to the school who created this program and the reviews they received about the program. I have been approved as an independent trainer by Ambassador Yoga.
Training Dates in 2023
The in person training begins with a 4-day intensive during the summer, followed by two Friday evenings and one weekend per month from September 2023 to March 2024:
Aug 11-14, 2023, 11:15am-5:15pm;
Sept 15-17, 2023, Fri 6:00-9:15pm, Sat 12-8:15pm, Sun 10am-6:15pm; Fri Sept 29, 2023, 6:00-9:15pm;
Oct 13-15, 2023, Fri 6:00-9:15pm, Sat 12-8:15pm, Sun 10am-6:15pm; Fri Oct 27, 2023, 6:00-9:15pm;
Nov 10-12, 2023, Fri 6:00-9:15pm, Sat 12-8:15pm, Sun 10am-6:15pm; Fri Nov 24, 2023, 6:00-9:15pm;
Dec 8-10, 2023, Fri 6:00-9:15pm, Sat 12-8:15pm, Sun 10am-6:15pm; Fri Dec 15, 2023, 6:00-9:15pm;
Jan 19-21, 2024, Fri 6:00-9:15pm, Sat 12-8:15pm, Sun 10am-6:15pm; Fri Jan 5, 2024, 6:00-9:15pm;
Feb 9-11, 2024, Fri 6:00-9:15pm, Sat 12-8:15pm, Sun 10am-6:15pm; Fri Feb 23, 2024, 6:00-9:15pm;
Mar 22-24, 2024, Fri 6:00-9:15pm, Sat 12-8:15pm, Sun 10am-6:15pm; Fri Mar 8, 2024, 6:00-9:15pm.
Early Bird Pricing: $2,900 + hst until June 30, 2023;
From July 1, 2023 onward: $3,100 + hst
This training also comes with free unlimited access to Daniele's pre-recorded yoga classes to support your home practice, free access to the virtual Friday morning Yoga for All Bodies class or recording, discounts on in person yoga class packages at the studio, and additional therapeutic yoga handouts to enhance the way you can support your future clients and students.
You may pay a deposit of $619.47 + tax to hold your spot and pay the balance 30 days before the start date or pay in full. Please see further below for our Refund Policy.
If you do not have any yoga experience, please contact Daniele Hart, E-RYT500, Program Director and Lead Trainer, at 416-994-7367, for a meeting before registering to ensure that this program will be the right fit for you.
To register, please select one of the options hereafter:
Refund Policy If the applicant cancels thirty (30) days or more before the start of the program, the applicant will forfeit $95 of the amount paid and the remaining balance paid will be refunded.
If the applicant cancels 14-30 days before the start of the program, the applicant will forfeit $150 of the amount paid and the remaining balance paid will be refunded. The program requires a minimum number of participants in order to run, therefore cancelling within 14-30 days of the program start date may impact other participants and the viability of the program, hence the larger cancellation fee.
The program tuition fees are non-refundable. However, if a student must withdraw from the program for special circumstances such as illness, injury, or death in the family, the program director will provide a refund for the portion of the program tuition that was not completed. A copy of the death certificate or a medical note will be required to process the refund.
Other than these special circumstances, the program director will not give any refunds or credits after the training starts. The program director reserves the right to cancel any training before it begins. In that case any payments applicants have made will be refunded in full.
Attendance Policy Our program expects students to be on time for class, after breaks, and after lunch. Please let the Program Director know if you will be late.
Students are encouraged to have 100% attendance. However, we understand that students may have important commitments outside of the classroom and unexpected circumstances may arise. Should extenuating circumstances impact attendance, students are permitted to miss class, provided they work with the program director to make up missed hours.
Students are responsible for rescheduling hours to make up any course material they have missed and/or they may be given additional assignments to ensure that the missed material is understood and assimilated.
If a student needs to miss any training session, he or she must speak to the program director before the beginning of the session. If private sessions with the lead trainer are needed for some of the missed hours, additional rates will apply. Missing more than 8 hours of the training may result in delayed graduation due to missed practicum and partner activities.